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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Wan Hai Lines Unveils China-India Service

Taiwan's global shipping company Wan Hai Lines has announced the launch of China – India Service III “CI3 service” on 23 January 2018. This new service will help to expand Wan Hai Lines network by providing direct service from East China to East India. A press release from the company said that the service will also help to complement Wan Hai Lines existing two other East India services with better port coverage and frequency. This service will be jointly operated with COSCO, IAL, OOCL and X-Press Feeders by using 5 vessels with nominal capacity of 4,250 TEU. Wan Hai Lines will deploy 2 vessels, while COSCO and IAL will operate 1 vessel each, OOCL and X-Press Feeders will operate 1 vessel jointly.

Franman to Promote Tuco’s ProZero Boats

Image: Tuco Marine

The Greece based agent Franman SA, has been appointed exclusive representative for TUCO Marine’s ProZero vessel line in Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, where Franman SA will be promoting the ProZero line of patrol boats, interceptors and workboats. Tuco Marine has recently appointed the Greek based agent, Franman SA, to be exclusive representative for the ProZero boats Series in Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. Franman SA was founded in 2007 as an agent and distributor of powerboats, engines and marine equipment. Franman SA has since 2010 specialized in the security and defense industry.

Hyundai Drive Made First Call to Hamad Port

Photo: Qatar Ports Management Company​

Qatar’s Hamad Port announced the addition of a new service from South Korean shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to its growing network list, QNA reported. HMM’s 365.5-metre-long ‘Hyundai Drive’ made its first call to Hamad Port, marking the official start of a new Hyundai Merchant Marine’s KME (Korea Middle East Express) service. It is the largest container vessel to make its maiden call in Qatar since the opening of Hamad Port. The vessel from Kwangyang Port in South Korea arrived at Hamad Port in the container terminal CT1.

MARAD Announces $9.46 Million Shipyard Grant

Paul Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $9.46 million to help improve 12 shipyards in 10 states. The grants, provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, foster efficiency and modernizations that allow shipyards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace. Acting Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen made the announcement at Jeffboat, LLC, one of the grant recipients, located in Jeffersonville, Indiana. “Improvements at our shipyards mean more ships can be built right here in the United States…

Research Vessel Concept a First for Voith

Photo: Voith Turbo

The new fisheries research vessel of the Shanghai Ocean University will be a first for Voith in several respects. It is the first fisheries research vessel world-wide to use the proven Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) propulsion concept. And it is the first offshore order Voith has received from a Chinese customer. With its two 28R5 ECS/234-2 Voith Schneider Propellers, the research vessel with a length of 81.6 meters and a beam of 14.2 meters reaches a maximum speed of approximately 15 knots.

Long Beach’s New Berthing System Greets First Panamax Bulker

Image: Bellingham Marine

The unique berth at D44 in Long Beach, Calif., designed in partnership by Seabulk and Bellingham Marine, was developed in response to a need for an environmentally friendly, low cost berthing system designed specifically for the docking of Panamax-class, self-discharging bulk carriers. The berthing system developed by the team for Eagle Rock Aggregates includes two stifflegs supported by match-cast, post-tensioned floating concrete platforms. The legs position the self-unloading bulk carrier and provide a load path to bearing walls at the top of the bank.

Kvichak Delivers for the NYPD

Photo: Kvichak Marine Industries

Kvichak, a Vigor company, delivered a fourth, 45-foot Response Boat - Medium C (RB-M C) to its longtime customer, the New York Police Department Harbor Unit. The Kvichak RB-M C is the commercial variant of the Response Boat - Medium (RB-M), purpose built for the U.S. Coast Guard. To date, 174 RB-Ms have been delivered to the Coast Guard. The vessel was designed by Kvichak in partnership with Camarc Design for high speed and high performance, including tactical handling and specialized mission capabilities, the shipbuilder said.

Latest Global Shipbuilding Orders

Shipbuilding orders were rather less the past week, but there were notable contracts for specialised heavy-lift carriers from Chinese shipbuilders, according to the Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin round-up. Limited ordering to report this week in dry say Clarkson, with the focus very much being on the smaller sizes. Starting with the larger of these, Parakou Shipping have declared a further four options for 64,000 DWT Ultramax at Chengxi taking the total series to eight vessels. Delivery of these latest vessels from end 2015. In the Handysize dry bulk carrier market, Interlink have placed a new order for five firm plus five options 38,500 DWT bulkers at Kouan Shipbuilding.

