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PROBE LAUNCHED IN WRECKAGE OF NADEZHDA OIL TANKER IN SAKHALIN

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Investigating bodies of the Far Eastern Transport Investigations Directorate of the Russia’s Investigative Committee have opened a criminal investigation in a crime under part 1 of article 263 of the RF Penal Code (violation safety standards for traffic and operation of sea transport) following a procedural check in the wreckage of the Nadezhda oil tanker.

Investigators have revealed that on 28 November 2015, the Nadezhda oil tanker which was on the roads was grounded by a storm in the port of Nevelsk.

At the moment of the wreckage there were 8 crewmembers and 300 tons of mazut and 200 tons of low-viscous fuel aboard the ship owned by OOO Akvatoria registered in the town of Nakhodka, Primorye Territory.

No-one was hurt. One of the tanks was damaged and there was an oil spill.

Nevelsk precinct suffered large damage due to pollution of the sea near the port of Nevelsk and the nearby water and shoreline by oil spill.

At present, during the initial investigation there are investigative operations underway to find out what happened. The investigation is ongoing.

Photo: TASS

 

European Community Shipowners’ Associations: EU shipowners want IMO leadership in efforts to reduce GHG emissions from shipping

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As world leaders from 147 countries gather in Paris for the long-awaited UNFCCC COP 21, European shipowners reiterate their support for the EU Member States’ negotiating position adopted in September.

“We fully support the idea that shipping has to contribute to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions” commented Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General, adding: “EU Member States gave a vote of confidence to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in its ability to address as soon as possible and in an effective manner greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping. We believe this is the right approach as it would be the logical continuation of steps already taken at EU level. After all, the IMO is the shipping industry’s global regulator.”

The EU made headway towards contributing to the IMO process following the adoption of the EU MRV Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2015/757) on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport. The Regulation is intended to be the first step of a strategy geared towards a global solution, by helping ascertain the real contribution of shipping to global CO2 emissions, starting in 2018.

The IMO has for its part a noteworthy track record in developing technical CO2 energy efficiency measures for the maritime sector. Two such measures, the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), both adopted in 2011, made shipping the first industrial sector to have a binding global regime in place to reduce its CO2 emissions. Entered into force in 2013, these measures require a gradual improvement of energy efficiency for newly built ships through intermediary targets, culminating in the requirement that all ships constructed after 2025 be 30% more efficient that those built in the 2000s. These measures also require shipowners to develop best practices and energy efficient operations. The shipping industry has strongly supported these standards, as they can provide meaningful and lasting improvements in energy efficiency and reduce the amount of fuel required for operation.

The IMO is also making good progress towards the development of global CO2 reporting system for individual ships, mirroring the EU MRV system. The issue of CO2 emissions reduction actually remains firmly on the IMO agenda and will be considered again at the next meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee in April 2016. The shipping industry supports the establishment, as soon as possible, of a mandatory system of data collection from individual ships, understanding that the possibility of further market based measures might be revisited after an IMO analysis of the data submitted by ships.

“With the EU MRV Regulation and the efforts at IMO level, a clear course has been plotted for the shipping industry, ultimately leading to the reduction of its Green House Gas emissions” said Benoit Loicq, Director of Maritime Safety and Environment at ECSA.

“When combined with the industry technical and operational measures, as well as new technology, shipowners are very confident that the world fleet will be considerably more efficient by 2050” he added, referring to a recent commitment made by the International Chamber of Shipping, representing the global shipping industry, to a 50%reduction in CO2 by 2050.

“We therefore hope that discussions in Paris will take full account of the progress made so far and will build on the work done at industry, regional and global level” concluded Mr Loicq.

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The Conclusions of the EU Council are available here

High-efficiency MacGregor cargo handling system optimises payloads for UASC’s ultra-large container vessels

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United Arab Shipping Company’s first ultra-large container vessel has entered service equipped with a MacGregor high-efficiency cargo handling system, which is designed to maximise payload potential and operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact by minimising emissions per TEU carried.

Delivered by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries’ (HSHI) Mokpo shipyard on 8th May, Barzan is the first in a series of six 18,800 TEU container carriers for United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), designed to set new standards in fuel and energy efficiency.

