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Number 245 *** COLLECTION OF MARITIME PRESS CLIPPINGS *** Thursday 01-09-2016
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The Iskes Towage & Salvage owned and Port Towage operated tug ARION attending
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The HATHOR (IMO 9373280) moored in St Nazaire for main engine repairs
Photo : Emmanuel Godillon

Drastic decline in piracy, sea robberies in

Malaysian waters


Piracy and sea robbery cases in Malaysian waters saw a drastic decline, compared to the previous year. Malaysian
Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director-general Admiral Datuk Seri Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said that from
January to August this year, only one case was reported, compared to eight cases in the corresponding period last
year. This years case occurred in Johor waters, while last year, four cases were reported in the South China Sea, two
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cases in Johor and one each at Malacca Straits and Sulu Sea, he said. Puzi was speaking at the 5th MIMA South China
Sea Conference 2016, themed Reshaping the SCS Maritime Agenda, here today. He said that to avoid becoming
victims of piracy and sea robberies, MMEA has been conducting thorough checks involving more than 20,000 boats
and ships in the first eight month of this year. "Last year, MMEA inspected more than 33,000 ships and boats at the
countrys waters and eight cases were recorded. By conducting such checks, we hope no piracy and sea robbery
cases would occur in the country, he said. Puzi said that in order to strengthen his arsenal, MMEA is also cooperating
with littoral states such as the Japan Coast Guard. This is the best approach as the Japan team has a lot of
experience in tackling various issues in their waters. We observe and learn from them. We are also maintaining close
contact with Interpol on any possible threats in our waters, he said adding that the public could also assist by
reporting any suspicious elements . source : New Straits times


The HANJIN JUNGIL Photo : Seaspan Coroporation (c) CLICK at the photo and hyperlink in text !
Seaspan has not, relented to Hanjins request for cut charter rates. We firmly maintain our position that the contract
is the contract.
Peter Curtis
Chief Operating Officer
Seaspan Corporation.

Seaspan's Gerry Wang rules out charter rate

cuts for Hanjin Shipping

The sooner the better for a merger between Hanjin Shipping and HMM, says Seaspan chief executive
SEASPAN is not prepared to reduce charter rates for ships on hire to Hanjin Shipping under any circumstances. That is
the unequivocal message from Seaspan chief executive Gerry Wang after weekend
indications that the New York-listed shipowner was ready to make some concessions
on charter fees. Seaspan will never agree to charter rate renegotiations, Mr Wang
told Lloyd's List. They have to stay intact. He made it clear that should Hanjin
Shipping take unilateral action to cut charter rates, Seaspan would never have any
business contact with the line again. However, Seaspan is willing to help in other
ways, said Mr Wang. That could involve, for example, investing in a revamped Hanjin
Shipping should a new ownership structure take shape, or ordering ships on behalf of
the South Korean line. But nothing could be decided until the outcome of the current
crisis is known, said Mr Wang. He was speaking as news emerged from South Korea
that Hanjin Shipping could face court receivership after its creditors, led by Korea
Development Bank, opted not to provide any more assistance to the shipping line.
The group's financial improvement plan failed to meet demands set out by creditors,
a source among the creditor banks' representatives, told Lloyd's List. Hanjin Shipping indicated on Monday that
Seaspan had finally agreed to work with South Korea's Hanjin Shipping over charter rate adjustments. A statement
issued by Hanjin Group said Hanjin Shipping had made significant progress in talks with charter owners over rate
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adjustments and discussions with foreign creditors to delay debt repayments. According to an official, the statement
mentioned that Seaspan had "agreed to adjust the charter rate in alternative ways", while global financial companies
had "expressed consent" regarding Hanjin's proposal to postpone the repayment of loans, which the shipping line had
taken out to finance vessels. Mr Wang reiterated, though, that a contract is a contract and that there could be no
changes of the sort that Hanjin Shipping appeared to suggest. Seaspan has three 10,000 teu vessels on charter to
Hanjin Shipping, and has said in the past it was prepared to withdraw them rather than agree to any concessions. In
addition, four sister vessels are managed by Seaspan on behalf of its partner, asset management group Carlyle. The
South Korean line has fallen behind on charter payments with the amount now owed to Seaspan thought to be
approaching $18m, although Mr Wang said his company was in a strong financial position and could easily cope with
the arrears. Mr Wang also said he was pushing for a merger of Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine to
create one single South Korean container line. Such discussions are going on behind the scenes, Mr Wang revealed. In
his view, the sooner the better as far as combining the two is concerned, he continued. HMM is preparing to join the
2M alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co, and a merger with Hanjin Shipping would inevitably trigger
another shake-up of alliance memberships. Hanjin Shipping is currently a member of another planned group,The
Alliance, alongside Hapag-Lloyd and several Asian carriers. Source: lloydslist

The MSC NAMIBIA II (Ex Maersk Vermont) inbound for Antwerp

Photo : M., P. & Ph. van Luik

Tankers shell out extra insurance costs amid

escalation in West Africa piracy

Tankers moving through the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa are paying additional insurance premiums compared with
relatively safer sea lanes due to escalation of piracy incidents and sea robberies in the region, and there will be serious
concerns if these criminal activities become enmeshed with political disputes, a senior industry official said
Tuesday.Additional premiums have to be paid by shipowners if their ships move through, load or discharge cargoes
from this region, Intertanko's London-based Marine Director, Phillip Belcher, said on the sidelines of the International
'Safety at Sea' conference in Singapore.He said these premiums have to be paid because Nigeria and a major chunk of
the Gulf of Guinea are among the listed areas -- for hull war, piracy, terrorism and related perils -- of the Joint War
Committee of the Lloyd's Markets Association which comprises of underwriting representatives. International
Association of Independent Tanker Owners, or Intertanko, is one of the largest groupings in the shipping industry,
with 210 full members and 268 associate members, and a registered fleet of over 3,600 tankers of over 312 million
dwt.Belcher said all shipowners whose vessels are passing through the Gulf of Guinea have to notify the insurer of the
measures being taken to mitigate the risk and accordingly the premiums are finalized on a case by case basis. Nigeria's
problems aren't restricted to piracy and offshore robberies alone.According to market sources, West African crude
loading has taken a severe beating due to the unrest in Nigeria.A few weeks ago, Shell's Nigerian unit declared force
majeure for Bonny Light crude liftings. A month earlier the company ended its force majeure due to another leak on
the same pipeline. Nigeria's crude output is at its lowest levels in 30 years. Forcados, Brass River and Qua Iboe grades
have all been impacted by dreaded attacks and sabotage by terrorists, according to shipping industry officials and
analysts. Compared with the beginning of the year, crude loadings in Nigeria are down by 500,000 b/d, they
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said.Theoretically, this translates into disappearance of demand for one Suezmax every two days or 15 Suezmaxes a
month, they added. A Suezmax typically carries 1 million barrels of crude and is a popular mode for transporting
cargoes from West Africa."We are closely monitoring the situation and will be very concerned if current criminal
activities [around Nigeria] become a political football," said Belcher. A few years ago when piracy in the Gulf of Aden
was at its peak, strategic experts had expressed similar concerns over potential linkages with Islamist terrorism in
Somalia, though eventually no such major nexus was unravelled "Governments [in the region] should take all
measures to provide security to ships moving in the region and if they can't, they should allow private agencies to do
so," he said.However, some initiatives have been taken recently which have instilled confidence among market
participants and could help cap the shipping insurance premiums."There has not been any 'drastic rise' in these
premiums recently because of the public-private initiatives taken to control the piracy" menace in the region, said
Belcher.At least two or three protected anchorages have been set up close to the ports in the Gulf of Guinea where
ships are provided security by private armed guards, Belcher said."During delays at ports, ships will stay within these
anchorages and will nip in quickly into their berths at the stipulated time," he said.Countries along the Gulf of Guinea
do not permit private armed guards from outside on board the ships when they are in their territorial waters.Under
international law, territorial waters of a country are up to 12 nautical miles offshore. No such restrictions were in place
to handle maritime security along the Gulf of Aden because Somalia had been stripped of its territorial water rights
under international law."A model that has worked well is of unarmed private security contractors providing advisory
and guidance to the local armed guards," said Belcher. However, shipping sources said there was an element of
distrust with Nigerian government authorities concerned over "unarmed" guards actually being "armed". Belcher said
insurance premiums and shipping costs will fall if shipping lanes are secured with active patrolling in the
region."Situation has also shown some improvement with the setting up of a new piracy control system in region," he
said, referring to the Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade, or MDAT, that was set up by the UK and French navies in
June this year. It is aimed at coherent and quicker flow of information among all participants to tackle piracy in the
Gulf of Guinea and replaces the Maritime Trade and Information Sharing Centre that was shut down in June due to
political differences and lack of information sharing among member countries. Source : Platts

