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23 Jan 2019

Port of Gothenburg Freight Volumes up 17% in 2018

In 2018, 753,000 containers (TEU) were handled at the Port of Gothenburg. Photo: Gothenburg Port Authority.

Container volumes at the Swedish port of Gothenburg were 753000 teu in 2018, a 17% rise on the previous year, the port authority said."Volumes for 2018 reveal an upturn for containers of 110,000 TEUs, a rise of 17 per cent on 2017. The number of containers transported by rail during 2018 increased by 13 per cent," said a press release from Gothenburg Port Authority.Energy products, intra-European ro-ro units and new cars all fell by one per cent, albeit in relation to the high comparative figures for these three segments in 2017…

23 Jan 2019

Singapore Solidifies Maritime Hub Status

Dr Lam Pin Min. File Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Singapore has introduced two initiatives for the maritime industry - the Singapore War Risks Insurance Conditions (SWRIC) and the development of an inter-operability framework for electronic trade documents for the maritime and trade industries, which will strengthen Singapore’s standing as a leading global maritime hub.According to Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport, the SWRIC is an enhancement to the Singapore War Risks Mutual (SWRM), Singapore’s first national…

23 Jan 2019

Eagle Bulk Acquires One Ultramax, Sells Two Supramaxes

Image: Eagle Bulk Shipping

Connecticut-headquartered Eagle Bulk Shipping announced that it has purchased a high-specification 2015-built SDARI-64 Ultramax bulkcarrier for a purchase price of USD 20.4 million. The ship, which has been renamed the M/V Cape Town Eagle, was constructed at Cosco Zhoushan Shipyard Co. Ltd, and is of the same design as the M/V Hamburg Eagle and M/V Singapore Eagle, said the owner of a fleet of Supramax/Ultramax dry bulk vessels.The M/V Cape Town Eagle has been acquired with an…

23 Jan 2019

BIOFUELS: Clariant, ExxonMobil, REG Partners on Research

Photo: Clariant

Clariant  signed a joint research agreement with ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group (REG) to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste and residues to produce biofuel, which has the potential to play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.The new partnership expands a previously announced agreement[1] for joint research between ExxonMobil and REG, in which the companies successfully validated the ability of REG Life Sciences…

23 Jan 2019

Fast Support Vessel Delivered for SEACOR

Photo: Incat Crowther

Louisiana shipbuilder Gulf Craft has delivered the third vessel in a series of new class monohull fast support vessels (FSV) for SEACOR Marine.According to designer Incat Crowther, the vessel Libby L. McCall advances the traditional offshore support vessel model and offers a more cost efficient, comfortable, flexible, and safe option to helicopter transportation.The vessel features redundancy to mitigate against down time or loss of functionality due to mechanical complications.

23 Jan 2019

Inland River Cruising: 2019 Will Be Busy

The American Song (CREDIT: ACL)

One year ago, we reported on vacation river cruising, presenting an industry mostly on the optimistic side of growth and expansion for 2018. This year’s review is more geographically limited – to the Mississippi River, heartland cruises centered among New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis and St. Paul – but with links important for a lot of smaller cities in between.Big picture:This industry is strong, at least among its two major players: American Cruise Lines and the American Queen Steamboat Company. Both have extensive and varied schedules for 2019.

23 Jan 2019

IMO 2020: Fujairah Tightens Exhaust Rules Ahead of 2020

Key Middle East oil terminal bans open-loop scrubbersFujairah in the United Arab Emirates has become the latest major port to ban a type of fuel exhaust cleaning system to comply with a coming tightening in rules regarding global sulphur emissions, mirroring similar moves in Singapore and China.Under International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules that come into effect from 2020, ships will have to reduce the sulphur content in their fuel to less than 0.5 percent, compared with 3.5 percent now, forcing huge changes upon global shippers and also oil refiners.Fujairah's harbour master said in a faxed document seen by Reuters that the port "has decided to ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in its waters ...

