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MOL Bulker is the First Built with Safer Hull

Bulk carrier of the type featuring the NSafe-Hull

Bulk carrier under MOL’s operation is world's first to adopt highly ductile steel plate to ensure superior collision safety Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced the world’s first use of highly ductile steel plate NSafe-Hull, developed by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation on a merchant vessel. The ship featuring this new safety-enhancing feature, a large-size bulk carrier, was launched on August 2. The NSafe-Hull’s highly ductile steel reportedly absorbs side impact to the hull three times more effectively than conventional steel plate, reducing the risk of cracks in the hull and significantly increasing the safety of the vessel, MOL said. Construction of the new bulkship required a total of about 3,000 tons of NSafe-Hull for sections such as the side plates of cargo holds and fuel tanks, where hull strength is especially critical. According to MOL, improved puncture resistance helps to prevent flooding, protects cargo and prevents environmental damage from oil leakage. Vessel particulars Length: 299.94 m Breadth: 50 m Draft: 24.7 m Deadweight tonnage: 206,600 MT Shipyard: Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, Saijo Shipyard Launched: August 2, 2014 mol.co.jp  


First Electronic Container Freight Swap Settled in USD

Saxo Bank and ICAP Shipping Involved in World's First Electronic Container Freight Swap Settled in USD.   Saxo Bank, the trading and investment specialist, and ICAP Shipping, the shipping arm of ICAP plc, announced on Thursday that they were involved in the execution of the world's first electronic, voice-assisted trade of a container freight swap agreement settled in US dollars. The counterparties to the trade were Saxo Bank in Denmark as the buyer and a Netherlands-based trading house


This Day in Naval History - May 13

1908 - Navy Nurse Corps established. 1943 - Bureau of Navigation renamed Bureau of Naval Personnel. 1945 - Aircraft from fast carrier task force begin 2-day attack on Kyushu airfields, Japan. 1964 - Organization and deployment of world's first all nuclear-powered task group, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Long Beach (CGN 9), and USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), to Sixth Fleet. (Source: Navy News Service)


This Day in Naval History – May 13

1908 - Navy Nurse Corps established. 1908 - Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, later called Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, was officially established in the Territory of Hawaii as a coaling station for U.S. Navy ships transiting the Pacific Ocean. 1943 - Bureau of Navigation renamed Bureau of Naval Personnel 1945 - Aircraft from fast carrier task force begin 2-day attack on Kyushu airfields, Japan 1964 - Organization and deployment of world's first all nuclear-powered task group, USS Enterprise


Shell Plans to Build Floating Gas Plant

According to an Oct. 9 report from The Wall Street Journal, Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced plans to deploy the world's first floating liquefied-natural-gas facility, off the coast of northwestern Australia, in a move that could have major repercussions for the global natural-gas industry. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)


This Day in Naval History – May 13

1908 - Navy Nurse Corps established. 1908 - Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, later called Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, was officially established in the Territory of Hawaii as a coaling station for U.S. Navy ships transiting the Pacific Ocean. 1943 - Bureau of Navigation renamed Bureau of Naval Personnel 1945 - Aircraft from fast carrier task force begin 2-day attack on Kyushu airfields, Japan 1964 - Organization and deployment of world's first all nuclear-powered task group, USS Enterprise


University to Design Fossil Fuel-Free Cargo Ship

UK's  University of Southampton to design the modern world’s first 100% fossil fuel-free sailing cargo ships Developments are underway at the University of Southampton to design the modern world’s first 100% fossil fuel free sailing cargo ships, in a project which aims to provide efficient and affordable low-carbon shipping in the face of rising fossil fuel prices and the global challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Today in U.S. Naval History: May 13

Nuclear-powered warships Enterprise, Long Beach and Bainbridge steam in formation, 1964. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - May 13 1908 - Navy Nurse Corps established. 1943 - Bureau of Navigation renamed Bureau of Naval Personnel. 1945 - Aircraft from fast carrier task force begin two-day attack on Kyushu airfields, Japan. 1964 - Organization and deployment of world's first all nuclear-powered task group, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Long Beach (CGN 9), and USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), to Sixth Fleet.


