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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Maersk to Trial AI-powered Situational Awareness Technology

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Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk will be the first in the world to trial artificial intelligence (AI) powered perception and situational awareness technology on a containership.Under a deal signed with Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, Maersk will install computer vision, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and perception software aboard one of its new-build Winter Palace ice-class containerships.Sea Machines said its solution uses AI to improve at-sea situational awareness…

MAN Powers World’s First LNG-fueled Bulk Carrier

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The world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled bulk carrier, the 50,000 dwt newbuild Ilshin Green Iris, is powered by state-of-the-art technology from MAN Diesel & Turbo. The groundbreaking vessel, delivered in February 2018 for owner Ilshin Logistics, was constructed by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) as part of a project announced in July 2016 to develop the first in a new generation of environmentally-friendly LNG-fueled bulk carriers. A single MAN B&W 6G50ME-GI two-stroke engine powers the 191-meter bulk carrier…

Singapore Awards Another $1.1 Bln for Mega-port Project

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Ballast Water Equipment Manufacturers’ Association Formed

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Manufacturers and stakeholders in the ballast water treatment equipment market have codified a unified manufacturers’ association.The Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) met on April 19, 2018 for their first Annual Meeting and elected the inaugural Board of Directors.According to the group, the need for this association arose from the growing demand for well-founded information on the practicability of ballast water treatment technologies, as well as on the…

USCG Cutter Richard Snyder Commissioned

Coast Guard Lt. Andrew Norberg, commanding officer of Cutter Richard Snyder, stands before the cutter after its commissioning ceremony in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, April 20, 2018.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn Released)

The Coast Guard commissioned North Carolina's first Fast Response Cutter, the Richard Snyder, during a ceremony in Atlantic Beach. FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment that allow their crews to more effectively conduct the Coast Guard’s statutory missions. The cutter is named after Richard Snyder, a World War II hero known for his brave actions in battle defending troops coming to shore on the Island of Biak at the western edge of Papua New Guinea.

BMW Car Engine to Become a Marine Outboard

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BMW’s twin turbo, three-liter diesel engine may soon be taking to the water.A pilot study looking for ways to convert the popular car engine for marine use is being carried out by product development specialist Semcon in cooperation with engine manufacturer Cimco Marine.Together, the firms seek to modify and adapt BMW’s three-liter turbo diesel engine for professional marine use, producing the world’s first three-liter diesel outboard engine with an output in excess of 200 horsepower.As part of the project’s next phase…

Queen Elizabeth 2 Reopens as Floating Hotel in Dubai

Photo: QE2.com

The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) ocean liner has been given a new lease of life as a floating hotel in Dubai, 10 years after the Gulf Arab emirate bought it for $100 million.State-owned Dubai World bought the QE2 from Cunard Line in 2007, but the 2008 financial crisis delayed any plans for the 40-year-old vessel, one of the world's most famous ships.Now the QE2, permanently moored at Mina Rashid port, has been refurbished based on the original design, from its carpets to the theatre…

World's First Autonomous Shipping Company Formed

Geir Håøy, President and CEO of KONGSBERG (left) and Thomas Wilhelmsen, Wilhelmsen group CEO (right) (Photo: Kongsberg/Wilhelmsen)

The road toward autonomy has taken a major step with the announcement that Wilhelmsen and Kongsberg are collectively taking the next step in autonomous shipping by offering a complete value chain for autonomous ships, from design and development, to control systems, logistics services and vessel operations. The new venture is dubbed "Massterly". What is Massterly? The Massterly plan is to have land-based control centers monitor and operate autonomous ships globally, tapping Kongsberg's tech solutions and Wilhelmsen's logistics and ship management operations.

Shell, Inpex Race to Export Aussie LNG

Shell's Prelude FLNG (Credit: Trelleborg)

Shell aims to start exports from Prelude LNG this year; Inpex hopes to commence shipments from Ichthys LNG. Shell and Inpex are on the final stretch of a years-long race to export gas from offshore northern Australia, where both have spent billions of dollars building the world's biggest maritime vessels to grab a slice of Asia's booming LNG market. Anglo-Dutch energy major Royal Dutch Shell and Inpex, Japan's biggest oil and gas producer, are vying for first gas from two overlapping fields after delays and cost overruns that have plagued both projects.

