Bulk Carrier News

12 Apr 2019

Belships Acquires Ultramax Bulk Carrier

Image: EGD Shipholdings

Norwegian shipping company Belships ASA has entered into an agreement to acquire a secondhand 63,000 dwt bulk carrier M/V Sofie Victory.The ultramax vessel was built at New Times Shipbuilding, China in 2016.Belships will acquire all shares in the single purpose company Sofie Victory AS, being the owner of M/V Sofie Victory. Sellers are the Bergen, Norway based company EGD Ultra Eco AS (holding 80 per cent of the shares in Sofie Victory AS) and Cyprus based Blossom Shipmanagement…

09 Apr 2019

Interlake Orders Great Lakes Newbuild

(Image: Interlake Steamship Company, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding)

U.S. ship owner The Interlake Steamship Company said it has ordered a new U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier, the first to be built in more than 35 years. Measuring 639 feet in length (78 feet W, 45 feet H, 28,000 DWT), the vessel will be constructed by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., for scheduled completion in mid-2022.The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is reportedly the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983.The Interlake Steamship Company…

05 Apr 2019

Master of Panama-Flagged Bulker Prosecuted

Spinnaker SW Photo: Maritime NZ ©2019

Maritime NZ brought charges against Jianxi Chen, Captain of the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Spinnaker SW on Friday, March 29, 2019.Captain Chen was charged with permitting dangerous activity involving ships or maritime products under section 65(2) of the Maritime Transport Act 1994.Captain Chen permitted crew to load a cargo of logs onto the Spinnaker SW, without the use of personal protective equipment or systems to prevent falls from height, which caused unnecessary danger or…

03 Apr 2019

Belships Adds Supramax Bulker to Fleet

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Norway-based bulk ship operator and management company Belships has signed an agreement to acquire a 58,700 dwt bulk carrier from Wenaas Shipping AS.The vessel was built at Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu), Inc. in the Philippines in 2008, informed a press note from the dry bulk owner.The agreed purchase price is USD 13.0 million, of which half will be paid in cash. The remaining consideration will be settled through a proposed issue of 8,060,650 new Belships shares to the seller of the vessel.

29 Mar 2019

Report: Collision Caused by Turning Error

A report issued by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) found that a February 9, 2019 collision between a Greece-registered bulk carrier and a Malaysian Government vessel within Singapore Port Limits off Tuas was caused by a turning error.As the collision took place in Singapore Territorial Waters, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) launched an investigation into the facts surrounding the collision.The MPA investigation showed that an error in the turning maneuver carried out by PIREAS caused it to collide with POLARIS, which was anchored at the time in a non-designated anchorage within Singapore Port Limits.  MPA has issued a stern written warning to the master of PIREAS for the collision.

18 Mar 2019

Kawasaki Delivers Bulk Carrier Divinegate

Image: Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Japanese public multinational corporation Kawasaki Heavy Industries (HKI)announced that it delivered the bulk carrier Divinegate for Indigo Marine Shipping at the Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (DACKS).According to a release, the bulk carrier has a capacity of 61,000 DWT and 199.90 meter length. Its gross tonnage is 34,508. Its main engine is one set of MAN B&W 6S50ME-B9.3-TII diesel engine with maximum continuous output: 8,130 kW at 108 rpm.Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co is located in Dalian City…

17 Mar 2019

Castor Maritime Fixes Magic P with Oldendorff

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The international shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry-bulk vessels Castor Maritime announced that, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Oldendorff Carriers GMBH & Co KG Luebeck for its Panamax vessel Magic P.The owners of a dry bulk vessels said in a press release that the gross charter rate is US$ 11,250 per day, for a period of a minimum of five months up to a maximum of about eight months (for the first 30 days period the daily gross rate is US$ 9,000).

