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18 Feb 2019

Clean Arctic Alliance Thrusts on HFO Ban

Pic: Clean Arctic Alliance

As a meeting of the International Maritime Organization‚Äôs (IMO) Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 6) opened yesterday in London, the Clean Arctic Alliance called on Member States to remain focussed to the goal of developing a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) by shipping in the Arctic.‚ÄúWhile IMO delegates gather to discuss ways to mitigate the impacts of heavy fuel oil (HFO) ‚Äď the dirtiest of ships‚Äô fuels ‚Äď on Arctic ecosystems, IMO member states must keep their sights firmly on the need for a ban‚Ķ

18 Feb 2019

Inside the World's Top Ferry Lines

Staten Island Ferries, NYC. Photo Credit: Greg Trauthwein

The ferry business, unlike more industrial parts of the shipping business, touches wide swaths of the world‚Äôs population across continents. The membership of Interferry, the leading trade group for the industry, with non-Governmental organization (NGO) status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) includes 200+ members from all parts of the ferry spectrum. These include passenger ferries (including fast ferries), Ro/Pax and cruise ferries operating globally. In selecting ‚Äúthe best‚ÄĚ we looked beyond the league tables of ‚Äúthe most‚ÄĚ (passengers) and ‚Äúthe biggest‚ÄĚ (fleet size).

14 Feb 2019

Med Tier III Harbor Tug Powered by MAN

Image: P&O Reyser/MAN Energy Solutions.

MAN Energy Solutions won the contract to supply the engines for a new harbor tug in Spain, unique in that it is reportedly the first IMO Tier III compliant tug operating in the Mediterranean.P&O Reyser will operate the 27-m, 75T bollard-pull-rated Asymmetric Tractor Tug (ATT) in the Port of Barcelona, which is expected to enter service from mid-2020.The tug will feature 2 × MAN 12V175D MM, IMO Tier III engines, each rated at 2,220 kWm. The engines will be connected to FPP azimuth thrusters for propulsion‚Ķ

14 Feb 2019

Schulte Group Acquires Stake in TecHullClean

‚ÄúThe underwater cleaning industry has historically been very fragmented, with small players offering inconsistent services," said Shaun Harbinson, Chief Commercial Officer, THC. "With the Schulte Group and the THC team combining their forces, we are able to expand our technology quickly into other regions.‚ÄĚ

Schulte Group acquires TecHullClean to expand its range of IMO-compliant underwater inspection, repair and maintenance solutionsSchulte Group, Hamburg, Germany, acquired a majority stake in TecHullClean Limited (THC), a Singapore registered underwater inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) technology company headquartered in Singapore and Algeciras, Spain and with further subsidiaries in Spain, Gibraltar and Ghana.THC specializes in underwater hull cleaning, inspection and propeller…

13 Feb 2019

Unique Sailing Ship Set to Sail in 2020

Design study of Sea Cloud Spirit (Source: Acubens).

DNV GL was selected to class the passenger sailing ship Sea Cloud Spirit, to be built by Metalships & Docks in Vigo, Spain, scheduled to set sail in the summer of 2020.Ordered by the Hamburg-based operator Sea Cloud Cruises, the vessel is designed to meet the demand from both independent travelers and the charter market, mainly in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. “Sea Cloud Spirit will become the third addition to our fleet of luxury sailing vessels. She will offer a unique combination of luxury accommodation…

11 Feb 2019

10mln+ Cruise Passengers Visits Spanish Ports in 2018

Pic: Puertos del Estado

For the first time in Spain's history the ports have welcomed over 10 million cruise ship passengers, reaching a higher level within the global cruise tourism context.According to State-owned Spanish Port System Puertos del Estado, this figure places Spain second in Europe for the number of cruise passengers, with several Spanish ports leading the European ranking and even listed among the world's top 50 ports, as is the case of the ports of Barcelona, the Balearic and Canary Islands…

07 Feb 2019

Satcom Services by Telespazio, Grimaldi

Image: Telespazio a Leonardo/Thales Company

European spaceflight services company Telespazio and the shipping company Grimaldi Group have recently signed two contracts to strengthen the satellite communications capabilities of the Neapolitan shipping group on its fleet of cargo and passenger ships.Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo and Thales, said in a press release that the first agreement provides for managing on-board communications for RO/RO, RO/RO multi-purpose and PCTC (Pure Car & Truck Carrier) vessels in the Grimaldi Fleet that operate between Northern Europe…

07 Feb 2019

Spain Accedes to IMO Fishing Vessel Treaty

Pic:  International Maritime Organization

Spain has become the latest country to accede to the International Maritime Organization’s Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety, significantly boosting the number of vessels needed for entry into force.The entry into force of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement will result in benefits for the fishing industry, including fewer accidents, fewer lives lost and a more effective infrastructure for monitoring and targeting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.“With Spain’s accession we are approaching half way to reaching the entry into force criteria for this vital treaty.

