World’s Biggest Sailing Cargo Ship...

World’s Biggest Sailing Cargo Ship Planned The QUADRIGA | Project Trailer 2017 from Sailing-Cargo on Vimeo. The Quadriga sustainable...

posted on: Aug 19, 2017

IBIA supports continued efforts towards...

IBIA supports continued efforts towards MFM integrity in Focus, Fuels 17 August 2017 Credit: Gard Club The International Bunker...

posted on: Aug 19, 2017

Global Shipping Industry Bouncing Back...

Global Shipping Industry Bouncing Back From ‘Lehman Moment’ August 16, 2017 by Bloomberg The world’s largest containership, OOCL Hong...

posted on: Aug 19, 2017

WATCH: AIS Animation Shows CSCL...

WATCH: AIS Animation Shows CSCL Jupiter Grounding and Salvage August 15, 2017 by Mike Schuler Check out this animation from Genscape Vesseltracker showing...

posted on: Aug 18, 2017

New Jones Act Tankers Are Great for Traders, Lousy for Owners...

posted on: Aug 18, 2017

New Jones Act Tankers Are Great for Traders, Lousy for Owners August 17, 2017 by Bloomberg Delivered in December 2016, American Endurance was the first of four Jones Act-qualifying product tankers for American Petroleum Tankers, part of Kinder Morgan. Credit: Philly Shipyard By Laura Blewitt (Bloomberg) — Once rare American-built oil tankers are now plentiful, changing U.S. gasoline flows and giving shipowners headaches. These brand-new tankers have names like American Endurance, American Freedom, American Liberty and American Pride painted on their sterns. They’re part of a growing fleet of so-called Jones Act ships, named for a law almost a century old that mandates any commodities moved from one U.S. port to another are hauled by vessels manufactured in an American shipyard. Government data show that in May, U.S.-made tankers had their best month ever transporting gasoline components from the Gulf Coast’s refinery row to Florida and other East Coast ports. The flood...

U.S. Navy, Citing Poor Seamanship, Removes Commanders of USS Fitzgerald Over Deadly Collision...

posted on: Aug 18, 2017

U.S. Navy, Citing Poor Seamanship, Removes Commanders of USS Fitzgerald Over Deadly Collision August 18, 2017 by Reuters The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) sits in Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka to continue repairs and assess damage sustained from its June 17 collision with a merchant vessel, July 11, 2017. U.S. Navy Photo The commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) were relieved of their duties by Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, Commander, Seventh Fleet, on Friday.  By Idrees Ali and Tim Kelly WASHINGTON/TOKYO, Aug 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy has removed the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on a U.S. warship that almost sank off the coast of Japan in June after it was struck by a Philippine container ship, the Navy said on Friday. Multiple investigations have yet to apportion blame for...

মোংলা বন্দর – ব্যবহারযোগ্য করতে যা করতে হবে

মোংলা বন্দর – ব্যবহারযোগ্য করতে যা করতে হবে...

posted on: Aug 17, 2017

যেকোনো দেশে এবং বিশেষ করে আমাদের মতো উন্নয়নশীল দেশে সমুদ্রবন্দরের প্রয়োজনীয়তা অনস্বীকার্য। বর্তমানে দেশের তিনটি চলমান বন্দর—চট্টগ্রাম, মোংলা ও পায়রা বন্দরের ভেতরে চট্টগ্রাম বন্দরের বর্তমান ব্যবহার বলতে গেলে সর্বোচ্চ মাত্রার কাছাকাছি পৌঁছেছে। পায়রা বন্দরের কমবেশি ৮০ কিলোমিটার চ্যানেল, কম হলেও ৩-৪ মিটার পর্যন্ত ড্রেজিং করে নাব্যতা ফিরিয়ে খুব শিগগির সমুদ্রগামী জাহাজ চলাচলের উপযোগী করা সহজ কাজ হবে বলে মনে হয় না। এ অবস্থায় মোংলা বন্দর চ্যানেলের বঙ্গোপসাগরে অবস্থিত, ‘বার’টি ড্রেজিং করে নাব্যতা ফিরিয়ে আনাসহ পশুর নদের ভাটিতে যেসব স্থানে পর্যাপ্ত পানির গভীরতা আছে, সেসব স্থানে জাহাজ নোঙর করানোর ব্যবস্থা করে দিলে মোংলা বন্দরকে একটি সময়োপযোগী ব্যবহারযোগ্য বন্দরে রূপান্তরিত করা সম্ভব হবে বলে আমি মনে করি।   Read the full article here … The article appeared in Prothom Alo...

