Cargo Ship Loses 83 Containers off Australia
A cargo ship lost 83 containers over-board during heavy seas off Australia and items including nappies and sanitary pads are washing up on beaches while there are fears the ill-fated containers will pose a hazard for shipping and whales.The YM Efficiency, operated by Taiwan shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, was sailing from Taiwan to Sydney when it encountered 5-metre swells in the Tasman Sea, about 30 km off Australia's east coast late on Thursday."They're 40-foot containers, they sit about a foot or two off the water ...
TMPS Appointed US Agent for ABC Diesel Engines
Trans Marine Propulsion Systems, (TMPS) appointed agent by Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC) Diesel Engines. TMPS has locations in Seattle, Washington and Tampa, Florida, and services most makes and types of diesel engines, including medium-speed and slow-speed engines for the marine industry and for diesel power plants. TMPS is one of the world's few service facilities that offer this range of experience. Anglo Belgian Corporation has been manufacturing diesel engines since 1912 and is headquartered in Gent, Belgium. The company has a century of engine-building expertise, founded in 1912 by a group of Belgian entrepreneurs soon after building the first licensed Rudolf Diesel engine.
CMR Instrumentation, Sensor Control for French Navy Newbuild
CMR GROUP, the marine automation and instrumentation specialists, has supplied the French Navy’s latest maritime patrol vessel with advanced marine condition monitoring and sensor equipment. The deal sees a fully integrated instrumentation and sensor control platform specified for the Light Patrol Vessel La Confiance, in a move that reflects CMR’s continuing expansion in the sector as one of the leading designers and suppliers of next generation marine technology. Built at the SOCARENAM shipyard, the vessel is the latest addition to the French fleet and will undertake operational activities and patrols throughout the Caribbean from its permanent base in French Guiana.
Australia Favored Foreign Submarines
The Australian Government was in favour that most submarine building would be done overseas, says a report in ABC. Cabinet’s national security committee last October favoured Australia’s new submarine fleet being mostly constructed overseas with the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) having only limited work, according to the ABC’s Four Corners. The program was told this “by sources intimately involved with the project”. The submarines became an issue for Tony Abbott in the run up to the unsuccessful motion to spill the leadership…
P&O To Delay ABS Stock Floatation
Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. is indefinitely postponing the planned flotation of its Associated Bulk Carriers (ABC) unit because of stock market conditions. Shares in the business would have been listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in an initial public offering next month, valuing it at around $187.9 million. But the group said in a statement it had decided not to go ahead with the flotation for the time being, because of market conditions in Oslo. he decision reversed P&O's plans to bring the float forward on the back of a recovery of the bulk shipping market, which has been depressed over past two to three years. ABC is one of the world's largest independently owned operators of Capesize bulk carriers and has a fleet of 22 dry cargo vessels ranging in size from 110…
P&O To Float Bulk Carrier Unit For $190M
Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. (P&O) expects its Associated Bulk Carriers unit to carry a price tag of around $190 million when it floats on the Oslo Stock Exchange in July. Shares in ABC, one of the world's largest independently owned operators of Capesize bulk carriers, will be priced at between 40 and 65 Norwegian crowns, according to the prospectus for the issue. Peter Smith, P&O director of corporate affairs, said ABC's relatively young fleet means it could use its newfound currency of shares to seek out potential acquisitions in a shipping industry ripe for consolidation. "There isn't a need for them to invest heavily, so they have the strength now to go out and make the most of their market-leading position," he said.
P&O Plans Associated Bulk Carriers IPO
An initial public offering of Associated Bulk Carriers on the Oslo stock exchange is expected to take place later this year, Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. officials said. P&O said it bought the 50 percent shareholding of joint venture partners Shougang Holding (Hong Kong) Ltd. and Shougang Concord International Enterprises Company Ltd. for a nominal sum, and would hold 100 percent of ABC until the IPO, when it will sell the majority of its holding. ABC is one of the world's largest independently owned operators of Capesize bulk carriers with a fleet consisting of 22 dry cargo vessels ranging in size from 110,000 to 210,000 dwt with an average age of seven years, P&O said.
