Polish Szczecin is top bulk terminal in new BIMCO report



Dry Bulk Terminal Vetting Report 2018.pdf



The best performing port, in BIMCO’s Dry Bulk Terminals Vetting Report 2018, is Szczecin in Poland. The report collected input from 144 ships covering 381 terminals. A total of 97% of the reports were rated as average or better, which gave an average rating of 3.6 (out of five). The result is a marginal better than last year’s results.



“I think, in many ways, the report shows an encouraging trend, that bulk terminals generally perform well - only four reports were rated as “poor”, says Aron Sorensen, Head of Maritime Technology and Regulation at BIMCO.


The reports show that good communication between ship and terminal is a crucial part of port performance and is factor acknowledged in written responses by captains.


The number of reports contributed to BIMCO rose by 52% to 916 in total, increasing the number of ports covered by 102. Albeit, the reports originate from a small number of companies, which partly explains a somewhat skewed geographical spread of the report.


“I think this information is valuable to both the shipowners and the ports, but we are still far from satisfied with the number of reports submitted to us for this initiative,” Sorensen says.


Ideally, BIMCO would like to have 1000 ships participating in the survey.


The top five ports were:

1. Szczecin, Poland

2. Quebec, Canada

3. Newcastle, Australia

4. Gladstone, Australia

5. Ciénaga, Colombia


The report indicates improved communication between the terminals and the ships, but adequate language skills remain a problem in some locations.


The survey also looked into waste handling, and the number of ships experiencing a terminal’s refusal to collect garbage or exorbitant prices to do so, is still too high, according to the report.


“We need terminals and ports to live up to their responsibility and receive waste at a reasonable price,” Sorensen says.


Another point of concern was that the setting of gangways was impossible in 11% of all cases, thereby restricting the access to and from the ship. This is clearly unacceptable and must be addressed as a safety matter.


For additional details, please download the full report at the BIMCO website.


About BIMCO

BIMCO is the world's largest international shipping association, with around 2,000 members in more than 120 countries, representing 56% of the world’s tonnage. Our global membership includes shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents. BIMCO is a nonprofit organisation. 


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Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce to present first production yacht with MTU hybrid power in 2020



British luxury yacht manufacturer Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce have agreed to present the first yacht fitted with an MTU series production hybrid propulsion system in 2020. At Boot Düsseldorf from 19 until 27 January Sunseeker and MTU will present the new hybrid propulsion system in hall 6 at booth B61.


Sean Robertson, Sales Director at Sunseeker International commented: “Sunseeker has always led the industry by innovating and being first to market so it is entirely appropriate that we are the first luxury performance yacht manufacturer to partner with MTU Hybrid Power which will revolutionise how all customers power their boats over the coming years. The way owners are using their boats continues to evolve with efficiency and noise reduction now as important as features and volume which all contribute to their ultimate purchase decision. This latest hybrid technology will feature in a brand new model launching in 2020 and will allow owners a choice of multiple operating modes from all-electric with zero emissions through to use of the twin 12-cylinder diesel engines delivering efficient class-leading performance. We will always be led by our customers who are seeking the highest levels of innovation to match their extended cruising aspirations.”


Knut Müller, Head of Marine and Government Business at MTU, said: “The combination of diesel engines and electric motors, in addition to batteries and their variable areas of application, offer yacht owners significant benefits. Silent cruising, combined with low vibration and emission levels, offer tremendous gains in terms of on-board comfort. High performance levels, efficiency, environmental compatibility and the flexibility of the propulsion system are of great interest today when operating a yacht. We believe that the focus in the future yacht industry will be more and more on smart and innovative system solutions rather than just focussing on the power output level.”


Completely integrated hybrid propulsion system fitted with MTU Series 2000 engines

The new Sunseeker yacht will have an integrated MTU hybrid propulsion system. It will consist of two 12-cylinder MTU Series 2000 diesel engines (each delivering around 1,432 kW/ 1,947 hp), on-board generators, electric propulsion modules, transmission system, batteries, control and monitoring systems and can be expanded on a modular basis.