The tugs ARIHI, OTAGO and TAIAROA moored in Port Chalmers photo : Renee van Baalen (c)

Japan backs Kenya bid to protect fishing sector

and combat pirates

Kenyas efforts to fence in its fishery resources and rid its coast of pirates received crucial backing of Japan at the just
concluded Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad VI). Among the Ticad VI quick wins,
delegates resolved to co-operate in maritime security including, piracy, illegal fishing, armed robberies at sea and
other maritime crimes. Frequent piracy attacks have been blamed for delay and increased cost of imports while illegal
fishing is estimated to trawl away about Sh10 billion from Kenyas waters every year. As an outcome of the weekend
event, Japanese and African delegates pledged to cooperate in upholding a rules-based maritime order as reflected in
the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. We also underscore the importance of strengthening maritime
security and safety through international and regional cooperation as reflected in 2050 Africas Integrated Maritime
Strategy, in accordance with international maritime laws, the Nairobi Declaration and Implementation Plan reads in
part. Kenyas close 640-kilometre coastline has largely been seen as a playground for illegal fishers and other
criminals. The Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Agriculture has recently ordered a Sh3.6 billion ship in its bid to
tame illegal activities on Kenyas territorial waters including movement of fishing vessels from other countries. The
500-tonne vessel, which is expected in the country in January, has a maximum speed of 35 knots and capacity to carry
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up to 35 personnel. This implies that it may not adequately counter sophisticated vessels from advanced fishing
nations, some of which have higher speeds of up to 55 knots. Kenya has also been mulling setting up a coast guard to
keep its coastline safe. Japan, which is already involved in various counter-piracy efforts, is expected to lift Africas
capacity to boost its waters.This, according to the Ticad VI Nairobi declaration, will be implemented as a priority
through capacity building of maritime law enforcement authorities.The delegates also agreed to boost Kenyas
infrastructure through construction and management of ports, maritime corridors, airports, railroads, bridges and trunk
roads. These will be efficient in view of life-cycle cost, reliable, safe, resilient against natural disasters and
environmentally friendly to strengthen connectivity in Africa while utilising state-of-the-art infrastructure technology.
Source : businessdailyafrica

The DRAKE inbound in Lyttelton Photo : Bryan Shankland (c)

Hanjin Shipping to seek receivership, as ports

turn away its vessels
By Joyce Lee and Se Young Lee

The HANJIN EUROPE outbound from Rotterdam

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Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd said on Wednesday it would seek court receivership after losing the support of its banks, as
ports from China to Spain denied access to its vessels and a rival eyed some of the South Korean container liner's
assets.Banks led by state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) withdrew backing for the world's seventh-largest
container carrier on Tuesday, saying a funding plan by its parent group was inadequate to tackle debt that stood at
5.6 trillion won ($5 billion) at the end of 2015. After Hanjin applies for receivership, the court will decide whether it
should remain alive as a going concern or be dissolved, a Seoul Central District Court judge told Reuters on
Wednesday, declining to be named. That process usually takes one or two months but is expected to be accelerated in
Hanjin's case, the judge said. A bankruptcy for Hanjin Shipping would be the largest ever for a container shipper in
terms of capacity, according to consultancy Alphaline, exceeding the 1986 collapse of United States Lines.South
Korea's ailing shipbuilders and shipping firms, which for decades were engines of its export-driven economy, are in the
midst of a wrenching restructuring, and KDB's decision not to continue keeping Hanjin Shipping afloat shows the
government is taking a tougher stance with troubled corporate groups."The government will swiftly push forth
corporate restructuring following the rule that companies must figure out how to survive and find competitiveness on
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their own while taking responsibility," Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho said. Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd the country's
second-largest shipping line, will look to acquire its rival's healthy assets, including profit-making vessels, overseas
business networks and key personnel, South Korea's Financial Services Commission said. A Hyundai Merchant Marine
spokesman told Reuters nothing had been decided on potential acquisition of Hanjin assets and that the firm will hold
talks with KDB. Hyundai Merchant Marine is also in the process of a voluntary debt restructuring. South Korea's oceans
ministry estimates a two- to three-month delay in the shipping of some Korean goods that were to be transported by
Hanjin Shipping, and plans to announce in September cargo-handling measures which could include Hyundai Merchant
Marine taking over some routes, a ministry spokesman said on Wednesday. KDB's move to pull the plug was already
having an impact on Hanjin's operations. Ports including those in Shanghai and Xiamen in China, Valencia, Spain, and
Savannah in the U.S. state of Georgia had blocked access to Hanjin ships on concerns they would not be able to pay
fees, a company spokeswoman told Reuters. Another vessel, the HANJIN ROME, was seized in Singapore late on
Monday by a creditor, according to court information. Shinhan Investment said in a report on Wednesday that Hanjin
would have difficulty operating even if a rehabilitation process is initiated, as the company would face lawsuits from
creditors and clients, the cancellation of ship leases and attempts by creditors to size Hanjin's vessels. Global shipping
firms have been swamped by overcapacity and sluggish demand, with Hanjin booking a net loss of 473 billion won in
the first half of the year. Charter rates for medium-sized container ships have dropped from around $26,000 a day in
2010 to $13,000 per day now, according to data from shipping consultancy Clarkson. Container rates from Shanghai to
the U.S west coast have more than halved since then, from around $2,000 per 40-foot container in January 2010 to
$596 per 40-foot box last week, data from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange shows. Shares in Hanjin Shipping have
been suspended after plunging 24 percent on Tuesday. Korean Air Lines, Hanjin Shipping's largest shareholder, ended
1.5 percent higher on Wednesday, outperforming a 0.25 percent drop in the broader market, on investor relief that the
flag carrier would not have to support the troubled shipper going forward. Source: reuters (Additional reporting
by Chang-ho Lee in SEOUL and Keith Wallis in SINGAPORE; Writing by Tony Munroe; Editing by
Muralikumar Anantharaman)

The Tuna Purse Seiner FRIESLAND arriving in Lyttelton for docking and survey
Photo : Bryan Shankland (c)

Van Oord: Impressive ground improvement

project in Kuwait delivered

Van Oord successfully executed the impressive ground improvement project for client Kuwait National Petroleum
Company (KNPC). The project, which started in 2014, involved the reclamation of 65 million cubic metres of sand and
extensive soil improvement. The reclamation area of 1,320 ha is intended for one of the largest oil refining plants in
the Middle East. Upon completion the Al-Zour Refinery will produce 615,000 barrels per day and has a strategic goal of
supplying low-sulphur fuel. The refinery will be constructed on the reclaimed land in a sabkha area, a salt plain near
the coast, 30 kilometres north of the Saudi border. The reclamation project, executed by Van Oord, was the first phase
of KNPCs investment programme for this new refinery. Van Oord continues to work for KNPC in Kuwait. This project
comprises land reclamation for the construction of a port and the first phase of a LNG import facility. Source: Van

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H&H will supply HVAC for the Worlds First

Discovery Yacht

We proudly announce that Heinen & Hopman is to supply the HVAC systems for the worlds first Discovery Yacht:
the SCENIC ECLIPSE. SCENIC ECLIPSE is a six-star mega yacht that is being developed by Australian cruise
operator Scenic. Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a completely new level in terms of technology, size and luxury.
Designed to deliver a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience for just 228 guests, Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a
whole new level, providing the opportunity to explore the most beautiful destinations on earth.
Yard: Uljanik JSC Pula
Type: Discovery Yacht
Length: 165 m.
Guests: 228 (200 on Arctic voyage)
Crew: 172

