HMM Joins “Getting to Zero Coalition”
South Korean shipping giant Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has joined the Getting to Zero Coalition, a new alliance that aims to accelerate international shipping’s decarbonization.Getting to Zero Coalition is a powerful alliance of nearly 100 organizations within various industrial sectors to achieve significant reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission in the maritime industry.“Climate change is a defining issue of our time and the scale of the environmental regulation we are facing is unprecedented.
Israeli Shipping Giant Invests in Tech Firm
Israeli container line ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (Zim) has announced an investment in technology start-up Ladingo, a solution provider connecting ocean freight to global e-commerce.According to a press release, ZIM’s decision to invest in the company is a strategic move, as Ladingo is tipped to lead a “global consumer revolution” by enabling the personal importation of large items to online shoppers.Ladingo's technological platform offers a transparent digital integration of the entire process…
Top Regulatory Concerns on the US Commercial Waterfront
A top 10 list of regulatory concerns is by no means all-inclusive, but it does bring to light the full weight of the regulatory hammer on the collective domestic commercial waterfront. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us...” – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859.
USCG Releases Draft Cyber Guide for Maritime Facilities
Cyber risk has hit a critical peak within the maritime industry, and the significant impact of the Petya ransomware attack on scores of maritime entities only amplifies it. The attack effectively shut down major ocean carriers, including shipping conglomerate Maersk, and impacted marine terminal operations across the globe. Every maritime company, no matter the size or business function, is a potential target. The industry has seen a recent wave of guidelines and resolutions from maritime regulatory bodies related to maritime security and cyber risk mitigation.
Industry 4.0 on the High Seas
Werner von Siemens’ mission to lay 50,000 nautical miles of transatlantic cables might not have been destined to fail – but at least one business rival tried to make sure that it would. It wasn’t enough to merely execute a risky project that had never been done before. The crew aboard the Faraday, the ship that Siemens and his brothers commissioned, also had to move faster than saboteurs who planted false reports in the press and even broke cables. And it was in this pressure…
Saga Shipholding’s Optimarin Experience Drives BWT Orders
Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has signed a contract with Saga Shipholding for the provision of three of its Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS). The order marks a new chapter in the working relationship between the two, with Saga originally purchasing an initial 26 systems from Optimarin in 2012. According to Nils Otto Bjorhovde, Saga Shipholding’s Hong Kong-based Technical Manager, it’s the performance of those systems to date that persuaded the firm to return for more: “We spent 2011 evaluating the entire BWT market,” Bjorhovde said.
Statoil Invests $55M in Innovative Tank Cleaning Tech
Statoil has long been looking for a way to make tank cleaning on supply vessels safer and more effective, and at the same time reduce its environmental footprint. In a new technology just made commercial, it believes it has found a viable solution to one of the maritime industry's age-old problems: Tank Cleaning. M-I SWACO has developed a new technological solution and has now been awarded a contract with Statoil that is valued at around 55.7 million, including options. Statoil…
FMC Commissioner Doyle Weighs In
Commissioner William P. Doyle's remarks at the Commission Briefing on Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Port Congestion Forum, November 13 2014 in Baltimore, MD. On October 1, 2014, Commissioner Lidinsky and I hosted the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Port Congestion Forum at the World Trade Center in Baltimore, Maryland. I want to thank all the FMC staff for their participation in setting up and managing the day’s event. David Tubman and Jewel Jennings-Wright worked tirelessly for weeks helping to locate attendees and participants. Thank you both.
Imtech Equips First LNG-Hybrid Barge
Imtech Marine equipped the first LNG-Hybrid Barge with green technology by order of Becker Marine Systems. The LNG-Hybrid Barge, which will supply the AIDA cruise fleet with energy in Hamburg, is fitted with Imtech Marine’s electrical solutions and fire extinguishing equipment. In addition, Imtech Marine installed the complete ventilation systems with corresponding heat recovery and sea water cooling systems, supporting the Hybrid Barge’s ‘green’ approach by saving energy through reduced heating and cooling requirements.
