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True Motives of Scrubber Debate Called in Question
by Ship Bunker
Friday, February 08, 2019

There are two camps against scrubbers, says DHT's Harfjeld, ones who haven't got the money to do it, or the other camp that came way too late for the party.

True Motives of Scrubber Debate Called into Question
by Ship Bunker
Friday, February 08, 2019

There are two camps against scrubbers, says DHT's Harfjeld, ones who haven't got the money to do it, or the other camp that came way too late for the party.

Goltens Lands Major Ballast Water Retrofit Orders
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 08, 2019

Goltens’ Worldwide Green Technologies Division Asia has announced contracts with NYK Bulk & Projects Carrier Ltd. (NBP) and BW LPG for support in retrofitting a total of 37 vessels with ballast water treatment systems (BWT). 

The NBP order is for 25 of their bulk carriers. NBP is one of the world’s leading ocean carriers of project cargo, heavy lift cargo, steel products, and bulk cargo. The company is a subsidiary of NYK, Japan’s largest shipping company. The scope of the contract with Goltens includes 3D laser scanning and modeling of BWT systems, delivery of detailed design packages, and installation supervision in the shipyard.

BW LPG awarded orders for the same scope of work for the retrofitting of 12 of their LPG carriers. BW LPG currently owns and operates the world’s largest fleet of Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs).

Work has already commenced on both contracts. Sandeep Seth, Goltens Vice President for Asia, said: “These are significant orders for Goltens, and we appreciate the confidence both NBP and BW have shown in our capabilities.” 

With the Ballast Water Convention in effect and emissions regulations coming into force in January 2020, Seth reports a marked increase in response from owners and operators. “Goltens’ clients are feeling the pressure of regulations, and they need solutions. Demand for fast-track compliance support with Goltens Green Technologies’ smart retrofit services is really starting to take off.”

Goltens Green Technologies has now completed, or is in the process of completing, 435 ballast water retrofit projects around the globe, ranging in scope from 3D scanning and modeling to turnkey installations of systems. Goltens also reports a strong order book, with over 100 additional BWT systems contracted. 

Explosion: IMO Should Act on Standards
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 08, 2019

The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission has released its report on the 2017 accident in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, on board the cruise ship Emerald Princess, in which a nitrogen cylinder burst, causing one fatality. 

The report highlights a lack of global minimum standards for inspection, testing and rejecting pressure cylinders for stored energy systems on lifeboat launching installations – a system common on cruise ships.

In February 2017, the crew of the Bermuda-flagged Emerald Princess were re-pressurizing the gas cylinders after maintenance of a stored energy system ( that provides an alternative means of launching lifeboats in the event of power failure.) The investigation found that the cylinder casing of the exploded cylinder had become weakened by corrosion and was about 30 percent of original thickness. The crew were following the correct procedure for recharging the nitrogen cylinders when it burst. 

There is no clear evidence as to why the cylinder was so heavily corroded in the area where the failure started. The adjacent cylinders in the frame were not heavily corroded. However, the failed cylinder and several others in the system were not fit for purpose, says the Commission, despite having been surveyed recently, and should not have been in service. 

The maintenance plan on board the Emerald Princess stated that nitrogen cylinders were to be hydrostatically tested every 10 years. The vessel’s flag state also required that the nitrogen cylinders be tested every 10 years. The nitrogen cylinder that burst had been manufactured in September 2005 and was due for hydrostatic pressure testing in September 2015. 

At the time of the accident the cylinder had not been pressure tested and was overdue by one year and five months. The maintenance plan had been loaded with the date when the cylinders were installed on the ship at the time of building, rather than the date of manufacture.

At the time of the accident, the most recent inspection had been a five-yearly inspection that was carried out on January 21, 2017, 19 days prior to the accident. The five-yearly inspection report prepared by the authorized service provider stated that the nitrogen cylinders on board the Emerald Princess were aged and the company should consider swapping them with new nitrogen cylinders. 

The TAIC report highlights two safety issues:

•     There is a lack of global minimum standards for inspection, testing and rejecting pressure cylinders for stored energy systems on lifeboat launching installations, so there is wide variation in, and sometimes inadequate, standards applied by flag state administrations, classification societies and authorized service providers.

•     Technicians who are authorized to conduct mandatory annual and five-yearly inspections of lifeboat-launching installations are not required to have specific training and certification for inspecting any stored energy-release systems and their associated pressure cylinders.

The Commission recommends that the manufacturer of the lifeboat launching system improve training and that Maritime New Zealand raise the urgent global need for adequate minimum standards with the IMO.

The report is available here.

StormGeo and DNV GL Join Forces for Fleet Performance Management
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 08, 2019

 StormGeo and DNV GL announced today that they have signed an agreement to consolidate their fleet performance solutions under one banner. The agreement will combine DNV GL’s ECO Insight and Navigator Insight solutions with StormGeo’s FleetDSS and ship reporting solutions. By this a new industry leader in fleet performance management is created as part of StormGeo.

The combination of these solutions will result in a new offering to the global shipping industry that will be able to provide a complete fleet performance portfolio, including route advisory, navigation and planning, and fleet performance management services. The fleet performance centres, delivery, product development, and sales will be managed by StormGeo. The result is a combined fleet of more than 12,000 vessels that will receive a daily service from StormGeo in route advisory, weather intelligence, navigation and planning or fleet performance.

“Partnering with DNV GL enables us to accelerate the development of our fleet performance management offering by pooling the competence, software, and insight of both companies,” said Per-Olof Schroeder, CEO, StormGeo. “Bringing these solutions together will give our clients even more ways to enhance the safety, efficiency, and transparency of their operations. Finally, it builds on our vision of establishing StormGeo as the leading provider of performance management solutions to the shipping industry.” 

The consolidation creates the largest vessel performance data set and developer team in shipping, providing industry-leading analytics that give customers even better data to enhance their operational decision making. The existing services will be maintained and strengthened within StormGeo, with all solutions brought together in the back-end, utilizing an improved data infrastructure. DNV GL will retain a strong connection to the new solution through the 26.4% share in StormGeo it has held since 2014, as well as continuing technical support to ECO Insight customers. Users will also able to share data through DNV GL’s open industry platform Veracity.

“Since its introduction in 2014, ECO Insight has grown into the largest performance solution in shipping, with installations on more than 2,000 vessels. In addition, already 22 industry partners connect their data and analytics to the solution,” says Trond Hodne, Senior Vice President at DNV GL – Maritime. “ECO Insight has already been an outstanding success, and by combining it with StormGeo’s services we believe we can offer our customers a solution that not only gives broader functionality but taps into a richer data set. This will give our customers new and exciting services and insights to boost their competitiveness. We look forward to seeing ECO Insight going on to further success as part of StormGeo.”

The agreement is subject to the fulfilment of certain customary closing conditions. The partners expect that the transaction will close no later than March 2019.

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