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Hual Europe Grounded in Tokyo Bay

Hual Europe, a Ro/Ro vessel built in 2000, was grounded today by the island O-shima in Tokyo Bay. The reason for the grounding is not yet known. The vessel loaded cars in Yokohama, but was instructed to leave the port due to strong winds (typhoon) in the area. The vessel has a crew of 24, of which one is reported to be slightly injured. The situation for the vessel is critical and with some oil spill reported from the vessel. It is being reported that the engine room is flooded and the vessel has strong listing. A helicopter from the Japanese Coast Guard is now standby to evacuate the crew, but weather conditions are causing delays.


GL ShipManager Software for Q-Shipping

Dutch shipmanager Q-Shipping to equip its whole fleet with Germanischer Lloyd's ship management solution. Q-Shipping provides ship management services for vessel type such as bulk carriers, general cargo vessels, MPP vessels, ro-ro vessels, container vessels, offshore vessels, seagoing contractor material, tankers and commercial yachts from its offices in the Netherlands, Turkey and the Ukraine. GL ShipManager is an integrated ship management software solution supporting Technical


Matson to Convert Containership

Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson) has begun the first conversion of one of its C-9 containerships, MV Mokihana, to a combination roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) and container vessel to further strengthen its Hawaii service capabilities. With the conversion, the vessel will have ro-ro and container capacity comparable to two vessels in Matson's service today, the dedicated ro-ro vessel Great Land and the containership S.S. Lihue. The new garage will have the capacity to carry 1,350 vehicles


Wärtsilä Scrubbers for 6 Finnlines Vessels

Wärtsilä scrubber systems are selected for six modern Ro-Ro vessels of Finnlines.

With new, more stringent sulphur oxide (SOx) emission regulations due to take effect January 2015, Finnlines has ordered Wärtsilä Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems for six of its Baltic and North Sea fleet of vessels, Wärtsilä said. By selecting the scrubber systems, Wärtsilä said the vessels will be able to operate in compliance with the new environmental regulations while continuing to operate on heavy fuel oil


Knud E. Hansen A/S Wins Shippax Award

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At this week’s 12th Annual Ferry Shipping Conference sailing on board Romantika between Stockholm & Riga, Danish Naval Architects, Knud  E. Hansen A/S, were awarded the 2013 ShipPax Award. The award was presented in recognition of the efficient and innovative design of internal cargo arrangement of the Saudi-owned deep-sea Ro-Ro vessel, Bahri Abha. “For a RoRo cargo vessel, the most important design criteria after fuel consumption


Leif Höegh Records Strong First Quarter

Operating profit before sales gain and depreciation for Leif Höegh & Co. Limited (LHC) for the first quarter showed a significant improvement compared to first quarter of last year. HUAL experienced a strong first quarter. The car carrier market continues to be very tight, with all operators experiencing space pressure. The strong cargo availability out of the Far East continued. In February another large PCTC newbuilding on long term charter was delivered


Vessel Traffic Up at Los Angeles/Long Beach

The Marine Exchange of Southern California, a nonprofit trade organization that has monitored and recorded all vessel traffic statistics for the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach since 1923, has reported an overall increase in arrivals for commercial vessels calling into the LA/LB Harbor complex during 2003. Last year, reporting on the vessel traffic statistics for 2002, the Marine Exchange had recorded 5


Promas Lite System Contracted on 4 Finnlines Ships

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Rolls-Royce has been contracted to install its Promas Lite propulsion system on four Finnlines ships, all to be delivered later this year. Promas Lite is an integrated propeller and rudder system designed to increase efficiency, specifically for retrofitting to existing ships. Finnlines is part of the Grimaldi Group, which has over three years of experience with Rolls-Royce on a series of projects to re-blade propellers to improve efficiency


Sea Trials Prove SEEMP NAPA Software Does Save Fuel

Bore RoRo Vessel: Photo courtesy of Bore

Electronic SEEMP solution from NAPA proves almost 6% annual reduction in fuel consumption for a 2860 lane meter Bore RoFlex vessel, In advance of International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) ship energy efficiency management plan (SEEMP) legislation becoming mandatory from January 2013, Finnish shipping company Bore has announced the results of its trial of electronic SEEMP software, which has verified a 5.8% reduction in fuel consumption.


