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27 Jan 2018

ClassNK releases amendments to class rules

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Leading classification society ClassNK has announced that it released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships on December 25, 2017. ClassNK is constantly revising its Rules and Guidance in order to reflect the latest results from relevant research and development projects, feedback from damage investigations, requests from industry as well as changes made to relevant international conventions, IACS unified requirements (UR), national regulations, etc. More specifically, some of the requirements amended this time are as follows: Amendment related to the Incorporation of Material Factors for High Tensile Steel into Structural Strength Requirements of Floating Docks (to incorporate research and development results) Amendment related to the Intermittent Power Demand of Motors for Steering Gear Power Units Marking of Safe Working Loads (in response to industry requests, etc.) Amendment related to the Fuel Consumption Reporting (in response to changes in international conventions, etc.) Amendment related to the Testing Procedures of Watertight Compartments (in response to changes in IACS Unified Requirements, etc.) The PDF files of ClassNK Rules and Guidance are available free of charge via ClassNK’s website www.classnk.com for those who have registered for the ClassNK “My Page” service. To register for the “My Page” service free of charge, go to ClassNK’s website and click on the “My Page Login” button.

22 Jan 2018

On the latest piracy attack in West Africa

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INTERCARGO is deeply concerned with the latest piracy incident off Nigeria. As reported, a 57k dwt bulk carrier, while en route from Lagos to Port Harcourt, was attacked by pirates 35 miles south of Brass, Nigeria on December 14 and was held under their control. Before the ship was released, the pirates kidnapped 10 crewmembers, including officers, and fled. The seafarers are reportedly still held by the pirates. As the world and the shipping community are starting celebrations for the new year, 10 fellow seafarers remain in the hands of criminals. Our thoughts are with the seafarers, their families and their loved ones. The above incident is a vivid reminder that piracy as an organised criminal activity remains a significant threat to international shipping, trade, and the people who serve it. It must be ensured that there is no relaxation or step back in the measures in place against piracy; moreover, efforts and necessary resources fighting piracy must be upgraded primarily in the most vulnerable regions, such as West Africa, the Gulf of Aden, and South East Asian sea corridors. INTERCARGO has been participating throughout 2017 in numerous industry meetings and initiatives with all the involved stakeholders to ensure that industry guidelines remain relevant and that optimal countermeasures are duly allocated in the coming years, in sea and on land as required, to eradicate the plague of modern piracy.

19 Jan 2018

No magic bullet for sustainable shipping, shipowners must cherry pick best solutions, argues The Switch

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The Switch, a global leader in advanced drive train technology, says that the maritime industry must adopt a realistic approach to the challenge of sustainable shipping, piecing together individual technologies to create efficient vessels that are greater than the sum of their parts. There’s no simple ‘off the shelf’ complete solution, they stress. Instead, there is a wealth of existing innovations and systems that can radically transform the industry’s environmental performance when used together. “Stricter regulations, greater environmental awareness and the imperative to control operating costs in increasingly tight markets are key drivers for an industry that must optimize operational efficiency,” says Mika Koli, Business Development Manager at The Switch. “But at the same time, it’s unrealistic to think this can happen with one ‘big idea’ or technological breakthrough. What shipowners need to do is future proof new and existing vessels by making smart choices – by seeing what is available and then putting the pieces of the puzzle together.” “There are some game-changers already on the market,” Koli stresses, “technologies that are fundamentally simple, energy efficient and can greatly reduce the life-cycle costs and emissions of the world fleet. Of those, we believe hybrid solutions, DC networks and permanent magnet (PM) driven contra-rotating propulsors are among the most compelling solutions available.” The Switch has been serving the marine segment since 2013, acquiring Wärtsilä Drives in Norway in November 2016 to boost its proposition. The advanced drive train expertise of the Finnish-headquartered firm has seen it build an installed base of over 13 GW of megawatt-class PM machine and converter packages, with a globally leading position in the wind arena. “We are committed to helping the industry become more sustainable, both commercially and environmentally,” Koli comments, “while ensuring our customers meet regulatory and societal demands. Our products are tailor-made for this mission.” Three concepts sit at the heart of The Switch’s marine business. Its PM shaft generators can be used to create cost-effective electricity and save fuel – with large merchant vessels potentially consuming less energy during slow steaming. Meanwhile, its compact, lightweight and simple DC-Hub allows vessel generators to run at optimal efficiency, with batteries taking the strain of load changes, thus significantly reducing fuel consumption. In addition, its DC nature allows batteries to be utilized as stand-by power sources, enabling generators to be switched off entirely. Fewer conversions are also needed, meaning less lost energy. These are technologies Koli expects to see becoming more widespread throughout the industry. The last piece in The Switch’s offering is an integrated electric propulsor, a unit that combines the hydrodynamic expertise from Steerprop with the permanent magnet motor advantages from The Switch for 3.5 MW to 20 MW and beyond. “These units are small, easy to fit and maintain – sitting inside the vessel hull – and, thanks to the PM technology, provide increased efficiency and lower operational cost. The hydrodynamic efficiency of the propeller alone is capable of delivering up to 25% less fuel consumption than single propeller, traditional electric alternatives, while our PM motor gives optimal efficiency throughout the entire speed range.” Shipowners worldwide can now take greater advantage of simple, reliable and highly efficient solutions. “Seen on their own, such innovations are impressive,” Koli concludes, “but when pieced together, and seen in the context of this industry’s demands, they become not just important, but necessary. It’s up to us, and other green suppliers worldwide, to get that message out to shipowners. We can help them chart the best course towards truly sustainable shipping.” Empowered by the environmental credentials and cost efficiency of its product portfolio, The Switch is now targeting growth of 200% over the next five years in marine. The Switch is part of the EUR 3.6 billion turnover Yaskawa Electric Corporation. Since entering the marine segment, it has received over 30 orders for its revolutionary permanent magnet shaft generator technology.

