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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Cosco Rolls Out Largest Semi-Submersible Ship

Photo: COSCO

Breakbulk carrier COSCO Shipping has rebranded as COSCO Shipping Special Transport and launched its largest semi-submersible vessel to date, the Xin Guang Hua, reports Xinhua News Agency. Xin Guang Hua, capable of carrying 100,000 tonnes of cargo, is 255 meters long and 68 meters wide. Guangzhou Shipyard International Company, the builder, delivered the ship to Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers Co. Ltd, a member of China Ocean Shipping Group, in the southern city of Guangzhou.

New Dry Dock at BAE Systems’ San Diego Yard

Photo: BAE Systems

A new 950-foot-long, 55,000-lifting-ton floating dry dock has arrived at BAE Systems’ San Diego shipyard as part of the company’s $100 million investment in the yard to service the anticipated increase of U.S. Navy ships on the West Coast. “We have made the strategic investment to meet the ship repair needs of the Navy,” said Joe Campbell, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Ship Repair. The new floating dry dock arrived at the company’s shipyard towed by the oceangoing and salvage tug Posh Terasea Eagle.

Passenger Ship Evacuation Guidelines Revised

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SOLAS Regulation II-2/13.7.4 ‘Means of escape’ currently requires escape routes on ro-ro passenger ships to be evaluated by an evacuation analysis early in the design process, and recommends the use of MSC.1/Circ.1238 when conducting the analysis. For non-ro-ro passenger ships, the guidelines are applied either on a voluntary basis or sometimes as part of the approval of alternative designs. Experience gained through evacuation analyses or accidents with passenger ships has shown that the existing voluntary guidelines do not satisfy the practical conditions of state-of-the-art passenger ships.

India for Optimum Utilization of Shipping Sector

Indian Prime Minister Naredra Modi. Photo: Official FB Page

The Ministry of Shipping, India has prepared a Vision Document for “Coastal Shipping, Tourism and Regional Development” for optimum utilization of the shipping sector and coastal resources. The document envisages increasing the share of Coastal/Inland water transportation, development of coastal shipping as part of an end to end logistics supply chain, integration of inland waterways with the coastal routes and development of regional centers to generate cargo for coastal traffic.

HHI Receives $650 mln Order from Iran for 10 ships

Photo courtesy Jelle van der Wolf, Adobe Stock

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd received a $650 million order to build 10 ships for Iran's state-owned shipping company, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported on Saturday, citing a Hyundai Heavy spokesman. The company will build container ships and tankers for Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, with delivery starting in 2018, Yonhap cited the spokesman as saying. The number of each type of ship was not disclosed. The deal was signed on Friday and was the first shipbuilding order by the Iranian firm since the lifting of international sanctions, Yonhap said.

US Navy Destroyer John Finn Delivered

Ingalls Shipbuilding's 29th Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) sails the Gulf of Mexico during Alpha sea trials. (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of future guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) on December 7, the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer DDG 113 after completing three sets of at-sea and in-port trials which proved the ship's operational readiness. The ship is the 63rd DDG 51-class destroyer and the first of the DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships.

Dry Bulk Owners Say the Worst is Over

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The worst is over for the dry bulk shipping sector, after years when too many ships chased too little cargo, yet the extent of the lost business means a full recovery is still some way off, leading ship owners said on Wednesday. Dry bulk shipping, which transports commodities including coal, iron ore and grain, has been among the worst performing shipping segments in recent years, partly due to worries over the health of top industrial goods importer China. Some companies have…

Ships Will Wipe Out Half the Emissions Savings

Graph: European Federation for Transport and Environment AISBL

Growth in emissions from shipping and aviation will undo nearly half (43%) of the savings expected to be made by the rest of transport in Europe through to 2030, a new independent study has found. It means that almost half of the already-inadequate emissions savings expected in land transport will be cancelled out by ships and planes, according to the report commissioned by sustainable group Transport & Environment (T&E). Bill Hemmings, aviation and shipping director at T&E, said…

Ship-borne Internet to Benefit Marine OEMs

The data flow will be transmitted continuously to shore-based organisations allowing the authorities, shipowners and marine equipment manufacturers to use the information in real-time. Photo Danish Maritime Authority

In 2017, the Danish Maritime Authority will contribute to a pilot project on the development and testing of a system that collects real-time data from various components on board ships. The Aalborg-based company GateHouse is behind the pilot project. A number of other companies and the Danish Maritime Authority will contribute to the testing of the new technology. They include shipowners such as Uni-Tankers and other companies such as Logimatic and two major Danish equipment manufacturers.

