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Pilot's Tug Assist Tool Provides Bollard Pull Calculations

By The Maritime Executive 02-22-2020 09:01:20

Captain M.Baykal Yaylali, chief pilot at the Directorate General of Coastal Safety Izmir Alsancak Port, has released open source software Pilot’s Tug Assist Tool (PTAT) which estimates the total required tug power for ships in various conditions of wind, current and waves. The tool can be loaded as an app on a smart phone. In most cases, the required tug power and number of  tugs needed in variable conditions of wind, current and waves is an assessment made by pilots based...

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Collision: Master “Fixated” on Electronic Chart

By The Maritime Executive 02-22-2020 08:36:55

The U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has released its accident investigation report into the ro-ro passenger ferry Red Falcon colliding with a moored yacht on October 21, 2018. At 0811, when navigating in severely reduced visibility in Cowes Harbour, the master of the Red Falcon lost orientation when his vessel swung out of control, departed the navigable channel and was spun around through 220°. In his confusion the master drove the ferry in the wrong direction resulting in a...

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BIMCO: Coronavirus Shows Shipping's Dependence on Chinese Economy

By The Maritime Executive 02-22-2020 12:27:00

In a bulletin released Friday, shipping association BIMCO warned that the impact of the coronavirus epidemic in China is already serious, and it could worsen if stringent public health measures are sustained for an extended period.  The effects are already visible. Alphaliner has estimated that 1.7 million TEU of export capacity out of China has been canceled since late January, and anecdotal reports indicate that many of the remaining departures are sailing with less than a full load. Ships' agencies...

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Golden Ray Rescuers Receive Medals for Successful Response

By The Maritime Executive 02-21-2020 11:31:00

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah crew members were recognized Friday for their response during the Golden Ray rescue. Rear Adm. Eric Jones, Coast Guard Seventh District commander presented Air Medals to Lt. Robert Mineo and Lt. Jeb Slick, both helicopter pilots, and to PO1 Eric Young and PO1 Nathan Newberg, both aviation survival technicians. Jones also presented Coast Guard Commendation Medals to aviation maintenance technician PO2 Jared Blitz and avionics electrical technician PO Joseph Kelly. The six coastguardsmen awarded Friday played an essential role in the rescue...

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Offshore Wind Could be the Answer to China's Renewables Challenge

Under the Paris Climate Agreement, China committed to having renewable energy satisfy 20 percent of its energy needs by 2030. Currently, the country is on track to double that commitment, aiming to hit 40 percent by the next decade.  Wind power is critical to achieving that goal, say researchers from Harvard University who highlight the key role that offshore wind will play in China's future.  Over the past 20 years, China’s wind power capacity has grown from 0.3 gigawatts to...

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How Radar for Merchant Ships Developed

The year was 1942. Radar technology was developed during the Second World War, but it all took off following a decision that from 1942 all U.S. and British commercial vessels had to be equipped with radar to improve the safety of navigation as well as to enhance the detection of enemy ships. It took quite some time until radar became common place on merchant ships of other flag. Radar was expensive and somewhat complicated for navigating officers to use. The...

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Interview: Manish Singh Talks on the Future of Videotel and Seagull

Manish Singh, formerly from V.Group, has been appointed CEO of a new group following the purchase of maritime training company Videotel by Oakley Capital, which also owns Seagull Maritime. Having spent the past few weeks at the post, he is ready to talk about the future and the $30 million investment he is going to oversee. You've been in the post for a few weeks now. Do you like what you see? I...

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Hapag-Lloyd Reports Exceptional Earnings for 2019

German container carrier Hapag-Lloyd announced Wednesday that its earnings for 2019 were unusually good: EBITDA came in at more than $2.1 billion for the year, up by $880 million and 80 percent from the year before.  About half of the increase was related to the first-time application of the IFRS 16 accounting standard, which had a significant positive effect on the way earnings were calculated. However, the underlying business performance did improve: revenues were up nine percent year-on-year, transport volume...

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