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Monday, December 18, 2017

Marine Equipment

Coatings & Corrosion Control Take Center Stage

(Photo: AkzoNobel)

Marine coatings increasingly are center stage, not simply to maintain the integrity of vessels, but as a means to make ship ops more efficient and environmentally benign. Maritime Reporter had questons, and two executives – Andreas Glud of Hempel A/S and Michael Hindmarsh of AkzoNobel and – offered answers. What are the drivers for coatings development in the coming five years? Glud The drive to optimize operational efficiency will continue to drive customer demand in the coming years.

Amsterdam in ‘Premier League’ in Ethanol Market

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam was included in the S&P Global Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings for ethanol in April 2016. In addition to giving Amsterdam’s ethanol market a tremendous boost, this has put the Port and Noord-Europees Wijnopslagbedrijf BV (NWB) on the map with several major players operating in this segment. However, Port of Amsterdam still trails somewhat behind Port of Rotterdam in this area, as the additional logistics expenses calculated for deliveries from Amsterdam work to the disadvantage of merchants storing their ethanol in Amsterdam.

What Next for BWM Regulation?

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Protecting marine ecosystems from potentially harmful invasive aquatic species transported in ships’ ballast water is an important part of International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s work to protect the marine environment. The treaty supporting this is the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, which requires ships in international traffic to manage their ballast water and sediments to a certain standard, according to a ship-specific ballast water management plan. But for regulation to be effective, it needs to be clearly understood by all stakeholders involved.

CMA CGM Launches Serenity

Image: CMA CGM

French shipping line CMA CGM Group has launched "SERENITY by CMA CGM", an innovative offering to deal with unforeseen events during freight transport. This new offering is part of CMA CGM’s "Customer Centricity" strategy, which puts customers at the center of the Group’s development. On the occasion of the launch of this new innovative offer, Elie Zeenny, Vice President in charge of Development Projects, said: "By launching SERENITY by CMA CGM, a unique set of products in the maritime transport market…

SM Line Selects Intellian VSAT Antennas for its Fleet

Photo: Intellian Technologies, Inc

The provider of maritime satellite antenna systems Intellianhas announced that its v100 maritime VSAT antenna has been chosen by SM Lines to power its ships’ data and communications, and enable its IoT (Internet of Things) freight monitoring system. Internet-enabled physical objects that can process, receive or store information are enabling providers who can illuminate the supply chain’s blind spots to improve productivity, make existing processes more efficient, and deliver new services that improve upon traditional business models.

Damen to Convert Dredger to Dual-Fuel LNG / MGO

Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shiprepair and Conversion has been awarded a contract to undertake the conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel capability combining  liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil (MGO). This will be the first conversion of its kind to take place in Europe. The contract was awarded by Rouen-based GIE Dragages-Ports with regard to its 117m, 8500m³ trailing suction hopper dredger Samuel de Champlain, and the works will take place next year at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque. The conversion…

DNV GL: First Class Guideline for Additive Manufacturing

The ability to produce metal parts in a 3D printing process anywhere holds great promise for the maritime sector. The picture shows a 3D-printed aluminum replica of a mooring chain testing bed at the DNV GL lab in Bergen (Image: DNV GL)

DNV GL has published the first classification guideline for the use of additive manufacturing (AM) in the maritime and oil amid gas industries. The guideline is designed to help manufacturers and sub-suppliers of materials, parts and components, service suppliers and end users adopting AM technologies, by ensuring that the parts or components created by an AM process and the materials from which they are created have the same level of quality assurance as traditionally manufactured products.

Cruise Sector on Track for Growth in 2018 -CLIA

(Photo: MSC Cruises)

The cruise industry is expected to stay on course for further growth in 2018, according to the latest State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report from trade association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). “It is without question that the cruise industry continues on a growth trajectory, gaining in consumer interest and creating a positive impact on the global economy,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. CLIA said current data shows cruise travel is steadily on the rise with a projected 27.2 million passengers expected to set sail in 2018.

BIMCO, CIRM Propose Software Maintenance Standard for Shipping

Photo: BIMCO

BIMCO and the international association for the marine electronics industry, CIRM (Comité International Radio-Maritime), have sent the industry’s first proposal for an industry-wide standard for software maintenance to the IMO for consideration. Without an industry-standard, BIMCO sees an increasing risk of severe incidents on ships, delays and costs to shipowners and cyber security problems. "We hope the entire industry will adopt these standards, to make ships safer, to prevent cyber security problems and to save money," says Angus Frew, Secretary General and CEO at BIMCO.

Africa Maritime Cooperation Centre Launched

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Africa has launched its maritime technology cooperation centre as part of an ambitious  International Maritime Organization (IMO)-EU project to establish a global network of centres to further global efforts in addressing climate change. The centres will act as regional focal points for a wide range of activities including improving compliance with existing and future international energy-efficiency regulations; promoting uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport…

Harris Pye Sold to Joulon Group

Mark Prendergast, Chief Executive, Harris Pye Group. Photo provided by the company.

The Harris Pye Engineering Group, global specialists in the provision of repairs, upgrades and conversions to the marine, offshore oil and gas, and associated onshore industrial sectors, has been acquired by the Joulon Group. Joulon was created in partnership with KKR, the global investment firm to acquire well established companies globally. The investment in Joulon comes from multiple funds managed or advised by KKR. Harris Pye has been acquired to primarily add capability in…

USCG Begins Icebreaking in the Western Great Lakes

The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, a 240-foot heavy icebreaker, breaks ice near Marine City, Mich., along the St. Clair River, Jan. 28, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Daniel R. Michelson)

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie has commenced icebreaking Operation Taconite in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impedes commercial navigation, icebreakers were assigned to each region. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder was assigned to manage the ice breaking needs of western Lake Superior, specifically the twin ports of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wisc., as well as the Port of Thunder Bay, Ont. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay was assigned to the St. Marys River.

SM Line Selects Intellian V100 VSAT Antennas

Photo: Intellian

Maritime satellite antenna systems provider Intellian announced that its V100 maritime VSAT antenna has been chosen by SM Lines to power its ships’ data and communications, and enable its IoT (Internet of Things) freight monitoring system. Internet-enabled physical objects that can process, receive or store information are enabling providers who can illuminate the supply chain’s blind spots to improve productivity, make existing processes more efficient, and deliver new services that improve upon traditional business models.

New Automatic Filter Unveiled: aquaBoll

Dr. Christine Althauser with Stefan Starke at Marintec China (Photo: Boll & Kirch)

German filtration systems specialist Boll & Kirch Filterbau GmbH has presented its new concept for fully automatic water filtration: the aquaBoll automatic filter series, which increases overall plant efficiency and ensures greater efficiency. Germany's Consul General in Shanghai, Dr. Christine Althauser, joined BOLL & KIRCH CEO, Stefan Starke, in unveiling the latest product innovation – the aquaBoll automatic backwash filter – at the Marintec China trade show. The aquaBoll filter…

Maktec Signs On Round-the-world Record Attempt

Hydro Diesel's Alan Priddy with Maktec Marine's Mark Cornforth with Excalibur boat under construction (Photo: Maktec Marine)

Team Britannia, the organization behind the latest attempt to set the world-record for sailing around the world in the fastest time, has appointed Yorkshire-based Maktec Marine to provide technical support for its engine fuel and oil performance. Maktec Marine founder Mark Cornforth said the challenge is to beat the current world-record holder New Zealander Pete Bethune’s time of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes for the 23,000 mile voyage. The attempt will be made in a specially designed 80ft powerboat called Excalibur…

Emissions Regulations Present Strategic Opportunity

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The marine industry as a whole is responsible for about 2.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Shipbuilders and fleet owners have spent the last two decades adjusting to shifting emissions regulations since the introduction of the MARPOL Convention 1997 Protocol, which included specific regulations for the reduction of air pollution from marine vessels. Since then, there have been additions and amendments to ensure that the industry is doing its bit to better support the environment, with the latest regulation pulling forward lower caps in global emissions.

