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Taking the Guesswork Out of Bunker Procurement

Inatech launches its Optimizer to add smart decision making for fuel purchasing to its cloud-based management solution for the entire fuel procurement process. The company explains that Optimizer helps ship operators take the guesswork out of their fuel purchasing decisions by providing real-time guidance on the three key factors of quantity, location and price strategy-how much fuel to buy for each ship in their fleet, the best port to bunker at and the right price strategy (spot versus contract). In ongoing proof of concept evaluations for large shipping companies, Inatech's Optimizer has been shown to deliver real-world fuel cost savings of up to five percent. With an average shipping company spending around $400 million a year on bunkering that saving could add some $8million to their bottom line. How Optimizer saves fuel procurement costs – a typical scenario

 The value of Optimizer is best shown in a typical scenario of a vessel that burns 75 tons of fuel a day for around 270 days each year. At $625 per ton, the ship's operator will spend approximately $12.7 million a year on fuel. A shipping company utilising Inatech's ShipTECH fuel procurement solution can already achieve savings through streamlined procurement. This is made possible firstly through a systematic workflow that avoids last minute purchases

Damen Debuts Quick Docking/Fuel Saving Package

Castillo de Catoria (Photo: Damen Shiprepair & Conversion)

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has developed a new innovative product, the Quick Docking/Fuel Saving package. This offers owners a fast and low-cost additional docking with the sole aim of reducing fuel consumption in between the five-year statutory survey period. The first vessel booked under the new concept has docked at Damen Shiprepair Brest (France). It is the capesize bulker Castillo De Catoira operated by Spanish company Empresa Naviera Elcano

News: Poor Weather, Repairs Forces Kirby to Lower Expectations

"Very poor weather, major repairs to a lock on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and rapidly escalating fuel prices, not lower business levels, are the factors causing Kirby to revise its first quarter forecast," were a few reasons that Joe Pyne, Kirby Corporation's President CEO, cited for the company's lowering of its earnings guidance for the 2003 first quarter to $.26 to $.30 per share from previous guidance of $.36 to $.40 per share

Seaware Routing Version 5

Photo courtesy ÖRN Marketing AB

Seaware AB announced a new major upgrade for its Seaware Routing software, introducing cost-based ship route optimization. The Seaware Routing software is designed to facilitate on board weather presentation and ship route planning, and is delivered as part of weather routing solutions from Seaware partners. Seaware Routing version 5 has been developed with special attention to optimization of short sea passages

Two New Anti-fouling Coatings Introduced

International Paint introduce Intercept®8000 LPP & Intersleek®1100SR a biocide-free slime release coating.  Designed to address the industry issues of predictability in antifouling performance not seen since the days of tributyltin and the difficult issue of slime fouling on ships hulls, the two new technologies are set to improve vessel operating performance, increase efficiency and help control fuel costs and emissions.

Carnival Sails to Profit

Image:  Carnival Corporation & plc

 The world's largest cruise company Miami-based Carnival Corp reported a net profit of $49 million, or 6 cents per share in the first quarter ended Feb. 28.   That compared with a loss of $20 million, or 3 cents per share, in the 2014 quarter. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 20 cents per share.   The profit beats analysts’ estimates, spurred by lower fuel costs and higher passenger spending. The shares jumped the most since August 2011.  

Fuel Prices Drive Ferry Fares Up

Rising fuel costs may mean another fare hike for ferry riders. The Washington State Transportation Commission last week directed the ferry system to cover a $10 million shortfall blamed on the high cost of diesel fuel. Fare increases between 5 percent and 20 percent are now under consideration, as well as capital improvement cutbacks and asking the state Legislature for more money. The WSF Tariff Advisory Committee will likely convene soon to review WSF’s finances and possibly recommend

Bestobell and W&O Enter Distribution Deal

Actuated globe valve with flanged end connections

Bestobell Valves, part of the President Engineering Group (PEGL), has named W&O Supply, a global supplier of marine pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation, and engineered solutions to the marine and upstream oil and gas industries, as its exclusive distributor for Bestobell Valves in North America. Through this partnership, Bestobell Valves, headquartered in the United Kingdom, and W&O, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida

Cheaper Fuel to Boost Container Shipping

Photo: Tanner Matheny

Lower oil prices are sharply reducing the cost of shipping merchandise from Asia to the United States and Europe as the cost of bunker fuel tumbles. Container shipping companies deal with the volatility in fuel prices by adding a separate bunker adjustment factor or fuel surcharge to their freight rates. Fuel can account for more than 60 percent of the total operating costs of moving freight across the oceans so the surcharges are one of the most important elements of total

Improved Efficiency from DFDE Propulsion - Study

Simulations indicate diesel electric propulsion can be a fuel efficient solution for LNG carriers under realistic operating conditions.   Power and automation technology group ABB has disclosed details of a study from DNV-GL R&D examining the potential for efficiency improvements of dual fuel diesel electric (DFDE) propulsion. The study found it is possible to improve overall vessel efficiency and thus asset competitiveness in certain vessel and configuration cases

Damen Debuts FCS 1605

1605 design Pic Damen  Shipyards

  The Damen Shipyards Group recently unveiled a series of new vessel designs based on its popular 16 metre long, 5 metre wide, semi Axe Bow design. The first of the vessels is owned and operated by Van Oord for crew transfer in the Caspian Sea.

