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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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New Tug for Shoreham Port Authority

Acamar (Photo: Macduff Ship Design)

A new 16-meter harbor tug has completed its delivery voyage from Macduff Shipyards to Shoreham on the south coast of England.The new tug, Acamar, was designed by Macduff Ship Design for Shoreham Port Authority, inspired by the Eileen Mcloughlin hull and customized to suit the port’s busy operations schedule and narrowed in order to fit through lock gates. The vessel, which derives from an Arabic phrase meaning “end of the river”, complements Shoreham’s existing vessel Adurni by…

Jotun, Seagull Pact for Onboard Paint Maintenance

Image by Seagull AS

The paint and coating suppliers Jotun has co-operated with Seagull Maritime AS, to develop an informative set of e-learning modules on the theme of onboard paint maintenance, with emphasis on in-service treatments.Corrosion is an enemy of any steel structure in a salt-water environment. One of the best ways to combat this is with the correct application of paint. While major treatments usually take place in the repair yard and form part of the dry-dock budget, in-service maintenance…

AWIA/WRDA Overwhelmingly Passes in Senate

File Image: AdobeStock / © SunnyS

Bill now heads to White House for President Trump’s signature.Today, the Senate voted 99-1 in favor of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018/Water Resources Development Act, otherwise known as WRDA 2018. The Bill passed in the U.S. House by unanimous voice vote (435-0) in August.“The passage of WRDA 2018 is a win for the Nation’s towboat operators, freight shippers, ports and labor and conservation groups that rely on an efficient inland waterways system,” said Mike Toohey, President and CEO of the Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI).

Stena Bulk Forms Chemical Tanker JV with Bay Crest Management

GSW Frontier (Photo: Stena Bulk)

Golden-Agri Stena, a joint venture between Sweden based tanker shipping company Stena Bulk and Indonesia’s largest palm oil producer Golden Agri-Resources, has started a new joint venture with Japan's Bay Crest Management for the the operation and commercial management of chemical tankers.The new joint venture, GSB Tankers, will commence operation on January 1, 2019, managing 18 chemical tankers to start, with the aim of managing 30 vessels within the next two years.The joint venture will operate out of the existing premises of Golden-Agri Stena.

First Steel Cut for Tianjin Port’s New Smart Tugs

A steel cutting ceremony at Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard  (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

A pair of steel-cutting ceremonies held a week apart at separate Chinese shipyards initiated the construction of new workboats for Tianjin Port.Following the successful completion in 2015 of concurrent construction programs involving five vessels of three different designs, Canadian naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd. said it began developing two more designs, working closely with the towing branch of Tianjin Port.On August 23, the steel-cutting ceremony for the first of two ASD 40/35 pilot/tugboats was held at Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard in China.

Answering the Call for Environmental Answers

The RDC project team poses on USCGC Hollyhock after completion of the offshore mitigation system prototype test.  From left to right, LT Charles Clark, Alexander Balsley, and Coast Guard Academy Cadet 2/c Valerie Hines.)

The Coast Guard has developed two separate mitigation system prototypes specifically designed for inland and offshore environments and tested them in the Kalamazoo River and Lake Huron.Whenever there is a need for oil, there will always be a risk of oil spills. This is no less true for bituminous sands, commonly known as oil sands or tar sands. Oil sands are mostly found in Alberta, Canada, and comprised of bitumen, sand, clay and water. They are typically viscous, with a texture similar to peanut butter.

Ingalls Awarded NSC Advance Procurement Contract

The fifth Ingalls-built U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, James (WMSL 754) on builder’s sea trials in March 2015. (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $97 million fixed-price advance procurement contract from the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday to purchase long-lead materials for an 11th National Security Cutter (NSC).The funds will be used to purchase major components for NSC 11, such as steel, the main propulsion systems, generators, electrical switchboards and major castings.Ingalls has delivered seven NSCs, the flagship of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet…

Fouling Control on Workboats

(Biofouling photo - U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Christopher Frost/Released [A sailor scraping barnacles from the bottom of a rigid-hull inflatable boat aboard an aircraft carrier.])

