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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Building the Ship of the Future

(Photo: Eltorque)

Ships of the future will have to be lighter, smarter, cleaner, more reliable, more efficient and safer. Sounds like a tall order, but that’s where the industry is headed. Experts like DNV GL and Rolls Royce concur: technologies available today will combine with those just around the corner to enable a better class of ship in the very near future. This emerging reality is already allowing owners and regulators to demand just such ships. CEO Arnstein Kjesbu of Eltorque, manufacturer of electric valve actuators…

ABB’s OCTOPUS for Greenland Heavylift Newbuilds

GPO Under Construction (Photo: ABB)

ABB’s OCTOPUS marine software was chosen for four new semi-submersible heavy lift vessels currently under construction at CSBC Corporation in Taiwan, with the first expected to go into service in 2017. The ships, owned by Greenland Heavylift Holdings, will transport gigantic cargoes such as oil rigs and jack-up rigs, with OCTOPUS providing a tailored route for each voyage that is updated with fresh weather data throughout the transportation. OCTOPUS is a vessel management software platform enabling ship owners to choose the modules most relevant to their operations.

Melbourne Celebrates 25 Years of Service

HMAS Melbourne crew celebrates the 25th anniversary of Melbourne's commissioning at Fleet Base East after a successful first of class flight trials period. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

HMAS Melbourne has celebrated 25 years since she entered service with the Royal Australian Navy, proving her motto, ‘She gathers strength as she goes’. The guided missile frigate has steamed more than 1.5 million kilometres - about 37 times the earth’s circumference - and clocked up almost 62,000 hours underway, since commissioning on 15 February 1992 at Station Pier, Melbourne. Commanding Officer Commander Charles Bourne said the frigate still plays a pivotal role in the Australian fleet.

Keel Laid for USS Frank E. Petersen

Photo: United States Navy

The keel of future guided-missile destroyer USS Frank E. Petersen, Jr. (DDG 121) was ceremoniously laid Feb. 21 at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard. Although official construction of DDG 121 began April 2016, the keel laying symbolically recognizes the ceremonial beginning of the ship. The keel was said to be "fairly and truly laid" and was authenticated by D'Arcy Neller, the ship's sponsor, and Donald Brabston, a master Ingalls shipbuilder. "The keel laying is the symbolic first step in shaping our nation's newest destroyer," said Capt.

Ingalls authenticates keel of DDG 121

Jeremy Lally, a structural welder at Ingalls Shipbuilding, welds the initials of ship sponsor D’Arcy Neller (left) onto the keel plate of the destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121). Photo by Lance Davis HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the guided missile destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) today. The ship, named in honor of the U.S. Marine Corps’ first African-American general, will be the 33rd Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer Ingalls has built for the U.S. Navy. “DDGs are traditionally named after great men and women in the history of our Navy, and the namesake of DDG 121 is a true trailblazer and an American hero,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said at a shipyard ceremony.

MacGregor's Ship-to-ship compensation system Launched

ShipToShip Compensation System Photo MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has launched a new crane compensation system for offshore ship-to-ship load transfers, offering substantially larger operating windows as well as safer and faster load transfers. "This robustly-tested technology can offer considerable commercial advantages to the offshore industry," says Ivar Fjermeros, Senior Sales Manager, Advanced Offshore Solutions. "MacGregor understands the complexity of ship-to-ship load transfers and the limitations imposed by unpredictable, non-synchronised movements in a seaway.

Reps. Wittman and Palazzo Visit Ingalls Shipbuilding Division

Rep. Rob Wittman Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted Reps. Rob Wittman, R-Va., and Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., on Wednesday for a tour of the shipyard, which included ships under construction at Ingalls. “Today was an informative visit to Ingalls Shipbuilding—one of our nation’s best assets,” said Wittman, who is chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. “It is obvious the men and women of Ingalls brandish their skill-sets to build high-quality ships for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.

Malaysian Educators on Course for Energy-Efficient Shipping

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

An  International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop is training Malaysia’s maritime educators to introduce the topic of energy-efficient ship operation into their teaching curriculums. The workshop, taking place in Kuala Lumpur (20-21 February), was developed under IMO’s GloMEEP project and supports maritime training institutes to deliver the IMO Model Course 4.05 to seafarers. The course consists of a series of lectures, interactive exercises and videos to enhance the learning experience and ensure crews are adequately trained to contribute to efficient shipping.