Inmarsat Launch First Satellite in the Mobile GX Network

I-5 F1 Lift Off: Photo courtesy of Inmarsat

The launch vehicle blasted off from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and the first telemetry signal was acquired soon after by Inmarsat's Paumalu ground station in Hawaii, putting the satellite under the control of Inmarsat’s mission operations team. “The successful launch of this first Inmarsat-5 satellite is a major landmark on our journey to deliver the world’s first globally available, high-speed mobile broadband service


World's First Offshore Fish Farm Rig

(Image: Rolls-Royce)

World's First Offshore Fish Farm Rig: Designed by Global Maritime - Owned by SalMar - Built by Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industries - Moored by Rolls-Royce   Rolls-Royce signed a contract for the construction and delivery of an eight point mooring system to the world’s first offshore fish farm installation being developed for Ocean Farming AS, a subsidiary of the SalMar Group in Norway.   The equipment will be used to secure the installation to the seabed at Frohavet


Kraken Robotik Imaging System for AWI

Kraken Sonar Inc. subsidiary Kraken Robotik GmbH in Bremen, Germany has been awarded a contract to design and build a 6,000m rated 3D laser/optical imaging system for the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven


Norway to Build the World's First Ship Tunnel

Photos: Norwegian Coastal Administration

 Norway is going to build the world’s first tunnel for ships, a 1,700-meter (5,610-feet) which will  cost over $300 million USD (NOK 2.7 billion) and allow cruise ships to bypass the most risky area along the coast of Norway.  


First User-Defined ECDIS

Raytheon Anschütz’ new ECDIS NX was made from users for users. Image: Raytheon Anschütz

Raytheon Anschütz introduces what it claims is the world’s first user-defined Electronic Chart Display and Information System, a system it will officially launch at NorShipping in Oslo. Raytheon Anschütz designed the new Synapsis ECDIS NX software based on direct input from


World Record Lifeboat Boarding

Photo courtesy of Palfinger Marine

The first full scale boarding test of the world’s largest lifeboat, Palfinger Marine's new flagship for the cruise industry, landed the company a new world record.   In 2015 Palfinger Marine won the impressive contract for delivery of 24 tenders, 12 lifeboats


The World's First Offshore Wind Farm is Retiring

Photo: DONG Energy A/S

 DONG Energy has decided to retire “Vindeby”, the world’s first offshore wind farm, which 25 years ago marked the birth of the offshore wind industry. Today, offshore wind is a recognised and proven renewable energy technology


First LNG-fueled Aframax Tankers Ordered

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries Group

Hyundai Heavy Industries Group reports $240 million order for the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled aframax tankers   Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipbuilding affiliate Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) said it recently won a $240 million order to build four 114


Australian Navy: Torpedo Firings on the Mark

Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Royal Australian Navy has tested its primary anti-submarine warfare weapon during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER off the coast of Western Australia recently.   HMAS Melbourne, with the support of Collins class submarine HMAS Dechaineux, conducted three exercise firings of its MU90 torpedo


Market Volatility Affects Sovcomflot

Tanker SCF Baltica. Photo:  PAO Sovcomflot

 Russia’s largest shipping company PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has announced its results for the full year to 31 December 2016 that the compay claims to be an example of 'robust strategy delivering solid results despite market volatility in 2016.'  


First Icebreaking LNG Carrier Ready for Service

Photo: DSME

The world’s first icebreaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, Christophe de Margerie, has berthed at the gas terminal at Sabetta Port in Russia, becoming the first vessel to do so. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd


Look to the Nordics for Digital Maritime Solutions

Birgit Liodden (Photo: Nor-shipping)

Birgit Liodden, Director of Nor-Shipping, argues that Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have the infrastructure, understanding and ambition to drive the digital transformation shipping requires for future sustainability and success. The world isn’t standing still


World’s First Shipboard Go-kart Track

(Photo: Bolidt)

The world’s first full-scale shipboard racetrack is now on the water, in a project which has brought the best out of German karting technology specialist RiMO Supply and Dutch decking specialist Bolidt for owner Norwegian Cruise Line.  


ABS Published FSRU Development Guidance

ABS has published the ABS Guide for Building and Classing LNG Regasification Vessels, outlining guidance for classing LNG regasification vessels.   “ABS has developed this industry-leading guidance based on extensive experience with the classification of LNG carriers


New ABS Guide Advances Industry FSRU Development

Depiction of the world’s first Floating LNG Liquefaction, Regasification and Storage Unit (FLRSU). FIle Photo: Marinelink

 ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has published the ABS Guide for Building and Classing LNG Regasification Vessels, outlining guidance for classing LNG regasification vessels.  


ABS Concept Approval Advances LNG as Fuel

Photo: ABS

ABS has granted a Certificate of General Design Approval (GDA) for an IMO Type B LNG fuel tank design developed by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) of South Korea.   HHI’s fuel tank design was conceptualized and developed to minimize the loss of cargo space and effectively use


ClassNK e-Certificate Authorized by Liberian Registry

Photo: ClassNK

Classification society ClassNK has received authorization from the Liberian Registry to provide Liberian flagged vessels with electronic certificates for statutory surveys. ClassNK is the world’s first classification society to be authorized by the Liberian Registry to issue certificates in






 
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