December 11, 2013
December issue MM#4(46) will be released on 21.12.2013. Brief on articles is available on the official web-site of the publication.
The National Maritime College of France Ecole Nationale Supérieure Maritime (ENSM) officially inaugurated its state-of the-art VTS Simulator delivered and installed by the Transas Marine.
New VTS Simulation Suite meets all relevant requirements stated by the IALA recommendation V-103 on Standards for Training and Certification of VTS Personnel.
Marintec China, Asia’s leading maritime exhibition, was held from 3-6 December 2013 in Shanghai, China.
For the first time the exhibition hosted a specialized seminar «The potential of Russia and the Asia-Pacific region in the shipbuilding industry for the offshore development» dedicated to interregional cooperation in shipbuilding for oil & gas offshore development.
In conclusion the organizer of the seminar RESTEC® Group presented a new project Offshore Marintec Russia - a conceptual follow-up of the most famous shelf development forum in Russia RAO/CIS Offshore and the international marine technology and shipbuilding trade show Marintec.
Polaris Shipping Co., Ltd., Korea Midland Power Co., Ltd., Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., and Siemens Energy Solutions Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding at COEX Intercontinental Hotel in Seoul on December 10, 2013 to develop MOBILE POWERSHIP, an integration of shipbuilding and power generating technology in which a highly efficient power generating facility will be installed onto a FSRU (Floating Storage Regasification Unit) for the very first time in the world.
It is expected that MOBILE POWERSHIP will commence its operation in December 2017 with total investment of U$ 940 Million.
Dec. 10, 2013 - Evergreen Group today held the naming ceremony for the EVER LOTUS, the fifteenth of the line's L-type vessels built by Samsung Heavy Industries.
The ceremony was officiated by Mr. Raymond Lin, Vice Group Chairman of Evergreen Group. Ms. Ku Lai, Mei-Hsueh, Executive Vice President of Evergreen International Corp's Financial Division, performed the official rope-cutting of the 8,452-TEU vessel, wishing the new ship fair winds and safe voyages.
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded a contract to supply twelve Kalmar E-One2 hybrid rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) to Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), in Mombasa, Kenya. The order, valued at approximately EUR 17 million, will see all the machines delivered during 2014.
December 10, 2013
Dec. 9, 2013 - The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has placed an order for 3 new building Kamsarmax dry bulk carriers with the Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group, China. The ships will be built at Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, China (Builder's Shipyard).
The contracted ships, of about 82,000 dwt each, will be built according to the new eco design features which will result in greater fuel efficiency and be in compliance with Energy Efficiency Design Index requirements. The 3 vessels are expected to join the Company’s fleet in 2Q and 3Q of CY16.
Dec. 9, 2013 - Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. has reached an agreement with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), Westfal-Larsen & Co A/S (WL) and Marinvest/Skagerack Invest to build six new ships, with an option for building an additional three, all to be delivered during 2016.
These 50,000 dead weight tonne vessels will be built with MAN ME-LGI flex fuel engines running on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil, or gas oil.
Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading provider of innovative products, solutions and services, is to supply its Wärtsilä X92 main engine for a series of four Post Panamax 9000 TEU container ships to be built for the Ciner Group, based in Istanbul, Turkey. There is an option for a fifth vessel. Each vessel will be powered by an 8-cylinder Wärtsilä X92 engine. The ships will be built at Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) shipyard’s facilities in Subic Bay, the Philippines.
The contract was signed at the offices of the Ciner Group in Turkey on December 9 by Vassilis Papakalodoukas, CEO of Ciner Shipping Industry & Trading Inc., and Martin Wernli, Managing Director of Wärtsilä Switzerland and Vice President, Wärtsilä Ship Power, 2-stroke.
Dec. 10, 2013 - OceanSaver has received a birthday present to remember. The Norwegian firm, an established leader in providing efficient and reliable ballast water treatment (BWT) systems for medium and large vessels, has just marked its tenth birthday with the news that 2013 will be its best ever year for sales.
