Ultra-Large Container Vessel Trigger Terminal Shake-ups

Bigger container ships are resulting in much greater peaks in container terminal activity. This, together with the ever larger combined volumes of bigger alliances, demands fewer, larger terminals in each port. Terminal operators are reacting by consolidating terminal layouts and ownership – and by working more closely together – but what are the consequences for their customers?

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Damen Pioneers Mobile Ballast Water Treatment: InvaSave

Damen Shipyards Group is set to unveil a pioneering new mobile ballast water treatment (BWT) unit at the Posidonia exhibition in Athens next week. The new in-house technology bolsters Damen’s Ballast Water Centre of Excellence, which advises fleet managers on total BWT solutions for retrofits and newbuilds worldwide.

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IMO Launches Safe Passage Pamphlet

On 20 May 2014, a pamphlet entitled Safe Passage: The Straits of Singapore and Malacca was officially launched at the 93rd session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee meeting currently taking place in London.

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ALE Complete World’s Heaviest Load-Out At 47,830t

ALE has completed another world record with the load-out of the 47,830t Arkutun Dagi topside. This weight, which was the combination of the 42,695t topside positioned on a 5,135t load-out support frame is the heaviest to be loaded-out in the world.

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First-Ever Study Of A Sunken Shipping Container

Thousands of shipping containers are lost from cargo vessels each year. Many of these containers eventually sink to the deep seafloor. In the first-ever survey of its kind, researchers from MBARI and the sanctuary recently described how deep-sea animal communities on and around the container differed from those in surrounding areas.

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DNV GL Introduces Hybrid Power Systems For Offshore Units

DNV GL is proposing a new hybrid power concept for offshore units using batteries in combination with traditional power generation equipment. The concept has already delivered multiple advantages in the maritime and automotive industries, but has not yet been applied in the O&G industry.

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Future Marine Fuel: It’s All A Matter Of Priority

Is liquefied natural gas (LNG) the future of marine fuel – or just a future marine fuel? That is the billion-dollar question. Cleaner, safer, more affordable and easier to obtain – as the variety and interest in new marine fuels grows, shipowners and operators are more likely to opt for the prosaic than the exotic

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Now Seafarers Will Be Better Protected Under MLC

Now, seafarers will be better protected as a consequence of two amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). Seafarers who are let down by their ship owner or who are entitled to economic compensation in case of long-term disablement or death will now be better secured.

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Piracy at Sea Lowest Since 2007 – International Maritime Bureau (IMB)

The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has revealed that piracy on the world’s seas is at its lowest first-quarter level since 2007, but warns that the threat is still present. The latest IMB Piracy Report shows 49 piracy incidents in the first quarter of 2014 – the lowest first quarter figure since 2007, when 41 incidents were recorded.

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