As the domestic offshore energy industry stirs ever so lightly, the task of reactivating long-dormant vessels – some with extensive hull fouling – will become Job ONE. That’s easier said than done.Care and Preservation of Ship Hulls: Workboats vs. Deepwater VesselsNever before has there been such a wealth of data on the processes relating to the fouling of ship hulls. The formation of biofilms and subsequent micro- macro-and bio-fouling has been examined in minute detail and the…

Star Bulk Carriers Announces $310mln Loan for Vessels, 50 Scrubbers

File Photo: Star Bulk

Star Bulk Carriers announced that it has entered into a $310 million loan agreement, which includes a $70 million tranche (Green Loan Tranche) that will exclusively finance the procurement and retrofitting of scrubbers for up to approx. 50 vessels in Star Bulk’s fleet. According to a press release from the global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, DNB Bank, acted as the Mandated Lead Arranger, Facility Agent and Coordinator, along with ABN AMRO Bank…

Yara Marine Has Big Expectations for 2019

Yara Marine scrubber installation at Meyer Werft (Photo: Meyer Werft)

Many shipowners are scrambling to comply with the tough, new the International Maritime Organization (IMO) fuel global sulfur limit of 0.50 percent m/m, which takes effect January 1, 2020.It is expected that after the rules swing into force, the light-heavy fuel price spread will likely spike and refining margins will be higher, particularly for complex refineries.Shipowners have to stay ahead of the game, said Yara Marine Technologies CEO Peter Strandberg: “Shipowners often get a bad rap of refusing to adopt new, innovative technologies and processes.

A&P Falmouth Completes Troy Refit

Pic: A&P Falmouth

A&P Falmouth has completed the dry docking of ABC Maritime’s double hull oil and chemical tanker, Troy. Beating competition from European shipyards, A&P Falmouth carried out a comprehensive 17-day refit package during the vessel’s dry-docking last month. Work included the class intermediate survey, renewal of the main deck cargo heating pipework, extensive deck cargo washing and line replacement, the overhaul of the main engine including turbo charger, fuel gear and associated pumps…

Gulf Island Fabrication to Build Riverboat Using Casino Boat's Hull

Artist rendering: Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc.

American manufacturer of marine vessels Gulf Island Fabrication has signed a contract for the expansion and delivery of one 245-guest riverboat with American Countess.The new paddle wheeler will be built using the existing hull of the Kanesville Queen, a former gaming vessel built in 1995. Revenue backlog and man-hours associated with this project will be reported in connection with the Company’s announcement of financial results for the quarter ending September 30, 2018.“We continue…

New Catamaran “Unicat” in Argentina

Photo courtesy of Cummins Marine

In September 2018,  a 17 x 5 meter catamaran completed its final tests in the Tigre Delta of theTigre on the Parana River near Buenos Aires, Argentina prior to its delivery to her Chilean owners.The cat was designed by Eng. Emilio Noel and built by Astilleros Unidelta SA. which has a well-established reputation in a wide range of steel and aluminum workboats. The yard has a plant located in Buenos Aires with 10,000 cubic meters of open and 4,000 cu.m. of covered work space. The…

NASSCO Begins Building Future Oiler USNS John Lewis

U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO has begun building the future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), the first ship for the U.S. Navy’s John Lewis fleet replenishment oiler program.Representatives from the shipyard and the U.S. Navy gathered in San Diego on September 20 for a steel cutting ceremony signifying the start of construction for the first of six vessels in the John Lewis-class.Construction of the first ship is scheduled to be complete in November 2020. John Lewis will be operated by the Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) and is the first ship named after the civil rights leader and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient."As the first ship of its class…

ITB Christens New Tug Island Raider

(Photo: ITB)

Island Raider, the newest articulating tug in Island Tug and Barge’s (ITB) fleet, was christened September 28, during an afternoon ceremony at ITB’s headquarters in Burnaby, B.C.The new vessel is first of two in a series built by on-site at ITB’s Annacis Island facility along the Fraser River. The Island Raider, along with its sister the Island Regent (delivery February, 2019), was designed by renown Robert Allan Limited naval architects and marine engineers of Vancouver, B.C. to be paired with ITB’s double-hulled oil tank barge, the ITB Resolution, as an articulated tug and barge (ATB).

