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|Corvus Energy Unveils New Battery for Cruise, Ferry Industry|
Canadian manufacturer of energy storage systems Corvus Energy is to launch a new battery for cruise ships, Ro-Pax and Ro-Ro with unlimited capacity.
The company explained that its next generation Energy Storage System (ESS), named Corvus Blue Whale, is ideal for applications that require low charge/discharge rate combined with very high energy demand.
The development comes ahead of stricter rules and regulations facing the cruise and ferry industry, along with an increasing demand from passengers for green transportation solutions.
"When we launched the Corvus Orca Energy in 2016, we set a new standard for performance, safety and economics in a maritime ESS," Geir Bjorkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, said.
"Our goal is for Corvus Blue Whale to have a similar impact on maritime decarbonization," he continued.
Like the Corvus Orca Energy, the new Corvus Blue Whale design uses passive air-cooling and incorporates Corvus patented single-cell thermal isolation to achieve the highest safety standard in the industry.
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|32 distressed sailors may abandon ship off Porbandar|
Thirty-two Indian seafarers continue to be in distress at Porbandar, which has led to the Captain of MV Omkara Prem issuing an 'abandon ship' notice.
On Thursday, the Mercantile Marine Department's (MMD) representatives surveyed the vessel. In their report, a copy of which is with DNA Money, MMD remarked that the dredger is not seaworthy and its life-saving equipment, signalling lamp, machinery, etc are deficient.
The report further said the "vessel is short of fuel... is in blackout condition during the night, with no safety or navigational equipment running". Moreover, the crew is running short of provisions and are rationing the food.
"Mercator asked us to cast off the vessel for dredging operations once bunkering is completed. But the vessel has been detained on the orders of MMD Surveyor (Jamnagar) and has been disallowed to leave the port," said vessel's in-charge, Captain Karuna Shankar.
In a mail to Mercator, he added, "I am sure the owners do not want an abandoned crewless ship at anchor in the Porbandar harbour... it will be unsafe and impractical... because of the forthcoming monsoons... we have been bailed out of the long-existing situation and berthed alongside (the port) at present."
Akash Verma, who brought their plight to light on social media, said, "There are thousands of similar cases around India wherein seafarers are forced to live in deplorable conditions."
The Directorate General of Shipping, Protection & Indemnity Insurance Club and maritime unions remain evasive, despite the vessel's registry in India, and with Indian nationals onboard.
Mercator's executive chairman Harish K Mittal was unavailable for comment.
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|Cammell Laird Announces New RoPax Ferry Design|
British shipbuilder Cammell Laird will announce at the Nor-Shipping 2019 today "ambitious plans to disrupt the newbuild ferry market" with a new specially designed roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) ferry.
As informed, the design, to be marketed by Cammell Laird, will be formally launched later this year.
"The ferry industry is crying out for innovation and green-friendly solutions," Andy Askham, Cammell Laird s project director, commented.
"Our new Ro-Pax design will be in the segment of the market where there ll be a lot of demand for the next decade."
"From our discussions with various owners we have seen real interest in our design that thrusts environmental innovation, fuel efficiency and comfort to the forefront of the future ferry market. The global ferry fleet is aging and in need of replacing while ferry building supply … is stretched in Europe in terms of spare capacity," he added.
Cammell Laird is now working on the design with an unnamed design house ahead of the formal launch.
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|Korean Register Introduces Remote Survey Service for Ocean-Going Ships|
The Korean Register (KR) has launched a new remote survey service for any of the classification society s vessels engaged in international, ocean-going voyages.
As explained, the scope of KR s remote survey service is limited to classification surveys.
"As part of the industrial revolution 4.0, we are constantly reviewing our technologies to see what we can streamline and with improved internet connectivity around the world, this is will be a clear benefit to our customers without compromising standards in any way," Jeong-kie Lee, CEO and Chairman of Korean Register, commented.
A remote survey is a method to conduct a survey through bi-directional communication with a vessel, by sharing photographs, video contents and digital images from the ship. As a result, the KR Remote Survey can be conducted anywhere in the world - without requiring a surveyor s attendance on board.
Using this method, KR plans to offer several types of the remote survey - a Continuous Machinery Survey (CMS), a 3-month extension to a propeller shaft and stern tube shaft survey, a 3-month extension for boiler survey, a minor damage survey, and a Condition of Class (COC) survey.
However, there may be restrictions, according to the classification society. For instance, statutory surveys conducted on behalf of flag administrations are excluded from the scope of the remote survey. Passenger ships, submersibles, nuclear ships, hydrofoils, air cushion vessels or high-speed crafts cannot apply for a remote survey, these vessels will still be assessed by a surveyor attending in person.
Established in 1960, KR currently classes an international fleet of 3,050 vessels totaling 68 million GT. It is authorized to perform statutory and certification services in 80 countries.
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|PSA Eyes Smart Grid Technology for Pasir Panjang Terminal|
Singapore-based port operator PSA International is looking to reduce energy use and carbon footprint at the Pasir Panjang Terminal s container ports.
