Wärtsilä signs maintenance agreement to support MSCL’s tug operations




The technology group Wärtsilä has signed an optimised maintenance agreement with Marine Service Company Ltd (MSCL), a Saudi Arabian tug operator. It is the first ever such agreement that Wärtsilä has signed with a marine operator in Saudi Arabia. MSCL operates four terminal escort tugs operating in the port of Rabigh, and the comprehensive maintenance planning resulting from the agreement will streamline the vessels’ operations, thereby ensuring optimal performance and availability. The 5-year agreement was signed in October 2018.


Within the framework of the agreement, in addition to systematic service activity planning, Wärtsilä provides maintenance budgeting, major overhauls, state-of-the-art tools, spare parts, and technical expertise covering the ships’ engines and certain auxiliary equipment. Wärtsilä’s technical resources are available at all times. In addition, technical audits are carried out bi-annually, and MSCL’s vessel crews will receive extensive training on the onboard equipment. 


“Vessel availability is of utmost importance to MSCL as an operator, and it is in our interest to have a long-term cooperation with reliable and valued partners. The optimised maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä is a value-based solution that suits our technical and financial requirements. It is a true upgrade, since it not only increases the availability and efficiency of the vessels, but it also has a positive effect on our bottom line,” says Capt. Salah U. Ahmed, General Manager, Marine Service Company Ltd.


“We are very pleased that MSCL chose us to be their partner, which opened the opportunity for us to enter into a completely new market of marine agreements in Saudi-Arabia. With our strong local presence, extensive experience, and unmatched service capabilities in the marine sector, we can help MSCL to increase their profitability by enabling better vessel availability,” says Haidar Al Hertani, Managing Director, Wärtsilä Saudi Arabia.



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World Fuel Services increases bunker capacity in port of Gibraltar




Miami, Florida, US (27 February 2019) - World Fuel Services (WFS), via its fully owned subsidiary Gib Oil Limited, has extended its capacity in the port of Gibraltar with the addition of two barges to its physical bunker operations. 


The barges, dedicated to Marine Gasoil and Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel, also offer the option for multiple product segregation. This new operational set-up with the modern and SIRE inspected barges, allows WFS to provide for a vast range of supply options for all vessel types, supplying up to 15,000 MT in one single barge trip.


This addition to the WFS portfolio presents further operational flexibility to its ex-pipe facility located at Gibraltar’s Western Arm jetty.


Mike Ranger, Senior Vice President, Asia/ EMEA, Marine, said; “With this new offering WFS continues to deliver the highest standard of service to our customers and expand our offering by providing new services in ports where World Fuel Services can deliver the highest value, especially as we head into 2020”


About World Fuel Services Corporation

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, World Fuel Services is a global fuel logistics, transaction management and payment processing company, principally engaged in the distribution of fuel and related products and services in the aviation, marine and land commercial, industrial and transportation industries. World Fuel Services sells fuel and delivers services to its clients at more than 8,000 locations in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.



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Golar LNG enters into an agreement to supply a FLNG unit to BP for phase 1 of the Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim Project, West Africa




Golar LNG Limited ("Golar" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: GLNG) announces today that Gimi MS Corporation ("Gimi MS"), a newly incorporated subsidiary of the Company, has entered into a 20-year Lease and Operate Agreement ("LOA") with BP for the charter of an FLNG unit, Gimi, to service the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project. 


Expected to commence production in 2022, the FLNG Unit Gimi will liquefy gas as part of the first phase of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project and be located at an innovative nearshore hub located on the Mauritania and Senegal maritime border. FLNG Gimi is designed to produce an average of approximately 2.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum, using the Black & Veatch "Prico" liquefaction process, with the total gas resources in the field estimated to be around 15 trillion cubic feet.


Concurrent with its entry into the LOA, Gimi MS has entered into a Subscription Agreement (subject to closing conditions) with First FLNG Holdings Pte. Ltd., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Capital, in respect of their participation in a 30% share of FLNG Gimi.  Gimi MS will construct, own and operate FLNG Gimi and First FLNG Holdings Pte. Ltd. will subscribe for 30% of the total issued ordinary share capital of Gimi MS for a subscription price equivalent to 30% of the project cost. LNG carrier Gimi has been relocated from layup to Keppel Shipyard in Singapore where conversion works are expected to commence soon.


