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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ship Year News

'Navigator of the Seas' to Homeport Port of Galveston

Navigator of the Seas: Photo credit  CCL Bahnfrend

Port of Galveston say that Royal Caribbean International is to base their Voyager-class ship year-round from Galveston, from November 2013. The Navigator of the Seas, due for an extensive drydock refit in January 2014, will replace Mariner of the Seas to offer Texas vacationers roundtrip seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries throughout the year. “The repositioning of Navigator of the Seas to the Port of Galveston represents Royal Caribbean’s confidence in the Port of Galveston’s efficient cruise  operations and ability to attract passengers on its Voyager class ships…

Huge Greenland Iron-ore Mine & Terminal Contract Awarded

Ore transhipments: Photo courtesy of London Mining

Greenland has awarded UK-based company London Mining a 30-year licence to build and run a giant iron ore mine, but some opponents say the open-cast mine will cause environmental damage; others are concerned about plans to bring in up to 3,000 mainly Chinese workers, reports BBC News. London Mining has been awarded an exclusive 30 year exploitation licence for its 100% owned Isua Project in Greenland. This licence is a significant step in the process of seeking partners for the development of Isua.

Celebrity Cruises To Add Second Ship Year-Round In Caribbean 2003

Celebrity Cruises will devote a second ship to the Caribbean for the 2003 summer season to accommodate a continued demand for its Caribbean product. Century, currently sailing seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades, was originally scheduled to redeploy to Europe next summer, then resume her Caribbean sailings next Fall. Century now will sail the Caribbean year-round, joining sister-ship Galaxy. Celebrity will continue to operate two ships, Millennium and Constellation, next year in Europe. In addition, sister brand, Royal Caribbean International, will sail three ships, Splendour of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, and Grandeur of the Seas, from European ports.

Purfresh Technology Notches Record Year

Purfresh Achieves Fifth Consecutive Year of Record Growth for its Ocean Transport Technology. With its new CE mark, Purfresh accelerates production of its new Purfresh Transport system to meet worldwide market adoption. Purfresh, Inc., a provider of ocean transport and supply chain management technologies that optimize the quality and safety of fresh produce as it moves around the world from the farm to the consumer, today announced a 200 percent year-over-year increase in demand for its Purfresh Transport intelligent cargo protection solution…

CASPER Teams up with ECKS MARINE

Copenhagen-based Propulsion Dynamics and Hamburg-based ECKS MARINE have signed an agreement to work together on the German maritime market with the goal of improving energy efficiency related to hull and propeller condition with Propulsion Dynamic’s CASPER Service. Torsten Ecks, owner and founder of ECKS MARINE sees many synergies in combining the sales and marketing of the CASPER reports with other products of ECKS MARINE’s customers. Daniel Kane, Vice President of Propulsion Dynamics proudly looks back to the year 2003 and the since then over 3,000 ship-years experience of over 10,000 CASPER Reports made, delivering the unbiased analysis when acted upon will improve performance in the range of +/-5 percent within 2 years.

USS Essex Wins Energy Conservation Award

The Secretary of the Navy recently presented the Energy Conservation (ENCON) award winners for FY2002 in ceremonies conducted at the Navy Memorial in Washington, DC. USS Essex (LHD 2) was among these prestigious award winners. These Navy and Marine Corps activities were singled out for executing comprehensive conservation programs based on senior-level command involvement, well-staffed and trained energy teams, aggressive awareness campaigns, investigation and execution of innovative energy conservation measures, and consistent reduction in energy consumption. The award winners represent Navy activities, ships and Marine Corps bases. USS Essex won the top performance award in the large ship category.

Cruise Season Gets Underway in the Port of Kiel

"AIDAcara" in the Port of Kiel

“AIDAcara” is first to call at the Ostseekai Terminal. The 2013 cruise shipping year opened in Kiel on April 13 when the first ship of the season, AIDAcara, arrived at the Ostseekai from Dover. She berthed at around 0900 at the cruise shipping terminal after earlier being treated to a water fountain display from an SFK tug when she left the Kiel Canal. Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel said, “We are well prepared for the cruise shipping season. Everything is ready at Kiel’s cruise shipping terminal.” A total of 128 calls by 21 different ships have been registered this season.

