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Trends in oil spills from tankers

 ITOPF presented earlier this year at INTERSPILL conference a poster which depicts the trends in oil spills from tankers over the past ten years (2005-2014) ITOPF maintains a database of recorded oil spills from tankers, combined carriers and barges. This contains information on accidental spillages since 1970, except those resulting from acts of war.Information is gathered from a wide variety of sources, including published material, such as the shipping press and other specialist publications, vessel owners and their insurers, and from ITOPF's own activities on site at incidents.Whilst it is useful to observe the long term trends since 1970, it may also be beneficial to analyse more recent data for shorter term trends. ITOPF analysed the period 2005 to 2014, making comparisons between the first five year period 2005-2009 and the second five year period 2010-2014. ITOPF's poster presents the results of an analysis of various aspects of incident informati on for tanker spills seven tonnes and over within the past ten years (2005-2014). Factors used to identi fy trends include:• number of spills• quanti ty of oil spilled• types of oil spilled• operati ons of tankers and causes of spills• locati ons of spillsKey issues ● Notable trends can be seen when comparing ...

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New technologies to reduce costs in the bulk carrier industry

DNV GL focus on future trends DNV GLs latest Bulk Carrier Forum looked at future trends and some of the classification societys most recent projects in the segment. Public authorities are increasing the pressure on the shipping industry to reduce emissions and invest in sustainable technology. Narve Mjøs, Director Battery Services & Projects at DNV GL - Maritime, gave the forum participants an update on battery and hybrid technology."Hybridization holds great potential for all ship types, including bulk carriers. For example, lithium-ion batteries could take over in waiting situations, in environmentally sensitive areas and in port, reducing fuel consumption, maintenance and emissions. They may also increase the ship's responsiveness," he explained.In a joint development project with the Norwegian shipping company Grieg Star, DNV GL examined how much energy and operational costs a 50,000 dwt open hatch vessel could save by using batteries for operating the cranes during loading and unloading.Simulations showed that using a hybrid system consisting of two auxiliary engines and one battery, instead of three auxiliary engines, would save some 100 tonnes fuel annually and require less maintenance, spare parts and overhaul costs, resulting in a substantial annual saving and a payback time of 1-3 years."We plan to ...

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Global Marine Technology Trends 2030 report released

LR  new report examines the transformative impact of 18 technologies on ship design, on naval power and on the use of ocean space in 2030The ''Global Marine Technology Trends 2030''  report is the culmination of a collaborative project between Lloyd’s Register, QinetiQ and the University of Southampton looking at the future for: commercial shipping – without which world trade would cease; for navies – so vital for security; and the health of the oceans – the vital resource that defines the future wellbeing of the planet. In asking ‘what’s next’ GMTT 2030 is an aid to business, policy makers and society in trying to understand the future for the maritime industries and the oceans. Assessing 56 technologies and then focusing on 18 specific areas of technology, GMTT 2030 builds on the scenarios work in Global Marine Trends 2030 and Global Marine Fuel Trends 2030 to provide insight into the impact and – critically – the timescales of transformative technology. The Global Marine Technology Trends 2030 report released indicates that:Momentum and capability for a significant evolution in ship design and operation is now building – the report presents design scenarios for commercial ships in 2030By 2030 the fastest and most radical impacts are ...

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Understanding oceans to secure our planet

 A greater understanding and appreciation of our oceans is essential for the wellbeing of the world’s population, according to the Global Marine Technology Trends 2030 (GMTT 2030) report launched. The report is the culmination of a collaborative project between Lloyd’s Register, Qinetiq and the University of Southampton looking at the future for: commercial shipping – without which world trade would cease; for navies – so vital for security; and the health of the oceans – addressing the challenges of pollution, climate change and exploitation of resources.In asking ‘what’s next’ GMTT 2030 is an aid to business, policy makers and society in trying to understand the future for the maritime industries and the oceans. Leading the ‘Ocean Space’ section of GMTT 2030, experts from the University’s Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) report that since the start of the Industrial Revolution, there has been a 30 per cent increase in ocean acidity and that 25 per cent of atmospheric CO2 is absorbed by the oceans. In addition, some 16 per cent of global protein intake comes from fish with an increasing amount of the world’s medicines, materials and energy also derived from the oceans. By the year 2030, the experts forecast that twice as ...

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Pirates Hunting in Packs

Worries about Possible New Trend According to a report filed Sunday August 7th by the IMB Live Piracy Reporting Centre, pirates attacked a vesselapproximately 20 nm off the coast of Eritrea in the Red Sea. What marks this attack out for special attention, and thereason it should be of particular concern to all shipping companies and members of the maritime community is that inthis instance, it would appear the pirates attacked in large numbers, en masse.The report states that 12 skiffs approached the vessel, a bulk carrier, and that each skiff contained five to eight pirates,all armed and carrying boarding ladders. The skiffs were approaching at around 17 knots and as they closed toapproximately 300m, on the command of the Master, the armed security detail on board the bulk carrier fired warningshots at the pirate craft. The majority of the pursuing skiffs fell back as it became clear the security team were armed.Two skiffs continued to give chase, returning fire at the vessel. The security team engaged the pirates and, after approximately30 minutes and numerous approaches, the pirates aborted their attack and moved away. There were noreports of injuries to either pirates or security team and crew.While the rather ragged ...

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