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China Open-Loop Scrubbing Ban Not Yet Fully In Place: BIMCO
by Ship Bunker
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

But a full ban could be adopted soon.

Korean Register Launches New IHM Service and Secures NSC Contract
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

NSC Group has signed an agreement with Korean Register (KR) for the IACS (International Association of Classification Societies) classification society to provide IHM (Inventory of Hazardous Materials) services across the NSC Group's fleet of container vessels, bulk carriers, conbulkers, car carriers and tankers.

From 31 December 2020, all existing ships sailing under the EU-flag and ships flying the flag of a third country calling at an EU port or anchorage must have on board an inventory of hazardous materials (IHM) verified by the relevant authorities or a recognized organization like Korean Register. The same rules came into effect for EU-flagged on 31 December 2018. The regulation will improve safety, protecting people and property onboard the ship and meeting any mooring requirements.

KR will be working with partners HMI GbR (QSU & exag) and NautilusLog GmbH to deliver the specialist IHM service. Many shipowners and operators have yet to decide on IHM service providers, but the KR partnership is well established with plans for future projects already underway and many new ideas to benefit customers in development.

Sebastian Völchner, Project Manager NSC said: "We are very satisfied that we have found the right partners following an intensive tendering process. We appreciate the value offered by KR, HMI GbR (QSU & exag) and NautilusLog GmbH as they work together as a consortium, to offer a complete comprehensive service package as one team."

Michael Suhr, Technical and Commercial Director of Korean Register North Europe added: "KR is pleased to offer its customers this technical solution which has been developed at the best competitive price for the market.  The experience and expertise of our partners in this field, combined with KR's established expert global network will allow us to offer excellent business synergies to our shipowner and ship manager customers."

Frank Schneider, Managing Director of HMI GbR (QSU & exag) added: "We are happy to be working with KR to provide this specialist service in direct response to increasing demand from industry as the entry into force date gets closer. We anticipate that demand will outstrip supply over the next year or so, creating a 'bottleneck' simply because there are a limited number of HAZMAT experts and specialist laboratories providing this service."

HMI GbR (QSU & exag) is an established service supplier approved by KR, with many experienced in-house Hazmat experts ready to inspect and serve the entire NSC Group fleet across the company's worldwide network. NautilusLog GmbH has recently won several awards including the Hamburg Innovation Award, Pitch Blue Award by VDR and Digital Logistic Award.

Otto Klemke, NautilusLog GmbH founder and managing Director added: "We are proud to support our Partners with the best digital tools allowing them to serve more ships in less time and effort."

An IHM report will be linked to the entire lifespan of the vessel, eventually covering the building stage, its operational stage and the recycling stage.

Crew Safely Evacuates Boxship as Cargo Fire Continues
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

All crewmembers of the Hapag-Lloyd container vessel Yantian Express have abandoned ship safely, and efforts to fight the cargo fire on board continue. 

On Saturday evening, 11 non-essential crewmembers were evacuated from the Yantian Express to the AHTS Smit Nicobar, and on Sunday morning all remaining crewmembers followed suit. The Smit Nicobar remains on scene providing fire fighting assistance, and the good samaritan vessel that arrived to the Yantian's aid first - the Happy Ranger - has resumed her commercial voyage.

Ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd reported Friday that a cargo fire had broken out on the deck of the Yantian Express as she transited about 650 nm off Canada's eastern seaboard. The blaze began in one container and spread to others, and the full extent of the damage is not yet known. 

Efforts to extinguish the fire in the containers were launched immediately, but these initial operations had to be suspended due to a deterioration of the weather conditions. A Hapag-Lloyd spokesman confirmed Monday that the fire continues to burn. 

The offshore tug Maersk Mobiliser is now en route to the scene. Upon arrival, the tug’s crew plans to take the Yantian Express in tow and bring her to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Following the initial report of the fire, the U.S. Coast Guard secured the Happy Ranger's assistance using the AMVER system. The agency has also been providing continuing coordination for the response effort in the North Atlantic. “We’ve been monitoring the situation to provide as much assistance as possible and keeping in open communication,” said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Langley, watchstander at the Fifth District command center. 

