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11 Apr 2021

Shipbuilding: Is there a different future for ship repair and conversion?

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There is an old adage that states that a repair yard can economically build new ships, but a new construction yard should never touch ship repair jobs. In my experience there is a lot of truth to that statement, and it does not mean that new construction yards are run by less capable people; it simply means that ship construction and ship repair and conversion are fundamentally different business models. Ship construction uses a script, while ship repair and conversion is improvisation. I will not drive the theater comparison completely home, but it has some validity.

06 Apr 2021

Oldendorff Orders Two Ultramax Bulk Carriers

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German shipowner Oldendorff Carriers revealed on Tuesday that earlier this year it ordered two 61,300 dwt Ultramax newbuilds from Dalian Cosco Kawasaki Ship Engineering Co Ltd (DACKS) for delivery July 2022.The 61,300 Ultramaxes are of the Kawasaki eco design, of which Oldendorff had previously built nine units at DACKS and sister yard NACKS until 2019. The vessels feature Masada / Mitsubishi cranes, bollards for the new Panama Canal, Erma First ballast water treatment systems (BWTS)…

10 Feb 2021

Bawat's BWTS Being Offered for Portside Applications

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Pittsburgh, Pa.-based venture builder Green Swan Partners said it has teamed up with Bawat to deploy the Danish firm’s ballast water treatment technology in portside applications.The two companies have formed joint venture Ballast Technology Services (BTS), which will finance and operate these mobile systems in ports globally. It will offer contingency treatment services to vessels arriving at these ports and provide vessel owners that opt not to install BWMS on their vessels with a ballast treatment service.The Bawat ballast water treatment system is a filter-less…

03 Feb 2021

Euronav Buys Two Suezmax Tankers Under Construction

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Belgian tanker operator Euronav said it has reached a deal to acquire two Suezmax tankers currently under construction at the Daehan Shipyard in South Korea for a total purchase price of $113 million. Both vessels are due for delivery in January 2022.The vessels are the latest generation of Suezmax Eco-type tankers, fitted with exhaust gas scrubbers and ballast water treatment systems. The vessels have LNG-ready notation, and Euronav said it is working with the shipyard to obtain ammonia-ready notation…

26 Jan 2021

Interview: Tim Leach, Glosten, Discusses Efficient Refit by Design

RV Roger Revelle in drydock. Image courtesy Glosten

From 3D laser scanning to Computational Fluid Dynamics, an efficient and successful major mid-life refit such as the one completed on the RV Roger Revelle requires intricate advance design planning, an updated technical toolbelt, as well as the personal touch. Tim Leach, Principal, Naval Architect (Glosten), walks us through the process.Tim Leach, Principal, Naval Architect, Glosten. Image courtesy GlostenWhat work was completed by Glosten on the RV Roger Revelle midlife refit?Glosten has a long history of working with Scripps (SIO) and the Revelle.

05 Jan 2021

Damen Repairs Seven CMA CGM Containerships

(Photo: Damen)

Damen Shiprepair and Conversion (DSC) said it is wrapping up a ship repair and maintenance program involving seven vessels owned by French shipping and logistics giant CMA CGM. The projects took place at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) in the Netherlands and Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (DSDu) in France, with the last vessel scheduled to leave DSDu later this monthIn a continuous operation running between June and August, DSAm performed back-to-back maintenance and repair works on CMA CGM Cayenne, CMA CGM Saint Laurent and CMA CGM Marseille – identical 190 meter, 2,100 TEU containerships.

04 Jan 2021

Evergreen Takes Delivery of Two 12,000 TEU Ships

Ever Forever is the sixth containership of Evergreen Line’s F-type series. Built at the Geoje Shipyard of Samsung Heavy Industries, its twin-island hull design broadens the view from the navigation bridge and increases cargo loading capacity. (Photo: Evergreen Line)

Evergreen Line took delivery of its sixth and seventh new 12,000 TEU class F-type containerships on December 15. Ever Forever was built at the Geoje Shipyard of South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries, and Ever Far was delivered by Imabari Shipbuilding in Japan.The two new large containerships set sail in good order after the delivery procedures were completed. The ships’ 58,000-horsepower main engines are powering the technically advanced vessels to their allocated loading ports on Evergreen’s trans-Pacific services. Ever Forever will be put into service on the Asia-U.S.

