Wärtsilä BWM Systems for Chemical Tankers
A series of eight new 33,000 DWT chemical tankers, currently under construction in Asia, will feature Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) each of which is certified for explosion proof (EX) requirements. This means that the BWMS units can be installed in Zone 1 hazardous areas. It is an International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirement that the BWMS for ships having hazardous areas on board must be EX-proof certified. This contract, which was signed in January…
Kvaerner To Build Two Tankers For Odfjell
Kvaerner ASA will reportedly build two 37.500 dwt chemical tankers for Norway's Odfjell at its Kvaerner Floroe shipyard.
Unitor Secures Significant Orders
Unitor, Norway's international ship supply specialist, has garnered its largest ever single order for ships equipment with a $6.8 million contract from Poland's Stocznia Szczecinska SA (Szczecin Shipyard) for nitrogen generator systems for eight 40,000-dwt chemical tankers under construction at the yard. The order encompasses the delivery of Unitor's 35-ton, hollow-fibre, air separation nitrogen generator system, to each tanker comprising four 360 kW compressors and nitrogen generators producing 3,750 cu. m. of 95 percent pure nitrogen/hour. The eight IMO Class II vessels, which are reportedly the most sophisticated of their type, will be delivered between January 2001-June 2003. The company's marine contracting division also landed insulation contracts by various U.K.
Global Ocean Trade: Latest Shipbuilding Orders
Tsuneishi have taken an order at their Cebu facility in the Philippines for a total of three 81,600 DWT Kamsarmax for Japanese buyers. Nissen Kaiun declared two further options taking their total series on order to five vessels, with an additional order for a single unit by Hisafuku Kisen – all due for delivery in 2016. In the smaller sizes, China Navigation announced an order for four firm 38,000 DWT Handysize at Imabari, with delivery planned for 2017. Clarkson Hellas note that a yet unknown Greek buyer has contracted one firm plus up to four option 15…
WE Tech to Equip Ektank Vessels
WE Tech Solutions said it has received an order to deliver its permanent magnet shaft generator solution to two new 18,600 dwt chemical tankers with an option for another two. The tankers are built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Chengxi Shipyard for the Swedish ship owner Ektank AB. WE Tech’s equipment delivery to Hudong Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd. will commence in October 2017. WE Tech’s solution is based on variable frequency drive technology (WE Drive) and the direct drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator. The solution allows the main engine to run at variable speed while the electrical network is generated by the Shaft Generator. Therefore, there is no need to run the auxiliary engines or generators when sailing.
Ektank Chem Tankers to Sport Hybrid Propulsion
The Switch received an order from WE Tech to deliver its permanent magnet (PM) shaft generators to two 18,600 dwt chemical tankers currently under construction for Sweden’s Ektank AB. Sweden's Ektank AB is family-owned with a modern fleet of five chemical tankers in size ranging from 13,700 DWT to 17,000 DWT. The PM-based shaft generator is a powerful proposition for today’s cost and environmentally conscious shipowners. This deal is an example of how PM technology is set to revolutionize the maritime industry.
Dongfang Shipbuiliding Shares to Trade
According to a report on www.rttnews.com, Dongfang Shipbuilding Company Limited intends to seek admission of its shares to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Dealings are expected to commence on AIM on 18 August 2011. Dongfang diversified into shipping, owning and operating six 9,000 dwt chemical tankers and one 9,200 dwt chemical tanker, out of Singapore and Hong Kong. The Group currently has about 530 full time employees across the two businesses. The Group has recently moved into the production of 3,200 DWT chemical stainless steel vessels. The shipbuilding order book as at June 30, 2011, according to the report on RTT News, amounted to around $89m. The contracted delivery dates of new vessels and those under construction are between August 2011 and January 2014.
Scanjet Receives Tank Management Orders
Scanjet is has secured substantial orders for its Tank Management and Tank Cleaning products. Scanjet has received orders from Hudong Shipyard in China to equip 5+3 38,000 dwt chemical tankers being built for Stolt-Nielsen with the Scanjet Surveyor Tank Management System. The system will cover monitoring and alarm functions including radar level gauging for all tanks on board, high-level alarms and pressure plus temperature measurement, all of which are integrated in the Surveyor system. In addition, Scanjet is supplying its critical Tank Cleaning system for the vessels, which has been designed to the highest standard to take account of the variety of cargoes that the vessels are being built to transport.
