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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Cement Carrier News

Photo:  Algoma Central Corporation

Algoma Signs JV with Nova Marine for Global Cement Carrier Fleet

Canada-based Algoma Central Corporation has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Nova Marine Holding of Luxembourg to establish a fleet of cement carriers to supply infrastructure projects across the globe. Algoma will own 50% of the joint venture, which is to be named NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers or NACC. "We are very excited about the opportunity this investment with Nova presents," said Ken Soerensen , President and CEO of Algoma. The demand for modern efficient cement carriers continues to increase globally.

M.V. ‘Greenland’ bn 423. Photo by  Ferus Smit

LNG Cement Carrier Greenland Ready for Launching

LNG-powered M.V. Greenland, a dedicated cement carrier, will be launched on October 31 at Ferus Smit Westerbroek Yard in the Netherlands. The vessel will be one of the first ever dry cargo vessels with an LNG fuelled propulsion system. This unique design incorporates a pressurised LNG tank positioned in the foreship. M.V. Greenland is a dedicated cement carrier build for the joint venture JT cement, in which Erik Thun AB  cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement from Norway. While sailing on LNG…

Photo: The China Navigation Co.Pte.Ltd

Naming Ceremony for CNCo Newbuilding

Following the naming of its new cement carrier, MV Aotearoa Chief, in New Zealand yesterday, The China Navigation Company (CNCo) christened its last newbuild, MV Tunsin, on 16 November at the Imabari Shipyard in Japan. Tunsin is the 241st CNCo newbuilding and the 86th vessel in this series. CNCo ordered four handysize bulk carriers (Imbari38 loggers) from Imabari Shipbuilding in 2014. Deliveries of the first three vessels, MV Taiyuan, MV Tientsin and MV Tsingtao took place between July and October this year.

MV Greenland (Photo: Ferus Smit)

LNG-powered Cement Carrier Delivered

Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit announced it has delivered the world’s first LNG-powered cement tanker, MV Greenland. The delivery was preceded by an extensive program of trials and tests in which the proper working and safety of all systems was verified. Finally on Wednesday, December 23,  MV Greenland left the harbor of Delfzijl on her first commercial voyage to Rostock where she will receive her first cement load. M.V. Greenland is a dedicated cement carrier build for the joint venture JT cement, in which Erik Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement from Norway.

(Photo: Leif Pape)

Second LNG-powered Cement Carrier Delivered

Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit has delivered the second LNG-powered cement carrier, MV Ireland, to owners JT Cement, a joint venture between Swedish shipping company Erik Thun AB and Norway’s KG Jebsen Cement. MV Ireland, along with sister vessel MV Greenland delivered in December 2015, are the first ever dry cargo vessels with an LNG fuelled propulsion system and LNG tanks integrated inside the hull, the builder said. The newbuild’s design incorporates a pressurized LNG tank positioned in the foreship.

 A new cement carrier for JT Cement will feature a 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF main engine, making it the first bulk carrier to adopt Wärtsilä's multi fuel capability.

Bulk Carriers to Adopt Wärtsilä Dual-Fuel Engine Technology

The increasing use of LNG as a marine fuel is further emphasized with the latest order for Wärtsilä's dual-fuel engine technology. A new cement carrier being built at the Scheepswerf Ferus Smit yard in the Netherlands will feature a six-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF main engine, making it the first bulk carrier to adopt Wärtsilä's multi fuel capability. The ship has been ordered by JT Cement, a joint venture between Erik Thun AB of Sweden and KG Jebsen Cement of Norway. In addition to the main engine…

Cypriot-registered Cemfjord was spotted in the waters of the Pentland Firth, north of Scotland, on Saturday

Search Suspended for Missing Crew of Cemfjord

The search for eight crew missing from the cement carrier, ‘Cemfjord’ which capsized and sank in the Pentland Firth has been suspended this evening, with no sign found of the missing crew. The lifeboats completed their search areas earlier this afternoon and returned to shore. The helicopter, coastguard rescue teams, fixed wing aircraft and HMS Somerset continued to search but sadly, by last light this evening nothing was found. The families of the missing crew have been notified.

Image courtesy of Ferus Smit

Ferus Smit Building LNG Powered Cement Carrier

The first unique LNG powered ship that Ferus Smit has on order for Erik Thun A.B. will be built and equipped as a dedicated cement carrier. The ship will be delivered to the joint venture JT cement, in which Erik Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement from Norway. There is an option for a second vessel of the same design. The vessels cargo system will consist of a fully automated cement loading and unloading system, based on fluidization of cement by means of compressed air. The cargo system is designed and delivered by KGJ cement, a company also part of the KG Jebsen group.

