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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Car Carrier

TTS Wins Two Contracts

Sweden’s TTS Ships Equipment AB, Gothenburg, part of Norway’s TTS Marine ASA has landed two contracts for delivery of ships equipment for a total of four car carriers. This confirms TTS’ leading position in the supply of cargo access equipment to the car carrier newbuilding industry. The contract with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea (Leif Hoegh A/S) and Croatia’s Uljanik Ship Yard, Pula (Ray Shipping) involves deliveries to two car carriers each. The deliveries include construction and supply of key components to the RoRo access systems including internal car decks and ramps, as well as stern ramps for the loading and discharge of vehicles. The delivery of the equipment is scheduled for the end of 2007. The deliveries to Daewoo include construction and supply of key components to the RoRo access systems including internal car decks and ramps, as well as stern/quarter and side ramps for the loading and discharge of vehicles. The delivery of the equipment is scheduled for February and May 2007, respectively. The deliveries to Uljanik include construction and complete supply of the RoRo access systems including internal ramps and doors, as well as stern/quarter and side ramps for the loading and discharge of vehicles. The delivery of the equipment is scheduled for January 2006 and August 2007, respectively.

WW and OW Acquire HMM’s Car Carrier Division

Representatives from Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA (WW) and Wallenius Lines AB (OW) on August 10, 2002 signed the agreement with Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd. (HMM) on the acquisition of HMM’s car carrier division. The terms of the agreement include long-term exclusive contracts with Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) and Kia Motor Corporation (KMC) on shipping their car exports for an initial five-year period, with provision for extensions

OceanSaver to Deliver First Commercial Order to Höegh

OceanSaver announces that its ballast water treatment system has formalized an order by Höegh Fleet Services for 10 such systems on its managed fleet of car and gas carriers. The first four systems will be delivered in 2008 – two on Höegh's Horizon-class car carrier newbuildings under construction in , and two on car carriers that Höegh will retrofit. The UN has defined transport of invasive marine species in ballast water as one of the four greatest threats to the

Car Carrier Sea Trials Show Work Remains

Photo courtesy of Nantong Mingde

China's Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry Co. reports car-carrier completes latest phase sea trials, but more work to be done. Car carrying vessel (MD087) built for the Gram Car Carrier company returns to the shipyard's COSCO steel structure dock having completed a 55-hour sea trial. The builders say that the ship's quality satisfied the ship owners and the classification society but that there remained one eighth of 150 requirements to be made good

Car Carrier on Sea Trials Collides with Tankship, Fire Ensues

Pure Car Carrier: Courtesy of Ray Shipping

The 55,000 gt car carrier 'Gravity Highway', which was under construction in Hyundai Mipo Shipyard, collided with chemical tanker 'Maritime Maisie' while on sea trials some 9 nautical miles off Busan, reports Yonhap News Agency. The impact caused a fire on the tanker, which was in danger of sinking, and some of the 27 crew members sustained light burns or abrasions, but none serious, officials informed Yonhap. Sixteen coast guard boats

NYK Vessel Rescues 336 in the Mediterranean

NYK Car Carrier

  On July 14, Hermes Leader, a car carrier operated by NYK Line, rescued 336 people in the Mediterranean Sea. On July 14, the vessel received an emergency call for help while sailing to port of Gioia Tauro, Italy after transiting the Suez Canal. The vessel immediately set a course for the given position and rescued 336 people in the afternoon. After that, all of them were handed over to the coast guard at the port of Augusta in Sicily island in Italy on July 15.

Wallenius Willhelmsen Makes Agreement With HMM

Wilh, Wilhelmsen ASA and Wallenius have jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korean company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) for the possible acquisition of the the car carrier division of HMM which would continue to be operated as a separate company with its Korean profile.

Hual Increases PCTC Order to 7 Ships

HUAL, the Ro/Ro vehicle carrying unit of Leif Höegh & Co, has placed an order for two additional car carriers (PCTC) with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering for delivery in 2006 and 2007 respectively. The vessels will have capacity to carry some 6100 cars and 7 similar vessels are now ordered from Daewoo. The first 5 vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2004 and 2005. The contract includes options for further vessels

Vinashin Inks Car Carrier Contract

The Nam Trieu Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Nasico) under the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin) on July 12 signed a contract to build a pair of ships, each capable of carrying 6,900 cars, for the Blystad group of Norway, according to a report on VOV news (http://english.vovnews.vn) The 200 x 32-m car carriers will be built to a design of DeltaMarin  under the supervision of DNV of Norway. The first ship is expected to be completed and transferred in October 2013 and the

Synapsis INS for New Car Carriers

Car Carrier, operated by Siem Car Carriers AS (Copyright: Siem Car Carriers AS)

The German navigation system integrator Raytheon Anschütz has won a contract to supply the latest generation of IMO-certified Integrated Navigation Systems (INS) to three car carriers built by the Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik Brodogradiliste. The Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs) will be owned by Cayman Island based Auto Marine Transport Inc. and are scheduled for entering service from end of 2016. The new PCTCs will operate under a long-term charter of Siem Car Carriers AS

MOL Car Carrier's First Call at Port of Kisarazu

The Swan Ace calling at the Port of Kisarazu. Photo: MOL

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)  announced that on August 31, the MOL-operated car carrier Swan Ace (capacity: 6,400 standard passenger cars) called at the Port of Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture and loaded 800 used vehicles.    It was the first call for MOL-operated car carriers of Japan – East Africa trade. On the same day, the cargo owner, port officials, and other guests attended a commemorative ceremony at a hotel in Kisarazu City.  

