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15 May 2019

Svitzer Australia Welcomes New Tugs

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Svitzer Australia has welcome two new vessels to its fleet in 2019, as two UZMAR-built RAstar 3200 series tugboats begin the journey from Turkey to their respective home ports.A delivery ceremony was hosted by UZMAR on 12 March 2019 for the two tugboats, Svitzer Ruby and Svitzer Redhead.The 85-tonne bollard pull tug, Svitzer Ruby, will join Port Kembla in May 2019, and the 80-tonne bollard pull tug, Svitzer Redhead, will join the team in Fremantle in late April 2019.The vessels…

10 May 2019

Ship Recycling Needs Hong Kong Convention

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Ten years after the adoption of International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, in May 2009, there has been progress with voluntary application of its requirements, but the treaty needs to enter into force for it to be widely implemented.“I urge Member States who have not yet done so to ratify the Convention at the earliest opportunity, in order to bring it into force as soon as possible,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim…

07 May 2019

Turkish Port Installs Navis N4 TOS

Yilport to utilize Compass as a collaborative tool to improve planning and visibility across terminals. Image: Navis

Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, announced that Yılport Holding Inc. will roll out Navis’ Compass visual workflow management application to five terminals that use Navis N4 to bring enhanced visibility, communication and collaboration to the planning process across terminals.The Compass application digitizes the workflow and standardizes the way terminals work to improve the quality of the planning and tracking process to improve the terminal’s efficiency.The Compass application is easy to implement…

03 May 2019

ASFAT, Damen Sign MOU at IDEF in Istanbul

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On May 2nd, 2019 Damen Shipyards Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane Ä°Ĺźletme AĹž (ASFAT) for collaboration in the production of marine platforms. The MOU signing took place at the 14th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) taking place in Istanbul April 30th – May 3rd.Present at the signing ceremony were ASFAT Deputy General Manager Mr Bulent Safak and General Manager Mr Esad Akgün. Attending for Damen were Chief Operations Office…

03 May 2019

Seven Dead as Migrant Boat Sinks off Western Turkey

Seven people, including five children, were killed on Friday after a boat carrying migrants sank off the northwestern coast of Turkey, the Turkish coast guard said, adding that five others were being sought.The boat, off the coast of the Ayvalik district in the Balikesir province, was carrying a total of 17 migrants, the coast guard said. Five were rescued.In a statement, the coast guard said search and rescue operations including four boats and two helicopters were being carried out to find the four migrants and one suspected migrant smuggler.Turkey became one of the main launch points for migrants taking the sea route to European Union territory in 2015, many fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

02 May 2019

VARD Signs MOU with ASFAT

Photo: Vard Marine

Vard Marine (VARD), a naval architecture and marine engineering company, announced that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane Ä°Ĺźletme A.Ĺž. (ASFAT) in Turkey to promote  strategic partnership.As per MoU, Vard Marine provides the design of a wide range of paramilitary vessels and ASFAT coordinates construction of select projects at their approved naval shipyards in Turkey.The MOU provides an opportunity for Vard Marine to expand operations…

25 Apr 2019

Saudi Arabia Can Replace Lost Iranian Oil

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The decision by the US government not to extend sanctions wavers for eight countries importing crude oil from Iran could remove around 1.1 million b/d from the market. But Saudi Arabia and several allies can replace the lost barrels, says a report.According to Rystad Energy, the production will drop to 2.27 million bpd for the second half of 2019, reaching this level by July 2019, which equates to a drop of 0.43 million barrels per day (bpd) from current March 2019 levels.The net effect for the oil market is bullish…

25 Apr 2019

Sanmar Delivers ASD Tug to Marintug

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Sanmar Shipyards delivered a 24 meter ASD Tug with 60 tbp to Marintug of Turkey.This vessel is a RAmparts 2400SX-type with a 60 tonnes bollard pull, designed by Robert Allan Ltd.It is powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3512C main engines that each can produce 1765kW power with 1800 rpm’s which is combined with Rolls Royce US 205 FP ASD thrusters with built-in slip clutches. Power for auxiliary systems is provided by Caterpillar C4.4 86ekw generators.The vessel has been built according to ABS A1…

