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Japan Delivers 2 Used Ships to Vietnam

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Photo: U.S. Naval Institute.

 Japan delivered on Tuesday two used ships to the Vietnamese Coast Guard to help the Southeast Asian country strengthen maritime security, reports the Japan Times.   The two 600-ton vessels, provided in a ceremony in the city of Da Nang, will be refurbished into patrol boats in disputed waters of the South China Sea.   The ships are the second delivery of a 2014 deal for Tokyo to provide Vietnam with six used fishing vessels that will be converted into patrol ships for Vietnam's coast guard and fisheries ministry.   The Abe administration agreed last year to provide Vietnam with six used ships to help Hanoi cope with heightened tensions in the South China Sea.   Two were delivered earlier and the remaining two will arrive by the end of this year.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled the plan to provide additional used ships during a meeting with Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Tokyo in September.   The Japanese ships follow a U.S. pledge to provide at least five refurbished fast patrol ships to improve Vietnam's Coast Guard.   China continues to defend its maritime boundary claims in the South China Sea in response to United States warships sailing near the Spratly Islands -- where it has reportedly constructed two artificial islands on Subi and Mischief reefs.


Oil Storage at Sea Stalls as Profit Play Fades

Traders are cutting plans to use tankers to store oil at sea as the price incentive recedes, the global head of oil at mining and commodities group Glencore's said on Tuesday.   In January, the price of spot oil was around 50 percent lower than a peak hit in June, enabling traders to potentially make money by storing crude for delivery months down the line, when prices were expected to recover.   Tanker industry sources estimated in late January that the volume of oil booked for


Coast Guard Amends Anchorage Regulations for Lower Miss. River

The Coast Guard is amending anchorage regulations for the Lower Mississippi River, prohibiting vessels anchored in the Lower Kenner Bend Anchorage from using or exercising the ship’s hold cargo cranes. Vessels in this anchorage must keep the ship’s hold cargo gear in the down and hawsed position, as rigged for sea transits. Deck-mounted cranes, deck booms, and stiff legs may be used to take on ship’s stores and spare parts and may be used to move manifold hoses


Germanischer Lloyd at Seatrade Cruise Shipping

Emergency Response Service for Passenger Ships A cruise ship scrapes a reef. A fire breaks out in a storage room. The many different scenarios the Emergency Response Service (ERS) of Germanischer Lloyd has to handle are often hazardous for passengers, seamen and the environment. The emergency service for ships in trouble, already used by ten passenger ships, is presented at Seatrade Cruise Shipping. It is essential for the rescue service to have a computational model giving all the


Chafe-Pro for Philadelphia Naval Reserve Fleet

Global Associates, Ltd, contractor for the U.S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, has selected FJORD, Inc. to supply its brand name Chafe-Pro chafing gear for the protection of the mooring lines used by the ships located at the naval reserve fleet in Philadelphia.  The facility is used to hold decommissioned U.S. Navy and auxiliary ships pending the determination of their final fate. FJORD, Inc. is a woman-owned small business located in Graham


Safety for Gas-Fuelled Ships

Photo: International Maritime Organization @Fjord Lines/Espen Gees

 A new mandatory code for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels enters into force on 1 January 2017, along with new training requirements for seafarers working on those ships.    Gas and other low-flashpoint fuels are cleaner for the atmosphere as they emit very low levels of air pollutants, such as sulphur oxides and particulates. But these fuels pose their own safety challenges, which need to be properly managed.   


Mobile, Broadband Offered for Cruise Ships

A joint venture will provide bundled broadband and mobile communications services for cruise-ship passengers. CapRock Communications and SeaMobile announced the service that will allow passengers plying the seas to stay in touch with those on land using their personal cell phones and other mobile devices. The satellite-based service also delivers encrypted business applications that can be used in concert with the vessels' wired communications systems.


Design of Aquarius Solar Power Array Starts

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Another step forward in the development of the Aquarius System was made recently when workbegun on the detailed design of the wind and solar sail panel. This panel or rigid sail will beused to harness wind & solar energy which will then be used to help power a ship thereby reducing fuel consumption and the emissions. The rigid sails are being developed by Eco Marine Power in co-operation with a number of development partners


New Pumps Save Millions at Sea

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A Grundfos project aboard a Lauritzen Bulkers cargo ship shows that large vessels could be losing money on wasted energy. A pilot project between Grundfos and Danish shipping operator Lauritzen Bulkers shows that better technology and a sharp focus on pump efficiency can mean big savings on the bottom line. The project, carried out on the 19,889-ton Durban Bulker, focused on efficiency in ship’s pumps.


