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Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Threat from wandering greenhouse gas

AWI sea-ice physicists have ericted an ice camp to investigate melt ponds on Arctic sea ice. (Photo Alfred-Wegener-Institut  Mar Fernandez)

On the seafloor of the shallow coastal regions north of Siberia, microorganisms produce methane when they break down plant remains. If this greenhouse gas finds its way into the water, it can also become trapped in the sea ice that forms in these coastal waters. As a result, the gas can be transported thousands of kilometres across the Arctic Ocean and released in a completely different region months later. This phenomenon is the subject of an article by researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute, published in the current issue of the online journal Scientific Reports.

Data is the New Oil and Satellites Are the Pipeline

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As the shipping industry embraces digitalization, it’s time for a new era of fresh thinking that recognizes the potential of satellite communications in delivering financial, environmental and safety improvements. If shipping awarded a ‘word of the year’ in 2017, digitalization would have been a clear contender. The term has become a mainstay of commentary in maritime media and a key topic of debate at our industry’s conferences and exhibitions. But the reality is that digitalization is more than just a word or catchphrase that’s captured shipping’s attention.

Hamburg Welcomes Its Largest Ever Box Ship

CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery made its maiden call at the Port of Hamburg on Thursday morning, March 15 (© HHM / Dietmar Hasenpuscch)

The largest ever containership to call at the port on the Elbe berthed in Hamburg early on Thursday morning, March 15. The oceangoing giant CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery made its maiden call at the Port of Hamburg's HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) where it will discharge approximately 7,000 TEU and load 4,000. The 400-meter-long CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery, delivered to French owner CMA CGM earlier this year, has a capacity of 20,776 TEU. End-to-end, those containers would cover a distance of over 125 kilometers.

Shipping Needs an Attitude Adjustment -Transas Chief

Transas CEO Frank Coles delivers the opening keynote at the 2018 Transas Global Conference on March 7 in Vancouver, B.C. (Photo: Eric Haun)

Speaking last week at the 2018 Transas Global Conference in Vancouver, Transas CEO Frank Coles laid out his vision for the maritime industry’s future – from safer, greener and more efficient ships to a world without freight forwarders. As has come to be expected from the Transas CEO, Coles did not hesitate to offer a healthy dose of constructive criticism – particularly in the direction of those he sees as a hindrance to industry-wide progress, be it ship owners and operators, freight forwarders or regulators.

Emissions Regulations: 'It's Not Easy Being Green'

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Nor is it getting any easier to understand when, how and why to comply. Whether your marine operation is a major corporation or a family “mom and pop” company, the type of fuel you now burn or for that matter what emanates from your stack each day after the burn has now become a major source of confusion. As Kermit the Frog once said, we will now know what its like to be green. Some believe the discussion is a new subject. It is not. Those of us that work the oceans, rivers and sounds for a living always had a concern of how much fuel we burn and what the quality of that fuel was.

Cummins QSK95 Propulsion for Ferry Newbuild

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Azam Marine’s next newbuild, Kilimanjaro VII, will be the first passenger ferry powered by QSK95 propulsion engines from engine manufacturer Cummins. Two QSK95 propulsion engines will provide main propulsion power to the new Incat Crowther designed fast catamaran, which will be built by Australian shipbuilder Richardson Devine Marine in Tasmania. Cummins said its newest and most powerful engine for the marine market, the QSK95, offers a power output previously exclusive to medium-speed marine engines with power ratings from 3…

Danish Maritime Authority Conference on EfficienSea2

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The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) is hosting the final conference of the EU-funded digitalisation project EfficienSea2 on the 5th and 6th of April. 32 partners from 12 different countries have been collaborating in the European project EfficienSea2 since 2015 to create a more digital maritime world. The project has focused on developing new communication platforms, international IT-standards and digital services for the maritime world. The project supports the effort recently initiated by the Danish Government through a plan for maritime growth and a digital strategy.

Executives Larkins, Morais Acquire SSI

From left to right: Darren Larkins and Denis Morais (Photo: SSI)

As of March 1, 2018, CEO Darren Larkins and President & CTO Denis Morais have acquired ownership of the shipbuilding software development company SSI from the company’s founder Rolf Oetter.   Larkins and Morais have been managing SSI for the past seven years while Oetter has focused on other initiatives.

Damen Unveils New Water Injection Dredger

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Damen Shipyards Group has recently unveiled a Water Injection Dredger (WID), courtesy of a plug & play system aboard a Damen Multi Cat. Such capabilities are typically found only on dedicated platforms, though Damen said it realized that the Multi Cat’s forward propulsion and manuevrability made it a suitable platform for this type of dredging. “Damen invented the Multi Cat as the ideal dredge support vessel – what I like to think of as floating work bench – for Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSD).

EU to Publish Preliminary 2017 Emissions Data

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The European Commission will release preliminary 2017 carbon emissions data from energy-intensive companies in Europe on April 3, it said on its website. The data is closely watched by the carbon market and can affect carbon prices in the EU's Emissions Trading System (ETS). It will also, for the first time, be used to calculate the total number of carbon permits in circulation to work out how many should be placed in a Market Stability Reserve - a short-term measure to beef up prices starting in 2019.

Medicine on Danish Ships Abroad

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Denmark introduces new regulation, simplifying the handling of medical supplies for survival craft and the handling of medicine on board Danish ships abroad. The requirement for ships’ medicine to be bought from a Danish pharmacy will be abolished when the new regulations become effective on 1 July 2018. This is a considerable advantage when ships located far from Denmark are switching to the Danish flag. The new regulations will also make it easier for Danish survival craft manufacturers and service stations to import the medicine required on board.

ABB’s Azipod for superyacht Tuhura

ABB’s Azipod propulsion chosen to propel visionary superyacht Tuhura Photo ABB

ABB’s Azipod propulsion will power Oceanco’s visionary superyacht inspired by Polynesian canoes and outfitted with the latest technology. Perfectly suited to the canoe form, ABB’s contra-rotating Azipod technology achieves a 10 percent propulsion efficiency improvement. The ABB technology has become the industry standard in the cruise segment since its launch in 1990. Tuhura made waves on its launch by Dutch superyacht builder Oceanco at last month’s Dubai International Boat Show 2018.

Consortium: Blockchain Solution to Improve Ocean Shipping

Blockchain is a new type of distributed database system that maintains and records data in a way that allows multiple stakeholders to confidently and securely share access to the same information. Image Accenture

A consortium comprising AB InBev, Accenture, APL, Kuehne + Nagel and a European customs organization has successfully tested a blockchain solution that can eliminate the need for printed shipping documents and save the freight and logistics industry hundreds of millions of dollars annually. The consortium tested a solution where documents are no longer exchanged physically or digitally but instead, the relevant data is shared and distributed using blockchain technology under single ownership principles determined by the type of information.

Kalmar Promotes New Range of Reachstackers in Latin American

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, launches a new range of equipment designed to offer customers in the Latin American market 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. The range will be introduced for customers in the region during the Intermodal South America conference in São Paulo, Brazil on 13-15 March 2018.

