World’s first LNG-only ships

September 30, 2008

Contracts placed with Rolls-Royce Marine, Norway, for designs and equipment systems for two ro-ro vessels and two options mark a new direction in merchant ship propulsion.

Sea-Cargo has ordered the first ships in the world to be fuelled solely with LNG, and also have a simple mechanical drive propulsion system. Sea-Cargo was founded in 2001 through the merger of the liner activities of Seatrans and Nor Cargo, two leading shipping lines trading between the west coast of Norway, UK and mainland Europe. On delivery from the Bharati shipyard in India in 2010 they will operate on a ten-day round trip service covering Baltic, Norwegian and British ports, bunkering gas fuel at one location. They are a major breakthrough, both in the application of LNG fuel for merchant vessels, and in the way the simple Rolls-Royce solution works. An important end result will be a large reduction in emissions compared with a similar ship using liquid fuel. Carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by about 20 percent, nitrogen oxide by about 90 percent, particulates negligible and sulphur oxide emissions will be zero. The new 132.8-metre-long Sea-Cargo vessels will be able to carry 5,600 tonnes of cargo on a draught of six metres, with up to 94TEU of containers on deck and 1,140 lane-metres of roro capacity.

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Lloyd’s Register in UAE maritime training venture

September 30, 2008

Dubai: Lloyd’s Register has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Emirates International Maritime Academy (EIMA) to collaborate in providing maritime training programs in addition to organizing maritime seminars and workshops in the UAE.

This co-operation reflects EIMA’s strategy to enhance collaboration with maritime organizations and leading academic institutions in the region to exchange knowledge and expertise. Under the MoU, EIMA and Lloyd’s Register jointly will offer and develop compact maritime courses in the fields of security, safety and ship classification in addition to organizing maritime seminars and workshops. The MoU also includes collaborative efforts to establish a “Marine Centre of Excellence” within the Dubai Maritime City Campus (DMC Campus). The MoU was signed by Capt. Jaafar Sidin, Director of DMC Campus & EIMA; and John Curley, Lloyd’s Register EMEA, Senior Vice President- Marine for the Middle East and Africa. John Curley commented: “Dubai Maritime City has been conceptualized to be the next-generation standard in maritime development. We consider it an honour to be part of this groundbreaking project and look forward to collaborating with EIMA in providing a top-of-the-line maritime training program that will help keep the region in pace with the latest world maritime developments. Lloyd’s Register has an unparalleled record in supporting marine industry academic and training institutions world-wide. The academy is based within the DMC Campus, the region’s first maritime educational campus that will be able to accommodate over 1,300 students and will host several world-renowned universities and institutes.

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Shipping industry should prepare for changes

September 30, 2008

The abolition of liner conferences on the Europe trades is imminent but while the shipping lines are worried about the sea change in the way their business will have to be run, the impact from the ruling will in the near term be quite limited as rates on the Asia-Europe trades are very depressed anyway.

The key takeaway from a talk by the Singapore Shipping Association on the ‘Competition Developments in the EU’ was that all shipping industry players need to be extremely careful. In future, penalties are expected to be punitive – with a maximum fine of up to 10 per cent of a company’s worldwide sales, which could run into the billions of dollars – and there are many grey areas to contend with. All this will lead to huge increases in cost to ensure compliance. Implications for the various parties involved include much less standardization with all lines needing to have their own individual tariffs and supplementary charges as well as rules and regulations, and as a result, much more frequent and flexible changes. While this should theoretically make the market much more competitive and sensitive to prevailing conditions, it could also have the effect of making it very difficult for shippers because they will now have to negotiate separate contracts with every individual line. The smaller Asian shippers in Singapore for example, with lower volume and therefore less bargaining power, may find themselves in a tough position as a result of this.

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Rickmers-Linie plans for most modern heavylift fleet with four new 24,000DWT orders

September 30, 2008

Germany’s global heavy lift and project cargo shipping company Rickmers-Linie has ordered four more 24,000DWT multi purpose vessels for Polaris Ship management, part of the Rickmers Group Company.

