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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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TOS Ship Delivery “Project Cargo” to South-America

Photo: TOS

A special ship delivery project left TOS’ homeport of Waalhaven in Rotterdam as a German coaster and a Belgian inland pusher guided "Project Cargo" for its delivery destination in South-America, a voyage that will last approximately four weeks. Van der Kolk said, “This job combines our services in the field of Ship Management, Ship Delivery and Crewing together and fits us like a glove. Even for TOS a Project Cargo ship delivery is a challenging job. First of all TOS picked up a coaster for the client in Papenburg (Germany). The TOS crew started up the vessel from dead ship.

Alfa Laval Launches DuroShell LPG/E Cargo Condenser

DuroShell (Photo: Alfa Laval)

With the new Alfa Laval DuroShell plate-and-shell heat exchanger, Alfa Laval aims to strengthen its offering in LPG/E cargo reliquefaction with a construction that increases resistance to thermal and pressure fatigue. Alfa Laval DuroShell is a specially engineered plate-and-shell heat exchanger with unique design capabilities. Already used in the offshore oil and gas industry, it is now being introduced for marine duties such as LPG/E cargo reliquefaction. An innovative construction and a patented roller coaster plate pattern make DuroShell  more robust…

Express Global Logistics Moves Cement Mill From Mumbai To Spain

In the process of reloacting a cement mill in

Express Global Logistics Pvt Ltd recently executed a cement mill project in Almonaster la real, Spain. It involved shipping and transportation of 2 nos x 57 ton mill shell measuring 9 x 5.5 x 5.5 (LBH in meters) , 4 nos x 38 ton mill heads measuring 5.5 x 5.5 x 2 (LBH in meters), various accessories from Mumbai to Almonaster la real being the destination in Spain. The desired port nearest to the final destination Almonaster la real was Huelva port in the south of Spain. Huelva port being a small low traffic port with majority of coaster and barges operating in this region…

LPG Coaster Shipping Market to Remain Weak in 2015

Freight Rates (Source: Drewry's LPG Forecaster)

The LPG coaster shipping market continues to be plagued by excess vessel supply with rates remaining stubbornly below pre-financial crisis levels, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. “Average 12-month LPG coaster time charter rates fell almost 15% between 2007 and 2014”, said Shresth Sharma, senior analyst, gas shipping at Drewry. “And in the case of smaller vessel classes such as coasters a small change in rates can have a significant impact on operator profitability”, continued Sharma.

Siemens’ Turbine Transport Ship Commissioned

Photo: Concordia Group

The heavy cargo roll on/roll off' coaster vessel recently delivered and commissioned by Concordia Group is not the typical RO/RO. Once a containership, the 141-meter-long and 20-meter-wide Rotra Vente was converted into a specifically designed ship to be used under charter by Siemens mainly in the North Sea area for the transportation of mast, nacelles (engine rooms) and rotor blades for wind turbines. The vessel’s specially developed bow and the extendable ramp are controlled by hydraulic systems for cargo to be more efficiently driven cargo to and from the cargo deck.

Maersk Line CEO Cautiously Optimistic

Tim Smith, Maersk Line’s North Asia CEO, reflects on 2012 being quite a volatile year, but sees an increase in the Asia-Europe container trade. The biggest challenge for the entire industry is overcapacity, said Smith. “In these volatile markets we have seen a lot more capacity coming into the market the last couple of years than is needed by the lower levels of demand. ” 

Last year that overcapacity was managed tolerably well by taking out ships, scrapping them, slowing ships down or idling them for shorter or longer periods. “We managed to balance supply and demand,” said Smith, “and that is the game we need to play again in 2013. ” 

2012 was “a bit of a roller-coaster for us and for our customers,” said Smith.

Millman Steps Down From Grand Bahama Shipyard

Freeport’s Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has announced that current President & CEO, Chris Millman has decided to step down from his position and is to leave the Company. Chris has been with the Shipyard for over four years and in that short time he has overseen its growth from a construction site into one of the region’s foremost ship repair centres. Citing personal reasons for his decision, Chris said that he was leaving GBS to return to the UK with his family, although not before taking a well-earned break. He stated “It has been a roller coaster ride over the last few years. I shall always look back at this period with immense pride in what we have achieved and with great appreciation for those who helped to achieve it”.

