Grounded Bulker Refloated in Mozamique
KOTUG provided salvage assistance to refloat the bulk carrier MV Gladiatorship after she ran aground just before high water in Nacala, Mozamique. The Bahamas flagged vessel was unable to refloat herself and at risk of being damaged by the drop between high and low water. KOTUG employed two Rotortugs to pull her free of the beach and back into safe waters, thus refloating the MV Gladiatorship within two hours of running aground.
US Weather Forecaster Reduces Outlook for La Nina
A U.S. government weather forecaster reduced its outlook on Thursday for La Nina conditions to develop during the Northern Hemisphere fall and winter 2016/17, saying neutral conditions were more likely. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service, said in a monthly forecast there was a 55 to 60 percent chance of El Nino-Southern Oscillation neutral conditions, after last month saying that La Nina conditions were slightly favored to occur.
ICS Chariman Sets Shipping Three Challenges
At the annual International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Conference in London (September 7) – in the presence of IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim – the new ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson, suggested that the shipping industry must respond proactively to three major challenges: maintaining the authority of IMO; addressing the legitimate demand for even greater levels of environmental protection; and making policy makers better aware of the industry’s existing achievements.
World's Largest Wind Turbines Installed off UK Coast
Dong Energy has installed the first of the world's largest wind turbines, which are taller and wider than the London Eye, at its Burbo Bank windfarm off the coast of Britain in the Irish Sea, it said on Thursday. The 32 turbines, made by Vestas, will each be able to generate 8 megawatts (MW) of electricity, stand 195 metres tall from sea level and have a rotor diameter of 164 metres. "This will be the first commercial deployment of the world's largest wind turbines…
MN100: Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings
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Damen, Fincantieri Potential STX France Buyers
Dutch group Damen shipyards and Italian group Fincantieri are the two potential buyers that have emerged for STX France, a shipyard subsidiary of the struggling South Korean group STX Corp, French daily Le Monde said on Thursday. "Two foreign candidates, Italy's Fincantieri and Holland's Damen are fighting over the last big French company of the (shipyard) sector," Le Monde said, citing several sources.
Kongsberg, Siemens Partnership to Deliver VFD
SMM 2016, Hamburg, 8 September 2016, Hall B6 Stand 104 – Kongsberg Maritime and Siemens have signed a partnership agreement based on delivery of components on Variable Frequency Drives systems for offshore and maritime vessels. Siemens has been chosen as a partner for Kongsberg Maritime due to the synergies between both companies in terms of their complementary world class product and technology portfolios.
Essar’s Paradip Terminal Hits Record Throughput
Essar Bulk Terminal Paradip Ltd (EBTPL) has surpassed several of its own performance benchmarks in the first few months of the current fiscal. In the period, EBTPL achieved the highest load rate ever recorded at Paradip port. This was made possible through loading of bigger parcel sizes, faster turnaround of vessels and minimised berth stay durations. EBTPL successfully loaded more than 100,000 tonne of pellets into MV Shravan (sailed) at an average load rate of almost 4…
ABB Digital Application for MXP Turbocharger Self-service Maintenance
The first digital application for condition-based maintenance of an ABB turbocharger has been developed for the new marine auxiliary turbocharger, MXPTM. Presented to the global marine industry at SMM 2016 in Hamburg, the MXP app is the first time ABB Turbocharging has developed a solution fully enabling ‘self-service’ by the ship’s crew based on condition. It represents the next phase in launching MXP which will be commercially available in 2017.
Alfa Laval PureSOx Platform Offers Dual-compliance
The Alfa Laval PureSOx platform is expanding to provide not only 0.1%S compliance for Emission Control Areas (ECAs), but also 0.5%S compliance with the coming global sulphur cap. With the option of a dual-compliance system as well, customers can choose the best scrubber solution to match their sailing profile. The Alfa Laval PureSOx platform is already the most proven and customer-adapted exhaust gas cleaning solution on the market.
NAUTIS FMB Simulator for AKMI Cirebon
The Akademi Maritim (AKMI) Suaka Bahari Cirebon has selected VSTEP for the supply of one DNV Class A FMB Simulator to train its students in accordance with the latest IMO requirements and model courses. On August 22, 2016, VSTEP and its local distributor PT Megatech Mandiri Setia have been awarded the contract from AKMI Suaka Bahari Cirebon to deliver a NAUTIS DNV Class A FMB simulator with 240° horizontal field of view and a NAUTIS Instructor Station.
Controversy on Hyundai Joining 2M Alliance
The world’s largest shipping alliance 2M partners - Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) - have been quick to offer shippers an alternate service on the transpacific trade in the wake of Hanjin Shipping’s collapse. The Partners are all set to fill the gaps created by Korean owner’s receivership. However, there is controversy over legal force of the contract in which Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM) signed to join 2M, reports Business Korea.
K Line, The Next Takeover Target?
Speculation has been mounting on possible taking over the Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line). According to a FT report, analysts and investors have been baffled by the recent activities of Effissimo, Singapore-based fund had increased its stake in K Line to 37 per cent by early August from 6.2 per cent about a year ago. K Line could be targeted for takeover by Effissimo Capital Management, the firm’s largest shareholder as of early August, according to recent media reports.
Hanjin: $14 Billion in Cargo Stranded at Sea
The bankruptcy of South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co have left as much as $14 billion worth of cargo stranded at sea, reports WSJ. The financial woes of one of the world’s biggest shipping lines has thrown ports and retailers around the world into confusion, with giant container ships marooned and merchants worrying whether tons of goods will reach their shelves. It also it remains unclear if the company can afford to pay the army of workers needed to unload the ships.
Rickmers Maritime Gets Breathing Space
Marine transport company Rickmers Maritime has been offered a credit facility worth USD 260 million in order to cover bank debt. The carrier is also considering converting its debt to bonds worth more than USD 70 million as part of an ongoing restructuring of the listed company's debt burden. Rickmers Maritime received an offer from HSH Syndicate for a restructured secured amortising term loan facility of up to US$260.2 million, says a report in Singapore Business Review.
IBIA Finalises Bunker Surveyor SOP
International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has finalised a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to help bunker surveyors identify their responsibilities when overseeing bunker deliveries involving Mass Flow Meters (MFMs) in Singapore. The SOP has been developed to address industry concerns and benefit all parties in the bunkering supply chain, and build trust in this new operating paradigm as Singapore moves toward the mandatory use of MFMs for supply of marine fuel oil (MFO).
Implementation of ECA Measures at Shenzhen Port
The local authorities at Shenzhen port within the Pearl River Delta have now formally announced that vessels will be required to use fuel oil with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.5% m/m, or equivalent emission reduction measures from 1 October 2016. Standard Club says it is as part of implementation of Emission control area (ECA) measures. This requirement extends to the ports of Yantian, Shekou, Chiwan, Mawan and Dachan Bay.
Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention Explained
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaty covering wreck removal is on the agenda at the 7th Maritime Salvage and Casualty Response Conference in London (7-8 September). IMO’s Jan de Boer gave an insight into the Organization’s Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention, which provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may threaten the safety of navigation, the marine environment as well as the coastline or related interests.