Hapag-Lloyd's Hanseatic to Remain in Fleet Until September 2018

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

The popular five-star expedition ship, the MS HANSEATIC is set to remain in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet for six more months, until the end of September 2018. The first of the Germany-based cruise provider’s two new expedition ships will be launching in April 2019. The international preview brochure, due to be published in mid-December, will contain two international cruises on board the HANSEATIC, as well as three international expedition cruises on board the BREMEN. The cruises on the BREMEN are intended to serve as a transition until the launch of the new international expedition ship…

HSH Preparing for Change of Ownership

Image: HSH Nordbank

HSH Nordbank  is pushing ahead with the upcoming change of ownership; it is putting on a good performance in the Core Bank supported above all by the real estate and corporate clients businesses and is continuing its systematic cost-cutting course. In the words of HSH Nordbank's CEO Stefan Ermisch, the Bank is still expecting a profit for the year as a whole despite the unabatedly difficult situation on the shipping markets and is preparing for the impending change of ownership. "HSH Nordbank is showing an encouraging performance in all business areas of the Core Bank.

Myklebust Appointed CEO of Viking Supply Ships

Trond Myklebust (Photo: Viking Supply Ships)

The Board of Directors of Viking Supply Ships AB has appointed Trond Myklebust as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Myklebust will also act as CEO in Viking Supply Ships A/S, and will take over the responsibilities as CEO in both companies ultimo January. Myklebust is currently employed as CEO of Fjord Shipping AS. A Master Mariner from Aalesund University College, he has extensive experience from the Offshore industry, most notably from his position as Managing Director of Bourbon Norway and ship broker and General Manager within Seabrokers.

Verifavia Performs Audit for Dynacom

Photo: Verifavia Shipping

Verifavia, the world’s leading emissions verification company for the transport sector (aviation and shipping), has commenced a ‘pre-verification GAP-Analysis’ audit for Greek-based Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd. (Dynacom). The tanker operator is taking proactive steps to meeting the requirements of the EU’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Regulation (2015/757), which came into force on 1st July 2015. The regulation is the industry’s first step towards cutting CO2 emissions from maritime transport in the European Union (EU).

Three Hanjin Ships Auctioned in Rotterdam

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

Three containerships of the bankrupt Korean shipping firm Hanjin Shipping were sold at an auction in Rotterdam for a total of USD 392 million, according to Dutch media fd.nl and Nieuwsblad Transport. The 13,000 TEU ships were auctioned on behalf of creditor HSH Nordbank. The  three vessels in question are Hanjin Europe, Hanjin Africa and Hanjin Harmony, built in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The 4th ship, the Hanjin Gold, is expected to be auctioned off by a Rotterdam court in January 2017.

Maersk, Hyundai Merchant Marine alliance talks in doubt

Hyundai Merchant Marine says still in talks to join 2M; joining an alliance was precondition for HMM debt relief. Doubts about the future of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd surfaced on Friday after Denmark's Maersk Line said the South Korean shipping firm was no longer being considered for the 2M vessel-sharing alliance. Joining an alliance with major shipping firms was one of the conditions of a debt restructuring deal between heavily indebted Hyundai Merchant Marine and its creditors in May so any breakdown in talks could raise serious questions about the future of South Korea's largest shipping firm. Maersk Line, part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it was still in talks with Hyundai Merchant Marine but they were no longer about it becoming an operating partner in the alliance.

Cargo Ship Crew Awarded for Heroism at Sea

Capt. Chris Hill from the Intermarine Fleet accepting the Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Mariner’s Plaque during the annual United Seamen’s ‘s Services (USS) Annual Gala Event (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

Officers and crewmembers of the Crowley Maritime Corp.-managed cargo ship M/V Ocean Glory were recently honored with a 2016 Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Mariners’ Plaque for demonstrating heroism at sea during the United Seamen’s Service’s (USS) annual AOTOS awards ceremony in New York. The mariners were recognized for their August 2016 rescue of an Indonesian fisherman in the vicinity of the Bali Strait while en route to Banyuwangi, Indonesia. Accepting the award on behalf of the ship's officers and crew was Capt. Christopher Hill, master on the M/V Ocean Glory.

