Marine Link
Thursday, October 19, 2017

POLAR TANKERS

Polar Tankers Christens Tanker

Company will operate all double-hulled tanker fleet in 2007 Polar Tankers, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ConocoPhillips christened the Polar Enterprise, the company’s newest double-hulled crude oil tanker. Classed by the American Bureau of Shipping, Polar Enterprise is the fifth and final Endeavour Class tanker in Polar Tankers’ U.S. flag fleet and is specifically designed to carry crude oil from Alaska to the West Coast and Hawaii. The vessel's sister ships, Polar Endeavour, Polar Resolution, Polar Discovery and Polar Adventure, were commissioned in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 respectively. The Polar Enterprise is expected to load her first cargo of Alaska North Slope crude oil in late January 2007. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Avondale, LA, built the state-of-the art tankers. Final outfitting is being completed at Navantia Shipyards in Fene-Ferrol, Spain, where the christening ceremony was held. Endeavour Class vessels have double hulls with 10 feet of space between the inner and outer hulls, two independent engine rooms, redundant propulsion and twin steering systems, a bow thruster and state of the art navigation systems.

Northrop Grumman Delivers Second Double-Hulled Tanker

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector delivered the tanker Polar Resolution in a brief ceremony at its Avondale Operations in New Orleans, La. Polar Resolution is the second of five 140,000 deadweight (DWT) Endeavour-class double-hulled crude oil carriers Northrop Grumman Ship Systems is building for Polar Tankers, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Phillips Petroleum Company. "The delivery of this second double-hulled tanker underscores our commitment to compete in profitable

Great Ships of 2001 -- Polar Endeavour

Representing an important milestone for U.S. commercial shipbuilding, the delivery of the 141,740-dwt Polar Endeavour signaled the unfolding of a major new chapter of investment in the fleet dedicated to coastwise transportation of Alaskan crude oil. Giving first form to the Millennium concept, the tanker has been purpose-designed for trade in the world's most environmentally-sensitive waters. While Polar Tankers' main requirement of the Millennium-class is to ship crude to Puget Sound from

Polar Tankers to Pay $588K for 2004 Spill

Polar Tankers Inc., a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips Co., has agreed to pay $588,000 to help compensate the public for environmental harm caused by the October 2004 crude oil spill into Puget Sound’s Dalco Passage near Tacoma. The payment would come under a proposed settlement agreement or consent decree filed this week in U.S. District Court, Western Washington Division involving Polar Tankers and the United States, state of Washington

Bureau Veritas Polar Rules & Ice Guidance

International classification society Bureau Veritas has published new rules for Polar Class vessels and specific guidance on ice/structure interaction. The rules are aimed at speeding Arctic and Caspian Sea oil and gas development by facilitating the building of tank, cargo and offshore service vessels which can operate unsupported by icebreakers in very heavy ice. The guidance note aims to facilitate floating LNG and oil platform construction in high Arctic conditions.

Milestone for Polar Protection

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 With more and more ships navigating in polar waters, IMO has moved to address international concern about the protection of the polar environment and the safety of seafarers and passengers with the introduction of new regulations that all ships operating in these harsh and challenging waters must comply with.   The mandatory Polar Code, for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters, enters into force on 1 January 2017

Global AIS: Genscape Spots Alaskan Crude Export VLCC

VLCC Polar Discover: Photo courtesy of Genscape

No Alaskan crude oil has been exported outside of the United States since 2004. Genscape Vesseltracker monitoring data showed that a cargo of Alaskan North Slope crude was loaded Sept. 26 at the Alaskan port of Valdez for delivery into the South Korean refining center of Yeosu, says a Genscape blog post. The U.S.-flagged tanker, Polar Discovery, is reported to have sailed from the ANS export terminal at Valdez, Alaska, for east Asia

