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Sunday, April 22, 2018

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Scrubbers 'No Silver Bullet' for Shipping -Wartsila

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Global shipping fleet must cut sulfur emissions by 2020. Wartsila received record orders for sulfur scrubbers last year. Shipping industry hopes that so-called sulfur scrubbers are a quick-fix solution to compliance with drastic emissions reduction demanded by 2020 are somewhat misguided, one of the world's biggest manufacturers of the equipment told Reuters. The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) cut to the amount of sulfur the world's fleet can emit will have massive implications for shippers, oil refiners and even crude oil producers.

Op/Ed: California's Zero-emission Domino Theory

(Photo: Thomas Jelenić)

The Domino Theory was the Cold War concept that if communism obtained a foothold in a region – say Vietnam in Southeast Asia – other countries would soon fall like a perfectly aligned row of dominoes to communism (e.g., Cambodia and Laos). Whether one supports the theory or not, it has at least one strong point: it was a simple story to tell. It feels like California has adopted its own version of the Domino Theory: if California pushes the regulatory envelope for zero emissions, other states and countries will certainly adopt similar strategies.

Life Extension for FSO Njord Bravo

 Conract to Aibel for upgrading of the Njord Bravo floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel Photo courtesy Statoil

Statoil, on behalf of the Njord license, awarded a NOK 1.3 billion ($168 million) contract to Aibel to upgrade the Njord Bravo floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel in the Norwegian Sea.The FSO will be prepared for extended operation of the Njord and Hyme fields, as well as tie-in of two new field developments in the Norwegian Sea, Bauge and Fenja.The job involves extensive vessel upgrades and maintenance, in addition to the installation of equipment on board for reducing…

USCG Cutter Richard Snyder Commissioned

Coast Guard Lt. Andrew Norberg, commanding officer of Cutter Richard Snyder, stands before the cutter after its commissioning ceremony in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, April 20, 2018.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn Released)

The Coast Guard commissioned North Carolina's first Fast Response Cutter, the Richard Snyder, during a ceremony in Atlantic Beach. FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment that allow their crews to more effectively conduct the Coast Guard’s statutory missions. The cutter is named after Richard Snyder, a World War II hero known for his brave actions in battle defending troops coming to shore on the Island of Biak at the western edge of Papua New Guinea.

Liebherr Records Its Best-ever Turnover

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Switzerland based equipment manufacturer Liebherr Group reports its 2017 turnover was the highest in the group's history, with total sales of €9,845 million.The company’s 2017 revenue increased 9.3 percent compared to the previous year, a trend the group says it believes will continue in 2018.The group posted a net result of €331 million for 2017, an increase of €33 million or 11.1 percent compared to the previous year.Liebherr reported a significant improvement in the operating result in the reporting year.

Long Beach Port Launches Zero-Emissions Project

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Officials from the Port of Long Beach, Southern California Edison and the California Energy Commission today launched the nation’s largest pilot project for zero-emissions cranes and other cargo-handling equipment for seaports. Funded mostly by a $9.7 million grant from the California Energy Commission, the project will bring 25 vehicles that are zero- or near zero-emissions to Port of Long Beach marine terminals for one year to test their performance in a real-world setting.

SAAM to Invest $85 Mln in Fleet and Infrastructure

Photo: SAAM

Chilean maritime services and logistics company SAAM announced its plans to invest some $85 million to reinforce its tug fleet and maintain port equipment and infrastructure. "In 2018, we expect to invest close to $85 million, which will be used to maintain our port equipment and infrastructure and reinforce our tug fleet. This could also include inorganic growth opportunities that we are constantly evaluating,” commented SAAM’s chairman, Óscar Hasbún. After concluding a high investment cycle last year, the company’s investments this year will focus on ports and its tug fleet.

Northwest Seaport Alliance Becomes Greener

Image: The Northwest Seaport Alliance

Air pollution related to Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) operations has decreased significantly since 2005, according to a regional report released recently. The report is the result of the 2016 Puget Sound Maritime Air Emissions Inventory, which provided an update to the 2005 baseline and 2011 inventories. The inventory estimated greenhouse gases, diesel particulate matter and a number of other pollutants, such as sulfur dioxides and volatile organic compounds. It focused on emissions from ships…

Palfinger to Replace Six Large Lifeboat Stations

Photo: Palfinger Marine

Palfinger Marine has been chosen as the supplier for the replacement of six large lifeboat stations for the accommodation vessel Edda Fides. “We have been working closely with Edda Accoommodation on this project and found the best technical solution for their needs. Edda Accommodation’s request was to increase the lifeboat capacity as much as possible so that they are able to meet requirements from their customers worldwide,” says Robin Holmedal Pedersen, Area Sales Manager LSE. Palfinger Marine’s scope of delivery consists of six large, totally enclosed lifeboats with accompanying davits.

