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Report on MOL Comfort Incident is out

MOL Comfort

  In response to the casualty of “MOL COMFORT” which occurred on 17 June 2013, ClassNK established the Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety, comprised of leading experts from shipbuilders, shipowners and academic institutions, to carry out the following course of action: (1) Investigate the possibility of casualty occurrence (2) Consider and examine safety of large container ship structure The findings and outcomes of the panel have been consolidated into a report, which is available to download in both English and Japanese via the website below: http://www.classnk.or.jp/hp/en/hp_news.aspx?id=1100&type=press_release&layout=1 For all inquiries regarding the report, please fill out an Enquiry Form via the website above. Answers to these inquiries will also be regularly updated as Q&As on the ClassNK website. ClassNK has scheduled an immediate Explanatory Meeting with IACS members to explain the report and to share the findings and outcomes among the IACS members. ClassNK will continue to work towards the safety of the large container ships including improvement of the relevant Rules, Guidance  and Guidelines.  


HiLoad LNG Offloading Solution Presented at OTC

HiLoad LNG AS, a subsidiary of Sevan Marine ASA, and Technip presented together this year the HiLoad LNG Parallel Loading System (PLS) at OTC. This system utilizes the HiLoad LNG unit for station keeping and Technip’s cryogenic flexible aerial pipes to transfer LNG from a FLNG unit (either a Sevan Marine Cylindrical unit or ship shaped FLNG) to a fully conventional LNGC with no modifications necessary.   The combination of the HiLoad LNG unit and Technip’s cryogenic pipes


EXMAR, VOPAK Ink FSRU Business Deal

Photo Exmar

Following the announcement on 2 September 2016 that EXMAR and Vopak had started exploratory discussions on floating LNG storage and regasification, an important milestone has been reached being the signing of an agreement on the acquisition of the FSRU business of EXMAR by Vopak and the possible cooperation between EXMAR and Vopak in future projects. The agreement on the acquisition envisages the transfer in stages of EXMAR’s participation in FSRU assets


Collaboration Lays Benchmark for International Award

Royal Australian Navy Adelaide Class Frigate, HMAS Newcastle sails off the coast of Cable Beach, Western Australia during Exercise Northern Shield 2016. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 A combined Defence and industry team has won the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management Innovation Award for Operational Improvement.     The FFG Enterprise is a collaboration between Defence's Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Royal Australian Navy, Thales Australia and BAE Systems Australia, working together to sustain and deliver seaworthy guided missile frigates.    


Osprey Maritime Gets Extension

Oil and gas shipping firm Osprey Maritime's bankers have agreed to an extension through the third quarter of 2002 of $362 million in short term loans. The facilities were originally repayable on July 20, 1999. The outlook for Osprey, which has a total debt of $813.7 million as of June 30, 1999, hinged on the outcome of its talks with bankers to extend its short term loans. The debt was incurred following its multi-million acquisition of Gotass Larsen Shipping Corp in 1997.


Peter Thomson of Fiji is UN Special Envoy For The Ocean

Peter Thomson, Fiji’s ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the UN News Centre in his office in New York. Photo: Masayoshi Suga/UN News Centre

 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean, aiming at galvanizing concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the United Nations Ocean Conference in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.  


Kidnapped Bourbon Crew Released

Bourbon announces that its 10 crew members kidnapped in Cameroon on 31st October on board the Bourbon Sagitta were released on Nov. 11. They are now safe in Yaoundé. After medical check-ups, all of them appear to be in good health. Bourbon wishes to thank everyone who has contributed to the successful outcome of this affair for their support and efforts, and in particular the local Cameroonian authorities, as well as the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs.


Repairs Complete on Damaged Akaylar II

The Turkey-flag container ship Akaylar II has left Desan Shipyard, Tuzla, Turkey, after repairs were completed on the collision damaged vessel, Reuters reported. Akaylar II was towed to Tuzla from Buyukdere, where it had initially been towed following a collision around the entrance to the Bosphorus straits. The 4,263-dwt Akaylar II was leaving the straits for the Black Sea when it was involved in a collision with the southbound 8,971-dwt Cambodia-flag Med Glory, which was badly damaged.