IMO adopts Polar Code Safety Requirements

On November 21, the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, finalized the Polar Code and adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, or the SOLAS, which will create mandatory safety requirements for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters.   These requirements, which are in addition to the standard SOLAS regulations, will enter into force starting January 1, 2017

US Polar Icebreaker Visits San Diego

Passengers and the crew of CGC Polar Star gather to observe their first encounter with ice during Operation Deep Freeze 2016 in the Southern Ocean Jan. 3, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Grant DeVuyst)

The U.S. Coast Guard’s polar icebreaker Cutter Polar Star has made a brief stop in a warmer climate, mooring in San Diego before returning to Seattle after a four and a half month-long deployment to the Antarctic in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2016.   The Polar Star, a 399-foot cutter commissioned in 1976, is the nation’s only operational heavy icebreaker, and the most powerful non-nuclear icebreaker in the world.  

IMO Secretary-General Visits Antarctica

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim experienced polar conditions at first hand during a recent visit to Antarctica (8-12 February).    Shipping in waters surrounding the two poles has increased in recent years. IMO’s Polar Code entered into force on 1 January 2017, bringing in additional safety and environmental provisions for ships operating in these harsh, remote and unique conditions.   

IMO Talks Polar Matters in Russia

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 An International Maritime Organization (IMO) film showing how the IMO Polar Code supports safe and environmentally-friendly shipping in the Arctic and Antarctic waters is being screened at the NEVA 2017 International Maritime Exhibition and Conference (19-22 September), in St Petersburg, Russia.    IMO's Assistant Secretary-General Lawrence Barchue delivered the opening address, updating the audience on regulatory standards affecting the safety of international shipping

Another Milestone for RRS Sir David Attenborough Build

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce is marking another milestone on the journey toward the completion of Britain’s new polar research vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough being built by Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird.   The last of the vessel’s Bergen B33:45 engines/gensets have been craned into the ship’s hull at Cammell Laird ready to be connected to the RRS Sir David Attenborough’s Rolls-Royce propulsion system.  

Scorpio Tankers Signs Sale-Leaseback with Bocomm

Photo: Scorpio Tankers

 Scorpio Tankers has agreed to sell and leaseback five 2012 built MR product tankers (STI Amber, STI Topaz, STI Ruby, STI Garnet, and STI Onyx) to Bank of Communications Financial Leasing  (Bocomm Leasing).     As of today, three of the five transactions have been completed, which has increased the Company’s liquidity by approximately $21 million in aggregate after the repayment of the outstanding debt.  

Rapp Marine to Equip New OSU Research Vessel

121001-02-Aerial-Aft.jpg

Rapp Marine said it has been selected by Gulf Island Shipyard, LLC, as the Overboard Handling System Single Source Vendor (OHS SSV) for Oregon State University’s (OSU) 193 ft x 41 ft multi-mission Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV), with the option of two additional vessels. Funding for the RCRV project is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the contract design of the RCRV was developed by Glosten

CSSC to Build Research Vessels

Photo:  China State Shipbuilding Corp

 China's government controlled China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) is going beyond building navy vessels and making advanced scientific research ships, Xinhua reported.   CSSC has been focussing on defence sector till now. It was the largest supplier of surface combatants to the Chinese Navy, said the report.   CSSC has been using its expertise in the research and development of naval hardware to construct high-tech civilian ships

GC Rieber Gets Extension for 'Polar Onyx'

Polar Onyx. Photo: GC Rieber

 Norwegian offshore shipowner GC Rieber Shipping has entered into an agreement to extend the fixed contract period for "Polar Onyx," according to a press release.   The agreement secures the ship until the end of August 2017.  It had won the initial contract for the vessel in early March. At the time, the company said that the charter would see the vessel continue operating in West Africa.  

