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Proving Bunker Fuel Provenance of Growing Importance
by Ship Bunker
Monday, February 11, 2019

Driven by operational, environmental, and political needs.

Sythetic Bunker Fuel Can Reduce CO2 Emissions Where Electrification Not Possible: MAN
by Ship Bunker
Monday, February 11, 2019

Especially in the case of container ships.

Synthetic Bunker Fuel Can Reduce CO2 Emissions Where Electrification Not Possible: MAN
by Ship Bunker
Monday, February 11, 2019

Especially in the case of container ships.

Last Ditch Effort to Save Falls of Clyde
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, February 10, 2019

Save Falls of Clyde-International has launched a gofundme fundraiser in an a last ditch effort to stop the disposal of the 140-year-old tall ship Falls of Clyde, currently based in Hawaii. 

The 285-foot long and 40-foot wide vessel built by shipbuilders Russell & Co. in 1878 entered service as part of the Falls Line fleet, all of which were named after Scottish waterfalls, and she sailed to ports on all continents except Antarctica.

The group is refusing to give up and firmly believes that the historic vessel can and will still be saved from destruction. The fundraiser will finance the Insurance Bonds that the Honolulu DOT Harbors Department has assigned to her auction which was announced last week. The group would like to bring the vessel back to the U.K to be restored and put back to sea to offer education at sea, fairtrade/carbon free cargo delivery, sail adventure holidays and to play a part in clearing the ocean of ghost nets.

If she is saved, she will become a hi-tech example of what U.K shipbuilders can achieve, being rebuilt to the latest Lloyd's Register standards, fitted with hydrogen engines, solar sails, wind and battery power along with high efficiency solar panels and the latest safety and navigation systems. 

Strathclyde University is engaged in redesigning her power and propulsion systems, with much work already completed. A naval architect, Ron DeVos from Amsterdam, has begun her interior redesign. A lift ship has already been offered along with a dry dock and quayside location. A large number of skilled volunteers have offered to help in her restoration.

The gofundme page is here.

Scarlet Lady Floated Out
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, February 10, 2019

Scarlet Lady, the first of four ships ordered by Virgin Voyages, was floated out on February 8 at Fincantieri's shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente, Italy. 

Interior fittings will now begin, leading the ship to its delivery which is scheduled for the beginning of 2020.

Scarlet Lady will be about 110,000 gross tons, be 278 meters long and 38 meters wide. Virgin Voyages' second ship, currently under construction in the same yard, will be delivered in 2021, while the third and the fourth ships will set sail respectively in 2022 and 2023. They will all feature over 1,400 guest cabins designed to host more than 2,770 passengers, accompanied by 1,160 crew members.

“Don't just build a ship, create a yearning for the sea,” said Virgin Group Founder, Richard Branson, when creating the concept of Virgin Voyages.

Late last year, Virgin Group announced plans to build a new cruise terminal at PortMiami for Virgin Voyages. With the new terminal and a long-term commitment to PortMiami, Virgin Voyages also announced that Scarlet Lady will continue to sail to the Caribbean from Miami throughout 2021. The company’s second ship will sail from Miami during the fall/winter cruise season of 2021/22.

The Virgin Voyages Terminal will be located on the northwest side of the port and is expected to be complete by November 2021. The new 100,000 square foot terminal will be a palm grove inspired design concept developed by the Miami-based designers from Arquitectonica. The palm grove design is inspired by Miami Beach’s iconic palm trees and the island’s historical origins as an area intended for harvesting coconuts. The terminal’s rooftop is designed to resemble a palm tree grove with rooftop pockets that allow natural light to flow into the building by day, and uplighting by night that will light up the company’s Virgin Voyages red logo.

“Miami is an incredible city and one of my favorite places to work and play,” said Branson. “From our headquarters for Virgin Hotels, Virgin Voyages and now Virgin Trains USA, South Florida has quickly become another home for Virgin brands in the leisure travel sector.”

