New functions for the autonomous ship
The KISS principle will also be applied to the ship itself and it is also important to look at how existing vessels can be modified to support unmanned operation. At the hardware level, technical modifications will be necessary, for example to the fuel-processing system, while an electric-powered water-jet for back-up propulsion and steering may have to be retrofitted.New sensors to replace the look-out are also an important part of the unmanned ship. A combination of high resolution radar, low-Iight and infrared cameras form the 'advanced sensor system'. Most of the technology involved is already available and its adoption would be more a question of cost than of general availability. The sensor-system will be integrated with more conventional equipment such as the AIS system and ARPA radar. Computer-based data fusion, using Information from the various sensors, will further increase the capability of the sensor system. All these systems are alre... [More]
Sembmarine Integrated Yard@Tuas will expand its service for ships of all sizes with seven drydocksSembmarine Integrated Yard in Tuas has now officially opened its service. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong inaugurated in a ceremony on 6. November the yard facilities. 1100 guests participated at this event. Since 2009 Sembcorp Marine Group with their five daughter companies – Sembawang Shipyard, Jurong Shipyard, SOME, PPL and Jurong SML – built already in this extensive project. Leading managers of the Hamburg based Peter Gast Shipping GmbH and Zoepffel&Schneider GmbH participated at this event as well. Jurong Shipyard, which has been already represented by Peter Gast Shipping since 1984 is now able to offer additional four drydocks in Tuas. Sembawang is represented by Zoepffel&Schneider.
The first phase of the new huge yard complex recently has been inaugurated
Sembawang Integrated Shipyard (yard@tuas) is the biggest yard in Singapore, not only for r... [More]
Bomin Linde LNG starts the implementation process for both terminals
The plans for building and operating the two terminals in Hamburg and Bremerhaven, the future hubs of the German coastal LNG supply, have come to maturity. Currently, Bomin Linde LNG is finalising preparations to enable manufacturing of the key parts and prompt construction of the LNG facilities. The terminals will be installed on a modular basis and will have sufficient flexibility to quickly meet a rise in demand.
Starting from the strategic hubs Hamburg and Bremerhaven, neighbouring ports such as Kiel, Lübeck, Rostock or Wilhelmshaven can be reliably supplied with LNG. "We are fully on track with the projects and will be able to provide ships in all German ports along the North and Baltic Sea with LNG as a clean fuel," said Bomin Linde LNG Managing Director Ruben Benders. "This is an important step to establishing LNG as a marine fuel," added Mahinde Abeynaike, also Managing Director of Bomin Linde LNG. "The s... [More]
Exactness and reliability at maritime services are important
One factor of the great success of port of Hamburg as a cruise shipping venue is the extremely reliable working port service segment.
In the cruise industry it is very much essential that the ships are precisely on time. This is particularly important for the short trips. The universal port of Hamburg has gained its very good image in the time-sensitive container shipping segment and has now transferred it also into the very ambitious cruise vessels. “It must be a precision landing”, says Stefan Frommann, member of the board of the Friedrich G. Frommann GmbH. The worldwide active company belongs to a small circle of companies who are selling and supplying fuels and lube oils in Hamburg. The company uses, among others, four bunker boats. The latest and newest, “Seeve” and “Dresden II” supplied recently fuel and oils to the “Queen Mary 2”. The huge cruise liner moored in Hamburg i... [More]
Container Shipping Companies reduce capacity by 7.4 % - longer port laytimes also helps
Along with longer port laytimes and evermore lower voyage speeds container shipping companies reducing continuously the transport capacities. In order to tone down, to increase the round-trip time and to lift the rate level vessels reduce their speed. Since beginning of 2009 a total of 1.27 million TEU capacities have been taken off the market, says the actual market report of the branch service Alphaliner. During the last twelve months alone it has been 260 000 TEU. A further instrument played an important role: shipping owner extended their port laytime, inter alia because the meanwhile larger vessels need more clearance times. Together with the longer round-trip times it was possible to absorb 7.4 % of the existing fleet. According to Alphaliner it has been 6.2 % last year.
