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202106300128

ABB technology enables world’s largest civilian hospital ship to access challenging harbours

https://seanews.co.uk/news/abb-technology-enables-worlds-largest-civilian-hospital-ship-to-access-challenging-harbours/

ABB’s Azipod® propulsion will help Global Mercy™ enter less accessible harbors off the African coast, while reducing vibrations and noise – crucial to the comfort of up to 200 patients and medical personnel on board. With about 5 billion people lacking access to surgical care globally1,international charity Mercy Ships uses hospital vessels to provide surgeries and medical assistance for free to people who have little access to healthcare. The newest Mercy Ships vessel, the world’s largest purpose-built civilian hospital ship Global Mercy, has been delivered by Tianjin Xingang Shipyard in China during an official ceremony held on June 24, 2021. Global Mercy is equipped with two Azipod® propulsion units, as part of a comprehensive scope of electric, digital and connected solutions to optimize operation. Renowned for its superior maneuverability enabled by 360-degree rotation, the Azipod® system will help the 174-meter ship to navigate through narrow passages and dock in shallow harbors, which are less accessible to other vessels. With many African ports being too shallow for large ships, and with limited or lacking tugboat availability, this feature of Azipod® propulsion will prove crucial for Global Mercy’s ability to deliver healthcare to those in need. Additionally, the Azipod® system’s pioneering design minimizes noise and vibrations, ensuring a smoother, quieter stay for patients and crew on board...

 

202106300127

Sea Breeze 21 begins in the Black Sea

after Russia threatens to fire on ‘intruding’ warship

https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2021/06/28/sea-breeze-21-begins-in-the-black-sea-after-russia-threatens-to-fire-on-intruding-warships/

Sea Breeze is an annual exercise designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security. The exercise began in 1997, bringing Black Sea nations together to train and operate with NATO members to build interoperability and increase capability. Just days after Russia threatened to fire on “intruding” warships near the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea, the annual Sea Breeze exercise, which U.S. 6th Fleet is co-hosting with the Ukrainian Navy, kicked off Monday with the largest number ever of participating countries. Sea Breeze 21, which continues through July 10 in the Black Sea region, focuses on amphibious warfare, land maneuver warfare, diving operations, maritime interdiction operations, air defense, special operations integration, anti-submarine warfare and search and rescue operations, according to a 6th Fleet news release. Thirty-two countries from six continents are providing 5,000 troops, 32 ships, 40 aircraft, and 18 special operations and dive teams to the exercise...

 

202106290126

Asian Hercules-III floating crane arrived in Çanakkale

https://news2sea.com/asian-hercules-iii-floating-crane-arrived-in-canakkale/

The crane ship to be used in the deck assembly work of the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, which will become the “longest mid-span bridge in the world” when completed, has arrived in Çanakkale. The 106-meter-long Singapore-flagged floating crane named Asian Hercules-III, departing from the Suez Canal, entered the Dardanelles from the Aegean Sea direction. Reaching a height of 101 meters when opened, the ship made its way to the anchorage area of ​​the bridge for the assembly of deck blocks, each 45 meters wide, 48 meters long and weighing 700 tons. The assembly of the 87 deck blocks that will form the vehicle passageway of the bridge is planned to begin in mid-June. In the study, where the Asian Hercules-III ship and auxiliary equipment will be used, the decks to be connected to the suspension ropes will be placed in their places. On the other hand, 56 of the deck blocks, the construction of which was continued in the factories of ÇİMTAŞ in Gemlik and Gölcük, was brought to the construction site in Sütlüce, Gelibolu...

 

202106290125

Tankoa Yachts unveil Linea line with Sportiva 55

https://www.superyachttimes.com/yacht-news/sportiva-55-unveiled-by-tankoa-yachts

Written by Francesca Webster - Tankoa Yachts have unveiled the designs for their latest series, the Linea line, beginning with the motor yacht Sportiva 55. Designed in collaboration with Luca Dini, the first yacht in the series falls just below the 500 GT line, and will sit between larger and smaller models, with the largest yacht reaching 65-metres in length. The 55-metre superyacht will accommodate guests between either four or five cabins on the lower, depending on the owners desires, while a large master stateroom is situated on the main deck. This full-beam suite has a built-in chaise longue, private sauna and Jacuzzi. Much of the aft deck has been dedicated to the generous beach club, with a swimming pool, sunk into the terrace aft deck and with access to a spa area on the lower deck, which features another sauna and a gym. There is also a side-loading garage for toys and a large window in the hull which is partially submerged and will give guests an underwater view. A central staircase leads from the owners foredeck to the forward bridge deck, which can be used as an open-air cinema when at anchor. On the foredeck there is an additional tender garage, holding the 7-metre tender, crew tender and Sea-Doo. Tankoa CEO, Vincenzo Poerio, commented, “At Tankoa we always try to think of new products that can meet the ever-changing needs of customers in our market segment.” Adding, “With this in mind, we met various designers to exchange ideas and views on new products. With Luca Dini we found an immediate harmony of ideas that became concrete a few months later with the first concept of the Sportiva 55: it was love at first sight.” The designers have suggested that the Sportiva 55 could be converted for hybrid propulsion, in which case the engine room can be moved forward, giving the lower guest cabins direct access to the beach club. Aside from the 55-metre and 65-metre, Luca Dina has also created the designs for a 45-metre version...