The yacht will be provided with six different operating modes that are easy to operate, including the automated “smart hybrid” and “charge hybrid” modes, which enable all power sources to be used as required. In an “electric mode” the yacht propulsion and on-board power can be supplied continuously by the generators, providing optimisation of fuel consumption and comfort on-board for long and overnight passages. In “silent mode”, which uses power solely from the batteries, up to 40 minutes of propulsion and 120 minutes of on-board power are available with each pair of MTU batteries installed, with no emissions produced whatsoever.


Successful collaboration going back more than 18 years 

Sunseeker and MTU UK have had a successful working relationship for more than 18 years, with over 1.8 million hp of MTU power installed in yachts with lengths of between 20 and 47 metres. As early as 2010, the two companies laid the basis for the hybrid propulsion system in tests that were carried out on a prototype yacht.



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La Méridionale, French ferry operator achieves proven savings through Wärtsilä’s Eniram energy management technology



Eniram, a Wärtsilä company and French ferry operator La Méridionale, have taken notable steps on digitalising La Méridionale’s fleet with the help of the latest energy management technology. This partnership is in line with Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision, which through the extensive use of digitalisation, will enable the efficient use of resources with the least possible impact on the environment.


The ‘Piana’, a ro-pax ferry that travels between Marseille and Corsica, was equipped with Eniram Trim and Speed solutions in April 2017. The evaluation period,La Méridionale, French ferry operator achieves proven savings through Wärtsilä’s Eniram energy management technology


Eniram, a Wärtsilä company and French ferry operator La Méridionale, have taken notable steps on digitalising La Méridionale’s fleet with the help of the latest energy management technology. This partnership is in line with Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision, which through the extensive use of digitalisation, will enable the efficient use of resources with the least possible impact on the environment.


The ‘Piana’, a ro-pax ferry that travels between Marseille and Corsica, was equipped with Eniram Trim and Speed solutions in April 2017. The evaluation period, which ended in summer 2018, resulted in annualized fuel savings of around 2%. These savings enable payback on the investment in just two years. The savings analysis showed a clear relationship between the rate of usage of the optimisation tools and the savings achieved. The reduction in fuel consumption also delivers a corresponding reduction in exhaust emissions.


“Performance is one of our core values. To develop our technological capability, we chose Wärtsilä’s Eniram energy management and optimization technology. Together with Wärtsilä, we were able to achieve tangible and sustainable savings, which have been accessed thanks to their advanced products, support and training. We will definitely scale these great results to our entire fleet while discovering new possibilities for utilising the data,” comments Christophe Seguinot, Technical Director, La Méridionale.


“This is an excellent case of successful cooperation between Wärtsilä and the customer. By working closely with La Méridionale, we have been able to evolve our products to meet the specific needs of ferry operations, and we appreciate La Méridionale’s positive support throughout this process. We look forward to applying the experience to the rest of their fleet”, comments Andrew Rayner, Senior Sales Manager, Eniram.


La Méridionale operates from Marseille for more than 80 years and is one of the port’s oldest ship-owners. Its activities have developed considerably since it was founded. It now runs a daily service to Corsica, as well as a once-weekly service to Sardinia for both passengers and freight.


Eniram was acquired by Wärtsilä Corporation in July 2016. The company was established in 2005, and today provides the marine industry with leading insights for asset, operations, and commercial shipping management. The Eniram Insight Factory provides decision-making support for its partners based on real time data collection, statistical modelling, and predictive simulations. The company’s mission is to maximize the efficiency, cost effectiveness, and overall profitability of its customers’ operations, while cutting harmful emissions. which ended in summer 2018, resulted in annualized fuel savings of around 2%. These savings enable payback on the investment in just two years. The savings analysis showed a clear relationship between the rate of usage of the optimisation tools and the savings achieved. The reduction in fuel consumption also delivers a corresponding reduction in exhaust emissions.


