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Research team works towards safer and more cost-effective crewing
At this year's World Maritime Day on 27 September, the International Maritime Organization will celebrate its 70th birthday by addressing challenges in maritime transport in order to work towards continued growth in the industry.
One of these challenges is crewing, which affects not only the cost of transport - accounting for about 50% of the operational expenses onboard - but more importantly the safety and welfare of seafarers themselves. To address this, Solent University senior research fellow Dr Kate Pike is leading a team to find out the best manning strategies to employ onboard a vessel, with a focus on keeping the top management in place for more than one voyage.
Kate says: "There's been quite a lot of research in other industries highlighting the benefits of stable teams, but never in this context for the Merchant Navy."
Research team member and founder of Impact Crew, Karen Passman, adds: "A high-performing senior crew are not only going to be more efficient in terms of their roles, but also in how they delegate to crew and the standards that they expect from their crew. This in turn will impact on the onboard culture and hopefully the adherence to protocols and safety standards."
The three year project, sponsored by the Lloyd's Register Foundation and the TK Foundation, began in April 2017 and is drawing upon best practice from stakeholders within the maritime industry.
The project will ultimately highlight the benefits and limitations of implementing either a fluid or a stable crewing strategy, and will provide recommendations on the best implementation of these strategies for the merchant shipping industry.
Karen hopes these recommendations will have a major impact: "If we're able to prove that there are superior safety, maintenance and performance benefits, as well as long-term cost savings from one crewing strategy over another, we hope this in turn will cause ship owners and managers to more rigorously consider which crewing strategy they choose to adopt."
The findings from the study will be announced at the Effective Crew Project Conference at the IMO headquarters in London on 31 January.
World s Biggest Ship Propeller Heads for Korea to Join MSC s 23,000 TEU Giant
World s largest ship propeller, weighing 110 tonnes, was loaded onto a containership in the Port of Hamburg on Sunday, September 16.
The propeller, intended for the first of eleven of MSC s 23,000 TEU newbuild containerships, is headed for the port of Busan in South Korea on board the 5,000-TEU Hyundai Supreme.
FUELSAVE Applies to Join the CO2 Challenge
Germany-based manufacturer of fuel saving additive, FUELSAVE, has applied to become a partner of the CO2 Challenge, the initiative set up by US conglomerate Cargill, entrepreneurial group Rainmaking and classification society DNV GL.
The CO2 Challenge aims to partner with start-ups and technology companies with systems capable of reducing a vessel s CO2 emissions in line with international climate strategies and targets. Since the initiative was launched in June 2018, it has received some 70 applicants from 20 different countries.
Quijano: Panama Canal Not Impacted Yet by US-China Trade Tensions
The brewing tit for tat trade war between the world s top economic powers, the United States (U.S.) and China, has not had an effect on the Panama Canal s trade volumes so far, according to the waterway s administrator, Jorge L. Quijano.
However, the canal authority is keeping a close eye on the tariffs being imposed by the two countries, as China and the U.S. are the two largest users of the waterway.
Maritime Welfare Training: More Important than Ever
The shipping industry is facing unprecedented change. With topics such as new environmental regulations and the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation dominating the conversation, seafarers welfare has tended to be overlooked.
Product tanker grounding, Denmark
Product tanker SUKRAN C ran aground at Aabenraa harbor, Denmark, Little Belt, at around 1540 UTC Sep 16, while leaving. Tanker was refloated some 5 hours later with the help of a boat, and resumed voyage to France, she already transited Kiel Canal.
6 Russian cargo ships blacklisted for violating sanctions against North Korea
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russia on Sep 17 of "cheating" on U.N. sanctions on North Korea and said Washington has "evidence of consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations." Haley said Washington has tracked some 148 cases this year of oil tankers delivering fuel to North Korea obtained through ship-to-ship transfers at sea in breach of a U.N. cap. She did not say how many transfers may have received Russian help.
Small freighter holed by bottom contact, UK
General cargo ship FAME contacted bottom and sustained a hole with ensuing water ingress early in the morning Sep 16, in The Minch strait south of Tarbert, Harris, Western Isles of Scotland. The ship was secured at Tarbert, water ingress taken under control with the help of Stornoway lifeboat, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Coastguard Rescue Teams and a fish farm support boat. FAME is en route to Mallaig UK, at 0000 UTC Sep 18 she was still at Tarbert.
Maersk Line Confirms Scrubber Investment
Danish liner giant Maersk Line has confirmed its investment in scrubbers in its latest announcement on fuel adjustment surcharge ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap.
The report on the investment was published by Reuters last week, crushing the company s previous statements that did not favor the technology.
Keppel O&M Completes 2nd LNG-Powered Tug
Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has delivered its second dual-fuel tug capable of running on LNG to Maju Maritime, part of Keppel Smit Towage.
Named Maju Loyalty, the vessel s delivery follows the completion of South East Asia and Singapore s first LNG-powered tug, KST Liberty, in May 2018.
Diana Shipping Finds Work for Panamax Bulker
Greek dry bulk shipowner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Hong Kong-based Ausca Shipping Limited for one of its Panamax vessels.
Under the deal, the company s 76,942 dwt Artemis will start working for Ausca Shipping on September 18 for a period of twelve to fifteen months.
Containerships Allowed Back to Hong Kong Terminals after Typhoon Mangkhut
Pilot services in Hong Kong are being resumed this afternoon following the departure of Typhoon Mangkhut that wreaked havoc across the Philippines, Hong Kong and China packing winds of 175 km/hour.
As informed, priority is being given to container ships berthing at Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi terminals.
Saudi: Volume of Cargo Handling at Jizan Port Jumps by 24%
The total number of transshipment containers in Saudi ports have increased by more than 19 percent during H1 of this year.
Meanwhile, recent data revealed an increase in cargo handling at Jizan Port by 24 percent during the period from the beginning of this year until the end of August.
Kolkata port seeks easing of traffic norms to prevent container pile up
Time is fast running out on the Kolkata port, which has been grappling with disruptions ever since a bridge connecting the southwest of the city collapsed on 4 September. Because of restrictions imposed on movement of goods vehicles, cargo despatches have declined, and unless the police start to ease the flow of traffic, the port is staring at a container pile up, say key officials.
Ports seen to handle more cargoes in Q4
Port operators are optimistic that congestion will not be a problem in the fourth quarter, despite the traditional surge in the volume of cargoes during the holidays.
International Container Terminal Services Inc. senior vice president and Manila International Container Terminal head Christian Gonzalez said the ongoing expansion of port terminals was expected to avoid another congestion episode.