Obtaining an accurate assessment of how many containers actually are lost at sea has been a challenge. There have been widely circulated, but unsupported and grossly inaccurate statements that the industry might lose up to 10,000 containers a year at sea. A number of submissions to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have included similar numbers without any substantiation.
Archives for June 2014
A ship’s bosun falls from the accommodation ladder while disconnecting the latching mechanism which secured the pilot ladder to the accommodation ladder. His body was found three weeks later. Read inside the article for full details.
Three leading companies have teamed up to bring the first ever Reverse Stern Drive (RSD)® Compressed Natural Gas – CNG tug to the market. Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands, German engine manufacturer MTU Friedrichshafen, a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, and Denmark’s SVITZER have embarked on the pioneering project with the official launch of the new eco-friendly tug planned for 2016.
It seems to have taken a very long time coming, but the public is at last being alerted to why their shipping is likely to cost more in the future. Six months from the coming into force of the EU Sulphur Directive, letters and articles have appeared in national newspapers pointing out that in the absence of any derogation from this directive, which is due to bite in the new year, the costs of operating ships in the European Emission Control Area will rise substantially.
Maritime experts are deeply divided on how to curb the menace of overweight shipping containers, which cause severe accidents at sea and on the roads. The difficulties of clamping down on false declarations of the weight and content of boxes were underlined during a panel discussion at the WISTA-UK Liverpool Forum, part of the International Festival for Business in the port city.
Four STS cranes, the largest of their type anywhere in the world, have been brought onshore, ready for commissioning, at Algeciras port in Spain. Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, was drafted in by ZPMC to act as agents for the break bulk carrier, Zhen Hua 25, and to manage the safe and timely discharge of her cargo.
The number of people who died without a lifejacket/buoyancy aid, who may have lived if they had worn one, has been decreasing since 2007. The panel has suggested that increasing awareness of the benefits of buoyancy aid and lifejacket wear may have helped to reduce the numbers of lives lost over the last few years.
Today (June 25th) marks the international Day of the Seafarer, an official United Nations observance day which provides an opportunity for everyone to show their appreciation, through social media, for the world’s 1.5 million seafarers who face hardship and danger every day to keep the global economy afloat.
Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, has signed a conditional contract with Golar Hilli Corporation, a subsidiary of Golar LNG, to perform the world’s first-of-its-type conversion of an existing Moss LNG carrier, the Hilli, into a Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNGV).