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Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Carrier Transicold Receives Major Sea-Land Order

Carrier Transicold has been awarded a major contract from Sea-Land Service Inc. for container refrigeration units configured with both Sea-Land's FreshMist humidity control units and EverFresh controlled atmosphere (CA) systems. These units are uniquely configured to offer temperature, humidity and atmosphere control integrated within one unit, says the company. "We have high hopes for the Carrier CA units we've purchased, particularly in areas where TransFRESH service is not available," said Geret DePiper, Sea-Land's vice-president and general manager for refrigerated services. "We also see large market acceptance for Sea-Land's FreshMist system, which is special to both Carrier and Sea-Land. The units purchased by Sea-Land use the industry standard in refrigerants, R-134a.

GofM Tropical Storm Karen Fizzles Out

Image courtesy of National Hurricane Center

Satellite imagery indicates that the center of KAREN is no longer well defined and as a result it is no longer a tropical cyclone. In New Orleans cargo operations continued at Port docks Saturday as Tropical Storm Karen weakened in the central Gulf of Mexico. The cruise ships, Carnival Elation, which was scheduled to arrive this morning, and the Carnival Conquest, scheduled to arrive Sunday, kept a safe and comfortable distance west of the storm and await reentry into the River.

NSA: Cuts Coming for Offshore

The Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA) had high hopes of maintaining status quo while the White Paper on shipping policy was still pending. These hopes were not met in the Government's proposal for a National Budget, put forward last week, according to NSA. for offshore vesssels. According to NSA, there are no proposals affecting the tax regime for shipowning companies or owners in the National Budget. Director General of The Norwegian Shipowners' Association. The Government announced a full evaluation of the tax system this fall. to the agreement that was reached for the seafarers three months ago. due in the spring 2004, says Lie. hoping the Government would continue supporting this in the Budget.

Norwegian Shipowners’ Association Discusses National Budget

quo while the White Paper on shipping policy was still pending. were not met in the Government's proposal for a National Budget, put forward today. for offshore vesssels. owners in the National Budget. Director General of The Norwegian Shipowners' Association. The Government announced a full evaluation of the tax system this fall. strengthening privately owned industry and commerce. in Norway, and this should be done as soon as possible, says Marianne Lie. to the agreement that was reached for the seafarers three months ago. due in the spring 2004, says Lie. hoping the Government would continue supporting this in the Budget. instead introduce a 19 percent refund scheme. Government is proposing to cut the existing arrangement by 50 percent. says Lie.

Cambodia, China Deal For Submarine Cable

Cambodian Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Prak Sokhonn (L) exchanges documents with Huang Xinglong, chairman of the Cambodia Fiber Optic Communication Network (CFOCN).  Photo: Sovannara

The Cambodian government signed a $70 million investment agreement with a Chinese-owned telecommunication infrastructure provider on Wednesday to connect Cambodia to a 25,000-km underwater fiber-optic network spanning three continents. The Ministry of Post and Telecommunication (MPT) signed a 25-year concession agreement with Cambodia Fiber Optic Cable Network (CFOCN), on 2 March to build a landing station in Sihanoukville and lay an underwater fibre-optic cable that patches into the existing AAE-1 cable, one of the main high-speed data conduits linking Asian, African and European countries.

UMaine Developing Offshore Wind Turbines

Wind Turbine Blade: Photo courtesy of UMaine

Universtiy of Maine's Advanced Structures & Composites Center granted up to $4 million to fund offshore windmill project. Habib Dagher, the director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, is busy planning the first phase of a “potential $93.2 million deepwater offshore wind demonstration project by the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE held a competition to screen proposals for clean energy that would jumpstart wind farms in the United States. Seventy competitors submitted proposals for a chance to receive funding for their development of offshore wind energy.

U.S. Crude Jumps $1 on Jobs Data, Libya Doubt

Crude oil prices on both sides of the Atlantic rose on Friday as data showed strong jobs growth in the United States and investors cast doubt on reports Libya's oil ports were about to reopen. The March U.S. non-farm payrolls report showed 192,000 jobs were added in March in major test of the argument that the economic weakness of January and February was due to bad weather. Expectations had been building that an eight-month blockage of Libya's oil export ports would end after rebels and the government said they were close to an agreement. The Libyan government said it had seen evidence of "good intentions" at indirect talks with eastern rebels that could lead to renewed exports.

