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Maersk Provides Further Details on Hong Kong Bunker Spill
by Ship Bunker
Monday, January 07, 2019

Maersk takes this incident very seriously, it tells Ship & Bunker.




ACO Marine to Triple Production
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, January 07, 2019

Ship sanitation solutions supplier ACO Marine plans to triple production at its Pribyslav plant in the Czech Republic to meet increased demand for its stainless-steel wastewater treatment products.

ACO Marine Managing Director Mark Beavis explained the boom in the river cruise market is one of the main driving forces behind the ramp up in production.

“We will supply wastewater management solutions based around our advanced Maripur NF sewage treatment plant to a significant number of river cruise vessels scheduled to drydock this winter.

“ACO Marine is developing rapidly in this new market offering a very competitive solution which is attracting the interest of many owner/operators of these types of vessels. This trend is being reflected by the numbers of retrofit orders already booked for the 2019 winter season and beyond.

“To meet this increasing demand, we will expand our Pribyslav facility and bring production of all of our stainless-steel products under one roof. The expanded assembly hall will allow us to triple our stainless-steel production capabilities, and thus keep up with growing demand from across the marine industry,” said Beavis.

The development is part of the wider reorganisation and expansion of parent company ACO Group’s logistics centre in the Czech Republic, which Beavis says will “bring greater benefits to the efficiency of the whole operation”.

The expansion of Pribyslav plant follows the opening of a new MENA (Middle East and North Africa) marine sales and service operation at ACO Marine’s facility in Dubai.

ACO Marine’s Business Development Manager, MENA Region, Raduan Al-Kheir, said: “A significant part of our business is the design and manufacturer of high-end, stainless-steel wastewater treatment plants for super and mega-yachts. Many are owned by UAE residents who like to keep their vessels in their home region, so it is important for us to provide our customers with the aftersales care and support they need. Dubai is an important center for both local and visiting yachts.”

The service center will also provide a testing ground for ACO Marine’s new Maripur NF membrane cleaning service, developed to help reduce operational and maintenance costs.  While the mega-yacht sector will be an early beneficiary, the new service will be rolled out to other marine industry sectors later this year.




China Flip-Flops on Open-Loop Scrubber Ban
by Ship Bunker
Monday, January 07, 2019

Prohibits discharge scrubber wash water in the country's inland river emissions control areas and coastal control areas.




Coastal Oil Singapore Hit By Debt Fraud Allegations
by Ship Bunker
Monday, January 07, 2019

Cosco Shipping International and Sinfeng Marine Services caught in the fallout.




Admiral Thad Allen: This Senseless Government Shutdown Is Harming Coast Guard Families
by Editorial
Monday, January 07, 2019
By Admiral Thad Allen, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) – Today, with the government shutdown in its third week, it is beyond troubling that Coast Guard men and women are being unnecessarily subjected to financial hardship while enduring the operational, mission-related circumstances that are accepted as part of their compact with their country. These are the […]




Wärtsilä Releases Book Portraying Journey to Global Prominence
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, January 07, 2019

“In the future, machines will do the perfunctory jobs that humans do right now. Employees need to be increasingly creative: they need to use their brains and question things. And the management needs to let them try and fail, because that is the only way to learn and create something new.” This is how the renowned futurist Alvin Toffler predicted the future when he visited Wärtsilä’s shipyards in 1983.

Did Toffler’s predictions come true? What has happened at Wärtsilä after Wilhelm “Vikkelä-Ville (Quick Willy)” Wahlforss, a true captain of industry and long-term chief executive of Wärtsilä left? What really happened when Wärtsilä Marine filed for bankruptcy in 1989, according to those in the eye of the storm at the time? How did the company become the global Wärtsilä of today, leading the industry by enabling sustainable societies with smart technology?

The newly-released book, Of machines and people, celebrating the 185th anniversary of Wärtsilä, brings together the stories of Wärtsilä’s history from the past 50 years. It is based on interviews with 59 individuals who have played various roles in and around the company, from industrialists to chauffeurs and engineers to salesmen. The book depicts the last decades the way the people who have been part of creating the new Wärtsilä experienced them.

Of machines and people is not a traditional version of a company’s history opus. It is an easy-to-read visual journey to the past decades of the Finnish society, filled with personal anecdotes and stories.

“Wärtsilä is an institution, and it has been a major employer and renewer of many industries throughout its history. Its history is basically the history of the Finnish economy, and almost every Finn has a personal link to the company in some way,” says the journalist Pekka Vänttinen, who did the monumental task of composing the story from the interviews.

The Editor-in-Chief of the book was Atte Palomäki, Wärtsilä’s Executive Vice President, Communications and Branding. He says that in honor of Wärtsilä’s anniversary, they have donated the book to every main library of Finland. “This is a way for us to get our story within reach for everyone involved, and to give credit where it’s due. Within just one generation, Wärtsilä has renewed itself completely, and been able to take a leap from Finland to all continents. Behind the success there are thousands of experts, and we want to give thanks to each and every one of them with this book.”

Of machines and people is being sold at Alma Talent’s online shop: shop.almatalent.fi.

Listen to the interview with Alvin Toffler from 1983 here, interviewer Eeva Artimo.




CLIA Appoints Goldstein as Global Chair
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, January 07, 2019

Adam M. Goldstein, Vice Chairman, Royal Caribbean Cruises, has been appointed Global Chair of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) effective January 1, 2019. Goldstein succeeds Arnold Donald, President and CEO, Carnival Corporation & plc. who served as CLIA Global Chairman since January 2017.

Goldstein is a 30-year veteran of Royal Caribbean Cruises, and he took up position as Vice Chairman in May 2018. He has served as RCL’s president and chief operating officer since 2014.  He also served as the President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International prior to Michael Bayley.

“I’m honored to take on this role for the second time and look forward to building on the great work that Arnold has accomplished during his time as Chair,” said Goldstein. “As the cruise industry continues to grow globally, it’s exceptionally important that we work together to ensure a positive experience for our guests and for the destinations we visit. I’m excited to collaborate with all of our constituencies to pursue this vision.”

