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Saturday, November 18, 2017

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Inside the World's First LNG Containership Conversion

Wes Amelie is now driven by a 7,800 kW MAN 8L51/60DF main engine. (Photo: Wessels Reederei)

The world’s first container feeder vessel refit to use natural gas was commissioned in late August in Bremerhaven, ushering in a new era in the use of alternative fuels across the global maritime sector. The container vessel Wes Amelie, owned by Wessels Reederei, Haren/Ems, was converted for the use of methane as a standard fuel at the German Dry Docks Shipyard in Bremerhaven, making it the world’s first of its kind vessel which consumes environmentally friendly methane. This conversion is more than simply another environmentally advanced ship…

The Digital Voyage: 'Onboarding' Shipping to the Digital Age

At Nor-Shipping this year, Akzonobel announced the official launch of its ‘Digital Voyage’ strategy. This program builds on the foundations laid two years ago when the firm launched Intertrac Vision, the industry’s first Big Data tool for predicting coating performance. The Digital Voyage outlines the goal of putting a wealth of knowledge in the hands of ship owners and operators, and helping them make smarter, more economical and environmentally friendly decisions. As we embark on this journey…

US Navy: Back to Basics

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is loaded onto the heavy lift transport MV Treasure, Oct. 11, 2017. Treasure will transport John S. McCain to Fleet Activities Yokosuka for repairs. (U.S. Navy photo by Keith Lehnhardt)

The U.S. Navy has a well-deserved reputation for seamanship in trying conditions. Recently though, the Navy has suffered a series of marine casualties, including the fatal collisions involving two destroyers of the Pacific Fleet. On June 17, USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, was involved in a collision with the container ship ACX Crystal off Japan, resulting in the deaths of seven Navy crewmembers. The destroyer was severely damaged and is being returned to the United States via heavy-lift vessel for extensive repairs. On August 21, USS John S.

Maritime Cyber Security: The Wrong Formula

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For many industries, cyber security is about target hardening and perimeter defense. This makes sense, as cyber security is implemented in much the same way that physical security is implemented. We often think of it in terms of the medieval castle design, which translates to defense in depth in modern vernacular. This formula makes sense, as we can see and touch perimeter defense in physical security. We have seen and are comfortable with things such as fencing, ingress and egress areas (think doors, drives, sidewalks), guard stations and cameras. We like things we can see and touch.

ABB Outlines Its Plan for Shipping's Future

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“We are living through one of the most exciting periods in the history of the maritime industry,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. ABB, a company with its sights set on spurring the next step change for vessel and fleet management, has laid out its new approach “harnessing the full potential of its power, control and automation solutions” via digital integration. “We believe the next generation of ships will be electric, digital and connected as the industry moves towards the use of new energy sources and automated ship operations,” Koskela said. “Electric. Digital.

Engine Contract Awarded for LCS 27

Fairbanks Morse said it has been selected to build and deliver the main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) that will power the U.S. Navy’s newest Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship, LCS 27. Construction of the engines will begin later this year, and they are scheduled to be delivered in 2019 to Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wis., where the new warship is being built. The engine manufacturer will then support installation and testing including sea trials for the vessel. The two 16-cylinder Colt-Pielstick PA6B STC diesel engines will deliver over 12 MW of propulsion power and are among the largest medium speed diesel engines manufactured in the U.S. The U.S.

UK Ship Register Signs its First Unmanned Vessel

C-Worker 7. Photo: ASV Global

The UK Ship Register has signed its first ever unmanned vessel to the flag, showing how it is adapting to the changes of the maritime industry. ASV’s C-Worker 7 will be used for work such as subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring. It can be used under direct control, semi-manned or completely unmanned. Although such autonomous vessels are now being introduced to many fleets in both commercial and military sectors across the world, they are still relatively new in the maritime sector.

Inmarsat Launches SafetyNET II

Image taken from Inmarsat Maritime Vision Video

Inmarsat has launched a vital new service, SafetyNET II, for Maritime Safety Information Providers (MSIPs), marking a key stage in upgrading the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), which helps to save thousands of lives at sea each year. Inmarsat’s new generation international broadcast and automatic reception service for Maritime Safety Information (MSI), enables MSIP’s to transition their communications to web-based messaging. As a web-based service, SafetyNET II introduces broadcast scheduling…

Offshore Pipeline Standard Update by DNV GL

Photo: DNV GL

The most used and recognized offshore pipeline standard in the world has been updated to reflect the latest pipeline research and developments by DNV GL, the quality assurance and risk management company, and other leading industry players. The standard, previously called DNV-OS-F101 is now renamed DNVGL-ST-F101. Around 65% of all new projects globally are designed according to the standard, first issued in 1976. The new revision reflects the conclusions of joint industry projects…

Ships 'Unseaworthy' If They Don't Meet Emissions Rules -IMO

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Ships which do not meet cuts to the amount of sulphur they can burn in their engines risk being declared "unseaworthy", the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said on Thursday. Shippers and refiner are not sure how they will comply with rules finalized last year which require ships worldwide to cut sulphur emissions from 3.5 to 0.5 percent by 2020. The IMO said there would be no delays or exceptions to the coming rules, whether or not the industry takes the steps it needs to comply, and warned that all parties face consequences if they do not play their part.

APM Terminals Poti Upgrades Tugboat Services

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APM Terminals Poti has added two Azimuth Stern-Drive (ASD) tugboats from the Maersk Transport & Logistics sister brand Svitzer, to significantly improve harsh weather operating capabilities and night time navigation through the entrance channel. New Svitzer tugboats can operate in harsh weather conditions, offer safer, stronger services for night time entrance channel navigation. APM Terminals Poti Managing Director, Klaus Holm Laursen said, “We are excited to strengthen our vessel handling capabilities with these advanced tugboats.

Transporting Hazardous Substances by Ship

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Transporting hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by sea is a vital trade. Chemicals, LPG, LNG and other products are important to many manufacturing and energy processes and International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations ensure their safe transport. However, when incidents do happen, IMO’s HNS Convention helps to ensure that those who have suffered damage have access to a comprehensive and international liability and compensation regime. To explain this treaty and why it is needed…

Stone Marine, NGC Marine Launch Joint Company

Propeller design and manufacturing company Stone Marine Propulsion has joined forces with NGC Marine of China to form a new supplier of propulsion solutions and marine gearbox equipment. The new U.K. based company, Stone Marine Propulsion NGC Ltd, is a subsidiary of Stone Marine Propulsion. It combines the experience of Stone Marine Propulsion in propeller design, hydrodynamics and metallurgy with that of NGC Marine Ltd, a manufacturer of marine propulsion and gearbox equipment. Units are available to suit a range of vessel types and sizes, including merchant, commercial and offshore. Already available are CPP propeller systems, Azimuth and Tunnel Thrusters of various types, and the company will also custom design and manufacture propeller, shaft and rudder products built.

YANMAR Launches New Training Initiatives

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YANMAR America has announced the launch of the YANMAR//ACADEMY and POWER//TRAIN following the recent opening of the EVO//CENTER, YANMAR America’s training and customer experience center headquartered in Acworth, Ga. Both initiatives provide an enhanced training experience focused on YANMAR’s dealerships, employees and customers. The YANMAR//ACADEMY consists of eight schools; six focused on dealer training, one on employee training and one dedicated to customer training. POWER//TRAIN is the registration…

New Coating Dispensing System

(Photo: Sulzer Mixpac USA, Inc.)