Inaugural World Congress on Maritime Heritage Kicks Off in March
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, February 10, 2019

The inaugural World Congress on Maritime Heritage, co-organised by the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage (CIMH) and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), will be held from March 13 to 15, 2019 at lifestyle destination resort RWS in Singapore. 

The Congress will address the current state of the shipping industry, examine the sector’s past influence on global trade and cultural influences as featured in the world’s maritime museums, illuminate signature undersea archaeological and exploration activities and connect these communities to provide a window into the future.  

“The world today is a legacy of our maritime heritage,” said CIMH Chairman Terry Garcia. “The first World Congress on Maritime Heritage provides an unprecedented opportunity to re-discover our past through the lens of our shared maritime heritage and examine how the factors that affected the past can inform the future.”

The Congress will include key figures in the different sectors and will be opened by former IMO Secretary-General, and Honorary Chairman of the CIMH, Koji Sekimizu. The current Secretary-General of the IMO, the Honorable Kitack Lim, will provide a keynote address on The Ocean as the Pathway to International Commerce and the Global Economy. Key representatives of the shipping, heritage and underwater communities will also be participating in this first ever gathering of thought leadership across the maritime sector.

“Although it is always not well appreciated and easily forgotten, our modern life is created on our past maritime history and maritime heritage. It is particularly so for maritime nations such as Singapore and Japan,” observed Sekimizu. “The World Congress on Maritime Heritage will provide an excellent opportunity for us to recognize our past and consider future developments.”

Other topics being covered in the conference include how the ocean is a pathway to a sustainable future, cultural diversity, and governance. Additional features include “Why we must explore the past to navigate the future,” tourism and maritime heritage in the global context and regional breakout opportunities.

The Congress is being jointly organized by the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage and Resorts World Sentosa with support from the IMO, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, International Congress of Maritime Museums, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the International Chamber of Shipping and North American Marine Environment Protection Association.  

RWS is also official venue host for the three-day event which will include a program held at the revamped Maritime Experiential Museum, the only one of its kind in Singapore dedicated to the exploration of the iconic Maritime Silk Route. Housing a total of 15 immersive galleries, the attraction holds a combination of state-of-the-art visual projections and multimedia shows. Highlights include the Jewel of Muscat, an Arabian ship which made a tumultuous 138-day voyage from Oman to Singapore in 2010 using ancient navigational methods with a crew of 15, and the Typhoon Theater which simulates a sinking ship in a treacherous storm.

Registration for the Congress is now open. For more information on the program and invited speakers, please visit the World Congress on Maritime Heritage 2019 website (

EJF: South Korea Allows Sale of Illegally Caught Fish
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, February 10, 2019

The South Korean government has failed to sanction two vessels found fishing illegally in Antarctic waters, instead allowing the owner to sell the catch on the global seafood market, says the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). 

International and Korean NGOs have issued a joint statement condemning the Korean government for its handling of the case of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing that occurred in the Antarctic. Despite promising international partners that the two vessels would be sanctioned, the Korean government halted prosecution and allowed the vessel owners to sell the illegal catch on the international market, where it risks landing on the plates of consumers.

In December 2017, the Korean distant water fishing vessels Southern Ocean and Hong-Jin 701, both owned by the Hong-Jin company, violated conservation measures of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), an international fishing body established by the U.N. to protect pristine Antarctic waters. 

The vessels fished illegally over the course of four days, catching 70 tons of tooth-fish despite receiving a closure notification from the CCAMLR secretariat. After finding the vessels had violated international rules, the Korean government promised to ensure the operator did not receive any financial benefit and issued a 60-day business suspension – barring the boats from fishing.

However, the NGOs, including EJF, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), the Citizen's Institutes for Environmental Studies (CIES) and the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM), have criticized the Korean government, pointing out that the suspension was applied during a non-fishing period in CCAMLR, meaning it had little or no impact on the operator. Moreover, despite assurances to international partners, the illegal catch was returned to the vessels’ operator who went on to sell it for more than $800,000.

