Navy Pre-Positioning Ships, Coast Guard...

Navy Pre-Positioning Ships, Coast Guard Closes Ports Ahead of Nate October 7, 2017 by Reuters The Navy has ordered the USS...

posted on: Oct 8, 2017

Incredible Incident Photo Shows British...

Incredible Incident Photo Shows British Bulk Carrier During Fertilizer Fire October 6, 2017 by gCaptain A new photo released by Spanish Maritime...

posted on: Oct 8, 2017

PHOTOS: USS John S. McCain...

PHOTOS: USS John S. McCain Leaves Singapore for First Time Since Collision The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS...

posted on: Oct 6, 2017

Thirteen Chinese Fisherman Killed in...

Thirteen Chinese Fisherman Killed in Collision with Tanker Off Japan October 6, 2017 by Reuters The 114,999 dwt MT Brightoil Lucky....

posted on: Oct 6, 2017

Understanding Different Operational Modes Of Shaft Generator On Ships...

posted on: Oct 5, 2017

Understanding Different Operational Modes Of Shaft Generator On Ships By Anish | In: Ship Generator | Last Updated on October 3, 2017 The shaft generator on a ship is an excellent example of a waste heat recovery system, which not only utilizes the waste energy from the engine but also supplies the additional work to the propeller shaft when the main engine is underperforming. The shaft generator has two modes of operation: Power Take Off (PTO): The additional energy generated in the main engine is taken off by the shaft generator to produce electricity as an alternative to the four-stroke gen-sets; hence this mode is called PTO or Shaft generator mode. *PTO can improve ship EEDI figures Power Take In (PTI): Power Take in (PTI) mode provides propulsion power to the shaft which boosts the main engine with temporary extra power. It can also be used as an emergency...

15 Things To Consider While Using Radar On Ships...

posted on: Oct 5, 2017

15 Things To Consider While Using Radar On Ships By Paromita Mukherjee | In: Marine Navigation The radar is one of the most used equipment systems onboard ships. It is designed for detecting and tracking targets a considerable distance. Needless to say, it’s of great practical value to the navigators. Proper use of radar and radar plotting aids in both restricted visibility and clear weather can help prevent collisions and ensure the safety of the ship. Accidents can occur if the watch keeping officer is not fully conversant with the operation of the equipment. For reliable interpretation, it is essential that the radar operating controls be adjusted properly. In this article, we would like to discuss how to interpret and understand a radar screen display. Below attached is a picture of a radar screen and the keyboard. This article will help to understand the basic approach to the use...

Watch: What Happens After A Maritime Treaty Is Adopted Or Amended...

posted on: Oct 5, 2017

Watch: What Happens After A Maritime Treaty Is Adopted Or Amended By MI News Network | In: Videos | Throughout the maritime world, the technical regulations developed and adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are well known. Shipmasters and officers, as well as expert trainers and educators, spend many hours getting to grips with the knowledge needed to implement and impart the detailed regulations governing ship safety and security and the prevention of pollution from ships. Image Credits: imo.org – Flickr But there is an important first step which needs to happen between adopting a new regulation or amendment and its entry into force and application on board ships. Appropriate implementing legislation must be drafted at the national level, because international treaties can only become law when implemented into national legislation. IMO treaties are not self-executing and require domestic legislation to give effect to their provisions. How to...

Australia: Trade surplus heads back to $1b as iron ore shipments to China surge...

posted on: Oct 5, 2017

Australia: Trade surplus heads back to $1b as iron ore shipments to China surge in Dry Bulk Market,Freight News 05/10/2017 In seasonally adjusted terms, the surplus in August came in at $989 million — up 22 per cent from the $808 million reported in July. Overall, exports grew by 1 per cent to $32.2 billion, while imports were flat at $31.2 billion. However, it was a surge in shipments and a recovery in price of iron ore, particularly for the top quality fines, that drove the improved performance. The value of iron ore fines exports grew by 19 per cent on the back of a 7 per cent increase in volume and prices going up by 11 per cent over the month. Shipments to China alone rose by 25 per cent, or more than $700 million. However, coal exports slipped (-3 per cent), as did LNG which saw volumes...

Keppel secures FPSO conversion project from SBM Offshore...

posted on: Oct 5, 2017

Keppel secures FPSO conversion project from SBM Offshore in Shipbuilding News 05/10/2017 Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), has secured a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) conversion contract from long-standing customer, SBM Offshore N.V. (SBM Offshore). The contract is for the conversion of a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) into an FPSO, which upon completion, will be deployed to the Liza field, located approximately 193km offshore Guyana in the Stabroek block. The shipyard’s work scope includes refurbishment and life extension works, such as the upgrading of living quarters, fabrication and installation of spread mooring systems, as well as the installation and integration of topside modules. Mr Chor How Jat, Managing Director (Conversions and Repairs), Keppel O&M and Managing Director, Keppel Shipyard, said, “We are pleased to undertake the conversion of this FPSO, which is our 25th major project...

Ship demolition prices tumble, while few bulkers become available...

posted on: Oct 5, 2017

Ship demolition prices tumble, while few bulkers become available in Hellenic Shipping News 05/10/2017 Ship owners are advised to take advantage of the current demolition market, despite the recent fall in rates. Shipbrokers and cash buyers alike are noting that the current rates offer a solid platform to complete such business and the recent price resistance against more increases, shouldn’t be seen as a deterrent. However, few owners are looking to sell the older bulkers in today’s freight market, which offers increased chartering opportunities, which most are looking to exploit. In its weekly analysis, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas said that “unfortunately this week has seen the inevitable happen. There has been some concern emanating from the waterfront in relation to the firming rates recently witnessed and with the global steel markets having taken a fall, the negative sentiment filtered through to the ship recycling market this week as buyers...

