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18 May 2020

Thyssenkrupp Seeks Partners for Steel, Warship Units

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Thyssenkrupp on Monday said it was looking for partners for its steel and warship divisions, singling out just three lines of businesses that will stay within the struggling German industrial icon.Hoping to stop the bleeding of cash and restore investor confidence, the group also pooled businesses worth 6 billion euros ($6.6 billion) of sales and employing 20,000, about 13% of total staff, that are either to be sold or shut down."With this reassessment of the portfolio, we have taken some difficult decisions that were long overdue and will now implement them systematically…

12 May 2020

Uruguay to Evacuate Crew of Coronavirus-hit Cruise Ship

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The 86 crew members of the Greg Mortimer cruise ship, stranded in Uruguayan waters since March 27, began their evacuation to Montevideo on Tuesday following an outbreak of the new coronavirus on board, the government said.At least 37 positive cases of coronavirus were detected in the last several days, officials said, preventing plans for the ship to travel to the Spanish port of Las Palmas, the original planned destination for the tourist trip, which is operated by Australian…

08 May 2020

Tallink to Get $108 Mln Loan from Estonia

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Estonia will give the Baltic Sea shipping firm Tallink, which has been badly hit by lockdowns, a 3-year loan of 100 million euros ($108 million), the government of the small EU member said on Friday.Tallink - which operates large ferries between Estonia and Finland, and from Latvia, Estonia and Finland to Sweden - is approaching its peak season of June-August with most of the countries around the Baltic closed to travelers because of the coronavirus pandemic.The firm's passenger traffic dropped 96% in April, while cargo traffic fell 14%.Tallink this week reported a gross loss of 0.2 million eu

05 May 2020

Viking Line Plans to Restart Passenger Service

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Ferry operator Viking Line said Tuesday it will restart passenger service for essential travel after the Finnish government annouced plans to gradually ease some restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.Passenger service will be restricted to travel for work and other travel defined by the authorities until at least May 31, the cruise ferry operator said.Four of Viking Line’s seven vessels will continue their service between Finland and Sweden, the Åland Islands and Estonia. People will be able to continue travelling as usual between the Finnish mainland and Åland.

05 May 2020

Tallink Passenger Traffic Down 96% From Last Year

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Estonian shipping firm Tallink on Tuesday reported a 96% drop in April passenger traffic and 14% drop in cargo traffic as countries around Baltic Sea locked down to limit the spread of the coronavirus.Tallink operates large ferries between Estonia and Finland, and from Latvia, Estonia and Finland to Sweden.The Estonian government has said it was ready to invest 150 million euros ($164 million) in the convertible debt of Tallink as the company provides crucial transport links.Finland and Estonia have decided to start opening up from mid-May, and will allow workers to travel between the two coun

30 Apr 2020

US Postal Service Sending Mail on Ships

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The U.S. Postal Service is using ships for overseas transport as the number of commercial flights typically used to send mail abroad has plummeted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The agency said on April 23 that a first mail shipment bound for Europe departed JFK International Service Center in New York three days earlier and is being transported on a containership scheduled to arrive at the port of Rotterdam on May 7. The vessel is said to be carrying 6,036 receptacles in five containers weighing 32…

22 Apr 2020

Oil Traders Chase Storage Space in World Awash with Fuel

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Oil traders are struggling to find enough ships, railcars, caverns and pipelines to store fuel as more conventional storage facilities fill up amid abundant supply and plummeting demand due to the coronavirus crisis.Dozens of oil tanker vessels have been booked in recent days to store at least 30 million barrels of jet fuel, gasoline and diesel at sea, acting as floating storage, as on-land tanks are full or already booked, according to traders and shipping data.That adds to about 130 million barrels of crude already in floating storage…

21 Apr 2020

Med Marine Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for Svitzer Newbuilds

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Turkish shipbuilder Med Marine on Thursday held a keel-laying ceremony at EreÄźli Shipyard for two new icebreaking tugs being constructed for Svitzer.