Environmental performance will be a focus area during his tenure. The CLIA announced in December that its members had committed to reduce the rate of carbon emissions across the industry fleet by 40 percent by 2030. Progress toward the 40 percent target will be measured against a 2008 fleet baseline, and emissions rates will be calculated based on the industry fleet’s total carbon emissions, total ship berths and total distance traveled. CLIA plans to report annually on the industry’s progress toward the commitment. The reduction will be fueled by innovative technologies for energy efficiency in ship design and propulsion. 

Goldstein previously served as CLIA Global Chair in 2015 and 2016 and has remained on the CLIA Global Executive Committee for the past two years. He also recently served as the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Chairman, CLIA’s sister association. As of January 1, Micky Arison, Chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc, took up the position of Chairman of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. Arison will also lead the Association's Executive Committee, consisting of company leaders from the association's member lines.

Kelly Craighead took up position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the CLIA on January 1, 2019. Among her top priorities will be to continue to share the value and excitement of cruise travel. According to the CLIA, the cruise industry is projected to continue to grow throughout 2019 with an estimated 30 million travelers expected to cruise, up six percent from 28.2 million in 2018. In the coming year 18 new ships are on order from CLIA cruise lines, and 272 CLIA-member cruise ships are projected to be in operation by June 2019. The cruise industry continues to make a positive impact on communities around the globe  by sustaining 1,108,676 jobs equaling $45.6 billion in wages and salaries and $134 billion total output worldwide in 2017, says the CLIA.




Video: Six Dead After Soviet-Era Freighter Sinks in Black Sea
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, January 07, 2019

Six of the 13 crewmembers of the coastal freighter Volgo Balt 214 died Monday after their vessel sank in the Black Sea. 

The Volgo Balt was under way off the northern coast of Turkey on Monday morning, carrying coal from Azov to the Turkish port of Samsun, when she encountered heavy weather and went down. One of the survivors told responders that the ship was struck by a large wave. 

“As a result of the shock of the wave, the ship could not stand it, it broke and began to sink. The crew sent a distress signal," said Vasily Kirilich, a spokesman for Ukraine's foreign ministry, speaking to 112 Ukraine. 

Six crewmembers died in the casualty, including the Volgo Balt's master. Helicopter aircrews from the Turkish Coast Guard were on scene by 1000 hours, and they successfully recovered the bodies of the deceased and brought the survivors to shore. The seven surviving crewmembers are reportedly in good health. 

The cause of the accident is under investigation. 

The 1978-built Volgo Balt 214 was a Soviet-era riverine freighter of 3,500 dwt, built by the only large shipyard in the former Czechoslovakia. The vessel received 49 PSC inspection deficiencies over the past two years, including a detention in Azov in 2017 for alleged hull damage impairing seaworthiness (cracking). That inspection also allegedly found improper freeboard marks and signs of hull corrosion. 

According to her Equasis record, the Volgo Balt's Turkish ship manager operates six other sister ships of the same name, vintage and pattern of inspection deficiencies - including additional recorded instances of allegedly deficient structural conditions.




China to Reboot Hambantota Bunker Ops with Global Player
by Ship Bunker
Monday, January 07, 2019

Six firms have expressed interest.




Wilhelmsen Looks to the Future of Maritime
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, January 07, 2019

Thomas Wilhelmsen, the CEO of the Wilhelmsen group of companies, wants his firm to lead from the front with a smart balance of innovation and tradition. The diversified company has been serving the industry for nearly 160 years, and it is building on its history with investments in the latest technology: it just launched the world’s first autonomous shipping firm, Massterly, as well as Raa Labs, a maritime digital start-up.

“There’s been a lot of focus on Massterly, our drone developments, smart rope, 3D printing etc., and on one level that’s excellent,” says Wilhelmsen. “But it’s hard-core, practical and operational maritime competency that forms the foundation of this business. What we want to do is take that conventional platform and utilize new digital skills to build upon it, positioning ourselves to take advantage of future business opportunity.”

43-year-old Thomas Wilhelmsen is the head of one of maritime’s biggest names. The group has close to 15,000 employees, of which over 9,000 are seafarers. Wilhelmsen Ship Management serves nearly 400 vessels globally, and Wilhelmsen Ships Service handles about 75,000 ports calls and 210,000 product deliveries per year, serving about half of the entire global merchant fleet. In other words, Mr. Wilhelmsen has a strong foundation to build on.

Autonomous innovation

Massterly, a joint initiative with KONGSBERG, was one of 2018’s biggest announcements. The company aims to establish the infrastructure and services needed to design and operate autonomous vessels, creating a network of land-based control centers to monitor and operate a new breed of ships. The first will be based at Wilhelmsen's group headquarters in Oslo.

“If we want to help shape the future of the industry, not just this business, we have to position ourselves at the vanguard of development,” he explains. “Autonomous shipping may seem like a distant dream, but, through projects such as the Yara Birkeland, it will be a reality, albeit on a limited scale, very soon. There’s a need for the infrastructure and solutions to support that development.”

“If we can play a key role in enabling developments we can also help inform and mould regulations, using our expertise and experience to steer a course for the future,” he adds.

While autonomous shipping will be primarily seen in short-sea applications for the near future, the technology has multiple applications for manned ocean-going vessels. “The industry will be able to cherry pick relevant systems out of the autonomous domain and install them on existing vessels, enabling next generation conventional shipping,” Wilhelmsen says. “So we shouldn’t be looking at autonomy in isolation, but rather as a facilitator for nurturing wider development. There’s always going to be a need for maritime skill, for real operational understanding. From the design phase through to operations, people need to feed in individual expertise of stability, navigation, loading and discharging, a whole range of different scenarios. That knowledge doesn’t stand in opposition to digital competency, it helps inform it. As an industry we can’t afford to overlook the ‘old fashioned’ skills, they must be valued and preserved.”

Internal start-up

At the end of November Wilhelmsen announced the launch of Raa Labs. Backed by a $2 million seed investment, split between the Wilhelmsen group and Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Raa Labs aims to deliver digital solutions to meet industry challenges and realize opportunities, for both Wilhelmsen itself and external customers.

“We’d been scratching our heads a little about how to open up and create a ‘start-up’ culture, one where we can move quickly to really seize on digital and tech prospects,” Wilhelmsen explains. “We came to the conclusion that our own start-up was the solution. An entity that could serve our business areas, but also design digital infrastructure and applications for outside customers, helping them better utilize their data or, for example, enable collaboration or improve environmental performance. It’s a digital accelerator the whole industry can use.”

