Bulk Carrier News

01 Apr 2020

TFG Marine Names New CEO

Trafigura's marine fuels joint venture TFG Marine said on Wednesday that Anders Gronborg had been appointed as its chief executive to oversee expansion efforts.Gronborg ended 27 years at World Fuel Services in 2018, most recently as global head of marine fuel supplies.He also served as senior vice president and board member for World Fuel Services affiliates.Trafigura holds a majority stake in TFG, whose other two owners are tanker firm Frontline and dry bulk carrier Golden Ocean. (Reporting by Julia Payne; Editing by Alexander Smith)

16 Mar 2020

San Felice Completes Retrofit Ahead of Schedule

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SeaQuest Shipmanagement announced that a client’s handysize bulk carrier completed her second special survey, dry-dock and Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) retrofit two days ahead of schedule and 7% below budget, despite the COVID-19 delays impacting many of China’s repair shipyards.The MV San Felice completed her retrofit on 5th March at COSCO Nantong under the supervision of a SeaQuest team, it said.According to a press release, the work list included: routine dry-dock works…

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 Mar 2020

Kawasaki Delivers Newbuild Market Cooper

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Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has delivered the bulk carrier Market Cooper to an unnamed shipowner.The 61,000DWT vessel was built jointly by Kawasaki and China COSCO Shipping Corporation at Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS) which is located in Nantong City, China.Market Cooper has a flush deck with a forecastle and five holds that are designed for optimum transport of grains, coal, ores and steel products, said the company.Four 30-ton deck cranes…

10 Mar 2020

Ship Hull Cleaning: Shipowners Should Be Proactive to Improve Hull Performance

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While owners have long recognized the link between clean hulls and lower fuel costs, lack of reliable data has slowed investments in optimizing hull performance. But with improved sensor technologies and data analysis tools, hull performance is getting a second look. Owners seeking to lower fuel costs and comply with pending regulations on emissions and invasive species often look to equipment manufacturers to meet their needs. From new efficient engine designs to alternative fuels, scrubbers to ballast water treatments systems, owners face some expensive decisions.

05 Mar 2020

Bulk Carrier Stranded in Brazilian Port

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The vessel Aeolian Grace, loaded with some 65,000 tonnes of soybeans, has been stranded in Brazil's São Francisco do Sul port since Wednesday, authorities said in a statement on Thursday.Authorities said they were still evaluating whether there were any damages to the ship and had not identified any oil leaks.In a telephone interview, a press representative for the port authority said ship movements were authorized to resume on Thursday afternoon, with partial restrictions depending on the vessel's size.As operations gradually restart, the Bunga Lilac vessel received permission to maneuver and

04 Mar 2020

BV Performs First Survey by Drone

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Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore (BV) reports it has completed its first ever survey by drone, carried out in the holds of a bulk carrier in an Italian port.The scope was an intermediate survey on a bulk carrier and consisted of close-up inspections and ultrasonic thickness measurements (UTM) conducted by the drone in two cargo hold spaces. The required prior agreement from the flag authority was confirmed – all the more necessary as the ship is subject to the IMO Code for the Enhanced Survey Program (ESP).Remote Inspection Techniques (RIT) were reflected in BV’s rules in 2019.

02 Mar 2020

Interview: Toyohisa Nakano Discusses "K" Line Green Initiatives

Dry bulk carriers are the majority (195 ships/25.3 million DWT) of the "K" Line fleet. Photo: "K" Line

Last year Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) – one of the world’s largest and most influential ship owners with 478 ships comprising 40.5 million DWT and more than 6,000 employees – celebrated its 100th anniversary. Toyohisa Nakano, Executive Officer, in charge of Ship Technical and Environmental Affairs for “K” Line, is a 30+ year veteran of the company. He discusses with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News the ship owner’s strategy to meet ever-tightening ship emission regulations.Please provide an overview of the ships you have on order today.We placed an order for 210…

24 Feb 2020

High-pressure SCR System Seals Class Approval

Team celebrating SCR-HP  (Photo: PBST)

MAKITA Corporation and MAN Energy Solutions have announced that the first ever PBST-branded and -built cluster-3 SCR-HP system has passed its ClassNK approval test at the MAKITA works in Japan.The most compact of its type in the market, the SCR system is one of four – originally ordered in 2018 and 2019 – for vessels featuring MAN B&W two-stroke engines with two now delivered and the others currently en route to customers. An MAN B&W 6S46ME-B8.5 engine will power each vessel, with the SCR-HP system making each vessel Tier III-compatible.

