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Sea Commercial Port Yuzhny Hits First Quarter Target
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, April 11, 2019

The port workers of Sea Commercial Port Yuzhny handled cargo with 102 percent result in the first quarter. In the period of January – March, the state stevedoring company handled 3.05mt of cargo, 73 percent of which made up export cargo. The greater part of the handled cargo made up ore (1.87mt), coke coal (331.6 thousand tons), pig iron (257.9 thousand tons) and DRI (250.2 thousand tons). The number of vessel calls rose by 29 percent.

“Due to successful activities in March, when the cargo turnover was 1,265mt (+28 percent to the plan), the balance was achieved, and according to the results of the quarter the target was exceeded as well as the results of 2018. The export cargo (+25 percent) and transit (+16 percent) of iron ore set the highest growth rate. 63 bulk carriers were handled, half of which was large-capacity vessels: Capesize and Panamax. On average, Sea Commercial Port Yuzhny handles 40 thousand tons of cargo and about 500 of rail cars per 24 hours. Port sustainability is to be kept during the year,” said Anatoliy Yablunivskiy, acting director of Sea Commercial Port Yuzhny.

In 2018, the cargo turnover of Sea Commercial Port Yuzhny was 12.3mt. The stevedoring company handled 730 thousand tons more cargo than in 2017, but 1mt less than was planned for 2018. The port accommodated 212 vessels, a quarter of which was large-capacity vessels with DWT of more than 175 thousand tons.

Sea Commercial Port Yuzhny is located on the north-west coast of the Black Sea in the nonfreezing Adzhalyksky estuary, and it is the deepest port in Ukraine. The company provides a wide range of loading and discharging services, storage and related works; it handles bulk, general and break-bulk cargoes. Scheduled cargo delivery and cargo handling are performed effectively due to the convenient location of the railroad station Beregova and developed infrastructure of the road andrail ways. The company operates five deep-water berths, two of which are dedicated to handling Capesize vessels up to permissible DWT. Annual cargo turnover of the company is 15.07mt.

Hydroniq to Cool Polar Expedition Vessel
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Norwegian Ulstein Verft has awarded a contract to Hydroniq Coolers to deliver a hull-integrated seawater cooling system for a polar expedition vessel the shipbuilder is constructing for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.

The expedition vessel, designed by Ulstein, will be the first polar new build in the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet. Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition program and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world.

“As this vessel will travel to some of the most remote and pristine parts of the world, people expect it to have an impressive environmental profile. Although passengers will not be able to see our system, they can rest assured that the vessel will be equipped with the most energy efficient seawater cooling system in the market,” says Inge Bøen, CEO of Hydroniq Coolers.

Hydroniq Coolers – formerly named Sperre Coolers – will deliver its Hydroniq Rack seawater cooling solution that will be integrated in the hull below the main engine room of the vessel. Marine cooling systems are utilized to reduce temperatures in the ship’s engines and other auxiliary systems through use of seawater.

“Reduced energy consumption means lower emissions to air and lower operating cost for the vessel. With regards to our Rack seawater cooling system, being environmentally responsible equals being financially responsible,” adds Bøen.

The company will manufacture and assemble the equipment at its headquarter in Aalesund, Norway. The marine cooling system for the vessel – National Geographic Endurance, which is scheduled for delivery from Ulstein Verft in Q1 2020 – will be delivered end-April 2019.

Hydroniq Coolers has not disclosed the value of the contract, which includes an option to deliver a similar system to an identical expedition vessel that Ulstein Verft will build for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.

The National Geographic Endurance polar vessel has been designed as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on safety and comfort, as well as incorporating innovative sustainability solutions to reduce its environmental impact. A core feature is Ulstein’s signature X-BOW®, a unique design that affords the smoothest, most comfortable ride imaginable, which results in greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions, for reduced environmental impact.

The ship will be able to accommodate 126 passengers in 69 spacious guest cabins and suites and is designed to connect guests to their environment and be the ultimate platform for exploration.

