Ro Vessels News

16 Dec 2018

SENER to Design 1,200-Pax Ferry for Tanzania

Pic: SENER

Spanish engineering and technology group SENER has contracted the basic design of a 1,200-passenger ferry for Tanzanian shipping line Kampuni ya Huduma za Meli (Marine Services Co., Ltd.) to the Korean company GAS Entec."With this new engineering contract, SENER has the experience from having built over 1,200 ships and offshore artifacts worldwide under its own designs. With more than 60 years working in the Marine sector, nowadays SENER provides professional services to shipyards…

30 Nov 2018

Rolls-Royce Wins Propulsion Contract for Nine RoRo Vessels

Promas (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine has won a significant contract to deliver the propulsion system to nine vessels to be built by Nanjing Jinling Shipyard Co in China for the Italian Grimaldi Group.The nine 238 meter long vessels are so called Ro-Ro vessels (Roll-on-Roll-off) designed to transport over 7,800 linear meters of rolling units, equivalent to about 500 trailers. They are named the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation, and will be hybrid powered by combining use of traditional fossil fuels during operation and battery power when in port. The vessels are being designed by Knud E.

06 Nov 2018

Evac Evolution BWMS On USCG ‘Pending List’

mage: Evac Evolution ballast water management system (Photo: Evac Group)

The Evac Evolution ballast water management system (BWMS), designed and manufactured by Cathelco, has been added to the pending list for U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval under the Cathelco name.When Finnish-based Evac acquired Cathelco earlier this year, the latter were already well on the way to USCG Type Approval having completed all the stages of the land and sea-based testing programs. For this reason, the system appears on the pending list under Cathelco’s name.With a turnover of 160 million euros in 2018…

05 Nov 2018

Manila Ports Utilization Remains Healthy

Pic: Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)

Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) informed that the cargo volume in the country has registered a modest hike in the first seven months of the year despite the sluggish performances from almost all aspects of local and foreign trade.Latest data from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) showed that Philippine cargo traffic totaled 147.271 million metric tons (MMT) in the January to July 2018 period or a 2% hike compared to the 144.412 MMT handled in the same period last year.The…

31 Aug 2018

Inland Waterways Authority of India Releases Ship Designs for River Ganga

Representational Photo: PIB

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) made public 13 standardised state-of-the-art ship designs suitable for large barge haulage on river Ganga (National Waterway-1).This marks attaining of a critical milestone in the growth of the country’s Inland Water Transport (IWT) sector as it will help overcome the unique navigation challenges river Ganga throws due to its complex river morphology, hydraulics, acute bends, shifting channels, meanders and current.It will serve as an…

17 Aug 2018

Kongsberg to Power Grimaldi’s Nine New RoRos

Image courtesy of Knud E. Hansen

Kongsberg Maritime said it has been awarded contracts with Chinese shipbuilder Nanjing Jinling Shipyard Co. to deliver power and hybrid systems to nine Roll on – Roll off (Ro-Ro) vessels ordered by Grimaldi Group, Italy. The contracts are valued at more than NOK 400 million ($47 million) and include an option for three additional vessels increasing the total value to more than NOK 500 Million ($59 million).Due for delivery from 2020, the new vessels will be 238 meters long, with a beam of 34 meters and gross tonnage of 64,000 tons.

24 Jul 2018

Ready Reserve Force Vessels Stand Ready

Ready Reserve Force Vessel Cape Ray on the historic mission that supported the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to neutralize chemical weapons. (Photo courtesy U.S. DOT)

Merchant mariner numbers may be at a low in the U.S., but the men and women of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) have increased their operating days by 245 percent from Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 to FY 2017.This year’s missions have included some of the largest ammunition movements since the Vietnam War – which the RRF crane ships are exceptionally cut out for; unit resupply to various theaters around the world, and movement of rotating forces including supporting the Canadian military.

15 Jul 2018

Cochin Shipyard Signs Contract With IWAI For Ten Ro-Ro Vessels

Photo: Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)

Cochin Shipyard Limited and Inland Waterways Authority of India has signed a contract for roll-on-roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessels. The contract, which entails design, construction and supply of Ten Ro-PAX and Ro-Ro Vessels, is worth INR 1.02 billion (USD 15 mln) plus taxes. These vessels which are capable of carrying Trucks, vehicles etc. and with sitting passengers will be deployed in various strategic locations in National Water Ways 1, 2 and 3. The vessels are conceptualized and fully designed by CSL. They are built to standards under the rules of Indian Register of Shipping.

