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Norwegian Cruise Line Takes Delivery of Its Newest Ship
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has handed over Norwegian Encore, a 169,245 GT newbuild, to the USA-based cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line.
The delivery ceremony took place in Bremerhaven on October 30, 2019, and followed extensive testing of all machinery and systems, sea trials and crew training.
Being the third vessel delivered by Meyer Werft in 2019, Norwegian Encore has a length of nearly 1,100 feet and a passenger capacity of 3,998 persons.
"Norwegian Encore is the third cruise ship we deliver in 2019. I am proud and thankful for the contribution of our employees and partners", Tim Meyer, Managing Director of Meyer Werft, commented on the occasion.
This environmentally-friendly ship features the electric pod propulsion drive and improved hydrodynamics, as well as energy-saving systems such as heat recovery or extensive water cleaning systems. The exhaust gas from energy-efficient engines is cleaned in a special scrubber system.
Once it debuts, the newbuild will be the first ship in the NCL s fleet to be plastic bottle free. By January 1, 2020, Norwegian Cruise Line will be the first major cruise line to eliminate plastic bottles across its entire fleet.
The ship will be christened in Miami by Kelly Clarkson, an American singer, on November 21, 2019. Three days later, Norwegian Encore will commence seven-day voyages to the Caribbean.
Norwegian Encore will also offer voyages to Bermuda, and Canada and New England itineraries from New York City beginning April 2020, as well as voyages to the Western Caribbean from Miami beginning December 2020. In the spring of 2021, it will make its West Coast debut and sail to Alaska from Seattle.
Hurtigruten Starts Biodiesel Tests
Norwegian expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten has started testing a new biodiesel fuel that has the potential to reduce emissions up to 95 percent.
The company noted that the fuel that is being tested on board the ship MS Polarlys was free of palm oil.
The tests started several weeks ago, according to the company, and will continue in the coming weeks.
Hurtigruten stressed that the shipping industry stands for the use of more than 330 Mt fuels every year and is the cause of 2-3 percent of all global CO2 emissions.
"We are just at the beginning when it comes to using biodiesel in the shipping industry. We want to move the boundaries and learn more about how this can be used in a bigger scale," Daniel Skjeldam, Hurtigruten CEO, said.
"Hurtigruten wants an international ban of use of cheap, polluting heavy fuel oil the whole Arctic area and along the Norwegian coast. It makes no sense to make more pollution and increase the risk of spills and destruction in areas that need to be protected."
In addition to the biodiesel tests, the Norwegian cruise company has also signed a 7.5-year liquefied biogas (LBG) supply deal which is said to be the largest ever contract of its kind involving a shipping operator.
The partnership includes near-daily delivery of biogas produced from organic waste to Hurtigruten ships.
Hurtigruten intends to replace conventional engines with gas-powered engines and large battery packs on at least six of its ships by 2021. The hybrid ships will run on a combination of clean electric power, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and LBG.
As explained, LBG can be mixed with and used on same tanks and engines as LNG, taking advantage of existing infrastructure and technology.
What is more, the company has recently welcomed a new battery-hybrid powered ship, the MS Roald Amundsen, earlier this year. Roald Amundsen is the first of three 15,000-ton hybrid-powered vessels ordered by the company.
Capital Product Partners Eyes Scrubbers for Six More Ships
Greece-based Capital Product Partners L.P. (CPLP) is looking to equip at least six more vessels with exhaust gas cleaning systems in the coming period following the completion of the first scrubber retrofit, the shipping company revealed in its Q3 2019 financial report.
M/V Agamemnon, one of the CPLP s containerships, recently completed the installation of a scrubber and ballast water treatment system, passing its special survey.
The 108,892 dwt vessel commenced its long-term charter with Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) in September.
"The scrubber retrofit combined with passing of the special survey of the vessel and the associated off hire, as well as certain additional one-off expenses incurred this quarter have negatively affected our common unit coverage," Jerry Kalogiratos, Chief Executive Officer of CPLP s General Partner, explained.
"While we expect the scrubber retrofits on at least six additional vessels over the coming months to generate additional volatility in our operating income and common unit coverage, we believe that once the retrofits have been completed, the partnership will benefit in the long run from increased cash flow generation and visibility," Kalogiratos added.