“Performance is one of our core values. To develop our technological capability, we chose Wärtsilä’s Eniram energy management and optimization technology. Together with Wärtsilä, we were able to achieve tangible and sustainable savings, which have been accessed thanks to their advanced products, support and training. We will definitely scale these great results to our entire fleet while discovering new possibilities for utilising the data,” comments Christophe Seguinot, Technical Director, La Méridionale.


“This is an excellent case of successful cooperation between Wärtsilä and the customer. By working closely with La Méridionale, we have been able to evolve our products to meet the specific needs of ferry operations, and we appreciate La Méridionale’s positive support throughout this process. We look forward to applying the experience to the rest of their fleet”, comments Andrew Rayner, Senior Sales Manager, Eniram.


La Méridionale operates from Marseille for more than 80 years and is one of the port’s oldest ship-owners. Its activities have developed considerably since it was founded. It now runs a daily service to Corsica, as well as a once-weekly service to Sardinia for both passengers and freight.


Eniram was acquired by Wärtsilä Corporation in July 2016. The company was established in 2005, and today provides the marine industry with leading insights for asset, operations, and commercial shipping management. The Eniram Insight Factory provides decision-making support for its partners based on real time data collection, statistical modelling, and predictive simulations. The company’s mission is to maximize the efficiency, cost effectiveness, and overall profitability of its customers’ operations, while cutting harmful emissions.



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SYNERGY GROUP FLEET BOOSTED BY NEW 20,000+ TEU CONTAINERSHIP



Synergy Group has taken delivery of Ever Gifted, an Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV) newbuilding constructed by renowned Japanese shipbuilder Imabari Shipbuilding.


Currently under Synergy’s technical management on Evergreen Line’s popular Far East-North Europe and Mediterranean service, the 20,000+ TEU capacity ULCV is one of the largest container ships in service worldwide.


“As a leader within the ship management sector, we are thrilled to join the 20,000+ TEU club,” said Captain Rajesh Unni, CEO and Founder of Singapore-headquartered Synergy Group. 


“The Ever Gifted is one of the highest capacity container ships currently in service. It is also one of the most efficient, enviro-friendly and impressive vessels deployed across Evergreen’s service network. It offers fuel-efficient headhaul options and slow steaming variations on backhauls. We are absolutely delighted to have been entrusted with its safe operation.”


The Singapore-flagged, 199,489dwt Ever Gifted has an overall length (L.O.A) of 399.98 metres, beam of 58.8 metres, total capacity of 20,388 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) and 1,300 reefer points.


Fitted with a fuel optimised MAN B&W 11-cylinder G95ME engine, Ever Gifted offers a service speed of 23.2 knots and weighs in at 217,762 MT.


On January 15, Synergy will take delivery of Ever Grade, a sistership of Ever Gifted also constructed by Imabari Shipbuilding. “We eagerly look forward to the addition of the next set of ULCVs joining our fleet in the very near future as their Owners take advantage of our expertise in the management of the world’s largest container ships,” said Captain Unni.


“With a fleet of more than 200 vessels covering all sectors of the commercial maritime fleet, adding these ULCVs to our fleet further emphasises how Synergy Group has cemented it status as one of the world’s leading shipmanagers.”


Synergy continues to break new ground in technical and commercial shipmanagement innovation, consistently demonstrating its ability to manage the most technologically-advanced vessels joining the global fleet. In November last year, Synergy also joined with leading shipowners Reederei NORD and NISSEN Kaiun to set up N2Tankers, a new Aframax tanker pool (Read More). 


“I think we have shown time and again that Synergy is uniquely equipped to take on the most demanding technical and commercial shipmanagement challenges,” said Captain Unni.


“Two years ago, we prepared and trained specialised crew to operate the world’s first Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLEC). It is challenges like these that we excel in. It’s not only about managing traditional ships. As a technical partner for shipowners, we need to be prepared to take on the challenges posed by new technology.


“Larger ships result in more complexity. New technology brings many unknowns. Modern shipmanagement is about preparing the next generation of crew to face these challenges and put in place processes that work seamlessly for these new kinds of vessel operations. Our teams have proven over and over that they can find the right solutions.


“These achievements would not be possible if our onshore and seagoing staff were not equipped and supported to ensure they perform to the peak of their capabilities.