Odfjell Buys 5 Chemical Tanker Newbuilds
Odfjell SE informs it has signed a term sheet with Chemical Transportation Group, Inc (CTG) whereby Odfjell will acquire the last five of a total newbuilding order of 10 25,000 dwt vessels with 24 stainless steel tanks from Chinese ship builder AVIC Dingheng. CTG will continue to own five vessels which will be placed in a pool commercially managed by Odfjell Tankers AS. The vessels will, together with Odfjell's current fleet of five 25,000 dwt vessels and the five vessels acquired by Odfjell, form a pool for 15 25,000 dwt chemical tankers. The vessels acquired by Odfjell will be bought at $40 million per vessel upon delivery from yard, and are scheduled for delivery from June 2017 through May 2018.
Turkish Shipyards Boost for MarineLine
Following Advanced Polymer Coatings’ announcement earlier in the year of its first two chemical tanker coatings contracts won in Turkey, the anticorrosion specialist has just announced a number of further new business gains and opportunities in this developing shipbuilding country. It has also reported gains in other markets. APC’s unique polymer-based tank protection system MarineLine has now been specified for the cargo tanks of 10 more ships to be constructed or converted in Turkey. These range in size from two 1,450 dwt chemical tankers for Holland’s Unifleet NV, to be constructed by the RMK Marine shipyard, to two 29,990 dwt chemical tankers from UM Shipyard for Fairfield Chemical Tankers of the USA.
Focus on Cash Control Impacts Ship Operating Costs
International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average 1.8% in 2012. This compares with the 2.1% average rise in costs recorded for the previous year. There was a significant reduction in costs across all categories and it was clear that ship owners had been focusing on managing costs and conserving cash in 2012. The findings are set out in OpCost 2013, Moore Stephens’ unique ship operating costs benchmarking tool, which reveals that total operating costs for the three main tonnage sectors covered – bulkers, tankers and container ships – were all down in 2012, the financial year covered by the survey.
Ocean-going Ship Newbuildings Round-up
Activity in Chinese shipyards increased the past week, notably in the dry-bulk carrier market, as workers returned from the 'Golden Week' holidays reports Clarkson Hellas Weekly S&P Bulletin. China Navigation have announced the declaration of another four options of the 39,500dwt design at Chengxi Shipyard, which will bring the total number of orders for this design up to 16 vessels. This latest set of options will all deliver in 2016. No pricing has been disclosed, though the earlier options were declared at a price of circa USD 23 Mill.
Navig8 to Acquire ECO Chemical Tankers
Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed resale purchase agreements with an agribusiness group to purchase two ECO 49,000 dwt chemical tankers currently under construction at Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard Co. Ltd. that were originally ordered by the Seller. Both Vessels are scheduled for delivery in Q1 2015. The Company has the option to take delivery of the Vessels upon scheduled delivery from Vinashin or take the Vessels under a bareboat charter from the Seller for up to 12 months after delivery from Vinashin…
Hyde Posts Record Delivery, Commissioning and Sales
Hyde Marine, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC), announced it has delivered more than 200 Hyde GUARDIAN Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) Systems and commissioned more than 100 for operation on a variety of vessels around the world, based on sales of more than 275 units. In commenting about the milestones, John Platz, President, Hyde Marine, said, "We are committed to providing the maritime industry with the most innovative and advanced ballast water treatment technology, which complies with approved and pending ballast water regulations. In April 2009, the Hyde GUARDIAN system became one of the first to receive IMO Type Approval – setting Hyde Marine on a course to be considered one of the maritime industry’s leading BWT companies.
Çiçek Shipyard to Launch First of Four Tankers
The Turkish shipbuilder Çiçek Shipyard will launch the first of four 3,150 dwt chemical tankers that were originally under construction to the yard’s own account. Subsequently sold to Maltese investors, the first is due for delivery in November 2008 while the remaining three ships will be delivered at four-monthly intervals in 2009. To be classed by Bureau Veritas and constructed to meet Ice B standards, they will be capable of worldwide trading, transporting oil products, chemicals (IMO type II) and vegetable, animal and fish oils. MarineLine coatings have been selected by Çiçek to give the ability to carry a wide range of cargoes while high manoeuvrability is guaranteed by the choice of twin azimuthing propellers and a bow thruster.