Damen to Convert Dredger to Dual-fuel LNG/MGO

(Photo: Damen)

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has been awarded a contract to undertake the conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel capability combining LNG and MGO – a first of its kind project in Europe. The contract was awarded by Rouen-based GIE Dragages-Ports with regard to its 117m, 8500m³ trailing suction hopper dredger Samuel de Champlain, and the works will take place next year at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque. The conversion is part of an EU-supported initiative to promote LNG propulsion in short-sea vessels operating along the European Atlantic coast.

Hyundai Heavy, LR Eye LNG-fueled Future

Photo: HHI

Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI) Group, with the support of Lloyd's Register (LR), is responding to the increasing  interest in the development of the global supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG), following the introduction of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) NOx and SOx emission limitations, by being at the forefront of developing innovative ship designs. This month Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), part of the HHI Group, will deliver of the world’s largest LNG-fuelled ship, a 50,000 dwt bulk carrier with a high manganese LNG fuel tank.

SolstadFarstad Bags Vessel Contracts

Photo: Solstad Farstad ASA

Solstad Farstad ASA (SolstadFarstad) entered a contract for the PSV, Far Solitaire, with Aker BP for a period of three months firm with further three months option, commencement of contract is mid-January 2018. In addition, Petrobas - Petróleo Brasileiro S.A has extended the present contract for AHTS BOS Topazio with 180 days to February 2019. Meanwhile, Farstad Supply AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of SolstadFarstad, has sold the AHTS Far Grip (1993 built, 14.389 BHP). The vessel was delivered to the new owner on December 12. 

Agreement Between GTT and DSEC

GTT and Korean naval engineering company DSEC have signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement for the construction of GTT membrane containment systems. This deal addresses the requirement of clients wishing to fit membrane type liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel tanks to all types of vessels (cruise vessels, container ships, bulk carriers or roll-on / roll-off ferries, etc.). Moreover, DSEC is already recognised for its ability to implement complete solutions including FGSS (Fuel Gas Supply System) and CHS (Cargo Handling System) systems. With this new cooperation, which broadens the spectrum of GTT industrial partners, shipyards no longer have to acquire the know-how required for the construction of GTT membranes and of LNG handling systems.

Trelleborg Solutions for FLNG Ship-to-Shore System

Photo: Trelleborg

Trelleborg has hailed the recent test of the Universal Transfer System (UTS) conducted with Connect LNG and Gas Natural Fenosa, as tangible evidence of the new applications that its suite of products for jettyless LNG transfer can unlock in this challenging field. The UTS transferred LNG from the Skangas-chartered LNG carrier Coral Energy to the onshore terminal at the Norwegian port of Herøya on October 7 and is now in full commercial operation. A ‘plug and play’ solution, the UTS requires no modifications to the LNG carrier – instead…

Kongsberg Digital Acquires a Share of NSG Digital

KDI - NSG Digital (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Digital and NSG Digital have collaborated since the beginning of 2017 on developing a new logistics system called NSG E2E. Kongsberg Digital is purchasing a 34 percent ownership share in NSG Digital, a subsidiary of the supply base and logistics company NorSea Group. NorSea Group, controlled by Wilhelmsen, is joining forces with Kongsberg Digital to digitalize the supply chain in the oil and gas and offshore wind industries. Kongsberg Digital and NSG Digital have collaborated since the beginning of 2017 on developing a new logistics system called NSG E2E.

Connecting Boatbuilders to the New Gold Standard

(Image: Victaulic)

Victaulic’s forward-thinking vertical integration remains, at the same time, solidly connected to a rich and varied past. It is still common to hear waterfront stakeholders refer to alternative pipe connection systems as temporary or simply as ‘a new development.’ While none of that could be further from the truth, the education of the marine community as to the merits of these products as an alternative to traditional flanges continues. These products – like Victaulic’s market offerings – are indeed mainstream parts of the marine sector…

The Best Options for Safe Mooring

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The use of High Modulus Synthetic Fiber (HMSF) mooring lines, including Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWP) lines continue to make one of the most dangerous evolutions aboard ships safer. A 2017 UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) safety report, however, highlights critical areas where additional engineering review and crew training is required to help ensure overall crew safety. MAIB Report no: 13/2017 dated June 2017, addresses the finding from the March 2…

First Mobile MTU Gas Engines for Rederij Doeksen

The two catamarans are currently being built by Strategic Marine’s shipyard in Vietnam for the Dutch shipping company Doeksen. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

The first two preproduction units of the new mobile MTU gas engine from Rolls-Royce have completed performance tests and were accepted by the customer at the beginning of December. MTU delivered the first two of a total of four 16-cylinder Series 4000 gas engines, each with an output of 1,492 kW, for two new catamarans. From 2018, the two aluminum vessels will operate ferry services on the Dutch Wadden Sea. They are currently being built by Strategic Marine’s shipyard in Vietnam for the Dutch shipping company Doeksen.

ABS Partnership Enhances Safety in Ghana’s Offshore Industry

Photo: ABS

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, formed a joint venture with Notabene Classification Limited to offer regulatory and technical support services, including key classification services to the upstream oil and gas market in Ghana. “This joint venture is an important milestone and demonstrates our strong commitment to advancing safety in all parts of the globe,” said ABS Executive Vice President, Global Offshore, Kenneth Richardson.

Mitsubishi, Wärtsilä Joins for Improved Power and Propulsion Solution

Photo: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment Co., LTD (MHI-MME) and the smart technology group Wärtsilä have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the commercial marketing of a new energy solution for ships. The solution combines innovative technologies from both companies to produce greater power generation capacity and higher propeller propulsion for marine vessels. By integrating MHI-MME's waste heat recovery and energy saving power generation system (WHRS) with Wärtsilä's operational control technology for shaft generator systems…

All-women Crew Tarini Departs From Lyttelton

Photos:  Indian Navy

The Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini left Lyttelton on 12 December 2017 for its onward journey to Port Stanley (Falklands). INSV Tarini had arrived at Lyttelton on 29 November 2017 after completion of second leg of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe. This historic circumnavigation attempt by an all-women crew is being led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.

World’s Largest Crane Vessel under Development

Developers OOS International and China Merchants Industry Holdings tout OOS Zeelandia as the world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel (Image: OOS International)

Holding OOS International Group B.V. said it is working with China Merchants Industry Holdings (CMIH) to design and build what will be the world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV), OOS Zeelandia. OOS unveiled the OOS Zeelandia during the EU-China Blue Industry Cooperation Forum in Shenzhen on December 8, but revealed the basic design has been in progress since a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with the China Merchants Group subsidiary CMIH in July. According to OOS International…

EURONAV Opts for SERTICA Fleet Management

Photo: Logimatic

After a rigorous selection process, tanker shipping company EURONAV has chosen the SERTICA Fleet Management System by Danish software and engineering company Logimatic.  EURONAV, which operates some of the world’s largest tanker vessels, has chosen the entire SERTICA product suite onboard its 52 vessels for improved maintenance and vessel management.  There are currently more than 32 customers worldwide and 964 active vessels running SERTICA Fleet Management system.  

