Liberia Storms Ahead on MLC Certification
Ninety-four percent of qualifying Liberian-flag ships have achieved successful Maritime Labour Convention 2006 compliance, just one week after the convention entered force, putting Liberia far ahead of any other international ship registry. MLC 2006 certification is a multi-step process. The first step involves the issuing of a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance (DMLC) Part 1 at the request of the owner. This is followed by the owner’s submission of DMLC Part 2 for approval.
U.S. Barge Delivers for Harley Marine
U.S. Barge recently delivered another high capacity petroleum barge to Harley Marine Services. Barge Sixty-Five Roses is a unique design from Elliott Bay Design Group. With new efficiency and voluntary environmental features incorporated into the design, the barge continues Harley’s pattern of continuous improvement. Barge Sixty-Five Roses is a 422 x 76-ft. tank barge with capacity of 83,600 barrels. Outfitting requirements include two vertical turbine cargo pump systems, a cargo heating system, a vapor recovery system, two hose cranes, and five hydraulic mooring winches. There are provisions for the future addition of a self-contained vapor processing unit. All outfitting was completed in house by U.S. Barge. U.S. Barge’s facility is ideally arranged for construction of very large barges.
MINSHIP Boosts Digitalization with DNV GL
MINSHIP Shipmanagement, based in southern Germany, has chosen DNV GL’s ShipManager fleet management software solution for its fleet of dry cargo vessels.MINSHIP is optimizing processes as they are managing a growing fleet. A key part of the optimization involves replacement of various separate systems and spreadsheets for ship management activities with a user-friendly and integrated fleet management solution.“Our future outlook focuses on becoming more digitalized,” says MINSHIP Deputy Fleet Director Christian Altmann.
Bahamas Family Continues a Marine Tradition
"My dad, Earnest, Sr., has been in the marine business for over 50 years," says Ernest Dean, Jr. of Nassau, in the Bahamas. At the end of September, Dean Jr., who has a couple of decades in the business himself, will take delivery of a new boat named for his late brother Gurth Dean. The boat will fill a position in the family's mail and general cargo business, left vacant by the loss of a vessel last fall. Currently building at Rodriguez Boatworks in Bayou LaBatre, Ala. to an inhouse design, the 110 x 26-ft. boat will also have overnight accommodation for up to 18 passengers. Power is provided by a pair of Cummins' 14-litre six-cylinder N14-M main engines turning 440 hp each into Twin Disc model 5114 gears with a 4.86:1 ratio. Props are four-bladed 58 x 48 in.
Goa Shipyard Hands Over India Naval OSPV
The first of the new 105 meter class of Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel to be commissioned INS Saryu' handed over to the Indian Navy. The new vessel, indigenously designed in-house and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd. was handed over in a simple ceremony in Goa by RAdm (Retd) Vineet Bakhshi, Chairman & Managing Director, Goa Shipyard Limited to Cdr Amanpreet Singh, Commanding Officer Designate, INS SARYU. Cmde R. Sreenivas, Commodore Superintendent, NSRY (Port Blair), Shri R. Choudhary…
Intermanager Condemns Hebei Spirit Crew Detentions
InterManager, the international inhouse and third party shipmanagement association, has roundly condemned the continuing detention in of the Master and Chief Officer from the tanker Hebei Spirit. The 1993 built Hebei Spirit was at anchor waiting for a berth when a crane barge broke its tow in stormy weather and smashed into her side, holing three cargo tanks. About 10,500 tons of oil spilled into the sea, causing ’s largest ever oil spill. Two South Korean tug masters were jailed for their part in the incident but the two Hebei Spirit\ officers, Indian nationals Capt Jasprit Chawla and Syam Chetan, were cleared of all charges on June 23rd. However, they have since been prevented from leaving pending a retrial that is not expected to take place until early next year.
New Ro/Ro Facility Coming to Alabama
Plans are in motion to develop a new vehicle processing roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) facility at Alabama’s Port of Mobile in the U.S.Today in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Alabama State Port Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AutoMobile International Terminal, a joint venture of Terminal Zárate S.A. and SAAM Puertos S.A., to develop and operate the new $60 million facility, which is expected to be completed in 2019.The agreement marks a giant step forward in supporting automotive logistics in the Americas and abroad…
Swiber Gains $405.6 mi Contracts
Business momentum is fast picking up at Swiber Holdings Limited despite the downturn in the oil and gas industry as the Group clinches a total of US$405.6 million for a series of contracts, including its latest US$333 million contract for Engineering, Procurement, Installation and Construction (EPIC) services in India. The contract in India is the second awarded to Swiber by the same national oil company in just over a month. The project, to commence immediately, involves transportation and installation of submarine pipelines and engineering works and modification of existing facilities.
Dredger Bonny River Launched in China
DEME's latest trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), Bonny River, was launched at Royal IHC's partner yard COSCO Guangdong Shipyard in China and is due to be commissioned and put into operation in the coming weeks.The TSHD has a capacity of 15,000 m3 and a maximum dredging depth of 102 meters.According to Royal IHC, Bonny River combines various functions, such as the ability to dredge hard soil with its heavy duty suction tube combined with the ability to reach great depths with its XXL tube.Environmentally friendly aspects such as minimizing turbulence with its closed process water circuit…
ExxonMobil Reveals First Locations for 2020 Compliant Fuels
ExxonMobil announced it will supply fuels that comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 0.5 percent sulfur cap in ports in Northwest Europe, the Mediterranean and Singapore, with additional locations to be announced throughout 2018. “Our new suite of compliant fuels will include residual and distillate grades. We are at a very advanced stage in the development of these fuels, therefore making us well positioned to help customers meet the reduced sulfur limit ahead of the IMO’s 2020 implementation date,” said Luca Volta, Marine Fuels Venture Manager, ExxonMobil.