OT&BE joins Hyperion Marine Engineering Group

Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corporation President Robert Hill

Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corporation, a naval architecture and marine engineering firm specializing in AT/B or Articulated Tug/Barge design announced that it is now a member of the Hyperion Marine Engineering Group headquartered in Portland, Maine with offices in India, Dubai, Norway and the Netherlands.CT Marine & Buoyancy Consultants formed Hyperion three years ago recognizing a need for an integrated naval architectural & marine engineering firm to serve the inland and…

Bureau Veritas Grants AiP for GTT’s New Cargo Containment System

Philippe Berterottie`re, Chairman and CEO, GTT and Philippe Cambos, Director and Senior Technical Advisor, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas has formally issued GTT with an approval in principle (AiP) for the development of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo containment system (CCS) evolution of the NO96 range. This CCS, named NO96 Flex, benefits from the NO96 proven technology as well as the use of an efficient foam panel insulation.The AiP was delivered at Gastech 2018 in Barcelona on Monday.The NO96 Flex CCS insulating panels are mechanically anchored to the inner hull, and the double metallic…

Star Bulk Carriers Adds MV Star Bright to its Fleet

ER Brighton. Photo © Giorgos Tsampazis/Marinetraffic.com

Athens, Greece-based Star Bulk Carriers Corp took delivery of the first of the three firm dry bulk vessels, the ER Brighton, renamed to Star Bright, from an entity affiliated with E.R. Capital Holding GmbH & Cie. KG.The global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes announced that, the delivery is in pursuant to the previously announced transaction of August 28, 2018. The Vessel was acquired for a combination of cash and shares. Following this delivery…

Port of San Juan: A Case Study in Port Security Innovation

Photo: S2 Global

Thirty-six hours after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the port of San Juan was back up and running, scanning the incoming relief cargo as it arrived. Now, nearly a year after the historic storm, San Juan remains one of the most secure and efficient ports in the world, scanning and adjudicating cargo shipments at an unprecedented speed, with wait times similar to pausing at a stop light. It was the first and only port in the Western Hemisphere to scan near-100 percent of incoming containerized cargo (bulk, un-containerized cargo is not scanned).

Olmsted: Online & Open

A USACE rendering of the Olmsted lock area infrastructure (Credit: US GAO)

After more than 30 years of frustratingly slow progress, cost overruns and more than a few mistakes, Olmsted is finally poised for success. That’s something to celebrate.It is official: The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) wants Olmsted operational by October. After more than 30 years, the ribbon cutting to officially open the Olmsted Locks and Dam took place on August 30. The very old (1929) upstream locks and dams – Nos. 52 and 53, which Olmsted is replacing – will be dismantled by December 2020. Before that happens, Olmsted’s performance will be tested and confirmed.

UTEC Introduces New AUV Launch and Recovery System

Image: UTEC

UTEC, a global surveying company in subsea services group Acteon, recently successfully commissioned its new launch and recovery system (LARS) for the fleet of seven autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) it uses for seabed surveys in the oil and renewables industries.UTEC’s new LARS is a floating garage that enables an AUV to be launched and recovered without needing a small boat, thereby simplifying operations and improving safety. It also increases efficiency and reduces costs by enabling AUV surveys in parallel with construction or laying activities…

Irving Shipbuilding Hands-Over HMCS Fredericton

Halifax Shipyard employees celebrate as Cdr William Brown, Commanding Officer, HMCS Fredericton, leads the ship's company to accept their frigate following the completion of an extensive docking work period. Photo: Irving Shipbuilding

Canada’s National Shipbuilder Irving Shipbuilding celebrated the handover of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Fredericton to the Royal Canadian Navy following the completion of an extensive docking work period.The Halifax-headquartered shipyard said in a press release that the docking work period included routine maintenance and upgrades to ensure the longevity of HMCS Fredericton, a Halifax-class frigate.More than 400 of Halifax Shipyard’s 1,900 employees worked on HMCS Fredericton’s docking work period, including shipbuilders who are members of Unifor Local 1.

Interview: Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman, Korean Register & IACS

Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman and CEO, Korean Register

This month we caught up with Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman and CEO of the Korean Register and also the Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), for his insights on the dominant trends moving the maritime industry into the future.The maritime industry has been challenged, to say the least. Today, where do you see challenge? Where do you see opportunity?The maritime industry is in a state of extreme upheaval, with private and public organizations having to deal with a wide range of ever changing…

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