Marine Equipment News

16 Jan 2020

AEGIR-Marine to Open Middle East Office

AEGIR-Marine has announced a new office in Dubai, UAE. The maritime stern tube seal and propulsion system service provider will now operate out of offices in the Netherlands, Singapore, Shanghai, Namibia, USA and UAE. The Dubai service team will focus its activities on both the strong Middle East oil and gas industry in addition to the company‚Äôs core business of commercial vessels.‚ÄúIn terms of stern tube seal and propulsion system service and parts, we are filling the gap between equipment makers and maritime service providers. This strategy resulted in a significant increase in service work and sales of parts in the Middle East,‚ÄĚ says Serge Lapré‚Ķ

16 Jan 2020

Kalmar Delivers MCT 200th Straddle Carrier

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Kalmar, a provider of cargo-handling solutions and services to ports and terminals, and Italy's Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT), are celebrating the delivery of the terminal's 200th straddle carrier.Both companies participated in a joint event on 15 January in recognition of their long-standing partnership.Located in the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro, MCT is a megaport able to handle the largest vessels deployed on Asia-Mediterranean routes. The terminal has handled more than 50 million TEUs since it opened in September 1995.Antonio Davide Testi…

16 Jan 2020

Subsea Robots in the Splash Zone

New model tool: the iCon inspection robot searches for cracks. CREDIT: OceanTech

From their base deep within a former World War II U-boat pen, Norwegian outfit, OceanTech, is developing a set of robot tools that cling to offshore structures in order to effect inspection, maintenance and repair, or IMR. Old submarine anchorages are now subsea testing and training sites, but the North Sea is still the target. Hundreds of aging platforms and subsea structures require IMR that’s too costly, complex or hazardous for divers or remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs.As he walks us through Dora II…

15 Jan 2020

CSMC Uses SKF Equipment

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The oceangoing vessel operator Capital Ship Management Corp (CSMC) used SKF equipment to control maintenance costs and avoid breakdowns.SKF’s marine condition monitoring kit is helping a leading ship operator to manage costs and prevent equipment failure across its fleet, said a press release.CSMC has been investigating condition monitoring strategies since 2006, in order to reduce the maintenance costs and minimize the unexpected machinery & equipment breakdown.Together with SKF…

15 Jan 2020

MOL Intros Lighthouse Information Platform

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Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has begun operation of a new data platform called ‚ÄėLighthouse‚Äô, to provide real time transport information to dry bulk shipping customers and stakeholders.The platform is a service that allows those involved in the transport process, such as shippers and vessel operators, to safely, unitarily, and in real time, share and monitor various kinds of information related to ocean transport, such as vessel schedules ,weather, ocean conditions‚Ķ

14 Jan 2020

Iridium Now Authorized for GMDSS Service

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Iridium Communication signed on to provide Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) service.On December 19, 2019 a Letter of Compliance was signed by the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO), stating it has positively verified the operational and technical requirements as requested by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for Iridium to provide Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) service. Iridium’s GMDSS service is bringing many capabilities to the maritime industry…

14 Jan 2020

Nor-Shipping Appoints Norvik

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Nor-Shipping has appointed Sidsel Norvik to the new role of Commercial Director. Norvik joins following a stint as CEO of Energy Show Norway, two decades as Commercial Director for Upstream, and 10 years with Recharge, a news platform for renewable energy. Norvik will now be charged with working on exhibition sales and spearheading Nor-Shipping‚Äôs ground-breaking Blue Economy Hall, promoting the ‚ÄėBlue Talks‚Äô and showcasing firms and ideas that accelerate innovation, competency and sustainable business opportunities.Nor-Shipping 2021 takes place at the 22,500 sq.

14 Jan 2020

ONE SEA Appoints Lehtovaara Chairman

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ONE SEA has appointed Capt Eero Lehtovaara as its new Chairman. Lehtovaara, a Master Mariner and Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, is Head of Regulatory & Public Affairs at ABB Marine & Ports.He brings a wealth of experience to the expanding ONE SEA alliance where he has been a Board member for two years, as well as Vice Chairman. His past experience at sea provides a unique understanding of the challenges set by new regulations, human resource management and technological developments…

13 Jan 2020

Kongsberg Maritime Shuts Down KM Contros

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Kongsberg Maritime (KM), a Norwegian technology enterprise within the Kongsberg Gruppen, informed that it has suspended the sale of the previously announced German KM Contros GmbH to AML Oceanographic Ltd. (AML).Following a strategic evaluation and prioritization of the KM business in 2019, the company decided to divest Contros, and a Letter of Intent was signed with a future buyer of the business.However, the companies have now agreed not to pursue the previously announced letter of intent, and the sale of Contros will therefore not proceed.

13 Jan 2020

Wijnne Barends Orders LNG-fueled Newbuilds

Four short-sea cargo vessels being built for Wijnne Barends will feature LNG propulsion and storage systems provided by Wärtsilä. (Image: Wijnne Barends)

The Netherlands-based Wijnne Barends Chartering, an affiliate of the Dutch Spliethoff Group, has ordered four new next-generation short-sea cargo vessels from the WuHu Shipyard in China.The newbuilds will feature liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion and storage systems provided by Wärtsilä, making the vessels among the first of their type to be powered by LNG fuel.Because of space restrictions on short-sea cargo ships, Wärtsilä developed a customized solution in close cooperation‚Ķ

12 Jan 2020

TMC Develops ALS Compressors

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TMC Compressors of the Seas is launching a new range compressors designed to work air lubrication systems (ALS) for the shipping and offshore industries to help ships further reduce fuel consumption and emissions to air.The Norway-based supplier of compressed air systems for marine and offshore use said in a press note that the air lubrication system is a method used to reduce the resistance between the ship’s hull and seawater by using air bubbles. The air bubble distribution across the hull surface reduces the resistance working on the ship’s hull…

10 Jan 2020

Second RoPax Launched for Hankyu Ferry Co

The recently launched and christened Yamato will service Hankyu Ferry Co's Shinmoji-Kobe route. (Photo: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries)

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. held a christening and launch ceremony for the second of two passenger/cargo ferries currently under construction for Hankyu Ferry Co, Ltd.The new vessel, named Yamato, is being constructed at the Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works yard in Japan's Yamaguchi Prefecture and is scheduled to be delivered in June 2020 after rigging work is completed.Together with Settsu, which was christened and launched last August, Yamato will serve on the operator's Shinmoji-Kobe route.Yamato…

09 Jan 2020

SHIPSWEB Tech for Auxiliary Engine Control

A representation of the keyword network graph tool in ShipsWeb (Photo: Yanmar Engineering)

Yanmar Engineering announced the deployment of SHIPSWEB, a tool for management of auxiliary engines on ocean-going vessels. SHIPSWEB incorporates elements of artificial intelligence and advanced information and communications technology (ICT) to efficiently manage the operation of large auxiliary diesel engines.SHIPSWEB has the capacity to extract data in a variety of formats so that on-board performance management data and parts wear measurements, whether in various electronic formats or uploaded to the system from written records‚Ķ