Sulzer Mixpac USA, Inc. has launched MIXPAC MixCoat Manual, a new member of its cartridge-based two-component dispensing system line. The lightweight MixCoat Manual protective coating dispensing system features a unique brush assembly on a manual dispenser, which increases stripe coating productivity and speed, the manufacturer said. The system is suited for repairs and rope work on offshore oil and gas, petrochemical, marine, and bridge repair applications. MixCoat Manual offers efficient…

DNV GL: Standardization Can Aid Shipping's Digital Transformation

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Classification society DNV GL has released a new position paper setting out the importance of standardization in enabling the growth of digital applications in the maritime industry. Drawing from the experiences gained from digital pilot projects focused on ship sensor data, the paper examines how standardization can enable the effective collection, storage, exchange, analysis and use of data, while contributing to improved data quality and sensor reliability. Whether for operational optimization…

Liebherr: New Manipulator for Offshore Cranes

The Liebherr Manipulator 100 with hook mode.

The Liebherr offshore crane division has produced and delivered a new manipulator tool with a safety working load of 100 tonnes. Using this equipment is designed to extend the task range of the Liebherr offshore cranes. Liebherr designed a manipulator for its ram luffing knuckle boom crane series to ensure safe, efficient and reliable operation. The Manipulator 100 is able to be used with either hook or crossbar function. The crossbar mode matches any operation – especially to those under bad weather conditions or to emergency operations.

ABS Raises Cyber Awareness to Marine Insurance Industry

Pictured Left to Right: Rear Admiral Mark Buzby, USN, Ret., Maritime Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration; Drew Feldman, AIMU Chairman; Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. Photo: ABS

ABS Chairman, President and CEO calls upon insurance industry and class to work closer together in addressing the next-generation safety system. Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, addressed the American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU) today, describing the future of maritime safety and risk mitigation as it relates to cyber safety as well as outlining how the classification and insurance industries can strengthen their collaboration as the progression of cyber and autonomy propel maritime safety into new waters.

Crude Tanker Shipping Market to Get Hurt in 2018

Graph:  Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

Crude tanker freight rates are expected to decline further in 2018 following a sharp decline in 2017, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Although tonnage supply growth in the crude tanker market is expected to be low next year after surging in 2017, this will not be enough to push tonnage utilisation rates higher as demand growth is expected to be sluggish. A slowdown in global oil demand growth and a likely decline in China’s stocking activity will keep growth in the crude oil trade moderate next year.

OOCL Introduces China Pakistan Express 3

Map: Orient Overseas Container Line Limited

Following its announcement of the China Pakistan Express 2 (CPX2) last week, Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL) is all set to introduce the China Pakistan Express 3 (CPX3), another new Intra-Asia service to expand  its product portfolio by providing a more comprehensive service network connecting the markets of India and Pakistan. The CPX3 provides additional sailing frequency from Central China to Mundra and strategically expands its service coverage in Pakistan. "Together with the CPX2…

De Nora BWTS Concludes USCG Testing

Image taken from De Nora S.p.A video

De Nora announced that it has completed shipboard testing for its BALPURE ballast water treatment system (BWTS), and intends to make  its submission for United States Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval by the end of 2017. The shipboard testing of  De Nora BALPURE was conducted on a US-flagged Aframax tanker operating in the west coast of the United States in the regulated waters of California and Alaska. The tanker is in normal trading and has been ballasting and deballasting with BALPURE system on a regular basis.

Free-flowing Maritime Traffic in Montenegro

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The key IMO treaty supporting the free flow of international maritime traffic – the Facilitation Convention – provides a set of consistent, uniform regulations that cover the wide range of administrative tasks required of ships coming into and leaving port. To support this process in Montenegro, IMO is holding a seminar with the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs in Bar, Montenegro (14-16 November). Thirty-five participants from various agencies with responsibilities for clearing ships, cargo, crew and passengers in the country’s ports, and private stakeholders are taking part.

Panama Maritime Authority Authorizes Turk Loydu

Photo: Türk Loydu

Turk Loydu has been authorized by Panama Maritime Authority, the world’s leading maritime administration, to conduct survey and certification activities for Panama flagged ships. Worlds No.1 maritime administration Panama Maritime Authority and Turkish classification society Turk Loydu has signed an authorization transfer protocol in Istanbul on 7th November 2017. In accordance with the signed authorization Turk Loydu will be able to issue classification certificates and conduct statutory surveys and certification services for Panama flagged ships.

Denmark Zooms in on Developments in Autonomous Shipping

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

A conference on autonomous ships hosted by the Danish Maritime Authority zooms in on the potential for using new technology on board ships. Before long, the Danish Maritime Authority can take the next step in its efforts to create a sound and safe framework for utilising new technology in shipping. At the international conference “Zooming in on autonomous ships”, which was held today, and which had been arranged by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) in cooperation with Danish Shipping and Danish Maritime…

Damen Presents ‘Gone With the Wind'

Image: Damen Shipyards Group

Marco Bovio, Senior Research Hydromechanics Engineer at Damen, presented details of internal research Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) based project ‘Gone With The Wind’ (GWTW). For the past two years Damen has been conducting a review of CFD technology and its applications in the maritime industry, and GWTW has been addressing one specific aspect of this. Its purpose, to look at the capability of CFD to accurately model the aerodynamic forces that act upon vessels above the waterline, as a separate analysis to those CFD studies that focus on the interactions that occur below the surface.

GTT to Design LNG Tanks for New FSRU/LNG Carriers

GTT has won a contract to design the liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks for two dual purpose vessels capable of operating as efficient LNG carriers and floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) that are presently on order at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Corp. These vessels will be built at Shanghai, China, for the owner Dynagas, with scheduled delivery in 2021. GTT said it will design the LNG tanks of both units, each representing a capacity of 174,000 m3.The membrane cryogenic containment system NO96 GW, with glass wool insulation, will be used for the LNG storage on board. According to GTT, there are currently 14 vessels in operation and 42 on order that use this technology.

New Curved Jaw Flange Couplings Launched

(Image: Guardian Couplings)

Guardian Couplings has launched the new curved jaw flange (JF) K45 Series shaft-to-shaft coupling with a bolt-on disc for use with brake calipers. The new torsionally flexible coupling is designed for industrial applications including various types of cranes and hoists, winches, and mining conveyors, reclaimers and draglines. Five models are available with bore sizes from 0.87 in. to 4.92 in. diameter and braking torque ratings from 8,310 in.lbs. to 63,720 in.lbs. The coupling’s brake disc and flexible spider element can be easily replaced during assembly.

Engines Selected for CMA CGM’s LNG Mega Ships

WinGD X-DF engine with low-pressure gas admission (Photo: WinGD)

WinGD X-DF engines will power CMA CGM’s record setting containerships. French shipping line CMA CGM has chosen WinGD’s largest, 92 cm bore, dual-fuel low-speed engine to power its series of groundbreaking box ships – presently the largest on order globally, and the first ultra large container vessels with capable of running on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The series of nine ultra-large 22,000 TEU capacity containerships will be built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd.

Voices: Bjarne Foldager, MAN Diesel & Turbo

Bjarne Foldager, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Vice President, Sales & Promotion (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

When Bjarne Foldager, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Vice President, Sales & Promotion, joined the company about one year ago, he replaced an industry icon, Ole Grøne, a ubiquitous figure at MAN D&T who after 40 years has transitioned to an advisor role with the company. We caught up with Foldager in his Copenhagen office to discuss emerging market trends from the perspective of the global marine power leader. Please provide a brief background, with details of your current position. My…

New Passenger Ferry for Seychelles’ Inter Island Express

Photo: Incat Crowther

A new 30-meter aluminum passenger ferry Isle of la Digue built by Richardson Devine Marine is the latest vessel designed by Incat Crowther for the Seychelles operator Inter Island Express. The catamaran newbuild, which required a very shallow draft to afford access to the operator’s confined harbor berth, is the first to feature Incat Crowther’s new generation propeller tunnel to reduce propeller draft and offer a flat transom which can integrate with standard fixed or active interceptor systems, the designer said.