Cargo, Offshore Gaining Ground: Viking

Image:  Viking Life-Saving Equipment A/S

For the second consecutive year, revenue and earnings remained stagnant for 2017 at Viking Life-Saving Equipment A/S. Two of the largest customer segments, the cargo ship market and offshore industry, remain in turmoil and continue to impact the top and bottom lines. Signs of a slight improvement in the economy are encouraging, as well as  Viking's gain in market share. “We find ourselves in a market with extremely complex demands that vary significantly between segments – a market driven by a multitude of factors…

Kalmar Backs Suomen Satamatekniikka Oy

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a Kalmar Care service agreement with Suomen Satamatekniikka, a subsidiary of Steveco, covering the maintenance and service of 16 Kalmar straddle carriers at the Port of Helsinki, Finland. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2017 fourth quarter order intake and the agreement comes into effect from the beginning of February 2018. Steveco, a leading port operator in Finland, employs approximately 850 people and has annual revenues of close to EUR 160 million.

Lloyd’s Register Acquires Cyber Security Firm Nettitude

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Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced it has acquired cyber security services provider Nettitude. LR, who already provides a range of cyber security services such as certification, compliance, training, audit and security consulting, said the acquisition strengthens its existing portfolio to provide services including penetration testing, information security consulting, managed security services and incident response handling. “This is an important acquisition for Lloyd’s Register to enhance our capability in assuring the increasingly complex supply chains in which we operate…

New Members Join NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Advisory Panel

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NOAA acting administrator retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., has appointed three new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving a range of services and products that support safe navigation and coastal resilience. Sean M. Duffy Sr., executive director, Big River Coalition, New Orleans, La. Retired USCG Capt. Julie Thomas, senior advisor, Southern California, Coastal Ocean Observing System, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, Calif.

Dellner Brakes: Serving Inland and Coastal Waterways Markets

A luffing and trolley travel hoist for bagged material used by two vessel loaders at Lake Charles, Louisiana. The hoists are fitted with Dellner SKP service brakes with mounting stands installed between the hoist motors and the reduction gears. The brakes were also manufactured with extra protection to prevent corrosion from sea water.

Dellner provides a range of clutch and braking products for the inland (brown water) and coastal workboat markets. Dellner products are used in a wide range of workboats including tugs, fishing boats and coast guard vessels. Major customers include US Seafoods, Trident Seafoods, Pesca Azteca, Frabelle Fishing, Western Rivers, ARTCO, Campbell Transportation, Moran Towing, Crowley Maritime, Excell Marine, Hunter Marine, Canal Barge, Andrie, Foss Maritime, Kirby Corporation, Sause Bros and Seaspan.

MARIC to Use Lloyd's Register Design Software

Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC), a subsidiary company of China State Shipbuilding Corporation group (CSSC), has signed a licence agreement with Lloyd's Register (LR) for use of their ShipRight FastTrack software. ShipRight FastTrack assists ship designers with the increased requirements demanded in Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Under the latest IACS and Classification Rules the scope for FEA requirements is increasing and initial structural designers need to spend more time on FEA as a result. Time savings can be made with the use of this software that can generate the qualified FE mesh model quickly from 2D/3D plans without the need for excessive and expensive human intervention.

Gibdock Completes Two Gibraltar Repair Projects

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Gibdock said its Gibraltar yard has completed two projects recently  that demanded ships re-entry into service without delay. Returning customer Compagnie Maritime Nantaise (CMN) chose Gibdock’s facilities to carry an extensive package of work on its ro-ro container vessel, MN Calao, which spent 18 days in the yard last month, taking in its five-year classification survey. The 12,026 dwt, 160m long vessel, which was originally delivered by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in 2013, is a sister to the same owner’s MN Tangara, which was docked at Gibdock in June and July 2017.

Alfa Laval BlueBox SA prevents oily water discharge problems

Alfa Laval BlueBox SA  Photo courtesy Esbjörn Ljunggren; Alfa Laval

Non-compliant discharge of oily water continues to be an environmental threat – and an expensive headache for the marine industry. With the tamper-proof Alfa Laval BlueBox SA, a standalone oil content monitor and data recorder, Alfa Laval is providing peace of mind to ship owners and operators. Despite many years of strict enforcement when it comes to oily water discharge limits, there are still high-profile cases that result in extreme fines or jail terms. Naturally, no company can afford to take risks when the consequences are of such magnitude.

Ocean Signal Introduces New AIS Transponders

Ocean Signal ATA100 Class A AIS Transponder (Image: Ocean Signal)

Ocean Signal has rolled out its new ATA100 Class A and ATB1 Class B AIS transponders as fully compliant solutions to increase visibility, aid collision-avoidance and enhance navigational safety for a range of commercial workboats, support vessels and fishing boats. The AIS transponders were unveiled for the first time at Asia Pacific Maritime. The ATA100 is a combined SOLAS and Inland approved single-unit device capable of exchanging dynamic and static ship data with other AIS systems and developed to meet the latest IMO carriage requirements and IEC standards.

Prysmian to Order Cable Layer Newbuild

Prysmian Group announced it will invest more than €170 million ($210.3 million) in a new cable laying vessel to be delivered by the second quarter of 2020. The group said the vessel  will support long-term growth prospects in the submarine cable installation business, strengthening its interconnection and offshore wind project execution capabilities. According to the Prysmian Group, the vessel will offer deep water installation capabilities for depths of more than 2,000 m; increased cable loading capacity thanks to large cable rotating platforms; capability to perform complex installation operations supporting a variety of burial systems, including heavy duty ploughs; state-of-the-art positioning and seakeeping systems and a reduced environmental footprint.

Offshore Wind Drives Demand for US Support Vessels

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The offshore energy boom: more than wind. Domestic offshore wind also promises to generate demand for new, efficiently propelled support vessels. The U.S. offshore wind farm industry, now in its infancy, is on the verge of a massive growth surge, and the boom will be felt throughout the American maritime industry. The U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy reported last year that there is a “robust pipeline of projects to ensure growth in the country’s nascent offshore wind market…

Sanmar Orders 42 Rolls-Royce Thrusters

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Rolls-Royce said it has secured an extensive supply order from long-time collaborator Sanmar Shipyards for propulsion and deck equipment for tugboats the Turkish shipyard is building for various customers. The scope of supply includes 42 Rolls-Royce US 205/255 azimuth thrusters for 21 harbor/terminal/escort tugs in the 60-, 70- and 80-metric-ton bollard-pull range and high-pressure hydraulic towing winched for the 80-metric-ton models. All vessels are based on new designs developed by Canadian naval architects Robert Allan Ltd., exclusively for Sanmar.

Schoellhorn-Albrecht Wins OPC Subcontract

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Marine equipment manufacturer Schoellhorn-Albrecht said it has been awarded a subcontract from Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) to design and build various equipment for the U.S. Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC). Schoellhorn-Albrecht was selected for the deck machinery, deck fittings, accommodation ladder system and structural castings including the shaft strut and stern tube. The OPC is the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest shipbuilding program. The U.S. Coast Guard’s current contract calls for ESG to build 11 OPCs to replace the medium endurance cutters.

Mercury Marine Mourns Loss of Charlie Strang


Mercury Marine is saddened by the death of Charles “Charlie” Strang who served as Carl Kiekhaefer’s top engineer for 13 years at Mercury Marine. After leaving Mercury, he served as Director of Outboard Marine Engineering (OMC) and later CEO and Chairman of the Board. Strang, 96, was also known as the creator of the sterndrive engine, sketching the first sterndrive in 1948 while attending MIT. Strang’s mother, Ann, is responsible for the famous Mercury Phantom Black engine color. Strang was a very popular figure in both the marine and NASCAR industries.