Fertilizer Fire Leaves Bulker Adrift

posted on: Aug 17, 2017

Fertilizer Fire Leaves Bulker Adrift The Cheshire in an undated file image (Bibby Line) Over the weekend, a chemical fire broke out in one cargo hold of the bulker Cheshire at a position off the Canary Islands. The Cheshire is loaded with ammonium nitrate-based fertilizer, and her operator said that temperatures in the hold rose enough to damage the hatch cover. On Monday, winds on scene were too light to carry the fumes from the fire away from the wheelhouse, according to the Cheshire’s operator. As this created a hazardous situation for the vessel’s 24 crewmembers, the Spanish coast guard evacuated them by helicopter and brought them safely to shore. All are reported to be in good health. Ammonium nitrate is used as a fertilizer, and in a mixture with fuel oil it forms a common industrial explosive. In large, contained quantities, it may also act as an explosive on its own; the...

NOx reduction technology breaks new ground

posted on: Aug 14, 2017

NOx reduction technology breaks new ground Wed 09 Aug 2017 by Paul Fanning Both vessels will feature the Wärtsilä NOx Reducer The latest NOx abatement technology from Wärtsilä will feature on two new Chinese vessels. The two research vessels are being built for the China Ocean Mineral Resources R&D Association and will be the first of their type to feature the Wärtsilä NOx Reducer (NOR). Cleaning the engines’ exhausts with this technology will enable them to comply with the IMO’s nitrogen oxides emissions rules and to be engine international air pollution prevention (EIAPP) certified. “Our proven NOR system ensures Tier III compliance. We have a strong track record in providing reliable and efficient integrated solutions for research vessels,” said Wärtsilä’s area sales director, marine solutions, Peter Hansten. Each vessel will be powered by two 4-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 engines and two Wärtsilä 26 engines, one with a 9-cylinder and one...

Disruption is Coming to the Shipping Industry

posted on: Aug 14, 2017

Disruption is Coming to the Shipping Industry Image courtesy Transas By Frank Coles 2017-08-13 18:58:34 As I sit at my desk, I find myself shaking my head asking myself why so many in maritime do not “get it.” I can only conclude that while people happily read about impending transformation of our industry, they do so in the misguided belief it will only affect others – and that they somehow remain insulated. This year’s Nor-Shipping was abuzz with an assortment of technological jargon and concepts, many promising operational savings that verge on the magical. Veteran observers and members of the industry, of course, were rightfully skeptical of such snake-oil claims. But it’s no wonder people are confused. On top of the technical innovations aimed at boosting operational and navigational efficiency there are environmental solutions being pushed on to shipowners to satisfy the whims of the industry’s regulators. Then there are...

We Can Fix Climate Change If We First Fix Congress...

posted on: Aug 14, 2017

We Can Fix Climate Change If We First Fix Congress Widespread coastal flooding would be expected if several degrees of warming is sustained for millennia. Map of the Earth with a six-meter sea level rise represented in red. By D.C. Anderson 2017-08-11 The world’s merchant fleet is the sixth largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, behind China, America, India, Russia and Japan. This is a problem since climate change will be a major threat to the continuation of our economy. We must find a way to do more to reduce the amount of carbon taken out of the earth and put back into the atmosphere. This article – and the two video links below – will explain two new and innovative techniques to accomplish this. The first idea is a new way to help reduce carbon emissions by first removing the influence money has on the U.S....