ShipServ Launches Monitoring, Analytics Tool

Photo: ShipServ

ShipServ has launched of the ‘Supplier Performance Report’, the latest addition to its monitoring and analytics tools. The Supplier Performance Report provides shipowners and managers using ShipServ with a host of key data on the procurement performance of every supplier that they use, enabling them to analyze trends, and identify where improvements can be made, so that relationships with suppliers can be enhanced and fully optimized. The Supplier Performance Report brings together…

Finnish Research Vessel Undergoes Propulsion Refit

The 59.2 m long and 13.8 m wide ice-going research vessel Aranda has retained the conventional shafting, while an electrically powered SCHOTTEL Pump Jet of type SPJ 132 RD is to be installed as a new auxiliary propulsion unit. (Photo: SYKE/MRC)

The 28-year-old research vessel Aranda is the first Finnish vessel to be modernized with a diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system. The 59.2 m long and 13.8 m wide ice-going vessel is to be fitted with a 3 MW generator. While the conventional shafting is being retained, an electrically powered SCHOTTEL Pump Jet (SPJ) of type SPJ 132 RD will be installed as a new auxiliary propulsion unit. It features an input power of 400 kW, is installed flush with the bottom of the research vessel and provides maximum thrust over the full 360° range, with no resistance, even in shallow water.

Sinking of the El Faro Subject of NTSB Meeting

File Image: The El Faro 'black box' VDR (Credit: NTSB)

The NTSB is scheduled to meet Dec. 12, 2017, to determine the probable cause of the Oct. 1, 2015, sinking of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro. The 790-foot vessel set sail from Jacksonville, Florida, on a voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, 2015, and sank about 34 hours later near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 crewmembers aboard the ship perished in the accident. The NTSB launched an investigation as soon as the sinking was confirmed and with assistance from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, the wreckage and debris field was located Oct.

Denmark Calls for Regulation for Autonomous Ships

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

​Maritime regulation should be made more flexible if it is to support the development of autonomous ships. A new report published by The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) identifies where changes in maritime regulation are needed. The report will be used as a platform for the future effort of The Danish Maritime Authority to develop regulation and make it digitalisation-ready. The Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, said: ”It is important that Denmark and Danish companies are at the forefront of technology and digitalisation.

Eco Marine Power to Use Artificial Intelligence

Photo: Eco Marine Power

To further enhance its research capabilities Eco Marine Power announced today that it will begin using the Neural Network Console provided by Sony Network Communications Inc., as part of a strategy to incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into various ongoing ship related technology projects including the further development of the patented Aquarius MRE (Marine Renewable Energy) and EnergySail. The Neural Network Console is an integrated development environment using deep learning for AI creation and has been used in deep learning applied technology development within Sony since 2015.

Harley Marine Deploys Ruggedized Routers

(Photo: Cradlepoint)

Harley Marine, like many maritime companies, required a solution for simple, fast and reliable network connectivity to ensure daily tasks such as invoice processing, navigation, marine-mapping and more could be completed seamlessly, and that its employees could deliver consistent customer service. The full-service maritime company chose Cradlepoint for a cost-effective solution that would augment VSAT (satellite) and replace outdated technology to securely connect management to the vessels deployed in waterways all over the globe.

Argentina Sticking with Submarine Program despite Disaster

Photo: Archivo Gaceta Marinera

Argentina and other South American countries are likely to maintain or increase their submarine programs despite the scrutiny that has followed the fatal loss of an Argentine sub in South Atlantic waters last month, defense specialists said. The disappearance of the ARA San Juan with 44 crew members aboard has put pressure on Argentine President Mauricio Macri to consider boosting spending for the military, including the country’s two remaining submarines. Military spending sharply decreased after the end of Argentina’s dictatorship in 1983.

Deck Machinery: Five Stress Areas

(Photo: Klüber Lubrication)

When you face various deck equipment challenges, making the right lubricant selection can help lower labor costs, extend the life of the equipment, improve safety and more. The key is to identify deck equipment stresses, then apply the optimum lubricant solution. A trained lubricant specialist has the knowledge to relieve problems and significantly lower your total operating costs. That’s because selecting a specialty lubricant that can maximize the performance of a given deck application brings many benefits…

ABB’s First Azipod D Unit Begins Operation

(Photo: ABB)

An 8,000 kW rescue tug, the first vessel installed with ABB’s Azipod D electric propulsion system, has been delivered by Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard to customer Guangzhou Salvage Bureau, a division of the Chinese Ministry of Transport. Before delivery, the rescue tug was tested in sea trials where it exceeded design targets in bollard pull, fuel economy, maneuverability and low-load performance, ABB said. The vessel’s captain, Shaohua Liu, said, “We are really impressed with the vessel’s performance. Response time and maneuverability, both of which are critical in our operations, are excellent.

Keehan Promoted to President of Advanced Polymer Coatings

David J. Keehan (Photo: APC)

Advanced Polymer Coatings, Inc. (APC), manufacturer of patented polymer high performance industrial coatings used worldwide in a range of markets, has promoted David J. Keehan to President. The announcement, made by Donald J. Keehan, APC Chairman, is designed to ensure management continuity for future years in the closely held family business. Previously David Keehan was APC Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1993 to 2017, engaged in introducing, promoting and selling the company’s leading coating brands…

LR Presents CES Descriptive Notes to China Smart Ship

Photo: Lloyd's Register

Great Intelligence, the first China smart ship, was presented with Lloyd's Register (LR) cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive notes. Great Intelligence was designed by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) and built at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co., Ltd (GWS), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). Along with LR, System Engineering research Institute (SERI) and China Class Society (CCS) were also involved in this project. Great Intelligence…

ZF CEO Sommer Steps Down

From left: Former CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer with Dr. Konstantin Sauer (Photo: ZF)

ZF Friedrichshafen AG chief executive officer Dr. Stefan Sommer has left the company after five years at the head. Finance Board Member and CEO Deputy Representative, Dr. Konstantin Sauer, will fill in as CEO on an interim basis. The news follows the company's recent appointment of Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen as its new chairman.

NASSCO Begins Building Matson’s LNG-ready ConRos

(Image: General Dynamics NASSCO)

San Diego shipyard General Dynamics NASSCO said it has begun building the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-capable combination containership/roll-on, roll-off (ConRo) vessels for Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Matson, Inc. The 265-meter-long, 3,500 TEU Kanaloa class design was developed by the shipyard in partnership with Daewoo Ship Engineering Company, and incorporates Tier III compliant LNG-capable main and auxiliary engines, with accommodation for future LNG fuel gas system installation.

MAN Brings Latest Tech to Marintec

The MAN 45/60CR engine was unveiled in September 2017 at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s headquarters in Augsburg, Germany (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo has brought its new 45/60CR and ME-LGI engines, as well as its innovative HP-SCR emissions reduction technology to Marintec 2017, which is being held this week in Shanghai. MAN recently revealed its new flagship engine, the successor to its 48/60CR engine in the company’s 4x line of high-performance diesel engines. The MAN 45/60CR marine diesel engine will initially be available as 12V and 14V versions that boast power outputs, of 15,600 and 18,200 kW respectively, with inline versions following at a later stage.

