DNV GL: First AiP for Scrubber Manufacturer in China
DNV GL has awarded the Chinese scrubber manufacturer Shanghai Bluesoul Environmental Technology with an Approval in Principle (AiP) in recognition of the technical feasibility of the BlueSulf scrubber system. The AiP is the first of its kind for a scrubber according to the new DNV GL rule set, and the first for a Chinese scrubber manufacturer. DNV GL will also provide advisory services to Bluesoul, including hardware-in-the-loop testing, simulations using the DNV GL COSMOSS tool and analyses using computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
Petrogas Hires jack-up Maersk Resolute
Maersk Drilling has been awarded a new contract with Petrogas E&P Netherlands B.V. for the High Efficiency jack-up, Maersk Resolute. The firm contract covers the drilling of the two wells, A8 and A9 in the A12 block of the Dutch continental shelf. The drilling of the two wells is estimated to have a duration of 75 days. Furthermore, an option to extend the contract for up to five additional wells exist. Operations are expected to commence in June 2017 in the Dutch Sector of the North Sea.
InterDam Debuts fire, blast resistant panel for Offshore
InterDam, supplier of fire and blast doors, walls and windows to the offshore Oil & Gas and Renewable sectors, is in the final stages of testing a new pre-fabricated fire and blast resistant panel. Called the Generation V, this new product comes hot on the heels of the company’s Generation IV fire-resistant sandwich wall system developed in response to the industry’s desire for using fully fit-for-purpose prefabricated walls that fit modular and standardized building designs. “Our customers are very concerned with safety,” said InterDam’s Managing Director Berend Groeneveld.
Scorpio lines up $172m in loans for newbuilds
Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced today that the Company has received commitments for a loan facility of up to $172 million from a group of financial institutions including Macquarie Bank Limited (London Branch), DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale ("DekaBank"), The Export-Import Bank of Korea ("KEXIM") and Garanti-Instituttet for Eksportkreditt ("GIEK"). The loan facility, which is composed of multiple tranches, will be used to finance up to 60% of the market value of eight MR product tankers under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. which are scheduled for delivery in 2017 and 2018.
Mining Wastes Report Identifies Research Gaps
More scientific research needs to be done to understand and assess the environmental impacts of wastes from mining operations which have been disposed into the marine environment, a new report shows. The Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) report, Impacts of mine tailings in the marine environment, provides the findings of an international workshop held in Lima, Peru (in 2015) and makes a number of recommendations for future work.
LNG Icebreaker Polaris Bunkers in Pori
Polaris, the newest icebreaker of the Finnish icebreaking service company Arctia, set out from Katajanokka, Helsinki, for icebreaking duty in the Bothnian Bay and arrived January 10 for bunkering at the Skangas liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Pori, where the vessel received approximately 700 m3 of LNG. “Polaris arrived via Utö through the Turku Archipelago to the Skangas LNG terminal in the Tahkoluoto harbor in Pori. The Pori terminal is located by a deep and wide fairway, so it was easy to access and we kept on schedule.
REINTJES Opens UK Branch Office
Propulsion specialist REINTJES said it has opened a new branch office in the south of England to service markets in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. Opening of the REINTJES Britain & Ireland branch office follows on the cessation of trading by the former distributor European Marine and Machinery Agency in the middle of the year 2016. The business is guided by subsidiary REINTJES Benelux BVBA based in Antwerp, Belgium. In charge of the office management is Philip Martin who comes to the role with a large experience in the engine and propulsion sector…
Italian Boosts to Flinders Shipbuilding Ambitions
Building on its partnership with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri announced earlier this month, South Australia’s Flinders University has signed a supporting agreement with The University of Genoa to cooperate in research and development and training with focus on maritime, naval architecture and shipbuilding. The agreement not only strengthens Flinders’ connection with Fincantieri – one of the shortlisted companies bidding to build Australia’s Future Frigates – but also opens…
Ulstein Delivers Its Largest OCV
'Island Venture', delivered on 17 January 2017, is so far the largest Offshore Construction Vessel (OCV) from Ulstein Verft, with a length of 160 metres and a beam of 30. The ship is designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS for Island Ventures 5 LLC. Vessel details OCV vessel for operations such as IMR, ROV services, well intervention and drilling. Max operational crane depth 4,000 m. Main moon pool opening 11.2 x 12 m, two work ROV moon pools. Extensive under-deck capacities for liquid and dry substances. Deck load capacity 9,000 t. Three separate engine rooms.