Woodward Buys L’Orange from Rolls-Royce

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Britain's Rolls-Royce said it had agreed to sell its Germany-based diesel parts maker L'Orange to U.S.-based engineering company Woodward Inc for 700 million euros ($859 million), as part of a plan to simplify its business. Rolls CEO Warren East has been trying to streamline the company during his nearly three years in charge as part of a turnaround plan to counter declines in some of its older aero-engine programmes and plunging demand for oil equipment. The company said on Monday that L'Orange would continue as a key supplier to its power systems business…

Latest Innovations in Heavy Duty Machinery

RollDock Shipping: sophisticated loading/unloading systems for wind turbine component transportation. (Photo courtesy of Roll Group)

In the first of a series of marine industry sector reviews, MR&EN correspondent Tom Mulligan reports on the latest innovations in heavy lifting machinery technology with a selective overview of new product launches and recent equipment installations on board ships, ferries and workboats, as well as in ports, docks, harbors and shipping terminals worldwide. Markey Machinery’s Render/Recover and Asymmetric Render/Recover ‘active heave’ compensating winches have been recognized as…

VIKING Bolsters Offering to Japanese Shipowners

Photo: VIKING

Maritime safety equipment and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment is kicking off its presence at Sea Japan 2018 (April 11-13) with a boosted liferaft offering. On one hand is the company’s ability to supply VIKING S30 extended service interval SOLAS liferafts; on the other is a recent Japanese Government approval for VIKING to supply liferafts to Japanese flagged vessels and carry out final liferaft assembly in Japan. This is the first such approval awarded to a non-Japanese manufacturer…

Samskip Nor Lines' Service to Call Rotterdam

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Samskip subsidiary Nor Lines will include calls at Rotterdam for the first time in its weekly multipurpose liner service connecting to Western, Mid and Northern Norway, with effect from June 1st. The service is provided by Nor Lines' state of the art, LNG-fuelled vessels MV Kvitnos and MV Kvitbjorn. These flexible ships will sail in 14-day loops, connecting Rotterdam and Eemshaven with Norwegian ports from Hammerfest in the far north, and taking in calls including Sandnes/Tananger, Bergen, Trondheim, Ålesund, Bodo and Tromso.

MMT Contract for Stril Explorer

Stril Explorer. Photo: MMT Group AB

Swedish marine support services company MMT AB has awarded a contract of 18 months to Simon Møkster Shipping for charter of the Stril Explorer. The Multi Purpose Support Vessel (MPSV) has been on contract to MMT since April 2014 and Møkster is proud to strengthen its relationship with MMT moving forward. The vessel will be used in various survey related projects by MMT. Stril Explorer is a DP2 MPSV with a large open deck and is very suitable for launch and recovery operation, for example with ROV´s, ROTV´s AUV and geotechnical equipment.

Bulk Carrier Crashes into a Mansion in the Bosphorus Strait

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A massive bulk carrier has crashed into an historic mansion on the shores of Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait after its steering equipment became locked, Al Jazeera reported quoting Turkish state media. The Maltese-flagged Vitaspirit, a 225-meter (740 foot) vessel en route from Russia to Saudi Arabia has been moored in the Marmara Sea for investigation, with the owners of the mansion demanding proper prosecution against those in charge of maritime traffic. Anadolu Agency said that there were no immediate reports of casualties…

Freeport LNG Delays Start of Texas Export Terminal

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Freeport LNG, a privately held U.S. liquefied natural gas company, said on Thursday it pushed back the projected start date for its $13 billion export terminal under construction in Texas by about nine months to around Sept. 1, 2019.Freeport LNG now expects the first liquefaction train to enter service around Sept. 1, 2019, with the second and third trains seen in service around Jan. 1 and May 1, 2020, respectively, said Zdenek Gerych, a spokesman at Freeport.Previously, the three…