Tomlin Named Executive VP, CFO of Admiral Valve

Kelly Tomlin (Photo: CPV)

Admiral Valve, LLC, parent company of CPV and manufacturer of CPV high pressure valves and fittings for industrial gas, petrochemical and shipbuilding industry applications, named Kelly Tomlin as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Tomlin, who had held the position of chief financial officer at CPV for the past four years, will assume the expanded role of executive vice president as a key member of the CPV leadership team. This appointment comes just after CPV Manufacturing named David London as president, further positioning the valves and fittings leader for future growth.

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles Sets New Single Vessel Record

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles has established a new single vessel cargo operations record during the call of the 13,600 TEU capacity Maersk Evora, with a combined total of 24,846 TEUs loaded and discharged over a 128-hour period. This performance eclipsed the previous record of 18,500 TEUs handled during the call of a similarly-sized vessel at the Port of Rotterdam in 2015. The Maersk Evora arrived at APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles on October 19th, on the Europe-Far East/Transpacific AE6/TP6 service operated by 2M partners Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company.

Eye-share Partners with Eiger Marine

Image: Eiger Marine

Eye-share and Eiger Marine form a partnership to offer the best invoice automation system to maritime customers in Greece and Cyprus. Eye-share partners with Eiger Marine. This partnership forms part of our strategy to partner and co-operate with leading providers of business process improvement solutions for the maritime sector in order to reach new, important customer segments. The alliance will offer customers in the maritime sector a complete solution for invoice and document automation with Eye-share’s main product; eye-share Invoice.

Dellner to Expanded Product Range to US Market

(Photo: Dellner Brakes)

Dellner Brakes, fresh off acquiring U.S. brake and clutch specialist Gummi USA, said it will present its expanded range of power transmission products to the U.S. marine market at the International Workboat Show (IWBS) from November 29 to December 1. Since the acquisition announced in September, the enlarged business is already starting to work together under one umbrella and the company’s U.S. stock and distribution operations have been consolidated to the Dellner Brakes Gummi USA facility in Houston.

MV Kobi Ruegg Joins Fugro Survey Fleet

MV Kobi Ruegg (Photo: Fugro)

A 58-meter, multi-role survey vessel MV Kobi Ruegg has joined Fugro’s fleet and is set to begin her first project in the Egyptian sector of the Mediterranean Sea. Working on behalf of Saipem, Fugro will deploy its large diameter piston core system to collect soil samples in the Zohr gas field; geophysical surveys for Pico and Shell will follow. Having previously operated in the Gulf of Mexico for Fugro, the three-year-old vessel has recently been renamed in honor of a former member of Fugro’s management board who passed away in March 2017.

Marine Fuels: Unmasking Gas

A primer on the way forward for alternative fuels for marine propulsion. By now, many of us have been passed by a garbage truck, taken a ride on an airport bus or hailed a taxi cab that is clearly labeled by their respective marketing departments that these vehicles are powered by clean burning natural gas. Even now in our own maritime industry, some trendy operators are looking to make the case for liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion systems, others are opting for hybrid-electric solutions, and some are even aiming for full electric configurations.

Hans Beele's Mission to Build Sealing Valley

Hans Beele (Photo courtesy Beele Engineering)

Sealing Valley is a new concept that has been developed by Hans Beele, President of Dutch engineering specialist Beele Engineering. He will invest in a center of expertise for the advancement of fire protection and watertight sealing technology to provide the highest possible levels of safety. Modeled on Silicon Valley, Sealing Valley will create a concentrated center of know-how, with shipboard and marine safety a prime focus area. It will be here that expertise, creativity and daily installation practice will come together in a campus set-up.

Marine Piping: It's Not Rocket Science

(Image: Viega)

Anything but unconventional, Viega piping products and systems provide uncommon time savings and safer repairs, leading to a better bottom line. The maritime industry, over time, has been unusually resistant to change in many aspects of how it operates. Arguably, the ‘biggest’ advances on the water spanning a five decade period leading up to the beginning of the new millennium could be measured in terms of deadweight tonnage and/or the length of a particular class of hulls. Nowhere is that reality more evident than in the shipyard…

Meyer Turku Installs Tallest Crane in the Nordics

(Photo: Meyer Turku)

In the midst of a €185 million ($215.8 million) shipyard overhaul, Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku has unveiled its new 120-meter-tall lifting crane named Goliath. The Kone Cranes built crane has a 2,500 ton main beam and was put into use over the weekend. “This new high tech crane is an essential part of the ramp up of our production. With a stable order book reaching to 2024 and with increasingly large cruise ships to build, we really need to shorten our lead time. The new crane is also a visible sign of  the rebuilding of Turku shipyard into a modern ship assembly factory…

WinGD Drives to Digitisation with Shipdex

Shipdex Steering Committee Meeting taking place on November 9th, 2017 in WinGD’s headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland. Photo: Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd.

Maintaining the rapid pace to apply the latest digital technology to its low-speed diesel and dual-fuel engines and corporate processes, engine designer Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD) has announced its participation in the Shipdex community. The Shipdex organisation has introduced a version of the S1000DTM specification for digital data exchange applied in the aerospace and defence industry, and adapted to the marine sector. This S1000D specification standardizes electronic dissemination of technical data to equipment makers, shipyards and ship owners.

DMA Zooms in on Autonomous Ships

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

Together with Danish Shipping, Danish Maritime and IDA Maritime, the Danish Maritime Authority will be hosting an international conference on autonomous ships on Tuesday (14 November 2017) in Copenhagen. All over the world, great efforts are being made these years to develop new ship technologies. Research is already far progressed and, at the same time, the Danish Maritime Authority is striving to clarify how the authorities can ensure, insofar as possible, that regulation does not present a barrier to the future use of technological solutions in shipping.

Busan Port Aims for Top-notch Eco-friendly Port

Photo: Busan Port Authority(BPA)

To this end, BPA plans to convert 5 conventional RTGC into fully electric RTGs (E-RTGC) by the end of this year and will convert 85 more RTGC equipment. The e-RTGC conversion project is conducted by BPA and Busan Port Terminal Corp. BPA will cover the construction expenses for infrastructures at Gamman Pier 2,3,4 berth to provide electricity and BPT will pay for the equipment renovation.

CSA Honors Environmental Achievement Award Winners

Kathy J. Metcalf, President of CSA

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) this week announced the 2017 Environmewntal Achievement Award Winners. At a dinner ceremony in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC on November 8, 2017, CSA awarded Certificates of Environmental Achievement to 1,810 ships owned by seventy-two companies with a total of 15,307 years of environmental excellence. The average number of years operating without incident for ships and vessels that received awards is 8.1 years. Two hundred and eighty-six of the vessels have logged sixteen or more years of environmental excellence.

Kenya Craftsmen to Build Boat Out of Plastic Waste

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The beaches of Kenya's idyllic Lamu island are dotted with traditional Swahili stone and coral houses, mansions built by European royalty, the odd donkey and, increasingly, tidal lines of plastic trash. When a resident organised a beach clean-up that collected 33 tons of rubbish in a single summer, British-Ethiopian safari organiser Ben Morrison decided he couldn't stand by while his beloved island was ruined. So the tall, bearded 42-year-old decided to try to design a traditional dhow…

Intellian to Develop New US Navy Antennas

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 Intellian Technologies USA, Inc. said it has been awarded a contract to research, design and deliver antenna systems for the U.S. Navy.  Under the terms of the contract the new antenna system will provide enhanced capabilities and will allow the Navy to retire an older generation system, Intellian said. The product will be certified to MIL-STD 167-A & 461-F. 

