ITF expresses concerns on sabotage...

ITF expresses concerns on sabotage act in UAE territorial waters The International Transport Worker’s Federation (ITF) expressed its concerns...

ITF expresses concerns on sabotage act in UAE territorial waters
posted on: May 17, 2019

Reliability and Transparency in Vessel...

Credit: Shutterstock / Mohamad Ridzuan Bin Raml Reliability and Transparency in Vessel Performance Monitoring During the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference,...

Reliability and Transparency in Vessel Performance Monitoring
posted on: May 17, 2019

ISM Code: What to include...

ISM Code: What to include in Master’s SMS Review – SAFETY4SEA Credit: Shutterstock Master is the key person to...

ISM Code: What to include in Master’s SMS Review
posted on: May 16, 2019

Optimised engines make it more...

Optimised engines make it more complicated for operators today Mon 13 May 2019 by Edwin Lampert MAN Energy Solutions...

Optimised engines make it more complicated for operators today
posted on: May 16, 2019
Togolese navy arrests eight pirates after hijacking tanker

Togolese navy arrests eight pirates after hijacking tanker...

posted on: May 16, 2019

Togolese navy arrests eight pirates after hijacking tanker According to Ghana News Agency, eight pirates were arrested, when Togolese navy thwarted a maritime hijacking in progress in the Gulf of Guinea. The ones arrested were six Nigerians and two Togolese. Safety4Sea 16/05/19 On Sunday, May 12, eight armed pirates used a canoe to board on the Togolese-flagged product tanker Djetona 1, which was on anchorage off the port of Lome. The attackers hijacked the vessel and took her crew hostage. Later on, the vessel’s owners called the Togolese navy and reported that their tanker had been attacked. The navy quickly responded by dispatching its patrol boats to investigate. The tanker was intercepted 25 nm from the anchorage area and forced to return to Lome. According to the government of Togo, the crew that was onboard was safe and no injuries were reported. Although pirate attacks seem to occur less, hijackings and kidnappings continue to...

How to approach a fleet-wide BWMS retrofit program

How to approach a fleet-wide BWMS retrofit program...

posted on: May 16, 2019

How to approach a fleet-wide BWMS retrofit program Thu 09 May 2019 by Craig Jallal, tankers and markets editor STI Opera in the dry dock In early 2019, Scorpio Tankers chose Choice Ballast Solution to assist with completion of the first of 55 planned Ballast Water Management System retrofits, scheduled to take place over the next five years Product tankers STI Duchessa and STI Opera were fitted with the Ecochlor Ballast Water Management System (BWMS), which was selected for its proven reliability and durability. Choice Ballast Solutions (hereafter Choice), a highly experienced consulting, integration engineering and project management company, was selected to undertake the engineering for all 55 retrofits. Pre-Installation Planning Choice president John P. Dooley explained how the process came together. “In preparation for the Scorpio fleet of BWMS installations, Choice looked at the entire installation process for each vessel type and assigned technicians and design engineers. Considerations included...

Malta accedes to ship recycling convention

Malta accedes to ship recycling convention

posted on: May 16, 2019

Malta accedes to ship recycling convention in International Shipping News 16/05/2019 Malta is the latest country to accede to IMO’s treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling – the Hong Kong Convention. The Convention covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships. Under the treaty, ships to be sent for recycling are required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, specific to each ship. Ship recycling yards are required to provide a “Ship Recycling Plan”, specifying the manner in which each ship will be recycled, depending on its particulars and its inventory. H.E. Mr. Victor Camilleri, Permanent Representative of Malta to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London (14 May) to deposit the instrument of accession. Twelve contracting States party to the...

