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Overly Jittery Crude Traders Cause Steepest Weekly Loss of 2019
by Ship Bunker
Friday, February 08, 2019

But support may come if the waivers against the Iranian sanctions aren't renewed.

Shoreham Port Names Director of Infrastructucture & Climate Change
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 08, 2019

Some important role changes are taking place at Shoreham Port this month. Tony Parker, previously Director of Engineering, is moving over to the new role of Director of Infrastructure & Climate Change, the first of its kind for a UK port. Meanwhile, Brian Rousell has been promoted from Deputy Director to Director of Engineering.

As an Eco-Port, Shoreham Port regularly assesses its environmental impact to develop strategies to anticipate and respond to environmental challenges, including climate change, air quality and energy conservation as well as noise, waste, and water management.

Tony is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the ICE’s South Maritime Panel. With over 40 years of experience in the design, implementation and management of port and harbour facilities, as well coast protection and waterside development, Tony Parker has a wealth of expertise that makes him an ideal fit for the pioneering role of Director of Infrastructure & Climate Change.

Tony commented “I am very much looking forward to taking on my new role. I will be pushing forward on the large infrastructure challenges at the Port such as a new, bigger and more efficient lock and major schemes to counter sea level rise and increased storminess.’’

Tony continued “The climate change role is very much about achieving the most positive contribution possible for a port to the challenges of climate change and the quality of the environment.  Working closely with our local authorities and communities, we will aim to speed our way towards nett zero emission of greenhouse gases with a gradual reduction in the use of fossil fuels around the Port and an increase in our generation and use of green energy sources like solar panels and wind turbines.’’ 

‘’We also intend to enhance our ability to supply electricity directly to ships berthed on our quays and to fit the most energy-efficient lighting and power systems throughout the entire Port estate. In cooperation with the rest of the port industry and government, we will also work to increase the role of highly energy-efficient coastal shipping to replace the relatively high energy use of road and rail transport for goods.’’

In his new role as Director of Engineering, Brian Rousell will oversee the maintenance of all the quays, harbour arms, lock gates, and other assets around the Port, as well as managing the design and construction of new projects, such as new transit sheds, coast protection and terminals.

Brian has cumulatively worked at the Port for over seven years, having worked as a Port Engineer for six years from 2009 and returning to become the Deputy Director of Engineering in February of last year. Prior to joining the Port, Brian studied Civil Engineering at the University of Portsmouth before working in a variety of engineering roles, predominantly working within clean and waste water schemes. Brian is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) Ambassador.

Brian commented “I am very proud to take on the role of Director of Engineering at the Port.  Shoreham Port provides a fascinating range of engineering challenges and I am excited to lead our dedicated, skilled and enthusiastic team through these over the coming years.  I plan to build on the approach that Tony has taken over the years, earning much respect in the maritime engineering world and leaving the Port’s infrastructure in a very strong position.  I am really looking forward to working with my Senior Leadership Team peers and the Non-executive Board, absolutely confirming my decision to return for a second spell at Shoreham Port.”

Wärtsilä to Deliver World’s First Hybrid Retrofit for Short-Sea Vessel
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 08, 2019

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with the international shipping company Hagland Shipping AS for a hybrid retrofit installation. The project will take place onboard the ‘Hagland Captain’, a general cargo vessel owned by Hagland Shipping. It will be the first project of its kind ever in short-sea shipping applications. The agreement was signed in December 2018.

The installation of a Wärtsilä battery hybrid propulsion solution will significantly enhance the ship’s environmental performance by reducing its emissions, fuel consumption, and noise. Included in the solution are a shore power connection to provide power for loading/unloading operations and for battery charging, a new reduction gear with power take-off (PTO) and power take-in (PTI) technology, and a Wärtsilä NOx Reducer (NOR). It is estimated that the total reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions after the retrofit could be as much as 80 to 90 percent, while overall fuel cost savings are expected to be in the range of 5 to 10 percent. The battery capacity will be sufficient to sail in and out of harbour on electric power for approximately 30 minutes, which will effectively reduce noise and pollution levels in the vicinity of the harbour.

