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Greek and Danish bulk carriers LEVANTES and CLIPPER COMO collided at around 0100 UTC Sep 18 in Aegean sea some 10 nm SW of Bozcaada island, Turkey. No news yet on LEVANTES damages, while CLIPPER COMO, apparently was heavily damaged, breached portside cargo hold area, taking on water. The ships were sailing in opposite directions – LEVANTES laden with wheat completed Dardanelles transit en route from Russia to Egypt; CLIPPER COMO was en route from Jorf Lasfar Morocco to Samsun Turkey, Black sea, also in laden condition, with cargo of phosphate.
As of 0430 UTC Sep 18, CLIPPER COMO was adrift SW of Bozcaada, surrounded by Turkish tugs, CG and aux boats. Understood the ship is in serious danger, she developed heavy fore tilt and portside list.
LEVANTES after collision moved to nearby Greek island Limnos, was adrift or moving at slow speed as of 0430 UTC, no information on her damages.
Awaiting updates.

1030 UTC Sep 18 UPDATE: CLIPPER COMO anchored at Bozcaada southern anchorage, surrounded by SAR boats, tugs.

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https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2021/35381/danish-bulker-heavily-damaged-collision-greek-bulk/


General cargo ship VERA SU ran aground on Bulgarian coast in Yailata protected area, NW of Varna, at around 0100 UTC Sep 20, while en route from Yuzhniy Ukraine to Varna. Hull is said to be breached, but no leaks reported so far. Last AIS is 13 hours late, as of 1415 UTC Sep 20. Judging from track, the ship was heading straight for coast, though she should already change course. Bridge watch probably fell asleep. Turkish freighter is manned with Turkish – Azerbaijani crew.

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https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2021/35397/turkish-freighter-sailed-straight-coast-bulgaria/


An investigation has been launched into a near-miss incident on the ExxonMobil-owned Hebron Platform off Canada. Even though the incident on 14th September claimed no injuries, it had the potential to cause severe fatalities.

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) in its press briefing about the accident said it occurred when the auxiliary hoist hook along the south intervention deck, weighing approximately 3.6 kg, fell five to six meters to the deck.

The petroleum regulator also revealed that according to the Dropped Objects Prevention Scheme (DROPS) calculator, the accident had a high potential of causing multiple fatalities.

The statement added that the incident occurred when preparations for an upcoming lift with no load connected were underway. It also confirmed that the only individual in the proximity of the falling hook was a hoist operator, who managed a narrow escape with no injuries as he stood six meters away.

ExxonMobil on Thursday revealed that all auxiliary crane operations were suspended since the incident and an investigation had been launched into the root cause of the accident. The probe will be monitored by C-NLOPB.

The Hebron platform, situated about 350 kilometers offshore Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital St John’s, in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin. The platform has witnessed several accidents earlier, since it began production in November 2017.

In the most recent accident that occurred on 21st August this year, a worker on board a support vessel, AVALON SEA was injured during a lifeboat winch load testing. The worker sustained an injury on his face after the rigging hit him while it was being unhooked to get rid of a twist. He was then transferred to the Health Sciences Centre through medevac.

A similar investigation has been launched into the accident, monitored by the C-NLOPB. A series of such potentially fatal accidents on the Hebron platform raises serious concerns regarding the safety installations onboard and protocols followed by the crew.

 

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https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2021/35401/exxonmobil-launches-investigation-near-miss-accide/


Navigation specialist NAVTOR has opened a new office in Gdansk, Poland, dedicated to accelerating development of cloud-based and AI solutions for customers seeking an increasingly integrated approach to optimising performance and e-Navigation.

Navigation specialist NAVTOR has opened a new office in Gdansk, Poland, dedicated to accelerating development of cloud-based and AI solutions for customers seeking an increasingly integrated approach to optimising performance and e-Navigation.

NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes sees the move as a continuation of the firm’s evolution, as it creates a far-reaching product portfolio built on the foundations of its e-Navigation and smart shipping expertise. “It’s always been our vision to take the enhanced efficiency, safety, transparency and control we bring to clients through our e-Navigation innovations and translate that into a broader, integrated smart shipping solution,” Svanes commented.

“Earlier this year, when we launched fleet management application NavFleet and acquired Houston’s Tres Solutions, we announced our arrival into the performance optimisation arena. This is an area where we see huge potential – for both ourselves and our clients – utilising our unique digital ecosystem, which seamlessly connects ships, shore and entire organisations, to unlock the power of data and drive better business decision making. The move into Poland should be seen in that context: creating a world class development team to deliver world class, integrated and truly transformative solutions.”

