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Monday, December 10, 2018

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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…

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…

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…

NYK Carrier Rescues Yachtsman

During the rescue. Pic: NYK Bulkship

Shiosai, a bulk carrier operated by NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) NV., rescued a distressed yachtsman on October 23 (local time) off the coast of Western Australia.While Shiosai was navigating in the southern Indian Ocean, the vessel received a call from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) of Australia to cooperate with a search and rescue operation for a distressed yacht.The ship immediately headed to the instructed area, and in bad weather and heavy swells rescued a man in…

Samjin Shipbuilding to Deliver Christiane Oldendorff Soon

Image: Oldendorff Carriers

Dry bulk shipping firm Oldendorff Carriers said that the bulk carrier newbuilding MV “Christiane Oldendorff” (charter name “Midland Trader”) of 36,000 tdw will be delivered around the turn of the year. The ship is built at Samjin Shipbuilding Industries Co Ltd at Weihai, Shandong.The German company which ships and tranships over to 300 million tons of bulk cargo every year said in a note that  a sister ship, MV “Christopher Oldendorff” (charter name “Hansa Baltic”) is expected to start trading in April 2019."We originally ordered them in June 2012 at the then Korean controlled yard.

AtoB@C Shipping Acquires Dry Cargo Carrier

Pic: AtoB@C Shipping

The Swedish shipping company owned by Aspo's ESL Shipping, AtoB@C Shipping has acquired a 4,100 dwt dry bulk carrier of ice class 1A built in 2000. Previously, AtoB@C operated the vessel under a long-term time charter.The shipping company also owns the sister vessel of the newly acquired dry bulk carrier.This transaction improves the availability of vessel capacity ideal for customer contracts. It is expected to have a slight positive impact on profitability, but no significant impact on the balance sheet.

Pirate Whaler Seized and Destroyed

Photo: EU NAVFOR

EU NAVFOR military personnel seized an active Pirate Action Group (PAG) whaler and destroyed it on Sunday, October 28, 2018This followed a sustained period of surveillance after a piracy attack was conducted against the Hong Kong-flagged Bulk Carrier KSL Sydney on October 16, 340 Nm off the coast of Somalia.Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares, the EU NAVFOR Force Commander, ordered counter-piracy forces to the area for further investigation. EU NAVFOR Spanish Maritime Patrol…

Mobile BWTS Tested on Great Lakes

TRO Sampling Area (CREDIT: Global Diving)

New system allows for contingency ballast water treatment in a variety of ecologically-sensitive and emergency conditions. Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. recently led a demonstration of the mobile ballast water treatment system, Ballast Responder, on board the 730-foot bulk carrier Tim S. Dool on the Great Lakes. “Equipment was operational within eight hours of arrival and the first set of tanks were fully treated, neutralized, and ready to discharge only 20 hours later,” said Glosten Principal and ballast water treatment expert Kevin Reynolds, PE.

Moore Stephens: Ship Operating Costs to Rise in 2018, 2019

Richard Greiner, Moore Stephens partner, Shipping and Transport

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total vessel operating costs in the shipping industry are expected to rise by 2.7% in 2018 and by 3.1% in 2019, according to our latest survey.Responses to the firm’s latest annual Future Operating Costs Survey revealed that drydocking is the cost category likely to increase most significantly in both 2018 and 2019, accompanied in the latter case by repairs and maintenance. The cost of drydocking is expected to increase by 2.1% in 2018 and by 2.3% in 2019…

Project Forward Initiative Cuts CO2 Emissions

Pic: Wärtsilä Corporation

The Project Forward initiative led by Athens-Based Arista Shipping, with Wärtsilä as one of the participants, demonstrates that with LNG as fuel, an advanced hull design, and highly efficient propulsion machinery, it will be possible to meet the IMO’s target for a 40 percent reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.Model tests of the Project’s concept vessel indicate that the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) is well below the currently most stringent Phase III level. The EEDI reflects the CO2 emissions per transport work and is a measure of carbon intensity.

Interview: Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman, Korean Register & IACS

Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman and CEO, Korean Register

This month we caught up with Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman and CEO of the Korean Register and also the Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), for his insights on the dominant trends moving the maritime industry into the future.The maritime industry has been challenged, to say the least. Today, where do you see challenge? Where do you see opportunity?The maritime industry is in a state of extreme upheaval, with private and public organizations having to deal with a wide range of ever changing…

Star Bulk Carriers Adds MV Star Bright to its Fleet

ER Brighton. Photo © Giorgos Tsampazis/Marinetraffic.com

Athens, Greece-based Star Bulk Carriers Corp took delivery of the first of the three firm dry bulk vessels, the ER Brighton, renamed to Star Bright, from an entity affiliated with E.R. Capital Holding GmbH & Cie. KG.The global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes announced that, the delivery is in pursuant to the previously announced transaction of August 28, 2018. The Vessel was acquired for a combination of cash and shares. Following this delivery…

MES-S Delivers 66,000 DWT Bulker New Champ

MITSUI E & S SHIPBUILDING CO., LTD. (MES-S) completed and delivered a 66,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. New Champ (Hull No.1944) at its Tamano Shipyard on October 3, 2018 to New Champ Shipping Co., Ltd.This is the 18th ship of the builder's neo66BC, the wide beam shallow draft vessel of its neo series line-up.Principal ParticularsLength overall: 199.99mBreadth (molded): 36mDepth (molded): 18.45mGross Tonnage: 38,238Deadweight: 66,529 metric tonsMain Engine: MITSUI-MAN B&W 7S50ME-B9.3 Diesel Engine x1setService Speed: abt. 14.5 knotsComplement: 24 personsClassification Society: NKFlag: Liberia

Liquefaction and Lost Bulk Carriers: Is a Design Change Warranted?

