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MOL Bulker is the First Built with Safer Hull

Bulk carrier of the type featuring the NSafe-Hull

Bulk carrier under MOL’s operation is world's first to adopt highly ductile steel plate to ensure superior collision safety Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced the world’s first use of highly ductile steel plate NSafe-Hull, developed by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation on a merchant vessel. The ship featuring this new safety-enhancing feature, a large-size bulk carrier, was launched on August 2. The NSafe-Hull’s highly ductile steel reportedly absorbs side impact to the hull three times more effectively than conventional steel plate, reducing the risk of cracks in the hull and significantly increasing the safety of the vessel, MOL said. Construction of the new bulkship required a total of about 3,000 tons of NSafe-Hull for sections such as the side plates of cargo holds and fuel tanks, where hull strength is especially critical. According to MOL, improved puncture resistance helps to prevent flooding, protects cargo and prevents environmental damage from oil leakage. Vessel particulars Length: 299.94 m Breadth: 50 m Draft: 24.7 m Deadweight tonnage: 206,600 MT Shipyard: Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, Saijo Shipyard Launched: August 2, 2014 mol.co.jp  


First Electronic Container Freight Swap Settled in USD

Saxo Bank and ICAP Shipping Involved in World's First Electronic Container Freight Swap Settled in USD.   Saxo Bank, the trading and investment specialist, and ICAP Shipping, the shipping arm of ICAP plc, announced on Thursday that they were involved in the execution of the world's first electronic, voice-assisted trade of a container freight swap agreement settled in US dollars. The counterparties to the trade were Saxo Bank in Denmark as the buyer and a Netherlands-based trading house


This Day in Naval History – May 13

1908 - Navy Nurse Corps established. 1908 - Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, later called Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, was officially established in the Territory of Hawaii as a coaling station for U.S. Navy ships transiting the Pacific Ocean. 1943 - Bureau of Navigation renamed Bureau of Naval Personnel 1945 - Aircraft from fast carrier task force begin 2-day attack on Kyushu airfields, Japan 1964 - Organization and deployment of world's first all nuclear-powered task group, USS Enterprise


Shell Plans to Build Floating Gas Plant

According to an Oct. 9 report from The Wall Street Journal, Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced plans to deploy the world's first floating liquefied-natural-gas facility, off the coast of northwestern Australia, in a move that could have major repercussions for the global natural-gas industry. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)


This Day in Naval History – May 13

1908 - Navy Nurse Corps established. 1908 - Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, later called Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, was officially established in the Territory of Hawaii as a coaling station for U.S. Navy ships transiting the Pacific Ocean. 1943 - Bureau of Navigation renamed Bureau of Naval Personnel 1945 - Aircraft from fast carrier task force begin 2-day attack on Kyushu airfields, Japan 1964 - Organization and deployment of world's first all nuclear-powered task group, USS Enterprise


Today in U.S. Naval History: May 13

Nuclear-powered warships Enterprise, Long Beach and Bainbridge steam in formation, 1964. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - May 13 1908 - Navy Nurse Corps established. 1943 - Bureau of Navigation renamed Bureau of Naval Personnel. 1945 - Aircraft from fast carrier task force begin two-day attack on Kyushu airfields, Japan. 1964 - Organization and deployment of world's first all nuclear-powered task group, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Long Beach (CGN 9), and USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), to Sixth Fleet.


This Day in Naval History - May 13

1908 - Navy Nurse Corps established. 1943 - Bureau of Navigation renamed Bureau of Naval Personnel. 1945 - Aircraft from fast carrier task force begin 2-day attack on Kyushu airfields, Japan. 1964 - Organization and deployment of world's first all nuclear-powered task group, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Long Beach (CGN 9), and USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), to Sixth Fleet. (Source: Navy News Service)


University to Design Fossil Fuel-Free Cargo Ship

UK's  University of Southampton to design the modern world’s first 100% fossil fuel-free sailing cargo ships Developments are underway at the University of Southampton to design the modern world’s first 100% fossil fuel free sailing cargo ships, in a project which aims to provide efficient and affordable low-carbon shipping in the face of rising fossil fuel prices and the global challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


ClassNK issues World’s First Statement of Compliance

Handing the SOC from ClassNK to Zhongxin; Mr. Matsui, Executive Vice President, ClassNK (left) and Mr. Liang, Director, Zhongxin (right)

ClassNK  has announced  that it has issued the world’s first Statement of Compliance (SOC) for a ship recycling facility to Jiangmen Zhongxin Shipbreaking & Steel Co., Ltd.   The Statement of Compliance issued by ClassNK certifies that the facility and its recycling procedures are fully in compliance with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (Hong Kong Convention).  


TOTE, Saltchuk Secure Financing for Marlin Class Vessels

TOTE President and CEO Anthony Chiarello (left) with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx

Maritime Administration to Provide Title XI Loan Guarantee for World’s First LNG Containerships Today, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced a $324.6 million loan guarantee for TOTE Shipholdings and Saltchuk Resources for their Marlin Class vessels. The two new Marlin Class vessels, which will be the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containerships, will serve the Puerto Rico trade and will be complete in 2015 and 2016.


