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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


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


Seaware Routing Version 5

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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.


Irish Ferries Rejects Labor Court Ruling

According to an AP report, Irish Ferries PLC rejected an Irish Labor Court recommendation and plans to continue with widely criticized plans to replace more than 500 employees with cheaper workers from Eastern Europe. The struggling operator of car ferries between Ireland, Britain and France did not accept the court's nonbinding ruling, which called on Irish Ferries to honor its 2004 wage-pact agreement with the two labor unions involved.


Which way will container freight rates go? Carriers at crossroads, says Drewry

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New Drewry special report examines drivers of container freight rates, provides five year forecasts of major east-west trades and offers suggestions for carriers and shippers on how to smooth pricing volatility. London, UK, 14th March 2011 – Container freight rates go up and then they go down - that’s just the way things are. This almost pathological acceptance that things cannot and will not change is a symptom of a deficiency within container shipping’s DNA that prevents


Hydrogen Fuel Cells May Power Seaports

Sandia National Laboratories researcher Joe Pratt stands near the Port of Oakland, one of the west coast ports he studied to learn whether hydrogen fuel cells are a viable power source for docked ships. (Photo by Steffan Schulz)

Providing auxiliary hydrogen power to docked or anchored ships may soon be added to the list of ways in which hydrogen fuel cells can provide efficient, emissions-free energy. Hydrogen fuel cells are already powering mobile lighting systems, forklifts, emergency backup systems and light-duty trucks, among other applications. Now, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have found that hydrogen fuel cells may be both technically feasible and commercially attractive as a clean


Bestobell and W&O Enter Distribution Deal

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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


Containers Profit Up Thanks to Low Slot Cost

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In spite of record vessel deliveries the container shipping profitability is expected to improve in 2015, driven by lower unit costs. The global fleet is expected to grow 7.2% in 2015, a faster pace than demand which is forecast to expand at a more modest 5.3%.   


Dales Marine Fills Its Scotland Docks

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Ship repair and specialist fabrication firm Dales Marine reports a first time achievement as all of its seven docks around Scotland are full for the first time today.   Dales Marine’s docks are filled with vessels ranging from offshore supply vessels to ferries


Liberian Registry Launches Green Ship Initiative

Scott Bergeron (Photo courtesy: Liberian Registry)

“We have launched a new initiative to help shipowners improve their green credentials and meet other corporate social responsibilities," said Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the registry


Ferus Smit to Launch Newbuild for Symphony Shipping

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Ferus Smit announced it will launch Newbuuld 417 on Saturday, February 21 in Leer.   Newbuild 417, a multipurpose vessel to be christened Nordana Sky, is the first vessel in a series of six that will be delivered to Symphony Shipping. The ship will be chartered out to the Danish company


Overtonnage, Regulations Bruise Shippers' Confidence

Richard Greiner

 Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell during the three months to November 2014 to their lowest level for two years, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens


INTERTANKO Launches ECA Bunker Surcharge Clauses

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INTERTANKO’s documentary committee has launched bunker surcharge clauses for Emission Control Areas (ECA).   Rising bunker prices due to rising oil prices and volatility in global politics can have a dramatic effect on trade as they fluctuate not just day to day, but also port to port


K Line to Expand Use of Eco-efficiency Software

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Three further K Line vessels to install ClassNK-NAPA GREEN eco-efficiency software after reporting fuel savings during trials on an 8,600 TEU container vessel   NAPA and ClassNK announced a deal with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K Line) to install an eco-efficiency and operational


Teekay Tankers to Acquire 5 Tankers

Kevin Mackay, Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Tankers

   Teekay Tankers Ltd. announced that it will acquire four coated Aframax tankers and one uncoated Aframax tanker for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $230 million. The five vessels, which are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015, were constructed in 2008


Damen Shipyards Galati wins Dutch Romanian Award

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  Damen Shipyards Galati has been presented with the Dutch Romanian Business Award for its Corporate Social Responsibility plan, particularly the Group’s community investment initiatives. The Award was presented by Ben Jager of the Dutch Romanian Network to Peter de Kiewit


Glycerin Powers into the Propulsion Picture

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Maine Maritime Academy Receives a $1.4 Million U.S. DOT Research Grant to Develop a Marine Engine Testing and Emissions Laboratory.   The Marine Engine Testing and Emissions Laboratory (METEL) at Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) is working on several initiatives to implement viable emissions


MAN Diesel & Turbo: Power Play

“A great part of our current strategy is the expansion of our dual-fuel concept and the development of engines that satisfy every industrial niche and have the potential to run on a growing variety of fuel types.” Ole Grøne,  SVP, Low-Speed Promotion and Sales

MAN Diesel & Turbo has developed a lead in the supply of modern engines with dual fuel capability. Here we speak with the company’s Ole Grøne, SVP, Low-Speed Promotion and Sales, for his insights on the company’s future trajectory.


Symphony Orders DP2 Offshore Ships from Ferus Smit

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Ferus Smit has received an order from Symphony Shipping to build and deliver two DP2 offshore dedicated versions, with two options, of the new ECOBOX design. The two ships are in addition to the six ECOBOX-MPVs presently being built by Ferus Smit for the same client.  


Despite Price Drop, Bunker Costs Still Hamper Shipping

The cost of marine fuel continues to be a major headache for global shipping companies.     Bunker fuel costs account for approximately 70 per cent of the total voyage expenditure for a vessel and ship operators prefer purchasing bunker fuel from ports where the cost is lower. 


Canada’s Ferry Industry Sets Course for Success

A Canadian Ferry underway in light ice conditions. (Courtesy of CFOA)

Our country’s past and its future are fundamentally linked to the transportation of people, vehicles and goods over our lakes, rivers and sea.   Ferries have always been an integral part of Canada’s transportation infrastructure


Great Ships of 2014: CSAV Tyndall

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CSAV Tyndall is an 8600 TEU containership built by Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries (DMHI) and is part of a series of four containerships delivered to Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd. (UK) between 2013 and beginning of 2014. These projects are the biggest containerships ever built in the Black Sea






 
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