Becker Marine and Kotug Sign MOU for LNG Hybrid Barge
Becker Marine Systems and KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017. The LNG Hybrid Barge, a floating energy plant, is designed to provide environmentally friendly power for ships in ports. The LNG Hybrid Barge will deliver clean energy to moored cruise ships and contributes to a cleaner environment. It is an alternative for producing electricity in the traditional way by either their generator sets or their main engines. During winter season the LNG Hybrid Barge will be able to deliver heat to factories or to the central city heating system in addition to electricity. Becker Marine Systems (BMS) is the owner of the LNG Hybrid Barge and provides services to charter out the barge. The LNG Hybrid Barge concept is developed by LNG Hybrid, a division of Becker Marine systems. Dirk Lehmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems said: “The LNG Hybrid Barge is the first flexible solution supplying clean LNG energy to cruise ships during summer season and providing the flexibility of generating electric energy and heat into a public grid system or industrial users during winter season. We see this advanced flexible solution as an opportunity for Rotterdam and other international ports.” Press release - Becker Marine
CSL to Build Dry Dock in Cochin, Ship Repair Facility
Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has decided to build a large dry dock and ship repair facility, with ship lift system, spending Rs 2,470 crore. CSL is also actively pursuing construction of dredgers and LNG vessels. The company paid a dividend of Rs 16.99 crore to the Central Government – the seventh annual dividend in a row. The dividend cheque was handed over to Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari by CSL chairman and managing director Cmde K Subramaniam.
It also contributed Rs 190 crore to the exchequer by way of value added tax, income tax, fringe benefit tax, excise duty, customs duty and service tax, during fiscal 2014-15. “CSL has already obtained ‘in-principle’ approval from the Ministry of Shipping for construction of the dry dock, at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore. Also, land has been taken on lease on the Cochin Port Trust (CPT) premises for setting up the international ship repair facility, with ship lift system. With an estimated cost of Rs 970 crore, the facility will be constructed in three years.
The turnover of CSL increased to Rs 1,859 crore in 2014-15 from Rs 1,637 crore in 2013-14, while net profit rose to Rs 235 crore from Rs 194 crore,” said a statement from the CSL on Tuesday. Compared to the 2005-06 fiscal year, the turnover rose fivefold and net profit more than doubled, despite operational challenges. The CSL is currently constructing an indigenous aircraft carrier and a fast patrol vessel. With a net worth of Rs 1,561 crore, the present book value of the company’s shares (face value Rs 10) is Rs 138.
Source: Express News Service
The Port of Rotterdam and LBC Tank Terminals Start Building New Jetty
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has initiated the construction of a new jetty at the LBC terminal in Botlek – Rotterdam on October 2nd, 2015. ‘The new jetty will provide LBC Rotterdam with the necessary capacity to enhance our capabilities to customers and expand on maritime services’, explains Walter Wattenbergh, CEO at LBC. The new jetty will have four berths, two for seagoing vessels and two for barges. This will quadruple the jetty capacity of the LBC terminal. The jetty will be built in two phases. The first phase, comprising the construction of two berths, will be ready by mid-2016. All four berths will be operational by the end of 2017. LBC will in due course be able to handle parcel tankers up to 80.000 DWT and simultaneous loading and discharging across all berths. In line with expanding the jetty capabilities, LBC is further investing in its Rotterdam terminal. Storage capacity will be increased to 250.000m³. Additionally upgrades to the railcar and truck loading facilities will be done to accommodate a large range of liquid chemicals. The terminal will be able to handle products requiring vapor treatment, mixing and temperature control. The first 36.000m³ expansion of stainless steel tanks will be operational the beginning of 2016. Source: LBC