Gangway Innovation Allows Safer Transfer at Offshore Wind Farms

Photo: Ampelmann

Ampelmann has created, in cooperation with Seaway Heavy Lifting, an industry first innovation allowing workers safe and efficient access to install the jackets for 84 wind turbines on the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited project in the Outer Moray Firth. Global offshore contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting awarded the EPCI contract to Ampelmann to design and create an Angular Boom Tip. This will allow secure connection at difficult angles for safe gangway transfer between the 5,000 tonne heavy lift vessel (HLV) Oleg Strashnov and the 2…

Sistema Welcomes Efforts to Resolve Conflict with Rosneft

Russia's Sistema conglomerate said on Thursday it welcomes all efforts to resolve its legal conflict with Rosneft after the oil major filed a new, $2.2 billion, lawsuit seeking damages. "Sistema welcomes any and all efforts for the settlement of the conflict on conditions that would suit all sides," a spokesman for Sistema said. The lawsuit relates to the 2009-2014 dividends paid by Rosneft-controlled oil producer Bashneft, formerly owned by Sistema. Reporting by Anastasia Teterevleva; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin

Wärtsilä Signs on Shuttle Tanker Development Project

Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has signed a joint industry project cooperation (JIP) undertaking with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC), a part of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The objective of the JIP is to develop a preliminary production level design for a 127,000 dwt shuttle tanker that may be built by DSIC with DNV-GL classification. The agreement was signed in October 2017. The demand for shuttle tankers is forecasted to increase, and this joint project is intended to generate a high level design concept with a dynamic positioning (DP) system that can be offered to potential owners.

Autonomous Shipping Test Site Opens in Norway

The ODIN USV and a working scale model of the YARA Birkeland all-electric, autonomous container vessel were on the water for yesterday’s opening event (Photo: Kongsberg)

Norway’s newest autonomous shipping test site is now officially open and ready to support the development of high-tech autonomous maritime solutions. Building on Norway’s leading position within the burgeoning autonomous shipping segment, the new test-bed in Horten is designed to offer Norwegian and international organizations a convenient, safe, non-congested space to trial new technology and vessels as the third of its kind in the country and the fourth such approved area in the world.

China's 'Smart' Ship Debuts in Shanghai

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China's first "smart" ship embedded with a domestically-developed intelligent navigation system made its debut in Shanghai, according to official media Xinhua. China Daily also reported that the world's first smart ship, developed and built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC),  has started its first trial voyage in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province. Christened as 'Great Intelligence' (Great Smart) 179-meter-long ship  is 32-meters-wide and 15-meters-high, with a maximum loading capacity of 38,800 tonnes.

EU Welcomes Digitalisation of Transport

Image: European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA)

European shipowners welcome the Transport Council’s conclusions on the digitalisation of transport adopted recently, said a press release from European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA). It rightly underlines the importance of digitalisation for the European economy and competitiveness, and confirms the EU's ambition to become a global leader in this area. “Digitalisation is already very present in our sector and we welcome the attention given to it by the Transport ministers”, commented Martin Dorsman, ECSA Secretary General.

OCIMF's Paper on Northern Sea Route Navigation

Image: Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF)

Climate change and the associated warming of the Arctic seas has opened up the Northern Sea Route as a possible alternative to more southerly trading routes between Europe and Asia Pacific, but it presents unique challenges to any ship using it. The information paper, which will be released today (7 December), highlights the challenges and best practices that ship managers and Masters should consider when planning and executing a transit of the Northern Sea Route, so that they can make an informed decision about the transit.

Ports Seeking Tech to Cut Vessels' Emissions at Berth

(Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Having already invested nearly $400 million in dockside power hookups and other infrastructure to facilitate shore power in order to curtail at-berth air pollution from containerships, the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles are now soliciting proposals for new technology to reduce emissions for non-container vessels, such as tankers, vehicle carriers, bulk and general cargo ships. The request for proposals by the ports under the Technology Advancement Program offers $1 million ($500…

Crowley’s Newest LNG-fueled ConRo Ship Launched

Crowley’s LNG-fueled ConRo ship, Taíno, was launched at VT Halter Marine (Photo: Crowley)

VT Halter Marine has launched the second of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new Commitment Class ships, Taíno, one of the world’s first combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Taíno will now proceed through the final topside construction and testing phase at the shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., before beginning service in the U.S. Jones Act trade in 2018. She will join sister ship, El Coquí, which was launched earlier this year and is now in final testing prior to entering service in early 2018.

COSCO Places Large Lubricants Order with Shell

COSCO SHIPPING Taurus, one of COSCO SHIPPING’s 20,000 teu capacity containerships (Photo: Shell Marine)

Shell Marine said it has been awarded China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company’s (COSCO SHIPPING) largest marine lubricants order in 2017. This order will include the full range of marine lubricants and technical services for seven out of COSCO SHIPPING’S 10 new generation Ultra Large Container Carriers (ULCCs) with capacities of approximately 20,000 TEUs each, ordered in 2015 and due to be in service from 2018-2019. Shell Marine has supplied marine lubricants and services to over 140 COSCO SHIPPING vessels since 2004.

Interview: Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, US Maritime Administrator

Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret), Maritime Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration

Insights: Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret), Maritime Administrator, U.S. Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby was appointed by President Donald Trump and sworn in as Maritime Administrator on August 8, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association, a position he has held since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2013 with over 34 years of service. A 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Buzby earned his Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate License. He was commissioned in the U.S.

Eye on Design: C-DRONE

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During trials the correct measurement of metocean conditions is crucial for reproducibility, performance prediction and to avoid disputes between different stakeholders. MARIN believes its new C-DRONE can make it much easier to obtain accurate measurement data. MARIN has several systems in use to measure wave height and period. The most direct and accurate way to measure the wave characteristics is the use of a wave buoy. Yet, a buoy is rarely requested during trials because the retrieval process requires a separate support boat that can easily manoeuvre and pick up the buoy.

Ballast-free LNG Carrier Concept Gets LR Approval

The maritime industry has taken a step closer toward ballast free shipping with the award of a new approval in principle (AiP) at Marintec China on Tuesday. GTT and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd (DSIC) received AiP from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for their ballast-free shipping solution, a 30,000m³ B-FREE liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier design, which the developers say could combine environmentally-friendly features, increased efficiency and lower build and operating costs. “While we are still in the initial stage of the project and the design is subject to ongoing change, the initial results are indicating that we will meet our goal of having a ballast-free ship that is equal to, or better than existing conventional designs,” said Ma Yingbin, Vice Chief Engineer, DSIC.

Kyriacou to Lead De Nora's BWMS Unit

Dr. Stelios Kyriacou (Photo: De Nora)

Electrochlorination equipment supplier De Nora announced that Dr. Stelios Kyriacou has been appointed as General Manager of its BALPURE Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) business unit. Dr. Kyriacou joins De Nora Water Technologies from Wärtsilä, where he managed the research, development, design and certification of the full Wärtsilä BWMS range. He previously undertook the same role at Hamworthy from 2009 until its acquisition by Wärtsilä and held roles at Hatlapa Marine Equipment. Dr.

