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Ponant Takes Delivery of Newest Cruise Ship
French cruise company Ponant has received its new cruise ship, Le Bougainville, bringing its fleet to eight vessels.
The ship, which is the third in the Ponant Explorers series, joined the company on April 5, 2019.
The unit left Sovik in Norway in the morning hours of April 8 and is currently sailing to Malaga, Spain, from where it would start its maiden cruise voyage on April 15. It will be officially inaugurated on June 4.
Le Bougainville was constructed by VARD, the Norwegian subsidiary of Italy’s Fincantieri. The company s fourth vessel from the batch, Le Dumont-d Urville, is scheduled to be handed over from the shipyard in June 2019.
The remaining three units under construction, namely Le Bellot, Le Jacques Cartier and Le Commandant Charcot, are expected to join the fleet in April and July 2020, and May 2021, respectively.
"I wanted the ships in the Ponant Explorers series to embody the very best in expedition cruise. Le Bougainville is the incarnation of that," Jean Emmanuel Sauvee, CEO and co-founder of PONANT, said.
BIMCO: EU Ship Recycling Rules Disadvantage European Owners
Only nine shipyards, out of 26, on the EU list of approved recycling facilities are realistically open for ship recycling, a study commissioned by international shipping association BIMCO finds.
Furthermore, only three of the 26 demolition yards could recycle a large ship such - Panamax size or larger.
"The EU list is hard to take seriously. I called one of these "recycling shipyards" a few months ago, and they hadn t even started building the yard yet," Angus Frew, BIMCO Secretary General & CEO, said.
"The list look a little like protectionism and clearly disadvantages European ship owners," he added.
The Regulation (EU) 1257/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council on ship recycling came into force on January 1, 2019. It requires EU flagged ships to be recycled at approved yards on the EU list.
As explained, EU yards seem to be allowed on the list without fulfilling uniform criteria, whereas non-EU yards have to be inspected by European Commission appointed auditors according to clear criteria before inclusion on the list.
So far, only two Turkish and one US yard have been included. With the inclusion of EU List facilities located in third countries, the effective scale has increased almost tenfold. The contribution of these facilities provide capacity far in excess of the IMO totals for all the EU List Member State facilities combined, the report shows.
BIMCO believes that audits should consider and reward improvements to health, safety and environmental protection that have been achieved at facilities in Asia. Furthermore, there should also be an actual inspection of the EU yards.
Currently, some Asian yards have waited two years for approval after submitting their application without any prospect or pathway to inclusion on the list.
According to the report, the inclusion of non-European ship recycling yards is a major step forward in the maturity of the EU list and its usefulness to shipowners.
"BIMCO wants the facilities to improve their safety and environmental performance, but if there is no path for non-EU facilities to get on the EU list, the regulation will continue failing to achieve that objective, and simply be an act to protect the EU ship recycling market," Frew explained.
The association further said that the Hong Kong Convention needs to enter into force as soon as possible, and it is essential that improvements are recognized also from the decision makers in Europe. The convention is aimed at ensuring that ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risks to human health, safety and to the environment.
India, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan and Turkey recycle 98% of all tonnage in the world, according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Shell Marine Presents New Lubricant Ahead of IMO 2020
Ahead of the IMO sulphur cap 2020, Shell Marine has introduced a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil specifically for use with engines running on 0.5% sulphur content very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO).
The new product, Shell Alexia 40, will be available for use in Singapore from June 1, 2019.
It will be gradually introduced to other main supply ports within the Shell Marine global network such as the US, China, United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands before January 1, 2020, the company said.
As explained, the lubricant has been developed to optimize equipment performance and condition as ship owners and charterers prepare for the International Maritime Organization s (IMO) 0.5% global sulphur limit for marine fuels in 2020.
Shell Marine expects most of the world s shipping fleet will aim to comply with IMO 2020 by switching to fuels with a sulphur content of 0.5% and below.
"Shell Marine can help ship owners and charterers be prepared as the world moves to a low emissions future… we will help our customers to have the right lubricants in the right place at the right time to take the uncertainty out of fuel selection," Joris van Brussel, Shell Marine Global General Manager, commented.