Navy Handed Over Seychelles Ship Topaz After Refit

Topaz. Photo: Indian Navy

Seychelles Coast Guard Patrol Ship (SCGPS) Topaz has completed her Medium Refit and has been handed over to Colonel Simone A Dine, Commander Seychelles Coast Guard by Rear Admiral Narayan Prasad, NM, Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam on 16 February 2017. The ship underwent a Medium Refit at Naval Dockyard from March 2016 to January 2017. The event was held at Naval Jetty inside INS Circars and was attended by other dignitaries from Seychelles Coast Guard and Indian Navy.

Color Line, Ulstein ink hybrid vessel Deal

Color Line hybrid vessel for construction at Ulstein Verft Courtesy Ulstein Verft

It has now been decided that Ulstein Verft will be constructing Color Line’s new hybrid vessel. The environmentally sound ship will be servicing Sandefjord – Strømstad from summer 2019. Ulstein won the contract in competition with several other yards. “It is very gratifying that the Norwegian shipbuilding industry has proven its competitiveness internationally, and that Color Line contributes to the further development of the Norwegian maritime industry,” says CEO Trond Kleivdal at Color Line.

New Pilot Boat for the Thames and Medway

Photo: Port of London Authority

Estuary Services Limited (ESL), a joint venture between the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Peel Ports London Medway, is continuing its fleet replacement plan and buying another new pilot boat for its pilot transfer operations serving the ports of London and Medway. ESL currently has a fleet of six vessels including two 17.1 meter ORC class vessels that carry marine pilots from the Kent coast to board ships, in the Thames Estuary. The ships which are arriving from all over…

SM Line's Maiden Voyage Next Month

Photo: S M Ship Management

The new container carrier SM Line, owned by South Korean Samra Midas (SM) Group, will launch its first service in the second week of March. The shipper which took over Hanjin's service network between Asia and the US, will also take over several of Hanjin's terminals in South Korea. According to a report in Pulse, it will set sail on its maiden voyage on March 8 along the East and South China Sea with 1,000 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) container onboard. The fledgling shipper’s first cargo service will depart Busan port in southern Korea and stop at China…

First Ship Set to Enter BAE Systems’ New Dry Dock

Photo: BAE Systems

BAE Systems will dock the first ship in its new floating dry dock, Pride of California, on Thursday, February 23. The docking of the San Diego-based amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) is expected to take up to five hours. The docking was originally planned for Wednesday, February 22, but was pushed back due to high wind conditions in San Diego. At 950 feet long and capable of lifting 55,000 long tons, BAE Systems’ new Pride of California dry dock is the largest floating dry dock in California.

Chins Sells Ships Online

Image: Varada Marine Group

Chinese Maritime Court has sold five vessels of bankrupt Wenzhou Shipping, subsidiary of Zhejiang Shipping Group,  through online auctions on Taobao.com  for a  a total price of $22.81m. The auctioned ships include 2011-built 57,000-dwt supramax bulker Zhe Hai 167, 2009-built 33,400-dwt handysize bulker Zhe Hai 162, 2009-built 23,500-dwt handysize bulker Zhe Hai 156 , a tugboat  and an oil barge. Singapore-based company Varada One's vessel was auctioned off on online shopping platform Taobao  for $11.7,  Xinhua news agency reported. The VLCC Varada Blessing is 1993-built, 300,000 dwt tanker.

EU to rule on Maersk-Hamburg Sud Deal by March 27

EU antitrust regulators will decide by March 27 whether to clear world No. 1 shipping company Maersk Line's bid for German rival Hamburg Sud, its first major deal for more than a decade. The deal, one of several in a sector seeking consolidation to offset low freight rates and oversupply, was filed to the European Commission on Feb. 20, according to the EU executive's website on Tuesday. The EU competition enforcer can extend its review by about two weeks if Maersk offers concessions to address regulatory concerns, or it can open a five-month investigation. Copenhagen-based Maersk may have to pull out from some shipping alliances to gain EU approval, following in the footsteps of rivals, which offered such concessions to regulators in recent deals.

