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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Changing Spill Risk in a Changing Arctic Landscape

Dagmar Schmidt Etkin

Industry analyst and environmental consultant Dagmar Schmidt Etkin, PhD, takes a hard look at a rapidly shifting operational landscape in the Arctic. Always an honest broker of information, Etkin tells it like it is. Oil spill risk is present anywhere that oil is present in reservoirs, or is transported, consumed, stored, and handled in some way. The Arctic is no exception. Not only are there oil reserves in the Arctic, some of which are being or will soon be considered for exploration and production, there is also oil being transported as cargo or as fuel to Arctic communities.

Fuel Data Analysis Improves Performance

(Photo: Royston Diesel Power)

Enginei fuel monitoring systems provide comprehensive fuel data analysis and reporting options to provide vessel owners and operators with detailed engine performance and other mission critical information. To support workboats, offshore support fleets and inland waterway operators along the U.S. Gulf Coast, enginei’s regional representative is the Houma, La.-based Bow 2 Stern Technologies, who will also be present at this year’s International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans. Enginei…

GasLog Orders New LNG Carrier from SHI

Photo courtesy GasLog

GasLog Ltd. today announces that it has signed a time charter party with Centrica plc. ("Centrica") to charter a vessel for a period of seven years. The vessel, a 180,000 cubic meter LNG carrier with XDF propulsion, has been ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries ("Samsung") in South Korea. Centrica will charter the vessel from GasLog for a period of seven years commencing in the second half of 2019. The daily charter rate is in line with GasLog's average long-term charter rate.

Ecospeed Strengthens Polar Code Compliance

The operational success of the 1995-built RRS Ernest Shackleton is an exemplar of the Ecospeed coating’s performance (Image: Subsea Industries)

Subsea Industries has received an order for its specialist hull and rudder coatings for application to a shallow draught anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel under construction at Turkey’s Atlas Shipyard. The hard-type coatings were selected amidst strong competition because of their proven performance in polar waters. The Ice-Class 1A, 65m tug will carry out anchor handling and oil recovery duties in the ecologically sensitive Arctic in compliance with the IMO Polar Code requirements, due to enter into force in January.

Bollinger Delivers FRC to the US Coast Guard

Lawrence Lawson sister ship Margaret Norvell was delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2013 (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC Lawrence Lawson, the 20th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. said, “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the USCGC Lawrence Lawson to the U.S. Coast Guard, the latest FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards and the second FRC to be stationed in the 5th Coast Guard District at Cape May, N.J. FRCs already in commission have seized multiple tons of narcotics, interdicted thousands of illegal aliens and saved many lives.

Towing Industry Safety: AWO & USCG Joint Analysis … By the Numbers

Source: USCG

For 16 years, the National Quality Steering Committee has used three measures to track overall trends in safety and environmental protection. While not all-encompassing, the measures are considered to be useful indicators of towing industry trends. Crew fatalities per 100,000 towing industry workers. Gallons of oil spilled from tank barges per million gallons transported. The number of vessel casualties (overall or by incident severity). This report contains towing industry data and measures for calendar years 1994 to 2015.

Gard Alert: Red Sea Security Warning

Map: Gard

The conflict in Yemen is reportedly escalating and maritime authorities continue to urge vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden region to operate in a heightened state of alert. The conflict in Yemen is escalating and two missile attacks on vessels operating off the coast of Yemen have now been reported. The first attack occurred on 1 October 2016 and targeted a vessel operated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) military; the second occurred on 9 October 2016 and targeted a US Navy vessel.

Astican & Astander Continue to Invest

(Photo: Astican & Astander Shipyards)

Astander and Astican are the two busiest privately owned shipyards in Spain carrying out heavy repairs and special conversion projects with a boutique style attitude towards customers. As part of Lavinia Group, which runs a fleet of more than 70 vessels, the shipyard understand the owner´s needs. Astander, in the port of Santander, has more than 140 years’ presence in the international market and has continually modernized and updatd its facilities. The latest investment program…

MOL to Launch Biannual Vessel Safety Campaign

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has announced the launch of its biannual safety campaign to begin on October 15, targeting all MOL group-operated vessels. MOL views safe operation as a social commitment and gives it the highest of priorities in all of its business activities, helping the company to forge ahead and become a world leader in safe operation. As part of these efforts, President, executives, and other personnel will conduct an extensive series of visits to MOL-operated vessels in Japan and overseas.

