Hybrid power module solution now operational on escort tug

Wärtsilä’s hybrid power module solution, the Wärtsilä HY, is now operating on the ‘Vilja’, an escort tug owned by the Swedish port of Luleå. The tug was constructed at Gondan Shipbuilders in Asturias, Spain and was delivered in the end of June 2019, after successfully conducting commissioning and sea trials.

Traffic in Houston Ship Channel returns to normal operations

The Unified Command, including the US Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, Port of Houston Fire Department and Kirby Inland Marine, have successfully removed two barges involved in a collision from the Houston Ship Channel, on May 15. The Captain of the Port of Houston-Galveston has opened the Houston Ship Channel without restrictions and vessel traffic has returned to normal operations.

Restrictions in navigation at Houston Ship Channel possible to continue all week

The Houston Ship Channel could remain under one-way travel restrictions for all this week after a collision took place between a deep-draft ship and a barge. Because of the collision, petrochemicals were spilled into the waterway. The damaged barges are located in a heavily trafficked area of the channel, affecting everyone.

Spill reported after tanker collides with barges in Houston Ship Channel

A tanker collided with a tug pushing two barges on May 10, leading to the closure of the Houston Ship Channel. According to the US Coast Guard an unknown amount of product has been spilled from the barges, with sources reporting that the amount is about 9,000 barrels. USCG added that there were no injuries.

Infographic: Types of ships calling Port of Vancouver

The Metro Vancouver region is home to the Port of Vancouver, the largest port in Canada. Port of Vancouver-related activities help support more than 115,000 jobs in Canada and the trade of over $200 billion in goods annually. About 8 ships call on the Port of Vancouver every day.

Unsecured hatch, non-functioning life vest lead to fatal accident

British Columbia’s workplace safety regulator, WorkSafeBC, finished its investigation on the fatal tug accident that took place at a sawmill on Okanagan Lake in 2017. According to the agency, an engine compartment hatch was unsecured, the person who lost its life was using a non-functioning inflatable life vest, while alcohol was also present on board the ship.

MPA Singapore, Wärtsilä collaborate to improve digitalization at the port

As the Port of Singapore’s ambitions continue to become clearer with the construction of Tuas Mega-Terminal, a combination of technologies and innovations will increase the efficiency and safety of operations at the world’s busiest container transhipment hub. Wärtsilä responded to this by opening up a Wärtsilä Acceleration Centre.

USCG issues policy letter on harbor assist vessels guidance

The US Coast Guard issued a Policy Letter 19-01 ‘Enforcement Guidance for Harbour Assist Vessels When Operating Beyond the Boundary Line’ to provide information to towing vessels in regard to manning, credentialing, and watchkeeping requirements applicable to harbor assist vessels inspected under 46 CFR Subchapter M.

Denmark, Ghana extend maritime cooperation

Denmark and Ghana have cooperated on e-navigation solutions, implementation of international regulations and training of tugboat captains since 2015. This week, the two countries extended the strategic sector cooperation until 2021. The overall purpose of the strategic sector cooperation between Denmark and Ghana is to boost capacity building in the maritime sector that benefits both countries.

Svitzer hires first all-female crew in Latin America

Svitzer has hired the first all-female crew for one of its tugs in the Dominican Republic. This move is part of the company’s gender inclusion initiative and is considered a milestone for the Latin American maritime industry. The crew will be placed on the the 70-ton bollard pull Svitzer Monte Cristi, which provides harbor towage services for ships in the port Santo Domingo.