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Monday, February 19, 2018

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DSME Selects NAPA Steel to Transform Ship Design Processes

Center: Ilmo Kuutti, President of NAPA Group (left) shakes hands with Kwan-Won Sohn, Head of Ship Business Unit at DSME after signing the contract in Geoje on February 6, 2018 (Photo: NAPA)

Maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA has announced that shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has selected 3D model-based NAPA Steel software to streamline design processes and meet the needs of 21st century naval architects and structure designers. DSME chose NAPA Steel thanks to its transformative effect on the ship design process, following an extensive benchmarking process involving multiple vendors. DSME will use the software at both the initial design stages…

Cochin Shipyard: Accident Caused By Explosion Near A/C Plant

The Director, Factories & Boilers has visited the spot and recorded his observations.   As per the preliminary assessment, the accident has been caused by a momentary explosion of high impact that has occurred near the A/C plant, which is situated above the Ballast Tank. The probable location of the explosion was identified based on the nature of the deflections on the bulkheads (Steel walls) and the damage extant observed during the inspection. 

Baltic Index Posts First Gain in Seven Sessions

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for the first time in seven sessions on Tuesday, following a rebound in capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, edged up 13 points, or 1.2 percent, to 1,095 points. The capesize index snapped its five-session losing streak and climbed 86 points, or 6 percent, to 1,519 points. It touched its lowest in more than six months on Monday.

ClassNK Approves First Corrosion Resistant Steel

April 27 (Tokyo) - ClassNK announced today that it had issued the world’s first type approval for corrosion resistant steel to the new NSGP®-1 steel manufactured by Nippon Steel Corporation’s Oita Works . The approval certifies that the new steel, which has been specifically designed for application on the inner bottom of the cargo oil tanks of crude oil tanker, complies with the IMO’s new performance standard for corrosion resistant steels. New requirements for preventing corrosion…

New Vessels to Help Philippines Fight Illegal Fishing

(Photo: Incat Crowther)

Two new 50-meter multi-mission offshore vessels (MMOV) will soon help the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) fight illegal fishing in Philippine waters. The sister ships – DA BFAR MMOV 5001, named BRP Lapu-Lapu, and DA BFAR MMOV 5002, named BRP Francisco Dagohoy – were built by Manilla-based Josefa Slipways, and have recently completed speed and endurance trials ahead of their upcoming delivery. According to designer Incat Crowther, the new vessels will enhance law enforcement’s capability to patrol and protect territorial waters…

Tata Steel is crowning glory of HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabet

Today’s naming ceremony of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth marks a major milestone in Tata Steel’s 12-year involvement in the project. In that time the company has supplied 40,000 tonnes of steel and developed three entirely new grades of lighter and stronger steel specifically for the future flagship of the Royal Navy. Tata Steel will also supply steel for the second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales. The naming ceremony will come five years after the first steel was manufactured…

Newbuild Chemical Tanker Employs Innovative Tank Design

The 12,500MT Sunrise Hope is the world's first chemical tanker to use a combination of duplex stainless steel and stainless clad steel in the construction of its cargo tanks.

The world's first chemical tanker to use a combination of duplex stainless steel and stainless clad steel in the construction of its cargo tanks was delivered to Oita-based Hiro Naviera S.A. November 15, 2014 by Usuki Shipyard Co., Ltd., Japanese classification society ClassNK reported. The 12,500MT chemical tanker Sunrise Hope, owned by Hiro Naviera S.A., will be operated by Nippon Marine Co., Ltd. The eco-ship design vessel is equipped with 14 cargo tanks, all which employ duplex stainless steel technology.

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Still in Red

Photo: Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc.

Despite a shift in demand in the chemical shipping sector, Navig8 Chemical Tankers ended the fourth quarter ended 31st December, 2017 with a widened net loss of USD 3.7mln. Revenue for 4Q17 was $43.3 mill, compared to $33.9 mill for 4Q16. “The chemical tanker market began to show signs of improvement in the fourth quarter led by stronger demand in the chemical sector and tightening in the MR product tanker market,” said CEO Nicolas Busch. “With our fleet fully delivered, we are…

CMR to Supply CCTV Systems for Newbuild Semi-Submersibles

(Image: CMR Group)

Marine automation and instrumentation specialists CMR Group said it has secured an order from industrial conglomerate Kongsberg Maritime AS for new closed-circuit television (CCTV) video surveillance systems for two new semi-submersible heavy lift, construction and accommodation vessels. The deal, which includes spare parts and maintenance support, will see the supply and installation of CCTV systems for the OOS Serooskerke and OOS Walcheren, which are being built for China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) Co. Ltd. (CMHI).