Subsequently, in addition to the failed sanctions, the Korean Prosecutors Office did not take forward criminal prosecution of the case. 

In stark contrast to the lack of sanctions from Korea, CCAMLR officially classified the two vessels as Non-Compliance Level 3, meaning “Seriously, Frequently or Persistently non-compliant” during the annual meeting in November 2018.  This is a serious warning, with the next step being a ban on the vessels fishing in the CCAMLR area.

In their statement, the NGOs said: “Contrary to what the Korean government announced internationally, Korean officials allowed the IUU-caught fish to enter not only Korea but also the international market. Even worse, the government is claiming that they are not aware of its destination. This incident reveals how legal loopholes and un-transparent fishery governance can be exploited.”

The NGOs’ statement called for implementation of stronger measures that can prevent illegally caught fish entering the market, and the establishment of a fish traceability system to prevent similar cases.

In October 2018, South Korea’s Minister of Fisheries signed a pledge to work more closely with the European Union to tackle IUU fishing. The Korean boats appear on a list of vessels authorized to export to the European Union, and Korean toothfish vessels frequently export their product to the U.S., raising the prospect that their illegal catch may find its way to international markets.

South Korea has a distant water fishing fleet of 221 licensed vessels with an annual export of approximately 200,000 tons. The nation is the first country with whom the E.U. signed a joint statement on IUU fishing among the countries that were previously issued the E.U. yellow card warning.

In 2018-2019, Korea has the largest number of vessels (nine vessels) allowed to fish in CCAMLR convention areas, compared to any other country. Korea is currently chairing the Standing Committee on Implementation and Compliance in CCAMLR.

Demurrage Calculation App Developed for Oil Tanker Industry
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, February 10, 2019

At last, the oil tanker industry has an app for calculating demurrage claims on the go. Smartphone apps have been one of the biggest innovations in the turn of the decade, and that has led to a rocketing amount of dependency on apps for work-related purposes. 

Similarly, the oil tanker industry witnessed immense increase of the demurrage and associated costs. Its constantly evolving and expanding functionality makes it one of the most prominent fields in the industry. However, oil tanker owners and charterers continue to face the challenge in demurrage claims, that stand a risk of being rejected due to late submissions beyond agreement time bars.

In a first, the I-Demurrage app has been created to make the time-consuming process of calculating demurrage more easier. I-Demurrage enables the user to calculate demurrage in a simple and effective format and email calculations to the user’s email ID. The app aspires to save millions in the process. 

Leena Asher, the brain behind the I-Demurrage app, is a Specialist Demurrage Analyst and a subject matter expert in her industry on demurrage. She says, “I identified there’s a need for an app to calculate demurrage after interacting with my industry peers. The process can be made simpler and since we’re in a tech-savvy generation, I decided the app was the need of the day. As the creator, I hope I-Demurrage saves my industry peers’ time and money in their busy work-routines.”

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Remote Monitoring of Confined Spaces Reduces Risks
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, February 10, 2019

According to an International Dry Bulk Terminals Group study, there is a disturbing industry uptick in crewmember deaths in confined spaces. While human error is the root cause generally, there are technologies that ship managers may implement to prevent such tragedies from occurring. 
Remote centralized confined-space monitoring systems compliant with OSHA's confined-space entry standards may be set up either on the vessel or onshore to enhance safety and manage any issue quickly, acting as another layer of protection as crew members follow existing confined space entry procedures. 

One significant advantage of a remote centralized confined space monitoring system is that it requires fewer workers to manage multiple confined space entries. Headcount required to monitor multiple confined spaces can be reduced eliminating the risk of exposure to a potential incident by up to 75 percent, according to Total Safety’s data.

The remote centralized confined space monitoring control center continually identifies workers within the space with a sophisticated badge/ID reader. The system operator clears authorized workers to “badge” into the confined space.