According to the company, Shell Alexia 40 has undergone thousands of hours of trials on board four ships with the latest engine types, using representative IMO 2020-compliant fuels, to verify performance at sea.
"Owners transitioning to the post-IMO 2020 marine fuels era need peace of mind over the condition and performance of their engines. To remove any uncertainty, Shell Alexia 40 s performance has been fully tested on representative VLSFOs and engines for the operating conditions owners will actually face," Shaw Siang Hew, Shell Marine Regional Sales Manager for ASEAN and South Asia, said.
Shell Marine, part of Royal Dutch Shell, serves over 10,000 vessels globally, ranging from large ocean-going tankers to small boats.
Knutsen s New LNG Vessel Getting Wartsila Equipment
Technology group Wartsila has been contracted to deliver integrated propulsion and cargo handling systems for Knutsen OAS Shipping’s new LNG vessel which is currently under construction at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) in South Korea.
Wartsila s equipment, which will enable interfacing between the vessel s propulsion, onboard auxiliary power generation, and cargo control processes, is scheduled for delivery in 2020.
The new 30,000 cbm will be operated by Knutsen and chartered to Italy’s Edison under a 12-year long term charter, once it is delivered in 2021. It will be used to supply coastal LNG deposit terminals in Italy.
Wärtsilä said the order was booked in January 2019, adding that the contract includes an option for an additional sister unit.
The cargo handling system includes the fuel supply, cargo control system, boil-off gas (BOG) reliquefaction, and safety management. According to the company, the vessel will be one of the first LNG carriers in its size to be equipped with space-saving C-type bi-lobe cargo tanks.
"We have worked closely for many years with Knutsen OAS Shipping, a globally recognized LNG sector player, and we are proud to be partnering them once again as the single-source supplier for ensuring the efficiency of this innovative vessel," said Timo Koponen, Vice President, Processing Solutions, Wartsila Marine.
Wartsila is also to supply three 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines that power the board net, thrusters, cargo control system, and re-liquefaction module.
BIMCO: US Seaborne Crude Oil Exports at Record High
US exports of crude oil have continued to rise every month since August 2018, setting a new record high of 9.6 million tonnes in January, according to BIMCO.
Exports rose in January on the back of increased sales to Europe, which were up from 2.7 million tonnes in December to 4.8 million tonnes in January.
A strong end to 2018 meant that volumes for the full year totalled 87.4 million tonnes, 96.7% higher than the 44.4 million tonnes exported in 2017. BIMCO said that this is good news for the crude oil tanker sector, with an additional 143 VLCC loads (300,000 dwt) or 287 Suezmax loads (150,000 dwt) needed in 2018 compared to 2017.
In January, the Netherlands was the largest importer of US crude oil, beating Canada even when considering total and not just seaborne exports. South Korea, the biggest importer of seaborne crude oil exports in 2018, fell to fourth place in January 2019. Until the summer of 2018, China, which was the largest importer, accounting for 23.3% of all seaborne exports in the first six months of 2018, took nothing in January.
"Although small volumes of US crude oil were sent to China in November and December, following a three-month pause in the trade, BIMCO did not take this as a sign that tensions between the two countries had eased, and were therefore not surprised by the lack of exports to China in January. A positive outcome from the ongoing trade negotiations is needed if this trade is to return to levels seen before the trade war," Peter Sand, BIMCO s Chief Shipping Analyst, said.
Although volumes were record high in January, tonne mile demand dropped following a record-breaking peak in December. US seaborne crude oil volumes generated 83.8 billion tonne miles in December, falling 19.7% to 67.3 billion in January, still over twice as many as in January 2017.
A drop in the share of exports to Asia meant that average sailing distances were shorter. Exports to Asia fell from 4.9 million tonnes in December to 3.2 million tonnes in January, with a large drop from South Korea (2.3 million tonnes in December to 0.8 million tonnes in January).
After China stopped buying US crude oil, South Korea bought much of the crude oil that would otherwise have gone to China. Exports to South Korea rose by 318% compared to 2017, making it the largest buyer of seaborne crude oil in 2018.