Clean Energy Bunkers Isla Bella with LNG

Photo by Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. participated in a little history last month when it supported General Dynamics (GD) NASSCO’s launch of the Isla Bella container ship, the first of its kind to operate on LNG fuel. Clean Energy provided bunkering services and fuel from its Boron

Stena Goes Green with LEMAG

LEMAG’s Pre-mounted emulsion and water supply unit (Photo: LEMAG)

Stena leverages LEMAG’s SLASHPOL-E WIF homogenizers to reduce NOx emissions, particulate matter, smoke and fuel consumption   Since fitting the first LEMAG SLASHPOL E-WIF FQI (fuel quality improver) homogenizer on the Stena Carrier over five years ago

Tanker Futures Market Booms as Rates Rally

Freight forward agreement (FFAs) trade rises. The market for hedging oil tanker freight has revived sharply this year to a value of $4.5 billion after years of torpor, with ship owners looking to profit from a freight rally and more energy companies scramble to cover risk, industry sources say

China Shipping Line to Buy 10 Vessels

Photo: China Shipping Container Lines Co

 China Shipping Container Lines Co is planning to buy around 10 ultralarge container ships for around $1.5 billion, despite the shipping industry struggles with a capacity glut, reports WSJ.   The company wants to fulfill capacity commitments in its Ocean Three alliance with

Jotun, COSCO Celebrate 10,000th Antifouling Applications

Cosrich Lake (Photo: Cosco Dalian)

In July, Jotun and Dalian Ocean Shipping Company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Company, Cosco Group), celebrated the 10,000th application of SeaQuantum, Jotun’s premium antifouling, to its 297,336-dwt tanker, Cosrich Lake.

10,000TH SeaQuantum applications Celebrated

The Team

  In July, Jotun and Dalian Ocean Shipping Company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Company, Cosco Group), celebrated the 10,000th application of SeaQuantum, Jotun’s premium antifouling, to their 297,336-dwt tanker, Cosrich Lake.

Cosco's Ambitious $1.5Bln Megaship Plan

MV Cosco China. Photo: COSCO

Chinese shipping behemoth Cosco Holdings has confirmed it will order 11 container megaships for $1.5 billion, despite an estimated 30 percent overcapacity in container shipping having sent freight rates to levels that at times don't even cover the fuel cost of moving containers across oceans

Megaships Worsen Overcapacity in Boxship Trades

The 16,000 TEU CMA CGM containership Marco Polo (file image)

Container shipping lines are poised to take delivery of a new generation of "megaships" over the next two years, just as the growth of world trade is slowing down, contributing to massive overcapacity in the market. Megaships, which can be up to 400 metres long, seem to be here to stay

To Scrub, or Not to Scrub -That Is the Question

Nicholas Confuorto

On January 1, 2015, the IMO Annex VI, ECA zone requirements came into effect.  Ship owners and operators are now faced with having to decide between switching to a lower sulfur fuel or embracing alternate solutions such as exhaust gas cleaning systems (Scrubbers) and LNG

East-West Shippers' Contract Rates Falling -Drewry

Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West routes have seen a sharp reduction since the beginning of the year, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club, a closed user group of multinational retailers and manufacturers who closely monitor their contract freight

SulNOx, LR Join Forces to Promote SulNOxEco Fuels


  SulNOx Fuel Fusions Plc. (SulNOx), the leading global producer and supplier of fuel emulsion technology, and Lloyd’s Register (LR), a leading technical, business services organisation and maritime classification society, today signed an agreement that will see LR provide verification

Saudi Shipping Firm Bahri Posts Big Jump in Q3 Profit

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a significant hike in third-quarter net profit on Thursday. The company's net profit for the three months to Sept. 30 was 510.3 million riyals ($136.1 million), up from 84

Container-Shipping Consolidation Key to Survival

Image: Maersk Line

 Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou called for consolidation in the container-shipping industry, citing “extremely weak” demand growth amid steadily increasing capacity, says a report in the Wall Street Journal.   Skou said sharing costs with partners would help keep freight rates

Box Ship Demand Down

Photo: CMA CGM

While, weak spot prices and higher futures prices created demand for oil tankers has boomed, bulk carriers have been hit by massive overcapacity, as Chinese demand for such commodities has collapsed, says latest report from the Economist.  

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