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CONTAINER SHIP: NYK orders new boxboats
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

 Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2007, the 4,882TEU NYK Meteor will be joined by eight larger 14,000TEU ships between 2016 and 2018. NYK Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2007, the 4,882TEU NYK Meteor will be joined by eight larger 14,000TEU ships between 2016 and 2018. NYKJapan’s NYK Line has ordered eight 14,000TEU boxships from the Kure shipyard of Japan Marine United, all for delivery between February 2016 and January 2018. The vessels will be used to replace existing ships in the G6 Alliance Asia-Europe service, as well as four smaller 13,000TEU ships that are currently on charter from Hong Kong’s Orient Overseas Container Line. To be registered in Panama, the newbuildings will measure 364m by 51m and will have a deadweight of about 123,000 tonnes on a draught of 15m. This compares to the line’s existing 65,935dwt NYK Meteor class that measure 294m by 32.2m and sail on a maximum draught of 13.5m. JS

 
SHIP SAFETY: New York Bridge warning
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

 ‘K’ Line’s container ship Guang Dong Bridge goes under New York’s Bayonne Bridge, which is being raised to accommodate taller vessels. Lem Schaffer ‘K’ Line’s container ship Guang Dong Bridge goes under New York’s Bayonne Bridge, which is being raised to accommodate taller vessels. Lem SchafferThe US Coast Guard has warned ship operators that it will likely pursue civil penalties against any vessel owner, master, or person-in-charge who provides inaccurate vessel information that contributes to a collision with the Bayonne Bridge in New York harbour. The warning comes after the bridge was struck twice over the past several months by ships with excessive air draughts.

The most recent collision demasted a ship’s INMARSAT C and Ship Safety Alert System antennas. The Coast Guard is worried that further strikes could cause injury or loss of life to construction crews that are now working to raise the 83-year-old structure and thus allow the passage of larger and taller ships. JS

 
Container ships: MSC’s largest boxboat to date
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

The world’s second largest container line, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), has recently taken delivery of its largest vessel. In its usual low-key approach to additions to its vast fleet, the company has just taken delivery of MSC London, the first in a series of six 15,908teu ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs), which are on long-term charter.

Following the line’s usual nomenclature for chartered vessels, the series are named after cities of the world; the line uses girls’ names for its owned vessels. MSC London will be followed by MSC New York, due to be delivered in December 2014; MSC Istanbul, due March 2015; and MSC Venice, due in June 2015. The names of the last two vessels, due for delivery in 2015, are still to be announced.

 
Ro-Ro Ships: Finnlines scrubs up
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

 Six large ro-ro vessels operated in the Baltic Sea by Finnlines are to be fitted with Wärtsilä open loop scrubbers. Finnlines Six large ro-ro vessels operated in the Baltic Sea by Finnlines are to be fitted with Wärtsilä open loop scrubbers. FinnlinesHelsinki-based Finnlines has ordered Wärtsilä scrubber systems for six of its ro-ro ships employed in the Baltic and North Seas to allow them to operate in compliance with new environmental regulations coming into force, while continuing to burn heavy fuel oil. A Wärtsilä open loop scrubber system will be installed on each vessel, with the twin main engines connected to a single integrated scrubber which will utilise seawater to remove SOx from the vessel’s exhaust. Wärtsilä will support Finnlines during the installation phase by providing technical advice and will provide retrofit services. JS

 
New way to carry LNG: LNG CARRIERS
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:00

The LNT A-BOX containment system for LNG carriers. LNG New TechnologiesThe LNT A-BOX containment system for LNG carriers. LNG New TechnologiesNorway’s LNG New Technologies has successfully completed a mock-up testing of its new LNT A-BOX containment system for LNG carriers in China in cooperation with partners Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry and MGI Thermo. The testing, which was witnessed by class surveyors from ABS, BV and DNV GL, was carried out for procedure qualifications and verification of the containment arrangement, with specific focus on its insulation system and integrated secondary barrier design.

It was agreed between the parties involved and the class representatives that the tests were successful. This has allowed the company to embark on the next phase of development, which will include project development for LNG carriers and other large LNG floating units. JS

 
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