BP-Amoco and ARCO in $26.8 Billion Deal

BP Amoco confirmed, following a successful outcome to talks between the two companies, it has reached agreement to combine with the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) of Los Angeles. The all-share transaction, approved by the boards of both companies, will involve the exchange of 0.82 BP Amoco American Depositary Shares (ADS) for each ARCO share. The deal will substantially boost BP Amoco's reserves and production, giving it the largest oil output of any non-state company


Navios Apollon Released from Captivity

Navios Maritime Partners L.P. announced that the Navios Apollon and her crew were released on Feb. 27 2010. Navios Partners reported that the Captain and crew are healthy and will be reunited with their families shortly. Navios Partners thanks the Captain, the crew and their families for their fortitude through this trying ordeal. Many assisted the company in achieving this outcome. Navios wanted to recognize the special efforts of the Chinese Embassy in Greece, and the Ambassador personally


NYK Group, Dualog, NTT Group Join Partnership for Onboard IoT Platform

Image: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation

 The Japanese shipping group NYK Group (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, MTI Co., Ltd.) will collaborate with Dualog and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) Group on a vessel platform proposal that is currently being validated with ship information systems (SIMS) data


Keeping Asia Abreast of IMO Activities

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) is attending the 34th session of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in in Bohol Island, Philippines (19-21 September) to update the Maritime Transport Working Group on its latest activities.   


Dryad Maritime Urges for Overhaul of Maritime Intelligence Industry

Photo: Dryad Maritime

 Dryad Maritime is calling on the maritime industry to develop a Standardisation Agreement (STANAG) setting minimum standards for the production of intelligence.    "The threat is changing. Ship owners and operators no longer simply face a sporadic pirate threat in the Indian


Steel Cut for Costa Cruises’ LNG Newbuild

(Photo: Costa Cruises)

A steel cutting ceremony was held at Meyer Turku shipyard, Finland for the first of two Costa Cruises ships to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ship will sail in October 2019 with a sister ship following in 2021.   Costa Cruises’ president, Neil Palomba


Hazards of Bauxite on Cargoes

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 New research considered by International Maritime Organization (IMO) this week about the behaviour of an aluminium ore that featured in a high-profile shipping casualty in 2015 could lead to changes in industry rules about how such cargoes should be handled.  


Skuld Announces Positive Half Year Results

Logo: Skuld

 Skuld announced a positive bottom-line result of USD 8 million for the six months ending 20 August 2017, compared with USD 29 million at the half year in 2016.   The period has been marked by a small number of substantial claims


Irma Barrels Toward Caribbean, U.S. Mainland

Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 4 storm, plowed toward the Caribbean and the southern United States on Tuesday as islands in its path braced for possible life-threatening winds, storm surges and flooding.   Hurricane warnings and watches were in effect for parts of the Leeward Islands


Kalmar Signs Deal with DP World Australia

Photo: Cargotec

 Kalmar, part of Cargotec, continues its long-term cooperation with DP World Australia, the country's largest stevedore, with orders of 38 new machines for its new logistics arm, DP World Logistics Australia.   The orders include 7 Kalmar reachstackers


V.Group Acquires Graig Ship Management

Alasdair Evitt, Group Director, Ship Management East, V.Group shakes hands with Hugh Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Graig Shipping Plc following announcement to employees in Cardiff and Shanghai (Photo: V.Group)

Marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider V.Group said it has acquired Graig Ship Management Ltd, part of Graig Shipping PLC, which has developed a reputation for new build supervision and ship management of dry bulk vessels.  


ABS Report Reveals Key Insights into BWMS

Image: ABS

 ABS published a report providing insights into how industry is progressing with ballast water management (BWM) systems. Based on input provided by owners and operators with BWM systems on board their vessels, the report covers a range of topics, including installation


Improved Safety and Training, Part II

© Photocreo Bednarek / Adobe Stock

 Step-by-Step Improved Safety & Training - Step #2: Launching a Blended Learning Pilot   Everyone responsible for safety or training in their organization is very aware that everything is changing in the maritime world. The worker demographic has shifted


Crowley Supports Platform Tow-out, Installation in US Gulf

(Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ocean class tugboats and 455-series high-deck strength barges recently played an integral role in the tow-out and installation of Hess’ Stampede tension-leg platform (TLP) in the deep waters of the U.S. Gulf.  


Tidewater Emerges from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Photo: Tidewater Inc.

 New Orleans-based  Tidewater Inc and its affiliated chapter 11 debtors have emerged from bankruptcy after successfully completing its reorganization pursuant to the Second Amended Joint Prepackaged Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization of Tidewater and its Affiliated Debtors that was


Brookfield Buys Stake in Teekay Offshore

Image: Teekay Corporation

 Canadian asset manager Brookfield Business Partners will  buy 60 percent of Teekay Offshore Partners, a subsidiary of marine transportation provider Teekay Corp, for about $750 million, Reuters reported quoting company sources.  


Gasoline Futures Rally Propels Crude Markets

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U.S. shale drilling slowdown may be temporary.   Oil prices rose to an eight-week high on Thursday, as a rally in U.S. gasoline futures spurred further gains this week that came after key OPEC members pledged to reduce exports and the U.S






 
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