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Air Cavity System Aims to Help Reduce Emissions

DK Group will install its emissions-reducing Air Cavity System (ACS) technology on a 12,580 deadweight ton (DWT) multi-purpose vessel owned by Danish shipowner and ship management company Dannebrog Group. The deal marks the first time that DK Group's patented air lubrication technology has been installed on an international commercial vessel, and represents significant progression in the adoption of clean technology within the shipping industry. The Air Cavity System uses air bubbles in the boundary layer of the vessel to reduce frictional resistance between the water and the hull surface. The fuel efficiency generated by ACS will be up to 10 percent and will depend on vessel type and size. The investment payback period will range between 18 months and 3 years. Sea trials will be conducted by hydrodynamic research company HSVA and overseen by classification society Germanischer-Lloyd, both pre- and post-conversion to establish and benchmark relative fuel consumption and the associated emission profile. The Air Cavity System will be retrofitted onto a 12,580 DWT multi-purpose heavy lift vessel in Q3 2012, before potentially being rolled out across a fleet of six sister vessels. “Our decision to install DK Group's Air Cavity System onto one of our new-built, multi-purpose vessel reflects our commitment to innovation and sustainability, as well as the future vision for our fleet,” said Johan Wedell-Wedellsborg, Chairman of Dannebrog Group

Flensburg Makes its Mark Again

By David Tinsley, Technical Editor In a further display of hard-earned competitiveness tempered by pure industrial will, Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft has brought another export shipbuilding contract to Germany at a time of ever-more determined incursions by oriental yards into the European market. The Flensburg yard's sealing of a deal with Belgian shipping and logistics company Cobelfret for two container/RoRo (ConRo) vessels has strengthened its standing as a builder of large

Port of Le Havre's Container Traffic Up by 5.7 Percent

The Port of Le Havre set a new record for general cargo in 2001 with 18 million metric tons (MT), an increase of 5.2 percent from 17.1 MT in 2000, according to preliminary traffic statistics. Overall traffic at the port rose to 69.5 MT from 68 MT in 2000. Within the general cargo category, container traffic showed robust growth to 14.6 MT, an increase of 5.7 percent over 2000's figure of 13.8 MT. The port handled around 1,525,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2001

Crowley Delivers Incinerator to Tortola


Crowley's logistics and liner services groups completed the transport of an incinerator to Tortola on Jan. 18 to replace the island's existing trash disposal unit. The government purchased the mid-size incinerator from Consutech, Systems LLC and contracted Crowley to move it from the factory in Richmond, Va.  The 42 individual pieces were handled with specialized equipment including 10 flatbeds and four open-top containers. The largest of the pieces was 30 ft long and 13

JAXPORT announces expansion of RO-RO services from NYK Lines


  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.   “We are pleased to further grow our partnership with NYK RoRo and provide more options to the industry,” said Roy Schleicher

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, is among the largest such ferry operators in the Mediterranean basin, the statement said. Actera and Esas did not disclose any financial details of the deal. KKR bought 97.6 percent of UN Ro-Ro for 910 million euros ($1.22 billion) in 2007

North of England P&I Club Updates Guide

The ‘A’ rated, 75 million GT North of England P&I club has updated its comprehensive guide to stowage and securing of non-bulk cargo items. Co-authored by Charles Bliault of international marine consultancy Brookes Bell, the 2nd edition of Cargo Stowage and Securing: A Guide to Good Practice* is set to play a significant role in helping shipowners reduce the rising tide high-value cargo claims.The new 112-page edition substantially updates and extends the original edition published in 2003

GAC Appoints Steindamm, Bjorklund

Niko Steindamm

GAC has expanded its regional Shipping Marketing team with the appointment of Niko Steindamm. As Marketing Manager, Shipping, based in Bremen, Germany, Steindamm will promote GAC's global shipping and related services to the maritime and commodity/trading communities in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.   Prior to joining GAC, Steindamm worked in sales and operations for a large container line in Germany

Panama Canal Transit Fees Up

Government of Panama approves canal tolls increases effective Ocober 2012. The Government of Panama has approved the proposal to restructure and apply selective increases in the Panama Canal pricing system, effective from 1 October 2012 to 1 October 2013. The Panama Canal Authority will increase the tolls for the following segments: * general cargo * dry bulk * tanker * chemical tanker * LPG * vehicle carrier and ro-ro * others

Wärtsilä Earns Repeat Order from Messina

Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has been contracted by the Korean yard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, to supply exhaust gas cleaning systems for four new Container Ro/Ro (ConRo) vessels being built for Ignazio Messina & Co, the Italy based ship owner and operator. This latest order will enable the new vessels to comply with both current and pending environmental legislation relating to exhaust emissions. For ships sailing in European waters, the maximum sulphur content will be limited to 0

Cavotec Wins Port Equipment Orders

Photo: Cavotec

Press release- Global engineering group Cavotec has won five separate orders with a combined value of more than $9.6  million for some of its key innovative technologies, including the Group's MoorMasterTM automated mooring system and the new Automatic Plug-in System (APS)

MOL Subsidiary to Build Ro-Pax Ferries

Ro-Pax(roll onroll off passenger)ferries.