Photo: NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers (NACC)

NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Carriers Launched

Algoma Central Corporation and Nova Marine Carriers SA today announced the creation of a new joint venture that will focus on short-sea dry-bulk shipping for global markets. This new joint venture, operating as NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Carriers, or NASC, is a 50/50 joint venture between Algoma Central Corporation (Algoma) and Nova Marine Holdings Limited (Nova), the parent company of Nova Marine Carriers. NASC was formed by Nova as an October 31, 2016 carve-out from the deep sea dry-bulk freight business operated by Nova Marine Carriers S.A.

MacGregor's equipment package will also play a role in delivering more sustainable operations.

MacGregor's Deck Equipment For Chinese Shipyard

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a comprehensive deck equipment contract from New Times Shipyard, in China, for Intership Navigation Co Ltd's three new 36,500 dwt Laker-class bulk carriers. The vessels will each feature an optimised MacGregor cargo-handling system comprising MacGregor cranes and hatch covers as well as Hatlapa steering gear and electrically-driven variable frequency drive (VFD) Hatlapa deck equipment. "The MacGregor team supported Intership with its cargo-handling solution development at a very early stage with planning sessions…

Photo credit CSRIO

Ship Exhaust Gas Emissions in Australia Quantified

Research by CSIRO & Australian Maritime College estimates that about 30% NOX and 20% SOX harmful emissions emanate from shipping. The authors of a recent research paper, Dr Ian Galbally from CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, and the Australian Maritime College’s Dr Laurie Goldsworthy estimate that approximately 30 per cent of anthropogenic nitrogen oxide emissions and 20 per cent of oxides of sulphur emissions generated in the Australian region may come from shipping. These are non greenhouse gases which have the potential to affect the air quality near coastal regions…

Drydocks World Delivers 5 Vessels

Drydocks World – Southeast Asia Pte. Limited (DDW-SEA), the Southeast Asian subsidiary of Drydocks World, announced the deliveries of vessels Endeavor, Greatship Ahalya, Mermaid Vision and Ark Dartmoor from their Drydocks World – Nanindah yard and Armada Tuah 104 from their Drydocks World – Pertama yard. The Endeavor, a fully pneumatic self discharge cement carrier designed by Shiptech Pte. Ltd. was delivered to Endeavor S.N.C., a subsidiary of Setaf Saget of France, a company of the Bourbon Group.

IMO Approval, OptiMarin Ballast System

OptiMarin AS has received Type Approval Certificate for the OptiMarin Ballast System (OBS). The Type Approval Certificate has been issued by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) on behalf of the Norwegian Maritime Administration and confirms OptiMarin’s compliance with IMO’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004. The OptiMarin Ballast System has been tested extensively at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) in accordance with IMO’s G8 guidelines with excellent results.

Graham Gajewski

New Hires at Great Lakes Towing, Shipyard

The Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard announced this week that it has made two new hires. Graham Gajewski has been named naval architect, reporting to Jonathan Leivo, director of engineering, and Patrick Owens has been named operations coordinator, reporting to Lindsay Dew, director of operations and compliance, both working in the Cleveland offices. Gajewski earned his Bachelor of Engineering – Naval Architecture at the State University of New York Maritime College and is a licensed USCG Unlimited Tonnage Third Mate.

Combination photo of rescue of 14 crew members of MV Coastal Guard by Indian Navy and Coast Guard. (Courtsey: Twitter handle of Sitanshu Kar, spokesperson of ministry of defence)

Indian Navy, Coast Guard Save 14 From Sinking Vessel

In a swift response to an SOS from a distressed offshore coastal vessel, the Indian Navy and Indian coast guard rescued 14 people from the crew of the Indian flag cement carrier ship, MV Coastal Pride, that sunk 75 nautical miles off the coast of Daman, on Wednesday morning. It was after a call by the vessel, Navy and Coast Guard swung into action to rescue 14 crew members of the vessel. What ensued was a dramatic rescue of 14 crew members. "In a swift response to an SOS from a distressed offshore coastal vessel MV Coastal Pride…

One of Meriaura's EcoCoasters (Image: Radio Holland)

Radio Holland NavCom, VSAT for 4 Newbuilds

NavCom and On Board ICT specialist Radio Holland informs it has booked multiple orders in a challenging newbuild market. The company was awarded contracts to deliver and install the complete NavCom and VSAT packages for four newbuild vessels: two of the Meriaura Group and two of Eureka, part of SMT Shipping, all built at Royal Bodewes in Hoogezand, The Netherlands. “We have completed many successful projects with Radio Holland and are happy to work with them on these four new vessels,” said Johan Schouwenaar from Royal Bodewes.