ABS Exec Maps Future of Autonomous Shipping at Marintec

Dr. Kirsi Tikka, ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine, discussed the marine industry’s journey to autonomy at the 2017 Marintec China conference in Shanghai (Photo: ABS)

“With fast-paced advances in technology, we are on a journey to autonomous transportation at sea,” said ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine Dr. Kirsi Tikka, at the 2017 Marintec China conference in Shanghai, China. Tikka, who chaired a panel session on the marine industry’s journey to autonomy, described the benefits that will come during interim phases of the voyage to autonomous shipping. “The transition to the next generation of shipping is fueled by automation, data and connectivity.

UK Partners Launch Autonomous Navigation Project

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As unmanned surface vessels continue to gain ground globally, a new project in the U.K. sets out to address challenges relating to the coexistence of autonomous systems and traditional manned vessels in shared water space. The £1.2 million ($1.6 million) research project, dubbed SWANS (Shared Waterspace Autonomous Navigation by Satellite), is funded by the U.K.’s innovation agency Innovate UK. Project lead BMT will work with partners ASV Global and Deimos Space UK to enable beyond line of sight…

Hai Cheung to Build SeaCure BWMS in China

From left: Ian Stentiford, Senior Vice President, Evoqua Electrocatalyitc; Charlie Wang, General Manager, Hai Cheung China; Randolph Zhang, President Infinitus Holding (Photo: Evoqua)

Evoqua Water Technologies has initiated the second phase of its partnership with Chinese marine equipment supplier Hai Cheung Trading Co. Ltd. Marking another development to the partnership agreement between Evoqua Water Technologies and Chinese marine equipment supplier Hai Cheung Trading Co. Ltd. signed in February, and which initially covered the sale and supply of Evoqua’s SeaCURE System into the Chinese market, Hong-Kong based Hai Cheung will now manufacture and distribute the ballast water management solution under license in China.

MERC to Cease BWMS Type Approval Testing

File Image: MERC's mobile, barge mounted BWMS Testing Platform (MERC)

Maritime Environmental Resource Center will no longer conduct Type Approval Certification testing of ballast water management systems. The Maritime Environment Resource Center (MERC) was established in 2008 by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) to facilitate the development and adoption of Green Ship and Green Port innovations with a primary goal of expanding on over twenty years of research addressing the issues of ballast water invasive species.

Wärtsilä, GTT Partner on LNG Solutions

The inside of a GTT cryogenic membrane tank. Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä and GTT finalized a cooperation agreement at the Marintec conference and exhibition in Shanghai, China on December 5. The aim of the cooperation is to explore potential business opportunities in the marine sector in relation to liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage, fuel gas supply systems and associated services that will benefit both shipyards and vessel owners. Wärtsilä has experience and in-house expertise in LNG fuel gas applications, as well as gas carrier process know-how, while GTT has capabilities in developing cryogenic membrane containment solutions.

Classification Steps Up to the Digital Challenge: DNV GL

DNV GL Press Conference at Marintec China 2017 (from L to R): Torgeir Sterri, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, Norbert Kray. Photo: DNV GL

The maritime world is in the middle of a period of rapid change, with increasing digitalization, new regulations and shifting markets. Classification societies can help to remove barriers, speed up the process, and assist stakeholders make the most of the new landscape, IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen said at DNV GL’s press conference at Marintec China today. “One of the major contributions of class in current times of transformation is to bring familiar assurance processes to new and unfamiliar technologies…

Paefgen Named Chairman of ZF's Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board of ZF Friedrichshafen AG appointed Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Paefgen as its new chairman, at an extraordinary meeting on December 4, 2017. Paefgen, a member of the Supervisory Board since 2008, will succeed Prof. Dr. Giorgio Behr. Since 1976, Paefgen has held various managerial positions in the automotive industry. From 1995 until 2002, he was member of the Board of Audi AG, and from 1997, he was chairman of the Board of Management. From March 2002, he was responsible for the Bentley brand, and as chief representative of Volkswagen AG, was also responsible for Volkswagen's Corporate Research and Motorsports. Between 2003 and 2005, Paefgen was head of Bugatti Engineering GmbH. From 2007 up to his retirement in 2011, he was president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Five Trends in Onboard Cruise Ship Technology

Cruise ships are becoming increasingly high-tech as cruise lines look to improve the onboard experience (©Darryl Brooks / Adobe Stock)

Cruise lines are increasingly using technology to attract and entertain passengers. Whether it’s media content to help travelers wind down at the end of the day or smart tech meant to improve the overall cruise experience, cruise ships are becoming more high-tech. Being out on the ocean creates some challenges to accessing technology, which has put cruise ships behind land-based attractions in terms of digital attractions. Recently, however, cruise lines have dedicated more resources to increasing the connectedness of their vessels.

Wison, CCS Partner on China’s FSRU Standards

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Wison Offshore & Marine announced it will collaborate with China Classification Society (CCS) Wuhan Rules & Research Institute on various fronts of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) storage and re-gasification facility (FSRU) developments in China under a strategic cooperation agreement. Pursuant to the agreement, both parties will embark on a wide range of joint efforts in development and optimization of FSRU products, formulation of relevant technical standards, design and review, joint research of new technologies, exchange of know-how and talent development for the industry.

GE, DSIC Unveil Plan for LNG Carrier Power Conversions

Figure 1: DSIC GE steam turbine retrofit 3D Model (Photo: GE Marine Solutions)

GE’s Marine Solutions and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd. (DSIC) completed a preliminary design for the conversion of a steam turbine powered LNG Carrier (LNGC) to a gas turbine-based propulsion system. The study aims at steam powered LNGCs that offer low fuel efficiency but are not ready to be retired from service. The new design will feature GE’s reliable and compact COmbined Gas turbine, Electric and Steam (COGES) system. According to Yingbin Ma, DSIC Deputy Technical Director…

CMA CGM’s Dual-fuel Mega Ships to be Built to BV Class

The classification contract for CMA CGM’s 22,000 TEU dual-fuel containerships was signed during a ceremony at Marintec in Shanghai (Photo: BV)

All nine of CMA CGM’s new gas-fueled Ultra Large Containerships will be built to Bureau Veritas (BV) class rules and under BV newbuilding supervision. The two China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) shipyards that will be building the nine 22,000 TEU containerships, Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Hudong Zhonghua) and Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry Co., Ltd (SWS), signed the classification contract with BV senior management at a ceremony during Marintec 2017 in Shanghai.

Marlink Acquires Radio Holland's Connectivity Business

Erik Ceuppens (left) and Paul Smulders (right) sign the partnership agreement (Photo: Marlink)

Marlink and Radio Holland have concluded a partnership agreement whereby Marlink has acquired Radio Holland’s connectivity business. According to the partners, the deal strengthens Marlink’s position in maritime VSAT, while Radio Holland will be the preferred global sales and service partner offering Marlink’s satcom connectivity portfolio in combination with its maritime electronics solutions. Furthermore, Radio Holland and the Marlink Group, including Telemar, will intensify their existing cooperation in NavCom sales and servicing.