So far Raa has recruited seven team members who, Wilhelmsen says, would never have otherwise considered a career in the maritime industry. “I’m a little amazed we have attracted digital experts of this caliber,” he says. “But they understand that shipping is a huge industry with huge potential for digital. As such they can make a genuine difference.”

Positive but cautious outlook

Wilhelmsen is looking forward to Nor-Shipping, the industry conference taking place June 4-7, 2019 in Lillestrøm and Oslo, as it “brings the global industry to Norway, showcasing our reputation for innovation and providing a key forum for discussions, ideas and doing business.”

“Maritime expertise will be key to generating value from, as well as managing and regulating, the commercial use of ocean space in the future. So Nor-Shipping can play an important role as a platform for enabling developments,” Wilhelmsen says.

However, he sees clouds on the horizon over the year ahead. Wilhelmsen believes that the maritime industry is “deep into an up-cycle,” raising concerns of a future correction. “You can see uncertainty creeping into the stock markets. And trade wars and tariffs are obviously not good for this industry. That said, there aren’t that many people who would favor stopping world trade, so I believe, I hope, that common sense will prevail,” he says.

Given these macroeconomic concerns, Wilhelmsen is exercising caution with regards to group expansion. “I think the immediate focus will be on organic development,” he concludes. “We’ll aim to nurture and grow all parts of the portfolio. There’s no one standalone area I’d like to pinpoint as a potential star performer, but I do think we’ll use our group strength to continue growing, delivering the value and standards we’re known for, and the innovation we believe can help shape this industry.”

And that, at the end of the day, is a well balanced approach.

For more information on Nor-Shipping 2019, please visit http://www.nor-shipping.com/.




Tug to Retrieve Burning Yantian Express in North Atlantic
by Mike Schuler
Monday, January 07, 2019
The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday is continuing to coordinate the response to a container fire on board the now abandoned Yantian Express located approximately 1,015 miles northeast of Bermuda. Saturday evening, 11 non-essential crew members were evacuated from the Yantian Express to the tugboat Smit Nicobar, following by the remaining crew Sunday morning. All […]




Bunker Fuel Spilled from Maersk Ship at Port of Hong Kong
by Mike Schuler
Monday, January 07, 2019
An unknown quantity of bunker fuel was spilled at the Port of Hong Kong on Sunday during bunkering operations on a Maersk ship at berth, A.P. Moller Maersk confirmed Monday. The bunkering was taking place on the 4,340 TEU Maersk Gateshead as it was berthed at the Modern Terminal Limited. At this time, the amount […]




U.S. Sees Trade Deal Within Reach as China Dispatches Top Aide
by Bloomberg
Monday, January 07, 2019
By Andrew Mayeda, Kasia Klimasinska and Jenny Leonard (Bloomberg) — The Trump administration expressed optimism it can reach a “reasonable” trade deal with China as President Xi Jinping dispatched one of his top aides to negotiations in Beijing on a lasting truce to a conflict that has roiled financial markets. “There’s a very good chance that we’ll […]




UK Opposition Labour Party Rebukes Government Over Ferry Contract
by Reuters
Monday, January 07, 2019
LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party on Monday criticized the government for awarding a 14 million pound ($18 million) contract to a ferry company with no ships to provide backup freight cover in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Labour’s transport spokesman, Andy McDonald, said the transport ministry had failed to carry […]




Airstrike Kills Al Qaeda Operative Behind USS Cole Attack
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, January 07, 2019

Al Qaeda member Jamal al-Badawi, one of the organizers of the deadly bomb-boat attack on the destroyer USS Cole in 2000, has been killed by an American airstrike. 

On October 12, 2000, Al Qaeda terrorists attacked the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Cole using a suicide boat while the Cole was refueling in Aden, Yemen. The explosion left a 40-by-60 foot hole in the port side of the ship, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39 others. Cole's sailors fought fires and flooding for the next four days, and they succeeded in saving their ship. 

After the attack, USS Cole was transferred back to the United States on a heavy-lift ship and repaired at Ingalls Shipbuilding. She remains in service today.

U.S. Central Command confirmed Sunday that Jamal al-Badawi - who was previously convicted by a Yemeni court of involvement in the attack - was killed in a strike in Marib governate, Yemen on January 1. 

“Jamal al-Badawi was a legacy al Qaeda operative in Yemen involved in the USS Cole bombing. U.S. forces confirmed the results of the strike following a deliberate assessment process," said CENTCOM spokesman Capt. Bill Urban in a statement. “[He] was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003, charged with 50 counts of various terrorism offenses, including murder of U.S. nationals and murder of U.S. military personnel; was wanted by the U.S. for his role in the Oct. 12, 2000, terrorist attack against USS Cole; and was also charged with attempting with co-conspirators to attack a U.S. Navy vessel in January 2000.”

For his role in planning the attack, Jamal al-Badawi was convicted by a Yemeni court and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He escaped from jail in Yemen twice, once in 2004 and again in 2007, and the FBI had issued a $5 million reward for his arrest. 

The alleged leader of the USS Cole attack, Abd al-Nashiri, was captured by the CIA in 2002. He is currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where a military trial over his alleged involvement is ongoing. 




Two Killed, Four Missing as Cargo Ship Sinks in Black Sea Off Turkey
by Mike Schuler
Monday, January 07, 2019
At least two people are dead and four others were missing after a Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier sank in the Black Sea off Turkey’s coast on Monday. The Turkish Coast Guard received up a distress signal from the ship Volga-Balt 214 with 13 crew members on Monday morning as it was approximately 80 miles off the […]




Spill During Bunkering Operations in Hong Kong
by Ship Bunker
Monday, January 07, 2019

As Maersk Gateshead was lifting bunkers from tanker Carlung.




AECO Signs Declaration to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, January 07, 2019

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) has signed the Travel and Tourism Declaration on Illegal Trade in Wildlife. 

On December 7, the Association signed the Buenos Aires Declaration, which states that signatories cannot knowingly facilitate the carriage or sale of illegally traded wildlife products. The Declaration on Illegal Trade in Wildlife covers wildlife products, where the trade in those products is contrary to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and as such is illegal under international laws.

