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22 Apr 2019

Vessel Orders Hits Lowest in 15 Years

Image: South China Shipyard

The global newbuilding orderbook for vessels has shrunk to the lowest level in 15 years as vessel owners struggle with excess capacity.According to to data from Clarksons Research, there were 3,200 vessels of a combined 81 million gross tons ordered globally in the first quarter of 2019, which is the lowest figure since 2004.A report in the WSJ quoted George Warner of Clarksons Research as saying: "“The global order book has declined to its lowest level since the early stages…

11 Apr 2019

Hydroniq to Cool Ulstein-Built Vessel

Image: Hydroniq Coolers

Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft has awarded a contract to Hydroniq Coolers to deliver a hull-integrated seawater cooling system for a polar expedition vessel the shipbuilder is constructing for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.The expedition vessel, designed by Ulstein, will be the first polar new build in the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet. Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet.

09 Apr 2019

Interlake Orders Great Lakes Newbuild

(Image: Interlake Steamship Company, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding)

U.S. ship owner The Interlake Steamship Company said it has ordered a new U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier, the first to be built in more than 35 years. Measuring 639 feet in length (78 feet W, 45 feet H, 28,000 DWT), the vessel will be constructed by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., for scheduled completion in mid-2022.The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is reportedly the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983.The Interlake Steamship Company…

05 Apr 2019

Shipyard Coatings: Green is the Best Color

An aerial view of the sprawling VT Halter Shipyard complex with the new Paint & Blast facility in the immediate foreground. CREDIT: VTH

VT Halter’s new state-of-the-art blast and pain facility, already paying dividends for the shipyard’s bottom line and the environment alike, is poised to lift your bottom line with improved coatings and reduced corrosion.When it comes to marine coatings, preparation is everything. If that’s the case, then Gulf Coast-based VT Halter has all the boxes checked when it come to making sure that every vessel component and exposed surface that leaves its facility is ready for whatever harsh conditions come next.

04 Apr 2019

Furetank Orders Dual Fuel Product Tanker

Image: Furetank

Sweden's Furetank Rederi AB has signed a contract for one 17,999 dwt dual fuel product tanker at Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding.The agreement with the yard includes an option for one further vessel, said a press release from the provider of marine transportation services through product and chemical tankers.The new vessel will be identical with the series of six sister vessels built by Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding for Furetank Rederi AB, Rederi AB Älvtank and Erik Thun AB during 2018‐2019.All vessels are designed with special focus on minimal impact on the environment and has dual fuel capability…

02 Apr 2019

Keppel Acquires $50m Stake Battery Biz

Keppel Corporation Limited, through its wholly owned subsidiary KepVenture Pte Ltd (Keppel), has entered into an agreement with Envision AESC to invest $50 million for a minority stake in Envision AESC Group Ltd, a leading intelligent lithium-ion battery company. This co-investment with Envision is in line with Keppel's efforts to deploy innovative concepts in its solutions for sustainable urbanization.Envision AESC Group Ltd recently completed the acquisition of Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), a former venture between Nissan Motor Company (Nissan) and the NEC Group. It has also acquired the entire share capital of NEC Energy Devices, Ltd., a battery electrode manufacturing company owned by NEC Corporation.

26 Mar 2019

Energy Demand Rose at a Record Rate

Pic: International Energy Agency

Global energy demand grew 2.3% last year, marking its fastest pace in a decade, amid a robust global economy and stronger heating and cooling needs in many regions, said the International Energy Agency (IEA).Natural gas emerged as the fuel of choice, posting the biggest gains and accounting for 45% of the rise in energy consumption. Gas demand growth was especially strong in the United States and China.Demand for all fuels increased, with fossil fuels meeting nearly 70% of the growth for the second year running.