Hydroniq Coolers delivers marine cooling solutions to vessels that operate within offshore, shipping, cruise, passenger transport, fishery and fish farming. Shipowners, yards and ship designers are among the company’s customers and cooperation partners. The company is owned by Norwegian investment company SMV Invest AS (formerly Sperre Mek. Verksted AS).  

InfiNet Wireless Partners with Maicrotel SAS for South American Port
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, April 11, 2019

InfiNet Wireless, the global leader in fixed broadband wireless connectivity, has successfully completed a radical overhaul of a local port security system in South America. Puerto de Mamonal, Cartagena, Colombia, has become the first sea terminal to adopt InfiNet Wireless technology as part of a project to showcase the diverse range of environments it can operate in.

In partnering with Colombian communications solutions provider, Maicrotel SAS (Maicrotel), InfiNet Wireless technology successfully delivered a comprehensive modern wireless solution to enhance the security measures of the port. The solution entailed an InfiNet Wireless point-to-multipoint network, with security cameras, cabinets, transmission radios, data security and Wi-Fi network transmission. The monitoring of and provision of security of the port’s 310,000 m2 territory, was extensively enhanced by the solution, which covered more than 240,000 m2 of storage area used for many types of merchandise.

Due to the sensitive nature of the port’s operations and the commercial value of the diverse range of goods handled on-site, it was of the utmost importance that an effective CCTV system was implemented to control the operations inside the port and to monitor the handling of merchandise.

“The port security staff have been highly impressed by the system – the wireless solution delivers all of the closed-circuit audio and video data from the port to the control center 24 hours a day,” said José Arsenio Galvis, head of Puerto de Mamonal. “We have had a timely response and the result of the implementation has been impeccable. It has allowed us to have a reliable control system, in addition to complying with the safety regulations that underpin the effective operation of the port terminal.”

“InfiNet Wireless’ security system has also given the port the confidence to expand its area of operations and further investment in this state-of-the-art solution to safeguard the port is expected,” added Galvis.

By enabling the monitoring of the handling and logistics of the merchandise, control staff had the tools to prevent theft and drug trafficking in the terminal. This system is made up of technological solutions such as radios, cameras and data, making it easy to monitor movements and the handling of merchandise from the control center.

A system of physical protection and data protection was installed, with optimal connectivity, to safeguard port activity. This includes a video surveillance system, the design of which was tailored to cater the critical conditions of the management and the processing of goods.

“This successful implementation at Puerto de Mamonal demonstrates the immense versatility of InfiNet Wireless’ solutions to operate in a variety of markets and conditions,” said Carlos de Lamadrid, head of LATAM region at InfiNet Wireless. “Given that this was the first time deploying our solutions at a seaport, the transition was seamless, and the operational efficiency has been flawless since. We look forward to seeing more projects like this rolled out in the future and for new regions around the world to benefit from what we have to offer.”

HSFO Futures Contracts to Start on APEX
by Ship Bunker
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Singapore-based exchange launching small 10 mt contracts to attract smaller players.

Singapore Lists IMO2020-compliant Bunker Fuel Suppliers
by Ship Bunker
Thursday, April 11, 2019

All licensed suppliers present bar one.

IMO 2020: By Hook or by Crook
by Ship Bunker
Thursday, April 11, 2019

The shipping and refining industries are in the eve of a new regulation which will affect marine fuel specifications and in turn the global market.

SECNAV to Issue Letters of Censure to USS Fitzgerald Officers
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, April 11, 2019

At the recommendation of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Richard V. Spencer will issue a Secretarial Letter of Censure to USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) former commanding officer Cmdr. Bryce Benson and former crew member Lt. Natalie Combs.

Both officers were previously dismissed from their jobs and received non-judicial punishment.

In the early hours of June 17, 2017, the USS Fitzgerald's bridge team was transiting southwards in heavy traffic on the approaches to Tokyo. Due to a series of human errors, she collided with the merchant vessel ACX Crystal, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the destroyer and killing seven sailors. 

According to the U.S. Navy's public report, USS Fitzgerald's bridge team did not did not maintain a proper lookout in the hours prior to the collision, nor did they broadcast AIS, properly tune their radar or follow VTS lanes. They also failed to communicate effectively with other vessels or with their own ship's Combat Information Center, even in extremis, and they did not sound the general alarm until after the collision.

