Bulk Carrier News

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

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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

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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.

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…

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…

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.

16 Dec 2019

Bulker Catches Fire on the Detroit River

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A fire broke out in the engine room of a lake freighter on the Detroit River on Sunday afternoon, the US Coast Guard reported.A contracted firefighting team boarded the 641-foot Canadian bulk carrier Tecumseh and extinguished the fire overnight after all 16 crewmembers were safely disembarked and evaluated by local emergency medical services, the Coast Guard said.Vessel traffic has not been impacted and no pollution has been reported in the area.The 1970s-built vessel, which had…

09 Dec 2019

ABS Grants AIP for Dual-Fuel Bulker Design

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ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to Deltamarin and GTT for a dual-fuel Newcastlemax bulk carrier design.Deltamarin, GTT and ABS have been cooperating on the development of this LNG-Fueled energy efficient Newcastlemax Bulk Carrier that is intended to meet current and future environmental targets, by introducing GTT Membrane type LNG Tanks with LNG fuel stored at atmospheric pressure and designed to ABS Class.“A design such as this would allow owners and operators to…

28 Nov 2019

Anemoi Appoints Kim Diederichsen as CEO

Kim Diederichsen. Photo: Anemoi Marine Technologies

UK-based engineering company Anemoi Marine Technologies, the Flettner Rotor innovator, has appointed Kim Diederichsen as CEO with the aim to take the company’s wind assisted propulsion systems to the global market.Anemoi was the recent recipient of the Lloyd’s List “Ship of the Year” Award for the world’s first successful installation of a Flettner Rotor system on a geared dry bulk carrier – the MV Afros.Now with a fully tested and proven solution, the company is widening its reach to offer its patented energy saving technology to a global audience of tanker…

26 Nov 2019

Kawasaki Delivers Bulker to Wisdom Marine

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Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (KHI)  has delivered the bulk carrier Amis Star, with a capacity of 61,000 DWT for Wisdom Marine Lines.Amis Star has overall  length of 199.90 m, molded breadth 32.24 m and  molded depth 18.60 m.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.Four 30-ton deck cranes are installed along the center in between the hatch covers to enable…

21 Nov 2019

Wilson Buys Two Bulkers

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Wilson Ship Management, a short sea company working hand in hand with major players within the Norwegian and European industry, has signed an agreement to purchase the two bulk carriers MV Lauren C (2007) and MV Nicole C (2008), both of 5,000 dwt.The vessels are expected to be acquired during the first quarter of 2020. Upon acquisition, both vessels will be given Wilson names. The purchase is financed through equity and deductions from the company's loan facility in the bank.The acquisition of MV Lauren C and MV Nicole C marks the growth of today's fleet with two vessels.

21 Nov 2019

FESCO Adds New Container Ship

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FESCO Transportation Group, the largest intermodal transport operator in Russia, announced that a new container ship of ice class  ESCO Moneron has recently joined the fleet.The national flag of the Russian Federation was raised on the ship on 21 November 2019.Container ship with a capacity of 822 TEU will be operated on FESCO Magadan cabotage service (FML), that already includes FESCO Magadan sister ship, purchased last year, and FESCO Posyet universal bulk carrier.FESCO Moneron…

20 Nov 2019

MIT to Design Ship for Oldendorff

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Dry bulk carrier owner and operator Oldendorff Carriers has signed a research agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) to make its vessels more green and economical.Oldendorff, together with CBA and its campus collaborators including MIT's Sea Grant Program, will investigate disruptive improvements in ship design and propulsion to achieve the IMO 2030/50 requirements.The initial emphasis will be directed at improving hydrodynamic efficiency, which builds on work CBA has been doing with the aerospace and automotive industries.

