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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Emissions Standards Published, Category 3

The Federal Register has published the final rule setting new emission standards for Category 3 marine diesel engines. The rule also includes an extensive set of technical amendments to our other highway and non-road engine programs. The final rule and supporting documents are available for download at: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/oceanvessels.htm

ClassNK Registers 25 Million Gross Tons in 2012

ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda

Classification society ClassNK has announced its official registration figures for 2012, revealing that the Tokyo-based society registered nearly a thousand vessels totaling more than 25 million gross tons in 2012. The announcement was made on 28 January 2013 following the January meeting of the ClassNK Classification Committee, which reviews and certifies all registrations and certifications made to the ClassNK register. Figures released by the Committee reveal that ClassNK newly registered 964 vessels totaling 25.7 million gross tons in 2012…

London Brent Futures Set New High

London IPE Brent oil futures set a new 22-month high of $21.30 a barrel in early trade today, jumping 54 cents from Friday's close. Dealers said a renewed pledge by leading exporters to retain tight curbs on exports was behind the price rise.

New Shuttle Tanker Design for Teekay

(Image: Wärtsilä)

A new shuttle tanker concept developed by the world’s largest shuttle tanker services provider, Teekay, will offer a new level of innovation, says Wärtsilä, whose smart technology solutions will be featured on the new vessels. To date, Teekay has ordered four of these ‘next generation’ ships, each to be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) yard in South Korea. According to Wärtsilä, the newbuilds will feature a broad assortment of its latest technology innovations, all of which are central to the concept’s overall performance gains.

Inspector General Faults MMS Investigation of Oil Spill

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. agency in charge of regulating offshore oil drilling is carrying out its investigation of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in a "completely backwards" manner, and lacks sufficient guidelines and inspectors to police the industry's operations in the Gulf, the acting inspector general of the U.S. Interior Department is expected to tell a congressional panel Thursday, June 17. U.S. officials should also consider setting new ethics rules aimed at limiting the influence of oil and gas industry representatives over regulators, according to remarks prepared for delivery by Mary L. Kendall, the acting inspector general of Interior. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)  

Coast Guard Issues Notice on PEA for Salvage and Marine Firefighting

– draft programmatic environmental assessment The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice seeking comments on the draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) on its proposal to clarify and set new response time requirements for salvage and marine firefighting requirements in vessel response plans (VRP) for oil spills. Comments should be submitted by February 17. 71 Fed. Reg. 125 Source: HK Law

U.S. Ports Argue for Reducing Ship Emissions

At its U.S. Legislative Policy Council meeting last week in Norfolk, VA, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) got approval from its member ports to advocate for setting new, tougher standards for air emissions from both foreign and domestic ships. The emissions-limiting agenda sought by AAPA follows a U.S. government proposal for more stringent international rules for ocean-going vessels. Susan Monteverde, AAPA's government relations vice president indicated that the AAPA recommended and its members approved the Association to work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support its proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to adopt more stringent vessel emission requirements as part of the international MARPOL Annex VI treaty.

Containership Design

Seaspan Saver, a 10,000 TEU container vessel is setting new standards in container ship design. MARIN and Marine Design and Research Institute of China (MARIC) developed the hull lines of this unique vessel, which has been entirely designed with a low operational cost profile in mind. Canadian owner Seaspan requested a hull form that facilitates very low fuel consumption in the operational speed range, but at the same time it had to be able to keep an acceptable top speed. This approach is in stark contrast to previous ideas, which have focused on having the highest possible top speed.

A New Look in Marine Patrol Craft

Following the success of Naval Sea Systems Command Littoral and Mine Warfare Office funded tests, Art Anderson Associates is moving ahead to design what may be the most mission-effective police and security vessel to date. Under our SBIR Phase I research project for U.S. Military insertion craft, its patented STOLKRAFT hull-form set new standards for rough water rides in five and six foot seas at full-speed. Law enforcement and security agencies, like the U.S. Navy, require high speed, stable platforms that can safely deliver their passengers physically ready to perform rescue, diving and enforcement operations, which is why Art Anderson Associates put the STOLKRAFT hull through such rigorous testing. The mono-hull vessels currently used by the U.S.

