SAFETY4SEA https://safety4sea.com Maritime News Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:47:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.4 Captains established for new Australian Antarctic research vessel https://safety4sea.com/captains-established-for-new-australian-antarctic-research-vessel/ https://safety4sea.com/captains-established-for-new-australian-antarctic-research-vessel/#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:47:14 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21200643 Captain Scott Laughlin and Captain Paul Clarke will lead the alternating crews operating Australia’s new icebreaker, the RSV Nuyina. Both Captains come to the role with experienced track records working in the Southern Ocean. Paul Clarke also has extensive experience in the Antarctic, while Paul Clarke started working for the British Antarctic Survey as a deck hand in 1994.

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Captain Scott Laughlin and Captain Paul Clarke will lead the alternating crews operating Australia’s new icebreaker, the RSV Nuyina. Both Captains come to the role with experienced track records working in the Southern Ocean.

Scott Laughlin has completed over 50 voyages to Antarctica. As Captain of Australia’s current icebreaker, Aurora Australis, for over 10 years, Mr. Laughlin is familiar with the cold and challenging conditions of the Southern Ocean.

Paul Clarke also has extensive experience in the Antarctic, having spent 11 years working for the British Antarctic Survey, and undertaking more than 20 voyages to Antarctica.

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Mr. Laughlin has worked with Serco for the last five years. At first, as part of the team who compiled the successful bid to design, build, operate and maintain the Nuyina, and then more recently as a member of the engineering team managing the design and build phase.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the ice for the first time from the bridge of the Nuyina. There’s going to be a lot of people who are very keen to see the ship perform and complete that successful first voyage of the season

He is focusing on safe vessel management and operation, while in 2014 he was awarded for improving international maritime safety and personnel standards. In 2013 he received the Australian Antarctic Medal for outstanding service to the Australian Antarctic Program.

Paul Clarke started working for the British Antarctic Survey as a deck hand in 1994. He spent the last decade sailing as a Master for shipping company Solstad/Farstad in the oil and gas industry around Australia and many other parts of the world.

This is an amazing opportunity with Serco and the Australian Antarctic Program to deliver world class support for their polar and science operations. I very much enjoy the type of ice navigation challenges, research and survey work that will be undertaken on the Nuyina

he highlighted.

He also added that 'this is going to be one of the best polar research resupply vessels in the world, when it’s completed next year.'

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USCG’s role on Offshore Renewable Energy Installations https://safety4sea.com/uscgs-role-on-offshore-renewable-energy-installations/ https://safety4sea.com/uscgs-role-on-offshore-renewable-energy-installations/#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:33:07 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21200638 According to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the US Coast Guard may serve as a Cooperating Agency to the Lead Agency responsible for issuing permits to build Offshore Renewable Energy Installations (OREI). These installations include wind turbines, wave power devices, and ocean current energy systems.

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According to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the US Coast Guard may serve as a Cooperating Agency to the Lead Agency responsible for issuing permits to build Offshore Renewable Energy Installations (OREI).

These installations include wind turbines, wave power devices, and ocean current energy systems.

Under this capacity, USCG provides the Lead Agency an evaluation of the possible impacts the suggested OREI may have on the Marine Transportation System, safety of navigation, the traditional uses of the waterway, and on the Coast Guard’s ability to conduct its 11 statutory missions.

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The Director of Marine Transportation Systems for the US Coast Guard, Mr. Mike Emerson, signed Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-19 on Aug. 1, 2019, to provide guidance on information and factors the US Coast Guard will consider when reviewing an application for a permit to build and operate an OREI.

This NVIC will help the US Coast Guard in providing input to the Lead Agency for environmental review and decision-making purposes.

What is more, USCG published a circular providing guidance to members of industry, port safety and security stakeholders, and the public on the US Coast Guard’s role and responsibilities in the OREI application process.

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USCG considers amendments to persons in charge of fuel oil transfers on inspected vessels https://safety4sea.com/uscg-considers-amendments-to-persons-in-charge-of-fuel-oil-transfers-on-inspected-vessels/ https://safety4sea.com/uscg-considers-amendments-to-persons-in-charge-of-fuel-oil-transfers-on-inspected-vessels/#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:22:50 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21200636 The US Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend the requirements regulating personnel permitted to serve as a person in charge (PIC) of fuel oil transfers on an inspected vessel.