Tokyo MOU: Concentrated Inspection Campaign On Safety Of Navigation

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The concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on safety of navigation was carried out in the Tokyo MoU region from 1 September 2017 to 30 November 2017. Within the campaign, Tokyo MOU member Authorities verified vital points of compliance in accordance with SOLAS Ch. V on all types of foreign merchant ships. During the CIC, member Authorities inspected a total of 6,720 vessels, of which 36 (0.54%) were detained as a direct result of the campaign. In total 157 (2.34%) ships were detained during the campaign.

Spill Preparedness and Response – A Collaborative Effort

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined leading oil spill experts and stakeholders to discuss future issues concerning oil spill preparedness, response and restoration – at the Interspill 2018 conference and exhibition in London (13-15 March). Speaking at the opening session, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said that “many years of collaborative work between governments and industry, at IMO, have helped reduce dramatically the number of oil spills and the amount of oil spilt from ships”.

BP Expects 90% Compliance for Marine SOx Emissions Caps

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Oil major BP Plc expects more than 90 percent of the world's shipping fleet will comply with new regulations slashing sulfur levels ships are allowed to burn starting 2020, a company executive said on Tuesday. Coming International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules will cut the amount of sulfur emissions that ships worldwide are allowed from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent by 2020. "Potential non-compliance is a significant issue that the market has been contending with," Jason Breslaw, who leads BP's distillate trading origination across the Americas, said at an industry conference in New Orleans.

Australia to Stress International Law in South China Sea Dispute

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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will on Tuesday hail the role of international law in settling regional conflicts, comments apparently aimed at bolstering Australian efforts to build a coalition against Chinese assertiveness. Bishop, in a speech ahead of a special meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Sydney, will not name China but will argue that international law will stabilise a region strained by rival claims in the South China Sea. "The rules-based order is designed to regulate behaviour and rivalries of and between states…

ABS Head Wiernicki Outlines Maritime’s New Normal

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

Addressing industry leaders at the opening session of the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Shipping 2018 conference, ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki, detailed how global megatrends and shipping industry challenges, including digitization and connectivity, cyber security, efficiency improvements and optimization gains in operational performance, and emissions reduction are redefining the current world in which we work. “It’s clear our business environment is changing and we have a new definition of what normal means,” Wiernicki said.

BWMS with Automatic Filter Receives USCG Certificate


Technology enterprise Boll & Kirch said one of its product innovations, the Bollfilter Automatic Type 6.18.3, recently helped SunRui Marine Environment Engineering, based in Qingdao, China, qualify for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) certificate. Since the beginning of 2016, ballast water management systems (BWMS) of ships discharging ballast water at American ports have had to comply with special USCG regulations. SunRui's BalClor BWMS system, which relies on Boll & Kirch's innovative ballast water filtration technology, has now been certified by the authority.

BMT Rolls Out New Big Data Product: BMT Deep

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BMT has introduced BMT Deep, an advanced interactive asset data platform designed to deliver deeper insights for enhanced offshore asset performance management. “With 20+ years practical experience of working with marine structures, we have developed a platform that can monitor, review or forecast the performance of offshore assets,” said Soma Maroju, Product Development Lead for BMT Deep. “Using AI and machine learning we have been able to build advanced models that reinforce the platform’s capabilities.

Sea Tel 9711 Triband Maritime Antenna System Launched

Cobham SATCOM’s Sea Tel 9711 Triband maritime antenna system unveiled at Satellite 2018 Photo Cobham SATCOM

Satellite 2018 marks the launch of Cobham SATCOM’s Sea Tel 9711 Triband maritime antenna system, which leverages unique technology and capabilities from global communications company Viasat Inc. The Sea Tel 9711 Triband is the world’s first and only 2.4m maritime stabilized antenna capable of delivering full 2.4m gain performance across any C-, Ku-, or Ka-band network to maximize high-speed, high-quality broadband connectivity for high-demand maritime segments, such as Cruise, Energy and Government.

BSEE Launches Risk-Based Inspection Program

Risk-based inspections Courtesy BSEE

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) this week announced the implementation of a new Risk-Based Inspection Program that employs a systematic framework to identify facilities and operations that exhibit a high-risk profile. The risk-based inspections supplement BSEE’s existing National Safety Inspection Program. The OCS Lands Act authorizes BSEE to conduct annual scheduled inspections and periodic unannounced inspections of all oil and gas operations. The new…

Responders Tracking Containers Lost off North Carolina

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The U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA and Environmental Protection Agency are monitoring the tracking and assessment of more than six dozen stray cargo containers lost due to high winds and heavy seas about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, N.C. On Sunday, March 4, the cargo ship Maersk Shanghai alerted watchstanders at Sector North Carolina’s command center that they lost about 70 cargo containers during a heavy roll. Maersk later confirmed the total number of containers lost overboard was 76 as well as their contents. A. P.

North Carolina Ferries Change Course for the Future

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Shoaling shifts NCDOT’s propulsion needs, prompting a sea change. Thrustmaster waterjets step in to carry the day. In Swansboro, N.C., boatbuilder U.S. Workboats (formerly Armstrong Marine) is assembling the linchpin of the North Carolina Department of Transport’s (NCDOT) business plan for its future Outer Banks ferry services. Separately, in both Hatteras and Ocracoke, crews are preparing to break ground on new parking additions and visitor facilities. The Ocracoke Express passenger…

Cohort Companies to Deliver Maritime Defense Technologies

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Cohort plc companies MASS and SEA have been selected to form part of a new UK Ministry of Defense maritime research and development program being managed by defense technology company QinetiQ. QinetiQ has been awarded a contract by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to manage the Progeny Maritime Research Framework contract to enhance the effect of technology in the maritime defense environment. Under the contract, QinetiQ will build and manage a community of interest who will contribute ideas to maximise the impact of science and technology for UK maritime defense.

Ship Owners Are Modifying Propellers to Meet EU MRV Requirement

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Belgian underwater repair specialist Hydrex says it is carrying out more modifications to a ship’s underwater areas and equipment in addition to the company’s more common damage rectification work. The increase in this type of work - to propellers, in particular – follows the recent introduction of the European MRV regulation which has seen more shipowners look at ways of further reducing fuel consumption (and emissions) when operating to and from European ports. The EU MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, Verification) regulation entered into force in July 2015.

Remains of Three Crew Found on Maersk Honam

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Maersk said the remains of three of four missing crew members have been found aboard the Maersk Honam after a fire broke out in one of the vessel’s cargo holds last week. The search for the fourth crew member continues on board, though the search at sea has been suspended. “Given the time passed and the severe fire damages of the vessel we must conclude by now that we have lost all four colleagues who have been missing since the fire onboard Maersk Honam which began on March 6. All four families of our deceased colleagues have been informed,” Maersk said.

Keppel Bags Awilco's Semi-submersible Rig Order

The Offshore Division, helmed by Keppel FELS, leads the industry in the design and building of high performance mobile offshore rigs. Photo Keppel

Following the Letter of Intent signed by Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel FELS Limited, with Awilco Drilling PLC, Keppel has secured the contract to construct a mid-water semisubmersible (semi) drilling rig for harsh environment use worth about $425 million. As part of the transaction, Awilco has independent options to order up to another three similar rigs to be exercised within 12, 24 and 36 months respectively. The prices of the three…

Baltic Cruise Boom Boosts Chances for Port Cities

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Good opportunities for local port cities are up for grabs as a cruise shipping boom sweeps the Baltic. Both Rostock and Kiel are already profiting from it. Between them they are expecting 1.3 million cruise ship visitors during this year’s season – an increase of 12.5% over last year. The managing directors of Germany’s two leading Baltic passenger ports, Rostock and Kiel, addressed the issue during a news conference at the ITB, the world’s leading travel trade fair in Berlin. The Managing director of the Port of Rostock (Rostock Port GmbH) Jens A.

Oakland Port Digitalized to Move Cargo Faster

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Port of Oakland officials has promised a digital shipping platform by mid-year to speed up global trade flows. The Port said it’s building an online portal for transactions that range from tracking to transporting containerized cargo. The move aligns with an industry migration toward digitalization of international supply chains for the sake of efficiency. The Port previewed its portal - called a digital collaboration platform - at an American Association of Port Authorities meeting in Oakland.

Fincantieri Services set-up in the U.S.

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As part of its business development strategy in the United States, Fincantieri has established Fincantieri Services USA, a wholly owned subsidiary, based in Miami, Florida, which will be the focal point in the country for all the services and after sales activities on cruise ships of the Group. Fincantieri Services USA will be the sole front office for cruise customers, offering a wide range of services - particularly all those related to the life cycle management of the vessels - as well as focusing on repairs and refitting.

BSEE: Report on Subsea Bolting Technology Released

High-Performance Bolting Technology for Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Operations Photo courtesy of  BSEE

In an effort to address a recurring problem with faulty connectors in critical safety equipment, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) commissioned a National Academy of Engineering study on the matter in September 2016. After 18 months of study, the report entitled “High-Performance Bolting Technology for Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Operations” was published Friday. BSEE sponsored this study to leverage the resources of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Academies of Sciences…

Bolivia Joins International Mobile Satellite Organization

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The Plurinational State of Bolivia has become the 104th country to join the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO), the inter-governmental body that oversees the provision of certain satellite-based maritime distress communication services. The IMSO Convention was adopted by International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1976 to establish and oversee satellite communications for shipping. Ms. Giovanna Lenny Vidal, Charge d'Affaires, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and IMSO Director General Capt. Moin Ahmed to deposit the instrument of accession to the Convention.

CMA CGM Upgrades Indian Sub-continent and Europe Services

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The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in maritime transport, is pleased to announce it is reinforcing its offer, starting 2 April 2018, from Indian Sub-Continent, in a partnership with HLC, MSC, COSCO and ONE. With 2 weekly and complementary services, this new offer will provide expanded port coverage and will also reduce transit times and improve schedule reliability of existing services. With this unique offer, CMA CGM pursues its ambition to strengthen its service to the Indian Sub-Continent market.

Vane Brothers Launches "Vane Launch"

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The Vane Brothers Company (Baltimore, MD) introduced VANE LAUNCH, a new division that builds on the company’s existing launch service offerings, a division designed to be synergistic with Vane Brothers’ bunkering operations. “Though launch services have long been a part of the Vane Brothers catalogue, the emergence of VANE LAUNCH signals a new era of expansion and increased commitment to this important business segment,” said C. Duff Hughes, President, Vane Brothers. The Vane Brothers Company…

SENER to Present New Material at APM

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Spain's SENER will be present at the 15th edition of the Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) Exhibition, which will be held from March 14 to 16, 2018 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. SENER will participate in this event as part of the Spain Pavilion, organized by the public business entity, ICEX Spain Exportación e Inversiones, whose mission is to promote the internationalization of Spanish companies. At the exhibition, SENER will showcase its latest ship projects, including the project involving the supply of LNG to ships (Ship to Ship) and to land (Ship to Shore)…

DNV GL JDP for Marine Batteries

Energy storage system onboard a passenger ferry (Photo: DNV GL)

Classification society DNV GL has announced the launch of a Joint Development Project (JDP), designed to advance the understanding of the use of lithium-ion batteries in the shipping industry. More than a dozen partners from the entire value chain have joined the initiative, including flag states, research institutions, battery and propulsion suppliers, fire detection and extinguishing system providers, and ship owners, operators and yards. “Including batteries in ships, whether as a hybrid or fully electric system…

Globecomm Roam Delivers Maritime Connectivity

Globecomm Roam provides truly global cellular coverage, with coverage in all the territories shown on the map in red. (Photo: Globecomm)

Globecomm has launched Globecomm Roam, providing high throughput, low cost cellular communications in more than 140 countries. Offering 3G, 4G and LTE services at speeds of up to 100 Mbps but at prices much lower than traditional satellite services, Globecomm Roam bundles a cellular modem, global roaming SIM card and maritime antenna to enable connectivity up to 30 miles from shoreside cell towers. “Today’s smarter ship operations call for smarter communications; owners and managers need to stay connected…

VT Halter Marine Cuts Steel on Offshore LNG ATB

VT Halter Marine and Q-LNG Transport team members during start of construction of ATB Tug Q-Ocean Service and Barge Q-LNG 4000. Photo Credit: VTHM

VT Halter Marine and Q-LNG Transport team members during start of construction of ATB Tug Q-Ocean Service and Barge Q-LNG 4000. VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today held a ceremony to commence construction on America’s first Liquefied Natural Gas Articulated Tug and Barge (LNG ATB) unit. “We are honored to be able to celebrate the official start of construction on the first LNG Bunkering ATB unit ever built.

MOL Adopts 'Common Rail Fuel Injection' System

Main engine equipped with common rail fuel injection system Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its group company, Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai, Ltd. will use a main engine equipped with the MAN Diesel & Turbo SE (MDT)-developed “common rail fuel injection system” on a newbuilding vessel. Shop test of the main engine was completed on January 29 and the vessel is slated for launching in 2018. After launched, Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai, MDT and Makita Corporation(President: Yu Makita; headquarters: Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa Prefecture)will continue testing the system with support from MOL while the vessel is in service.

WISTA International Appoints Diversity Committee

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The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) is proud to announce the formation of its Diversity Committee. A member-driven project created as a next step after the #METOO campaign, the WISTA Diversity Committee will focus on providing practical solutions to increase opportunities for gender diversity in the maritime industry. The committee works as part of WISTA International’s 2018 theme: The Women Who Move the World. “WISTA has always advocated for increased gender diversity in the maritime industry.

Tug, Switcher Engine Upgrades Offer Most Cost-Effective Options

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Clean diesel technology upgrades for large tug and switcher locomotive engines cost only $4,379 to $15,201 per ton of nitrogen oxides (NOx), compared to more than $30,000 per ton of NOx for many other diesel emission reduction projects. The Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has released a report documenting the significant emission reduction benefits that can be gained by replacing older engines in tug boats and switcher locomotives with the latest clean diesel models.

ABB Wins Total Solution For Polar Newbuild

Lindblad Polar Explorer  (Photo: ABB)

ABB will deliver a comprehensive scope of power, automation, propulsion and digital solutions for the new Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. vessel that will take passengers on exploration cruises in remote polar areas. Designed with a focus on safety, environmental sustainability and comfort, this ice-going vessel will be equipped with ABB’s power and automation solutions, as well as two Azipod DO propulsion units. ABB is the only supplier of azimuthing electric podded propulsor systems of sufficiently high ice-going class able to meet the owner’s requirements.

MJP Employs Marketing Manager

Kelsey Nemeth (Photo: MJP)

Marine Jet Power (MJP) has welcomed Kelsey Nemeth to the MJP team. In her role, Kelsey will be responsible for overall brand development and marketing initiatives worldwide.   Kelsey most recently served as Marketing Coordinator for Brunswick Commercial & Government Products, where she was responsible for developing and executing all corporate marketing efforts. Prior to Brunswick, she worked in the aviation industry where she gained insight into consumer and digital marketing strategies. Kelsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Alabama.  