 

202106280124

They cross the Atlantic in a floating car

https://nautica.news/oceans-by-cars-across-the-atlantic-by-car/

In 1999, this man and his friend spent 119 days in a floating car and crossed the Atlantic. There are those who choose to experiment and undertake more adventurous trips, such as navigating the sea with a car. Marco Amoretti and his friend Marcolino De Candia became the first people to cross the Atlantic Ocean with the help of a floating car. Marco’s father, Giorgio, was the one who came up with such a crazy idea. A year before he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he devised a “marine car” and had a dream of crossing the ocean with it. However, he was too ill to complete the trip, so his three sons and Marcolino set out to make his dream come true. On May 4, 1999, the four young men set sail from the Canary Islands to reach the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. They used a wrecked Volkswagen Passat and a floating polyurethane-filled Ford Taunus to complete the trip. The driver and passenger compartment was arranged as a shelter. On top of the car, they had a rubber boat with a hole in the middle that allowed getting on and off the car...

 

202106280123

Analysis - The future for shipping canals after Ever Given

https://www.ship-technology.com/features/ever-given-accident-implication-future-shipping-canals/

By Ilaria Grasso Macola - The ramifications of the Ever Given accident have continued to have widespread consequences but that is not the only challenge the maritime industry is facing with regards to shipping canals, especially as transit prices continue to rise. We find out how the aftermath has shaped the industry and what it means for the future of global shipping. The ramifications of the Ever Given accident have continued to have widespread consequences but that is not the only challenge the maritime industry is facing with regards to shipping canals. Panama-flagged container ship Ever Given made the headlines on 23 March 2021 when it became stuck in the Suez Canal, triggering an international rescue operation to remove it. The vessel, which remained stranded in the canal until 30 March, created a blockage, halting operations for other vessels for the whole week. According to a Lloyd’s List estimate, the waiting costs caused by the incident amounted to $9.6bn per day, with westbound traffic costing $5.1bn a day and eastbound around $4.5bn...

 

202106250123

Marine Travellift delivers new boat hoist to New Zealand

https://www.workboat.com/shipbuilding/marine-travelift-delivers-new-boat-hoist-to-new-zealand

The new Marine Travel Lift 820C Boat Hoist comes standard with all wheel electronic steering to maximize the machines versatility, maneuverability, and precision in limited boat yard spaces. The recent delivery of a Marine Travelift 820C (1,804,000 lbs./ 820,000 kg) Mobile Boat Hoist to Orams Marine, Auckland, New Zealand, is part of a multi-million-dollar wide ranging expansion, that will target vessels up to 820 tons and gives superyachts and ferries a full-service refit destination. Orams Marine is situated in the heart of Auckland’s city center, on a prime waterfront location, and has served the marine industry for over 35 years. With an established reputation for its refit work, the expansion is designed to enhance its service offerings to an even broader range of vessels. The new facility additions include a water treatment plant, three additional marina fingers adding over 800', and the upgrade to an 85 BFMII (85 metric ton capacity) Mobile Boat Hoist. These upgrades, along with their new 820C boat hoist, 600-ton capacity slipway and TM40 self-propelled transporter, results in a full-service refit destination that can handle the growing demand of their customers and furthers their commitment to the Auckland waterfront...

 

202106250122

In Pictures: 56m Lürssen 13800 on sea trials

https://www.superyachttimes.com/yacht-news/lurssen-13800-sea-trials

Written by Charl van Rooy - The new 55.5-metre Lürssen 13800, the German yard's smallest superyacht since 1995, set off on a series of sea trials on the Baltic Sea this week where the yacht will be tested ahead of delivery to her experienced owner. The custom superyacht features a full design by Bannenberg & Rowell, including a bespoke interior that covers three decks. The design of the vessel was inspired by 1973 Lürssen Carinthia VI designed by Bannenberg Snr. "Every centimetre of interior and exterior space usage has to be presented, discussed and agreed with the owners, and this has led to many inspiring discussions," commented Dickie Bannenberg during the yacht's launch in April this year. Want to discover Project 13800 for yourself? You can view this and other Lürssen yachts virtually in even greater detail within our SYT 3D world...

 

202106240121

Key component arrives for $158M upgrade at Portsmouth Navy shipyard

https://bangordailynews.com/2021/06/21/news/new-england/key-component-arrives-for-158m-upgrade-at-portsmouth-navy-shipyard/

A $158 million project that’s part of the Navy’s plan to make Portsmouth Naval Shipyard more efficient and less dependent on tides took a big step forward Monday with the arrival of a key component. The 5,000-ton precast concrete entrance for one of the shipyard’s dry docks will be installed over the next four weeks, a shipyard spokesperson said. Built by Maine-based Cianbro, it arrived by barge on Monday. It’s a key part of the “Superflood Basin” project that will allow submarines to enter Dry Dock No. 1 without a buoyancy assist system. “The arrival of the entrance structure gets us one step closer to operating independent of the Piscataqua River tides and optimizes our dry dock operations for years of safer and more efficient use,” Capt. Daniel Ettlich, the shipyard’s commander, said in a statement. It’s part of a $21 billion effort to upgrade the nation’s four public shipyards, each of them more than a century old, to speed maintenance and repairs at a time when the Navy is facing growing threats from China and Russia. A congressional watchdog has warned that the aging public shipyards are failing to fully meet the military’s needs. Upgrades are underway at all four: Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii, in addition to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, in Kittery, Maine...

