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Fincantieri Lays Keel for MSC Cruises Longest Ship
Italy s shipbuilder Fincantieri held a keel laying ceremony for MSC Cruises latest vessel, the MSC Seashore, on September 19.
The milestone event took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, where MSC Cruises revealed details of the significantly transformed overall design and new features of the ship.
At 339 meters, the MSC Seashore will be the company s longest ship when it enters service in June 2021. It is the first of two enriched "Seaside Evo" Class ships with the latest available environmental technology, extended public spaces, more cabins and the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any ship in the company s fleet, the parties explained.
According to Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman, MSC Seashore represents "another proof of our long-standing commitment to preserve the environment in our ongoing journey to minimise and continuously reduce the impact of our operations."
MSC Seashore will be fitted, amongst other, with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system and a Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) system. The new build will also be fitted with shore-to-ship power which connects cruise ships while at berth to a port s local power grid to reduce further the ship s emissions.
Other effective environmental technologies deployed on MSC Seashore include an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS); waste management systems; ballast water treatment systems approved by the United States Coast Guard; systems for the prevention of oil discharges from machinery spaces and various energy-efficiency improvements - from heat recovery systems to LED lighting.
"It is a real challenge in terms of structural and managerial aspects, which powers the impressive workload for the shipyard and the local area. We therefore are very pleased for such a celebration which seals the fruitful partnership with MSC Cruises and we are confident that there will be other similar moments in the future," Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri CEO, noted.
Carnival Gets Approval to Expand Terminal F at PortMiami
Carnival Cruise Line has received the approval for a major expansion of Cruise Terminal F at PortMiami that will be capable of supporting the operations of Carnival s new Excel class ship.
The Miami-Dade County Commission approved the proposal for a complete renovation and expansion of the terminal, clearing the way for the yet-to-be-named sister ship of Mardi Gras to be homeported in Miami when it is delivered in 2022.
"With today s approval, we will move quickly on a plan to remodel and expand Terminal F so that it will accommodate the most innovative class of ship to join our fleet," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
"Everyone is very excited about Miami being home to our next liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship in North America and the sister ship to Mardi Gras, which arrives next August and is generating tremendous enthusiasm. Today’s vote assures that the new ship and terminal expansion will both arrive in time for Carnival s 50th anniversary in 2022."
The redesigned Terminal F will be able to accommodate not only the company s largest and newest class of ship, but also allow the line to bring its next LNG ship to south Florida.
Mardi Gras, the first Carnival Excel class ship for the line, will be delivered in August 2020 and be homeported at Port Canaveral after inaugural sailings from Europe and New York.
When completed, Terminal F will be the third cruise terminal at PortMiami dedicated to Carnival operations. The agreement includes a commitment by Carnival to keep ships at Terminal F for 20 years, with the option of two additional seven-year extensions.
All renovations are set for completion by October 2022 to welcome the Carnival Excel class ship arriving in late 2022.
New Zealand Fines Bulker Captain, Chief Officer for Giving False Details
The Captain and Chief Officer of the bulk carrier Emilie Bulker were fined for giving false information to Maritime New Zealand after a crewman passed out aboard the vessel because of lack of oxygen in the ship s poorly-ventilated hold.
Namely, Captain Damian and Chief Officer Ian Dalingding pleaded guilty to providing wrong information to Maritime NZ and were fined NZD 13,500 (USD 8,505) and NZD 4,050 (USD 2,550) respectively. The Captain also pleaded guilty to permitting dangerous activity.
A reparation payment of NZD 10,000 for emotional harm has been awarded to the victim, Maritime NZ said.
The incident occurred aboard the 32,690 dwt bulker at the Port of Tauranga on September 6, 2019, when the crewman was working in a hold containing palm kernel, which is known to deplete oxygen in the air.
Fire and Emergency NZ rescued the unconscious man from the ship s cargo-hold. He was taken to the Tauranga Hospital and placed in an induced coma. He was discharged from the hospital on September 10.
During an investigation into the matter, the Captain and Chief Officer gave false information claiming that assessment and gas tests of the cargo-hold had been done, and the hold was safe to work in.
WinGD Builds World s Largest Dual-Fuel Engine for Containerships
Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has shared a time-lapse video of the construction of a 12X92DF engine built by CSSC-MES Diesel in Shanghai.