AECO has committed to a zero-tolerance policy regarding illegal trade in wildlife products and encourages visitors to the Arctic to support local communities by buying legal and sustainable products. The organization has additional guidelines in place to protect Arctic nature. Guests traveling with AECO operators are not permitted to collect stones, bones, antlers, driftwood, flowers, plants and other items from nature. However, purchasing local souvenirs and products is encouraged.

“Our members are subject to a strict non-disturbance principle when it comes to wildlife, and AECO operators actively support wildlife protection through education, wildlife sighting programs and contributions to science and conservation societies. Signing this declaration reaffirms our dedication to showing the utmost consideration of the natural environment in all aspects of operations,” says Executive Director Frigg Jørgensen.

“For millennia, people in the Arctic have harvested animals and plants to produce food, clothing and artisanal goods. This includes fur products, carved bones and tusks and local foods such as meat and fish. Buying locally made products generates income for the community and can contribute to upholding local craft traditions. When buying animal or plant products, it is important to make sure that they have been harvested and produced legally. In some cases, you will also need a permit to export the product,” says Jørgensen.
 




Qingdao Offers Financial Incentive for Cruise Industry
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, January 07, 2019

Qingdao, a coastal city in eastern China's Shandong province, is offering financial incentives aimed at accelerating the build out of the China Cruise Tourism Development Experimental Zone in Qingdao as part of the city's transition into an international tourism destination. 

On December 11, the Qingdao Municipal Tourism Development Committee and Shibei District People's Government jointly released plans to provide subsidies of up to three million yuan (approximately $435,000) to cruise firms that include the city as a port of call in their itineraries and travel agencies that organize sightseeing tours in the city, as well as for outbound travel agencies and ticket agents that operate rented and chartered cruises in Qingdao.

The subsidies include $14,500-$58,000 per voyage for departures from Qingdao, $72,500 for every 10 voyages to cruise firms that have launched formal operations in Qingdao and $435,000 for at least 50 voyages. Additionally, outbound travel agencies and ticket agents that rent or charter cruise ships with the base of operations in Qingdao and succeed in boarding 5,000 or more passengers per year who then travel abroad would be entitled to a subsidy of approximately $29 per passenger.

The cruise sector is seen as having huge revenue potential for the city. As a key port city in northern China and an open coastal city, Qingdao boasts rich tourism resources, a favorable climate and an excellent deep-water port, says the government. Qingdao's docking facilities for cruise ships are located in proximity to the city's railway station and downtown area. With the ability to draw in an increasing number of tourists from other parts of Shandong province as well as nearby Beijing, Henan and Shanxi provinces, combined with the rollout of the Jinan-Qingdao and Qingdao-Lianyungang high-speed railways, the government believes the local cruise market has a promising future.

The city's attractions include Laoshan, the highest coastal mountain in China, and Badaguan, a historical area dotted with opulent mansions, garden-like villas and European-style buildings. The city features a distinctive urban landscape and unique culture that combines oriental and western elements. The city has also increased its appeal as a travel destination by hosting several internationally recognized sailing competitions, most notably the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Competition, as well as the Qingdao International Beer Festival.




Singapore Bunker Tanker Arrested
by Ship Bunker
Monday, January 07, 2019

Second operated by Heng Tong Fuels to be detailed in recent days.




Delta Queen Steamboat to Resume Overnight Voyages
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, January 07, 2019

The U.S.’s last authentic overnight steamboat may once again cruise the rivers of the nation’s Heartland and Deep South. Late last year, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reinstate an exemption to allow the Delta Queen Steamboat to return to service after a decade-long retirement.

In 2008, the Delta Queen was forced to retire from service when her Congressional Exemption from the 1966 Safety at Sea act expired. The law intended to prohibit ocean-bound vessels from carrying overnight passengers unless completely made of non-combustible materials included the Delta Queen, even though she was never more than several hundred yards from shore. Congress approved nine exemptions over four decades to allow the Delta Queen to continue operations until 2008. The latest vote completes a decade-long legislative effort to renew the exemption.

Once signed into law by the President, major repairs will begin to allow the Delta Queen to return to overnight service. Beginning in 2020, themed voyages will operate on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, Kanawha and Arkansas Rivers. The vessel will first undergo an extensive renovation in Louisiana.

“Preserving the boat’s historic integrity and ensuring passenger safety are our priorities,” said Cornel Martin, President and CEO of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. “With this approval, we may now move forward with our renovations and return her the waterways, where she belongs.”

The 176-passenger Delta Queen is a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. The steamboat is also included in the National Maritime Hall of Fame and was named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

She was built in 1926, and entered service on June 2, 1927 for the California Transportation Company, along with her identical twin Delta King. They operated together in the nightly San Francisco-Sacramento ferry trade, each vessel leaving the opposite port at 6:00 PM every night, passing each other at the half way point. The vessels carried cargo on the main deck, while offering passenger accommodation on the upper decks. This nightly ritual continued for 13 years until 1940 when improved highways and rail service forced the boats out of business.

The vessels then entered service for the U.S. Navy to support the war effort. Designated YFB-56, the Delta Queen was painted in battleship gray during World War 2 and carried troops from the shallow water piers around San Francisco Bay to the ocean going troop transports anchored in the bay. As many as 3,000 men would be loaded onto the vessel during each trip. The Delta Queen received the first wounded from the attack on Pearl Harbor, ferrying them from hospital ships to the shore based hospitals around San Francisco.

After the war, Delta Queen was purchased by Captain Tom Greene, operator of a tourist steamer, the Gordon C. Greene. After a more than 5,000 mile long journey in which the Delta Queen was towed down the California coast, through the Panama Canal, and across the Gulf of Mexico, she arrived in New Orleans and entered service in 1948, based out of Cincinnati. 

In 1966, the U.S. Congress enacted the “Safety At Sea” act requiring any vessel carrying more than 50 overnight passengers to be constructed entirely of non-combustible materials. The Delta Queen was inadvertently included in the new law, effectively putting her out of business. However, based on the Delta Queen’s impeccable safety record and close proximity to land at all times Congress granted her an exemption from the new law. This exemption was continually renewed with overwhelming support until 2008 when the boat’s owners at the time failed to take the actions necessary to obtain its renewal. Eventually she was purchased in February 2015 by the newly reformed Delta Queen Steamboat Company dedicated to returning her to service.




