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Ardmore Seawolf Joins Ardmore Fleet
Ardmore Shipping Corporation announced that its latest newbuild vessel, the Ardmore Seawolf, was delivered by SPP Shipbuilding from the Sacheon shipyard in Korea on 13th August 2015.
The Ardmore Seawolf is a 49,999 DWT IMO 3 product and chemical tanker. Her addition to the Ardmore fleet increases the number of Ardmore vessels on the water to 22. Technical management of the Ardmore Seawolf will be provided by Univan Ship Management.
Commenting on her delivery, Mark Cameron, Ardmore Shipping's COO, said:
"We are pleased to welcome the Ardmore Seawolf to the Ardmore fleet, where she will join her sister ships, the Ardmore Sealion and Ardmore Seafox. We extend our sincere thanks to SPP Shipbuilding for their diligence, commitment and excellence throughout the build process. The addition of the Ardmore Seawolf demonstrates our constant commitment to growing Ardmore's fleet through the addition of state-of-the-art, high quality and efficient vessels to our fleet. With an average age of under four and a half years, the Ardmore fleet is among the youngest in the industry.
In keeping with her sister ships, the Ardmore Seawolf is a high quality eco-design Ardmore vessel, equipped with a variety of fuel-saving measures, including Skysails vessel optimization software, and offering the highest standards of fuel efficiency and operational performance for our customers.
This is the third of four newbuild vessels to be delivered from SPP Shipbuilding this year and we look forward to working closely with SPP Shipbuilding on the remaining vessel in the series, which is due for delivery in the final quarter of this year. We wish the Ardmore Seawolf and her crew fair winds and following seas as she goes on to fulfil her long and successful service within the Ardmore fleet."
New Suez Not Needed
The new 45-mile section of the Suez Canal Corridor Area Project has been hailed a success - but the praise is not universal. The plan aims to almost triple Suez Canal revenues from $5.3 billion at present to about $13.2 billion in 2023, but critics in Egypt claim that a new canal section is not needed. Eqyptian opposition contends that, in light of weak global trade growth, there was no need to build a new canal to accommodate 97 vessels - as even at the pre-crash height of trade only 59 vessels a day were registered to pass. As such they claim that the spend and efforts have been wasted.
Tackling Skewed Piracy Reporting
According to a study by the Lowy Institute, realistic assessments of piracy threats require analysis of the reported attacks in terms of their seriousness, the types and sizes of vessels attacked, and whether ships were proceeding slowly or stopped at anchor or in port at the time of the attack. Any ship at all may be attacked while stopped or proceeding slowly if appropriate precautions are not taken and vigilance exercised. Too many analysts rely on numbers alone, and lack the qualitative knowledge to really shape a proper and effective analysis, one which can scope the scale of the problem and the threat posed.
ABB to optimize routes of giant Maersk Line container ships
ABB, the leading power and automation group, is working with MeteoGroup to equip 140 container ships from Maersk Line with advisory software to optimize routes, boost maritime safety and protect precious cargo based on factors including the hull design and the weather; helping them avoid conditions that could be harmful to the ship, its crew or its cargo.
The deal will see ABB combine its Octopus motion-monitoring, forecasting and decision-support software, which improves vessel availability and safety, with MeteoGroup's SPOS Seekeeping plug-in. Once fitted on Maersk Line ships, this will enable captains to define on-board loading conditions, and more accurately determine areas of the ocean where their ship’s motion is likely to exceed threshold values. Routes can then be optimized automatically to skirt adverse conditions, ensuring cargo arrives safely and on-time at its destination port.
"Both MeteoGroup and ABB take great pride in the fact that we are delivering an onboard advisory tool for the world's biggest container shipping company," said Heikki Soljama, managing director of ABB's Marine and Ports business unit. "This will enable Maersk to execute cargo transportation across the world in a safe and efficient manner."
This innovative software solution reflects ABB's focus on the Internet of Things, Services and People in helping marine customers leverage vast amounts of previously untapped data about their ships to boost the efficiency and safety of their operations while cutting costs. Innovation has always been a key source of competitive advantage for ABB and is a key element of the company`s Next Level strategy.