Coleman Joins Elliott Bay Design Group

Eric Coleman (Photo: EBDG)

Eric Coleman has joined Elliott Bay Design Group's team of naval architects and engineers, bringing with him six years of marine experience. Coleman’s experience is broad, with an emphasis on preliminary and detail design work of aluminum and steel vessels. He has worked on a wide variety of commercial vessels and charter yachts up to 210 feet in length. His background includes hands-on shipyard experience, comprising production oversight, class and regulatory compliance, and designing for production.

Ruukki Expands Range of Raex Wear-resistant Steels

Direct quenched Raex wear-resistant steel is made in a range of thicknesses from 2 mm to 80 mm. (Photo: Ruukki Metals Oy)

Ruukki can now supply steels for all applications requiring wear-resistant special steels. Ruukki Raex special steel can withstand wear and surface pressure and the range has now been expanded to include the thicker wear-resistant steels needed, for example, in the mining industry, Raex said. Raex special steel is made in a range of thicknesses from two-80 mm. The new thicker Raex wear-resistant steels up to 80 mm can be used, among other things, to manufacture parts for heavy machinery and equipment designed for excavation, loading, transporting and crushing ore in mines.

POSCO to Reset Steel Prices

POSCO is rearranging its steel prices in response to fluctuating international prices and domestic demand. On May 1, the steel producer will lift prices of mini-mill products, stainless steel and cut steel plate prices. In a statement, the company said prices for mini-mill hot-rolled coil will rise by $21 per ton to $501 in the domestic market due to falling inventory levels but prices for steel plate and steel plates for shipbuilding will fall by $31 per ton to $661 and $623, respectively. Its move is affected by recent price cuts by Japanese steel makers. For orders made from May 3, the prices of 300 series hot-rolled and cold-rolled products will each rise by $213 to $2,581 and $2,869 per ton, it said.

POSCO to Up Ship Steel Output

POSCO plans to increase production facilities by 2009 to raise its annual production of steel for shipbuilding by 1.1 million tons to address a shortage in the domestic industry, the company said on July 5. POSCO’s annual production capacity of ship steel is projected to rise to 4.7 million tons in the next three years, compared with the current 3.6 million tons, the company said. The steel maker will invest $95.14 m to increase and revamp production facilities. It will also boost productivity of TMCP steel, which provides high strength and welds without heat treatment. South Korea currently imports 500,000 tons of TMCP steel a year, mainly from Japan. POSCO’s move is to relieve shortages in high-quality steel for shipbuilding, offshore platforms and plants.

Pakistani Ship breakers Lauds 15% Duty on Import

Courtesy: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Welcoming the latest policy, Ship breakers in Pakistan defended the imposition of 15% Regulatory Duty (RD) on the import of all steel billets, steel bars and wire rods. Describing the step as much needed and timely, the Pakistan Ship-Breakers Association (PSBA) lauded the imposition of RD. "The Pakistan Ship breakers Association salutes the Government of Pakistan for this bold move which has helped save hundreds of thousands of jobs as well as the local steel industry," it said in a statement.

First Standards for Application of Corrosion Resistant Steels

ClassNK has developed and released the world’s first set of standards for the application of corrosion resistant steels to the cargo oil tanks of oil tankers. The new Guidelines on Corrosion Resistant Steel for COT are the first guidelines to lay out clear requirements for the application of the new steels, whose use was approved by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) earlier this year. The growing volume of crude oil carried by the world’s tanker fleet has led to rising concerns over pollution of the marine environment, and the last decade has brought tremendous changes to the building and survey requirements for oil tankers.

