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Wilhelmsen, Hitachi Partner on IMO2020 Compliance Testing Equipment
by Ship Bunker
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lab-quality testing in seconds will soon become an operational necessity for crews, and authorities alike, says Wilhelmsen.

IMO2020: Another Owner Says Scrubber Bans Have No Economic Impact
by Ship Bunker
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

"When we did our calculation on scrubbers we did not take into account port time at all," says Star Bulk CEO Petros Pappas.

International Chamber of Shipping Looking Towards Zero-Carbon Future for Shipping
by gCaptain
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
The International Chamber of Shipping is looking ahead towards a zero-carbon future for shipping as sulphur and greenhouse gas emissions takes center stage starting with the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap next year. “The 2020 global sulphur cap will be the regulatory game changer of the decade with profound implications for the economics of shipping,” […]

Sea Shepherd Awarded Military Honor
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sea Shepherd was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) by Liberian President Dr. George Manneh Weah at the 62nd anniversary celebration of Armed Forces Day in Monrovia on February 11. 

The DSO is the highest military award given by the Ministry of National Defense and the Armed Forces of Liberia, recognizing exceptional service to the Republic of Liberia. 

Captains Alex Cornelissen and Peter Hammarstedt, Sea Shepherd Global’s CEO and Director of Campaigns respectively, attended the conferment ceremony in Monrovia where Sea Shepherd was honored for “the immense support and contribution in assisting the Liberian Coast Guard to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Liberia.” 

Since February 2017, Sea Shepherd has been working in partnership with Liberian authorities on joint at-sea patrols that have resulted in the arrest of 14 fishing vessels for illegal fishing and other fisheries crimes. Named Operation Sola Stella, the partnership was recognized in the official government citation that was read during the celebration:

The partnership has used a mixed crew of international Sea Shepherd personnel, who operate the vessel, and Liberian Coast Guard sailors, with the authority to board, inspect and arrest vessels violating Liberia's laws and regulations.

Accepting the DSO medal on behalf of Sea Shepherd, Hammarstedt said: “Liberia has emerged as a regional leader in the fight against illegal fishing and that is thanks to the visionary leadership of the Honorable Daniel D. Ziankahn Jr., Minister of National Defense, and Major General Prince Johnson III, Chief of Staff. I am proud and humbled to accept the award on behalf of the brave men and women of the Liberian Coast Guard and the passionate Sea Shepherd captains and crews who spent the past two years at-sea to bring poachers to justice on behalf of all Liberians.”

Captain Alex Cornelissen stated: “To win the fight against illegal fishing, the world needs leaders. The past two years of cooperation has shown Sea Shepherd that the Liberian Coast Guard is leading the way.”

The full citation:

Sea Shepherd Global is a natural partner to the Republic of Liberia. Together, the Liberian Ministry of National Defense and Sea Shepherd launched Operation Sola Stella, named from the Latin word for ‘Lone Star’ and to symbolize the regional leadership by the Ministry of National Defense in the fight against illegal fishing. The goal of the partnership is to enforce Liberian laws by combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the sovereign waters of Liberia. 

Under the direction of the Liberian Coast Guard, joint at-sea patrols began on February 2017, as Sea Shepherd contributed the use of a civilian offshore patrol vessel, the Bob Barker, to Liberia. This partnership has been especially successful by utilizing a mixed crew of international Sea Shepherd personnel, who operate the vessel, and Liberian Coast Guard sailors, with the authority to board, inspect and arrest vessels violating Liberia's laws and regulations.

As a result of Operation Sola Stella, fourteen unlawful vessels have been detained, generating critical income for the government through fines; a significant level of deterrence has been developed for other IUU fishing vessels; Liberia’s operational readiness at sea has been enhanced; Liberian waters have been protected, insuring work, food and income for the people of Liberia, and enhancing collaboration between multiple agencies, thereby protecting Liberia and Liberian waters from future intruders and criminals.

Sea Shepherd’s outstanding support to the Government of Liberia through the Armed Forces of Liberia is in fulfillment of its global mission to conserve and protect marine wildlife and ecosystems and this reflects distinct credit upon the organization and its dedicated services.

THEREFORE, for your outstanding contribution to the people of Liberia, through the Armed Forces of Liberia, and the Ministry of Defense, I, Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, do hereby decorate and award the “Distinguished Service Order” to Sea Shepherd.

Your Services to our country bring credit upon yourself, the people of Liberia, your organization and Country.

Given this 11th day of February 2019.