S.Korean Refiners Look to Cash in on 2020 Mandate

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Sharrif Che'Lah)

Three refiners to spend more than $5 bln to upgrade or add units. South Korean refiners are planning to spend over $5 billion on plant upgrades in response to tighter rules on shipping fuel, boosting production of low-sulphur fuel oil as well as other high-end products. The refiners hope the investment, which comes ahead of the 2020 introduction of the new rules, will make them one of the biggest beneficiaries of the new regulations, with many competitors still waiting to commit to new spending. "Not many refiners are doing so.

ABS Conducts First Hellenic Technical Committee Meeting

Photo: ABS

ABS has hosted the inaugural meeting of the Hellenic Technical Committee (HTC) at its state-of-the-art Global Ship Systems Center (GSSC). “The Hellenic shipping community possesses a wealth of engineering knowledge and we are honored to assemble such a credentialed Technical Committee,” said ABS Europe Division Senior Vice President Vassilios Kroustallis. The HTC includes more than 20 key technical professionals across the maritime industry representing owners, operators and owner associations.

Speedcast Launches CrewReach

Photo: Speedcast International Limited

Speedcast International Limited, provider of reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, announced the release of CrewReach, a new global prepaid mobile SIM card designed with crew members in mind. Powered by a Multi-IMSI global network, CrewReach provides cost-effective access to 4G and 3G data. “Weeks and months at sea without being connected to family and friends can lead to feelings of isolation and depression for the thousands of Commercial Maritime sailors who are responsible for the transportation of goods around the globe…

Speedcast, SRH Marine Pact for Maritime Solutions

Photo: SRH Marine Electronics S.A

Speedcast International, provider of reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, today announced a strategic alliance with SRH Marine. The strategic agreement redefines the management of navigation and communications across the Maritime industry by providing a fully integrated shipboard solution delivered by a single supplier. “The alliance between Speedcast and SRH Marine is a giant leap forward in addressing the fragmented nature of vessel technical management”, said Tim Bailey, Executive Vice President, Products, Marketing and Business Development, Speedcast.

Women in Maritime Asia Strengthen Network

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A regional conference on women in the maritime sector is taking place in Dili, Timor Leste (6-9 November) under the theme: Transitioning from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals. The event is gathering members of the Women in Maritime Associations for Asia (WIMAs), from 22 Asian countries. The associations aim to deliver the International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Programme on the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector (IWMS), giving visibility and recognition to the role women play as key resources for the maritime sector.

New Fireboat Delivered in Pittsburgh

(Photo courtesy of Ronald Roth, MD, Medical Director, City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety.)

Lake Assault Boats said it has delivered a 34-foot fireboat to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire in Pittsburgh, Penn. The vessel is the department’s first new dedicated fireboat since 1974. The new fireboat, named after Pittsburgh’s first female mayor, Sophie Masloff, who passed away in 2014, was dedicated on October 27. In a formal ceremony, the former mayor’s eldest granddaughter broke a bottle of champagne on the boat’s gunnel as it was launched into the Ohio River. The Lake Assault deep V-hull fireboat respond to emergencies and help manage fires on the waterways…

Maritime Cyber Security: Naval Dome, LR Team

Photo: Naval Dome

Cyber security is a pervasive issue globally, particularly in the commercial maritime sector where ship to shore and "always on" connectivity is still in its infancy. To help get ahead of the problem, a new partnership was announced between Naval Dome, an Israel-based cyber security specialist and Lloyd's Register, which have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at establishing standards and guidelines for maritime cyber defense. Using intelligence agency security technology…

Parker Kittiwake Launches ATR Analyzer

Photo: Parker Kittiwake

Parker Kittiwake launched the Parker Kittiwake Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) analyzer, which the company says represents a breakthrough for the simultaneous testing of base number (BN), total acid number (TAN), insolubles, soot loading, viscosity, FAME and water content of oil samples on board a ship, allowing all parameters to be measured using a single sample in one test kit. The ATR analyzer uses infrared spectroscopy to determine the presence of damaging elements such as solid particles or water in a representative sample of oil.

ChartCo Introduces EnviroManager 5.4 At Europort

EnviroManager 5.4 (Photo: ChartCo)

ChartCo introduced version 5.4 of its EnviroManager. Already installed on over 500 vessels since its launch in early 2017, EnviroManager consolidates information  to assist vessels to comply with MARPOL regulations for discharges and emissions. EnviroManager includes the baseline information for each nation as required by  regulations. The display shows “distance from land” as measured from the official country baseline, as opposed to the shoreline which is identified on a navigational chart.

Line Optimization: 10% Fuel Savings for Hapag-Lloyd

Wave elevation and pressure distribution on the optimized hull  (Photo: DNV GL)

Design changes made as a result of working with DNV GL has resulted in projected annual fuel savings of more than 10 percent for the new Hapag-Lloyd Cruises passenger expedition ships. The two vessels, HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration, are currently under construction at the Vard Shipyard in Romania and Norway and are expected to launch in April and October 2019. Brought in during the initial design and conception phase, DNV GL experts first created and explored more than 100,000 hull variations for the vessels.

Wärtsilä Modernizing Vessel for CCG

The Canadian Coast Guard's vessel Ann Harvey will be equipped with new propulsion generators, which will contribute to the vessel's reliability for many years to come. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä will support the 1100 Class High Endurance Multitask Vessels operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, to renew their current propulsion generators. These vessels serve for buoy tending, search and rescue and icebreaking in each of the three Region of the Canadian Coast Guard. The new, more modern propulsion generators will contribute to the vessel's reliability for many years to come. Furthermore, the standards of engineering and fuel consumption for the new engines will lead to reduced operational costs and lower emissions.

TOTE Invests (again) in LNG Conversions

Pictured at MAN Diesel & Turbo's Headquarter in Augsburg (from left): Stefan Eefting - Senior Vice President and Head of MAN PrimeServ Augsburg; Peter Keller - Executive Vice President of TOTE; Per Rud - Senior Vice President and Head of After Sales - Marine & Power Plants.

TOTE Inc., courtesy of being the first in the world to order containerships powered by LNG, have been leaders in the push to design and build tonnage ahead of the emissions regulation curve. The company again makes headline with the announcement that TOTE Maritime Alaska has contracted MAN PrimeServ – MAN Diesel & Turbo’s after-sales division – to convert a pair of RoRo ships, North Star and Midnight Sun to dual-fuel operation on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Today the vessels are powered by four × MAN 58/64 engines and will be retrofitted to MAN 58/64 retrofit units.

Workboat Tow-Hook to make U.S. Debut

The Henriksen Towing Hook is  available in ten, five and two and half ton load capacities. (Image: Henriksen)

A new tow-hook developed specifically for workboats by Henriksen Hooks, will be on show for the first time in the U.S. at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans. Visitors to the Henriksen display in the Vestdavit (booth 1349) will be able to inspect the first towing hook to bring the safety standards enjoyed by tugs and larger ships to smaller, workboat-sized vessels. Benefits of the Henriksen towing hook include an emergency quick release capability plus a guaranteed load limit which reassures boat operators about their maximum towing capabilities.

How Safe are Robotic and Autonomous Systems in Maritime?