Hellespont Names First of Four Double-Hull Ulccs

Piraeus-based Hellespont Shipping Corporation will name the first of its series of four unique double-hull ulccs at a ceremony in Dubai on April 3, 2002. The 442,000 dwt vessel will be named Hellespont Alhambra. Basil Papachristidis, chairman of the Hellespont Group, says, "We are proud to set new standards with these ships. The Hellespont Alhambra is the largest double hull tanker ever built. She sets new benchmarks for safety, longevity, commercial flexibility and ease of maintenance. The series will continue with the Hellespont Metropolis, to be delivered in April, and two sister ships, the Hellespont Fairfax and the Hellespont Tara, both to be delivered in the second half of 2002.

A New Look in Marine Patrol Craft

Following the success of Naval Sea Systems Command Littoral and Mine Warfare Office funded tests, Art Anderson Associates is moving ahead to design what may be the most mission-effective police and security vessel to date. Under our SBIR Phase I research project for U.S. Military insertion craft, its patented STOLKRAFT hull-form set new standards for rough water rides in five and six foot seas at full-speed. Law enforcement and security agencies, like the U.S. Navy, require high speed, stable platforms that can safely deliver their passengers physically ready to perform rescue, diving and enforcement operations, which is why Art Anderson Associates put the STOLKRAFT hull through such rigorous testing. The mono-hull vessels currently used by the U.S.

Tri-fuel LNG Carrier Delivered to GasLog

GasLog Ltd. announced the delivery of a new LNG carrier GasLog Santiago, from Samsung Heavy Industries. Immediately on delivery, which was on budget and ahead of schedule, she commenced a medium-term charter to Methane Services Ltd. (BG Group). The vessel is a 155,000 cubic meter tri-fuel Diesel Electric LNG carrier that sets new standards for efficient performance and environmental protection. The vessel is classified to the ABS ENVIRO+ notation, signifying the highest level of environmental protection and energy conservation. Furthermore the vessel is equipped with a new type of cargo compressors that will reduce the release of greenhouse gasses and offer enhanced cargo and heel management. The owners say that the new ship will be operated by GasLog LNG Services Ltd.

Large MAN Hi-speed Diesel Launched

MAN D7 Engiine: Photo credit MAN

MAN Diesel & Turbo launch the D7 engine to close the gap between its smallest medium-speed and largest high-speed engines. The D7 high-speed engine delivers a 1.5 – 5 MW output at 1,000 – 2,000 rpm is designed to serve a broad range of applications and sets new standards in fuel efficiency, power/weight ratio and TBO-intervals. The D7 is characterised by its robustness, efficiency, compactness and strength. MAN Diesel & Turbo has targeted tugboats, workboats, offshore service and supply vessels, navy patrol boats, super yachts and fast ferries as its core applications.

ICCL Member Lines Set New Mandatory Safety Standards

The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) has reported that its member lines have unanimously agreed to set mandatory policies for cruise ship passenger and crew safety, security, environment, operational procedures, health safety and sanitation. These new policies mark the first time and association of international maritime operators has adopted mandatory standards on such a vast set of topics. The new mandatory industry standards will require each ICCL member vessel to have smoke alarms that sound in all passenger and crew staterooms and adjacent corridors as well as on the bridge. For most of the existing guidelines, each member line will integrate these industry standards into its Safety Management System (SMS)…

New Hybrid Tug Joins Multraship Fleet

Photo: maritimephoto.com

Dutch towage and salvage specialist Multraship has welcomed into its fleet Multratug 28, an energy efficient hybrid Damen ASD 2810-type tug with FiFi 1 firefighting capabilities. Damen’s ASD 2810 Hybrid is a new design, and this is the second of its class to be built. Featuring diesel-direct, diesel-electric and battery-powered propulsion systems, this hybrid configuration will enable Multraship to lower fuel costs by up to 30 percent and emissions by up to 60 percent, the company said.

24M Catamaran Passenger Ferry Nearing Completion

Incat Crowther announced that a 24m Catamaran Passenger Ferry under construction at Aluminium Marine in Brisbane, Australia has left the shed. This vessel is available for immediate sale, and can be customized to suit the operator’s requirements. Itis suitable for commuter service, day cruise operations or crew transfer. Built to Aluminium Marine’s consistently high standard, this vessel follows in the wake of Fantasea Sunrise, Freedom Sovereign and Riverside Avalon. This new generation of 24m passenger vessels has set new standards of performance, efficiency and seakeeping.