ASL Marine gets approval to delay redeeming $105m bonds
Singapore, 20 January 2017– ASL Marine Holdings Ltd. respectively. This means the maturity dates of Series 006 Notes and Series 007 Notes will each be extended for three years to March 2020 and October 2021 respectively. By giving approval to the Consent Solicitation, Noteholders will receive a coupon step-up, with coupon rates of 5.50% p.a. and 5.85% p.a. for Series 006 Notes and Series 007 Notes, commencing on 28 March 2017 and 1 April 2017 respectively, and which are to be increased by 0.5% p.a. thereafter.
ABS Delivers Advanced Cyber Solutions
ABS is presenting cyber seminars in multiple locations across Europe to deliver critical safety guidance. The ABS CyberSafety program team is presenting industry-leading guidance to address cyber-related threats and risks in the marine and offshore environments and explaining how the comprehensive ABS program can be used to combat cyber threats. “ABS is providing real-time, practical solutions to the cyber challenges owners and operators are facing today,” says ABS Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman.
New ABS Guide for LNG Bunkering
New Guide provides standards for growing LNG bunkering vessel sector. ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has published the ABS Guide for LNG Bunkering. This new Guide provides standards for the design, construction and survey of LNG bunkering systems that are on board a vessel. “This industry-leading Guide incorporates our expertise in the safety aspects of LNG storage and handling as well as LNG as fuel,” says ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. As LNG as fuel becomes more widely adopted in the marine industry, the infrastructure will continue to expand. LNG bunkering vessels are a prime example of that supply chain expansion and will provide a viable refueling option around the world.
Watermakers Add Safety, Convenience, Value
Boats are a lot like homes: upgrades and enhancements add to their comfort and livability, and increase their value. FCI Watermakers explores how adding a watermaker to a vessel is an investment that pays dividends in terms of safety and convenience, and sets it apart when it's time to sell. The ability to make pure, fresh water while at sea is liberating. Gone are the days of water frugality. With a watermaker, there's more than enough for drinking, bathing, cooking and refilling supplies. And in case of mechanical trouble far from the nearest port, it can be a real lifesaver.
Thin Plate Panel Line for Vard Tulcea Shipyard
Pemamek has signed an agreement to deliver a thin plate panel line to Vard Shipyard in Tulcea, Romania. The new delivered solution will ensure a high-quality production of demanding thin plate panels used in building vessels, such as special cruise ships. Fincantieri S.p.a as a majority shareholder, Vard Group AS is specialized in designing and building complex vessels. Thanks to the company’s long traditions and thorough expertise, Vard is one of the major key players in the global shipbuilding industry.
Reduce Costs, Time and Risk of DP Operations
Vessel Technology has announced the launch of a new product, the DPSS Net. The new DPSS Net product aims to allow customers to reduce operating costs, time and risk associated with Dynamic Positioning operations. The DPSS Net allows network storm tests to be carried out to verify vessel control systems as well as identify any issues. David Milne, Director of Vessel Technology, said, “The DPSS Net compliments Vessel Technology’s DPSS product which has been warmly received into the industry where no similar solution is available.
Faster Processors for Maritime Panel Computers
Nedre Vats, Norway, 23 January 2017 – Hatteland Display, the leading global provider of display and computer solutions for professional maritime use has added four new sizes to its innovative second generation Series X Panel Computers portfolio. Integrating powerful Intel Skylake processor-based computers, high quality display technology and advanced video processing, Hatteland Display’s second generation Series X Panel Computers are the most powerful all-in-one computer/display solution available for maritime technology manufacturers and systems integrators available today.
