Bulk Carrier News

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…

23 Jan 2019

Eagle Bulk Acquires One Ultramax, Sells Two Supramaxes

Image: Eagle Bulk Shipping

Connecticut-headquartered Eagle Bulk Shipping announced that it has purchased a high-specification 2015-built SDARI-64 Ultramax bulkcarrier for a purchase price of USD 20.4 million. The ship, which has been renamed the M/V Cape Town Eagle, was constructed at Cosco Zhoushan Shipyard Co. Ltd, and is of the same design as the M/V Hamburg Eagle and M/V Singapore Eagle, said the owner of a fleet of Supramax/Ultramax dry bulk vessels.The M/V Cape Town Eagle has been acquired with an…

20 Jan 2019

Oldendorff Sells Three Vessels in in CSL Pool to Algoma

Pic: Oldendorff

The dry bulk operator Oldendorff Carriers sold the three remaining self-unloaders still operating in the CSL Pool for US$100.5 million to Algoma Central Corporation.CSL International Pool is a partnership between Oldendorff Carriers, Marbulk Shipping Inc. and Algoma Shipping Inc.The vessels -Sophie Oldendorff (70,037 tdw built 2000), Harmen Oldendorff (66,188 tdw built 2005) & Alice Oldendorff (50,259 tdw built 2000) -  are expected to deliver to Algoma around the middle of 2019.All…

20 Jan 2019

BPER Banca Finances Augustea Navigation

Pina Cafiero, a vessel owned by Augustea Group

Italian banking group BPER Banca is financing up to USD 8 million to Augustea Navigation to refinance its acquisition of a bulk carrier built in 2010 under an Italian flag. Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has advised on the deal.A press release from the  international law firm based in London said that BPER Banca, formerly known as Banca Popolare dell’Emilia Romagna S.C., is a commercial and co-operative bank and the parent of the BPER Group, one of Italy’s leading banking groups.

17 Jan 2019

Global Piracy Up in 2018, Gulf of Guinea Leads

Pic:  International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB)

Piracy increased on the world’s seas in 2018, with a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews around West Africa, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest annual piracy report reveals.Worldwide, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded 201 incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery in 2018, up from 180 in 2017.The Gulf of Guinea remains increasingly dangerous for seafarers. Reports of attacks in waters between the Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo more than doubled in 2018…

10 Jan 2019

Grounded Bulk Carrier Refloated near Virginia

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Nathan Reynolds)

A 958-foot bulk carrier has refloated after running aground about 2.5 miles east of Virginia Beach, Thursday morning.Crew members aboard the vessel, JSW Salem, contacted U.S. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders in Portsmouth after the Panamanian flagged ship ran aground near Cape Henry Buoy #4.The ship's crew reported there were 120,000 metric tons of coal and 26 people aboard the ship.A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Little Creek launched and arrived on scene to assist.

07 Jan 2019

Chabahar Port Begins Commercial Operations

Pics: Press Information Bureau

Commercial operations began at ndia Ports Global Chabahar Free Zone (IPGCFZ), at Chabahar with the arrival of a vessel after Government of India took over the operations.A Cyprus registered bulk carrier had arrived at Chabahar with 72458 MT of corn cargo. The vessel MV MACHERAS berthed at the terminal at 0130 hrs on 30th December 2018. Thus IPGCFZ carried out its first cargo operation by discharging the imported cargo(ex Brazil) using pneumatic un-loaders.India has written a history with its engagement in Chabahar, claimed a governement release.

07 Jan 2019

Two Dead as Bulker in Distress in the Black Sea

Two people died and another four were missing on Monday after a ship carrying coal sent a distress signal off the northern coast of Turkey, the coast guard and the local governor's office said.The Panama-flagged vessel, which departed from Russia's Azov port, sent out a distress signal around 148 kilometers (92 miles) off the northeastern Black Sea province of Samsun, the coast guard said.Thirteen crew members were on the bulk carrier including nine Ukraine nationals, two Azerbaijan nationals and two Russians, the Samsun governor's office said.The coast guard said the distress signal was received regarding a "possible sinking" of the ship.Seven members of the crew had been rescued so far while a search and rescue operation continued for the other four, the coast guard said.

