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Container ships collided in Port Klang, Malaysia
The container ships MOL Empire and Northern Democrat collided in Westport harbor at Port Klang, Malaysia. The accident happened during maneuvering for berthing at the quay. After the accident several containers fell overboard and one shore crane was damaged. The reason for the accident was higher speed and strong wind, which caused drifting of the container carrier MOL Empire over the already berthed Northern Democrat, which was performing cargo handling operations at same time. The both ships are slightly damaged, but without any problem for stability and seaworthiness. There are no injured seamen and dockworkers during the collision. The both vessels were detained for inspection and until further investigation.
Tasneef to Class 31 Vessels for Irshad
Emirates Classification Society (Tasneef), a national classification society of United Arab Emirates, and Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Operating Company (Irshad), a wholly owned subsidiary of ADNOC, recently signed a one year contract through which Tasneef will survey and classify 31 of Irshad’s offshore vessels.
The agreement includes the classification of tugs, pilot boats, crew boats and barges, and it comes in compliance with the safety regulations for non-conventional ships that are not covered by the International Convention (GCC Code) which has been put into effect since September 2014.
"We are looking forward to expanding our services towards Irshad and we will continue our support to them by offering several maritime classification services including the annual periodical inspection of their ships to ensure compliance with the terms of crew safety; checking the efficiency, crew qualifications and required training needs; in addition to examining their hulls and engines to confirm compliance with all the conditions related to the safety and protection of the environment," Rashed Al Hebsi, CEO of Tasneef, said.
"All the procedures taken by Tasneef in ship inspection processes are based on the terms and conditions of international treaties and agreements signed by the UAE, under which we will issue compliance certificates for ships complying with international standards thus, enabling them to sail and carry out their operations anywhere in the world."
Canada Installs Radar to Detect Tsunamis
The hardware installation of Ocean Networks Canada's Near-Field Tsunami Detection for the West Coast of Vancouver Island was completed on March 27, 2015
Ocean Networks Canada—an initiative of the University of Victoria—together with ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. of Victoria BC, Northern Radar Inc. of St. John's, Newfoundland and Helzel Messtechnik GmbH of Germany, announced the installation of a WERA NorthernRadar system that will detect near-field tsunamis.
The WERA system was installed at the Tofino Airport so that tsunamis generated off the west coast of Vancouver Island can be measured. The radar and alerts it generates are part of the Ocean Networks Canada Smart Ocean Systems that is strengthening Canada’s technological position providing ocean knowledge for sound decision making. Ocean Networks Canada is funded by the Government of Canada and includes a partnership with IBM Canada.
Similar to the disastrous March 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake, the west coast of British Columbia has the potential for very large earthquakes to occur along the boundaries of the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. It is anticipated that the radar will be able to detect the surface expressions of tsunamis up to 100 km from shore, which will provide twenty to thirty minutes of advance warning.
National Lab Works with Marine Industry on New Fuel
The battle for cleaner, greener fuels isn't fought solely on land – America's rivers, lakes and surrounding seas are home to 17 million recreational boats keeping more than 75 million weekend warriors afloat each year.
All that fun in the sun comes with a cost, however, particularly in terms of burnt fuel and emissions.
In an effort to reduce boating's environmental impact, the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has teamed with industry to investigate alternative fuels for recreational marine applications.
The laboratory, in collaboration with industrial partner Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), and with support from the marine industry, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and American Boat and Yacht Council, has demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of a blend of fuel that includes 16 percent butanol for use in watercraft.
This demonstration has culminated in the approval of the fuel by the NMMA, a development sure to make waves in the boating arena.
The newly approved fuel has the potential to serve as an alternative to the 15 percent ethanol blend for much of the recreational boating fleet.
The approval is the result of several years of cooperative research between BRP and Argonne, whose research was funded by the Vehicle Technologies Office within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The research involved the evaluation of performance, efficiency and emissions, including particulates, as well as durability and lubrication effects over a wide range of recreational boat engine types and sizes from several manufacturers.
"Butanol at 16 percent blend level works as well as ethanol at 10 percent under tested conditions," said Argonne's Thomas Wallner, a principal investigator at the laboratory's Center for Transportation Research. "There was a push to increase the amount of ethanol in fuel, from 10 to 15 percent," he said.
Wallner had previous experience researching butanol for cars and trucks, but boats were new territory.
Increasing the percentage of bioenergy in the boating mix would provide environmental benefits, however, the technologies used by a significant percentage of boats, such as carburetors and open-loop controls, are not immediately well-suited to the further addition of ethanol in fuel. Furthermore, infrequent usage patterns typical for recreational boats can cause challenges at increased ethanol levels. Because ethanol attracts water, dormancy can allow the surrounding water to enter the fuel tank and form a layer inside, adversely affecting engine performance.
Butanol, on the other hand, lacks the water attraction properties of ethanol, mitigating the potential engine performance issue.
Beyond the performance benefits, butanol offers an additional advantage: it can be made from the same feedstock as ethanol. Essentially, butanol provides the environmental benefits without the issues that can be caused by increased ethanol use – a breakthrough made possible through strategic collaboration between Argonne and its industrial partners.
Nigerian Pirates Shift Offshore
According to triumphal reported from Nigeria – “pirates on Nigerian waters went to sleep in June, in the first month after President Muhammadu Buhari took over the reins of power from Goodluck Jonathan”.
The latest report on piracy by the International Maritime Bureau showed that off Nigeria, 11 incidents were reported in the first half of 2015, though no incidents were reported in the month of June. However, a cursory glance just offshore shows that they seem to have just shifted – as 10 crew kidnappings in three separate events were reported in and around Nigerian waters.