17 Mar 2019

Dry Bulk Fleet Growth Stable

Pic: Pacific Basin Shipping Limited

Global dry bulk net fleet growth in 2018 was largely unchanged at 2.9% year on year due to reduced newbuilding deliveries and much reduced scrapping because of the improved freight market, said a report by Pacific Basin Shipping.The provider of international dry bulk shipping through the operation of a fleet of vessels to carry diverse cargoes for many of the world's leading commodity groups said that, now close to zero, scrapping cannot reduce any further and will potentially increase due to the growing number of old vessels and the increasing burden of environmental regulation.Growth in the

12 Mar 2019

GSI Delivers VLOC to Berge Bulk

Pic: Berge Bulk

Singapore-based vessel owner and operator Berge Bulk has received the 300,000 DWT bulk carrier Berge Logan, which was built at China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI).The 327-meter-long  very large ore carrier (VLOC) is the largest bulk carrier in terms of deadweight to be built in Southern China.Sailing under the flag of Isle of Man, she will make her maiden voyage to Brazil, said a press release.Very similar in design to Berge K2, Berge Makalu and Berge Annapurna, she is equipped with energy-efficient initiatives – such as a super-efficient tuned main engine…

11 Mar 2019

Finnish Flag for All ESL Vessels

Pic: ESL Shipping

Finland-based shipping company ESL Shipping, part of the ASPO Group, has decided to reflag its new LNG-fueled bulk carrier Haaga to the Finnish flag.According to the carrier of dry bulk cargoes in the Baltic region, the reflagging of the newbuilding Haaga is as a part of the agreement with unions. Flag change took place today in Kokkola, Finland.”We found a constructive solution with unions and are proud to finally hoist the Finnish flag onboard the Haaga”, says Mikki Koskinen…

06 Mar 2019

Taiwanese Vessel Detained in New Zealand over Withheld Wages

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Maritime NZ detained the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Daiwan Justice on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Lyttelton after a complaint the crews’ wages had not been paid for almost four months.Maritime NZ Southern Regional Compliance Manager Michael Vredenburg said, the detention was lifted later on Saturday after the ship’s operator, Taiwanese company, Wisdom Marine International Limited, paid the crew.Last year Daiwan Fortune, another Wisdom Marine International ship, was also detained.

04 Mar 2019

Solomon Islands Oil Spill: More Help on the Way

Up to 75 tonnes of heavy fuel oil has dispersed across the island's sea and shoreline, contaminating the ecologically delicate area. Credit: DFAT

Australia is sending more help to the Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands to stop oil from a grounded cargo ship destroying a World Heritage-listed marine sanctuary, Australia's foreign minister said on Sunday.At least 75 tonnes of heavy fuel oil has spilled from Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Solomon Trader since Cyclone Oma drove it onto a reef at Rennell Island on Feb. 5.The ship was carrying 700 tonnes of oil when it ran aground and there are fears the remaining fuel will spoil Rennell Island…

04 Mar 2019

Kawasaki Heavy to Build Ship in China

Image: Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Japanese public multinational corporation Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has completed the construction of a new dock in northeast China, as the company streamlines costs amid competition from South Korean rivals.According to a press note from the manufacturer of ship and offshore structure, KHI started construction of the first ship at this new dock at Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (DACKS) in Dalian City, Liaoning Province, China.DACKS is jointly operated by Kawasaki and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping)…

26 Feb 2019

200,000-dwt Bulk Carrier for K-Line

At the Marugame business headquarters Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., the 200,000-dwt ton Cape size bulker "CAPE SAPPHIRE" has been completed.The ship is compliant with the Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carrier (CSR-BC) for bulk cargo ships, and the main institution is equipped with an electronically controlled engine with enhanced anti-corrosion measures, in order to save energy, we have installed WAD (Weather Adapted Duct) in front of the propeller and Hybrid Fin behind the propeller.The vessel is equipped with a scrubber on the funnel to remove sulfur oxides from the gas discharged from the engine. The ship will be engaged in iron ore and coal transport for Japanese steel mill.Cape Sapphire Main ParticularsLOA: 299.95mWidth: 50mDepth: 24.70Draft: 18.32mDeadweight: 208…

19 Feb 2019

Algoma Conveyor Heading for Canada

Image: Algoma Central Corporation

The provider of marine transportation services Algoma Central Corporation announced that the recently completed Algoma Conveyor, the third Seawaymax Equinox Class 740’ self-unloading dry-bulk carrier, has begun its delivery voyage from China to Canada.The vessel began its two month journey home, departing the Yangzijiang shipyard on February 16, 2019.After taking fuel in the Philippines the vessel will cross the Pacific Ocean, travelling through the Panama Canal and from there will make its way to Canada.