‘Landmark Year’ for RS in 2014

For Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), 2014 marked the 101st year of its activities. The classification society said 2014 also marked a landmark year, as the construction of the world's first Arctic LNG carrier began to RS class. The new 300-meter-long ship carrying liquefied natural gas


Reftrade Upgrades Fleet Refrigeration Systems

Photo courtesy of Reftrade

Reftrade UK  has made an investment to upgrade its fleet with environmentally friendly technology. The world’s first refrigeration system to use CO2 as a natural refrigerant, NaturaLINE, has been installed in Reftrade UK’s fleet


'World's First Hybrid Superyacht'

Savannah. Image by Feadship

Developed by Dutch shipbuilders Feadship, the 83.5m Savannah is touted as the world's first hybrid super yacht. Vessel is 30% more fuel efficient than similar sized counterparts, claims the company.   The eco-friendly super yacht uses a blend of a single diesel engine, three gensets


NASSCO to Christen Third MLP, Lewis B. Puller

USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP 3 AFSB) was floated out in late 2014 (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Shipbuilder General Dynamics National Steel & Shipbuilding Co. – NASSCO – will christen the USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP 3 AFSB) Saturday, February 7, 2015 in San Diego.   General Dynamic’s NASSCO arguably has the most diverse and enviable shipbuilding backlog in the U.S


Zero Emission Vessels – The Tide is Turning

View from the helm of Viking Lady at work in the North Sea. Courtesy of Corvus Energy

Battery based energy storage systems for marine applications are finally moving, cleanly along the global waterfront at full speed. The UN Report on climate change on November 2, 2014, stated that the unregulated use of carbon based fuels must cease by the end of the century


BG loads First QCLNG Cargo

The worlds first coal-seam-gas to LNG facility starts up

  BG Group today announced that it has been loading the first cargo of LNG from its Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) facility since 28 December. The vessel being loaded is the Methane Rita Andrea. The second cargo of LNG from the facility will be loaded onto the Methane Mickie Harper which is


First LNG Loaded from QCLNG Project in Australia

Methane Rita Andrea (Photo: BG Group)

The world's first coal-seam-gas to LNG facility starts up    BG Group began loading the first cargo of LNG from its Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) facility to the vessel Methane Rita Andrea December 28. The second cargo of LNG from the facility will be loaded onto the Methane Mickie


Arctech Helsinki Shipyard to Russian Ownership

Photo: Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard is now 100 percent Russian-owned as United Shipbuilding Corporation bought the remaining half of the company’s shares from STX Finland Oy.   Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc. was founded in December 2010 as United Shipbuilding Corporation bought the first 50


NAVTOR Expands into Asia

Norwegian Ambassador, His Excellency Tormod C. Endresen, Regional Manager Jennifer Lee, NAVTOR Singapore Pte. Ltd and NAVTOR CEO Tor A. Svanes.

  E-navigation specialist NAVTOR has set course for Asia, with the news that the Egersund, Norway-based business has opened an office in Singapore. The move comes in response to growing regional demand for simple, efficient and cost effective ENC distribution solutions


New Virginia-Class Attack Submarine Named

Virginia-class submarine

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that SSN 795, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Hyman G. Rickover. Mabus named the submarine to honor U.S. Navy Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the man credited for developing USS Nautilus (SSN 571)


LR to Class First Methanol-powered Sea Vessel

Photo: Lloyds Register

Ropax vessel Stena Germanica will soon be converted to a dual-fuel methanol propulsion system at Poland's Remontowa shipyard.   The 240-meter-long, 1,500-passenger ferry, which will be converted over a 45-day period from 28 January, 2015


Stena Germanica to Run on Methanol

Stena Germanica (Photo courtesy of Stena Line)

The Stena Line's ferry Stena Germanica will become the world's first ferry to use methanol as a fuel.  The 240m, 1,500-passenger, 2001-built ro-pax ship will soon undergo conversions in Poland’s Remontowa shipyard.  The aim of the exercise is to drastically cut exhaust emissions


Great Ships of 2014: Linda Oldendorff

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Norwegian ferry operator Norled  AS  received the battery-driven car ferry ZeroCat 120, an aluminum catamaran which is light-weight with slender twin hulls. Its electric power train was designed by Norway’s Fjellstrand shipyard with battery technology from Germany’s Siemens


DNV GL Certification Helps Hapag-Lloyd Prepare for MRV

The DNV GL classed Hamburg Express is the 13,200 TEU flagship of Hapag-Lloyds fleet.

Hapag-Lloyd is preparing to become the world’s first MRV-Ready certified shipowner, working with classification society DNV GL on a verification program that will prove their readiness with incoming EU emission monitoring regulations for their entire own-managed fleet


Inmarsat's Launch Date for Xpress Satellite

Inmarsat

  Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, will complete another significant milestone in the delivery of its transformational global mobile satellite communications (GX) service with the scheduled launch of Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) from the Baikonur






 
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