US-based owner Eagle Bulk Shipping has expanded its fleet with the purchase of a 2015-built scrubber-fitted ultramax bulk carrier for $27.5m.

The vessel, built at Imabari Shipbuilding in Japan, will be renamed Tokyo Eagle and deliver to the company during the fourth quarter of 2022.

After delivery, the Nasdaq-listed company’s fleet will consist of 53 ships, 91% of which are scrubber-fitted and with an average age of 9.5 years.

Eagle Bulk has executed 51 sale and purchase transactions since the commencement of its vessel renewal and growth programme, acquiring 30 modern vessels and divesting 21 of its oldest and least efficient ships. The company most recently closed the $15.5m sale of its 2004-built non-scrubber fitted supramax Cardinal.

Source: https://splash247.com/eagle-bulk-snaps-up-japanese-built-ultramax-for-27-5m/

 

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Shippers are likely to feel emboldened to doggedly pursue ocean carriers in the courts as the liner party fizzles out and out of pocket clients seek retribution.

In a sign of this new found persistence, Pennsylvania-based home decor MCS Industries shows no sign of letting up in its battle with the world’s largest containerline.

Erin Wirth, chief administrative law judge at the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), has issued an order denying shipping line Mediterranean Shipping Co’s (MSC) motion for an extension of time to produce outstanding discovery documents in the complaint filed by MCS Industries. On July 29, an order was issued requiring MSC to produce documents within a month, by August 29.

MSC did not provide the required documents to meet that deadline.

Instead, on August 26, MSC filed a motion seeking an extension of time. On September 2, MCS Industries filed an opposition to that motion.

Then, on September 6, MSC filed a notice of advice of the Swiss Federal Office of Justice. According to the order denying MSC’s motion, MSC “continues to argue despite rulings to the contrary in this proceeding and in the Republic and Canton of Geneva Court of First Instance, that due to Swiss legal requirements it cannot produce the discovery ordered in the December 8, 2021, motion to compel and the July 29, 2022, order requiring production of discovery, and that the Swiss court’s decision that their intervention is not necessary was in error.”

Judge Wirth writes in the order that “it is clear that this ‘advice’ from the Federal Office of Justice in Switzerland merely identifies the process for resubmitting a request and the factors that may be taken into account, without any discussion of the merits of this proceeding.

“The question of whether Swiss assistance with discovery is required has been answered by the undersigned Administrative Law Judge and by the Court of First Instance in Geneva.”

In multiple filings, MSC indicated that it will not produce the discovery that it has been repeatedly ordered to produce. MCS Industries has asserted in response that MSC “cannot accept the benefits of shipping cargo to and from U.S. ports while shirking its legal and regulatory obligations before the Commission.” MCS Industries thus requested a decision on default, and the judge has ordered MSC to show cause why default judgment should not be entered against it.

MSC is now ordered, by September 22, to either provide the required discovery or show cause why default judgment should not be entered against it.

Other shippers have been lodging complaints against global carriers of late with experts suggesting more will follow suit.

“The softened market – and space situation – may well cause a flurry of suits and FMC complaints to be filed, and clearly, some who have already filed, like MCS Industries, are emboldened to hold on,” commented Bjorn Vang Jensen, a vice president at liner consultancy Sea-Intelligence, in a post today on LinkedIn.

“The collective, pent-up anger and PTSD in the BCO community at large now wants out, and rate reductions won’t cut it for some,” said Jensen, a man whose career has seen him work for the likes of Maersk and Electrolux in the past.

Source: https://splash247.com/msc-denied-extension-of-deadline-to-provide-documents-in-case-brought-by-mcs-industries/

 

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The first crew member from one of the two Greek tankers seized by Iranian authorities in May arrived safely in Athens on Tuesday, Greek officials said.

Iran has agreed to release the crews of the MT Prudent Warrior and Delta Poseidon, which it seized in May in response to the confiscation of oil by the United States from an Iranian-flagged tanker in Greece.

“The second captain of Delta Poseidon has arrived home, in Athens,” a shipping ministry official told Reuters.

The crew member is the first to return home from the total of about 48 seafarers – Greeks, Filipinos and a Cypriot – who are expected to be gradually released and replaced in the coming days, a second Greek official told Reuters.

