Load monitoring specialists Scotload – part of James Fisher and Sons plc – has launched global shipping through its online store: Scotload-direct.com. This enables customers to order load cells quickly and easily, delivering high-end solutions to any location straight off the shelf. Read more “Scotload Launches Global Shipping via Online Store”
ExxonMobil has announced its new 40BN cylinder oil, Mobilgard™ 540, will be available from 2 September 2019. The lubricant has been specifically formulated for use with 0.50% sulphur fuels that comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 emission regulations and meets the requirements of OEMs, MAN ES and WinGD. Read more “ExxonMobil Confirms Availability of Cylinder Oil for 0.50% Sulfur Fuel”
Canadian-based Thordon Bearings, the global leader in environmentally safe propeller shaft bearings and seal systems, has appointed Michael Haraldsson to the role of Marine Business Development Manager. Read more “Thordon Adds Michael Haraldsson to Business Development Team”
Fincantieri Marinette Marine and Vigor (Team RB-M) announced the deliveries of two additional Response Boat-Mediums (RB-Ms) to the U.S. Coast Guard. These boats are part of an approved foreign military sale to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan through the Department of Homeland Security. Read more “Fincantieri Marinette Marine and Vigor Deliver Boats to Jordanian Navy”
ACO Marine has successfully completed the commissioning of wastewater treatment units aboard the ropax sisters Sveti Krševan, Supertar and Cres operated by Croatian owner Jadrolinija.
The three 87.6m vessels were each retrofitted with a Clarimar MF-2 biological-type sewage treatment plant at the Dalmont shipyard in Kraljevica, Croatia, the oldest continuously operating shipyard in the world, with a history dating back to 1729.
Italy’s La Fornitrice, ACO Marine’s engineering partner in the region, completed the commissioning of the system aboard Cres, the final ship in the series, in May. Equipment for all three retrofits was delivered to the yard between December 2018 and January 2019.
Robert Devetak, Managing Director, La Fornitrice, said: “Jadrolinija is a long-standing customer of La Fornitrice so we were delighted to have won the national tender for supplying the ACO Marine system to these vessels. The project is a good reference for La Fornitrice in that the contract includes after sales servicing of the Clarimar units.”
The contract also included the supply of detailed installation drawings to the shipyard and the issuance of the requisite approval certificates from the Croatian Ship Register (HRB).
Prior to the installation and commissioning of the Clarimar units, the 600-passenger capacity ferries did not treat wastewater streams but instead collected the effluent in holding tanks. In the busy summer months, this meant that the tanks needed emptying on a daily basis.
Mark Beavis, Managing Director, ACO Marine, added: “The storage of a vessel’s wastewater streams in onboard holding tanks is not the most operationally-efficient solution. The use of port reception facilities can be costly and also delay ship turn-around-times.”
While performance and cost-efficiencies were key factors in the owner opting for the ACO Marine solution, the decision to retrofit a wastewater treatment unit, however, was a decision led by regulatory necessity.
Until recently, Croatia did not have strict or detailed regulations governing the discharge of wastewater into its coastal waters. However, in 2015 Croatian authorities completed the Coastal City Pollution Control Project, putting an end to indiscriminate discharging practices, and mandating solutions for treating and monitoring wastewater discharges.
“We anticipate a run of orders from Croatia-based ship operators as they look to retrofit wastewater treatment systems to meet the new requirements,” said Beavis.
He added: “ACO technology was accepted by the owner as suitable to upgrade their wastewater handling arrangements. Purchase was made through public tender, choosing the Clarimar MF-2 system through La Fornitrice as best bid price.
“The successful installation and performance of these units resulted in July in La Fornitrice winning another national tender for the retrofitting of the Clarimar system to an additional five ferries in the Jadrolinija fleet.”
These additional five vessels of the same class – Hrvat, Juraj Dalmatinac, Marjan, Jadran, and Biokovo – will each be fitted out with larger Clarimar MF-3 units, which La Fornitrice will supply from mid-October 2019.
Jadrolinija manages a fleet of more than 50 passenger ferries operating between the mainland and the Croatian islands of the Adriatic.
ACO Marine’s biological-type Clarimar MF system, introduced to the market in 2014, was developed to provide ship operators with a smaller, safer and more cost-effective wastewater management solution.
“Balancing foot-print, corrosion-resistance and safety with reliability and price is what sets the MF apart from other systems in the market. All our Clarimar units are supplied with a life-time guarantee against corrosion of the tank,” Beavis said. Read more “ACO Marine Commissions Wastewater Plants for Jadrolonija”
Eight of Robert Allan Ltd.’s new ART 85-32W Rotortugs® have arrived on site in Port Hedland, Western Australia. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd’s (FMG) subsidiary, Pilbara Marine Pty Ltd, selected the ART 85-32W Rotortug® design to make up their fleet of tugs for their towage operation in Port Hedland. Damen Shipyards constructed six of the vessels at their Song Cam shipyard in Vietnam while the remaining two vessels were constructed by Cheoy Lee Shipyards of Hong Kong. KOTUG is contract holder for the operation of the vessels on behalf of FMG. Read more “Eight New ART 85-32W Rotortugs Arrive in Port Hedland”
Equinor has struck oil in its latest summer drilling campaign in the Barents Sea. The firm sees this Arctic region as key to the future of Norway's offshore oil and gas industry, and it has acquired extensive E&P lease acreage in the area. Read more “Equinor Strikes Oil in the Barents Sea”
Maersk is partnering with BlackBuck, India’s largest online marketplace for trucking, to provide an online marketplace for containerized trucking in export/import logistics in India. Read more “Maersk Enters India’s Digital Trucking Market”
As the recently-released Iranian tanker Grace 1 makes her way eastward across the Mediterranean, the U.S. State Department is making clear that it does not want to see any nation or entity providing her with assistance. Read more “U.S. Warns Against Assisting Iranian Tanker Grace 1”