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Report on MOL Comfort Incident is out

MOL Comfort

  In response to the casualty of “MOL COMFORT” which occurred on 17 June 2013, ClassNK established the Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety, comprised of leading experts from shipbuilders, shipowners and academic institutions, to carry out the following course of action: (1) Investigate the possibility of casualty occurrence (2) Consider and examine safety of large container ship structure The findings and outcomes of the panel have been consolidated into a report, which is available to download in both English and Japanese via the website below: http://www.classnk.or.jp/hp/en/hp_news.aspx?id=1100&type=press_release&layout=1 For all inquiries regarding the report, please fill out an Enquiry Form via the website above. Answers to these inquiries will also be regularly updated as Q&As on the ClassNK website. ClassNK has scheduled an immediate Explanatory Meeting with IACS members to explain the report and to share the findings and outcomes among the IACS members. ClassNK will continue to work towards the safety of the large container ships including improvement of the relevant Rules, Guidance  and Guidelines.  


Osprey Maritime Gets Extension

Oil and gas shipping firm Osprey Maritime's bankers have agreed to an extension through the third quarter of 2002 of $362 million in short term loans. The facilities were originally repayable on July 20, 1999. The outlook for Osprey, which has a total debt of $813.7 million as of June 30, 1999, hinged on the outcome of its talks with bankers to extend its short term loans. The debt was incurred following its multi-million acquisition of Gotass Larsen Shipping Corp in 1997.


BP-Amoco and ARCO in $26.8 Billion Deal

BP Amoco confirmed, following a successful outcome to talks between the two companies, it has reached agreement to combine with the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) of Los Angeles. The all-share transaction, approved by the boards of both companies, will involve the exchange of 0.82 BP Amoco American Depositary Shares (ADS) for each ARCO share. The deal will substantially boost BP Amoco's reserves and production, giving it the largest oil output of any non-state company


Repairs Complete on Damaged Akaylar II

The Turkey-flag container ship Akaylar II has left Desan Shipyard, Tuzla, Turkey, after repairs were completed on the collision damaged vessel, Reuters reported. Akaylar II was towed to Tuzla from Buyukdere, where it had initially been towed following a collision around the entrance to the Bosphorus straits. The 4,263-dwt Akaylar II was leaving the straits for the Black Sea when it was involved in a collision with the southbound 8,971-dwt Cambodia-flag Med Glory, which was badly damaged.


Kidnapped Bourbon Crew Released

Bourbon announces that its 10 crew members kidnapped in Cameroon on 31st October on board the Bourbon Sagitta were released on Nov. 11. They are now safe in Yaoundé. After medical check-ups, all of them appear to be in good health. Bourbon wishes to thank everyone who has contributed to the successful outcome of this affair for their support and efforts, and in particular the local Cameroonian authorities, as well as the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs.


Navios Apollon Released from Captivity

Navios Maritime Partners L.P. announced that the Navios Apollon and her crew were released on Feb. 27 2010. Navios Partners reported that the Captain and crew are healthy and will be reunited with their families shortly. Navios Partners thanks the Captain, the crew and their families for their fortitude through this trying ordeal. Many assisted the company in achieving this outcome. Navios wanted to recognize the special efforts of the Chinese Embassy in Greece, and the Ambassador personally


Safe Bulkers Time Charter for Panamax Vessel

Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) announced that it has entered into a new period time charter for the Maria, a 76,000 dwt Panamax class vessel, for a duration of 34 months to 36 months, with a forward delivery date in second quarter of 2011, at a gross daily charter rate of $20,250, less 3.5% total commissions. Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of the company, said: “The new three-year time charter, which has a higher rate compared to the vessel’s current rate


EDHEC-Risk Institute Welcomes Eight New Members

EDHEC-Risk Institute announced that eight new members have joined its international advisory board, which brings together scholars, representatives of regulatory bodies as well as senior executives from business partners and other institutions. The role of the international advisory board is to validate the relevance and goals of the research program proposals presented by the institute’s management and to evaluate research outcomes with respect to their potential impact on industry


Fergusons Shipbuilders Takeover: Preferred Bidder

Scots flag: File image

The Scottish Government informs that KPMG has announced that Clyde Blowers Capital is to be the preferred bidder for the group’s business and its assets. First Minister Alex Salmond said:
 “I am delighted that Clyde Blowers Capital has been named the preferred bidder for the Fergusons yard. Jim McColl’s company is one of Scotland’s greatest job creators, and I will be meeting with the company


WCI Names Zea as Director

Tracy Zea (Photo: WCI)

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) has named Tracy R. Zea as its Director-Government Relations, effective August 4.  He will be based in the Washington, D.C. office and will primarily advocate for WCI’s goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient, and reliable inland waterways transportation system.  Zea will also work to enhance WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Cosco’s Offer for Piraeus Port Due

Image: Piraeus Port Authority (OLP)

 Cosco Pacific is expected to submit an improved bid for the controlling stake in Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) on Wednesday that is set to be discussed at the board meeting of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED), reports Kathimerini.  