 

202106240120

122m Lürssen superyacht Jag hull launched

https://www.superyachttimes.com/yacht-news/122m-lurssen-superyacht-jag-hull-launched

Written by Francesca Webster - German shipbuilders Lürssen have launched the hull and superstructure of the 122-metre superyacht project Jag, set to be completed in 2023. The superyacht Jag features exterior design from the boards of Nuvolari Lenard, while her interiors have been penned by British design studio, Reymond Langton.The superyacht Jag has been sold to an American client, and will accommodate as many as 20 guests across 11 staterooms. Made from steel, Jag’s guests will be taken care of by a crew of 40...

 

202106230119

Damen reaches major milestone in fully-electric tug project

https://insidemarine.com/index.php/news/shipping-shipbuilding/2289-damen-reaches-major-milestone-in-fully-electric-tug-project

Damen Shipyards Group has reached a major milestone in the construction of its first fully-electric Reversed Stern Drive tug. The shipbuilder is constructing the RSD-E Tug 2513, named Sparky, for New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland. Recently, Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam installed the tug’s batteries. This involved the installation of some 2,240 batteries, totalling 2,784 kWh. With this, Sparky will carry out two or more berthing/unberthing operations with up to 70 tonnes bollard pull on a single charge. Following this, it will take just two hours for the tug to recharge to its full capacity. For redundancy purposes, the batteries are arranged in strings. If one battery in a string were to fail, the others would simply carry on the work. Ports of Auckland placed the order with Damen in August 2019. The ports’ intention is to be fully zero emissions by 2040. To achieve this, they needed a zero emissions tug...

 

202106230118

One Killed, Three Wounded in Shipbreaking Yard Explosion

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/one-killed-three-wounded-in-shipbreaking-yard-explosion

One worker was killed and three others were injured when a boiler exploded at the SN Corporation yard in Chattogram, Bangladesh on Saturday, according to local accounts. At about 1400 hours Saturday afternoon, the workers were dismantling a ship using cutting torches when a boiler exploded. Four victims were taken to a nearby hospital; one torch operator, identified as Ripon Chakma, was pronounced dead. The remaining three are in critical condition, according to New Age Bangladesh. Some of the yard's workers believe the toll was higher than officially reported, the outlet reported. A similar explosion occurred at Jamuna Shipbreakers in Chattogram on April 11. While workers were cutting a pipe above the engine room on an unnamed vessel, an explosion occurred, leaving three individuals with burn injuries. The head of the Bangladesh Metal Workers Federation, Mohammad Ali, told The Daily Star that there was still oil inside the pipe when the workers began cutting...

 

202106230117

New waterjet cutting machine operational at Maine yard

https://www.the-triton.com/2021/01/new-waterjet-cutting-machine-operational-at-maine-yard/

Belfast, Maine-based Front Street Shipyard is now operating a five-axis 3D waterjet cutting machine that is the largest of its kind in Maine and among the largest in the country. The yard is cutting large parts for its own boat construction and refits, as well as providing cutting services to outside businesses as part of a new manufacturing division of the company. The machine uses high-pressure water to cut, shape, and ream large parts such as frames, molds, and panels used in manufacturing and construction. Capable of cutting nearly any material including textiles, stainless steel and titanium, the machine cuts parts directly from engineer-drawn electronic data. Partial funding for the waterjet cutting machine came from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration grant awarded to Front Street Shipyard in 2018 through the Small Shipyard Grants program...

 

202106210116

Whangarei New Zealand - Port Nikau Masterplan

https://construkt.nz/construkt_portfolio/port-nikau/

Port Nikau covers 67ha of former port land on Whangarei Harbour. Beginning the process with a conceptual layout, Construkt teamed up with Reyburn & Bryant to refine and develop a robust master plan for a new community that will eventually provide over 1200 homes alongside a harbour-side town centre. In 2020 Whangarei District Council approved a special chapter of their new District Plan for Port Nikau, the result is an extraordinarily beneficial planning framework. The masterplan, is a combination of brownfields regeneration and greenfields development. It includes a town centre, low and medium density residential housing, retirement housing, mixed use buildings and open space. Two key elements define the masterplan: Waitai Trail and Arataki Ave. The former, offers a safe and engaging route for pedestrians and cyclists that weaves between the coastal edge, mangroves, parkland, and urban areas. Arataki Avenue on the alignment of the historic Tide Gauge wharf forms a major axis through the development that provides a pedestrian and cycle friendly route for residents to reach the village centre...

