News Bulletin – 25 August 2018

1. World’s 1st Ethane Fuel Conversion Completed on Board Navigator Aurora.

24 August 2018 : The world’s first conversion of a slow-speed marine diesel engine to operate on ethane as a fuel has been completed on board the vessel Navigator Aurora, classification society ABS said. 

Navigator Gas, in partnership with Charterer Borealis, engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions, cargo system and fuel gas supply system supplier TGE and ABS, has converted Navigator Aurora’s main engine from LNG fueling to ethane fueling, while the ship was berthed alongside at Frederikshavn in Denmark.

Delivered in August 2016, ABS-classed Navigator Aurora is a 35,000 cbm ethylene/LPG carrier, equipped with a MAN B&W 6S50ME-C8.2-GI dual fuel (HFO/LNG) burning engine, which has now been converted to a dual fuel (HFO/ethane) 6S50ME-C-GIE engine.

The success of the ME-GIE conversion project is the culmination of 4 years of close co-operation between Navigator Gas, Borealis, ABS, ABS Consulting, TGE, MAN Diesel & Turbo, Northern Marine and the Liberian administration,” Mark Macey, Navigator Gas Fleet Manager, commented.

2. Eco-friendly power for container ships.

24 August 2018 : Hamburg is taking a further step toward improving air quality at its port. Innovative technology developed right here in the city is set to enable large and very large container ships to switch off their auxiliary diesel supplies during lay time and instead draw the power they need for on-board operations from a new kind of mobile generator. Becker Marine Systems, Hapag-Lloyd AG and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) have been testing the new technology as part of a joint pilot project since the start of the year.

Technology supplier Becker Marine Systems developed the mobile power generator, then partnered with Hapag-Lloyd and HHLA for the test phase. The Becker LNG PowerPac supplies eco-friendly power to container ships at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB). Over the past few weeks, a prototype has been successfully tested multiple times with some of Hapag-Lloyd’s giant 20,000 TEU container ships. Together with Hapag-Lloyd, HHLA is using the project to intensify its efforts to keep Hamburg’s air clean.

Hamburg’s Senator for Economic Affairs, Frank Horch, comments, “The use of PowerPacs as an alternative power supply for container ships while on layovers in the port makes a valuable contribution toward reducing harmful emissions in Hamburg.”

As a global company based in Hamburg, we were more than happy to support the tests. Shoreside power is an important component in our extensive efforts to make our business even more sustainable,” says Anthony J. Firmin, Executive Board Member for Shipping at Hapag-Lloyd.

3. World’s 1st LNG-Powered Cruise Ship Sees the Light of Day.

23 August 2018 : AIDAnova, the world’s first cruise ship powered with LNG, has left Meyer Werft’s building dock in Papenburg, Germany. It took almost two hours to float out AIDA Cruises’ newbuilding in the evening hours of August 21.

The 180,000-ton vessel will now berth at Meyer Werft’s outfitting pier where its mast and funnel cladding will be fitted. In addition, further testing with LNG will be performed on the ship’s engines and acceptance procedures by the shipowners will also take place.

From December 2018, AIDAnova will begin its maiden season with cruises around the Canary Islands. Before those cruises get underway, the new ship will come to Hamburg. On December 2, 2018, the 6,600-passenger vessel will visit the Hanseatic City on the Elbe, after which she will head for Gran Canaria.

4. Philippines : Solon seeks better government services for seafarers.

23 August 2018 : Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento is asking the House Committee on Transportation to look into the status of pre-departure, on-site and other support services provided by government agencies to seafarers.

He noted that the Philippines remains to be the top source of seafarers around the world and continues to benefit from the billions of remittances being poured into the country every year by Filipino seafarers.

There is a need to ensure that the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) Office of MARINA (Maritime Industry Authority) and OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration), and other concerned agencies, are complementing their efforts in order to provide effective and integrated support services to our seafarers, to prevent the wastage of funds and to ensure that we really deploy and maintain competent seafarers who have undergone quality training,” Sarmiento said in filing House Resolution 2022.

Republic Act 10635 designated MARINA as the single maritime administration mandated to implement and enforce the 1978 International Convention on STCW for Seafarers in order to carry out an effective regulatory framework conducive to the efficiency, transparency and competitiveness of the Philippine seafaring industry.

Under the law, MARINA is tasked to provide support to current and future seafarers by enforcing the basic standards and requirements in training’s, certifications and watch-keeping for seafarers and ensuring that maritime education and medical examinations and certifications are in accordance with international conventions.

The House Committee on Transportation should look into the status of training’s and other programs provided by the STCW Office of MARINA and the utilisation of the budget,” Sarmiento said. He noted that the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is also mandated to provide services to OFWs, including seafarers, in all three stages of migration: pre-departure, on-site and upon return.