Navy on the Record Response to Andrew Greene Reporting
Recent reporting by the ABC that “Navy's largest ships unable to join Cyclone Debbie emergency response amid engine troubles” is misleading, said TW Barrett, AO, CSC, Vice Admiral, RAN, Chief of Navy. To assert, as the ABC did in its reporting that issues with HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide has impacted on Defence providing support to anticipated disaster relief support in North Queensland is wrong. Under the Australian Defence Force's regular planning cycle, HMAS Choules assumed…
Kissee Joins TMPS Leadership Team
Trans Marine Propulsion Systems, Inc. (TMPS) announced that Chuck Kissee has joined its leadership team as the Director of Business Development to support Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC) diesel engine sales. "TMPS is excited to have Chuck leading our expansion in our diesel engine sales division," stated Shane Roeser, TMPS President. “Chuck has years of strategic partnerships and experience selling diesel engines. I knew from our first meeting he would be a solid addition to our team and would support our efforts in sales for the Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC) diesel engine line.” TMPS has been the United States sales and service center for ABC since 2013. “ABC has been manufacturing diesel engines since 1912 and was one of the first licensees for Rudolf Diesel’s engine design.
Damen To Build New Beam Trawler
Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam (Maaskant) is to build a new beam trawler for the Netherlands fishing fleet. The client is the Hakvoort Brothers from Urk, the Netherlands. The vessel, which will use a stock hull, will join another fishing boat operated by Hakvoort Brothers. This was also built by Damen Maaskant yard, 17 years ago. Based on a well proven design, the new trawler will be 41.05 meters in length and have a beam of 9 meters. As yet unnamed, her registration number will be UK-46. Beam trawlers use outrigger booms to tow two trawls, one on each side.
Marine Emissions: The ABC's
NOTE: This is part one of a two-part series on the ABCs of emissions requirements in the marine industry. Today environmental concerns are at the forefront of the public and represent a major effort by vessel owners to meet compliance standards. Many operators find the elaborate acronyms and various definitions confusing when maneuvering through the variety of regulatory requirements. How to meet the compliance standards in a timely fashion can be at first intimidating until acquiring a basic understanding of emission ABC's. International and U.S. Three dominant emission standards are applicable or enforceable for marine diesel engines : MARPOL Annex VI, EPA Marine Tier I, and EPA Marine Tier II.
Nigeria Navy Takes Gloves Off Against Pirates
The pirates engaged the navy in a gun battle late Sunday off the coast of Calabar in Nigerian and Cameroonian waters, according to ABC News/AP citing Delta state navy spokesman Lt. Delightsome Yohana. Nigeria's navy fired back, killing the six pirates, and wounding one other who is in custody. The operation is the latest in a string of victories for the Nigerian navy that has ramped up its presence offshore and bolstered it with support from its air forces. In the last two weeks the navy has killed 18 pirates in battles and arrested five others the same spokesman informed the news source. Source: ABC News/AP
Modern-day Piracy Threatens Cruises
The Carnival-owned cruise liner Seabourn Spirit recently fended off a pirate attack along Africa's eastern coast, with one person sustaining injuries. The attempt to hijack a cruise ship highlights the pirates' growing audacity — wielding rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, says a recent ABC News report. Since March, 29 attacks have occurred off the coast of Somalia. Although this was the first attack on a cruise ship in more than a decade, pirates attacked 205 ships in the first nine months of 2005 compared with 251 in the same period a year ago, according to the report. Indonesian waters pose the greatest danger with 61 incidents in the first nine months of 2005 and a total of 93 attacks reported in 2004.
ABC Diesel Gasses Ahead With Dual Fuel Ferry
A new ferry is under construction in northern Spain to serve the Dutch island of Texel. The vessel is powered by four main engines from Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC) and split between two independent engine rooms, each of which can provide sufficient power to ensure normal service at least up to Beaufort 9 wind force. Two of the ABC engines are of diesel/CNG dual-fuel type, running at a maximum 1,000 rpm, and two are 750 rpm diesels, and each has a rated maximum output of just over 2,000 kW.