Norwegian Orders Four Ships from Fincantieri

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. said it has reached an agreement with Fincantieri S.p.A. to construct the next generation of ships for its Norwegian Cruise Line brand, ordering four 140,000 gross ton ships for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in 2026 and 2027. The four ships, priced at approximately €800 million per unit, will each accommodate approximately 3,300 guests. The new vessels will build upon the brand's most recent Breakaway-Plus Class ships built at Meyer Werft. A priority of the prototype design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment.

Shipping Industry Calls for Exemption from EU Carbon Market Reform

The global shipping industry has urged the European Union to drop the sector's inclusion in proposals adopted on Wednesday to reform the bloc's carbon market, saying it risks distorting trade and international efforts to cut the sector's emissions. About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with shipping accounting for an estimated 2.2 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and forecast to rise dramatically unless action is taken. The draft reforms of the EU's carbon market post-2020 that were adopted by the European Parliament on Wednesday could result in emissions from the shipping sector being included in the bloc’s emissions trading system (ETS) for the first time.

Transas, Japan Radio Company Announce Strategic Partnership

Transas CEO Frank Coles

The strategic partnership will drive growth and accelerate innovation. Industry-leading solutions and services capabilities will deliver differentiated customer value. Transas, the innovative, digital solutions company, and Japan Radio Company (JRC), a leading global marine electronics company, today announced their new strategic partnership. The two industry-leading companies will work together in research and development, product distribution and project collaboration. The technical…

World’s Largest Plug-in Hybrid Vessel Ordered

Image: Ulstein

Color Line and Ulstein sign a firm contract on construction of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel. Ulstein said it has won a contract to build Color Line’s new hybrid passenger vessel to service Sandefjord – Strømstad from summer 2019. The ship will be constructed at Ulstein Verft in Norway. “It is very gratifying that the Norwegian shipbuilding industry has proven its competitiveness internationally, and that Color Line contributes to the further development of the Norwegian maritime industry,” said CEO Trond Kleivdal at Color Line.

Hyundai Global Services Enters into Eco-friendly Ship Services Business with KSS Line

Gas Star, 84,000cbm LPG carrier of KSS Line. The ship is going to be the first among KSS Line’s fleet to be retrofitted with Exhaust Gas Cleaning System. Photo: Hyundai Global Services

Hyundai Global Services (HGS), Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI) newly spun-off company specializing in providing total marine services announced today it signed an MOU with KSS Line, a Korean shipping company, for entering into eco-friendly ship business. Under the MOU, two companies join forces to retrofit the medium-sized LPG carriers owned by KSS Line with Exhaust Gas Cleaning System. Ships equipped with the cleaning system will be able to meet the IMO’s sulfur emission cap of 0.5% even with bunker-c oil, cheaper than marine gas oil, and thus will significantly be able to lower fuel costs.

Carnival Orders Two Cruise Ships for China

Photo: Fincantieri

Fincantieri, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Carnival Corporation & plc signed a binding Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the construction of two cruise ships, with an option for additional four, the first units of the kind ever built in China for the Chinese market. The parties signed the MoA on behalf of the joint venture between Fincantieri and CSSC Cruise Technology Development Co., Ltd (CCTD), of the joint venture between Carnival Corporation and CSSC, and of the shipyard Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (SWS).

HMAS Anzac Transits to Fleet Base West

HMAS Anzac conducts a Replenishment at Sea with HMAS Success in the Southern Ocean. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Australian Navy's HMAS Anzac commenced her recent transit to Fleet Base West alone, meeting with sister frigate HMAS Parramatta in Jervis Bay. For some such as Lieutenant James Keagan, Reserve Entry Officers’ Course member, it was their first real exposure to ship life. Having never set foot on a ship before, he was both nervous and excited to be exposed to a workup and naval life in general. He found that damage control ashore during initial training was vastly different to the reality at sea. “Damage control at sea is so much more complex than it was at HMAS Creswell,” he said.

Focus on Sustainable Use of the Oceans

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Preparations are underway in New York ahead of June’s UN Oceans Conference, which is focused on achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: ‘Life Below Water’. An estimated 40% of the world’s oceans are being badly affected by unsustainable practices. Goal 14 aims to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. International Maritime Organization (IMO) supports this objective by setting global standards designed to ensure shipping does not adversely impact the environment…

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