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As robotics and autonomy gain inroads into various maritime and logisitics sectors, Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the University of York announced a $16m patnership to examine the safety of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS). RAS are likely to become pervasive, including driverless cars, the use of autonomous systems in hospitals and the maritime sector (for shipping and oil and gas platforms), and the use of robots in manufacturing and food supply chains. A 2016 report from…

Bahri Data, DNV GL Co-Develop Prototype

Seating from left: Albrecht Grell, EVP Digital Solutions, DNV GL; Remi Eriksen, Group CEO, DNV GL; Mohammed Al-Sarhan, Vice Chairman, Bahri; Ali Al-Harbi, Acting CEO, Bahri. Standing from left: Mohd Shahrin Bin Osman, Head of Digital Solutions & Advisory Middle East, DNV GL; Trond Hodne, Sales & Marketing Director, DNV GL; Dr. Abdulmalik Al-Hogail, Board member, Bahri; Anwar Siddiqui, President, Bahri Data; Per Pedersen, President, Bahri Ship Management; Geir Fuglerud, Area Manager Middle East,

Innovative prototype provides data-driven insights to enable improved safety and quality decisions while enhancing operations for all maritime industry stakeholders. Bahri Data, one of the six business units within Bahri, a global leader in transportation and logistics, and DNV GL recently showcased their co-developed prototype, which helps make safety and quality decisions with deeper insights, and makes operations simpler for all stakeholders involved, be it owners, vessel operators, charterers, port authority operators, and regulators.

MOL Research on Marine Rotary Machineries

Image of System: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced plans to work with Asahi Kasei Engineering Corporation (AEC) on a project to verify predictive detection of abnormalities in marine rotary machineries using vibrating sensors. The research will focus on the use of vibrating sensors to monitor the condition of key auxiliaries, such as pumps or purifiers, on a car carrier and VLCC that are under construction, using analysis software. The participants expect this project to create not only a standalone onboard monitoring system…

Safe Bulkers to Install Erma First BWTS

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Safe Bulkers, an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today that it has agreed with Erma First, a Greece based company, to install in all Company's vessels a Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS). The Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and entered into force on 8 September 2017. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had adopted similar regulation for ballast water treatment effective on January 1, 2016.

AI to Estimate Vessel Speed and Fuel Consumption

Example of estimated vessel speed compared to main engine rpm and wind speed by using high-dimensional statistical analysis (Graphic provided by Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.)

Mitsui O.S.K. This project is a part of MOL's initiative to assess the effectiveness of AI technology, and aims to reduce fuel consumption and vessels' environmental impact by verifying the accuracy of the technology, using Fujitsu's AI Technology to estimate vessel performance at sea. MOL provided actual voyage data collected from MOL fleet in operation to Fujitsu Laboratories, which, along with Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, verified the data by using their jointly developed machine learning method.

Better Outlook for Chemical Tankers

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Subdued ordering and a narrowing in the tonnage supply-demand gap from late 2018 is expected to support a recovery in the chemical shipping market, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Drewry estimates that tonne-mile demand of chemical commodities will grow at 3.8% on a year-on-year basis in 2017, of which the organic trade is likely to grow only at 1.5%. By contrast, inorganic and vegoil tonne-miles are expected to increase by 6.3% and 6.5%.

Ecochlor BWTS Receives DNV GL Type Approval

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Ecochlor and DNV GL have announced  DNV GL Type Approval on behalf of Norway of the Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS). In addition to serving as Ecochlor’s Independent Laboratory for US Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval, DNV GL simultaneously evaluated and approved the Ecochlor System under DNV GL rules and the BWM Convention. With its USCG Type Approval certificate, Ecochlor stands alone as the first approved treatment system produced by a US manufacturer; the only approved chemical injection treatment technology…

Royal Caribbean Takes the Lead on Fuel Cell Tech

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As the maritime world rapidly evolves to incorporate increasingly clean and efficient power sources onboard ships at sea, the cruise industry is emerging as a clear leader in the sector, driven by the high-profile nature of its ships and the often pristine environments to which they traverse. With that, ABB announced that it will deliver the first fuel cell system to Royal Caribbean, a pilot program in which the RCL ship will be the world's first fuel cell system on a luxury cruise ship.

Carnival, Shell Strike Deal to Fuel LNG Cruise Ships

AIDA Nova LNG Storage. (Image: Carnival Corp.)

The move toward LNG as fuel in the maritime sector received another boost when Carnival Cruise Line announced this morning the signing of an agreement with Shell NA LNG, LLC (Shell) for it to supply marine LNG to power North America’s first fully LNG-powered cruise ships. Shell will supply Carnival Cruise Line with fuel for its two new LNG-powered ships expected to launch in 2020 and 2022 and to be homeported in North America. The two ships will be fueled through Shell’s LNG Bunker Barge (LBB).

MUM's the Word: New UUV Takes Shape in Germany

Meet MUM: Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership. Image: thyssenkrupp

The Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership (MUM) brings German engineering prowess and cooperation to the fore. As the world of autonomous vehicles flourishes on land and in the air, subsea applications have proven more challenging, despite great strides in recent years to deliver fully autonomous, efficient systems at sea. A team of engineers from Germany, engineers teamed from industry and academia, are aiming to drive the subsea vehicle market further faster courtesy of a project known as the Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership, or MUM.

Shell Charters LNG Bunker Barge in US

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Shell Trading (US) Company announced it has finalized a long-term charter agreement with Q-LNG Transport, LLC for an LNG bunker barge with the capacity to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG fuel. As the first of its kind to be based in the United States, the ocean-going LNG bunker barge will supply LNG to marine customers along the southern East Coast of the U.S. and support growing cruise line demand for LNG marine fuel. "This investment in LNG as a marine fuel for the US will provide the shipping industry with a fuel that helps meet tougher emissions regulations from 2020…

Wärtsilä Launches Fuel-Saving Pre-Swirl Stator

EnergoFlow. Photo: Wärtsilä

EnergoFlow is a new energy saving solution that will return ship operators’ investment in less than two years, according to its developer Wärtsilä. By reducing the power losses which occur in the propeller’s slipstream with an optimised inflow, Wärtsilä’s solution improves fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent. The technology group Wärtsilä launches the newest solution in its propulsion efficiency portfolio during November. The product will be introduced at the Europort event in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Tuesday, November 7.

World First: LNG to Fuel Largest Containerships

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The move to LNG as fuel in the maritime sector picks up steam, as CMA CGM announced plans to outfit nine of its new 22,000 TEU containerships with LNG fueled engines. A trend that started in the United States is spreading to the world, as global containershipping giant CMA CGM announced its intention to outfit its series of new 22,000 TEU containerships with LNG-fueled engines. The move to ‘clean fuel’ in the maritime sector has been rapid, spurred by new rules from the International…

Voices: Paul Smulders, CEO, Radio Holland

Paul Smulders (Photo: Radio Holland)

As Radio Holland Group (Rotterdam) finishes its ‘100th anniversary’ celebration in the maritime shipping industry, we caught up with Paul Smulders, CEO, Radio Holland, to discuss a century of accomplishment and the path ahead. Paul Smulders, CEO of Radio Holland since 2016, offers has a wealth of maritime experience and an in-depth perspective on Radio Holland, as this is actually his second run with the company, the first stretching from 1989 to 2012. “If you look at my tenure with the company…

Transas Announces Plans for 2018 Global Conference

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Transas says its mission to explain the true benefits and impacts of digitalization to the maritime world will be given new impetus by staging its 2018 global conference to Vancouver, one of North America's top technology hubs. The three-day event, which will take place at the Marriott Parq Hotel Vancouver, March 6-8, has been christened 'THESIS18 – Enterprise Change' to focus minds on the steps Transas believes are necessary if its pioneering THESIS vision for a connected maritime operational environment is to become reality.

