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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Names Mitsui s New LNG Carrier
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has held a christening ceremony for the next-generation LNG carrier currently under construction for Japan-based Mitsui & Co.
The new ship, which was named Marvel Crane on February 21, is designed with improvements both to LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance due to the adoption of a more efficient hull structure and hybrid propulsion system.
Completion is scheduled for March 2019, after which the 79,000 dwt vessel will be put into service, transporting LNG for the Cameron LNG Project in the U.S., in which Mitsui & Co. is participating.
Featuring a length of 293 meters and a width of 48.9 meters, Marvel Crane is the first of two LNG carriers of the same design being constructed for Mitsui & Co. The ship has a total tank holding capacity of 177,000 m3.
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding received the order for the new vessel through MI LNG Company, a joint venture for the design and sale of LNG carriers established by MHI and Imabari Shipbuilding.
SLNG Modifies Terminal to Receive Small LNG Ships
Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) has completed modifications to the Secondary Jetty at its Terminal on Jurong Island, and it is now able to receive and reload small liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships.
The new Small-Scale LNG (SSLNG) Facility, completed on February 13, 2019, would be able to received ships of between 2,000 m3 and 10,000 m3 in capacity.
The company said that SSLNG would help spur the development of the small-scale LNG market in various forms, including the delivery of LNG as bunker fuel to ships in the Port of Singapore.
The SLNG Terminal s Secondary Jetty was originally designed to accommodate LNG ships of 60,000 m3 to 265,000 m3 in size.
In June 2017, SLNG performed a gas-up/cool-down and reload operation for the 6,500 m3 LNG bunker vessel, Cardissa. Following this event, and to better support small-scale LNG and LNG bunkering, SLNG took the initiative to commence modification works to the jetty so that even smaller LNG ships could reload at the terminal.
The modifications included the installation of a new marine loading arm and gangway, and new facilities for securing small LNG ships at the jetty.
"We believe that there is good potential for the small-scale LNG market to flourish in this part of the world, and the timely completion of the SSLNG Facility is an important step forward in SLNG s efforts to support this growth," Sandeep Mahawar, Interim CEO and Vice President (Commercial) of SLNG, said.
"It also serves to promote the development of LNG bunkering in Singapore, which is another potential growth area given Singapore s already well-established reputation as the top bunkering port in the world. As demand builds and there is a viable business case, SLNG may consider installing topsides at its Tertiary Jetty to accommodate more SSLNG reloads."
Bilfinger to Install Scrubbers on Seventy Ocean-Going Ships
Germany s industrial services provider Bilfinger has secured contracts worth more than EUR 100 million (USD 113.5 million) for its scrubber technology, following additional orders in recent months.
This brings a total of 70 ocean-going vessels belonging to national and international shipping companies in line with stricter future environmental requirements imposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Union.
As informed, shipping companies from Germany, Greece as well as a shipyard in China have ordered the company s scrubbers.
As the international maritime shipping industry is increasingly using emission-reducing flue-gas desulfurization systems, Bilfinger sees huge potential for environmental technologies in the maritime sector.
Since Bilfinger began transferring its power plant flue-gas desulfurization expertise to maritime applications around two years ago, orders received have come to around EUR 102 million. According to the German Shipowners Association (VDR), some 50,000 merchant ships are affected by the new sulfur emission limits. To meet the anticipated demand, the group is already taking a closer look at potential fabrication partners for flue-gas desulfurization systems in China.
International shipping will face significantly stricter environmental standards in the future. Most vessels are currently propelled by heavy fuel oil containing up to 3.5 percent sulfur. In response to this, the IMO has reduced the permissible fuel sulfur content worldwide to 0.5 percent from 2020. Both the IMO and the EU allow desulfurization to be achieved using flue-gas cleaning systems known as scrubbers. These reduce exhaust sulfur dioxide concentrations just as thoroughly as with the use of low-sulfur fuels (marine diesel and LNG), which are very expensive by comparison, according to the company.
"The scrubber is a virtually unrivaled product that pays for itself in just one to two and a half years. The strong demand bears out our … technology transfer from the industrial plant sector to other growth segments," Jens Borgschulte, Finance Director of the Technologies service line, commented.