MSC Hires MacGregor to Upgrade 31 Vessels

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received orders to optimise the container carrying capabilities of 31 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) vessels from six different ship series. The work is designed to optimise ships' cargo system productivity and earning potential. The orders were booked into Cargotec's third and fourth quarter 2017 order intakes and deliveries are planned for completion towards the end of 2018. "Container vessels are an integral part of the whole transportation value chain…

MOL to Use IBM SPSS Modeler for Safety Analysis

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and its wholly-owned consolidated subsidiary MOL Information Systems, (MOLIS) to start multi-dimensional analysis of the causes for incidents and problems on its operated vessels, using IBM's statistical analysis software, "IBM SPSS Modeler". IBM SPSS Modeler is an advanced data analysis software that provides prospective analysis from mass volume of data and supports better decision making to solve business issues. The MOL Group has conventionally aggregated incidents and problems data reported by its operated vessels to "visualize" safe operation.

ABS Strengthens Digital and Strategic Leadership

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ABS announced three senior management appointments as part of the organization’s digital class strategy. “As our markets are increasingly shaped by digital technology, ABS is setting the pace in digital innovation,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “As part of our digital class journey, our entire organization is focused on digital developments and opportunities. Howard Fireman, previously the organization’s chief technology officer, will take on…

Wärtsilä Launches Fuel-saving VER System

VER. Photo: Wärtsilä

The technology group Wärtsilä is introducing its Voyage Emissions Reduction (VER) system as a means for increasing oil tanker revenues, while also significantly aiding the environment through reduced emissions. The system effectively eliminates the problem of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from tankers during laden voyages. VOC’s are organic chemicals having a high vapour pressure resulting from their low boiling point, which leads to extensive evaporation. On average, an oil tanker will emit 0.085 percent of its contained cargo per each week.

Supporting Solomon Islands

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The maritime capacity of the Solomon Islands is to be strengthened through a new capacity-building partnership signed between Belgium, the Solomon Islands and International Maritime Organization (IMO). Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at IMO Headquarters (30 November), Belgium has pledged Euro 350,000 through IMO's Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme to support the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) to enhance its capacity to address maritime challenges.

Jotun, DNV GL: Making Coatings Digital

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Seeking to optimize the delivery of its maritime coatings at port, Jotun said it is using DNV GL’s Veracity platform combining external and proprietary data to create an ecosystem where users can safely share data and link it to other quality assured datasets. In this case Jotun is using the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) dataset to ensure it has the right amount of product in the right place. “Veracity is making paint digital. Jotun have recognized that even products that seem…

Corvus Energy Names Bjørkeli CEO

Geir Bjørkeli (Photo: Corvus Energy)

Corvus Energy has appointed Geir Bjørkeli as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Bjørkeli was previously Director of Norway for the Dutch company Huisman, and established the company’s Norwegian presence for offshore construction equipment solutions. Bjørkeli will remain based in Bergen, Norway. Prior to joining Huisman, Bjørkeli was a design engineer with the ship designer and shipbuilder Ulstein. He held several positions with Rolls-Royce, including VP Sales for North East Asia and Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Marine Japan…

Wärtsilä 20 Diesel Engine Gets a Power Upgrade

The upgraded Wärtsilä 20 engine gaines added power from increased cylinder output of 220kW. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

An upgraded version of the Wärtsilä 20 diesel engine features greater power density thanks to increased cylinder output. The new engine will receive its officially launch at the Marintec conference and exhibition in Shanghai, China from December 5 to 8. According to the manufacturer, the increased maximum output of the new Wärtsilä 20 will enable vessels to accommodate greater payloads or achieve faster speeds with almost the same low fuel consumption as the current version, and will also improve bollard pull capacity for tugs and support vessels.

Voices: Rich Merhige, President/Owner, AME

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AME is a Florida based engineering services company specializing in marine (Advanced Mechanical Enterprises) and industrial (Advanced Maintenance Engineering) predictive, preventative and corrective maintenance for rotating and reciprocating machinery. Founded by Rich Merhige in 1992, AME has pioneered the use of technologies and equipment to perform diagnostics, maintenance and repair, particularly for private and commercial vessels. As AME celebrates its 25th anniversary, discuss the decision to start the company.

Human Element Key to Digital Formula

Frank Coles (Photo: Transas)

In all the excitement surrounding the digitalization of shipping it is easy to overlook the human element. Failing to appreciate and understand properly how people – and by extension organizations – interface with new technology can lead to poor implementation and unnecessary exposure to risk. Technology has sometimes been described as an ecosystem. This analogy from the natural world is rather apt in a shipping environment struggling to adapt to digitalization, where at least three species are thriving.

China Trims Appetite, but Coal Prices Unfazed

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There are indications that China's appetite for imported coal may be starting to ease in line with Beijing's efforts to limit the use of the fuel over winter in a bid to lower air pollution. China's seaborne imports were 18.26 million tonnes in November, down from 20 million in October, according to vessel-tracking and port data compiled by Thomson Reuters Supply Chain and Commodity Forecasts. It's the fourth consecutive monthly decline for seaborne coal imports, according to the data, and it comes as the authorities impose productions cuts on coal-consuming industries such as steel.

DNV GL Launches D-Class

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DNV GL has launched a “D-Class” (Data Smart Classification) joint development project to develop an innovative Dynamic positioning (DP) verification approach. In a series of workshops DNV GL is seeking input from the industry regarding the goals, methods, means and deliverables of the project. Downtime, delays, and interruption of operations are common consequences of dynamic positioning verification schemes. DNV GL wants to change this by incorporating modern technology. Digitization is radically changing the way the shipping and offshore industries operate…

MOL Rolls Out Total Residual Oxidants Instrument

Sensor Unit and Unit with pump. Image: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced commercialization of the Total Residual Oxidants (TRO) instrument "S.sensing WS," one of the major components of the Ballast Water Management System (BWMS). TRO is developed by Kurita Water Industries with the cooperation of MOL's group company MOL Engineering Co. In addition, MOL Techno-Trade will handle sales activities for the new product. BWMS are categorized as "UV type," "electrolysis type," "chemical type," and "ozone type." All except for the UV type sterilize harmful organisms in ballast water with various active substances.

Growth in Blue Denmark Through New Regulations

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The Danish Parliament (Folketinget) has adopted a number of new initiatives in the maritime area which will, inter alia, make it easier to keep and ensure growth in Danish maritime activities and boost the pleasure craft business. Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Brian Mikkelsen said: "These initiatives will help ensure that the Danish flag remains attractive in a globalised world. The Danish Parliament has adopted new regulations in four areas. The provisions on foreign owners’ possibility of having ships registered under the Danish flag have been adjusted and clarified.

IMO Assembly Elects New 40-Member Council

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China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States. Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates. Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey. The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization.

New Owner Takes Over at WESMAR

Roger Fellows, new WESMAR owner (left), and Bruce Blakey, company founder (Photo: WESMAR)

Bruce H. Blakey, founder and President of WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics), has sold his company to local businessman Roger Fellows, effective November 1, 2017. Blakey has sold the company to a new innovator whom he says is poised to take the company and its products to new heights. The name of the company will remain the same. Headquarter operations will remain in Woodinville, Wash. and employees will remain with the company, says its new owner and president Fellows. “WESMAR is impressive,” Fellows said.

MOL Succeeds in 'Visualization at Sea'

Image of using on shore. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced a joint success with Japan Radio  and JSAT MOBILE Communications in building a network that shares data recorded in Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) by using Fleet Xpress provided by Inmarsat, a high-capacity, high-speed satellite telecommunication service. Like the flight data and cockpit voice recorders on airplanes, VDR records data on vessel movement (position, navigation speed, main engine rpm, and so on), voice communication on the bridge, image data on nautical instruments such as radar, and the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS).