New Schlumberger Seismic Vessel Sets String of Records

Schlumberger announced its new seismic vessel, Geco Eagle, has successfully been deployed for her first acquisition job and has broken several world records in the process. The vessel left the shipyard where it was built in Bergen, Norway, and traveled halfway around the globe to Brazil - a distance of 6,359 miles - to take up her first job in the Campos and Santos basins on behalf of Amerada Hess and partners. This is the most remote startup ever undertaken by any seismic acquisition vessel. Geco Eagle then took fewer than seven days between deploying the first streamer section and recording the first commercial 10-streamer production. Now in full production, Geco Eagle continues to set new standards for the seismic industry.

New LNG Carrier Delivered to GasLog

GasLog Shanghai: Photo credit GasLog

LNG carrier 'GasLog Shanghai' delivered on budget ahead of schedule from Samsung Heavy Industries. The vessel is a 155,000 cubic meter Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric LNG carrier that sets new standards for efficient performance and environmental protection. The vessel is classified to the ABS ENVIRO+ notation, signifying the highest level of environmental protection and energy conservation. Furthermore the vessel is equipped with a new type of cargo compressors that will reduce the release of greenhouse gasses and offer enhanced cargo and heel management.

GasLog Ltd. Announces Delivery of 'Solaris'

GasLog

GasLog Ltd. is pleased to announce the delivery of the fully owned LNG carrier Solaris, from Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. She today, commenced a medium-term charter to Shell Tankers Singapore (Private) Limited, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc. The vessel is a 155,000 cubic meter tri-fuel Diesel Electric (TFDE) LNG carrier that sets new standards for efficient performance and environmental protection. The vessel is classified to the ABS ENVIRO+ notation, signifying the highest level of environmental protection and energy conservation.

Kvaerner Masa-Yards Signs $300 million Cruise Ferry Deal

Kvaerner Masa-Yards, the Finnish shipbuilder, has signed a contract with Color Line AS, the largest ferry operator in Norway, for the construction of a 74,600-gt cruise ferry. The 2,800-passenger cruise ferry, the largest in the world, is valued at approximately $329 million. The vessel will be built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards Turku shipyard for delivery in December 2004. The contract immediately affects the workload at the yard's design departments and, from late spring 2003, also the production departments. Intended to start sailing between Kiel and Oslo for the Christmas season 2004, this new ship will set new standards in ferry design, confirming Color Line's position as one of the leading European cruise ferry operators.

BHP Billiton Sets Gulf Drilling Record

Houston-based BHP Billiton Petroleum reported two company-operated drilling vessels set new benchmarks for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico recently. While working on a development well on the Shenzi oil and gas field, the GSF C.R. Luigs achieved a record low average of 1.52 days per 1,000 feet from spud to total depth. The well was drilled to a total depth of about 29,600 feet in only 33 days, while operating in water depths of nearly 4,300 feet in Green Canyon Block 654. The achievement matches a similar milestone earlier in the year in the Neptune development, when the GSF Development Driller I averaged 1.5 days per 1,000 feet for a new hole drilled.

Hatz Presents New Engine Concept Study

Hatz Diesel presented the concept study of the new 4H50TIC as a marine version at SMM. The engine has been manufactured in series production since the beginning of 2014 and is designed primarily for use in construction machinery, as well as for stationary and mobile applications. The engine has been converted for use as a marine propulsion engine, with keel cooling adopted for the required engine cooling and to reduce heat radiation and insulation was installed for the exhaust silencer. Besides this, the 4H50TIC marine includes the same characteristics as the base engine.

Port of LA Sets New Record with 2017 Container Throughput

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo in 2017 than in any time in the Port’s 110-year history, racking up 9,343,192 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), a 5.5 percent increase over 2016’s record-breaking year. It’s the most cargo moved annually by a Western Hemisphere port. “We are powering Los Angeles’ economy to new heights every year, because we know that lasting prosperity means investing boldly in jobs, opportunity, and growth,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The…

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