FORAN Upgraded for Improved Shipbuilding Efficiency

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The SENER engineering and technology group has upgraded its FORAN System with important new enhancements following its Shipyard 4.0 Digitalization Strategy, which have been incorporated into the System in the latest FORAN Build, launched to the market in October 2017. The industry is demanding more technological capacity and integration, and this new FORAN release incorporates relevant improvements in the different design packages. The surface ship model, managed as a collection of NURBS patches, is now internally represented by a shell in accordance with the new geometrical kernel of FORAN.

Wilhelmsen Leverages Data on DNV GL’s Veracity Platform

Data models and people (Photo: DNV GL)

Wilhelmsen is exploring concrete ways of leveraging their data on DNV GL’s Veracity industry platform. In one of the first data sharing pilot projects on the new open platform, Wilhelmsen is testing a system to share ship compliance and condition data with port state authorities to reduce paper work and physical inspections when entering ports. “As ships and their systems become more sophisticated, we have more equipment with sensors onboard that are generating and sharing data.

Shell Trading, Harvey Gulf ink LNG Transport Contract

An artist's depiction of a Q-LNG transport vessel (CREDIT: Harvey Gulf)

Harvey Gulf International Marine’s CEO Shane Guidry announced today the formation of new marine transportation company, Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport, LLC (“Q-LNG”), owned 70% by Shane Guidry and 30% by Harvey Gulf. Q-LNG will own and operate assets providing marine transportation of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”), a critical component of U.S. LNG infrastructure, commencing with a long-term contract with Shell Trading (U.S.) Company (“Shell”) to deliver LNG as a fuel source to various ports in Florida and the Caribbean. Mr.

Singapore Revokes Transocean Oil's Bunker License

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has revoked the bunker supplier and bunker craft operator licences of Transocean Oil Pte Ltd, with effect from 6 November 2017. Transocean will no longer be allowed to operate as bunker supplier and bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore. As part of MPA’s ongoing regulatory efforts to ensure the integrity of bunkering in Singapore, checks were conducted on Transocean in March and April this year. MPA’s investigations revealed…

IMO Updates COP23 on Climate Change Work

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​The progress made in starting to shape a draft comprehensive International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships has been reported to the COP 23 climate change conference, meeting in Bonn, Germany (6-15 November) by IMO’s Stefan Micallef. He reported that more than 2,600 ocean-going ships have now been certified to the mandatory energy efficiency design requirements, which have been in force since 2013. The significant global reduction…

YANMAR EVO//CENTER Opens in Georgia

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National, state and local officials joined together with YANMAR America and its honored guests to officially open the YANMAR EVO//CENTER located at the corner of Highway 92 and Old Alabama Road in Acworth, Georgia. Situated on 50-plus acres of land in Cherokee County, the new 50,000 square foot facility opened on November 3, 2017 features six state-of-the-art product training labs with classroom and hands-on space, three classrooms, multiple meeting rooms, office space, a 250-seat auditorium, the EVO Commons dining area, concept lab, museum and outdoor product demonstration areas.

Managing Change the AVEVA Way

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In today’s marine-scape of declining newbuild activity, many boatbuilders are seeking to buoy up productivity by reducing time to market. But how do you go about contracting intricate concurrent design and production flows without loss of quality, let alone the risk of production spiraling out of control? The general tendency is to overlap design phases. However, this potentially creates a greater number of uncertainties. Ship design includes multiple disciplines and specialties in spiraling activity cycles.

Speedcast Launches SIGMA Gateway Xtreme

Speedcast International Limited, provider of fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, has announced the release of SIGMA Gateway Xtreme, a new network device capable of managing Speedcast’s global Ku VSAT network, Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress network and 4G/LTE services. “The launch of SIGMA Gateway earlier in the year was a milestone in bringing secure virtualized server environments to the Maritime market,” said Tim Bailey, Executive Vice President, Products, Marketing, & Business Development, Speedcast. “We’re excited to be able to offer even better reliability and redundancy with the launch of SIGMA Gateway Xtreme. SIGMA Gateway Xtreme is designed to withstand harsh maritime environments…

Water Needs Exceeded with FCI Watermakers Posideon+

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FCI Watermakers' high-output Poseidon+ exceeds the average water needs of a commercial vessel. Designed to run 24/7 with low maintenance overhead and costs, it reliably produces 54–103m3/14,265–27,210 gallons of pure, fresh water every day. The Poseidon+ is engineered to meet the rigorous demands of a commercial marine application. Engineered and built in the U.S., it boasts a continuous-duty direct drive motor gearbox—there are no belts to maintain or replace—and a stainless steel high-pressure pump.

Rolls-Royce Extends Naval Services in the Gulf

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Rolls-Royce has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United Arab Emirates (UAE) based Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) to provide naval shipbuilding, repair and refit activities across the Gulf region. The MoU is for a definitive agreement for the provision of services, with the objective of becoming a preferred service partner to each other. The agreement will include fixed service rates for onsite service attendance and turnkey repair projects in the Rolls-Royce Dubai workshop.

Supporting Silent Ships

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Have you ever had problems talking to someone in a noisy environment such as a busy restaurant? The same happens to marine animals, which use sound to sense and interact with their environment: for communication, navigation, finding prey and even for self-defence. High ambient noise levels, which include a contribution from shipping, have an adverse impact on marine life. The world’s oceans are becoming increasingly noisy. While the size of the global commercial fleet more than doubled since the 1960s, anthropogenic noise in the oceans has actually increased eightfold.

Raytheon Anschütz Launches PilotStar NX

PilotStar NX  (Photo: Raytheon Anschütz)

With the new PilotStar NX, the German-based navigation company Raytheon Anschütz said it continues the path of simplifying autopilot handling in combination with superior steering performance. The new PilotStar NX combines steering accuracy known from the Anschütz autopilot systems with intuitive operation and a broad functional range. Its main characteristic is the large 7” touch TFT display, which, among others, offers graphical user support with heading and rudder plot as well…

Cyber Shoal Waters

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Over the past two months the world has been rocked by three major hacking events that have garnered international notice. These included the EQIFAX event in which 140 million individuals were reported to be possibly compromised, the WannaCry attack and the NotPeyta event. In the past two years the emphasis on the cyber security of the Marine Transportation System, a vital economic cog to the world has come under increasing scrutiny. In August, trade journals and major international…

Shell Marine Launches New Cylinder Oil

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Shell Marine has launched a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil, Shell Alexia 140, now available from the ports of Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Antwerp, Tanjung Pelepas, Busan and Salalah. The launch follows receipt of a No Objection Letter (NOL) for commercial use of Shell Alexia 140 from MAN Diesel & Turbo and coincides with Shell Alexia 140’s acceptance into full scale operations by two major customers. In September 2016, Shell Marine disclosed Alexia 140’s selection as the first test oil for ‘ACOM’ - MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Automated Cylinder Oil Mixing process.

Ingalls Shipbuilding Acquires Automated Welding Solution

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Pemamek Ltd. is delivering high-tech PEMA welding automation to Mississippi-based Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Pascagoula shipyard. The extensive and technologically advanced automation solutions provide Ingalls improved panel production and enhanced work flow. Mississippi-based Ingalls Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of the Huntington Ingalls Industries, kicked off its “Shipyard of the Future” initiative in 2014. The multiyear initiative includes investments in modern infrastructure and manufacturing equipment, as well as technologically advanced procedure and processes.