06 Feb 2019

Interferry Confirms Future Conference Locations

 Mike Corrigan  (Photo: Interferry)

Interferry has confirmed locations for the 2021 and 2022 editions of its industry-leading annual conference ‚Äď held every October - in the latest initiative to extend its reach as the only organization representing the worldwide ferry industry. The global trade association‚Äôs 46th annual conference will take place in Santander, Spain, followed in 2022 by a twin-venue event in Marrakesh and Tangier, Morocco, which will mark a first for Interferry on the African continent. Multi-award winner Brittany Ferries will host the Santander conference.

05 Feb 2019

Barcelona Claims to be Europe’s Fastest Growing Port

Image: Port of Barcelona

Spain's Port of Barcelona closed financial year 2018 with a 15% increase in container traffic and record results in the main traffic indicators.According to a press release, the results also confirm the increase in intermodality, with significant growth in rail transport and Motorways of the Sea, helping to boost the sustainability of the logistics chains that pass through the Port of Barcelona.During financial year 2018, the Catalan infrastructure channelled 67.7 million tonnes…

30 Jan 2019

2,275 Migrants Perish in Mediterranean in 2018

Pic: UNHCR

Six people died each day attempting to cross Mediterranean in 2018, the latest ‚ÄėDesperate Journeys‚Äô report, released by the UN Refugee Agency said.According to the report by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an estimated 2,275 died or went missing crossing the Mediterranean in 2018, despite a major drop in the number of arrivals reaching European shores.In total, 139,300 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe, the lowest number in five years, it said.‚ÄúSaving lives at sea is not a choice‚Ķ

22 Jan 2019

CADMATIC Revenues Up 29%

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CADMATIC reports strong growth and turnover figures for 2018: 29% growth resulting in record turnover of over $22.7m. During the same period, the company’s number of staff has increased to more than 140.With strong results also reported in 2017, the last two years have seen rapid growth at CADMATIC. Over the two-year period, its turnover has increased 45%, its number of personnel by 25% and the number of user organizations by 20%.In December 2018, the company headquarters in Turku, Finland moved to new premises across the Aurariver on Linnankatu 52.

08 Jan 2019

Repsol Lubricants Commits to Total Lubmarine Network

Elsa Dias de la Fuente, Marine & Power Generation Manager, Lubricants and Specialized Products, Repsol; Francisco Javier Miranda Cordente, Spain Lubricants Director, Repsol; Robert Joore, General Manager, Total Lubmarine and David Pivetta, Commercial Director Marine Lubricants South Europe/Africa/India & Middle East, Total Lubmarine. (Photo: Total Lubmarine)

Repsol Lubricants, a member of the Total Lubmarine network for more than 50 years, has formally committed to extend its relationship with Total Lubmarine for a further three years, building upon a relationship that was first established between the two companies in 1962.The Total Lubmarine network is made up of a range of partners who are able to manufacture in strategic locations and help enable lubricants to be delivered to more than 1,000 ports worldwide."This renewed agreement will continue to ensure quality products for our customers in Spain…

09 Jan 2019

Deutsche Bucht Completes Offshore Wind Foundations

Image: Deutsche Bucht wind farm

Northland Deutsche Bucht has completed the installation of all 31 foundations for its offshore wind farm project in the North Sea.The  Canadian power producer of Northland Power's third offshore wind farm which is  about 95 kilometres to the northwet of the North Sea island of Borkum in Germany‚Äôs Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), pointed out that this successfully concludes the first phase of construction within the planned timeframe.Jens Poulsen, Project Director of Northland Deutsche Bucht GmbH‚Ķ

03 Jan 2019

Rolls-Royce Delivers Ship Design, Equipment to New Fishing Vessel

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine has signed a contract to deliver ship design and an extensive range of equipment to a 70-meter long stern trawler to be built for Engenes fiskeriselskap AS, based in Troms county, northern Norway.This highly advanced fishing vessel is to be built by Gondan shipyard in Spain.The vessel will be of type NVC 370 with a low resistant hull design, which meets increased demands for fuel efficiency combined with good sea keeping. It will be equipped with a package of power and propulsion…