WinGD launches data collection and monitoring platform...

posted on: Oct 5, 2017

WinGD launches data collection and monitoring platform Mon 02 Oct 2017 by Paul Fanning   Remote Data Collecting & Monitoring (DCM) Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has launched its new data collection and monitoring platform. The launch is part of WinGD’s strategy to lead the engine industry in accessing the full benefits of digitalisation for the operation and management of its low-speed diesel and dual-fuel engines. In mid-2017, WinGD signed an agreement with Polish marine automation, navigation and communication specialist Enamor that formalised an existing collaboration covering the development of a sophisticated data collection and monitoring (DCM) platform for engines and associated onboard systems. The collaboration has now borne fruit with the first version of the DCM hardware with monitoring software ready for commercial applications. The platform is tailored to operate with WinGD’s engine and ship-specific software, including the advanced diagnostic software WinGD is developing with Propulsion Analytics of...

ITF: Right Wing Anti-Immigration Group Dumps Ship’s Crew...

posted on: Oct 4, 2017

ITF: Right Wing Anti-Immigration Group Dumps Ship’s Crew October 3, 2017 by gCaptain Photo: Defend Europe The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) says it is assisting the crew of the vessel C Star, who have been abandoned and left unpaid by its charterers, the right-wing youth group Defend Europe, according to the ITF. The ship, currently in Barcelona, Spain, has been at the centre of Defend Europe’s “comic opera efforts” to block vessels rescuing refugees and migrants from sinking boats in the Mediterranean, the ITF said in a statement. “Oh, the irony. This group charters a British-owned, Mongolian flag of convenience ship, with a Sri Lankan crew to protest migration into Europe. Then abandons the crew in Europe,” said ITF seafarers’ section chair David Heindel. “This so-called mission began as a farce, played out as a farce, and now it’s ended as a farce. Famously, the C Star was...

Taiwan Investigates Two Warship Collisions

posted on: Oct 4, 2017

Taiwan Investigates Two Warship Collisions The former USS Kidd, now ROC Tso Ying (file image) On Monday morning, the Taiwan Navy suffered two separate collisions involving its Keelung-class destroyers. At 0735 hours, the fishing boat Chin Fu En collided with the destroyer Keelung at the entrance to the port of Suao, damaging the boat’s stern. Taiwan’s minister of national defense, Feng Shih-Kuan, alleged that the collision resulted from a local custom in which fishing boats “race the bow” of larger vessels. Less than an hour after the first collision, the chemical tanker Everrich 3 struck the stern of the destroyer Tso Ying, which was moored at a pier in Kaohsiung. Photos show that the collision caused minor damage to the destroyer’s weather deck and hull on the port quarter. The Everrich was reportedly loaded and was shifting between piers within the harbor at the time of collision. No pollution or...

Google and Rolls-Royce Partner on Autonomous Ships...

posted on: Oct 4, 2017

Google and Rolls-Royce Partner on Autonomous Ships File illustration courtesy Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Google to develop Rolls-Royce’s intelligent awareness software, which is already in use on ships today and will play a central role in the company’s drive towards autonomous vessels. The agreement allows Rolls-Royce to use Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine to train Rolls-Royce’s artificial intelligence (AI)-based object classification system – a software suite intended to detect, identify and track surface objects. Rolls-Royce believes that its AI systems will make vessels safer and more efficient by automatically analyzing data from a range of new sensors, along with the ship’s own AIS and radar. Karno Tenovuo, SVP for Ship Intelligence at Rolls-Royce, suggested that this system is already useful today. “While intelligent awareness systems will help to facilitate an autonomous future, they can benefit maritime businesses right now making vessels and their crews safer and more efficient,” he said. “Machine learning” is a set...

Tanker Master Convicted of Smuggling During Salvage Ops...

posted on: Oct 4, 2017

Tanker Master Convicted of Smuggling During Salvage Ops Video of the Agia Zoni II fuel removal process courtesy Spanopoulos Group / YouTube The master of the small product tanker Lassea has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence for his involvement in smuggling fuel during a salvage operation. The Lassea was contracted to take on fuel oil pumped up from the sunken Greek tanker Agia Zoni II, which went down off Piraeus on September 10 with about 2,500 tonnes of petroleum in her tanks. Prosecutors said that marine officials found significant quantities of an undocumented “petroleum mixture” in the Lassea’s ballast tanks when she arrived at a refinery to deliver the oil recovered from the Zoni. The Lassea also had expired government certificates of seaworthiness, like the Zoni, which was operating on an extension when she went down. The Security Office of the Central Port Authority of Piraeus said...

U.S. Carrier Navigates Crowded Waters as North Korea Tensions Mount...

posted on: Oct 2, 2017

U.S. Carrier Navigates Crowded Waters as North Korea Tensions Mount September 30, 2017 by Reuters Lt. Chris Williams signals an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 to launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the Philippine Sea, September 20, 2017. U.S. Navy Photo By Greg Torode ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN, South China Sea, Sept 30 (Reuters) – A s the commanders of the largest U.S. warship in Asia seek to maintain operational readiness amid protracted tensions over North Korea, they find themselves keeping one eye on China, too. On Saturday, as F-18 Super Hornet jet fighters roared from the decks of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier during routine drills deep in the South China Sea, two Chinese frigates maintained a constant line-of-sight vigil. Officers on the Japanese-based Reagan described frequent close quarter surveillance from theships of...

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