04 Jan 2019

Jinhui Shipping Sells Supramax Bulker

Pic:  Jinhui Holdings Company Ltd

Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited, one of the world's largest Supramax owners, informed that its subsisidary Jinzhou Marine has decided to dispose of a Supramax bulk carrier.Jinzhou Marine signed a memorandum of agreement with the buyer for the disposal of the 50,209 dwt bulker for $7.38m.The Oslo and Hong Kong-listed owner  said in a stock exchange announcement that the 2001-built vessel, Jin Zhou, will be delivered to the new owner between 15 February and 31 March.Jinhui Holdings, parent of Jinhui Shipping, intends to keep all net sale proceeds received as general working capital.

04 Jan 2019

Grounded Bulker Stops Vessel Traffic Near New Orleans

Vessel traffic in the Lower Mississippi River near New Orleans has come to a stop after a 837-foot bulk carrier ran aground close to mile marker 3.5 Friday morning.The navigation channel has been closed and more than 50 vessels are waiting in queue to transit in or out of the river, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, who added that the number of vessels is larger than normal due to dense fog in the area over the last few days.The Coast Guard said it received a report at 8:32 a.m. that the 837-foot Anglo Alexandria had run aground at mile marker 3.5. There are no current reports of injuries of pollution.The U.K. flagged bulker has activated its vessel response plan (VRP) and a tug is on-scene to assist, the Coast Guard said.The cause of the incident is under investigation.

31 Dec 2018

Ocean Infinity Joins Search for Lost Bulker

(Photo: Ocean Infinity)

U.S. based Ocean Infinity said it has been awarded a contract from the Government of South Korea to search for the wreckage of lost bulk carrier Stellar Daisy, which sank on on March 31, 2017, with 24 people on board.The Stellar Daisy was transporting iron ore from Brazil to China when it was lost in the South Atlantic Ocean, approximately 2,500 nautical miles due east of Uruguay.Ocean Infinity said it expects to commence search operations in January 2019 using its high-tech fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).

24 Dec 2018

Global Marine Lubricants Market to Grow by 2.17% to Hit USD 6.66 bln in 2023

Image: ExxonMobil

The global marine lubricants market is estimated to be USD 5.98 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 6.66 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 2.17% from 2018 to 2023.The growth of the market is driven by the emerging alternative technology trends, said a report by  Research and Markets.Also, rising infrastructure developments (port infrastructure) to strengthen the shipping industry globally are fueling trade activities, leading to the growth of marine lubricants market. However…

20 Nov 2018

Andritz Wins Order for Dry Scrubber

Andritz to supply desulfurization plant to the ferry operator La MĂ©ridionale, France. Photo: Andritz

International technology Group Andritz has received orders from two renowned shipping companies to supply SeaSOx desulfurization systems for exhaust gas cleaning, thus confirming Andritz’s know-how in exhaust cleaning technologies.Installation of both SeaSOx systems is scheduled for March 2019, said a press release from the Austrian plant engineering group.Andritz claims that it is the only company worldwide offering wet scrubber as well as dry scrubber solutions for the shipping industry – under the tradename SeaSOx.In line with the requirements of the shipping industry…

18 Nov 2018

LNG Bulk Carrier Viikki Starts Baltic Sea Ops

Pic: ESL Shipping

The world's most eco-friendly bulk carrier m/s Viikki, owned by ESL Shipping, a subsidiary of the Aspo Plc, has started operating on the Baltic Sea.The 25,600-dwt vessel, 160 metres long and fuelled by liquefied natural gas, produces less than half of the carbon dioxide of previous vessel generation, thanks to LNG and many advanced technologies.M/s Viikki was built in China, and after completion first sailed to Japan to load a cargo of raw materials. From there, she arrived to the Baltic Sea through the Northeast Passage…

14 Nov 2018

Damen Shiprepair Curaçao Floating Dock Operational

Photo: Damen

Damen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu), has on November 2, commissioned its large floating C dock. After the final tests had been carried out in the morning, the C Dock was submerged onto the equalized seabed.DSCu Nautical department, with the help of local KTK pilots and tugs subsequently docked the first commercial ship, a 63,400 tonnes deadweight bulkcarrier, thus putting the C dock into service.Lodewijk Franken, DSCu’s managing director commented about the 230 by 45 metres Panamax-class dock: “It is highly rewarding to see the yard’s infrastructure today…

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