Rotterdam port mull power-to-gas-plant development
Six Rotterdam-based parties will investigate how sustainably generated electricity, converted into hydrogen, can be used in the production of fuels. TNO, Stedin, Smartport, Uniper, BP Refinery Rotterdam and Port of Rotterdam Authority will investigate the technical and economic feasibility of a power-to-gas plant in the Rotterdam port area, as well as the necessary amendments to regulations. The parties above signed a cooperation agreement to this end on 18 January 2017. The construction…
JonRie Winch set for McAllister Towing
JonRie Marine Winches supplied its 6th ship set of Full 90 Ton Winch to McAllister Towing of NY installed on their new tug Jeffrey McAllister. The 92’ (30 meter) x 36’ (11 meter) Z-Drive Tug was built by Eastern Shipbuilding, Panama City, FL. The 5,150 HP tugs with a bollard pull of 75 Tons is the latest addition to the McAllister Fleet. The JonRie Series 250 Escort Winch was designed to handle in the Recover mode the full Bollard Pull of the vessel. The winch is capable of 180,000 lbs.
Port Klang's throughput surge to 13.2m TEU
Port Klang Authority stated that Port Klang registered a positive growth of 10.8% in 2016 in container handling compared to 2015 with a total of 13,169,577 TEU’s, Northport handled 3,223,544 TEU’s while Westports handled 9,946,033 TEU’s. In terms of import container throughput, Port Klang handled 2,063,736 TEU’s,registering growth of 3.6 % compared to 2015’s performance - Northport handled 802,993 TEU’s while Westports handled 1,260,743 TEU’s in 2016. TEU’s compared to 2015; Northport handled 760,148 TEU’s and Westports handled 1,278,379 TEU’s.
WSF to honor crew for saving Captain’s life
Members of the media are invited to join in recognizing the Washington State Ferries (WSF) crew who saved their captain’s life after he collapsed at the helm of the Chetzemoka on Christmas Eve. WSF’s highly trained crew will be honored by Deputy Secretary of Transportation Keith Metcalf and the head of Washington State Ferries, Lynne Griffith. The crew will also be presented with Life Ring awards. The program will begin on Friday, Jan. 20, on the 10:55 a.m. sailing from Point Defiance to Tahlequah.
TGS Hires Polarcus for Europe
Polarcus has received a letter of award from TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, a marine seismic data acquisition specialist, for acquisition of 30,000 square kilometers of 3D multi-client data in Europe. Approximately 20,000 sq.km. will be acquired in 2017 utilizing two Polarcus vessels and its innovative XArray(TM) multiple source acquisition method to deliver extremely efficient, high quality broadband data. The project will commence early in Q2 2017. The remaining 10,000 sq.km. will be acquired in 2018 utilizing up to two Polarcus vessels with commencement expected in early Q2 2018.
Polar Star Arrives at McMurdo Station, Antarctica
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station Tuesday after cutting a resupply channel through more than 60 miles of Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea. By carving a navigable path through seasonal and multi-year ice, the Polar Star assists in the annual delivery of operating supplies and fuel for two of NSF's three U.S. research stations in Antarctica. The Polar Star is America’s only operational heavy icebreaker that is capable of conducting the Antarctic resupply mission.
Van Oord inks Offshore Windfarm Deal
Van Oord has been awarded the contract for East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm by ScottishPower Renewables (part of the Iberdrola Group) for the transport and installation of 102 three-legged jacket foundations. The East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm is located in the southern North Sea, 45 kilometers southeast of the town of Lowestoft, United Kingdom. The offshore wind farm will have 102 Siemens 7 MW wind turbines, with a total capacity of 714 MW. Once operational in 2020, the offshore wind farm will deliver sustainable energy to 500,000 households.
Ships, Ports and People to be World Maritime Day Theme
World Maritime Day 2017: Connecting ships, ports and people. The importance of coherent and connected development across all maritime sectors will feature strongly in IMO’s work this year, as the Organization focuses on its World Maritime Day theme “Connecting ships, ports and people”. The theme for 2017 was launched by International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Lim during a visit to Felixstowe, the busiest container port in the United Kingdom. “Throughout the year…
Govt Okays India-UAE Pact on Maritime
Indian Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Arab Emirates on Institutional Cooperation in Maritime Transport. The proposed MoU will pave way for facilitation and promotion of maritime transport, simplification of customs and other formalities, wherever possible, observed in Ports and facilitation of the use of existing installations for the disposal of waste. The MoU will enable…
TechnipFMC Begins Operations Post-merger
TechnipFMC has begun operating as a unified oil and gas services company following completion of the merger of Houston-based FMC Technologies and paris-based Technip. Now with a combined 44,000 employees, the new TechnipFMC will work on oil and gas projects, technologies, systems and services “from concept to project delivery and beyond” with headquarters in Houston, London and Paris. A key focus for TechnipFMC will be project economics across subsea, onshore/offshore and surface, the company said in a press release.