All the while, the control room maintains a live visual of the workers via external and internal cameras and a clear line of communication via the push-to-talk communications system to safely manage work behavior inside and outside the confined space in real time. The camera system has both color and infrared technology for low-light conditions, while the embedded microphone and speaker allow the control room to communicate with workers inside and outside the confined space. The integrated intercom system reduces the need for two-way radio, and improves communication. Therefore, should a crewmember inside the confined space encounter a safety issue, the rescue commander can respond immediately. 

The system also monitors the atmosphere for toxic or dangerous gases and delivers appropriate alarms if gas exposure occurs. The gas detection system placed inside the confined space continuously monitors the atmosphere. The atmospheric readings are then displayed in real time in the control room for easy monitoring, and alarms are automatically triggered in the confined space should there be a safety issue. 

While remote monitoring is a significant safety tool, it is only one part of a comprehensive confined space safety program. Programs must also include worker training, comprehensive evaluation of confined spaces, work permit verification, confined space rescue equipment and teams, as well as gas detection, fall protection, and required personal protective equipment to protect workers.

In conclusion, data from the badge/ID reader technology, fixed gas monitoring, closed-circuit cameras, audible and visual alarms, and push-to-talk communications are all provided to ship management to further improve operations and safety. Overall, the system requires fewer workers to manage the job to keep the ship safe and protect the lives of all on board.

Mark Barker is the Senior Vice President of Total Safety and has worked in industrial safety for 36 years. Visit for more information on centralized confined space monitoring.   

Next Generation of Z-Tech Tugs Arrive
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, February 10, 2019

At the end of 2018, Gulf Island Shipyards completed the first of ten Z-Tech® 30-80 tugs, five of which were ordered by Bay Houston Towing Company through its operator G & H Towing Company in Galveston, Texas. 

The Z-Tech® 30-80 tug Mark E. Kuebler evolved from the previous Z-Tech® 7500 design for the same owner. Once again, the design team and client worked seamlessly addressing operational challenges the vessel will face. A main feature of this latest Z-Tech® is incorporating Robert Allan Ltd.’s unique RAstar series sponsoned hull form into the existing Z-Tech design. 

Computer simulations conducted by Robert Allan Ltd.’s in house CFD team demonstrate escort performance of the new tug will be significantly increased by generating more than 100 mt steering force at 10 knots which is particularly important for escorting large vessels.

Particulars of Mark E. Kuebler are:

Length Overall: 98’-6”
Beam, moulded: 42’-8”
Depth, moulded: 16’-5”
Gross Tonnage:
ITC: 411
US Regulatory: 297
The tugs were designed and constructed to comply with all applicable Rules and Regulations of:

ABS ?A1 Towing Service, ? AMS, Escort Service, Fire Fighting Vessel Class 1 and all applicable U.S. Coast Guard regulations

Tank capacities are as follows:

Fuel oil: 42620 GAL
Potable water: 6700 GAL

Sea trial results showed Mark E. Kuebler met all requirements to the design:

Bollard pull, ahead: 81.5 MT
Free running speed, ahead: 13 knots

Customized general layout of the tug represents more than a decade of cooperation by Robert Allan Ltd. naval architects and the owners. The Master and Chief Engineer’s cabin along with galley and mess are located on the main deck while two cabins for four crew members are located on the lower deck.

Main propulsion for the tug comprises a pair of Caterpillar 3516E, EPA Tier 4 certified diesel engines, each rated 3386 bHP at 1800 rpm, and driving a Schottel SRP 510FP Z-drive unit with Ø2800 propeller. The tug is fitted with a Fire Fighting 1 system with two FFS 6200 gpm pumps driven by two Caterpillar engine C18 respectively.

The electrical plant consists of two identical John Deere 6068AFM85 diesel gen-sets, each with a power output of 125 eKw 480V, 3-Ph, 60 Hz.

Ship-handling fenders at the bow consist of one tier of 36” OD x 18” ID cylindrical fender at the main deck level with 16” thick double loop soft fenders between the main deck and the knuckle at bow and along the sheer lines of main deck. 16” OD x 8” ID cylindrical fendering is used at the stern.

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