Chittagong Shipbreaker Fined for Scrapping Grounded Ship
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

A Bangladeshi shipbreaking company has been fined $240,000 for dismantling a grounded vessel at an unapproved location in Chittagong.

The scrapping of beached ships is a common practice in Chittagong, which is home to Bangladesh's busy shipbreaking industry. Every year, hundreds of vessels from all over the world are driven onto a seven-mile stretch of beach just north of the city center, where they are cut up for scrap steel. This area of industrial activity is also an alleged source of pollution, as the vessels are dismantled on a tidal flat with little physical containment. 

On the other side of the city, 15 miles south, is Parki Beach - a long stretch of sand that is advertised as an attraction for international tourists. Two years ago, the decommissioned bulker Crystal Gold went aground on Parki Beach during Cyclone Mora, and she has remained there since. 

According to the Chittagong Region of Bangladesh's Department of Environment, a shipbreaking firm based in Chittagong has been caught illegally scrapping the Gold in place. Shipbreaker Four Star Enterprise allegedly fenced off the vessel without a permit and began dismantling it, leading to damage to the local ecology in an area not designated for shipbreaking. 

The department issued a notice to Four Star Enterprise compelling the firm to appear in a hearing on Sunday, and it fined the company Tk 2 crore ($240,000) after the proceedings. 

Oil Market Roundup - Monday Week 2
by Ship Bunker
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Crude prices rise again but analytical forecasts are still bearish.

Saudi Arabia’s Maritime Sector Gets Boost
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Saudi Arabia’s maritime sector is set to receive a much-needed boost with a generous allocation of SAR 33 billion ($8.8 billion) for the energy, industry, mining and logistics sectors in its recently announced budget for 2019. In fact, the country is on an aggressive growth and diversification path, with substantial government spending expected to catalyze its ‘Vision 2030’ goals and drive sustainable growth and development. On the back of strong growth, revenues in the Kingdom are also projected to increase this year to SAR 975 billion, setting an optimistic blueprint for exponential growth and progress.

The 2nd Saudi Maritime Congress, to be held on March 11th and 12th at the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, Kingdom Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will closely examine these budgetary implications on this sector, focus on the growth of intra-regional trade and the booming north-south network, analyse the changing regulatory environment and study existing project opportunities. Held under the patronage of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) and in partnership with Bahri, the event is also expected to set new trends in the shipping and logistics industry, providing extraordinary insights into the country’s ambitious growth agenda and consolidate Saudi Arabia’s position as a global trading hub and a strategic gateway to Asia, Africa and Europe. For two days, international experts, influential maritime leaders and professionals from the shipping, ports and offshore marine companies will do business, forge new partnerships and discuss key market and sectoral insights, to fast track growth and development in this vital industry.

Chris Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade, said: “We are pleased to organize the Saudi Maritime Congress for the second time, following the great success of the first edition in 2014. Against the background of global change, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan is set to transform the Saudi economy, with massive consequences for its maritime and logistics sectors. This event will provide a unique opportunity to see at first hand the scale and nature of the developments which are now unfolding in the Kingdom, as it consolidates its role as a major industry player and as a global logistics hub.

The Saudi Maritime Congress will provide an ideal platform for discussing with key players the future direction of maritime and logistics policy in the Kingdom and for showcasing the commercial and investment opportunities which this ambitious pathway towards sustainable development represents.”

Naval Dome Introduces New Dashboard for Optimum Cyber Monitoring
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Maritime security specialist Naval Dome has come up with an innovative approach to managing the cyber security status of all protected systems onboard ships, allowing shipboard and shoreside staff to monitor and evaluate fleet-wide system data, even when they are offline. Until now, only crew members have been able to access a ship’s offline data sets.

The Naval Dome Dashboard collects and collates all the data captured by the company’s multi-award-winning Endpoint cyber protection system for use either at the company’s HQ – where personnel can access both online and offline shipboard data – or onboard the vessel itself, to provide the master or chief engineer with a complete picture of the ship’s cyber status.