IN THE KNOW Podcast 7: Planning for Real-World Cyber Threats
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, January 07, 2019

In this edition of "In The Know," the Maritime Executive Magazine podcast, we explore the serious liabilities that cyberattacks can create for maritime companies of all types and sizes, from small family enterprises up to the largest conglomerates. 

To gain insight into the nature of these real-world threats to business, we spoke with three American experts: Gary Kessler, professor of cybersecurity and chair of the department of security studies and international affairs at Embry-Riddle; Andrew Lee, a partner at law firm Jones Walker and co-chair of the firm’s privacy and data security team; and Lt. Kevin Kuhn, an expert in cybersecurity policy at the U.S. Coast Guard's Washington headquarters. For the full story, listen in below: 

To download the file for offline listening, click here.

 




Norway Delays Emissions Cap in World Heritage Fjords
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, January 06, 2019

The Norwegian Maritime Authority has delayed the entry into force of the new emissions legislation that was originally planned for January 1, 2019. It is now scheduled for the end of February 2019.

The Authority is proposing that ships must use fuel with a sulfur content of maximum 0.10 percent by weight, that the use of both open and closed loop exhaust gas cleaning systems is prohibited and that the incineration of waste on board ships is also prohibited in the world heritage fjords.

Additionally, the new legislation will allow, upon written application from a company, exemption for a ship from the Tier I requirements set out in MARPOL regulation VI/13, if it can be documented that the ship will comply with the Tier III requirements not later than January 1, 2022.

The regulations would apply in the Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord, Geirangerfjord, Sunnylvsfjord and Tafjord. 

In practice, they means that the use of heavy fuel oil in the world heritage fjords will be banned, and that ships that currently use heavy fuel oil combined with an exhaust gas cleaning system will have to use marine diesel instead when sailing in the world heritage fjords.

“Experience shows that today’s cleaning systems emit visible smoke emissions, and some systems also generate discharges to sea. Even if the visible smoke is partly water vapor, it has a negative impact on people’s experiences of our world heritage fjords,” says Bjørn Pedersen, Head of Department of Legislation and International Relations. 
 




Carnival to Launch Four New Ships in 2019
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, January 06, 2019

Carnival Corporation will launch four new cruise ships in 2019 across three of its leading global brands – Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises.  

Carnival Cruise Line will debut Carnival Panorama, scheduled to begin sailing from her homeport of Long Beach in December 2019. Also launched will be Sky Princess, Princess Cruises’ fourth Royal-class ship; Costa Smeralda, the second of Carnival Corporation’s 11 new LNG-powered ships joining the fleet by 2025; and Costa Venezia, Costa Cruises’ first ship designed and built specifically for the China market.

The four ships are part of Carnival Corporation's ongoing fleet enhancement strategy with 20 new ships scheduled for delivery between 2019 and 2025.

Carnival Corporation launched four ships in 2018, Carnival Horizon from Carnival Cruise Line, Seabourn Ovation from Seabourn, ms Nieuw Statendam from Holland America Line and most recently, AIDAnova – the world’s first cruise ship that can be powered by LNG both in port and at sea – from AIDA Cruises.

Carnival Panorama 

When Carnival Panorama arrives in Long Beach next December, she will become the brand’s first new ship to homeport in California in 20 years, sailing year-round voyages from the newly renovated Long Beach Cruise Terminal to the Mexican Riviera.

The 4,008-passenger, 133,500-ton Carnival Panorama is the third in the line’s Vista-class series, the largest ever constructed for Carnival Cruise Line, which includes Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon. The three ships are all named to reflect the connection between the vessels and the sea.

Carnival Panorama is scheduled to debut on December 11, 2019, with a special three-day inaugural cruise from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, which is housed in a 146,000-square-foot geodesic dome that once contained Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose airplane. Most California residents and the surrounding area live within a day’s drive of the port. Year-round, seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises begin December 14, departing Long Beach every Saturday to destinations along the Mexican Riviera, including Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

Sky Princess 

The 143,700-ton Sky Princess can accommodate 3,660 passengers, and she joins three Royal-class sister ships – Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess – in October 2019. 

New to Sky Princess are Sky Suites, centrally located on the top deck. Measuring 700 square feet and with a 270-degree panorama, the suites feature the largest private balconies at sea with a prime view of the ship’s Movie Under the Stars screen. Sky Suites have sleeping capacity for five guests. Also new for Sky Princess will be the addition of a Wakeview pool on her aft decks, plus two new deep-tank top deck pools, a restorative Retreat Pool and more Jacuzzis than previous Royal-Class ships, including two cantilevered over the deep-tank pools. 

The inaugural Mediterranean deployment of Sky Princess is set to feature 10 cruise departures on eight unique itineraries, beginning October 20, 2019, with a seven-day Mediterranean and Adriatic cruise from Athens (Piraeus) to Barcelona. On November 17, the ship is scheduled to set sail from Barcelona for Fort Lauderdale to sail the Caribbean before she returns to tour Europe beginning in April 2020. 

Costa Venezia 

Costa Cruises claims to be the first international cruise brand to serve the China market, with a homeported ship in 2006, and Costa Venezia is the brand’s first ship built specifically for China. The 135,500-ton, 5,260-passenger Costa Venezia will be Costa Cruises’ largest ship operating homeport cruises from China and is expected to commence operation in May 2019. Passengers will be able to enjoy Italian dining, luxury Italian shopping and world-class Italian entertainment, while enjoying familiar comforts such as a range of Chinese cuisines and Chinese-style karaoke bars.
 
Costa Smeralda 

At 182,700 tons, and with over 2,600 guest rooms, Costa Smeralda will be the largest ship in Costa Cruises’ fleet. She is named after the Emerald Coast of Sardinia and will also be Costa Cruises’ first vessel powered by LNG in port and at sea.

She will host a unique onboard museum, the Costa Design Museum, which will be dedicated to the excellence of Italian design, showcasing many of the Italian designers that contributed to the ship's construction.