Ship Recycling Activity Grinds to a Near Halt

Ship Recycling Activity Grinds to a Near Halt

posted on: May 16, 2019

Ship Recycling Activity Grinds to a Near Halt in Hellenic Shipping News 16/05/2019 Perhaps rather ominously, the ship recycling activity has gradually slowed down to a near halt over the course of the past few days. This development couldn’t have come at a worst time, given that the freight markets could use a little jolt, through a tonnage supply reduction. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas commented that “several factors are currently against the marketplace at this current time resulting in a lull in activity. With the commencement of Ramadan, approaching monsoons, elections in India and the forthcoming budgets in Bangladesh and India, the busy scene witnessed over recent months seems in the distance and the slowdown in activity and inquiry from the recycling yards looks apparent. Interestingly, and despite weak freight rates in most sectors, there is a lack of tonnage availability and therefore, the...

Are tensions between US, Gulf allies and Iran coming to a head?

Are tensions between US, Gulf allies and Iran coming to a head?...

posted on: May 16, 2019

Analysts warn action needs to be taken over deepening tensions between the United States and Iran in the Gulf.by James Reinl15 May 2019 20:00 GMT ‘Sabotage’ attacks were carried out last week on oil-carrying vessels but many questions remain unanswered [Reuters] Iran-backed rebels attacking a Saudi oil pipeline with drones. A puzzling raid on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sabre-rattling between Washington and Tehran as US warships head to the region. Many details remain unclear about events in the Gulf over the past few days. But as facts emerge about apparent acts of sabotage, analysts on the oil-rich region warned that deepening tensions between the United States, its Gulf allies, and Iran could be coming to a head. “There are more questions than answers right now, but it’s not looking good,” Eckart Woertz, an expert on Gulf security and energy markets at the Barcelona Centre for...

Worker dies, 5 hurt in Sitakunda shipbreaking yard blast

Worker dies, 5 hurt in Sitakunda shipbreaking yard blast...

posted on: May 15, 2019

The Daily Star May 15, 2019 Worker dies, 5 hurt in Sitakunda shipbreaking yard blast Photo: Collected Star Online Report A worker was killed and five others were injured in a fire triggered by an explosion at a shipbreaking yard in Sitakunda upazila of Chattogram this morning.  Six workers were injured when a gas cylinder exploded at Mahinur Shipbreaking Yard in Baro Aulia area in Sitakunda around 8:00am, our Chattogram correspondent reports quoting Assistant Sub-Inspector Alauddin Talukder of Chattogram Medical College Hospital police outpost. The injured were rushed to CMCH but one of them, Rubel, succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital, the ASI said. The explosion occurred when the workers were dismantling an old ship, he...

Shipping Industry Expresses Concern Over Recent Trade Developments

Shipping Industry Expresses Concern Over Recent Trade Developments...

posted on: May 15, 2019

Shipping Industry Expresses Concern Over Recent Trade Developments | in International Shipping News 15/05/2019 A delegation from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has, at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, expressed concern over recent increases in protectionist measures. Presenting two position papers to the WTO, the shipping sector has “fully committed to the preservation and promotion of free trade policies and principles around the world.” This comes at a time when trade barriers are becoming more prevalent and represent a worrying trend for the delivery of sustainable economic growth. The papers highlight that there has been a seven fold increase in import-restrictive trade measures since 2017. This represents an additional USD 588.3 billion of additional costs to global trade. The importance of this representation has been given heightened relevance following the decision by the United...

Anti-piracy patrol targets Yemen fishermen

Anti-piracy patrol targets Yemen fishermen

posted on: May 15, 2019

Asia Times | Anti-piracy patrol targets Yemen fishermen | Article Not far from his boat, Hassan Brek demonstrates how Indian naval personnel whipped him, tied his hands with a piece of rope and threw him into the sea. Photo: Saeed Al Batati / Asia Times Crew members tell Asia Times of violent searches and seizures at hands of Bahrain-based global task force BySaeed Al-Batati, Qusayir, Yemen 15 May 2019 A global anti-piracy task force deployed in the Arabian Sea to protect shipping lanes has engaged in invasive and violent searches and seizures of small Yemeni fishing vessels with apparent impunity, fishermen told Asia Times. Multiple fishermen from Yemen’s southeastern province of Hadramout say international warships, most recently from the Indian navy, have targeted them in deep water and sometimes even in Yemen’s territorial waters. The perceived harassment has spread panic in fishing communities along the Yemeni coast, compelling many...