ClassNK Issues New Welding Guidelines

Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it has released new Guidelines on the Welding of Duplex Stainless Steels. The guidelines have been developed to help shipyards safely and effectively make use of new duplex steels that are increasingly being used in the construction of cargo tanks for chemical carriers. As part of its work to support the safe construction of ships, ClassNK has released the guidelines for free via its website. Duplex stainless steel has a two-phase microstructure containing grains of both ferritic and austenitic phase…

ClassNK: New PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Software

ClassNK released the latest version of its design support software PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver.5.0.0, developed in response to the IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT). The new version incorporates the latest rule amendments to CSR BC & OT (Rule Change Notice 1 to CSR 01 JAN 2017 version) including amendments based on feedback from the industry. In addition to the incorporation of the latest rule amendments, various functions were also added or improved for the PrimeShip-HULL(HCSR) prescriptive calculation software and direct strength assessment software.

ClassNK Updates PrimeShip-HULL Software

ClassNK has just released the latest version of its design support software PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver.5.0.0, developed in response to the IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT). The new version incorporates the latest rule amendments to CSR BC & OT (Rule Change Notice 1 to CSR 01 JAN 2017 version) including amendments based on feedback from the industry. In addition to the incorporation of the latest rule amendments, various functions were also added or improved for the PrimeShip-HULL(HCSR) prescriptive calculation software and direct strength assessment software. The calculation report function found in the prescriptive calculation software is now turned a stand-alone system…

Vigor Adds $20 Mln Drydock

(Photo: Vigor)

Vigor built on its ongoing investments in critical infrastructure in the Puget Sound in 2017 with the $20 million investment in another drydock. At 640 ft. long with a clear width of 116 ft., the new dock will be the third, and largest, at Vigor’s Harbor Island shipyard. The drydock is expected to be operational in early first quarter 2018 and is part of Vigor’s ongoing commitment to make Harbor Island a primary destination for ship repair and conversion on the West Coast for both commercial and government customers.

ClassNK Approves New Corrosion Resistant Steel

ClassNK has issued approval for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation’s newly developed corrosion resistant steel (NSGP-2) for use on the upper deck and/or inner bottom of crude oil tanker cargo oil tanks (COT). Following earlier approvals of steels for the inner bottom plating of COTs, this marks the first time that approval has been granted for corrosion resistant steels for both the top and bottom parts of the COT, providing owners and shipyards with a practical alternative to coating systems. In order to reduce COT corrosion and improve crude oil tanker safety, new amendments to the SOLAS Convention were issued in May 2010 requiring oil tankers over 5…

Steel Prices Stay Firm

With global steel demand running at an unprecedented level, rapidly rising prices have been a constant headache for ship repairers, as well as ship builders, in recent months. And despite sharply higher steel output, there is little sign of any softening as the New Year dawns. According to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI), crude steel production for the 62 countries reporting their figures was 945m tonnes by the end of November, up 9% on the corresponding period one year earlier. Analysts were expecting total production to break through the billion tonne mark easily by the end of the year for the first time ever. IISI figures show that China accounted for the largest increase in output.

Report: Tariff Cost Ports Money, Jobs

According to reports, a 20-month tariff on imported steel resulted in a loss of 9.3m tons of the metal and more than 2,000 jobs at U.S. ports, according to a new report from a maritime economics consulting firm. The study by Martin Associates of Lancaster, Pa., commissioned by the American Institute for Imported Steel and the first to document the economic impact of the tariff, found that the trade restriction kept about 424,000 tons of steel and iron from going through U.S. ports in 2002 and 2003. The metals were instead shipped to other countries. The data will be used to oppose future tariff threats and to educate policymakers, said David Phelps, president of the AIIS.

Ship Loading Indiana Steel For Export to Spain

About 11,000 tons of Indiana-made steel will set sail for Spain. The Julietta arrived at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor and was being loaded with hot-rolled steel coils from Mittal Steel in East Chicago, Ind. This is the first export shipment of steel through the Port of Indiana since 2005. There were a few export steel shipments between 2003 and 2005 – just over 55,000 tons total. In 1995, the port handled an all-time high 243,000 tons of exported steel. The shipment is destined for Pasajes, Spain. Federal Marine Terminals, which serves as the port’s general cargo stevedore, will load the vessel today and tomorrow. Since the Port of Indiana also has year-round access to the inland river system…

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