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Watch: Wreck Removal of the SSV Jupiter 1
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Mammoet Salvage has released a video of what it says was one of the most daring salvage operations ever undertaken in the Gulf of Mexico, “where an environmental disaster of Deepwater Horizon proportions was prevented by pulling off a genius plan by a great group of people.”

The video shows the company's wreck removal project of the Jupiter 1 floatel that partially sank off Mexico in April 2011. 638 personnel were evacuated after a valve problem caused the platform to take on water.

Water depth in the area was 38 meters (125 feet), and the 50-meter (164-foot) wide platform was left with 13 meters (43 feet)above water levels - only seven meters from active pipelines.

The floatel, owned by Cotemar and managed by PEP, had 2,075 barrels of diesel stored in the pontoons and 82 barrels of jet fuel stored in containers on the deck.

Crude Prices Turn on a Dime With Vague Hints that Russia May Exit OPEC Output Cut Deal
by Ship Bunker
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Prices earlier reached new highs on worries of market tightening.

Interlake to Build First New U.S.-Flagged Laker in 35 Years
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

A U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier will be built for the first time in more than 35 years thanks to a historic agreement recently signed between The Interlake Steamship Company
and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983. The ship, which will transport raw materials to support manufacturing throughout the Great Lakes region, also represents hundreds of good-paying jobs for U.S. Merchant Mariners and Wisconsin shipyard workers.

Measuring 639 feet in length (78 feet W, 45 feet H, 28,000 DWT), the vessel will be constructed in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The Interlake Steamship Company, headquartered in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, is the largest privately held U.S.-flag fleet on the Great Lakes, with nine vessels carrying bulk cargoes and a rich history dating more than 100 years.

“When we approached a historic project of this magnitude – building our company’s first ship since 1981 – we knew it was critical to choose the right partners. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is the shipyard that has the experience and skill to execute on our long-term vision,” says Interlake President Mark W. Barker, adding that this specific vessel is being built as the result of listening to and addressing the logistical needs of Interlake’s customers. “We’ve had a long and positive relationship of partnering with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding as we have modernized and reinvested heavily in our fleet. They have skillfully handled four repowers, five exhaust gas scrubber installations, as well as regular maintenance and regulatory dry-dockings on our vessels.”

The Interlake Steamship Company, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Bay Engineering are jointly designing the bulk carrier, complete with advanced vessel and unloading systems automation.

“We are excited to construct this historic large-scale bulk carrier on the Great Lakes for Great Lakes operation,” says Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s Vice President and General Manager Todd Thayse. “We are very proud of our long-term relationship with Interlake, and we appreciate their continued confidence in our shipyard and in our shipbuilding team. This new project and our past work are indicative of the quality and attention to detail that our customers have come to expect from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. It brings steady employment to the
hundreds of women and men we employ from across the region, and the economic benefit to our suppliers and others is widespread,” he added.

Scheduled for completion in mid-2022, the carrier will be built by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s nearly 700 skilled trade workers and will generate business for partnering contractors, vendors and suppliers. Major partners for the project include: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS); Bay Engineering (BEI); EMD Engines; Caterpillar; EMSTech, Inc.; Lufkin (a GE Company) and MacGregor.

“The Interlake Steamship Company is also extremely proud to build locally, supporting surrounding communities and states – a legacy that we began more than 100 years ago,” Barker says. “We live and work in the Great Lakes region, and promoting growth and the positive economic impact of Great Lakes shipping is integral to our mission and vision as a leader in this industry.”

Cargo: This newest self-unloading bulk carrier has a unique cargo hold arrangement and cargo hatch covers designed for maximum cubic space and the ability to handle difficult cargoes.

Maneuverability: The vessel incorporates a flap rudder as well as bow and stern thrusters for high-level maneuverability.

Environmentally friendly: All aspects of the vessel have been looked at to ensure that it will have a low environmental impact to the Great Lakes and to those who work aboard. The hull has been optimized for efficiency and all systems have been designed to ensure low energy consumption.

