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Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Japan Delivers 2 Used Ships to Vietnam

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Photo: U.S. Naval Institute.

 Japan delivered on Tuesday two used ships to the Vietnamese Coast Guard to help the Southeast Asian country strengthen maritime security, reports the Japan Times.   The two 600-ton vessels, provided in a ceremony in the city of Da Nang, will be refurbished into patrol boats in disputed waters of the South China Sea.   The ships are the second delivery of a 2014 deal for Tokyo to provide Vietnam with six used fishing vessels that will be converted into patrol ships for Vietnam's coast guard and fisheries ministry.   The Abe administration agreed last year to provide Vietnam with six used ships to help Hanoi cope with heightened tensions in the South China Sea.   Two were delivered earlier and the remaining two will arrive by the end of this year.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled the plan to provide additional used ships during a meeting with Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Tokyo in September.   The Japanese ships follow a U.S. pledge to provide at least five refurbished fast patrol ships to improve Vietnam's Coast Guard.   China continues to defend its maritime boundary claims in the South China Sea in response to United States warships sailing near the Spratly Islands -- where it has reportedly constructed two artificial islands on Subi and Mischief reefs.

'K' Line Fleet to Install Integrated Maritime Solutions

K-IMS : Kawasaki - Integrated Maritime Solutions. Image: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd

 Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ('K' Line) has decided to install “Optimum Weather Routing System” developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) to operated/managed vessels in our fleet.   This system provides the minimum fuel consumption route in consideration of the safety navigation, hence we are planning to install the system in about 120 vessels by 2021, as part of the system which is the KAWASAKI Integrated Maritime Solution “K-IMS”  that we developed in

Germanischer Lloyd at Seatrade Cruise Shipping

Emergency Response Service for Passenger Ships A cruise ship scrapes a reef. A fire breaks out in a storage room. The many different scenarios the Emergency Response Service (ERS) of Germanischer Lloyd has to handle are often hazardous for passengers, seamen and the environment. The emergency service for ships in trouble, already used by ten passenger ships, is presented at Seatrade Cruise Shipping. It is essential for the rescue service to have a computational model giving all the

Chafe-Pro for Philadelphia Naval Reserve Fleet

Global Associates, Ltd, contractor for the U.S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, has selected FJORD, Inc. to supply its brand name Chafe-Pro chafing gear for the protection of the mooring lines used by the ships located at the naval reserve fleet in Philadelphia.  The facility is used to hold decommissioned U.S. Navy and auxiliary ships pending the determination of their final fate. FJORD, Inc. is a woman-owned small business located in Graham

Oil Storage at Sea Stalls as Profit Play Fades

Traders are cutting plans to use tankers to store oil at sea as the price incentive recedes, the global head of oil at mining and commodities group Glencore's said on Tuesday.   In January, the price of spot oil was around 50 percent lower than a peak hit in June, enabling traders to potentially make money by storing crude for delivery months down the line, when prices were expected to recover.   Tanker industry sources estimated in late January that the volume of oil booked for

Safety for Gas-Fuelled Ships

Photo: International Maritime Organization @Fjord Lines/Espen Gees

 A new mandatory code for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels enters into force on 1 January 2017, along with new training requirements for seafarers working on those ships.    Gas and other low-flashpoint fuels are cleaner for the atmosphere as they emit very low levels of air pollutants, such as sulphur oxides and particulates. But these fuels pose their own safety challenges, which need to be properly managed.   

Mobile, Broadband Offered for Cruise Ships

A joint venture will provide bundled broadband and mobile communications services for cruise-ship passengers. CapRock Communications and SeaMobile announced the service that will allow passengers plying the seas to stay in touch with those on land using their personal cell phones and other mobile devices. The satellite-based service also delivers encrypted business applications that can be used in concert with the vessels' wired communications systems.

Coast Guard Amends Anchorage Regulations for Lower Miss. River

The Coast Guard is amending anchorage regulations for the Lower Mississippi River, prohibiting vessels anchored in the Lower Kenner Bend Anchorage from using or exercising the ship’s hold cargo cranes. Vessels in this anchorage must keep the ship’s hold cargo gear in the down and hawsed position, as rigged for sea transits. Deck-mounted cranes, deck booms, and stiff legs may be used to take on ship’s stores and spare parts and may be used to move manifold hoses

Design of Aquarius Solar Power Array Starts

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Another step forward in the development of the Aquarius System was made recently when workbegun on the detailed design of the wind and solar sail panel. This panel or rigid sail will beused to harness wind & solar energy which will then be used to help power a ship thereby reducing fuel consumption and the emissions. The rigid sails are being developed by Eco Marine Power in co-operation with a number of development partners

New Pumps Save Millions at Sea

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A Grundfos project aboard a Lauritzen Bulkers cargo ship shows that large vessels could be losing money on wasted energy. A pilot project between Grundfos and Danish shipping operator Lauritzen Bulkers shows that better technology and a sharp focus on pump efficiency can mean big savings on the bottom line. The project, carried out on the 19,889-ton Durban Bulker, focused on efficiency in ship’s pumps.

