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Heavylift: A giant among giants
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

 A massive new heavylift semi-submersible being planned by Dockwise will have a bowless design and asymmetric accommodation, similar to existing ship Dockwise Vanguard, but will be big enough to carry the latter. Dockwise A massive new heavylift semi-submersible being planned by Dockwise will have a bowless design and asymmetric accommodation, similar to existing ship Dockwise Vanguard, but will be big enough to carry the latter. DockwiseHolland’s Royal Boskalis Westminster NV, which placed the world’s largest heavylift semi-submersible, Dockwise Vanguard, into service last year, is proposing to build an even bigger vessel that could carry Dockwise Vanguard on its back. Boskalis has not disclosed the dimensions of the new giant, but illustrations show it carrying a loaded Dockwise Vanguard.

Completed in 2013, Dockwise Vanguard has a deck space of 270m by 70m and can carry up to 117,000 tonnes. According to Boskalis, the larger ship would be used to transport floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units and floating LNG (FLNG) vessels. JS

 
COMPANY NEWS: COSCO scraps and builds
Friday, 27 June 2014 08:16

China’s COSCO is scrapping over 40 ships this year but has another 50 under construction in Chinese shipyards. COSCO ZhoushanChina’s COSCO is scrapping over 40 ships this year but has another 50 under construction in Chinese shipyards. COSCO ZhoushanLast August China’s COSCO announced that it was going to scrap 13 ships, including four container carriers and nine bulkers, as part of a restructuring. In the past six months it has carried out that plan, although it has revised the number of ships. In the first quarter it sent 12 container vessels and four bulk carriers to the breakers, representing an aggregate capacity of 803,087dwt.

Among the ships were the container vessels Longhou, Conghe, Yanhe, Longhe, Shenghe, Tenghe, Zhonghe, Puhe, Taihe, Junhe, Yuanhe and Feihe, all of which were previously owned by COSCO Container Lines Co Ltd, and the four bulk carriers Pengye, Pengqing, Xinshenghai and Bailuhai.

 
TECHNOLOGY: Bulbous bow surgery
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:00

After having her bulbous bow modified and a new rudder bulb installed, Clipper Project Shipping’s 9,100dwt Clipper Galaxy has achieved fuel savings of over eight per cent. Clipper Project ShippingAfter having her bulbous bow modified and a new rudder bulb installed, Clipper Project Shipping’s 9,100dwt Clipper Galaxy has achieved fuel savings of over eight per cent. Clipper Project ShippingAnother owner has elected to perform bulbous bow surgery in an effort to optimise fuel efficiency. Clipper Project Shipping had the bulb of its 2011-built Clipper Galaxy, a 9,100dwt multi-purpose carrier,  modified while the vessel was drydocked at China’s Lixin Shipyard near Shanghai last year.

The existing bulb was cut off and a new bulb with a different size and shape was installed, and a new rudder bulb was added at the same time. Since then, comparing fuel consumption before and after the modifications, as well as the ship’s current loading and speed patterns, the overall savings have been around 8.5 per cent, including the rudder bulb effect. JS

 
Container ships: NYK agrees charter for ULCCs
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 00:00

The 141,003gt container ship NYK Hercules. Andrew McAlpineThe 141,003gt container ship NYK Hercules. Andrew McAlpineJapan’s second largest container line Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has confirmed that it has reached agreement to time-charter a series of eight new 14,000TEU ultra-large container vessels. The arrangement is a long-term charter with a Japanese ship owner, but the line did not confirm details of the vessels’ owner.

The series of eight ships are under construction at the Japan Marine United shipyard in Kure, formally known as Ishikawajima Shipbuilding & Engineering, and are due for delivery from February 2016 to January 2018. NYK said the ships would have ‘improved fuel efficiency and cargo loadability’ compared to similar-sized vessels already in service.

NYK is a member of the G6 Alliance, which includes fellow Japanese company Mitsui OSK Line (MOL), Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd, Hong Kong’s Orient Overseas Line (OOCL), South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), and Singapore Headquartered American President Lines (APL).

NYK’s order leaves MOL as the only member of the G6 not having ordered its own ultra-large tonnage, although it has a five-year charter agreement for five 14,000TEU vessels from APL. The other partners in the alliance already deploy vessels in this size, with a number still receiving new vessels. The agreement is NYK’s first new ship order since 2007. AM

 
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

 
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