Alternative Fuels post 2020
During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Dr. John Kokarakis, Chairman, Greek Section, SNAME, describes the possible reality regarding alternative fuels after the 2020 sulphur cap. Mr. Kokarakis notes that the future economy will be multi-fueled, which is why ship owners must make the right choice for their fleet.
Infographic: LNG reduces GHG emissions by 21%
A new study by SEA\LNG and SGMF confirms that emissions from sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM), are close to zero when using LNG compared with current conventional oil-based marine fuels, and highlights the remarkable advantages of LNG as a marine fuel.
IMO Goals for CO2 emissions: Are they realistic?
During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd, provides an overview of alternative fuels such as natural gas, methane and hydrogen. He highlights that new technology is necessary to make IMO’s goals reality
USCG: More than 25,000 deficiencies reported in 2018
The US Coast Guard launched its Domestic Vessel Annual Report, collecting data from the USCG’s Marine Information Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE) database regarding vessel population, inspections conducted, and deficiencies issued for the 2018 calendar year. The report presents information reflecting the entire U.S. Flag fleet, including barges, cargo vessels, passenger vessels, vessels operating on the Outer Continental Shelf, research and school ships, fishing vessels, and the newest members of the inspected fleet, towing vessels.
Lessons learned: Slinging steel coil injures stevedore
Transport Malta's Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) issued an investigation report on a serious injury of a stevedore onboard the Panamanian-flagged general cargo ship 'NS Tera' at Laboratory Wharf, Valletta, in April 2018.
Passenger ship experiences engine failure in Aegean sea
According to local sources, the passenger ship 'Aegean Odyssey' suffered an engine failure while it was sailing closely to Chania, Crete island, Greece. Chania Port Authority was immediately informed in order to assist the vessel. The passenger ship had 339 people on board.
Nigeria arrests nine for possessing firearms onboard
On Thursday, the Nigerian Navy handed over nine suspected pirates to the Interpol unit of the Nigeria Police, for allegedly possessing firearms and suspected crude oil within the Nigerian maritime domain.
Arrest warrant issued for heavy lift ship after allision at Ingalls Shipbuilding
A court in Mississippi issued an arrest warrant for the heavy lift ship 'Hawk' that was involved in an allision and damage of a newbuild US warship at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, in late March.
Spirit of Vancouver Island back in operation after LNG conversion
BC Ferries' Spirit of Vancouver is back on service after its mid-life upgrade, it now runs on LNG. The ship is the second Spirit Class vessel in the fleet to complete the conversion from diesel to clean LNG.
Italian partners to develop wave power stations on industrial scale
Italian energy company Eni signed a non-binding agreement with three compatriots, the shipbuilder Fincantieri, the bank Cassa depositi e prestiti, and energy firm Terna, at the Eni headquarters in Rome, to develop and build wave power stations on an industrial scale.
Leadership styles at workplace
Men vs women leaders; same responsibilities, different lead styles shaping how they run their teams. Are we talking about another gender battle? And who wins? Research has examined whether or not there are sex differences in leadership. Linking gender with leadership makes us clear that it is, first and foremost, necessary to gain a more rounded approach to each leadership style strengths as well as areas for improvement.
Six Thinking Hats: A role-playing model to successful decision making
There is not only one way to think of a problem; you can look at it from an emotional, intuitive, and creative or risk management viewpoint. For example, people who are optimistic, tend to not always consider potential downsides. Similarly, individuals with a risk-averse outlook, might not be able to realize new opportunities.
Anxiety vs Performance: How to maintain a balance
Anxiety: Either a short term "state" or a long term "trait". Studies have shown that although too much anxiety and stress make negative impact in the workplace, when in the right amount, they can enhance one’s performance. Needless to say, working onboard could prove extremely challenging. It is of essence, therefore that seafarers have the right answers to the following questions:
USCG: Few days left to schedule inspections under Subchapter M
USCG reminded owners and operators of towing vessels to ensure that 25% of their fleet has received a Certificate of Inspection before 22 July 2019, under Subchapter M. They must also schedule a vessel’s inspection before 22 April 2019 if the COI is expected to be received in the first year. As of 20 July 2018, towing vessel owners and operators must ensure compliance with the provisions of 46 CFR Subchapter M.
EU votes on improving recognition of seafarers maritime education and certification systems
The European Parliament voted on April 4 regarding the revision of Directive 2008/106/EC on the minimum level of training for seafarers. The revision gives emphasis on the level of transparency that should prevail in processing demands for the recognition of seafarers’ certificates of new third countries.
Singapore: Updates on Fourth and Fifth schedules of Strategic Goods Regulations
The Singapore Customs has updated the Fourth and Fifth Schedules of the Strategic Goods (Control) Regulations (SGCR). The changes affect the list of items needing mandatory transhipment and transit permits. The changes will apply from 1 May 2019. Strategic goods permits are also needed if the goods in transit are not listed under the Fourth and Fifth Schedules of the SGCR.
Watch: MOL to install augmented reality system on 21 VLCCs
Japanese shipping company MOL announced its intention to install a navigation system using augmented reality (AR) technology jointly developed by Furuno Electric and MOL Techno-Trade, on 21 MOL-operated very large crude oil carriers (VLCCs).
Watch: Artificial Intelligence on 'Stena Scandinavica'
The video, issued by Stena Line, shows how the Captain and crew onboard the cruise ferry 'Stena Scandinavica' are using Artificial Intelligence to reduce the fuel consumption on the Gothenburg – Kiel route, under a pilot study initiated back in September 2018.
Facial recognition technology expands in the cruise sector
Facial recognition technology has made its way in the cruise industry. IDEMIA has cooperated with Royal Caribbean and the US Customs and Borders Protection to trial biometric identity verification for CBP's processes at terminals in Miami, Florida and Cape Liberty, New Jersey.