Toyota Backs Japanese $1.8 Bln LNG Vessel Order

Image: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line)

 Japanese car manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation is turning to LNG-powered ships to transport its cars across the globe, according to a report from Japanese daily Nikkei.   The company has backed an investment in up to 20 LNG-powered car carriers with the capacity to carry 7,000 vehicles each, as it  is preparing for the environmental regulations that will go into force in 2020.   Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)

2,000th Neopanamax Transits Expanded Panama Canal

Photo: ACP

Yesterday, the Panama Canal welcomed its 2,000th Neopanamax vessel through the waterway, demonstrating the route’s continued impact on maritime trade and the industry’s confidence in the safe, reliable and efficient service the Canal provides. The COSCO Yantian containership completed the milestone transit through the Expanded Canal traveling northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. The vessel measures 351 meters in length and 43 meters in beam

MOL Tabletop Drill Focuses on Car Carrier Safety

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL)

 Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) has announced that it conducted a tabletop drill based on an incident involving a car carrier managed by an MOL Group ship management company.    MOL holds these drills periodically to confirm its emergency response system in preparation for serious marine incidents.   The drill was held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, with the goal of raising company-wide safety awareness through the simulated experience of a serious marine incident

Certification for MOL Environmental Management System

Image: MOL

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that on July 20, its core dry-cargo ship management company, MOL Ship Management  received a new certification of its Environmental Management System ISO14001: 2015 and Energy Management System ISO50001from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) after undergoing stringent transition audit and renewal audit processes.   MOLSHIP acquired ISO14001: 2004 and ISO50001: 2011 certifications at the same time from ClassNK in July 2014 .   

NYK to Pay $20 Mln for Cartel Conviction

(File photo: NYK)

Australia has fined and convicted Japanese shipping firm Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) for operating as a cartel in relation to the transport of vehicles into the country, its competition regulator said on Thursday.   The charges relate to the transportation of motor vehicles to Australia between 2009 and 2012, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commision (ACCC) said in a statement.   A new law in Australia criminalised cartel behaviour in 2009

BOS Rolls Out New Engine Performance Software

Blue Ocean Solutions (BOS) has introduced new Engine Performance Software designed to provide ship operators with a holistic insight into the operating condition and efficiency of the ship’s engine.   The software verifies the fuel savings gained from BOS’ Emulsified Fuel System (EFS), and will be delivered as an add-on to the EFS at no additional cost.   The software also evaluates the engine condition against factory test data and establishes current trending

Project to Build World’s Biggest Sailing Cargo Ship

Quadriga project ship model (Photo: Lloyds Register)

Lloyd's Register (LR) has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project – an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, which aims to build the world’s biggest sailing cargo ship.   The project outlines a plan to build a 170-meter car carrier, capable of carrying between 1,700 and 2,000 cars, which will be equipped with four DynaRig masts and will operate on hybrid propulsion with sails and diesel-electric engines, and an optional battery system for peak loads

MOL Breached South Korean Antitrust Law

PCTC Emerald Ace Photo: MOL

 The Fair Trade Commission of South Korea (KFTC) announced on August 21, 2017 that several companies including MOL have breached South Korean antitrust law with respect to car carrier services.   "MOL and other shipping companies have been investigated by the KFTC due to the suspicion of antitrust law violation. MOL has fully cooperated with the KFTC during the investigation," said a press statement from the company.  

FTC Fines Global Car Shipping Firms USD 37.8mln

The Gaia Leader Ocean Carrier. Photo: NYK RORO

 South Korea's antitrust watchdog Fair Trade Commission (FTC)  has imposed a combined 43 billion won (US$37.8 million) in fines on nine global auto shipping companies for bid rigging and price fixing, reported Yonhap.   According to the FTC, the nine car shipping companies colluded between August 2002 and September 2012 in global biddings offered by car manufacturers that they should “respect” existing contracts of one another so as not to compete.  

Vroon, Seagull Maritime Ink Training Agreement

From left to right: Eric Rikken, Managing Director, Vroon; Lennart Ripke, Area Sales Manager, Seagull Germany; and Diederic van Keulen, Head of Crewing, Vroon (Photo: Vroon)

The international shipping company Vroon has recently signed a fleetwide agreement with training provider Seagull Maritime.   “Vroon has always been committed to safe practices and ensuring a duty of care for the safety and health of all employees and customers,” said Head Crewing, Diederic van Keulen, Vroon “We believe our continued success depends on the abilities and dedication of our staff and how we nurture each individual

Singapore, Japan Feasibility Study LNG-Fuelled Car Carriers

Singapores Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure & Minister for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, met Minister Keiichi Ishii, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Japan on 28 August 2017. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 To promote LNG bunkering in Asia, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) will helm a working group to conduct a feasibility study on LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore.    This working group will include Japan’s big three shippers – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S.K

New Study Looks at LNG Bunkering for Car Carriers

© John Wollwerth / Adobe Stock

To help promote liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in Asia, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ports and Harbors Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) will helm a working group to conduct a feasibility study on LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore. This working group will include Japan’s big three shippers – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S

'K' Line Collaboration Eyes Japan’s First LNG-fueled Ferry

Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line Kinkai) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) have agreed to work on joint study for “K” Line Kinkai’s newbuilding passenger ferry being fueled by LNG, whose study includes specifications, engine types and any related technical verifications for LNG handling.   “K” Line Kinkai has been studying introduction of a ferry fueled by LNG

K Line to Develop Japan’s First LNG-Fueled Ferry

Photo: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd

 Japan's shipper giant Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha (K Line Kinkai) will work on a joint study for what would be Japan’s first LNG-powered ferry.   "K Line Kinkai and K Line) have agreed to work on joint study for K Line Kinkai’s newbuilding passenger ferry being fueled by LNG, whose study includes specifications, engine types and any related technical verifications for LNG handling," said a statement from the company.

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