The project is in response to a collaborative agreement between Hagland Shipping and NOAH AS, the Norwegian environment and resource company, whereby the shipping of materials to the island of Langøya in Norway is required to be via environmentally sound vessels. Wärtsilä’s solutions will play a crucial role in enabling the ‘Hagland Captain’ to meet this requirement. Valuable input to the project concept has been given by the non-profit NGO, Bellona.

“Wärtsilä has been chosen as a partner due to their significant experience in providing environmentally sound solutions such as hybrid systems,” says Oivind Wendelboe Aanensen, COO, Hagland Shipping AS. “Wärtsilä’s forward-leaning and supportive approach has enabled Hagland and NOAH to arrive at an optimal solution. We believe our mutual project will have a considerable impact in the market and will further the environmental drive towards sustainable solutions in short-sea shipping.”

“Environmental considerations are increasingly important for fleet owners around the world. The need for the latest smart marine technologies has been seen for some time already in deep sea shipping, and this project is evidence that the need also exists in short-sea transportation. Wärtsilä is responding to these developments with its Smart Marine Ecosystem approach, which through the use of high levels of digitalisation and connectivity, is creating greater efficiencies, increased safety, and more sustainable solutions,” says Paul Kohle, Director, Sales & Sales Support, Asset Management Services, Wärtsilä Marine.

Wärtsilä’s hybrid solutions are based on a ‘first-of-its-kind’ fully integrated hybrid power module. This combines engines, an energy storage system using batteries, and power electronics optimised to work together through a newly developed energy management system (EMS). It marks a new frontier in marine hybrid propulsion.

Equinor Moves Forward with Planning for Empire Wind
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 08, 2019

Norwegian energy company Equinor is moving forward with planning for a giant offshore wind farm in the "New York Bight," an 80,000 acre lease area just off the entrance to New York Harbor. It has deployed a high-tech buoy to measure wind speed, direction, wave conditions and other characteristics on site to determine the resource potential of the site. The floating LiDAR buoy device uses laser light detection and ranging to take wind measurements, and its solar panels, onboard wind turbines and batteries allow it to operate for extended periods without intervention. 

“The deployment of this specialized buoy marks another step forward in the multi-year process of bringing a reliable source of renewable energy to the New York / New Jersey area,” said Christer af Geijerstam, President, Equinor Wind US. “Offshore wind power today is made possible by a host of innovative technologies, from larger and more efficient turbines to sophisticated LiDAR systems like this that enable us to gauge invaluable information about the characteristics of this offshore lease area.”

Equinor won the federal lease auction for 80,000 acres south of New York and east of New Jersey in 2016. The company is currently working on two potential projects at the site - Empire Wind for New York and Boardwalk Wind for New Jersey. Late last year, it also paid $135 million for a giant lease area off Massachusetts in the highest-value wind auction in U.S. history. 

Equinor (formerly Statoil) derives almost all of its revenue from oil and gas, but it is moving to expand into renewables. It holds four projects in the UK and Germany, generating enough electrical power for one million homes, and it recently commissioned the world's first commercial floating offshore wind installation off Scotland. Floating wind platforms are a technological solution borrowed from offshore oil and gas, and could expand wind's potential into much deeper waters. 

Vessel Retrofit will Enable Battery-Powered Port Manoeuvres
by Ship Bunker
Friday, February 08, 2019

Hybrid propulsion system will allow the cargo ship to sail in and out of harbour on electric power.

Marathassa Bunker Spill Caused by Defect, not Negligence
by Ship Bunker
Friday, February 08, 2019

Ship had a faulty valve and incorrectly installed alarm.

Hyundai Heavy Industries May Be Sole Bidder for DSME
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 08, 2019

Samsung Heavy Industries is not likely to compete with Hyundai Heavy Industries for rights to acquire Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). South Korean policy bank KDB is preparing to sell its majority stake in DSME to Hyundai Heavy Industries, and has signed a memorandum of understanding for the terms of the $2 billion deal; however, KDB left the door open for Samsung Heavy Industries to make a competing bid. 

On Friday, Yonhap reported that Samsung Group - Samsung Heavy Industries' parent company - is not likely to have an interest in expanding its presence in shipbuilding. Samsung has until the end of the month to submit a bid, and is presently reviewing its options. It has previously denied an interest in taking over its rival. 

