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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Vessel Plans News

Topaz, Two New Vessels

Dubai-based Topaz Energy and Marine's Azerbaijan subsidiary, BUE Caspian, has added two new vessels to its offshore vessel fleet at a cost of more than $60m. The two new craft are a platform supply vessel and an emergency response and rescue vessel. Topaz, with a fleet of over 70 vessels, plans to invest $100m in the next two years in new craft as its oil and gas business expands. source: AME Info.

New Zealand's New Navy Vessel Ready for SeaTrials

The first vessel in the New Zealand government's $500 million navy upgrade has come off its slipway in a Dutch shipbuilding yard. It will be used to carry troops and cargo, allowing them to be disembarked at sea. It has been built as part of Project Protector, with seven vessels planned. Officials say that it will be followed by sea trials, with the vessel due in New Zealand by the end of the year. source: Radio New Zealand

Implementation of Panama Canal ADCS

The Panama Canal Authority issued an Advisory providing further details regarding the upcoming implementation of the Automated Data Collection System (ADCS) for ships transiting the Canal. Commercial vessels planning to transit the Canal must register with the ADCS Administrator. Commencing May 17, all forms must be submitted via EDCS, except for reports on containerized cargo and the passenger and crew lists for cruise ships. Commencing July 1, the two limited exceptions noted above will no longer apply. Advisory 15-2004 (HK Law).

Implementation of Panama Canal ADCS

The Panama Canal Authority issued an Advisory providing further details regarding the upcoming implementation of the Automated Data Collection System (ADCS) for ships transiting the Canal. Commercial vessels planning to transit the Canal must register with the ADCS Administrator. Commencing May 17, all forms must be submitted via EDCS, except for reports on containerized cargo and the passenger and crew lists for cruise ships. Commencing July 1, the two limited exceptions noted above will no longer apply. Advisory 15-2004 (HK Law).

Tidewater to Invest in Aging Fleet

New Orleans-based Tidewater Inc., operator of the world’s largest fleet of offshore supply vessels, plans to invest between $300m and $500m annually through 2011 to renew its vessels. Tidewater CEO and Chairman Dean Taylor made the announcement, saying the investment would position the company to take advantage of growing opportunities in international markets. The company recently accepted 16 new vessels and plans to receive another 50 by 2011. About 75 percent of the company’s fleet – 321 vessels – were built prior to 2000 and have an average age of 25 years. In addition to building new vessels, Tidewater also is considering purchasing vessels from other companies or acquiring competitors to replenish its fleet.

Viking Line Inks Shipbuilding Deal with Xiamen

Image: Viking Line

Finland based Viking Line said it has signed a conditional contract with Chinese shipyard Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co. for the construction of a new passenger cruise ship for delivery in 2020. A final agreement is subject to the approval of the board of directors of both parties, as well as financial arrangements entered. The total contract amount is about €194 million and includes an option on another vessel. The new 218-meter-long vessel with a gross registered tonnage of 63,000 metric tons would enter service on the Turku, Finland – Åland Islands–Stockholm, Sweden route.

P&O Maritime Services Installs Marine Project Manager Software

Photo credit P&O Maritime Services

U.K. based Marine Software Ltd delivers Marine Project Manager (MPJ) software to P&O's cable installation ship 'European Supporter'. The MPJ vessel version will enable refit planning specifications to be compiled on board, which is then uploaded to the controlling Superintendent version for inclusion into the main refit specification. Marine Project Manager for Windows has been specifically designed to assist Superintendents and others engaged in ship repair with the monitoring and control of costs.

WSDOT Announces Realignment

The Washington State Department of Transportation announced a realignment of two key programs – Vessel Engineering and Vessel Maintenance. This step is part of Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond’s commitment to improve the organizational structure and performance of the ferry system. The two programs have become one under the direction of Paul Brodeur, the new Ferries Division Director of Vessel Maintenance, Preservation and Engineering. Paul previously served as the Ferries Division Director of Maintenance and Preservation. The realignment will create greater efficiencies in how the Ferries Division maintains the fleet and builds the six new vessels planned for the system.

