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Forty Seafarers Abandoned in UAE

By MarEx 2018-12-09 16:25:41

The U.K.-based charity Human Rights at Sea has documented a case of 40 seafarers abandoned in dire circumstances in the UAE. The charity was contacted by crew members from three Dubai-based Elite Way Marine Services EST vessels. They sent an urgent appeal for help. Their vessels, the deck cargo vessels Azraq Moiah and Tamim Aldar and the offshore supply vessel Al Nader, are at anchorage at the port of Sharjah in the UAE. The seafarers say that food and...

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Future Market Application for Semi-submersible Barge Carriers

By Harry Valentine 2018-12-08 19:35:26

Many years ago, a semi-submersible barge carrying vessel carried small freight vessels between some Indian west coast ports and Gulf ports. Ongoing development in international trade may be developing new market applications for such technology.  During an earlier era and prior to modern port development, many of India’s west coast ports were only capable of berthing very small vessels that at one time had carried international trade. As ship size increased to carry greater volume and/or greater tonnage, sailing draft...

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If Nobody Entered Enclosed Spaces...

By Howard Nightingale 2018-12-08 16:45:23

It may be stating the obvious, but it is also an infallible truth. If human beings and enclosed spaces are potentially fatally incompatible, the engineering solution to the problem is to keep the two elements separated as far as practicable.  How many times have the phrases “routine inspection” or “planned maintenance inspection” been inserted on the “Entry into an Enclosed Space” forms on vessels throughout the world on a six monthly or annual cycle? To what ends? If, during the...

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EU Adds First Overseas Yards to Ship Recycling List

By MarEx 2018-12-07 18:30:06

The European Commission has added the first non-European shipbreaking yards to the list of approved facilities licensed under the new European Ship Recycling Regulation (SRR). The additions do not include South Asian yards, but they do add new geographic options. The newly approved recyclers include two sites owned by Turkish firm Leyal, both in Aliaga, and International Shipbreaking Limited's yard in Brownsville, Texas. The larger of the two Aliaga sites can handle ships drawing up to 50 feet; the Brownsville site is limited...

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In an Industry First, CMA CGM Offers Guaranteed Online Rates

By MarEx 2018-12-05 18:16:00

Number-four ocean carrier CMA CGM has launched what it describes as the first online rate service offering "guaranteed prices within seconds" for container shipping on major trade lanes. The quote service, which for now only covers U.S.-China routes, is hosted on the Freightos platform.  CMA CGM suggests that the tool gives customers rapid pricing in the same convenient manner they would expect for booking air travel or shopping online. The French carrier is the first line to list its services...

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New Technology Facilitates Hydrogen Storage

By MarEx 2018-12-05 18:01:18

MAN Cryo, shipowner Fjord1 and designer Multi Maritime in Norway have developed a marine fuel-gas system for liquefied hydrogen. The system is designed for vessels, such as ferries, employed on relatively short routes and has been granted preliminary approval in principle by DNV GL. It is the first marine-system design globally to secure such an approval. The system has a scalable design and is suited for both above- and below-deck applications. Liquefied hydrogen has a temperature of -253° Celsius and...

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Maersk Sets Net Zero CO2 Emission Target by 2050

By MarEx 2018-12-04 23:46:31

Maersk announces its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 this week. To achieve this goal, carbon neutral vessels must be commercially viable by 2030, and an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new technology is required, says the company. Maersk's relative CO2 emissions have already been reduced by 46 percent compared to a 2007 baseline 2007, approximately nine percent more than the industry average. “The only possible way to achieve the so-much-needed decarbonization in our industry is by...

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Seafarer Survives Four Days at Sea with Fractured Spine

By MarEx 2018-12-04 18:18:10

A Filipino seafarer is recovering in hospital after fracturing his spine falling from a ladder on November 14. Adriano Gicos, 55, was descending into the ship’s hold when he slipped and fell four meters, while voyaging from Singapore to Brazil. His colleagues had to use a crane to get him back to his cabin, where they administered basic first aid. As a result of the fall, Gicos, a chief officer, suffered serious spinal injuries, which have required surgery to enable...

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Discounts and Rebates

By Mark Franklin 2018-12-04 17:15:21

It is common business practice to offer rebates or discounts in return for volumes, loyalty or quality. In tramp shipping, it can be challenging to benefit from these, due to the unpredictable nature of trading patterns, as well as the complexity (and visibility) of the available discounts. The most common reductions are based on the frequency of calls. Many ports will offer a discount or rebate after a certain number of calls or...

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Australian Sheep Won't Sail Into Middle East Summer

By MarEx 2018-12-04 16:43:21

Australian livestock exporters have established a three-month moratorium in sheep shipments to the Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere summer. The moratorium, to take effect from June 1, 2019, will mean no shipments of Australian sheep will depart any Australian port for the Middle East during the highest heat stress risk period of the northern summer. Exporters will observe the moratorium while the industry develops new technology which could, in the future, address the heat risk challenges associated with shipments...

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