MAIB – Investigation of Fatal Accident

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued its report of the investigation of the fatal accident on board the UK combi-coaster NORDSTRAND in Seville, Spain on 20 September 2004. A crewmember was killed and the chief officer was injured when a portable hold bulkhead fell while being relocated. Investigation revealed the bulkhead fell because the locking pins were not properly secured. There was no established procedure for checking to determine whether the locking pins were secure. The safety management risk assessment for movement of the bulkheads was vague and unrealistic. Report No. 8/2005 Source: HK Law

Peter Döhle Purchases S-VDR 5000 Upgrades

Offshore Systems Ltd. shipping group, Hamburg, Germany. upgrades to their ECPINS (ECDIS) systems. Three additional S-VDR 5000 systems will be purchased in the near future. Peter Döhle is an existing Offshore Systems commercial grade navigation system customer with ECPINS 4000 on order or installed on eight multipurpose vessels. Founded in 1956, Peter Döhle is the operator and exclusive chartering agent for a diversified fleet of almost 200 vessels mainly consisting of container vessels, coasters and bulkcarriers. ECPINS/S-VDR 5000 meets all the IMO carriage requirements and allows customers to reduce costs while improving safety at sea.

North Korean M/V Rim Hijacked, Gulf of Aden

The General Cargo vessel, M/V Rim is reported to have been hijacked the morning of Feb. 3 in the Gulf of Aden to the north of the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). M/V Rim is not registered with MSC HOA and has had no communications with UKMTO. The Rim was in the North West area of the Gulf of Aden just south of the Yemeni coast. The Coaster is a general cargo ship of 4,800 tonnes, North Korean flagged and owned by White Sea Shipping of Libya. A coalition ship USS Porter that works closely with EU NAVFOR and a helicopter from USS Farragut, both of CMF CTF 151, confirmed that the Rim had been hijacked. There are no reports of the composition or nationalities of the M/V Rim that has now altered course and is heading towards the Somali Basin.

UK - Ship Owner Pleads Guilty

At a hearing yesterday in Folkestone Magistrates Court, the owner of a coaster pleaded guilty to three Merchant Shipping safety offences following a collision with the East Goodwin Light Vessel on 27th February 2007. The Antigua and Barbuda registered coaster, Jerome H, was on passage from Dagenham in Essex to Belfast in Northern Ireland. In the early hours of the 27th February 2007, the vessel struck the East Goodwin Light Vessel. The collision seriously damaged the light vessel which had to be removed from station for repairs. The Jerome H continued on to Belfast. Investigations showed that the Mate was alone on the bridge. He had been doing paperwork on an aft facing desk in the moments leading up to the collision.

Container Transport By Rail Remains Stable

According to the annual report of the Dutch organization of rail operators container transport by rail was constant in 2001. Within the Netherlands it declined with 2 percent to 225,000 TEU. On the one hand the bankruptcy of operator Deltalogic played a role, on the other hand the start of the Shortline shuttle Rotterdam-Eindhoven had a positive effect. International transport was practically constant: 560,000 TEU. Volume especially rose on the destinations far away such as Italy. This compensated the decline of maritime containers. On the short distances, for example Rotterdam-Antwerp, rail experiences fierce competition from inland shipping. Koole Tankstorage Pernis is going to expand its terminal for storage and distribution of edible oils and fats.

Oil Price Rebounds From Fall

Roller coaster oil prices' latest rebound moved up a gear on Oct. 12 as buyers gradually purged memories of the spectacular sell-off a week before. Benchmark North Sea Brent crude for November delivery was trading 49 cents higher at $21.72 a barrel, building on the day before's gains of more than 50 cents. The renewed upswing has repaired damage sustained last week when heavy selling from speculative funds took Brent four dollars down from recent 33-month peaks at $24.30 a barrel. "There has been good buying all round. Trade, locals and speculators are buying into this bounce," a dealer said. Renewed gains have breathed fresh life into an eight-month-old rally from sub-$10 lows powered by OPEC output curbs and recovering global demand.