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Delivers 10th Product Tanker

Photo courtesy Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS), a U.S. commercial shipyard, delivered to American Shipping Company (Oslo: AMSC) its tenth Veteran Class MT-46 product tanker. The 46,000 dwt vessel, named the Overseas Anacortes, will leave the shipyard in the coming days under the operation of OSG America to transport petroleum products for Tesoro. This vessel is the fourth vessel planned to be utilized by Tesoro. The ship will leave Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and join its sister ships in transporting petroleum products on the West Coast.

Tall Ship Christian Radich Returns For Dry Docking

Tall Ship Christian Radich

A&P Tees, part of the A&P Group once again welcome the Christian Radich for dry docking. The three masted, 72 x 10m vessel plans to stay for 30 days. The Scope of Work includes cleaning and painting, removal of bow spirit for repairs, tank steel repairs/renewals including riveting, replacement of water tank, conversion of forepeak tank to black water tank, renewal of funnel exhaust pipes and replacement galley flooring. Having also worked on the ‘Tall Ship’ in 2011, it certainly is a change of vessel type to be working on at the Tees site from generally dealing with dredgers…

Panama Canal Implements New Vessel Tracking System

Beginning April 1, 2004, and to be fully implemented on July 1, 2004, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will begin using a new system to send and receive data to and from vessels planning to transit the Canal. Called the Automated Data Collection System (ADCS), the new system will eliminate the current process of data collection via paper, substituting it with an electronic exchange of information between the ACP and its customers. Vessels transiting the Canal will be required to report all necessary data 96 hours before arrival. To comply with the new security requirements included in the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS), the ADCS will improve and facilitate the process of data submission needed for risk assessments and transit operations.

USCG to Release Response Plan Information on Internet

The USCG will proceed with its plan to make general information on tank vessel response plans available to the public via the Internet. However, the agency has clarified the information released will not include technical or operational details such as vessel plans and diagrams, phone numbers or addresses of qualified individuals, specific information on vessel cargoes or routes, or contractual details of a vessel owner's arrangements with oil spill removal organizations. Because information contained in vessel response plans is covered by the Freedom of Information Act, the USCG is required to make it available to the public, unless it is covered by one of the Act's listed exemptions.

Mammoth Bunker Vessel Planned

The Verenigde Tankrederij (VT) from Rotterdam will order the largest bunker vessel so far. With a size of 8,000 tons (135 m long) it is twice the size of the present largest bunker vessel. The company said that it responds to the ongoing up scaling of the shipping industry. Since it expects traffic in Rotterdam to grow further it is very likely VT will order a second vessel of the same size. At present a total of some 8.5 million tons of bunker oil is delivered to ships in the port area.

Latest Ocean-going Shipbuilding Orders

Bow Image CCL

A relatively quiet week in the shipbuilding sector according to the latest report Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin. Henghou Industries have contracted two further vessels in a series of 250,000 dwt ore carriers at Guangzhou Longxue. Pricing remains undisclosed, however delivery of these latest vessels is planned for 2016 and takes the total series to four firm. Knightsbridge Tankers are reported to have placed an order for two firm 180,000 dwt Capesize at Daehan Shipbuilding, with delivery of both vessels planned for 2015.

USCG Preps for July 1 Security Deadline

The U.S. and vessels around the world. A new international code and U.S. industry from terrorist attacks. cargo, and vehicles. Under the U.S. must implement the new security measures by July 1. * Security plans received from 99 percent of required U.S. * Area Maritime Security Committees established in all U.S. visit to a U.S. U.S. * Tracking vessels coming from non-compliant ports. international code.

Commercial Icebreaking on Lake Erie

The U.S. Coast Guard is warning residents of southern Lake Erie islands that commercial icebreaking operations are scheduled to take place Monday, and possibly Tuesday, between South Bass and Catawba islands. Operations are scheduled to begin Monday at about 1 a.m. when the tug Ohio departs Cleveland and transits to South Bass Island between Kellys and Middle islands. At about 10 a.m., the Ohio will then depart South Bass Island from Put-in-Bay, Ohio, and will be followed by the tug Bessie J, which will be towing one barge. All vessels will travel around the eastern part of South Bass Island toward the Miller’s Ferry Dock on Catawba Island and will utilize the Miller's Ferry route. The vessels plan to remain in Catawba Island for about two hours during loading operations.