NAVTOR has recruited experienced maritime software engineer Jacek Maszota to lead the office as Country Manager. “NAVTOR’s ambition was clear from our first meeting,” Maszota said. “The firm is already number one in e-Navigation and has its sights firmly set on emulating that success in performance optimisation – connecting the digital dots to give clients a full picture understanding of maritime operations and business. Personally, I saw that as a unique opportunity and am greatly looking forward to building a team to help realise that potential.”

The Polish team will focus on the development and implementation of cloud solutions (based on the Microsoft Azure service) and AI-enhanced monitoring and decision support tools.

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https://shipinsight.com/articles/langh-tech-launches-new-ballast-system-with-installation-on-own-vessel/


We are inviting feedback from industry on the draft marine order and supporting guidelines before finalising the review of the near coastal qualifications framework.
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We have been working to develop a nationally consistent and simplified qualifications framework that is relevant to a wide range of roles and operations, while maintaining safety standards.

We are now in the final stages of completing the review, preparing guidelines, transitional arrangements and related amendments to other legislative instruments.

We now invite industry to provide feedback on the proposed final draft marine order and the supporting guidelines.

The draft marine order contains a range of changes – some of which are a result of feedback industry provided during the 2019 consultation. Areas that have changed as a result of feedback in 2019 include:

  • clarifying the operating limits and minimum training requirements to obtain a Coxswain Grade 3 Near Coastal certificate of competency (CoC)
  • applying appropriate eligibility requirements and duties for the General Purpose Hand Near Coastal CoC
  • detailing sea service requirements, including obtaining a CoC with and without a task book.

Following this final consultation, we aim to have the new domestic commercial vessel qualifications framework and amended Marine order 505 finalised, and ready to come into effect in 2022 with a suitable transition period.

The consultation closes 17 November 2021.

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https://www.amsa.gov.au/news-community/news-and-media-releases/final-consultation-near-coastal-qualifications-now-open


Finnish scrubber manufacturer Langh Tech has unveiled a new in-house developed compact ballast treatment system with a video link to the installation onboard Linda, a vessel owned by sister company Langh Ship

Finnish scrubber manufacturer Langh Tech has unveiled a new in-house developed compact ballast treatment system with a video link to the installation onboard Linda, a vessel owned by sister company Langh Ship

According to Laura Langh-Lagerlöf, Langh Tech Commercial Director, development of the LanghBW systems including land testing for both IMO and USCG type-approval has been achieved in under a year.

During the design phase, the crew onboard Langh Ship’s vessels was involved into the development process to ensure the system’s suitability for demanding onboard environment and challenging operating requirements.

The system is a UV-based treatment system which combines fine filtration and efficient UV-C treatment. A 20 micron filtration mesh removes all large size organisms from the intake ballast water and UV-reactor installed downstream the filter disinfects the remaining water with high intensity UV-C irradiance. LanghBW systems has a zero hour hold time before discharge in IMO areas and 24 hours in USCG areas. This means that in IMO areas, water treated twice can be discharged instantly without any retention time. During the discharge operation the filter is bypassed and only second UV-dose is applied.

The flow rate of available systems varies from 100 m³/h to 1800 m³/h but even bigger systems can be built whenever needed. The scalability of LanghBW Systems is basing on one reactor design. One UV-reactor is capable of treating 100-300 m³/h of ballast water and the desired flow rate is achieved by installing multiple reactors in parallel. Using only one reactor type simplifies the design and installation work and makes the operation and maintenance easy and straight forward. The reactor design itself provides an effective way for UV-treatment, therefore lowering the system’s power consumption and making the system capable for efficient operation in high turbidity waters with UVT down to 45%.

Shipboard testing of the system will be carried out on Linda which operates in the Baltic Sea.

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Langh Tech launches new ballast system with installation on own vessel


Wärtsilä has entered into a customised five-year Optimised Maintenance agreement with Canadian ferry operator Societé des Traversiers du Quebec (STQ). The agreement covers the F.A. Gauthier, a 133m long ferry operating with Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines and other Wärtsilä equipment.

Wärtsilä has entered into a customised five-year Optimised Maintenance agreement with Canadian ferry operator Societé des Traversiers du Quebec (STQ). The agreement covers the F.A. Gauthier, a 133m long ferry operating with Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines and other Wärtsilä equipment. Signing of the agreement took place earlier this year and there is a further five-year extension option. This agreement is a renewal of a maintenance agreement that had been running for the previous five years.