Jensen Evolves With Crowley's Support

San Francisco’s Fireboat 3, recently named one of the 10 Significant Boats of 2016 by WorkBoat magazine Photo Jensen

As the City of San Francisco commissions its latest fireboat today, the vessel, designed by Seattle-based Jensen Maritime Consultants, exemplifies the evolution and growth of the naval architecture and marine engineering firm since it was acquired by Crowley Maritime Corp. in 2008. “Eight years ago I’m not sure this project would have been in our sweet spot,” said Johan Sperling, vice president of Crowley’s marine solutions group, which includes Jensen. “But over the past eight years, Crowley has made a considerable effort to give us all the tools we need to expand into new areas.

Nakilat Transitions LNG Fleet from Shell

(Photo: Nakilat)

Nakilat Shipping Qatar Limited (NSQL) signed an agreement with Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell) to begin the planned phased transition of the management of Nakilat’s LNG fleet from Shell to NSQL. Shell has provided a range of shipping services to Nakilat’s LNG fleet since it was established in 2006, including the ship management of 14 Q-Max and 11 Q-Flex LNG carriers and the sharing of Shell’s Shipping & Maritime expertise. The vessels will be transitioned in three phases starting this year and shall be managed by Nakilat’s in-house ship management arm…

Lind Marine Acquires Moose Boats

Photo: Moose Boats

Lind Marine, a Petaluma, Calif. dredging contractor which provides tug and barge services throughout the San Francisco Bay area, has acquired Moose Boats, an aluminum commercial boat building company. Lind Marine currently operates a five-acre shipyard including a 430ft dry-dock and 1,600-ft of linear pier on Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif. Lind Marine’s strategic acquisition of Moose Boats will ensure continuity of vessel production for the well-established patrol boat’s brand as well as complement a vertically integrated business model which Lind Marine has developed over the past century.

MSC Takes Trophy for Greenest Ship

Image: Mediterranean Shipping Company

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has been acknowledged for its environmental efforts, picking up the top award for Greenest Ship of the Year at the International Green Shipping Awards. Held this week as part of a summit event in Rotterdam, the awards applaud those in the maritime industry who have introduced successful sustainability practices within their core business. MSC was shortlisted alongside UASC, Marinvest and d’Amico Shipping Group. Chief Sustainable Development Officer Dirk Vande Velde attended the event to collect the award.

Rolls-Royce to Power New York's Newest Luxury Ferry

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply power and propulsion to New York’s newest and largest high-speed luxury ferry. The catamaran, operated by New Jersey based Seastreak, will carry up to 600 passengers between Monmouth County, N.J. and Wall Street in less than 40 minutes at a top speed of 35 knots. Power comes from four high-speed MTU diesel engines type 12V 4000 M64 from Rolls-Royce. The engines will be EPA Tier III compliant and offer the lowest emissions on the market. The four engines will drive four Rolls-Royce Kamewa 63S4 waterjets, providing both reliability and redundancy.

'We Will Not Stand by and Wait for Global Regulation' -Maersk Line

Photos: Maersk Line A/S

Shipbreaking has become commercial due to the recycling of steel becoming a global commodity in demand. This means that the dismantling and recycling of a ship are recognized as part of the value of the ship, which has evolved into a massive challenge for the shipping industry. "The choice is clear. One option is to continuing to wait for global agreement – while hundreds of vessels continue to be dismantled on the beaches of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan – or to act now and begin improving the conditions in yards. That is what we have done in Maersk.

Rolls-Royce Equipped Vessels Enter Service with Qatari CG

Ares 110 Hercules (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Qatar’s Coast Guard Command has taken delivery of the first in a series of 17 composite hull boats powered and propelled by MTU high-speed engines and Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets. The vessels, two Ares 75 and one Ares 110 Hercules, will be the first three boats of this program to be delivered by the end of this month. Two additional boats are planned to be delivered by the end of the year; one Ares 75 and one 110 Hercules. Meanwhile, preparations for the construction of the first Ares 150 class boat have already been completed and its launch is expected towards the end of next year.

