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Improving Vessel Efficiency a Focus at GL North America Meeting

Germanischer Lloyd’s (GL) North American Committee, considered current topics & challenges to the shipping industry at its recent Texas meeting. The challenge of improving vessel efficiency heads the agenda of every ship owner and operator. With sailing speeds reduced across the board, fuel efficiency has become the biggest lever to increase cost competitiveness. Both regulatory agencies and the industry are developing mechanisms to improve efficiency and in 2013 the IMO’s EEDI and SEEMP regulations will enter into force, in an effort to spur innovation and reduce CO2 emissions. David Greening of Seaspan, one of the world’s largest independent containership companies, set out his firm’s response to the challenge of rising bunker prices and a tighter regulatory environment. Seaspan was investing in highly efficient designs for new vessels, while undertaking a system to improve operational energy use, including draft and trim optimization, and using vessel based monitoring to track KPIs. In a multi-tier market that differentiates between vessels based on their efficiency, improved energy use can result in significantly improved employment opportunities and earnings. One under utilised area in shipping to realise such gains is the implementation of software systems. Kristinn Aspelund, of GL partner firm Marorka, examined some of the systems available to owners and operators to boost efficiency and cut fuel use.


New MITAGS Course on Environmental Regs

The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) and Pacific Maritime Institure (PMI) announced their upcoming “Introduction to the Maritime Environment and EPA General Permit” Course. With the introduction of the Vessel General Permit the EPA has captured an estimated 70,000 additional regulated units that have previously been exempt from permitting requirements in U.S. waters. This new universe of permitees, while previously subject to many international


ABS Elects Tony Nassif as Executive Vice President

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In response to its continued global expansion, leading international classification society ABS has strengthened its executive leadership team with the election of Tony Nassif as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the society. The election was made by the ABS Board of Directors at its meeting this week. Nassif moves to ABS from his position as President and CEO of the society’s wholly owned affiliate, ABS Group of Companies Inc.


Voyager Distribution Network Expands

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Global Navigation Solutions announced that Voyager is now offered by all members of the Global Navigation Solutions maritime services group. Ship operators looking for the state-of-the-art route planning, intelligent data management and quality of compliance provided uniquely by this new digital chart management system can now obtain Voyager from any company within the Global Navigation Solutions group worldwide.


Shell Withdraws from Arctic Exploration

Fennica, an icebreaker vessel deployed by Shell in the Arctic (Photo: Arctia Shipping)

Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned its Arctic search for oil after failing to find enough crude in a move that will appease environmental campaigners and shareholders who said its project was too expensive and risky. Shell has spent about $7 billion on exploration in the waters off Alaska so far and said it could take a hit of up to $4.1 billion for pulling out of the Chukchi Sea for the "foreseeable future".


Container Weighing at 29 APM Locations

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VGM Generation services will be offered to enable supply chain partners to comply with new IMO SOLAS regulations   The Hague, Netherlands - With just 50 days until SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) comes into force APM Terminals is taking the lead to ensure a smooth transition into the new regulatory environment facing over 120 million containers entering the international supply chain. Under international law from 1st July


Drilling Moratorium Suspended with Higher Standards

On October 12, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar determined it is appropriate that deepwater oil and gas drilling resume, provided that operators certify compliance with all existing rules and requirements, including those that recently went into effect, and demonstrate the availability of adequate blowout containment resources. Secretary Salazar reached his decision after reviewing a report from Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEM) Director Michael R


Consolidation Likely as U.S. Oil and Gas Operators Grapple with New Regulation

New research reveals the impact of post-Macondo reform U.S. oil and gas professionals are losing their appetite for risk and are worried about rising operating costs, as they grapple with the consequences of a tougher, post-Macondo regulatory regime, according to new research published today by GL Noble Denton. Despite the new regulations, the vast majority believe that the U.S. will continue to be a leading investment destination


U.K. Shipping Minister Addresses Global Maritime Race

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Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond MP has just returned from a Greek-British Shipping Forum where he addressed Greek businesses. Here he writes, exclusively for Maritime U.K., on the success of the event and the importance of Britain’s growing shipping industry. I was pleased to be invited to give the opening speech at the Greek-British Shipping Forum in Athens on Monday, alongside the Greek Maritime Minister Mr. Mousouroulis


