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Industry news: A decade of IMO numbers
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 00:00

Carisbrooke Shipping’s Kitty C has her IMO number of 9558048 displayed on her stern as she enters the port of Hull. Roy CresseyCarisbrooke Shipping’s Kitty C has her IMO number of 9558048 displayed on her stern as she enters the port of Hull. Roy CresseyInternational Maritime Organization (IMO) numbers, the unique identifiers for ships, ship owners and management companies, were introduced under the SOLAS Convention to improve maritime safety and to reduce fraud a decade ago. Adopted in August 1994, the use of the numbers came into force on 1 January 1996. Since then, these seven-digit numbers have become a common sight on cargo ships of at least 300gt.

The number is assigned to a vessel for life even if there is a change of name, flag or owner, and is allocated to a hull during construction. In 2002 the regulations called for the number to be shown in a visible place on either a ship’s hull or superstructure, as well as internally and on certificates. RC

 
NEW DESIGN: The MCV: a new vessel type
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 17:18

The 2011-built Eagle Texas, formerly an 102,926dwt Aframax tanker, is one of two modular capture vessels (MCVs) that have become part of MWCC’s oil well containment system in the Gulf of Mexico. MWCCThe 2011-built Eagle Texas, formerly an 102,926dwt Aframax tanker, is one of two modular capture vessels (MCVs) that have become part of MWCC’s oil well containment system in the Gulf of Mexico. MWCCA new ship type has been created as a consequence of the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC), an independent organisation put together by major oil companies to develop and maintain a well containment system, has had two modular capture vessels (MCV) created out of existing aframax-size tankers, each with a liquid storage capacity of 700,000 oil barrels (bbls).

In the event of a well blowout, a ‘cap’ mechanism, capable of handling up to 100,000 bbl/day of liquid and up to 200 million standard cubic feet per day of gas (scf/day), would be placed over the well and redirect flow to the MCVs above through flexible pipes and risers. Modular processing equipment on the MCVs would then separate liquids from gas and safely store the liquids until their transfer by shuttle tanker to shore processing facilities.

Using expanded flowlines, the MCVs could be positioned up to a mile away from the wellhead to help decrease congestion on the surface. In addition, the loading turrets of the MCVs can be disconnected quickly if the vessels have to be moved away from the site. JS

 
Container Ships: Flettner rotor ship returns to service
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 00:00

Built by German yards Lindenau Werft and Cassens Werft in 2008/10, the Flettner rotor vessel E-Ship 1 has been returned to service by European wind turbine manufacturer Enercon. Jörn PrestienBuilt by German yards Lindenau Werft and Cassens Werft in 2008/10, the Flettner rotor vessel E-Ship 1 has been returned to service by European wind turbine manufacturer Enercon. Jörn PrestienEuropean wind turbine manufacturer Enercon has returned its turbine transporting vessel E-Ship 1 to operation after taking the vessel out of service for almost a year to have its seven Mitsubishi diesel generator sets replaced by Caterpillar units.

Although the 12,800dwt vessel is primarily diesel/electric-driven, she uses the exhaust heat from the diesels to power a Siemens steam turbine that generates electricity used to spin her four 27m high by 4m wide Flettner rotors. The rotors use the Magnus effect to help propel the ship forward.  Prior to experiencing engine difficulties, E-Ship 1 had archived fuel savings of approximately 25 per cent compared to a conventional vessel.

In addition to her rotors, the 426ft by 73ft ship utilises an Enercon-developed propeller and rudder assembly as well as a weather routing system that enables determination of the best course to take for optimum fuel savings. JS

 
New Bulkers: COSCO order bulkers
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:00

The Chinese-flagged Ju Da is a 73,603dwt bulk carrier built in 2005 that is currently part of the COSCO fleet, although she is operated by Shanghai Ocean Shipping Co of Shanghai. COSCO have recently ordered four larger and four smaller bulk carriers to update their fleet. Brian CowburnThe Chinese-flagged Ju Da is a 73,603dwt bulk carrier built in 2005 that is currently part of the COSCO fleet, although she is operated by Shanghai Ocean Shipping Co of Shanghai. COSCO have recently ordered four larger and four smaller bulk carriers to update their fleet. Brian CowburnOn 20 March China Ocean Shipping  (COSCO) announced that it had ordered eight new bulk carriers via its investment company Prosperity Investment 2011 Ltd. The order comprises four 40,000dwt ships and four 180,000dwt Capesize vessels which work out at aggregate prices of US$99.2 million and US$212.8 million respectively.

The ships will be built at Tianjin Xingang Shipbuilding Heavy Industry, a member of the China Shipbuilding Corporation (CSIC). COSCO stated that the reason for the order is to upgrade bulk carriers in the Group and improve the competitiveness of its fleet as a whole. Deliveries of the new vessels are expected to be made in 2015 and 2016. RC

 
Tankers: Into Canada
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 00:00

The jointly-owned 228m by 32m product tanker Stena Poseidon is one of two ships recently acquired by Transport Maritime St-Laurent Inc.The jointly-owned 228m by 32m product tanker Stena Poseidon is one of two ships recently acquired by Transport Maritime St-Laurent Inc.Concordia Maritime and Neste Oil have sold their jointly-owned Ice Class 1A Manamax tankers Stena Poseidon and Palva to Canada’s Transport Maritime St-Laurent Inc, a joint venture formed by Groupe Desgagnés of Montreal and the Canadian division of Valero, the world’s largest independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. The two 75,000dwt ships, built in 2007, will move crude oil from Valero’s Montreal East Terminal to its refinery at Quebec City. Although of 500,000 barrel capacity, the twin tankers will be limited to about 350,000 barrels while navigating the St Lawrence. JS

 
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