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IMO Rules a Cliffhanger for Oil Storage -Vitol's Chris Bake

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Vitol executive committee member Chris Bake says a big question facing oil storage sector is how world handles new International Maritime Organisation rules for cleaner shipping. New IMO rules to slash the use of high sulphur fuel oil in global shipping will come into effect in 2020. "It's going

Tech File: An Inside Look at Ballast Tank Linings

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The proper lining of ballast tanks is essential and critical to ship safety. Not too many decades ago, ships traveling the North Atlantic routes were experiencing terrible losses from outright sinking in the turbulent seas. It was eventually discovered that the primary culprit was hull failure from

Wärtsilä to Optimize Performance of Four TMS Cardiff Gas Vessels

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Wärtsilä is expanding its cooperation with the Athens based ship management company TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd.   Under the recently signed maintenance agreement, Wärtsilä ensures the maintenance predictability of the operation of four TFDE LNG Carriers in TMS Cardiff Gas’ fleet. Eniram’s data collection

Germany and Greece: Worst Vessels Dumpers

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 As in 2016, Germany and Greece top the list of country dumpers in 2017, according to new data released today by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.  German owners, including banks and ship funds, beached 50 vessels out of a total of 53 sold for demolition. Greek owners were responsible for the highest

Wärtsilä Inks 25 Maintenance Deal with Maersk Drilling

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Wärtsilä said it has entered a cooperation with drilling contractor Maersk Drilling to create a 25-year thruster maintenance strategy for Maersk’s three semisubmersible rigs and four drillships. The parties have already completed the strategy work on the D-rigs and commenced the strategy work related to V-Drillships.

Spliethoff Sending 6 Ships to BLRT for Refit Work

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Dutch shipping company Spliethoff's Bevrachtingskantoor B.V. has signed contracts with BLRT Grupp to have scrubbers (systems for cleaning exhaust gases) and ballast water treatment systems installed on board six of its ships.   The latest contract for the modernization of Spliethoff's F-type ships (deadweight up to 12,

DNV GL Revises Stern Tube Bearing Class Notations

Propeller shaft system (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL has revised its class rules for single stern tube bearing installations and introduced two new class notations, “Shaft align(1)” and “Shaft align(2)”, to help customers better manage the risk of stern tube bearing failure. The new class notations can be assigned to both newbuilds and vessels

Vigor Adds $20 Mln Drydock

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Vigor built on its ongoing investments in critical infrastructure in the Puget Sound in 2017 with the $20 million investment in another drydock. At 640 ft. long with a clear width of 116 ft., the new dock will be the third, and largest, at Vigor’s Harbor Island shipyard. The drydock is expected to be

Royal IHC Completes Two-year Dredger Overhaul

Huta Marine's cutter suction dredger Huta 14 has resumed operations following a two-year overhaul (Photo: Royal IHC)

The self-propelled cutter suction dredger (CSD) Huta 14 has resumed operations for Saudi Arabian owner Huta Marine following two-years of renovation work performed by Royal IHC.    The overhaul, which involved replacing Huta 14’s three large diesel engines, as well as integrating an electrical installation

A Case for Propeller Guards & Cutters

(Photo: Spurs Marine Mfg.)

As I was preparing for Thanksgiving dinner I put on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. While Indiana Jones and Doctor Elsa Schneider were being chased by the Brotherhood of the Cruciform sword through Venice and their boat was neatly shredded by the propellers of a larger vessel, it had me thinking

Shipbreaking Case Against Seatrade in Dutch Court

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 For the first time in Europe, Public Prosecutors are bringing criminal charges against a ship owner – Seatrade – for having sold vessels to scrap yards in countries “where current ship dismantling methods endanger the lives and health of workers and pollute the environment”.    The case is being heard in a Rotterdam Court this week,

Five Killed in Blast Onboard Modu Sagar Bhushan

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 Five people were killed and 7 injured yesterday (February 13),  in an unfortunate fire incident onboard Sagar Bhushan, an oil rig of ONGC, undergoing repairs at Cochin Shipyard.    The Chairman and Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard has announced an  immediate ex gratia of INR 10 lakhs (USD 15560) for the families of the deceased.

Fire on Ship Under Repair Kills 5 in India

A blast caused by a fire on a ship under repair at India's Cochin Shipyard Ltd killed five people on Tuesday, and injured around 11, a company spokeswoman said, prompting the government to call for a quick enquiry.   The spokeswoman said smoke hampered rescue operations initially and that an investigation would be launched soon.

Kvaerner Bags Two Contracts for Disposal of Platforms

Photo: Aker BP

 Kvaerner has entered into an agreement with Allseas for the recycling of the topside and bridge of the 36-year-old Valhall QP platform when Allseas removes this installation for operator Aker BP in 2019. The structures will be deconstructed during winter 2019 and spring 2020.   Kvaerner has also

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