588 Danish Startup


Cornerstone Maritime, a newly formed ship management company based in Denmark has unveiled plans to act as commercial manager of the Ierax effective from May 10, 2019. Cornerstone Maritime would also handle all chartering and operations of the 15,885 dwt tanker, which was built in 1998. The company was founded by Simon Toft, the head of the ship-brokerage Casos Shipping for the past five years.



558 corrosion


ABS, Google Cloud and Ukrainian software company SoftServe have completed a pilot project using artificial intelligence (AI) models to detect corrosion and coating breakdown on ships and offshore structures. The project successfully demonstrated the accuracy of AI in detecting and assessing structural anomalies found during visual inspection. According to ABS, AI techniques could also be used to analyze images over time to understand corrosion and coating breakdown trends. Computerized interpretation of digital imagery pairs well with drone-based inspection, another area that ABS has pioneered for ships and offshore structures. Drone surveys generate extensive digital video footage, which can potentially be "scanned" by AI or computer vision techniques to detect anomalies. ABS' technology relies on much more sophisticated AI tools developed by Google Cloud.



557 gateway

APM Terminals Gothenburg has launched The Gothenburg Gateway, a new concept in Swedish logistics. The system
combines fast, efficient freight trains, an efficient container port that loads between trains and ships, and more ocean-going vessels calling the port. It is designed to ensure that a container placed on a freight train anywhere in Sweden will be loaded onto a large ocean-going vessel within 48 hours. The approach is expected to reduce the transit time to Shanghai by at least a week.

557 mpa

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has stated that masters and owners of vessels that exceed the 0.5% sulphur cap after January 1, 2020 could face up to two years in prison. Failing to use an approved abatement technology such as a scrubber, alternative fuel or compliant fuel will result in non-compliance. The authority will inspect both Singapore-registered ships as well as foreign-flagged vessels visiting the port and employ fuel-testing service providers for detailed laboratory analysis of fuel samples. It will also deploy electronic systems for ships to declare their method of compliance before arrival. Along with other nations, Singapore already banned open-loop scrubbers from discharging washwater, the waste liquid containing impurities after airborne sulphur emissions have been removed.

557 drone

The Danish Maritime Authority is another country taking enforcement to another level. Using a drone provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency, ship emissions will be randomly tested for sulphur content. The readings from the drone will be immediately transmitted to Danish authorities who will follow up with ship if the readings indicate a level of non-compliance. The project will contribute to a more efficient enforcement of the sulphur rules, ensuring fair competition for shipping companies and less pollution from ships. The drone will operate in an area north of The Great Belt, where many large tankers pass when going to and from the Baltic Sea.

556 CLIA


CLIA has reported that the cruise industry continued to grow in 2018, with a 6.7 percent increase from 2017 to 2018. This reflects a total of 28.5 million passengers who traveled onboard cruise ships last year. Around 14.2 million passengers in 2018 were from North America, representing 49.9 percent of global ocean passengers. In addition, 25.1 percent of total passengers came from Europe, followed by Asia-Pacific and South America.



556 France Speed Limits


In a bid to slash the industry’s emissions, France is arguing for a global speed limit for the shipping industry around the globe through a submission to the International Maritime Organization. France believes that in order to meet the climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement, shipping needs to act faster than goals set out by IMO to get decarbonisation regulations moving by 2023. Reducing speed for most ship sectors is one option for a transitionary, temporary measure.



556 Singapore Fuel 2


Home to the world’s largest refueling station, Singapore says it will have enough low-sulfur fuel next year to meet new demand tied to the required reduction in sulphur emissions. The country has been working with big oil refiners and shipowners and is confident that they will have enough fuel that is compliant with new industry rules for 2020. Large oil companies have been active in Singapore, testing new fuels to ensure that they are safe and usable on all ships. The new fuels are expected to cost 40% more than traditional bunker fuel, boosting operators’ annual fuel bill by as much as $15 billion.



Friday, 12 April 2019 14:33

South Africa approves scrubber use

556 South Africa Scrubbers


The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has announced that it will accept all types of approved exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), or scrubbers, including both open loop and closed loop, for use in its territorial waters. These areas include Cape Town, Saldanha Bay, Port Nolloth, Port of Ngqura, East London, Durban, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, and Richards Bay.



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Speaking in Istanbul, Simon Bennett, Deputy Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) warned today that avoiding overcapacity and unsustainably low freight rates is still a major challenge ten years after the massive downturn of 2008. Mr. Bennett said, “In that time shipping companies needed to show restraint when ordering new ships, to prevent stifling recovery. Yet the dark clouds of protectionism and slowing growth in key economies mean that the avoidance of overordering is now more important than ever.” Furthermore, he noted that overcapacity in the shipbuilding sector will continue to be a temptation.



555 Seaspan


Singapore offshore company Swiber Holdings is being restructured, with Seaspan signing an investment agreement worth up to $200 million last Friday. Under the new agreement, Seapsan will invest $10m to take an 80% shareholding interest in a new holding company to be incorporated into which certain assets of the existing Swiber Group will be transferred.



555 CoscoSeaspan


Seaspan and COSCO Shipping Energy have signed an agreement for strategic cooperation to strengthen collaboration on opportunities relating to LNG investments, LNG projects, LNG transportation, ethane transportation, or other related and mutually beneficial projects. The agreement is geared to take advantage of COSCO’s experience in the building, operation, and management of LNG vessels, and Seaspan’s experience in the operation and management of containerships, as well as the networks and experience of its board members in the energy sector. 



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