Four Tankers Sabotaged off Fujairah

Four Tankers Sabotaged off Fujairah

posted on: May 14, 2019

Four Tankers Sabotaged off Fujairah Port of Fujairah (file image) by MAREX 13 May 2019 Four tankers were sabotaged off the port of Fujairah over the weekend, according to officials in the UAE. The vessels include two Saudi tankers, identified by Reuters as the Amjad and the Al Marzoqah; the Thome Group-managed, Norwegian-flagged Andrea Victory; and a UAE-based bunker barge, the A Michel.  Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry said that the Saudi vessels sustained “significant” damage, but did not decribe the nature of the attack. Photos of the Andrea Victory show a large gash on her transom, right at the waterline. Thome has confirmed that the Victory’s crew are unharmed and that the vessel’s stability is not compromised.  Saudi Arabia’s minister of energy said that the attacks on the Saudi tankers occurred at 0600 hours on Sunday. “One of the two vessels was on its way to be loaded with Saudi...

Weekly Vessel Valuations Report, May 14 2019

Weekly Vessel Valuations Report, May 14 2019

posted on: May 14, 2019

Weekly Vessel Valuations Report, May 14 2019 in Weekly Vessel Valuations Report 14/05/2019 Tanker: Values have remained stable. VLCC Landbridge Prosperity (308,300 DWT, Sep 2016, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corp) sold to Varde Partners for undisclosed price, VV value USD 79.25 mil. Suezmax Eurospirit (160,400 DWT, Jul 2000, Daewoo) sold to Middle Eastern buyers for undisclosed price, VV value USD 9.82 mil. MR2s Seaways Antigmar and Seaways Ariadmar (46,200 DWT, Jun & Jul 2004, STX Offshore) sold to Nigerian buyers in an en bloc deal for USD 17.60 mil, VV value USD 19.95 mil. Bulker: Values have remained stable. Panamax Paquis (74,100 DWT, Apr 2005, Namura) sold to Turkish buyers for USD 8.30 mil, VV value USD 8.69 mil. Handy bulker (Open Hatch) Cielo di Amalfi (37,300 DWT, Nov 2007, Saiki) sold to Vietnamese buyers for USD 10.20 mil, VV value USD 10.75 mil. Handy bulker RHL Novare (32,000 DWT,...

How slow can you go?

How slow can you go?

posted on: May 14, 2019

How slow can you go? in International Shipping News 14/05/2019 Is there much to be gained from applying speed limits on containerships to reduce emissions? The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is meeting this week (13-17 May) in London to further explore methods to achieve its overall goal of decarbonising shipping, including looking at some proposals that will help move things along in the short-term. One such idea that is reportedly being looked at is the idea of putting speed restrictions on ships, an idea supported by a group of nine environmental NGOs and 120 shipping companies (none of which being container lines) in an open letter to the IMO. “Our preference would be to set maximum annual average speeds for container ships, and maximum absolute speeds for the remaining ship types, which take account of minimum speed requirements. Such a regulation should be implemented...

LNG as a marine fuel: Key considerations

LNG as a marine fuel: Key considerations

posted on: May 14, 2019

LNG as a marine fuel: Key considerations – SAFETY4SEA Credit: Shutterstock During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA London Conference, Mr. Steve Esau, General Manager, SEA/LNG, provided an overview of the current LNG scene. He added that LNG can be a viable marine fuel, and it leads to significant environmental benefits. Opinions | 13/05/19 Nowadays, there are about 150 LNG liquefaction plants around the world and LNG import terminals while there are more than 50 under construction. The challenge for LNG in terms of infrastructure is taking it from the bulk terminals to the ship. Those investments are significant, but small compared to the actual bulk infrastructure; they are currently happening in Northwest Europe, North America, Asia and particularly in Japan, Singapore, Korea and in China. Another interesting thing is that LNG does not need to be everywhere to play a significant role to the global shipping industry. It needs to be...

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