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MARIN Names Buchner President

Photo courtesy MARIN

As of January 1st Bas Buchner is president of the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN). He’s taken over the helm from Arne Hubregtse, who stood down to become general director of the heavy lift shipping company Biglift. Buchner: “Under my predecessors George Remery and Arne Hubregtse MARIN has evolved into an entrepreneurial organization at the heart of the Dutch and international maritime market and the biggest of its kind. We’re going to keep pursuing that course: enthusiastically extending the boundaries of our expertise and know-how so that we’re able to offer our clients timely solutions in a fast-changing maritime market. In that market it’s all about innovations geared to boosting efficiency, safety and sustainability.” Buchner emphasizes the importance of an open dialogue and cooperation with clients and partners in that process, particularly because the problems to be faced in the future are highly complex. Buchner: “Take, for example, the issue of reducing vessels‟ fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The entire issue is too complex to resolve alone. You have to cooperate, whereby an additional openness is required: you have to enjoy sharing your know-how and expertise with others. Keeping your know-how to yourself will get you nowhere.”

Unique Bulk Carrier Launched

The Graig Group has launched a unique double-hull handysize bulk carrier design with an eight-ship order in Vietnam. Graig has contracted four Graig Carl Bro-designed Diamond 34 bulkers, with four options, to be built at Vinahsin's Pha Rung shipyard. Delivery dates begin in mid 2007. The Diamond 34 is a new design 34,000 dwt handysize geared five hatch double hull bulk carrier which builds on the success of Graig's Diamond 53 double

GL to Holds International Ship Stability Workshop

More than 70 experts from the international maritime industry met at Germanischer Lloyd headquarters to discuss the current status of the development and research in ship stability. The two day workshop dealt with the probabilistic assessment of intact stability, showed trends in progressive flooding prediction, presented new cognitions of investigations on severe stability incidents like the MV Estonia and informed about the simulation of parametric rolling

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Zero Emissions Terminal

Photo courtesy Robert Minton-Taylor

It is the ocean cargo terminal of the future, powered by the sun and wind. The futuristic terminal has no conventional power, uses no fossil fuels and releases no harmful emissions into the atmosphere. Named after an endangered species of beaver, Castor reflects the link between water and land and is the vision of independent shipping and logistics specialists, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. The Castor Green Terminal includes a terminal and vehicle processing centre (VPC)

Eye on Design: Cooperative Research Ships

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There can be few organizations that bring together so many sectors of the maritime industry in a non-competitive environment. Cooperative Research Ships (CRS), 40+ years and still going strong, tackles problems of common Interest and furthers research. The practical knowledge and tools that emerge from CRS are then used by its members. Initiated by MARIN in 1969, the organization is a true cooperative. All of its members are actively involved

Maxim Evaporators signs Distributor Agreement with Green Marine

Company officials announced that Maxim Evaporators has signed a distributor agreement with Green Marine & Industrial Equipment Co. for the U.S. Gulf Coast market.   Green Marine was founded in 1961 and today is a well diversified sales and service organization. Green Marine serves clients in Marine, Offshore & Shipbuilding Industries. Green Marine is strategically located in the center of the Gulf of Mexico region with offices in New Orleans and Houston

Aqua-Chem Showcases Water Treatment Solutions

Distributors can view latest line of “Green” Matrix reverse osmosis and sewage treatment solutions used by major yacht makers and customers like the Canadian Coast Guard. Aqua-Chem, Inc., a leader in complete global water purification solutions, announced today that it will be demonstrating a comprehensive green line of water treatment, desalination and processing technologies at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

RINA Updates GREEN PLUS Notation

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RINA updates GREEN PLUS notation to cover transhipment terminals.   International classification society RINA has updated its industry-leading GREEN PLUS notation to include new potential sources of pollution involving seagoing ships and ships operating at fixed locations.   GREEN PLUS is awarded to new vessels that make a significant investment in design solutions, onboard equipment and operational procedures which contribute to an improvement in environmental performance beyond

Green Marine's Latest Sign-up: Squamish Terminals BC

Squamish Terminals (SQT), a B.C. deep-water, break-bulk terminal, has signed on as a participant to Green Marine. Green Marine encourages its participants, ship owners, ports, terminals and shipyards, to undertake concrete actions that go beyond regulatory requirements aimed at improving environmental performance and sustainability. Green Marine’s success is based on a 5-year track record of participating companies demonstrating improved environmental performance.

Port of Long Beach Recognized for Green Efforts

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach was recognized Tuesday, June 17, as the “Best Green Seaport” at the 28th annual Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards hosted in Shanghai, China. Known for its nearly 10-year-old Green Port Policy, the Port of Long Beach has regularly reported reduced impacts on the community, wildlife and the environment. The port  has overseen dramatic improvement in air and water quality with an array of environmental initiatives that include the Clean Trucks

Crowley Vessels Win Environmental Awards

Accepting the awards on behalf of Crowley were Golonka; John Bohn, captain at Crowley’s Marine Transport Lines; Wendy MacDonald, vice president, technical management; Keith Montpas, chief engineer, petroleum services; Jay Debruhl, port captain, petroleum services; Jack Andrews, technical management, and Jarrett Flynn, captain, marine services.