11 Apr 2019

Shipbreaking: 142 Sent to South Asia in Q1

Image: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

142 ships were sold in the first quarter of 2019 to the beaches of South Asia where they were broken under conditions that cause irreversible damage to both human health and the environment.According to a quarterly update from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, between January and March, three workers have lost their lives and four were severely injured when breaking ships in Bangladesh.On 28 January, according to local sources, Md Motiur Rahman lost his life while working at S. S. Green Ship Breaking yard, located on the beach of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

03 Apr 2019

COSCO Calls on Port of Liverpool

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China's COSCO Shipping has confirmed it will call at the port of Liverpool after a successful trial last October to offer its clients more efficient services between Britain and Canada."The world’s top five shipping lines are all now calling at Liverpool following confirmation that Chinese giant COSCO Shipping is to ship via the port," said a statement from the UK's most centrally-located container port.COSCO Shipping will take slots on an existing Canadian service via Montreal with OOCL.

02 Apr 2019

DMC Wins First Order in Turkey

Photo courtesy of DMC

Damen Marine Components (DMC) signed its first order with a Turkish Shipyard. The client is TERSAN Tersanecilik San. Tic. Aṣ., based at Yalova City on the Sea of Marmara, and the equipment will be installed on a 108-meter Factory Freezer Trawler vessel. Designed by Skipsteknisk AS, design number STL191L, it is currently in build for the Russian fishing fleet operator JSC PT Okeanrybflot.The order is for a single, customised Barke rudder with a surface area of 16 m² and a Commander rotary vane steering gear that delivers a torque of up to 430 kNm.

29 Mar 2019

MOL, Karpower Team-up for LNG-to-Powership Biz

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Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Turkey’s floating power plant company Karpower International B.V. (Karpowership) have agreed to collaborate in the LNG-to-Powership business.Under the brand name “KARMOL”, both firms aim to co-invest in the related assets and joint market its solution in selected markets around the world.The Business will generate power through the Powership by receiving regasified LNG through a floating LNG storage and regasification unit…

27 Mar 2019

Japan Ratifies to Ship Recycling

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International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling has received another boost. Japan has become the 10th country to become a Party to the Hong Kong Convention.According to the UN body, the Convention covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships.Under the treaty, ships are required to carry an Inventory of Hazardous Materials, specific to each ship.

26 Mar 2019

Four Dead as Migrant Boat Sinks off Turkey

Four people, including a baby, died early on Tuesday morning when a dinghy carrying migrants sank off the northwestern coast of Ayvacik in Turkey, the Turkish coast guard said.A search and rescue operation ended after the coast guard retrieved the 11 other migrants who were onboard, the coast guard said. Reuters video footage showed the surviving migrants, including at least one child, were later rushed wearing blankets aboard ambulances.The boat was carrying Iranian and Afghan migrants, Hurriyet newspaper reported, citing security sources.Turkey became one of the main launch points for migrants taking the sea route to European Union territory in 2015, many fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

22 Mar 2019

Svitzer Christens Latest Tug Meridian

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The global towage operator Svitzer held a ceremony on the River Thames  to officially christened Svitzer Meridian as the latest - and tenth - vessel in its Port of London fleet.During a naming ceremony held on the River Thames with guests representing a variety of customers and partners – including vessel builder Sanmar – the 70 tonnes bollard pull Azimuth Tractor Drive (ATD) Svitzer Meridian was officially christened by representatives from multinational electricity and gas utility company National Grid Grain LNG…

20 Mar 2019

Shearwater Bags Turkey Seismic Contract

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The global provider of geophysical marine seismic acquisition Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a seismic acquisition and depth processing contract by Turkish national oil and gas company Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortakligi (TPAO).The survey contract covers an area of 2200 sqkm and includes fast track processing, followed by full time and depth processing, but location not revealed.Work will commence in Q2 2019 and will be conducted by the Polar Empress, said a press release.“We are very pleased to see the Polar Empress contracted by TPAO for this 14-streamer survey…

