The 10th of April marks 18 years since the fire onboard the Italian passenger ferry ‘Moby Prince’, Italy’s worst merchant marine disaster since the end of World War II. The incident, resulting in death of all but one person onboard, highlighted how miscommunication in emergency situations can be disastrous.
The last days of March have been ones of black anniversaries for shipping: On 24 March, the industry commemorated the Exxon Valdez incident. On 31st March, shipping mourns a relatively recent tragedy: The loss of the South Korean VLOC ‘Stellar Daisy’ in 2017, which took almost entire crew at the bottom of the South Atlantic.
Language has it to use ‘she’ when we refer to ships and boats, something that has its roots in the very old times. “Ships are referred to as ‘she’ because men love them” or “like a woman, a ship is unpredictable”, tradition used to say. But seriously, what is lagging behind this language idiom?
On average, an individual has an 8 to 12-hour work day, with a minimum of ten hours rest period. Are you that type of person who is spending his/her rest period trying to “check boxes” and improve on the things you’re not good at? Have you ever thought what really matters to success?
With the shipping industry entering a new, environmentally-friendly period, stakeholders in the maritime industry are seeking for ways to reduce their ships’ emissions. Apart from choosing green fuels and scrubbers, ports come to add another solution: Cold Ironing. This is the process of providing shoreside electrical power to a ship at berth, while its main and auxiliary engines are turned off.
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is considered as an alternative fuel for shipping and a technically feasible option for compliance with the MARPOL annex VI revised requirements of 2020. Nowadays more than 200 LNG powered carriers operate worldwide, while there are also several LNG carriers with dual mode engines which can operate with both fuel oil and LNG.
Bunkering is considered as one of the most challenging operations and procedures on board because it requires a great level of effort, time and response in order to be conducted safely. Bunkering is also involved in the new IMO requirement toward the reduction of Green House Gases – and especially CO2 – from ship emissions, the so called IMO Data Collection System.
With new, stricter regulations coming into force regarding fuels’ sulphur content, the quality of bunkers delivered to ships is of high importance; they need to meet the agreed purchase specifications and applicable global and local regulations. Nevertheless, there are cases in which ‘bad bunkers’ are delivered, which may lead to damages to ship engines, disputes between owners and charterers, even detentions and fines.
The bunkering of ships, which formerly was a relatively low skill and low value activity, has deployed into a highly focused shipboard operation, due to the continuously rising oil price in conjunction with the imperative need for high marine environmental protection.
A bulk carrier was anchored prior delivery to a shipowner. Before delivery, the shipowner requested bunker supply to the ship, so a bunker barge got alongside on port side of vessel and started bunker supply at late afternoon hours.
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