09 Jan 2020

ClassNK: New Guidance for Autonomous Ships

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ClassNK released its ‚ÄúGuidelines for Automated/Autonomous Operation of ships ~Design development, Installation and Operation of Automated Operation Systems/Remote Operation Systems‚ÄĚ.In the field of ships, research and development of technology related to maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) has been actively carried out with the aim of improving safety by preventing human error and improving working conditions by reducing the work load on crew members, and demonstration experiments‚Ķ

08 Jan 2020

Corvus to Suppy Batteries for Hybrid Cranes

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Corvus Energy, the large-scale energy storage systems (ESS) provider for marine industry, has been awarded a contract to supply batteries for new fuel-efficient hybrid port cranes to be used by a US port authority to reduce emissions, fuel costs and noise.The contract to supply Corvus Orca Energy Storage Systems (ESS) for 25 new battery-hybrid Rubber Tyre Gantry (RTG) cranes is with CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE) and ZPMC.The battery-hybrid RTG cranes will be deployed by the South Carolina Port Authority (SCPA)…

08 Jan 2020

Dunkirk Port Switches on Cold Ironing

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French container line CMA CGM announced that its ship APL Singapura has inaugurated the cold ironing facilities of the Terminal des Flandres in the Port of Dunkirk.By plugging into an onshore electricity supply (also known as "cold ironing"), container ships calling at port can shut down their auxiliary engines while still getting the power they need, particularly in order to maintain controlled temperatures in refrigerated containers (Reefers).This innovative technology has significant environmental benefits…

08 Jan 2020

NOx Control: Should Certain Vessels Get a Break?

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When it comes to the EPA‚Äôs recent proposed delay to implementation of Tier 4 marine diesel engines ‚Äėin certain high-speed commercial vessels,‚Äô where you stand probably depends on where you sit.On September 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA) proposed to delay implementation of Tier 4 marine diesel engines ‚Äúin certain high-speed commercial vessels.‚ÄĚ Specifically; EPA mentions three kinds of vessels: lobster boats, pilot boats and a third, more open-ended reference to ‚Äúother high-speed vessels,‚ÄĚ possibly including hovercraft.

08 Jan 2020

Telemar Launches BridgeLink

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Telemar, the Marlink Group company, launched its BridgeLink solution.Telemar engineers will use the BridgeLink Smart Maintenance Application to provide pro-active support to reduce potential down-time and increase efficiency of Bridge Electronics hardware as well as associated software maintenance and repair.‚ÄúBridgeLink will enhance our efficiency in servicing our customers‚Äô needs in terms of bridge electronics maintenance,‚ÄĚ said Giorgio Santantonio, General Manager, Telemar Italy.

08 Jan 2020

OSI Inks Deal with Polish Navy

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OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) has entered in to a strategic partnership with PGZ Stocznia Wojenna Shipyard (PGZ SW) (Gdynia, Poland). OSI together with Polish engineers and fitters will design, build, deliver and install two INTS’s for the Polish Navy Kormoran Class Mine Countermeasures Vessel new build program. Kormoran is part of the Polish naval modernization program and will operate in the waters of the Polish exclusive economic zone (EEZ) as well as participate in NATO’s countermeasure group in the Baltic and North Sea.INTS is a fully scalable…

08 Jan 2020

SCHOTTEL to Equip Fireboat Pair

Following the delivery of fireboat ‚ÄúBranddirektor Westphal‚ÄĚ, the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has ordered two more fire-fighting vessels
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The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has chosen SCHOTTEL for two more fire-fighting vessels. Each of the fireboats features two rudderpropellers type SRP 150 L FP (380 kW each) with a propeller diameter of 1.10 m and a transverse thruster type STT 60 FP (100 kW). Each of these is driven by an electric motor. The rudderpropellers type SRP 150 are equipped with SCHOTTEL’s new highly efficient SDC40 nozzle. This thruster configuration achieves a free running speed of 12 knots.The two…

07 Jan 2020

New Safety Recommendations for Vessel Batteries

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A new joint industry report offers recommendations for enhanced battery safety on vessels.The report, released by DNV GL in collaboration with the Norwegian, Danish and US maritime authorities, battery manufacturers, system integrators, suppliers of fire extinguishing systems, shipyards and shipowners, assesses explosion and fire risks in maritime battery installations and the effectiveness of fire extinguishing systems in the event of a battery fire.While onboard battery power represents a pathway toward more environmentally friendly vessel operations…

07 Jan 2020

USCG, ABS Approve Wireless Helm System for ATBs

The Sea Machines SM200 Wireless Helm System (Image: Sea Machines)

U.S.-based autonomous marine systems developer Sea Machines announced on Tuesday that it has received class and regulatory approval to install its commercial wireless helm system aboard a class of U.S.-flag tugboats that support articulated tug-barge (ATB) sets, marking an industry first in wireless vessel control.The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) approval for Sea Machines’ SM200 follows a review of the Boston-based company’s technology and the system’s applications aboard ATB tugs, deeming the system satisfactory for shipboard installation and trials.

07 Jan 2020

NUWC Joins 401 Tech Bridge Project

NUWC Division Newport Commanding Officer Capt. Mike Coughlin (seated left) and Polaris Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center Director, Christian Cowan (seated right) signed a Partnership Intermediary Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Prater/Released)

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport has joined the 401 Tech Bridge innovation initiative in the state of Rhode Island.‚ÄúThe Warfare Centers recognize that to be successful, whether it is on a submarine, on a ship or solving a technical challenge, you need a good team,‚ÄĚ  NUWC Division Newport Commanding Officer Capt. Mike Coughlin said. ‚ÄúWe realize that Expanding the Advantage means reaching out beyond our Navy partners, Warfare Centers and traditional defense contractors.

06 Jan 2020

MISC Wins $245M Contract in Brazil

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Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC) said that its unit  AET Tanker Holdings Sdn Bhd has secured long term contracts for three Suezmax class Dynamic Positioning Shuttle Tankers (DPST) by Brazil Shipping I Ltd for RM1.01 billion (US$245 million).AET will own and operate these newbuilding Suezmax Class DPSTs for operations in international and Brazilian waters. The charter is expected to commence in 2022.According to a press note from the international shipping line of Malaysia‚Ķ

06 Jan 2020

IMO 2020: U.S. Restricts the Use of Certain Fuels in Scrubber Vessels

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With the January 1 implementation of IMO 2020, which requires dramatic reductions in the sulfur content of emissions from ocean-going vessels, the United States government issued a new rule that it asserts actually facilitates the distribution of compliant fuel.The US Environmental Protection Agency asserts that it is taking steps to allow for the distribution of distillate fuel with sulfur content of up to 5,000 ppm sulfur‚ÄĒsomething that it asserts was previously prohibited.

