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RRS Sir David Attenborough Powered Up for the First Time

By The Maritime Executive 01-25-2020 06:13:23

The RRS Sir David Attenborough's power system has been commissioned at Cammell Laird’s shipyard  in the U.K. One of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world, the new polar research ship for Britain is capable of breaking through ice one meter thick at a speed of three knots, and will allow up to 30 crew members, plus 60 scientists and support staff, to access some of the most remote locations on the planet. The ship’s diesel-electric propulsion system...

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India's Oil Industry Will Benefit from IMO 2020

By The Maritime Executive 01-25-2020 05:15:53

The IMO 2020 sulfur-cap regulation will generally be beneficial for Indian refining margins, says Wood Mackenzie research director Sushant Gupta. “We expect middle-distillate cracks (price versus crude) to increase, benefiting Indian refiners because of the high yields of middle-distillate production in their product slate. But refiners will have to face headwinds from weak high-sulfur fuel oil and gasoline cracks. Supported by growing domestic demand and relatively higher refining margins in 2020, we believe India will be able to maintain high...

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Coronavirus: Shipping Needs to Consider Charterparty Obligations

By The Maritime Executive 01-25-2020 04:49:36

The shipping industry needs to be prepared for potential infection of crew members, quarantine measures, closure of ports, and possible repercussions on charterparty obligations as concerns about  the Wuhan coronavirus escalate, advises maritime law firm Hill Dickinson. Beth Bradley, a Partner with Hill Dickinson, says that shipping should be prepared to face the same issues that arose in previous severe disease outbreaks, such as with other coronaviruses or Ebola.  “While this outbreak is not currently anticipated to cause the global...

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The Zero-Emissions Tug

By A.J. Pessa 01-24-2020 11:48:00

With a request for a full-sized, battery-propelled, all-electric tugboat, Ports of Auckland was thought to be “dreaming.” And you might say a dream team was founded when the Netherlands-based Damen Group agreed that the request was feasible from a business perspective. Yet these two parties signed a contract in July promising a battery-powered tug with a 2800 kWh energy rating and 70 tons of bollard pull – Damen’s RSD-E Tug 2513 – by 2021. It will be the first zero-emissions,...

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India's Oil Industry Will Benefit from IMO 2020

The IMO 2020 sulfur-cap regulation will generally be beneficial for Indian refining margins, says Wood Mackenzie research director Sushant Gupta. “We expect middle-distillate cracks (price versus crude) to increase, benefiting Indian refiners because of the high yields of middle-distillate production in their product slate. But refiners will have to face headwinds from weak high-sulfur fuel oil and gasoline cracks. Supported by growing domestic demand and relatively higher refining margins in 2020, we believe India will be able to maintain high...

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Shipbuilding

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Enclosed Spaces: The Importance of Ventilation

Thanks very much to The Maritime Executive for your kind invitation to rethink our maritime industry's programs for safe confined space entry and repairs.   My name is Don Sly, and during these last 45 years I have tested the safety of some 200,000 maritime confined spaces. After the testing (when I find the space "Safe for Workers") I testify thus on a Marine Chemist Certificate so that workers will know the space has been responsibly tested and will...

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Four Submariners Complete 36-Day Transatlantic Row

Four Royal Navy submariners have completed an epic challenge that saw them row across the Atlantic Ocean. Team "HMS Oardacious" made the 3,000-mile journey in 36 days, six hours and 40 minutes. Their incredible voyage saw them face 40 foot waves, shark-infested waters, busy shipping routes and heavy storms.  HMS Oardacious, made up of Lieutenant Hugo Mitchell-Heggs, Lieutenant Callum Fraser, Petty Officer Dylan Woods and Leading Engineer Technician Matt Harvey, has raised more than £100,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines...

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Coronavirus: Shipping Needs to Consider Charterparty Obligations

The shipping industry needs to be prepared for potential infection of crew members, quarantine measures, closure of ports, and possible repercussions on charterparty obligations as concerns about  the Wuhan coronavirus escalate, advises maritime law firm Hill Dickinson. Beth Bradley, a Partner with Hill Dickinson, says that shipping should be prepared to face the same issues that arose in previous severe disease outbreaks, such as with other coronaviruses or Ebola.  “While this outbreak is not currently anticipated to cause the global...

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