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06 Feb 2018

European Dynamic Positioning Conference (EDP)

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Tue, 06 Feb 2018 London , UK

30 Jan 2018

Passenger Ship Safety (Passenger Ship Safety Miami)

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Tue, 30 - Wed, 31 Jan 2018 Fort Lauderdale , USA

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.”

14 Jan 2018

Majority of Auxiliary Engine Damage Occurs Due to Human Error WarnsThe Swedish Club

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An investigation by The wedish Club into auxiliary engine damage has revealed that the majority of all damage takes place immediately after maintenance work. A key finding is that 55% of casualties occur within only 10% of the time between overhaul (TBO), corresponding to the first 1,000 hours or so of operation after overhaul. In most cases the damage occurs only a few hours after start up. The report, Auxiliary Engine Damage, also finds that container vessels have a significantly higher claims frequency due to the larger number of installed engines on these vessels. In addition these engines have considerable output, leading to higher repair costs compared with other vessels. Auxiliary Engine Damage, the latest report from The Swedish Club, has been created in response to the Club’s members’ concerns over damage to auxiliary engines – a significant segment of machinery claims, both in number and in cost. Peter Stålberg, Senior Technical Adviser at The Swedish Club explains: “Auxiliary engines run at high revolutions and have a common lubrication system for both cylinder and crank case lubrication. They are not under the same strict regime from the classification society as the main engine, and maintenance is often carried out by the vessel crew. “We see incorrect maintenance and wrongful repair in all too many cases, and poor lubrication management is also a major contributing factor to auxiliary engine break downs. With an average repair cost of more than USD 345,000, we cannot emphasise enough the principle that prevention is better than cure.“

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