Indian Shipping Industry Mulls Major Makeover

Nitin Gadkari (Phot Credit - Govt of India PR division)

Captains of the shipping industry in India are pinning hopes on solid policy support in 2015 as promised by the Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari that would transform the industry and would increase buoyancy and investment opportunities. With strong policy support by the government on the anvil, Indian shipping is pinning high hopes on buoyancy and investment opportunities in the sector. The industry observers believe that the direction and pace at which the government was moving to transform the sector could ease its life in the current challenging global market environment.

DNV GL Launches Project to Test Biodegradable Lubricants

Photo: DNV GL

Classification society DNV GL has launched a new joint development project (JDP) in cooperation with marine insurers The Swedish Club, Norwegian Hull Club, Gard and Skuld to test the potential influence of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) on failures in stern tube bearings. DNV GL will oversee detailed laboratory testing of EALs by Leonardo Testing Services Ltd. at the University of Sheffield (UoS), UK. The JDP has been prompted by an increase in stern tube bearing failures over the last few years.

Elengy LNG Trans-Shipment at Montoir-de-Bretagne

LNG transshipment at Montoir-de-Bretagne terminal. Photo: Elengy

Elengy, a unit of the French energy company and LNG player Engie, said that the LNG receiving terminal in Montoir-de-Bretagne, managed by the company, has just performed a new generation LNG transshipment. The ice-class LNG carrier Fedor Litke (170 000 cm capacity) has delivered to the LNG Jurojin (155 000 cm capacity) an LNG cargo the size of the yearly gas consumption of a city like Nantes. This was done safely during an twin call thanks l. The LNG was transferred through the cryogenic pipelines linking directly the two berths, without going through the terminal’s tanks.

Ukraine's Black Sea Gas Ambitions Seen at Risk over Crimea

Ukrainian plans for expanding Black Sea natural gas output have been thrown into doubt by Russia's seizure of Crimea, a region linked to most of Ukraine's offshore developments. Past price disputes between Russia and Ukraine have led to the Russians cutting off supply, prompting Kiev to spur development of its own resources including onshore shale gas and Black Sea fields. Ukraine failed to pay Russian gas company Gazprom $440 million by a deadline on Friday, sparking fresh concerns Gazprom could switch off supplies like it did in 2009. Ukraine's Black Sea push has attracted energy majors as investors, including Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell , ENI and OMV. Promising developments include the Odessa gas field where plans call for output of more than a billion cubic metres of gas by 2015.

NYK Line Focuses on Green and Digitalization

Photo: NYK Line

NYK president Tadaaki Naito called for promoting environmental issues and the utilization of IoT. "I hope to advance the group’s activities with a focus particularly on the keywords 'green' and 'digitalization' this year," he said. "We are already making progress in both fields, and pressing forward to promote their use in practical operations that will allow us to realize a wide range of ideas and further differentiate ourselves," Tadaaki added. ONE, the joint venture company for liner integration…

Cuba Struggles to Attract Investors Despite Reforms

Photo: Lukas Mathis

Cuba has yet to attract new foreign investors despite launching two major initiatives in the past year, a sign of the lingering caution over doing business with the communist government and its own hesitancy to follow through on free-market-style reforms. Cuba last November opened a China-style special development zone, including a new container terminal at Mariel Bay. It also passed a new foreign investment law in March, saying it needed more than $2 billion a year in foreign direct investment to spur growth.

UK Chamber Stand on Seafarers Minimum Wage

Image:  UK Chamber of Shipping

The Government's newly issued 'Guide to the application of the Equality Act 2010 and National Minimum Wage for seafarers' does not make any change to legal entitlement for those working in UK waters, the UK Chamber of Shipping advises. "The guide does not amend the law and there has been no change in the entitlement of any seafarer in respect of the National Minimum Wage or the Equality Act. It is hoped that the clarification of the current position provided by the guide will be of use to companies and seafarers…

High Arctic Costs Deter Business Despite Thaw

Despite high hopes for Arctic business from mining to shipping as the ice melts rapidly and temperatures rise twice as fast as the global average, few firms say the sums still make sense. An oil price slump and cheaper commodities, including iron ore, together with tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine, are adding new disincentives. Examples of extra outlay abound. Ice-breaking tankers able to carry gas from Siberia cost $100 million, or 50 percent, more than normal vessels and hundreds of millions of dollars are needed to upgrade railways serving Arctic ports. Added to that, for many companies, winter darkness, ice and vast distances mean that Arctic investments are a non-starter.