Under a partnership with the Energy Market Authority (EMA), the parties would transform PSA s port operations and help reduce overall energy usage and carbon emissions. The partnership includes a joint R&D grant call for innovative solutions in smart grid technologies and energy management.
EMA and PSA Singapore will jointly launch R&D grant calls in smart grids and energy management systems for the container ports at the Pasir Panjang Terminal. These efforts will involve integrating renewable energy sources like solar with smart control networks and energy storage solutions.
"Sustainability plays a vital role in the development of our port. As we continue to expand with more automated electric cranes and equipment, power demand forecasts and energy monitoring will become increasingly important," Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA International, said.
Pong further said that implementing smart grids and developing innovative energy solutions "will enable us to better manage and optimise our energy usage, leveraging integrated intelligent real-time communications, Internet of Things, renewable energy storage and digital technologies to obtain substantial energy savings and reduce our carbon footprint."
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|Durban named Africa s leading cruise port|
The Port of Durban has been named Africa s Leading Cruise Port at the World Travel Awards - and winning in two other categories, Leading City Destination and Leading Meetings and Conference Destination.
Operated by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), the Port of Durban came up against some stiff competition at the Africa & Indian Ocean gala awards in Mauritius on Saturday. Among the contenders for the award was Kenya’s Port of Mombasa, Tanzania s Ports of Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar, as well as South Africa s Ports of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
The Port of Durban previously held the title from 2010 to 2013 before losing it to Cape Town in 2014 and then to Mombasa from 2015 to 2017.
Acting Durban Port Manager, Nokuzola Nkowane said: "We re thrilled to have retained this respected title and we must thank South Africans for so eagerly making cruise voyages a part of their lifestyle. Our thanks also go the cruise line operators that continue to show such confidence in our port by including it on their itineraries, often with multiple vessels calling to our sunny shores.
"Finally, we express our gratitude to all the players in the local tourism sector who offer shore excursions and cultural experiences to make the city of Durban such an attractive tourism destination, ensuring our continued appeal to domestic and international tourists alike."
The Port of Durban s 2018/19 cruise season show passenger figures as having increased by 29.4% over the previous year, according to TNPA s recently released data.
TNPA processed 255 422 passenger embarkations and disembarkations at the port, up from the 197 382 recorded in 2017/18. The port enjoyed 63 calls by 16 different cruise vessels.
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|Implementation Of Taganrog Sea Commercial Port s Development Programme In The First Quarter Of 2019|
In the first quarter of 2019, Taganrog Sea Commercial Port JSC invested USD 154,000 into the programme on the development of its port infrastructure.
As a part of its technical upgrading, TagSCP invested in renewal and expansion of its fleet of handling equipment. In particular, the company acquired two diesel forklift trucks, HYUNDAI 20DA-7E and HYUNDAI 40D-9F, with capacity of 2 and 5 tonnes, respectively. The new equipment is intended for reloading of packaged cargo and big-bags as well as for decontainerization. Besides, having installed an upgraded drive axel, the company improved technical characteristics of the KALMAR loader.
The fleet of TagSCP production equipment expanded with a 6-cbm grab following coal transshipment by portal cranes as well as with an ELITECH vibrating tamping plate needed for compaction of different materials when repaving the berths and platforms in the port.
Investment programme of TagSCP also comprises a set of measures on enhancement of environmental safety. Under this programme, the port performed works on designing of storm flow treatment system and embarked on construction of treatment facilities. Moreover, the company installed a special reservoir for collection of oil products by a volunteer emergency response team to prevent their possible entry into a water body in case of oil spills.
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|Jordan- Aqaba Port s first oil-tanker steering gear in place|
The Aqaba Development Company (ADC) has completed installing the first oil-tanker steering gear of international standards at the Aqaba Oil Terminal, located within the new southern port.Terminal director, Mohammad Louama, said the new and upgraded system utilises laser technology to monitor speed and calculate distance, thus facilitating the process of docking tankers at night, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.The previously used docking mechanism relied on the estimations and expertise of the maritime piloting crew, thus making it difficult to dock tankers at night, Louama said.
He added that the new system will provide maritime pilots with accurate readings, in addition to mitigating risks and facilitating docking procedures at any time during the day, according to Petra.
The upgrade is part of a project that seeks to develop the Aqaba Oil Terminal, Louama highlighted.
He underscored that the gear upgrade will contribute to an increase of the terminal s operational capacity, stressing that the oil terminal, which the ADC is currently rehabilitating, is a vital part of the of the Aqaba ports structure.
The director explained that the oil terminal is the only place where the Kingdom derives various raw oil and petroleum products that are not provided by the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Co., in terms of production capacity.
The terminal is the only source of liquid chemicals that are needed within a number of fields that include medical equipment and industrial enterprises.
Louama revealed that the ADC has implemented a number of projects to habilitate and develop the oil terminal over a number of phases.
He pointed out that the development project involves building 11 pumps, five for crude oil, three for petroleum products and three for liquefied petroleum gas.
As part of the development efforts, the company will work on increasing the operational and handling capacities of the port from 7 to 14 million tonnes annually, by installing robotic arms to facilitate the process.
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