 

202106210115

Russia is building its first full stealth naval ship - RIA

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/russia-is-building-its-first-full-stealth-naval-ship-ria-2021-06-08/

MOSCOW, June 8 (Reuters) - Russia is building its first naval ship that will be fully equipped with stealth technology to make it hard to detect, the RIA state news agency reported on Tuesday. The hull of the Mercury naval corvette dubbed project 20386 has already been built and the vessel is expected to be delivered to the navy next year, RIA reported, citing two unnamed sources in the shipbuilding industry. The warship will be armed with cruise missiles, anti-aircraft missiles and artillery, as well as being capable of searching for and destroying submarines, RIA said. Russia has invested heavily in its navy in recent years, part of a push by President Vladimir Putin to revamp the military that has been complicated by Western sanctions. Political ties with the West are at their worst since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union. Russia has incorporated stealth technology such as a radar-absorbing coating into some of its navy vessels, but those ships have not had full stealth technology, RIA said. The Mercury vessel will have a radar-absorbing coating and a special shape to minimise protrusions and crevices on its surface, RIA said. It is also expected to use composite materials and special paint...

 

202106180114

Is this electric flying sea-skimming 'seaglider' the future of ferries?

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/green-travel/125469610/is-this-electric-flying-seaskimming-seaglider-the-future-of-ferries

The new all-electric craft could be ready by 2028. It looks like an old-fashioned seaplane, but this all-electric “seaglider” could be the future of passenger ferry crossings. That's what European company Brittany Ferries is betting on after it signed a letter of intent with US start-up Regent to have the new craft in action by 2028. The “part-plane, part ferry” will have a capacity of between 50 and 150, and will travel between the UK and France at speeds of up to 290kmh, six times faster than conventional ferries. A typical journey now between Portsmouth to Cherbourg of eight hours would be covered in just 40 minutes. The craft acts a lot like a hydrofoil by harnessing “ground effect”, the company said in a press statement...

 

202106180113

Spanish tuna operators join in anti-piracy campaign

https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/spanish-tuna-operators-join-in-anti-piracy-campaign

By Shem Oirere - Spanish tuna operators have become the latest to sign the “Declaration of Gulf of Guinea on Suppression of Piracy” initiative that, among other things, is pushing for the deployment of a non-regional naval force to tackle rampant piracy along the 6,000-kilometer coastline extending from Senegal to Angola. The Spanish tuna fleet, represented by the Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), joins more than 100 other anti-piracy campaigners, including maritime, fishing companies, organizations, and flag states,  calling for tough measures to contain the piracy menace in the Gulf of Guinea, where 82 of the 195 piracy incidents were reported globally in 2020 took place. Armed attacks on international vessels and kidnapping incidents are impacting OPAGAC’s 29-member purse-seine fleet and auxiliary vessels that operate in the region, it said in a press release. The organization said a non-regional naval force will complement the operations against piracy by coastal states in the region. OPAGAC Managing Director Julio Morón said deployment of a military force will help tackle the problem in the short term and support efforts to combat the crime by some countries in the region, such as Nigeria...

 

202106150112

What is that?

'Big Blue' $55 million crane arrives at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

https://www.seacoastonline.com/story/news/2021/06/15/big-blue-55-million-crane-arrives-portsmouth-naval-shipyard-konescranes-38/7689486002/

PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD, Maine – A new heavy lift portal crane, known as 'Big Blue" and capable of lifting 140 tons, has arrived via barge Tuesday at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. “This state-of-the-art crane, represents a capital investment of approximately $54.9 million,” said project manager Jason Jordan. “It was manufactured by Konecranes in Wisconsin and provides critical support to the shipyard mission.” Though Konecranes No. 38 has a 140-ton lifting capacity, more than twice that of the current cranes at the shipyard, it is not twice the size. The new crane is approximately 10-15% taller compared to the shipyard’s current portal cranes, which have a boom height of 195 feet. Konecranes 38, a $55 million crane capable of lifting 140 tons, arrives at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Tuesday, June 15, 2021. “The addition of this new portal crane extends heavy lift capability to all of the dry docks here at the shipyard,” said Brendan Goodwin, head of the Lifting and Handling Department. “The increase in lift capability expands the scope of submarine overhaul and modernization work that PNS is able to execute in the future...

 

202106160111

India’s Submarine Saga

https://thediplomat.com/2021/06/indias-submarine-saga/

New Delhi approved a proposal to purchase six conventional submarines, but given past delays it’s not clear that India’s naval woes will dissipate anytime soon. The Indian government has just approved a proposal to purchase six conventional submarines under Project 75 (I). The Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted that the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) “approved issue of RFP [Request for Proposal] for construction of six Conventional Submarines under Project P 75 (I) under the Strategic Partnership (SP) Model.” The construction of the submarines is estimated to cost around $5.9 billion. Singh called it “a landmark approval,” as it is the first case processed under the strategic partnership framework for Make in India projects. He added that this will result in a “tiered industrial ecosystem for submarine construction in India.” There can be no doubt about the inordinate delays in this project, considering that this step represents just the RFP approval for an acquisition that was originally sought in the...

 

202106150110

2020-2030 - No time for travelling!

