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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ro Ro Ship News

Turkish Truckers Eye Caspian Sea Routes to Avoid Delays in Iran

Caspian Sea

Turkish carriers plan to cross near 25 thousand vehicles a year over Caspian Sea with ferryboats and Ro Ro ships to avoid delays on the route across Iran. The use of ferry boats and Ro-Ro ships would cut excursion time significantly, the CEO of Turkey’s International Transporters Association (UND) Fatih Ĺžener quoted as saying in report published in Hurriyet Daily News. There are plans to carry nearly 25 thousand trucks a year over the Caspian Sea using ferryboats and Ro-Ro ships from the newly constructed Alat port in Azerbaijan to Turkmenistan’s Türkmenbaşı port.

DFDS Orders Two Large RoRos from China

Image: Knud E. Hansen

Northern European shipping and logistics company DFDS said it has ordered another pair of large ro-ro ships from the Jinling Shipyard, doubling its order placed last year at the Chinese yard. DFDS signed a contract with Jinling in 2016 for the construction of two ro-ro vessels, each with 6,700 lane meter load capacity and space for 450 trailers. Now the company has ordered another two of these ships – its largest ever – to service freight customers across the North Sea from 2019 and 2020.

Ecospeed Coating

Two months after a Canadian shipowner applied Ecospeed for the first time to one of his ro/ro vessels, he decided to send a second ro/ro ship into drydock in Las Palmas to have the old paint system on the  underwater hull completely stripped off to bare steel to be replaced with Ecospeed. The Ecospeed system is designed to be applied in two homogeneous coats and the overcoating time is from three or four hours to weeks or months. It is designed to have a life expectancy of 25 years and is 100% non-toxic.

RoRo Shortage Hits Car Trade

While the Chinese automotive sector is experiencing double-digit growth, Chinese finished vehicle exporters are facing stiff competition and ongoing logistics challenges in getting their products to foreign markets because of a lack of RoRo ships, according to a report on http://www.cargonewsasia.com. Zhang Xiaoyu, vice-chairman of the China Machinery Industry Federation said that while the number of China's vehicle exports has increased sharply, many of these cars lay in transit at ports because shipping companies simply do not have enough vessels to transport them. According to China Custom's figures, the mainland exported a total of 340,000 cars in 2006 - double that exported in 2005.

Crowley Adds Third Weekly Sailing

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MHI System Enhances Stability, Reduces Risk

MHI Develops System to Enhance Damage Stability of Ships To Reduce Capsizing Risk: Response to Revised SOLAS Convention; First Order for Vessel with New System Placed by Nippon Shipping. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has developed a system to enhance the damage stability of ships, enabling reduction in capsizing risk, as well as a roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ship* equipped with the new system. The company has already received an order for the newly equipped vessel from Nippon Shipping Co., Ltd., a group company of Nippon Express Co., Ltd.

Grimaldi Orders Integrated Bridge Systems from Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received orders to supply integrated bridge systems for five new roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vehicle carriers being built for Grimaldi Group Naples by Croatian Shipbuilding Corporation at its Uljanik shipyard in Pula, Croatia. The ships will be fitted with a complete suite of navigation and communication systems to be supplied by Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit in conjunction with Compania Generale Telemar. The navigation systems to be installed on the five new ro-ro ships will be based on Sperry Marine’s new-generation VisionMaster FT technology, which was unveiled at the 2006 SMM Exhibition in Hamburg.

5th Floating Accommodation for Lerwick

Lerwick port

  A further accommodation ship, Ocean Atlantic, is due at Lerwick on Monday 27 April 2015 and is on its way from Portland in Dorset. As with the other floating accommodation at the port, Petrofac will use it for workers constructing the Shetland Gas Plant project. Around 200 people will be accommodated onboard. The 140 metre long vessel, a former ro/ro ship, will berth at Victoria Pier in Lerwick until June and will be required to move off the berth on occasions to suit other vessel movements.

Ecospeed: Ending Rudder Cavitation Damage Problems

Founded in 1893 Ernst Russ is a Hamburg based, family owned shipping company. For close to 120 years, Ernst Russ has been offering customers the highest standards in ship management. The company has a fleet of ten vessels including five ro-ro cargo ships. Due to their higher propeller revs, the rudders of these ro-ro cargo vessels suffered particularly from cavitation damage. Grzegorz Girjat is Superintendent of Ernst Russ, responsible for the five ro-ro ships. Those ships were built in 1999. The rudders were originally coated with a standard epoxy coating.