Construction of FLNG Gimi is expected to cost approximately $1.3 billion, excluding financing costs. Once accepted under the contract, annual earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of approximately $215 million with potential upside for over performance are expected.  Golar is also in the final stages of receiving an underwritten credit commitment for a $700 million long-term financing facility from a syndicate of international banks that will be available during construction.  Golar's plan is that together with other financing facilities, by the end of the 4-year construction period the anticipated maximum total equity contribution from the Company in respect of its 70% stake will be approximately $300 million.


Commenting on the LOA, Golar CEO Iain Ross said, "This landmark 20-year agreement with BP, which is Golar's second FLNG tolling agreement, is the culmination of a lot of hard work and commitment from the project and commercial teams that commenced late 2017.  The potential of Golar's floating LNG solution was reinforced by FLNG Hilli Episeyo's proof of concept, Heads of Terms were agreed with BP and its partners in April 2018 and work has been ongoing via the previously reported Limited Notice to Proceed.  Golar is delighted to have the opportunity to demonstrate the safe and reliable operation, quality and value of its FLNG offering to such a world class energy company as BP and looks forward to safely delivering and building on this long-term relationship over the decades ahead".




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Wärtsilä lifecycle solution to provide reliable support to Tokyo LNG Tanker Co.



The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a long-term Wärtsilä Optimised maintenance solution with Japanese LNG shipowner Tokyo LNG Tanker Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Tokyo Gas. The solution will support the customer in a range of maintenance needs for three LNG carriers powered by Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines. The agreement was signed in December 2018, and the order booked in January 2019.


The solution, the first of its kind between Wärtsilä and a fully owned Japanese marine customer, covers scheduled maintenance as well as dynamic maintenance planning inspections and spare parts. The optimised, condition-based maintenance provided by Wärtsilä will enable predictive assessments of servicing needs based on actual component performance, rather than conventional time-based scheduling. This reliability in equipment performance will support Tokyo LNG Tanker’s operations by eliminating the need for unexpected and unscheduled vessel repairs.


“Wärtsilä can provide maintenance on a wide scale that positions well with our needs,” says Hajime Adachi, General Manager of Engineering Department, Tokyo LNG Tanker. “We need a reliable lifecycle partner who can respond to our needs and enable us to operate as smoothly as possible. This is why we have chosen Wärtsilä as our maintenance partner.”


“Our agreement with Tokyo LNG Tanker is an important aid in ensuring their fleet availability and eliminating unexpected breakdowns. It will allow the customer to focus on their core business, and strengthen the reliability of their operations,” says John Sydney, Vice President, Middle East & Asia, Wärtsilä Marine.


The 165,000 cbm tankers are each powered by four 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF and one 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF engines. Wärtsilä’s global service network is the most extensive in the marine industry.



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KR certifies Songa Shipmanagement as cyber security compliant​




Korean Register (KR) has completed a comprehensive cyber security audit of Songa Shipmanagement and has certified the company to be fully compliant in all areas, the first company to achieve the certification. 


A formal presentation took place on 12 February at Songa Shipmanagement's offices near Glasgow, Scotland with Mr. Kenneth MacLeod, CEO of Songa Shipmanagement and Ms. Joanne Pauline CCSO (Company Cyber Security Officer) of Songa Shipmanagement and Kaemyoung Park, Team Leader and Jeoungkyu Lim from KR's Cyber Certification Team.


Songa Shipmanagement manages and operates 23 chemical/oil tankers and is the first KR cyber security certified company that has developed and implemented a comprehensive cyber security management system able to respond to all kinds of cyber incidents.


KR established its cyber security certification process last year (2018) in accordance with international security standards ISO 27001, IEC 62443, NIST framework and in line with International Maritime Organization (IMO) and BIMCO's cyber security guidelines.   


Songa's cyber security certification audit has been conducted over the last six months, and the company has passed 87 inspection items in 18 categories such as human management, risk management, asset management, response and recovery.  


The audit examines the organisation's processes to ensure they meet industry standards, satisfying all the requirements of the IMO, OCIMF TMSA (Oil Companies International Marine Forum Tanker Management Self Assessment) and RIGHTSHIP under the direction of the CCSO.  KR will now certify the operational cyber security of Songa Shipmanagement's 23 vessels.