14 Jan 2019

MSC Cruises Begins First Round the World Relay Race at Sea

 Image:  MSC Cruises

The Swiss-based cruise company MSC Cruises  has waved ‚Äėbon voyage‚Äô to MSC Magnifica as the final guests embarked today in Barcelona for the Company‚Äôs first world cruise.For many, the idea of seeing the world is just a dream, but a world cruise is an easy way to make this dream a reality, and the only way to circumnavigate the globe without having to unpack a suitcase more than once! On this first world cruise, MSC Cruises guests will visit 49 different destinations, checking off 32 countries from their bucket lists.From the Mediterranean‚Ķ

11 Jan 2019

Exxon Ships Have Not Returned to Disputed Area off Guyana

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Seismic research vessels hired by Exxon Mobil to explore for oil off Guyana's coast have not returned to the site of a December incident with Venezuela's navy, but they may in the future, Guyana's foreign minister said on Thursday.Guyana, with no history of oil production, has become the focus of intense interest since Exxon announced the discovery of over 5 billion barrels of oil and gas off its shores. That has reignited a century-old territorial dispute with neighboring Venezuela.

09 Jan 2019

InvaSave to be used for Atlantic Blue Port Services Project

Photo: Damen

On Thursday, December 27, an InvaSave 300 Mobile Ballast Water Treatment System was transported from Damen Green Solution‚Äôs premises in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to be used for a demonstration program as part of the ‚ÄúAtlantic Blue Port Services‚ÄĚ project, made possible by the INTERREG Atlantic Area Program, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).Upon arriving in the port of Las Palmas, the unit will be connected to a vessel‚Äôs ballast‚Ķ

15 Jan 2019

Boluda Names Javier Fernández Bombín Director of Las Palmas Terminal

Javier Fernández Bombín, new director of Boluda Maritime Terminal Las Palmas

Shipping company Boluda Lines‚Äô subsidiary Boluda Maritime Terminals has appointed Javier Fernández Bombín as new director of Boluda Maritime Terminal Las Palmas.He has taken up the new position at Boluda Corporación Marítima today, on 14 January. The terminal is responsible for providing and managing logistics services in the main ports of Spain.Javier Fernández Bombín replaces Javier Climent, who has managed the Las Palmas terminal since 2013. On 27 November 2018 Climent was appointed as the new corporate director of Boluda Corporación Marítima in the Canary Islands‚Ķ

21 Jan 2019

Wärtsilä Chosen for State-of-the-art Fishing Vessel

The new W√§rtsil√§ designed ‚ÄėResolute‚Äô will represent the state-of-the-art in fishing vessel efficiency. (Photo:W√§rtsil√§ )

The technology group Wärtsilä will provide the ship design, as well as the main engine and other propulsion equipment, for a new state-of-the-art fishing vessel. The ship will be built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain for Castlehill, the Fraserburgh, Scotland based owners. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in November 2018.The 69.8 meters long ‚ÄėResolute‚Äô will replace an existing trawler of the same name in the owner‚Äôs fleet. When delivered in 2020, this innovative vessel will provide high efficiency, and will represent the latest in ship designs for fishing industry purposes.

18 Jan 2019

LNG REPORT: LNG Bunkering Vessels Rise to Nine, 30 More to Come

Image: SEA\LNG

The liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering infrastructure is expanding globally and there are increasing numbers of LNG-bunker vessels which are encouraging other operators to adopt LNG.According to SEA\LNG,  the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, from limited availability at select ports, LNG bunkering has grown to encompass 24 out of the world‚Äôs top 25 and all but one of the top ten bunker‚Ķ

02 Jan 2019

Rolls-Royce Designs New Fishing Vessel for Engenes

Pic: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract to deliver ship design and an extensive range of equipment to a 70-metre long stern trawler to be built for Engenes fiskeriselskap AS, based in Troms county, northern Norway.This highly advanced fishing vessel is to be built by Gondan shipyard in Spain, said a press release from Rolls-Royce.Shipowners Johannes Arne and Børge Arvesen, Engenes fiskeriselskap, said: "This is a milestone for our company and carries on the proud traditions of trawl fishing in our part of Norway."The vessel will be of type NVC 370 with a low resistant hull design‚Ķ

22 Dec 2018

Snam, Enagás, Fluxys Complete DESFA Acquisition

The consortium consisting Italy‚Äôs Snam, Spain‚Äôs Enagás and Belgium‚Äôs Fluxys has completed the acquisition of a 66 percent stake in Greek natural gas operator DESFA.According to a joint release, the purchase valued at ‚ā¨535 million ($613.9 million) has been completed with the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) and Hellenic Petroleum.The consortium, which won the tender for the privatisation of DESFA in April 2018, has closed the purchase through the new company Senfluga Energy Infrastructure Holdings. The consortium has obtained financing without recourse for more than 10 years, corresponding to approximately 65% of the value of the company.DESFA owns and operates‚Ķ

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