This twelve-cylinder version of the 92cm bore X-DF engine is the largest and most powerful gas and dual-fuel engine ever built, according to WinGD.
The Switzerland-based company said the engines will bring "a new level of environmental sustainability to the containership segment."
Rated 63,840 kW at 80 rpm, the engine weighs over 2,100 tons. The low-pressure dual-fuel technology is said to enable stable combustion, high fuel efficiency and low noxious and greenhouse gas emissions typical of lean burn gas combustion.
X-DF engines comply with IMO Tier III limits on NOx in gas mode and IMO Tier II in liquid fuel mode, both without EGR or SCR. They would comply with the upcoming emissions regulations due to the low NOx and SOx emissions from burning LNG in the X-DF engine.
Back in 2017, French shipping major CMA CGM chose WinGD s 12X92DF engines for nine of its 22,000 TEU containerships. The USD 1.2 billion worth containerships are scheduled to start joining the fleet from the end of 2019 extending into 2020.
Aurelius Finance Supports Ardent Boyout
Alternative direct lender Aurelius Finance Company has provided financing to support the buyout of Ardent, a global emergency management and offshore decommissioning company, from its co-owners Svitzer and Crowley Holdings.
The deal will see Ardent s senior management team acquire a shareholding in the company. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed and closing is subject to approval by the German anti-trust authorities.
Following the deal, Ardent will have expanded financial resources to help develop its position at the forefront of both the emergency management and offshore decommissioning industries while in addition expanding its offering of select subsea services. The Ardent growth potential is very significant.
The parties said that the company would retain the same team, assets and growth plan. The company will also continue to cooperate with Svitzer and Crowley Maritime Corporation on unchanged terms.
"We are delighted to partner with Peter and the rest of the management team to support Ardent as it continues to develop its offering in a growing and high-potential market," Karun Dhir, Managing Director of Aurelius Finance Company, added.
"I believe that we have found the right partners for the next stage in Ardent s development," Knud Winkler, Global CFO of Svitzer, said.
"To allow Ardent and Svitzer to continue growing within their respective business areas, we decided that this is the right time to restructure its ownership arrangements and we are very happy with the partnership between Ardent and Aurelius, which brings new significant firepower to the business," Winkler added.
"Not only does this transaction place Ardent in a good position for future growth and development, it also fits well with Crowley s strategic growth plans as a global, singular provider of logistics services as well as superior marine and energy solutions," Dan Warner, Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Crowley Maritime, noted.
"The deal will enable Crowley to continue its successful focus on services that add superior value for government and commercial customers, including non-asset-based solutions that complement our transportation services on land and sea," according to Warner.
Pirates Board Tanker at Anchorage off Guinea
The 52,600 dwt chemical tanker Ance was attacked by pirates on September 16 while it was anchored some 5 nautical miles off Conakry, Guinea.
Four pirates armed with a gun and knives boarded the tanker in the early morning hours, according to data provided by IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
The perpetrators reportedly took the duty AB hostage, tied his hands and forced him to lead them to the bridge. Once inside the bridge the robbers took the duty officer hostage and forced him to lead them to the Captain, Chief Engineer, third officer and bosun s cabins, IMB PRC added.
After looting the cabins, the robbers locked the crew in a cabin and escaped. Crew personal belongings, cash and ship s properties were stolen, the report shows.
The operator of the vessels, Latvia-based ship manager LSC Ltd, emphasized that there were no injuries to the crew members adding that the entire crew is in "good spirit and health". The company noted that there were no reports of damages to the cargo and the vessel following the incident.
Seafarers well being heads the agenda on safety at sea
The safety of India's seafarers is the top agenda at the two-day seminar - Surabhi 2019 - that commenced here on Thursday.
Organised by The Synergy Group, a leading ship manager and maritime technology company, the seminar noted that seafaring remains a perilous profession despite decades of improvements in safety. Accidents, collisions, cyber attacks and even pirates are constant threats.
Among the guests was Katsuya Abe, President of Nissen Kaiun, Japan's largest private ship owner. He was joined by senior representatives of Shell, Exxon, Class NK, Petronas, Mitsui OSK Lines and BW Shipping.
