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Crew Puts Out Cargo Ship Fire

Crew Puts Out Cargo Ship Fire The crew of a Danish cargo ship that caught fire in the English Channel managed to put out the blaze, British coastguards said on Wednesday. The captain of the 2,500-ton Sofie Theresa, with 13 crew on board, radioed for help when a fire broke out in the ship's engine room on Tuesday night, a coastguard spokesman said. No one was injured in the blaze and the ship was not in any immediate danger, he said. The ship, carrying a cargo of wax, was about 18 miles southeast of Beachy Head on England's southern coast when the fire broke out. A rescue helicopter, a tug and coastguard vessels were dispatched to aid the ship, which was sailing to Port Coronne in France from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The vessel's sister ship, Ellen Theresa, was also in the Channel and had stopped to lend assistance, the spokesman said.


PARAT Halvorsen Awarded Boiler Contracts

Stern Trawlers ST-116 new buildings.

PARAT Halvorsen AS awarded 4 new boiler contracts from Tersan Shipyard.   Parat Halvorsen AS has been awarded in all 4 boiler plant contracts with TERSAN Shipyard in Turkey and their Stern Trawlers ST-116 new buildings. The boiler plants will be equipped with Parat combined oil fired and exhaust gas boilers, type MCS, to comply steam production for the freezer trawlers fishmeal and fish oil factory. The exhaust gas section is specially designed for high steam production during low load


LCS 1 Begins Final Dockside Testing

The propulsion plant of the nation's first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1), has completed testing in preparation for dock trials. The ship is now ready to begin dock trials -- the final stage of testing before underway trials. The 378-foot Freedom is powered by an innovative, combined diesel and gas turbine propulsion plant, with steerable water jet propulsion. This system will power the ship at cruise speeds out to ranges exceeding 3


STX Emergency Gen-Sets

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Relative to the huge MAN B&W ship engines manufactured at the STX Engine Company factory on the southern coast of South Korea, their emergency generators are small in size. But in the event of a crisis on a deep-sea container, bulker or tank ship, they can literally be lifesavers. This is, of course, the reason that the IMO has mandated their installation in the upper decks of all new ships.   On the first of February this year


Marine Diesel Engine Test Facility Opened by MHI

MHI UE Diesel Engine: Photo credit MHI

MHI completes full-scale low speed 2-stroke marine diesel engine testing facility at its Kobe Shipyard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed "4UE-X3," a testing facility for full-scale low-speed, 2-stroke marine diesel engines, in the company's Kobe Shipyard and Machinery Works in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. The facility will be used for the testing of various technologies developed in response to more stringent environmental regulations that are expected to be applied


Norwegian Escape with Biggest Scrubbers sets Sail

Norwegian Escape  Photo Norwegian Cruise Line

  On a sunny October day in the German harbor-town of Hamburg, M/V Norwegian Escape, a brand new cruise ship, sets sail for the first time. On board are five Yara SOx scrubbers – one for each engine. The scrubbers ensure that the cruise is not just pleasurable, but also environmental friendly. Yara Marine Technologies has developed a simple and cost-efficient solution to fight air pollution at sea: the inline scrubber. An inline scrubber is basically a “gas washing machine


U.S. Ports Argue for Reducing Ship Emissions

At its U.S. Legislative Policy Council meeting last week in Norfolk, VA, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) got approval from its member ports to advocate for setting new, tougher standards for air emissions from both foreign and domestic ships. The emissions-limiting agenda sought by AAPA follows a U.S. government proposal for more stringent international rules for ocean-going vessels. Susan Monteverde


Breakthrough order for DC technology

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ABB wins order to install the first ever DC-based electric solution for a vessel. The Onboard DC Grid will allow vessels to cut fuel consumption and emissions by up to 20 percent.   ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won an order from ship owner Myklebusthaug Management to supply the first ever direct current (DC) power grid on board a ship. The equipment will allow a new offshore platform support vessel, under construction in Norway


Crew Desert 'Arrested Ship,' Plead in India High Court

In a courtroom drama the captain of the Korean ship told the court the abandoned ship's engine room was flooded and there was danger of a capsize. MV OSM Arena had been anchored off the Port of Chennai since February 2010 following cases filed by different parties against the owners in the Calcutta and Madras high courts to recover their dues, and it has been under ‘arrest’ since September 2012, reports The New Indian Express.