Frank Coles Delivers Keynote at the Transas Global Conference

Transas CEO Frank Coles' delivers a rousing Keynote speech at the Transas Global Conference in Vancouver. CREDIT: Transas

You know if Elon Musk was to attend a plenary session of the IMO, he could be forgiven if he thought he was watching a reenactment of the Charles Dickens book Hard Times, with Mr. Gradgrind the Headmaster. What a sad reflection of our industry. Imagine instead! Imagine a world where logistics companies and cargo owners drive ship design, innovation and demand the level of quality in ship management. Where maritime assets are operated in a global ecosystem of tracking, monitoring and safety. Imagine a world where ships are operated in a “ship as a service” or “system of systems” infrastructure.

Two Incat Crowther Ferries join Ultramar

Courtesy Ben Soileau, Marine Designer, Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has delivered City Jet 1 and City Jet 2. The 28m Passenger ferries are part of a six vessel new build program for the Cancun-based operator, Ultramar. The vessels will operate at high frequency across the enclosed lagoon adjacent to Cancun, thereby sparing tourists a notoriously lengthy bus trip and reducing travel times by up to 70%. The ferries were built by Midship Marine in Harvey, Louisiana. The main deck cabin can accommodate 118 passengers in high-end seating. Sliding doors are fitted at both the forward and aft ends of the cabin for ease of access.

NYK, JMU Develop Highly Efficient Propeller

This new propeller will be installed on two newly built containerships that will be delivered in 2019. (Photo NYK)

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), MTI Co. Ltd., and Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) have successfully developed a highly efficient propeller by analyzing the conditions surrounding vessel propellers in actual operation. This new propeller will be installed on two newly built containerships that will be delivered in 2019, and will achieve a 1.2 percent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by improving fuel efficiency. The propeller plays a major role in the propulsion of a ship…

DNV GL: Digital Journey in Virtual Reality

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Digitalization and advanced technology solutions are the center of DNV GL's efforts to keep ships safe and help customers enhance the efficiency of their assets. To showcase this vision, DNV GL developed a virtual reality (VR) presentation, which shows how the company is pushing ahead with a digital transformation to improve the quality and efficiency of its services, as well as the emerging solutions which will take class into the future. The VR experience takes viewers on a tour of RCCL cruise ship Independence of the Seas to demonstrate how advanced sensor technology…

Stopping the Spread of Invasive Species

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Non-native species can be spread from ocean to ocean via ship. They may be carried via ballast water or attach to the hulls and other parts of ships, hitching a ride across the oceans. International Maritime Organization (IMO) is addressing this problem through the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, which entered into force in September 2017 and requires ships to manage their ballast water to limit the spread of aquatic organisms. Also, IMO’s Biofouling Guidelines address bioinvasions via ships’ hulls.

Partnership Creates spill Response 'One-Stop-Shop'

NorLense booms contain the spill and recovering onto a vessel with the Framo TransRec Oil Skimmer System  (Photo: Framo)

Norwegian suppliers Framo, Maritime Partner, Norbit Aptomar, and NorLense have come together to create the OSRV (Oil Spill Recovery Vessel) Group to offer a complete oil spill response solution. “Our aim is to be a one-stop-shop where we pool our efforts and act as a total systems supplier of safe, highly functional, and well-tested technology. The emergency response equipment has undergone thorough testing and quality assurance drawing on 40 years of oil spill response experience,” says Jørgen Brandt Theodorsen, Area Manager, Oil & Gas Pumping Systems, at Framo.

#BTC100 History

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From 1979-1982, Bouchard Transportation constructed a trio of 19,000-ton hot oil system barges, as well as three 5,700 horsepower tugboats, and two 19,000-ton clean petroleum barges—all of which were built to transport residual products through the Gulf Coast. #BTC100    The July 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News will feature a special “Bouchard Transportation Co. Celebrates 100 Years” magazine. For more information contact: Greg Trauthwein,, t. 516-810-7405.   

Kongsberg Digital Advances ‘Simulation as a Service’ with BCIT

Kongsberg Digital has signed the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) as a pilot-customer for the cloud-based application of the sophisticated K-Sim simulation technology. BCIT will be among the first to offer simulation as a service by integrating K-Sim with the new Kognifai digital platform, to enable its students to train anytime and anywhere. Initially, Kongsberg Digital will focus on enabling students at BCIT’s School of Energy to use the K-Sim Engine Thermal Power Plant (TPP) simulator for industrial/utilities engineers, by giving them access to the simulator on their own devices. However, the train anytime and anywhere strategy is already set to improve and extend the use of simulation in power engineering training.

Connectivity Crucial to Singapore's Role as Maritime Hub

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To continue growing the maritime cluster and capturing new opportunities, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will strengthen the connectivity and inter-linkages of Singapore’s maritime cluster, build a vibrant innovation ecosystem and develop a future-ready and skilled maritime workforce. MPA will also enhance and top up the Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF)[1] by $100 million in support of our vision for Maritime Singapore to be the Global Maritime Hub for Connectivity, Innovation and Talent.

PONANT's Orders Two More Cruise Ships


She was right. Yesterday, Vard Holdings Limited announced that it has secured contracts for the design and construction of two luxury expedition cruise vessels for French cruise company PONANT. VARD’s close working relationship with PONANT dates back to the contracts for the construction of a series of four luxury expedition cruise vessels confirmed in 2016. The vessels were designed for voyages to tropical destinations and remote ports only accessible to small capacity ships. The two new vessels will be identical to their four sister vessels.

Lobstermen Select IMTRA For Equipment

Lobstermen Select IMTRA For High-Quality Equipment Photo by Terry Boivin from Belfast, IMTRA

IMTRA announced today it has provided Offshore series LED deck lights, Exalto and Roca windshield wipers, Side-Power thrusters and Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems to lobster vessels throughout New England. The newly-launched lobster boat Sailor’s Way from Stonington, Maine is the latest fishing vessel to be equipped with IMTRA gear. “The light package the IMTRA team recommended for me works so well,” said Nathan Jones, owner, Sailor’s Way. “Our commercial customersin the…

First LNG from Cheniere US to GAIL India

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Cheniere Energy and GAIL (India) today marked the commencement of their 20-year Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) to supply U.S.-sourced liquefied natural gas to India from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass liquefaction facility in Louisiana, with one of GAIL’s first shipments departing from the facility. The ship will set sail after today’s ceremony to mark the occasion at Sabine Pass in the presence of Cheniere President and CEO Jack Fusco and GAIL Chairman and Managing Director Mr. B.C. Tripathi, who were joined by Consul General Dr. Anupam Ray, as well as representatives from Cheniere and GAIL.

Rotterdam Cruise Season Opens with Arrival of AIDAperla

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Rotterdam’s cruise season starts on 15 March. AIDAperla will arrive for the first time at the Cruiseport Holland Amerikakade at 08.00 hours on that day. The vessel replaces the AIDAprima. AIDAperia was taken into operation in 2017 and is a sister vessel of AIDAprima. Only the interior differs from the Prima. The vessel will also sail weekly between Hamburg, Southampton, Le Havre, Zeebrugge (Brussels) and Rotterdam. Until November, AIDAperla can be admired on the Wilhelminapier every Thursday.