“It’s all about people and building a unique culture. It takes time, but every step in that journey is worthwhile.”


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Jensen Maritime Provides Design for Shaver Transportation’s New Tugboat – Samantha S 




Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, has provided the detailed design for Shaver Transportation Company’s new, Z-drive tug – Samantha S. The multi-purpose tug was built at Diversified Marine Inc., in Portland, Ore., and is operating along the West Coast. The tug is ABS-classed and carries a FFV1 firefighting notation.


The 112-foot by 44-foot tug has a 22-foot draft, was built for escort, ocean towing and ship assist, and has firefighting capabilities if needed. The tug features a raised pilot house and a squared forward end. The large, flat bow allows the tug to come up flat against the transom of ocean-going ships in the Columbia River. The tug is equipped with two wire winches forward, and six aft, for hard wiring to the stern of large ships for escort. It has an enhanced fuel capacity of 108,000 gallons for offshore and rescue tows and accommodations for up to 10 crewmembers.


She is outfitted with a pair of GE 12V250 U.S. EPA Tier IV, medium-speed diesel main engines; a pair of Rolls Royce 305, four-bladed z-Drives; a pair of EPA Tier III, John Deere 6090A generators; and one Caterpillar C32 fire pump power plant. The engines are rated at 4,218 HP each, and will provide enough power to develop an estimated 230,000 pounds of bollard pull.


Her deck machinery consists of the previously listed eight deck winches, all of which are Wintech 120-ton (SWL) winches; one Rapp HA-149H-250 escort winch; and a Rapp double drum AHTW-75H-165 tow winch. The fire pump and the two fire monitors are provided by Fire Fighting Systems U.S. agent, Inmar Systems. The firefighting system has the capability to pump more than 12,000 gallons per minute to fight marine and near shore fires.


“The size and special features of Samantha S demonstrate our ability to provide agile, efficient vessels for a variety of requirements,” said Bryan Nichols, director, business development, Jensen. “This tug is the latest multi-purpose escort, ocean towing and assist tugboat to hit the water from our diverse design portfolio which includes all types of workboats from 55-foot push boats to 225-foot anchor-handling tugs.” 



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Epic Gas simplifies navigation by switching to GNS and Voyager




Leader in digital navigation wins contract to supply chart data and software tools to the entire Epic Gas fleet


GNS, the maritime technology company, has been awarded the contract to supply the fleet of Singapore-based Epic Gas Ship Management and its shore-based marine team with a complete navigation solution.


GNS won the contract following a competitive tender during which Epic Gas ran extensive sea and shore-based trials over a six-month period evaluating solutions from three vendors. Key evaluation criteria were intuitiveness of the software and simplicity of the end-to-end service, which includes everything from route planning and monitoring through to the efficient transfer of ENCs to ECDIS for voyage execution.


Capt. Martin Brzuska, Head of Group Marine Assurance, DPA at Epic Gas said:


“The most important thing for us is safe transportation of our cargoes globally. We wanted a solution that would really enhance bridge operations and support our crews in improving safety and efficiency onboard, Crew feedback on the GNS solution during our trials was exceptional across all areas in particular ease of use and simplicity, as well as the sophistication of the tools provided. GNS’s Voyager solution has become a great tool for us.”


GNS will provide digital charts and publications, paper products and navigational software tools to Epic’s fleet of 38 modern and high quality fully pressurised gas tankers. GNS will also provide its new GPS overlay that provides real time vessel positioning back of bridge and its V-Drive tool for transferring ENCs and updates to ECDIS.


The deal also includes Voyager FLEET INSIGHT, the company’s online service for ship managers, which will give the office team at Epic Gas access to a rich set of fleet analytics as well as office-based tools to help enhance the safety and compliance of the fleet even further.


Epic Gas completed its roll out of GNS services across of the fleet in Q4 of 2018.