Singapore Revokes Transocean Oil's Bunker Licence

Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said on Monday it had revoked Transocean Oil's bunker fuel supply licence in the Port of Singapore, effective immediately.   MPA said it had conducted checks on Transocean in March and April as part its efforts to ensure the integrity of bunkering operations at the port and found "falsifications of records and discrepancies in the stock movement logbooks on board the bunker tankers" operated by the company.   Transocean Oil, which was formed in 2003 and operates a fleet of thirteen bunkering barges, according to its website, was not immediately available to comment.   It sold a monthly average of around 200,000 tonnes of bunker fuel in 2013.   Reporting by Roslan Khasawneh  

China Unveils Huge Island Building Vessel

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China has has unveiled a massive island-building vessel, which has been called “a magic island-maker” by its designer and is considered the most powerful vessel of its type in Asia, the state media reported. Named Tian Kun Hao, the ship is reported to have a deck the size of nine basketball courts and be capable of dredging up to 6,000 cubic meters an hour and digging as deep as 35 meters under the sea floor. The ship, capable of building artificial islands of the sort the country has constructed in the contested South China Sea…

Algoma Niagara Arrives Sept Iles Port

Algoma Niagara. Photo: Algoma Central Corporation

Algoma Central Corporation, a leading provider of marine transportation services, announced that the first Equinox Class self-unloader, the seaway-max size Algoma Niagara, arrived at the Canadian port of Sept Iles, Quebec on November 1st. The Algoma Niagara is the fifth Equinox Class vessel in Canada and she joins her four gearless sister ships in the Algoma fleet. The vessel is currently undergoing inspections and re-flagging as a Canadian vessel before beginning commercial operations.

APM Terminals Vado Aims to be Gateway to Central Europe

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APM Terminals Vado, Italy Managing Director Paolo Cornetto highlighted the future role of the deepwater APM Terminals Vado facility, now under construction, as a new southern gateway to Central Europe. “We designed our new port around liner customers - and our landside customers – the importers, exporters and truckers - to help them do more business by tapping into the 70 million-member consumer market of northern Italy, southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria and eastern France within an eight hour proximity of our port," he said.

Offshore Center Rotterdam in Progressing

Offshore Center Rotterdam. Photo: Paul Martens, Port of Rotterdam Authority

The first 30 hectares of Offshore Center Rotterdam have been completed. PUMA, a project organisation created by a partnership between Dutch hydraulic engineering firms Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster NV and Van Oord NV that focuses specifically on the expansion of the Maasvlakte site, processed 6 million m3 of sand in four months to complete the work. Only 2 million m3 of sand are now needed to raise the other 40 hectares to the required level. There is considerable interest in the centre. The Port of Rotterdam expects the first companies to establish themselves on the site in 2019.

LNG Bunkering to Grow at CAGR of 62.5% to reach USD 24.684 bln in 2023

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The global LNG bunkering market  is expected to witness a CAGR of 62.5%, and is projected to reach USD 24684.7 million by 2023, said a report by Energias Market Research. The key factors driving the growth of LNG bunkering market are  increase in LNG  demand in order to reduce the carbon footprint in the shipping industry stringent international emission policy, the best cost-effective alternative fuel and significant rise in government initiatives supporting LNG adoption. LNG Bunkering is the practice of providing liquefied natural gas fuel to a ship for its own consumption.

Financial Support for Coastal Berths in India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

The Ministry of Shipping in India has taken up projects worth Rs 2,302 crore (USD 356million) for financial assistance under the Coastal Berth Scheme of the flagship Sagarmala Programme. The Ministry, after due appraisal in consultation with NITI Aayog and Department of Expenditure, has extended the period of the scheme for three years, upto 31st March, 2020 and expanded its scope to cover capital dredging at Major Ports and preparation of DPR for coastal berth project, in Oct 2017.

Smith Maritime Hauls Equipment to Puerto Rico

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Smith Maritime recently hauled a barge load of equipment on behalf of CAT5 Resources to help rebuild cellular communication infrastructure in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.   Smith Maritime’s barge Marilyn Monroe was loaded at its terminal in Amelia, La. with vehicles, housing, bulk fuel, food and most importantly, self-powered cellular communication towers to reestablish communication on the island.     Marilyn Monroe was towed by the tug Elsbeth 2, powered by fully mechanical Mitsubishi engines supplied by distributor Laborde Products and rated 1,675 HP at 1,600 RPM each.  

M/V Harvey Blue-Sea Delivered

Sister ships Harvey Blue-Sea and Harvey Sub-Sea have both been delivered to owner Harvey Gulf International Marine in 2017 (Image: Harvey Gulf)

Harvey Gulf International Marine has taken delivery of M/V Harvey Blue-Sea, a new large capacity, Jones Act qualified multipurpose support vessel (MPSV) from Eastern Shipbuilding Group. With the delivery of the 340-foot Harvey Blue-Sea, which follows sister vessel M/V Harvey Sub-Sea delivered in July 2017, Harvey Gulf said it now owns and operates the two largest U.S. flag construction vessels in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Harvey Gulf describes the new sister MPSVs as “best in class” vessels with “the technical capabilities to efficiently…

Rolls-Royce Debuts Cloud-based Energy Management Module

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Rolls-Royce has unveiled a ‘cloud-based’ fuel consumption and carbon dioxide monitoring module designed to help ship owners meet the European Union’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation. Starting January 1, 2018, collection and reporting of voyage data will become a mandatory, as owners of vessels over 5,000 gross metric tons that call at European Union ports will be required to monitor, report and verify their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. China, too…

Caterpillar Launches Multi-Engine Optimizer Tool

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Caterpillar Marine has unveiled its new Multi-Engine Optimizer (MEO) tool, which leverages proprietary performance data and patented control algorithms to provide intelligence for power management systems. MEO works by advising power management systems on which engines to operate and enables the use of dynamic asymmetric loads to drive the combination of engines and loads to create the lowest possible fuel consumption. “MEO is designed to operate in conjunction with any system, new or retrofit,” said Theodore Wiersema, business process manager for Caterpillar Marine.

ClassNK Updates Ship Maintenance Checklist

Classification society ClassNK has released the latest version of Good Maintenance Onboard Ships (October, 2017), a checklist designed to be used by ship masters, crew, ship owners and other key personnel to ensure vessels are safe, well-maintained and comply with regulations. ClassNK’s Director of Survey Operations Division, Yoshinori Kozeki, said, “This easy-to-use checklist is a result of our ongoing commitment to improve the safety of life and property at sea, and the prevention of pollution of the marine environment. The latest edition of Good Maintenance Onboard Ships includes clear explanations, photo examples as well as guidance on the latest updates in the industry.

Danfoss Acquires Visedo

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Danfoss said it has acquired Visedo Oy, expert in electric solutions for the off-highway and marine markets headquartered in Lappeenranta in Finland. “Acquiring new innovative technology is an important part of our investment in growth,” said Kim Fausing, Danfoss president and CEO. Visedo will be integrated into the Danfoss Power Solutions business segment. The acquisition includes all Visedo subsidiaries globally and a design and manufacturing site located at its headquarters in Lappeenranta.

Aegean Becomes Fourth Bunker Supplier to Exit Singapore

Aegean Bunkering Pte Ltd will halt physical supply operations in Singapore by January, the company said, becoming the fourth such firm to exit the world’s largest marine refuelling hub after it adopted tougher bunkering procedures this year. Since adopting mass flow meters (MFM) to streamline operations on marine refuelling, or bunkering, barges at the start of 2017, suppliers in Singapore have seen margins squeezed and competition surge in the battle for market share. “2017 has seen heightened commercial pressures in Singapore, and as a result, management has determined that Aegean’s resources can be more profitably deployed elsewhere,” its president, Jonathan Mcilroy, said in a statement on Tuesday.