The contract with the Chinese shipbuilder Guangzhou Wenchong was signed in Hamburg last week during the SMM Fair. Delivery of the first vessel is slated for May 2011 and all four vessels are scheduled to be in service by December 2011. This latest quartet brings the number of newbuildings now contracted in China for Rickers to 18. Jan Boje Steffens, President and CEO of Rickmers-Linie said that the company would then have one of the world’s most modern heavylift/project liner fleets. The newbuildings now ordered from Guangzhou Wenchong are identical to four vessels of the Superflex Mumbai Max Class to be built for Polaris by Wuhu Xinlian Shipbuilding, a contract that was announced last July. All eight have been purpose-designed for the carriage of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo. With a deadweight of 24,000 tonnes, an overall length of 175 metres and a beam of 26.5 metres, they will have variable height tweendecks for maximum cargo flexibility. Each vessel will be equipped with three cranes, one capable of lifting 120 tonnes and two 350 tonne units that can be combined to handle loads of up to 700 tonnes. The service speed of the ships will be up to 18 knots. The electronic control of the main engine utilises the latest in technological development for the reduction of bunker consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, thus contributing to a more environmentally friendly propulsion system.

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Offshore Arabia Conference and Exhibition 2009, where experts meet to protect the environment

September 30, 2008

Index Holding in cooperation with RECSO and with the support of a number of Governmental Departments and co operations is organizing and launching for the third time “Offshore Arabia Conference and Exhibition 2009”.

Offshore Arabia 2009 is a scientific, social, and economic event that addresses a number of pressing and dividing issues from a scientific perspective to the best practices and solutions for the benefit of energy and environment. It comes at a time when the International Community is actively engaged in extensive dialogue geared towards facilitating and managing energy for sustainable economic and social development, also finding solutions to existing and future environmental changes and challenges. World population will reach 9 billion by the year 2050 against 6 billions today. The world population increase will be mostly in developing countries. With per capita annual increase in the GDP at the rate of 2 percent in the developed countries and at the rate of 3.3 percent in the developing and less developing countries this will lead to an increase in the world income. It might exceed us $ 135 trillion in the year 2050 against us $ 35 trillion today. Offshore Arabia 2009 is creating opportunities and enhancing the potentials of oil and gas industry, global market and researches on the planet’s environment.

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Songa Saturn gets CNOOC contract

September 29, 2008

OSLO: Songa Offshore ASA signed a contract with CNOOC Africa Ltd. for the drilling of one well offshore Equatorial Guinea.

The contract will commence after the rig’s current drilling campaign in Libya, which is expected to be completed in late 2009. Before starting the mobilization, Songa Saturn will complete its planned upgrade of the rig from 3,300 feet (1,016 m) to 3,800 feet (1,170 m) water depth capacity. This work is likely to be carried out in Malta directly after the ongoing campaigns in Libya. The contract has an estimated value of US$30 million inclusive of mobilization. The contract has demobilization alternatives for both West Africa and Malta.

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Bollinger to build up to 34 vessels for US Coast Guard

September 29, 2008

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has selected Bollinger Shipyards to design and construct up to 34 new fast response cutter (FRC) vessels.

The new generation of patrol boats will belong to the Sentinel Class and will replace the Coast Guard’s present Island-class of cutters which Bollinger built almost 25 years ago. Bollinger CEO and Chairman of the Board, Donald “Boysie” Bollinger said he was pleased to have won the contract. “It will mean so much for our employees,” he said. Mr Bollinger went on to say that the program, which is expected to last for approximately ten years for all 34 boats, would provide employment for approximately 500 people at Bollinger Shipyards. The Bollinger design for the craft is based on a parent craft concept using a modern hull form that was originally developed by Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands.  “We have had an excellent relationship with Damen for the last ten years.” said Mr Bollinger. “We are currently completing another contract for the USCG, Marine Protector Class Patrol Boats, with the 75th patrol boat being delivered next year. That hull design was also based on a successful Damen design.” The new vessels will measure 46.7 metres by 7.7 metres by 2.6 metres and will be powered by two TIER II diesel engines rated at 4,295kW.   The vessel will accommodate a crew of 22 for up to five days at sea.  The cutter’s missions will include search and rescue, drug and illegal migrant interdiction, homeland security and maritime defence.

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