Norwegian Ferry Company Upgrades

Star Information Systems (SIS) has been awarded a 14-vessel, planned maintenance system software upgrade with one of Norway’s coastal ferry operators, Helgelandske AS. Founded in 1867, Helgelandske AS operates a fleet of 16 vessels - 4 fast ferries and 12 passenger ferries. The company is keen on maintaining its high quality operation and confirms that vessels using old RAST systems will now be retrofitted with modern fleet software. “SIS suites of software have been developed in close cooperation with quality conscious shipowners and are designed for ease of integration with most standard IT systems. They are also designed for rapid customization to meet Helgelandske’s requirements and further secure high organizational and safe fleet performance…

Jeppesen Update VVOS & FleetManager Software

Jeppesen logo

Jeppesen has launched updated versions of its Voyage and Vessel Optimization Solution (VVOS) and FleetManager software. The functionalities added to Jeppesen’s VVOS Version 2.3 and Jeppesen FleetManager Version 1.4 are a direct result, say the company, of listening closely to and working hand-in-hand with its customers. Jeppesen has enhanced its VVOS Version 2.3 voyage optimization product by incorporating Emission Control Area (ECA) boundaries, and adding restricted RPM zones.

Ship Detained for Inadequate Voyage Planning

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal last week affirmed the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) detention of a Liberian flagged vessel SCF Yenisei, in Queensland in October 2013. The manager of the vessel sought to have the detention of the vessel downgraded at the tribunal, alleging the deficiency identified by an AMSA port marine surveyor was not serious enough to warrant detention. AMSA Ship Safety Division General Manager Allan Schwartz said the tribunal decision had affirmed AMSA’s decision to detain the vessel, which had sailed to Mackay via Hydrographers Passage from Kawasaki without the appropriate navigational charts.

Eastern Shipbuilding Deliver OSV, Launch Another

HOS Renaissance launch: Image courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced delivery of M/V HOS Red Dawn and the launch and christening of M/V HOS Renaissance, both vesssels for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. Attending from Hornbeck was William “Bill” Krewsky, Director of Engineering and Project Management. He spoke about the long term commitment and partnership of both companies, the quality of workmanship, noting that “HOS Red Dawn has been delivered, several days early and on budget”. In addition, ten senior…

PVA Urges No Change in Jones Act Policy

The Passenger Vessel Association defended the integrity of the Jones Act this week by submitting official comments in a Coast Guard administrative proceeding. The Jones Act requires that to serve domestic coastwise trades, a vessel must be U.S.-flagged, U.S.-built, U.S.-crewed, and U.S. owned. if a coastwise-qualified vessel is transferred to a person or corporation not considered to be a legal U.S. citizen, that vessel automatically loses its coastwise privileges. The USCG asked if a non-qualifying corporation reorganizes itself as a U.S. privileges should be restored. PVA urged against such a change in policy because it is unlikely…

Pasha Hawaii Taps Keppel Fels to Build LNG-Fueled Boxships

A rendering of one of Pasha's planned LNG fueled containerships. (CREDIT: Pasha)

Delivery of First Vessel Planned for Early 2020. Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii today announced that the company has selected Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, TX, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for the construction of two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels. Pasha Hawaii is in the process of finalizing contract specifications. The new U.S. Jones Act vessels will carry 2,525 TEUs, including a fully laden capacity of 500 45-foot containers…

Jeppesen Updates VVOS Software

Photo: Jeppesen

Jeppesen has launched updated versions of its Voyage and Vessel Optimization Solution (VVOS) and FleetManager software, providing shipping industry customers with the tools and technologies to thrive in a business environment as changing as the sea. The functionalities added to Jeppesen’s VVOS Version 2.3 and Jeppesen FleetManager Version 1.4 are a direct result of listening closely to and working hand-in-hand with its customers. Based on this important user input, Jeppesen has enhanced its VVOS Version 2.3 voyage optimization product by incorporating Emission Control Area (ECA) boundaries…

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