Clean Marine Secures Multi-Vessel EGCS Contract
Clean Marine, developer of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), has secured a multi-vessel contract from Inventor Chemical Tankers AS (ICT). The agreement, covering seven 19,900 DWT chemical tankers, marks the launch of the firm’s CleanSOx Compact Hybrid Allstream scrubber to the marketplace. According to Clean Marine CEO Nils Høy-Petersen, the company has been exclusively dedicated to EGCS solutions since its inception in 2006. “Our latest product has been designed to ensure ship owners can achieve simple, cost and space efficient compliance with the IMO’s SOx regulations, coming into force in 2020,” he said. ICT has partnered with Clean Marine and technical manager Diamond Shipmanagement Pte Ltd…
Odfjell, Sinochem Form Chemical Tanker Pool
Odfjell SE said it has signed Framework Agreement with Sinochem Shipping Singapore Pte. Ltd whereby the Norwegian ship owner will take four vessels on long-term bareboat charter and together form a pool of eight 40,900 dwt chemical tankers. The four chemical tankers are part of Sinochem’s series of eight ordered from Hantong Wing Shipyard in China. Sinochem will retain ownership of the series’ four other vessels, which together with the bareboat vessels will form a pool managed by Odfjell SE and trading as part of the Odfjell Tankers fleet.
New Chemical Tanker Joins Hellespont Fleet
Hamburg-based Hellespont Tankers has taken delivery of the Hellespont Centurion, the first of a serious of eight 17,000 dwt IMO-2 chemical tankers. Hellespont Tankers will commercially manage the vessel, which has been entered into the Hamburg-based Seatramp Intermediate Tanker Pool. Technical management will be carried out by Hellespont Hammonia. Built at Korea's Sekwang Shipbuilding yard the vessel can load fifteen different grades in epoxy coated tanks. Hellespont Centurion is now on her maiden voyage to load her first cargo in Southeast Asia for Europe.
China Orders First Wärtsilä RT-flex35
Wärtsilä has received the first order for its new Wärtsilä RT-flex35 two-stroke engine. The Wärtsilä licensee, Yichang Marine Diesel Engine Co. (YMD), manufacturing low-speed marine engines in China, has signed a contract with Ningbo Donghai Shipping Co. Ltd to deliver five Wärtsilä RT-flex35 engines for a series of five chemical tankers. "Among low-speed engines with smaller bores, the biggest advantages of Wärtsilä RT-flex35 are its low fuel consumption and its compliance with environmental regulations, both of which fully meet our customer's expectations.
MAN B&W, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Sign Order
engines for Norway. These engines will power two 43,000 dwt chemical tankers to be built by the Kleven Florø yard for Stolt-Nielsen. The engines will be delivered in February and August 2007 respectively. The yard order includes a complete propulsion package from MAN B&W Diesel, consisting of the MAN B&W Diesel 7S50MC-C two-stroke main engines, MAN B&W Diesel VBS1560-ODS CP propellers, MAN B&W Diesel Alphatronic 2000 control systems and tunnel gears. Otto H. Fritzner, Chief Executive Officer for Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group, said “We accepted the yard’s proposal for the propulsion concept, based on two-stoke engines, because it has proved to be simple, reliable and economical.
MAN B&W Diesel and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Sign Order
Kawasaki will build two more MAN B&W Diesel 7S50MC-C two-stroke main engines for Norway. These engines are destined to power two 43,000 dwt chemical tankers built by the Kleven Florø yard for Stolt Nielsen. The engines will be delivered in February and August 2007 respectively. The yard order includes a complete propulsion package from MAN B&W Diesel. This consists of the MAN B&W Diesel 7S50MC-C two-stroke main engines, MAN B&W Diesel VBS1560-ODS controlable pitch propellers, MAN B&W Diesel Alphatronic 2000 control systems and tunnel gears. Otto H. Fritzner, Chief Executive Officer for Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group, “We accepted the yard’s proposal for the propulsion concept, based on two-stoke engines, because it has proved to be simple, reliable and economical.
Wärtsilä Systems for Vietnamese Tankers
Three new 21,800 dwt chemical tankers, under construction at two different shipyards in Vietnam owned by Triyards Holdings Limited, will feature integrated Wärtsilä propulsion and power generation systems. These ships are being built for Swiss-Canadian Maritime Ltd and will be managed by Switzerland based ABC Maritime A.G. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in November, and there are options for three more vessels. This contract represents the largest ever scope of supply that Wärtsilä is to deliver to a shipyard in Vietnam.