Dec. 9, 2013 - BIMCO have announced plans to release a guidance series that will navigate shipowners through ballast water management implementation, in preparation for the impending ratification of the 2004 IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.
The guidance series will commence with the publication of a practical ‘Step-by-Step Guide to Ballast Water Management’ written in association with Fathom, the information specialists on maritime efficiency. This vital industry resource will provide holistic practical guidance that will cover all facets of ballast water management compliance, in addition to outlining the systems available to the market with specific regard to the treatment technology and their type approval status.
December 09, 2013
Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading solutions and services provider, has received the order to supply complete main propulsion systems for six new chemical tankers. The ships are being built at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group yard in China on behalf of Stolt Tankers B.V., the operator of one of the world’s largest chemical tanker fleets and a unit of Stolt-Nielsen Limited. There is an option for a further two vessels.
The Wärtsilä propulsion packages include Wärtsilä RT-flex50 2-stroke engines, controllable pitch propellers with a tunnel gearbox and shaft generator, and oily water separators. Deliveries of the equipment are scheduled to begin in summer 2014.
The innovative propeller nozzle manufacturing method with basically one single weld only, is now operational in the Chinese plant of Damen Marine Components (DMC) also. Consequently the technique with which DMC has revolutionized nozzle production, is up and running at both of its plants. Say hello to the metal spinning machine.
Dec. 9, 2013 - Northern Offshore, Ltd. today announced that the company has executed a letter of intent with CAMAC International Limited, an affiliate of CAMAC Energy Inc., for the drillship Energy Searcher. The letter of intent, which is subject to customary conditions, provides for a subsidiary of Northern Offshore to work towards executing a definitive drilling contract on or before December 31, 2013.
The letter of intent commits to an initial contract period of one year, with an option to extend the contact for an additional one-year term. Commencement of drilling activities on the Oyo Field offshore Nigeria is expected during the first half of 2014. The contract value for the first one-year term is approximately US$100 million, excluding mobilization fees.
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained an order from DP World for seven empty container handlers to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The order was placed in October 2013.
The new empty container handlers will be delivered by April 2014 for DP World's new Container Terminal 3, under construction in Jebel Ali. With its 1,860 metres of quayside and 70-hectare yard, the 4 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) capacity Terminal 3, due to open in 2014, will take the total capacity of Jebel Ali Port to 19 million TEU.
December 11, 2013
President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia's military on Dec. 10 to step up its presence in the Arctic after Canada signalled its intention to claim the North Pole and surrounding waters.
As climate change transforms our planet and the polar ice caps recede, new, previously inaccessible areas of the Arctic are opening up for business. Ironically, a notable amount of that business has to do with extracting and transporting the fossil fuels that drive climate change.
Shanghai: China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) was opened in Shanghai on Dec. 10.
Ten research institutions from China, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden signed an agreement to boost mutual cooperation in Arctic research.
The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is seeing a boost in business coming from the growing interest in shipping via the Northern Sea Route and the development LNG and offshore projects in the Arctic region.
Nations are moving to exploit the commercial potential of the region
Qatar-based Halul Offshore Services Company has approached L&T Shipbuilding for the construction of six offshore support vessels (OSVs) valued at $154m.
The orders are for four platform supply vessels (PSVs) and two anchor handling tug supply and standby vessels (AHTSSVs) with 150 tonnes bollard pull.
Raceland, LA-based Adriatic Marine LLC has entered into a contract with Master Boat Builders, Inc., of Mobile, AL, for the construction of six 220 ft -class DP-2 offshore supply vessels (OSVs). Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2014.
Delivery of the first vessel is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015, with deliveries of the five subsequent vessels following every four months thereafter.
December 09, 2013
Beijing: China’s Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Finance, NDRC and MIIT have jointly released a new ship scrapping policy in order to facilitate the transformation of the country’s shipping industry.
