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Tug and barge aground, Great Lakes
Tug ANGLIAN LADY with barge reported by "Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping" to be aground since morning Dec 9 in Lake St Clair off St Clair Flats Canal, apparently after veering off fairway. As of 0530 UTC Dec 11, the tug was still aground. Tug is bound for Detroit.
Yamal LNG: All 15 Arc7 Ice-Class Tankers Delivered
OAO Yamal LNG has announced the operational start of Yakov Gakkel, a new Arc7 icebreaking LNG carrier.
As informed, the 172,410 cbm newbuild loaded the 354th LNG cargo in the port of Sabetta bound to China.
Named at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea in late March this year, Yakov Gakkel is the fifteenth and final Arc7 ice-class tanker built specifically for the project.
Yakov Gakkel was recently delivered to Teekay LNG Partners, part of Teekay Group, as the last of six LNG carriers that have been handed over to the JV between Teekay LNG Partners and China LNG Shipping. Back in 2014, Teekay LNG Partners signed contracts with China LNG Shipping for the six units. They agreed that the LNG ships would be on charter to Yamal LNG project in Northern Russia, operating on the Arctic route and transporting clean energy from the Arctic to the Asian and Nordic regions.
The project s Arc7 ice-class fleet is capable of shipping all of the LNG produced given the increased performance of the first three LNG trains and the planned launch of Train 4.
The presence of all 15 Arc7 ice-class vessels creates additional opportunities from 2020 for optimizing the project s logistics both westbound and eastbound, including the more extensive use of the Northern Sea Route, according to Yamal LNG.
Report: Working Conditions at Alang Shipbreaking Yards Remain Poor
There has been little improvement in working conditions at the shipbreaking yards in Alang-Sosiya (ASSBY), India, according to recent research issued by Mumbai s Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
Specifically, the report highlighted several concerning breaches of the national legal framework aimed at protecting workers and their occupational health and safety.
These include the lack of protective equipment and inappropriate safety measures at the workplace, inadequate health facilities and too long working hours.
Although labor laws to protect and improve the working conditions and ensure the welfare of workers at ASSBY do exist, they have not been effectively implemented and taken seriously by different state government departments in Gujarat, according to the report.
Despite a number of initiatives by the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) towards the development of shipbreaking activities in Alang, the board is failing to monitor ASSBY and provide adequate facilities and infrastructure at the yards, TISS said.
Data collected by the Platform and Toxic Watch Alliance shows that there have been more than 500 fatal accidents since 1983 at the Alang shipbreaking yards - and at least 48 since 2014. Based on the findings of the TISS report, more than half of the total workers interviewed said they had been injured at their workplace in the past year. 39 percent of these workers informed that they had not received any medical support; 52 percent did not get any wage or compensation when they were on leave due to injury; and, 18 percent continued to work despite their injuries as they were worried to lose wages.
As explained, there is also no database created or maintained by the district authority about the number of workers at the shipbreaking yards. This makes it difficult to ensure the welfare of the workforce in Alang, with many of them being migrant workers.
"There is no lack of laws in India to protect both workers and the environment from the many harms caused by the unsustainable practices in Alang. It is high time that the Indian government enforces these laws to ensure that the industry embraces truly safe and green recycling practices off the beach," Ingvild Jenssen, Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, commented.
India s recently approved Ship Recycling Bill (2019) and ratification of the International Maritime Organisation s (IMO) Hong Kong Convention risk undermining existing laws and fail in establishing an effective framework for improving industry practices. The standards set by the Hong Kong Convention are weak, and have also been strongly criticized for simply rubberstamping beaching, a method which is banned in major ship owning countries, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform said.
World s 1st Liquefied Hydrogen Carrier Named in Japan
Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries has named Suiso Frontier, the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier, at its yard Kobe Works, the company said.
This vessel is owned by CO2-free Hydrogen Energy Supply-chain Technology Research Association (HySTRA), formed by Kawasaki, Iwatani Corporation (Iwatani), Shell Japan Limited, and Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER) in 2016, with the aim of promoting hydrogen as fuel source.
The vessel disposes 8,000 tons in gross tonnage and is designed to transport large quantities of liquefied hydrogen at 1/800 of its original gas-state volume, cooled to -253°C, over long distances by sea. It has a diesel-electric propulsion system and can achieve a speed of 13.0 knots. The ClassNK-classed vessel has the capacity to carry 25 people.
Kawasaki plans to install a 1,250 m3 vacuum-insulated, double-shell-structure liquefied hydrogen storage tank, currently being manufactured at Harima Works, on the ship and complete the vessel s construction by late 2020.
"Once complete, the Susiso Frontier will be used for technology demonstration testing in Japanese FY 2020 aimed at the establishment of an international hydrogen energy supply chain in which liquefied hydrogen produced in Australia will be shipped to Japan," the shipbuilder said.
The mass hydrogen marine transportation supply chain is planned to be derived from unused brown coal within the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization s (NEDO) demonstration project.
The pilot project is planned for 2020-2021, and it will demonstrate brown coal gasification and hydrogen refining at Latrobe Valley in Australia, hydrogen liquefaction and storage of liquefied hydrogen at Hastings, marine transportation of liquefied hydrogen from Australia to Japan and unloading of liquefied hydrogen in Japan.