Luxury and adventure

Suites with private verandahs, an exclusive spa sanctuary, butler service for every guest and an abundance of space
onboard. These are just some of the elements that provide a 6-star cruising experience. Besides the ultimate luxury
experience onboard, the Scenic Eclipse features numerous discovery experiences: Shore excursions, zodiac excursions,
kayaking, scuba-diving and even sea exploring in a submarine. From the Arctic to Antarctica and everywhere in
Innovative design
SCENIC ECLIPSE doesnt only feature stunning exterior design, its also claimed to be the worlds safest and most
technologically advanced discovery yacht. The vessel will have the highest passenger ship Ice Class rating of Ice Class
1A (Polar Class 6 in the new classification), allowing it to operate deep into the Arctic and Antarctic.
Heinen & Hopman HVAC
Heinen & Hopman was awarded the contract to supply the HVAC for the accommodation and technical spaces as
well as the Provision Cooling Plant.
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Design Conditions
Outside-Inside Tropical: +35C/85%Rh +22C/55%Rh
Outside-Inside Arctic: -15C/--%Rh +22C/30%Rh
Challenges & Solutions
Limited space
The ship is a luxury cruise ship with many of the qualities of a super yacht. This also means that the space for HVAC is
very limited due to the large number and sizes of the cabins, high ceilings and lots of balconies on the sides. Hence
limited space for ventilation and all other disciplines.
This results in out of the ordinary solutions when it comes to finding space for ducts and equipment such as:
trunks through small spaces behind cabins and wardrobes
trunks partly going through outside spaces, covered adequately with extra trunks
using smallest spaces below raised floors (theatre)
customizing main equipment for confined spaces.
Energy saving
Compared to a yacht, for this project there is a high focus on energy saving systems such as:
rotating enthalpy exchangers
variable speed AC, fresh air and fans controlled by air demand and CO2 monitoring (public areas)
engine waste heat recovery
The ship will be equipped with a standalone HVAC control system with Ethernet TCP/ IP communication with fiberglass
backbone to ensure sufficient bandwidth and speed of data transfer.
Many levels of operation are herewith possible such as:
full local control of the HVAC equipment due to de-centralized control equipment
over all monitoring and control on the central PC
remote monitoring and control via the ship's own network system (browser oriented), even via Wi-Fi connected
land based monitoring and control via guarded/ firewall protected controls.
Cabin AC
Cabins will be equipped with one or more state-of-the-art designed fan coil units. They will be built in, in such a way
that they remain serviceable but still require very little space. Their controller is a newly designed wall mounted unit, 4
inch touchscreen type. It controls the room's temperature by cooling, variable automatic airflow and stepless
reheating. It can even match the room's color mood by a subtle led lit ring around the edge. All fan coils will also be
connected with the network and have interfacing with balcony doors and hotel management for automatic adjustment
to ECO/ Ventilation mode on occupancy or presence. In Eco mode, it also controls the fresh air supply and exhaust for
correct balancing.
Safe Return to Port class requirements
The vessel has to comply with "safe return to port" requirements meaning that the passengers and crew must have a
safe area in the vessel, with proper climate conditions and food/water. The HVAC systems must be designed in such a
way that its functions in designated areas will not be compromised when one of the main vertical fire zones or a water
tight compartment is compromised. This means creating clear possibility of separation (piping) and splitting up of
capacities of main equipment for cooling, heating and provisions and installation in at least two different zones.
Launching on August 31 2018, Scenic Eclipse will embark on her maiden voyage from Istanbul to Venice before sailing
to the Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords.

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Vattenfall adopts James Fisherspioneering

marine project optimisation system,

James Fisher Marine Services secures order from one of Europes leading energy companies, Vattenfall, for

Vattenfall will utilise Mermaid for the strategic planning of its offshore wind farm operations

Mermaid is a sophisticated marine project optimisation and weather risk mitigation system set to enable
huge operational cost-savings
James Fisher Marine Services, part of James Fisher and
Sons plc, is proud to announce that Vattenfall, one of
Europes leading -wind park operators, has ordered a full
Mermaid system license for the strategic planning of its
offshore wind farm operations. Mermaid provides
increased understanding of the impact of weather and tidal
forces on a project's schedule to companies involved in
marine operations. By accurately simulating marine
operations against historical weather and tidal data,
Mermaid enables enhanced decision-making in the early
planning stages to support significant cost-savings through
project optimisation.Since its launch by Mojo Maritime - a
trading division of JFMS -in autumn 2015, Mermaid has
seen significant interest from the marine industry, and become intrinsic to early adopters project planning processes.
Vattenfall was a key participant in the development of the Mermaid system, providing user testing and feedback during
its late development phases prior to launch and has gone on to order a full license. Mermaid is a comprehensive
solution for our marine weather risk modelling. We need to know how much and for how long the weather will cost us,
and Mermaid supplies the answers. Its fully flexible, being able to model the smallest operations to largescaleprogrammes and its easy-to-use interface allows us to model fast, and iterate project plans quickly. Explained
Anne Lina Holy, project simulation analyst at Vattenfall.
With a proven track record of success, Mermaid allows users to realistically simulate marine operations to uncover
risks and critical operations prior to going offshore, which can be critical to the success and cost-effectiveness of an
operation. Its flexible licensing model makes it affordable for the smallest marine operators to the largest project
developers and new users can benefit from a two-week trial period as well.The high quality platform design ensuring
that policies for data security and data protection are met, as well as a reliable update mechanism, means that
Mermaid fits easily within our IT policies and infrastructure, said Anders Wilhelmsson, IT demand, business area wind
at Vattenfall. Not to mention, the support from Mojo developers is first-class; responsive, helpful and knowledgeable.
Holy adds. James Fisher Marine Services was formed in 2008 to provide a single contractual interface to the specialist
marine and subsea services provided by the companies within the James Fisher group. JFMS specialises in project
management, engineering and consultancy services for the marine renewable energy industry. With its experienced
team of analysts, engineers, naval architects and master mariners we have built a successful track record supporting
multiple high profile projects in offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. In addition to this, Mojo Maritime, a trading
division of JFMS, actively develops a range of products geared towards reducing the inherent risks and costs of
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Cleaning up Offshore Beaver tackles UXO

clearance in Germany

Recently, the 4-point mooring Diving Support Vessel OFFSHORE BEAVER completed the Unexploded Ordnance
(UXO) clearance operations on the north German windfarm of Nordegrnde. The vessel was chartered by James Fisher
Subsea (JFSS), who in cooperation with their German partner GSS Hansa Offshore GmbH (GSS) were contracted by
the windfarm developer OWP Nordergrnde GmbH & Co KG for the clearance of all identified subsea magnetic
anomalies. JFSS and GSS together utilised divers and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) on two Dive Support
Vessels, Offshore Beaver managed by Workships Contractors BV and the Smit Orca of Boskalis Offshore. The
is a Diving Support
Vessel certified under
the Special Purpose
Ship (SPS) Code to
dimensions of 50 x
platform with over
300 m2 of free deck
amount of deck space
forward mounted 24 tonne offshore crane, gives subsea contractors a lot of flexibility in the equipment layout they
need. The OFFSHORE BEAVER can lay and recover her 4point mooring spread in over 1 knot of current whether directly
or pre-layed. This workability was tested in the summer of
2015 when she achieved 5 pre-lay mooring spreads in 24
hours on one busy day on the Gode Wind Farm for DEME
Geosea. The unique environmental challenges of Nordegrnde
made a vessel like the Offshore Beaver essential to the
successful clearance of identified UXO contacts. The
Nordegrnde windfarm, consisting 18 Senvion 6.2M126 wind
turbines, is located in Jade Weser river estuary in Lower
Saxony. This is an area of sand banks which are in constant
flux due to the
makes both the
station keeping of
the vessel and the
position fixing of
due to her shallow
anchor pattern and
ability to lay dry was the correct tool for solving the clearance of the
shallow water targets. It was common practice to lay aground, clear of the
target location during low water, and then reposition on the anchor spread
during the rising tide so that the divers or ROV could resume their
complicated task of locating, identifying and clearing of UXO. The nearby port of Wilhelmshaven was historically one of
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Germanys most significant naval ports and shipyards and was heavily targeted in both World Wars. Both military
training and the subsequent bombing and shelling resulted in many UXO targets to be investigated and cleared by the
highly qualified divers of GSS who are certified under German legislation to identify and categorise UXO. Older
munitions from the era of World War One were normally categorised as safe for road transport and were disposed of
ashore by the KMBD (Kampfmittelbeseitigungsdienst Niedersachsen); while larger or more recent munitions could only
be safely destroyed offshore. It was with these that the Offshore Beaver came into her own by transporting them to
the Strtebeker Sandbank. There, she would go aground on a falling tide, to allow the UXO to be safely lowered onto
the exposed sandbank, before floating off on the next high water. Bomb disposal experts of the German military would
then land by fast work boat on the next low water to destroy the UXO via a controlled detonation. The identification
and disposal of such a large number of targets in the winter months in the North Sea can only be completed if you
have the right equipment paired with competent and experienced personnel who work together for the success of the
project. On the Offshore Beaver, our highly experienced Masters and crew were able to lay and recover the anchor
spread in high current and wind conditions, sometimes with only one meter of water beneath the keel. Through their
efforts, the divers and ROV Pilots of JFSS and GSS were able to take advantage of the maximum number of tidal
windows in what was a very challenging time of the year for subsea operations. The excellent cooperation between
the operations personnel offshore and management teams onshore allowed the entire project to work as team, not
only through times of good weather and high production but also bad weather and technical challenges caused by
handling anchors in such shallow water. Nordergrnde is an example of how a windfarm site can be safely and
efficiently cleared of UXO when the correct equipment is handled in cooperation with competent people.

