Post-Panamax Bulk Carrier Rides Air Bubble Blanket to Reduce Emissions
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has announced the delivery of the first of three post-panamax bulk carriers to achieve energy efficient operations through the use of an air bubble lubrication system. The recently delivered bulk carrier, MV Harvest Frost, is the first vessel of its size to use MHI’s proprietary Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS), which reduces the drag between the vessel hull and seawater by blowing air bubbles produced at the vessel bottom. MHI says that use of the system has been proven to help Harvest Frost achieve a 27% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional bulk carriers, exceeding the target figure of 25%. Harvest Frost was delivered to the U.S. company ADM Harvest Shipping, part of the Archer Daniels Midland Company, following its completion at MHI licensing partner Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.’s shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan. The vessel was constructed with MHI providing the conceptual design and various green technologies, including the MALS. The new vessel also features a new bow shape designed to reduce resistance, while shallow draught facilities help the MALS achieve its target energy savings. For propulsion, an innovative system is adopted that effectively converts the main engine power into propulsion power by positioning fins forward of the propellers and placing special grooves in the propeller boss cap, according to MHI.
Eurodam Achieves perfect score of 100 on United States Public Health Inspection
Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam achieved a perfect score of 100 on a recent routine United States Public Health inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This achievement marks the seventh consecutive perfect score for the ship. The unannounced inspection of ms Eurodam was held Oct. 22, 2014, during a call at Boston, Mass.
Hurtigruten Becomes British - Sale to a British equity firm planned
If all goes according to plan, Norwegian Hurtigruten will soon be British-owned. The board has recommended a sale to TDR Capital – a British equity firm. At NOK 7 per share, the company has been valued at NOK 2.94 billion.
Driving the transaction are majority shareholders Trygve Hegnar and Peter Stordalen. Hegnar previously held a majority interest in Norwegian Cruise Line and also ran the Miami-based company.
Hegnar, who started buying into Hurtigruten some five years ago, has been chairman of the board and will reduce his ownership from some 33 percent to less than 5 percent. He will reportedly receive close to NOK 1 billion for his shares and is expected to post a NOK 500 million profit on the deal.
Hurtigruten receives an annual government subsidy of NOK 640 million through 2019 in an agreement said to be engineered by Hegnar in 2012, far exceeding its previous support to maintain the coastal mail and cargo service in Norway.
Mittelland Canal remains closed after sinking of Rothensee
The "Rothensee" which sank at Oebisfelde underway to Berlin will be salvaged end of the week at the earliest. The Mittelland Canal remained barred between Rühen and Calvörde as the wreck was lying perpendicular in the fairway on a water depth of four to 4,5 meters. Divers were investigating the condition of the hull which may be broken in two. Next the 817 tons iron bars will have to be recovered from the cargo hold, possibly with sheerlegs, before the wreck itself can be raised.
German reports with photos:
On Oct 30 at 05:55 a.m. it was reported that the "Kertu" was being towed slowly toward Oxelösund by the tug "Freja" (IMO: 9175262) with the assistance of the Coast Guard vessels "KBV 002" and "KBV 031". The speed was about two knots, and the estimated arrival in Oxelösund was sometime after lunch in the afternoon. The previous evening the water depth in the cargo hold could be lowered from four to 1,5 meters. Draining continued during the night with four pumps. Winds on scene were around 4 m/s in the area now.
Swedish report with photos: