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Diana Containerships and Wan Hai Lines

The Post Panamax, MV Hamburg,  one of the container vessels of Diana Containerships Inc, has entered into a charter contract with Wan Hai Lines, from Singapore. Not directly, but through a separate subsidiary – The company specializing in the ownership of containerships said.

Diana Containerships Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 11 container vessels (6 Post-Panamax and 5 Panamax) including now the Hamburg, a 6,494 TEU container vessel built in 2009, that was previously chartered to CMA CGM, at a gross charter rate of US$6,700 per day, minus a fee of 3.5% of commission for third parties. Now, starting from December 1st, the gross charter rate is $11,000 per day, minus a slightly different commission of 3.75% paid to third parties.

Around US$1.32 million of gross revenue is estimated for this contract, for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.

Sea Traffic Management Project

At the end of 2015, the validation project Sea Traffic Management, aimed to connect the simulators of different European centers of maritime training. The European Union’s STM has successfully installed the first bridge systems compatible with maritime traffic management, which connect ships with ground services.

The STM project is funded by the European Union and is a continuation of the MONALISA 2.0 project in which a system was developed which allows the sharing of vessel route information between ships and land centers. The tests with the STM have been carried out on the ships Stena Germanica and two rescue ships of the Swedish Society of Rescue of the Sea: Rescue Marta Collin and Rescue 11-0.

Also the Stena Germanica, on the route from Göteborg to Kiel, automatically shared its route with the two rescue boats and at the same time received its routes and showed them in the ECDIS. The test showed that all the available functions work perfectly, including the optimization of routes and calls to synchronized ports.

In addition the route message format used is transmitted to other vessels on ordinary AIS, improving awareness of the common situation, this format was developed as part of the STM […]

ABB Fights Ocean Pollution

The Technology Services Company, ABB, has expressed its support for the Ocean Pollution Control Group by providing on-board systems and expertise to support research trips carried out by a charity whose primary mission and purpose is to highlight the damage caused by the millions of tons of plastics that end up polluting the waters of the world’s oceans every year.

The environmental advocacy group that is benefiting is called By the Ocean We Unite (BTOWU), which has installed a state-of-the-art Marine Advisory System which includes MeteoGroup SPOS Onboard meteorological routing software in the yacht Fantastiko.

This ingenious system will help the crew of the BTOWU to plan and monitor weather conditions on a research trip in the waters of Rotterdam, the South of England, the Channel IslandsFrance and Belgium. The trip, of around 17 days, is comprised by the team of professionals onboard Fantastiko  which will work in support of scientists who investigate the sources and impacts of plastic pollution on one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

In this sense Thomas van Thiel of By the Ocean We Unite stated that it is currently estimated that 23,000,000 kilos of plastics are dumped into the world’s oceans every minute. Thomas claims that these materials are being fragmented into smaller and smaller particles, damaging the marine environmentmarine life and thus entering the food chain. Plastics also act as sponges for toxic products already in the seas, concentrating areas of pollution. Sources and effects should be identified because […]

COMSAT – Security programs for the maritime industry

On June 16, 2017, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) decided to require shipowners and administrators to incorporate cybersecurity management into the security systems established by the ISM code, which is why the telecommunications organization COMSAT makes its announcement to create a set of cyber security solutions for the maritime industry, this emerges as an imperative need to protect fleets against harmful attacks, after recent events.

COMSAT offers a route of immediate compliance to ship owners and managers for the new IMO cybersecurity mandate, and provides greater security for data transmissions to and from a ship, no matter where is located in the world. The corporation must work on detecting, preventing and responding to security gaps. In addition to identifying patterns or anomalies that indicate that the data may be compromised, it constantly monitors and reports potentially malicious activity.

This global satellite communications company, headquartered in Melbourne, FL, USA, with branches in other countries of the world, has complementary locations in Amsterdam, New York and Hawaii. They can make the network aboard a marine vessel work completely within the company’s protocols.

In addition, the COMSAT network architecture incorporates multiple points of presence (POP) and interconnectivity with SATCOM providers, making the transition from satellite to terrestrial networks secure. On the other hand, it offers the unique ability to connect transmissions of data communicated by the vessels directly to the corporate network […]

Ballast Water Management – New BV Application

Ballast Water Management – The world leader in testing, inspection and verification services, Bureau Veritas, has launched a new e-commerce solution to help the Shipping Industry with the Ballast Water Management deadline for approved certificates and plans scheduled for last September 8.

The solution that Bureau Veritas has found for the shipping industry is through an application that will help Shipowners to obtain International BWM certificates and approved BWM plans for their ships. The application consists of a fast, effective and direct platform, called “My ballast water management plan” (My BWMP).

Through the My Ballast Water Management (My BWMP) application, vessel owners will be able to access immediate online appointments, have the ability to pay online, submit their documents and then receive approved BWMP plans. It will also enable Bureau Veritas to manage the high volumes that will be processed in the short term.

My BWMP is easy to use and provides a quick process for entering the details required for individual ships or fleets to ensure a customized appointment and to allow the requested documents to be submitted by a client owner or a ship manager.