15 Jan 2018

Trans Global Projects celebrates dynamic 30 years

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Trans Global Projects Ltd (TGP), a first-class provider of international logistic solutions, celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018. TGP has established itself as a trusted leader in its field whilst remaining independent in ownership. TGP was founded on 4 January 1988 by Julian Clarke, Nick Harsant and Colin Charnock, who is the Group’s managing director. Headquartered in the UK, TGP’s service portfolio comprises activities such as project logistics management, supply chain management, ship chartering, aviation logistics, logistics consultancy and procurement, which are delivered through a network of 20 offices across the world. At its foundation in 1988, TGP was a subsidiary company of the Trans Global Group, one of the UK’s largest independent multi-modal transportation organisations. In 2007, Breezeline International Group Ltd, a co-investor since the start, acquired full ownership of the TGP group of companies. Across the past 30 years, TGP has been responsible for the successful handling of innumerable projects for the oil and gas, metal and mining, power generation and petrochemical industries, working in some of the most remote areas of the world.In 2015, TGP acquired the international forwarder Natco AG, which is based in Ruemlang/Zuerich (Switzerland). With this move, TGP has complemented its service portfolio with general forwarding activities and further enhanced its position to serve the crucial European markets of Germany, France and Italy, in addition to Switzerland. Colin Charnock comments: “Since we started TGP on 4 January 1988, we have expanded our range of services substantially. Whilst TGP has been and will remain focused on project logistics, we have acquired partners who add general forwarding services to our Group’s portfolio. I offer a huge thank you to our loyal customers for their trust and their support. At the same time, I would like to thank everyone who has worked for and with TGP for their contribution to the durability and lasting success of the Group.” Asked about TGP’s further development, Charnock adds: “When we first started TGP, we operated from an airfreight office at Heathrow Airport. Since then, we have grown our presence significantly and today feature offices across the globe. Having said that, we are looking forward to further expanding our worldwide network in 2018. The past 30 years were transformative indeed – and I am sure the next decades will be just as dynamic.”