07 Jan 2021

Alfa Laval's PureBallast 2.0 BWMS Gains US Type Approval

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The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued a ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval certificate to Alfa Laval Tumba AB after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.Most owners of Alfa Laval’s second-generation ballast water treatment systems can now opt to continue operating in U.S. waters, even when their Alternate Management System (AMS) approval expires.The PureBallast 2.0 system generation, launched a decade ago, was developed before the USCG presented its testing regime.

10 Dec 2020

Alfa Laval Melds BWMS and Connectivity for MPC Container Ships ASA

Alfa Laval PureBallast connectivity. Photo: Alfa Laval

Two topics – ballast water management systems and digitalization – have dominated the maritime industry this century. Alfa Laval helps meld the two, and MPC Container Ships ASA (MPCC) lead the way. The Oslo-listed company owns and operates 65 container vessels, 15 of which are equipped with connected Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 ballast water treatment systems.In the last 12 months MPCC has installed PureBallast 3 ballast water treatment systems with PureBallast Connect, and now the company is coming back for more…

13 Nov 2020

Norwegian Greentech to Supply BWTS for Wison's Fleet

Compact version of Norwegian Greentech’s water treatment system (Image: Norwegian Greentech)

Ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) manufacturer Norwegian Greentech revealed Friday that it has signed an agreement to deliver its systems for shipping company Wilson's fleet of bulk carriers and general cargo vessels.Bergen-headquartered Wilson is Norway's largest shipping company and is among the largest in Europe in its segment, with a fleet currently comprising 120 ships, most of which are owned by the company itself.Norwegian Greentech, part of the Havyard Group, produces BWTS solutions based on filtration and ultraviolet (UV) disinfections.

20 Aug 2020

Fincantieri Floats Out MSC Seashore

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Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri announced Thursday it has floated out the new cruise ship MSC Seashore at its shipyard in Monfalcone. The vessel has been moved to a wet dock where interior outfitting work will continue until delivery to MSC Cruises in July 2021.MSC Seashore, which will be MSC Cruises’ longest ship at 339 metres and the largest and most innovative ever built in Italy, is the third of four vessels in MSC Cruises’ Seaside class, following MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview launched in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

05 Aug 2020

Alaska Marine Lines Upgrading Its Rail Barges

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Alaska Marine Lines says four of its rail barges will receive new piping and ballast systems designed by Glosten with installation by Meridian Marine Industries."The rail barges are hitting 20 years of service and were in need of some upgrades," explains John Maketa, T-115 Port Engineer in Seattle. "These barges are the backbone of our rail operations and Central Alaska service. The updates will prepare them for another 20 years of service."Two barges, the Anchorage Provider and Whittier Provider, already have the new piping systems installed.

30 Jul 2020

Envoy Acquires Avantis Marine

Image Credit: Envoy

UK-based Envoy Group has acquired a marine engineering company, Avantis Marine, to target carbon reduction and clean energy solutions for offshore markets.Avantis specializes in marine engineering with a focus on environmental performance and clean technologies for the shipping, oil and gas and passenger transport markets. The business is headquartered in the Marshall Islands, and operates from bases in the UK, Monaco, Dubai, Singapore and Miami. Iain MacGregor, CEO of Envoy, a 2019 spin-off from oilfield service company Global Energy Group…

08 Jul 2020

Ecochlor Hires Scheid as Europe Business Development Manager

Sören Scheid (Photo: Ecochlor)

U.S.-based ballast water treatment systems manufacturer Ecochlor announced Sören Scheid will be managing the company's new office in Germany as the Regional Business Development Manager for Europe, Scandinavia and the U.K.Scheid brings to the role more than 10 years of work experience in the maritime industry, including roles in sales, process engineering and operational environmental protection.The Ecochlor ballast water management system (BWMS) uses a two-step process to treat ballast water; filtration followed by an injection of chlorine dioxide (ClO2) into the ballast lines.