KR has industry leading expertise in the field of cyber security, and is working on many other cyber security projects across the maritime industry, including Cyber Security System Type Approval for Hyundai Electric's ISCS (Integrated Smart Communication System), Cyber Security System Type Approval for Yokogawa Electric Korea's LNG IAS (Integrated Alarm System) and Company Cyber Security Certification for T1IT Ltd, a ship IT service provider. 


"A robust and comprehensive cyber security reponse and active protection against any cyber attack has become essential to ensure the safety of vessels and their crews and to protect organisations across the maritime industries," said Jeong-ki Lee, CEO of KR.


"In the future, KR will not just certify companies and vessels, we are expanding our range of related technical services to include cyber security type approval and the certification of ship IT service providers, and will develop further services to meet our customers requirements."

 



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Crowley Christens LNG-Powered Ship MV Taíno in Puerto Rico, Heralding New Era of World-Class Supply Chain Service  




Crowley Maritime Corp. christened the U.S.-flag combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ship MV Taíno today in San Juan, where the company’s investments have ushered in a new era of world-class supply chain services in the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico trade.   


0X4A1012-BHdisplay.jpgClara Crowley, daughter of Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley and board member Christine Crowley, served as the ship’s sponsor and broke the ceremonial bottle of champagne on the bow of MV Taíno at the company’s Isla Grande Terminal before several hundred employees, customers and dignitaries. It was the first time a container ship had been christened in San Juan in recent memory.  


“We are thrilled to christen this magnificent new ship here with our employees, customers and people of Puerto Rico, whom she will serve for many years to come,” said Tom Crowley. “Taíno is a source of pride for us all and in particular the men and women who built and/or crew her, many of whom are Puerto Rican.” 


MV Taíno is among the first of its kind to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), like its sister Commitment Class ship MV El Coquí, which entered service in 2018. LNG is a substantially cleaner fuel source that provides industry-leading environmental performance.


MV Taíno is named for the native Puerto Ricans who lived off the land with great appreciation and respect for their environment, and MV El Coquí is named for the popular indigenous frog on the island.


TainoatPortdisplay.jpgBoth ships are 219.5 meters (720 feet) long, 26,500 deadweight tons (DWT), and able to transport up to 2,400 twenty-foot-equivalent container units (TEUs) at cruising speeds of greater than 22 knots – offering fast, 55-hour transits that reached an industry-leading on-time arrival rate of 98 percent in the past month. Each ship has enclosed, ventilated decks with capacity for 400 cars and large vehicles, a feature unique in the Puerto Rico trade.


Both Jones Act ships were constructed at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Miss., with Crowley Solutions providing the construction management services.


To enhance supply chain velocity with these ships, Crowley also made significant investments in terminal and related infrastructure on the mainland and in Puerto Rico. At Isla Grande, the company added a new, 900-foot pier and three ship-to-shore gantry cranes – the first newly constructed cranes for San Juan Harbor in more than 50 years. The company also implemented a new terminal operating system and added container staging areas and handling equipment for both refrigerated and dry cargo – all while reducing gate turn times.


file-15.jpeg“This major investment, which is resulting in jobs, a positive economic impact, a cleaner environment and world-class supply chain services for Puerto Rico shippers, would not have been possible without the Jones Act,” said Crowley.


The Jones Act is a federal law that regulates maritime commerce in the United States. The Jones Act requires goods shipped between U.S. ports to be transported on ships that are built, owned and operated by United States citizens or permanent residents. Also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the law is vitally important to maintaining a strong U.S. maritime capability and national defense.


“While the act ensures that we have a robust shipbuilding capability and skilled merchant mariners in the U.S. essential to our national defense, it has also created a commercial shipping market between the mainland and Puerto Rico that is highly competitive, customized and dedicated,” said Crowley. “We should be strengthening this critically important maritime law, not tearing it down as some special interest groups espousing highly inaccurate and misleading information would like to do.”



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Wärtsilä EnergoProFin listed in Vancouver Fraser Port Authority EcoAction Program




The technology group Wärtsilä’s EnergoProFin, an energy saving propeller cap that delivers average fuel savings of two percent, has been listed in the 2019 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Program which provides harbour dues discounts for vessels calling on the Port of Vancouver that meet environmental best practices that reduce emissions, underwater noise and other environmental impacts. The listing is in the vessel quieting category, which awards a 23 percent discount in harbour dues for vessels utilising this technology. The incentive is given because the reduced cavitation offered by vessel quieting technologies reduces underwater noise. The aim is to encourage shipping companies to lessen their noise levels, since underwater noise affects the at-risk whale population in the Vancouver area of Canada.