Power and speed: The vessel is designed for 7,800 shaft horsepower produced by two sixteen-cylinder Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) diesel engines that are EPA Tier 4 and IMO Tier III certified and is expected to have a top speed in excess of 15 m.p.h.

Propulsion: The vessel will be propelled by a single-screw, 18’ diameter, Kongsberg, controllable pitch propeller.

Electrical Power: For its electrical power requirements, the vessel is provided with one 940 kW ship service diesel generator, two 2500 kW shaft generators and one 274 kW emergency generator.

Shell Marine Launches Alexia 40 Lubricant Ahead of IMO 2020
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

In support of customer preparedness for IMO 2020, Shell Marine is introducing Shell Alexia 40 – a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil specifically for use with engines running on 0.5% sulphur content Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO).
With a Base Number of 40, Shell Alexia 40 has been developed to optimise equipment performance and condition as ship owners and charterers prepare for the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) 0.50% global sulphur limit for marine fuels in 2020. Shell Marine expects most of the world’s shipping fleet will aim to comply with IMO 2020 by switching to fuels with a sulphur content of 0.5% and below.
“Shell Marine can help ship owners and charterers be prepared as the world moves to a low emissions future. As a trusted partner, we will help our customers to have the right lubricants in the right place at the right time to take the uncertainty out of fuel selection,” said Joris van Brussel, Shell Marine Global General Manager.
After extensive testing at Shell’s Marine & Power Innovation Centre in Hamburg and working closely with original equipment manufacturers, Shell Alexia 40 has undergone thousands of hours of trials on board four ships with the latest engine types, using representative IMO 2020-compliant fuels, to verify performance at sea. The new product will be available for use in Singapore from 1 June 2019 and will be gradually introduced to other main supply ports within the Shell Marine global network such as the US, China, United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands before 1 January 2020.
“Owners transitioning to the post-IMO 2020 marine fuels era need peace of mind over the condition and performance of their engines. To remove any uncertainty, Shell Alexia 40’s performance has been fully tested on representative VLSFOs and engines for the operating conditions owners will actually face,” said Shaw Siang Hew, Shell Marine Regional Sales Manager for ASEAN and South Asia.
The launch of Shell Alexia 40 will coincide with an introduction of the new Shell Alexia two-stroke engine oils portfolio, highlighting the relationship between fuel grade and recommended cylinder oil Base Number after the implementation of the IMO’s global sulphur limit for marine fuels in 2020. All Shell Alexia grades are fully miscible and compatible with the existing portfolio.
The five products in the Shell Alexia portfolio are now directly branded by BN as Shell Alexia 25, 40, 70, 100 and 140 to minimise errors on board and maximise opportunities to align lubricant selection with the fuel in use. For example, Shell Alexia 25 is recommended for 0.1% Ultra Low Sulphur Fuel Oil/LNG, while Shell Alexia 100 and 140 are recommended for owners preferring to operate on HSHFO with exhaust gas scrubbers.
“Post IMO 2020, it is imperative for engine performance that customers can rely on the cylinder oils they choose,” said Joris van Brussel. Shell Marine also recognises that cylinder oil technical services that are tailored to the needs of owners are critical to the successful management of engine performance. “Lubricant condition tools, such as Shell LubeAnalyst and Shell LubeMonitor, will be vital for managing engine performance, but also for optimising lubricant feed rates and costs,” added Joris.

Global Launch of ClassNK Ship Data Platform Announced at Sea Asia
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

The wholly owned subsidiary set up by ClassNK, Ship Data Center Co., Ltd. (ShipDC), announced the global launch of IoS-OP (Internet of ships open platform), a platform for data distribution and utilization under common rules, at a seminar held during Sea Asia Exhibition on 9 April 2019.
The aim of the IoS-OP is to create a new maritime cluster in the digital age that will continue throughout future generations. In order to accomplish this, IoS-OP distinguishes cooperative domain and competitive domain. In the cooperative domain, IoS-OP users will collect and safely store data at ShipDC and ShipDC will distribute the data under common rules agreed by the stakeholders. In the competitive domain, IoS-OP users will utilize the data and create data-driven innovation.
Speaking on the launch of IoS-OP, Mr. Yasuhiro Ikeda, President of ShipDC said: “We have prepared a platform where everyone could make data-driven innovation under the agreed rules. Now, it is time to invite everyone to join the initiative to create innovative solution in the maritime industry.”