19 Mar 2019

Havyard Delivers Another Battery-Run Ferry

Photo: Stig Breidvik

Havyard delivered the third battery-run ferry for the Hareid–Sulesund route to Fjord1.To ensure that the ferries run as energy efficient as possible, Havyard developed digital ferry models and incorporated them into a ‘digital Sulafjord’ made with unique weather data from the area.The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has invested more than $11.4m in measurement masts and buoys in the Sulafjord. These provide data about wind, current, temperature, wave height and wave length that Norwegian researchers have not previously had…

06 Mar 2019

ABB's Chiller Optimization Solution for Ferries

La Suprema, Photo by GNV

ABB’s chiller optimization solution for passenger ships achieves over 18% energy savings on board ferry La Suprema.ABB and Italian shipping company GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci) have completed a first-of-its-kind retrofit of a technology that optimizes the performance of chillers used for heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems on ferries – and the results have exceeded all expectations.Energy efficiency initiatives for ship operations generally focus on main propulsion…

01 Mar 2019

Teekay, Samsung Opt for Hydroniq Coolers

Image: Hydroniq Coolers

Norwegian supplier Hydroniq Coolers has won contracts from Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (SHI) to deliver the cooling system for the engines of the six LNG-fuelled shuttle tankers the shipbuilder is constructing for Teekay Offshore.As per the contracts, Hydroniq Coolers – formerly named Sperre Coolers – will deliver its Hydroniq Rack seawater cooling solution that is integrated in the hull below the main engine room of the vessels. Marine cooling systems are utilised to reduce…

28 Feb 2019

LNG Only Fills Niches in Europe

Pic: Wintershall Holding GmbH

Although LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) provides a solid supplement to European gas supplies, the EU is and will remain a pipeline market – for good reasons, said Wintershall's new position paper.The report from Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer on the importance of liquid gas for Europe said that the liquefaction is highly energy-intensive – the energy consumption corresponds to about 13% of the gas transported.With an energy loss of less than five percent, pipelines are much more energy-efficient. Another argument for pipeline gas lay in its lower costs.

07 Feb 2019

Boskalis Wins LNG Modules Contract

Pic: Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.

Dutch dredging and heavylift company Royal Boskalis Westminster has been awarded a contract for the transportation of a large number of modules for a North American LNG export facility.The contract value amounts to approximately USD 55 million with additional options for extensions, worth up to USD 30 million, a press release said.The scope of work includes the logistical management and transportation of various large modules from a fabrication yard in China to the facility in North America.

21 Jan 2019

China’s Oil and Gas Industry to Focus on Environment Impact

Arthur William Stoddart, Regional Manager of Greater China, Korea & Japan, DNV GL - Oil & Gas

China’s oil and gas industry is set to reinforce efforts to reduce environmental impacts of its projects and operationsin 2019, said a research.According to a new research from DNV GL, six in ten (61%) senior oil and gas professionals in China say their organizations are actively preparing for the transition to a lower carbon energy mix compared to 51% globally. Industry leaders’ focus on decarbonization aligns with the Chinese government’s new ‘Blue Sky’ plan to tackle air pollution…

17 Jan 2019

Glosten, Bieker Boats Design Ultra Fuel-Efficient Vessel

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The provider of naval architecture and marine engineering services Glosten and marine craft builder Bieker Boats have joined forces to bring modern composite hydrofoil technology to the passenger vessel community.This collaboration draws on Bieker Boats’ years of experience designing fast foil-born boats and Glosten’s design of passenger vessels for public and private clients over the past 50 years, said a press note from Glosten."This ultra-efficient vessel requires less than half the installed power of a typical passenger catamaran, resulting in a 50% reduction in fuel consumption.

14 Jan 2019

NASSCO Expands Ships Production Capacity

Kevin Graney, President of General Dynamics NASSCO, addresses a crowd of shipbuilders as the company commissioned a new panel line in the San Diego shipyard January 11, 2019. Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to commission its new panel line, which expands steel production capabilities for the construction of commercial and government ships in San Diego.The American shipbuilding company with three shipyards located in San Diego, Norfolk, and Mayport said in a press release that the new panel line enables distortion-free welding of plates as thin as five millimeters to produce lighter, more energy efficient ships.The cutting-edge facility uses hybrid laser arc welding and numerically controlled robots to mill…

19 Dec 2018

Winners Selected in the 2019 WFSA Ferry Design Competition

The winning team, under the guidance of Faculty Advisors Dr. Ivan CK Tam (Newcastle University) and Dr. Mohammed Abdul Hannan (Newcastle University) has designed MV Pasig Express, an aluminum hulled catamaran, with hybrid propulsion (CREDIT WFSA)