Safety: It's All About Culture

We in the passenger vessel industry strongly believe in safety. We want our operations to be safe to ensure the well-being of our crew and passengers and the protection of our assets. We work hard to establish appropriate safety policies and programs and we train and drill crew to ensure that we are all aware of the need to be safe and to appropriately respond when an accident does occur.   But as we do these things


China Okays CMA CGM's Acquisition of NOL

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 CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM), a global leader in container shipping, announces that it has received today confirmation that its pending acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), Southeast Asia’s largest container shipping company (SGX: N03)


CMA CGM Proceeds with NOL Takeover after China Okay

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CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, is to go ahead with its planned acquisition of Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) after receiving regulatory clearance from China, the French group said. CMA CGM received on Wednesday confirmation of the deal's approval by the


Cheniere to Roll Out Second LNG Unit

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 Cheniere Energy Inc. plans to start exporting liquefied natural gas in August from a second plant at its Sabine Pass terminal in Cameron Parish, according to a report from Bloomberg News.    Cheniere began exporting LNG in February from its first unit at Sabine Pass


FedEx Completes Takeover of TNT Express

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 US-based FedEx Corp. completed its €4.4 billion ($4.9 billion) acquisition of Dutch TNT Express, , with integration of the companies to start immediately.   The companies say customers will interact with each company as they always have and once the integration is complete


NOIA Elects McEvoy, Chairman Welch Vice Chair

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The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Board of Directors has elected Kevin McEvoy as Chairman and Dave Welch as Vice Chairman for the upcoming 2016-2017 term. McEvoy and Welch assumed their positions at the NOIA Annual Meeting today in Washington, D.C.  


ExxonMobil Starts Production at Point Thomson

Point Thomson reservoir holds an estimated 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 200 million barrels of natural gas condensate, a high quality hydrocarbon similar to kerosene or diesel Courtesy ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil said today it has started production at its Point Thomson project, the first company-operated project on Alaska’s North Slope. Central pad facilities are designed to initially produce about 5,000 barrels per day of condensate and 100 million standard cubic feet per day of


ECSA Looks Forward to Improvement of Shipping Conditions in Arctic

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 European shipowners believe that the three priority areas of the new EU Arctic Policy Communication published by the Commission this week address all topical Arctic matters. Climate change and environment, sustainable development and international cooperation in the Arctic are equally


Samsung Heavy Loses $4.6-bln FLNG Order

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 South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), the world’s third-largest shipbuilder,  has received a contract termination for three floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) units from oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc.  


Louis Dreyfus, Amaggi Hire HSBC to Sell Terminal Stake

Agricultural commodity traders Louis Dreyfus Co B.V. and Amaggi Group have hired HSBC Holdings Plc to sell part or the entire 25 percent stake they hold in a terminal at the Brazilian port of Itaqui, Bloomberg reported.   The sale process is already underway, Bloomberg reported


Carriers Joining Forces in New Alliance?

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, “K” Line, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd and Yang Ming to create a new partnership “THE Alliance” Tokyo, May 13, 2016 - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL, President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda), Nippon Yusen Kaisha, “K” Line, Hanjin


IMO Ushers New Era for Shipbuilding Rules

The MSC reviewed goal-based standards verification audit reports on 12 Recognized Organizations which are members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and confirmed that the 12 ROs’ ship construction rules were in conformity with the goals and functional requirements set out in the international goal-based ship construction standards for bulk carriers and oil tankers. (Photo: DNV GL)

Ship construction rules for oil tankers and bulk carriers submitted by 12 classification societies conform to the goals and functional requirements set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), marking a new development in how international standards for ship construction are determined


Denmark, US to Partner on Offshore Wind

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Denmark and the United States have signed a memorandum to strengthen cooperation on offshore wind energy projects, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced.   On May 4, 2016 at the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, D.C


IMO Workshop Promotes Energy Efficiency Measures

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 An International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop is raising awareness of the organization’s regulatory regime dealing with improving energy efficiency and the control of GHG emissions from ships.    Participants from Malaysian governmental departments


Hamburg Süd to Adopt INTTRA eVGM Service

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Hamburg Süd, one of the 10 largest shipping lines worldwide, and INTTRA, the world's ocean shipping electronic marketplace, have expanded their partnership to address the July 1 implementation of the International Maritime Organization's Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM)


First Cruise Company Fined under Australia’s New Fuel Rules

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Australia’s NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Carnival PLC $15,000 after one of its P&O Cruises ships, the Pacific Jewel, breached new low sulfur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbour.   A fuel sample taken by the ship’s crew and provided to EPA officers






 
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