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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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World’s largest multi-stream scrubber to be installed on Ro-Ro vessel

Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA and Wärtsilä Hamworthy agreement Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA and Wärtsilä Hamworthy have agreed to retrofit one ro-ro vessels with a Krystallon Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS). "Installing Hamworthy Krystallon scrubber unit is a major step in preparing our fleet for the regulatory compliance," says Thamba Rajeevan project manager at Wilh Wilhelmsen ASA."When new, stricter emissions regulations come into force in 2015, our experience with this technology will be a valuable tool for taking the right decisions for the rest of our fleet. In the end, we want to see both a significant savings in emissions and a strong return on investment for the scrubber installation."The systems will remove sulphur and particulates from the exhaust gasses of the vessel's main and auxiliary engines. The multi-stream scrubber system will be the world's largest in order to manage the exhaust gasses produced by the 38 486dwt ro-ro vessel's combined engine power of 28 000kW.The installation will be carried out during the vessel's scheduled intermediate docking in the first quarter of 2013. Following the commissioning a comprehensive third party measurement and verification programme will be carried out until the second quarter of 2014, and is partly funded by the Research Council of ...

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Atlantic Ro-Ro Launches Tampa-Russia Service

Multi-purpose service to St. Petersburg kicked off this week Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers launched a general cargo service between the Port of Tampa and the Port of St. Petersburg..The service kicked off this week with a call at Tampa by the Baltic Merkur, which was loaded at the Ports America terminal with containers, heavy equipment work vehicles and freight trucks.The new monthly service uses a fleet of multi-purpose vessels that can carry a variety of general cargoes such as steel, containers, roll-on/roll-off traffic, project cargoes and bulk commodities. Transit time is 18 days, according to a company statement.Source: Journal of Commerce

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Ro-Ro ship crashes into ferry in Marmara, disaster averted

There were no casualties reported in the crash, but it caused panic A ferry running between İstanbul's Yenikapı port and Güzelyalı, Bursa, collided with a ro-ro ship in the Sea of Marmara on Monday, narrowly avoiding capsizing.The Osmangazi ferry, which was carrying 830 passengers and 150 vehicles, collided with the ro-ro ship off Sivriada early on Monday. There were no casualties reported in the crash, but it caused panic among the passengers.The ferry returned to Yenikapı after the crash, where the passengers were evacuated from the ferry. There was massive damage on the ship's bow. Officials say they will release a statement on the cause of the accident.The passengers aboard the ferry during the incident told reporters that they were able to survive thanks to the alertness and experience of the ferry's captain.One of the passengers told reporters that a ship was coming towards them and that the captain of the ferry was able to reduce the impact of the collision through skillful maneuvering. They added that if the captain hadn't changed course, the officials would be collecting their dead bodies from the sea now.Another passenger said that the ferry had departed from Güzelyalı at 7:30 a.m. and that at ...

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MOL gets environmentally friendly Ro-Ro vessel

MOL and Cargotec committe to clean seas A Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) car carrier has become the first to have all of its ro-ro equipment electrically driven.The 4,000 unit car carriers Iris Ace, built by Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding, features an electrically-driven MacGregor stern quarter ramp/door, side ramps and two movable ramps from Cargotec. With the equipment be all electric it eliminates the need for hydraulic oil in the operating system."Shin-Kurushima, MOL and Cargotec are all committed to clean seas," said Magnus Sjöberg, sales director for ro-ro ships at Cargotec. "The cooperation between the companies has resulted in these exceptionally efficient, environmentally-friendly vessels. Our collaboration was an essential part of this technology's development; and we are seeing a steadily growing demand for it"."On average, electric drives consume less energy than their hydraulic equivalents, therefore, their introduction into MOL's recent newbuilds was a natural progression in the company's environmental initiatives," he said.Source: Seatrade Asia

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UK-flagged ro-ro has leaked oil into the sea at Helsinki

Due to damage of the propeller tunnel of the vessel A British cargo ship is leaking hydraulic oil into the sea at Helsinki's Vuosaari port. Efforts are underway to contain the leak from the M/S Longstone, which is due to damage to the vessel's propeller tunnel.Local emergency officials have been installing oil containment booms around the vessel since Monday evening. The procedure is to be completed on Tuesday morning.The ship, which is nearly 200 metres long, is leaking oil at a rate of 100-150 litres a day, creating a one-millimetre thick oil slick. The leak cannot be stopped while the vessel is in the water.Maritime authorities are to decide on Tuesday whether the Longstone will be allowed to continue on its journey or whether it must be put into dry dock in Finland.The London-based ship was built in Germany in 2003. Finnlines now operates it between Helsinki and Århus, Denmark.Source: YLE News

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