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First for Non-Russian Arctic Cruise Vessel
Last week history was made as Poseidon Expedition successfully carried out a direct crossing between Svalbard and Franz Josef Land and back again. This route shortens the sailing distance between Svalbard and Russia considerably more than when sailing via mainland Russia. It is a cruise many Arctic operators plan to organize as soon as Russian authorities give general authorization.
Poseidon Expeditions' Sea Spirit received the first permit to cruise into the territorial waters of Franz Josef Land without initially calling at a mainland Russian port.
The unprecedented voyage began July 3 in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and headed into the Russian High Arctic a few days later, navigating northeast through seasonal sea ice. The authorization was granted July 8, marking the first occasion in history that a non-Russian, foreign-flag vessel entered Franz Josef Land territorial waters without first stopping in a large port such as Murmansk or Arkhangelsk.
Canada to Launch Revamped Ferry on Saint John - Digby Route
The government of Canada plans to retire the Ro-Ro passenger ferry MV Princess of Acadia, currently serving the Saint John – Digby route, and replace it with the 2000-built MV Fundy Rose as of July 18.
Back in October 2014, Canada’s government bought the MV Blue Star Ithaki from a private ferry operator located in Greece at a cost of approximately CAD 44.6 million.
The vessel arrived in Canada on December 2, 2014 and was sent to Halifax for an engine overhaul and the conversion of the engines from heavy fuel to marine diesel. Additional refit work was also done to the vessel including replacing flooring surfaces, adding vessel fenders, installing a truckers lounge, constructing a children’s play area and a business lounge; and painting of car decks and exterior surfaces.
The Saint John-Digby ferry service is operated year-round by Bay Ferries Ltd. Since 2006, the government of Canada has provided approximately CAD 45 million to support this service.
MPA Singapore Ramps Up Search for Local Maritime Talent
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will be rolling out initiatives such as increasing publicity and outreach efforts to profile the diverse job opportunities available, improving workplace learning and training, and facilitating upgrading opportunities, to step up efforts to encourage more Singaporeans to join the maritime industry.
Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA, in his keynote speech at the 8th Maritime Manpower Singapore (MMS) 2015 Conference organised by the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union and Wavelink Maritime Institute, outlined several challenges that stand in the way of Singaporeans joining the maritime industry.
These include the perception of poor living conditions and being ‘disconnected’ from the world, as well as lack of awareness of remuneration and progression opportunities. In addition, rapid transformation in the industry also poses new challenges.
To tackle some of these challenges and to better support the growth of Maritime Singapore, MPA will, through the tripartite maritime task forces for seafaring and shore-based sectors, explore more structured on-the-job training, develop multiple progression pathways, as well as facilitate transitioning of local seafarers from sea-going to shore-based jobs.
Bigger Ships Boost Container Volumes in South Carolina
The South Carolina Ports Authority handled 14% more containers at its ports of Charleston, Georgetown and Greer during the 2015 fiscal year, compared to the volumes recorded in FY2014.
SCPA handled 1.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) during the fiscal year that ended June 30, a jump of 231,473 TEUs from the 2014 fiscal year. June volumes provided a strong finish to FY2015 with 169,913 TEUs moved during the month.
Pier containers, or box volume, also climbed 14 percent in FY2015 with 138,221 more boxes handled compared to FY2014. SCPA moved 96,916 boxes in June, pushing total fiscal year volume to 1.1 million containers.
In the non-containerized cargo segment, breakbulk tonnage exceeded fiscal year planned volumes by 6 percent with 1.4 million pier tons handled during the year.
Russia Establishes Vladivostok as Free Port
Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a law regulating relations arising from the establishment and operation of the Vladivostok free port.
As defined by the Russian law, the Vladivostok free port is a part of Primorye Territory covered by state measures to support business activity to attract investment in developing transport infrastructure.
The law aims to open and develop production facilities manufacturing competitive goods for the Asia-Pacific region markets, and speed up socio-economic development, and raise the living standards of the Far East residents.
Under the law, the free port is being established for a time-period of 70 years.
The law contemplates possible extension of this time-period as well as early termination of state support measures for business in the free port territory.
Sinopacific Scores Nine
Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group has secured an order for construction of nine Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc).
The price of the deal has not been revealed, however the vessels are slated for delivery in 2017 to Adnoc’s wholly-owned subsidiary Esnaad.
The AHTSs will feature the SPA80A design by Sinopacific’s Shanghai Design Associates design team. The AHTS design boasts an electric propulsion system and a bollard pull of 80 mt.
ADNOC firstly launched bids for this new-building project in 2013 and then handed it over to Esnaad for follow up.
ESNAAD Offshore Services Division manages a total of 52 owned and chartered vessels including AHTSs, SSRVs, TSMs, DSVs, PSVs, Utility, DP I and DP II vessels operating in Abu Dhabi offshore area.