US Warship Collisions Were Avoidable: Navy Investigations

USS Fitzgerald Returns to Yokosuka, Japan after collision with a merchant vessel in June (U.S. Navy photo by Peter Burghart)

Two crashes in the Asia Pacific region involving U.S. Navy warships and commercial vessels this year were caused by preventable errors by the sailors on board the ships, according to the results of Navy investigations released on Wednesday. The accidents, in which 17 sailors were killed, raised questions about Navy training and the pace of operations, prompted a Congressional hearing and the removal of a number of officers. “Both of these accidents were preventable and the respective investigations found multiple failures by watch standers that contributed to the incidents…

Kongsberg Earns First DNV GL Cyber Security Type Approval

Knut Omberg, Principal Engineer at DNV GL – Maritime (left), presents Roar Simensen, Product Adviser - Connected Vessels & Information management at Kongsberg Maritime (right), with the new type approval. (Photo: DNV GL)

More and more, vessels are becoming sophisticated hubs of connected systems and sensors that generate and exchange data both onboard and back to shore. As the shipping industry continues to digitalize, increased connectivity amplifies the need for cyber security and for ways of verifying the cyber safety of installed systems. For the past year, DNV GL and Kongsberg have combined their efforts to develop a new type approval program for the cyber security assessment of control system components: “Security Assessment of Control System Components, DNVGL-CP-0231”.

Marlink Delivers Fleet Xpress on Antarctic Support Vessel

La Manche (Photo: Aker BioMarine)

Marlink said it has migrated Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic krill harvester fleet support ship, La Manche, to Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service. The system provides a boost to crew communication facilities on board as well as enables vessels to benefit from improved business intelligence and remote access to the vessel’s IT network. The service uses the XChange Universal Remote Access (URA) solution, one of Marlink’s many Value Added Services available on Fleet Xpress. “Fleet Xpress has transformed our communication capabilities aboard La Manche.

Tuco to Build Hydrographic Survey Boats for Denmark

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Tuco Marine Group said it has signed a contract with DALO (The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization) to deliver two bespoke hydrographic survey boats to replace two existing survey vessels that have become obsolete. The new vessels, based on Tuco’s ProZero concept, have been designed to allow full use of the latest technology for hydrographic surveys. The boats are designed to accommodate two hydrography specialists in addition to a dedicated helmsman. The hull…

Partners Set Out to Boost Maritime Comms

A collaboration between Orange Business Services and BlueTide Communications aims to deliver comprehensive maritime communications, reaching almost every sea and ocean around the world. The combination of Orange’s global satellite network with BlueTide’s specialized maritime solutions will power the navigation, cyber security, voice and video, corporate applications and asset management for vessels in the workboat industry. Orange said it is providing BlueTide with managed global Ku band VSAT capacity, with the ability to switch to alternative satellite beams  for seamless global coverage. BlueTide can provide vessels with live video surveillance, cyber security and systems monitoring, all high-end solutions delivered on the Orange network for seamless availability on a global scale.

Logimatic Announces Leadership Change

Lars Francke Riisberg (Photo: Logimatic)

IT company Logimatic Solutions A/S said it has experienced significant growth in recent years. The company has therefore appointed Lars Francke Riisberg as CEO to strengthen the management with new leadership. Although new in the position as CEO, Riisberg has been part of Logimatic's Board of Directors. For 25 years, he has been involved in the development, sale and implementation of software solutions for the maritime sector. In addition, he has an MBA in Corporate Entrepreneurship. Since the beginning of 1989, Riisberg has assisted in the development of the software known today as SERTICA.

BMT Bags Contracts from Samsung Heavy Industries

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BMT Group’s fleet and vessel performance management company BMT SMART said it has secured a contract with shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to supply vessel performance monitoring systems for four very large crude carriers (VLCC) being built for a Greek ship owner. This latest contract comes on the back of current orders already received from SHI for seven vessels (Suezmax and Aframax tankers) for Norwegian and Singapore owners, BMT said. BMT will provide SHI with its modular vessel performance monitoring solution…

Type Approval for Uprated MAN L51/60DF

The assembled participants at the MAN L51/60DF TAT in Augsburg with (front) Thomas Kremser, Head of Engine Test, MAN Diesel & Turbo, Augsburg (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo said its dual-fuel MAN L51/60DF engine has passed its Type Approval Test (TAT), which ran from October 17 to 20 at the company’s Augsburg works in Germany, in front of the industry’s main classification societies. The nine-cylinder test engine has an output of 1,150 kW/cylinder at a nominal speed of 500/514 rpm. The MAN L51/60DF engine can be employed both as marine main-engine and auxiliary engine. Augsburg’s testbed no. 20 hosted the test program of a nine-cylinder version of the engine that ran on fuel oil (DMA) and natural gas.

Fujitsu Field Trials Ship Performance Estimation

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Fujitsu Laboratories  announced that it has conducted a trial of a ship performance estimation technology(1) together with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Ube Shipping & Logistics, Ltd. Developed by Fujitsu Laboratories and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT), the technology can predict figures such as ship speed and fuel consumption. The results of the trial showed that the technology is capable of estimating ship performance with an estimated margin of error under 1.5%, both on the ocean and near the coast, and in a variety of weather and wave conditions.

Beagle Star to Use Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress for Superyachts

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Inmarsat has launched a new and flexible Fleet Xpress plan for superyachts to address the seasonal luxury market, and through its partner e3 Systems has signed up the first superyacht Beagle Star V, a luxury sail yacht, to the plan. The award-winning Fleet Xpress service has become the fastest growing VSAT service in the 2017 commercial shipping market. With additional flexibility being a key demand for the superyacht industry, where voice and video calls, entertainment and social media can vary widely during the season…

Rosneft, NIOC Ink Cooperation Deal

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Russian oil producer Rosneft and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) have agreed an outline deal to work together on a number of “strategic” projects in Iran together worth up to $30 billion, Reuters reported quoting Rosneft’s head Igor Sechin as saying. The potential collaboration with Iran would further strengthen Rosneft’s position in the Middle East, the company having already secured a number of deals in the region, including the acquisition of a majority stake in Iraqi Kurdistan’s main oil pipeline.

New Exhaust Gas Sensor Technology Goes to Market

Azurtane technology has helped ferry company Red Funnel cut fuel consumption by up to 15 percent per day. (Photo: Azurtane)

With market testing now complete, new exhaust gas sensor technology from remote marine data monitoring company Azurtane Limited will go to market. From its new company headquarters in Southampton, Azurtane will market sensor technology for ships developed with support by the UK government under the Innovate UK program. Azurtane began trialing its exhaust gas sensing equipment with Southampton-based ferry company Red Funnel in 2013. The project involved second-by-second measurement of the fuel used on each voyage of the Red Jet 4 Hi-Speed ferry service between Southampton and Cowes.

Designer-built Adventure Cruise

Explore: two Quest zodiacs head out (Photo: Lindblad Expeditions/Ian Strachan)

The 2016 Polar Code has its first luxury-adventure cruise adherents for the long, new ice-free seasons in the high latitudes. Likewise, many designs winning over owners and explorers target exotic Asia-Pacific destinations. Competition is fierce among “designer-shipyards” seeking to build their designs, but their creations could face fewer hurdles to construction than the designs of independents without a yard. Concepts bound for the slipway have something else in common: new davits for large numbers of water craft.

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