Images courtesy of Yagazie Emezi/Sea Shepherd:

The Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Captain Alex Cornelissen, Captain Peter Hammarstedt, Mr. G.M. and the former Minister of National Defense, the Hon. Brownie Samukai 

The Liberian Coast Guard

The Armed Forces of Liberia military parade

Arklow Shipping Revealed as Backer of Seaborne in Laying Plans for No-Deal Ferry Services
by Mike Schuler
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – As lawyers for the UK government and cross-Channel fixed link operator Eurotunnel met in the High Court to determine whether the government acted illegally in its award of £100m-plus contracts to three ferry companies to provide extra vessel capacity in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Department […]

Papua New Guinea Commissions Patrol Boat from Australia
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Papua New Guinea Defence Force has commissioned the first Guardian class Patrol Boat HMPNGS Ted Diro.

The vessel, named after the first Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force post-independence, is the first of 21 Guardian class Patrol Boats to be gifted to 12 Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste under Australia's Pacific Maritime Security Program. The program is the successor to the original Pacific Patrol Boat Program in which Australia gifted vessels to Pacific Island nations between 1987 and 1997. Through the programs, Australia has spent A$2 billion over 30 years. 

The new 39.5 meter steel hulled patrol boats are designed and built by Austal in Western Australia. The next vessel will be gifted to Tuvalu in April 2019 and the last will go to Timor-Leste in October 2023.

The new vessels replace the current Pacific Patrol Boats, operated by the 12 participating nations. The larger Guardian class Patrol Boats can support mixed-gender crewing and are designed to assist nations to combat a wider range of maritime security issues, including transnational crime and illegal fishing.

In addition to the gifting of 21 vessels, the Pacific Maritime Security Program includes contracted region-wide fixed wing aerial surveillance, ongoing sustainment and training support, the continuation of Defence’s maritime adviser network and infrastructure upgrades to support the safe and secure berthing of the vessels. More than A$5 million worth of works have commenced at the Lombrum Naval Base in Manus Province to improve the wharf and shore-based infrastructure that will support Papua New Guinea’s four patrol boats.


SCHOTTEL Thrusters for Europe’s State-of-the-Art Fireboat
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Branddirektor Westphal, Europe’s state-of-the-art fireboat, is fitted with SCHOTTEL thrusters: two SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers and two SCHOTTEL Transverse Thrusters enable maximum maneuverability and optimum efficiency. The special vessel, operated by Flotte Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), and built at the Fassmer shipyard in Lower Saxony, is scheduled to enter service in the Port of Hamburg shortly.

Fassmer and SCHOTTEL: a long-standing cooperative partnership

Fassmer and SCHOTTEL are united by a long-standing partnership. “We have worked closely with SCHOTTEL for many years now. On the basis of our positive experiences, with both reliable products and competent service, we once again opted for SCHOTTEL,” says Thomas Sass, Head of Shipbuilding Sales at Fassmer. 

Maximum maneuverability with SCHOTTEL thrusters

The Branddirektor Westphal is powered by two Caterpillar C18 engines, each with an output of 500kW. Each of the engines drives an azimuthing SCHOTTEL Rudderpropeller type SRP 190 FP with a propeller diameter of 1,350mm and an input power of 500kW. This enables the fireboat to reach an open-water speed of 12 knots. In combination with the two Rudderpropellers, two electrically driven Transverse Thrusters of type STT 170, each with a power output of 330kW, enable optimal maneuvering and DP capability during firefighting or rescue operations. 

Ultra-modern fireboat for Hamburg

The new emergency vessel of the Hamburg Fire Brigade is 44.14 metres long and 9.80 meters wide. It has three fire pumps that can spray up to 180 meters or to a height of up to 110 meters. Their pumping capacity of up to 120,000 liters of water per minute is three to four times that of the existing Flotte Hamburg fireboats. The pumps also supply three water cannons and three combined water and foam nozzles. 

In addition to firefighting, the vessel, named after Johannes Westphal, Hamburg’s first chief fire officer after the Second World War, is also equipped for rescue and relief operations.

