Pappas: We remain optimistic about the prospects of our scrubber- fitted fleet

Star Bulk’s CEO, Petros Pappas; Image credit: CapitalLink

Greece-based dry bulk shipping firm Star Bulk Carriers has shown immense trust in exhaust gas cleaning systems as a means of complying with the IMO 2020 regulation, having installed scrubbers on a total of 114 of its 116 ships.

Despite certain delays in installation due to COVID-19 disruptions in the supply chain and yard closures in Asia, all 114 ships have had their installations completed and certified.

“As of today, we have completed all scrubber installations on 114 vessels, which are now certified and operational. Since the beginning of the year, despite the meaningful delays due to the coronavirus, we completed installation with minimum delays and have now more than 15,000 running days experience across the fleet,” Simos Spyrou, Co-Chief Financial Officer, said in a conference call.

The company’s fleet is pretty much diverse consisting of 17 Newcastlemax, 19 Capesize, 2 Mini Capes…

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Incat Crowther designed landing craft will support U.K. research ship’s supply role

Exeter Fabrication in the U.K. has recently launched Terror, a 14.3 meter Incat Crowther designed monohull landing craft that will be one of two support craft on the British Antarctic Survey polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough.

In addition to its science role, RRS Sir David Attenborough will support the resupply of the five Antarctic research stations operated by British Antarctic Survey. Terror will transfer food, vehicles, fuel and science equipment to any location where the water is too shallow for the new polar ship to approach.

The working deck of the landing craft will accommodate one 20 foot container or two 10 foot containers with twist-lock fittings and additional lashing points. A folding bow ramp and removable vehicle ramps combine with the shallow forefoot for bow loading, with the vessel being designed to load and accommodate a telehandler.

Image: Incat Crowther

The vessel’s Heila HLM10-2S deck crane is capable of lifting loads o…

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Risk Watch: What key changes will DBMS bring in dry bulk sector?

A self assessment tool like the recently launched Dry Bulk Management Standard by RightShip was what exactly the dry bulk sector had been missing for so long! Similarly to TMSA, we expect the new standard to move forward the dry bulk sector and certainly there are many lessons to be learned. On the occasion of the launch of this new standard, our special column asks experts to assess the future of the sector with this new scheme.

It is worth mentioning, that Intercargo is currently developing 'DRY-SAS', a risk based, tailored Self-Assessment Scheme specifically for the dry bulk sector, for which consultation within its membership is ongoing.


Q: What is the key change that the introduction of Dry Bulk Management Standard (DBMS) will bring in the dry bulk market?


Capt. Andreas Togantzis, Safety- Quality & Marine Manager, DPA/CSO, Alpha Bulkers Shipmanagement Inc.

Dry Bulk Industry is currently in need of a lever that will be…

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SHI, Korean Register to bolster cyber security capabilities of smart ships

Korean Register (KR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with compatriot Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to conduct a joint study on “Ship Cyber Security Network Construction and Design Safety Evaluation” at the Marine Engineering Research Center of SHI.

Under the MOU, the two organizations have agreed to evaluate the construction and design safety of cyber security networks applicable to new ships.

Image by Korean Register

In addition, they will study technologies that can respond to cyber threats faced by ships, by diagnosing ship cyber security vulnerabilities using the cybersecurity testbeds built by SHI.

The duo expects that by combining KR’s classification capability and the smart ship technology of Samsung Heavy Industries, the resulting synergies will be extremely beneficial to the shipping industry moving forward.

Cyber security risk management is expected to be significantly strengthened in 2021 when the International Mariti…

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TOP Ships buys scrubber-fitted MR trio

Nasdaq-listed tanker owner TOP Ships has acquired three Medium Range (MR) tankers that are being built at the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in South Korea.

The ships were bought in an $18 million acquisition from a company affiliated with the company’s Chief Executive Officer Evangelos J. Pistiolis.

The ultra-high specification scrubber-fitted 50,000 dwt eco MR product/chemical tankers are scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2021.

The consideration will be paid in installments through the vessels’ delivery dates.

TOP Ships anticipates it will enter into financing arrangements for the vessels prior to their delivery from the shipyard.