Oil and Trump: Russians Full of Optimism in Davos
What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, the mood of the Russian delegation at the World Economic Forum in Davos was distinctly gloomy, with oil prices near 12-year lows below $30 per barrel and Western sanctions depressing their economy and financial markets. Since then, however, Russian stock and bond markets have risen about 50 percent, boosted by rebounding oil and - more recently - expectations the new U.S. presidency of Donald Trump will ease the sanctions imposed over Moscow's actions in Ukraine. Russian officials and company executives at the forum attended by the world's political and business elites in the Swiss Alps this week were far more bullish, with many predicting the markets rally would continue this year.
NIL Supplies GenSet for FDNY Fireboat
A marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights, Inc. (NLI) has announced completion of a 235kW Commercial Series generator set for the Fire Department of New York. The unit – M235C13.11NYFD – was built with a number of specifications unique to the requirements of metropolitan fire-fighting, including a nonstandard base pan, shutdown switches and USCG fuel lines plumbed to the base frame. The unit was completed to ABS and USCG standards and included a special “fire engine” red paint scheme.
Optimizing Aberdeen's Harbour Expansion Design
A £350m ($431m) development plan to expand Aberdeen Harbour was approved on December 19, 2016. HR Wallingford has been involved in the project from its initial concept stages in 2010, and will be working with Aberdeen Harbour Board right through to construction, and undertaking modelling work for the approved contractor, Dragados UK Ltd. The new facilities will include 1,400 meters of new quay, with a water depth of up to 10.5 meters. Construction will begin in early 2017, with the project due to be completed in 2020.
Worldwide Ferry Safety Association 2017 Conference
“2017 may be the global breakout year for ferries,” says Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, Chief Executive of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA). She takes this viewpoint because of the tremendous expansion of ferries in India, Philippines, Thailand, new beginnings in West Africa, and the high profile expansion of the Citywide ferry service in New York City, where the WFSA’s third conference on International Ferry Safety and Technology conference will be held on May 11-12, 2017.
SENER to Present LNG Bunkering Vessel Design
The SENER engineering and technology group will be at the LNG BunkeringSummit 2017 to present its revolutionary design for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel. The conference is taking place in Amsterdam (Netherlands), and will run from January 29 to February 1. The use of LNG as a fuel significantly reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and almost completely eliminates sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrous oxide (NOx), and other polluting particles. As such, it offers the perfect solution for ships that are more respectful towards the environment.
Rotterdam Offshore Expands Operational Capabilities
As of January 2017, Rotterdam Offshore Group has started to upgrade their facilities in the Waalhaven, Rotterdam. ROG has acquired the neighbouring land and buildings to their existing premises allowing the significant expansion of their quayside, storage as well as office capabilities. ROG will now be able to accommodate vessels up to 320 m in length where previously the maximum vessel length was 200 m. In March 2017, the project to demolish the existing company buildings will begin and the construction of the new state of the art office and workshop will start.
Environmental Discount for More Vessels at Gothenburg
Last year, one in three ships at the Port of Gothenburg received an environmental discount on the port charges. This represents an increase of 83 per cent on the previous year. Heading the discount list are Donsö-based shipping companies Tärntank Ship Management AB and Furetank AB, whose vessels are powered by liquefied natural gas. The Port of Gothenburg rewards vessels that are environmental high performers. One in three vessels that called at the largest port in Scandinavia last year were classified as green according to the industry environmental indexes.
DNV GL Certifies Siemens’ 8 MW Offshore Wind Turbine
DNV GL has assessed the market’s new offshore turbine in development and awarded Siemens Wind Power with the Prototype Certificate for its 8 megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine SWT-8.0-154. The prototype certification confirms all relevant safety features on the turbine according to the Danish Executive Order BEK 73:2013 and IEC 61400-22, allowing installation of the prototype to demonstrate its performance. By erecting the turbine at the test centre for wind turbines in Østerild…
CMA CGM Strengthens Asia-East Coast South America Links
French container shipping major CMA CGM has upgraded its SEAS1 and SEAS2 services, now providing two departures per week between Asia and the East Coast of South America. The group will thus provide two departures per week between Asia and the East Coast of South America, one of the best offers on the market. They will offer optimum port coverage across Asia (Northern, Central and Southern Chinan and South Korea and South East Asia) and South America (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay). From South America, CMA CGM will provide very competitive transit times, especially for the export of refrigerated goods from Brazil and Argentina, to Hong Kong, China and South Korea.