The TIDEWAY ROLLINGSTONE operating close to the ALT (Arctic Loading Terminal) as seen from the SEAHORSE
Photo : Richard de Jong 2/O DPO/ROV Pilot DPFPV Seahorse (c)
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International Unions Welcome Australian High

Court Decision on Offshore Oil and Gas Worker

The ITF (International Transport Workers Federation) has welcomed a decision by Australias High Court to rule invalid
a decision by the nations conservative government to exempt workers on vessels in the multi-billion dollar offshore oil
and gas industry from domestic visa requirements. The exemption, granted by the Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton,
in December 2015 was overturned by the High Court today following a case lodged by the Maritime Union of Australia
(MUA) and Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU). The long-running saga was thwarted first by the Australian
Senate in July 2014 and then the full federal court in March 2015. Todays decision in the High Court was unanimous.
ITF President and MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said: Bringing in often exploited foreign workers is a
dangerous attack on the rights and safe working conditions of seafarers, regardless of their nationality. The ITF
welcomes the decision which helps rehabilitate Australia's international reputation for adversarial and destructive
attacks on the trade union movement. The offshore industry in any countrys territory must be the domain of the
national workforce as it involves the development of that country's sovereign and public wealth.ITF Maritime
Coordinator Jacqueline Smith said: It is clear that the failed legislation and subsequent circumvention by the
Australian government that was rejected by the High Court today was partly driven by international hydrocarbon
players including Chevron and Allseas. "This is a great victory for the protection of workers rights in the offshore
industry all over the world."AMOU President Tim Higgs said: The Government has hugely overreached with these
tricky legislative instruments. The Ministers attempts to bypass existing laws and give unfettered work rights to nonAustralian workers was always a terrible idea.

The AVELONA STAR outbound from IJmuiden Photo : Patrick Deenik (c)

Shipping alliances court Caribbean terminals in

pursuit of certainty

By : Greg Miller
The days of multiuser container terminals could be coming to an end in the Caribbean, and dominant vessel-sharing
agreements are leading the way as container lines push for more stability and certainty at their transshipment hubs,
according to the head of a Colombian container terminal. Carriers are saying: We want to be with you, the volumes
are going to be large, we can commit for the long term, but we need to change the rules of the customer-provider
relationship, said Benedetti Giovanni Benedetti, vice president SPRC, which operates two highly successful multiuser
terminals in Cartagena. SPRC has recently received a lot of offers from carriers that have featured joint venture,
long-term partnerships, dedicated facilities, and/or equity-for-volume structures, he said. Because these services are
getting so large, the alliances concerns about their hubs are understandable, he said. If they are at a single hub,
they think: If these guys collapse, my system collapses.The challenge from the terminal operators perspective is that
in return for longer-term commitments, carriers will of course press you on rates, said Benedetti. The alliances are
now driving most of the decision-making process, said Juan Carlos Croston, marketing vice president at Panamas
Manzanillo International Terminal, which is operated by SSA International. This decision-making process is not
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necessarily based on which terminal is providing the best service, but on which of the partners (in the alliance) have
equity in which of the terminals. This dynamic could create more pressure on unaligned terminals to partner with
container lines, lest they be left out of future service maps. You could see more terminal operators allowing shipping
lines to take stakes in their facilities in exchange for volume, said Croston. If youre a hub and youre seeing volumes
being driven somewhere else because of equity, you may try to find a partner. Croston said CMA CGMs recent joint
venture deal with terminal operator PSA International in Singapore is a sign of things to come. The deal covers four
berths at the port of Singapore, allowing CMA CGM and its affiliates to better serve mega vessels at that hub. MIT
has not experienced the kind of carrier offers reported at SPRC. We have not yet had an approach, said Carlos
Urriola, senior vice president of SSA parent Carrix said. When asked about the trend generally he said: Weve seen it.
Not in our house, but in our neighborhood. Olivier Tretout, CEO of Kingston Freeport Terminal Ltd., agreed that
container lines are trying to put down more roots at transshipment hubs. When you (a container line) are a
shareholder in a terminal, you can negotiate some commercial conditions and you are represented in the
management, so you can see what the numbers are. It is logical for a shipping line to elect a 'domicile,' to be at home.
And the strongest long-term commitment you can have is equity, he said. However, the alliances evolving hub
strategy faces several challenges, the first of which is severely depressed freight rates. In downturns of the past, liners
have tried to sell non-core assets like terminal interests to boost liquidity, not increase their non-core investments.
The curious thing is that these terminal facilities cost a lot of money and container lines supposedly dont have a lot of
money, said Benedetti. A lot of capital is needed to develop or acquire existing facilities.Urriola speculated that
ocean carriers will push for volume-for-equity deals that do not involve cash investments. The problem with equityfor-volume deals for terminals is that you get hit twice: you give equity away for free and then you get hit again
because the carrier wants a lower-rate, he said. Another hurdle alliances hub strategy must overcome is conflict
between alliance members over which hub to use. Such a conflict is already apparent in the Caribbean among Ocean
Alliance members CMA CGM and Evergreen Line. CMA CGM operates a container terminal in Kingston, Jamaica, while
Evergreen Line owns Panamas Colon Container Terminal. The location of both in the Caribbean means that the lines
must choose which one to use as their main transshipment hub. One possible solution to such an impasse is an equity
swap of terminal interests among alliance members, and several sources said that the Ocean Alliance is discussing this
possibility. The last challenge to long-term relationships between alliances and hubs is the fragility of the alliances
themselves. Alliances dont last more than a few years, so I would expect that these deals (with terminals) would be
subject to the alliance still being together, said Urriola. In other words, if the alliance is broken, the deal is broken.
In a volume-for-equity deal, this could take the form of an agreement wherein an alliance that pulls back on promised
volumes would lose a commensurate amount of its joint-venture equity and decision-making power. This would not
provide much assurance for the hub partner, Urriola believes. It would be like marrying a sailor, he said. You know
that six months after the wedding, hes going back to sea and youll probably never see him again. Source: The
Journal of Commerce

The POLAR STAR moored in Las Palmas Photo : Alan Soutar (c)