“We are increasingly servicing environmentally-aware customers across the globe,” says Jørn Hinge, President and Chief Executive Officer at UASC. “We push the boundaries of eco-efficiency standards to ultimately ensure that our customers can achieve higher levels of environmental sustainability.”

Barzan‘s optimised MacGregor cargo handling system comprises hatch covers, a comprehensive lashing system and its Lashmate software program. The vessel also benefits from MacGregor’s support service in taking use the full potential of the cargo system, including a compatibility check of all equipment and software and trainings for the personnel to use the equipment correctly. Further, a five-year extended MacGregor Onboard Care (MOC) agreement is included.

A fundamental element of delivering vessels with optimised payload potential is that the cargo system design steps in at an early stage of the ship project, before any restrictive decisions have been made.

“MacGregor is striving to elevate the status of the cargo handling system so that it is at the forefront of modern shipbuilding processes,” says Tommi Keskilohko, Director at MacGregor’s Customer Solutions for Cargo Handling business. “Our work with UASC demonstrates that substantial improvements to a ship and its cargo system design can be achieved with an open dialogue and close co-operation between all parties at a very early stage.

“Personnel at all levels must understand the system for it to be effective. We supported UASC through a pre-delivery training programme, and training will continue with the vessel in operation.”

“To verify the benefits of MacGregor’s optimised solution and to maximise the utilisation of the system’s potential, we will conduct cargo system performance analysis of the vessel in service,” adds Mr Keskilohko.

In addition to the six ULCCs, UASC has ordered eleven 15,000 TEU vessels also benefiting from optimised MacGregor cargo handling systems. The first was delivered in late 2014 with three more delivered up to May 2015.

Clean Marine EGCS for two SHI-built shuttle tankers successfully installed and approved

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The 120,000 dwt. tankers “Eagle Barents” and “Eagle Bergen,” delivered from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), are fitted with Class and Flag State approved exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) provided by Clean Marine.
Measurements of exhaust gas emission and washwater criteria are well below the limits required by the IMO, ensuring the vessels’ compliancy with the 0,1% sulphur limit in ECAs which has been in force since 1st of January this year. The vessels are also compliant with the stricter US EPA requirements of a pH above 6 in washwater, measured at the outlet.

The vessels’ Class Society DNV GL, on behalf of the Bahamian Flag, has confirmed that the EGCS complies with “Scheme B – EGC System Approval, Survey and Certification Using Continuous Monitoring of SOx Emissions” of the  IMO Resolution MEPC.184(59), 2009 Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems.

The approved EGCS will enable the new shuttle tankers to comply with current and future legislation relating to sulphur emissions without switching to more expensive fuels.

The two sisterships are owned by AET Sea Shuttle AS, and will operate on a long-term contract with Statoil  in the harsh conditions of the Barents and North Sea. Both vessels will be technically managed by OSM Maritime Group, which specialises in offshore and ship management activities in the Norwegian continental shelf region.

Clean Marine’s “Allstream” exhaust gas handling system onboard the sister vessels will clean both sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter emissions from two main engines, five auxiliary engines, and three boilers.  In total, each single Clean Marine EGCS unit will manage 10 exhaust sources and clean 220.000 kilograms of exhaust per hour.

The system is a hybrid type which can operate seamlessly in both Open Loop and in Closed Loop (zero discharge mode) and provides near-neutral pH in washwater discharged in Open Loop – hence the ‘futureproof’ lable.

Heejun Park, Research Engineer at the renowned Korean yard Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), said:

“SHI is proud to be a leader in the integration of eco-friendly technologies to vessels; in particular installation of EGCS and building tanker vessels to the highest technological and environmental standards available.

The hybrid EGCS provided by Clean Marine is a cost-efficient and futureproof solution which enables vessels to trade in all waters and ports well within IMO and local regulations. All engines, including the boilers, are integrated in one single scrubbing unit, without any back pressure, due to a patented gas recirculation technology. This “Allstream” feature makes the system a preferred choice for tanker vessels with many exhaust sources and large oil-fired boilers.

We are confident that EGCS will play an important role in moving the shipping industry to comply with the current sulphur regulations in ECAs, as well as with the global cap in 2020, in a cost competitive manner.

Through this first hybrid scrubber project to a newbuilding with a state-of-the-art EGCS, we have gained valuable technological knowledge and experience. We are now experienced in the arrangement design, installation, integration and operation of EGCS,  including commissioning and sea trials.