The ship is scheduled to make her maiden voyage on October 20, 2019, with a 15-day cruise from Hamburg, with stops in Rotterdam, Lisbon, Barcelona and Marseille before arriving for a naming celebration at Savona, in northwest Italy, on November 3. On November 4, the six-day inaugural cruise is expected to depart from Savona, calling on Barcelona, Marseille and Rome (Civitavecchia). Costa Smeralda will continue to sail in the Western Mediterranean until April 2020, with seven-day cruises calling on Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Civitavecchia and La Spezia.
 




An Option for a Montreal – New York City River Cruise
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, January 06, 2019

It is presently possible for small private watercraft to sail between the shorter and more direct inland waterway route from New York City to the Lower Saint Lawrence River east of Montreal. However, a large commercial river cruise vessel carrying tourists could sail into the southern region of Canada’s Richelieu River and as far as the quaint Quebec town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, located some 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Montreal.

Introduction

Following the demise of trans-oceanic passenger ship services that lost market share to the airlines, a small number of maritime managers adapted the last commercial ocean-going passenger transportation ships to cruise and tour services. The service proved popular, and ocean tour and cruise operations have developed into a thriving and vibrant industry. Prior to the demise of ocean passenger ships, there was a time when river passenger vessels proved popular along major navigable inland waterways including into the era of the passenger trains. River vessels sailing overnight schedules offered more comfortable, cost competitive service on between several pairs of cities.

Competition from the combination of railway services, inter-city bus services and competitively priced airline service resulted in the closure of overnight river transportation services carrying passengers. Tour operators tested the market for multi-day cruises along inland waterways, with the result that such cruises are available along several inland waterways across Europe along the Danube River, Asia along the Yangtze River and even North America along the Mississippi, Ohio and Saint Lawrence Rivers. Small river cruise vessels carry 40 to 90 guests on multi-day tours along such waterways as the Erie Canal and Rideau Canal.  

New York City – Montreal Cruise

At present, Great Lakes Cruises operates 88 passenger vessels that sail north along the Hudson River from New York City to the Erie Canal and then to the Oswego Canal into Lake Ontario. The vessels than sail north along the windswept eastern region of Lake Ontario to the Saint Lawrence River, then eastbound to quayside at Montreal. An alternative route would sail from New York City north along the Hudson River and continue north to the Champlain Canal, where a series of locks connects to Lake Champlain that flows into the Richelieu River that flows to the Lower Saint Lawrence River.

The 88-passenger cruise vessel could sail along the Hudson River through to Lake Champlain and into the Richelieu River as far as the central area of the town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu that is located some 25 miles southeast of Montreal. While the voyage would be extremely scenic between New York City and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a tour bus would be required to ferry passengers to and from Montreal. A 12-mile canal with nine navigation locks bypasses a non-navigable section of river and can transit vessels of up to 100 feet length by 21 feet width by six feet draft.

Mini-Cruise Vessel

A mini-cruise vessel built with a draft of six feet, beam of 21 feet and length of 112 feet with lift-up bow would be narrower than the mini-cruise vessel that carries tourists along the Rideau Canal. A multi-day cruise aboard a mini-cruise vessel would need to involve multiple stops to provide passengers with pre-prepared meals that would be delivered to the vessel, or passengers would disembark to take meals at nearby restaurants. Some stops could be overnight stops to allow for passenger accommodation at waterfront or nearby hotels. The cruise vessel would operate like a long-distance bus tour.

Borrowing from the precedent of the barge industry, there would be scope to develop an extended-length, coupled two-section version of the mini-cruise vessel that would sail between New York City and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It would be uncoupled and operate in two sections through the navigation locks along the Chambly Canal, to sail as a coupled assembly north of the canal to the Saint Lawrence River. The addition space aboard a two-section coupled vessel could enhance accommodations for a possible compliment of 50 passengers. Tour planners would need to evaluate market prospects for a mini-cruise vessel sailing between New York and Montreal.

Lengthening Navigation Locks

Extending the length of navigation locks may be a long-term possibility if sufficient commercial tourist traffic materializes on the New York City – Montreal river cruise via Lake Champlain. While the Lower Ottawa River only involves two navigation locks, there are nine navigation locks in the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu region and lengthening each of those locks will involve much greater expense.

River Port Development

The prospect of operating multi-day river cruises via Lake Champlain between New York and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu would require the development of a suitable dock area where a vessel of up to 300 feet in length by 43 feet width may be berthed. 

Change of Vessels

Coordination of schedules and maintenance involving two vessels would be required to offer river interlined cruise services between Montreal and New York City. Such a service would include extended sailing to Quebec City and Ottawa, especially if Canadian authorities were willing to lengthen navigation locks along the Lower Ottawa River between Montreal and Ottawa. An international vessel would sail between New York City and the southern entrance to the Chambly Canal at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu while a Canadian vessel would sail to/from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu connecting to Quebec City, Montreal and Ottawa. Cruises would include a one-night hotel accommodation at Saint-Jean.

During a scheduled overnight layover, accommodations aboard both vessels would be cleaned and prepared for new customers. One group of customers would be traveling to Canada while another group would be returning to New York. Alternatively, Canadian customers sailing south may board a prepared vessel at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, for a multi-day return cruise to/from New York City while customers from New York City area sail on an eastern Canadian inland waterway cruise. Vessels 300 feet long and 43 feet wide could sail New York City – Saint Jean, with vessels 35 feet wide sailing north of Saint-Jean.

Tour Service Interlining

The close proximity between Montreal and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu allows for possible interlining between multi-day cruises based at Montreal, with multi-day cruises that sail via Lake Champlain between New York City and the Richelieu River. If Canadian authorities were willing to lengthen the pair of locks along the Ottawa River, multi-day river cruise excursions could sail the Ottawa – Montreal – Quebec City route. Some multi-day river cruises could originate at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to carry tourists south to New York City and back, or south to Albany and west toward Niagara Falls.

A circular river cruise could involve two vessels sailing from New York City, departing several days apart. The first vessel would sail to the Erie Canal to Lake Ontario, then to the Saint Lawrence River and to Montreal and Quebec City. On its return voyage, it would sail to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu where a northbound vessel from New York City would arrive. The vessels would be serviced to switch passengers, with the passengers who arrived from New York City then sailing to Quebec City and the passengers who arrived from Quebec City, would sail south to New York City via Lake Champlain.