12 Jan 2018

Mumbai to soon get its 1st international cruise terminal in MbPT

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The Mumbai Port Trust will be reclaiming 350 hectares to create the world's largest garden in Mumbai", Nitin Gadkari said, speaking after the ground-breaking ceremony of a Rs 300-crore worldwide cruise terminal in the country's financial capital. Minister for Shipping and Ports Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis have in fact laid the foundation stone for the city's upcoming worldwide cruise terminal, which is reportedly going to span across an area of more than 4.15 lakh sq ft. The swank new global cruise terminal which will come up in the Mumbai port is slated to cost Rs 300 crore, and will have all facilities like an airport with separate arrival and departure lounges and cater to around 700,000 tourists annually arriving or departing by cruise liners. Mr Gadkari asked chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to grant special permission to the MbPT to ensure speedy approvals for the garden. Addressing the gathering, Gadkari said the terminal is being built at the cost of 6500 Cr. Mr Gadkari said in order to carry out a slew of citizen-centric activities as part of the Eastern Waterfront project, it is necessary to accord the status of special planning authority (SPA) to the Mumbai Port Trust. The terminal will have the capacity to host large cruise ships that ferry up to 5,000 passengers and will have a total capacity of 700,000 passengers per year. According to the cruise tourism roadmap prepared by M/s.Bermelo & Ajamil and Ernst & Young, close to 4 million passengers are expected to visit India in the coming years, and 3 million passengers are expected to take cruises from the Mumbai Port. The Mumbai port project will be undertaken in two phases, with the first phase, which aims to cater to 200,000 passengers, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018. Post the completion by the end of 2019, the new terminal will cater to more than seven lakh passengers, with facilities on par with worldwide standards. During the initial stages, the container yard and the shallow berth will be operated by JNPT, and later on, an operator will be appointed through a public-private partnership (PPP). The MoU also provides for expansion of the ship fix capacity within the Indira Dock that may include setting up of a Floating Drydock (FDD) and upgrading existing facility at Hughes Dry Dock (HDD), thereby enhancing the existing ship fix capacity in Mumbai area. The tenders are to be issued in the next month. For now, New Sewree Warehouse at MbPT, spread over 24,000 square metres, has been earmarked for the project.

12 Jan 2018

Shri Mansukh Mandavia inspects Kolkata Port Trust and IWAI Jetty

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Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemicals and Fertilisers, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya inspected the facilities and ongoing projects at Kolkata Port Trust and GR Jetty of Inland Waterways Authority of India yesterday. He is on a 2 day visit to Kolkata and Haldia. Shri Mandavia visited Netaji Subhas Dock at Kolkata Port Trust where he stressed upon the need for strengthening the Dry Dock facilities. He also inaugurated the renovated Birsa Munda Sarani and Sonapur Road of the Port, and participated in the tree plantation activities organised by the Port Authorities. He later flagged off the state-of-the–art Seagoing Survey Launch (River Pearl-1) of KoPT. The launch is fitted with hull mounted inboard transducers and equipped with modern survey software for online data acquisition and processing along with AIS and radar. At the G.R. Jetty of Inland Waterways Authority of India Shri Mandavia flagged off the IWAI tug vessel which has a capacity for towing 2 vessels of 1000 tonnes each. He also surveyed the ongoing work on NW-I from G.R. Jetty to Howrah Bridge. Briefing the media later on he said that the Ministry is going to start Ro-Ro Ferry Services from BISN Jetty to Botanical Garden/Falta and BISN Jetty to Sankrail Jetty which will be a boon for the people of the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata. He called upon the officials of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) to work towards connecting the North Eastern Region to the rest of the country through waterways. During the course of discussion, the Minister also suggested that cadets/trainee nautical officers should be given the opportunity for onboard training. He also emphasised on regular monitoring of the Maritime Training Institute to ensure placement of cadets passing out from the training institute. Shri Mandavia also reviewed the ongoing projects of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) in the state of West Bengal. He directed the officers to expedite the works of delayed projects and give proper attention to land acquisition matters in close coordination with the concerned Revenue Officers for timely delivery of the project for the benefit of the people of the state. The Minister also visited Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (BCPL) and National Institute of Pharmaceuticals Education and Research (NIPER) situated in Manicktala area and interacted with the officers and addressed students. Shri Mandavia is visiting Haldia Dock Complex of Kolkata Port Trust at Haldia today Thereafter, he will also visit the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) at Haldia and will interact with the faculty and students of the institute.

12 Jan 2018

Fruit Logistica 2018

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From February 7th to 9th 2018, CMA CGM Group and its subsidiaries MacAndrews and APL will be part of the 26th edition of this global event dedicated to the transport and the industry of fruit sector. This tradeshow will gather more than 3 100 exhibitors and 76 000 visitors from every corner of the world. On this occasion, the Group will present its expertise, its wide services offer in Europe and worldwide calling more than 420 ports of call worldwide and the advanced technology deployed within its 354,000 TEUS reefer Fleet

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