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OPS (Offshore Project Support) has formed a joint venture with DHSS (Den Helder Support Service), DHAS
(Den Helder Aircraft Systems), Glomar Offshore & GEOxyz to provide a complete package of specialized
services above and below water in the offshore energy industry. The joint venture, called OPS, has resulted in one
team with multiple disciplines in house. A diverse fleet of vessels as well as ROV, Diving, Drone, Rope Access and
Geotechnical inspection services, can be carried out by one player. Including an in house Ships Agency, with
warehousing services & Helicopter Logistics, OPS is the single point of contact to deliver a wide scope of assets &
services. The vessel fleet consists out of various purpose built offshore support vessels and its management has over
40 year experience in Offshore services of a wide range of activities. Worldwide we are able to offer customized
options and solutions for every project.With an in house Ships Agency and logistics department, OPS also stands for
integrated logistics services, with the highest safety and environmental standards in place. OPS Logistics is always
focused on improving its efficiency and quality of services on a 24/7 basis. Beside project logistics, OPS also provides
helicopter services, 3PL warehousing and freight forwarding services worldwide and has several bases with
outstanding dedicated specialists. For specialized inspections above water, OPS has a fully licensed and by Dutch
government authorized RPAS (Drone) operation in place. OPS operates various types of unmanned aircrafts, to collect
data and imagery in live or captured formats. A solution for inspections via unmanned aircraft systems gives potential
clients a cost saving insight in the state of the object. With regards to underwater activities, OPS is specialized in
hydrographic, geophysical & geotechnical surveys. Founding partner GEOxyz provides these services with own highly
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professional and specialized staff, advanced technologies and state-of-the-art survey systems. GEOxyz employs more
than 60 personnel and owns a fleet of dedicated survey vessels.In all services, the main goal of OPS is to provide
ingenuity to our clients - with a well thought solution in every stage, from preparation to execution, resulting in a
smart, efficient, cost reducing and a safe project. OPS is the reliable service provider in the offshore energy industry
whereby the customer will receive all services with one single point of contact.
OPS Managing Director, Niels Noordeloos, said: I strongly believe in cooperation and with this new cooperation it
allows us to deliver our clients a complete package of service with the best solution. Wim Schouwenaar, CEO of DHSS
and founding partner of OPS, said: We belief that joint forces and shared knowledge of a wide range of services is
one of the key elements to accelerate, especially in the Offshore Wind, an Industry which is strongly focused on cost
efficiency. By partnering in OPS, we have created a body which can operate at a high qualified level against a very
cost effective rate.

The bouytender TERSCHELLING exchanging navigation bouys in IJmuiden with the background seen
The Superyacht A approaching the IJmuiden locks inbound for Amsterdam
Photo : Capt Dirk de Boer Master Terschelling

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HALs ZUIDERDAM docked at Akureyri, Iceland on her present cruise Vikings Passage.
Photo : Rich Fontaine Security Officer Zuiderdam (c)

Caterpillar Marine Asset Intelligence and

SpecTec cooperate to raise maintenance
management efficiency and cut costs

The parties are working on a joint solution to facilitate improved predictive maintenance, extend service
intervals and reduce maintenance and repair costs
Caterpillar Marine Asset Intelligence has announced a new innovative project with maintenance management specialist
SpecTec focused on optimizing ship maintenance. This joint accomplishment promises to reduce ship maintenance
costs by enabling unnecessary maintenance to be deferred for shipboard equipment that is operating properly and
identifying potential issues for action before a failure negatively impacts operations. By means of the integrated
solution, onboard sensor data that is automatically gathered and analyzed by the Cat Asset Intelligence onboard
predictive analytics platform, can also be integrated into SpecTecs computerized maintenance management system,
AMOS. When deemed necessary as a result of component analytics a work order can be automatically generated
requiring service either at the next convenient time, or immediately if necessary. The plan is to make this available for
propulsion and other critical onboard systems for both Cat and non-Caterpillar equipment. Any service event that is
triggered by Cat Asset Intelligence component monitoring through AMOS may also be flagged to the relevant
classification for inclusion in ship records. This seamless process will avoid any risk of human error and reduces
administrative costs for busy seagoing engineering personnel. It is well-known that unnecessary maintenance can be
detrimental to the long-term performance of components on board a vessel and that many failures are not strictly
related to the passage of time or operating hours, said Ken Krooner, Caterpillar Marine Asset Intelligence Technology
and Operations Manager, announcing the upcoming cooperation/cooperative work with SpecTec in the week before
SMM opens its doors in Hamburg. In fact, there have been several studies that have found that up to 80% of
equipment failures are not-time-based by nature and that a significant percentage of these are caused by human
factors including unnecessary interventions during inspections or maintenance of components that are operating
perfectly well. By implementing predictive analytics on the vessel with Cat Asset Intelligence, we are able to
automatically and continuously analyze for random failures, along with degraded performance, and then notify ships
crew immediately when those conditions begin to manifest themselves through their performance data. Furthermore,
we can now automatically notify the crew, via AMOS work orders, to take action based on actual condition and help
our customers transition to a more proactive operations and maintenance strategy rather than rely strictly on a time
based strategy. These unnecessary interventions drive added maintenance cost and the failures drive more
downtime. Our cooperation with SpecTec should help make the maintenance of shipboard equipment more efficient. It
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could help cut costs both by preventing or deferring unnecessary maintenance for equipment that is operating
correctly and identifying potential issues before catastrophic failure. Its a win-win all round, Krooner added.AMOS is
shippings leading maintenance management system and is in use every day on thousands of vessels. SpecTec has
more than 7,000 ships set up with AMOS maintenance software on board. Progressively upgraded and refined over the
years, AMOS plays a key role in maximizing shippings uptime by enabling effective maintenance management of
todays complex vessels with as little human intervention as possible. The computerized maintenance system
dramatically reduces the risk of unexpected component breakdown, thereby improving safety at sea and minimizing
the risk of damage to the environment. SpecTec is a multinational company established in 1985, specialized in the
offering of Asset Management Software and services in the markets of shipping, oil and gas, defence, energy
production and distribution and land-based industry. The software AMOS (Asset Management Operating System)
allows operation and control of all technical and documentation aspects in planned and predictive maintenance, spare
parts and stock control, condition-based maintenance, purchasing and procurement, budgeting, quality and safety
management, location tracking (for vessels and mobile units), document control and distribution, risk management,
incident / accident / near miss, certificate management, auditing, non-conformity, quality work orders, selfassessment, personnel management and satellite data transfers. AMOS currently has 7300 active installations serviced
through a network of 21 offices around the world supported by more than 30 years of experience in the business.

The BBC ARIZONA arriving in Gibraltar Photo : Francis Ferro (c)

The livestock carrier BLUE OCEAN A anchored off Gibraltar for bunkers Photo : Francis Ferro (c)
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Two more LNG carriers to have WinGD dual

fuel engines

Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has been selected to supply two five-cylinder X72DF (5X72DF) dual fuel
engines for each of a pair of 180,000 cu.m LNG carriers ordered by South Korean shipowner SK Shipping Co., Ltd
(SK). The shipbuilding contract was signed in May 2016.The twin-skeg LNG carriers will be built by Hyundai Heavy
Industries (HHI) and the engines by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd
/ Engine & Machinery Division (HHI-EMD). They will be fitted with a
GTT Mark III Flex membrane cargo containment system. In addition,
the ships will feature HHIs Hi-SGAS system combining fuel system
supply for the two 5X72DF engines with the HiSGAS system that can
reliquefy 100 % of the boil off gas (BOG) from the cargo.The ships are
scheduled for delivery in 2019 with engines being supplied in Feb 2018
for the first vessel and in April 2018 for the second.This is SK's second
series of 180,000 cu.m LNG carriers to be fitted with WinGDs XDF
engines. In 2014, SK became the first shipowner to order the low-speed
low-pressure dual-fuel engines for LNG carriers. Those vessels are
being built by Samsung Heavy Industries and will be fitted with two
6cylinder X62DF engines each.The competitive capital and
maintenance costs were deciding factors for the choice of engine, as
was the safety aspect of the substantially simpler and lower-cost LNG
fuel handling system, which is designed for a pressure of less than 16
bar. Unlike dual-fuel Diesel cycle high-pressure gas injection
engines,says WinGD, the XDF engine family employs the low-pressure
Otto cycle combustion process, just requiring low-pressure gas
compressors, eliminating the need for high-pressure compressors, reducing energy use, equipment cost and
maintenance.In the Otto cycle combustion process the ignition of the compressed lean air-gas mixture is initiated by
injection of a small amount of liquid fuel.WinGDs XDF technology also permits stable operation on gas across the
entire load range from 5 ]% to 100%. Pilot fuel consumption is lower than with other low-speed dual-fuel engines,
because the ignition fuel proportion of the total heat released during combustion is below 1%. As well as running on
LNG, the 5X72DF engines can also use HFO, MDO and MGO as fuel when required. When running on LNG, the engines
can easily meet all IMO Tier III NOx requirements without the need for any exhaust treatment, thereby further
reducing equipment and maintenance costs.The ability to meet IMO Tier III NOx requirements is important as the two
ships have been contracted on long-term 20-year charters with SK E&S to carry shale gas LNG from the Freeport
Terminal in Texas, which is inside the North American ECA . "These new LNG carriers will be the second series
employing WinGDs X-DF technology in our fleet. We find that the competitive capital cost, excellent performance, low
maintenance and increased safety as well as highest environmental standards is a very attractive combination and
essential for commercial success in the highly demanding sector we operate in," said Mr. Harry Cho, Vice President of
SK Shipping. Source :Marinelog