Passenger Missing after Indonesian Ferry Sinking
All but one person on an Indonesian ferry that sank in eastern Indonesian waters are safe, ABC Online reported. The ferry had 66 people onboard- 60 passengers and six crewmembers. The Indonesian navy had dispatched one ship and an airplane to search for the boat, which ran into problems near Roti Island, 1,900 kilometers east of the capital Jakarta. It is often difficult to determine how many passengers are aboard Indonesian ferries, since they frequently carry individuals who have not paid for tickets or are not listed on manifests. (Source: ABC Online)
FMC Recovers $503,000 in Penalties
Chairman Mario Cordero announced that the Federal Maritime Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $503,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with five non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs), two unlicensed transport businesses and one vessel-operating common carrier. The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission’s Area Representatives in Miami and Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. headquarters staff.
ACO Marine's Clarimar Selected for New Environmentally Sound EcoCoasters
Wastewater streams aboard the two state-of-the-art EcoCoasters Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes is building for Finland’s VG-Shipping will be managed by a bespoke treatment system designed by ACO Marine. Both 4700dwt EcoCoasters Eeva VG and Mirva VG, due to be delivered this autumn to VG-Shipping, the ship management arm of the Meriaura Group, feature MEPC.227(64)-compliant Clarimar MF-1 treatment plants. Sacha Uittenbogaart, Sales and Marketing Manager with Technisch Bureau Uittenbogaart…
Australian Government Discusses Kimberley LNG Project
The Western Australian Government has clarified its stance on liquefied natural gas (LNG) developments in the Kimberley, saying they would be beneficial to the region, ABC reported. State Resources Minister Eric Ripper was commenting on a national media campaign challenging the developments by the Broome-based lobby group Cultural Heritage Environmental Advocacy for the Kimberley (CHEAK) this week. The group believes the Kimberley should be preserved as one of the world's last wilderness regions, and is concerned about the impact on climate change from the carbon dioxide emitted from the facilities. But Ripper says LNG is environmentally-friendly. Source: ABC
Repowering With a Purpose
Belgium Diesel Engine Manufacturer Provides Main Engine for Alaska Fishing Vessel. When the owners of the fishing pollock trawler, Great Pacific decided they needed to purchase a new main engine to replace their MAN B&W Alpha 10V23L-VO they took a hard look at all the engine manufacturers currently on the market that could support their needs. “Our goal was to find an engine that offers superior fuel and lube oil consumption; that had its EPA Tier III Certification and had domestic parts and service.” When the investigation was over and the dust cleared…
“Rosie the Riveters” Meet with VP Biden
Six of the original "Rosie the Riveters" who worked in Kaiser Shipyard during World War II gained a little more recognition Monday after being welcomed to the White House by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. ABC reported that Phyllis Gould, one of the original riveters, wrote a letter to Vice President Biden stating her dream was to meet him and the President, prompting the meeting at White House. The six women, who worked as welders, electricians and draftsman at the Richmond, Calif.
The Arctic Is In Meltdown
The Arctic has lost almost 95% of its older ice cover since 1984, says NASA. The area covered by Arctic sea ice at least four years old has decreased from 1,860,000 square kilometres in September 1984 to 110,000 square kilometres in September 2016. ABC News quoted a report produced by the Arctic Council -- an intergovernmental forum of eight member countries that include the U.S., Canada and Russia -- stressed that changes to the Arctic have "global implications," including feedback loops…
ABC: Powering Up for the Next 100 Years
On the occasion of its centenary, a new engine type, the DL36, has being launched to meet the future emission directives of 2016. The new range combines a small environmental footprint with the ability to deliver more than 10,000 kW. ABC’s power range will thus more than double, opening up new markets and segments. At the same time ABC has experience with hybrid drives and alternative fuels, from vegetable oils through animal fats to natural and bio gas. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News takes a closer at ABC’s 100-history and future.
Van der Kamp Opts for ABC Dual Fuel Engines
Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC) signed a contract with Van der Kamp Dredging International B.V. from Zwolle to deliver four main 12DZD dual fuel generating sets - which in total will deliver about 8000 KWm at 1000 rpm - for a new Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) called ‘Ecodelta’. With this contract, a reputed and internationally operating dredging company chooses again for ABC's dual fuel main generating sets. From 2018 onwards, the 'Ecodelta' - with a capacity of 5,500 m³ - will keep the port basins at depth of the Port of Rotterdam.