We are very pleased with the cooperation with Clean Marine during planning, delivery and commissioning of the systems onboard the Eagle Barents and Eagle Bergen, and look forward to a growing future cooperation between Clean Marine and SHI.”

MGA TO ALLOW CASINOS ON CRUISE LINERS TO OPERATE WHILE VISITING MALTA

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Following the publication of the Cruise Casino Regulations by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), wherein cruise liners are to obtain prior approval from the MGA, cruise liners will now be able to operate their onboard casinos while berthing in Malta and its territorial waters. These Regulations are a result of the policy announced by Government last November during the 2015 Budget speech. The Regulations aim to regulate casino operations on board cruise ships, which are either berthed in Malta, Gozo or within Maltese territorial waters.

The MGA’s Executive Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri said that the MGA introduced the Cruise Liner Casino Regulations to ensure that fair play and player protection processes on board cruise ships are in place.

“Through the Cruise Liner Casino Regulations, we will be able to safeguard both the interests of passengers on board cruise ships, as well as those of the Maltese gaming industry. Cruise ships that are issued with the necessary approval by the MGA will be able to operate their casinos in line with the stipulated conditions whilst berthed here,” added Mr Cuschieri.

“Valletta Cruise Port welcomes the publication of the new casino regulations, following our instigation of the process in recent years. These regulations make Malta a more attractive proposition for cruise liners particularly those who do opt to call at Malta for an overnight stay. This is undoubtedly an incentive to encourage cruise liners to include both Malta and Gozo in their Mediterranean itinerary.  Valletta Cruise Port has already starting promoting these regulations, and feedback from the cruise liner industry has been positive,” commented Stephen Xuereb, Chief Executive Officer of Valletta Cruise Port.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth Hon. Dr. José Herrera stated that through the introduction of these regulations the Government has taken into consideration the private sector to incentivise these two industries: gaming and the cruise liners. This measure being implemented by the Government was announced during the last budget. As such this secretariat has already accomplished three important propositions from their announcement in the budget: the Authority’s branding, the launch of GamingMalta and the new regulations for the cruise casinos, said Jose’ Herrera.

José Herrera praised the Malta Gaming Authority’s commitment that is increasing being pro-active in its efforts to promote job opportunities and investment on our shores.

“Through the implementation of these new regulations, cruise liner operators can apply for approval to operate their onboard casinos. The Authority will be assuring the best principles of fair play and player protection. Therefore the need to regulate arises, to ensure that we build upon the good reputation that our jurisdiction holds,” said the Parliamentary Secretary.

The government reiterates its commitment to improve these industries to create more quality job opportunities for our country.

The Regulations lay down that a formal application for this purpose must be submitted to the MGA, which, in turn, issues such approval once it is satisfied that gaming on board the cruise liner casino shall take place in accordance with the fundamental principles established by the Authority. Once approval is granted, cruise liner casinos will be allowed to operate for the duration of their stay, in line with the conditions stipulated in these new regulations. The conditions attached to the approval, stipulate, for instance, that only those persons listed on the passenger manifest of that particular voyage can gamble at the vessel’s casino, and that the casino is only operated during the time window specified in the MGA approval.

Wärtsilä to deliver scrubber systems to clean the exhaust from two Dutch RoRo carriers

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Royal Wagenborg, the Dutch ship owner and operator, has ordered Wärtsilä scrubber systems to clean the exhaust emissions from two of its RoRo carriers, the ‘Balticborg’ and ‘Bothniaborg’. These will be Wärtsilä’s first deliveries of its scrubber systems to Royal Wagenborg. The contract was signed in March.

“We have enjoyed a successful business relationship with Wärtsilä for many years and have selected Wärtsilä solutions for many vessels in our fleet. This relationship was one of the reasons that we decided that Wärtsilä would be the supplier for these scrubber systems,” according to Egbert Vuursteen, CEO of Royal Wagenborg.

By installing Wärtsilä scrubber systems, the vessels will comply with the regulations covering emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx) while using conventional residual marine fuel (HFO). The Balticborg and Bothniaborg are employed on a long term freight contract with Smurfit Kappa for the weekly shipment of paper products between Haraholmen, Bremen, Sheerness and Terneuzen. These operating routes fall within the Baltic and North Seas’ Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA). The retrofitting of these systems will take place in the autumn of this year.