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) is pleased to announce that winners have been selected for its 2019 Ferry Design Competition. The awards will be presented at WFSA’s Ferry Safety and Technology Conference, which will be be held in Bangkok February 20‐22, 2019. In the contest, student teams were tasked with designing a passenger ferry for the Pasig River, the locus of commercial and public activities in Manila. Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, Executive Director of WFSA, had…

18 Dec 2018

ALMACO Onboard Viking Line’s New Cruise Ship

Photo courtesy of Viking Line

ALMACO secured the order to build 1121 passenger and crew cabins plus all the galleys, bars, pantries and provision stores, including cold rooms, freezers and walk-ins, for Viking Line’s newbuild at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (XSI) shipyard in China. For the accommodations portion of the order, ALMACO’s contract includes visual turnkey with some background works for all passenger and crew cabin areas as well as crew public areas.The catering areas delivery involves the visual turnkey installation, including flooring, wall and ceiling stainless steel panels, of approximately 800 sq.

20 Nov 2018

Ponant Tests New Sail System

Pic: ©Ponant-Philip Plisson

The French-flag cruise line Ponant is testing the Solid Sail concept on its vessel Le Ponant. Tests are being conducted with maritime construction company Chantiers de l’Atlantique as part of the sailing cruise-vessel project Silenseas, launched two years ago.Two patents have been filed—in 2009 and 2017—for the new type of sail, made of fibreglass, carbon and epoxy-resin panels in a carbon-slat frame. This new technology will significantly reduce energy consumption tied to propulsion…

19 Nov 2018

Jurong Port Wins Green Port Certificate

Photo: Jurong Port

Singapore-headquartered Jurong Port (JP) has been awarded the Green Port Certificate, a program under the Green Port Award System (GPAS) developed by the APEC Port Services Network (APSN)A press note from the international multipurpose port providing integrated solutions for the most complex of logistics operations said that the GPAS program is a green evaluation system for ports in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region which assesses initiatives that improve environmental…

15 Nov 2018

MENA Region to Lead Global Oil and Gas for Decades to Come: DNV GL

(L-R) Ben Oudman, Regional Manager, Central Europe, Middle East and India, DNV GL - Oil & Gas and Jan Zschommler, Manager, Middle East, DNV GL - Oil & Gas. Pics: DNV GL

The world will need less energy from the 2030s onwards, but it will still require a significant amount of oil and gas in the lead-up to mid-century according to DNV GL’s 2018 Energy Transition Outlook, an independent forecast of the world energy mix in the lead-up to 2050.The report says, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will remain the main global supplier of oil and gas for decades to come."Among its forecasts for 10 global regions, DNV GL’s Outlook sees the MENA region accounting for most onshore conventional gas production in the lead-up to 2050…

28 Oct 2018

Konecranes Wins New Order for RTG System from Indonesia

Automated RTG (ARTG). Pic: Konecranes

The smart terminal solutions provider Konecranes has received another order for the delivery of an Automated RTG (ARTG) System to PT Prima Terminal Petikemas, a subsidiary of state-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I (Persero).The ARTG system on order includes 12 ARTG cranes with associated software, interfaces and services, said a press release from the company.The 12 ARTGs will be delivered in January 2020 to Belawan Container Terminal, Phase 2 in Medan, North Sumatra.

18 Oct 2018

Total, India's Adani Join Hands in LNG Sector

Image: Total

French energy major Total and Adani Group have signed an agreement to jointly develop multi energy offers to the Indian energy market. This cooperation includes Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Fuel Retail.The Adani Group is an Indian private conglomerate active in 50 countries and specialized in commodities trading, port infrastructures and logistics, as well as energy production and distribution.This strategic partnership between Total and Adani Group will allow to create a major footprint in LNG business and a new retail network of 1…

11 Oct 2018

ABB’s Next Generation DP System

Your marine pilot of the future, here today.At this year’s SMM trade event in Hamburg, Germany, industrial digital technology specialist ABB introduced what could be the future of dynamic positioning, not just for traditional DP users, but also for the full spectrum of navigation tasks. ABB Ability Marine Pilot Control is a next-generation dynamic positioning (DP) system that simplifies ship maneuvering with an intuitive touch screen-based user interface and enables safer, more efficient ship operations.With its user-centric design…

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