Stranded at sea for months due to Covid-19

and refused port three times, sailor docks in Fiji

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/05/stranded-at-sea-for-months-due-to-covid-19-and-refused-port-three-times-sailor-docks-in-fiji

The Fijian Navy rescued Wong Tetchoong, a Singporean man who set out on a sailing adventure in early February and was stuck at sea for months. A Singaporean man has been rescued after being stranded at sea for three months and being turned away from three countries as ports around the world closed due to coronavirus. The man, who has been identified by Fijian media as Wong Tetchoong, 59, set off from Singapore on a sailing adventure on 2 February that was meant to last for three years. As news about the Covid-19 outbreak began to spread around the world, Wong tried to dock in various countries, but was turned away international borders and ports were closed. 'We were behind the eight ball': Papua New Guinea's health minister on Covid-19...

202106150109

Nigeria Launches Deep Blue Campaign to Stop Regional Piracy

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/nigeria-launches-deep-blue-campaign-to-stop-regional-piracy

Deep Blue program to combat Nigerian piravcy kidanppings assualts Nigeria has acquired $195 million in equipment to combat piracy (NIMSA) -  Nigeria marked the official launch of its highly anticipated Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also known as the Deep Blue Project. The country’s leaders gathered to show off some of the $195 million of equipment that will be used in a coordinated effort with its primary objective of securing Nigerian waters along the Gulf of Guinea and the country’s oil infrastructure with a coordinated combination of land, sea, and air forces. Leading up to the launch ceremonies, Nigeria’s Maritime Security Unit (MSU) of the Deep Blue Project, comprising personnel from the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police, and Department of State Services, conducted simulation exercises. Their goal was to demonstrate their preparedness for full deployment to fight the ongoing menace of piracy, mostly emerging from the Nigeria's Niger Delta region. According to Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, “With the deployment of the assets of the Deep Blue Project, we are entering another level of national security designed for total spectrum maritime security and better domain awareness using some of the latest technology. This effort to secure our waters will give Nigerians more leverage to harness the enormous resources of our maritime environment and aid the drive towards economic diversification...

 

202106140108

Greenhouse gas emissions

Future sailors: what will ships look like in 30 years?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/03/future-sailors-what-will-ships-look-like-in-30-years

Watch out for the return of the sailing ship. After a commitment last month to cut greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050, the race is on to find new technologies that can green the 50,000-strong global shipping fleet. Wind power is one of the options being discussed. International shipping accounts for more than 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions, roughly the same as aircraft. But the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change left control of the shipping industry’s emissions to the International Maritime Organisation. While environment groups applauded the agreement to cut hard and deep by 2050, they pointed out that it falls far short what is technically achievable...

 

202106140107

How to start building Maritime 4.0 applications?

https://cdpstudio.com/blog/maritime-4-0-applications/

How can a modern control system development platform ease your transition to Maritime 4.0 applications? The onshore digitalization wave with Industry 4.0, new technology and market trends are changing the requirements for maritime control systems. Market trends drives towards green technology, digitalization, improved efficiency, cost reduction, more reliable solutions, safer systems and more focus on life-cycle cost. Innovation in digitalization is also a way for Western-Europe and US suppliers to sustain and improve their competitiveness when facing lower labour costs and competition from Asia. The first “Marine 4.0” solutions are entering the market, these are mostly functional additions to existing solutions...

 

202106140106

Analysis - Shipping 2030: technologies that will transform the industry

https://www.ship-technology.com/features/featureshipping-2030-technologies-that-will-transform-the-industry-4716366/

The Global Marine Technology Trends 2030 report, released in September, aims to shine a light on the transformative aspect of 18 technologies on ship design, naval power and the use of ocean space by 2030. Lloyd’s Register (LR), alongside QinetiQ and the University of Southampton, has created the Global Marine Technology Trends 2030 (GMTT 2030) report to ask ‘what’s next?’ in the maritime industry. GMTT 2030, which assessed 56 technologies before focusing on 18 specific technologies, identifies two areas: those that will transform ship design and building, and those that will impact safety, commercial and operational performance. “Shipping is likely to evolve quickly now,” said LR marine director Tom Boardley in September. “That evolution is likely to be uneven but while 2030 is not far away, we think that shipping is likely to have changed significantly.” Nick Brown, brand and external relations manager at LR, says: “It’s hard to say just one technology will transform the industry. Crucial is the interplay and overlap between the technology areas. For example, sensors providing data that can help transform ship operations. We can...

 

202106140105

Emerging Technology Trends in Shipping and Maritime Industry

https://seanews.co.uk/features/emerging-technology-trends-in-shipping-and-maritime-industry/

The technological revolution has already accelerated to another level and is now all set to elevate the Shipping Industry as well. As the recent times saw the entrance of some new technologies across the industry and few others are on their way to transform the operations of the maritime sector, let’s explore the upcoming technological advancements that hold the potential to transfigure the shipping and transportation industry. Blockchain - Decentralization has proved to be a boon and shipping industry is making most out it. By reducing the cost of transactions, Blockchain allows the parties involved in the supply chain to save time and money. In addition, the Blockchain technology will play a major role in reshaping the industry’s future by reducing the paper-work, connecting the parties directly and carrying out real-time exchanges of documents and transactions that too through a secured channel. Artificial Intelligence - AI is the new buzzword in the maritime sector. As the shipping industry is under a big transformation at a global level, Artificial Intelligence is already making things easier by seamlessly integrating new shipping logistics and communication technology to evolve the business model within the shipping industry. Further, with the help of new algorithms, the shipping industry can fully rely on AI for mitigating security risks and reduce the cost of operations to a great extent. Along with that, AI can help the maritime sector to respond to and work in accordance with the new environmental regulations and policies in a better way...