Maritime Training & Continuous Improvement

Murray Goldberg

Continuous Improvement (CI) is a term we hear a lot lately. Sadly, despite knowing the term and possibly even applying CI principles to some aspects of operations, CI principles are infrequently applied to in-house job and familiarization training. This is a mistake.


China to Implement Emission Control Measures

The Chinese Ministry of Transport has announced that from April 1, 2016, vessels ‘at berth’ at the core ports in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) emission control area (ECA) must use fuel oil containing 0.5 percent sulphur or less. These core ports are Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan


Great Lakes Shippers Set Top Priorities

North America’s largest mining, manufacturing and agricultural companies have helped identify four top priorities to improve the competitiveness of Great Lakes shipping, and as a result, the prosperity of the entire region.   These priorities will be the Chamber of Marine


Better CFD Process with Rapid Design Space Optimization

control managed by Excel. A Design-Of-Experiments optimization for 27 variants is illustrated. The resistance prediction was by HydroComp’s “Prismatic Wave Drag” distributed volume wave-theory method. Total calculation time was less than three minutes, including development of the variant geometry in Excel, calculation via NavCad Premium, and reporting and graphing of results back in Excel.

HydroComp, Inc. of Durham, N.H. reports improved CFD process efficiency with Rapid Design Space Optimization (RDSO) using NavCad Premium   Rapid Design Space Optimization (RDSO) with HydroComp NavCad Premium allows a naval architect to focus CFD resources on high-value computations and


Two Saved South of Emerald Isle, NC

Two saved from a boat Wednesday taking on water south of Bogue Inlet. Photo USCG

The Coast Guard rescued two people from a boat Wednesday taking on water south of Bogue Inlet. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received a mayday call from two people aboard the 23-foot skiff, Southern Yankee, 12 miles southeast of Bogue Inlet


Maersk Group Welcomes the Final Paris Agreement

The High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport convened in Paris in connection to the COP21 to provide recommendations on sustainable transport. The Maersk Group is represented in the Group by CEO of APM Shipping Services Morten Engelstoft. Photo: Maersk Group

 The Maersk Group welcomes the final Paris agreement among some 195 countries, covering more than 90% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The Group is however disappointed that the outcome does not regulate the environmental impact of shipping.  


Global Shippers Seek Sustainability

Photo: Breakthrough Fuel

 With the Paris U.N. Conference on Climate Change nearing an end, it has again put the spotlight on companies who have opportunity to make positive changes to their overall environmental footprint.    “Developing environmental practices and creating sustainability is a


Ecoslops to Implement Recycling Unit in the Romanian Port of Constanta

Image: Ecoslops

 Ecoslops has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP), a leading offshore drilling and construction company, to conduct a feasibility study for the development of an oil residues processing plant in the Romanian Port of Constanta, on the Black Sea.  


New Deep-Sea Vents, Volcanic Activity Found in Mariana Back-Arc

The autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry (yellow, at left) is prepared for deployment off the stern of the RV Falkor, after a trace-metal CTD instrument package and water sampler is recovered (lower right). Photo credit SOI

  Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor returns from the first ever expedition to systematically characterize the rarely explored Mariana Back-Arc. HAGANTA, GUAM – A diverse team of scientists are returning from a 28-day expedition onboard R/V Falkor that has more


Can Wise Men Solve Containership Market Issues?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In the nativity story, the three ‘Wise Men’ each come bearing a gift for the baby Jesus. Today, gifts are more likely to have been transported by containership than by camel, but the boxship market itself has still been subject to a number of demand-side ‘humps’ this


Buss Shipping Equips Two Container Vessels

Photo: Alfa Laval

Buss Shipping, the shipping arm of the worldwide maritime logistics service provider Buss Group, will install Alfa Laval PureSOx exhaust gas cleaning systems on two of its container vessels at the beginning of next year.   As a key step in this process


ClassNK Bulletin Examines 2015 Developments

ClassNK releases developments for 2015 in annual Technical Bulletin   Classification society ClassNK informs it has released a summary of the latest industry developments in its annual Technical Bulletin, which this year covers topics including marine energy usage


Low Bunker Prices Benefit Ship Owners in 2015

Graph: Poten & Partners

 As 2015 draws to a close and the Worldscale Organisation published the new 2016 Flat Rates, Poten and Partners goes through the annual exercise of updating Flat Rates in its systems.    This highlighted once again the significant changes in bunker prices that occurred over the


Greece to Evaluate Cosco Port Bid

China's Cosco sole bidder for the country's biggest port. Greece will evaluate on Wednesday an improved bid that China's Cosco is due to submit for a majority stake in Piraeus Port, a senior official at the privatisation agency (HRADF) said on Monday.






 
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