Successful Cooperation for Safe Sea Transport of Oil
The story of how that incident served as a catalyst for positive change is told in a new exhibition which was launched on Monday (16 January) at the headquarters of the IMO, the United Nations agency with responsibility for the safety and security of international shipping and the prevention of pollution from ships. A series of panels chart the collaborative work which has resulted today in a comprehensive regulatory framework, a demonstrably improved shipping industry, good systems of preparedness and response and adequate compensation for those affected by spills.
LNG Ferry Megastar Nears Completion
The construction of Tallink’s new LNG-powered fast ferry Megastar is nearing completion at the Meyer Turku shipyard, where the vessel is receiving finishing touches before transporting its first passengers January 29, 2017. The €230 million ferry is powered by three 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 12V50DF and two six-cylinder Wärtsilä 6L50DF four-stroke dual-fuel gensets. Megastar will run primarily on LNG, though it is also able to run on marine diesel. Megastar will sail the Helsinki-Tallinn route for Tallink, who says the 212-meter-long, 49,000-gross-ton ferry can carry up to 2,800 passengers.
Oil Steady; Record High Russian Output Forecast Offsets Weak Dollar
Oil prices were little changed on Tuesday as forecasts for record production out of Russia in 2017 helped offset earlier gains related to a decline in the U.S. dollar and Saudi Arabia saying it would adhere to OPEC's commitment to cut output. Brent futures were up 5 cents, or 0.1 percent, at $55.91 a barrel by 11:26 a.m. EST (1626 GMT), while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 32 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $52.69. Both contracts were up by $1 earlier Tuesday. Earlier gains were capped by forecasts for rising U.S. and Russian production and scepticism that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as a whole would comply with its commitment to reduce supplies.
Subsea 7 offer for Seaway Heavy Lifting
Subsea 7 S.A. announced that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries has made an offer to acquire the 50% shareholding in Seaway Heavy Lifting Holding Limited currently owned by K&S Baltic Offshore (Cyprus) Limited. The terms of the offer are binding on Subsea 7 until 1 July 2017. During this period the Works Council representing the employees of Seaway Heavy Lifting in the Netherlands will be consulted in compliance with Dutch law. Jean Cahuzac, CEO, said: "Subsea 7's strong market…
European Shipping Week Speaker Announced
Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, former US Ambassador to the European Union and Visiting Fellow at the College of Europe, will be the guest speaker at the European Shipping Week Gala Dinner, to be held on Wednesday 1st March 2017 at the Steigenberger Wiltcher Hotel in Brussels. Ambassador Gardner, who has dedicated more than 20 years of his career to US-European affairs, will speak on the important subject of ‘US-EU Relations: Looking Back, Looking Forward’. Welcoming the news, Patrick Verhoeven…
Seaway Records Longest Navigation Season
After opening the 2016 season on March 21, the St. Lawrence Seaway closed on December 31, enjoying a navigation season of 286 days. This performance ties the record first established in 2008 and matched in 2013 for the longest navigation season. The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation recorded a total of 35 million tonnes of cargo transiting the Seaway’s locks in 2016. Grain movements posted a strong performance for a third consecutive season, contributing 11 million tonnes of the total and continuing to track well above the five-year average.
Peter Döhle, MacGregor Sign 70-ship Service Deal
MacGregor has signed a three-year MacGregor Onboard Care (MOC) service agreement with the German shipping company, Peter Döhle Schiffahrts Group, for an annual inspection of deck machinery, steering gear and cranes on a mixed fleet of 70 vessels. The agreement became effective as of 1 January 2017. "Our commitment is to provide the operative availability of equipment and ensure sustainable ship operations and earning capabilities for these vessels," says John Carnall, Senior Vice President, Global Lifecycle Support, MacGregor.