15 Apr 2020

Uruguay Repatriating Passengers from Coronavirus-hit Cruise Ship

Greg Mortimer (File photo: Damen)

The repatriation of the final 15 passengers from the Greg Mortimer cruise ship, stranded in Uruguayan waters since March 27 due to an outbreak of the coronavirus on board, will take place on Wednesday afternoon, the government said.A medical plane will take the current 14 occupants of the ship, and another passenger to be discharged from a clinic in capital city Montevideo to Miami, where they will get on connecting flights to their homes in the United States, Britain, Sweden, France, Holland, Canada and Switzerland.The Uruguayan Foreign Ministry said the ship will dock at Montevideo.

14 Apr 2020

Wärtsilä to Install Route Exchange on 50 Ships

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Wärtsilä Voyage won a contract to update the ECDIS on-board 50 tankers. More than 400 ships already has the capability to share routes through their ECDIS. With focus on increasing tanker safety, the STM BALT SAFE project is signing up 50 tankers that frequently sail in the Baltic Sea, with Wärtsilä winning the contract. Cajsa Jersler Fransson, Ship Testbed Manager, says, “Wärtsilä Voyage has the know-how, the installed base and the dedication to a more connected future. With installations happening this year…

14 Apr 2020

Stena RoPax Ferry to Become a Hospital Ship

Stena Saga (Photo: Stena Line)

Stena RoRo said it is preparing to convert an out-of-work vehicle and passenger ferry into a hospital ship to assist in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The large roll-on/roll-off passenger vessel Stena Saga previously sailed on Stena Line's Oslo–Fredrikshamn route from 1994 but has been idled since the service was permanently suspended in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak and travel restrictions imposed by several countries.Seeking an alternative use for the vessel, Stena…

08 Apr 2020

MJP Introduces Remote Customer Service

Waterjet supplier Marine Jet Power (MJP) has introduced remote support capabilities for MJP waterjets operating with electronic control systems. The new remote service application will allow authorized MJP representatives to remotely and securely access the shipboard computers to diagnose and troubleshoot alarms, conduct software updates and assist with startups and new ship commissioning.A solution which was already under development, MJP has accelerated its Remote Service to assist customers during the current world health situation and growing travel restrictions surrounding the spread of COVID-19.“We were already working on a remote solution prior to the outbreak of Coronavirus,” said, MJP Chief Technology Officer Staffan Sormark.

08 Apr 2020

Stena Line To Close Trelleborg-Sassnitz Route

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Stena Line will permanently suspend operations on its ferry route between Trelleborg, Sweden and Sassnitz, Germany due to the coronavirus pandemic, the European operator announced on Wednesday.The cancellation comes after Stena Line announced in March it would temporarily suspend operations on the route.Stena Line has initiated discussions with the workers' council Betriebsrat in Germany. The ferry FS Sassnitz is laid up in Port of Mukran, Sassnitz, until further notice. In recent years…

03 Apr 2020

PowerCell Inks $7.5m Fuel Cell System Deal with Shipyard

PowerCell Sweden AB signed a contract with a European shipyard regarding the development and delivery of a 3MW megawatt marine fuel cell system. The system will be developed and delivered during three years and the total value of the contract for the period amounts to $7.5m.

26 Mar 2020

MAN Cryo Develops Liquefied Methane Terminal in Swedish Port

MAN Energy Solutions has been comissioned to develope and construct a liquefied methane terminal in the port of Oxelösund, Sweden  (Photo: MAN Energy Solutions)

OxGas, a company fully owned by the Port of Oxelösund in Sweden has commissioned MAN Energy Solutions to act as “owners engineer” in the development and construction of a multi-functional terminal for liquefied methane based fuels in the port of Oxelösund. The terminal will be designed to feed both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and green methane derived from bio gas to SSAB ’s steel production in Oxelösund, and to re-distribute it via train and trailers to other parts of Sweden.The…

23 Mar 2020

Viking Continues Operations on Main Freight Lines

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Finnish cruise ferry operator Viking Line announced Monday it will continue service on its "most important" routes despite concerns about the coronavirus outbreak."Taking the security of supply for Finland and Åland as well as the cargo transport demands into consideration, we continue freight traffic between Helsinki and Tallinn as well as on the Turku–Åland–Stockholm route," it said in a statement.“To safeguard the security of supply between Finland and Sweden, we are maintaining service on part of our routes.