In this sense, the President of Bureau Veritas Marine Offshore, Philippe Donche-Gay, assured that the company wanted to provide owners and managers with fast appeal, a practical solution to help them meet the September 8 deadline with confidence […]

FRP Vessels – Fibreship

The European Union has backed a € 11 million project to build ships measuring more than 50 meters in length (including inland vessels) using only composite materials called Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP).

The project is named Fibreship and was approved under the European Union Research and Innovation Framework Program HORIZON 2020. It will develop new guidelines for the design and production of FRP vessels, new inspection methods and software tools.

The project is aimed at the design and application of performance indicators in the evaluation of the different solutions developed for different categories of ships: Light commercial vessels (container ships, LNG, RoRo vessel, among others). Passengers and recreational vessels (yachts, ferries, mega yachts) and special service vessels (oceanographic vessels, fishing vessels, rescue vessels, supply vessels, etc.).

Each category of vessel will have a comprehensive guide to prepare guides and regulations for all types of ships. The different technologies generated in Fibreship will be tested and validated by means of advanced techniques of simulation and experimental tests in order to test its efficiency.

In this sense, Raúl Salinas (TSI Engineering PYME), project manager and coordinator, said that a prototype will be manufactured that can be tested, especially regarding the critical functional characteristics […]

LNG – More ports added

LNG – This time the port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, the port of Marseille Fos and the port of Vancouver, have joined the port of Singapore and seven other organizations to participate in an international group of LNG bunker concentration. The main objective of this group is to strengthen the network of LNG ports and reinforce the efforts for the use of LNG as marine fuel.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) – meaning natural gas that has been processed to be transported in a liquid form. It is the best alternative to monetize remote and isolated reserves, where it is not cost effective to bring the gas to the market.

With the merging of new ports, a network of a total of eleven ports and maritime administrations is expanded in Asia, Europe and North America. This organization was formed for the first time in 2014 by the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority, the Port Authority of Antwerp, the Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Zeebrugge.

In 2016 the Asian representation of LNG was strengthened by the merge of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism of Japan and the Port Authority of Ulsan of the Republic of Korea.

SEA / LNG

Also, other industries have also joined this initiative, Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP), is now part of SEA / […]

Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance

The Houston, Texas-based rating company called the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) recently joined the Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance. This group was recently launched in Shanghai, China, who plan to have an unmanned vessel in the water by October 2021.

The design of this novel project will integrate features of independent decision making, autonomous navigation, environmental perception and remote control. “In the coming years we will see significant changes in the design and construction of ships, with a strong impetus to develop autonomous ships, especially in China,” said Eric Kleess, president of China’s ABS division. As a key member of the alliance, ABS is closely aligned with the industry for more sustainable maritime operations. ”

“Increased civilization, advanced technologies and new levels of connectivity are changing the way the maritime industry operates,” Kleess said. Technological advances are increasingly at the forefront of the needs of the industry and it is appropriate to use it in favor of the existing interests.

On the other hand, the Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance is chaired by China HNA Technology Group Co., Ltd. It is made up of nine members including ABS, CCS, China Boats Research and Development Institute, Shanghai Marine Diesel […]

Ocean Institute

Ocean Institute – The WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute is the new announcement by the World Maritime University (WMU) and the Nippon Foundation, during the 71st Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), held at the headquarters of the IMO.

The creation of the Ocean Institute is a response to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and especially goal 14, the Oceanographic Objective, where governments are committed to the proper use of marine resources for sustainable development.

In addition, the main goal of this institute is the interaction between the ocean, science, politics, law and industry to discuss the use and management of ocean resources and spaces for sustainable development.

The Ocean Institute will work hand in hand with IMO and other United Nations organizations including UNESCO. In this regard, the Secretary General of IMO assured that the establishment of this Institute for Ocean Research will provide the IMO with the opportunity to strengthen the Sustainable Development Goals.

On the other hand, the president of the WMU, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henrry, said that the creation of this Institute is important for the impulse of the adoption of urgent measures, also declared that it is a call to action for “Multi-stakeholder partnerships, more ocean-related education, and greater resources for […]

Greenhouse Gases Reduction

Greenhouse – Recent research has shown that it is possible to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) in the shipping industry. They reviewed about 150 academic studies, where they determined that up to 75% of these CO2 emissions could be reduced in a normal scenario by 2050, using just existing technologies.

The count of CO2 emissions emitted by maritime transport is about 3% of the total annual anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; these emissions are estimated to increase by 150-250% in 2050. Therefore, all economic sectors are required to have GHG emissions equal to zero to achieve a climate target of 1.5-2ºC.

It is for this reason that the maritime sector faces the challenge of significantly reduce its GHG emissions as a contribution to the international ambition to limit the effects of climate change. The research examined studies of several widely divisible technologies in hull, power and propulsion designs, alternative fuels, alternative energy sources and operational categories.

In the study by researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Marintek, they consider that reduction rates were set at 35%, 39% and 73% for the years 2020, 2030 and 2050 respectively. In addition the research also noted that the […]