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Indonesia’s new shipping rules worry the industry

Indonesia issued new shipping rules on October 2017, calling for coal and palm oil to be imported and exported by Indonesian maritime transport companies. However, specific guidelines and possible exemptions of there rules have not been announced yet, and it is not sure when they will be announced.

Guidelines for Direct Load Analysis and Strength Assessment of hull structure

ClassNK released its Guidelines for Direct Load Analysis and Strength Assessment of hull structure. These guidelines include the load and structural consistent analysis structural evaluation method. As vessels are getting bigger, structural strength assessments during the design stage are important ensuring the safety and integrity of hull structures even in the harshest conditions of the ocean. 

A look into the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims

Ahead of Denmark’s decision to limit liability for maritime claims in respect of the raising, removal, destruction or the rendering harmless of a ship which is sunk, wrecked, stranded or abandoned, including anything that is or has been on board such ship, the matter of, the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims comes again into light.

First VLCC with scrubbers built

The 336m VLCC “Almi Atlas”, features 310,000 in dwt, and a SOx scrubber, which reduces SOx emissions to less than 0.5 pct from the existing 3.5 pct. Namely, the gas cleaning system will be 11 meters in height and 8.3 meters wide, and will use seawater to clean the exhaust gas waste.

Wärtsilä acquires Transas

Finnish Wärtsilä acquired the UK based Transas. The transaction is valued at 210m Euros and is expected to be closed during the second quarter of 2018. This transaction is part of Wärtsilä’s attempt to expand its Smart Marine Ecosystem vision. Transas has 22 regional offices worldwide and a distribution network that spans 120 countries.

MedCruise: Bigger ships an important factor in cruise calls decline

In 2017, MedCruise membership accommodated 25,9m cruise passenger movements. This is 18% higher comparing to a decade earlier, as the cruise passenger movements recorded in 2008 did not exceed 21,9 million. In 2018, the total number of passenger movements is expected to be above 27m.

China to get its first polar expedition cruise ship

Namely, the vessel will be 104.4 meters long, 18.4 meters wide and will have a weight of 7,400 tonnes, reaching a speed of at least 15.5 knots. Moreover, it will have electric propulsion and control system, thus being able to sail through high-latitude sea ice. The ship will be designed by the Norwegian shipbuilding company Ulstein.

New shipping routes in the Bering Sea and Bering Strait

IMO’s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue agreed to establish two-way routes, precautionary areas and areas to be avoided in the Bering Sea and Bering Strait. These waters are expected to see increased traffic due to rising economic activity in the Arctic. 

Ferry with 600 passengers collides with buoy off Japan

The ferry Ferry Fukuoka II with some 600 passengers onboard  had a collision with a buoy that marks shallows, southwest of Akashi, Honshu, Inner Japan sea, on March 18, while it was heading to Shimoji from Osaka. The ferry collided with the buoy while it was trying to prevent collision with passing ship.

Towing vessel sinks on Mississippi River

The crew departed the vessel onto the towing vessel Ellysa with no reported injuries. The Ellysa also took the one empty barge the Vincent J Eymard was towing. The capsized vessel has approximately 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel onboard. As a result, a waterway restriction has been issued from mile marker 175.9 to mile marker 176.9 requiring one-way traffic.


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