ClassNK Issues AIP for LNG Bunkering Vessel Design

(Pictured l-r) ClassNK : S. H. Lee, H. Takesue, J. B. Jeong, T. Nishibashi (Country Manager of Korea) / Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd.: C. S. Lee (Technical Director), K. C. Lee, J. K. No. (Photo: ClassNK)

Classification society ClassNK has issued Approval in Principle (AIP) for a 7,500 cbm LNG bunkering vessel designed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. This design is the result of joint research carried out by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. and ClassNK to improve the efficiency of LNG bunkering vessels. The choice of LNG as ship fuel has become increasingly prevalent in the industry, and is expected to become one of a primary source of fuel in the near future.

Navigator Gas Signs up for ShipServ

File photo: Navigator Gas

Navigator Gas, one of the world’s largest LPG vessel operators, has recently signed up to use ShipServ for all its procurement activities. The London-headquartered company recently took its ship management activities in-house based out of its Polish office in Gdynia and is now managing three vessels from Poland. The procurement tools and services available to Navigator Gas include ShipServ’s SpotSource and Supplier Recommendations service. The LPG operator will also use ShipServ’s range of purchasing KPIs based on the trading activities of more than 9,000 vessels.

Vard Extends SCHOTTEL Propulsion Order

VARD 9 28 - 3 Module Carrier Vessels for KMTF. (For illustration only, courtesy VARD)

Having already secured the contract in early summer to fit 15 Vard design 9 21 module carriers, propulsion specialist SCHOTTEL has now also received a follow-up order to fit three further Vard design 9 28 vessels with 12 main and auxiliary units. The Norwegian Vard Group is building the first-mentioned 15 vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine, UAE, and the later three for KMTF, the National Maritime Republic of Kazakhstan. A total of 36 special variant SRP 340 Rudderpropellers (formerly SRP 1012) were ordered as the main propulsion units for all 18 carriers.

Euronav Defers VLCC Resale Deliveries into 2017

Euronav NV said it has agreed with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea to defer the delivery of the two VLCC ex-yard resale vessels it recently purchased to the first quarter of 2017. The vessels, previously expected to be delivered between October and November 2016, will now be delivered in January 2017. Pursuant to these deferred deliveries, the amount of approximately $97 million that was previously expected to be paid to the shipyard during the fourth quarter of 2016 is now expected to be paid in the first quarter of 2017. “It is, in fact, hard to understand why anyone would think of taking delivery of a ship in the last two to three months of the year given the importance that the vintage year has on the value of any ship.

Excess Tonnage Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (Credit: Vale)

Capesize market "absolutely dead" on Thursday - broker. Vale says no new cargoes but owners sail empty vessels to Brazil. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes will continue to fall next week as too many ships chase available cargoes, brokers said on Thursday. "The market is absolutely dead today - it's all very doom and gloom," said a Singapore-based capesize broker on Thursday. While BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have been active charterers this week, Fortescue Metals Group has stayed out of the market, the broker added.

Oldendorff Acquires 8 Vessels

Babycape Photo Oldendorff

In the Babycape segment, Oldendorff's London office usually operates around 30 vessels in its global network of trades. The company informed that it likes to have some owned vessels in every segment in which it operates to ensure more reliable and flexible service. The Babycape vessels were purchased from companies managed by Hartmann Reederei (Leer) and Thomas Schulte (Hamburg), and join three other Babycapes in the Oldendorff fleet which were  bought in summer 2016. The 119…

Mega Yacht Shipped from Lavrion to Dubai

(Photo: Rickmers-Linie)

In early October, cargo vessel MV Rickmers Dalian made a stop-over at the anchorage off Lavrion in Greece to load a mega yacht for shipment to Dubai, where she was discharged on October 19. The shipment of the 50-meter-long, 340-metric-ton yacht was coordinated and booked by Rickmers-Linie’s customer Cigisped, who specializes in the organization of yacht shipments of all sizes. MV Rickmers Dalian (30,000dwt) is one of nine identical sister vessels of the Superflex Heavy MPC Class employed in Rickmers-Linie’s Round-The-World Pearl String service.

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