Naval Dome CEO Itai Sela says the Naval Dome Dashboard is particularly suitable for ships fitted with multiple, complex technologies. It can be tailored to the customers’ specific needs and can be integrated with existing dashboards.

Once the Endpoint system has gathered information from navigation and machinery equipment, such as ECDIS, RADAR, MCS and other critical equipment onboard, the data is accessed via an easy-to-navigate Dashboard display on a PC.

The Naval Dome Dashboard gives an exact picture of the critical equipment status, allowing users to quickly determine the number of PC-based systems onboard each ship and which of them are protected.

A Cyber State section provides information on the number of cyber security anomalies detected (caused for example by GPS spoofing), while a Cyber Map pinpoints the geographical origin of cyber attack attempts as gathered from Naval Dome cyber data base. The Dashboard also shows operators which systems are “connected” and those that are offline, highlighting when systems were last updated.

Importantly, the Dashboard indicates if an attack is in progress, but for information purposes only as those systems protected by Naval Dome Endpoint will have been secured without requiring intervention from the crew.

If an anomaly alert is issued by the Naval Dome security system the Dashboard will enable the operator to assess how the crew reacted to the problem, pinpointing the precise location of a suspected event and detailing who was using the equipment at the time.

Sela explains that there are two ways in which to use the data. “The first is offline. As many critical systems are stand alone and accessed directly by those on the ship, it is important that head office personnel also have secure access to this information.”

When shoreside operators wish to assess the performance of critical systems, data can be uploaded from the Endpoint to Naval Dome’s secure cloud, from where it is available through the dashboard, allowing secure access to information from standalone systems.

“Use in narrow bandwidth satellite communication systems makes it a very cost-effective solution for displaying critical information, keeping the costumer online and up-to-date.”

For online use, the information available through the Dashboard enables the ship and shoreside crews to assess the cyber status of each ship and of the entire fleet, says Sela.

“Naval Dome knowhow offers multiple layers of protection and anomaly detection, the effectiveness of which has been proved by comparing systems protected by Endpoint with those which are not.

“In this way, secure use of onboard systems can be more efficiently monitored and lessons can be learned from the experience to further optimise fleet efficiency, ultimately, reducing the costs related to resolving non cyber events,” says Sela.

“The aim is to let shipowners know the cyber status of their onboard systems without having to react in any way. It’s our problem to deal with the attack. Naval Dome can deliver a very smart system that does not require any training. With just one click, shipowners can see the cyber activities of their entire fleet and control it.”         


Nanyang Technological University Evaluates Methanol Fuel
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The Methanol Institute (MI) is backing a project at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore which will be the first evaluation of methanol as a marine fuel in Asia.

The project consists of two phases, with the first consisting of desktop and bench-testing the Methanol-powered engine employed in the GreenPilot evaluation program in Gothenburg, Sweden. In the second phase, the engine will be shipped to Singapore for installation on board a harbor craft vessel for service within a fleet for a six-month sea trial, followed by an engine “teardown” to test clearances and material compatibility.

The costs of the pilot project are estimated at S$200,000 and will cover the installation of the engine, bunkering, training and subsequent sea trials. The data collected will be shared with a number of official observers to help to fill some of the knowledge gaps on methanol, including its level of fuel efficiency and viability as marine fuel.

Methanol Institute Chief Operating Officer Chris Chatterton. “The GreenPilot project together with others such as the SUMMETH (Sweden) and Methaship (Germany) projects, have shown that methanol can be easily adopted as a marine fuel at reasonable cost and without the complexity of other low emission alternatives.”

A team from NTU recently returned from Gothenburg, Sweden, where they spent a week assessing the technical and safety merits of methanol-fueled engines in commercial applications with ScandiNAOS, Stena Line and Lund Technical University.

The GreenPilot project demonstrated that it is feasible to convert a pilot boat to methanol operation using available technology. Spark-ignited engines with port-injected methanol were found to have engine efficiency similar to diesel engines. Emissions reductions were substantial compared to conventional fuel oil: there is no sulfur in methanol and NOx emissions were reduced so that the engine could meet Tier III NOx emission standards.

