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ClassNK Updates Steel Ship Survey/Construction Guidance

Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda

ClassNK announced the release of the latest versions of its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. These versions include all amendments dated May 17, 2013. Among the amendments made to the Rules and Guidance this time is the establishment of the “Rules for the Inspection and Registration of Maritime Labor Systems.” Shipowners can now apply to ClassNK and request inspections of their Maritime Labor Systems conducted in accordance with the above amendment. Both printed and CD-ROM versions of the 2013 edition of the Rules and Guidance are available for purchase online, and the PDF version of the 2013 edition of the Rules and Guidance is available free of charge on ClassNK’s website www.classnk.or.jp for those who have registered for the ClassNK “My Page” service. To register for the “My Page” service free of charge, go to ClassNK’s website and click on the “My Page Login” button.


First Ocean Vessel of 2015 Arrives at Port of Indiana

M/V Irma (Photo courtesy of Ports of Indiana)

Northwest Indiana celebrates opening of gateway to global markets   The arrival of the 655-foot bulk carrier M/V Irma at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor signals the official opening of the port’s international shipping season. Port officials welcomed 2015's first ocean vessel on Monday with a ceremony presenting the Ports of Indiana "Steel Stein" to the ship's captain.    "Our port is open year-round handling Great Lakes ships and river barges


ClassNK Amends Steel Ships Class Rules

Classification society ClassNK announced  that it had released an updated edition of the Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. ClassNK continuously reviews, updates and amends its technical rules and guidance as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of life and property at sea, and to protect the marine environment. The rules and guidance are amended regularly to reflect the latest research results from damage investigations as well as changes


News: Steel, Ship Prices Soar as Tankers Stay Firm

Soaring steel prices are now a major concern for leading shipbuilders. Uncertainty about spiraling material costs is even causing some yards to defer new orders, market reports indicate. "The lack of steel in some shipyards of the three major shipbuilding nations is causing newbuildings for 2007 and 2008 to be delayed," says New York tanker broker Poten & Partners in a recent market report. "Some shipyards are not accepting any more ship orders beyond late 2007 or 2008 delivery because of


ClassNK Guidelines, Friction Stir Welding on Hull Structures

Tokyo based classification society ClassNK has released the guidelines on the application of friction stir welding to the construction of commercial maritime vessels. The new Guidelines on Friction Stir Welding lay out clear requirements for the use of this advanced welding process for commercial shipbuilding, and are the first such guidelines to specify approval procedures for the use of friction stir welding on hull structural members.


Pakistani Ship breakers Lauds 15% Duty on Import

Courtesy: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 Welcoming the latest policy, Ship breakers in Pakistan defended the imposition of 15% Regulatory Duty (RD) on the import of all steel billets, steel bars and wire rods.    Describing the step as much needed and timely, the Pakistan Ship-Breakers Association (PSBA) lauded the imposition of RD. "The Pakistan Ship breakers Association salutes the Government of Pakistan for this bold move which has helped save hundreds of thousands of jobs as well as the local steel industry


Newbuild Chemical Tanker Employs Innovative Tank Design

The 12,500MT Sunrise Hope is the worlds first chemical tanker to use a combination of duplex stainless steel and stainless clad steel in the construction of its cargo tanks.

The world's first chemical tanker to use a combination of duplex stainless steel and stainless clad steel in the construction of its cargo tanks was delivered to Oita-based Hiro Naviera S.A. November 15, 2014 by Usuki Shipyard Co., Ltd., Japanese classification society ClassNK reported. The 12,500MT chemical tanker Sunrise Hope, owned by Hiro Naviera S.A., will be operated by Nippon Marine Co., Ltd. The eco-ship design vessel is equipped with 14 cargo tanks


POSCO to Invest to Boost Steel Plate Output

Reuters said that POSCO Co. Ltd. said on Friday it would invest a total of $2b to boost output of steel plates for ships as the booming shipbuilding industry led to higher demand for the product. POSCO , the world's fourth-largest steel maker, said in a statement it would spend $1.96b to build a new domestic plant and related facility to produce steel plates. The plant, which will have a capacity of 2 million tonnes a year, will be completed by July 2010.


ClassNK & NAPA tie-up to Improve Ship Design

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ClassNK and leading global maritime software company NAPA have announced a new joint project to reduce the time and cost of designing vessels in accordance with the new IACS harmonised Common Structural Rules. The new project will enhance the data linkage between ClassNK’s PrimeShip-HULL(HCSR) design support software with NAPA’s 3D model based integrated design software NAPA Steel greatly improving the efficiency of the ship design process and reducing the cost of designing vessels


Negotiations with EPIC Shipping

Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd. announced that EPIC Shipping, UK, has contracted to purchase six RO-RO vessels at Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd. Final contract with EPIC Shipping is expected to be signed at the end of June 2007.