Aker Solutions Wins Multiple Drilling Equipment Contract

Aker Solutions has won a contract with a subsidiary of Honghua Holding Ltd. of China to deliver high specification drilling equipment components for seven new onshore drilling rigs. Honghua is building a series of seven drilling rigs for a premier drilling company in the Middle East region. The contract includes options for another four identical deliveries. Each drilling equipment delivery includes a draw work, three mud pumps, a 1000 tons top drive and other equipment from Aker Solutions. "This contract underlines the quality of Aker Solutions' drilling equipment portfolio, combined with our proven execution ability on multi-rig projects and that our high specification equipment can be applied in the onshore drilling market…

Aker Kvaerner Gets Contract

Aker Kvaerner has signed a contract with MPF Corp Ltd. for delivery of drilling equipment to the Multi Purpose Floater (MPF) drillship. The drilling package is designed for world wide, harsh environment and ultra deepwater drilling operations. The contract is undertaken by the Aker Kvaerner subsidiary, Aker Kvaerner MH in Kristiansand. The delivery consists of a complete drilling equipment package; derrick and associated equipment, drillfloor and pipedeck equipment with control system, tensioning systems, mud handling equipment and subsea handling equipment.

Atlas Copco Taps James River Equipment

Atlas Copco welcomes its newest drilling equipment distributor, James River Equipment. The company, well-known as a heavy equipment supplier, will represent Atlas Copco in the Carolinas for blasthole rigs, other surface drilling rigs and equipment, and Secoroc rock drilling tools. In North Carolina, James River Equipment will also distribute Atlas Copco’s Dynapac compaction and paving equipment. Equipment covered by this new relationship includes surface crawlers such as Atlas Copco’s SmartROC, FlexiROC, and PowerROC surface rigs, the ROC L8 and the SmartRig F9C. James River Equipment will also sell and service Atlas Copco Secoroc rock drilling tools.

EU-US Sign Marine Equipment Accord

The EU and the U.S. signed a mutual recognition agreement on marine equipment. Under the agreement, marine equipment certified as acceptable in the market of one party will be able to circulate in the other market without additional testing or certification. The agreement covers 30 types of marine equipment, including life-saving equipment (distress signals, rigid life rafts), fire protection equipment, and navigational equipment (GPS receivers, echo-sounding equipment). European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy, United States (US) Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick and Ireland's Ambassador to the US, Noel Fahey signed a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) on marine equipment between the EU and the US.

Coastal Marine Equipment on LCS

Coastal Marine Equipment is continuing its success in supplying marine deck equipment for government and military projects with the latest being equipment for Austal USA’s Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) program. This is in conjunction with Austals’ Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) program and Bollinger Shipyard’s Fast Response Cutters (FRC) program which are propelling Coastal Marine to be the leading deck equipment manufacturer for our military. In addition with these multi vessel contracts, Coastal Marine is supplying equipment for the NOAA Fisheries Survey Vessel (FSV) and Alaska Region Research Vessel (ARRV) being constructed at Marinette Marine, T-AGS 66 Oceanographic Survey Ship and TAGM-25 Missile Range Instrumentation Ship being constructed by VT Halter Marine.

UZMAR Joins Robert Allan Century Club

Robert Allan Ltd. Proudly Welcomes UZMAR SHIPYARD to its Century Club! Photo Robert Allan

UZMAR SHIPYARD of Turkey has officially joined the Robert Allan Ltd. Century Club, with construction underway on its 100th tug to a Robert Allan Ltd. design. This new tug is a RAstar 3200-W destined for service on Canada’s West Coast with SAAM-SMIT Canada. This milestone tug, expected to be delivered in early 2019, represents the state-of-the-art in the design and construction of ASD escort tugs in a sub-500 GRT hull. With its RAstar hull and deep skeg, the design is optimized for generating high indirect escort forces and is also capable of providing towing operations from the stern.

Retlif Celebrates 40 Years

Marilyn Poggi and Walter Poggi (Photo: Retlif Testing Laboratories)

Retlif Testing Laboratories, a global strategic compliance organization, is celebrating its 40th year of operations which will be marked with recognition events throughout 2018.In conjunction with its milestone anniversary, Retlif President Walter Poggi announced expanded ballast wastewater testing to reduce risks associated with the spread of aquatic invasive species in U.S. coastal waters, lakes and rivers, as well as expanded nuclear RS-105 EMP testing services. Poggi also…

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