Carnival Extends Deal with Port of New Orleans

The 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream (left) and the Carnival Elation are pictured berthed at the Port's Erato Street and Julia Street Cruise Terminals in April. The Carnival Dream sails year-round seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from New Orleans, while the Carnival Elation sails year-round four- and five-day itineraries to Mexico. (Photo Port of New Orleans)

The Port of New Orleans and Carnival Cruise Lines signed a new agreement that will keep the world’s largest cruise line sailing at least two ships year-round from New Orleans through 2019. The new agreement supersedes a 2013 three-year extension and offers three one-year options that could guarantee Carnival homeports at least two ships of equal or greater size than the Dream Class and Fantasy Class ships sailing from the Port today through 2022. The new agreement began July 1, 2014.

Navy Energy Conservation Awards Announced

The Secretary of the Navy has presented the Energy Conservation (ENCON) Awards for FY2003 in ceremonies conducted at the Navy Memorial in Washington, DC. These award winners represent Navy ships that have been singled out for outstanding execution of innovative energy conservation measures, and consistent reduction in energy consumption. Energy conservation awards were also presented to Navy shore activities and Marine Corps bases. Using Incentivized ENCON Energy Awareness, the fleet was able to reallocate over 1,160,000 barrels of fuel, to high OPTEMPO ships. In ship operating terms, this is equivalent to 22 “ship years” of underway steaming using energy conservation initiatives provided by NAVSEA’s ENCON Team.

World Trade in Perishable Cargo to Grow

The Drewry Shipping Consultants, latest Annual Report indicates that world trade in perishable Reefer cargo is forecast to grow to 215 million tons by 2015 of which 109 million will be seaborne. The bulk of seaborne trade will be carried by container Reefer vessels. That is partially because there is limited, and reducing, specialized reefer fleet capacity. The report indicates that rationalization has continued over the last year amongst Reefer fleets with some notable companies leaving the specialized sector. Clearly there is a capacity problem for specialized vessels whereas Reefer containers have a real business opportunity if the former cannot bridge the capacity gap. By mid-2008, the container Reefer fleet boasted more than 4,500 vessels providing 11.4 million teu.

SECNAV Energy Conservation Awards Announced

The Secretary of the Navy announced the Energy Conservation (ENCON) ship award winners for FY2003. These award winners represent Navy ships who have been singled out for outstanding execution of energy conservation measures and consistent reduction in energy consumption. Energy conservation awards were also announced for Navy shore activities and Marine Corps bases. During FY 2003, Commander, Pacific Fleet (COMPAC) and Commander, Atlantic Fleet (COMLANT) ships, even during this high level operational era, avoided the consumption of many thousands of kilowatt-hours of electricity. Using energy education, the Fleet was able to reallocate over 1,160,000 barrels of fuel, to high OPTEMPO ships.

MCA Delivers Study Results on Bulk Carrier Safety

Extensive work on bulk carrier safety coordinated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) with international participation is now complete, and a final report of the study results has been submitted to the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for consideration at their meeting on December 2nd to December 13th 2002. The United Kingdom has been fully committed to addressing bulk carrier safety following the loss of the MV Derbyshire in 1980 with the loss of 44 lives. Bulk carrier safety has a poor record with over 500 ship casualties resulting in the loss of more than 2000 lives in the period from 1978 to the present date.

Recommendations for Safe, Efficient LNG Bunkering

One of the key hurdles to the increased global use of ships fuelled by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is the lack of harmonization of bunkering operations. “DNV GL is therefore today launching a Recommended Practice for authorities, LNG bunker suppliers and ship operators which provides guidance on how LNG bunkering can be undertaken in a safe and efficient manner,” said Lars Petter Blikom, DNV GL’s LNG director. LNG-fuelled ships have logged over 130 ship-years of operation in Norwegian waters and LNG’s attractiveness and stability as a fuel have been thoroughly demonstrated. Globally too, operators, suppliers and regulators have gained significant experience in all aspects of LNG-fuelled ship operations in recent years.

Hapag-Lloyd: Shipping Demand Up, More Mergers in 2018

file Image (CREDIT: Hapag-Lloyd)

German shipping group Hapag-Lloyd sees demand for transport growing 4 percent in 2018 and expects more shipping firms to merge in the year, the chief executive said. CEO Chief Executive Rolf Habben Jansen also said Hapag-Lloyd, which merged with its Arab peer UASC, could achieve 85 to 90 percent of targeted annual savings from the deal of $435 million this year and 100 percent from 2019. More savings could be made in future, he told reporters in Hamburg, where he reiterated guidance for rising full-year 2017 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) and for EBIT.