 

202106040104

GM part of the CobraWind floating wind project

https://www.globalmaritime.com/news/gm-part-of-the-cobrawind-floating-wind-project

Global Maritime is acting as Marine Warranty Surveyor for the CobraWind floating Wind Project on behalf of Kincardine Offshore Wind Limited. We have been involved in the transport and installation of the subsea cable infrastructure, moorings and foundations/ Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs). GM Surveyor Alan Mundie recently attended the assembly of the WTG in Rotterdam aboard the floating foundation, for the approval of the lifting operations involved...

 

202106040103

X-Press Pearl is slowly settling to the bottom (Sri Lanka Ports Authority)

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/x-press-pearl-slowly-settles-to-the-bottom

The burnout-out containership X-Press Pearl is continuing to slowly settle to the bottom off Sri Lanka with the salvage and firefighting teams continuing to monitor the situation while the investigation into the disaster continues. The owners of their vessel also apologized for the disaster while defending the actions of the ship and its crew. A day after the stern of the X-Press Pearl came to rest on the seabed, the bow section of the vessel remains above water but also continues to slowly settle. Divers from the Sri Lanka Navy working with the salvage team from SMIT attempted to inspect the ship but they were forced to call off their efforts due to poor visibility underwater...

 

202106040102

White House Bans U.S. Investment in World's Largest Shipbuilder

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/white-house-bans-u-s-investment-in-world-s-largest-shipbuilder

In an executive order issued Thursday, the Biden administration implemented a ban on all U.S. investment in four of China's biggest maritime companies - including China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), the world's largest commercial shipbuilder and the linchpin of China's naval modernization effort. The new investment ban is intended to address "the threat posed by the military-industrial complex of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and its involvement in military, intelligence, and security research and development programs . . . under the PRC's Military-Civil Fusion strategy," according to the order. It broadens an existing investment ban initiated by the Trump administration in late 2020.  Effective August 2, U.S. citizens may no longer hold securities in CSSC; China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), recently absorbed by CSSC; China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), China's primary offshore oil and gas developer; and China Communications Construction Corporation (CCCC), the infrastructure firm known for its "Belt and Road" overseas port projects. CCCC also played a key role in building China's string of militarized bases on reclaimed land in the Spratly Islands...

 

202106030101

Sri Lanka Faces An Environmental Disaster

As A Ship Full Of Chemicals Starts Sinking

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/02/1002484499/sri-lanka-faces-environmental-disaster-as-ship-full-of-chemicals-starts-sinking

Smoke billows from the Singapore-registered container ship X-Press Pearl on Wednesday. The ship carries more than 80 containers of dangerous goods, including 25 tons of nitric acid. A cargo ship carrying chemicals and plastic pellets has been burning off the coast of Sri Lanka for nearly two weeks. Now, efforts to tow the ship to deeper waters have failed – and the boat's sinking looks increasingly likely. The ship, the X-Press Pearl, was carrying 1,486 containers. Eighty-one of those were dangerous goods containers, including 25 tons of nitric acid. At least one container has leaked nitric acid. Infrared footage over the weekend showed that the fire has mostly died out. X-Press Feeders, the cargo ship company, said Wednesday that it "regret[s] to report that despite salvors successfully boarding the vessel and attaching a tow wire, efforts to move the ship to deeper waters have failed." The ship's stern is now touching bottom, the company said. Members of the Sri Lankan navy remove debris washed ashore from the X-Press Pearl, which has been burning offshore of Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, for nearly two weeks...

 

202106030100

Large Iranian navy ship sinks after catching fire

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/2/large-iranian-navy-ship-sinks-after-catching-fire

Tehran, Iran – One of Iran’s largest navy ships has sunk after catching fire under unclear circumstances near the Strait of Hormuz. The Kharg, named after an island nearby that serves as a key oil terminal, caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday local time and more than 20 hours of rescue operations failed to save it, the army said. An image taken late at night showed crew in life jackets running away with a fire raging behind them. Another image, taken in daytime, showed heavy smoke billowing to the sky and fire still burning. Iran’s army also identified the Kharg as a “training ship” and confirmed there were almost 400 crew and trainees on board, before adding all of them were safely evacuated...