Namely, a liquefied hydrogen unloading terminal is being built in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, and a brown coal gasification facility is being constructed in Australia. In addition, a consortium comprising Kawasaki, Iwatani and J-POWER along with Marubeni Corporation and AGL Loy Yang Pty Ltd, was formed in 2018 and has received financial support from the Australian and Victorian governments to build a gas refining facility, hydrogen liquefaction & loading terminal.
"In 1981, Kawasaki became the first Asian company to manufacture a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, and now as the world s first company to complete a liquefied hydrogen carrier it will further its efforts toward achieving a Hydrogen Society," the company added.
First SIMOPS LNG Bunkering Completed in Amsterdam
Titan LNG s bunker barge FlexFueler001 has supplied LNG to the tanker Ramelia while the ship was unloading cargo at the Oiltanking Terminal in Amsterdam.
The operation was carried out in cooperation with Oiltanking Amsterdam and Furetank Chartering.
As informed, this is the first time a simultaneous operation (SIMOPS) has taken place with LNG bunkering in the Port of Amsterdam, allowing the Ramelia to discharge cargo whilst receiving LNG bunkers.
According to Titan LNG, the SIMOPS enables the receiving vessel to have a quicker turnaround in the port as it does not have to shift to a designated LNG bunkering location, such as the Titan LNG facility.
"This first SIMOPS in Amsterdam is a real enabler for LNG as a marine fuel. Being able to bunker whilst working in a port not only saves turnaround time and money, it also has positive effects on the local environment since the emission involved in shifting operation is eliminated and it reduces working hours for the crew when we can avoid shifting," Johan Kristensson from Furetank Chartering commented.
"We hope that more terminals will follow shortly as it is clear that LNG bunkering is possible and allowed by the ports and the terminals," Kristensson added.
"Oiltanking is proud to facilitate the bunkering of LNG at our facility… The LNG bunkering did not cause any additional restrictions or delays on our ability to discharge the tanker Ramelia," Daan van Rooijen, Manager Operations at Oiltanking Amsterdam, said.
The 19,812 CBM Ramelia, owned by Swedish company Alvtank, is the latest addition to the LNG-powered product tanker pool of the Gothia Tankers Alliance.
Iceland Bans Use of HFO in Its Waters
Iceland is pushing forward with its efforts to curb sulphur emissions in its waters in line with its climate action plan.
Namely, Iceland s Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, Guamundur Ingi Guabrandsson, has issued a regulation to restrict exhaust emissions containing high levels of sulphur from being burned by ships in Iceland s territorial waters.
Belships Bolsters Ultramax Fleet
Norwegian shipping company Belships is gearing up to further expand its fleet with two more Ultramax bulk carriers.
The company said that it has penned letters of intent for a 10-year bareboat charter for a 64,000 dwt Ultramax newbuilding and a second-hand bulker built in 2017.
Kidnapped Crew from J.J. Ugland Vessel Freed
The nine crew members that were kidnapped from the bulk carrier MV Bonita off Cotonou, Benin, early November have been released, after 35 days in captivity, Norwegian shipowner J.J. Ugland informed.
Following the release on December 6, the seafarers went through medical examinations and were all declared fit for travel.
Enterprise, Enbridge to develop Gulf of Mexico crude export terminal
Enterprise Products Partners LP and Enbridge Inc have agreed to jointly develop a U.S. Gulf Coast crude export terminal that would load supertankers off Freeport, Texas, Enbridge said.
The pipeline operators plan to finalize a deal that would provide Enbridge an option to purchase ownership interest in Enterprise s Sea Port Oil Terminal (SPOT), subject to SPOT receiving a deep-water port license, Enbridge said.
Reduce Energy Consumption On Terminals Dashport Visualizes Potential Savings
The transport, transshipment and storage processes as well as the associated auxiliary processes in ports require large amounts of energy. This involves both considerable operating costs and - depending on the energy source - emissions. In the dashPort project, the CML is now working on a solution to investigate, optimize and then reduce the consumption of electrical energy in ports without restricting the core business.
Khalifa Bin Salman Port celebrates a decade of contribution to Bahrain s economic development
The Kingdom s only commercial port and one of the ports with the highest productivity in the region, Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) is celebrating ten years of successful operations, as it continues to facilitate economic diversification in line with Bahrain s 2030 economic vision.
Carrying terminals towards a more eco-efficient future with hybrid straddles
Fifty years on from its introduction, the Kalmar straddle carrier is now a textbook example of what can be achieved with hybrid drivelines. Almost 300 hybrid versions have been ordered and delivered to date, including 43 to DP World Antwerp Gateway, and they are hard at work helping customers around the world to cut fuel costs, CO2 emissions and noise.
New low-sulphur bunker oil popular in Rotterdam
The new low-sulphur bunker oil VLSFO (Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil with a maximum 0.5% sulphur) has become extremely popular in Rotterdam, Europe s largest bunker port. Half of all November bunker sales were for VLSFO. This became apparent from the bunkering notifications via the Port of Rotterdam Authority s TimeToBunker App.