The Wärtsilä EnergoProFin incorporates fins that rotate together with the propeller. This reduces the cavitation caused by the hub vortex of the propeller. It also reduces the energy losses caused by the flow phenomena around and behind the propeller boss, thereby increasing overall propulsion efficiency while lowering fuel consumption. The system, which has a payback time of less than one year, is optimised to fit the vessel’s specific operating profile. To date it has been installed on more than 350 vessels.


“The Wärtsilä EnergoProFin is designed to deliver both energy efficiency and environmental sustainability for ship owners. Our listing in the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Program is an honour that supports Wärtsilä’s commitment to cleaner, safer, quieter, and more efficient shipping,” says Anton Voermans, Manager Hydrodynamics, Wärtsilä Marine.


Wärtsilä will issue a certificate to vessels fitted with the system to enable them to take advantage of the harbour dues discount.



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EXMAR SHIP MANAGEMENT OPTS FOR LUMINULTRA TO VERIFY QUALITY OF ONBOARD DRINKING WATER

 



Belgium-headquartered EXMAR Ship Management has selected the LuminUltra Quench-Gone Aqueous (QGA) test kit to monitor the quality of the drinking water produced onboard the LPG FSO NKOSSA II.


The decision follows the success of the QGA solution in analysing the quality of the water produced by reverse osmosis aboard accommodation barges operating offshore West Africa.


Paul-Philippe Halleux, who is a Technical Superintendent from EXMAR Ship Management’s Offshore Services division, commented: “We cannot emphasise enough the importance of testing the quality of our drinking water on a regular basis. We produce drinking water through reverse osmosis and with some of our accommodation barges operating offshore Africa we do not have the time to wait for onshore laboratories to test the samples.


“As a shipmanager, we are responsible for health and safety of all the people onboard our vessels. Even though regulations require bacterial testing only twice a year, we prefer to carry out water quality tests every week. For us the best way of assessing whether water is safe is to use LuminUltra’s portable test kit onboard. The results are available within minutes, so we know immediately if the water is fit for human consumption.”


The QGA test kit has been in constant use over the past four years aboard EXMAR Offshore Services’ 450 POB barge Nunce and the 300 POB Wariboko. The LPG FSO NKOSSA II will be equipped with the kit later this month and the company is considering its use aboard LNG and LPG vessels.


Pat Whalen, LuminUltra Technologies’ President & CEO, said: “We are delighted that EXMAR Offshore Services has selected the LuminUltra QGA water test kit for additional use in its fleet. Regular potable water testing is vital to prevent any risk of infection from water-borne pathogens, thereby ensuring the well-being of seafarers, offshore workers and guests onboard.”      


Using a single analysis based on the measurement of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), Quench-Gone Aqueous (QGA) provides a rapid and interference-free determination of total microbiological concentration in any filterable water sample with a wide detection range.


Designed for low-solids, low-biomass concentration applications, the speed and portability of the QGA kit enables tests from many points in a water generation system to detect elevated microbial growth levels in real-time. Results are available in under five minutes.


Anna Whittaker, LuminUltra Technologies Regional Sales Manager – Europe, said: “Drinking water standards are heavily regulated by the World health Organisation, and in 2006, the Maritime Labour Convention introduced guidelines [Standard A3.2] aimed at maintaining the quality of drinking water onboard ships. In the case of accommodation barges, SOLAS recommends that drinking water is tested for bacteria just twice a year, although other tests are more frequent.”


Ms Whittaker added: “Shoreside, water samples are routinely analysed to determine the type and concentration of microbes present. Rapid bacteriological water analysis gives us access to critical data, making it possible to identify trends and proactively address concerns. In the past years, LuminUltra have developed three monitoring kits for the marine industry. LuminUltra has already developed three monitoring kits for the marine industry. Now, using the same equipment, operators are able to check ballast water, drinking water and fuel quality in minutes.”


