BP Shipping has taken delivery of British Partner, the first of a half dozen new 173,400 cubic meter capacity liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers to be delivered through 2018 and 2019 from the DSME shipyard in South Korea.
Mermaid Maritime has won a $16m subsea services contract in the growing Middle East market.
The offshore services company said in a stock market announcement that work for the job in one of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, is scheduled to be performed in the Arabian Gulf from August 2018 until March 2019.
Mermaid plans to use its DP2 Dive Support Vessel Mermaid Endurer equipped with the Air and SAT Dive systems to carry out the overhauling and dry docking of the calm buoys and installation and disconnection of certain Single Point Moorings (SPMs) for an international oil and gas company, with further options for the removal and reinstallation of the additional SPMs. Source: seatrade-maritime.com
Canada’s Davie Shipbuilding delivered first LNG-powered ferry to be built in North America
On 17 July 2018, Davie Shipbuilding, Canada’s largest shipyard, announced that it has delivered the first LNG-powered ferry to be built in North America. This pioneering ferry can be powered entirely by LNG, the cleanest fossil fuel known to mankind. Delivering this prototype has taken years of work by Davie, the designers and the classification society, who have had to develop construction and operations rules and regulations during the construction in order to cater for this new type of propulsion system. More Info at www.davie.ca/news...
PAO NOVATEK says it has shipped its first cargos of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Yamal LNG project to China via the Northern Sea Route. Today, in the presence of Alexander Novak, the Minister of Energy of Russia and Nur Bekri, the Director of the National Energy Administration of China, an official ceremony was held to commemorate the arrival of Arc7 LNG tankers “Vladimir Rusanov” and “Eduard Toll” to the Chinese port of Jiangsu Rudong. The net voyage time from the port of Sabetta through the Northern Sea Route to the destination port was completed in 19 days as compared to 35 days for the traditional eastern route via the Suez Canal and the Strait of Malacca.
Ocean Alliance - CMA CGM to reshuffle its CIMEX 6 service
CMA CGM says it will revamp dedicated CIMEX 6 service linking Asia and the Middle East Gulf with Umm Qasr call replacing Bandar Abbas as from Shanghai ETA on August 6th, 2018.
With CIMEX 6, CMA CGM will offer a direct service from Asia to Umm Qasr, Iraq.
The new features will be the following:
Rotation: Shanghai-Ningbo-Taipei-Shekou-Tanjung Pelepas-Port Kelang-Jebel Ali-Umm Qasr-Jebel Ali-Port Kelang-Hong Kong-Shanghai
Service commencement: August 6th, 2018 (ETA Shanghai) with m/v EVER USEFUL voy.0GN13W1MA
Icebreaking LNG carrier "Vladimir Rusanov" first call ceremony at PetroChina LNG Jiangsu Terminal
The Ice-breaking LNG carrier "Vladimir Rusanov", which is jointly owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited for the Yamal LNG project, made its first call at PetroChina LNG Jiangsu Terminal in China on 17 July. A ceremony celebrating this milestone was held on 19 July, MOL said in a media release.
At the end of March 2018, the vessel started transportation services for LNG produced by the Yamal LNG plant at Sabetta port in Russia (*2). For its latest voyage, the vessel departed from Sabetta port on 25 June, and had its first opportunity to navigate independently eastwards along the Northern Sea Route without ice-breaker support. The vessel passed the Bering Strait on 6 July(*3), and safely made its first call at PetroChina LNG Jiangsu Terminal in China on 17 July. The net voyage time from Sabetta to Jiangsu excluding stoppages for adjusting arrival time was 19 days only - much shorter than time usually taken for a route through Suez Canal, that is, more than a month. This voyage also marked the first direct LNG delivery to China for the Yamal LNG Project.
MOL hosts tour of cutting-edge car carrier on Marine Day for 360 students and families
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) on Marine Day, Monday, July 16, hosted a tour of the cutting-edge car carrier Beluga Ace at Harumi Pier, in cooperation with the Japanese Shipowners' Association (JSA), the shipping company said in a press release.
The company welcomed about 360 elementary and junior high school students and their family members, who were selected in an online application process. The participants boarded the huge vessel – measuring about 200m long and 50m-high –and made their first stop in the engine room, where they listened to a presentation about the equipment, and a select few got to experience the start-up of the power generator. Then, participants observed a demonstration of high-precision loading of vehicles, and moved around the ship in some of the vehicles. After a greeting from the captain on the bridge, they got to see and touch nautical instruments and binoculars. Then, with specially made maps distributed at the reception desk on hand, they freely toured some onboard facilities such as the captain's quarters, a hydroponic vegetable garden, pool, and lounge. On the pier, meanwhile, students and their parents alike enjoyed a craft workshop session where they made replicas of the ship out of paper.
In addition to about 130 MOL Group executives and employees, the vessel's crewmembers took part in the event to talk about what it's like to work at sea.
Crowley takes delivery of first LNG-powered ConRo ship serving Puerto Rico
Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of El Coquí, one of the world’s first combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), from shipbuilder VT Halter Marine Inc., the Company said in a media release.
El Coquí is the first of two Commitment Class, LNG-powered ConRo ships being built for Crowley’s shipping and logistics services between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Operated by Crowley’s global ship management group, El Coquí will make its maiden voyage to San Juan later this month from Jacksonville (JAXPORT), its dedicated U.S. mainland port. Construction of sister ship Taino is well underway at VT Halter Marine’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., and she is scheduled to enter service later this year.
In the morning of July 19, 2018, the Central Port Authority of Piraeus was informed by the captain of the "Super Jet" hat during the scheduled service from the port of Serifos to the port of Piraeus, the ship had suffered a mechanical damage to the outer hydro-propeller on port side due to the collision with drift goods. At a reduced speed, the ferry sailed to the port of Piraeus, where the 88 passengers were dropped off. The ferry was detained until the damage was repaired and a class survey carried out. The Serifos-Sifnos-Milos-Kimolos-Folegandros- Thira-Ios-route was served by other ships.
The "Kapitan Yakovlev" ran aground on Kronshtadt anchorage off St. Petersburg on July 19, 2018, at 10.12 a.m. while approaching the Moby Dick Cargo Terminal in Kronshtadt, with 4.200 tons of steel on board. The ship was refloated one hour later with the assistance of a tug, and berthed atNo damages, no leak reported.