Conclusions

While a large passenger cruise vessel sailing via inland waterway from New York City north via Lake Champlain cannot sail into the Lower Saint Lawrence River, it can sail within 25 miles of Montreal, perhaps sufficiently close that tourists might find a 40-minute bus ride quite acceptable.

For tourists seeking to sail via inland waterway from Canada aboard a large river vessel, the close proximity between Montreal and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu could make that town an acceptable location from where tourists might begin and end their river cruises.

There may actually be a market for a multi-day river cruise between New York City and Montreal, involving a mini-cruise vessel or a two-section coupled version of such a vessel capable of fitting into the navigation locks on the north side of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.




U.S. Kills Terrorist Behind 2000 USS Cole Bombing
by Reuters
Sunday, January 06, 2019
WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. military said on Sunday it has killed a militant in Yemen believed to be one of the planners of a deadly bombing of the Navy destroyer USS Cole in 2000. Jamal al-Badawi was killed in a precision strike in Yemen’s Marib governate on Jan. 1, U.S. Central Command […]




Micky Arison to Lead Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, January 06, 2019

Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc, has been named the incoming chairman of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). Arison will also lead the FCCA Executive Committee, consisting of company leaders from the association's member lines.

The trade association represents the mutual interests of destination stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America and FCCA member lines. Created in 1972, it is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issues and builds bilateral relationships with destinations' private and public sectors.

Albino Supino Di Lorenzo, vice president of cruise operations of MSC Cruises USA, has been named the incoming chairman of the FCCA Operations Committee, which includes operational cruise executives and is involved in frequent meetings with destination stakeholders.  

Both appointments became effective on January 1, 2019.
 
"I am honored to again take the helm as FCCA Chairman," said Arison, who is one of the original members of the Executive Committee and has served as FCCA Chairman in the past for a total of 12 years. "Over the years, I have watched the growth of not only the industry and association, but also the partners we serve. These partnerships and building a foundation for long-term mutual success in the Caribbean and Latin America are more important than ever, with the the industry having matured and developed on a global and macroeconomic scale, so I could not be more excited and encouraged to help destinations and stakeholders maximize the potential win-win situations this dynamic industry offers."
 
Arison's latest tenure as FCCA Chairman, from 2015-2017, was shorter than his prior decade-long term, but in that time he boosted the FCCA Platinum Membership by adding new benefits and further developed the partnership between the FCCA and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). He also led the globalizing and rebranding of the FCCA's quarterly magazine, Travel & Cruise.
 
Arison replaced Adam Goldstein, vice chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises, at the end of his term. "I am honored to have served as FCCA Chairman and extremely proud of the cruise industry's efforts to strengthen relationships with destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America," said Goldstein. "This outreach has become increasingly important with the region facing challenges and opportunities in today's highly competitive and globalized environment, and I am confident that Mr. Arison's leadership will continue to steer the course for mutual success between cruise lines and destinations."
 
Under Goldstein's direction, the association engaged in initiatives including the Caribbean Is Open / Caribbean for Everyone advertising campaign launched by the FCCA to display the region's readiness for tourism despite the 2017 storms, along with providing life-sustaining supplies, such as sleeping pods and semi-permanent structures, and coordinating many of the relief efforts between the affected destinations and member lines. He also led the restructuring of the largest and only official cruise tourism conference and trade show in the Caribbean, the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show. 

Di Lorenzo will replace Carlos Torres de Navarra, vice president, global port & destination development, Carnival Corporation & plc, as part of the committee's standard two-year rotation. Under Navarra, the Operations Committee undertook initiatives such as its first-ever joint destination meetings to work with Eastern Caribbean representatives from the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and the U.S. Virgin Islands following the historic 2017 hurricane season in order to aid in recovering cruise tourism, building back better and forming lessons learned and best practices to share with the region.
 
"The term 'partnership' is the most appropriate badge of FCCA and represents all those who embrace and participate in the important work that the association does," said Di Lorenzo. "The past has shown us that by working together we can do remarkable things. Even in the face of extreme adversities, such as devastating hurricane events, cruise lines and destinations joined forces to help our regional partners endure. The FCCA played a pivotal role in engaging the industry to step up."




Watch: Celebrity Edge's Magic Carpet
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, January 06, 2019

Perched on the starboard side of the ship, Magic Carpet is the most distinctive feature of Celebrity Edge. Offering open-air panoramic views, it is the world’s first cantilevered venue at sea to move 15 decks.

Celebrity Edge is designed to give passengers a greater connection to the ocean with her outward-facing design.

Inaugurated in December 2018, the 2,900-passenger vessel is the Celebrity Cruises' first new ship in six years and first new ship series in more than a decade. She is the first of four vessels from Celebrity Cruises’ Edge Class and will be joined by her sister ship, Celebrity Apex, in 2020. The next two ships will follow in 2021 and 2022.

Videos showing the vessel from design to inauguration can be viewed here.

Ship Specifications

Double Occupancy: 2,918
Crew: 1,320
Guest Decks: 14
Staterooms: 1,467
Tonnage: 129,500
Length: 1,004 feet
Beam: 128 feet
Draft: 27 feet
Cruising Speed: 22 knots




Worldwide Ferry Safety Conference Set for February
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, January 06, 2019

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Conference will take place on February 21-22, 2019 in Bangkok.

“2019 is a year of promise for ferry safety,” says Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, Executive Director of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA). “Why? Because there are new and upgraded ferry systems coming on line in Asia. Participants at the Fifth Annual Ferry Safety Conference will learn that both India and Bangladesh are working with the World Bank and developing their inland waterways; the World Bank’s Senior Transport Specialist, Rajesh Rohatgi, will present.” 

Dr. Weisbrod notes further that: “The Director General, Shipping of Bangladesh, Commodore Syed Ariful Islam, has been invited to present on initiatives to improve safety and efficiency in Bangladesh.” In Asia, both Manila and Bangkok (the site of the conference) will be updating their urban river ferries. The advent of new ferries, in a time of real commitment to ferry safety as evidenced at the recent ASEAN meetings, bodes well for improvements in well being for crews and passengers alike.