 

202106030099

Closure of Marsden Point oil refinery set to be put to shareholder vote

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/125236451/closure-of-marsden-point-oil-refinery-set-to-be-put-to-shareholder-vote

Hundreds of jobs would be lost at the refinery if it closes, and more in ancillary businesses in the Northland region and elsewhere. Refining NZ has reached an “in principle” agreement with Z Energy on a deal that could see it close its Marsden Point oil refinery by the middle of next year and switch to importing refined fuels. The company has previously reached a similar agreement with fellow shareholder and customer BP, and Refining NZ said it could put the proposal to a shareholder vote before the end of September. A Refining NZ spokeswoman said the import terminal conversion proposal would need to be approved by 75 per cent of the votes cast. The First Union has estimated the closure of the refinery and a switch to a model where Refining NZ will import pre-refined fuels would cost about 1100 jobs in Northland, including hundreds of jobs at the refinery itself...

 

202106030098

There Was a Serious Fire at the Marina Kastela in Croatia

https://yachtharbour.com/news/there-was-a-serious-fire-at-the-marina-kastela-in-croatia-4686?src=_pos_3

Five 20m boats were completely destroyed and eighteen were damaged on Saturday night at Marina Kastela. The fire started around 8:30 pm on one of the yachts in the marina. Crew members attempted to put out the fire but were unsuccessful. "It was terrible; I've never seen a fire like this before. That yacht caught fire and, unfortunately, it ended up completely in flames. Everyone scattered in all directions and, believe me, it looked like a state of war. People were screaming, jumping for help, and then it suddenly grew even larger. That burning ship broke free from where it was moored and the flames quickly engulfed the other yachts. Plastic was burning, and the oil derivatives in them as well probably, so it’s not surprising that there was so much black smoke," reported Total Croatia News, quoting a witness...

 

202106020097

IMO Safety Committee Addresses Reporting for Containers Lost at Sea

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/imo-safety-committee-addresses-reporting-for-containers-lost-at-sea

Responding to the dramatic increase in the loss of containers at sea in the past year, the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization discussed the issue at its recent meeting. Agreeing that the loss of containers at sea represents a potential danger to maritime safety and is a threat to the environment, the IMO’s MSC took initial actions focusing on detecting and reporting lost containers. The IMO said that it will also work to address efforts to prevent the loss of containers and restore confidence in container shipping practices. The committee raised a range of concerns during its discussion that focused on the loss of over 3,500 containers over the past few months in the Pacific Ocean. The One Apus was the most dramatic loss with the vessel’s representatives reporting that over 1,800 boxes were lost into the Pacific on November 30 due to what they said was high seas. Inspectors and analysts for cargo claims consultants WK Webster reported that out of the 22 bays on deck, only six appeared to have survived intact. With 20 rows per bay and with stack heights of 6-8 tiers, Webster estimated that approximately 2,250 containers were potentially impacted. Since the vessel was mostly carrying 40-foot boxes, Webster noted that it was equivalent to approximately 4,500 TEUs. It took nearly four months for the vessel to recover and return to service...

 

202106020096

Over 1,000 Containers Have Fallen Overboard This Year

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-26/shipping-containers-plunge-overboard-as-supply-race-raises-risks

Containers piled high on giant vessels carrying everything from car tires to smartphones are toppling over at an alarming rate, sending millions of dollars of cargo sinking to the bottom of the ocean as pressure to speed deliveries raises the risk of safety errors. The shipping industry is seeing the biggest spike in lost containers in seven years. More than 3,000 boxes dropped into the sea last year, and more than 1,000 have fallen overboard so far in 2021. The accidents are disrupting supply chains for hundreds of U.S. retailers and manufacturers such as Amazon and Tesla. There are a host of reasons for the sudden rise in accidents. Weather is getting more unpredictable, while ships are growing bigger, allowing for containers to be stacked higher than ever before. But greatly exacerbating the situation is a surge in e-commerce after consumer demand exploded during the pandemic, increasing the urgency for shipping lines to deliver products as quickly as possible. “The increased movement of containers means that these very large containerships are much closer to full capacity than in the past,” said Clive Reed, founder of Reed Marine Maritime Casualty Management Consultancy. “There is commercial pressure on the ships to arrive on time and consequently make more voyages.” Lost at Sea...

 

202106020095

Your lost shipment could be trashing a beach thousands of miles away

Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of cargo containers become lost at sea yearly.

https://www.popsci.com/environment/shipping-cargo-ocean-pollution/

By Shaena Montanari - As hundreds of millions of shipping containers criss-cross the oceans on a yearly basis, not all of them make it to their final destination. Hundreds, or even thousands, of cargo containers become lost at sea in the process, and the contents of their containers spill out into the ocean. While this isn’t a major source of marine plastic pollution, an estimated more than 10,000 metric tons of plastic may enter the ocean this way. Those ‘nature is healing’ memes stem from a problematic take on environmentalism. This year an estimated 1,000 containers have fallen off ships into the ocean already, which is the biggest spike the industry has seen in seven years. Heavier items tend to sink to the bottom of the sea, but lighter cargo like Nike shoes and bath toys sometimes float. Thousands of tons of cargo have gone overboard and then washed up on coastlines far from where those orders were placed, even in some remote places. Curious researchers at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom tracked what happens to these container losses at sea, where the goods finally ended up, and how the lost treasure broke down into the environment. They harnessed the power of social media to aid their study of a container filled with thousands of plastic HP printer cartridges that fell into the northern Atlantic Ocean east of New York in early 2014. The cartridges subsequently started washing up on beaches in the Azores about 2,000 miles away months later...

