For the first time, the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command has chartered a kite-assisted, fuel-saving cargo ship to carry military equipment.MV Beluga SkySails departed , , Oct. 5 after the first of three European port calls to load U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo before the ship's month-long voyage to the . The 400-ft. Beluga SkySails is the world's first cargo ship to use a sky sail - a giant, computer-controlled kite that can rise 100 yards into the air and uses wind power to help propel the ship during long ocean transits. Though MSC frequently charters commercial ships to meet mission requirements, this is the first time the command has chartered such a ship. The ship operating company estimates that the sky sail can reduce fuel costs by 20 to 30 percent, or roughly $1,600 per day.Though Beluga SkySails' wind power was not a factor in awarding the contract, the ship operating company was likely "able to capitalize on fuel savings to make its offer more competitive," said MSC contracting officer Kenneth Allen.
Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY) signs a long-term contract to repair Maersk vessels on preferential terms With 35 years experience in the shipbuilding and repair business, ASRY will repair Maersk ships operating in the Persian Gulf as required. In 2011 the yard repaired nine Maersk ships. Commenting on this agreement, Chief Executive Officer, of the ASRY Group Chris Potter, said: "I am very pleased to welcome Maersk company in the growing list of our customers
Malta, which registered the tanker that broke up off France in December, is among five flags responsible for nearly half of all ships detained in the U.K. last year, Britain's Coastguard said. Ships registered with the flags of Malta, Cyprus, Panama, St Vincent and Grenadines and Russia accounted for 62 of the 129 detentions made by British port inspectors in 1999, the agency said. Vessels are detained when they are found to have deficiencies ranging from structural problems to faulty
OpCost 2007, Moore Stephens unique ship operating cost benchmark, reveals that all vessel categories covered by the report experienced an annual average increase of 8.5 per cent in total operating costs in 2006, the financial year covered by the survey, and that, generally, the increases were more marked than in the previous year. The OpCost bulker index increased by thirteen index points (10.7 per cent) on a year-on-year basis, with handymax bulkers recording the biggest increase (14
Strategic Software is restructuring in order to streamline its business services and allow expansion into the ship operating sector. Ownership of VesselOps, the integrated vessel operations and voyage management system developed in close cooperation with the Armada Group, is passing to Softmar Ltd., a dedicated company created by founder and chairman of Strategic software, David Marais. Softmar will work closely with Strategic Software and both companies will continue working from
The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory warning that extreme caution and vigilance should be exercised by ships operating in the Niger Delta area of Nigerian waters due to numerous acts of aggression against vessels and reports of excessive fines being levied by Nigerian Drug Enforcement Officers. US-flag vessels should refer to MARSEC Directive 104-6, Guidelines for US Vessels Operating in High Risk Waters
A&P Tyne has won the latest refit contract involving ships operated by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) - to carry out the 4-month refit of the fleet supply vessel RFA Fort Rosalie in their Wallsend yard. The contract from the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD), which will began on June 15, has secured 500 jobs for the duration of the refit. This contract follows the recent successful refit and repairs carried out aboard the RFA Fort Victoria, which also drydocked at A&P Tyne earlier this year.
The proposal, with some minor modifications from its earlier version, will be circulated soon for comments. The final regulation will come into effect 30 days after publication. The regulation would apply to oceangoing ships operating within 24 miles of the coast. The “Phase I” fuel requirement specifies use of marine gas oil up to 1.5% sulfur or marine diesel up to 0.5% sulfur. The Phase I requirement would apply to main engines and auxiliary boilers as of July 1
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) discussing Energy Conservation Applications for the U.S. Navy. The BAA solicits innovative concepts from industry and academia that can introduce applications for Navy shipboard energy conservation and carbon footprint reduction with the potential for rapid transition to Fleet operation. The target segment of the Fleet is the ships operated by Military Sealift Command: Combat Logistics
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
Rolls-Royce informs it has been granted a patent in China for the Environship wave piercing bow technology for merchant vessels. The Environship concept, which can be adapted for different ship types, incorporates a range of Rolls-Royce technologies to deliver efficiency savings for ship owners
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meets for its 66th session from 31 March to 4 April 2014, at IMO Headquarters in London. Items on the agenda include the consideration of proposed amendments to the MARPOL to make the audit
U.S. EPA has served subpoenas in connection with the investigation into potential violations of MARPOL Annex and the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) following the coming into force of the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA) on 1, August 2012.
Online registration is now open for SHIPPINGInsight 2014, North America’s premier maritime industry technical forum, scheduled for Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel in Stamford, Conn. Now entering its third year
MOL Liner Ltd. (MOL) announced an enhancement of its Intra-Asia service network with new rotation of “HS3” and new Japan-Strait service “HS4,” offering competitive service despite potential schedule disruption as a result of recent port congestion in the region.
European multimodal solutions provider Samskip Multimodal B.V. and Intercombi (ICL) Transport, a subsidiary of the leading logistics company Turkey Netlog Logistics Group as limited partners have launched the joint initiative GreenBridge Multimodal C.V
Judging by the findings of Drewry Maritime Research’s latest 'Ship Operating Costs Annual Review and Forecast' , ship operators were able to keep increases in operating costs in 2013 quite low – with increases in total costs typically ranging between 1.0-2
Development of an international code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code), IMO is developing a draft mandatory International Code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code). The work is being coordinated by the Sub-Committee on Ship Desgin and
IMO’s draft ‘Polar Code’ ignores environmental dangers of increased Polar shipping says 'Seas at Risk, a European association of non-governmental environmental organisations in the following public statement: The new draft ‘Polar Code’ of safety and
Stolt-Nielsen Limited has reported unaudited results for the fourth quarter ended November 30, 2013. Net profit attributable to SNL shareholders in the fourth quarter was $36.7 million, with revenue of $524.5 million, compared with $21.8 million, with revenue of $521
Development of an international code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code). IMO is developing a draft mandatory International Code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code), to cover the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, training
The GUARDIAN brand of antipiracy barriers is restructured under a new company name. With immediate effect, GUARDIAN will now be provided by Guardian Maritime Limited. In taking their whole operation back in-house the original inventors and owners, David and Teresa Stevens
Otto Marine Limited confirm the time charter contract of their Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) - 'Sea Frost', for approximately US$8.0 million. Under the contract, which has recently commenced, Sea Frost has been contracted to support the Atwood Eagle rig located off the coast of Australia for a
The new Wärtsilä slop water treatment system has been ordered for an ultra-deep water drill ship operating in the Gulf of Mexico, marking the first for Wärtsilä’s new system. The contract was signed in the end of 2013.
A new well-intentioned maritime fuel regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to crowd roads and increase onshore air pollution, maintain shipping industry leaders Rod Jones and Bill Terry, President and CEO of the CSL Group and of Eagle Rock Aggregates, respectively