Crowley’s 2nd LNG ConRo Ship Ahead of Schedule

The VT Halter Marine and Crowley teams at Taíno’s steel cutting ceremony May 27 in Pascagoula, Miss. (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. announced construction has started early for the second liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ConRo ship, Taíno, for Crowley Holdings, Inc.   Taíno’s steel cutting ceremony was held May 27 at VT Halter’s Pascagoula, MIss


CSD, Cosco JV to Buy Vale's Bulk Carriers

Ma Zehua (Chairman of Cosco Group),  Xu Lirong (Chairman of China Shipping Group) Murilo Ferreira (President&CEO of Vale) and Gurinder Singh(Director of Shipping & Distribution of Vale) attended the Signing Ceremony and signed the agreement on behalf of each party. Photo by Cosco

 China Shipping Development (CSD) and Cosco have established a joint venture (JV), China Ore Shipping Pte., in Singapore to purchase four 400,000 dwt ore carriers from Vale and operate them.   CSD and Cosco’s bulk shipping division Cosco Bulk Shipping holds 49% and 51% equity


Battery-powered Ferry Enters Service in Norway

Photo courtesy of Siemens

The world’s first electrical car and passenger ferry powered by batteries has entered service in Norway, representing a milestone on the road to operating emission-free ferries along Norway’s coastline, with at least 50 other routes currently able to sustain battery-operated vessels.


Pneumatic Band Saw Certified for Hazardous Environments

Image: CS Unitec

CS Unitec's Pneumatic Band Saw Model 5 6062 0010 Wide Mouth AirBand with planetary gearbox, is engineered to quickly and cleanly cut a wide variety of metals. It is suited for cutting pipe, conduit, bolts, cable, angle iron, I-beams and structural steel


US Ports Begin 2015 ‘Fast and Furious’

Photo: The American Great Lakes Ports Association

Even with a blip due to ice coverage in late March and early April, U.S. ports along the Great Lakes-Seaway System are tracking ahead of tonnage moved in April 2014. In fact, most ports are seeing increases in multiple categories.   “In 2015 we are excited to continue the momentum


Panama Canal Sees Record Grain, Salt Cargoes

Photo: ACP

From October 2014 through March 2015, cargo shipments in dry bulkers through the Panama Canal increased by 8 percent, equaling 66 million long tons in total.    During this time, the Panama Canal registered more than 2,008 transits of dry bulkers


HHI to Industrialize GTT’s Mark V Technology

GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) has signed a cooperation agreement with the South Korean Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the industrialization of GTT’s new Mark V technology.   A similar partnership was signed a few weeks ago between GTT and Samsung Heavy Industries


Offshore Workboat Fire Safety

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A Novec 1230 gas suppression system provides a unique, Class-compliant and effective margin of safety for an offshore dive support vessel.  Despite the recent drop in oil prices, the marine sector remains extremely busy supporting the oil industry, and this will always remain the case


NASSCO Starts Building APT’s 4th ECO Tanker

Congresswoman Susan Davis measures the first piece of steel for the fourth American Petroleum Tanker. (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Ceremony signaled the start of construction for APT-4 ECO Tanker, the fourth of five Jones Act tanker ships to be constructed at NASSCO for American Petroleum Tankers.   General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start of construction of the fourth of five “ECO” tankers to be built


Busiest Capesize Demolition Market Ever

Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO

  The activity on the demolition market is off to a good start in 2015 when looking at dry bulk tonnage, according to international shipping association Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO).   The dry bulk market has long suffered from weak freight rates stemming


ClassNK Releases Amendments to Class Rules

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  ClassNK has released the amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships on 8 May 2015. ClassNK continuously reviews, updates, and amends its technical rules and guidance as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of life and property at sea


Subsea 7 Bags Norwegian North Sea Contract

Subsea 7 S.A. announced it has been awarded a pipeline and construction contract worth approximately $300 million from Wintershall Norge AS for the Maria field development.   The contract consists of engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of 95 kilometers of rigid


Keel Laid for SEA-Vista’s First ECO Tanker

General Dynamics NASSCO informs it has hosted a keel laying ceremony for the first Jones Act ECO tanker currently under construction for SEA-Vista LLC, at the company's shipyard in San Diego.    Eric Fabrikant, chief operating officer of SEACOR Holdings Inc


April Ice Hinders Great Lakes Ore Trade

 Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 4.3 million tons in April, nearly 15 percent below the month’s long-term average, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. The heavy ice blanketing the Lakes not only slowed the vessels that were in


Steel Cut for Middle East's First LNG Harbor Tug

Photo courtesy of Drydocks World

Drydocks World and Maritime World marked a milestone at the steel cutting ceremony for the Middle East’s first LNG powered harbor tug Elemarateyah. Held in Drydocks World’s state-of-the-art steel fabrication center, the beginning of this project sets a regional first and demonstrates






 
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