Dry Bulk Carrier Newbuilding Orders Surge

Bulk carrier: File photo

Dry bulk carrier newbuilding orders predominate among the contracts reported in the latest issue of the Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin. One order is reported by Clarkson Hellas in the larger dry sizes this week, with Foremost Maritime contracting two firm 180,000 DWT Capesize at Beihai Shipyard. Delivery of the first vessel is due in the later part of 2015, with the second due in the final quarter of 2016. In Japan, First Steamship are reported to have contracted a single 85,000 DWT post-panamax bulk carrier at Sasebo Heavy, due to deliver in 2016.

Owners Warned: Pay Heed to Turkish SOX Regs

OW Bunker highlighted the potential safety issues that ship owners and operators will face in Turkish waters when new local sulfur legislation comes into force from January 1, 2012. “This is a significant move by the Turkish authorities and is much more restrictive than current sulfur regulations,” says Steffen Kortegaard, Technical Director, OW Bunker. The new Turkish regulations mean that 0.1% sulfur content gas oil must be used by vessels calling at Turkish ports between the end of the sea passage and the commencement of the sea passage including in port anchorage areas. The  regulation will not be applicable for vessels transiting through the Turkish Straits, such as the Bosporus or Dardanelles, even if they drop anchor providing the vessel maintains transit status.

Port Terminal Completes 718-Ton Project Cargo Lift

Fracht USA/Germany supervisors were on hand to assist in the transload of the 718-ton, 164-foot-long absorption tower onto Roll-Lift's self-propelled modular transporters at the Port of New Orleans' Louisiana Avenue Terminal operated by Coastal Cargo Company LLC. (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

718-ton absorption tower discharged at Louisiana Ave. Fracht USA/Germany, a global freight forwarder, completed one of the heaviest project cargo lifts in the Port of New Orleans’ history January 12, discharging a 718-ton, 164-foot-long absorption tower from ship-to-barge. The SAL Amoenitas arrived at the port’s Louisiana Avenue Terminal January 10 after a 45-day trip from Shanghai, China. The lift was completed January 12 by SAL Heavy Lift, Fracht, Roll-Lift, McDonough Marine and the terminal’s stevedore - Coastal Cargo Company LLC.

GACtrack Upgrade for Ship Agency Customers

GAC announced a new add-on to its GACtrack, aiming to give more job transparency and greater job control to ship agency customers. As well as being able to view job information from multiple offices on one screen, customers can check costs and export service information; view (and query if necessary) vessel line-up information; see updates on job status, including estimated timings of arrivals, departures and services to be provided and advise changes to services where required. Details can be viewed by clicking the ‘Jobs’ screen, which contains information about the supplier, the person who requested the service and a remarks section. Services provided are listed with estimated and actual costs, in real time, ensuring no surprises when the final bill arrives.

MARAD Grant Small Shipbuilders Funding Support

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announce US$9.46-million to help improve 12 shipyards in 10 states. The grants, provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, foster efficiency and modernizations that allow shipyards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace. Acting Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen made the announcement at Jeffboat, LLC, one of the grant recipients, located in Jeffersonville, Indiana. “Improvements at our shipyards mean more ships can be built right here in the United States, which means more jobs for hard-working Americans,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Canada Maritime Introduces New Vessels

catalyst for a significant redeployment of tonnage in Canada Maritime's three different weekly services in the North America-Europe trade lane via the Montreal Gateway. Le Havre. Canada Maritime operates these vessels in the St. partnerships. route. September. transAtlantic. Route 2, displacing those vessels to Route 3. (ex-OOCL Canada), Cast Prominence (ex-Canmar Courage). and Cast Power will be deployed elsewhere within CP Ships services. Ships with overall responsibility for Canada Maritime. the industry as a whole. and make them available for Route 2 and Route 3. through Montreal. industrial heart of Canada and USA. the Northern Service," continued Mr Burrows.

New & Notables

3.MAJ Brodogradiliste of Rijeka, Croatia has delivered Chaleur Bay - the second of its four-part oil/products carrier series. The Liberian-registered vessel group, which was ordered by Inter Shipping is formatted for transportation of crude oil and oil products, with cargo space divided by one corrugated longitudinal bulkhead. Double sides protect the cargo space, and in addition to conventional double bottom within cargo space, double sides were applied in fuel oil tanks, in compliance with strict international environmental requirements. Kvichak Marine, Seattle, Wash. delivered the 54 ft. (16.4 m) all-aluminum catamaran M/V Thresher to California Fish & Game.

