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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 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

News: Steel, Ship Prices Soar as Tankers Stay Firm

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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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ClassNK & NAPA tie-up to Improve Ship Design


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Steel Cut on UK Navy’s Newest Warship

Image: BAE Systems

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Value of Fire-damaged Vessel Disputed

Press release - International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has reported a case in which hull and machinery insurance underwriters instituted proceedings against a marine consultancy firm for alleged negligence in failing to properly review shipyard quotes in respect of the cost of

New Insulation Range for Marine and Offshore


ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation has introduced a range of lightweight stone wool fire boards suitable for maritime and offshore applications. This product range, new generation SeaRox FB 6000, has been tested and approved for main A-class rated steel constructions especially targeting passenger ships

AVEVA Upgrades Structural Steel Software

Photo courtesy of AVEVA

AVEVA has released new enhancements to its AVEVA Bocad product range for structural steel detailing software.   AVEVA Bocad features a plate and bar nesting capability for more efficient planning and use of materials, the developer said

Great Lakes Cargo Volumes Down in August

Photo: LCA

Foreign steel, vessel repairs and a broken lock combine to cut U.S.-flag Great Lakes float 10 percent in August, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Continued high levels of steel imports, coupled with three large vessels idled for repairs and a lengthy closure of the

GTT’ Mark V Earns DNV GL General Approval

GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced that its new containment system Mark V has been granted General Approval for Ship Application (GASA) by classification society DNV-GL.  

Lock Closure Causes Big Losses on the Great Lakes

An aerial view from the upper approach to the Soo Locks. The locks from left to right are the Sabin, Davis, Poe and MacArthur. (Image: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

 U.S.-flag Great Lakes carriers lose a quarter-million dollars waiting 20 days for MacArthur Lock to reopen   The 20-day closure of the MacArthur Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan cost U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators nearly $250,000

Québec, Indiana Partner for Great Lakes Shipping

Photo: Ports of Indiana

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Steel Processing for largest Sail Boat Begins

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Insufficient Steel Found in Panama Canal Locks Sill

Photo: ACP

The seepage found in the Panama Canal’s third set of locks is said to be the result of an inadequate amount of steel reinforcement, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced today.   ACP said it was informed by the contractor responsible for the design and construction of the

Gondon Shipyard Expansion Underway

Photo: Gondan Shipyard

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Construction Begins on Matson’s Aloha Class

Image: Matson

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Sacyr Says Will Deliver Panama Canal expansion on Time

Photo credit: Laestrella

 The consortium in charge of the expansion of the Panama Canal, led by Sacyr reported that the fissures presented in the third set of locks will not delay the opening date scheduled for April 2016.   The Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC)

Russia Builds 'Arc Of Steel'

Photo Credit:  SRAS

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MacGregor Hatch Covers for Six Boxships from Japan

Hatch cover courtesy MacGregor

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract for the design and delivery of key components and the fabrication of steel structures for the hatch covers on board six 14,000 TEU container vessels under construction at Japan Marine United's (JMU) Kure shipyard

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