"The importance of Asia cannot be underestimated when considering how US crude oil exports impact the shipping industry. In 2018, 71.5% of tonne mile demand generated by US crude oil exports originated from exports to Asia. The sudden drop in exports to Asia in January was therefore particularly harmful to the crude oil tanker shipping industry. VLCC earnings rose to 53,121 USD per day in November, when vessels are being fixed for the following month, before falling again in January when tonne mile demand dropped," Sand added.
Keppel to Develop Its 1st Autonomous Unit for Singapore Ops
Keppel Offshore & Marine has, through its subsidiary Keppel Singmarine, embarked on the development of an autonomous tug, to be operated by Keppel Smit Towage.
The tug is expected to be one of Singapore s first autonomous vessels when the project is completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.
To develop the autonomous tug, Keppel O&M has secured a grant of up to SGD 2 million (USD 1.47 million) from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) under its Maritime Innovation and Technology Fund (MINT FUND).
This follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Keppel O&M, MPA and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS) in April 2018 to jointly develop autonomous vessels for a variety of applications including undertaking harbour operations such as channelling, berthing, mooring and towing operations.
The project will involve modifying a 65 MT tug by retrofitting advanced systems such as position manoeuvring, digital pilot vision, as well as collision detection and avoidance. An onshore command centre will also be set up to remotely control the tug.
"Autonomous vessels are the next exciting phase of development in the maritime industry and in Maritime Singapore. Here, we are constantly looking out for the next new technology to pilot and testbed in an effort to develop Maritime Singapore to be more efficient, productive and technologically advanced," Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA, said.
As part of the project, Keppel O&M, through its technology arm, Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology (KMDTech), will work with MPA and TCOMS to develop various technologies and be the system integrator for the autonomous solutions.
North Korea-Flagged Tanker Busted Violating UN Sanctions
A North Korea-flagged tanker was caught violating UN sanctions as it engaged in what is believed to be a ship-to-ship transfer of fuel with an unidentified ship on March 2.
The illicit operation was documented by a Royal Navy frigate which was operating in the East China Sea in cooperation with Japan, enforcing the UN sanctions against North Korea.
ICS, ASA and ECSA Commit to Deeper Collaboration
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA) have signed a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enhance their cooperation on relevant maritime issues.
Signed in Singapore on April 8, 2019, the new MOU provides a framework for closer cooperation among the three international trade associations.
Georgia Ports Authority orders another fleet of Konecranes RTGs
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in the USA has ordered a fleet of 20 Konecranes RTGs for the Port of Savannah, Georgia. When these cranes are operational, the Port of Savannah will operate a total of 178 Konecranes RTGs. Konecranes booked the order in the first quarter.
Bintulu Port to expand container yard capacity
Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd (BPHB) plans capacity expansion of its Bintulu International Container Terminal (BICT) to cope with rising demand as it has recorded double-digit growth in container throughput for three consecutive years.
A feasibility study on the BICT s expansion is currently under way and the plan will involve infrastructure development and procuring container handling equipment.
ABPmer to provide Broads Authority with MarNIS Port Assessment Toolkit
Leading marine consultancy ABPmer has been commissioned by the Broads Authority to provide a MarNIS Port Assessment Toolkit for managing marine risk. The Broads Authority, a member of the UK National Parks family, has a statutory duty as a harbour and navigation authority to manage its marine and navigational risks. The MarNIS Toolkit will allow marine risk assessments to be stored and linked to accident and incident records, providing for reflective review. ABPmer will support the transfer of existing assessments into a MarNIS-compatible format, through a Hazard Identification Workshop process.
Gothenburg Port Authority launches Bunkering app
Last week, the Gothenburg Port Authority launched a digital solution designed to make bunkering at the Energy Port easier and more efficient. The new Bunkering App is one of the first in the world to offer this range of functionality.
The Port of Gothenburg Energy Port is the largest open access energy port in the Nordic region, handling over 2,500 calls and more than 23 million tonnes of energy products each year.
First Joint e-Navigation Workshop between MPA and IALA
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is co-organising a workshop with the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) to support the operationalisation of e-navigation solutions, the first since Singapore s election to the IALA Council in 2018.