Rajesh Unni, CEO and Founder of Synergy Group said, "We are determined to make the lives of those who take to the seas as safe as possible." Mental health awareness and seafarer wellness should be on the top of the agenda when the industry looks at safety at sea. Many studies into the psychological health of seafarers clearly illustrate that large numbers of seafarers suffer from obvious manifestations of impaired psychological well-being such as social isolation and depression, he said.
Synergy Group, which employs almost 10,000 seafarers and manages a fleet of over 265 vessels, also launched its innovative new 'Ahoy' App. This keeps all seafarers in 'live' contact with colleagues onshore as well improving the efficiency of shipping operations.
Synergy also showcased SMARTShip, the patented digital shipping solution developed by Alpha Ori Technologies (AOT) which is now enjoying rapid uptake across the maritime sector. The Internet of Things (IoT) platform enables the operation of multiple systems on ships with varying degrees of autonomy. It has already been installed on more than 30 vessels and 60 more are undergoing the process.
Croatian Navy missile boat fire, Sibenik
Fire erupted in stern area near aft missile launchers on board of Croatian Navy missile boat VUKOVAR (RTOP-41), in the morning Sep 19, at Sibenik NCP Ship Repair Yard, where the boat is undergoing scheduled maintenance works. Fire was sparked by wielding works. One crew and two workers were hospitalized with smoke inhalation symptoms. Fire reportedly, was quickly extinguished by crew and by local fire fighting teams.
ABS Unveils LNG Cargo Ready Notation for Ethane Carriers
Classification society ABS has launched the industry’s first LNG Cargo Ready notation for ethane carriers in an effort to increase the flexibility of the next-generation of this vessel type.
The development was announced at a joint event with Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) during Gastech 2019 in Houston, highlighting progress towards delivering "LNG Cargo Ready" ethane carriers.
Industry Majors Busy with Securing Financing
Shipping heavyweights have proven yet another time their fierceness in the fight to preserve liquidity with several major deals being announced today totaling in over USD 1.4 billion.
Owner and operator of LNG carriers Dynagas LNG Partners said that it has sealed a syndicated USD 675 million senior secured term loan. The facility will be secured by first priority mortgages on the six LNG carriers in the partnership s fleet.
Port of Hamburg: Interconnectivity, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Resilience - How Technology Empowers Leading Ports - chainPORT concludes 5th Annual Meeting in Montreal
chainPORT - the multilateral partnership of the world leading ports - has just concluded its 5th Annual Meeting which was hosted on September 16 & 17 by the Port of Montreal.
While welcoming delegates to the event, Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority mentioned: After participating in the chainPORT Hackathon and hosting the chainPORT Academy last year, we are very proud to host the 5th edition of the Annual General Meeting.
Cameroon taps Terminal Investment Limited to run Douala port
Switzerland s Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) has been tapped to renovate and manage Cameroon s main Douala port starting next year, the port’s director-general said.
Douala, located on the Atlantic coast, is the hub for Cameroon s exports of cocoa, oil and timber. It has been managed since 2015 by Bollore, but the French company was eliminated earlier in the bidding process as it sought to renew its contract.
Relief for ship owners as NPA waves charges for dry-docking of vessels
Ship owners in the country have heave a sigh of relief as the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) waves dues on vessels coming for dry-docking and maintenance on the nation s territorial waters.
This move by the maritime industry watchdog is expected to attract more vessel owners to Nigeria rather than patronizing foreign ship repair yards with attendant loss of capital flight.
South Korean port to slash passenger vessel emissions with ABB shore power
ABB will install Port of Incheon s first shore-to-ship power solution, enabling passenger vessels to cut emissions, noise and vibrations at berth
ABB has secured the contract covering South Korea s commitment to sustainable shore-to-ship power, after a pilot scheme for passenger ships to plug into the local grid received the go ahead from Incheon Port Authority (IPA).
Fujairah refined product stocks jump 13% after Saudi Arabia attacks
Refined product stocks at the Middle Eastern hub of Fujairah climbed 13 percent in the week to 16th September, with increases in all categories in the aftermath of attacks on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, according to data released Wednesday by the Fujairah Oil Industry Zone, FOIZ.
Total inventories rose to 19.675 million barrels, the highest in two weeks, after falling 13 percent a week earlier.