09 Jul 2018

Spliethoff Group Prepares for 2020 Sulphur Cap

Photo: Spliethoff Group

On June 26, Spliethoff’s MV Floragracht left the BLRT shipyard in Klaipeda, Lithuania, where she was outfitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system (scrubber).The Dutch ship owner said Floragracht is the 24th vessel owned by the Spliethoff Group to be outfitted with a scrubber in preparation for the global 0.5 percent sulphur cap which comes into force in 2020.In 2012, Spliethoff Group subsidiary Transfennica started by outfitting their six Con-Ro vessels with scrubbers. In 2014 and 2015…

01 Jul 2018

Slow, Steady Vessels Lower Operating Costs

Logo: The Swedish Club

The Swedish Club warns that vessel operators should always look to the long term, when specifying the type of engines to be installed across the fleet. Latest statistics from the Club show that vessels propelled by medium/high speed engines have a claims frequency 2.5 times higher than slow speed engines, with an average claims cost of close to USD 650,000. Main Engine Damage, the latest loss prevention report from The Swedish Club, sheds light on an expensive category of damage that is all too frequent.

07 Jun 2018

DFDS Completes Acquisition of U.N. Ro-Ro

Photo: DFDS

Danish shipping and logistics group DFDS has completed the acquisition of Turkey’s largest operator of Ro-Ro freight ships and will be a major player in the strong and continuously growing trade between the EU and Turkey. In April, DFDS signed an agreement with the owners of  U.N. Ro-Ro to acquire the shares in the company, said a press release from the company. “All relevant authorities have now approved the transaction and I am very pleased to announce that on 7 June we completed the deal. U.N.

21 May 2018

LNG is the Bridge to ‘Zero Emissions’ Shipping

(Photo: Skangas)

The advent of industry wide tightening of allowable sulfur emissions is getting nearer. Suddenly, with the deadline now little more than one year away, the countdown clock will very soon be ticking much louder. Simply stated, the cap on allowable sulfur content in marine fuels, presently at 3.5 percent in many geographical regions, will be reduced to 0.5 percent in January 2020. The 0.1 percent sulfur cap, already in effect since 2015 in coastal Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) in Europe and North America…

10 May 2018

Interview: Robert Kunkel, Alternative Marine Technologies

Bob Kunkel needs no introduction to Marine News readers. Kunkel, President of Alternative Marine Technologies, previously served as the Federal Chairman of the Short Sea Shipping Cooperative Program under the Maritime Administration and Department of Transportation from 2003 until 2008. A past Vice President of the Connecticut Maritime Association, he is a contributing writer for Maritime Logistics Professional magazine and of course, Marine News. A graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy…

03 May 2018

Finnlines Orders Three Ro-ro Vessels

(File photo: Finnlines)

Finnlines, part of the Grimaldi Group, signed a 200 million euro ($240 million) order for three new ro-ro vessels to be delivered from China’s Jinling Shipyard from 2020-2021.The 17,400 DWT vessels will be 238 meters long and have a cargo capacity of 5,800 lane meters plus 5,600m2 of car decks and a capacity of about 300 TEU on the weather deck. The ships are designed to carry all types of ro-ro cargoes, with tank top and main deck areas are shaped with strengthened bulkheads and are free of pillar areas to accommodate paper and sto-ro.“We continue to modernize our fleet further…

30 Apr 2018

Grimaldi Group Orders New RoRo Vessels

Jiang Fuhai (Executive Director & General Manager of CSC NANJING JINLING SHIPYARD CO.,LTD), Emanuele Grimaldi (Managing Director of Grimaldi Group), Ge Biao (Senior Advisor of China Changjiang National Shipping Group (CSC)), Gianluca Grimaldi (President of Grimaldi Group), Jiang Qinghua (Vice General Manager of China Changjiang National Shipping Group (CSC)) and Ding Jianliang (Vice General Manager of CSC NANJING JINLING SHIPYARD CO.,LTD). Photo: Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V.

In the framework of the expansion and modernisation programme of its owned fleet, as anticipated in the last months, the Grimaldi Group has signed yesterday an agreement for the construction of six ro/ro vessels, for a total investment worth over USD 400 million. The order has been awarded to the Chinese shipyard Jinling, thus consolidating an important partnership with the Neapolitan Group, the world's leading company in the ro-ro sector. The new vessels, whose delivery is expected as from 2020…

23 Apr 2018

World's Largest Short Sea Ro-Ro Vessel Named in Dublin

MV Celine. Photo: Dublin Port Company

MV Celine, the world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro ship, will today be christened in a ceremony at Dublin Port with guest of honour, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, Godmother to the new ship, Geraldine O’Reilly, and the port’s chaplains. The formal ceremony is a long-held tradition intended to bring good fortune to the ship and involves breaking a champagne bottle against the hull as the ship is christened. To mark today’s occasion, new Irish music commissioned by Dublin Port and performed by John Sheahan of the Dubliners and Colm Mac Con Iomaire of the Frames will premiere at the ceremony…

02 Apr 2018

General Dynamics NASSCO Builds Second Matson Containership

Photo: Matson, Inc.

