ISA Towage Names New Damen Workboat
ISA Towage BV’s new workboat ISA was officially named at a November 17 ceremony at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld (DSHa). ISA's godmother was Miranda Mastenbroek, wife of Willem-Harm Mastenbroek, owner and managing director of ISA Towage B.V. The new vessel, a Damen Shoalbuster 3209, is the second purchased by ISA Towage B.V. A smaller vessel, a Shoalbuster 2709 also called ISA, was delivered at the close of 2016, and has now been replaced by the 3209.
Wärtsilä 20 Diesel Engine Gets a Power Upgrade
An upgraded version of the Wärtsilä 20 diesel engine features greater power density thanks to increased cylinder output. The new engine will receive its officially launch at the Marintec conference and exhibition in Shanghai, China from December 5 to 8. According to the manufacturer, the increased maximum output of the new Wärtsilä 20 will enable vessels to accommodate greater payloads or achieve faster speeds with almost the same low fuel consumption as the current version…
Corvus Energy Names Bjørkeli CEO
Corvus Energy has appointed Geir Bjørkeli as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Bjørkeli was previously Director of Norway for the Dutch company Huisman, and established the company’s Norwegian presence for offshore construction equipment solutions. Bjørkeli will remain based in Bergen, Norway. Prior to joining Huisman, Bjørkeli was a design engineer with the ship designer and shipbuilder Ulstein.
Jotun, DNV GL: Making Coatings Digital
Seeking to optimize the delivery of its maritime coatings at port, Jotun said it is using DNV GL’s Veracity platform combining external and proprietary data to create an ecosystem where users can safely share data and link it to other quality assured datasets. In this case Jotun is using the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) dataset to ensure it has the right amount of product in the right place. “Veracity is making paint digital.
Jamaica Elected to Council C Category of IMO Council
Jamaica has reestablished its position at the heart of international maritime rule-making following its election to the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Council. The nation was elected as a Category C Council member on December 1, and will serve until 2019. The Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady previously chaired the former IMO’s Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) sub-committee between 2003 and 2012…
NORDEN Opens Vancouver Office
NORDEN has opened a new office in Vancouver, Canada, as the Danish ship owner seeks to expand its global reach and local presence on the North American West Coast. “The new and increased presence on the West Coast will strengthen NORDEN’s ability to provide customers with transport to and from the Americas and from North America to Asia and enable NORDEN to become even more competitive on local coastwise trades,” the company said.
Salvors Seek to Recover Tin Cargo
Innocap has entered into an agreement with a company in Singapore to assist in the recovery of a large shipment of tin from a sunken ship that is believed to be…
Somalia Signs on to Combat Piracy
Somalia has become the latest to sign the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct, developed and adopted by countries in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden that seeks to repress piracy and armed robbery against ships operating in the region. Adopted in January 2017, the amendment broadened the scope of the Djibouti Code, covering measures for suppressing a range of illicit activities…
C-Job Opens Ukraine Office
With its new location in Nikolayev, Ukraine, ship design and engineering company C-Job Naval Architects has opened its first international office. Operating under the company name of C-Job Nikolayev, the new office currently employs 20 full time engineers and will have a fully collaborative relationship with C-Job’s three offices in the Netherlands, which presently employ 75 staff. Basjan Faber, Managing Director of C-Job…
Vard Tallies Orders for 7 Stern Trawlers
Vard Holdings Limited announced it has secured contracts valued at approximately NOK 700 million ($84 million) for the design and construction of seven stern trawlers for Icelandic ship owners Bergur-Huginn, Utgerdarfelag Akureyringa, Gjögur and Skinney-Thinganes. Together, VARD and the four ship owners have developed a new concept for seven stern trawlers for fishing operations in Iceland. The vessels…
Hapag-Lloyd, Kuehne + Nagel to Reduce CO2 by 17%
Hapag-Lloyd and Kuehne + Nagel have committed themselves to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in their common container-transport activities. "Companies aim to jointly develop long-term solutions for container transport - Hapag-Lloyd creates transparency regarding CO2 emissions - Increased transparency gives customers better options," said a press statement. The Carbon and Sustainability…
WFW Advises Italian Shipowners on Partnership with Gigilinis
International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) advised three leading Italian shipowners -Rimorchiatori Mediterranei, Gesmar and Fratelli Neri – on their partnership agreement with Thessaloniki-based Greek maritime operator Gigilinis Shipping Group. The deal closed on 29 November. The deal represents a strategic milestone in Italian ship owners’ expansion into the Greek and broader Eastern Mediterranean markets, most notably into the key port of Thessaloniki.
Supporting Solomon Islands
The maritime capacity of the Solomon Islands is to be strengthened through a new capacity-building partnership signed between Belgium, the Solomon Islands and International Maritime Organization (IMO). Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at IMO Headquarters (30 November), Belgium has pledged Euro 350,000 through IMO's Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme to support the Solomon Islands…
Indian Navy Rescues Cyclonic Storm Victims in the Sea
Indian Navy's search and rescue operations continued for the third day over Southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands in the aftermath of Very Severe Cyclonic Storm 'OCKHI'. The ships deployed by the Southern Naval Command include IN Ships Sagardhwani, Jamuna, Nireekshak, Kabra and Kalpeni off the Kerala coast and Sharda , Shardul towards Lakshadweep islands. Besides this three air craft viz…
Wärtsilä Launches Fuel-saving VER System
The technology group Wärtsilä is introducing its Voyage Emissions Reduction (VER) system as a means for increasing oil tanker revenues, while also significantly aiding the environment through reduced emissions. The system effectively eliminates the problem of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from tankers during laden voyages. VOC’s are organic chemicals having a high vapour pressure resulting from their low boiling point, which leads to extensive evaporation.
IMO Rolls Out Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Network
A global network of centres of excellence in marine technology was officially launched on Monday (4 December) at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Directors of five regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the global maritime technology centre network. The network of MTCCS - in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean…
ABS Strengthens Digital and Strategic Leadership
ABS announced three senior management appointments as part of the organization’s digital class strategy. “As our markets are increasingly shaped by digital technology, ABS is setting the pace in digital innovation,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “As part of our digital class journey, our entire organization is focused on digital developments and opportunities. Howard Fireman…
MOL to Use IBM SPSS Modeler for Safety Analysis
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and its wholly-owned consolidated subsidiary MOL Information Systems, (MOLIS) to start multi-dimensional analysis of the causes for incidents and problems on its operated vessels, using IBM's statistical analysis software, "IBM SPSS Modeler". IBM SPSS Modeler is an advanced data analysis software that provides prospective analysis from mass volume of data and supports better decision making to solve business issues.
DP World Increases Stake in Brazilian Port to 100%
DP World has completed the acquisition of an additional 66.67% stake in Empresa Brasileira de Terminais Portuários (Embraport) in Brazil from Odebrecht Transport (OTP). This transaction increases DP World’s shareholding to 100% and the terminal will be rebranded to DP World Santos. DP World Santos is the largest Brazilian private multi-modal port terminal and operates in the Port of Santos, which is…
MSC Hires MacGregor to Upgrade 31 Vessels
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received orders to optimise the container carrying capabilities of 31 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) vessels from six different ship series. The work is designed to optimise ships' cargo system productivity and earning potential. The orders were booked into Cargotec's third and fourth quarter 2017 order intakes and deliveries are planned for completion towards the end of 2018.