Photo: Carisbrooke Shipping

Carisbrooke Joins Forces with Nova Marine

The commercial short sea bulk activities of traditionally shortsea ship owners Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd and Nova Marine Carriers SA will be expanded and consolidated effective January 1, 2017. Notwithstanding both groups’ commercial networking offices, the coordination of all chartering and operation activities will be channeled from Nova Marine’s HQ in Lugano, Switzerland. This will include the effective control of both groups’ vessels and contracts. Carisbrooke Shipping controls a combination of 48 shortsea…

Focusing on Super Eco System

ClassNK’s Super Eco Ship for Coastal Trade

As the Industry waits for the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India to roll out the much hyped policy to boost Coastal Shipping and Inland Waterways transport, ClassNK & Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) took the first step to conduct a workshop on “Super Eco Ship For India Coastal Trade” as a strategy to be first to cash in on the opportunities when the policy gets implemented. Held in Mumbai last week at the IRS auditorium, both the classes presented to the gathering of ship owners…

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Schlumberger Introduces New Well Integrity Service

Schlumberger announced today the release of Invizion Evaluation* well integrity service, which helps operators evaluate zonal isolation by using integrated drilling, cementing and well logging data. “One key component in achieving zonal isolation is cementing, which can impact productivity, help prevent sustained casing pressure and annular flow, and mitigate loss of well control issues,” said Amerino Gatti, president, Well Services, Schlumberger. “The Invizion Evaluation service combines all available data from open hole…

Inna Kuznetsova, President and COO, INTTR


INTTRA, a neutral electronic transaction platform, software and information provider at the center of the ocean shipping industry, announced an expansion of its rapidly growing carrier network with the addition of Korea's Namsung Shipping Co. Ltd. NAMSUNG, established in 1953 as the first private ocean going shipping carrier in Korea, provides services throughout Asia, with routes targeting Korea to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and intra-Asia routes. NAMSUNG will offer its customers a full suite of services through INTTRA's network…

U.S.-Flag Lakers' 2011 Cargo Up 5.75 PCT

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (“lakers”) carried 93.8 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in 2011, an increase of 5.75 percent compared to 2010. The 2011 “float” was also just about on par with the fleet’s 5-year average. Iron ore cargos for the steel industry increased 12.4 percent compared to a year ago and outperformed their 5-year average by 12.7 percent. Coal loadings slipped by 6 percent compared to 2010, and even more – 14 percent – compared to the trade’s 5-year average. Limestone cargos rebounded by a million tons, or 5 percent compared to 2010.

Beluga Ace Car Carrier Photo MOL

MOL Announced Delivery of Beluga Ace Car Carrier

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has taken delivery of the first car carrier of the next-generation “FLEXIE” series, the Beluga Ace, which was built at the Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The vessel features six liftable decks, compared with two on conventional car carriers. This allows the Beluga Ace to more effectively meet demand for more diversified vehicle and high and heavy cargo transport, MOL said. The hull design is a complete departure from current car carriers, MOL said.

The terminal receives imported cement and cement-like materials via bulk cargo ships.

Long Beach's Cement Terminal Project Approved

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the Mitsubishi Cement Facility Modification Project this week, greenlighting the addition of 40,000 metric tons of additional storage capacity consisting of storage and loading silos on vacant Port property adjacent to Mitsubishi’s existing facility at the Port’s Pier F. The site will increase in size from 4.21 acres to 5.92 acres. The board’s approval was contingent on environmental measures and upgrades. The terminal receives imported cement and cement-like materials via bulk cargo ships. The product is stored in a warehouse or in silos.

Gulfstream regional managers Bryan Duplantis and Jason Page with the Torque Through Swivels & Ball/Dart Pumping Heads.

Gulfstream Services Launches Wireless Product to UK Market

Gulfstream Services International (Gulfstream), provider of cutting edge equipment to the international oil and gas industry, is launching a world-first fully-automated wireless cement head to the UK market at Offshore Europe today. Gulfstream Services International UK (Gulfstream UK) was set up in January 2010 in Aberdeen to serve the international oil and gas industry and growing demand from customers in UK, Norway, Middle East, Asia and Africa. Gulfstream UK’s turnover has grown to £2million due to its three product lines: Remote Actuated Cement Heads…

Photo: Portland Port

Flying Start to 2017 for Portland Port

The U.K.'s Portland Port said it is having a busy start to 2017 with most berths occupied. The ships that are alongside vary greatly in size, from the tug Norne, which accompanied the barge Cable Enterprise into port Monday morning, to the panamax size bulk carrier, Emerald Star, which is nearly 230m long and arrived from South America at the weekend. The port has seen deliveries of both animal feeds and cement already this year, while there has been a steady flow of ships into the harbor to take on fuel from the bunker terminal.

Great Lakes Coal Trade Down Almost 25 Percent in August

Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2,956,930 net tons in August, a slight dip compared to July (131,000 tons), but a decrease of almost 25 percent (959,000 tons) compared to a year ago. Loadings at Lake Superior ports fell 26.7 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Lake Michigan terminals rose nearly 71 percent. Loadings at Lake Erie docks slipped 35.7 percent. Year-to-date, the coal trade stands at 15,656,348 tons, a decrease of 16.2 percent compared to a year ago.