European Shipowners Welcome EU Trade Agreements with Japan, Singapore

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

The European Commission presented trade agreements with Japan and Singapore to the Council to eventually be adopted. The European shipowners are very pleased that the first step towards the conclusion of these agreements has been taken. “With Japan and Singapore agreements Europe sends a strong message to the world in support of fair and regulated trade”, said European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) Secretary General Martin Dorsman. The agreement with Japan is the biggest bilateral trade partnership ever negotiated by the European Union.

GE to Trial World’s Largest Wind Turbine in UK

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U.S. conglomerate General Electric will test the world's largest wind turbine in a facility in northeast England, it said on Tuesday. GE Renewable Energy, the renewable arm of the U.S. firm, and the British government-funded Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult signed a five-year agreement to test GE's Haliade-X 12 megawatt (MW) turbine in Blyth, Northumberland. "This is an important agreement because it will enable us to prove Haliade-X in a faster way by putting it under controlled and extreme conditions," John Lavelle, president & CEO of GE's Offshore Wind business said in a statement.

China-bound US Sorghum Diverted to Saudi Arabia, Japan

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Four U.S. sorghum shipments initially bound for China have been diverted to other countries after Beijing's move last week to impose hefty anti-dumping deposits on imports of the grain from the United States, according to trade sources and Reuters shipping data.Three of the cargoes are now sailing for Saudi Arabia after being sold to a private buyer, a U.S. trader and a Middle East-based trading source with knowledge of the matter said Tuesday. A fourth ship is heading to Japan…

World's Largest Short Sea Ro-Ro Vessel Named in Dublin

MV Celine. Photo: Dublin Port Company

MV Celine, the world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro ship, will today be christened in a ceremony at Dublin Port with guest of honour, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, Godmother to the new ship, Geraldine O’Reilly, and the port’s chaplains. The formal ceremony is a long-held tradition intended to bring good fortune to the ship and involves breaking a champagne bottle against the hull as the ship is christened. To mark today’s occasion, new Irish music commissioned by Dublin Port and performed by John Sheahan of the Dubliners and Colm Mac Con Iomaire of the Frames will premiere at the ceremony…

USS Portland Commissioned

USS Portland (LPD 27) (Official U.S. Navy file photo)

The U.S. Navy commission its newest amphibious transport dock ship during a ceremony Saturday, April 21, at the Port of Portland, Marine Terminal 2 in Portland, Ore.Built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., USS Portland (LPD 27) is the 11th ship in the San Antonio class designed to support embarking, transporting, and landing elements of more than 800 Marines with both a flight deck, which accommodates CH-53E Sea Stallion, and MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, and a well deck…

Dellner Brakes Goes Global for IMX 2018

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Dellner Brakes will present a global product range at this year’s Inland Marine Expo (IMX) in St Louis, bringing together power transmission products from its U.S., Swedish and German operations for the very first time.This global product offering follows on from the Swedish company’s acquisition of U.S. brake and clutch specialist Gummi USA in September 2017 and German braking manufacturer Pintsch Bubenzer in January this year.Dellner Brakes CEO, Marcus Aberg, said, “We are delighted to be exhibiting alongside our new sister company Pintsch Bubenzer for the very first time at IMX.