23 Jan 2019

New IJmuiden Sea Lock Gets Gates

Photo: Gerrit Serne, Port of Amsterdam

The first of a total of three lock gates for the new sea lock has arrived at IJmuiden harbour in the Dutch province of North Holland.According to Port of Amsterdam Authority, the lock gate was towed by a tug across the North Sea to its final destination. On its way from South Korea to IJmuiden - with a stopover at Maasvlakte 2 - the lock gate has covered a total of more than 26,000 km. The transport over the last 150 km took 30 hours and went smoothly.Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management…

22 Jan 2019

Next Generation of Corrosion Inhibiting Fuel Additives

Photo courtesy of Cortec

Cortec has developed the next generation of VpCI fuel additives for more potent corrosion protection of fuel systems. Cortec VpCI-707 has been specially formulated to protect fuel tanks and systems from corrosion and sludge formation without damaging copper and aluminum. It is an option for keeping new and existing fuel tanks and systems in good condition during day-to-day operation and especially during vulnerable times such as intermittent operation, storage, or shipment. Other benefits of VpCI-707 are its improved water handling and good injector-cleaning capabilities.

22 Jan 2019

A Century on, Basra's British-era Shipyard Going Strong

Begun in 1918 by British troops, Basra's shipyard is surviving into old age with little maintenance, relying on its vintage machinery and the skill of its workers to keep going.Thousands of ships, including former dictator Saddam Hussein's yacht, have passed through the Iraqi shipyard's three docks, where a giant steam engine hauls them out of the water and up the century-old wooden tracks.There are no spare parts and no written manuals.Mohammed Adnan, who has been operating the huge steam engine for six years now, says it is not easy. It requires expertise and intuition to maintain the right pressure in the boilers, and to prevent the engine from overheating."British manufacturing is great quality ...

22 Jan 2019

SCHOTTEL's Mechanical Hybrid Propulsion Solution

Photo: SCHOTTEL

In a close collaboration with Svitzer of Denmark, SCHOTTEL has developed a new hybrid propulsion concept. The new concept is based on the recent SCHOTTEL Y-Hybrid thruster technology and connects a port and starboard mounted azimuth thruster in a vessel with each other. This makes it possible to drive two thrusters with either one of the main engines. The companies are now discussing a pilot project to retrofit an existing tug with the new mechanical hybrid technology. This will transform the direct driven vessel into a greener and more cost-efficient vessel.

22 Jan 2019

Rolls-Royce Invests $65m to Upgrade Thruster Facility

Photo: Rolls-Royce Marine

Rolls-Royce completed a nearly $65m upgrade and refurbishment of its thruster manufacturing plant in Rauma, Finland, consolidating production over a single site.The plan to overhaul the site started in 2016, and after nearly three years the refurbished site was officially opened on January 22,  2019, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr Mika Lintilä.“Our azimuth thrusters are one of our most important products, providing mission critical power and propulsion for some of the largest floating objects on the planet…

21 Jan 2019

GC Rieber Bags Statnett Management Contract

Norwegian shipping company GC Rieber Shipping has won a technical management contract from Statnett Transport for the Norwegian logistics company’s two RoRo vessels.The vessels are the 9,120-bhp Elektron (built 2008) and 1,500-bhp Elektron II (built 1969), said a stock exchange announcement from the company that operates offshore subsea support vessels, marine seismic vessels and polar logistics and research expeditions."The contract has a duration of three years plus options.

21 Jan 2019

US Oil and Gas Industry Confidence Surges

Frank Ketelaars, Regional Manager, the Americas, DNV GL - Oil & Gas. Photo: DNV GL

Senior oil and gas professionals in the United States are among the world’s most confident about the outlook for the sector in 2019, as companies prepare for significant increases in capital expenditure (capex) over the coming months.According to a new research published by DNV GL, 85% of sector leaders in the US are optimistic about the industry’s growth prospects in the year ahead, up sharply from 60% in 2018. This compares with three quarters (76%) reporting confidence among respondents globally.Full of confidence…

21 Jan 2019

Blue Water Assists Marine Group in Lock System Elements

Image: Blue Water Shipping

The freight transport solutions provider Blue Water Shipping has assisted Marine Group AB, Sweden with placing three out of four lock system elements with great accuracy on board Marine Group’s barge “Carrier 16” in Copenhagen.According to Blue Water, subsequently the barge was to transport the elements to Stockholm, Sweden to form part of a major lock system. The biggest element measured 25 by 65 meters, and “Carrier 16” was adjusted for this specific project.But first of all, the four lock system elements had to be moved out of the dry dock on Refshaleøen, it said.