General Dynamics NASSCO has started construction on the second ship in a two-ship series of Kanaloa-class containerships for Matson Navigation Company, Inc. Construction of Matsonia began with a ceremonial first cut of steel at NASSCO's San Diego shipyard where the first ship in the series, Lurline, is 15 percent complete. Both ships will transport containers, automobiles and rolling stock between the West Coast of the United States and Hawaii. Using proven design standards, the ship design incorporates liquefied natural gas-capable main and auxiliary engines…

06 Feb 2018

Future Proof Ferries for the GVB

Image: C-Job

Public transport networks around the world are becoming more and more sustainable. This is due to stricter emissions regulations as well as increasing public demand for cleaner and greener modes of transport. This growing attention to sustainability is also being seen in the ferry sector, which plays a vital public transport role in many countries. In the Netherlands, the issue of sustainable ferry transport is of particular relevance because: The Dutch inland ferry sector comprises more than 300 ferry services.

03 Jan 2018

Matson Increases Neighbor Island Barge Capacity

Matson, Inc. said its subsidiary Matson Navigation Company, Inc. has replaced one of its three barges dedicated to serving Hawaii's neighbor island ports with a newer, larger barge that will improve service levels. The container barge Columbia, to be renamed Mauna Loa in honor of the barge it replaces, is now Matson's largest barge. At 360 feet long, with a beam (width) of 100 feet and cargo carrying capacity of 12,600 tons or 500 TEU, it is 12 feet longer and 40 feet wider than the barge it replaces, with the capacity to carry 180 more TEU or nearly 8,000 tons more cargo. Built in 2012 by Gunderson Marine and classified as a Deck Cargo Barge with approximately 33,000 square feet of deck cargo space, the vessel's design enables swifter and more fuel efficient transits.

24 Nov 2017

Palau Registry Sails into Top Spot

Panos Kirnidis BEng, MSc – CEO of PISR. Photo: Palau International Ship Registry

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has become the fastest growing flag in the shipping world with an impressive 43.2% growth in the number of vessels joining the registry since 2013 according to Fairplay magazine. Recording strong growth that puts it well ahead of other expanding registries such as Portugal, Saudi Arabia and the Cook Islands, Palau has attracted significant numbers of tankers into its fleet along with Ro-Ro vessels, bulk carriers and offshore ships. Tankers currently comprise just under half of Palau’s fleet and Panos Kirnidis…

16 Oct 2017

BigRoll to Continue as Part of Roll Group

Photo: Roll Group

BigRoll will continue  services as part of Roll Group. With the merger of the BigRoll organization, Roll Group will expand its fleet with of two module carriers in combination with the five existing multifunctional heavy lift, semi-submersible Ro-Ro vessels. The combination of BigRoll and RollDock allows for greater flexibility and enables Roll Group to provide improved Ro-Ro solutions to clients. Roll Group can benefit from the many years of engineering and project execution experience of RollDock and BigRoll at sea and Roll-Lift on land.

05 Oct 2017

TOTE Deploying State-of-the-Art Telematics in Alaska

Photo: TOTE Maritime

TOTE Maritime Alaska has announced that the installation of ORBCOMM’s telematics devices across a broad equipment platform will be complete in the coming months. ORBCOMM was selected to provide a broad portfolio of telematics solutions to monitor and control its refrigerated, dry and flatbed equipment. TOTE Maritime Alaska is a leading Jones Act carrier serving the Alaska market, connecting greater Alaska to the Continental United States and beyond. This is the second deployment for TOTE Maritime…

23 Aug 2017

Matson to Upgrade Honolulu Terminal

Photo provided by Matson

Matson Navigation Company, a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, has signed contracts with Paceco Corporation for the purchase of three new 65 long-ton capacity cranes and modifications to upgrade three existing cranes at its Sand Island Terminal in Honolulu Harbor. The investments are part of a broader $60 million terminal expansion and modernization program Matson is undertaking to prepare its operational hub in Hawaii for the arrival of four new ships the company has on order with a combined value of approximately $930 million and deliveries starting next year.

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