ERMA FIRST BWTS Receives USCG Type Approval

Ballast water treatment system (BWTS) manufacturer ERMA FIRST said it has received a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval certificate for its full flow electrolysis ERMA FIRST BWTS FIT on October 18, 2017   “After a long and continuous period of working on the USCG program, we are thrilled to we have managed to fit for purpose. This time our ‘purpose’ was the compliance with the USCG rules. In our core business model

New Container Spreader from Tandemloc

(Photo: Tandemloc)

For years mechanical container spreader frames have been a fixture on jobsites, river ports and any other location that utilizes ISO shipping containers. While container lifting frames are well worth their size and weight in operational cost savings, they often eat into those very savings because of the expensive shipping methods firms must utilize to get the frames on site for use.   In response to this problem

Keel Laid for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Expedition Ship

The next stage of construction for the second of the two new expedition ships for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has been set in motion with a keel laying ceremony for the HANSEATIC inspiration held on October 18, 2017, in the Romanian port of Tulcea.   The cruise line’s CEO, Karl J. Pojer, laid a specially produced coin in the first steel block of what will become the ship’s hull. As with its sister ship, the HANSEATIC nature

The Nautical Safety Profile

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MARIN is working together with the industry to develop the Nautical Safety Profile for operations and risk management.   Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is increasingly being used as an alternative fuel, both at sea and on land, to reduce pollution from transportation.    In 2011 the first LNG carrier arrived at the Rotterdam Gate terminal, and last year the terminal was upgraded to facilitate the transfer of LNG to shuttle tankers

Twiflex: Turning, Locking & Braking System

The Twiflex Turning, Locking & Braking (TLB) System consolidates three usually separate interfaces and functions into one design package (Image: Twiflex)

 Regular maintenance of propulsion shafts and propellers requires shafts to be aligned and locked in place so that ships’ engineers can perform the needed work. A Turning, Locking & Braking (TLB) System from Twiflex Ltd. provides a compact solution to allow the shaft position to be set and locked when the vessel is stationary.   The Twiflex TLB consolidates three usually separate interfaces and functions into one design package

Reducing Onboard Water Consumption

Many ship lines, including privately and government-owned ferry systems, have become members of Green Marine. The goal of this organization is to help these carriers reduce their environmental footprint, with an emphasis on 12 key performance indicators.    These key performance indicators include taking steps to reduce fuel emissions, which contribute to greenhouse gases; lowering energy consumption, both onboard and at land office locations; developing an array of recycling

Interferry Conference Reviews Issues with Financial Impact

The challenges and opportunities posed by alternative fuels, safety management and social media dominated Interferry’s 42nd annual conference in Split, Croatia, where a record 370 delegates shared insights on ship technologies, safety issues including cyber security and the customer experience.   Attendance at last week’s conference represented 210 ferry operators and suppliers from 27 countries. Outlining the trade association’s key focus on best practice

St. Lawrence Seaway Cargo Volumes Buoyant

The Canada-flag Algolake loading wheat at the CHS elevator in the Port of Duluth-Superior. (Photo by: Terry White / Chamber of Marine Commerce)

As marine shipping continues to support the growth of the Canadian and U.S. economies, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments to-date for 2917 are 14 percent ahead of 2016 volumes.   Total cargo tonnage from March 20 to September 30 reached 24.3 million metric tons – 3 million metric tons more compared to the same period in 2016, according to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.   “Our results point to the strength of the Canadian and U.S. economies

Global Piracy Declines in First Nine Months of 2017

Graphics: International Chamber of Commerces (ICC) International Maritime Bureaus (IMB)

 A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy.   The flagship global report notes that, while piracy rates were down compared to the same period in 2016, there is continuing concern over attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and in South East Asia.   

Wärtsilä Dual-fuel Engines for LNG Carrier Newbuilds

Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engine (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä, through its joint venture company CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co (CWEC), has been contracted to deliver 16 engines for four new LNG carrier vessels being built at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in China. The order was booked in August 2017.   Each of the four 174,000 m3 capacity vessels will be fitted with four Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel generating sets running primarily on LNG fuel to provide the ships with auxiliary power

Scrubbers Installed on Two NCL Vessels

Norwegian Sun (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Exhaust gas cleaning systems, also known as scrubbers, have been installed on two Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ships in order to reduce air emissions.   NCL says it was the first cruise line to commit to retrofitting six vessels with scrubbers and has now exceeded that commitment with a total of eight ships, including the latest two, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Jade.   The ships’ new lightweight in-line scrubbers are a hybrid technology developed by Yara Marine Technologies

Italy Breaks up Libyan Fuel Smuggling Ring

Sicilian police on Wednesday sought the arrest of nine people, including a suspected mobster, for running a Libyan fuel-smuggling ring in which at least 30 million euros ($35 million) of diesel was sold in gas stations in Italy and Europe.   A Libyan, nicknamed the "boss", used small boats to steal fuel from a refinery in Zawiya, a port city west of Tripoli, a statement from the finance police said.  

Op/Ed: Act Now to Avoid BWMS Compliance Risks

Steven Candito

Lately, I have been reading reports regarding the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) escalating enforcement of ballast water discharge violations. In the first case, the USCG initiated a civil penalty proceeding against a bulk carrier for discharging ballast water in Washington State without using a USCG Type Approved Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) or other approved means. The USCG proposed the maximum penalty of $38,175

Helm CONNECT Secures ClassNK Type Approval

Canadian maritime software company, Helm Operations, a ClassNK subsidiary, sai dit has earned Class Type Approval for its planned maintenance software, Helm CONNECT.   On September 1, 2017 after a detailed review process, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), issued a Type Approval Certificate for Helm CONNNECT as a recognized planned maintenance software system. ClassNK is a member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS)

FPSOs: New Storage Tank Explosion Frequencies

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The fatal explosion in the pump room on the Brazilian FPSO Cidade de São Mateus in February 2015, demonstrated the potential for major accidents on this type of unit. Although there has never been an explosion in the oil storage tanks of an FPSO, there is a potential for such an event and offshore operators should assess the risks of such events to design against them. It is therefore imperative that risk assessments of FPSOs address this type of event

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