At the end of January, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) signed a preliminary agreement to take over DSME from the South Korean government. The complex agreement centers on a large stock swap, and HHI will partially fund its investment by selling a stake in a refining subsidiary. The merger of two out of South Korea's "Big Three" shipbuilders would create the largest shipbuilding company in the world, with a global market share of about 20 percent (and half the world's LNG carrier orderbook). 

At a press conference announcing the deal, KDB Chairman Lee Dong-gull said that the agreement was not yet finalized, and that Samsung Heavy Industries would also have a chance to bid for DSME. However, foreign bids will not be encouraged: KDB's policy objective is to end up with two large Korean shipbuilders, not one foreign-owned shipbuilder competing with two domestically-owned yards.  “In order to fundamentally enhance the competitiveness of the industry, it is crucial to eliminate the inefficiency caused by overlapping investment under the current 'Big Three' structure,” Lee said. 

Plans for a Korean shipbuilding mega-merger have led to new speculation on the possibility of a merger between China's two state-owned shipbuilding giants CSSC and CSIC. The two conglomerates have denied any knowledge of merger plans in the past, but China's central government recently expressed an interest in consolidating its shipbuilding holdings to improve competitiveness.  

New Cutter to be Named After Heroic WWII Rescue Swimmer
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 08, 2019

". . . his courageous disregard for his own personal safety in a situation of grave peril was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
- Navy & Marine Corps Medal citation, Officer’s Steward 2/c Warren T. Deyampert

African-American Petty Officer Warren Traveous Deyampert served in the U.S. Coast Guard in early World War II. It was a time when the U.S. military barred African-Americans from the officer ranks and limited them to junior enlisted or food service ratings. Deyampert was a heroic Coast Guardsmen with great loyalty for his cutter and shipmates. This fact seems surprising given the second-class status African-Americans held in the service at the start of the war.

Born in Alabama, Deyampert moved to Pittsburgh while in high school and enlisted in the Coast Guard at age 19, five months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. During his time in the Coast Guard, Deyampert served on only one cutter, the Escanaba. He came aboard in August 1941 and, over the next two years, he advanced rapidly from a third class mess attendant to second class officer’s steward.

With heavy seas and icy water, the North Atlantic seems an impossible place to save lives. Nevertheless, the challenge of rescuing as many men as possible motivated Escanaba’s crew to develop a system of tethered rescue swimmers equipped with parachute harnesses and leash lines as well as rubber dry suits that insulated the swimmers from the cold water. Three of the cutter’s crew volunteered to serve the hazardous duty of rescue swimmer, including Deyampert.

Deyampert and his fellow rescue swimmers drilled frequently, so they and their supporting deck crews could work in heavy seas and blackout conditions. In early February 1943, Deyampert and the others had a chance to put their skills to the test. At the time, Escanaba served as an escort for the three-ship convoy, SG-19, bound from St. Johns, Newfoundland, to southwest Greenland. Weather conditions during the convoy’s first few days proved horrendous as they usually did in the North Atlantic winter. The average air temperature measured well below freezing, the seas were heavy and the wind-driven spray formed layers of ice on Escanaba’s decks and superstructure.

At 1 a.m., Feb. 3, the enemy submarine U-223 torpedoed the convoy vessel and U.S. Army transport, Dorchester, that carried over 900 troops, civilian contractors and crew. Within 20 minutes, the transport slipped beneath the waves sending surviving passengers and crew into lifeboats or the icy water. By the time Escanaba arrived on scene, Dorchester had already begun its descent into the abyss. The seas were smooth due to a heavy oil slick and the wind was light. Dorchester’s life preservers were equipped with blinking red lights to help rescuers locate floating victims at night. These lights dotted the water’s surface into the distant darkness.

During the war, the service required cutters to observe blackout conditions during nighttime operations. Hence, Escanaba’s crew began preparations to deploy the rescue swimmers in advance, to minimize confusion in the dark. As Escanaba steamed to the scene of Dorchester’s sinking, the rescue swimmers donned their exposure suits and the deck crews made lines ready for hauling helpless survivors aboard. Sea ladders and heaving lines were made ready and a cargo net dropped over the side.