18 Mar 2020

USCG Advises on Minimizing Novel Coronavirus at Sea

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The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published an update March 16, 2020 to MSIB: Novel Coronavirus – Update (Change 2)An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may affect mariners and maritime commerce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their Interim Guidance for Ships on Managing Suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019 (see https://go.usa.gov/xdfyG) and Cruise Ship Travel (see https://go.usa.gov/xdfVP).Illness…

17 Mar 2020

Viking Line Suspends Helsinki-Stockholm Service

Mariella (Photo: Viking Line)

Finnish cruise ferry operator Viking Line announced Tuesday that it will suspend service between Helsinki and Stockholm due to the developing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Finnish authorities have closed the country’s borders during the state of emergency in effect in Finland.“To safeguard the security of supply between Finland and Sweden, we are maintaining service on the Turku–Åland–Stockholm route. We are also still making one sailing to Tallinn from Helsinki six days a week.

16 Mar 2020

Stena Line Announces Job Cuts Due to COVID-19

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The coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on Swdish ferry company Stena Line, who announced Monday that it will cut 950 jobs due to a sharp decline in passenger travel bookings as a result of the outbreak.Stena Line said the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and subsequent travel restrictions imposed by several countries have weighed heavily on bookings, with passenger traffic to Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany and Latvia mostly halted. On Saturday, the company completely stopped…

10 Mar 2020

Maritime's 'Path to Zero': The Case for Ferries

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Ferries have pioneered zero-emission technology deployment for good reason. Short routes and regular port visits provide opportunities for shipboard stored energy technology, and it is the commercial case that is turning the tide towards zero emissions where the ferry market is concerned. Supported by shoreside charging infrastructure, a fully charged battery pack can be used to propel a ship along a predictable route at relatively low operating cost and little wear and tear,…

02 Mar 2020

25 More Years for Ocean Surveyor

Flip van der Waal (Managing director at Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet Sweden), Lena Söderberg (Director General of SGU). Photo: Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet

Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet in Sweden has won the public tender for a contract to undertake a major life extension program on the survey and research vessel S/V Ocean Surveyor, owned by SGU, Sweden’s national geological survey agency.“We are happy to let Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet perform the extensive conversion of the vessel and are confident that she will be ready for another 25 years of marine surveying prior to the field season 2021. Ocean Surveyor is a key platform for many marine surveys conducted in Sweden…

26 Feb 2020

EU Shipyards Specify Grease-Free Bearing System

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Canadian provider of polymer bearing solutions Thordon Bearings said that its ThorPlas-Blue has established itself as the bearing of choice for deck equipment, with European shipyards and owners frequently specifying the grease-free bearing system as standard for vessels’ winches, fairleads, davits, capstans and windlasses.According to a press note from Thordon Bearings, Sweden’s Falkvarv AB, Oresund Dry Docks, and the Oskarshamnsvarvet shipyard have been particularly strong proponents of the grease-free bearing…

26 Feb 2020

Stena Edda Arrives in Northern Ireland

Stena Edda (Photo: Stena Line)

Stena Line's latest RoPax ferry sailed into Belfast Harbor on Wednesday, undertaking final trials before it welcomes passengers on the Belfast to Liverpool route in the coming weeks.Welcomed by a flotilla of boats, the Chinese-built Stena Edda arrived at dawn after a four-week voyage and more than six years’ in planning and construction, including design development in Sweden.The new vessel took part in successful berthing trials at Belfast Harbor's VT2 Terminal. A new access ramp has been specially built to accommodate the multimillion-dollar ferry in Belfast.With 40% more deck capacity…

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