The systems chosen for these vessels are Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubbers, which enable the use of either closed or open loop technology to remove SOx from the exhaust. When operating in open loop mode, exhaust gases enter the system and are sprayed with seawater. The sulphur oxides in the exhaust react with the water to form sulphuric acid. Chemicals are not required since the natural alkalinity of seawater neutralizes the acid. When operating in closed loop mode, the natural alkalinity of seawater is boosted by an alkali. The hybrid approach enables operation in closed loop mode when required, for instance whilst in port and during manoeuvring using NaOH as a buffer. When at sea, the switch can be made to open loop using only seawater.

“Wärtsilä’s experience in scrubber systems for marine applications is unmatched and our reference list is extensive. We have worked closely with Royal Wagenborg for many years, and have clearly demonstrated our capability to deliver a reliable technical solution that will enable these vessels to comply with the most stringent environmental legislation,” says Juha Kytölä, Vice President, Environmental Solutions, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

The ‘Balticborg’ and ‘Bothniaborg’ are both powered by Wärtsilä 46 main engines. The vessels have 1A super Ice Class classification and are designed to operate in temperatures of up to minus 25°C. The ability to operate in these extreme conditions was also included in the specifications for the scrubber systems.

Royal Wagenborg operates some 180 vessels, of which 70 are fully owned by the company.

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Royal Caribbean Orders Fourth Quantum-Class Vessel

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft in Germany to order a fourth Quantum-class ship for delivery in 2019.

“Today’s announcement is a reflection of the success of the first two Quantum-class ships,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We have received a remarkable response from travel agent partners and travelers, and are thrilled that we’ll be able to deliver another revolutionary ship with our partners at Meyer Werft.”

“The fourth Quantum class vessel will be a trailblazer in smart-ship design and vacation innovation,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Royal Caribbean International is synonymous with adventure, and the icons and amenities on this ship will continue to challenge and expand guests’ expectations of the cruise experience.”

Based upon current ship orders, projected capital expenditures for full year 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 are $1.6 billion, $2.3 billion, $0.4 billion, $2.4 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively.

Capacity increases for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 are expected to be 5.5%, 6.3%, 3.1%, 3.9% and 6.5%, respectively.  These figures do not include potential ship sales or additions that the company may elect to make in the future.

The order is contingent upon the completion of customary conditions, including financing.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises and CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture. Together, these six brands operate a combined total of 43 ships with an additional six under construction contracts, and three under conditional agreement. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 480 destinations on all seven continents. Additional information can be found at www.RCLcorporate.com.

 

Wilhelmsen Ship Management creates joint venture with Diana Shipping Inc

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Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) and Diana Shipping Inc. (Diana) have agreed to establish a 50/50 joint venture named Diana Wilhelmsen Management Limited (DWM).

“With our joint venture we see the best from two well established organisations. WSM’s excellent quality and proven experience within ship management, coupled with Diana’s global ship operating experience, truly brings forward an exciting new formula. We aim to deliver a well-driven and efficient operating model for our partner, Diana.” says Håkon Lenz, Vice President WSM Europe and the Americas.

“Diana Shipping is excited to partner with WSM in creating a world class ship management company. This joint venture will provide Diana Shipping with an expanded capability to provide high quality management services to vessels in its fleet, while creating an opportunity to further enhance shareholder value through increased revenues by eventually providing management services to unaffiliated third party vessel operators,” says Simeon Palios, Chairman and CEO of Diana Shipping Inc.

With the office residing in Limassol, Cyprus, the company will commence operations in the second quarter of 2015. Initially DWM will run and manage a selected group of Diana dry bulk vessels servicing all parts of the world.

Copenhagen Malmö Port dropping its focus on barge services between Malmö and Copenhagen

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Copenhagen Malmö Port, CMP, is discontinuing its efforts to establish barge services as an alternative transport route between Malmö and Copenhagen. This decision is a consequence of the fact that demand has proven to be weak.

The objective was to create a cost-effective transport route by water across the Öresund Strait, resulting in part in environmental gains.
– “We firmly believe in this idea, but have to state that CMP has not achieved the volumes we need in order for the investment in barge services to be financially viable,” says Johan Röstin, CEO of Copenhagen Malmö Port.