Top maritieme sector in gesprek met Tweede

Kamerleden tijdens informele vaartocht

Op de eerste dag van de HISWA te Water organiseerde de maritieme sector, verenigd in Nederland Maritiem Land
(NML), een informele varende netwerkbijeenkomst met Tweede Kamerleden. Doel van de bijeenkomst was de impact
van het maritieme bedrijfsleven op de Nederlandse economie en werkgelegenheid te verduidelijken. Tijdens de
vaartocht door de Amsterdamse haven maakte de sector van de gelegenheid gebruik om met Kamerleden in gesprek
te gaan over actuele uitdagingen en kansen.
NML voorzitter Wim van Sluis verwelkomde fractieleden van de VVD, CDA, PVDA en de SP en schetste een beeld over
de substantile bijdrage die de maritieme sector aan de Nederlandse economie levert. Van Sluis vertelt: Wij hier aan
boord vertegenwoordigen meer dan 253.000 banen en ruim 3 procent van het BBP en zetten Nederland wereldwijd als
natie van economie van het water op de kaart. Met andere woorden, de Nederlandse maritieme sector bekleedt een
internationaal erkende toppositie. Verder gaf Van Sluis aan dat deze positie niet vanzelfsprekend behouden kan
worden. Zonder een internationaal Level Playingfield, gelijke interpretatie van wetgeving en een aantrekkelijk
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concurrerend vlagregister loopt Nederland het risico de positie kwijt te raken. Koen Overtoom, interim CEO
Havenbedrijf Amsterdam en NML bestuurslid, gaf
onderweg naar de werf van Holland Jachtbouw een korte
uitleg over de Amsterdamse haven en de kansen die er
liggen in de superjachtindustrie. Niet alleen met
betrekking tot nieuwbouw, maar ook met betrekking tot
het onder Nederlandse vlag brengen van superjachten en
de spin-off die dat oplevert voor de superjacht service
industrie. Vervolgens kregen de deelnemers een
exclusieve rondleiding over de werf van Holland
Jachtbouw, inclusief een kijkje aan boord van de
superjachten waaraan gewerkt wordt. Het laatste deel
van de vaartocht ging naar de nieuwe locatie van Royal
van Lent, onderdeel van de Feadship groep. Op deze
afbouwlocatie kunnen vanaf 2019 superjachten tot 160
meter gebouwd worden, of terecht voor een refit. NML
kijkt terug op een inspirerende en geslaagde dag en is blij dat Kamerleden zich in de maritieme sector interesseren en
mee willen helpen de (internationale) concurrentiepostie van de de sector te verstevigen en uit te bouwen. Nederland
Maritiem Land verbindt twaalf maritieme sectoren: havens, offshore, maritieme toeleveranciers, scheepsbouw,
zeevaart, waterbouw, maritieme dienstverlening en kennisinstituten, binnenvaart, Koninklijke Marine,
jachtbouw/watersportindustrie en visserij. Met 12.000 bedrijven die werkgelegenheid bieden aan zon 253.000
mensen, realiseert de sector een totale toegevoegde waarde van ruim 23 miljard euro.

Pivotal LNG, Crowleys Carib Energy Reach

Multi-Year Supply Agreement for Puerto Rico

Pivotal LNG announced today a multi-year agreement to sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Carib Energy LLC, a
Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary. Crowley will transport and deliver LNG from the U.S. mainland to its newest client,
Molinos de Puerto Rico, a subsidiary of Ardent Mills LLC, the islands leading supplier of flour as well as wheat, corn
and rice-based food ingredients. Crowleys partnership with Pivotal LNG continues to help our customers meet their
energy needs with cleaner, efficient fuel sources, said Crowley Vice President Greg Buffington. With Pivotal and
Crowleys logistics team working together, Molinos will be able to expand environmental sustainability efforts and
better manage weather-related power challenges that can affect Puerto Rico. Pivotal will load LNG onto international
shipping organization (ISO) containers, authorized by the U.S. Department of Transportation to carry approximately
10,000 gallons of LNG. Crowleys domestic logistics team will coordinate the over-the-road transport of the 40-foot ISO
containers to the companys Jacksonville, Fla., shipping terminal, where they will be loaded onto company-owned
vessels. Upon arrival on the island, Crowleys Puerto Rico-based logistics team will deliver the LNG to Molinos. There,
the LNG will be re-gasified and used for power consumption. We are proud to be working with Crowley and Molinos.
This project provides an environmentally friendly fuel to Molinos that will help reduce emissions in Puerto Rico and its
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dependency on other petroleum products, said Tim Delay, vice president of Pivotal LNG. Liquefied natural gas is a
clean, domestically produced, alternative fuel that can be used in multiple ways. This additional long-term sale of LNG
to Crowley showcases the value of LNG as an alternative energy source. Crowleys Carib Energy was the first
company to receive a small scale, 25-year, LNG export license from the U.S. Department of Energy for LNG
transportation from the U.S. into Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries. Shortly thereafter, a Crowley LNG services
group was formed to begin offering supply, transportation and distribution of LNG services via 10,000-gallon ISO
containers, and the company was additionally granted the first small-scale license for supply, transportation and
distribution of LNG into Non-Free Trade Agreement (NTFA) countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
Crowley is already supplying LNG to Coca-Cola Puerto Rico Bottlers in Cayey and Club Caribe in Cidra, both wholly
owned subsidiaries of CC1 Companies, and to a major pharmaceutical company on the island. The latest sales
agreement continues a partnership between Carib Energy and Pivotal LNG that began in 2014 for the sale and delivery
of LNG to the island. Over the past two years, Crowley's LNG group has safely transported more than 250 LNG
containers, comprising more than 2.6 million gallons, from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico.

The COPERNICUS N ( LR 9531454) discharging on a sunny Amsterdam morning. Photo : Piet Luijk

Metal debris recovered at oil rig grounding site

in Lewis

Dozens of pieces of debris, weighing up to 200lbs, have been found at the site where an oil rig grounded on the
Western Isles. The 17,000-tonne TRANSOCAN WINNER ran aground at Dalmore on Lewis during a towing operation
and was successfully refloated after three weeks. Now, divers are recovering about 40 pieces of debris at the bay and
officials warn more could surface. The smallest items are the size of a laptop while larger sections resemble scaffolding
poles. One piece is thought to weigh about 200lbs. All pieces which have been recovered are being landed and stored
temporarily at nearby Carloway. Colin Mulvana, the deputy secretary of states representative for maritime salvage and
intervention, said: The divers are working very hard to make sure that they are picking up all the bits found on site
but there may well be previously undetected debris that may appear following bad weather. Our advice remains the
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same as it has from the start - please stay off the beach while the diving operation continues and while the temporary
exclusion zone (TEZ) is still in place. READ MORE: Grounded oil rig in Western Isles refloated We know that surfers
and walkers, including those with dogs, use Dalmore Bay and will continue to use it after the diving operation is over
and the TEZ has been lifted. Wed just like them to be aware of the possibility of debris washing up over the next few
months. Just keep an eye out, particularly after stormy weather for anything unusual. If you do, dont try to pick it up,
just call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. The rig ran aground on August 8 after losing its tow en-route from Norway
to Malta and was refloated three weeks later. The semi-submersible was then towed to Broad Bay on the eastern side
of Lewis, where it remains secured with eight anchors. The rigs grounding sparked pollution fears due to the 280
tonnes of diesel on board. Investigations found two of its four fuel tanks were damaged in the incident which resulted
in the loss of 53,000 litres of fuel, most of which is thought to have evaporated with no damage to the environment.
The remaining fuel has been safely removed. A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said: Theres no sign
of pollution and monitoring continues. Further assessments, including underwater surveys by remotely operated
vehicles and divers, continue to take place. Good progress is being made but no decision has been finalised as to
where the rig might be taken next. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is investigating the rigs grounding and
loss of tow. Source : Scotsman

Maiden voyage of the TSHD JUN YANG 1 a

Redwise delivery.