Korea to be Shipbuilding Leader Again: President

President Moon Jae-in (left) smiles as he receives a model of the icebreaker LNG carrier tanker `Vladimir Rusanov` from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering CEO Jung Sung-leep, at Daewoo`s Okpo Shipyard in Geoje, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, on Jan. 3. Photo:  Office of the President

President Moon was visiting Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering`s Okpo Shipyard in Geoje, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, to inspect the shipbuilding yard of an icebreaker arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker. “The government will protect and bring up your hope,” he said. The icebreaker LNG carrier the president inspected is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that`s specialized in polar regions. It enables the ship to safely navigate cold weather in temperatures as low as minutes 52 C.

Israeli Shipping Data Firm to Enter Commodities Game

Analysts say intelligent analytics could give firm an edge. A young Israeli technology company believes the expertise it has built up in tracking ships for governments and security agencies could help it break into the much larger market for providing information on seaborne commodities. Windward, founded just over five years ago by two former Israeli navy officers, plans to launch a maritime information service later this year for banks, investors and trading houses, its chief executive Ami Daniel told Reuters in an interview. About 90 percent of global trade is transported by sea, but there is little visibility on what ships are doing and what cargo they carry.

Aid to Navigation above Arctic Circle

Photo courtesy USCG

Four Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak personnel completed a build of the 15-ft Coast Guard aid to navigation tower four miles south of Point Hope August 2, which is the only permanent Coast Guard aid to navigation tower north of the Arctic Circle. In January 2009, a waterways analysis and management review was conducted on the North Slope. The WAMS identified local interest to enhance safety for the subsistence users and value to maritime traffic in the area. The proposal to re-establish ATON in Point Hope was approved.

Expanded Suez Canal Opening to High Hopes, Some Doubts

Photo: Suez Canal Authority

Egypt will open an expansion to the Suez Canal to great fanfare on Thursday, the centrepiece of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's plans to revitalise the country's economy after years of damaging political turmoil. Some analysts and economists say, however, that the mega-project may fail to meet the great expectations. The Suez extension was announced by Sisi a year ago and billed as a major national accomplishment on a par with President Gamal Abdel Nasser's nationalisation of the Suez Canal in 1956 and the building of the Aswan Dam.

USNS Bob Hope Pays Tribute to Namesake

From Commander, U.S. The Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR 300) honored its late namesake by doing what Bob Hope would have wanted – supporting the troops. USNS Bob Hope has been deployed for the past 81 days in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the ship’s three main missions within the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, USNS Bob Hope transported nearly 38,912 tons of combat gear. “The officers and crew of USNS Bob Hope have been proud to carry almost 40,000 tons of equipment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom,” said the ship’s master, Capt. Joseph “David” Henderson Jr. “Some of the equipment was used to support units like the 101st Airborne, a unit Mr. Hope entertained 33 years ago in Hue City, Vietnam.

AkzoNobel Coats Vine Trust Medical Ship

Photo courtesy of AkzoNobel

People living in remote and isolated Amazonian communities will now have access to primary healthcare, thanks to the support of a medical ship operated by Vine Trust and restored using coatings from AkzoNobel. Vine Trust’s new vessel, named MV Forth Hope, is expected to deliver more than two million medical consultations over the next 20 years to isolated communities on the Peruvian Amazon. Outfitted with dental facilities, an operating theater, consultation rooms and a pharmacy…

Fire Rips through Maritime Museum in Indonesia

(Photo: Jakarta Dept. of Fire and Rescue)

A huge fire destroyed most of a Dutch colonial heritage site dating back to the 17th century, including a maritime museum, in the north of the capital Jakarta on Tuesday. Television images showed flames ripping through the red-tiled roof of the whitewashed rectangular buildings. No casualties were reported. “Most of the building...was on fire,” the city fire department said on its website. “The Bahari Museum is being cooled down,” it said on its official Twitter account. The buildings…

Innovative High-Speed Japanese Ferry Enters Service

A high-speed Japanese ferry left Japan last Tuesday on its maiden voyage to Shanghai, which it is expected to reach in half the time of a conventional vessel. The Techno Super Liner, jointly developed by Japan's Transport Ministry and shipbuilding industry, is expected to cover the 740 km (445 miles) to Shanghai in only 11 hours instead of the usual 22, a transport ministry official said. The 2,785-gt ship, named "Kibo" or "Hope" in Japanese, is 245 ft. (74 m) long. It can attain a maximum speed of 52 mph by using air partially to float above the water's surface with forward propulsion provided by a powerful gas turbine. It will normally be used as a passenger vessel but Japan also hopes to use it as a goods freighter and to back up Japanese rescue efforts during emergencies…

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