Shipping Cyber Risk Management Solution Launched

A new integrated risk management solution launched for the global shipping community is said to be the first of its type, according to OSERV.OSERV, OSM Maritime Group’s specialized concept for supply chain management and value-added services, developed the solution together with cyber security specialist Pragma.Combining five crucial elements of cyber protection – technical, operational, IT backup, legal and media crisis management, the new SEAWALL Maritime Cyber Security solution aims to address the peril of cyber-attacks in today’s climate of the escalating incidents in the maritime industry.A 2017 ransomware attack involving Maersk…

$252m Finance for LNG-Powered Tankers

Gary Walsh is a partner in the firm’s Asset Finance Group. Photo WFW

Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised ING Bank (“ING”), as agent, security trustee and the syndicate of lenders on the US$252m financing of the world’s first ever LNG-powered aframax tankers for leading Russian shipowner Sovcomflot Group (“SCF”). The six 114,000dwt, ice-class vessels are being built by Hyundai Samho, with two of the vessels to operate under time charter to Shell for up to ten years. Shell will also provide LNG fuel for all six tankers across north-west Europe and the Baltic.

Hapag-Lloyd's First-Ever Call at Prince Rupert

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Hapag-Lloyd, the market leader in Canada, is expanding its local network. On April 21, the “YM Masculinity” called at a new destination, the Port of Prince Rupert, for the first time. The ship, which operates on the ‘PS8’ service of THE Alliance, was sailing from Asia to North America offering leading transit times and new options for customers. “With the decision to incorporate Prince Rupert into our network, we strengthen and further expand our position in Canada,” explained Uffe Ostergaard, President of Hapag-Lloyd America.

Hapag-Lloyd to Cut CO2 Emissions by 20 % by 2020

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd is publishing the company’s first sustainability report ever yesterday (April 22) as the world celebrates “Earth Day,” which says that the company had achieved 46 percent reduction between 2007 and 2016. Within the report, the shipping company is announcing for the first time the climate goal it has set for itself: By 2020, Hapag-Lloyd intends to achieve a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per TEU-kilometer (compared to 2016). Hapag-Lloyd has already succeeded in significantly lowering its CO2 emissions in the past.

Top Five Trends in Offshore Wind

A turbine at the Hywind Scotland floating wind farm offshore Scotland (Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen / Statoil)

As technologies mature and dramatic cost-cutting continues, the future is looking bright for offshore wind. Below are five trends to keep an eye on.Follow the LeaderOffshore wind’s established leader, Europe, will continue to show the way forward and build capacity. At the end of 2016, nearly 88 percent of the world’s offshore wind installations were located in European waters. In 2017, Europe saw a record 3,148 MW of net additional offshore wind capacity installed, with 560 new offshore wind turbines across 17 wind farms, according to WindEurope.

Robot Cleans World’s Largest Crane Vessel

Photo: Fleet Cleaner

This March, a robot called Fleet Cleaner was deployed to clean both floaters of Heerema’s semi-submersible crane vessel Thialf in the Port of Rotterdam.The Fleet Cleaner is equipped with a magnetic system that allows it to attach to vessels for cleaning above and below the waterline. The robot captures all removed fouling so that the water environment is not affected by the cleaning operation. Waste is collected, weighed and disposed of, and wastewater is filtered and clean water released.The Thialf hull cleaning was the vessel's first since it last went to dry dock six years ago.

Keppel to Deliver SE Asia's First LNG-powered Tug

File Image: Two previous KST Tug deliveries by Keppel. (CREDIT: Keppel)

Singapore-based Keppel Corp said on Wednesday its offshore rig-building unit is on track to deliver in May what the shipbuilder said will be the first tugboat in southeast Asia that can run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The vessel will be one of seven dual-fuel vessels the company is building, and will be able to run on LNG and diesel, a spokesman for Keppel said, without disclosing how much the ship cost to build. A second dual-fuel LNG tug is due to be delivered by June or July, he said.

Rotor Sail Installed Aboard Viking Grace

A Norsepower rotor sail was installed on board the passenger vessel Viking Grace (Photo: Norsepower)

Cruise ferry M/S Viking Grace has become the world’s first passenger ship equipped with a rotor sail to harness wind power for propulsion. The rotor sail, developed by Finnish engineering company Norsepower Oy Ltd., is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor: a vertical spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship. When wind meets the spinning rotor sail, the air flow accelerates on one side of the rotor and decelerates on the opposite side.

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