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Coronavirus Claims the Lives of Two Diamond Princess Passengers
Two passengers from the cruise ship Diamond Princess, who were infected with coronavirus, have passed away, the Japanese Health Ministry informed on Thursday, February 20.
Both persons, a man, and a woman were in their 80s, according to the ministry.
"Our hearts go out to the families, friends and all who are impacted by these losses. All of us at Princess Cruises, as well as the crew of the Diamond Princess, offer our sincere condolences," Princess Cruises said in a statement to World Maritime News.
Clarkson Acquires Spanish Shiproker Martankers
Clarkson Overseas Shipbroking, part of UK shipping services provider Clarksons, has acquired 100% of the issued share capital of Spanish shipbroker Martankers.
Founded in 1989, Martankers specializes in the transportation of bulk liquid cargoes and liquefied gases. It has a primary focus on the European markets, but also boasts a considerable global footprint.
According to Clarksons, the business will continue to operate from Madrid under the leadership of Jose Antonio Leira and Francisco Pascual. It will be integrated within the Specialised Products and Petrochemical Gases divisions, such that Martankers can benefit from Clarkson technology, data and research.
ABS to Class World s Largest Type-B Ethane Carriers
Two of the largest very large ethane carriers (VLECs) ever ordered are now under construction to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) class at Jiangnan Shipyard following a successful joint development effort, the classification society said.
The two 99,000cbm dual fuel B-Tank vessels ordered by Pacific Gas are the world s largest VLEC vessel type.
Designed to be efficient and more environmentally friendly, the vessels feature the Type-B Cargo Containment System "BrilliancE" developed by Jiangnan.
MOL, DSME Join Forces on Cutting FSRUs Environmental Impact
Japanese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has entered into an agreement with Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering to jointly develop a new technology to reduce environmental impact for Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRU).
This new technology named Cryo-Powered Regas is aimed at enabling the utilization of the LNG cold energy, which used to be disposed, as power generation energy by adopting the Organic Rankine Cycle in the regasification process of FSRU.
The technology is expected to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emission of FSRU significantly.
Carnival Cruise Line Inks 5-Year Agreement with City of Norfolk
US-based cruise line Carnival Cruise Line has signed a five-year agreement with the City of Norfolk, Virginia, to operate seasonal cruises from the Half Moone Cruise Center through 2025.
As part of the deal, the City of Norfolk has agreed to make investments at the Half Moone Cruise Center to accommodate larger vessels and provide an enhanced passenger experience.
The investments include a new boarding bridge that will streamline the embarkation and debarkation process and a host of other improvements.
Excelerate Launches In-House Ship Management Services
Provider of floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) Excelerate Energy has secured the relevant documentation enabling the company to manage its entire FSRU fleet.
Namely, the company s subsidiary Excelerate Technical Management (ETM) received Interim Documents of Compliance (DoC) under the International Safety Management (ISM) Code from the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Government of Belgium.
Report: Coronavirus Scare on Bulker in India
Two crew members of a bulk carrier arriving from China to Chennai were tested for coronavirus after a medical screening of the crew members determined that two men had a fever, the Press Trust of India informed.
The ship, identified as MV Magnate, was reportedly put under quarantine for 14 days before being allowed to berth in Chennai as it had called at several Chinese ports before reaching India.
Update: 747 Westerdam Crew Test Negative for COVID-19
The Cambodian Ministry of Health confirmed today that all 747 crew members on board Holland America Line s ship Westerdam have tested negative for coronavirus.
"Twenty-five crew members were originally scheduled to disembark the ship on Feb. 15 at the end of their work contracts. They will now begin their travels home," the cruise line said in an update.
Ten Seafarers Kidnapped from Tanker off Cotonou
Ten crew members have been kidnapped from a crude oil tanker off Cotonou, Benin, Dryad Global said.
The incident occurred some 76 nautical miles southwest of Cotonou on February 20, 2020.
At the time of the attack, the ship - identified as the 78,928 cbm Alpine Penelope - was en route to Lagos, Nigeria, from Ijmuiden, the Netherlands. It was crewed by 24 people consisting of Georgian, Filipino and Ukrainian nationals.
DP World Improves Productivity and Service at UK Shipping Terminal with Panasonic TOUGHBOOK Devices
"No terminal in the UK or Europe uses a mobile device with software as advanced that enables an operator to interact with the loading and discharging of a vessel in real time."
BRACKNELL, UK. 18th February 2020 - DP World, a leading enabler of global trade and an integral part of the supply chain, is using Panasonic TOUGHBOOK rugged notebooks and tablets, purchased through Colva Ltd, to transform productivity and customer service at its busy Southampton terminal operation.
India: Workers protest as government moves towards corporatisation of port trusts
Thousands of port and dock workers at the dozen state-owned major ports are holding a day-long protest today (Thursday) against the Centre s plan to convert the port trusts into authorities, which they feel is the first step towards the privatisation of these ports.
The workers want the government to desist from introducing the Major Port Authorities Bill - which was approved by the Union Cabinet on February 12 - in the ongoing Budget session of Parliament, and passing it without taking in the views of the workers’ unions.
ION accelerates Marlin SmartPort development with new grant
ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) yesterday announced the Company received another grant from Scottish Enterprise, Scotland s national economic development agency, to broaden Marlin s scope to deliver comprehensive value to the global ports and harbors market. Developed in conjunction with subject matter experts and initial port clients, the Marlin™ SmartPort technology roadmap has been designed to help stakeholders optimize decision-making and profitability.
2019 demand in Rotterdam bunker port more sustainable
The demand for LNG, bio and low-sulphur bunkers has increased enormously in Rotterdam over the past year. Total sales in this largest European bunker port fell from 9.5 million m3 to 9 million m3.
In the last quarter of 2019, sales of low-sulphur bunker oil with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% - the so-called VLSFO, very low sulphur fuel oil - increased enormously.