He said the status of training’s and other programs provided by OWWA, including those provided to seafarers, and the status of the utilisation of the OWWA fund should also be looked into.

The OWWA implements various services including education on realities of overseas work and basic language training before OFWs, including seafarers, are deployed abroad; and other training’s and assistance while OFWs, including seafarers are abroad. Such services are funded by the OWWA fund, which is almost entirely sourced from the 25 US dollar contributions from OFWs either by compulsory or voluntary registration.

5. Wartsila to build new $96m Smart Technology Hub.

22 August 2018 : Putting in more commitment to research, innovation and product development, Wartsila is building the Smart Technology Hub, a new centre that will incorporate these functions as well as production, in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa. From 2020, all of Wartsila’s functions and personnel in central Vaasa will transfer to the new hub, along with the logistics and maintenance workshop operations from Runsor.

As a part of the project, Wartsila will invest EUR83m ($95.9m) in modern testing and production technology for the hub. The total investment in the Smart Technology Hub will be in the region of EUR200m, consisting of office and factory buildings, logistics and infrastructure, the technology company said in a press release.

The Smart Technology Hub is the latest tangible step in Wartsila’s Smart Marine and Smart Energy visions. The hub will be unique in its field, enabling more agile, more efficient testing and product development of solutions for the maritime, oil and gas industries, as well as new energy systems.

“The Smart Technology Hub will become an important part of Wartsila’s worldwide network of centres of expertise,” said director of R&D and engineering Hannu Mäntymaa. “By sharing what we have learned in our various units, we will be able to provide our customers with even better products and services. We will develop processes at the Vaasa Smart Technology Hub, which we will be able to deploy in other locations.”

The Smart Technology Hub will invite other operators in the sectors and researchers to collaborate. The vision is to create a partners’ campus where research and product development take place together with Wartsila’s customers and suppliers, start-ups in the sector and universities.

6. British Ports Association welcomes new UK Export Strategy and highlights the importance of ports to future trade opportunities.

22 August 2018 : Welcoming the Department for International Trade’s new Export Strategy the British Ports Association (BPA) has highlighted the role that ports play handling 95% of the UK’s International trade in goods. Commenting on the Strategy the BPA’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said:

The new Export Strategy outlines how Government and businesses can work together to promote UK products and exports globally, as well as improving supply chains. In terms of goods, the UK is an import driven economy, however, there are real opportunities to increase exports to Europe and beyond. Ports are certainly ready to help facilitate the Government’s aims. We are working with industry partners in Maritime UK to ensure that the UK Industrial Strategy recognises our sector and the important economic role that ports play in terms of trade and employment, both nationally and in coastal regions. We are also discussing the value of ports to supply chains and trade generally with the Department for International Trade, and ports want to play their role in supporting the Government achieve its export targets and ambitions.”

The Export Strategy was launched today by the Department for International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox today and sets out the Government’s long-term ambition to increase total exports as a proportion of GDP from 30% to 35%. The Strategy aims to encourage more businesses to export, providing businesses with advice and practical assistance on exporting and working with large companies to help build the capability of UK supply chains, and connect UK businesses to overseas buyers and markets.

7. Maersk Line Starts Digital Rate Distribution

21 August 2018 : Danish container shipping giant Maersk Line has gone live with digital, fully-automated distribution of its contract rates and amendments, CargoSphere said. The shipping company is now digitally distributing its rates to shippers, freight forwarders and NVOCC customers using CargoSphere electronic Smart Upload and Diagnostics Solution (eSUDS) and the CargoSphere Rate Mesh.

As explained, benefits of digital rate distribution include time and cost savings, improved data accuracy, online access to timely rates for better decision making, faster reconciliation of invoices and faster quoting to customers for freight forwarders and NVOCCs.

We’re pleased to offer 100% digital rate distribution on the CargoSphere platform to improve rate management efficiency to the industry. This move is part of the Maersk Line digital transformation,” Carsten Frank Olsen, Senior Director and Global Head of eCommerce at Maersk Line, said.

8. ISCD: Dubai among Top 5 Shipping Centers in the World.

21 August 2018 : Dubai has been selected as one of the world’s top five shipping centers in the International Shipping Centre Development Index (ISCD).

With a number of initiatives focused on the maritime sector, innovative free zones, infrastructure and high maritime and logistics capabilities, Dubai aims to become a major global maritime destination.

We are working hard to create a vibrant maritime center to attract industry leaders and to promote Dubai’s status as a global shipping center supported by a series of leading quality initiatives,” Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) and Chairman of Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), commented.

According to a recent report by the London-based Baltic Exchange and the Xinhua News Agency, Dubai has overtaken Hamburg, which fell from fourth to seventh place.






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