First Class Approved 3D Printed Ship’s Propeller Unveiled

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The world’s first Class approved 3D printed ship’s propeller, the WAAMpeller, has been unveiled following rigorous testing verified by Bureau Veritas at Damen Shipyard Group’s headquarters in the Netherlands. The groundbreaking propeller is the result of collaboration between RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk, Bureau Veritas and Damen, who started pooling collective resources and knowledge to develop the world’s first 3D printed ship’s propeller seven months ago. Promarin provided the design of the triple-blade propeller.

ABS: New Guidance on Energy Storage

ABS has published The ABS Guide for Use of Supercapacitors in the Marine and Offshore Industries (Supercapacitor Guide) to support safe application of hybrid power in the marine and offshore industries. The maritime industry is increasingly interested in using supercapacitors as an energy storage solution when quick energy delivery is required during a peak loading condition. Particularly, offshore supply vessel (OSV) owners are considering supercapacitors to supplement energy supply during high-load operations, such as using power thrusters for dynamic positioning while station keeping. "We are developing a series of guides on energy storage systems so our clients have as many options as possible to effectively manage energy use…

Australian Destroyer Enters Sea Trials

The second Air Warfare Destroyer 'Brisbane' heads out for its first phase of sea trials. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

The second Hobart class destroyer, NUSHIP Brisbane, has commenced her first phase of sea trials, which will test the ship’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems. The initial trial phase, which will occur over the coming months, will be followed by a more advanced phase of sea trials next year to test the ship’s combat and communications systems. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the milestone was a further demonstration of industry’s role as a fundamental input into capability for Defence.

Dual-Fuel Variant of MAN L23/30 Engine Awarded TAT

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MAN Diesel & Turbo’s dual-fuel MAN L23/30DF engine successfully passed its Type Approval Test (TAT) at CSSC Marine Power (CMP) in Zhenjiang in front of the industry’s main classification societies. The five-cylinder test engine in China had an output of 125 kW per cylinder at a nominal speed of 720/750 rpm. Finn Fjeldhøj – Head of Small-Bore, Four-Stroke Engineering – MAN Diesel & Turbo, expressed the company’s high expectations for the engine and said: “The L23/30DF covers a power range of 625 – 1…

Inmarsat: The Future of IoT in Logistics

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Unreliable communication networks may render logistics businesses unable to capture full value from the Internet of Things (IoT), says Inmarsat. Top three challenges to successful IoT deployments in transportation sector: IoT skills (54 per cent), integrating IoT with existing systems (43%) and connectivity (40%). The research by the global mobile satellite company for its ‘The Future of IoT in Enterprise – 2017’ report suggests that while 96 per cent of transportation and logistics organisations believe that the success of their IoT deployments is based on reliable ubiquitous connectivity…

Kalmar Rolls Out New Range of Equipments

Kalmar Essential Reachstacker and Kalmar Essential range and TL2. Photo: Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, launches a new range of equipment designed to offer customers in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region a value-based choice of the high quality, reliable equipment that Kalmar is known for. Based on Kalmar's proven G-generation platform, the Essential range includes reachstackers, empty container handlers and forklifts. In addition, Kalmar introduces a new TL2 terminal tractor for the APAC customers. The range will be introduced during the Kalmar Sales and Dealer Conference in Hong Kong on 28-29 November.

Partners Launch Zero Emissions Ferry Project

Norwegian Coastal Administration Shipping Company’s multifunctional vessel OV Bøkfjord is equipped with an environment-friendly hybrid system (Photo: Rolls- Royce)

By combining existing technologies in a new way, it is possible to build ferries that represent a quantum leap for the environment. That is the idea behind a new R&D project involving four major players in the maritime sector: Rolls-Royce, Color Line, Norled and the Norwegian Coastal Administration. The project has now received a NOK 5.9 million grant from the Research Council of Norway’s ENERGIX program. The ‘Zero Emission Ferry’ project is intended to result in a new electrical system that not only provides more efficient power output and stable operations…

A New Breed of Tug

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When markets expand niches are created, goes the logic. For builders of tugs, that market is “floating gas” and the expanding use of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, as a fuel. In support of LNG, there’ll be more oceangoing tug duty — the new floating storage and regasification units, or FSRUs, mean busier LNG carriers, and LNG cargo owners have an interest in tug escorts that share their “carbon footprint”. Still, new emissions rules offer ways to keep using refinery products, and the work of master tug designers suggests the new breeds of tugs are about more than fuel.

OSI to Deliver IBNS for the US Navy LCS Program

OSI Maritime Systems said it has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide its Integrated Bridge and Navigation System (IBNS) for the U.S. Navy Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. “We are pleased to have signed this very important contract with Lockheed Martin. Over the years, OSI has built a strong business relationship with Lockheed Martin through the successful delivery of a number of projects for customers around the world,” said, Ken Kirkpatrick, OSI President and CEO. “The U.S. The system is designed for warships and conforms to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Class Rules for Navigational Integrated Bridge System (NIBS).

Volvo Penta Stakes Position in Wind Farm Support Vessels

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Volvo Penta has emerged as a leading supplier of propulsion systems for support boats in the booming offshore wind farm industry in Europe, and is poised to capture a significant position as new wind farms come into service in North America. “Wind farm support vessels operate under some of the world’s most difficult conditions,” said Jens Bering, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas. “They must be able to work 24/7 in high winds and heavy seas delivering crew and materials quickly and safely to the offshore towers without wasting time and fuel.

Voices: Paulo Cesar P. Freitas, Norsul

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To better understand the challenges faced by ship operators in Brazil, Maritime Reporter’s correspondent in Brazil spoke to Paulo Cesar P. Freitas, Fleet Manager for Norsul Shipping company, one of the major shipping operators in Brazil. Established in 1963 and operating continuously ever since, “Companhia de Navegação Norsul”, as it is called in Portuguese, is one of the leading private maritime commerce companies in Brazil. Norsul specializes in dry-bulk, neo-bulk cargoes, general cargo…

Speedcast Announces Executive Management Changes

Speedcast International Limited has announced two changes to its executive management team: Keith Johnson will become chief operating officer, and Erwan Emilian will lead the Enterprise & Emerging Markets division. Johnson, currently EVP of Speedcast’s Energy Division, will take over for David Kagan as chief operating officer, while also keeping his existing Energy Division responsibilities. Kagan leave Speedcast in early December for personal reasons, but will remain as an advisor to the CEO on a limited-time basis. Johnson joined Speedcast in 2014 after spending over 20 years at Harris CapRock Communications, where he held numerous senior operational roles, including heading global operations and business unit leadership roles.

Wärtsilä to Equip US LNG Fueling Barge

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Wärtsilä said it will provide a broad scope of products and solutions for a new articulated tug barge (ATB) that will be used to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel to cruise ships along the east coast of Florida, U.S. The 4,000 m3 capacity ATB is being built at the VT Halter Marine (VTHM) shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. on behalf of Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport LLC (Q-LNG). When delivered, the vessel will be on a long-term charter with Shell Oil Co. The barge will be fitted with a Wärtsilä LNG cargo storage, handling and control system.