Among the services provided by the Wärtsilä agreement are the company’s unique Expert Insight tool and Data-Driven Dynamic Maintenance Planning made possible by the Wärtsilä Data Collection Unit (WDCU). Expert Insight uses artificial intelligence and advanced diagnostics to take predictive maintenance to a level not earlier possible. It is estimated that unplanned downtime can be reduced by 30 to 50%. Communication between Wärtsilä’s experts and onboard crew can take place via the Expert Insight collaboration app. The WDCU collects and transmits operational data to the cloud for remote monitoring. This facilitates advanced analytics, thus providing accurate insight into the vessel’s performance.

In addition to the Wärtsilä engines, support is also provided to the Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage, supply, and control system, the Gas Valve Unit, and the ship’s electrical and automation systems. Included will be scheduled maintenance parts, field service, workshop services, and logistics for the covered equipment.

“The cooperation with Wärtsilä is important and beneficial to our operations. This latest agreement will ensure the safety and optimal functioning of the equipment, while also ensuring that maintenance planning and procedures are optimised, leading to valuable reductions in operating costs,” said Luc Morneau, Director of Marine Operations at STQ.

“The renewal of this agreement demonstrates the benefits and value that it brings. It also strengthens the relationship between our companies. As the marine industry adopts more complex technologies, equipment insight, dynamic maintenance planning, and real-time technical support add considerable value and are becoming increasingly important. Maintaining and optimising an asset is also good for the environment, as well as for the fuel bill,” added Cole Lowder, Agreement Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

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Wärtsilä inks five-year Optimised Maintenance agreement with STQ


Tasmania-based freight ferry operator SeaRoad has contracted German shipbuilder FSG for a new 12,183dwt, 3,792lm dual-fuel vessel. The contract was completed by video link due to COVID travel restrictions.

Tasmania-based freight ferry operator SeaRoad has contracted German shipbuilder FSG for a new 12,183dwt, 3,792lm dual-fuel vessel. The contract was completed by video link due to COVID travel restrictions.

Work on the contracted RoRo vessel with a length of 210m and a beam of 29.30m will start in Flensburg in winter 2021/2022. Delivery to SeaRoad has been agreed for the last quarter of 2023. The vessel will have 3,792 lane metres available for the carriage of freight units, plus capacity for over 100 trade vehicles. A special requirement for the vessel is the capability to transport heavy cargo with a unit weight of up to 100 tonnes. The order now placed is worth more than €100m. The funding partner for the project is the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

SeaRoad is already a familiar FSG customer. The first RoRo vessel “made in Flensburg”, the Searoad Mersey II joined the SeaRoad fleet in 2016. The second FSG-built vessel, Liekut, joined SeaRoad recently under a three-year charter agreement in April 2021.

“We’ve been very pleased with how the two FSG-built vessels in the SeaRoad fleet have performed from both an efficiency and operational perspective. We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with the German shipyard and their experienced staff. Sustainable design, leading technology and the excellent quality of their vessels are all important elements,” said Chas Kelly, Executive Chairman of SeaRoad.

Philipp Maracke, CEO of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, added, “We are proud to have brought this order to Flensburg as it is proof of the shipyard’s successful new start. This additional order by a long-standing customer equals an important vote of confidence in both this new model, as well as our established expertise as an innovative German newbuilding yard. Our aim is to combine superior quality and superior life-cycle value. With this new vessel, FSG and SeaRoad will make an important contribution to sustainable shipping.”

The new RoRo vessel will operate on Bass Strait between Devonport, on the island of Tasmania, and Melbourne, Victoria on mainland Australia.

Technical data of the RoRo vessel newbuilding 784 for SeaRoad (3D-Model: FSG):

  • Length: 210 metres
  • Width: 29.30 metres
  • Gross registered tonnage 43,100
  • Power main engines: 2 x 10,300 kilowatts
  • Deadweight: 12,183 tonnes
  • Speed: 22.50 knots
  • Cabins: 25 (27 berths)
  • Cargo capacities: 3,792 lane metres plus capacity for over 100 trade vehicles

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https://shipinsight.com/articles/strategic-marine-unveils-new-42m-gen-4-fcb/


Singapore-based shipbuilder Strategic Marine has announced the launch of its new Aluminium 42m Gen 4 Fast Crew Boat (FCB) design. The vessel comes with a highly efficient new hull form and Z-bow which improves seakeeping, requires less power for the same speed and deadweight (DWT), reducing fuel consumption and lower emissions.

Singapore-based shipbuilder Strategic Marine has announced the launch of its new Aluminium 42m Gen 4 Fast Crew Boat (FCB) design. The vessel comes with a highly efficient new hull form and Z-bow which improves seakeeping, requires less power for the same speed and deadweight (DWT), reducing fuel consumption and lower emissions.