Ro-Ro Terminal in Assam to Boost Traffic

Image: Inland Waterways Authority of India

The government of India said berthing operation of a vessel was carried out at the newly-constructed Roll-on Roll-off (Ro-Ro) terminal on the Brahmaputra in Assam. The  Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) vessel will be deployed for Ro-Ro (roll-on, roll-off) service between Dhubri and Hatsingimari with a total waterway length of 29 km. Ro-Ro ships are vessels used for carrying wheeled cargo. IWAI's initiative opens a new gate of opportunities in the region by paving the…

Tote Cargo ship adrift near Haida Gwaii

M.V. North Star loading operations. Photo: U.S. Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS)

The MV North Star, a cargo ship that is owned by TOTE Maritime, spent more than half a day adrift Tuesday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. The Canadian Coast Guard reported late Tuesday that the cargo ship lost propulsion and was adrift near the coast of Haida Gwaii. Transport Canada says the MV North Star is once again en route to Tacoma, Washington. According to The Canadian Press, the Coast Guard ship should arrive about 4 a.m. local time Wednesday when the North Star will be about 20 nautical miles from shore.

Closure of Port of Venice/Porto Marghera

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The entrance of Port of Venice/Porto Marghera will be closed from August 18th at 03.00 to August 25th at 00.01. Port traffic will be suspended from August 18th at 03.00 up to August 18th at 07.00. From August 25th at 00.01 up to the start of positioning of structure MB-B04 (expected on September 2nd), transit will be allowed through the lock chamber for vessels within the above size limit and through channel for vessels over the above size limit with 2 tugs made fast and a maximum speed of 5 knots.

Crowley to Add RoRo to Central America Liner Services

To better serve shippers needing more vessel space and unsurpassed schedule integrity, Crowley Maritime Corporation's Latin America liner services unit will add a new larger, faster Ro/Ro ship to its Central America northern zone service effective Jan. 26. The Stena Shipper, a 19-knot ship with 150 FEU trailer spaces, will replace the M/V Tolosa, which can carry about 105 FEU trailers at 17 knots. She will initially be deployed in Crowley's U.S. East Coast - Central America northern zone service, which features four southbound sailings a week linking Port Everglades, Fla., with Santo Tomas, Guatemala and Puerto Cortes, Honduras. San Salvador, El Salvador and Managua, Nicaragua are served overland via Santo Tomas and Puerto Cortes respectively.

Eight New Coastal RoRos Slated for U.S.

Maritime Transport & Logistics Advisors, LLC (MTLA) an industry consulting firm based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL has been engaged by Roadships America, Inc. to provide research and analysis of the U.S. Coastal Transport market, as well as assistance with operational considerations in the final design stages of Roadships’ new generation high speed Ro/Ro vessels. Roadships America, Inc., a Reno, NV company is owned by U.S. and foreign investors. Roadships in partnership with Aker Marine, Inc. has been developing a high speed Ro/Ro vessel, designed initially for coastal transport between Melbourne and Perth in Australia. Roadships now plans to build additional ships for use in the U.S. coastal transport trade. Roadships has been following the coastal transportation initiative of the U.S.

Ernst Russ Ends Rudder Cavitation Problems

Founded in 1893 Ernst Russ is a Hamburg based, family owned shipping company. For close to 120 years, Ernst Russ has been offering customers the highest standards in ship management. The ER Fleet Manual, introduced by Ernst Russ long before international standards were developed, is continuously updated and exceeds all standard requirements and regulations. The company has a fleet of ten vessels including five ro-ro cargo ships. Due to their higher propeller revs, the rudders of these ro-ro cargo vessels suffered particularly from cavitation damage.

Le Havre Incentivizes Environmentally Friendly Shipping

In the continuation of the actions implemented in favour of the environment, the Management Board of the Grand Port Maritime du Havre has decided to reward, in 2012, the shipping companies which operate clean ships in Le Havre. From January 1st, 2012, the possibility will be provided to the 10 cleanest container or Ro-Ro shipping lines, as regards the reduction of their ship emissions in the air, to be granted an « environmental reward » making it possible for them to reduce their port dues on ships by up to 10 % maximum, according to the conditions set up in Le Havre. Supporting the ESI (Environmental Ship Index) promoting « clean shipping » was obvious for the Port of Le Havre.