AMP Event Held in Sweden's Port of Ystad

AMC Dockside Installation: Photo credit Cavotec

Cavotec co-hosted a community & business outreach event at the Port of Ystad, including a seminar on benefits of Alernative Marine Power (AMP). The event was co-hosted by Cavotec, leading power and automation conglomerate ABB, the Port of Ystad, electrical systems specialist Processkontroll Elektriska, technical consultancy Grontmij, as well as Polferries and Unity Line. Cavotec AMP systems enable ships to close down their engines while docked and to connect to shore side electricity


Ship Engine Emissions Adversely Affect Macrophages

Photo:  Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd

A study conducted by Germany’s Helmholtz Zentrum München and University of Rostock found that ship emissions adversely affect the health of inhabitants of coastal regions.   Since macrophages also play a key role in lung diseases such as COPD


Why Maritime Museums Matter

Photo: GulfQuest

With today’s focus on digital technology, mobile apps, enhanced reality and the overall digital landscape, the maritime industry often gets overshadowed, leaving some to ask, “Does maritime still play a significant role in today’s society?” The answer, of course


Underwater Inspections a Boon - Hydrex

Courtesy Hydrex

Building upon conventional technical skills and know-how while also taking advantage of the latest technology, Hydrex offers a unique hull monitoring service to its customers. This gives shipowners total control of their ship's hull condition and consequently its performance


Maersk May Face Crisis: Economist

Photo: Maersk Group

 Shipping industry faces worse storm than after financial crisis. The  industry has been squeezed on both the supply and demand sides: too many vessels have been built and not enough scrapped, while global trade has slowed down.  


Wärtsilä Admits Manipulation on Ship Engine Fuel Tests

President and CEO Jaakko Eskola. Courtesy   Wärtsilä Corporation

Wärtsilä internal audit reveals deviations in a limited number of fuel consumption tests of marine engines Wärtsilä Corporation has, at its own initiative, conducted an internal audit of test processes globally. This was done to secure compliance and to ensure operational


USS America Returns after Maintenance

USS America (U.S. Navy file photo)

Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) has returned to sea March 21 following a 10-month post-shakedown availability maintenance period during which the crew and contractors made improvements to the ship's design.  USS America is now conducting sea trials off the coast of Southern


Wärtsilä's Hatley Joins 'Society for Gas as Marine Fuel' Board

John Hatley (Photo: Wärtsilä)

John Hatley, Vice President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions in America, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF). Wärtsilä has long been at the forefront of developing technologies to make possible the use of gas as a marine fuel


MAN Diesel Ship Engine Production Steady

MAN B&W low-speed diesel engines manufactured at the Tamano Works Machinery Factory Photo MES

Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding co., Ltd. (MES; President: Takao Tanaka) achieved production volume of 181 MAN B&W low-speed diesel engines manufactured at the Tamano Works Machinery Factory (Tamano, Okayama Prefecture) in fiscal 2015, representing for 3


Fincantieri Orders Heat Power Systems for Cruise Newbuilds

Photo: Fincantieri

Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri has selected Climeon’s heat power system Climeon Ocean for its energy efficient solutions, purchasing six Climeon Ocean 450M systems to be installed in its upcoming new cruise ship builds. Total capacity on all ships is up to 2.7 MW.


First Cruise Company Fined under Australia’s New Fuel Rules

Pacific Jewel (Photo: P&O Cruises)

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


Maritime Future Summit: Digital Shipping

Photo: SMM

Autonomous ships, smart on-board systems: At the Maritime Future Summit on September 5, industry leaders will discuss the future of shipping. For the first time SMM hosts a conference dedicated to digital shipping.   Cyber Ships: What may sound like a word from a science fiction novel to


Measuring Shipping Emissions in the Arctic

Multicopter with sensors (photograph taken by Aeromon Ltd.)

Shipping must prepare for stricter black carbon emission regulations; Finns improve the reliability of international measurement techniques   A new global challenge and a compliance monitoring market are emerging, due to tightening environmental regulations


Tanker Crew Freed after Two-year Imprisonment

The crew of the MT Maro on release with their lawyer, Sandeep Singh (Photo: Sailors’ Society)

The 11-strong crew of the MT Maro has been released after being held for two years in Nigeria.   The ruling was made on June 30 and, after securing emergency travel documents, the crew arrived in Delhi, India on July 3 to be reunited with their families.  


Carnival Opens High-tech Training Center

Photo: Carnival

Carnival Corporation & plc today announced the official opening of its Arison Maritime Center, a world-class facility dedicated to providing safety training for its bridge and engineering officers responsible for the navigation and operation of the company’s fleet of cruise ships.


Finland's Wartsila Sticks to 2016 Outlook

File Image: a Wartsila built marine engine (Wartsila)

Finnish ship engine and power plant maker Wartsila reported weaker-than-expected quarterly profit and order intake on Wednesday. Wartsila cited tight competition in the energy markets and overcapacity of ships. However, the company repeated its full-year profitability outlook






 
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