The new hull form has been developed in collaboration with Southerly Designs with CFD analysis and optimisation by Seaspeed Marine Consulting. It has been put through comprehensive model testing at the Australian Maritime College to further verify and validate the performance predictions.   These extensive test results confirm that the hull resistance is reduced by over 8% compared to the Gen 3 hull form. Furthermore, the new vessel incorporates design enhancements based on feedback from operators, improving on the performance of Strategic Marine’s extremely successful Gen 3 design which was launched in2014.

The new Gen 4 FCB is 42m in length, with cargo carrying capacity of 190 tonnes, a clear deck area of 140m2, a cargo deck area of 120m2 and a deck loading capacity of 2.5 tonnes/m2. It has business class seating capacity for between 80 and 100 passengers with space for 12 crew in seven berths and one medical room/office.

The wheelhouse has been increased in size for optimum comfort and visibility and the main passenger super structure area has been fitted with maximum size windows with improved positioning to provide excellent passenger visibility, reducing motion sickness.

An optional gyro stabilizer significantly reduces the vessels rolling motion, increasing safety and efficiency during personnel transfers, the gyro coupled with an optional motion compensated gangway gives the ultimate level of safety for personnel transfers to the offshore installation. The vessel can also be fitted with an autonomous control module for either local or remote autonomous operations.

The Gen 4 FCB can be fitted with three Cummins KTA 50 M2 engines, delivering clean and efficient power of 4,026kw. The vessel can deliver a service speed in excess of 30 knots @ 85% MCR with a full speed of 32 knots @ 100% MCR and the fuel consumption at service speed is approximately 827 litres/hr (3 engines).

 

Chan Eng Yew, CEO of Strategic Marine, said: “Strategic Marine has considerable experience in building boats for this market having been doing so since 2001, with more than 70 fast crew boats delivered. Each new vessel design is based on our goal of continuous improvement, whilst exceeding our customers’ needs, operationally and environmentally. The latest Gen 4 design is Strategic Marine’s answer to the increasing operational demands of not only our clients, but the environment too.“

The vessel has already achieved “Approval In Principle” with Lloyds, BV and RINA, but can be classed with any other IACS classification society.

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Strategic Marine unveils new 42m Gen 4 FCB


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HHIC-Phil, the largest yard in the country, filed the largest bankruptcy proceeding in Philippine history in 2019 and remains closed today (HHIC-Phil)

PUBLISHED SEP 20, 2021 5:49 PM BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE

 

The Philippines is rolling out a string of measures in the hopes of reviving its shipbuilding and ship repair sector, which was hit hard by the COVID19 pandemic.

According to a new article in The Manila Times, the Philippine government has identified shipbuilding as a strategic sector for the economic recovery and is taking new steps to encourage investment. The Philippines has one of the most vibrant shipbuilding economies, boasting about 118 shipyards. The recent economic slowdown has crippled the industry, which has contributed to material delivery delays, lockdown-induced workforce disruptions and and increased operational expenses, leading to production delays and serious cash flow problems.

Because of this, the Philippine government has included the shipbuilding sector among industries that should enjoy economic benefits under a newly enacted Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act. The law proposes fiscal relief for both domestic and foreign shipyards doing business in the Philippines.

This could have significant benefits for a foreign bidder for the assets of the defunct HHIC-Phil shipyard in Subic Bay, the largest shipbuilding facility in the country. HHIC-Phil has been closed since it went bankrupt in 2019, and the Philippine government has hinted that a North American buyer is in talks to acquire the yard by the end of the year.

In a recent Philmarine 2021 virtual conference, Reynaldo Lignes, Chief Investments Specialist on Shipbuilding under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), apprised the industry on the benefits of the law.

The Philippines 2020 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP), signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in November 2020, identified shipbuilding as one of the preferred investment activities for the country. Unlike in the past, when foreign-owned shipbuilding companies could only accept orders for exports, Lignes said the new IPP now allows them to cater to the domestic market. In addition, shipbuilding companies will be entitled to reduced corporate income tax (CIT) rate from 30 percent to 25 percent for both foreign and domestic shipyards, retroactively from July 2020.

Lignes also added that the president is allowed by law to grant further incentives to highly desirable projects with a minimum investment capital of $1 billion or capable of generating 10,000 jobs.

Shipyard owners will also be exempted from import duties for capital equipment, raw materials, spare parts and accessories, including an exemption from paying Value Added Tax (VAT).

These incentives are timely as the Philippines is experiencing significant domestic demand for ships due to a decision by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to phase out wooden-hulled boats. The Philippines Navy has also been allocated a $1.44 billion budget for modernization and acquisition of new vessels, and is calling for industry players to ramp up shipbuilding activity to satisfy the demand.

 

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https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/philippines-to-attract-shipbuilding-investors-with-new-incentives


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