13 Feb 2019

ITF Blames BHP for Starving Crew

Pic: International Transport Workers’ Federation

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) informed that crew members aboard a ship at a BHP terminal in Queensland are being neglected and underpaid."Crew aboard a ship at a BHP terminal in Queensland claim they are being starved and underpaid, in yet another instance of the coal giant’s veil of secrecy over its operations in Australian waters," said an ITF release.A seafarer aboard an 80,000-tonne bulk carrier, the Villa Deste, contacted ITF pleading for help. The starving crew claims to have no food and no onboard wages…

10 Feb 2019

Polaris-Pireas collision Near Singapore

Photo credit: Singapore Police Force

Malaysia government (Marine Department Malaysia) vessel Polaris and Greece-registered bulk carrier Pireas collided in territorial waters within Singapore port limits off Tuas on Feb 9, 2019.Pireas was on its way from Singapore to its next port of call at Tanjung Pelepas when the collision took place.After refuelling at Singapore’s eastern bunkering anchorage south of Bedok, Pireas declared to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) that its next port of call was to be Tanjung Pelepas. At 1355 hrs, Pireas entered Singapore Port Limits off Tuas (“the area”).

04 Feb 2019

Blockchain to Track Sustainable Biofuel

BHP and NYK use GoodFuels biofuel to progress decarbonisation goals. Image: GoodFuels

Japanese shipping company NYK, global mining company BHP, green biofuel company GoodFuels and the developer of blockchain applications for the maritime industry Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC) bunkered biofuel in the tanks a BHP vessel in Netherlands.The Netherlands based GoodFuels Marine, a supplier of sustainable low carbon marine fuels, has annouced the successful delivery of sustainable biofuels to the BHP-chartered, NYK-owned bulk carrier Frontier Sky, with CO2 savings verified with BLOC’s blockchain fuels assurance platform.

01 Feb 2019

Bulk Carrier Rescues Yachtsman

During the rescue (Photo: NYK Group)

Frontier Jacaranda, a bulk carrier operated by NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) NV., rescued a distressed yachtsman on January 18 (local time) in the North Atlantic.While Frontier Jacaranda was navigating for Rotterdam, Netherlands, the vessel received a call from the UK’s Maritime Rescue Coordination Center. The ship immediately headed to the instructed area and rescued a British yachtsman. The individual was in good health and delivered to the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) of the Republic of Cabo Verde on January 20.About Frontier JacarandaCaptain: Edgar Sulpecio C.

01 Feb 2019

ABS AIP for Two LNG as Fuel Designs

ABS granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to two LNG powered designs from China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Group Co (DSIC).DSIC’s designs include a 208,000 dwt bulk carrier and a concept 260,000 dwt Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC).Both designs incorporate a Type C LNG fuel tank in the open area of the aft deck, which DSIC says minimizes the influence on the arrangement of the deck house and increases cargo capacity. DSIC believes the optimized aft deck integrated arrangement achieved the modular design concept for the LNG gas supply system, safety system and filling system and makes for convenient installation and maintenance.

31 Jan 2019

INTERCARGO Advisory on Cargo Liquefaction Dangers

File Image: AdobeStock / ©  Leonid Eremeychuk

Cargo liquefaction continues to be a major risk for dry bulk shipping.INTERCARGO welcomes the latest amendment to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC 04-17) which entered into force on 1st January 2019 and includes important updates related to cargoes that may liquefy. Pertinent updates include: changes to section 4.5 of the Code which stipulates the shippers’ responsibility to ensure that the testing and sampling for Transportable Moisture Limit (TML) and moisture content is carried out at the correct intervals…

31 Jan 2019

ClassNK Grants AIP to KHI LNG-Powered Bulker

Logo: ClassNK

Leading Classification Society ClassNK granted an Approval in Principle (AIP) based on its Rule Part GF which adopts IGF Code (regulation for ships using low-flashpoint fuels) to Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) for their project on the concept design of an LNG-fuelled 207K DWT bulk carrier.Speaking on the occasion, ClassNK Corporate Officer and Director of Technical Solution Department Hayato Suga said “The maritime industry has been setting its sights on LNG as an energy source for ships as it is an environmentally-friendly alternative to fossil fuels.

31 Jan 2019

Ice and Easy: The next level of hybridization

MS Viikki: the world’s first LNG-fueled bulk carrier (Photo: Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch)

The demanding conditions of the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia are plain sailing for MS Viikki, the world’s first LNG-fueled bulk carrier. The solution, built around WE Tech’s variable frequency drive technology WE Drive and The Switch direct drive permanent magnet shaft generator, helps the vessel achieve Ice Class 1A propulsion, while still slashing fuel consumption, costs and emissions. It is a game-changer for ice-class operations.Demanding high standardsESL Shipping is…

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