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Crowley Adds Additional Sailing to North Atlantic Puerto Rico Service, Increasing Schedule Integrity and Capacity 




Crowley Logistics announced today that it has expanded its North Atlantic network of vessels, adding velocity to customer supply chains operating between the Northeastern U.S., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the islands of the Caribbean Basin. Specifically, by adding additional capacity with the flat deck barge 455-4 to its rotation, Crowley will further stabilize its North Atlantic-Puerto Rico sailing schedule while increasing cargo capacity.  


“Earlier this year, we surveyed our customers, and we heard loud and clear that they wanted us to add additional flexibility and velocity to their supply chains,” said Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Logistics. “This service enhancement further complements the significant investment we’ve made in the trade in the form of new ships and associated port upgrades. We’ve solidified Puerto Rico as a gateway to the Caribbean Basin.”  


Crowley’s 455-4 flat deck barge is loading for its first southbound trip on Wednesday, Jan. 9, and arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Jan. 16. This enhanced network of vessels allows Crowley to offer six southbound and northbound sailings per month between the northeast and San Juan. Additionally, a proprietary feeder service has been launched to seamlessly link Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic and other islands of the Caribbean Basin.


Equipment to support this service expansion comes from Crowley’s acquisition of new cargo containers and related equipment. Since 2003, the company has invested over a quarter of a billion dollars in new cargo equipment for its fleet. Today, the company operates more than 53,000 pieces of owned and leased intermodal equipment, including more than 19,500 chassis, 23,000 dry containers and 5,200 refrigerated containers. The equipment comes in a variety of sizes and are strategically located throughout the U.S, Central America and the Caribbean to ensure availability for Crowley’s customers, including those in Puerto Rico.


Crowley has served Puerto Rico since 1954, longer than any other U.S. shipping company. 



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United Wind Logistics Picks MAN GenSets for Newbuilding


MAN Energy Solutions adds further references within  innovative wind-energy sector



Chinese shipyard Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard Group Co,.Ltd has ordered 2 × MAN 9L 21/31 + 2 × MAN 6L16/24 GenSets in connection with the construction of an modern deck carrier. The specialised vessel will transport offshore wind-turbine components and has been ordered by Hamburg-based company, United Wind Logistics (UWL), which is employing Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG for building supervision and technical management. The order includes options for two further vessels. MAN Energy Solutions’ licensee, CMP, will build the engines in China.


The MAN engines will meet IMO Tier III emission regulations and come equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction system. This will cater for the possibility that IMO Tier III NOx emission limits are introduced without obligation within NOx emission-control areas (NECAs) in the North and Baltic Seas before 2021. The vessel will be build beyond the requirements of current and expected regulations. Furthermore the ship is delivered DP2 ready.


Lex Nijsen – Vice President, Head of Four-Stroke Marine at MAN Energy Solutions – said: “This new order confirms our solid foothold within the segment for small-bore, medium-speed engines powering specialised vessels. I welcome this new reference and feel that it highlights the diversity of our product portfolio.”


The four medium-speed GenSets will be assembled and fully tested by CMP. German company, Heavylift@Sea, with a strong reputation in wind, offshore and specialist vessels, is providing the basic design and engineering package for the new vessel, which is scheduled for delivery by the end of November, 2019.


The 148.5-m-long × 28-m-broad vessel will operate primarily in European waters and will meet the strict requirements for efficiently transporting offshore wind-farm components such as blades, nacelles and towers.


This new order follows two orders for Wind Service Operation Vessels (WSOV) currently under construction at Cemre Marin Endüstri A.Ş shipyard in Turkey for French company, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA), where MAN Energy Solutions is providing each vessel with 4 × 8L21/31 variable-speed GenSets (DC grid system), which allows the customer to increase the efficiency of the vessel and significantly reduce the vessel’s CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. The two newbuildings will be used for operations and maintenance work at offshore wind farms in the North Sea.



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EU, China and the U.S. needs to support counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Guinea – BIMCO



Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is an unacceptable burden to seafarers and shipping companies. Around 40 ships have been attacked in the Gulf of Guinea in the past 12 months. Most recently, six seafarers were kidnapped from the MSC Mandy, which was on the way to Lagos, Nigeria. BIMCO asks, on behalf of its members, that maritime powers increase their presence and expand their collaboration with local states to curb piracy.