ecoTAURuS Aims to AccelerateTerminal Process
Inlecom Systems Ltd (Inlecom), the transport and logistics research and innovation company, has launched ecoTAURuS, the e-transport solution for real time truck – terminal collaboration and planning of actions. The new service has been designed specifically to speed up and optimize the loading and unloading process in multimodal terminals and has been supported via the European FP7 Research and Development EcoHubs project. ecoTAURuS delivers a service that allows stakeholders…
Monitoring System Takes Guesswork Out of Mooring Mega Vessels
Mooring of large vessels in the LNG, petrochemical and container sectors is an intricate and critical procedure. The process entails bringing together a moving object with a static object, and with the imminent advent of even larger vessels (liquefied natural gas tankers with a capacity of 200,000 cubic meters and container ships with a capacity of 22,000 TEU*), the forces involved are enormous. For tankers and bulk carriers, mooring frequently takes place alongside jetties at the end of finger piers…
Exhaust Gas Emissions – Impact on Cruise Industry
Limits set out by the Marine Environment Protection Committee will reduce the maximum levels of sulphur in marine fuels to 0.1% and will come in to force in 2015. This regulation is a positive step towards improving the environmental reputation of the maritime industry. However it also presents a significant challenge to the cruise industry, which has enjoyed an exceptional rate of growth in recent years. The costs of low-sulphur fuels are set to rise and it remains to be seen what, if any, market-based mechanisms and incentives will be put into place to encourage emission reductions and soften the economic impact on operators. Cruise lines now have three years to come up with a technological solution to the dilemma of regulations which will be expensive to adhere to.
First MacRack Side-Rolling Hatch System Ordered
Cargotec has signed its first contract for MacRack, an electric-drive innovation for MacGregor side-rolling hatch covers which combines two operations, raising a cover, and moving it sideways to open or close the hatch, and which generated great interest at Marintec China exhibition. Zhenghe Shipyard has ordered Cargotec’s all-electric MacRack system to open and close side-rolling hatch covers on a 47,000 dwt bulk carrier being built for a Chinese owner and scheduled for delivery in July 2012.
Upgraded Wärtsilä RT-flex68-D Successfully Tested For IMO Tier II Compliance
The first upgraded Wärtsilä RT-flex68-D engine equipped with a Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) turbocharger was successfully tested at Doosan Engine Co Ltd in South Korea. It is fully compliant with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Tier II regulations. The engine has a slimmer outline to better suit installation requirements for container ships. Moreover, the engine provides extended flexibility over a broader load range when equipped with a VTG turbocharger. The tested engine is the first of eight for installation in eight ships for a Chinese owner at a Chinese shipyard. The engine has a contracted maximum continuous power of 21,910 kW at 95 rpm.
DSME Drilling Riser Contract for Aker Solutions
Aker Solutions has been awarded another contract for delivery of a deepwater drilling riser system to Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). Contract value is approximately $35 million. The contract is for the delivery of a complete deepwater marine drilling riser system with buoyancy package and associated equipment. The 7 500 ft system will be used for a semi submersible drilling rig that DSME is building. This is the fourth deepwater drilling riser contract DSME has awarded Aker Solutions this year. "We are offering a technology that focuses on safe operations and offers significant time savings when connecting the riser joints. This results in significant reduction in costs from both reduced manpower and rig operations.
AIS: When & Where? Here & Now!
The events of September 11, 2001 will continue to have lingering effects on the world indefinitely. The most visible remnant in the maritime world is the drastically heightened sense of safety and security, as officials in countries around the globe seek to secure their borders from the threat of attack — either direct or covert — via ship. Many of the issues currently on the legislative fast track were already in the works pre-September 11. False crew documentation, enhanced vessel tracking and beefed-up harbor controls were much-discussed topic in previous years. As is the case more often than not, though, a disaster of some proportion is inevitably the impetus in moving from discussion to action.
Quatergas Newbuilds Employ Kongsberg K-Bridge Consoles
Kongsberg Maritime has delivered the first K-Bridge consoles in its contract to supply Bridge, Cargo, Integrated Automation Systems and Integrated Navigation Systems to four vessels in production at Samsung and Hyundai for the OSG/QGII expansion project. The K-Bridge navigation system consists of a complete range of consoles, including K-rudder angle system and steering control systems. Other equipment within the integrated navigation system includes Speed log, Echo Sounder, GMDSS and chart system, in addition to standalone X-band Radar. Kongsberg Maritime Korea completed the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) of the K-Bridge system on 11th May 2006.