Image: © Amarinj/AdobeStock

A shocking number of bulk carriers (as well as a few OBOs – ore/bulk/oil carriers) have been suddenly and catastrophically lost at sea in the last 30 years. Following are the names of some of those vessels, in alphabetical order:- Asian Forest (2009); - Black Rose(2009); - Bulk Jupiter (2015); - Derbyshire (1980); - Emerald Star (2017); - Harita Bauxite (2013); - Hong Wei (2010); - Hui Long (2005); - Jian Fu Star (2010); - Nasco Diamond (2010); - Stella Daisy (2017); - Sun Spirits (2012); - Trans Summer (2013); and - Vinalines Queen (2011).

Bulk Carrier Rescues Indonesian Teen

© kero / MarineTraffic.com

An Indonesian teen who had been adrift on a fishing raft for 49 days was rescued near Guam by the bulk carrier Arpeggio on August 31.The teen was rescued by the Panamanian-flagged ship about 1,200 miles from his original location, according to an Associated Press article. The teen used his handheld radio to contact the 738-foot ship which heard his distress call, alerted rescue authorities and embarked the survivor. The ship’s crew provided food, water and first aid.The captain of the Amver participating Arpeggio coordinated the rescue with authorities in Japan and the Indonesian mission.

WE Tech Equips World’s First Dual-fuel Handysize Bulker

The first LNG dual-fueled handysize bulk carrier in the world, M/V Haaga, features a range of energy efficiency solutions on board (Photo: ESL Shipping)

The world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fueled handysize bulk carrier, M/V Haaga, was delivered from Chinese shipbuilder from Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing to Finnish shipowner ESL Shipping, in August.The first-of-its-kind vessel features innovative solutions from Finnish hybrid solutions company WE Tech, including Economical Operations and Boost Mode with the direct drive permanent magnet shaft generator, that help minimize energy consumption and emissions to reduce the ship's environmental footprint.The Economical Operations…

Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding Bags Order for Three Post Panamax Bulkers

Image: Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding

Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding has developed "neo 87BC", an 87,000 DWT Post Panamax bulk carrier of next generation eco ship, and has received an order of 3 units.Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding has developed "neo series" vessels which is a line-up of next generation eco-friendly ships until today. "neo 87BC" is the first "neo series" vessel which complies with IACS Harmonized Common Structural Rules (H-CSR).The main engine is the latest electronic control type which complies…

Inland Waterways Authority of India Releases Ship Designs for River Ganga

Representational Photo: PIB

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) made public 13 standardised state-of-the-art ship designs suitable for large barge haulage on river Ganga (National Waterway-1).This marks attaining of a critical milestone in the growth of the country’s Inland Water Transport (IWT) sector as it will help overcome the unique navigation challenges river Ganga throws due to its complex river morphology, hydraulics, acute bends, shifting channels, meanders and current.It will serve as an…

Gibdock Completes Complex BWTS Retrofit

The 34,500dwt bulk carrier Zambesi recently underwent a month-long overhaul program at Gibdock (Photo: Gibdock)

Gibraltar-based Gibdock has been gearing up to meet increased shipowner demand for ballast water treatment system (BWTS) retrofits and has recently completed a complex BWTS retrofit on board the 179m, 34,500dwt bulk carrier Zambesi.The 2013-built, DNV GL classed vessel, owned by Hamburg-based John T. Essberger, arrived in Gibraltar on June 4 for a month-long overhaul program. The vessel departed the yard on July 5 with its new ballast water treatment installed and ready for commissioning, having spent 16 days in Gibdock’s No.

Thought Leadership: Matthieu de Tugny, COO, Bureau Veritas

Photo: Bureau Veritas

Matthieu de Tugny, COO, BV on the biggest challenge in autonomous shippingThe regulatory environment, from the IMO, IACS to the flag level, is very sensitive, because you’re talking about people, too. In the 1970s was when we developed the first automation notations for unmanned machinery spaces, the first issue we had was with the trade unions, as it was removing people from the machinery spaces. It’s a flag state issue, it’s a port state issue … to be honest before we talk about autonomous ships we should talk about smart ships…

Disabled Freighter Towed into New York Harbor

Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steven Strohmaier

The U.S. Coast Guard coordinated the tow of a disabled 611-foot freighter into the port of New York and New Jersey after it lost propulsion over 100 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, August 21.At around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York received a report that the Panama-flagged bulk carrier GDF Suez North Sea with 21 crew aboard, was disabled. The Coast Guard monitored the situation over the following days as the crew attempted to repair the propulsion system.By Thursday night…

ClassNK Targets German Market Growth

Akizumi Miura (Photo: ClassNK)

A ClassNK executive who played a major part in the fourfold increase in the society’s German market share has returned to the Hamburg office as General Manager.Akizumi Miura has returned for his second posting to ClassNK’s survey office in Hamburg, with a brief to further reinforce and continue building the society’s presence in the key German market.During his first posting, between 2011 and 2016, Miura was a pivotal member of the team overseeing the Japanese classification society’s market share in Germany quadruple…

Repower on Germany’s Inland Waterway

Photo: Cmmins/Haig-Brown

Germany is located on the divide between the South flowing Danube system and the north flowing Mainz River which is a tributary of the Rhine. Since 1992 the remarkable Rhine-Mainz-Danube canal and locks have connected the two systems allowing cargos to travel from the North Sea to the Mediterranean via the Black Sea. This allows inland river cargo vessels access to thousands of kilometers or inland waters. Even if a boat lays up at night, it can still rack up a lot of hours on its engine.As a result, repowers are a necessary but important decision for vessel owners.

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