“This decision is in the best interest of the Navy, the families of the Fitzgerald Sailors, and the procedural rights of the accused officers,” said the U.S. Navy in a statement. 

“The comprehensive program to improve Navy readiness and training, to do everything possible to ensure that accidents like this will not recur, remains on track. The Navy continues to strive to achieve and maintain a climate of operational excellence.”

Richardson will also withdraw and dismiss charges in the general courts-martial against the two officers.

Breakbulk's Top Ten
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, April 11, 2019

As of early March 2019, the 10 largest operators, by deadweight, of multipurpose-project-heavy-lift tonnage deployed a combined fleet of 476 ships with a total deadweight of 8,220,000 million tons and an aggregate lifting capability of 155,000 tons. The ships’ average age was 10 years. 

Dynamar B.V., publishers of DynaLiners, collated the figures in its latest biennial “BREAKBULK - Operators, Fleets, Markets” publication.

The top 10 operators currently have a combined order book of 11 vessels with 175,000 dwt and 5,900 tons heavy-lift. 

BBC Chartering regained the number one position in the top 10 ranking, a place it lost to Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers early last year. It did so with two ships less then it operated last year, meaning that the average deadweight capacity of its fleet increased from 11,500dwt to 12,800dwt. BBC’s current 144 ships make up for 30 percent of the Top 10. It has two vessels on order, each to be delivered still this year.  

Last year Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers took delivery of 23 newbuilds including some 38,000dwt ships, among the largest multipurpose ships in the world.

Dutch Spliethoff bought five ships from defunct Hansa Heavy Lift. While the average hoisting capacity of the Dutch operator’s vessels ranges between 160 and 300 tons, one of these vessels has a heavy-lift of 800 tons. Recently, the company purchased another four former Hansa Heavy Lift ships, each with a heavy-lift capability of 1,400 tons.

In May 2018, Zeaborn and Intermarine formed a 75/25 joint venture Zeamarine that had the stated purpose of operating around 100 multipurpose ships by early 2019. That goal has not yet been achieved, but Dynamar believes the company is interested in the growing availability of distress tonnage. Some 30 percent of the world multipurpose fleet it not able to pay its debts, the company says. Zeamarine consists of the brands Intermarine, Rickmers Line and Zeaborn. The latter incorporates the commercial management of part of the Carisbrooke fleet and the chartering activities of the HC Group, MCC Marine and NPC Projects, among others. 

Zeamarine currently operates the fourth largest fleet having quite a variety of vessels: age varying between one and 20 years, deadweight between 6,300 and 30,000 tons and heavy-lift between 30 and 1,400 tons. It has currently three, soon to be delivered, ships on order. 

Singapore-based AAL, in corporation with HMM (four ships), combines a system of two liner services (Far East-Middle East and Far East-Australia) with four semi-liner routes (Asia-North America-Europe - Europe, Asia-Red Sea - Middle East, Asia/Australia - Intra-Asia). In doing so, if operates a core fleet of 14 owned (by parent Schoeller Holdings) ships with each 700 tons heavy lift capability, plus 10 vessels with between 80 and 240 tons crane capacity each. 

The Chinese/Polish Chipolbrok fleet includes that of its associate Shanghai Hongfa Shipping. Combined, they take the sixth place in the ranking due to an additional ship deployed by Shanghai Hongfa. The latter company has added Australia/New Zealand to its core Far East-South Africa-South American East Coast route. Operating 15 vessels, Chipolbrok’s longstanding main routes are, unchanged, the Europe-Asia and North America-Asia corridors.

Thorco Projects continues reducing its fleet, this time by 13 units/221,000dwt to 35 vessels/533,000dwt. Thorco Projects currently operates the youngest fleet: six years on average.


The early March 2019 combined heavy-lift capability ranking of the same 10 multipurpose operators slightly differs. The 476 vessels have an aggregate on board lifting capability of 154,900 tons (up five percent) with a rounded average of 330 tons per ship, ranging between 30 tons (Zeamarine) and 1,400 tons (both BBC and Zeamarine). 