06 Jan 2020

SMS Completes Dredger Refit

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UK ship repairer SMS Southampton said it has completed a dredger refit in the port of Southampton for Tarmac Marine.Work on the 1997-built City of Chichester was completed in a dedicated, controlled berth alongside at Williams Shipping’s berths in Southampton. SMS took ownership of the site, to include permits-to-work and site security, as well as the program of repair works.The program included the feeder hopper refurbishment (completed in SMS’s nearby workshops), the discharge grab replacement…

06 Jan 2020

ShipServ Appoints Hyldahn as CEO

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ShipServ has appointed Henrik Hyldahn as its new CEO, effective January 1, 2020. Hyldahn was previously ShipServ’s Chief Solutions Officer. He replaces CEO Kim Skaarup, who will join the company's board as Vice ChairmanAs new CEO, Hyldahn will prioritize driving further collaboration with customers and partners, as well as seizing the opportunity to capitalize on the significant advancements in digitalization within the maritime industry. A key component of this will involve leading…

05 Jan 2020

MTS Appoints Dr. Josh Kohut as VP

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The Marine Technology Society (MTS) announced that its membership has elected Dr. Josh Kohut, a professor at Rutgers University at the Center for Ocean Observing Leadership, to serve on its Board of Directors as the Vice President of Education, from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2022.The Vice President of Education ensures that the Society develops and maintains positive and productive relationships with academic institutions, laboratories‚ÄĒboth public and private‚ÄĒand research‚Ķ

03 Jan 2020

Venezuela Alters Oil Royalty Formulas, Driven by IMO 2020

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Venezuela has changed the formulas for calculating royalties energy companies pay the government to remove references to fuel oil and some crude grades, driven by stricter rules governing marine fuel emissions, according to a document seen by Reuters.A ban by the United Nations shipping agency, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), on the use of fuels with a sulfur content above 0.5%, aimed at reducing pollution, has roiled oil markets and caused price volatility for…

03 Jan 2020

Evac Appoints Tapio Kolunsarka as CEO

Tapio Kolunsarka. Photo: Evac Group

Evac, a supplier of integrated waste, wastewater, and water management systems for the marine, building and offshore sectors, has appointed Tapio Kolunsarka as new CEO of Evac Group effective 1 Jan 2020.He succeeds Tomi Gardemeister who has left his post as CEO and President to assume interests outside the Evac Group.Tapio Kolunsarka has been appointed as new CEO of Evac Group effective 1 Jan 2020. He succeeds Tomi Gardemeister who has left his post as CEO and President to assume interests outside the Evac Group.Since 2016 Tapio has been President & CEO of Ramirent…

02 Jan 2020

Containership Grounds in the Bosphorus Strait

A foreign cargo ship ran aground in Istanbul's Bosphorus strait on Friday, requiring a rescue operation and prompting authorities to temporarily close the picturesque and crowded waterway running through Turkey's largest city.There were no injuries or casualties, the governor's office said, adding that the ship had reported engine failure shortly before its grounding near the shore.There was no damage to the concrete walkway running along the shore, Reuters witnesses said.The Bosphorus, among the world's busiest shipping routes, was temporarily closed to international traffic as boats towed the vessel south towards the Sea of Marmara.The Liberian-flagged Songa Iridum had come from Ukraine's Odessa and was headed for Istanbul's port of Ambarli, according to Refinitiv Eikon shipping data.

02 Jan 2020

Gulf Oil Marine and Azurtane Partner

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Now that the fuel sulphur regulations have come into force from January 1, 2020, charterers and operators will begin to feel the pressure to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.Gulf Oil Marine has partnered with marine technology firm Azurtane to help customers monitor and manage energy usage and emissions compliance.The change in fuels resulting from the 2020 0.5% sulphur regulations has meant a step change in marine lubricant performance requirements.Gulf Oil Marine has been evaluating and testing lubricants that can improve engine efficiency and lower emissions.

02 Jan 2020

Research Vessel Equipped with Integrated IoT System

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KVH Industries, Inc. and Kongsberg Digital completed the installation of their first joint maritime IoT system on an active working vessel.The team installed a KVH Watch VSAT antenna for IoT connectivity and the Kognifai Vessel Insight platform on Simrad Echo, a Norwegian research vessel owned and operated by Kongsberg, which will continue normal operations during the pilot maritime IoT project. Together, KVH Watch and Kognifai Vessel Insight provide an integrated infrastructure…

01 Jan 2020

Russia to Strengthen Northern Sea Route

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Russian state atomic energy agency Rosatom and compatriot private transportation and logistics company Delo Group will jointly develop international multi-modal shipments and transit shipments Asia-Europe-Asia via the Northern Sea Transit Corridor.Rosatom is the authorized infrastructure operator of the Northern Sea Route and owner of the world-only nuclear icebreaker fleet.Delo Group assets include six sea ports in the Baltic Sea, one sea port in the Azov-Black Sea region and one sea port in the Far East basin which are the key regions for foreign trade cargo flows.The companies signed docume

31 Dec 2019

NLE, Liebherr-Russland Pact on Port Equipment

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NCSP Group, Europe's third largest port operator in terms of cargo turnover,  its subsidiary Novorosleseksport (NLE AO) will receive port equipment from Liebherr-Russland OOO.Dmitry Korchnev, General Director at NLE AO, and German Ignatov, Director of the Port Equipment Department at Liebherr-Russland OOO, signed a contract on purchase of two ship-to-shore cranes (STS) with a capacity of 65 tons for loading and offloading of 20, 30, 40 and 45 feet ISO containers from a vessel to shore and back.The SPS cranes delivery is scheduled for 2021‚Ķ

31 Dec 2019

IMO2020: 4 Tips to Using Methanol as Fuel

‚ÄúOur experience to date has led to what I think is best termed ‚Äėsimplification‚Äô. For example, the piping arrangements. In the first-generation engines, there were a lot more pipes than you see on your standard engine. In the second-generation engines, this was modified to place them inside the cylinder head, making it more maintenance friendly.‚ÄĚ
Fredrik St√ľbner, Director Ship Management, Marinvest

Lessons learned on designing, building & operating with methanol as fuel.Generally averse to technological risk, maritime professionals lean on lessons learned, when available, to make future decisions. According to Fredrik Stübner, Director Ship Management, Marinvest, his organization‚Äôs experience running ships on methanol can be instructive for others considering emission reductions technologies, and to this end he suggests:1. VESSEL DESIGN‚ÄúFor other shipowners considering methanol as fuel‚Ķ

31 Dec 2019

IMO2020: Methanol Proves Promising

Feel the Power of Methanol: These 49,000 dwt vessels are built with the second generation of MAN B&W ME-LGIM two stroke dual-fuel engines that can run on both methanol and conventional marine fuels. 
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When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2019, the maritime world enters a bold new era of emission reduction. With its growing fleet of methanol fueled ship and more than 60,000 hours of operating experience under its belt, Waterfront Shipping Company has a five-year headstart.As a general rule, shipowners are remiss to share insights on their operations, lest their competitors catch wind and leverage the same technology and savings. The case of Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd.

30 Dec 2019

Kalmar Hybrid RTGs for Argentina

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Kalmar, the provider of cargo-handling solutions and services to ports and terminals,  is delivering two rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) with hybrid drivelines for Exolgan S.A. container terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina.The order that follows the delivery of four hybrid RTGs to the terminal this December, was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q4 order intake with delivery scheduled to take place in late 2020, said a press release from the unit of Cargotec.The Exolgan terminal in Buenos Aires is a container-handling port terminal with strategic road, rail and river transport connections.

