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TOTE receives ECA waiver to pursue LNG conversion

There are plans to convert its two ORCA Class Roll-On/Roll-Off ships In a ground-breaking move, Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE), Tacoma, WA, plans to convert its two ORCA Class Roll-On/Roll-Off ships to burn Liquefied Natural Gas, after receiving a permit from the U.S. Coast Guard providing a conditional waiver from the Emissions Control Area (ECA) fuel sulfur content requirements of MARPOL Annex VI regulation 14.4.According to the company magazine, the engineering, design and installation of the engine kits and construction of the LNG plant to convert the two ships could cost $84 million and take up to five years."We have a conversion plan that will essentially overhaul the engines with no impacts to our service schedule. Most of the work will be done underway-it's going to be amazing to see," TOTE President John Parrot is quoted as saying.Artist's conception shown at top left from the company magazine shows the LNG fuel tanks on the ship's deck.The permit was issued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) under authority provided in Regulation 3 of Annex VI.The North American Emissions Control Area (ECA) became enforceable on August 1. Ships that are subject to MARPOL operating in the ECA, which extends 200 nautical ...

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MHI RO/RO Vessel, Awarded Ship of the Year 2011

High Transport Efficiency and Environmental Compatibility Recognized TØNSBERG, the world's largest roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ship*, built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has been awarded the "Ship of the Year 2011" by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE). Every year JASNAOE selects what it considers to be the most technologically, artistically and socially superior ships and marine structures built that year, and the TØNSBERG was chosen for its highly evaluated transport efficiency and environmental compatibility. The award ceremony is slated to take place on July 25.The TØNSBERG is the first in a series of four ships ordered by the Wilh. Wilhelmsen group and Wallenius group: the former a Norway-based group of maritime industrial firms having global scope, and the latter a Swedish shipping group. The ship was completed in March 2011 at MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works and delivered to the Wilh. Wilhelmsen group. The 74,622 gross tonnage ship measures 265 meters (m) in length overall (LOA), 32.26m in breadth and 33.22m in height (ship bottom to upper deck). The TØNSBERG features capability to transport high and heavy (H&H) cargo such as large-size construction machinery and machine tools, plant components, railway cars and pleasure boats. To ...

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400 passengers, crew of RORO vessel rescued

Rescue operation ends up successfully Almost 400 passengers and crew of a Roll on-roll off (Roro) vessel owned by George and Peter Lines were stranded off coast of Cebu and Negros Island on Tuesday.M/V Georich navigated by captain Crisologo Carollo was rescued by its sister Roro vessel M/V Zamboanga Ferry around 3 a.m. and tagged the stranded vessel back to Dumaguete Port.All passengers and crews arrived safely at the Dumaguete pier around 7 a.m.Carollo said the ship bound for Cebu City left the Dumaguete port around 11 p.m. But upon reaching the seas of Alcoy, Cebu, one of the ship's engines automatically went off followed by other engine prompting him to call for rescue.Dumaguete population officer Laome Quijote said she will claim damages for the delayed caused by the vessel's failure to deliver its passengers to the port of destination.She blamed the ship captain and management for allowing the vessel to serve passengers despite of its engine condition.The ship captain said he respects the rights and opinion of the passengers and he understood their feelings.But he clarified that the ship's engines were all in good condition when they left Dumaguete port.A bus owned by Vallacar Transit was also hired to ...

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