Sterling Global Marine Acquires Geoff Waddington & Partners

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Sterling Global Marine, a leading surveyor of private and commercial vessels, has announced it has acquired the renowned marine surveying company, Geoff Waddington & Partners. This move sees Sterling Global Marine become one of the fastest growing independent marine surveyors in the UK, allowing the company to significantly upscale its business across both the leisure and commercial industry sectors. Sterling Global Marine has experienced rapid growth and success worldwide since its creation in 2015.

IMO Celebrates 70 Years with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Seventy years to the day since the treaty establishing the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) was adopted, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked the occasion at IMO Headquarters in London on Tuesday (6 March). Accompanied by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a commemorative plaque and cut an anniversary cake. Her Majesty also met some of the guests attending the event, including representatives of IMO Member States, inter-governmental and international non-governmental organizations, and IMO Secretariat staff.

Coast Guard, NOAA to Include Navigation Rules in U.S. Coast Pilot

The U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have teamed up on a consolidated publication that will help mariners save time and money. The Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems and NOAA Office of Coast Survey will incorporate the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (72 COLREGS) and the Inland Navigation Rules into NOAA’s U.S. Coast Pilot publications. The U.S. Coast Pilot publications already include the Coast Guard’s Vessel Traffic Service regulations.

ABB’s Azipods Ordered for 100th Cruise Ship

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Azipod propulsion, the ABB technology that has become the industry standard in the cruise segment since its launch in 1990, has secured its 100th cruise ship order, winning a contract for powering the world’s first electric hybrid icebreaker. The luxury polar expedition cruise ship, due delivery for the French cruise company PONANT in 2021, will feature two Azipod VI propulsion units fit for the most challenging ice conditions. Upon delivery from Norway’s Vard Søviknes, a Fincantieri Company, the cruise ship will take passengers to unexplored destinations in Arctic and Antarctic waters.

Top Speed For Your Maritime Charts

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SevenCs has just released a brand new software tool called TMS ChartServer which is running on a high performance “Tile Map Service” technology. It allows users of maritime web and mobile applications – e.g. Fleet Monitoring, Vessel Tracking, and Surveying – to display maritime charts at top speed: no matter if full global chart coverage is needed or just a smaller area of interest. SevenCs GmbH is located in Hamburg, and for decades has been “the Expert” in developing maritime software applications.

ABB Azipod Hits Mileston with PONANT

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As ABB's Azipod propulsion technology approaches its 30 year anniversary, the company announced that a milestone was recently hit in the cruise sector as ABB won ts 100th cruise ship order, winning the contract for powering PONANT's world’s first electric hybrid icebreaker. The luxury polar expedition cruise ship, due delivery for the French cruise company PONANT in 2021, will feature two Azipod VI propulsion units fit for the most challenging ice conditions. Upon delivery from Norway’s Vard Søviknes…

RCL's Mariner of the Seas Upgrades with Valmet

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Valmet will upgrade the Damatic XDi automation system to a Valmet DNA system onboard the Mariner of the Seas cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean International. With this upgrade, the operators of the machinery and air conditioning systems will have a modern and efficient Valmet DNA user interface, including a state-of-the-art history storage and data analyzing and reporting tools. The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2017 orders received. Valmet's delivery will take place in April 2018 and will be completed in late June 2018.

Rolls-Royce rolls out Sophisticated Situational Awareness for Navigators

Rolls-Royce's situational awareness system fuses multiple sensors with intelligent software. (IMAGE: RR)

Rolls-Royce has unveiled a sophisticated situational awareness system that fuses multiple sensors with intelligent software to mitigate against the safety risks navigators face when operating vessels at night, in adverse weather conditions or in congested waterways. Officially introduced today during the Seatrade Cruise Global event in Fort Lauderdale, USA, the Rolls-Royce Intelligent Awareness (IA) system is the first of its kind to be made commercially available that uses data collection to enhance navigational safety and operational efficiency.

New Passenger Ship & Ferries Leadership for BV

Newly appointed, Andreas Ullrich as Global Market Leader, Passenger Ships & Ferries at Bureau Veritas  (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas has appointed Andreas Ullrich as Global Market Leader, Passenger Ships & Ferries. This is a key role involved from the concept stages through the operational life of projects helping ensure that clients are able to make the best commercial decisions based on technical understanding to mitigate risk and promote safety. Passenger ships and ferries are very important areas of activity for Bureau Veritas. Today many of the most innovative projects in these sectors, both in the water and under construction, are Bureau Veritas classed.

De Nora BALPURE BWTS Submits USCG Type-Approval Application


De Nora, a supplier of electrochlorination equipment, confirmed that submission for United States Coastguard (USCG) type approval for its BALPURE ballast water treatment system (BWTS) was made shortly after completion of testing late in 2017. Independently verified by Lloyd’s Register, the results of all shipboard, land-based, and environmental testing, plus documentation, engineering design and final drawings associated with De Nora BALPURE are with the USCG. Don Stephen, Managing Director…

Damen Merges Marine and Van der Velden units

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Damen Marine Components (DMC) and Van der Velden Marine Systems (VDVMS) announced a merger. As of 1st January the two companies are operating together as Damen Marine Components Netherlands (DMC NL). DMC has been operating ever since the early eighties of the last century in the Damen Shipyards Group, whilst VDVMS has been operating as an independent part of the Damen Shipyards Group’s components division since 2013. So in many ways the merger represents a continuation of a successful working relationship.

Cruise News: Eniram Mobile Launches

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Eniram, a Wärtsilä company, has launched Eniram Mobile to offer real-time decision-making support via mobile notifications. Eniram Mobile, which has been co-developed together with Royal Caribbean Cruises, ensures that key personnel receive important information in a timely fashion, both onboard and shoreside. This solution was created to support situational awareness based on collected historical and real-time data coupled with predictive analytics. By making these insights transparent through mobile technology…

Oceaneering Acquires Ecosse Subsea

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Houston-headquartered Oceaneering International has, through one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, acquired the Aberdeen-based Ecosse Subsea Limited for approximately GBP 50 million (US$69 Million). Headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, Ecosse builds and operates seabed preparation, route clearance and trenching tools for submarine cables and pipelines on an integrated basis that includes vessels, ROVs and survey services. Enabling technologies acquired in the transaction include Ecosse's modular SCAR Seabed System…

CMA CGM Revises Swahili Express Service


CMA CGM informs that its Swahili Express service operated between India/Middle East and East Africa changes. The new service rotation works out to shorter voyage duration: 28 days with 4 vessels up to 3,400 TEU nominal capacity. Its Djibouti Northbound call is cancelled: last vessel is m/v NORO voy. 2322SN, expected at Djibouti berth on March 10th, 2018. Kenyan export cargo to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and the USA is routed via Colombo (Sri Lanka) with reliable transit times.

Shale Growth could Overwhelm U.S. Refiners, Fuel Exports

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Rising U.S. shale oil production will overwhelm the nation's refining capacity, with three-quarters of the additional oil produced in the United States by 2023 shipped to Europe and Asia, according to a new study by consultancy Wood Mackenzie. The research points to the continued impact of U.S. shale on global markets and the mismatch between domestic refining capacity and rising crude output. The oil could bottleneck at U.S. Gulf Coast ports unless new infrastructure is built, researchers said. U.S.