South Korean Shipbuilders to Share Eco-Ship Patents
South Korean shipbuilding majors have decided to share their patents with smaller local counterparts as a way of helping them develop the capability to build eco-friendly ships.
Namely, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. (HHI), Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME), and Samsung Heavy Industries Co. (SHI) will open about 2,500 patents, which will be managed by a new innovation center in the southeastern industrial city of Ulsan, Yonhap news agency reported.
The announcement comes as the international maritime community pushes for cutting of pollution from ships by introduction of innovative shipbuilding technology.
As a result, the demand for green technology, including for ships powered by alternative fuels, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), has been on a constant rise.
South Korea wants to tap into that potential even further by expanding the know-how on construction of these technologically-advanced ships across its yards.
Mitsubishi and NYK Line Buy USD 590 Million Stake in FPSO Turritella
Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) have entered into a USD 590 million agreement with Dutch SBM Offshore N.V. to buy a combined 45% stake in a Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) system Turritella.
MC (30% interest), NYK Line (15% interest) and SBM Offshore (55% interest) will charter, operate and maintain the FPSO Turritella for Shell Offshore in the US Gulf of Mexico.
This FPSO, constructed by converting a crude tanker, will be installed for use in development at the Stones Oil Fields, an offshore oil field located 320 kilometers off the coast of Louisiana. The FPSO will be operated by Shell Offshore and is scheduled to enter into operation from 2016.
Once installed, the FPSO Turritella will be operating at the world’s deepest such offshore development site, covering a water depth of some 2,900 meters.
SBM Offshore, MC and NYK Line are also partners in other joint venture companies incorporated for the purpose of owning and operating FPSOs such as Cidade de Maricá and Cidade de Saquarema.
Shanghai exhibition showcases ancient maritime technology - CCTV
The compass is one of the four great inventions of ancient China—along with paper-making, gunpowder, and printing. Its place in maritime navigation is celebrated at a new exhibition in Shanghai, along with the British timekeeping device that finally gave mariners the means to measure longitude more than 400 years ago.
A British carpenter and clock-maker invented the marine chronometer in 1730 to help sailors calculate their longitude. And a replica of the original machine is one of 30 items on loan from the UK and Netherlands for the special Sail to the World exhibition.
Items including ship models, sailing maps as well as different tools used for navigation offer a look at the world of sailing and navigation in the 17th century.
India: Cargo growth at major ports likely to top last year s
Major ports in the country are likely to achieve better growth in the current financial year compared to last year on the back of domestic requirements of coal for power sector, crude oil and other cargo. However, their growth rate would continue to be less than the non-major ports, according to ICRA.
The 12 major ports in the country registered a modest growth of 4.7 per cent in cargo volumes to 581 million tonnes in FY15, on account of relatively weaker cargo performance. Non-major ports, on the other hand, recorded a 10 per cent growth throughout on a year-on-year (y-o-y) basis to 462 million tonnes in 2014-15. Overall, according to ICRA estimates, total cargo handled at Indian ports have registered a modest increase of 5.4 per cent last year to 1,043 million tonnes from 976 million tonnes during 2013-14.
Speaking to Business Standard, K Ravichandran, senior vice-president and co-head, corporate ratings, ICRA, said, "In the last financial year, the growth at major ports was pegged down, due to continuing mining restrictions in major states like Karnataka, Goa and Odisha and other policy measures such as imposition of export duty. Apart from petroleum oil and lubricants segment, all other cargo categories, including containers, fertilisers, coal and others showed growth in volumes at major ports. However, this year we are anticipating the growth would be better than last year on the back of domestic requirements of coal for power sector, crude oil and other cargo."
Work continues on Escanaba s deep water port
Work continues at the deep water port being constructed in Escanaba that will allow for the repair of large vessels and open up the city for international trade.
"This will put Escanaba on the world map as a deep water port capable of accepting large draft vessels," said Lyle Berro, business development manager for Basic Marine Inc., which is developing the port.
The port is a short distance from downtown on the city s northern shore, on the historical site of the city s merchant dock. By extending an existing 450-foot pier, Basic Marine intends to create a 1,200-foot pier capable of accommodating multiple ships carrying cargo or receiving repairs.
The existing 450-foot pier at the Basic Marine shipyard will be extended to 1,200 feet as part of a project to turn the shipyard into a deep water port. Once completed, the port would be able to handle incoming and outgoing cargo and allow for the winter docking and repair of large vessels. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Ilsa Matthes)
"This structure will be here for the next 200 years or more. This is a permanent structure, a permanent addition to the harbor of Escanaba," Berro said. "That harbor goes back to the 1840s and this is the biggest improvement to the commercial harbor of Escanaba in the last 50 years, maybe longer."