The goal of the conference, beginning February 21, will be to explore how technology, particularly digitalization, can help new and existing ferry systems in improving their safety and efficiency. Mr. Chaiwat Tongkamkoon, Thailand’s Permanent Secretary - Ministry of Transport, will preside the opening of Conference. US Coast Guard Captain Kevin Kiefer will discuss an important initiative to provide enhanced messaging of AIS, with the aim of improving communication of upcoming sudden hazardous weather to ferry operators. An initiative to extend AIS to the ferries of Bangladesh will be discussed by WFSA’s Nurur Rahman. Weather information and the capture of AIS signals around the equatorial Pacific Ocean will be vastly improved thanks to the imminent launching of nano-satellites; these efforts will be the subject of a presentation by Karsten Pedersen of Aerial-Maritime. 

On the insurance front, there will be a presentation by Michael Watts of Marsh Insurance about new maritime insurance offerings including precision, use- and performance-based coverage. Life vests, always an important question for the ferry industry, will be the subject a presentation by David Meddings, from the World Health Organization, who is the author of WHO’s Global Report on Drowning. Ferry accidents will be the subject of a discussion by an international panel of experts from Indonesia, China and Italy. They will join their Thai counterparts in reviewing recent accidents and findings from investigations– with a major focus on RoPax fires, with an eye towards preventing future
accidents.

WFSA conferences always feature an important “hands on” component. Day 2 of the conference starts at the Hotel Riva Surya, on the Chao Phraya River (which runs through Bangkok), to discuss training, with a focus on how Archipelago Ferries, based in the Manila area, has blended online learning with the personal approach to safety culture. Additionally, SeaVersity (also from the Philippines) will present on Virtual Reality being used to assist training. Bangkok is unique; it has retained its ancient culture and while evolving with the times and infusing its own Thai-style. Chao Phraya River Boat Company owner and chairperson, Ms. Supapan Pichaironarongsongkram, will make a lively presentation on the changes. A technical tour, immediately following the presentation, will feature a river cruise, emphasizing the ferry’s connections- including linkages with surface transportation, as well as commercial and recreational highlights. See attached graphic of vessel used on the river cruise.

For further information- please contact Dr Roberta Weisbrod at ferrysafety@gmail.com

The conference will also include presentations of awards to winning student entrants in the International Student Design Competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry. This year’s mandate was for students to design an express ferry for the Pasig River of Manila. This year marks a milestone with designs moving beyond concepts, into the realm of actual vessel specifications; ideas from the winning entries are being considered by the agency in Manila responsible for an ongoing vessel procurement. A reception honoring the students will be held on the evening of Feb 21. The conference organizers are delighted that the IMO is sending two key staff members, Bekir Sitki Ustaoglu, Technical Cooperation Division, and Irfan Rahim, Maritime Safety Division, and look forward to introducing them to the students.

In summing up, Dr. Weisbrod, WFSA’s Executive Director, said “This year’s conference combines innovation, serious intent, and plenty of good news to create opportunities to share ideas and business practices. And this unbeatable combination will occur against the superlative backdrop of Bangkok- sometimes called “The City of Angels.”




IRClass Review of 2018 and Projections for 2019
by The Maritime Executive
Sunday, January 06, 2019

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) continues to record steady growth in its classed fleet, flag recognition and geographical presence, mirroring the shipping industry’s ongoing recovery.

Fleet Growth

With tankers and bulk carriers continuing to dominate IRClass’s tonnage, the classed fleet has grown more than four percent in the past year, with the foreign flag fleet seeing a particularly impressive growth of 22 percent which is 16 percent in tonnage terms and indicative of strong overseas growth.

Flag Recognition and Geographical Presence

IRClass is now recognized by 41 flag states globally, seeing recent additions in 2018 from the Netherlands, Vietnam, Jordan and Bahrain.

Towards the end of 2018, it also received approval from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), strengthening its offshore portfolio in the Middle East and opened an office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to better service its customers in the region.

Strengthened Portfolio with Defence and Government Projects

On the domestic front, Defence continues to be a growth area for IRClass with key project wins as well as construction of Inland Waterways vessels.

These additions to IRClass’s project portfolio demonstrate the classification society’s competence and capability in handling large scale and technically challenging projects.

Commitment towards Information Security

The ISO 27001:2013 certification awarded to IRClass for its Information Security Management System from the British Standards Institution (BSI), underscores the classification society’s commitment towards risk management. It inspires confidence in IRClass’s level of data protection, assuring customers that their information is well-protected.

Optimising Operations through Digitalisation

IRClass started issuing electronic certificates for all its classed vessels earlier this year, giving ship owners, regulators and charterers real-time online access to the latest class and statutory certificates.

The implementation of e-Certificates is expected to reduce the administrative burden and document handling costs for ship owners, coupled with increasing operational efficiency from IRClass, leading to better service delivery.

IRClass has also introduced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis as part of its shipbuilding services which is another instance where efficiencies in ship design are unlocked through software sophistication, creating added value.

New Services

During the year, IRClass launched several new services which include Cyber Risk Management, IMO DCS, Vessel Performance Management System (VPMS) and Ballast Water Management to benefit its customers.

Recently, it won the ‘Classification Society of the Year’ award at the Samudra Manthan Awards 2018, recognizing its efforts in the classification sector.

Research

To promote environmentally friendly fuels in shipping, IRClass has published Guidelines for Methanol fueled ships.

With a view to develop inland waterways usage in India, rules for inland waterways oil tankers, chemical tankers, liquefied gas carriers and passenger ships have been developed.

Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS)

It has been a year since IRClass first announced the formation of a ‘Centre of Excellence in Maritime and Shipbuilding’ (CEMS) – to meet industry demand in bridging the skills gap and provide upskilling for the maritime and shipbuilding workforce.

A lot has happened over this time period with 18 world-class labs being established in Visakhapatnam and six labs on the Mumbai campus. CEMS will focus on the end-to-end needs of various stakeholders including academic institutes, students, government departments and key maritime industry sectors.

Looking ahead to 2019

While the classification society’s primary focus remains to enhance its classed fleet and improve its service offerings, 2019 will be a year where IRClass will be focusing more on the emergence of new trends, delivering value to its customers through digitalisation, as well as further strengthening its footprint in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

It also aims to improve its global visibility through its presence at key industry events.
 




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