SAFETY4SEA Awards
2017
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2017
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  • liquefaction

    Liquefaction testing is inadequate, ABTO says

    The Association of Bulk Terminal Operators has called for a complete overhaul of the cargo sampling and liquefaction testing protocols for raw ores and less common cargoes, such as nickel ore, fine wet coal and bauxite, pointing out that the current methods for danger identification are inadequate, specially in ports where conditions are inclement. ...

  • evergreen

    Evergreen unveils sea freight services for Alibaba.com members

    Evergreen Line has teamed up with Alibaba.com, a wholesale marketplace for global trade under Alibaba Group, to provide site members with the option of booking sea freight services online with guaranteed space and prices. The Taiwanese company has also appointed Evergreen Logistics Corporation, as a provider of logistics solutions for Alibaba.com members opting for its sea freight services. ...

  • bulk

    Metro Ports to operate bulk terminal at Port of Indiana

    The Ports of Indiana announced that the country’s oldest stevedoring company, Metro Ports, will become the new bulk terminal operator at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Starting July 1st, Metro Ports will manage the loading and unloading of shipments along the port’s East Harbor for port tenants and outside companies shipping bulk cargoes. ...

  • abu

    Abu Dhabi inks concession agreement to operate Fujairah port

    Abu Dhabi Ports and the Port of Fujairah signed a 35 year concession agreement, for the establishment of "Fujairah Terminals", a new operational arm wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports. The agreement will grant Abu Dhabi Ports the exclusivity to enhance existing infrastructure and itt further extends this exclusivity throughout the emirate of Fujairah for Container business. ...

  • data

    Shipping industry needs better data sharing and collaboration

    The maritime industry and broader ocean supply chain are suffering from major and costly inefficiencies, due to ineffective data sharing and poor cross-industry collaboration, according to a new report released by the Business Performance Innovation Network, in coordination with Navis and XVELA, both part of Cargotec. ...


Recent Posts

everglades

Horizon Terminal Services expands in Port Everglades

After taking over the Port Everglades Auto Terminal mid-2016, the operations have grown by about 45 per cent in terms of volume throughput, the Horizon Terminal Services informed. In May and June 2017, HTS has contracted two new OEM’s for both inbound and outbound vehicle flows.

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towing

Engine control malfunction causes multi-damage allision

The NTSB issued an accident report, studying the allision of the tank barge Double Skin 501 with IMTT Bayonne Pier A in Bayonne, New Jersey, when being pushed by the uninspected towing vessel Peter F Gellatly. Damage to the barge, pier, and an adjacent ship, the Isola Bianca, totaled an estimated $2.7 million and resulted in the discharge of 630 gallons of fuel oil into the waterway.

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maintenance

Moored vessel flooded due to lack of maintenance

The US NTSB published an investigation report, regarding the dive support vessel "Hammerhead", that was discovered partially flooded with an increased aft trim, while moored alongside the pier at the Newport Marine Terminal in Galveston, Texas, March 2016. The vessel was in a layup period with no one on board. Damage to the vessel was estimated at $900,000.

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towing

Engine failure leads to fire on board towing vessel

NTSB issued an accident report, concerning a fire in the engine room on board the uninspected towing vessel Jaxon Aaron, while it was pushing a flotilla of 16 barges upbound on the Lower Mississippi River, Tennessee. The fire spread from the engine room into the accommodation area and wheelhouse, causing an estimated $10.2 million in damage to the interior spaces.

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cargo

Brazil to focus inspections on aging cargo vessels

Following a number of recent casualties involving bulk carriers in Brazil, a new inspection requirement has been introduced in Brazilian ports, according to the West P&I Club. All vessels of 18 or more years of age, that are to load a cargo with a density of 1.78 t/m3 or greater, are to be subject to an inspection upon arrival, prior to loading commencing.

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liquefaction

Liquefaction testing is inadequate, ABTO says

The Association of Bulk Terminal Operators has called for a complete overhaul of the cargo sampling and liquefaction testing protocols for raw ores and less common cargoes, such as nickel ore, fine wet coal and bauxite, pointing out that the current methods for danger identification are inadequate, specially in ports where conditions are inclement.

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app

New app for hull performance predictions launched

AkzoNobel announced the launch of Intertrac Vision Lite, a free version app of its big data hull performance prediction tool. The app helps ship owners and operators in the hull coating selection process, as well as to explore the role of big data in supporting hull performance predictions.

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monitoring

MOL, MES launch next-generation vessel monitoring system

MOL announced an agreement with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, to jointly develop next-generation vessel monitoring and support systems for practical applications and commercialization. The agreement aims to boost efforts to prevention of marine incidents, the prevention of equipment failure, and optimized vessel routing.

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tax

Tax cut may lead to delay of cargo deliveries in China

The Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation of China has issued a circular, in which they will reduce Value-Added Tax on the sale and import of a number of products from 13% to 11% with effect from 1 July 2017, the North of Engalnd P&I Club informed. In light of the forthcoming VAT reduction, ship owners may be asked to postpone cargo delivery to beyond the 1 July deadline.

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sms

Operators should properly handle SMS against cyber risks

As the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, held last week, has confirmed that cyber risks should be managed under the ISM Code, the North of England P&I Club urges operators to act without delay, to ensure that cyber risks are addressed in their safety management systems, in order to identify vulnerabilities and to achieve safeguard against these risks.

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automation

Maritime industry is ready to embrace automation

On the occasion of the Day of the Seafarer, Frank Coles, CEO of Transas, talks about the impact of the digital technologies on seafarers' role and welfare. Mr. Coles suggests that digitalization and automation will transform the industry by enhancing safety, but these are not enough to solve all safety-related problems, as crews with right skills and training is what the sector really needs.

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floating

New floating dock to operate in Piraeus port from November

Piraeus Port Authority announced that a new floating dock is expected to begin operations for ships, starting from November 2017. The dock supplements the existing infrastructure, aiming to attract more ships to the Perama Ship Repair Zone from the wider Mediterranean region and to create new working positions.

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