Once on scene, Escanaba located its first group of floating survivors, stopped and drifted toward them. Some of the men were clinging to doughnut rafts, while others remained afloat using life preservers. The victims suffered from severe shock and hypothermia and could not climb the sea ladders or the cargo net. In fact, they were incapable of grasping a line used to haul them on board the cutter. Clad in his dry suit and secured to Escanaba by a line, Deyampert swam out to the floating victims and life rafts. He checked for signs of life and secured victims to a line, so the deck crews could pull the survivors up to the cutter. Even though many victims appeared frozen to death, 38 out of 50 that appeared dead were frozen but still alive. The swimmers got the floating victims to the cutter immediately saving time and saving more lives. Thus, Escanaba could reach more victims before exposure froze them to death.

Selflessly, Deyampert remained in the icy water nearly four hours. Pulling rafts in close to the cutter and securing them with lines from Escanaba, the officers’ steward was often in danger of being crushed between life rafts and the cutter’s side. He kept helpless survivors afloat until they could be secured with a line and hauled aboard the cutter. He also swam under the fantail of the maneuvering cutter to keep floating victims away from the suction of Escanaba’s propeller. All the while, he disregarded the danger to himself trying to save as many lives as possible.

In the end, Escanaba’s tethered rescue swimmer system proved more effective in recovering survivors than any other method. After eight hours of rescue operations, the cutter had saved 133 lives. However, the glow of success proved short-lived. In June, Escanaba joined cutters Storis and Raritan to escort a convoy bound from Greenland to Newfoundland. At 5 a.m., Sunday, June 13, Escanaba fell victim to a catastrophic explosion, believed by many the result of a torpedo. The cutter sank in minutes, taking Deyampert and 100 of his shipmates down with it. Only two Coast Guardsmen survived the sinking.

Despite his secondary status in a segregated service, Deyampert placed the needs of others before his own and played a key role in the rescue of well over 100 Dorchester survivors. For his heroic service, Deyampert posthumously received the Navy & Marine Corps Medal and Purple Heart Medal. Soon, the U.S. Coast Guard will name a Fast Response Cutter in his honor. Deyampert was a selfless and courageous Coast Guardsman who embodied the service’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.

Deyampert’s father, Joseph Deyampert, receives the Navy & Marine Corps Medal from a Coast Guard officer near Mobile, Ala. (U.S. Coast Guard)

William Thiessen is the Coast Guard Atlantic Area historian. This article appears courtesy of Coast Guard Compass and may be found in its original form here

Canada Signs With Lockheed-BAE Team for Frigate Mega-Contract
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 08, 2019

Canada has formally signed a $185 million contract with Lockheed Martin, BAE and Irving Shipbuilding for the design of the Royal Canadian Navy's next-generation frigate, marking the first step in what will be the Canadian government's largest purchase ever. 

A Lockheed-BAE joint proposal won the contract last year with a design based on BAE's Type 26 frigate, which is currently under construction for the Royal Navy and Australia. Lockheed is also a partner in the consortium building the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship, and is designing a "frigate" variant based on the LCS hull form in the competition for the U.S. Navy's FFG(X) contract.

The $45 billion, 15-ship contract for Canada's next warship is the "largest, most complex procurement ever undertaken by the Government of Canada,” according to Public Services and Procurement Canada. The vessels will replace Canada's current large surface combatants and will provide the bulk of its naval power for decades to come.

On Friday, union officials at Irving Shipbuilding celebrated the news of the contract award. "We are very happy to see this deal made official, and I'm proud to stand beside my sisters and brothers at the yard today and every day," said Ryan Lapointe, the president of the local branch of the amalgamated union Unifor. "All I can say is: there's no ship like a Halifax-made ship."

Other bidders for the contract included Spain's Navantia and U.S. contractor Alion, a behind-the-scenes defense technology company that served as the naval architect for the Zumwalt-class destroyer. Alion is currently suing the Canadian government over the process that led to the contract for Lockheed-BAE. 

Supramax Arrested in Singapore
by Ship Bunker
Friday, February 08, 2019

Connected to German shipping interests.

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