Cruising: An Industry “Kept on its Toes”
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Speaking at the State of Industry panel at Seatrade Cruise Global this week, the industry's executives focused on the opportunities and challenges that growth is presenting.

The executives all expressed their satisfaction in the industry’s current performance. Richard Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, summarized the overall sentiment calling it “a very good time period,” while Frank Del Rio, Chief Executive Officer and President of Norwegian Cruise Holdings highlighted the record performance noting that all three of Norwegian’s brands each had strong performance, as did the entire industry, in 2018. Del Rio says that he does not see “any kind of slowdown on the horizon,” a view shared by each of the cruise line executives.  

Indeed, the industry association, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), highlighted that the final passenger counts for 2018 had exceeded expectations. CLIA says that the numbers demonstrate the health of the industry with seven percent growth in 2018 to over 28.5 million people, prompting CLIA to increase its forecast to 2019 to 30 million passengers worldwide.

Despite the positive expectation, Arnold Donald, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation, highlights that the cruise industry none the less remains capacity constrained in comparison to worldwide demand and the limited number of shipyards with the specialized experience needed to build cruise ships, the time necessary to build a cruise ship, and the investment required, means that cruising can only grow at around the seven percent level.

As part of its growth, the cruise industry also continues to welcome new entrants, a development the executives acknowledge both for “keeping the industry on its toes” as well as introducing new concepts. Fain points out that cruising is not “one size fits all.” Del Rio reminded the audience that “over time all ships get bigger,” as they need space for new features. It is also this high level of diversity that they believe has helped to widen the appeal of cruising.  

The executives, however, remain very conscious the business remains a small part of the global tourism industry.  While worldwide global tourism is growing rapidly – today it accounts for 10.4 percent of the global economy according to the UN World Travel Organization – cruising’s 30 million passengers is only a small part of the 1.4 billion worldwide travelers annually. Carnival’s Donald, in fact, highlights that major destinations such as Las Vegas and Orlando each have more tourists annually than the entire cruise industry.

Therein the executives believe lies the opportunities for cruising to capture a greater share of the worldwide tourist market. Donald points to the industry’s “over indexing with Millennials” along with the strong interest from travelers who have the time and money to enjoy the diversity of cruising.  Donald highlights that more and more baby boomers are reaching retirement age which is also a positive trend for cruising and helping to fuel the trend in multi-generational travel.

Social medial is one of the key factors contributing to cruising’s increase popular as a vacation form, according to Pierfrancesco Vago, the Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises.  “Word of mouth – social media – is contributing and build awareness,” says Vago. Similarly, Royal Caribbean’s Fain also believes the growth of these new communications channels is good for the industry pointing out, “Millennials research using the Internet and are less prone to preconceived notions,” about the business. “Interest is higher in cruising in millennials versus baby boomers,” points out Fain.

Indeed, Fain also echoes the same sentiment that the potential is great in part due to the small penetration into the global tourism market. Fain believes that one of the cruise industry’s greatest strengths is that, “it is constantly thinking about the future, looking for new things and changing to reflect people changing tastes.”

The executives realize, however, that the industry must do a better job addressing wrong perceptions and other issues that challenge the future.  “We have more work to do to change perceptions of the cruise industry,” says Donald. They recognize that cruise ships have become a very visible of symbol of tourism and in so becoming also are easy targets for critics. “It is a sexy industry,” says Vago.  “It is very easy to point the finger and also say it is the problem.”  