The months-long diplomatic impasse has strained relations between Athens and Tehran as tensions grow between Iran and the United States.

Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization said in a statement the crews of the two Greek vessels were not detained and could be rotated, Iranian state media reported.

The release of the tankers is expected to take longer than the replacement of the crews, a Greek coast official said on Monday.

Source: https://www.marinelink.com/news/first-crew-member-greek-tankers-seized-499426

 

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Jordan on Tuesday detained a cargo ship arriving from Egypt that was towed away after it strayed close to a natural coral reef reserve near the beach of the Red Sea port of Aqaba, port officials said.

Any possible environmental damage caused by the drifting of the vessel, named Lotus, away from its route and into shallow waters near the 7-km-long marine reserve was being assessed, they said.

“Its route has been corrected and it has been towed to the pier and is safe,” a port official told Reuters, adding that the ship was banned from leaving the port pending an investigation into why it strayed from its route and any damage caused.

The cargo vessel had arrived earlier on Tuesday to load a shipment of potash from the city’s fertilizer pier, an official said.

The city of Aqaba’s pristine coral reef – with its many species of fish and dozens of formations that lie in shallow waters – is a main tourist attraction at Jordan’s only outlet to the sea.

Source: https://www.marinelink.com/news/jordan-detains-cargo-ship-strayed-near-499414

 

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Amogy’s goal is to convert ammonia into a sustainable power source to decarbonize transportation. The company has for instance successfully engineered the first-ever ammonia-powered emissions-free drone flight at 5 kW scale and demonstrated a 100kW powerpack in a tractor.

As industries search for ways to lower their carbon footprint, ammonia has emerged as an attractive fuel source with strong potential since it enables emissions-free, high-performance mobility. The use of ammonia reformed to hydrogen is especially beneficial in industries with long operating hours, for example the marine industry, due to the high energy density.

The fuel cell system that PowerCell will deliver will be integrated in Amogy’s solution, where ammonia is reformed into hydrogen. In this way, it is possible to provide continuous power to a workboat over extended periods. The workboat will be used to demonstrate how to build a complete power system targeted to the marine industry.

PowerCell will deliver the fuel cell systems and related services during the coming fifteen months.

Richard Berkling, CEO of PowerCell Sweden, said:

“This order is a further proof of our leading fuel cell technology that we have industrialized for demanding applications. A key strength is our ability to offer fuel agnostic systems using clean hydrogen from compressed or liquid storage as well as from reformed methanol and ammonia. We believe that refining ammonia into hydrogen to be used in fuel cell systems will be an important emissions-free fuel source for the future.”

Source: https://seawanderer.org/powercell-receives-a-fuel-cell-systems-order-from-amogy

 

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Innovez One and Aventra Group have signed a strategic partnership to develop an advanced and innovative analytics dashboard that will enhance digital Port Management Information Systems (PMIS), giving ports better visibility on their operations and supporting strategic decision-making.

The joint platform, Port Management Insights (PMIn-sightsTM), will use historical and real-time data (coming from sensor-based IoT technology) to improve the operational efficiency of port, towage and pilotage operations, building on both companies’ expertise with machine learning automation and artificial intelligence (AI). An analytics dashboard will integrate data from several sources and applications, facilitating data sharing and enabling managers to see all information in one place.

Moreover, this partnership will enable the two companies to develop a data library of use cases, and create tailored advanced solutions to support port management.

Grant Ingram, CEO of Innovez One for the UK and Europe, commented:

“We are excited to partner with Aventra Group to help deliver state-of-the-art digital solutions for more ports around the world. As a growing number of ports embrace digitalisation as the foundation for their sustainable future, we are proud to be delivering even more value through user-friendly solutions that help them improve efficiency, make robust decisions, and reduce their emissions.”

Juan Jose Gil, CEO & Executive Director of Aventra Digital, said:

“We are very excited to be joining forces with Innovez-One to contribute to the acceleration of Ports’ Digital Transformation. The digital era is the era of collaboration where leading companies bring in their best strengths to build unprecedented value. This partnership will equip ports to run smoother with an in-depth understanding of their operations while uncovering all the potential for improvement.”