ISS Roll-out of its Cargo and Agency Platform, YourISS2

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Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime and logistics service provider, is driving a global roll-out of its new cargo and agency platform, YourISS2. Designed to increase efficiencies, standardise processes and documents and enhance service delivery, the innovative platform also gives ISS customers the transparency and data they need for instant, informed business decisions, cost savings, performance and trade analysis. With Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, Bahrain…

Record Volume for Viking Line in 2017

Photo: Viking Line

The total number of passengers who travelled with Viking Line in 2017 was 6,881,149 (6,502,191) or nearly 6 per cent more than in 2016. That figure is the highest in Viking Line’s history. The number of cargo units was 127,668 (131,918) while the number of passenger cars was 762,253 (682,194). The Group also set an all-time record for passenger cars. The greatest increase in passenger volumes was on the Helsinki–Tallinn route, where capacity was enhanced from April to October. The volume on that route increased 15.7 per cent to 2,341,440.

First Containership Receives LR Cyber Notation

COSCO Aries (Photo: COSCO Shipping)

The newly built containership MV COSCO Shipping Aries, recently delivered to COSCO Shipping Lines, is the first ever containership to receive Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive note “Cyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM” for its energy management system. The 20,000 TEU ship was built by Nantong COSCOS KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd (NACKS). “MV COSCO Shipping Aries is the first 20K TEU level ultra large containership built in Chinese shipyard owned by COSCO Shipping Container Lines.

Latest Commercial Shipbuilding Contracts

There has been a significant volume of shipbuilding business reported in the week according to Clarkson Hellas. The dry bulk fleet has seen a number of new additions this week. It was reported that SWS signed an additional order with Clients of Thenamaris for 1+1 180,000 DWT Capesize vessels, with the firm vessel lined up for delivery in 2015. Clients of Nordic Bulk Carriers placed an order for two firm 75,000 DWT Ice Class 1A bulk carriers at Oshima for delivery in 2015. Although pricing was not officially revealed, it is believed the contracts will be priced just over USD 30 Mill and include options for additional sister vessels. Oshima Shipbuilding are additionally reported to have signed a single 38,000 DWT bulk carrier for Clients of Ultrabulk with delivery in 2014.

Norsafe Enters the Cruise and Passenger Ferry Market

Photo: Norsafe

Lifeboat manufacturer Norsafe has developed a new partially enclosed lifeboat (PELB) for passenger vessels: the SOLAS compliant Minima 88, a compact 8.8m long boat with a width of 4.25m for 150 persons. Norsafe said it has received an order from Chinese shipbuilder Xiamen Shipyard to provide six of its new Minima-88 lifeboats with compatible LHD-200 davits for Finland based operator Viking Line. The ferry newbuild is due to enter service in 2021 on routes across the Baltic Sea between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

Foss Ships Utility Trucks to Puerto Rico

Photo: Foss Maritime Company

At the Port of Virginia in Norfolk and the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana, Foss Maritime is loading hundreds of utility trucks onto barges bound for Puerto Rico this week. It’s all part of the on-going effort to restore power to nearly half of the population who are without electricity. Last Friday, Ricardo Rosselló, governor of Puerto Rico, announced that 1.5 million Puerto Ricans are still without power 100 days after Hurricane Maria hit Sept. 20. As part of the on-going power restoration effort, Foss is working with a coalition of 19 U.S.

Four Carnival Brands to Debut New Ships in 2018

Nieuw Statendam, a new cruise ship under construction for Holland America Line brand at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Venice. (Photo: Fincantieri)

Carnival Corporation & plc will roll out four new ships in 2018 across four of its 10 global brands, as the company will add 18 new cruise liners to its fleet between 2018 and 2022. The new vessels to set sail in 2018 will be for Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Seabourn and AIDA Cruises, and follow three new ships debuted by Carnival Corporation in 2017. “Our fleet enhancement program enables us to manage the overall fleet by aligning new ship deliveries with our strategy for measured capacity growth over time…

Imabari to Acquire Minaminippon Shipbuilding

Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. has reached an initial agreement to acquire compatriot Japanese shipbuilder Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The takeover, which remains subject to further discussions before the deal is concluded, would take effect April 1, 2018. Minaminippon’s present shareholders include Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (25 percent) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (24 percent).

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