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Watch: Heavy Lift Ship Unloads FLNG in Argentina

By MarEx 2019-02-21 18:11:23

Exmar’s Floating Liquefaction Unit (FLNG), Tango FLNG, has berthed in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, where it will stay and produce LNG for export for YPF over a 10-year period.  Previously known as Caribbean and built in 2017, the Tango FLNG measures 144 meters (472 feet) in length, 32 meters (105 feet) in width and has a draught of 5.4 meters (18 feet). After contract signing in November 2018, the unit was transported from China to Argentina on board the 217-meter (712-foot) heavy lift...

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Shanghai Spirit

Injuries Caused by Unsecured Working at Height

By MarEx 2019-02-20 20:14:55

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its final report into the fall from height and serious injuries to crewmembers on board the bulk carrier Shanghai Spirit, off Queensland in January 2017. This incident occurred on January 29, 2017, when the 140-meter geared bulk carrier was anchored in Keppel Bay, Queensland. While conducting painting and routine touch-up work in the cargo holds, deck crewmembers were using a mobile scaffold tower. As the scaffold tower was moved with two unsecured...

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Clean Shipping Alliance Concerned About E.U. Scrubber Proposal

By MarEx 2019-02-20 19:56:21

The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) has expressed concerns about a proposal submitted by the European Commission (E.C.) which urges the IMO to change its exhaust gas cleaning system (scrubber) guidelines. The proposal calls for “evaluation and harmonization” of scrubber discharges across all ports, worldwide. The proposal is intended for consideration by the 74th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) which meets in May. “This proposal is an attempt by the European Commission to push...

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Salvage Divers Save Samoan Ferry from Flooding

By MarEx 2019-02-19 11:04:58

Salvors have located and addressed the cause of flooding on the passenger ferry Sili in Pago Pago, American Samoa.  A salvage dive team located a two-inch diameter hole on the port side of the engine room and successfully applied a temporary patch, and the vessel is no longer taking on water. Any pollution from the incident has been recovered or dissipated, but containment booms will remain in place, and a watchstander will stay on the vessel to monitor the situation....

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Spanish Navy Orders Merchant Ships to Leave Gibraltar Anchorage

By MarEx 2019-02-18 17:52:42

The government of Gibraltar issued a strong protest on Sunday after a Spanish naval vessel entered the bounds of Gibraltar's maritime claims and ordered several merchant vessels to leave "Spanish" waters. The dispute adds to a long history of tensions with Madrid over the validity of the Rock's maritime boundaries. In an audio recording of the radio exchange, the Spanish vessel identified itself as the patrol boat Tornado (P-44) and instructed a "drifting" merchant vessel to depart Spain's territorial waters. The...

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U.S. May Expand Sanctions on Venezuelan Oil Shipments

By MarEx 2019-02-15 10:59:50

The political crisis in Venezuela continues to affect tanker shipping in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond, with U.S. pressure on the government of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro creating increasing difficulties for the country's petroleum imports and exports.  A raft of new developments could bring further disruption to historical patterns of petroleum trade with Venezuela. U.S. refiner Citgo, which is controlled by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and is the largest American importer of Venezuelan crude, is said to be...

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ONE Breaks Record For Highest Utilization of a Container Ship

By MarEx 2019-02-13 17:43:21

Ocean Network Express (ONE) has broken the last reported world record for the largest amount of cargo ever stowed – carrying over 19,100 TEU on board the MOL Tribute.  Using Navis’ StowMan vessel stowage planning software to optimize the ship, the record load surpasses the record previously announced by Maersk at 19,038 TEU, achieved in August 2018. The MOL Tribute, with a total capacity of 20,146 TEU achieved the new record on February 11, 2019. Prior to the latest achievement,...

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Hay Point

ITF: Crew Starved and Underpaid

By MarEx 2019-02-13 16:56:56

A crewmember on board a ship at a BHP terminal in Queensland, Australia, has claimed that the crew is being starved and underpaid, according to the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF). A seafarer from the 80,000-ton bulk carrier, the Liberia-flagged Villa Deste, contacted the ITF pleading for help, claiming to have no food and no onboard wages, and being fed on a $4 food budget per day. The ITF claims that BHP is blocking...

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Brexit: What's at Stake for U.K. Trade

By Daniela Stratulativ 2019-02-13 15:41:18

If the U.K. leaves the E.U. Customs Union, it would be able to negotiate free trade agreements on its own terms with non-E.U. countries, and with the E.U. These agreements could take between four and 10 years to finalize, and until then the U.K. will trade on World Trade Organization terms which would mean higher tariffs, increased costs for intermediate outputs used in U.K. production and higher prices for consumers.  The E.U. currently has 43 free trade agreements (FTAs) in...

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ICS: Shipping Cannot Achieve Climate Goals Using Fossil Fuels

By MarEx 2019-02-12 20:51:00

The International Chamber of Shipping has concluded that it will not be possible to achieve the IMO's target for greenhouse gas cuts using fossil fuels.  The determination is in line with recent research on the greenhouse-gas profile of liquefied natural gas, the primary alternative marine fuel on the market today. Studies have found that LNG offers a relatively small 6-10 percent GHG reduction compared with HFO (and, with certain engine designs, the possibility of a GHG increase). By comparison, IMO aims for...

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