ABB's Octopus advisory suite, which is also deployed aboard liquefied natural gas tankers and the world's biggest cruise ships, includes a three-dimensional hydrodynamic database for each individual hull type. This means ABB's software, together with MeteoGroup's plug-in, produces very accurate calculations about how a ship will respond to dynamic weather and ocean conditions. The resulting routing advice is far more precise and tailored to the individual vessel because it takes into account not only environmental conditions such as wind, currents and swell but also the effect these changing conditions may have on the ship's behavior.
ABB offers the widest portfolio of marine advisory and optimization systems to the maritime market. Its performance management solution consists of the Octopus advisory suite and the 'Emma' advisory suite, a decision support toolkit to minimize the overall fuel and energy costs for a whole fleet.
Plans for Phase 3 expansion of Salalah Port in Oman
Three new container berths, new government berths, dedicated cruise terminal, expanded breakwater arms, and a new approach channel are part of an ambitious package of works envisaged for implementation as part of the Phase 3 expansion of Port of Salalah , the Sultanate's preeminent container transshipment and logistics hub overlooking the Indian Ocean. Leading international engineering consultancy firms are preparing to bid for a contract to study and design this key package of works on behalf of Oman's Ministry of Transport and Communications. Billed as the largest upgrade since the port came into operation in 1998, the Phase 3 expansion is expected to cost several hundred million dollars to implement, say experts.
According to officials, the most significant component of the upgrade is the expansion of the existing Container Terminal through the design and implementation of Quays 7, 8 and 9 each of about 450-metre length and about 500 metres wide. The berths, which add a further 1,350 metres of quay wall to the port's existing 2,500-metre-long quay length, will be equipped with the backland infrastructure to support modern, efficient container terminal operations. Also as part of its brief, the selected bidder will design and oversee the implementation of a roughly 3.7-kilometre-long North Breakwater whose primarily function is to protect the existing and future berths against long-wave energy responsible for moored vessel motion.
Additionally, the North Breakwater will support the establishment of a platform featuring a 1.2-kilometre-long berth to accommodate cruise ships as well as government vessels. Moreover, the breakwater will enable the construction of a marina at its root, while also serving as a physical barrier separating the secured port zone from the adjacent surrounding areas.
Equally significant is the proposed construction of a roughly 800-metre-long extension to the existing South Breakwater. As with the North Breakwater, the southern extension will be designed to protect the existing and future berths against long-wave energy. The initiative will also help reduce swells along the liquid bulk jetties and existing container berths.
Importantly, a new approach channel will be created to the expanded port. The 300-metre-wide channel will be dredged to a depth of 19 metres and designed to accommodate two traffic lanes. Additionally, the selected consultant will design and oversee the dredging of a new turning basin (north basin), and various access channels to the Phase 3 expansion berths, and the berthing areas.
A host of new structures and facilities are also envisioned for design and implementation as part of the Phase 3 expansion. They include the construction of a roughly 300-metre-long stub breakwater to be constructed perpendicular to the North Breakwater to protect the government and cruise berths against locally generated waves and other waves diffracting into the port from the harbour entrance.
Furthermore, the consultancy services contract calls for the design of new berths for tugboats and pilot boats, along with all other associated landside infrastructure. A marina for small crafts will also be designed at a suitable site chosen on the basis of a study to be carried out by the consultant.
Given the scope and scale of these initiatives, the proposed upgrade is expected to reinforce the gateway's ability to attract new mainline carriers to Salalah, thereby strengthening its position in the rankings of the world’s largest transshipment hubs, it is pointed out.
Salalah Port is operated and managed by Salalah Port Services, a joint venture that includes APM Terminals (30 per cent), one of the world’s biggest terminal operators, the Government of the Sultanate of Oman (20 per cent), local private sector investors, government pension funds and investors on the Muscat Securities Market.
Source: Oman Daily Observer
MSC announce changes to its Asia East-West Network
MSC is pleased to announce changes to its Asia East-West network including services to/from North Europe, the Mediterranean and the USA. New service presentations are available which provide transit times, maps and vessel rotations.
Information regarding the implementation of these changes will be communicated in due course. These changes jointly effect MSC and Maersk Line who operate a vessel sharing agreement on these trades. If you require further assistance, please contact your local MSC office.
Source: Mediterranean Shipping Company