The executives highlight the industry’s growing emphasis on sustainability and track record in improving ships’ environmental impact and carbon footprint. “Fifty million people a year pass through the Barcelona Airport,” points out Vago comparing it to the two million cruise passengers that also pass through port. Vago pointed to the cruise lines efforts to work together managing passenger flow by coordinating arrival and departure times in port as an example of how the cruise lines have worked with local communities to reduce the negative perceptions of the business. Christine Duffy, the President of Carnival Cruise Line, speaking as part of a female executives’ panel conceded, “There has been a lot of focus on the government level,” admitting they needed to “do more on the community level, to learn, listen and understand,” to address the concerns.

While the cruising has made significant progress on many fronts, and is working better with destinations and local communities, they executives also understand that there are other challenges yet to be addressed. Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Celebrity Cruises, speaking as part of a panel of female executives in the cruise industry, noted that she, “Felt a responsibility,” as a female leader but also “a huge opportunity in the shipboard operations,” side of the business. “Balancing gender on board is not that easy,” Lutoff-Perlo concedes despite the strong progress Celebrity and other lines have made. Jan Swartz, President of Princess Cruises agrees, “There is a lot still to do on the deck and engine,” side of the operations.

The cruise industry faces a strong challenge to attract and retain qualified personnel at all levels of its operations. The female executives highlighted that it is important not only to work on diversity but also inclusion to unlock the value for the industry. “We want to be an industry that communities welcome,” concluded Lutoff-Perlo.

Sharing their excitement, the executives point to the joy cruising creates and strong contributions to the local community. Cruising is an industry that can create the experiences vacationers seek. Duffy highlights cruising “unique because it creates relationships between passengers and the staff. When was the last time you saw someone hugging their waiter at a resort at the end of this vacation?”

The executives remain optimistic pointing to markets such as China, which Swartz predicted, “will be the largest cruise market in the world.” Del Rio also pointed to the industry’s return in the Eastern Mediterranean ports as one that will contribute both attract more passengers and signal better stability in the region.

Everyone agrees that cruising has made significant progress on many of the concerns and is committed to leading on key issues from sustainability to diversity and creating opportunities for a broad range of communities around the world.

Peru’s Largest Fishing Company First to Order New Sounder USV
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Unveiled at Ocean Business this week, Kongsberg Maritime is pleased to report that it has already signed a contract for delivery of a state-of-the-art Sounder USV System, for TASA, the largest fishing company in Peru. Suitably equipped for deployment in fishery applications, KONGSBERG’s new multipurpose USV system will become a crucial resource in TASA’s plans to overhaul and optimise operations throughout its 48-vessel fleet.

The fully integrated and calibrated USV solution offers a high definition fishery sonar combined with a wideband echosounder from Simrad, operable from a laptop PC or radio control with data telemetry for remote operations.

“We are extremely proud to be collaborating with TASA for this project,” says Stian Michael Kristoffersen, Kongsberg Maritime’s product manager, USV Solutions. “TASA is a very important customer to Kongsberg Maritime and we are very happy that the company has selected the Sounder USV System to assist in the ongoing drive for performance across its operations.”

“TASA is an experienced user of Simrad technology from KONGSBERG,” confirms Morten Kville, Sales Manager (Simrad products), Kongsberg Maritime. “The firm’s innovative and collaborative spirit is impressive and aligns closely with our own ambitions and principles. TASA has been quick to recognise the fact that the Sounder USV will introduce a new way of thinking to businesses in the fishery industry, and we confidently predict that it will become a pivotal tool in the evolution of sustainable fisheries all over the world.”

The Sounder USV provides TASA with an unmanned platform for conducting fish searches and highly-detailed research, and will help the company to meet its goal of becoming a world-leading company in the sphere of sustainable fishery. Following the initial delivery, KONGSBERG and TASA will continue to collaborate in the operation of USVs for fishery applications.