MacGregor Davits for Esvagt SOV

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, said it has won new davit orders from Spanish shipyard Astilleros Zamakona. They are destined for a service operation vessel (SOV) owned by the Danish company Esvagt AS. The contract includes an order for one of MacGregor's largest davit systems, specially-designed to ensure safe transfers in rough weather. Equipment deliveries are scheduled for November 2018 and the order was booked in Cargotec's fourth quarter 2017 order intake. The vessel will feature one of MacGregor's largest davits…

Former Harkand DSVs Join Boskalis Fleet

Boskalis acquired the 2011 built DSV Atlantis for approximately $60 million (Photo: Boskalis)

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has added two 115.4m diving support vessels (DSVs) to its fleet, in line with the company’s plan to expand its subsea services offering. Boskalis said it reached an agreement with the bondholders of the two former Harkand vessels under which it has acquired the DSV Atlantis for approximately $60 million and has signed a three-year bareboat charter for her sister vessel Da Vinci along with a right of first refusal in the event of a sale. The vessels…

Hydrographic Survey Vessel Converted for Autonomous Ops

Garrot, a Canadian Coast Guard’s launch dedicated to the hydrographic survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service recently converted to unmanned mode by ASV Global. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

ASV Global said it has converted a 26ft hydrographic survey launch to enable it to operate autonomously using the ASView control system, while maintaining its ability to operate in a conventional manned mode. The launch, which is part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) fleet dedicated to the survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), will be used as a test platform for unmanned survey work. This delivery to the CHS marks ASV Global’s 10th unmanned conversion of a customer vessel using the ASView system.

IMO Orders Fuels of the Future

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The new sulfur, carbon dioxide limits ewill demand precise understanding by ship owners and operators. Globally, new regulations are coming into effect governing the Sulfur Oxide (SOx) limits and CO2 emissions. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has updated the maximum amount of SOx allowed in fuels and the European Commission is introducing new reporting requirements to monitor CO2 emissions. Understanding the impacts of these changes on ship owners and operators is critical given the market conditions for maritime services.

Upgraded OPV Delivered to Malta

OPV P61 was delivered to the Armed Forces of Malta with a new main propulsion plant and other machinery and equipment (Photo: Fincantieri)

Having undergone six months of upgrading activities at Fincantieri’s Genoa drydocking facility, Offshore Patrol Vessel P61 has been delivered to the Armed Forces of Malta. The upgrade, which aimed to improve the vessel’s reaction capability, included the installation of a new main propulsion plant, other machinery and equipment as well as the overhaul of most of the ship’s onboard systems. The project was co-financed by the European Union Internal Security Fund. Offshore Patrol…

Jackson to Direct Global Marketing at KVH

Elizabeth Jackson (Photo: KVH)

Elizabeth Jackson has joined KVH Industries, Inc. as chief marketing officer and senior vice president for strategy.   Jackson has worked at a variety of companies including Proctor & Gamble, Campbell Soup Company, Summer Infant, and HookLogic, a Bain Capital Ventures portfolio company in ad tech performance marketing. Most recently, Jackson was CMO at DOTS Technology Corp, an NEA portfolio company in health tech.   Jackson has a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA from INSEAD in France.   

Totem Plus to Offer Naval Dome's Cyber Solutions

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Totem Plus is to offer its customers Naval Dome’s cyber defence solution as a supplement to its PC-based navigation and automation systems, following the September signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the cyber security specialist. The two Israel-based companies began cooperating last year when the Naval Dome solution was used to protect the Totem Plus ECDIS, IMAC (Integrated Monitoring, Alarm & Control), VDR and BAM (Bridge Alert Management) installations aboard a 5000TEU containership.

Rolls-Royce Opens Ship Intelligence Center

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The first of Rolls-Royce’ series of ship intelligence experience spaces has opened to show customers, suppliers and partners how the latest digital solutions can transform the marine industry. Opened in Ålesund, Norway, the Intelligent Asset Management (IAM) experience space sets out to demonstrate how ship intelligence systems can harness the “power of data” to optimize fleet operations, reduce operating costs and improve maintenance procedures, Rolls-Royce said. The IAM space provides an area for Rolls-Royce customers to validate the advantages of using IAM systems…

Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum Agrees on Goals

Carbon emissions, safety and cyber security were at the top of the agenda at the annual Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum which attracted more than 100 delegates. At the end of two days of debate it was agreed that the industry needs to design ships differently and be more technologically innovative to reach world climate goals and counter cyber security risks. For over 16 years, Tripartite has provided an opportunity for representative associations of shipowners, classification societies and shipyards to discuss contemporary issues related to design, construction and operation of new and future ships. This year’s themes were decarbonization of ships, safe design and digitalization.

Wärtsilä’s Ambitious Vision of a Digital Future

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Digitization sets the new standard for the entire industry, says Wärtsilä on a November 24 press meeting in London. Wärtsilä has announced an ambitious vision to lead the marine industry into a smart technology future by catalyzing innovative developments leading to high connectivity and optimisation for the entire sector. Wärtsilä sees four significant trends that will reshape the industry: big data analytics and data flow will change the way the industry works, there will be more smart vessels and automated smart ports, and a shared capacity will improve rates and reduce costs.

Marlink Buys Majority Stake in OmniAccess

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Apax Partners backed Marlink said it has signed a definite agreement to acquire a majority stake in fellow maritime VSAT services firm OmniAccess. The transaction remains subject to customary regulatory approval and closing is expected in the first half of 2018. OmniAccess’ existing management team will remain unchanged and continue to keep a significant shareholding in the company. OmniAccess will remain a stand-alone company, functioning as the competence center for broadband connectivity solutions for the high-end superyacht and boutique cruise-line customers.

Wärtsilä Introduces its Smart Marine Ecosystem Vision

Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem vision is centred on high levels of connectivity and digitalisation. Photo: Wärtsilä Marine Solutions

The smart technology group Wärtsilä is at the forefront of harnessing the changes taking place in the shipping industry to deliver value and optimisation for its customers. By orchestrating these developments through the use of high levels of connectivity and digitalisation, Wärtsilä intends to lead the industry’s transformation towards a Smart Marine Ecosystem. “The world is moving towards a future that is more and more connected, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the shipping sector.

Brazil Funds Training on ShipConstructor & 3D Design

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ShipConstructor Software Inc. (SSI) says it is excited to see that the Brazilian Government has funded training on SSI’s ShipConstructor software. Below is background to that decision. Brazilian shipyard Estaleiro Atlântico Sul (EAS) is one of a select group of bright lights in the Brazilian shipbuilding industry. With the downturn in oil prices and the impact of “Operation Car Wash” causing the cancellation of Petrobras projects, several Brazilian shipbuilding and offshore shipyards have shut down.

Hempel Rolls Out New Cargo Hold Coating

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Hempel has launched Hempadur Ultra-Strength Fiber 47510, a new cargo hold coating said to deliver up to 40 percent reduction in cargo holds maintenance costs, according to the coatings manufacturer. Hempel said the new coating is specifically designed to withstand conditions experienced by cargo holds, hatch covers and hatch coamings of bulk carriers, offering superior corrosion protection and long major repair intervals for owners and operators, as well as application simplicity for shipyards and applicators.

Training for Port Security Staff in Guinea

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Port security officials in Guinea have undergone training on complying with International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s maritime security measures. They are being trained in how to perform their duties in line with SOLAS Chapter XI-2, the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS Code) and related guidance. The event in Conakry, Guinea (20-24 November) is being organised in conjunction with Guinea’s Maritime Authority and the Ministry of Transport. The training involves Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs) and representatives of the Designated Authority (DA).

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