10 Nov 2019

2020 Dominates Dry Bulker Challenges

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In view of the 0.5% global sulfur limit regulation implementation on 1 January 2020, International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) pointed out that the global availability of safe compliant fuels remains a key question that is largely still unanswered – especially for ships in the dry bulk tramp trades.INTERCARGO’s Chairman Mr Dimitrios J. Fafalios said that INTERCARGO will continue efforts to highlight critical aspects of the 2020 sulfur limit regulation implementation.Areas…

06 Nov 2019

K Line Orders Newcastlemax

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Japanese shipping giant Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has placed an order for a 210,000 dwt bulk carrier at compatriot shipbuilder, Japan Marine United Corporation.The 108,900 gross ton vessel is being built for a consecutive voyage contract with JFE Steel and will be used to ship iron ore and coal. The newbuild is due for delivery in fiscal year 2021.The main features of this vessel will comply with NOx emission regulations (Tier III) and be equipped with SOx scrubber that removes…

06 Nov 2019

Newbuild Contract for 210,000 DWT Bulker

File Image: A typical "K" Line coal carrier (CREDIT: "K" Line

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. has announced that construction contract for 210,000-dwt Bulk Carrier to be completed in 2021 fiscal year has been made with Japan Marine United Corporation.After delivery from the yard, the vessel will be put into a consecutive voyage as per contract signed with JFE Steel and will be engaged in iron ore and coal transportation.The main features of this vessel will comply with NOx emission regulations (Tier III) and be  equipped with SOx scrubber that…

04 Nov 2019

BHP Mulls LNG-Fueled Bulker Freight

Sundeep Singh. Photo: BHP

Melbourne-headquartered resource company BHP wants to introduce LNG-fuelled iron ore vessels, which could transport up to 10 per cent of its product in the coming years."In July this year, we released the world’s first bulk carrier tender for LNG-fuelled transport for up to 27 million tonnes of iron ore," said Sundeep Singh, Group Procurement Officer.He said that introducing LNG-fuelled ships into BHP’s maritime supply chain will eliminate NOx (nitrogen oxide) and SOx (sulfur…

03 Nov 2019

Oldendorff in Bulker Deal with Bangladesh

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German bulk carrier company Oldendorff Carriers  signed a Coal Transportation Agreement (CTA) with  Bangladesh Chinese Power Company limited(BCPCL).Oldendorff will provide a full transportation solution to BCPCL, which includes coal transportation from Indonesia or Australia with transshipment in Andaman & Nicobar to Payra power plant in Bangladesh.The coal transshipment will allow BCPCL to take advantage of lower freight costs using larger vessels to Andaman & Nicobar, and smaller vessels will deliver the cargo to BCPCL…

03 Nov 2019

Lydia Oldendorff Sets Record

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The largest German bulk carrier company Oldendorff Carriers GmbH, which operates around 700 ships, said that its Lydia Oldendorff (207,562 tdw built 2015) has set a record as the largest vessel to load coal at Puerto Bolivar, Colombia.The Newcastlemax vessel has a length of 300 meters and a breadth of 50 meters and was loaded on a trial cargo draft of 17.5 meters. The cargo loaded is destined for Flushing, in the port of Antwerp in Belgium, where it will again be the largest vessel to enter the port.Oldendorff Carriers currently operates a fleet of about 65 modern eco-Newcastlemax (203-211…

31 Oct 2019

Vessel Op Costs to Rise in 2019 and 2020

Richard Greiner, Partner, Shipping & Transport at BDO, said: “The predicted 2.5% and 2.7% increases in operating costs for 2019 and 2020 respectively compare to an average fall in actual operating costs in 2018 of 1.8% across all main ship types recorded in the recent BDO OpCost study."  (Photo: BDO)

International accountant and shipping adviser BDO said total operating costs in the shipping industry are expected to rise by 2.5% in 2019 and by 2.7% in 2020.Responses to the firm’s latest annual Future Operating Costs Survey revealed that insurance is the cost category likely to increase most significantly in both 2019 and 2020. In the case of protection and indemnity insurance, the predicted increase is 2.0% for each of the years under review, while hull and machinery insurance…

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