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited is moving ahead with plans to construct two large-scale Ro-Pax (roll on/roll off passenger) ferries. The newbuilding ferries will be delivered in March and June of 2018 as replacements for the Sunflower

Port of Bronka Prepares for Opening

Photo: Port Bronka

Technical plant and equipment installation for the first stage of Bronka’s port facilities is now complete with the Liebherr LHM 800 mobile port crane installed at the end of September, bringing the port closer to operation.   The deepwater Port of Bronka is located on the outskirts

Tote Cargo ship adrift near Haida Gwaii

M.V. North Star loading operations. Photo: U.S. Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS)

 The MV North Star, a cargo ship that is owned by TOTE Maritime, spent more than half a day adrift Tuesday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.   The Canadian Coast Guard reported late Tuesday that the cargo ship lost propulsion and was adrift near the coast of Haida Gwaii.

Student Ferry Competition Draws Record Participation

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association’s (WFSA) international student ferry design competition, geared toward developing a Safe Affordable Ferry, enters its third year receiving more entrants than ever before.   For this year’s competition for a RoPax (passenger-truck) ferry for

Cavotec wins MoorMaster EUR 6.5 mln orders

MoorMaster is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines

  Global engineering group Cavotec has been awarded three separate orders for its innovative MoorMaster automated mooring technology for applications in Australia, Canada and the United States, with a combined value of approximately EUR 6.5 million.

Antwerp Port Sees Record Growth

Image Antwerp Port

  The port of Antwerp handled 156,515,552 tonnes of freight in the first nine months of this year, up 5.5% on the same period last year. The steady growth in the volume of container freight (up 8.0% in TEU, 5.4% in tonnage) and of liquid bulk (up 7

GPA to invest $152M in Brunswick

The Port of Brunswick moved 680,414 cars, trucks and tractors in Fiscal Year 2015, making it the second busiest port in the nation for roll-onroll-off cargo.

  At the annual Brunswick State of the Port event Tuesday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz discussed an ambitious capital improvement plan for Brunswick terminals. "In order to ensure efficient processing of cargo

LNG Tanks Installed on Crowley’s First ConRo Ship

Photo: Crowley

Construction of the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group reached another milestone, with the installation of three LNG fuel tanks

ABS to Class US' First LNG Bunker Barge

ABS has been selected to class an LNG bunker barge under construction at Conrad Orange Shipyard, Inc, a division of Conrad Shipyard, LLC, for WesPac Midstream LLC and Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), the classification society announced.  

ISS Opens Office in Ukraine

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the marine, cargo and supply chain solutions provider, said it is continuing its expansion program in the Black Sea region with the opening of a new office in Ukraine. Situated in Odessa, this new base is part of the company’s drive to expand its presence

Crowley Formalizes New Business Segments

Wendy MacDonald and Mike Golonka (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley formalizes new GlobalShip Management and Government Services groups; Golonka and MacDonald assume new vice presidential roles   Crowley Maritime Corp. has formalized two new groups, Government Services and Global Ship Management

Investment in Vard Tulcea SA

Photo Vard Tulcea SA

  The Board of Directors of Vard Holdings Limited would like to announce that the Company has invested a total of NOK 0.027 million in its indirectly held subsidiary, Vard Tulcea SA (“Tulcea”), thereby increasing the shareholding in Tulcea to 100%.

ICBC Signs Financing Deal with F.Laeisz

F.Laeisz fleet. Photo by F.Laeisz GmbH

 The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has signed a financing agreement with Germany shipping company F.Laeisz GmbH.    Under the agreement, the ICBC will provide 65 million U.S. dollars in export buyer's credit for F

Interferry Leads Search for Ro-pax MRV Solution

Photo: DFDS

In an initiative led by trade association Interferry, a special correspondence group has been formed to recommend sector-specific metrics for ro-pax vessels under pending implementation rules for European Union (EU) legislation on the monitoring

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