30 Dec 2019

The Top 10 Workboat Stories for 2019

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Choosing the year‚Äôs ‚Äėtop stories‚Äô is always a difficult task. Many compelling story threads played out, each dramatically impacting the North American waterfront, and in particular, the workboat sector ‚Äď each in their own unique way.The Infrastructure Battle ContinuesThe EXECUTIVE SUMMARY H.R. 2396, the ‚ÄúFull Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act‚ÄĚ, will ensure that the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund is used for its intended purpose ‚Äď maintaining Federally-authorized harbors. The legislation would allow the U.S.

30 Dec 2019

3D Printing for Offshore Wind Turbines Introduced

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IT service provider Accucode is partnering up with RCAM Technologies, a specialist in large-scale concrete additive manufacturing, to develop large-scale, 3D printed concrete structures supporting offshore wind turbines.The partnership with Accucode comes on the heels of a grant announcement. RCAM Technologies recently received $250,000 from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (COEDIT) through its Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program.The…

27 Dec 2019

MOL Inks Deal with MHI for LNG-Fueled Ferries

Compared to conventional marine fuel oil, CO2 emissions per unit heat capacity are to be reduced more than 20% lower, with virtually no SOx emissions. Image: MHI

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. signed a contract with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) to build two LNG-fueled ferries, the first such project in Japan. These vessels will be built at the Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works, with deliveries scheduled for the end of 2022 to early 2023. Ferry Sunflower Limited based in Oita, will operate the ferries on its Osaka-Beppu route.The ferries will be about 199.9m long and 28.0m wide, with gross tonnage of approximately 17,300 tons. They will have maximum prescribed capacity for 763 passengers…

27 Dec 2019

Sea Trials of Damen Mexican Navy Frigate Complete

The Damen designed, locally built Mexican Navy’s POLA-class ARM Reformador. Image Credit: Damen

ARM Reformador project shows economic impact of local shipbuilding.Working in close cooperation, Damen Shipyards Group, the Mexican Navy, subcontractors and suppliers have completed successful sea trials of the Mexican Navy’s POLA-class ARM Reformador. The programme of sea trials was comprehensive, including testing of platform and combat systems in addition to training of Mexican Navy crews. The completion of these sea trials indicate how the project as a whole is progressing…

26 Dec 2019

SAAM Towage to Enter El Salvador Market

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Latest move to Enter El Salvador with Energía del Pacífico will Reinforce SAAM Towage's Presence in Central America.The Managing Director of SAAM Towage, Felipe Rioja, celebrated the company‚Äôs upcoming launch in the new market: El Salvador. ‚ÄúWe will provide services for the Energía del Pacífico (EDP) project at the Port of Acajutla, which reinforces our presence in Central America and our commitment to the region,‚ÄĚ he commented.The long-term agreement with EDP calls for allocating three tugs, two of which are new, to power plant operations.

26 Dec 2019

Scrubber, BWTS Retrofits Drive Keppel in 2019

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Scrubber and ballast water treatment system refits have helped to maintain brisk business at shipyards globally, as shipowners upgrade ships to meet regulatory mandate. In Singapore, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. reports that it has won 104 scrubber and BWTS retrofit orders worth a combined value of $118 million year-to-date, bringing the total number of retrofit projects secured to date to 108 scrubber and 97 BWTS projects.“Installation of scrubbers and BWTS can be highly complex and there has been strong demand worldwide to meet regulatory deadlines…

25 Dec 2019

MOL Develops Engine Diagnosis Application

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Japan's largest carriers of containerized and other cargo Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced an agreement for joint development of the next-generation engine failure sign diagnosis application, in partnership with ClassNK Consulting Service, IHI Power Systems, and Mitsui E&S Machinery.The four companies are looking to develop the application by fusing ClassNK's "CMAXS LC-A/e-GICSX"(CMAXS) and MOL's FOCUS "Fleet Optimal Control Unified System", which is intended to enhance safe…

24 Dec 2019

Mitsubishi Delivered First LNG FGSS Fueled PCC

FGSS module (Photo: MHI)

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. has delivered the first LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) fuel supply system "FGSS (Fuel Gas Supply System)" for dual fuel marine engines. This system will be installed onboard the first LNG fueled pure car carrier (PCC) built in Japan, which is currently under construction at Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.The FGSS is an LNG fuel gas supply system developed by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding utilizing LNG and vaporized gas handling technology developed through its long experience on the construction of LNG carriers…

24 Dec 2019

Ecuador Frets Over Sunken Galapagos Barge Salvage

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Ecuador's environment minister, Raul Ledesma, said on Monday that a situation involving a sunken barge in the Galapagos Islands which was carrying 600 gallons of diesel is under control but added that authorities are "very concerned" about the vessel's recovery.The barge sank on Sunday after a crane at the La Predial dock of San Cristobal - the easternmost island of the Galapagos archipelago - fell while unloading cargo, Ecuador's navy said in a statement on Twitter.Located around 1…

23 Dec 2019

ARISE Mauritania Picks Kalmar Equipment

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Kalmar, the provider of cargo-handling solutions and equipments to ports and terminals, has concluded an agreement to supply a suite of yard crane and mobile equipment to ARISE Mauritania for Nouakchott container terminal.The agreement includes four Kalmar Zero Emission rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs), one reachstacker, one empty container handler and two forklift trucks of the Kalmar Essential Range.The order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q4 order intake, with the delivery of all machines scheduled to be completed during Q3 of 2020.ARISE Mauritania…

23 Dec 2019

DMC Delivers Rudders to Chinese Yard

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Netherlands-based Damen Marine Components (DMC), which specializes in the design and production of rudders, has completed the supply of nine Van der Velden ATLANTIC rudders to COSCO Guangdong Shipyard over a two-and-a-half-year period.The rudders have been installed on nine 1,750 TEU Feeder Container Vessels built for a UK-headquartered ship owning and management company, said DMC.The supply took place in three stages with a first contract signed by DMC and COSCO Guangdong in March 2017 for the immediate supply of three ATLANTIC rudders, plus an option on a further three.

23 Dec 2019

Ferry Stena Estrid Completes Sea Trials

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Stena Line’s "next-generation" ferry Stena Estrid has arrived in Holyhead after completing sea trials and a five-week, 10,000 mile journey from China to the Irish Sea where she will begin service early next year on her inaugural route from Dublin to Holyhead.Designed by Deltamarin and constructed at the China Merchants Jinling Shipbuilding Weihai Shipyard in China, Stena Estrid is the first of Stena RoRo’s nine next-generation E-Flexer Ro-Pax vessels in a series which include five for Stena Line and several additional vessels that will be on long-term charter for other ferry operators.

23 Dec 2019

Ardent Refocuses Strategy, Relocates to Netherlands

Ardent has announced a refocus of its strategy and a relocation of its headquarter.Ardent will refocus its strategy away from decommissioning towards its core business of emergency management and wreck removal. It has a market leading position in these areas which it intends to build further. Ardent will also move its headquarter from Houston, USA, to Ijmuiden, the Netherlands, where the new CEO, Oliver Timofei, and CFO, Jens Jaeger, are based.These moves will continue the positive momentum experienced in emergency management (emergency preparedness & emergency response) and wreck removal over the last 4 years and make Ardent more customer centric. Ardent will continue to provide its Global Preparedness Cover offerings as well as its OPA90 SMFF services for the USA.