Saudi ports Authority - Mawani - Marks a Big Start in 2019
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) looks up for a bright 2019, where it seems fully prepared with some major developments taking place for the nine ports it manages.
Marking an inevitable turning point in the history of Middle East ports, Mawani has recently launched the integrated shipment scheduling system at King Abdul Aziz port, part of the electronic clearance services, meant to reduce dual time at Saudi ports. Clients can now electronically schedule an appointment and choose their carrier, all of which can save time down to only 17 minutes at the port.
In line with the pursuit to keep up with new updates and services, Mawani sponsored a cooperation agreement for shipbuilding and repairing at King Abdul Aziz port in Dammam. The agreement was held alongside the Ministry of Transport, between Al Blagha Industrial, one of Al Blagha Group’s companies, and International Maritime Industries, a joint venture between a number of leading maritime companies.  
Re-positioning King Abdul Aziz Port, this agreement aims at attracting several vessels and offshore rigs to the port, settling many specialized maritime jobs, training and improving national personnel, thus adding a new success to this promising sector.
Among its operational decisions targeting 2030 vision as well as the Saudi ports customers’ satisfaction and enhancing logistics’ efficiency, Saudi Ports Authority has issued the first unified foreign investor permit in the Saudi Ports to carry out the business operations of maritime agencies.
This big step came after Mawani’s Board of Directors adoption of several regulations licensing and operating a shipping agency in addition to ship chandlers (excluding bunkering services), will open the door for big business opportunity for foreign companies to establish their owner shipping agencies and serve their ships in all Saudi ports.
As efforts to become an international logistics and digital hub continue in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision. It is simply becoming a digital pioneer in port technology across the Middle East, creating and enhancing new simple ideas to make port operations much easier and practical.
Saudi Ports today form one of the nation’s most important economic and commercial streams, hard work, investments, upgrades and major services. Mawani has placed the nine ports it governs, at the frontline of the ports and logistics sector regionally and globally. It currently manages and supervises 232 Berths of which 150 are in commercial ports, and 82 are in industrial ports. Berths are managed as separate terminals for different cargo types which offer depths capable of hosting large and big vessels.
And with the Kingdom’s strategic geographical location and proximity to the main international trading routes and optimal utilization, Saudi ports handle 70 percent of the Kingdom's exports and imports except for crude oil. In addition, more than 13 million TEUs can be handled annually, totaling 615 million tons, where exports and transshipments form 55 percent. An increase of more than 19 percent has been achieved in cargo handling throughput in the first half of 2018 comparing to the similar period in 2017.
With the highest quality of service with competitive prices, Mawani ensures a safe working environment and maritime navigation, using modern aids to navigation and safety systems in the fields of IT, navigation, pollution and fire control, while also applying international safety and security codes for ships and port facilities. 

ClassNK releases new PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) software
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

ClassNK has just released the latest version of its design support software PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver.6.0.0, developed in response to the IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT). The new version incorporates the latest rule amendments to CSR BC & OT including amendments based on feedback from the industry.
In addition to the incorporation of the latest rule amendments, various functions were also added or improved in the PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) prescriptive calculation software and direct strength assessment software.
The enhanced calculation report function found in the prescriptive calculation software makes it possible to create reports for multiple sectional data all at once. The update also allows users to change output settings in detail, enabling the sorting of reports by section, evaluation item and more.
Additionally, the enhanced data linkage function with 2D CAD data enables users to load the sectional data of outside cargo parts. It is now possible to load the sectional data of all ship parts.
The direct strength assessment software now contains a “Zooming Analysis” function. This can be used for design examination and strength evaluation with partial models cut out from hold models.
The mesh refinement function found in the direct strength assessment software has also improved to allow better mesh quality. Now it is possible to create higher quality meshes even for complex structures.
The enhancements and new functions are expected to greatly contribute to reductions in necessary man hours and shorter design lead times.
PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver.6.0.0 was developed by ClassNK to offer the industry the highest level of support in the design of safer ships compliant with CSR BC & OT. 

Babcock Schulte Energy’s Gas Supply Vessel Ready for Business
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel, MV Kairos, managed by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, was officially christened on February 8, 2019, with a historic ceremony on the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany.

The ceremony took place at the Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder, with more than 250 guests witnessing the christening of the vessel by her godmother Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Federal Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU).

Owned by Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE), a joint venture between Babcock International Group and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, the vessel has been developed using leading-edge, innovative technology that will provide environmental benefits and drive operational efficiency for its customers.

Equipped with Babcock’s Fuel Gas Supply Vessel Zero (FGSV0™), MV Kairos will eliminate the release of boil-off and flash gas to the atmosphere during normal operations, providing an environmentally accountable fueling alternative.

Nauticor, a leading provider of LNG for maritime customers, is chartering MV Kairos to serve marine customers in the North Sea & Baltic Sea, the Klaip?da LNG fueling station in Lithuania and the Linde LNG terminal in Nynäshamn.

Present at the ceremony along with Dr. Heinrich Schulte, Chairman of the Schulte Group, and Johann Schulte, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Bernhard Schulte, was Ian Beveridge, Schulte Group CEO. He said: “We are happy to have found with Nauticor/Linde a reputable long-term partner for this innovative, high-tech vessel. We expect a growing market share of LNG as a bunker fuel in the years to come, and together with our joint venture partner Babcock we feel well-positioned to further exploit the evolving opportunities of this market.”

The GSV development is co-financed by the European Union as part of the Blue Baltics-LNG infrastructure deployment in the Baltic Sea Region project.


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