IMO/MARPOL Amendments Enter Into Force

Requirements for ships to collect fuel oil consumption data entered into force on 1 March, along with other amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Photo courtesy IMO

Requirements for ships to collect data on their fuel oil consumption entered into force on 1 March. Other important amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) have also entered into force, covering the classification of garbage, including the addition of a new category of “e-waste”, and amendments to the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate. The ship fuel oil consumption data reporting requirements are the latest mandatory requirements aimed at enhancing the energy efficiency of international shipping.

Port of Gothenburg Enhance Efficiency Through Digitalisation

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The Port of Gothenburg has implemented what has amounted to a major surge in automation, governing large-scale pumping between terminals and refineries. The new system will ensure the terminals receive rapid, concise notification about when pumping can take place, and they can also see the exact cost on completion. The process will save both time and money. The Port of Gothenburg is the largest open access energy port in Scandinavia and is renowned internationally for its safety initiatives. Some 2,500 tankers call each year, handling crude oil, petrol, diesel and other energy products.

Panama Canal Sets New Milestone with 3,000th Neopanamax Transit

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Panama Canal announced the transit of its 3,000th Neopanamax vessel, exceeding initial traffic expectations by this date and reaffirming the value and impact its route has had on global maritime trade, said a press release on Friday (March 02). The Panamanian flagged containership MSC Caterina completed the milestone transit this morning traveling northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. The vessel measures 300 meters in length and 48 meters in beam, with a total TEU allowance (TTA) of 9,000 containers. It was one of nine Neopanamax vessels welcomed at the Panama Canal on Friday.

Nakilat, Maran Ventures JV adds two vessels

Nakilat expands joint venture partnership with Maran Ventures Courtesy of  Nakilat PR

Nakilat has expanded its joint venture partnership with Greek shipping company Maran Ventures Inc., to include two additional LNG vessels. Maran Nakilat Co. Ltd. was first established in 2005 with four jointly-owned LNG vessels, and was further expanded on several occasions. This new agreement increases the number of vessels jointly-owned by Nakilat and Maran Gas from 13 to 15 vessels. The two newly added vessels, Woodside Rogers and Woodside Goode, are equipped with modern technology and built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co (DSME).

WinGD, HHI Partner for Digital Techn

HHI’s ISS helps ship’s efficient operation by using ICT and big data  Photo courtesy WinGD

Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group recently signed, the first agreement of its kind to integrate their advanced digital technologies to provide greater insight and benefit to ship owners from their engine and ship data. This collaboration will provide shipping companies with extensive digital knowledge allowing them to reduce the ship’s operational cost while providing insight on how to operate the ship and its engine more efficiently. Through their combined expertise HHI and WinGD will be able to offer enhanced customer understanding and support…

Danish Energy Agency Clears Maersk Oil Sale to Total

Tyra East. Photo: A.P. Moller - Maersk

The Danish Energy Agency has approved AP Moller-Maersk's  US$ 7.45 billion sale of of Mærsk Olie & Gas A/S (Maersk Oil) to global oil major Total S.A., the conglomerate said. As part of the agreement Total will take over Maersk Oil’s organisation, portfolio, obligations and rights with minimal pre-conditions. The Danish Energy Agency's approval of the transfer contains conditions, including that A.P. Moller -Maersk, as seller, assumes a secondary liability for the decommissioning…

All-Women Crew Tarini Enters Cape Town, South Africa

INSV Tarini. Photo: PIB

India's INSV Tarini entered Cape Town (South Africa) today during it’s maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The vessel is skippered 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. Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman, defence minister had flagged-off INSV Tarini from Goa on 10 September 17.

Chainalytics and Drewry Partner to Create Ocean Buying Group

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Chainalytics, a global leader in supply chain consulting, and Drewry, the global shipping consultancy, have partnered to launch an innovative ocean freight procurement solution for shippers. The Chainalytics Ocean Buying Group, in partnership with Drewry, will provide participating Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCOs) with enhanced purchasing power, service monitoring and cost transparency. The new strategic partnership delivers a pioneering ocean freight procurement platform that will…

LR, Hanseaticsoft Bring Ship Management to the Cloud

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Lloyd’s Register has teamed up with maritime software provider Hanseaticsoft to help bring efficiency to ship management processes. Hanseaticsoft’s cloud-based ship management software Cloud Fleet Manager brings efficiency to shipping companies’ process management, delivering reliable teamwork worldwide, digitalization of vessel audits in real-time on tablet or smartphone and intuitive handling of all applications. By offering a single, web-based source of information for all employees as well as the crews at sea and external partners…

EXMAR’s New VLGCs to Run on LPG

Two very large gas carrier (VLGC) newbuildings being constructed for Belgian owner EXMAR will be equipped with main engines that will use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as fuel.   Both vessels will be constructed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction at its Subic Bay shipyard in the Philippines for delivery within the third quarter of 2020.   The MAN Diesel & Turbo engines will use part of the onboard LPG cargo for the vessels’ propulsion.   EXMAR has contracted the vessels to serve long-term commitments with Statoil ASA of Norway for worldwide LPG transportation.

Rolls-Royce Propulsion for New Hong Kong Fast Ferries

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Rolls-Royce said it has been contracted to deliver Kamewa waterjet propulsion units and MTU engines for three 42m high-speed, lightweight carbon fiber ferries for operation between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China. The vessels will be built at the Brødrene Aa shipyard in Norway. The same shipyard has also ordered Rolls-Royce propulsion for two similarly-sized ferries to serve routes in the north of Norway. As well as Kamewa steel-series waterjets from Rolls-Royce, all five vessels will be powered by MTU series 2000 diesel engines.

Shipping e-Solutions to Power Efficiencies at Evergreen

Evergreen Launches New Electronic Documentation Function in Partnership with Bolero International. Evergreen Line introduces paperless Bill of Lading (B/L) and dispatch documentation via its ShipmentLink digital portal, enhancing connectivity for exporters and importers with banks, insurers, regulators, customs and port authorities. Evergreen is the first container carrier to integrate with Bolero’s proven electronic Bill of Lading (eBL) solution. These new services, provided in partnership with Bolero International, will lower shippers’ costs while making data transfer more accurate, efficient, reliable and secure. Accessed via the line’s established ShipmentLink portal…

Deltamarin Bags Ro-pax Design Contract

The Deltamarin design philosophy is about seeing the big picture, and making even the smallest details suit your operation.  Photo courtesy Deltamarin

Deltamarin Ltd has signed a contract with Chinese Guangzhou Shipyard International Co, Ltd (GSI) for consultancy and engineering services for the DFDS ro-pax ferries. Deltamarin earlier carried out contract design of the ship concept for GSI in cooperation with the owner. Deltamarin will provide the yard with basic (approval) and detail design together with Safe Return to Port (SRtP) documentation. The contract covers all disciplines and all areas. The value of Deltamarin’s contract with GSI is about €5 million ($6.2 million).

River Cruisers Get Wastewater Treatment Upgrade

The Carissima is one of a number of river cruise vessels being retrofitted with ACO Marine’s waste water treatment systems Photo courtesy ACO MARINE

ACO Marine has been awarded contracts to supply its wastewater treatment technology as retrofit solutions to river cruise vessels operating on European waterways. The 232-passenger capacity sisters Ukraina and Moldavia, undergoing refit work at the Ukrainian Danube Shipping Company’s fleet maintenance base in Izmail, Ukraine, will each be retrofitted with a Maripur NF 250 unit. In a separate agreement, a Maripur NF 150 unit will also be supplied to Linz Shipyard for retrofit to the 150-passenger capacity river cruise vessel Carissima.