22 Dec 2019

BIO-UV in Chinese BWTS Partnership

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French ballast water treatment specialist BIO-UV Group has strengthened its global partnership network with Hai Cheung Trading (HCT), a specialist marine equipment supplier based in Hong Kong to reinforce the commercial rollout of BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system across Asia.BIO-UV Group will draw on HCT’s extensive network of Chinese shipyards with a view to accelerate the take-up the of the BIO-SEA systems across the region, strengthening the French company’s presence in Asia.Benoit Gillmann…

20 Dec 2019

Coast Guard Swaps Buoys on Chesapeake Bay

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The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin has finished replacing the summer buoys with seasonal winter buoys on the Chesapeake Bay, Md., Friday.Throughout the month of December the crew replaced 66 summer buoys and removed the Francis Scott Key buoy in preparation for the winter season. The seasonal buoys are kept in until late February or early March.Ice and snow have the potential to damage, displace and submerge the large summer buoys, which would leave the channel unmarked and could create a substantial hazard to mariners.

20 Dec 2019

Naval Group Delivers OPV "A.R.A. BOUCHARD"

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The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) L’Adroit has adopted the Argentinian flag and becomes the A.R.A. BOUCHARD. The first one of the four OPVs ordered by Argentina has been designed and developed by Naval Group on its own resources. Handed over to the Argentinian Navy two months ahead of schedule and after only ten months of upgrade and modernization works. The three others OPVs will be delivered from April 2021 at the pace of one unit every six months.L’Adroit becomes the A.R.A BOUCHARDSince mid-February…

20 Dec 2019

Dutch to Build Combat Support Ship

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On 19 December the Cabinet of the Netherlands’ Government has submitted a so-called D-letter to the Parliament, to begin the construction of the Combat Support Ship Zr.Ms. Den Helder. The D-letter, part of the Defense Materiel Process (DMP), is the conclusive letter announcing the procurement decision for a large military project. With this new ship, the supply capacity of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) will once again expand to two ships. The construction of this new, essential…

19 Dec 2019

Kalmar Supplies 9 Straddle Carriers to Eurogate

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The  manufacturer of terminal tractors Kalmar has concluded an agreement with long-term customer Eurogate to heighten nine Kalmar straddle carriers operating at the Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg.The order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q4 order intake, with the work scheduled to commence in Q1 of 2020 and be completed by the beginning of Q3, the unit of Cargotec said.Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg is one of Northern Europe‚Äôs main transport hubs, offering excellent road, rail and feeder connections to the economic centers of Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia.

19 Dec 2019

BIMCO's Sanctions Clauses to Meet Challenges

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BIMCO’s Documentary Committee has approved two charter party sanctions clauses to help owners and charterers manage due diligence policies and navigate an increasingly complex environment of economic and trade sanctions imposed by governments.Sanctions have become a widely used geopolitical tool by governments. The rules are complex, imprecisely drafted, often changing, and the risks of violation can be high. The necessity of sanctions clauses that provide contractual certainty has prompted BIMCO to revise…

19 Dec 2019

Scrubber Corrosion: Addressing the Issues

Some ship owners may not realize the extent of the corrosive environment, Anders M. S√łrheim, M.Sc. Chem. Eng., Yara Marine Technologie (Photo: Yara Marine Technologies)

A focused Q&A with M.Sc. Chem. Eng. Anders M. Sørheim, Yara Marine TechnologiesHow important is material quality when selecting a scrubber system?If the intention of a scrubber installation is to operate the scrubber for the lifetime of the vessel, assuming a minimum of 10 years, then the material quality is imperative. A study performed by the American stainless-steel manufacturer ATI titled ‚ÄúEvaluation of Alloys for Marine Exhaust Scrubbers ‚Äď Effect of Welding and a Crevice‚ÄĚ confirmed the importance of correct material choice for scrubbers.

19 Dec 2019

New RAscal Tug For United States Navy

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Modutech Marine has awarded a contract to Robert Allan Ltd. to design a new version of the commercially successful RAscal 1800-Z tugs for the United States Navy.The new RAscal tug (with an option for one more) will be built by Modutech Marine Inc at their facility in Tacoma. The design for the US Navy will include updates to suit new EPA Tier 4 engines and associated systems, extensive fendering above and below the waterline to handle US Navy surface ships, submarines and barges as well as incorporating feedback from operators of the existing Z-Tech 4500 tugs.

19 Dec 2019

Volkswagen Attracts Bids for MAN Energy Solutions Unit

Volkswagen has attracted bids from Europe's Innio, Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy and U.S.-based Cummins for its MAN Energy Solutions, which makes diesel engines for ships and power generators, people close to the matter said.Innio, formerly known as Jenbacher and owned by buyout group Advent, as well as the two other bidders last week made bids for the VW unit, which could have a valuation of 1.5-2 billion euros ($1.7-$2.2 billion) in a potential sale, they said.Other bidders such as Hyundai Heavy are no longer in the running, they added.The divestment is part of Volkswagen's efforts to slim down and simplify the group which has 12 brands…

19 Dec 2019

LR Awards Wärtsilä Cyber Certification

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Lloyd‚Äôs Register (LR) has awarded Wärtsilä system-level cyber certification for its network architecture relating to Wärtsilä‚Äôs integrated main and auxiliary machinery. The LR‚Äôs ShipRight SAFE AL2 certification, which is with Wärtsilä‚Äôs Data Collection Unit (WDCU), gives Approval-in-Principle (AiP) for the entire Wärtsilä integrated system network, rather than for any individual component. The certification is one of the first of its kind to be awarded globally.At a time when information and operational technologies onboard ships are being networked together‚Ķ

19 Dec 2019

The Future of Maritime Navigation

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It is 70 years since the launch of the first radar under the Decca brand and today‚Äôs Sperry Marine is marking the anniversary by looking to a future that would have been hard to imagine in 1949 ‚Äď or even as little as 10 years ago.Yet the changes of the last decade will be eclipsed by the transformation in the decades to come, which will accelerate as the shipping industry embraces greater digitalization and moves towards an era of smart and connected operations.In the course of 70 years‚Ķ

19 Dec 2019

Navigating the Rough Waters of Marine Certification

The marine industry brings its own unique set of challenges.With the ‚ÄėAll Subsea Factory‚Äô market trend moving offshore exploration and production equipment for oil and gas to the seabed, safety, longevity and environmental protection are just a few of the considerations when choosing marine products. When selecting products for marine applications, the understanding of factors such as marine certifications and inspection documents are crucial to making an informed decision.Worldwide statutory provisions enacted by the United Nations (UN) agency on shipping specify general regulation and rules necessary to obtain an operating license for all categories of ship, marine and offshore applications.

19 Dec 2019

$5B Fund Proposed for Emissions R&D

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Shipping associations have proposed creating a research fund with $5 billion raised by the industry to develop technology to help the sector meet U.N. targets on cutting emissions.The global shipping fleet, which accounts for 2.2% of the world's CO2 emissions, is under pressure to reduce those emissions and other pollution. About 90% of world trade is transported by sea.International shipping associations called on Wednesday for a mandatory contribution of $2 per tonne on fuel used by ships to raise money for a research fund to help develop cleaner technology for the industry.U.N.