Nautical Institute Rolls Out Ice Navigator Scheme

Logo Image: The Standard Club, Nautical Institute

 The Standard Club has advised its members that at the start of July the Nautical Institute launched its Ice Navigator Scheme. This scheme is designed to help meet the demand for properly trained officers with the skills and knowledge to handle a ship in ice.   The scheme is designed to run in conjunction with the Polar Code and builds on STCW requirements. It focuses on the practical elements necessary to handle a ship and manage operations in ice covered waters worldwide; it is

Ice Navigation Training for Maersk Line Officers

Maersk Line meets Polar Code Deck Officer Training requirements through a series of tailor-made Ice navigation courses by Aboa Mare in Finland   Deck officers and captains from Maersk Line have begun a series of ice navigation training courses at Aboa Mare in Turku, Finland. The first course was taught in July, with the rest scheduled to take place during the second half of 2017.   The courses fulfill the Polar Code training requirements and are designed according to the

IMO in Polar Environment

Video Screenshot: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Following the launch of International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s film on the IMO Polar Code, a new video (watch video here) focused on search and rescued in polar regions is being published. The second video in a series on IMO in the polar environment takes a closer look at the challenges of search and rescue operations in polar regions, for example, how the current lack of marine infrastructure, coupled with the vastness and harshness of the environment

Cruise Ship MS Bremen Certified to Polar Code

(Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ expedition cruise ship, the 155-passenger MS Bremen has become one of the first passenger ships in the world to receive the Polar Ship Certificate which will be mandatory for ships operating in the polar regions from January 2018.   MS Bremen was awarded Polar Code certification by classification society DNV GL following a two-year long phase of intense preparation, leading the way for all other ships in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet which are also due to meet

HMM to Launch Arctic Sea Service

File Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

 South Korea’s leading container carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine Co (HMM) is considering launching a regular liner service via the Arctic Sea, a move that could cut transits between Asia and Europe considerably, reported Pulse.   South Korea’s largest ocean carrier is considering a trial operation from as early as 2020. A number of local logistics companies have ventured into the Arctic routes, but did not last due to lack of ships and crew expertise to navigate against

Shareholders Approve Scorpio- Navig8 Merger

Photo: Scorpio Tankers

 Scorpio Tankers said shareholders of Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. (NPTI) approved the previously announced merger of Scorpio and NPTI at shareholders meeting held Tuesday.    At the meeting, approximately 94.25 percent of the NPTI shares outstanding were voted, all of which were in favor of the merger.   The merger remains subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close on or about September 1, 2017.  

Scorpio Closes Merger with Navig8

Photo: Scorpio Tankers Inc.

 Scorpio Tankers Inc.  announced that it has closed the previously announced merger with Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. (NPTI).    As consideration, Scorpio has issued 55 million shares of its common stock to the holders of NPTI’s common shares or 19.7% of the current 279,663,300 Scorpio common shares issued and outstanding.   Through the Merger and related transactions, Scorpio has acquired an operating fleet of 27 eco-design product tankers

Thun Tankers Orders another Newbuild

(Image: Gothia Tanker Alliance)

Thun Tankers said it has declared an option for a fifth tanker to be added to the previously contracted four 17,500 dwt IMO II product/chemical tankers on order at Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding Ltd in China.   The sister ships are due for delivery between April 2019 and January 2020 and will be commercially managed by Furetank, responsible for the intermediate segment within the Gothia Tanker Alliance.   In addition to the five contracted intermediate vessels

US Navy Buoys into the Arctic Ocean

An Air-Deployable Expendable Ice Buoy is deployed in the high Arctic near the North Pole from a Royal Danish Air Force C-130 aircraft operating out of Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, as part of the International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP). Photo: United States Navy

 The U.S National Ice Center (USNIC) in coordination with the Office of Naval Research, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, the Danish Joint Arctic Command, Environmental and Climate Change Canada and University of Washington deployed buoys into the Arctic Ocean during a joint mission.  The joint mission was conducted to collect weather and oceanographic data to enhance forecasting and environmental models thereby reducing operational risk for assets in the Arctic.  

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Oct 2017 - The Marine Design Annual

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Subscribe
Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News