London-based ship manager Newport Shipping has introduced a new revenue sharing agreement (RSA) concept to the Handysize bulk carrier sector and will now market the scheme under Newport Handy Bulkcarriers.
Ecoships, a fully owned subsidiary of Newport Shipping Group, has introduced a customised version of the Six Sigma DMAIC approach to process and performance evaluation in order to optimise the energy-efficiency of the vessels under its management.
Singapore, the world’s biggest bunkering port, plans to end the so-called “cappucino effect” in ship fuelling through new meters designed to stop suppliers from short-changing customers, although the industry is warning of a short-term sales dip.
During a recent dock survey of a Hyundai Heavy Industries-built crude oil tanker, ship surveyors discovered that after almost 14 years in service, a number of areas of corrosion had appeared on the propeller blades of the vessel.
The Somali government’s grand vision for Mogadishu port under its new Turkish managers sees modern container ships replacing wooden dhows, new cranes easing the back-breaking work of porters and a surge in state revenue as traffic rises.
The Port Feeder Barge (PFB), a unique concept, offers port operators a means for reducing congestion caused by trucks moving containers within ports. The highly manoeuvrable, double-ended 168 TEU vessel, is self-sustained, and is equipped with a container crane and spreader.