18 Dec 2019

Ulstein Painting SOV Windea TBN

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Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein is currently carrying out the paint work on Bernhard Schulte’s new service operation vessel (SOV), the 'Windea TBN'.The SOV, which was launched on 15 October 2016, for the offshore wind industry was docked into our dock hall on 8 December 2019.The hull of the vessel arrived Ulstein Verft in September 2019 and in the last few months the work has been focused on accommodation, electrical installations, painting of technical areas and outfitting.After the hull had been towed into the dock hall…

18 Dec 2019

MAN Okays Total Lubmarine's VLSFO Fuel

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Total Lubmarine, part of Total Lubricants,  has received a No Objection Letter (NOL) from leading engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions, for the use of Talusia on MAN B&W 2-stroke engines operating on fuels with less than 0.5%S Very Low Sulfur Fuel Oil (VLSFO).Total Lubmarine had developed the set of marine lubricants designed to work with a range of low sulfur fuels, as the new emissions standards designed to curb pollution from ships by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) set to be implemented on January 1‚Ķ

18 Dec 2019

INTERTANKO Releases Standardized Gas Form

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The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) has released updated Gas Form C forms for LPG and LNG with the intent on standardizing both the forms themselves and the information provided on them.Currently, a large number of Gas Form Cs are company-specific, often referring to commercially sensitive information such as speed and consumption, which can alter throughout the stages of a vessel’s life.The new forms will assist INTERTANKO Members, as well as the industry at large…

18 Dec 2019

Unified Command Plans for Fuel Removal from Grounded Vessel

The Unified Command discussed plans to remove diesel fuel from the fishing vessel Sea Angels at the Onslow County Emergency Operations Center, Tuesday. The fishing vessel Sea Angels ran aground near Browns Inlet, North Carolina on Dec. 9, 2019.The Unified Command has identified safety of personnel responding to the grounding and the protection of the environment as the top priorities for the on-going response efforts. The response is complicated by the presence of unexploded ordnance in the area surrounding the vessel…

18 Dec 2019

Risk & Reward of The Internet of (Maritime) Things

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The Internet of Maritime Things (IoMT) is coming! Start planning now.The Internet of Things (IoT) is already with us. You can get a doorbell camera that allows you to see on your smartphone who is at or approaching your front door. You can also get a refrigerator that keeps track of items inside and will advise you when you are running low (maybe on beer). It can also automatically place orders with your local grocery store for replenishment. Your automobile will attempt to keep you in your lane and avoid collisions while keeping track of where you are…

18 Dec 2019

Konecranes Wins $46 mln USN Crane Deal

US Navy has contracted Konecranes to deliver a 175-ton portal jib crane to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in the State of Washington. The $46-million order was booked in December and contains options for six additional portal jib cranes over the next seven years. If realized, the total value of the agreement would be around $330 million.The crane to be provided is a Konecranes tailor-made design, unique with features that allow it to operate on the multiple rail section sizes, straight or curved, located at the Naval base. The portal jib crane is also designed to minimize wheel loads while operating at maximum capacity through the maximum operating range with Konecranes’ unique dynamic stability system.This design of crane is tailored to the historical shipyard layouts of the US Navy…

18 Dec 2019

Scrubbers: A "360-degree solution" for Owners

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As part of the IMO’s commitment to reducing the maritime sector’s output of greenhouse gases by 50% over the next 30 years, January will herald the new global 0.5% sulfur cap.This is a major transition for ship operators and owners, but they have several options.Many shipowners are switching to low sulfur fuel oil (LSFO), but this will mean a significant leap in vessel operating costs. The price of LSFO on 1 January 2020 is not yet known, but analysts have estimated that the price could be between $100-300 per tonne more than HSFO.

18 Dec 2019

Austal Australia Rolls Out 118m Trimaran

‚ÄėBajamar Express‚Äô (Hull 394) (Photo: Austal Australia)

Austal Australia has rolled out the hull (No. 394) and attached the superstructure for the first of two 118 meter trimarans under construction for Fred. Olsen Express of the Canary Islands.Bajamar Express was rolled out onto the hardstand at Austal Australia’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia on December 14, in preparation for final fit out before launch in February 2020.Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton highlighted the vessel’s significance as one of nine trimarans currently under construction by Austal…

18 Dec 2019

BWTS Retrofits Drive Navalrocha Biz

Paxoi bunker tanker, managed by MM Marine Inc (Photo courtesy of  Navalrocha shipyard)

Portugal's Navalrocha shipyard reports a strong influx of BWTS (Ballast Water Treatment System) retrofit projects for 2020.The shipyard completed its first ever BWTS installation with technical engineering partner Step Consolidated on the Paxoi bunker tanker, managed MM Marine Inc.Navalrocha Commercial Director Sergio Rodrigues said the contract sparked a series of other deals with five more BWTS retrofit projects scheduled for 2020.‚ÄúThe Paxoi installation process was carried out in the last quarter of 2019 during a 16-day drydocking,‚ÄĚ he said.

18 Dec 2019

Blount Boats: Ferries, Offshore Wind both Dominate Present, Future

Marcia Blount, President of Blount Boats

MarineNews recently visited the Blount Boats facility in Warren, Rhode Island. While the year 2019 might be the ‚Äėyear of the woman‚Äô in the eyes of the International Maritime Organization, the two women at the head of Blount Boats ‚Äď Marcia & Julie Blount‚Äď have been a driving force in the U.S. boatbuilding market for decades. As Blount‚Äôs celebrates its 70th anniversary, read about the storied yard‚Äôs promising future.Founded in 1949, Blount Boats is a full-service with a customer base comprised of a variety of commercial and government entities including the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S.

17 Dec 2019

RIBCRAFT Inks USN 11-Meter RIB Contract

File Image: RIBCRAFT designed and built boats underway (CREDIT: RIBCRAFT)

RIBCRAFT announced that the United States Navy has awarded a five-year indefinite quantity contract to the company to provide the 11-Meter RIBs.Under the contract, RIBCRAFT will build and deliver the 11-Meter Expeditionary Mine Counter Measure Boat. RIBCRAFT has also been providing the U.S. Navy with 7-Meter shipboard RIBs since 2014.A critical component of the Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures Company, the 11-Meter RIBs will serve to support explosive ordinance disposal mine counter measure platoons in both shallow and deep water operations.

17 Dec 2019

Høglund, DNV GL Ink 'big data' MoU

Jon Rysst (L), Senior Vice President and Business Development Leader of DNV GL along with B√łrge Nova, CEO of H√łglund Marine Solutions (R) (Photo: DNV GL)

Høglund Marine Solutions and DNV GL have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help generate and export big data from ships.This is a step towards greater digitalization of the marine industry, providing Høglund with the opportunity to further develop their automation expertise and systems and DNV GL the potential to enhance their classification services.‚ÄúThe digital transformation of shipping is finally happening and opens the door to many long sought-after advantages and necessary progress‚ÄĚ, says Børge Nova, CEO of Høglund Marine Solutions.

17 Dec 2019

Wärtsilä's VTS for Two French Ports

Calais VTS (Photo: Wärtsilä)

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply its Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) solution to two of France‚Äôs leading ports, Calais and Boulogne. The Wärtsilä VTS will effectively manage vessel traffic in these busy harbors to deliver greater operational efficiency and safety. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in October 2019 by Région Hauts-de-France, the government entity responsible for this tender.The system optimizes planning and traffic monitoring to reduce waiting time for vessels and allow just-in-time pilotage.

17 Dec 2019

Carnival Joins the Getting to Zero Coalition

Tom Strang, senior vice president of maritime affairs for Carnival Corporation

Carnival Corporation has announced it has joined the Getting to Zero Coalition.Carnival Corporation is the first cruise company to join the global alliance.The coalition’s goal aligns with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050 as compared to 2008 emissions. To meet the target, the Getting to Zero Coalition aspires to having technically feasible, commercially viable zero emission deep sea vessels (ZEVs) entering the global shipping fleet as early as 2030.

17 Dec 2019

Hydrogen Hybrid Car Carrier Studied

Transition of propulsive force sources during voyage 
(**) Companies aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% through hybrid technology, alternate
energy, hull design, and improvement in operation, etc. 
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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. and e5 Lab. concluded a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to conduct a joint study of a hybrid pure car carrier equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system and large-capacity batteries (hydrogen hybrid PCC). The companies aim to develop a hydrogen hybrid PCC, which do not emit carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx), or particulate matter (PM) while underway in coastal waters or in ports, in other words, achieving “zero emissions…

17 Dec 2019

DECK MACHINERY: A Step Up in Safety

How NABRICO’s FASST Winder Winch created a safer work environment.Great ideas can come anytime, from anyone. For NABRICO, a field team member’s understanding of the physical exertion required to operate a ratchet handle, while also acknowledging the value in the older spoked hand wheel configuration, brought about both innovation and new standard of winch safety to the market in the form of the FASST Winder Winch.Maximizing Return on EnergyRather than using a ratchet handle, which required more physical effort…

16 Dec 2019

VIKING's HydroPen System for V.Ships

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VIKING has secured a contract with V.Ship Hamburg to protect over 40 container ships with the HydroPen System.The alarming rise in the number of container fires has brought calls for urgent action from the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), with stakeholders urged to encourage IMO to strengthen fire protection and review firefighting equipment onboard existing ships. Fighting a fire high up in the stack from the deck is often ineffective, with containers dowsed on the outside while materials inside continue to burn.

13 Dec 2019

New Vessel for Windermere Lake Cruises

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MV Swift was launched December 11, 2019 into the waters of  Windermere in the Lake District National Park.Damen Shipyards Group is building the vessel on location via the Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC) for Windermere Lake Cruises.At 34m, the vessel is slightly shorter than the company‚Äôs existing flagships, MV Swan and MV Teal. This will enable the vessel to dock at smaller jetties in the area, thereby providing economic stimulus to a wider pool of local businesses.Windermere Lake Cruises operates a fleet of 16 vessels currently.

13 Dec 2019

Digital Developments Continue Apace in the Workboat Space

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Sustainable, energy-efficient working practices and environmental regulatory compliance are among the hot-button topics driving the spread of maritime digitalization.The benefits of a digital strategy for companies working within the maritime industry soon stack up. In addition to providing operational/logistical streamlining, data-based insights, a competitive edge and a reputational leg-up, connecting operational systems and consolidating interfaces also drives the levels of…

12 Dec 2019

Semtech, Wilhelmsen, TTI Team-up for Maritime IoT

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Semtech, Wilhelmsen and The Things Industries (TTI) have formed a partnership to use Semtech‚Äôs LoRa devices to help deliver what they describe as cost-effective, robust and proven IoT solutions to the maritime shipping industry.Wilhelmsen is a global maritime industry group founded in 1861. Semtech Corporation is a  supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms.Wilhelmsen has selected Semtech‚Äôs LoRa devices as the foundation for its new global 2.4GHz maritime IoT network to deliver an ecosystem of cost-effective‚Ķ

12 Dec 2019

L&B Long-Term Fleet Contract With Marlink

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Leonhardt & Blumberg (L&B), Germany‚Äôs largest independent charter owner of 15,000-35,000 DWT container ships and ship management company, has renewed its long-standing partnership with Marlink for the provision of quality  global VSAT connectivity."Marlink‚Äôs managed connectivity service excellence and digital solutions are recognized as a strong foundation for the ship management company L&B‚Äôs on-going fleet digitization, which will deliver more efficient and greener maritime operations‚Ķ

12 Dec 2019

Iran, Oman Pact to Expand Maritime Transportation

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Iranian and Omani officials have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at boosting maritime navigation, trade and transportation between the two Persian Gulf countries.The agreement was signed in a ceremony attended by senior officials from both sides including the Iranian Minister of Transport and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami and Oman’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, and heads of the two countries’ ports and maritime organizations.Iranian Transport…

12 Dec 2019

BOATBUILDING: From Estonia with Love

The view from the wheelhouse of Baltic Workboats pilot boat. Baltic Workboats has entered the US domestic boatbuilding game with this new entry. CREDIT: Baltic Workboats

Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, the classic Maine boat designer and builder will build to Baltic Workboats design for the domestic workboat market.Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, the classic Maine boat designer and builder will announce at this year’s International WorkBoat Show that it has entered into the domestic workboat market as the Jones Act builder for the Estonian, Baltic Workboats wave piercing pilot boat, currently popular with Danish and Belgian pilots.How do you feel about taking on something as unusual as building a pilot boat designed and built in Estonia…

12 Dec 2019

Wärtsilä Sheds ELAC Nautik Business

Wärtsilä has announced the divestment of shares in Wärtsilä ELAC Nautik GmbH (ELAC Nautik) to Cohort plc, a UK listed company.ELAC Nautik became part of Wärtsilä as a result of the acquisition of L-3 Communications MSI in 2015. Its main market focus is on hydroacoustic products, including sonars, underwater communication systems and echo systems for small and medium sized military submarines. The company is located in Kiel, Germany and currently employs approximately 120 people. It generates annual revenues of approximately $23 million.Subject to approvals, completion of the transaction is expected in the early part of 2020.

11 Dec 2019

Verizon Lights Up U.S' First 5G Shipyard

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Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband service is now live at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Newport News, VA.HII is America's largest military shipbuilding company and its Newport News Shipbuilding division turned to Verizon to explore how 5G can enhance the shipbuilding process as part of their digital transformation."We are excited to partner with Verizon on our digital journey and be one of the first complex manufacturing businesses in the US to have 5G on-site," said Bharat Amin, executive vice president and CIO of Huntington Ingalls.

11 Dec 2019

Nautilus Labs, Inmarsat Sign Agreement

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Nautilus Labs and Inmarsat have signed an agreement for Nautilus Labs to provide Inmarsat’s Fleet Data service.Nautilus Labs will use the Fleet Data API (Application Programming Interface) to help automate data collection as part of Nautilus Platform, a proprietary, fleet optimization UI (user interface) that provides shipping owners and operators with predictive analytics to reduce fuel consumption, allow for better decisioning, and meet international and local environmental standards - all in real time.Developed by Inmarsat and made commercially available earlier this year…

11 Dec 2019

Launch Partners Ready for Iridium's GMDSS

The Lars Thrane LT-3100S GMDSS terminal built for the Iridium network, planned for 2020. (Photo: Iridium)

Iridium Communications announced the first seven companies it has authorized to provide its Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) services, planned for commercial introduction in the first half of 2020. The seven companies, Arion Communications, AST, Marlink, Marsat, NSSLGlobal, Satcom Global and Speedcast will be the first in the industry to provide truly global satellite GMDSS service to mariners, and the first to offer a new choice in satellite network and equipment.