With total 54,500 tons, average 380 tons, a share of 35 percent, BBC Chartering remains the top carrier. Zeamarine, the joint venture between Intermarine and Zeaborne including Rickmers Linie, comes second with 31,600 tons, a share of 20 percent, but with a higher individual average of 400 tons. Lifting capacities per vessel range between 30 and 1,400 tons, constituting the widest capability spread of all top 10 operators. 

Nordic Countries Call for Ocean Plastic Treaty
by The Maritime Executive
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Nordic governments have become the first in the world to formally call for a global treaty to tackle ocean plastic.

The call was made at a gathering of the environment ministers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden at the Nordic Council in Reykjavik, Iceland. 

In the declaration, the ministers for the environment are pushing for a global agreement on plastic. The declaration, which has been sent to E.U. governing bodies, UNEP, the G7 and the G20, also asks the Nordic Council of Ministers to prepare a study to consider which specific elements should be included in a global agreement to combat microplastics and plastic waste in the marine environment.

The declaration comes after world leaders failed to agree meaningful policy decisions on the issue at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi last month, says WWF International.

An estimated eight million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans every year.

WWF is calling for a binding treaty that would establish national targets and transparent reporting mechanisms that extend to companies. Additionally, any treaty should provide for financial and technical support for low income countries to scale up their waste management capacity.

Almost 400,000 people have joined WWF’s global petition on marine plastics pollution.

The ministers for the environment also called for action on biodiversity, saying that Nordic countries should share their positive experiences in relation to the harmonisation of legislation, policies and administrative practices for climate and biodiversity targets. 

International studies show that species are disappearing and that ecosystems are being damaged and destroyed at a pace that threatens the living conditions of current and future generations. Under the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the nations of the world are working together to stem such losses by preserving nature and transforming the industries that make use of natural resources – primarily agriculture, fishing, forestry and tourism.

“The CBD is very important, and now that our biodiversity targets are to be revised, it’s vital that we set the bar high for new targets and that we strive even more purposefully to achieve them. We need to focus on the synoptic links between biodiversity and other environmental challenges, including the fight against desertification and climate change,” says Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources of Iceland, which holds the presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2019.

Last autumn, the Nordic Council decided to give young people a stronger voice in international negotiations on biodiversity and in following up the new targets. The Nordic ministers for the environment are requesting that the Nordic Council of Ministers follows up the initiative with a project that ensures that the views of children and young people are taken into account in efforts relating to the new framework for the CBD.

“It’s young people who will inherit our planet, so it goes without saying that they should have a say in how we treat it and look after it,” says Guðbrandsson.

U.S. Senator Introduces Bill on Cruise Ship Deaths
by The Maritime Executive
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) has introduced a bill she says will ensure greater accountability for cruise lines when passengers die.

The bill is named for Larry and Christy Hammer of Omaha who lost their lives in a fire in their cabin onboard a Peruvian river cruise on April 10, 2016.

The Peruvian Navy’s report following the Hammers’ passing found numerous safety violations and negligence on the part of the cruise company. For example, the Hammers’ cabin did not contain a working fire alarm and the power strip that was provided by the ship caused the fire. Over 20 minutes had passed before the crew, without adequate emergency training or fire equipment, entered the Hammers’ cabin.

A 99-year-old law, known as the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), was originally written to provide for the widows and dependents of seamen who died while working on ships in foreign waters. This gave dependents the opportunity to seek financial assistance for medical bills or lost wages.

The act was amended in 2000 to allow more adequate compensation for victims of major airline accidents, but cruise ship provisions have remained in the pre-World War II era.

As retirees, the Hammers did not have financial dependents or wages, so DOHSA has restricted the family from pursuing the accountability that would likely be available for wrongful deaths occurring on dry land, says Fisher.

Hammers’ Law will align the cruise ship industry with the aviation industry under DOHSA and will hold the responsible cruise line accountable by allowing for compensation that more fully reflects the company’s negligence, she says. “The cruise industry uses DOHSA to avoid financial accountability for the wrongful deaths of passengers who do not have dependents or income. These passengers – including children, students and retirees, account for a significant portion of the 12 million Americans who cruise each year.”

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