UMass Hosts Atlantic Observation System Planners

The School for Marine Science and Technology of UMass Dartmouth hosted a consortium of 20 universities and organizations last week to plan the initial stages of a system to monitor the changing conditions and health of coastal waters from to . The consortium is developing a sophisticated network of weather stations, satellites, coastal radars and robotic underwater vehicles to produce a three-dimensional view of conditions in the coastal Mid-Atlantic. The current, three-year phase of the project is funded with an $8.7-million grant from the . The Mid-Atlantic Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System, or MARCOOS, will provide decision-makers with information that will aid in search-and-rescue operations…

Disney Dream Nears Completion at Meyer Werft Shipyard

After 20 months of construction, the Disney Dream cruise ship floated out of the enclosed building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard Oct. 30, completing a major construction milestone. The ship was greeted by thousands of visitors lining the shore to see the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, which features the first water coaster at sea and other cruise industry firsts. The “float out” is a special maritime event that celebrates the ship’s final stages of construction, where exteriors become complete and final touches are assigned to interiors. The celebration was punctuated with a fireworks display and the appearance of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The Disney Dream is scheduled to sail its maiden voyage on January 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Fla.

Northrop Grumman Maintenance Contract, Peter Döhle Ships

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded a one-year contract by Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG (PDS-KG) and HAMMONIA Reederei (a joint venture between PDS-KG, HCI Capital AG and GE Transportation Finance, Inc.) to provide worldwide service and maintenance for more than 135 ships. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine will be responsible for all shipboard service, support and maintenance of the ships’ navigation and communication equipment, including repairs, spares management and required annual inspections and certifications.

PPG Publishes White Paper

PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) protective and marine coatings (PMC) business has published a white paper comparing the performance of polysiloxane coatings to that of traditional epoxy/urethane and epoxy/silicone-alkyd coatings. The four-page white paper summarizes polysiloxane coatings chemistry and explains how it enables PPG products such as PSX(R) 700 and PSX 700SG (semi-gloss) coatings to provide long-term color and gloss retention as well as chemical and corrosion resistance that outperform traditional epoxy-based coatings. It also explains that the molecular structure of polysiloxane coatings makes them safer for people and the environment because they emit low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and are made without isocyanates, which are suspected carcinogens.

MARIN Debuts Tug Simulators

MARIN has upgraded two part task simulators into full tug simulators, which have  been used in training & studies for TOTAL, Port of Rotterdam, Meyer Werft and OLT Toscana, amongst others. For years MARIN’s Nautical Center has made extensive use of full mission bridge simulators for nautical studies and training and for many of these simulations tugs play an important role. Although it is possible to use computer (or autopilot) controlled tugs, it is preferable to have the tug masters themselves control the tugs.

Oversupply Pressure on LPG Shipping Rates

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

The LPG shipping trade will continue to grow at a healthy pace on the back of strong Asian demand, but fleet growth will outpace it, keeping rates under pressure in 2017, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. 2016 was a tough year for LPG shipping with rates coming under pressure across all size segments. 2017 is expected to be no different with the fleet set to grow by another 16%, on top of the 17% expansion seen last year.

Algorithm Developed to Optimize Waterway Transit Schedules

© Andrej Pol / Adobe Stock

An algorithm has been developed to schedule transit vessel traffic in two-way waterways where safe distances between transiting vessels must be maintained and passage restrictions may hold. It limits the negative effects of the safety constrains on cargo volume throughput by finding schedules which increase the utilization of these waterways. The potential of this algorithm has been demonstrated on a plausible model of the Strait of Istanbul, and also the Suez Canal has been identified as a waterway where the algorithm could increase the volume of goods transported.

Shipping’s Recovery May Not Lift Seafarer Wage Costs

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

Despite a recovery in cargo shipping markets, ship manning costs will remain suppressed as shipowners and operators continue to be financially challenged and the officer shortfall recedes, according to the latest Manning report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The lack of confidence in the industry has seen wage increases almost at a standstill since 2009, and over the past year average officer rates have slid into reverse. While there remains an overall shortfall in officer numbers…

Thun Tankers Orders another Newbuild

(Image: Gothia Tanker Alliance)

Thun Tankers said it has declared an option for a fifth tanker to be added to the previously contracted four 17,500 dwt IMO II product/chemical tankers on order at Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding Ltd in China. The sister ships are due for delivery between April 2019 and January 2020 and will be commercially managed by Furetank, responsible for the intermediate segment within the Gothia Tanker Alliance. In addition to the five contracted intermediate vessels, Thun Tankers together with…

Slowing Shipping Fleet Growth to Ease Officer Shortage

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

Slowing growth in the size of the shipping fleet will reduce the shortage of officers over the coming years, according to the latest Manning report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The global shipping fleet – encompassing all sectors except the non-cargo carrying ship types, such as tugs and passenger ships, and smaller coaster vessels, such as oil tankers and bulk carriers of less than 10,000 dwt – is expected to rise by a mere 300 vessels through 2016-2020. As a result…

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