23 Feb 2020

Belships Sells Bulker to Marti Shipping

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Belships ASA, a bulk carrier operator and ship management company, has confirmed that it  entered into an agreement with Marti Shipping & Ship Management of Turkey for a bareboat charter and subsequent sale of BELEAST.The 50 000 dwt bulk carrier was built in 2006 and was the oldest ship in Belships fleet. BELEAST was delivered in December as planned and Belships realized a gain of USD 4.4m.The Charterer has an obligation to purchase the vessel within 24 months and the net cash flow during the period will be approximately USD 3.5m after repayment of outstanding loans.In October…

13 Feb 2020

Ship Efficiency: Improve Hull Performance

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While owners have long recognized the link between clean hulls and lower fuel costs, lack of reliable data has slowed investments in optimizing hull performance. But with improved sensor technologies and data analysis tools, hull performance is getting a second look. Owners seeking to lower fuel costs and comply with pending regulations on emissions and invasive species often look to equipment manufacturers to meet their needs. From new efficient engine designs to alternative fuels, scrubbers to ballast water treatments systems, owners face some expensive decisions.

13 Feb 2020

Bulker Captain Missing

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The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force and regional partners are searching for the master of a Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier who has gone missing about 174 miles northwest of Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia.At 5:44 p.m., Tuesday, JRSC Guam watchstanders received a report from Rescue Coordination Center Australia watchstanders stating they received a call from the first mate of the 751-foot Rising Wind reporting the vessel’s 47-year-old master was missing. The master was last seen in his cabin…

09 Feb 2020

2 More Piracy Incidents in Singapore Strait

Map: ReCAAP ISC

Two ships in the Singapore Strait were attacked by pirates within the span of an hour in the wee hours of Sunday (Feb 9) mornings, aid the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Center in a media release.Some engine spares were stolen in one incident, while the perpetrators left empty handed in the other, it said.According to the release, at about 0220 hrs the bulk carrier New Spirit was boarded by six perpetrators while underway at about 5.1 nautical miles from Nongsa Point, Indonesia.

30 Jan 2020

Genco Scrubber Refits Completed

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Bulk carrier owner Genco Shipping & Trading said it has completed a refit program that saw scrubbers installed on board its 17 Capesize vessels as part of the New York-listed owner's plan to comply with new International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations that limit sulfur emissions from vessels to 0.5% down from 3.5%.John C. Wobensmith, Genco Chief Executive Officer, said the scrubber refit program was the busiest drydocking period in company history.“The completion of this…

23 Jan 2020

Bulk Carrier Crew Member Missing Near Alabama

U.S. Coast Guard air and boat crews are searching for one person who went missing aboard the bulk carrier Star Aquila, Thursday, approximately 12 nautical miles south of Dauphin Island, Ala.Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at 4:07 a.m. that a crew member was missing. The 41 year old male was last seen on board the Marshall Islands-flagged vesseo on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.Crew members conducted a search of the vessel with negative results.Star Aquila has been at anchor for eight days and will transit into Mobile, Ala. on Thursday.

19 Jan 2020

Tsuneishi Delivers 500th TESS Design Bulker

Image: Tsuneishi Shipbuilding

Japanese shipbuilding major Tsuneishi Shipbuilding delivered the 500th newbuilding in long running bulker range the Tsuneishi Economical Standard Ship (TESS).The TESS64 Aeroline bulker Sarita was delivered to Ugland Shipping by Tsuneshi Heavy Industries (Cebu) in November last year marked the 500th vessel of a TEES design to be delivered."As indicated by its name “TESS”, the TESS series features fuel consumption performance with excellent economy, and high versatility that is easy to use.

