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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


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. 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)


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.


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.


Inmarsat Launch First Satellite in the Mobile GX Network

I-5 F1 Lift Off: Photo courtesy of Inmarsat

The launch vehicle blasted off from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and the first telemetry signal was acquired soon after by Inmarsat's Paumalu ground station in Hawaii, putting the satellite under the control of Inmarsat’s mission operations team. “The successful launch of this first Inmarsat-5 satellite is a major landmark on our journey to deliver the world’s first globally available, high-speed mobile broadband service


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.


After Paris, A Move to Rein In Emissions by Ships

Projections for the aviation and shipping industries share of global CO2 emissions under various regulatory and demand scenarios. (Graphic courtesy of ENVI/European Parliament)

 As the world moves to slash CO2 emissions, the shipping and aviation sectors have managed to remain on the sidelines. But the pressure is now on these two major polluting industries to start controlling their emissions at last - a report by Yale University.  


Cyberhawk Lands in Portuguese Market

Cyberhawk team operating drones offshore Photo Cyberhawk

Cyberhawk Innovations continues to bolster its international credentials through a new partnership with Portugal’s leading engineering service provider and contractor Construção e Manutenção Electromecânica (CME).  


Voith Linear Jet Offers Fuel Savings

Mark Harvey (Photo: Voith Turbo)

Crew transfer vessel operators using the new Voith Linear Jet (VLJ) marine propulsion system can save over £75,000 in fuel costs in a season, the manufacturer claims.   The cost saving, around 20 percent, is a key figure from the collection of extensive data from four months’


World First: Greek Ship Owner Awarded Carbon Credits

Carlos Soler, AkzoNobel’s Business Director for Southern and Eastern Europe (left) presenting 13,735 carbon credits to Costas Mitropoulos Neda Maritime Co Ltd’s Technical Director (Photo: AkzoNobel)

Neda Maritime Agency, a  Greek tanker and bulker owner, has reportedly become the world’s first ship owner to be awarded carbon credits through a methodology developed by AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business.   A total of 13,375 carbon credits, potentially worth around $60


Cyberhawk CEO Shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur Award

Craig Roberts, CEO at Cyberhawk Innovations. Photo Cyberhawk  Innovations

Chief executive of Livingston-based Cyberhawk Innovations, Craig Roberts, has been shortlisted as a regional finalist in the 2016 EY (Ernst and Young) Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for Scotland.   Formed in 2008, Cyberhawk has grown significantly to become the world leader in unmanned


Cyberhawk Sinks Claws into US O&G Market

Courtesy Cyberhawk

Cyberhawk Innovations, the world leader in aerial inspection and survey using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), is set to boost its international credentials with the launch of a Houston office in the USA.   The new office comes as a result of increasing demand from existing oil and gas


AIDAprima Makes Maiden Call at Southampton

AIDAprima (Photo: AIDA Cruises)

AIDA Cruises’ new flagship AIDAprima docked in Britain’s Southampton port for the first time on the morning of April 27, 2016, as part of a four-day short cruise. AIDAprima will become the first cruise ship to depart from a German port all year round


ABS Reflects on Strong 2015 Performance

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

153rd meeting of the classification society highlights class-centric strategy and vision for the future of class   ABS held its Annual Meeting on April 26, 2016 in New York, where Chairman, President & CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki reported that “2015 was a year of moving forward


First Methanol-fueled Tanker Launched

Lindanger naming ceremony Courtesy DNV GL

Launched at the Hyundai Mipo dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea, the newly built Lindanger is the world’s first methanol fueled ocean-going vessel. The ship is the first of two dual-fueled 50,000 dwt tankers owned by Norwegian firm Westfal-Larsen that will be chartered to global marine


India Can Become Engine of Maritime Growth: PM

PM Narendra Modi inaugurating the Korean exhibition at Maritime India Summit 2016. Photo: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the India's first ever Maritime Summit and said that the country's vast coast line of 7500 km offers vast investment opportunities.    “Our maritime agenda will complement this ambitious infrastructure plan for the hinterland


First Offshore Aquaculture Development Green Lighted

Ocean Farming AS, supported by Kongsberg Maritime AS, building the world’s first automated ‘exposed’ aquaculture facility (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Fisheries has approved Norway’s first development concession enabling Ocean Farming AS, supported by Kongsberg Maritime AS, to build the world’s first automated ‘exposed’ aquaculture facility


Crystal Serenity Prepares for Arctic Voyages

Crystal Serenity (Photo: Crystal Cruises)

In preparation for cruise liner Crystal Serenity’s planned Arctic summer cruise in 2016, Crystal Cruises has selected Rutter Inc.’s sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance (STS) and Ice Navigator systems to provide enhanced small target detection of first-year and multi-year sea ice as well


COSCO Sets "Ship Repair Quality Standards"

Nantong COSCO Shipyard Courtesy COSCO

March 24, the national standards prepared by the COSCO Shipyard led - "Chinese ship repair quality standards" by the review of the national marine vessel Standardization Technical Committee ten third annual meeting, marking the first Chinese ship repair industry has a more systematic and


Hyundai Heavy and GE Partner on GOGES Package

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has signed an MOU with General Electric Company (GE) to cooperate for the development of GOGES (COmbined Gas turbine Electric and Steam) package for LNG carriers and containerships.   The MOU signing ceremony was attended by Choi Kil-seon


ABB to Service World's Largest Floating Facility

Image: ABB

ABB to secure reliability and availability of equipment on Shell's 600,000 tons gas liquefaction facility   ABB announced it has has won a five-year contract to deliver equipment and services for Shell's Prelude FLNG, the world's first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility






 
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