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DNV GL and Metalships & Docks ink class agreement for luxury sailing vessel 




DNV GL has been awarded a contract for the classification of the passenger sailing ship Sea Cloud Spirit, built by Metalships & Docks in Vigo, Spain. Representatives from both companies came together in Vigo this week to sign the agreement. Ordered by the Hamburg-based operator Sea Cloud Cruises, the vessel is designed to meet the increasing demand from both independent travelers and the charter market, mainly in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.


“Sea Cloud Spirit will offer a new level of comfort to sailing cruise passengers. In addition to beautiful views from private balconies, it will have the first elevator ever to be installed on a large sailing ship that will connect its five different decks. DNV GL has unrivalled competence in the passenger ship sector, and both our companies have a long history of working together, so the selection of class was a natural choice,” says Alberto Iglesias, Managing Director at Metalships & Docks.


“We are very pleased that Metalships & Docks has chosen DNV GL as the preferred classification partner for this high-end sailing ship. The yard specializes in the construction of technically sophisticated ships, and we look forward to continuing our close collaboration on this exciting project,” says Torgeir Sterri, Regional Manager West Europe at DNV GL – Maritime.


“Sea Cloud Spirit will become the third addition to our fleet of luxury sailing vessels. She will offer a unique combination of luxury accommodation, technologically advanced amenities and traditional sailing, and we look forward to welcoming our first guests on board in 2020. Knowing that both DNV GL and Metalships & Docks are working on this project, gives us confidence that it will be an outstanding vessel, delivered on time with the highest level of quality and safety,” says Daniel Schäfer, Managing Director of Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH.


Measuring 138m, Sea Cloud Spirit will be equipped with 69 outside cabins, 25 of which will have a private balcony. The vessel is a full three-masted sailing ship, able to carry up to 136 passengers on luxury cruises, with 85 crew members on board. The planning firm Partner Ship Design from Hamburg will be responsible for the design of the ship's interior. Sea Cloud Spirit is scheduled to set sail in the summer of 2020.


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MAN 175D Selected for First IMO Tier III-Compliant Harbour Tug Designed for Operation in Mediterranean

2 x IMO Tier III-compliant 12V175D MM engines to power harbour pusher tug



MAN Energy Solutions has won the contract to supply the engines for a new harbour tug in Spain. P&O Reyser will operate the 27-metre newbuild, 75T bollard-pull-rated Asymmetric Tractor Tug (ATT) in the Port of Barcelona, which is expected to enter service from mid-2020.


The vessel will feature 2 × MAN 12V175D MM, IMO Tier III engines, each rated at 2,220 kWm. The engines will be connected to FPP azimuth thrusters for propulsion, whilst also providing power to support on-board towing and fire-fighting capabilities. The engines will be supplied in accordance with Lloyds Register Society classification rules.


Lex Nijsen, Head of Four-Stroke Marine Sales, MAN Energy Solutions said: “The MAN 175D is experiencing a growing number of references within different segments and I’m pleased that we have won the trust of such a key marine segment. In this particular instance, our propulsion package was chosen because of its compact footprint, fuel-efficient performance and the flexible design approach taken with the SCR layout. Winning this order also fits well with our intention to increasingly become a supplier of complete propulsion solutions.”


The engines, along with the associated SCR exhaust-gas emissions-after-treatment system, will be supplied to Drydocks World-Dubai shipyard, who are undertaking the vessel construction, direct from MAN Energy Solutions’ new MAN 175D production facility, located in Frederikshavn, Denmark.


“This is an important project for P&O Reyser, P&O Maritime and Drydocks World Dubai’s combined resources and our decision and confidence in selecting MAN Energy Solutions is integral with our vision of Maritime Excellence,” said Rado Antolovic, CEO & MD of the Maritime Services Division of DP World.


This will be the first IMO Tier III-compliant Harbour Tug for P&O Maritime, and also the first harbour tug for operation in the Mediterranean area complying with IMO Tier III, MARPOL Annex VI.


“MAN Energy Solutions and P&O Maritime have worked together for the last two years in order to achieve a state of the art tug complying with the most strict environmental requirements for deployment in the Port of Barcelona,” said Iñigo Garcia, Managing Director of P&O Reyser.


Cintranaval, a top Spanish ship design office, has also been a key player in this process offering their expertise from up to 300 tugboats and offshore vessels designed over more than 50 years.



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