16 Jan 2020

Kawasaki Delivers Newbuild Bulker

Image: Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries  (KHI) has delivered the bulk carrier FJ Viola, with a capacity of 61,000 DWT, for F.J.Lines Inc. at the Dalian Cosco KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (DACKS).DACKS is located in Dalian City, China and operated jointly with China Cosco Shipping Corporation Limited.According to a press release from KHI, The vessel has a flush deck with a forecastle and five holds that are designed for optimum transport of grains, coal, ores and steel…

15 Jan 2020

CSMC Uses SKF Equipment

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The oceangoing vessel operator Capital Ship Management Corp (CSMC) used SKF equipment to control maintenance costs and avoid breakdowns.SKF’s marine condition monitoring kit is helping a leading ship operator to manage costs and prevent equipment failure across its fleet, said a press release.CSMC has been investigating condition monitoring strategies since 2006, in order to reduce the maintenance costs and minimize the unexpected machinery & equipment breakdown.Together with SKF…

14 Jan 2020

Eagle Bulk Joins Decarbonization Coalition

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The US-based dry bulk carrier Eagle Bulk Shipping has joined industry group the Getting to Zero Coalition.The group is an alliance of over 90 companies within the maritime, energy, infrastructure, and finance sectors which are committed to the decarbonization of deep-sea shipping, in line with the International Maritime Organization's greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy and the UNFCC Paris Agreement.Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, said, “We are constantly working on improving energy and operational efficiencies at Eagle…

06 Jan 2020

KHI Delivers Bulk Carrier Amis Treasure

Image: Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.

Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. announced that it delivered the bulk carrier Amis Treasure, with a capacity of 61,000 DWT  for Trobrian Wisdom SA.The delivery happened at the Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (DACKS), which is located in Dalian City, China and operated jointly with China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping).The vessel has a flush deck with a forecastle and five holds that are designed for optimum transport of grains, coal, ores and steel products.

23 Dec 2019

HHI Receives AIP for Bulk Carrier Design

(From left to right) Sung-ho Shin, Head of Pre-Contract Maritime at DNV GL in Korea; Thomas Klenum, Senior Vice President at Liberian Registry; Jae-eul Kim, Senior Vice President at HHI; Seung-ho Jeon, Senior Vice President at HHI; Jong-Kyo Choi, High Manganese Steel Solutions TF Team Leader at POSCO (Photo: HHI)

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has announced that it recently received the Approval in Principle (AiP) for the design of a capesize bulk carrier with type C LNG fuel tank made of POSCO’s high manganese steel and fuel gas supply system from DNV GL and Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (Liberian Registry).The hand-over ceremony was held at HHI’s Seoul office and attended by senior officials from HHI, POSCO, DNV GL and Liberian Registry, including Jae-eul Kim, Chief Technology Officer(CTO) at HHI…

27 Dec 2019

Captain Pleads Guilty to Operating Bulker While Intoxicated

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The master of a Gibraltar-flagged bulk carrier has pleaded guilty to operating a commercial cargo ship while intoxicated, announced U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson and U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Marie Byrd.In pleading guilty, Vadim Humenyuk, of Izmail, Ukraine, admitted that he was intoxicated while serving as the 590-foot long Rainbow Quest while in San Francisco Bay and preparing to sail to South Korea. The plea was accepted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixon.The investigation began on Tuesday…

22 Dec 2019

ReCAAP ISC Alerts on Piracy in Singapore Strait

Approximate location of the three incidents in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait on 20 December 2019. Map: ReCAAP ISC

Three ships were attacked by pirates in Singapore Strait early in the morning, and late at night, on Dec 20, said South East Asia piracy watchdog ReCAAP ISC.Of the three ships that were boarded, two were bulk carriers and one was a tanker. Due to the proximity of the incidents, the same group of perpetrators responsible for the incidents on 20 December 2019 cannot be ruled out.With the three incidents that occurred on 20 December 2019, a total of 27 incidents have been reported in the Singapore Strait in 2019.

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