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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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BICERA Explosion Relief Valve

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Sometimes it seems cliché to repeat that a product or system “protects equipment and saves lives,” but in the case of valve manufacturer Penn-Troy, which recently unveiled a new crankcase explosion relief valve that boasts lower exhaust temperatures, more engine internal clearance and a lighter weight design, the claim is accurate. To get further insights on the BICERA Revolution Explosion Relief Valve, we spoke to Mark Powers, president of the company, for his insights on the product and its value. The BICERA Revolution Explosion Relief Valve is the second-generation model of the original crankcase explosion relief valve proposed by the British Internal Combustion Engine Research Association (BICERA) after the Reina del Pacifico explosion in 1947. In the spotlight of this new product is the patent-pending flame arrester technology. Made of a strong, porous material, the external arrestor acts as an aggressive heat sink, dispersing lower exhaust temperatures radially, away from engine personnel, in the event of a crankcase explosion. The external flame arresting process also allows for better internal engine clearance. The BICERA Revolution Valve comes in four models: Bolt-on, Weld-on, Integrated Door Unit and Quick Detachable; certified to the IACS UR M66 specification by ABS, BV, DNV and RINA. We understand that you recently unveiled a new crankcase explosion relief valve. Why was an investment in a new technology solution required at this time?

North Wales Trainees Start Offshore Careers

Back row: Scott Pitman, Joe Stafford, Martyn Berrington and Ronan Conway. Front: Troy Melling and Ralph Williams.

Six young men from North Wales have taken their first steps into a new career in the offshore wind energy industry having been accepted as trainees with the UK’s only dedicated trainee academy for the offshore wind industry, Offshore Marine Academy. Ranging in age from 20 to 24, the trainees come from a variety of backgrounds including plumbing, the Royal Marines and electronics, but all applied with the aim of starting a long-term career in the growing local offshore wind industry.

Hobart Brothers Company Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Photo: Hobart

The milestone reflects a history rich in product innovation and determination that has driven the company’s success since it was incorporated by founder C.C. Hobart, his wife and three sons on March 24, 1917. “From the beginning, Hobart Brothers Company has been an innovator in the welding industry,” says David Knoll, vice President and general manager. “That foundation continues through the vision and passion of our dedicated employees

CEVA and L’Oréal Extend Relationship in Indonesia

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  CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, announced a contract renewal and expanded business with L'Oréal in Indonesia, the world's leading beauty brand. CEVA's partnership with L'Oréal started more than 3 years ago when the company took on the warehouse management of L'Oréal's distribution centers in Bekasi, providing warehousing and distribution services as well as value added services

USNS Pathfinder Participates in at-Sea Demonstration

Military Sealift Command oceanographic survey ship USNS Pathfinder arrived in , , to pick up Ukrainian personnel and members of the U.S.-based Institute for Exploration for an upcoming at-sea capabilities demonstration with ’s Department of Underwater Heritage. In April 2008, the Ukranian government invited the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet to demonstrate U.S. Navy hydrographic survey capabilities and to help search for SS Armenia, a sunken, World War II Soviet hospital ship.

Container Census Predicts Limited Box Availability

After the critical shortages of containers of last year, production has picked up again, but high container prices and a tight ratio of containers to vessel slots will continue to constrain the availability of boxes, according to the Container Census – Annual Survey and Forecast of Global Container Units, a new report from Drewry Maritime Research. At the end of 2010, the global fleet of containers exceeded $90 billion in replacement value for the first time, according to the report

North America Dominates Global Container Shipping Market

Pic by China Shipping Container Lines

 In terms of geography, North America dominates the global container shipping market . This is due to improved transportation services in this region, says a report from Persistence Market Research.   The U.S. represents the largest market for container shipping followed by Canada in North America. In Europe, Germany, the U.K., Spain, Italy, and France hold the major share of the container shipping market.   