Lloyd’s Says Containerships Will See Growth

Despite the current overcapacity of tonnage and disastrous shipping rates, the world containership fleet is expected to continue its rapid growth curve, albeit at a slightly reduced rate, as deliveries are taken from shipyards and new shipbuilding orders start to pick up later this year. That is the conclusion of the Shipbuilding Market Forecast for Container and Roll-On Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) Ships released this month by Lloyd’s Register - Fairplay (LRF) Research. By any measure, the current picture for containership operators is grim, caused by the severe imbalance in supply and demand under the sluggish economic conditions worldwide. Spot rates of as low as $250 to move a container from Hong Kong to Rotterdam are being quoted by some lines. That compares with $1,400 a year ago.

Mansukh Mandavia Inspects Kolkata Port, IWAI Jetty

Mansukh Mandaviya Photo: Official Twitter

Indian Minister of State for Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya inspected the facilities and ongoing projects at Kolkata Port Trust and GR Jetty of Inland Waterways Authority of India. Mandavia visited Netaji Subhas Dock at Kolkata Port Trust where he stressed upon the need for strengthening the Dry Dock facilities. He also inaugurated the renovated Birsa Munda Sarani and Sonapur Road of the Port, and  participated in the tree plantation activities organised by the Port Authorities. He later flagged off the state-of-the–art Seagoing Survey Launch (River Pearl-1) of KoPT.

Sperry Marine Supplies Navigation for Ville de Bordeaux

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Sperry Marine business unit has supplied the navigation and communication electronics for a new highly specialized ship that has been designed specifically to convey giant components for Airbus’ next-generation A-380 aircraft. The new ship, christened Ville de Bordeaux, was built in China’s Jinling shipyard and is being delivered to French shipowner Louis-Dreyfus Armateurs this month. The vessel will fly the French flag and will shuttle among the various Airbus plants in Europe delivering aircraft parts. For safe navigation, the ship has been fitted with a complete Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine integrated bridge system…

Ebeling and Magee to Receive USS AOTOS Award

The Ocean Sea Award will be presented to Raymond P. President of American Roll-on Roll-off Carriers (ARC), and Robert P. Chairman and CEO of The American Shipping Group. Towers, New York City, on November 5, 2004. Association, AFL-CIO, made the announcements. represent the finest in American spirit," said Mr. Bowers. "Mr. Mr. government officials. services abroad for the U.S. countries. seafarers who will be honored for specific acts of bravery at sea. Mr. Ebeling has been President and Chairman of ARC, a U.S. service ocean carrier, since 1990. ro-ro ships between the United States and Northern Europe, and two U.S. ro-ro ships between the U.S. most of the U.S. military vehicles in those trades. Department of Defense. He also has been President of Wallenius Lines Holding Inc. 1990.

ABB Shaft Generators, Turbochargers for DFDS Vessels

Photo: ABB

ABB shaft generators will raise the energy efficiency on two DFDS vessels which have been designed to meet the latest environmental regulations. Two shaft generators will be installed in each of the cargo Ro-Ro ships allowing the main engines to operate at a wider, more optimal speed range. The shaft generator system takes its power from main engines, thereby increasing safety if there is a failure on the auxiliary engine. The ships’ main engines will also be turbocharged by ABB’s latest generation technology.

One Third of Shipping Will Opt for Scrubbers -Foreship

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Ship owners weighing future marine fuel choices after the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 0.5 percent sulphur cap should also consider oil company expectations that up to 30 percent of commercial shipping will gravitate back to high sulphur fuel oil by 2030, according to naval architecture and engineering consultancy Foreship. With just over 100 ships running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) today, the number in service is likely to remain below 500 by 2020. At the same time…

Indian Ports Register Positive Growth of 3.64%

Union Minister for Shipping, India, Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB

The major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.64% and together handled 499.41 Million Tonnes of cargo during the period April to December, 2017 as against 481.87 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year. For the period from April- December 2017, Eight Ports (Kolkata (incl.Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Kandla) have registered positive growth in traffic. The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (17.27%), followed by Paradip (14.59%), Kolkata [incl. Haldia] (12.45%), New Mangalore (6.60%) and JNPT (5.94%).

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