The TSHD JUN YANG 1 Photo : Crew Union Bear (c)

The TSHD JUN YANG 1, built Royal IHC in 2016 for GDC, is currently on her maiden voyage from Kinderdijk, The
Netherlands to Guangzhou, China, taking the long way home via Cape Town. The JUN YANG 1 is being delivered to
Guangzhou by REDWISE, leading global ship deliverers. Incidentally this voyage is 110 years after the first
professional ship delivery in 1906 of the steam tug MOP 222B built by on of Royal IHC predecessors, Gusto in
Schiedam, The Netherlands. The MOP 222B was in actual fact literally sailed to Buenos Aires, Argentina with a
temporary sail rig, leaving a zero emission footprint. The JUN YANG 1 of 167.5 x 31.0 meters is propelled by two
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MAN type 9L48/60CR main engines, with a total of 21.600 kWatt / near 29.000 Bhp, operating on 380Cst HFO and
attaining a max speed > 16 knots. The delivery voyage itself is being conducted by a REDWISE key crew of 5,
together with 22 crewmembers of GDC, including all Officers and Engineers, using the delivery voyage for
familiarization purposes. This hopper dredger is the latest in a long list of dredgers delivered by REDWISE on behalf
of Royal IHC during this 110 years period Recent other deliveries being: the CHANG JIANG KOU 1 of 132meters,
from Kinderdijk to Shanghai, the small grab hopper dredger ITALENI of 59 meters from Varna to Durban and the
self propelled CSD AL BAHAR / HUTA 12 of 18.200 kWatt from Kinderdijk to newly constructed King Abdullah
port, Saudi Arabia. All three hopper dredger went around Cape of Good Hope to avoid any piracy risks and a SW
monsoon season transit for the ITALENI. REDWISE provides the optimum and most cost effective solutions for its
clients, balancing Suez canal cost against time, fuel cost and other criteria. During the upcoming bunker call at Cape
Town, Rennies Ships Agency will be port agents, a relationship dating back for over 30 years. The self propelled
cutter dredger went obviously via the Suez canal. REDWISE and their crewmembers, most of whom are permanently
employed, are proud of their reputation in this small niche market of professionally delivering ships around the world
under own power, on their own keel, backed by a robust organization of skilled mariners managing and supporting
these unique voyages.
Currently 7 vessels are en-route, including 2 ferries and several harbor/terminal tug In September REDWISE will
commence with a near 4 month delivery voyage of a sailing vessel for medical assistance in remote areas, fully under
sail, looking back at the first voyage in 1906. Furthermore a voyage on LNG of a RoRo vessel will commence, adding to
REDWISEs track record of delivering vessels with minimum environmental impact on the marine environment and
with the latest technology. More is to follow and passage can be booked at the sailing vessel.



Belgisch jacht zinkende op Noordzee

De reddingboten van Westkapelle en Breskens zijn dinsdagochtend vroeg

uitgerukt voor een zeiljacht dat water maakte. Door een pomp over te
zetten kon het zeiljacht behouden blijven en naar Breskens gebracht
worden. Twee Belgische zeilers zijn met hun jacht onderweg van
IJmuiden naar de thuishaven Nieuwpoort. Ineens merken ze op dat ze
water maken en valt alle stroomvoorziening weg, omdat de accus ook al
onder water staan. Gelukkig hebben de nog telefoon bereik en kunnen
ze via de KNRM Helpt App alarm slaan. Tevens schieten ze enkele
noodvuurpijlen af om omringende scheepvaart te alarmeren. De
Nederlandse Kustwacht alarmeert direct reddingboot Zeemanshoop uit
Breskens en reddingboot ULY uit Westkapelle. Deze gaan met de
grootste spoed ter plaatse naar het jacht wat zon 14 km uit de kust van
Westkapelle ligt. Vissersschepen die in de buurt zijn gaan ook naar het
jacht toe. De YE 138 is als eerste ter plaatse en kan melden dat de twee
personen aan boord het goed maken. Kort hierna komt reddingboot ULY
ter plaatse. Zij zetten direct een pomp over op het jacht, wat op dat
moment al aardig vol staat. Reddingboot ZEEMANSHOOP is vijf minuten later ter plaatse. Omdat de pomp van de
ULY het binnenstromende water goed kan wegkrijgen, is extra pompcapaciteit van de ZEEMANSHOOP niet nodig.
Gevraagd wordt om wel stand-by te blijven. Wanneer de situatie een half uurtje later onder controle is, wordt besloten
om het jacht naar Breskens te slepen. De Zeemanshoop blijft nog even stand-by, maar gaat even later retour station
om alvast de kraan van de jachtwerf in gereedheid te laten brengen. Na een sleep van twee uur arriveert reddingboot
ULY met het jacht in Breskens, waar het gelijk uit het water gehaald wordt. De twee Belgische zeilers zijn
geschrokken, maar maken het goed. Ze zijn ook zeer tevreden over de snelle werking van de KNRM Helpt App en trots
donateur van de KNRM.

Three Canadians held after 95kg of cocaine

found on cruise ship in Sydney
By : Nick Ralston

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Three Canadian nationals have been arrested after 95 kilograms of cocaine were allegedly discovered on a cruise ship
that docked in Sydney. The stash was allegedly found in locked suitcases during a search of two passenger cabins on
the Sea Princess when it berthed in Sydney on Sunday morning. The seized drugs have an estimated street value of
$31 million and this is the largest drug bust of its type on board a cruise ship.Three passengers Andre Tamine, 63,
Isabelle Lagace, 28, and Melina Roberce, 22, were charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border
controlled drug, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. The three appeared in Sydney's Central Local
Court on Monday.They did not apply for bail and it was formally refused. The Australian Border Force said the three
were allegedly working with a "very well organised syndicate". "These syndicates should be on notice that the
Australian Border Force is aware of all the different ways they attempt to smuggle drugs in our country and we are
working with a range of international agencies to stop them," Australian Border Force Assistant Commissioner Clive
Murray said The Sea Princess docked in Sydney on Sunday morning on the final stages of a 66-day world tour.The
ship began the cruise in Britain at the start of July and visited Canada, the United States, parts of South America,
including Colombia and Peru, and Auckland before arriving in Sydney. The Australian Federal Police said they had
been working with counterparts in the US, Canada and New Zealand. Authorities have not disclosed where the three
boarded the ship. The Australian Federal Police said they were not ruling out further arrests and the investigation was
ongoing. Source : The Sydney Morning Herald


The Dutch Navy vessel L 801 Zr.Ms. JOHAN DE WITT and the STENA IMAGINATION in drydock for a
maintenance period at Keppel Verolme in Rotterdam-Botlek Photo : Keppel Verolme

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Mitsubishi Heavy seeks four-way shipbuilding


Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is discussing a multifaceted alliance with Imabari Shipbuilding
and two other domestic rivals as a way to gain a competitive edge in the rapidly transforming global market, the
company said Tuesday.Along with Imabari, the country's largest shipbuilder in terms of tonnage, Mitsubishi Heavy is
approaching third-ranked Oshima Shipbuilding and No. 4 Namura Shipbuilding as well. The four likely would partner in
areas such as ship development, parts procurement and sales activities. Mitsubishi Heavy also is mulling contracting
construction duties to the other three companies, with the vessels based on its designs.Imabari, Oshima and Namura
specialize in making bulk carriers, which transport iron ore and other resources. An alliance with Mitsubishi Heavy
would create a shipbuilding entity second only to South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries in terms of tonnage.
Mitsubishi Heavy and Imabari established a joint venture in 2013 to market liquefied natural gas tankers. The quartet
now proposed would leverage scale and cost competitiveness against Chinese and South Korean rivals in the
commercial vessel market.The cooling global market prompted Mitsubishi Heavy's move. Worldwide orders for new
ships dipped in 2014 and 2015, data compiled by U.S. market research firm IHS shows. Orders for the first six months
of 2016 plummeted by over 60% on the year.Japanese shipbuilders saw a 15% rise in orders last year due to demand
for their fuel-efficient vessels before tighter environmental regulations were put in place. But orders for the JanuaryJune half plunged by roughly 80% on the year owing to waning demand and other factors. Though Japanese builders
apparently have secured work for the next two and a half to three years, new orders are hard to come by these
days.Japan's shipbuilding industry has transformed in recent years in response to the rise of Chinese and South Korean
rivals. IHI and JFE Holdings merged their shipbuilding units in 2013 to form Japan Marine United. In 2014, Namura
made Sasebo Heavy Industries into a fully owned subsidiary.But the market malaise is unlikely to end anytime soon,
and Chinese and South Korean companies are considering reorganizing shipyards as a survival strategy. In Japan,
Mitsubishi Heavy is booking over 230 billion yen ($2.23 billion) in cumulative extraordinary losses stemming from its
cruise ship construction business. The company faces a restructuring of its shipbuilding business as a whole. Mitsubishi
Heavy will announce the turnaround strategy by October, which may include putting some operations on the chopping
block. Source : Nikkei

Tema Shipyard Works on 5 vessels

Operations at the Tema Shipyard have bounced back barely months after the takeover of the facility by
the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).
Currently, staff of the Tema Shipyard are busily working on five vessels for the first time in five years with many other
vessels waiting for their turn at the anchorage. The facility has also started attracting key investors due to the acreage
of land and facilities available.Staff are also giving off their best in the discharge of their duties following assurances
from the Director General of GPHA, Richard Anamoo who promised them of a brighter future if they show high level
commitment to their duties. The Acting CEO of the Shipyard, Captain Kwesi Micah said the facility is bouncing back.He
said the facility is turning around vessels in a very quick way hence attracting more vessels to the facility which is the
largest in the West African sub region. He said efforts are also ongoing to clean the shipyard and make it
environmental friendly.Darlington Impraim, one of the Production Manager said the staff are showing high level of
commitment in order to ensure that quality service is rendered to vessels. He commended GPHA for the leadership
shown which he attributed to the enthusiasm the staff are exhibiting. Source : newsghana

Abu Dhabi ship builder opens first floating dock

Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), a provider of construction, repair and refit services for naval, military and commercial
vessels, has announced the commissioning of the company's first floating dock located in Mina Zayed. The opening of
the floating drydock signifies a new phase of growth for the company, as it looks to expand its commercial service
offering, ADSB said in a statement.Dr Khaled Al Mazrouei, CEO, said: "We are proud to announce this latest milestone
for Abu Dhabi Ship Building. The addition of the floating drydock contributes to our commitment to expand our service
offering, strengthening our local maritime services and industries, and delivering on the large scale goal of Abu Dhabi's
continued economic diversification." The new floating drydock, which allows ADSB to service ships that were previously
too large to be handled to their headquarters in Mussafah, received its first customer that underwent routine
drydocking, electrical and mechanical works at the port. With the addition of the floating dock, ADSB said it is looking
to expand its customer base through a network of agents representing 16 countries across Europe and Asia. Source :
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Tribute Resources Inc. and International

Marine Energy Inc. Announce Acquisition of
Tidal Power Development Project at Petit
Passage, Nova Scotia

Tribute Resources Inc., is pleased to announce the acquisition of a 0.9 MW tidal development project located at Petit
Passage in Nova Scotia. The Fundy Tidal Board of Directors has approved the transfer of the Petit Passage and Grand
Passage COMFITs (1 MW) to Spray Tidal Limited Partnership (Spray LP) in consideration for $500,000 of preferred
units in the Spray LP, bearing interest at the rate of 12%. Fundy shareholders will have the option to invest up to an
additional $1 million of funds into the equity of the project. The transfer of the COMFITs is subject to regulatory
approval.The Petit Passage tidal project is a contracted development stage tidal energy project located between Digby
Neck and Long Island in Digby County, Nova Scotia. The Petit Passage Project will be developed and owned by the
Spray LP. The Spray Energy GP Limited, the general partner for the Spray LP, is owned jointly by Tocardo Canada (a
company owned jointly by Tribute and Tocardo International BV) and International Marine Energy Inc. (IME) (a
corporation owned 50% by Tribute). The Tocardo technology will be tested at the site in late 2017 or early 2018.
Tocardo has been developing and deploying its tidal turbines in rivers and ocean environments for over a decade. The
Petit Passage project has a 20 year power purchase contract with Nova Scotia Power Inc. to sell tidal power at a price
of $0.65 per kilowatt hour. The Spray LP presents a unique opportunity for Tribute to work with Tocardo, Minas
Energy and Fundy Tidal and other Nova Scotian consultants, contractors, suppliers and government agencies,
combining our respective expertise to build a Nova Scotian project that will contribute to the development of Nova
Scotias considerable tidal energy potential. Mark Savory, P.Eng. will lead the project team and will be engaging in
discussions with local supply chain companies and is undertaking comprehensive stakeholder consultations with First
Nations, the fishing industry, regulators, and communities and complete all necessary regulatory requirements prior to
deployment and testing.Tocardo is active world-wide in the rapidly developing tidal energy industry and currently has
10 tidal turbines installed and operational in the Netherlands. The Spray LP has assembled an experienced and
knowledgeable team to develop the Petit Passage project. Tribute is a Canadian publicly traded energy company that
was incorporated under the Business Corporations Act of the Province of Alberta on May 15, 1997. Tributes primary
focus is on adding value to shareholders by investing in energy projects including market-based priced underground
natural gas storage assets, oil and natural gas reserves and renewable energy projects in Canada. Tributes objective
is to build a company capable of delivering and sustaining long-term per share growth by developing energy projects
that will generate stable long-term cash flow when fully developed. Tributes business plan is to build upon its current
asset base to identify, permit, develop, and construct projects that meet its threshold return criteria. Tribute will
create value by identifying project opportunities, providing the expertise to develop the projects and maintaining an
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interest in the completed assets to build long-term stable utility quality cash flow from a strong and diversified energy
related asset base. source ; stockhouse

The HAKATA outbound from Le Havre Photo : Fabian Montreuil

E.R. Crew Management opens office in Manila


The E.R. Group and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement have collaborated with Philippine partners to establish a
crewing agency based in Manila called E.R. Crew Management (Philippines) Corp. The joint venture recently received
the appropriate licence from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. Ship management company E.R.
Schiffahrt is the exclusive customer of E.R. Crew Management (Philippines).We hope to develop a close relationship
between well-trained seafarers in the Philippines and ship management company E.R. Schiffahrt. The crewing agency
allows us to meet the qualitative requirements of our customer through appropriate training while increasing
identification with the company, explains Vicente A. Dayo, president of E.R. Crew Management (Philippines) Corp.,
who previously was a member of the management team at the Crew Service Center of Bernhard Schulte
Shipmanagement in Manila.The new office of E.R. Crew Management in Manila will employ around 20 people to
manage the recruitment of new crew members as well as the training of some 1,600 existing Filipino seafarers. At
present, about 25 per cent of officers and 98 per cent of ratings on board of vessels managed by E.R. Schiffahrt have
their roots in the Philippines. Source: E.R. Crew Management

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Birdseye view of the naming ceremony of the tugs VENUS and SVITZER AMSTEL at the Felison terminal in Ijmuiden
(The Netherlands) Last Tuesday Photo : Peter Herweijer & Nigel Jones Photo Services IJMOND

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