LNG Market Poised for Massive Growth

There has been plenty of talk recently about the birth of a spot and short-term charter market for lng carriers. Indeed some LNGoperators have formed strategic alliances to prepare for these potentially new trades. However, R.S.Platou Shipbrokers of Norway believes that the volume of LNGtonnage currently on order could yet force some owners to work short-term deals by the end of this decade whether they like it or not. According to the broker’s statistics, some 60 new LNG carriers will have been ordered during this year and, by the end of November, the orderbook consisted of 104 vessels equivalent to about 80% of the existing fleet.

G2 Ocean Names Wallem

Image: Wallem Group Limited

Wallem Ship Agency has been appointed by G2 Ocean to provide Ship Agency services to all their vessels calling in ports in SE Asia. The agreement has been made with Wallem Ship Agency in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar. This news comes after Wallem was appointed by G2 Ocean back in July of 2017 for calls to China, totaling an estimated number of 700 calls per year. Managing Director of Wallem Ship Agency Dickson Chin says, “We are delighted to extend our relationship with G2 Ocean to handle their vessels calling throughout Southeast Asia.

Global Ship Lease Eyes Acquisitions

Photo: Global Ship Lease

The London-based Global Ship Lease (GSL) said that it  is well-positioned as one of few publicly listed containership leasing companies to acquire attractive portfolios of ships, attract growth capital or find a complementary merger partner. The containership charter owner has engaged Evercore to act as financial advisor to assist in reviewing strategic alternatives focused on maximizing shareholder value. GSL has successfully refinanced of all of the its indebtedness in October 2017 and with a strengthening market backdrop.

Gas Natural Fenosa, Baleària Sign LNG Bunkering Deal

Photo: Baleària

Spanish liquefied natural gas (LNG) operator Gas Natural Fenosa signed an exclusive 10-year LNG supply deal with Spanish ferry operator Baleària. According to the company release, the supply contract will initially apply to the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Algeciras, then extended to all the peninsular ports operated by the shipping company together with the entire new fleet powered by this fuel committed to using LNG as an ecological fuel. The president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor…

Port of Rotterdam: 2017 in Review

Photo: Kees Torn, Port of Rotterdam

Over the past year, 29,646 seagoing vessels entered the port of Rotterdam, up more than 600 from 2016's 29,022. The number of incidents in the port fell from 159 to 129, and included one ‘serious accident’ involving an inland vessel that went adrift after hitting a groyne with its rudder. According to National Harbour Master René de Vries, the decrease in the number of minor incidents can be explained by the Port Authority’s investments in infrastructure in recent years: “Thanks to the new buoy configurations and dolphins…

Chevron Shipping Awards Oil, LNG Contract to GAC

Photo: Gulf Agency Company

US-based Chevron Shipping Company (CSC) has awarded  the Dubai-based GAC Group a global three-year ship agency contract for both crude and LNG vessels. The new agreement secures the provider of shipping, logistics and marine services GAC’s status as Chevron’s exclusive global agent in a partnership that spans more than 20 years, more than 15 of which have seen GAC as its sole global agent. Operations will be overseen by GAC Hub Agency offices in Dubai, Houston and Singapore with support from GAC’s network of offices and approved agents worldwide.

Finland Concerned over Rise in Russia's Cargo Ship Inspections

© Arestov Andrew / Adobe Stock

The Finnish government has voiced concern over surprise inspections on Finnish cargo ships visiting Russian ports in recent weeks, saying delays had been a problem for shipping companies. Neighboring Russia carried out seven thorough inspections in the past two weeks on Finnish ships at St Petersburg and other ports, without giving a specific reason, a government minister said on Friday. Such inspections usually take place for Finnish ships only a few times a year globally. “The inspections have been exceptional ...

Asbestos: Maritime’s Ticking Time Bomb

(Photo: Lucion Marine)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) should amend regulations banning the use of asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM) in ships, says John Chillingworth, senior marine principal at Lucion Marine. Regulations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) state that if asbestos is found onboard a ship built after July 2002 then the vessel’s flag registry, in conjunction with its classification society, issues a non-extendable exemption certificate, providing the owner with a three-year window in which to remove the asbestos.

Annet Koster New Director of KVNR

Annet Koster. Photo: KVNR

Association of Dutch Shipowners (KVNR) has appointed Annet Koster as its new director from 1 March 2018. Annet Koster will join the shipowners' association ass the face of the KVNR, will make a strong case for Dutch shipping, said  the board chairmen Sibrand Hassing and Karin Orsel on 17 January during the New Year's reception of the association. "I especially want to get started to make Dutch shipping more broadly visible and to introduce people to this dynamic and traditional Dutch sector," says the brand new director.

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