CMP considers it perfectly feasible that the project may be resumed if demand for barge services across the Öresund Strait increases above its current level.

BP Shipping Celebrates 100 Years of Maritime Success

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BP Shipping today celebrates its 100-year anniversary, making it the longest continually operating company in the BP group.

Formed on April 30, 1915 as the British Tanker Company, the business has adapted to significant world events including two world wars, the Great Depression, closures of the Suez Canal, and the impact of oil nationalisations on the world economy and the movement of oil and gas.

BP Shipping has also played its role in the evolution of safer and more environmentally sustainable shipping practices including inert gas systems, crude oil washing and double hulling, and has used its marine skills in the design and development of ground-breaking hybrid vessels in support of offshore oil and gas exploration.

John Ridgway, CEO of BP Shipping, said: “I am delighted to have led this great business in its centenary year, and all the many thousands of people that have served BP Shipping over the course of a century can be rightly proud of the company.”

Across the 100 years, the company has been responsible for the construction of more than 500 oil and gas tankers – an average launch rate of one new ship every 10 weeks of the century – as well as a myriad of small vessels to support BP’s international operations.

Today, BP Shipping operates some 50 oil and gas carriers with a further 200 large vessels and 400 coastal and barge vessels under charter transporting cargoes of oil, gas, refined products, lubricants and petrochemicals.

Company vessels and seafarers saw service in both world wars: between 1939 and 1945, 50 BP tankers – half of the entire fleet – were sunk in the Atlantic and Arctic Convoys and other theatres of war with the tragic loss of 657 lives.

The company has been amongst the leaders in the oil and gas shipping industry in technical innovation and safety standards for decades introducing advances in tanker safety and pollution control well before they became mandatory by international regulation. The company’s patented design for an inert gas system (IGS) which was introduced to BP vessels in the 1960s led to the industry mandating of IGS in the 1970s and was responsible for a major reduction in cargo related explosions. The work of a team of BP Master Mariners in the post-war period plotting precise ‘actual route’ measurements port-to-port led to the publication of the BP World Wide Marine Distance Tables. Today they are not only the industry standard for voyage calculations but are also a key determinant of the Worldscale Freight Rates Schedules which underpin commercial chartering arrangements across the shipping industry.

In the offshore oil and gas sector, BP Shipping led the design and development of Iolair, an innovative semi-submersible emergency support vessel (ESV) for the offshore industry in the 1980s and later Seillean – the world’s first dynamically-positioned offshore production vessel. Today, the company is involved in the development of ‘state of the art’ floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels and platforms for deployment in challenging new offshore environments in the UK, Angola and Norway.

John Ridgway added: “BP Shipping’s purpose has remained broadly the same for 100 years – that is to transport oil and gas for the BP group safely and securely. I have no doubt the business is well-placed to continue to do that for another 100 years.”

John Ridgway is retiring from BP Shipping after a distinguished career of 44 years; Susan Dio, from BP’s downstream business, will take the helm on 1 May, 2015.

BP Shipping currently has around 1,300 seafarers and has supported cadet training throughout its history with some 100 deck and engineering officer cadets coming through training schemes annually.

BP Shipping statistics

  • Owned or operated oil and gas tankers: c.500
  • Owned or operated tankers and small vessels: c. 1000
  • Owned or operated tanker fleet numbers peak: 160 ships (2 million dwt) in 1955
  • Owned or operated tanker fleet dwt peak: 6.8 million dwt (97 ships) in 1974
  • Owned or operated tanker fleet in 2015: c. 50 ships at 5 million dwt in 2015
  • 1939: ratio of tankers owned or operated to chartered: 90:10
  • 2015: ratio of tankers owned or operated to chartered: 27: 73
  • Total cargo transported in 2014: 180 million tonnes
  • First Anglo-Persian vessel: SS Ferrara (cased oil)
  • First British Tanker Co vessel: British Emperor, 5300 dwt
  • Only sailing ship (Schooner): Scandinavia (1917-22)
  • Largest owned/operated ship: P Class- British Pioneer VLCC – 309,000 dwt
  • Seafarers who lost lives on BTC managed vessels in WW2 : 657
  • BTC Seafarers taken prisoner: 260
  • BTC owned/managed vessels lost to enemy action in WW2: 50
  • Honours awarded to BTC seafarers in WW2: 203

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