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Ecospeed Coating

Two months after a Canadian shipowner applied Ecospeed for the first time to one of his ro/ro vessels, he decided to send a second ro/ro ship into drydock in Las Palmas to have the old paint system on the  underwater hull completely stripped off to bare steel to be replaced with Ecospeed. The Ecospeed system is designed to be applied in two homogeneous coats and the overcoating time is from three or four hours to weeks or months. It is designed to have a life expectancy of 25 years and is 100% non-toxic.


Grimaldi Orders Integrated Bridge Systems from Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received orders to supply integrated bridge systems for five new roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vehicle carriers being built for Grimaldi Group Naples by Croatian Shipbuilding Corporation at its Uljanik shipyard in Pula, Croatia. The ships will be fitted with a complete suite of navigation and communication systems to be supplied by Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit in conjunction with Compania Generale Telemar.


Captain Becker Joins MITAGS

Glen Paine, Executive Director of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) and the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI), has announced that Captain Robert J. Becker has joined MITAGS as the Academic Business Development Manager. Captain Becker is responsible for establishing market strategies, enhancing the client base, developing and managing proposals and contracts, evaluating client requirements to improve quality of service


Ebeling and Magee to Receive USS AOTOS Award

The Ocean Sea Award will be presented to Raymond P. Ebeling, Chairman and President of American Roll-on Roll-off Carriers (ARC), and Robert P. Magee, Chairman and CEO of The American Shipping Group. The maritime industry¹s most prestigious honors will be awarded at a gala industry dinner and dance to be held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, New York City, on November 5, 2004. John Bowers, Chairman of the


World-first Incat LNG Ship To Operate In South America

Incat-LNG-Ship.jpg

Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the name of the customer for their world first high speed passenger Ro-Ro ship powered by LNG (Liquified Natural Gas).   The 99 metre LNG ship was contracted by South American company Buquebus in November 2010, however for commercial reasons Buquebus requested that identity be kept under wraps.   They have now announced that they will operate the vessel on their River Plate service between Buenos Aires


MHI, OMT Enter Shipbuilding Collaboration

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has entered into an agreement with Odense Maritime Technology A/S (OMT) of Denmark, a provider of ship design services, on collaboration in ship engineering business. The companies said they plan to combine abundant track records in shipbuilding business to target speedy development of diverse ship types in a quest to expand their licensing business. Under the newly agreed collaborative arrangement


Vineberg joins Scandinavian Shipping

Scandinavian Shipping Agencies AB (SSA) has appointed Niclas Vineberg to the position of Business Manager with specific responsibilities for the Swedish activities of the leading Norwegian ro-ro operator HUAL. He will be located in SSA's Gothenburg office. SSA, a member of the Björk.Eklund Group, has represented HUAL since February 2002. Prior to joining SSA, Mr Vineberg was employed as Freight Booking Manager


Interferry Welcomes EEDI Decision

Johan Roos

Trade association Interferry has welcomed the decision at last week’s session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) to proceed with a sector-specific methodology for establishing energy efficiency requirements for ro-ro cargo and ro-pax vessels. The Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) requirements for most other ship types – due in force from 2013 – had been agreed during a previous session


SAAM SMIT Towage Brazil Signs on with Helm

Helm Operations has signed on Brazilian harbor services company SAAM SMIT Towage to its Helm Marine Operations software to manage its billing and dispatch.    SAAM SMIT Towage started towage operations in Brazil in 2008 and is now active in eight ports and terminals. SAAM SMIT provides assistance to incoming and outgoing seagoing vessels – including ro-ro ships, oil and chemical tankers, container ships, reefers and mixed cargo ships.  


DNV GL: Enhancing Fire Safety on Ro-Ro Decks

Courtesy DNV GL

DNV GL has issued a report on fire incidents in Ro-Ro spaces to address growing safety concerns in this segment and provide guidance to shipowners. DNV GL’s “Fires on Ro-Ro decks” has examined fires within Ro-Ro spaces on Ro-Pax vessels, vehicle carriers and general Ro-Ro cargo vessels and has identified 35 such fires between 2005 and 2016. A previous DNV GL paper on Ro-Ro fires, published in 2005, had counted 25 fires in Ro-Ro spaces between 1990 and 2003.