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The US Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend the requirements regulating personnel permitted to serve as a person in charge (PIC) of fuel oil transfers on an inspected vessel.

The amendment aims to add the option of using a letter of designation (LOD) instead of a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) with a Tankerman-PIC endorsement.

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Today, thousands of towing vessels are transitioning from being uninspected vessels to becoming inspected vessels. This proposal would enable a PIC currently using the LOD option on one of those uninspected vessels to continue to use that option to perform the same fuel oil transfers once the vessel receives its initial Certificate of Inspection.

According to this proposal, obtaining a MMC with a Tankerman-PIC endorsement would become optional for PICs of fuel oil transfers on inspected vessels.

The US Coast Guard believes that public participation is essential to effective rulemaking and will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. Comments and related material must be received by USCG on or before Oct. 15, 2019.

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USCG published new guidelines for Oil Spill Removal Organization classification program https://safety4sea.com/uscg-published-new-guidelines-for-oil-spill-removal-organization-classification-program/ https://safety4sea.com/uscg-published-new-guidelines-for-oil-spill-removal-organization-classification-program/#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:11:21 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21200632 The US Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy and the National Strike Force Coordination Center published new guidelines for the Oil Spill Removal Organization classification program. The major revision in the 2019 guidelines focuses on realigning the classification program with applicable regulation provisions.

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The US Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy and the National Strike Force Coordination Center published new guidelines for the Oil Spill Removal Organization classification program.

The major revision in the 2019 guidelines focuses on realigning the classification program with applicable regulation provisions. The optional acceptable classification program has been replaced by the alternative compliance program and will provide a mechanism for reviewing any approved alternatives.

The alternative compliance program directly complies with the regulations and no longer allows waivers or alternatives not supported directly by the regulations.

Any deviations from the regulations that plan holders or OSROs believe are acceptable, based on their specific situation, should be processed through the established alternative compliance program

USCG said.

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Real world incidents have shown that this program contributes rapid and well-coordinated responses. The OSRO classification does not guarantee performance, nor does the use of a US Coast Guard-classified OSRO relieve plan holders of their responsibility to make sure response resources are adequate.

Plan holders must also ensure their contracted OSRO, regardless of classification, can meet their planning requirements.

Although participation in the OSRO classification is voluntary, it is crucial that participating OSROs ensure their resources are accurately reflected in the Response Resource Inventory (RRI) at all times.

The success of the program depends on the real-time capture of OSRO capabilities at their specified OSRO sites, which determines the classifications that plan holders cite in their response plans.

You may see more information in the PDF below

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Irish dock workers urge for better protection at Ireland’s ports https://safety4sea.com/irish-dock-workers-urge-for-better-protection-at-irelands-ports/ https://safety4sea.com/irish-dock-workers-urge-for-better-protection-at-irelands-ports/#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:05:29 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21200627 The ITF has joined Irish dock workers union SIPTU, during its urgent call for better protection for all workers in Ireland’s ports, after a 50-year-old truck driver lost his life in North Docks at Dublin Port on August 14. The death of the worker marks the seventh death of a worker in an Irish port in the last two years.

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The ITF has joined Irish dock workers union SIPTU, during its urgent call for better protection for all workers in Ireland’s ports, after a 50-year-old truck driver lost his life in North Docks at Dublin Port on August 14. The death of the worker marks the seventh death of a worker in an Irish port in the last two years.

Published reports show a refrigeration unit was being loaded onto the back of the driver’s truck when he was struck and killed by another vehicle.

Paddy Crumlin, chair of the ITF Dockers’ Section demanded that the stevedoring industry ends the carnage on Ireland’s docks:

We call on stevedoring companies to reassess their working practices and health and safety protections for workers. These companies must undertake proper risk assessments of all cargo-handling procedures in consultation with their workforce

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He explained that industrial manslaughter laws are important because 'they not only provide an avenue to true justice for the families of those people killed at work, but because the implementation and enforcement of industrial manslaughter laws will force the cultural change that will hopefully lead to fewer deaths at work.'

Moreover, Jerry Brennan, Ports, Docks and Harbour Organizer for the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union told media that these tragedies are taking place with frightening regularity.