The policy will offer subsidies of RMB1,500 per gt to shipping companies that scrap vessels before their expiration dates and at the same time order new vessels. The total tonnage of the new order vessels shouldn’t be less than the total tonnage of scrapped vessels and all the vessels should be Chinese flagged.
Interlink Maritime has exercised its option, under the deal for 5+5 newbuilds signed earlier in September, to build five more 38,800 dwt bulk carriers at Taizhou Kouan Shipbuilding.
These 38,800 dwt ships will be based on the Green Dolphin design, created by the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI).
Delivery of the five vessels is scheduled for 2015 and 2016.
The Indonesian-Swedish Initiative for Sustainable Energy Solutions (INSISTS) will be working to assist the Indonesian government in developing its renewable energy policy, including reducing the damage to tropical forests caused by excessive development of oil palm plantations.
December 06, 2013
Leading shipping analyst Martin Stopford says that next year will be tougher for shipbuilders as new deliveries and capacity continue to outstrip orders. While this year has seen a pick-up in newbuilding orders it is far removed from the boom of a few years ago where yards could pick and choose what type of ships they wanted to build.
“In the crisis it’s much harder for the shipyards as they cannot chose their prodcuts so easily and they have to do much more estimating and negotiation to win orders,” Stopford, president of Clarksons Research Services, told the Senior Maritime Forum at Marintec China 2013 this week.
The types of vessels ordered have been varying substantially from year to year. In value terms in 2012 offshore accounted for 58% of the total orderbook, bulker carriers only 12% and containerships just 5%. By contrast so far 2013 while offshore has remained strong it has fallen to 32% of the new orders, bulker carriers have recovered to 19% and containerships leapt up to 19%.
Technology like this can offer the U.S. Navy's submarine force mission critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
The U.S. Navy has successfully fired a drone from a submarine underwater.
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) created and now demonstrated an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial system called XFC UAS, which stands for eXperimental Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial System.
Here's how it works: using the the Los Angeles class USS Providence (SSN 719) and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center-Newport Division (NUWC-NPT), NRL was able to fire XFC UAS from the submarine's torpedo tube using a Sea Robin launch vehicle system. This particular launch system is designed to fit within an empty Tomahawk launch canister (TLC).
The mysterious Chinese telecoms entrepreneur behind a long-shot proposal to build a canal across Nicaragua has waded into Ukraine’s political crisis, unveiling a $10bn project to build a deepwater port on the Crimean Peninsula.
Wang Jing, a little known Chinese investor who has a concession to build a waterway in Nicaragua to rival the Panama Canal, announced he was also spearheading a $3 billion project to build a deepwater port in Ukraine.
The ceremonial raising of the flag on Vidar, the powerful jack-up vessel, took place in CRIST Shipyard (Gdynia, Poland) on December 6, 2013.
CRIST delivered Vidar, its second heavy lift jack-up barge for Hochtief Solutions. The vessel was developed for the construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms.
Her spacious deck cargo (3400 sqm) and the powerful 1200-ton Liebherr crane make the ship perfectly suit for fast and reliable assembly of foundations and wind turbines in increasingly deeper waters.
Feb. 18-19, 2014 • Hong Kong
Feb. 26-27, 2014 • London, UK
March 19-21, 2014 • Singapore
March 19-21, 2014 • Beijing, China
March 25-27, 2014 • Doha, Qatar
April 9-11, 2014 • Nanjing, China
April 9-11, 2014 • Nanjing, China
April 22-25, 2014 • Moscow, Russia
May 13-15, 2014 • Constanta, Romania
May 20-22, 2014 • Moscow, Russia
June 2-6, 2014 • Athens, Greece
June 24-26, 2014 • Gdańsk, Poland
June 24-25, 2014 • Wroclaw, Poland
Sept. 9-12, 2014 • Hamburg, Germany
Oct. 1-3, 2014 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Oct. 7-10, 2014 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia