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IMO Finalizes Ships Recycling Convention

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) approved the text of the draft ship recycling convention for adoption at a conference in 2009, when it met for its 58th session at IMOs London headquarters. The MEPC conducted an article-by-article and regulation-by-regulation review of the draft new convention providing globally applicable regulations for ship recycling and for recycling activities. The text will now be circulated for consideration and adoption by a diplomatic conference to be held in , from 11 to 15 May 2009. The new convention will provide regulations for the design, construction, operation and preparation of ships so as to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships; the operation of ship recycling facilities in a safe and environmentally sound manner; and the establishment of an appropriate enforcement mechanism for ship recycling, incorporating certification and reporting requirements. Ships to be sent for recycling will be required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, specific to each ship, while an appendix to the convention will provide a list of hazardous materials whose installation or use in ships is prohibited or restricted in shipyards, ship repair yards, and ships of parties to the future convention

Shipowners and Managers to Gather in Singapore

Shipowners and managers will gather in Singapore next week to examine the strengths of their relationship and consider the state of the global shipping industry during the first International Shipowning and Shipmanagement Summit. Taking place at the Singapore headquarters of international communications specialist Singtel on October 14, the Summit features thought-provoking presentations from industry leaders representing both the ship owning and ship management sectors.

Meyer Werft to Build Royal Caribbean's Second Sunshine Class Ship

Cruise Ship Construction Meyer Werft: Credit MW

Royal Caribbean orders another Sunshine class cruise ship   Royal Caribbean has opted to exercise an option to build a second Sunshine-class cruise ship, to be delivered in Spring 2015.   Royal Caribbean's decision to build the second of the yet-to-be-seen class of ships feel confidence in the project. The ship will be built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft on substantially the same terms as its first Sunshine ship.  

LR LNG Fleet Tops 100

Recent orders of classification services for six liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships have resulted in a milestone for Lloyd’s Register: more than 100 LNG ships now exist or are being built to Lloyd’s Register class, which is significant because the new ships (two for Teekay Shipping and four for BP Shipping at Hyundai Heavy Industries) will feature dual-fuel engines, a recent innovation in LNG ship propulsion. Lloyd’s Register currently classes 37% of the LNG fleet worldwide with a total of

MHI Kobe Shipyard’s Receives Orders

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received consecutive orders for large size container ships from the Evergreen Group of Taiwan, one of the leading container transportation operators in the world. Since 1992, MHI has received orders for 38 container ships from Evergreen without a break, of which 32 ships have either been built, or are to be built at MHI’s Kobe Shipyard and Machinery Works, and six at Nagasaki Shipyard and Machinery Works

Thoresen Shipping goes to Middle East

Thoresen Shipping

 The dry bulk shipowner Thoresen Shipping rolled out new subsidiary Thoresen Shipping Arabia as part of its expansion plan to the Middle East  With a new office in Dubai for Thoresen Shipping Arabia DMCC, the dry bulk shipping company  Thoresen Shipping announced its explansion to the Middle East. The office will be led by Baard Osland, a dry bulk shipping industry veteran. A press statement from Ian Claxton, managing director

Hext to Lead V. Ships Marine Services Division

As part of a Group re-organisation, V.Ships, the world's largest provider of ship management and related marine services, has appointed Richard Hext as Chief Executive Officer of the Groups' Marine Services Division. The move follows a restructuring of the Group into two operating divisions; Ship Management and Marine Services. The newly formed Marine Services Division will oversee all activities of the Group other than ship management, including commercial management, ship agency, consulting

MHI System Enhances Stability, Reduces Risk


MHI Develops System to Enhance Damage Stability of Ships To Reduce Capsizing Risk: Response to Revised SOLAS Convention; First Order for Vessel with New System Placed by Nippon Shipping.   Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has developed a system to enhance the damage stability of ships, enabling reduction in capsizing risk, as well as a roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ship* equipped with the new system. The company has already received an order for the newly equipped vessel from

3rd Conference on Ship Recycling Bring out Revealing Facts

Presentation at the 3rd Conference on Ship Recycling

  A realistic picture at the grass root level of the ship breaking industry in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan unfolded at the’ 3rd Ship Annual conference on Ship Recycling on the Indian Sub-continent’ held on 18th September 2014 at Taj-President Mumbai. Organized by the world renowned Hinode, the event drew participants from various quarters of the globe especially ship builders, recyclers, classification societies representatives, government regulators, charterers

Thomas Schulte, Ship Recycling Cert.

German shipping company Thomas Schulte is implementing the requirements of the Hong Kong Convention on Ship Recycling well in advance. Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has been contracted to issue certificates for the fleet of 33 existing and 18 new container vessels according to the new IMO Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (Hong Kong Convention). The Hong Kong Convention adopted at a Diplomatic Conference in Hong Kong (May 2009)

ICS Backs Climate Change Deal

Image: ICS

Press release - The global shipping industry, represented at the United Nations Conference in Paris by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), fully supports a global deal on climate change.   The shipping industry is committed to ambitious CO2 emissions reduction across the entire

Norway's Offshore Shipping Sector Faces Bleak Year

Norwegian companies that provide supply ships and drilling rigs to the global oil industry face a bleak year ahead as contracts disappear and financing options dwindle in the face of weak global crude prices.   They could increasingly be forced to sell or write down the value of assets

New Methanol Projects to Change Chemical Shipping Patterns

Methanol seaborne trades in 1H15 and future new routes (in million tonnes). Source: Drewrys Chemical Forecaster

New US and Middle East methanol production capacity being added over the next two years will have serious implications for chemical shipping trade flow patterns, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  

Shipping Industry Supports Global Climate Change Deal

Courtesy Singapore Shipping Association

  The global shipping industry, represented at the United Nations Conference in Paris by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), fully supports a global deal on climate change. The shipping industry is committed to ambitious CO2 emissions reduction across the entire world merchant

DNV GL Approval for DSIC's LNG-fuelled VLCC Design

VLCC AiP presenting to Madame Guan

  DNV GL has presented Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company Limited (DSIC) with an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate for a new LNG-fuelled very large crude carrier (VLCC) design at the first day of the Marintec China trade fair. The new

Barge-Rail Service on Upper Columbia, Snake Rivers

Columbia-Snake River System Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  Container barge service is back on the upper Columbia and Snake rivers.The Up river Container Barge-Rail Shuttle will help importers and exporters in eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho move containerized agricultural products to markets in Asia

USN Issues Full Funding for LCS "Cooperstown"

Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Photo US Navy

  As part of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the US Navy has awarded to the consortium which includes Fincantieri, through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), and Lockheed Martin Corporation, the amount of $ 279 million related the completion of the construction of

CMA CGM Seeking Funds for NOL Takeover

Pic: Neptune Orient Lines Ltd

 France’s CMA CGM has approached banks to finance its potential takeover bid for Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL), reports Bloomberg.   The world’s No. 3 container shipping company is in talks with banks including BNP Paribas SA

Wärtsilä Strengthens Its Position in China with New Propulsion Orders

Photo: Wärtsilä

 Two new marine geological research vessels under construction in China will feature a broad scope of Wärtsilä engines and propulsion equipment. Wärtsilä has maintained a leading position in China for supplying propulsion solutions to research vessels.   

Green Signal to New Access Channel to Port Said East

Photo: APM Terminals

 The construction of a wide access channel to Port Said East, as the side channel project, has officially received approval.   The head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), vice admiral Mohab Mamish, has approved the construction of a new access channel to Port Said East which will which

Ship Spills Oil in Whangarei Harbour

Photo: Northport Ltd

 A Hong Kong-registered ship, Ning Po, has leaked some fuel but it is unclear how much has been spilled or what the cause of the leak was, say local media reports.   Officials worked to clear a fuel spill from the ship berthed at Northport in Whangarei Harbour

Rocket Debris Found Near Isles of Scilly

Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

A piece of metal thought to be debris from an American space rocket was recovered from the sea off the Isles of Scilly.   The metal – a large section of alloy about 10 meters by 4 meters, was spotted on the surface between Bryher and Tresco and reported to the UK Coastguard November 26

Gulf and Hendry Marine Consolidate Operations

Gulf Marine Repair Corporation, a southeastern tug-barge shipyard, announced it is consolidating operations with Hendry Corporation, its affiliated company and fellow shipyard, effective November 30, 2015.   Rick Watts, the newly appointed President of Gulf Marine, said

Damen’s Norway Foray

Aquaculture Designs: Damen’s STD-UV 3711

The Damen Shipyard Group’s man in Norway likes picking up the phone these days. With offshore markets in the doldrums, a unique phenomenon is occurring: “Norwegians are talking to me,” said Damen’s Norway sales boss, Remco Hottentot

Big IT: How Fast, How Far Will IT Drive Maritime?

Steve Driver

The IT industry doesn’t like to stand still. Upgrades, updates, new versions and enhanced functionality are released on a regular basis. New services are enabled, bottlenecks eliminated, more joined up operations enabled. The underlying platform remains the same but, over time

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