It is beyond my comprehension how the construction industry has had the benefit of a national safe-pass certificate requirement for almost 30 years and yet there is no such corresponding national requirement within our ports and docks

In addition, Heather Humphreys, Ireland’s Minister for Business, agreed to a demand by SIPTU and the ITF to meet to discuss safety solutions. In fact, international reports show port deaths at a worrying rate of over one worker killed every week of the year.

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Balearia ferry runs aground off Spain https://safety4sea.com/balearia-ferry-runs-aground-off-spain/ https://safety4sea.com/balearia-ferry-runs-aground-off-spain/#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:54:56 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21200623 A Spanish ferry, carrying around 400 passengers, ran aground while sailing from Ibiza and Majorca, on August 16. After the incident rescue operations were launched by the coast guard and other emergency services. The ferry 'Pinar del Rio' is operated by Balearia, and grounded off Benidorm, southeastern Spain, while the ship was preparing to moor in harbor with 393 passengers and 70 vehicles on board.

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A Spanish ferry, carrying around 400 passengers, ran aground while sailing from Ibiza and Majorca, on August 16. After the incident rescue operations were launched by the coast guard and other emergency services.

The ferry 'Pinar del Rio' is operated by Balearia, and grounded off Benidorm, southeastern Spain, while the ship was preparing to moor in harbor with 393 passengers and 70 vehicles on board.

Luckily, no injuries were reported, however rescue operations took place by the Spanish coast guard and the crew of the vessel.

Providing a comment on the grounding, Balearia informed that all passengers are safe and they were evacuated on coast guard ships, as well its own tug boat.

It added that no oil spill is reported, but precautionary measures are being implemented.

Now, relevant authorities are looking into the incident, with divers trying to figure out how to refloat the ferry, and bring it to the port.

In the meantime, Balearia relocated passengers to other ships.

Pinar del Rio has run aground one more time, last June, off San Antonio in Ibiza. No major injuries were reported.

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PSA Thailand invests in developing Thai Prosperity Terminal https://safety4sea.com/psa-thailand-invests-in-developing-thai-prosperity-terminal/ https://safety4sea.com/psa-thailand-invests-in-developing-thai-prosperity-terminal/#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:41:23 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21200620 PSA Thailand and SCG Logistics Management Company are creating a joint venture to invest in developing and operating the Thai Prosperity Terminal in Thailand. The two partners will also rename it, Thai Connectivity Terminal (TCT). The new company will be called SCG-PSA Holdings, and it will be a springboard for possible joint exploration and investment in supply chain, focusing greatly on Thailand.

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PSA Thailand and SCG Logistics Management Company are creating a joint venture to invest in developing and operating the Thai Prosperity Terminal in Thailand. The two partners will also rename it, Thai Connectivity Terminal (TCT).

The new company will be called SCG-PSA Holdings, and it will be a springboard for possible joint exploration and investment in supply chain, focusing greatly on Thailand.

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TCT is located near Thailand’s Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, as well near to its city center and industrial estates. It serves the hinterland in and around the capital city, while it is connected to the deep-sea port at Laem Chabang.

Now, the joint venture will use PSA Group’s digital platforms to become a hub of regional connectivity.

Commenting about the partnership, Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA International, said that leveraging TCT’s strategic location, PSA aims to grow this critical node as part of its transport and cargo solutions network. It also aspires to open more windows of opportunity for the movement of goods and materials throughout the area.

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Building starts for AIDA’s next LNG cruise ship https://safety4sea.com/building-starts-for-aidas-next-lng-cruise-ship/ https://safety4sea.com/building-starts-for-aidas-next-lng-cruise-ship/#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:24:35 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21200617 With the steel cutting ceremony at Meyer Werft, work has started on the next cruise ship for AIDA Cruises. Like the AIDAnova that was delivered at the end of 2018, this ship will be equipped with an environmentally friendly LNG propulsion system.

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With the steel cutting ceremony at Meyer Werft, work has started on the next cruise ship for AIDA Cruises. Like the AIDAnova that was delivered at the end of 2018, this ship will be equipped with an environmentally friendly LNG propulsion system.

The button to start the computer-controlled steel cutting machine was pressed by Sven Fahle, Project Manager at AIDA Cruises, along with the Meyer Werft team, starting production of the next LNG cruise ship.

Delivery is expected to take place at spring of 2021. Meyer Werft will also be delivering a third ship in this class to AIDA Cruises in 2023.

