South Korea Targets Big LNG-Fueled Vessels

South Korea’s Minstry of Oceans and Fisheries is launching a pilot program to build the world’s largest LNG-fueled ship.

The ministry said it would work with local shipyards to develop a class of 180,000-ton LNG-propelled vessels, reports Yonhap news agency. The plans, to be signed on Tuesday, will also include POSCO, South Korea’s top steelmaker, Korea Gas Corporation and Korea Development Bank.

MSC Turns to DSME for 22,000 TEU Megaships

Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has opted for South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) to construct eleven 22,000 TEU containerships for the company.

The order was confirmed to World Maritime News by an MSC spokesperson, saying the deal terms have not been disclosed yet.

CMA CGM Confirms CSSC Yards for Mega-Ships

CMA CGM, the world’s third- largest container line, and CSSC Group have officially signed the contract for the construction of nine 22,000 TEU ships, the largest container vessels ordered to date.

Representatives from CMA CGM, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group), Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding and CSTC signed the contracts in Marseille on September 19.

Cheniere’s Sabine Pass is Shipping More Gas Than Ever

After Hurricane Harvey flooded the U.S. Gulf Coast, brought shipping to a halt and knocked out power to millions, the only company sending U.S. shale gas overseas is back in business.

In fact, Cheniere Energy Inc.’s flagship Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana is liquefying more natural gas for export than ever.

The Switch Recruits Ville Parpala to Help Drive Growth

The Switch has recruited Ville Parpala as Director, Product Marketing, Marine Solutions, as it targets its ambition of achieving growth of 200% in the marine segment across the next five years. The firm, a specialist in the development and supply of advanced drive train solutions, will leverage Parpala’s vast experience, and contact book, to push its ability to deliver enhanced efficiency, cost savings and environmental performance to the shipping industry worldwide. 

Wireless charging for hybrid coastal ferry successfully tested

PHOTO: Wärtsilä’s wireless charging system is the first in the world to operate successfully with a coastal ferry.

The technology group Wärtsilä has successfully tested its automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid powered coastal ferry. This is the first commercial ferry in the world operating with high power wireless charging capability for its batteries, and the successful project represents a notable breakthrough in the evolution of plug-in electrically operated vessels. The tests were carried out on the 85 metre long ’MF Folgefonn’ in Norwegian waters during the end of August / early September of this year. The ferry is owned by Norled, one of Norway’s largest ferry operators.

Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum bridge systems selected for two new mega yachts

PHOTO: State-of-the-art navigation consoles are included in the complete bridge system.

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply its Nacos Platinum integrated bridge system for two new mega yachts; one an 85 metre long vessel and the other 91 metres long, being built in Greece. In addition to the systems, Wärtsilä will also provide the project management, engineering, pre-wiring of the consoles and system commissioning services, thus delivering a complete solution. The orders with Wärtsilä were booked in March and July 2017.

Wärtsilä launches new eco-friendly tug designs

PHOTO: The new portfolio of Wärtsilä HYTug designs emphasises environmental sustainability.

The technology group Wärtsilä is introducing a new portfolio of tug designs, to be known as the Wärtsilä HYTug series, with the emphasis on environmental sustainability. Since they typically operate in or close to harbours and populated areas, tugs are particularly affected by environmental considerations, and the need for regulatory compliance is an increasing concern for tug owners and operators worldwide.

CMA CGM Confirms Order for Nine Megaships as Improving Shipping Market Lifts Profits

CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest container shipping firm, said it expected operating profits to improve further in the second half as the market continues to recover, and confirmed an order for nine giant vessels.

The announcements by French-based CMA CGM underlined a recovery in the industry this year after a prolonged downturn that sparked a series of consolidation deals.

MacGregor secures floating linkspan orders from France

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract with Bouygues Travaux Publics, one of the world’s largest civil engineering construction companies, to design, fabricate and install three linkspan facilities in France. The order is booked into Cargotec’s third quarter 2017 order intake and MacGregor equipment will be delivered during 2020.

The Switch recruits Parpala to help drive marine growth

The Switch has recruited Ville Parpala as Director, Product Marketing, Marine Solutions, as it targets its ambition of achieving growth of 200% in the marine segment across the next five years. The firm, a specialist in the development and supply of advanced drive train solutions, will leverage Parpala’s vast experience, and contact book, to push its ability to deliver enhanced efficiency, cost savings and environmental performance to the shipping industry worldwide. 

Cost-effective, chemical-free biological sewage treatment for marine applications

The Evac EcoTreat biological wastewater treatment plant delivers the best of both worlds for owners of small vessels, with cost-effective treatment of black and gray water that meets and exceeds the latest environmental standards.

AMELS 188 superyacht sold with fast delivery in less than a year

Dutch luxury yacht builder Amels is proud to confirm the sale of the first 57.70-metre Amels 188 from the Limited Editions range. The new Tim Heywood design – the first to feature the Amels Hybrid Switchboard with battery power – will be delivered in less than a year in the summer of 2018 with a stunning and innovative interior design by Reymond Langton.

New LNG bunker barge will feature Wärtsilä cargo handling system

PHOTO Shell will charter a new bunker barge featuring a Wärtsilä cargo handling system.

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply the cargo handling system and cargo tanks for a new 3000 cubic metre capacity LNG bunker barge. The vessel will be owned by LNG Shipping, a consortium between Belgium based Victrol and CFT Corporation based in France. The barge is being built in Romania and will be outfitted in the Netherlands. When delivered, it will be chartered by Shell Western LNG B.V. (Shell), operating out of Rotterdam to provide the company with additional flexibility to bunker LNG fuelled ships, including vessels operating on Europe’s inland waterways. The order with Wärtsilä, was booked in June.

Norway’s APA 2017 gets record interest

PHOTO Map of Barents blocks available in APA 2017. Map from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy received a record response for the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2017 round, with a total of 39 companies submitting applications for new acreage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).