Port of Virginia Wraps Up Stack-Yard Works at VIG
The Virginia International Gateway (VIG) has completed another step in its expansion project as it launched operations at its container stack No. 1.
The end of the stack-yard work leaves only two projects to be completed before the entire USD 320 million effort comes to a close in June, according to the Port of Virginia.
Alphaliner: Megamaxes Continue to Be Favored by Ocean Carriers
Despite overcapacity woes, ocean carriers show no signs of ditching megamax containerships in favor of smaller vessels, Alphaliner said.
As explained, containership operators continue to find ways to fill their megamaxes, with Ocean Network Alliance (ONE) declaring that the 20,170 TEU MOL Triumph achieved a new world load record.
Shipping Organizations: Protecting Salish Sea Is a Shared Responsibility
Canada s Chamber of Shipping and the US-based Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) have urged governments of the two nations to respect the binational collaboration aimed at protecting the Salish Sea.
Both organizations are focused on the Pacific Northwest and the Salish Sea as a vital gateway for marine commerce in Canada and the United States, and as a significant part of the larger North American supply chain.
ADNOC to Form LPG JV with Wanhua Petrochemical
ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC L&S) has signed an agreement with China s Wanhua Petrochemical to form a joint venture which would own and operate LPG tankers.
The parties said they signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the creation of the JV "to pave the way for the transport of greater gas volumes in line with market demand."
CSA 2020: Scrubbers Are Safe for the Ocean Environment, Study Reveals
The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) has presented results of a three-year study of the composition and quality of exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) washwater based on samples taken from cruise ships.
The alliance took advantage of the 6th session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR6) held in London this week - and the presence of member state delegates from across the world - to hold its first technical conference on the topic and present the study.
Teekay Corp Narrows Loss amid Stronger LNG, Crude Tanker Markets
Bermuda-based shipping group Teekay Corporation ended 2018 with a narrowed net loss of USD 57.7 million, compared to a loss of USD 529.1 million reported a year earlier, benefiting from improving LNG, crude tanker market conditions.
Revenues dropped to USD 1.7 billion in 2018 from USD 1.9 billion posted in 2017.
BOC orders transfer of empty containers at Manila port to Batangas, Subic
To ease congestion at the ports of Manila, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has ordered the transfer of empty containers to Batangas and Subic ports.
BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero in a February 18 memorandum ordered port/district collectors at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) as well as the ports of Batangas, Manila, and Subic to implement Executive Order (EO) No. 172 issued in 2014, which declared the Port of Batangas (POB) as well as the Subic Bay Freeport (SBFP) as the Port of Manila s (POM) extensions when it gets congested and during emergency situations.
Seychelles Ports Authority aims to minimise congestion during expansion work
The Seychelles Ports Authority is working with port users on new measures to reduce congestion at Port Victoria when expansion work starts next year, said a top official.
"We want to see if there are things that could be changed to allow faster clearance of containers which is now a major problem," said Franky Laporte, the director of project and infrastructure told SNA.
Proud of our industry
We should definitely be proud of our industry in Rotterdam. It creates new employment, is an important driver of our economy and produces items that we all use in our daily lives. You would expect our industry to be greatly valued as a sector. But actually, in discussions about the Climate Agreement, I ve noticed that industry s contributions aren t always duly appreciated.
New London Port Terminal Approved
Forth Ports Port of Tilbury has received development consent from the UK Secretary of State for Transport to build a new GB£200m port terminal to include a new rail and road connection, deep water jetty and pontoon.
Construction for the privately funded Tilbury2 is scheduled to commence within the next few weeks, with the terminal due to begin operations in spring 2020.
New Port Dispatch Center equipped for economic boon in Freeport
A new port dispatch center could prove to have an invaluable economic impact on Freeport area jobs, the local shipping industry and beyond.
The Port Freeport Commission voted unanimously to approve a contract for pilot dispatch services with Fort Velasco Signal Station, LLC for monitoring and managing the ship traffic coming in and out of the Freeport Harbor as the port continues to grow and flourish.
UAE: No change in procedures at ports with Qatar
The UAE Federal Transport Authority Land and Maritime has stressed in a circular that there is no change in its policy regarding access to Qatar at UAE ports and border crossings. The circular is one of the periodic ones issued from time to time in line with official decisions.