Each of the three product tankers has time charters with Central Tankers Chartering Inc, a company affiliated with the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, for a firm term of five years plus two additional optional years. The total potential gross revenue backlog from these contracts is about $127.5 …

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150,000 seafarers in need of crew change

150,000 seafarers will be in need of crew change by May 15, according to the latest data compiled by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC).

This number is up by 50% from 100,000 when ICS first highlighted the problem with national governments and the G20.

The staggering figure is being revealed on the back of the International Labour Day – May 1 which has been marked with ships sounding their horns across the globe in support of seafarers.

Seafarers are facing an unprecedented crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Namely, due to the lockdown measures and restrictions on travel seafarers have been unable to conduct crew changes and some of them are stuck onboard ships for much longer than originally planned.

Delivery of supplies and in some instances even payment of wages has been delayed or challenged posing considerable risk to seafarers’ well being and mental health.

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Ships sound their horns in support of seafarers on Labour Day

Ports around the world are joining today an initiative encouraging ships to sound their horns for 15 seconds at noon as a special tribute to the contributions of seafarers in keeping supply chains robust and maritime trade going amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative, dubbed the Horns of Hope, was launched under the banner of Abu Dhabi Ports and very shortly received support from hundreds of ports in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas as ships sounded horns to support front-line workers each evening.

On the occasion of Labour Day, the symbolic gesture has received even larger support from ports across the globe.

“As the world’s standard-setting organisation for the shipping industry, it is heartening to see the Horns of Hope solidarity campaign begun by the UAE has been so enthusiastically adopted by global ports,” Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, said.

“Those who work in shi…

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Hapag-Lloyd secured 9 percent in energy savings by removing fouling on 33 ships

German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has obtained 9 percent in energy savings in the form of fuel by preventing fouling on the hulls of its ships.

The company is using digital tools to detect water resistance increases on its ships caused by fouling. It has also developed ship-specific biofueling management plans for its vessels detailing the removal activities and hull cleaning.

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Last year. a total of 33 of Hapag-Lloyd’s ships were cleaned, the company said in its sustainability report.

Biofouling, which is the accumulation of various aquatic organisms on ships’ hulls, is gaining increasing importance on the global scene.

Apart from impacting ships’ efficiency and fuel consumption, biofouling has been one of the key causes of the transfer of invasive aquatic species by ships.

The problem of invasive species carried by ships has intensified over the last few decades due to the expanded trade and traffic volume.

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Rotterdam World Gateway gets two new deep-sea quay cranes

Two new deep-sea quay cranes arrived at Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG). They will be commissioned in the coming months and are expected to be operational in the second half of 2020.

Source: RWG

The new cranes, the largest of their kind, were built by ZPMC in China. They have a lifting height of 56 meters and are capable of handling container vessels up to 26 rows wide.

Together with the two quay cranes, RWG has invested in 25 new Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). Offloading the cranes will take around ten days and they will be commissioned on the quay over the next months.

“The arrival of the cranes and AGVs will allow RWG to further optimize our services and capacity. RWG plays a key role in efficient, sustainable, reliable and safe container handling. Together with our customers, stakeholders and partners, such as DP world, we will continue to develop our services,” Ronald Lugthart, CEO at RWG, said.

RWG’s terminal has automated its services ext…

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Abu Dhabi Ports defers rent for its customers as part of COVID-19 relief measures

Abu Dhabi Ports is offering a three-month rent deferment for the second quarter of the year for its customers as part of the relief measures aimed at curbing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their operations.

The package also includes a freeze on late payment penalties and an exemption from Tawtheeq fees.

Measures have also been introduced for new investors, including a waiving of application fees, a 25 percent reduction in land lease rates for the first year, an exemption on Tawtheeq fees and a relinquishing of land fixing fees.

“In line with the Government’s effort to extend relief to businesses during these exceptional economic circumstances, Abu Dhabi Ports is taking necessary steps to help our industrial and economic zone customers overcome the current challenges brought on by the spread of coronavirus,” Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Abu Dhabi Ports Group CEO, said.

The relief measures are being launched on the back of a 25% waiv…

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