19 Mar 2019

Fakes Make Up 3.3% of Global Trade

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Trade in counterfeit and pirated goods, mostly originated in China, has risen steadily, posing a major challenge in an innovation-driven global economy, revealed a new study.Trade in counterfeit and pirated goods has risen steadily in the last few years – even as overall trade volumes stagnated – and now stands at 3.3% of global trade, according to a new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office.Trends…

18 Mar 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Begins TNE Service

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German-based cargo container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG is launching a new liner service offering a direct connection between Turkey and the US East Coast.The Turkey North America East Coast (TNE) service will operate every nine days between the Turkish seaport of Marmara (Izmit, Istanbul and Gemlik) and the US ports of New York, Norfolk and Savannah, said a press release from the world's fifth largest container carrier in terms of vessel capacity.In addition, the service will…

18 Mar 2019

Sanmar, CAT Work on Innovative Hybrid Tug

The first tug to be fitted with Caterpillar's Advanced Variable Drive, a hybrid system, is one of Sanmar’s popular and successful Bogaçay Series. It will be the 38th of this class to enter service, a class designed exclusively by RAL for Sanmar. Photo courtesy Sanmar.

Turkey’s leading tug builder Sanmar Shipyards was selected by Caterpillar Marine to build the first tug to incorporate its hydraulic hybrid propulsion system. Construction is currently under way with delivery scheduled for October 2019. Furthermore the two companies, from different continents, are joining together to present their collaborative efforts at the Tugnology 19 Conference and Exhibition, scheduled to be held in Liverpool, England, May 14-15, 2019.Tugs represent some of the more power dense and cost competitive vessels…

15 Mar 2019

DFDS' Largest Ferry Named

EVP Peder Gellert, Sponsor Eva Lundstedt and SVP Selçuk Boztepe at the naming ceremony in Istanbul. Photo: DFDS

Copenhagen-based DFDS named its newest -- and the Mediterranean's largest -- Ro-Ro ship in Turkey.The naming ceremony for 237-meter-long  roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) newbuilding, Ephesus Seaways, was held in Istanbul, Turkey. Ephesus Seaways vessel with a 6,700 linear-meter capacity has also been put into service.The ship will also be the largest vessel to serve DFDS customers on the routes between Turkey and the EU.Eva Lundstedt, who is the wife of Volvo’s CEO Martin Lundstedt, gave…

13 Mar 2019

Iran's Oil Tanker Fleet Being Squeezed as Sanctions Bite

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Iran is running short of options to replace its ageing fleet of tankers and keep oil exports flowing because renewed U.S. sanctions are making potential sellers and flag registries wary of doing business with Tehran, Western and Iranian sources said.Since U.S. President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions in November, exploratory talks with South Korea for up to 10 new supertankers have stalled and Panama has also removed at least 21 Iranian tankers from its registry forcing Tehran to put the vessels under its own flag…

12 Mar 2019

India Box Trade Grew 6% in Q4 2018: Maersk

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India’s containerised trade with the world has grown steadily, recording an overall import-export trade growth of 6% according to the Q4 2018 trade report released by Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company.Increasing demand for refrigerated cargo from India coupled with improved trade relations with China with introduction of favourable trade policies, has driven exports to grow a healthy 3% in Q4.The demand for India-made goods such as vehicles, cereals and rice…

08 Mar 2019

Seaways International Takes Delivery of Two Damen FCS 2206

Photo: Damen Shipyard

On March 4th at Damen Shipyards Singapore, Seaways International took delivery of two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2206. The Dubai-headquartered company has previously operated a Damen FCS 3307. Seaways International specializes in offshore marine services and will use the new vessels to transport crew to offshore energy locations in West Africa.Damen signed the contract with Seaways International on May 9, 2018. The swiftness of the delivery is due to Damen’s philosophy of standardized shipbuilding.

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