Mr. Shamsuzzaman (1E) passed away

posted on: Aug 13, 2017

Mr. Shamsuzzaman (1E), Chief Engineer passed away today (August 12, 2017) at 2.38 PM (innailaihe wainnailahe rajeun). He was hospitalized in the United Hospital. We pray for the departed soul and to give his family courage and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. He was a very kindhearted, loving and jovial person. We all shall miss him very dearly. He was a non-exclusive Surveyor to GL in Bangladesh. Mr. Shamsuzzaman was buried this afternoon (August 13, 2017) in his family graveyard in Brahmanbaria. His Namaj e Janaza was held there prior to the burial. A milad  will be held probably day after tomorrow at his house in...

NOAA Issues Cyclone Season Warning

posted on: Aug 10, 2017

NOAA Issues Cyclone Season Warning Hurricane Franklin On August 9, NOAA issued an update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook, predicting an above-normal season. The season has the potential to be extremely active and could be the most active since 2010, says NOAA. An average Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. In the first nine weeks of this season, there have been six named storms which is double the number of storms that would typically form by early August. Forecasters now say there is a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season (compared to the May prediction of 45 percent chance), with 14-19 named storms (increased from the May predicted range of 11-17) and two to five major hurricanes (increased from the May predicted range of two to four). A prediction...

Asian Marine Engineering conference 7-8 November 2017, Singapore...

posted on: Aug 10, 2017

Asian Marine Engineering conference 7-8 November 2017, Singapore Specifically tailored to the needs of shipowners Focused on the latest developments across all engine power ranges and related marine engineering technology The must-attend event for Fleet Managers, Superintendents, Chief Engineers and Technical Directors Details of the 2017 Asian Marine Engineering conference will be announced shortly. If you would like to be notified when the programme is completed, click here. The Asian Marine Engineering Conference: Focuses on owner/operator concerns Provides an insight into global market drivers, operating and capital expenditure. How much money is available for newbuilds and investment in maintenance and retrofits Highlights different vessel types, two-stroke and four-stroke engines and the latest innovations in propulsion and other marine engineering technology Is the must-attend event for fleet managers, superintendents, chief engineers and technical directors Includes operator forums that involve senior technical managers from companies owning or operating a range of...

In crude? Prepare for a tougher six months

posted on: Aug 10, 2017

In crude? Prepare for a tougher six months Mon 31 Jul 2017 by Barry Luthwaite OPEC production cuts that were due to last six months are now likely to extend them to the end of 2017 The first six months of the year saw an influx of new tonnage into the market. The consequences are now likely to be felt in the second half Some observers are asking whether the crude oil bubble has finally burst after nearly three years of trading in a global bull market. It is fair to say that a distinct weakening is occurring. Most owners are accepting lower trading rates for spot and time-charter business, so it is accepted across the board that volatility is here to stay. Some remain ever optimistic, but a mini rush of vessels (mainly fixed on charter deals of one to three months) put forward for storage in the...

Australia Bans Bulk Carrier Over Unpaid Wages

posted on: Aug 8, 2017

Australia Bans Bulk Carrier Over Unpaid Wages The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Bahamas-flagged bulk carrier MV Rena from Australian ports for six months after the ship repeatedly failed to pay outstanding wages and maintain a safe workplace for its crew. AMSA received a complaint from the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) on June 30 alleging the crew had not been paid their wages for several months. AMSA conducted a port state control inspection when the ship arrived at Hay Point in Queensland on 6 July, issuing a number of serious deficiencies including;  Failure of the emergency generator to start;  Failure of the life boat starting arrangements;  Short comings in the safety management system (ISM); and  Failure to pay crew the cash component of their wages which totalled about $53,000. The emergency generator, lifeboat and safety management system deficiencies presented a clear...

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