FleetPlan Helps Generate Cost Savings

FleetPlan

Fleet management solutions are designed to help cut costs associated with maintaining vessels by streamlining your workflow. FleetPlan manages risk, warranties and supports facility management. HMC’s FleetPlan optimizes fleet planning to reduce downtime. The current competitive market demands efficient operation at all times and rapidly develops to a stage of management science integrated within the business activities


BIMCO Launches First Report On Global Dry Bulk Terminal Performance

Map: BIMCO

 Since 2015 BIMCO has been collecting feedback on the performance of port terminals in order to be able to report the results to members and, ultimately, to give further guidance to ships.    BIMCO has received over 400 feedback reports from bulk carriers on the performance of dry


ABB Propulsion, Automation and Software for Five Cruise Ships

Photo: ABB

ABB will supply the complete power, propulsion and automation package for a series of new cruise vessels being built by MV WERFTEN for Genting Hong Kong brands Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises.   The three Crystal Cruises’ luxury “Endeavor Class” mega-yachts will feature a


Vard Wins Two Ferries Contract from Torghatten Nord

Ferries for Torghatten Nord - Picture Multi-Maritime Photo VARD

Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”)secured contracts for the construction of two LNG powered car- and passenger ferries for Torghatten Nord in Norway. The total contract value amounts to approximately NOK 600 million. The new car- and passenger ferries are designed for environmentally


New Deck Lifter Helps Reduce Cargo Hold Waste

Photo: TTS Marine AB

A patent pending movable deck lifter, TTS Intelligent Movable Deck Lifter (IMDL), developed by TTS aims to help reduce waste volumes onboard PCTC vessels (Pure Car Truck Carriers) due to new and improved technique.   A  traditional deck lifter has a centered contact point


Maersk, Alibaba Team up to offer Online Booking

File Image: A maersk vessel alongside working cargo (Maersk)

Maersk, the world's largest container shipping line, has teamed up with Alibaba to allow customers to reserve space on its vessels through the Chinese company, illustrating growing cooperation between e-commerce and logistics firms.  


Cost Reduction Through Modified EMC Regulation

Photo: RH Marine

The joint proposal to applicate risk based EMC regulations has been accepted and will be implemented January 2017. The intention of this proposal is to reduce EMC related costs by applying a risk based approach combined with smart installation methods


AltaGas to Build First Propane Terminal on Ridley

Pic: Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal

 AltaGas says it will proceed with construction of Canada’s first West Coast propane export facility. It has federal approval and long-term commercial agreements in hand.   The Ridley Export Terminal, located at Prince Rupert, B.C., will be designed to ship 1


Megastar's First LNG bunkering at Skangas Pori Terminal

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To be completed at the Meyer Turku shipyard in late January, Tallink’s new liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered fast ferry M/S Megastar was bunkered with LNG for the first time at the newly opened Skangas Pori LNG terminal on January 4. Her maiden voyage will take place from Tallinn to


All Eyes on 2020

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IMO Low-Sulfur Fuel Mandate Triggers Mixed Reaction   The International Maritime Organization’s proposals to reduce sulfur levels in marine fuels to a maximum of 0.5 percent m/m (mass/mass) by 2020 may prove to be controversial, having met with various responses from major shipping


Fuel Catalyst Makes Engines More Efficient

Photo: Power Fuel Savers

More complete combustion means less fuel needed, as well as reduced maintenance and unscheduled downtime, cleaner injectors, cleaner piston crowns, cleaner firing tubes   Engines are designed to run on refinery grade fuel. At the time fuel is refined, it is at its purest state; however


Samsung Wins $1.26bln Contract from BP

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea's major shipyard, build a floating production unit for British oil multinational BP that will be used in offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, says a report in Yonhap.   The 1.5 trillion won ($1


Euronav Secures Loan for VLCC Refinancing

Photo courtesy Euronav NV

Tanker shipping company Euronav NV announced it has signed a new $410 million senior secured amortizing revolving credit facility. The facility has been made available on December 16, 2016 for the purpose of refinancing 11 vessels as well as Euronav’s general corporate and working capital


BIMCO Surveys Dry Bulk Terminal Performance

Image: BIMCO

 BIMCO is seeking to drive the improvement of standards for ships at dry bulk terminals across the world and has launched its first report on terminal performance.   Since 2015 BIMCO has been collecting feedback on the performance of port terminals in order to be able to report the


Dryships to Expand into VLGC sector

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DryShips Inc. announced today that, it has agreed to enter into a “zero cost” Option Agreement (“LPG Option Agreement”) with companies controlled by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. George Economou, to purchase up to four high specifications Very Large Gas


Euronav Gets Credit Line of $ 410mln

Photo: Euronav NV

 Euronav NV announces has signed a new USD 410 million senior secured amortizing revolving credit facility.    The facility has been made available on 16 December 2016 for the purpose of refinancing 11 vessels as well as Euronav’s general corporate and working capital






 
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