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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.


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


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


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


World-first Incat LNG Ship To Operate In South America

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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


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


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.


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


Fuel Consumption, Emissions Monitoring Software Updated

Aquarius MAS on Blue Star Delos upgraded with new software which allows real-time reporting and logging of fuel consumption and emissions Image Eco Marine Power

As part of the ongoing Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project, Eco Marine Power (EMP) stated that the Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) installed on Blue Star Delos has been updated with new fuel oil consumption (FOC) and emissions monitoring software.


Will UK Maritime Traffic Rise or Fall on Brexit?

Graphics: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 UK container traffic will see more muted growth than expected a few months ago, at least in the short term, says Drewry.   Patrick Walters, Peel Ports’ Group Commercial Director, believes that the bigger Brexit-related risk for UK container ports is a short-term negative impact


Port of Antwerp on the Way to Another Record Year

Photo: Port of Antwerp

 The port of Antwerp handled a freight volume of 108,317,922 tonnes in the first six months of this year, 3.6% more than in the same period last year. The container volume in TEU expanded by 4.4% while liquid bulk grew even more, by 8.4%


This Day In Naval History: July 14

1813 - During the War of 1812, Lt. John M. Gamble becomes the first Marine to command a ship in battle, USS Greenwich, when she captures British whaling ship Seringapatam.    1853 - Commodore Matthew C. Perry lands and holds the first meeting with the Japanese at Uraga


Shipping’s Half Year Report – “Must Do Better”

Graph: Clarksons Research

 With the spread of challenges facing the industry, it’s unlikely the shipping markets would achieve many top grades, says Clarksons Research.    However some sectors might still achieve an “A” for effort and this week’s analysis reviews the markets’


ASC’s Autoload Onboard Stability Software Turns 25

Bourbon Evolution 809 shown in Autoload (Image: ASC)

Autoship Systems Corporation (ASC) of Vancouver, Canada announced that its onboard stability software Autoload is celebrating 25 years in the marine loading computer market. Installed on thousands of ships, rigs and platforms worldwide, Autoload can be found onboard virtually every type of vessel


Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Wins Innovation Award

M/V Estraden vessel with two rotors fitted (Photo: International Windship Association)

Judges describe world’s first renewable energy-powered vessel technology as “unlike anything else and…truly innovative”   Norsepower Oy Ltd., the developer of the world’s first renewable energy-powered vessel technology


GTT, Endel Team-up to Roll-out Membrane Containment Systems

The concept, design, components, erection and testing of the membrane tank systems provided by GTT

21 June 2016. GTT and the Endel company1 reaffirmed their collaboration in the area of LNG as a marine fuel, following the recent signature of a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) for the construction of GTT membrane containment systems


This Day In Naval History: June 17

USS Delaware entering the first drydock in America at Gosport Navy Yard (Norfolk), June 17, 1833. (Courtesy Tommy Trampp, NavSource)

1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron engages the Algerian flagship Mashouda near Cape de Gatt, Spain. Though the Algerian frigate maneuvers actively to escape, she surrenders after 20 men, including her commander, are killed.  


ABS is Japan's First Foreign RO for Maritime Labor Inspection

ABS been recognized by more than 100 governments as a Recognized Organization (RO)  Courtesy ABS

ABS has been selected by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as Japan’s first foreign Recognized Organization (RO) for maritime labor inspection. Maritime Labor Convention comprises 16 articles, containing general provisions


Caspian Shipping Commissions 4 Vessels

Photo: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company

 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company has put into commissioning four dry cargo vessels that will operate beyond the pale of the Caspian Sea, reports AzerNews.   An event to raise Azerbaijan`s state flag in the “Vagif”


Ventspils Port Cargo Turnover Down by 24%

Photo: Freeport of Ventspils

 Terminals in the Port of Ventspils handled a total of 9 million tons of cargo in January-May 2016 or by 23.98% less than in the same period in 2015.   The transit of oil products and coal had declined steeply year-on-year, affecting the total cargo turnover at Ventspils. 


This Day In Naval History: June 10

USS Firebolt (PC 10) (U.S. Navy photo by Randall Damm)

1854 - The first formal graduation exercises are held at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Previous classes graduated without a ceremony. Rear Adm. Thomas O. Selfridge and Rear Adm. Joseph N. Miller are two of the six graduates that year.


GAC - New requirement for Weight Verification at Sri Lanka Port

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Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Ports and Shipping has issued guidance on the implementation of the SOLAS VI Regulation 2 amendment that requires the verification of gross mass in packed containers (Container Weight Verification) with effect from 1 July 2016.


Paris MoU Publishes New Performance List

At its 49th meeting last month, the Paris MoU Committee approved the 2015 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations. These lists will take effect from July 1, 2016.   The White, Grey and Black (WGB) List presents the full spectrum






 
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