18 Jun 2020

Alfa Laval Inks BWTS Frame Agreements

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Alfa Laval announced it has signed two frame agreements, running over the coming three years, for ballast water treatment systems. The agreements comprise firm orders to deliver Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 to about 40 vessels, with options covering another 40 systems.The value of the firm orders is approximately SEK 100 million, including Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 systems and in some cases, also deck houses and booster pump units.The orders will be booked in Alfa Laval's Marine Separation & Heat Transfer unit.“We are proud to have secured these orders – especially in these challenging times…

20 May 2020

Tech File: Automating Ballast Ops When Installing BWMS

Image: W&O/EMI

Installing ballast water treatment systems to comply with new regulations will require owners to automate ballast operations on board their vessels or barges. Retrofitting ballast water treatment systems generally requires modifications to the existing ballast systems. Many older vessels have remote operated valves, but no automation of the ballast system. EMI has been working with parent company W&O to provide blue water barges with innovative solutions to add automation functionality to their fleet.

06 May 2020

Alfa Laval Maintains BWTS Production Despite COVID-19

(Image: Alfa Laval)

Having quickly adapted to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures from the Danish government, Alfa Laval said its Aalborg, Denmark factory continues to meet global production demands for its PureBallast 3 ballast water treatment systems – and has even surpassed expectations.“While the world has slowed down, the implementation of the ballast water management convention remains unchanged,” said Peter Sahlén, Head of Alfa Laval PureBallast. “We simply must continue meeting our customers’ needs…

10 Apr 2020

US Grants BWTS Extension Due to COVID-19

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The U.S. Coast Guard is giving additional time for vessels impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to comply with regulations requiring ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) to be installed on board.Recognizing the impact of public health policies and the importance of a the continued flow of maritime commerce, the Coast Guard said vessels with BWTS compliance dates before April 1, 2021 will have an extra 12 months to comply.In some instances, disruptions to supply chains and workforce…

24 Mar 2020

E-Navigation is the Future of Shipping

Tor Svanes, the founder and CEO of NAVTOR.

Trading worldwide without electronic tools is no longer an option, young navigators and crew are switched on to digital technology and they want to have this new technology at their fingertips rather than the messy, slow and labour and paper-intensive methods of the past.Tor Svanes, the founder and CEO of NAVTOR, believes that electronic chart and display information systems (ECDIS) is now a must have navigational tool in the modern era.ECDIS has become the modus operandi on all ships…

16 Mar 2020

Winter Work on the Great Lakes

(Photo: Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding)

Along the 1,600-mile, ice gray arch of the St Lawrence Seaway, the 2020 Great Lakes commercial shipping season will lurch back to life on March 25 when the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. reopen.The ceremonial opening signals a passage with passable ice and the 114th Great Lakes season for its fleet of 45 venerable lakers. Most of these huge self-loading freight haulers are at least 50 years old, rust free, and fit; American steel sailing on a freshwater sea.To handle Great Lakes cargo…

12 Feb 2020

Damen Develops BWT Ex Deckhouse

Dutch shipbuilding and engineering conglomerate Damen Group said that it has developed standard Ballast Water Treatment Ex certified deckhouses that can withstand slamming of waves.The deckhouses can be placed on the open deck of a tanker vessel, it said in a press release.Since a container construction is not designed to withstand the forces of wave slamming on the open deck of a tanker vessel. Damen has developed a deckhouse with an eight millimeter wall thickness that is able to withstand wave slamming forces. Fully meeting the requirements of the classification societies.Each deckhouse is delivered as a pre-assembled solution, including the ballast water treatment system with all internal piping and wiring, for easy integration into the vessel.

06 Feb 2020

Damen Intros BWPF Barge

Dutch shipbuilding conglomerate Damen Shipyards Group has unveiled a Ballast Water Pre Filtration Barge (BWPF) to assist vessels in complying with the IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention.The new legislation came into force on September 8th 2019 and Damen Green Solutions has prepared a range of products and services to assist its clients in meeting the requirements of the new legislation.The globally operating company with more than 50 shipyards, repair yards, and related companies said in a press note that the BWPF Barge can process up to 4,000 m3 water per hour with a sediment level anything between 50 and 1,500 mg per liter.Filtration is available between 10 and 50 micron, to suit varying sediment sizes.

20 Sep 2019

Fincantieri: New Design for MSC Seashore

Photo: Fincantieri

A traditional maritime coin ceremony  took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, when the keel was laid for MSC Seashore. At the milestone event, MSC Cruises revealed details of the significantly transformed overall design and new features of the ship.MSC Seashore will be the Company’s longest ship – 339 meters – when she enters service in June 2021, the first of two enriched “Seaside Evo” Class ships with the latest available environmental technology, extended public spaces, more cabins and the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any ship in the company’s fleet.

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