Source: https://seawanderer.org/innovez-one-aventra-group-sign-partnership-on-integrated-analytics-for-enhanced-pmis

 

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Chantiers de l’Atlantique has chosen Gasum as expert supplier of LNG bunker fuel and technical adviser to perform the initial bunkering of the first LNG fueled cruise vessel built in its premises.

The choice of Gasum as partner in the preparation and performance of this state-of-the-art delivery recognizes Gasum’s unique expertise in supporting shipyards performing initial bunkerings of newbuild LNG fueled cruise vessels.

The energy company Gasum has successfully performed the initial bunkering of the first LNG fueled cruise vessel to be completed by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, bunker operation that was performed on the 10th of September 2022 in the Port of La Rochelle. The LNG was delivered by Gasum’s LNG bunker vessel Kairos.

In addition to delivering LNG, Gasum has supported Chantiers de l’Atlantique in the technical preparation of the delivery, including obtaining the relevant permits and authorisations. This delivery marks a new milestone in the extension of the Gasum LNG bunkering network and underlines its ambition to grow geographically, offering its expertise to customers wherever such is requested.

Laurent Castaing, General Manager of Chantiers de l’Atlantique, said:

“With the LNG fueled newbuild program undergoing, Chantiers de l’Atlantique has proven its capacity to embrace new technologies and to remain at the forefront ot the shipbuilding industry. Choosing Gasum is a choice of confidence in its unique experience and track record in supporting yards with technical advice and LNG supplies.”

Grégoire Hartig, Sales Manager, Gasum, said:

“With this delivery to Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Gasum confirms its position as leading partner for shipyards engaged in the construction of LNG fueled vessels, supplying LNG and delivering decisive technical support in the preparation of initial bunkerings. This new partnership underlines also Gasum’s ambition to extend the geographical reach of its reliable and high quality service in west and south-west Europe. In addition to LNG, Gasum has become a regular supplier of Liquefied Biogas (LBG), supporting the ambitious decarbonization agenda of a series of customers.”

Source: https://seawanderer.org/gasum-bunkers-the-first-lng-fueled-cruise-vessel-built-by-chantiers-de-latlantique

 

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The technology group Wärtsilä will supply the propulsion machinery for four new fishing vessels being built at Karstensens Shipyard in Denmark. These orders emphasise Wärtsilä’s leading position in delivering propulsion solutions for the fishing sector, and strengthen even further the company’s close relationship with the Karstensens yard. The orders were placed in March 2022.

The 75 metre-long purser/trawler vessels are being built for different owners. Two are for Icelandic fishing and processing companies, namely Skinney-Thinganes and Gjögur, while the other two are for Norwegian owners, Veibust Fiskeriselskap and Ronald Ervik.

Fishing Vessel
Credits: Wärtsilä

Each of these vessels will operate with the highly efficient Wärtsilä 31 main engine. Wärtsilä will also supply the gearbox fitted with ‘take-me-home’ functionality, the controllable pitch propeller (CPP), the propulsion shaft lines including seals and bearings, the shaft generator, and Wärtsilä’s ProTouch propulsion control system.

The Wärtsilä 31 has been recognised by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine. Its output power has been increased to 5200 kW, thus enhancing its performance even further.

“We are very familiar with Wärtsilä’s propulsion offering and have opted for their products on many of our newbuild projects. In particular, the Wärtsilä 31’s efficiency and reliability is ideally suited for fishing vessels operating in these challenging North Atlantic waters,” says Kent Damgaard, Director, Karstensens Shipyard.

“Wärtsilä has a long-standing relationship with Karstensens Shipyard and we are proud and pleased to be again selected as the propulsion provider for this series of modern purser/trawlers. Repeat orders are always a good indicator of customer satisfaction, and are a validation of our focus on efficiency, reliability, and environmental sustainability,” adds Jens Karlsson, GM Sales, Large Projects, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard during 2023, and the vessels are expected to be ready for delivery in 2024.

Reference: Wärtsilä

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A VLCC in ballast was approaching port for anchoring. The pilot was confirmed for 10:00. Weather conditions were good with a northerly wind of about 10 knots, good visibility and slight sea conditions. A tidal stream was running in the WSW direction at about 1.8 knots. The engine was put to dead slow ahead to drop off speed and adjust vessel’s arrival at the pilot boarding area for the prearranged time.