Speed will be reduced evermore. After Slow Steaming with speeds around 18 knots came Extra Slow Steaming and Super Slo... [More]
Global engineering group Cavotec, based in Lugano, Switzerland, has secured a significant order for its MoorMaster™ automated mooring technology at a new bulk handling application in Norway. The project has a substantial financial value — it is the largest single MoorMaster™ order in Europe to date — and indicates the potential for Cavotec's automated mooring systems at ports worldwide.
Cavotec is to supply 18 MoorMaster™ 200B units for international minerals group LKAB's new iron ore berth in Narvik, northern Norway, on behalf of the PEAB construction and civil engineering group.
The scope of the order includes manufacture of the mooring units, installation and comprehensive technical support. The units will moor bulk carrier ships of up to 185,000 DWT and 305m.
This is the first MoorMaster™ bulk handling application in Europe, and the first located within the Arctic Circle. As such, the MM200B units for this project will be built to withstand the h... [More]
Lightweight aluminum structure for low fuel consumptionHamburg Port Authority (HPA) received a brand new pilot boat and named it LOTSE 4. Godmother was Mrs Cordula Ortmann, employee of the Hamburg Port Pilot Brotherhood (Hafenlotsenbrüderschaft).The around 1.7 million EURO expensive boat has been built at Shipyard Hermann Barthel in Derben, Germany. The shipyard built the boat in around nine month. With this new ship HPA owns now four pilot tender.Dimensions of the new boat are of 18 m in length, 4.82 m width and a max depth of 1.25 m. Two MAN Diesel engines with an output of 360 kW each at 1.800 rpm enforce the boat up to 20 knots. The propulsion concept includes furthermore two reverse gear units and a hydraulic controlled helm. Crew consists of one skipper and one ships mechanic.
The new pilot tender during its christening ceremony
To reduce exhaust emissions HPA selected drive motors which fall short of the existing exhaust emission legislations by 30%. Furthermore, instead o... [More]
Yesterday, the world’s first fuelling vessel for LNG (liquefied natural gas) was christened in a traditional christening ceremony in Stockholm, by Helena Bonnier, the chairman of Ports of Stockholm (Stockholms Hamnar), in the presence of the Minister of Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, among others.
In spring of 2012, the Swedish government decided to support what was then a TEN-T request about a LNG fuelling vessel. One year later, the ship is christened and constitutes as an additional component in a competitive maritime shipping with quality, safety and a strong environmental profile, says the Swedish Minister of Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd.
The LNG fuelling vessel, Seagas, is the first ship in the world of its kind, and is classified under the same regulations that apply to oceangoing LNG-tankers. The fuelling vessel will on a daily basis, supply 60-70 tons of LNG to M/S Viking Grace, the new cruise-ship of Viking Line, when the ship ... [More]
With the arrival of the “Dallas Express” at the Port of Oakland in California, at the beginning of December 2012, Hapag-Lloyd has for the first time connected one of its ships to shore-based power. Shore Power (also known as “cold-ironing”) is a ship-to-shore connection that provides electrical power to the ship. By using this connection the auxiliary engines normally used to provide power on board can be switched off, reducing diesel and other air pollutant emissions from ships while they are at berth. Other ports around the world are also working on shore-based power systems. The Port of Oakland recently completed installation of the 6,600 volt shore-based power supply after an initial test with Hapag-Lloyd last August. The “Dallas Express” is the first ship to use it now.
Dallas Express at the Port of Oakland
In California shore-based power will be mandatory for a certain percentage of ship calls by any particular shipping line with the beginn... [More]
Clean, renewable electricity from onshore means that Swedish Shipping Company Stena Line’s vessels Stena Germanica and Stena Scandinavica could shut off their diesel generators during their stay at Port of Gothenburg since early 2011 onwards. This pioneering project has gained a lot of interest among shipowners, ports and power utilities all over Europe. Now, after almost one year of tests, Stena expands their shore power supply activities also in the port of Rotterdam at its Stena Line terminal. Terminal operator Stena Line contracted ABB to provide the technology for its ferries in order to mitigate any negative impact of its operations on the local community and the environment. As part of the plan to cut its fleet’s fuel consumption, Stena Line invested in the complete electrical infrastructure needed to simultaneously power two vessels while berthed in Hoek van Holland.The two Cavotec Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) systems at the Hoek van Holland Holland terminal are... [More]