Particulate emissions from combustion were 99 percent lower than those from conventional fuel oil and when methanol from fossil-free feedstock is used, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced significantly. The results and findings from the GreenPilot project are considered to be applicable for many other types of smaller vessels, which could achieve similar emissions reductions from using methanol as fuel.

The regulatory environment governing methanol as marine fuel took a further step forward in December 2018 when the 100th meeting of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee instructed its sub-committees to consider relevant parts of the draft interim guidelines prepared by the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC5) for the safety of ships using methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuel.

The sub-committees will provide their feedback to CCC6 in September 2019 and the interim guidelines should be ready for formal approval by MSC in the first half of 2020. The guidelines provide requirements for the arrangement, installation, control and monitoring of machinery, equipment and systems using methyl/ethyl alcohol as fuel to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment, taking into account to the nature of the fuels involved.

GTMaritime Appoints Mike McNally as Sales & Marketing Director
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Leading maritime software specialist GTMaritime has appointed maritime satellite veteran Mike McNally as Sales and Marketing Director as it sets about expanding into new territories

Mike McNally has more than 25 years’ experience working in the industry both at sea and in senior maritime communications management positions. His appointment reflects GTMaritime’s desire to further develop partnerships with its existing customers and resellers, while extending its reach and presence in new territories.
As McNally takes up his new role overseeing GTMaritime’s sales and marketing strategy and teams, the leading maritime software specialist is establishing its first office in the United States, in Houston, Texas.
McNally began his career at sea, working variously on offshore tugs and commercial fishing vessels before becoming a deck officer on Getty product tankers. This diverse first-hand experience gives him a uniquely broad understanding of the challenges of communications at sea.
Coming ashore, he joined Global Wireless, a major US-based maritime satellite service reseller. During two decades at the company, he oversaw a tenfold growth in sales figures and was instrumental in introducing VSAT, Iridium and iFusion line of Fleet Broadband solutions into its range of services until it was acquired by Inmarsat.
Following the take-over, McNally was retained by Inmarsat to manage maritime distribution partners for its new Global Xpress service, ultimately becoming Vice President Sales for America. For the last three years, he has been Managing Director for Telemar USA, overseeing its successful merger into Marlink.
Welcoming McNally to the company, GTMaritime CEO, Robert Kenworthy said: “Over the years I’ve worked with Mike in various positions so I’ve witnessed the tenacity and strategic vision he can bring to a team first hand. His wealth of experience in the maritime satellite market will be invaluable in driving GTMaritime’s continued growth.”
McNally is equally positive about his new role: “The team at GTMaritime is distinguished by its exceptional energy combined with an unparalleled portfolio of services that deliver the stability and security needed in a maritime environment,” he said. “I'm eager to harness and channel this energy to help the company accelerate its growth and allow more vessel operators to benefit from its data solutions.”

NI Launches DPO Qualification for the Renewables Sector
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The Nautical Institute has expanded its world-leading certification scheme for Dynamic Positioning Operators (DPOs) to include a qualification for seafarers operating in the renewables sector. This qualification is a response to the increasing need for specialist operators to work on the jack-up barges needed to install wind turbines.

“The continued growth of activity in the renewable energy sector is an important contribution to managing global resources by sustainable means,” says The Nautical Institute CEO Captain John Lloyd FNI. “We are pleased to contribute to the maintenance of high standards in this sector by drawing upon our experience in managing qualifications for DPOs.  We thank our industry partners for helping us develop this qualification which is tailored to the specific needs of their operations and look forward to continuing our service to the maritime community.”

The Self-Elevating Platform (Jack-up) DP training is based on The Nautical Institute’s established certification scheme. It uses the same logbook as the DP Offshore Scheme to record time spent on board the vessel. A separate task section has been developed in collaboration with employers in the renewable sector to meet the specific needs and challenges of the industry.

DPOs completing the Self-Elevating Platform (Jack-up) DP training scheme will receive a ‘Restricted to Self-Elevating Platform’ DP Certificate. A minimum of 120 days on board a DP classed vessel plus 30 DP operations must be completed together with the task sections.

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