“The fishing industry is a key industry in both Norway and Peru, and we have to work together towards the sustainability of our resource by implementing new technology like the Sounder USV. We have to monitor the ocean from the surface in real-time, and monitor the healthiness of both the ocean and the fish stock,” adds Dereck Zimmerman, Fleet Manager, TASA. “Norway and KONGSBERG has technology that support our operation, and with the Sounder USV we take an important step into the future of sustainable fisheries.”

Cruise Ships Help USCG Find Survivors from Sinking Fishing Boat
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

With assistance from two cruise ships, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued three survivors after a fishing boat went down on Monday off Naples, Florida.

At 0152 hours on Monday, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received several mayday calls from an unknown vessel. The cruise ships Rotterdam and Norwegian Pearl received the same calls near their positions in the Caribbean, helping to narrow the possible location of the vessel in distress. The Norwegian Pearl diverted to assist with a search for the source of the mayday, and a Coast Guard Ocean Sentry SAR plane and a Jayhawk rescue helicopter launched to the area.

At 0228, Coast Guard watchstanders in Miami received an EPIRB distress signal from a beacon registered to a small fishing boat, the Miss Saturia. Sector St. Petersburg contacted the boat's owner and learned that three men had taken it out on a fishing trip. The EPIRB signal appeared to correspond to the mayday call. 

At 0404, the Ocean Sentry passed over the EPIRB's location, and the aircrew saw strobes and red flares on the surface. The helicopter aircrew arrived shortly after and hoisted three survivors - identified as Terry Britton, 58, Patrick Leoni, 43, and Kyle Haskins, 29 - from an inflatable life raft.

"They did everything correctly," said Lt. Tyler Dewechter, one of the helicopter pilots. "The men were familiar with their safety equipment including strobe lights, EPIRB, flares and the life raft. They knew where the equipment was located, which allowed for our quick response."

Quadruple Bogeys
by Editorial
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
By Captain George Livingstone – Last month during the third round of The Players Championship, I watched Tiger Woods miss two shots in the water on the 17th hole, ultimately making a quadruple bogey. It was a first in his 23 year professional career, including 80 PGA Tour wins (2nd all-time most) and 40 European Tour […]

Hemisphere GNSS Introduces New Compass
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

From Ocean Business 2019 in Southampton, UK, Hemisphere GNSS, Inc. (Hemisphere) announced the all-new single-frequency, multi-GNSS Vector V200 smart antenna with integrated Atlas L-band designed for general marine applications and markets.

Powered by Hemisphere's Crescent® Vector technology, the V200 is a multi-GNSS compass system that utilizes GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS (with future firmware upgrade and activation) for simultaneous satellite tracking to offer heading, position, heave, pitch, and roll output. With support for NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000, integrating Atlas L-band corrections, and continuing to offer ease of installation, the V200 packages and offers exceptional value and performance. The V200 excels in providing accurate position and heading information to autopilots, chart plotters, and other general marine navigation applications.

The all-in-one V200 GNSS compass combines Hemisphere's Crescent Vector H220 OEM board, two superior multipath and noise-rejecting antennas (spaced 20 cm apart), a multi-axis gyro, and tilt sensors in a single easy-to-install and use enclosure. The V200 delivers 1.5 degree (or optional 0.75 degree) heading accuracy and Atlas L-band accuracies of 30 cm to 60 cm and offers instantaneous sub-meter accuracy and DGPS-level accuracy.

Measuring only 35 cm in length, the V200 can be either pole or surface mounted and comes in either 5- or 12-pin options that require only a single power/data cable connection for fast and reliable installations, even in the presence of strong radio transmissions.

"The Vector V200 GNSS compass represents significant enhancements to our industry-leading models it replaces, providing even greater performance, improved robustness, and excellent value," says Miles Ware, director of marketing at Hemisphere. "Users now have an even higher performing all-in-one Vector for their marine applications with the addition of BeiDou, Galileo, and QZSS as well as Atlas L-band corrections."

The V200 will be featured in the Hemisphere/Saderet stand (K12) at Ocean Business 2019 in Southampton, UK from April 9 through 11, 2019.

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