At 09:37, the Master asked the OOW if he had established a visual contact with the pilot boat. The OOW responded positively. The bridge team was confident that the pilot boat would be at the designated position before their vessel, so no action to further slow or stop the vessel was taken. Several minutes later, with the vessel steering 300 degrees and with a speed of 5.8 knots, the remaining distance to the pilot station was about 1.2nm.

VLCC
Credits: The Nautical Institute

At 09:50, the vessel was heading 315 degrees at a speed of about 5.3 knots and the distance from the pilot station was now only about 0.7nm. The Master stopped the engine. The vessel continued to slow and the heading now increased slowly to starboard. The vessel was closing on a buoy. At 10:00 the speed was about 4 knots and the pilot boat had not yet arrived. The Master ordered hard starboard and set the main engine to dead slow ahead in order to avoid the buoy but to no avail; they struck the buoy about four minutes later on the port side near midships. The buoy slid down the vessel’s port side and cleared the stern with only minor damage.

But now, as the vessel drifted with a Speed Over Ground (SOG) of 3.4 knots, their trajectory was towards a nearby anchored vessel. The Master attempted to stop the vessel but the distance to the anchored vessel was now only 0.5 nm. The Master quickly concluded that it was not feasible to stop the vessel. Instead, by putting “Full Ahead” on the engine in combination with a succession of wheel alterations (hard to starboard and then hard to port) they managed to avoid contact with the anchored vessel.

About 20 minutes later, the pilot boarded and subsequently safely anchored the vessel in the anchorage area.

The company report found, among others that;

  • The passage plan lacked the appropriate precautions and contingency arrangements. Specifically, the speed of approach and the waiting area for the approach were not adequately planned.
  • The large drift angle and the proximity of navigational hazards was not determined at an early stage.
  • The current’s effect on vessel’s drift was not effectively monitored and assessed. As result, the bridge team did not adjust the vessel’s course and speed in a timely manner while approaching the pilot boarding station.
  • BRM was less than adequate. The Master did not explicitly inform the ship’s bridge team about his intentions related to approaching and manoeuvring. As the ship progressed, the OOW’s comprehension of the situation did not trigger any actions for clarification or corrective action.
  • The OOW did not provide sufficient information related to the pilot boat approaching. Instead, he confirmed that the pilot boat was approaching without informing the Master of the actual distance from the vessel and the required time to arrive alongside. As a result, the Master wrongly assumed that the pilot boat was closer than it actually was, so he continued on instead of stopping.

Source: https://www.marineinsight.com/case-studies/real-life-incident-contact-with-a-buoy-and-near-collision/

 

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Regulating Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) has implications for safety, legal and facilitation instruments under the purview of the international Maritime Organization (IMO). The first session of a joint IMO working group to address common high-priority issues across various instruments was held in September (7-9), in remote session. The session was preceded by an IMO MASS Seminar (5-6 September) which brought together stakeholders to share insights and views.

The working group was established following a regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS), that was designed to assess existing IMO instruments to see how they might apply to MASS and what gaps existed to permit their operation. The scoping exercise was conducted by the following committees: Maritime Safety committee (MSC), Legal Committee (LEG) and Facilitation Committee (FAL) – for relevant treaties under their purview.

The MSC agreed on  Road Map of developing a goal-based instrument regulating the operation of maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS), which, as a first step would be in the form of a non-mandatory Code for adoption in the second half of 2024 while a mandatory MASS Code is to be developed thereafter for entry into force on 1 January 2028.

The Joint Working Group developed a table – intended as a living document – to identity preferred options for addressing common issues, such as: role of MASS master and crew; responsibilities of Mass master and crew; competencies required for MASS master and crew; identification and meaning of term “remote operator” and their responsibilities.

A draft work plan was agreed, for approval by the three committees, which envisages the Committees reviewing the report of the first session and a second Joint Working Group to be convened in 2023.

The Joint Working Group agreed that a seminar on legal issues, including implications under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), would be beneficial.

The Joint MSC-LEG-FAL Working Group on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) has been established as a cross-cutting mechanism to address common high-priority issues identified by the regulatory scoping exercises for the use of MASS conducted by the three committees.

Source: https://www.seanews.co.uk/shipping-news/safety-legal-and-facilitation-aspects-of-autonomous-shipping-discussed/

 

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