SC Ports sets Container Volume record

Hapag-Lloyd Photo South Carolina Ports Authority

 South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced an all-time record container volume of nearly 105,000 pier containers and 185,018 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in January.  As measured in pier containers, or total box volume, SCPA handled 104, 792 boxes last month, surpassing the previous record of 104, 003 containers handled in May 2015. Container volume is up 28 percent compared to the same month last year.

Cargotec's Kalmar SmartPort Automation is Key

Global Container Terminals in New Jersey plans to implement Cargotec's Kalmar SmartQuay solution for six quay cranes as part of an ongoing automation project.   The SmartQuay solution improves productivity during vessel operations and is delivered in partnership with APS Technology Group, part of the Kalmar SmartPort Alliance. The system automates data capture for all container movements, automatically builds ship plans and provides tools for managing traffic at the quay

MHI Kobe Shipyard’s Receives Orders

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received consecutive orders for large size container ships from the Evergreen Group of Taiwan, one of the leading container transportation operators in the world. Since 1992, MHI has received orders for 38 container ships from Evergreen without a break, of which 32 ships have either been built, or are to be built at MHI’s Kobe Shipyard and Machinery Works, and six at Nagasaki Shipyard and Machinery Works

Shreyas Takes Delivery of Three Vessels

Photo: Shreyas Shipping and Logistics

 Indian flagged vessel owning unit of Dubai-headquartered Transworld Group Shreyas Shipping and Logistics (SSL) announced that the company has taken deliveries of its three vessels.   In a stock exchange filing the container feeder owning and operating company said that it has taken deliveries of M.V. SSL Ganga (container vessel - 1500 teus), M.V. SSL Brahmaputra (container vessel - 4200 teus) and M.V. SSL Balaji (multipurpose vessel - 650 teus).  

Salvage: Refloating the Kea Trader

Ardent’s salvage crews work from their reconfigured sea base next to the Kea Trader, a stranded cargo vessel in New Caledonia. (Photo: Ardent)

When the 2,194 TEU containership Kea Trader ran aground on the Durand Reef in the Pacific Ocean on July 12, Ardent was called in under a Lloyd’s Open Form (LOF) to remove the stranded vessel.   The ship was sailing from Papeete in French Polynesia to Noumea in New Caledonia, with 756 containers on board at the time of the incident.   Ardent representative Bernard van Haeringen, said, “The Kea Trader’s remote location in the Pacific is a hurdle that we are

JNPCT Selects N4 Terminal Operating System

Photo: PIB

 The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT), one of the container terminals directly managed by India’s leading container port-JNPT, is constantly innovating and up-scaling operations to not only meet but exceed global benchmarks with an underlying commitment to provide seamless customer service and ease of doing business.    The JNPCT has upgraded its terminal operating system to SPARCS N4 platform to optimize the terminal’s operational cycle with the

UTLC Launches Service from China to Europe

Photo: Port of Hamburg

 Russia's JSC United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC) jointly with KTZ-Express launched a new transport product for the delivery of non-hazardous chemical goods in tank containers from China to Europe as part of the regular container service U West (Dostyk-Brest).   The first train, consisting of 82 twenty-foot tank containers, loaded with butylene glycol produced by XINJIANG MARKOR CHEMICAL INDUSTRY, departed from Korla Station (China).   

JNPT's Cargo Traffic Grows by 6.26%

Photo: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

 The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India's largest container port, further improved its performance in the first six months of the current financial year by recording a 6.26 per cent growth in container cargo in terms of TEUs (5.57% in terms of tonnage) by handling 2.4 million TEUs as compared to 2.26 million TUEs in the corresponding period of the previous year.   Among the four terminals under JNPT, APM Terminal handled 9.90 lakh TEUSs, up 11

TOTE's Productivity Increases at Port of San Juan

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 TOTE Maritime continues to see an increase in overall productivity at the Port of San Juan as more and more containers leave the terminal for communities around Puerto Rico.   Monday the terminal reached 87 percent productivity with more than 330 loads of relief and commercial goods leaving the terminal.   TOTE Maritime has been working closely with a number of partners including the Department of Homeland Security, American Red Cross, FEMA, the Puerto Rican government