11 Dec 2019

VIKING Acquires Drew Marine's FSR Division

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VIKING has acquired Drew Marine‚Äôs Fire Safety and Rescue (FSR) division.VIKING increases its global volume, reach and technical competencies for marine firefighting equipment services (MFS).At the moment, Drew Marine FSR provides services in more than 150 ports across 45 countries. The division offers a complete range of FSR services, specializing in solutions for fixed-firefighting foam, fixed-extinguishing and dry-powder systems ‚Äď along with calibration solutions for gas detection, medical oxygen, and dry-docking services.

11 Dec 2019

WORK Microwave Transforms Maritime SatCom

WORK Microwave has announced the results of its technology demonstration with Intellian and Telesat to increase the reliability, performance, and throughput of broadband for maritime applications. Recently, the companies successfully tested a high-throughput data link from Mount Jackson, Virginia to Pompano Beach, Florida using WORK Microwave's AX-80 wideband modem, the Intellian v150NX 1.5m Ka-band wideband antenna, and the Telesat T19 VANTAGE High Throughput Satellite (HTS).

11 Dec 2019

ABB Delivers for Icebreaking LNG Carrier Fleet

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The final vessel in 15-ship series enters service for Yamal LNG project ahead of schedule.Yakov Gakkel, owned by joint venture between Teekay LNG Partners and China LNG Partners, joins a fleet of 15 specially designed tankers transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) year-round from one of Russia’s most significant export developments in a generation, Yamal LNG.Built in less than six years and to ARC7 ice class, fifteen 170,000m3 capacity vessels have opened the Northern Sea Route…

11 Dec 2019

Amin to Spearhead HII Digital Strategy

Bharat Amin (Photo: HII)

America’s largest military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced on Wednesday that Bharat Amin has been named executive vice president and chief information officer.In this newly created position, Amin will be responsible for establishing the company’s information technology (IT) and digital strategic direction with a focus on cyber security capabilities through engagement with HII’s executive and division leadership teams. In collaboration with the business units, Amin will lead corporate IT governance and provide functional oversight.

11 Dec 2019

Augmented-Reality Enters Maritime Maintenance

To augment content in the real world, CEON TechGuide employs spatial information and information about surroundings, such as table surfaces, workbenches and walls. Animations are not locked into a specific perspective, rather the user can move their tablet or head-mounted display around to view components from different angles, get exploded views of spare parts, etc. Image: MAN ES

New TechGuide maintenance app from MAN CEON represents new generation of instructional material.As the global maritime community embraces new digitalization technologies aimed at reducing costs and enhancing safety onboard ships, MAN CEON, which is MAN Energy Solutions umbrella brand for all its digital products, comes to the fore for TechGuide, and augmented reality maintenance platform.The new generation of instructional material with augmented reality features a mix of different multimedia.

10 Dec 2019

SHI, SKT Trial Autonomous Ship Using 5G

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South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and compatriot telecommunications operator SK Telecom (SKT) have developed a 5G-based autonomous navigation platform that will allow ships to move to set destinations on their own.The trial was conducted using a 3.3m craft developed by SHI and equipped with 5G-based LiDAR, cloud-based IoT platform and T Live Caster, SK Telecom’s real-time video monitoring solution at a shipyard covered by SKT’s 5G network.The test operation took place in the sea near SHI’s Geoje Shipyard…

10 Dec 2019

Artemis, Tuco Marine Sign Joint Venture

Artemis Technologies has announced a joint venture with Denmark‚Äôs Tuco Marine Group to produce the world‚Äôs first zero emissions workboat.Artemis Technologies will collaborate with Tuco Marine Group to integrate its new electric eFoiler propulsion system into an 11m carbon fiber vessel.This will serve as a demonstrator vessel as proof of concept for the innovative technology that will be marketed to the marine trade by Artemis Technologies and Tuco Marine Group, which supplies the ProZero high performance Workboat range.  The hydrofoils and propulsion system for the proof of concept vessel will be manufactured and assembled in Belfast Harbour, following a multi million pound investment in the project.

10 Dec 2019

EMS Offshore Chooses Damen Shoalbuster 271

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Damen Shipyards Group has won an order from maritime services company EMS Offshore Service GmbH & Co. KG for a Shoalbuster 2711. The 2711 is the latest addition to the Shoalbuster range, having made its debut in June this year.The new Shoalbuster 2711 design changes will enable it to comply with new MLC regulations stipulating additional accommodation capacity. By increasing the width of the existing Shoalbuster 2709 by two meters, Damen has boosted the accommodation capacity from six to seven personnel.

10 Dec 2019

INSIGHTS: Sean Fernstrum, President, R.W. Fernstrum

Sean Fernstrum, President and a third-generation owner of R.W Fernstrum & Company

This month, listen in as Sean Fernstrum weighs in on how his firm arrived at its enviable market position, what comes next, and why.Sean Fernstrum is a third-generation owner of R.W Fernstrum & Company. He graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Scientific and Technical Communications. After college, he came home to Menominee, Michigan and began working as a Technical Writer at R.W. Fernstrum & Company. He has been President of the company for the last 8 years.

09 Dec 2019

WiseTech Global Acquires Ready Korea

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Global logistics software group, WiseTech Global has announced the acquisition of Ready Korea, a customs, bonded warehouse and trade compliance solutions provider in South Korea.Headquartered in Seoul, Ready Korea offers a cross-border compliance solution, which facilitates the lodgement of electronic transactions to the Korean Customs Service, including customs brokerage and refunds and Free Trade Agreement verification, along with bonded warehouse management.Ready Korea also…

09 Dec 2019

Alewijnse Tapped for AMELS 60 Superyacht

Photo: Alewijnse Marine

AMELS contracted Alewijnse Marine to perform the complete electrical systems installation on the first two vessels of its new range of Limited Edition AMELS 60 superyachts.The 60-meter long AMELS combines innovative naval architecture with hybrid propulsion technology.Alewijnse will deliver a total package of electrical installation and systems integration, encompassing an Integrated Bridge System, Audio-Video systems and IT network as well as the hybrid propulsion system.The electrical engineering phase is underway for the first AMELS 60.

09 Dec 2019

Wärtsilä Partners to Develop Hybrid Dredger

Photo courtesy of Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has signed a strategic development agreement with Chinese state-owned shipbuilder CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited Huangpu Wenchong. The five year agreement is aimed at the joint development of a hybrid powered dredger, but could possibly extend to other hybrid vessels as well. The agreement was signed on December 3 at the Marintec conference and exhibition in Shanghai.The purpose of the agreement is to build a cooperation framework and working mechanism for the research and development of hybrid power systems.

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