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Watch: Costa Concordia Remembered
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, February 11, 2019

January 13 marked the seventh anniversary of the sinking of the cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio in Italy. 

In a maneuver described in court as a “salute” to a retired cruise line commodore, Captain Francesco Schettino brought the Costa Concordia close in to the island; she hit a rock, tearing a long hole in her side. Flooding disabled the main engines and she drifted in to shore, eventually coming to rest on the rocks. The shipwreck set off a chaotic evacuation of 4,229 passengers and crew, and 32 people died.

In 2015, Schettino was convicted of multiple counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years. Investigators severely criticized his handling of the disaster, accusing him of delaying evacuation and abandoning ship before all the passengers and crew had been rescued.

Some of the moments in the history of the tragedy (Source: YouTube):

Grounding of the Costa Concordia (by QPS)

The conversation between Schettino and Captain Gregorio De Falco of the Italian coast guard in Livorno.

Underwater footage showing the inside of the wreck of the Costa Concordia days before it was refloated.

Captain Nick Sloane: Costa Concordia “The Parbuckling Project”

Raising the Costa Concordia: A Time Lapse

Time lapse of the dismantling and recycling project

Bomin Hit with $1M Claim Following Alleged Faulty Fuel Incident
by Ship Bunker
Monday, February 11, 2019

To cover cost of detour, loss of cargo value.

RMK Merrill-Stevens Undergoes a Transformation
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, February 11, 2019

Florida's oldest shipyard, Merrill-Stevens, is undergoing a thorough refit under new management. The Miami-based yard was purchased in 2013 by Rahmi M. Koç, a prominent Turkish businessman, who sought to return the yard to a leading position by investing in new technology and infrastructure. 

In 2016, the yard appointed Aaron Leatherwood to oversee its transformation as president and CEO. Over the course of his tenure, over $25 million has been invested in RMK Merrill-Stevens' North and South Yards, bringing new jobs and new opportunities to downtown Miami. 

“The renewed interest in the Miami waterfront is driving massive new developments,” says Leatherwood. “We are seeing more high-end riverfront residences, marina expansions and renovations, improved riverfront parks, restaurants, social venues, and the incredible River Landing waterfront mall." The new mall will be located directly adjacent to Merrill-Stevens.

Scheduled to open in mid-2019, the new North Yard will feature a state-of-the-art 2,700 ton shiplift. It will also feature an updated facility, on-site crew lounge, shore power supply for up to 650 amps and the most advanced environmental protection system in the state. A new subterranean water filtration system will clean and reuse runoff water, setting a new standard for shipyards seeking to improve local waterways.

Located directly across the Miami River from the North Yard, the new South Yard will focus on repairs and refits for large cruisers and sport fishing boats. The yard features a 100 ton travel lift, part dealers and fabrication shops. The investment in the shipyard will also bring jobs to downtown Miami: an estimated 100 new positionsbetween the two yards will open, including jobs for technical engineers, marine procurement specialists, skilled tradesmen, yacht quality finish painters and others.

Climate Change Could Create New Greenland Export: Sand
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, February 11, 2019

As climate change melts Greenland’s glaciers and deposits more river sediment on its shores, an international group of researchers has proposed exporting excess sand and gravel abroad, where raw materials for infrastructure are in high demand.

The potentially lucrative solution was developed by scientists from CU Boulder, the University of Copenhagen, Arizona State University and the Rhode Island School of Design. 

“Eight percent of the annual sediment contribution delivered to the global oceans comes from the Greenland Ice Sheet, and with continued global warming, this number is expected to increase,” said Mette Bendixen, a researcher at CU Boulder.

Arctic nations such as Greenland struggle with the ongoing effects of climate change, particularly an overreliance on now-vulnerable commercial fisheries and few other large industries. Greenland has sought to diversify its economy for years through mining, oil extraction and tourism, but progress has been slow; the country still reports a 10 percent unemployment rate and persistent revenue shortfalls.

Simultaneously, global sand reserves have been rapidly depleted in recent decades while demand has increased as a result of global urbanization and infrastructure investments. 

The study estimates that the amount of sand delivered to Greenland’s coast each year has a market value equivalent to more than half of the Greenland gross domestic product ($2.22 billion in 2015) and this value is expected to double within the next 25 years if the global sand prices continue to increase.

Sand exploitation could be controversial, however, as it would potentially interfere with the pristine Arctic landscape. The study recommends a careful assessment of the environmental impact and implementation in collaboration with the Greenlandic society.

Bunker Suppliers and Buyers Both Need to Do Their Part for Successful IMO2020: ICS
by Ship Bunker
Monday, February 11, 2019

IMO 2020 is also just the start of more profound changes to come.

World’s Largest LNG Bunkering Vessel Christened
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, February 11, 2019

On February 8, 2019, the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos was officially christened in the port of Hamburg. 

The ceremony took place at the Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder, with more than 250 guests witnessing the christening of the vessel by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Federal Chairman of the Christian-Democratic Union (CDU). With the words, “May god bless her and all who sail on her,” Kramp-Karrenbauer wished the ship always a safe journey and a hand-span of water under the keel.

Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO of Nauticor, underlined the importance of achieving this important milestone: “The christening of Kairos today here in Hamburg is the result of several years of thorough preparation by Nauticor’s team and its partners. With the commissioning of the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel, the availability of LNG as fuel for shipping on a large-scale basis is secured, e.g. in the Baltic Sea. With shipping companies having access to a fuel that is not only financially attractive, but also environmentally sustainable, people and nature in Northwest Europe will benefit from a substantial reduction of emissions at sea and in port.”

Kramp-Karrenbauer agreed and pointed out the significance of this project: “The commissioning of this vessel is not only important for the German shipping industry, but addressing environmental concerns in general and the global move towards more sustainable transport modes at sea.”

Nauticor chartered the Kairos via the joint venture Blue LNG, where Nauticor has a 90 percent share and Lithuanian energy infrastructure provider KN (Klaipedos Nafta) has a 10 percent share, from the owner Babock Schulte Energy.

With a tank capacity of 7,500m³, Kairos is the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel. The ice class vessel has several other unique features, including the ballast-free design and installation of a CNG tank to store vapor return gas from customer vessels. The construction of the vessel started in 2016 and in February 2018, steel cutting took place at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) in Ulsan, South Korea, from where the vessel was delivered in October 2018.

Indian Register of Shipping Strengthens Footprints in India
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, February 11, 2019

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading classification society, has opened two new offices in India – one located in Paradip, a major maritime port town on the east coast of India, and another in Guwahati, the largest city in northeast Indian state of Assam. 
Strengthening IRClass’ service network, these new offices join an existing network of 24 offices in India. 

The opening of an office in Assam’s Guwahati follows the recent announcement on a joint initiative with the Assam Government in further developing the state’s inland water transport (IWT) system to improve commuter safety. 

Paradip is amongst the leading ports in the country and several infrastructure projects under Sagarmala program are planned around the port. The Paradip office was opened against long standing demand from the industry. This office will serve the ship owners, ports and drydocking repair facilities within proximity, as well as neighboring ports including Dhamra and others in the region. 
K Bhardwaj, Head (Operations) said: “Establishing a presence in both Paradip and Guwahati has been a key part of our strategic development priorities, and this underlines IRClass’ commitment towards servicing its clients in the eastern part of India as we strive to provide high quality classification services to the maritime community in this region.”

dship Carriers Announces Cooperation with ISLA
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, February 11, 2019

dship Carriers has appointed ISLA S.r.l. to be dship Carriers’ new, exclusive commercial agent in Italy with immediate effect.

“We are pleased to have as well-established and renowned a company as ISLA onboard to further promote dship Carriers’ services in Italy. With ISLA’s local presence through a vast network of representative offices and its profound experience in the Italian market, we are looking forward to growing together in the future,” says Lars Feller, Global Vice President of dship Carriers.

This enthusiasm is shared by Pietro Coniglio, Director of ISLA, “We’re excited to establish this new cooperation and look forward to working with dship Carriers and its fantastic team.”

The partnership with ISLA as commercial agent for dship Carriers is expected to create joint growth in the Italian shipping market, with Italian clients profiting from high-quality ocean transportation services.

Navy May Build Wall to Defend HQ from Climate Change
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, February 11, 2019

While Congress and the White House debate funding for a $5.7 billion wall along the southern border, the U.S. Navy is contemplating a similar structure with a different purpose: a 14-foot high seawall to protect the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. from climate change. 

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, water levels in the D.C. area will rise much more quickly than the global average. Thanks to rising seas and natural subsidence, water levels along the Anacostia River will rise by four to six feet by 2100.

This would be enough to expose parts of the Navy's oldest installation to frequent flooding, and storm surge could lead to more serious damage. According to a 2018 assessment by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a 10-year storm could create flood levels of seven feet at the Navy Yard. 

To combat this risk, the Navy is contemplating a $20 million, 1.5 mile-long, 14-foot-tall seawall to protect three dozen buildings from floodwaters. This would address everyday flooding and provide enough capacity to hold back storm surge during extreme weather events. The proposed wall would extend along the site's waterfront and wrap around along shore to the west, separating the yard from adjoining neighborhoods. 

Water level rise of 4-6 feet would also inundate about half of Naval Support Facility Anacostia, which is located just downriver. Low-lying NSF Anacostia already experiences about 40 flooding events per year, of varying intensity; by mid-century, that number could rise to 450-600 per year, under a worst-case scenario. 

The flooding would potentially affect some of the Navy's most important facilities. The Navy Yard is home to the Chief of Naval Operations; the Navy's engineering and procurement division, Naval Sea Systems Command; its reactor-engineering department; its facilities engineering division; Military Sealift Command; and the Judge Advocate General's Corps. NSF Anacostia is home to the Commander of Naval Installations, the DoD Inspector General, and the Marine Corps helicopters that transport the President of the United States. 

Sentinel Plans U.S. Oil Export Terminal Off Freeport, Texas
by Reuters
Monday, February 11, 2019
HOUSTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Sentinel Midstream on Monday became the latest contender in the race to build a crude export terminal off the U.S. Gulf Coast, announcing plans to develop a facility off Freeport, Texas that could fully load a supertanker in one day. The Dallas-based company’s announcement follows seven other proposed crude export […]

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