101 Crowley Vessels Honored with Environmental Awards in Recognition of 984 Combined Years of Safe Operations.   More than 100 Crowley Maritime Corporation-owned and -operated vessels were honored with Certificates of Environmental Achievement for years of safe operations during the recent

Tidal Energy from Deep and Slow Waters

Deep Green tidal array. (Image: Minesto)

Deep Green, an underwater kite construction from the Swedish company Minesto, is set to be deployed in 2017 at the Holyhead Deep site off the coast of Anglesey, Wales. Delivering a customized turbine solution in 2016 for the underwater power plant project will be SCHOTTEL HYDRO

Oshawa Port Authority Joins Green Marine

The Oshawa Port Authority, one of Green Marine’s founding members as the former Oshawa Harbor Commission, announced it is again a Green Marine participant.   Green Marine is a voluntary initiative in Canada and the U.S. targeting levels of environmental performance that exceed the

Out of the Eye ... & Staying There

Joseph Keefe

I have never been in a hurricane. That’s a fact. Actually, my wife likes to say that whenever there is any kind of natural disaster, I’m typically nowhere to be found. And, when I think about it, I realize that she is right. Whether by accident or by design

Crowley Orders BWT System Retrofits

Bill Metcalf (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corporation has entered into strategic partnership agreement with South Korean-based green technology developer Panasia Co., Ltd. for ballast water treatment systems to be installed during retrofitting of its ATB fleet. The agreement also includes technical services, engineering

GCSG Delivers Harvey Power

Harvey Power, the second LNG vessel operating in the United States

  Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) has delivered Harvey Power, the second LNG vessel operating in the United States—for Shell Upstream America’s deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico—is fully in service. She is the second of six LNG OSVs being built for Harvey Gulf

GSL, Moran Iron Works Ink Deal


In a deal that on the surface proves promising for vessel construction in the United States, Green Shipping Line (GSL) and Moran Iron Works (MIW) signed a teaming agreement to pursue marine construction projects in the United States.  

Drilling the Earth’s Mantle Beneath the Atlantic

Robot drills on RRS James Cooks deck (Photo: NOC)

A team of scientists will set sail from Southampton to drill through the Earth’s mantle in the center of the Atlantic Ocean. They leave on board the Royal Research Ship James Cook on October 26, 2015 to explore the Atlantis Massif, a 4000 meter high underwater mountain.

Is Oil Industry Backing Away From Offshore Arctic Drilling ?

Prirazlomnaya platform. Photo: Information Directorate, Gazprom

 The principal difficulty for Arctic offshore drilling right now, according to oil industry think tank, is economic.  The companies may be back for another try at Arctic offshore drilling, in U.S. waters or elsewhere, if economic conditions change, reports AP.  

FSP LNG Containment System Construction To Begin Soon

Chairman Zhang Mi

  The joint venture group FSP LNG BV stated that it is taking the FSP LNG Flat Panel Semi-membrane Prismatic Type B containment system through General Design Approval (GDA) with the American Bureau of Shipping in Houston, and is projecting that construction of the first tank will begin at

AET Orders Eight Tanker Newbuilds

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AET, an owner and operator of petroleum tankers, has signed contracts worth approximately $500 million combined for the construction of eight new vessels.   AET on Tuesday contracted Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd (SHI) for four 113

BMT – DoT Partnership Extended

BMT JFA Consultants has completed number of projects  courtesy BMT JFA

  BMT JFA Consultants, together with sister company BMT Oceanica, subsidiaries of BMT Group (BMT), have announced that the Western Australian Department of Transport (DoT) has taken up the Contract option to extend its current contract for a further two years.  

KVNR Recognizes KOTUG for Hybrid Tugs

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The Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR) has awarded its Shipping Award to Netherlands-based towage operator KOTUG for its next-generation ART80-32 Hybrid Rotortugs. The award was presented during the 10th Dutch Maritime Awards Gala in Rotterdam by Tineke Netelenbos

Global Terminal Operators Go Green

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 Thousands of port employees around the world have enthusiastically contributed their time and effort to a joint environmental initiative launched by marine terminal operators DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals

Singapore Recognises 53 Ships Under Green Ship Programme

Image by Government of Singapore.

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today recognised another 53 Green Ships from 41 companies that have qualified for the Green Ship Programme (GSP) at the Third Singapore Registry of Ships Forum (SRS Forum).   The GSP encourages Singapore-flagged ships to reduce carbon

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