 

202106010094

Record LNG bunkering for dual-fuel crane ship

https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/news-content-hub/record-lng-bunkering-for-dual-fuel-crane-ship-55537

By John Snyder - Supplying over 3,000 tonnes of LNG, Amsterdam-based Titan LNG completed the largest LNG bunkering to date for Dutch marine contractor Heerema Marine Contractors’ new dual-fuel crane ship Sleipnir - The world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel with a length overall of 220 m and beam of 102 m, Sleipnir was built by Sembcorp Marine in Singapore and delivered to Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC). Sleipner has 12 four-stroke MAN 8L51/60DF engines that can burn either low-sulphur marine gas oil (MGO) or LNG. The vessel can carry about 8,000 m3 of LNG in an IMO Type-C LNG fuel tank. Titan LNG chief executive Niels den Nijs said, “It was a complex project to supply this eight-legged innovative crane vessel Sleipner”. Mr den Nijs said Pavilion Gas, SLNG, Anthony Veder and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement supported the operation. “Titan LNG looks forward to supplying Heerema with more LNG in the future to fulfil our mission of lowering harmful emissions of the marine and industrial sector”, he said. HMC chief executive Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven said sustainability was part of the company’s DNA and that “this specific project of bunkering LNG is proof of this ambition. We are very pleased to work together with Dutch Company Titan LNG, since it provided us with good solutions for bunkering, in Singapore as well as in Spain”...

 

202106010093

Shipyard Transporters - The global standard

https://www.kamag.com/products/shipyard-transporters.html

Shipyard transporters by KAMAG Transporttechnik have proven their worth for decades and work hard in constant operation - with payloads of up to 1,300 tonnes. By combining several vehicles, even greater loads can be transported. The precise steering response, sensitive drive and the powerful lifting hydraulics make shipyard transporters by KAMAG Transporttechnik an indispensable element of cost-effective and functional logistics in the shipbuilding industry. A steering angle of 165 degrees in both directions makes shipyard transporters from KAMAG Transporttechnik very manoeuvrable even where space is limited. This is particularly important when several vehicles are combined and moved in a confined area...

 

202106010092

Keel Laid for Jan De Nul's Les Alizés Offshore Installation Vessel

https://www.oedigital.com/news/487312-keel-laid-for-jan-de-nul-s-les-aliz-s-offshore-installation-vessel

China's CMHI Haimen shipyard last Thursday hosted the keel laying ceremony for Jan De Nul's heavy lift crane vessel Les Alizés. Les Alizés, ordered in November 2019, will mainly be used for the construction of offshore wind farms, but will also be suitable for decommissioning offshore oil and gas platforms. Together with the Voltaire, for which the keel was laid March, Les Alizés will be in a super-size class of its own, capable of building the newest generation of offshore wind farms. According to the owner, the Les Alizés will be able to load out, transport, and install multiple units of the largest and heaviest wind turbine foundations. In addition, as a crane vessel that floats, it will be able to install heavier and larger foundations into deeper waters and in more challenging seabed conditions. Les Alizés, that will be ready in 2022, is specifically designed for loading, transporting, lifting and installing offshore wind turbine foundations. The main features are the main crane of 5,000 tons, a deck loading capacity of 61,000 tons, and a deck space of 9,300 m². The vessel will be, according to Jan De Nul, equipped with several...

 

202106010091

Indonesia to ramp up submarine fleet in response to Chinese incursions

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/indonesia-to-ramp-up-submarine-fleet-in-response-to-chinese-incursions20210530163032/

Jakarta  ,  In response to repeated Chinese incursions into its waters, Indonesia   aims to expand its submarine fleet by as much as triple its current line up to 12 vessels, according to multiple defence sources. Jakarta is also seeking to ramp up its fleet of corvettes and has deployed five submarines, but lost one, the KRI Nanggala-402, reported Nikkei Asia. Though Indonesia   ranks third in the world with the area of waters that fall under its exclusive economic zone, the size of its submarine fleet lags behind countries like Japan, which ranks sixth and has 20 vessels. This comes after the Indonesian submarine that went missing off Bali with 53 crew members on board sunk last month, killing all crewmen. "There is no hope of finding survivors among the 53 crew members aboard," said an official...

 

202106010090

Advanced green ship technology

becomes winning strategy for Korean shipbuilders

https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/advanced-green-ship-technology-becomes-winning-strategy-for-korean-shipbuilders/

Dual fuel engine has been the secret weapon behind South Korean shipbuilders’ red-hot winning streak in global ship orders and will likely feed their heyday for some time. The bulk of new orders Korean shipbuilders brought home this year have been in multi-fuel capable of running on either bunker C oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has clinched orders for 20 dual fuel vessels, which take up 80 percent of the new orders bagged so far this year. The shipbuilder has already achieved 33 percent of its annual target of $7.7 billion. Dual fuel carriers also accounted for 40 percent, or 43 of new 107 ship orders for Korea and Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering and 36 percent for Samsung Heavy Industries...

 

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