First Norwegian Vessel to Comply with New IMO Polar Code

From left to right: Tom Karlsen, technical director Simon Møkster Shipping AS, Bernt Thoresen, Norwegian Hull Club, Bodil Pedersen Senior advisor, Norwegian Maritime Authority, Anne Jorunn Møkster, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Simon Møkster Shipping AS, Jon Rysst, Senior Vice President and Regional manager, DNV GL – Maritime. Photo: DNV GL

After a successful approval process and survey, DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate have issued the first polar ship certificate to the Norwegian platform survey vessel M/V Stril Polar owned by Simon Møkster Shipping AS. The goal of the newly adopted IMO Polar Code is to ensure a minimum standard for ships entering into the Arctic waters and/or Antarctica. The code is an international set of rules that take into account the extreme conditions and the additional challenges vessels encounter in these areas.

GAC SMHI Weather Solutions for Safer, Efficient Shipping

Fleetweb overview Image GAC

Forecasts and route planning tools from GAC-SMHI Weather Solutions are playing a key role in a European Union initiative to promote safer and more efficient shipping. The Sea Traffic Management (STM) Validation Project, developed by a European Consortium led by the Swedish Maritime Administration, aims to make merchant shipping safer, smoother and more efficient by tackling the fact that international shipping remains relatively unregulated. The route chosen by a ship is often unknown to other vessels – something which can increase the chances of collisions, near misses, congestion and delays.

SCI Led JV Takes Delivery of LNG Carrier “PRACHI"

The joint venture partners comprising SCI, MOL, NYK and K-Line that owns MT Prachi, also operate the three vessels. Photo SCI

A Joint Venture comprising The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), and Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL), have taken delivery of a new build Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier MT “PRACHI” having a capacity of 173,000 m3, from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. South Korea on 30th November, 2016. Simultaneously, the vessel has been delivered to Petronet LNG Ltd, New Delhi India’s first importer of LNG on a 19 year charter.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Sliding as Overcapacity Weighs

File Image: a dry bulk vessel underway (CREDIT: Norden)

Capesize rates 26-33 pct higher than a year ago, but could fall towards Chinese New Year. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes may fall further next week as prospects for a pre-Christmas rally fade with ship supply outpacing cargo demand, ship brokers said. With Christmas and New Year holidays looming, rates could drop for at least the next six weeks until after Chinese New Year at the end of January, brokers said. "Rates are likely to meander down until they find support from iron ore and fuel prices," a Singapore-based capesize broker said on Thursday.

Taiwan Shipping in Troubled Water?

Pic: EverGreen

Taiwan's shipping lines aren't looking quite so young and fresh as they were earlier, reports Bloomberg. While the global container industry has embarked on a spree of pairings and menages-a-trois over the past 12 months, Taiwan's shipping lines have remained proudly single. Taiwan's major three -  Evergreen Marine Corp., Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. and Wan Hai Lines Ltd. - have kept aloof from the fray. Taiwan has offered its main container shipping lines a relief package to keep them afloat amid worst-ever trading conditions.

Radio Holland Turns 100

Presentation of the anniversary book A Century Radio Holland during the festive celebration of the 100th anniversary of Radio Holland on board of the ss Rotterdam. From left; Paul Smulders (CEO Radio Holland Group), Ing. A. Aboutaleb (Mayor of Rotterdam), Erik van der Noordaa (CEO RH Marine Group) and Ben Vree (Chairman of the supervisory board of RH Marine Group). (Photo: Radio Holland)

Radio Holland Group (Rotterdam) celebrated its 100th anniversary in the maritime shipping industry. The event took place on board of the historical ship ss Rotterdam, in the port of Rotterdam where Radio Holland also has its headquarters. Paul Smulders, CEO of Radio Holland, welcomed the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ing. A. Aboutaleb and presented the Mayor with the first edition of the book ‘A century Radio Holland, 1916-2016’. Paul Smulders, CEO of Radio Holland says: "Radio Holland is 100 years young! We have a rich history, full of unique moments and milestones.

First Dual-fuel LNG Car Carrier Christened

AUTO ECO (Photo: Port of Zeeburgge)

United European Car Carriers (UECC), daughter company of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, signed a contract in 2014 for the construction of two dual fuel LNG Pure Car and Truck Carriers. The first vessel, de ms AUTO ECO, left the shipyard in China in September and arrived in November in Zeebrugge. On November  21, the ms AUTO ECO was christened at the terminal of International Car Operators (ICO) in the Zeebrugge inner port. The godmother of the ship is Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment & Trade.


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