AVEVA, Schneider Electric Join Forces to Promote Digitalization

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AVEVA announced it has combined with Schneider Electric’s industrial software business to drive digital transformation across the asset and operational life cycle for capital-intensive industries. “88% of leaders in capital-intensive industries say that digitalization would increase their revenues,” said Craig Hayman, Chief Executive Officer at AVEVA. “Yet less than half of these companies are actually in the process of adopting a digital strategy. “Digitalization demands a fundamental rethink of the way organizations operate.

Rotterdam to Host ESPO Conference

A pic from ESPO Conference 2017, which took place in Barcelona on 1 and 2 June. Photo: ESPO

European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) organises its 15th Annual Conference in Rotterdam on 31 May-1 June 2018. ESPO members, policy makers and stakeholders are kindly invited to join this annual highlight for the European port and maritime industry. "The theme of the ESPO 2018 Conference is “Investing in the Port of Tomorrow”. As always, the conference will feature very high quality speakers and open debates with port executives," said a press note. What are the main drivers for ports to invest? How to match long investment processes with the rapidly changing supply chain needs?

SEA\LNG Ties with Two More Japanese Members

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SEA\LNG, the industry coalition aiming to accelerate adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, has added two more Japanese members: "K" LINE Group and Uyeno Group. “K” LINE and Uyeno Group bring valuable insight from the thriving LNG value chain in Japan and elsewhere, and their acceptance into the coalition is demonstrative of SEA\LNG’s commitment to facilitating further growth in the region. Peter Keller, SEA\LNG chairman and executive vice president, Tote, said: “Collaboration…

All Operators Should Follow These Lubrication Steps

Maintaining mission-critical winches, windlasses and cranes: the four must-have lubrication steps that all operators need to keep gears going. In the marine industry, winches, windlasses and cranes are the work horses of deck and harbor operations. They can be used to set anchors, position floating drill rigs, raise and lower sensitive scientific equipment, tow a ship, load/unload heavy cargo or even land fish. They are as vital to the mission of a vessel or a port as the main engine is to a ship.

WFS Launches Bunker Services in Port Manatee

Port Manatee, Tampa (Photo: WFS)

World Fuel Services (WFS) said it will supply fuel oil and marine diesel from a new physical marine fuel supply location in Port Manatee in Tampa, Fla. WFS said it will have two dual capacity tug and barge units to service the area and has also partnered with Vane Brothers. “World Fuel Services continue to invest in selective physical supply locations. When selecting locations for WFS we carry out an intense risk assessment ensuring we are able to deliver the highest standards of service,” said Joe Gowen, SVP Global Marine Supply.

GE Propulsion for Chilean Navy Icebreaker

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GE’s Marine Solutions was chosen by ASMAR Shipyards to provide the complete scope of an integrated marine propulsion system for the Chilean Navy’s new Antarctic icebreaking Polar Class vessel. It will replace the retired icebreaker to continue the navy’s Antarctic expedition for search and rescue missions, scientific research, logistic support and resupplying bases in the Chilean Antarctic Territory. The 110-meter long vessel will have GE’s full marine propulsion system to power and propel the vessel…

TRAC Intermodal Gears Up for Gulf Coast Resin Exports

Keith Lovetro, President and Chief Executive Officer at TRAC Intermodal

TRAC Intermodal is expanding and improving the quality of its chassis fleet in the Gulf Region to meet an expected surge in U.S. resin exports. The TRAC Gulf Regional Pool (TGRP) now offers the largest and most modern fleet of chassis in the ports of Houston, Dallas, Mobile, New Orleans and El Paso as well as several other locations. TRAC has refurbished over 20 percent of its TGRP fleet to ensure that customers have access to the highest quality and most reliable chassis in the Gulf port complex.

NL Networks, win Wärtsilä Start-up Challenge

SparkUp Photo by Wärtsilä PR

The first Wärtsilä SparkUp Challenge, an initiative to find innovative start-ups to develop ideas for the smart shipping value chain, has been won by KNL Networks and The prize for the winners is a four-month collaboration and co-creation in the Wärtsilä Digital Acceleration Centre (DAC) beginning in March. In addition, they will receive a capital grant of 50,000 euros. “We are extremely delighted and proud to announce these winners. This is an amazing opportunity for both us and the winners.

First Carrousel Rave Tug Delivered to Novatug


Multratug 32, the first new CARROUSEL RAVE TUG (CRT) was delivered to its owner, Novatug B.V. of the Netherlands in February 2018. Multraship B.V. of the Netherlands will be the operator of the new CRT. Multraship and Novatug both belong to the Muller Maritime Group, that has been active in all types of towing operations for over 100 years. The design features the RAVE tug concept, jointly developed by Robert Allan Ltd. and Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG, featuring VSP drives arranged inline on the hull centerline, combined with Novatug’s patented Carrousel Towing System on the main deck.

Tech File: Fuel Monitoring Matters

Parker Kittiwake ATR oil analyzer

Whether you choose distillates, liquefied natural gas (LNG) or scrubbers to meet the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) fuel regulations in 2020, it will be ever more critical to regularly monitor the condition of vital equipment to ensure there is no adverse affect on operational efficiency. Industry opinion ahead of the implementation of the 2020 global sulphur cap remains fragmented to say the least. With only a relatively short timeframe remaining before ship owners will be facing the reality of compliance…

Demanding Times for DSC Dredge

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The dynamic dredge builder navigates a complicated dredge building market by augmenting an impressive array of standard equipment with a customized approach that satisfies domestic and international customers alike. It isn’t as easy as it looks. The New Year typically brings new challenges to all sectors of the waterfront and 2018 will be no different. As the newly expanded and improved Panama and Suez Canals bring larger, so-called post-Panamax vessels to U.S. shores, stakeholders tend to focus on domestic dredging needs. And, there’s plenty of that to go around.

OSVDPA Announces MSC Approval of OSVDPA Credentials

OSVDPA Executive Director Aaron Smith

U.S. Navy’s Sealift Body Accepting OSVDPA DPO Certificates. The Offshore Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority, Inc. (OSVDPA) announced the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) is accepting OSVDPA DPO Certificates for mariners seeking employment by MSC. Dynamically positioned vessels are a growing part of MSC’s fleet and operations and are being utilized at a higher rate in recent years in an effort to conduct operations, often times dive and salvage operations, in a safer and more efficient manner.

SKY Perfect JSAT to Invest $4.5 Mln in KVH

TracPhone V7-HTS with ICM (Photo: KVH)

KVH Industries, Inc., announced today that its longtime satellite capacity partner SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC) has agreed to invest $4.5 million in KVH as part of the two companies’ ongoing commitment to deliver next-generation maritime broadband services. KVH and SJC intend to collaborate on value-added services in the area of shipping digitalization and improved broadband access at sea. SJC agreed to purchase $4.5 million of KVH common stock in a private placement at a purchase price of $11.95 per share…

Sotzing Joins Sea Machines as Engineering Director

Chris Sotzing (Photo: Sea Machines Robotics)

Boston-based developer of autonomous vessel technology Sea Machines Robotics has hired Chris Sotzing as director of engineering. Sotzing will be responsible for the development and deployment of the company’s Sea Machines 300 technology system, as well as managing the engineering team. He reports to COO Jim Daly from the Boston office. Sotzing joins Sea Machines from SeeByte, where he served as an engineering manager supporting unmanned vehicle technologies in Boston. Prior to relocating to Boston…

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