Indian Ports Register 3.24% Cargo Growth

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 Major ports in India handled 326.4 million tonnes of cargo in the April-September period, an increase of 3.24% over the 316.1 million tonnes they handled a year ago.   According to the data released by the ministry of shipping, seven out of the 12 major ports in the country recorded traffic growth in the first half of the current fiscal.   Seven Ports (Kolkata, Paradip, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore

Operations Partially Resume at Port of Durban

Marine functions at South Africa’s largest port have partially resumed after severe weather halted operations and caused heavy damages at the port earlier this week.   The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said the storm blew containers into the bay, broke mooring lines in the channel and caused three vessels to run aground in the Port of Durban on Monday.   Sounding surveys indicate that there is some obstruction on the seabed that could pose a risk to navigation

A Business Park Made of Shipping Containers

Image: Box Office Warehouse Suites

Container King of Dallas has recently signed a deal with local developer Ron Sturgeon to build 38 innovative, eco-friendly, state-of-the-art commercial spaces made from shipping containers. Box Office Warehouse Suites is due to open in the Alliance commercial real estate area in Texas.    Sturgeon explained the process: "We sandblast them, paint them nice and pretty, bring in a professional design firm, tastefully add paneling, floors, ceilings, windows, and carpeting

Konecranes for Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals

Goliath Gantry Crane. Photo: Konecranes

 Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Pte Ltd (BMCT), a wholly owned subsidiary of PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA), exercised its option to purchase a further 18 Konecranes Noell Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes.   This order follows upon an initial order for 18 RTG and 4 RMG cranes that will be delivered by the end of this year. The 18 RTGs currently on order will be delivered in two lots: 9 units will be delivered by August 2018, and the remaining 9 by end-2018

Port of Oakland Import Volume Jumps 12.6 %

Photo: Port of Oakland

 New statistics out today show that containerized import volume at the Port of Oakland increased 12.6 percent last month.  The Port reported that it handled the equivalent of 79,135 20-foot import containers.  A search of records indicates that it was the largest September import volume in the Port’s history.   “This is the peak season for container shipping, when we expect higher import volumes ahead of the year-end holidays

Evergreen Expands its Service Network to Northern Mindanao

Image: Evergreen Shipping Line

 In order to offer a wide-ranging service to the whole market of the Philippines especially in Mindanao Island, Evergreen Line who operates the fourth largest container fleet in the world will launch the new Taiwan-Philippines Service (TPH) adding new port call at Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.   The dedicated South Philippines feeder loop will utilize two containerships with a minimum capacity of 1, 300 TEU

APL Pioneers 100 Years of Shipping in the Philippines

Photo: APL

 In celebration of its 100th anniversary in the Philippines, APL today renewed its commitment to keep pioneering shipping solutions for the development of the Philippines’ shipping industry.    Part of APL’s plan is to identify local partnerships to extend its reach to more outports in the Philippines, facilitate trading by opening new service routes and keep engaging industry stakeholders for the development of the sector.  

Exmar USD 23mln Richer After Excel Sale

Image: Exmar Shipmanagement NV

The Belgian gas tanker company Exmar has sold its liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker Excel for $ 23 million.   "Exmar is pleased to announce the sale of the LNG carrier Excel (138,107 m³). The 2003 built Excel has been delivered to its new owners on 6th of October 2017," said a press statement from the company.   The net cash proceeds realized by Exmar  for its 50% share in the joint venture will be approximately USD 23 million, it added.  

Unifeeder Rolls out First Retrofitted LNG-Powered Shortsea Box Ship

Photo: Unifeeder A/S

 The world first shortsea container vessel with LNG is operated by Unifeeder. Unifeeder offer multimodal shipment by the world’s first LNG container vessel.    The environment has always been a major factor when the European industry choses partners. At Unifeeder, we are proud of being front runners operating and testing the first retrofitted LNG container vessel in the world, says Shortsea Director Niels Kjaer-Richardt

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