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This generation of ships for AIDA Cruises uses LNG engines, while they are also designed with a focus on energy efficiency. The planning and design activities gave priority to heat recovery, electric motors, LED lighting, ship automation and glazing, optimized underwater paintwork to reduce resistance, and weight-optimized material selection.

The new ships for AIDA Cruises will have capacity for about 2,600 cabins, with a rating of 183,900 GRT.

We are very pleased to work with AIDA Cruises and Carnival Corporation at further establishing LNG as a fuel in the cruise industry. We will also be implementing other inno-vative technologies on board this ship

noted Stephan Schmees, Executive Board Member Project Management Ships at Meyer Werft.

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Neste launches 2020 sulphur cap compliant fuel https://safety4sea.com/neste-launches-2020-sulphur-cap-compliant-fuel/ https://safety4sea.com/neste-launches-2020-sulphur-cap-compliant-fuel/#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:15:09 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21200615 In order to help shipping companies comply with the 2020 sulphur cap, Neste announced that it is offering a new IMO 2020-compliant marine fuel. The Neste Marine 0.5 contains maximum 0.5% sulphur, and it will be introduced to the market during the fourth quarter of 2019.

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In order to help shipping companies comply with the 2020 sulphur cap, Neste announced that it is offering a new IMO 2020-compliant marine fuel. The Neste Marine 0.5 contains maximum 0.5% sulphur, and it will be introduced to the market during the fourth quarter of 2019.

Neste Marine 0.5 is manufactured in Neste’s refinery in Porvoo, Finland.  The product meets the RMG 0.5 specification and ISO 8217:2017 standard requirements.

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In addition, the product is verified by full scale fuel equipment system and engine tests in laboratory and onboard.

The fuel will be available in Northwest Europe. The exact locations and product’s technical specification will be released in the fall of 2019.

Neste’s has always been in the forefront of developing cleaner and more sustainable solutions. This is also the key driver within our marine fuels business. Neste Marine 0.5 meets the stricter legislative requirements for maritime sulphur emissions, enabling smooth operations

stated Marko Pekkola, Executive Vice President of Oil Products at Neste.

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ExxonMobil hires Singapore’s first LNG-powered tanker https://safety4sea.com/exxonmobil-hires-singapores-first-lng-powered-tanker/ https://safety4sea.com/exxonmobil-hires-singapores-first-lng-powered-tanker/#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:04:38 +0000 https://safety4sea.com/?p=21200612 Sinanju Logistics Services signed into a two-year time charter agreement on 25 July with ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (ExxonMobil) for a new-build bunker tanker five months ahead of commencing operations. The 7,990 dwt newbuilding, soon to be christened “Marine Vicky”, will be the first bunker tanker for Singapore and Sinanju, to be fueled mainly by LNG.

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Sinanju Logistics Services signed into a two-year time charter agreement on 25 July with ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (ExxonMobil) for a new-build bunker tanker five months ahead of commencing operations.

The 7,990 dwt newbuilding, soon to be christened “Marine Vicky”, will be the first bunker tanker for Singapore and Sinanju, to be fueled mainly by LNG.

“Marine Vicky” will be delivering ExxonMobil’s new EMF.5 Engineered Marine Fuels to ocean-going vessels within Singapore port limits from the first quarter of 2020.

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Under the Maritime Singapore Green Port Programme, registered vessels that are serviced by alternative or cleaner marine fueled harbour crafts during their port stay, will receive a 10% port dues concession.

Now, the Technical Reference for LNG Bunkering (TR56:2017) to skill up for the safe and efficient handling of LNG is in place and Sinanju has a comprehensive infrastructure to support the supply and use of LNG as a marine fuel at the world’s largest bunkering port.

We will now focus on competence building through hands-on operations of this LNG-powered bunker tanker. I believe the invaluable experience garnered will serve as a strong foundation towards our preparation to embark on ship-to-ship LNG bunker deliveries from 2021

Ju Kai Meng, Managing Director of Sinanju said.

“Marine Vicky” is a 103-metre long 19-m wide bunker tanker, equipped with a 55m3 LNG tank paired with a fuel gas supply system on deck for engine propulsion. It will join Sinanju’s 13-vessel bunker fleet in December 2019.

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