Petrobras starts production of Búzios field, Santos Basin
Petrobras started (20/4) the production of the Búzios field, in the pre-salt of the Santos Basin, through the platform P-74. Búzios is the first field in production under an Onerous Assignment regime. The P-74 is located about 200 km off the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, at a water depth of 2,000 meters and is the thirteenth platform to enter into operation in the Brazilian pre-salt. Due to the high production potential of Búzios, in addition to the P-74, between 2018 and 2021 four more platforms will be destined for this field…
Intercargo Welcomes IMO's Initial Strategy to Cut GHG
Intercargo welcomes the landmark initial strategy for the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) from ships adopted by IMO. "We firmly believe that IMO is the appropriate body to address the global challenge of GHG emissions, as the competent authority to do so. Shipping is the most efficient transportation mode and, moreover, its regulatory body, the IMO, was the first to address GHG emissions by adopting technical and operational requirements for new and existing vessels with global application as early as 2011.
Coco Vroon Steps Down as Managing Director
Coco Vroon is stepping down as CEO of Netherlands based shipowner Vroon Group, after having settled a credit agreement with the company's lenders. "Now that agreement has been reached with our Lenders in respect of the main terms of the financial-restructuring plans of Vroon Group, after long deliberation Coco Vroon has decided to step down as Managing Director of the Company," said a statement from the company. As shareholder, the new phase being entered by the Company affords him the opportunity to devote more time to the long-term development of the Company.
CMA CGM to Acquire 25% Stake in CEVA
Grindrod Sells Off Bunker Division
South African ship owner Grindrod has sold its bunker division, Unicorn Bunker Services (Pty) Ltd., for an undisclosed sum to new co-owners WOESA (Women in Oil and Energy South Africa) and Linsen Nambi.Financed through the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the deal creates the nations first 100 percent black ship owners and facilitates the participation of black women and black youth in the maritime sector.Unicorn Bunker Services was established in 2006 a division of Grindrod Freight Services and operates three bunker tankers in the ports of Durban and Cape Town under contract to BP…
IACS Chairman Unveils Future Vision
Quality, modernisation and transparency have been the three fundamental themes of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) during DNV GL’s Chairmanship, and this approach is widely reflected in IACS’ 2017 Annual Review which was presented in London today by IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen. Looking back at IACS’ development and successes over the past year, Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen said that during these dynamic times, both IACS and its twelve Member societies need to act as a guide for the shipping industry, identifying the path for others to follow.
Sener's FORAN Scores in Boxship Design
SENER said that two container ships designed by the Chinese company CIMC ORIC – that are part of a series designed with SENER’s FORAN System – are in operation. BG Diamond and BG Jade that have been launched and are operating in the Pacific Ocean. The vessels were built in Chinese Changhong International Shipyard. The floating ceremony of the first one, BG Diamond, took place in July 2017. The series include 4+4 vessels in total, so there are still six vessels under construction. FORAN system was implemented in this design company in December 2015.
Port of Rotterdam Authority Launches New Pronto Application
Port of Rotterdam Authority presented the first version of its new digital application Pronto. Pronto constitutes a major step forward when it comes to improving efficiency for the some 30,000 vessels that call on Rotterdam every year. The application allows ships visiting the port to cut their waiting time by an average of 20 percent. The application enables more effective utilisation of capacity at the port terminals, as well as the precise planning and coordination of a range of vessel services, including bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning.
US Salvors Pass USCG Verifications
On April 18, Rear Admiral Anthony “Jack” Vogt, Assistant Commandant for Response Policy, released an update on the status of the most recent U.S. Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) industry verification initiative. According to the report, the Coast Guard has conducted 58 scenario-based SMFF verifications within the last year across 19 different Captain of the Port Zones, with 16 different vessel owners and operators. To date, all results have been found to be satisfactory and reflect compliance with the Coast Guard’s Salvage and Marine Firefighting regulations.
Vroon Reaches Restructuring Terms with Lenders
Vroon shipping group has reached an in principle agreement with all its lenders regarding the terms of its financial restructuring. The agreement, which is only subject to final documentation and credit committee confirmation, is an important step forward towards the finalisation of Vroon’s financial restructuring. The agreement marks the important step towards the final stage of a process initiated in late 2016 following continued challenges in shipping markets. Vroon is confident that the envisaged restructuring will provide generous runway to implement its strategic plans.
Steel Processing for Brodosplit Box ship Begins
Processing of steel for Hull's 476, 477, 478 and 479 started on sheet-cutting machine in Shipbuilding Industry Split on 12 November 2015. It is the Multipurpose Container vessels contracted for the company Brodosplit Navigation Ltd. Ships will be 184.43 meters long, 27.5 meters wide and 15.80 meters high. Their individual deadweight at 10.30 meters draft will be 24 thousand tons, and they will be able to carry 2000 TEU (20 feet/6.1 m long container). 18-knot speed will be secured by engines with power of 11060 kW at 100 revolutions per minute.
Better CFD Process with Rapid Design Space Optimization
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Unipec Delivers 1st al-Shaheen oil in Platts Process
Unipec, the trading arm of Asia's largest refiner Sinopec, will deliver the first al-Shaheen crude cargo to Chinaoil following trades during the Platts Market on Close process that set the Middle East crude benchmark Dubai, traders said on Monday. The Qatari crude, along with United Arab Emirates' Murban, was approved as a deliverable grade by the pricing agency after big trade volumes between the two Chinese companies in August sapped liquidity. The Dubai and Oman benchmarks as assessed by Platts are used to price more than 12 million barrels per day of Middle Eastern and Russian crude exported to Asia. Reporting by Florence Tan