21 Jan 2019

AsiaPac Oil and Gas Industry Looks Up

Brice Le Gallo, Regional Manager, South East Asia & Australia, DNV GL - Oil & Gas

Confidence in the outlook for Asia Pacific’s oil and gas industry has more than doubled in the past two years, according to new research published by DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry.According to a new research from DNV GL, three quarters (76%) of senior oil and gas professionals in Asia Pacific are optimistic about the industry’s growth in 2019, compared with 58% in 2018 and 30% in 2017. The proportion of industry leaders who are confident in their own organizations’ prospects has also risen from 59% last year to 74% in 2019.

21 Jan 2019

Asahi MOL Tankers Established

Pic: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and the marine transportation services provider Asahi Tanker Co have launched a new MR product tankers pool with a fleet of about 25 ships.The new pool, named Asahi MOL Tankers and headquartered in Republic of the Marshall Islands, will also launch MR product tankers that will be assigned to the pool.MR stands for Medium Range and refers to product tankers in the 45,000-55,000 deadweight ton class. This ship type has great versatility in transporting petroleum products such as gasoline…

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…

21 Jan 2019

Two Ships Ablaze Near Crimea, 10 Dead

Ten crew members have been found dead and 14 have been rescued after two ships caught fire in the Kerch Strait near Crimea, Russia's transport ministry said on Monday, with a rescue operation still underway.The ministry said earlier on Monday that crew members were jumping into the sea to escape the blaze, which probably broke out during a ship-to-ship fuel transhipment.Both ships were under the Tanzanian flag - Candy (Venice) and Maestro - and had a combined total of 31 crew members. Of them, 16 were Turkish citizens and 15 from India, it said.An industry source told Reuters there were stormy conditions in the sea when the incident happened.The Kerch Strait between Russian-annexed Crimea and southern Russia controls access from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea…

21 Jan 2019

Hafnia/BW Tankers Create Product Tanker Giant

Pic: BW Group

The merger of BW Tankers with Hafnia Tankers is being operationalized creating one of the world’s largest owners and operators of product tankers.The merged company owns and operates a fleet consisting of approximately 100 product tankers, four newbuildings and three product tanker pools, managed by Hafnia Management and Straits Tankers with vessels in the LR2, LR1, MR and SR segments.BW Tankers will be the surviving legal entity, but it will change its name to Hafnia, said company sources."All the conditions for the Merger have been fulfilled…

20 Jan 2019

Oldendorff Sells Three Vessels in in CSL Pool to Algoma

Pic: Oldendorff

The dry bulk operator Oldendorff Carriers sold the three remaining self-unloaders still operating in the CSL Pool for US$100.5 million to Algoma Central Corporation.CSL International Pool is a partnership between Oldendorff Carriers, Marbulk Shipping Inc. and Algoma Shipping Inc.The vessels -Sophie Oldendorff (70,037 tdw built 2000), Harmen Oldendorff (66,188 tdw built 2005) & Alice Oldendorff (50,259 tdw built 2000) -  are expected to deliver to Algoma around the middle of 2019.All…

19 Jan 2019

Algoma Central: Refund Given for Cancelled Ship Contract

Algoma Central Corporation (TSX: ALC), a provider of marine transportation services, announced that it has received full refund of all instalment payments made in connection with the now-cancelled shipbuilding contracts with Uljanik d.d. and 3Maj Shipyard of Croatia.Algoma entered into five shipbuilding contracts with 3Maj Shipyard, an operating unit of Uljanik d.d of Croatia. According to a press release from Algoma, after considerable delay, the first of the five vessels was delivered in 2018; however, Algoma cancelled the remaining four contracts as the shipyard’s financial difficulties led to a much-publicized attempt to refinance the company and shipyard management was unable to put forward a credible plan that would lead to completion of the remaining hulls.

18 Jan 2019

U.S. Government Shutdown: Assessing the Impact on Maritime

Family and friends met aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf's flight deck to reunite with Bertholf crewmembers following the cutter's return home to Alameda, Calif., after a 90-day deployment, Sept. 4, 2018. Bertholf is one of four 418-foot National Security Cutters homeported in Alameda. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty  Family and friends met aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf's flight deck to reunite with Bertholf crewmembers following the cutter's return home to Alameda, Calif., after a

On December 22, 2018, a continuing resolution passed by Congress to fund a portion of the U.S. Government into the 2019 fiscal year expired and was not renewed resulting in a partial federal government shutdown. Among the affected Executive Departments are the Department of Homeland Security (which includes the Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection), the Department of Transportation (which includes the Maritime Administration), the Department of Interior (which includes the Bureau of Environment and Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM))…

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