Gothenburg Port volumes Rise

Good year for new cars Photo Port of Gothenburg

Freight volumes at the Port of Gothenburg rose by almost three million tonnes in 2016 - up from 38.2 million tonnes in 2015 to 40.9 million tonnes last year. Car exports-imports and energy products enjoyed a particularly successful year with rises of 15 and 12 per cent respectively


Ro-ro Vessel Fires: Risks and Recommendations

Norman Atlantic (Photo: EMSA)

As vessel fires have become more prevalent in the car/ro-ro passenger segment, the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) examines these occurrences as the group voices its concerns and puts forward recommendations to mitigate the risks.  


North P&I Club Guidelines on Minimising Risk from Ro-Ro fires

By Kara  Adobe Stock Photo

North P&I Club has published a new loss prevention briefing on how to prevent, detect and fight fires on roll-on-roll-off (ro-ro) vessels and car carriers. Such vessels are twice as likely to catch fire as other ships and vehicle-deck fires are notoriously difficult to contain and put out.


MSC Mulls Stake in Messina

The world's no. 2 container line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is in talks to acquire a stake in smaller Italian counterpart Messina, the Swiss-headquartered group said, in another sign of consolidation in the sector. Container lines are battling their worst ever downturn due to a glut


The Shipping Markets In 2016

Graph: Clyde & Co

 In 2016, market conditions in most shipping sectors have been highly challenging, says a report by Clyde & Co, global law firm.   The ClarkSea Index, an average of earnings for the main commercial vessel types, reached a record monthly low in August


Sandahlsbolagen to operate terminal at Gothenburg Port

Vision of intermodal terminal in the Port of Gothenburg. The image shows what the terminal will look like when it is fully built in 2019-2020. Photo Gothenburg Port Authority

The family-owned company Sandahlsbolagen Sweden AB has signed a five-year agreement with Gothenburg Port Authority to operate the new intermodal terminal at the port. Operations will commence by end of this month. "Sandahlsbolagen has for long time shown an interest in running a intermodal


Vessel Earnings and Global Fleet Trends

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 Clarkson Research Services says market conditions across most sectors of the shipping industry have been highly challenging in 2016.   The ClarkSea Index, which illustrates the fortunes of earnings for the major commercial ship types makes fairly clear the fate of the volume shipping


Antwerp Port Hits Record Volume

Container terminal Photo port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp will close 2016 with an expected record volume of more than 214 million tonnes of freight handled. The shipping container volume for its part has risen above 10 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units, i.e. standard containers) for the first time in the history of the port


2016 Review: Lots Of Records But Not All Welcome!

Table: Clarksons Research

 There have been plenty of record breaking facts and figures to report across 2016, unfortunately mostly of a gloomy nature, says Clarksons Research.   From a record low for the Baltic Dry Index in February to a post-1990 low for the ClarkSea Index in August


Tacoma Preparing for Its Largest Ever Auto Import

Glovis Composer (Photo: Northwest Seaport Alliance)

A roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vessel carrying a shipment of more than 4,800 vehicles from South Korea is scheduled to arrive January 9 at Tacoma’s Terminal 7, marking the single-largest auto discharge in Port of Tacoma history.   At 656 feet long and 106 feet wide


Danish Quality Shipping Promoted by Inspection Campaigns Abroad

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 Every year, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) performs flag State inspections of ships abroad that are flying the Danish flag. In 2017, the number of control inspections will be increased to 60.   Just before the 2016 Christmas and New Year's holidays


Supersizing Car Carriers

Photo: DNV GL

 Similar to container vessels, bulk carriers and cruise ships, car carriers are rapidly growing in size, says a report by DNV GL.   A new series of the world’s largest pure car and truck carriers sets a new standard for this segment.  


Antwerp Finishes 2016 with 2.7% Growth

Photo:  Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp handled over the past year 214 057 529 tons of goods. Which is 2.7 more than the previous year.   Container volume up 4.1%: At 4.1% the growth in container volume is even more pronounced: after 12 months the figure stood at 117,909,533 tonnes of containerised freight


FMC Commissioner Doyle Rejects Blanket Authorities for Foreign Ro/Ro Carriers

William P. Doyle

Commissioner William P. Doyle Votes to reject joint contracting authority for Ro/Ro foreign carriers to negotiate collectively for U.S.-Flag tug services.   Doyle's Statement, shown below, says new rules go beyond the scope of the Shipping Act and shipping practices harmful to U.S


Viking Grace LNG Ferry to Install Rotor Sail

Illustration of Viking Grace with one 24x4m Norsepower Rotor Sail Photo Viking

Norsepower Oy Ltd., provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systems, announced that it has signed an agreement with Finnish shipping company Viking Line to install its Rotor Sail Solution onboard the M/S Viking Grace, an LNG-fuelled cruise ferry.  






 
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