“We look towards the EU, China and the United States to join forces and deploy naval capacity in the Gulf of Guinea to end this constant threat to seafarers,“ Jakob P. Larsen, BIMCO Head of Maritime Security, says.


In the 2013 Yaoundé Code of Conduct, states in the Gulf of Guinea recognized that piracy constituted an issue and initiated several initiatives to strengthen maritime security.


The Yaoundé Code of Conduct was inspired by the United Nations’ Security Council Resolution 2018 (2011) and 2039 (2012) and contains several initiatives to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.


“BIMCO remains very thankful to the regional navies who are working tirelessly and with great sacrifice to secure their seas,” Larsen says.


“While these efforts command our deepest respect, pirates in the Gulf of Guinea can still operate largely unchecked in the open seas, outside of the territorial waters, and on occasion even strike inside territorial waters,” he says. 


Security in high demand

Several capacity building initiatives have been started in the region since the Yaoundé Code of Conduct was agreed, but the actual security situation in the Gulf of Guinea is still not good. One of the reasons is that other security challenges in the region, such as land-based terrorist threats, generate a high demand for law enforcement resources.


In addition to the strain put on seafarers, the current situation negatively impacts the economic potential of the sea of the countries in the region.


“It is time to step up law enforcement efforts, establish control of the sea in the Gulf of Guinea, relieve seafarers from the threat and the psychological pressure, and allow the countries in the region to harvest the full economic potential of the seas,” Larsen says.


International sea and air assets – local law enforcement assistance

International sea and air law enforcement assets, such as naval ships with helicopters, will be able to deliver a concrete and rapid contribution to the maritime security situation. If such assets were supported by onboard regional law enforcement officials in charge of the law enforcement element, operations could be conducted without infringing on the regional states’ sovereignty.


“While longer term capacity building efforts are commended, what is needed now is substantially more assets at sea and in the air. It is an obvious solution which can deliver the necessary effect with the desired speed, without compromising the territorial integrity of the countries in the region,” Larsen says.


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Langh Tech delivers scrubber systems to the Polaris fleet

 

Langh Tech and STX Offshore & Shipbuilding (STX O&S) have signed a deal concerning scrubber retrofits on seven vessels in the Polaris fleet. The four 180K bulkers and the three 300K VLOCs in the fleet will be equipped with Langh Tech’s open loop scrubbers.


The scrubber installations will be done as turn key deliveries by STX O&S. On each of the vessels the main engine and the three auxiliaries are connected to the scrubber. The scrubbers are multi-inlet type and Langh Tech delivers all the equipment necessary for a fully working open loop system. The component deliveries will start in summer 2019 and the installations will follow soon after component delivery. 


Langh Tech is well established in Korea and locally represented by Regional Manager Mr. Simon Kim. “I believe that this scrubber retrofit contract with Polaris Shipping will be a great milestone for Langh Tech to cooperate with many other esteemed Korean shipping companies in the future”, says Mr Kim. 


Langh Tech is starting training of local service and commissioning engineers for the Korean market. This will in the future safeguard short reaction time for service visits in Korean and other near-by ports. Langh Tech scrubber manufacturing has been done in Europe, but now Langh Tech will start scrubber tower production also in Korea. “We look forward to further strengthen our position in the Korean market, both as component sales to new building yards and to retrofit installations”, says Langh Tech’s Commercial Director Laura Langh-Lagerlöf. 


STX has been a world market leader for a very long time in Mid-size of vessels, particularly in MR vessels, boasting of its best performance. It is also expected that STX will keep taking the position of world market leader in the MR sector, no doubt, and will be a newly rising star for Mid-size of Gas ships as well based on their long and superb capability. 


Langh Tech designs and produces scrubbers for SOx removal from exhaust gases and water treatment units for closed loop scrubbers. Langh Tech is one of the Langh companies, which also include ship owning Langh Ship, steel carriage and bulk containers from Langh Cargo Solutions and Industrial and Ship Cleaning Services Hans Langh.



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