Finland's Bore to Install ClassNK Efficiency Software

Shipping company Bore Ltd. to install ClassNK-NAPA GREEN ship efficiency software aboard their 13,625 dwt Ro-Ro vessel 'M/V Bore Song'. This announcement follows on from sea trials last year aboard sister ship M/V Bore Sea which proved that NAPA operational software had led to a 5.8% reduction in fuel consumption. The ClassNK-NAPA GREEN software system is a joint development between Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), the world’s largest ship classification society, and NAPA


Closure of Port of Venice/Porto Marghera

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  The entrance of Port of Venice/Porto Marghera will be closed from August 18th at 03.00 to August 25th at 00.01. Port traffic will be suspended from August 18th at 03.00 up to August 18th at 07.00. From August 18th at 07.00 up to August 25th at 00


Another Ferry Chooses WESMAR Thrusters

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WESMAR announced that another ferry, the MV Norcon Galatea, has installed WESMAR’s commercial bow thrusters. The 387-ton, 125-foot Ro-Ro Passenger Ferry, owned by Norcon Marine Services, Clarenville, Newfoundland, provides support for the provincial ferry fleet serving Bell Island and


Actera, Esas Buying UN Ro-Ro from KKR

Turkish investment firms Actera Group and Esas Holding have signed an agreement to acquire ferry operator UN Ro-Ro from private equity firm KKR & Co LP, the Turkish companies said in a statement on Tuesday. UN Ro-Ro, KKR's sole investment in Turkey


Trailer Bridge Vessel Returns to Service

Following required regulatory inspections along with regular scheduled maintenance in Mobile, Alabama, the Trailer Bridge Ro/Ro vessel the Jax - San Juan Bridge (JSB) returned to service on July 5.  In addition to the American Bureau of Shipping regulatory inspection


Paris MoU Issues Report on Port State Control

The Paris MoU published its report on 2013’s worldwide flag performance, “White, Grey and Black Lists.” The report indicates further improvements towards quality shipping. Last year Thailand and the United States of America were moved up to the White List


Port of Tallinn invests in Paldiski South Harbor

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  The council of Port of Tallinn approved an investment of 1.8 million euros for deepening the aquatory of Paldiski South Harbor in order to enable the harbour to accept bigger vessels with total tonnage up to 75,000 GT. With the help of the investment aimed to increase the competitiveness


Turkey Ferry Auction Attracts Multiple Bids

Private equity firm KKR & Co LP has attracted binding bids from Danish shipping company DFDS A/S and an alliance of PE players Esas Holding AS and Actera Partners LP for its Turkish ferry unit, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources.


Slew of New SOLAS Amendments Come into Force

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IMO informs that new requirements under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to require all ships to have plans and procedures to recover persons from the water are among a set of SOLAS amendments that came into force on 1 July 2014


Gibdock Reports Excellent Ship Repair First Quarter

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Gibdock says that its versatility has been in full demand across a wide range of vessel types in the year to the end of April 2014, proving, they say, that 'variety is the spice of life' for the geographically well-placed ship repair and conversion specialist.


Global Ocean Trade: Latest Shipbuilding Orders

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Shipbuilding orders for drybulk carriers, tankships, containerships and a RoRo were placed in the past week according to 'Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin'. Dry bulk carriers Cara Shipping, the shipping arm of Chinese domestic company Rizhao Steel, has placed orders for two further 250


Students Compete in Ferry Design Competition

Winning team from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Student teams from six maritime universities and schools have submitted proposals for the Second Annual Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries sponsored by the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association. A panel of five judges will review the submissions and will announce the winners by early


DFDS Fleet Signs with Lloyd’s Register

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DFDS currently operates 55 ships, predominantly ro-ro freight ships, ro-pax ships, and passenger ships; with few exceptions these ships will now all be classed by LR. DFDS Seaways operates a network of 30 routes with 50 freight and passenger ships


JAXPORT announces expansion of RO-RO services from NYK Lines

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  NYK Line is expanding its roll-on/roll-off service to and from Jacksonville to include connections in Asia. Beginning in June, these new connections will enhance NYK’s existing Ro/Ro service to the Middle East with the carrier increasing sailings to three per month from JAXPORT.


Rolls-Royce secures award for four Finnlines Ships

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  Rolls-Royce has been contracted to install its innovative Promas Lite propulsion system on four Finnlines ships, all to be delivered later this year. Promas Lite is an integrated propeller and rudder system that increases efficiency and is designed specifically for retrofitting to existing


Antwerp Port off to good start after record year

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  The port of Antwerp handled 48,166,806 tonnes of freight in the first three months of this year, 2.5% more than in the same period last year. Container freight did well, while ro/ro and liquid bulk also produced good growth figures. Containers and breakbulk






 
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