During the quarter ended September 30, 2019, CPLP generated a net income from continuing operations of USD 3.4 million, against a net loss of USD 21.7 million seen in the corresponding quarter of 2018.
Total revenue in Q3 2019 was USD 26.4 million, reflecting a decrease of 17% compared to USD 31.8 million posted in Q3 2018. The drop in revenue was mainly attributable to the decrease in the average number of vessels in the company’s fleet following the disposal of the M/T Amore Mio II in October 2018 and to the off-hire period incurred by Agamemnon for the installation of scrubber and ballast water treatment systems, as well as passing of its special survey, according to the company.
Capital Product Partners currently owns a fleet of 11 vessels, consisting of ten Neo-Panamax container vessels and one drybulk vessel.
Ro-ro blackout after fire in engine room, Vigo
Ro-ro GALICIA reportedly suffered blackout caused by engine room fire in the evening Oct 29, in Rio Vigo estuary, Vigo, Spain, while approaching Vigo en route from Zeebrugge. Two port tugs were deployed to take her to harbor, she was berthed at night same day, and as of 1300 UTC Oct 31, remained in the same position at Vigo. Damages extend unknown.
Cargo ship sank in Gulf of Tonkin, 10 missing UPDATE 12 rescued 1 missing
Cargo ship THANH CONG 999 sank in the afternoon Oct 31 some 3 nm from port of destination, Son Duong, Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, Gulf of Tonkin. The ship, loaded with stone powder, most probably capsized. There were 11 crew and 1 passenger on board, 2 were rescued, picked up from life raft in poor condition, 10 remain missing, SAR under way.
Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion Project Officially Launched
The Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP) project, funded by the Interreg North Sea Europe programme, part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the tune of EUR 3.4 million has been officially approved and launched.
The project brings together universities, wind-assist technology providers with ship owners to research, trial and validate the operational performance of a selection of wind propulsion solutions thus enabling wind propulsion technology market penetration and contributing to a greener North Sea transport system through harvesting the regions abundant wind potential.
Japanese Big Three Deliver Profit as Liner Business Improves
Japanese big three shipping companies, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), wrapped up the first half of the fiscal year 2019 with a profit.
As explained, the companies performance improved as their container shipping joint venture Ocean Network Express (ONE) returned to profitability from a significant loss suffered last year.
Latin America ports expand target to include shippers and forwarders
As the Port of Cartagena Group celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, it has embarked on a period of diversification as it responds to the new challenges of rapidly changing container supply chains.
25 years ago it had a quay, which was originally constructed in 1934, and could handle around 200,000 teu annually, with a draft alongside of 10 metres with the largest vessels it could handle was 1,300 teu.
PMO provides special facilities to traders, shipping lines in Chabahar port
Deputy Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) for Ports and Economic Affairs Mohammad Ali Hassanzadeh said on Wed. that PMO will provide special facilities to traders and shipping lines in Chabahar port.
PMO has allocated special facilities for shipping lines and investors for transiting a part of their import and export goods via Chabahar port.
Nigeria s First Deep Sea Port Progresses
The development of Nigeria s first deep sea port is moving forward following financial consultation on the delayed project.
Linklaters has advised China Development Bank as arranger and lender on the $629m financing of the Lekki Port project in Nigeria.
SAFIR demonstrates economic viability of drone traffic in Port of Antwerp
The SAFIR consortium held an Open Door day in the port of Antwerp on 26 September at which it presented a large number of industrial and commercial drone applications, with live demonstrations. Test flights demonstrated the safety and economic viability of integrated drone traffic in a challenging environment.
GMP, a subsidiary of Terminal Link and the CMA CGM Group, wins the tender for the construction and operation of the future container berths of the Port of Le Havre
The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, welcomes the choice announced by the Port of Le Havre supervisory board to grant Generale de Manutention Portuaire (GMP), a joint venture held at parity by DP World and Terminal Link, a subsidiary of the CMA CGM Group, the concession contract for the construction and operation of the container terminal for the Port 2000 berths 11 and 12.