Japan Delivers First Megaship to MOL

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Japanese liner Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has taken delivery of the first 20,000 TEU megaship to be delivered from a Japanese Shipyard for operation as part of THE Alliance.

Imabari Shipbuilding‘s Saijo Shipyard delivered MOL Truth on October 31, 2017.

MOL’s new vessel is the fifth in a series of six 20,000 TEU containerships for operation by MOL.

MOL in March, 2015 announced it was expanding its large-scale containership fleet by building and chartering six 20,000 TEU containerships to boost competitiveness.

It will ply the Asia-Northern Europe trade as part of THE Alliance.

The containership is 400 metres long, with a breadth of 58.5 metres and a loading capacity of 20,182 TEU.

Read a related paper from MRSC about navigation simulation has now become essential validation tools for engineers in charge of megaship handling.

MOL Truth uses various technologies to reduce CO2 emissions by 25-30% per container in comparison with MOL-operated 14,000 TEU-class vessels.

Fuel-saving optimizations include low-friction hull paint, a high-efficiency propeller, a high-efficiency engine plant and an optimized hull shape.

The ship’s design also allows conversion to LNG fuel, in anticipation of stricter standards on vessel exhaust emissions in the future.

A sixth and final vessel in the series is under construction at Imabari Shipbuilding’s Marugame Shipyard and is slated for delivery in January, 2018.

Read more: The US government has voted for safeguards against another Hanjin disaster by granting approval for a US$50 million contingency fund in case a member of the Japanese-led shipping group THE Alliance becomes financially troubled.


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November 2, 2017 at 12:49PM

Grounded Bulk Carrier ‘Glory Amsterdam’ Refloated Off Germany

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Grounded Bulk Carrier ‘Glory Amsterdam’ Refloated Off Germany

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The salvage tug Fairmount Summit with the bulk carrier Glory Amsterdam aground off Germany, November 1, 2017. Photo: Germany’s Central Command for Maritime Emergencies

Two salvage tugs managed to free the Glory Amsterdam Thursday morning four days after the ship aground off Germany during severe weather.

Germany’s Central Command for Maritime Emergencies has reported that the ship was freed with help from the tugs Fairmount Summit and Union Manta after about 16,000 tonnes of ballast water was pumped out of the vessel. The agency said both of the ship’s anchors were lost in the operation.

A salvage team from SMIT Salvage has found no damage to the ship’s hull and no pollution has been observed throughout the incident.

The 225-meter, Panama-flagged MV Glory Amsterdam ran aground Sunday evening about 2km Langeoog Island in Germany after dragging anchor in a storm.

All 22 crew members remained on board along with salvage team members throughout the incident.

After the vessel was refloated, three tugs connected to the vessel and towed her to nearby Wilhelmshaven.

You can see our full coverage of the grounding incident HERE. 

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Photo: CCME
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Photo: CCME
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Salvage tugs FAIRMOUNT SUMMIT and UNION MANTA (pictured bottom). Photo: CCME

November 2, 2017 at 04:57PM

British Containership Loses 42 Containers Overboard Off Japan

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British Containership Loses 42 Containers Overboard Off Japan

MV Ever Smart. Photo: MarineTraffic / Jorg Friedrich

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into the loss of dozens of containers from a British containership off Japan.

The MAIB says 42 containers were lost overboard from the UK-flagged MV Ever Smart approximately 700nm east of Japan on October 30, 2017.

The incident appears to have occurred as the Ever Smart was underway from Taipei, Taiwan to the Port of Los Angeles on the U.S. west coast. The ship is due to arrive at the port on November 8.

On the day of the incident, meteorologists were tracking a powerful hurricane force low-pressure system over the northwestern Pacific.

In February 2015, the MV Ever Smart was involved in a fairly major head-on collision with a tanker while departing the port of Jebel Ali in the UAE.

The ship is managed by Evergreen Marine (UK).

The 1210 UTC Himawari-8 infrared satellite imagery along with the 12Z OPC surface analysis show a powerful 937 hPa hurricane force low pressure system over the N Pacific. Courtesy NOAA NWS Ocean Prediction Center

November 2, 2017 at 06:26PM

APMT and ZPMC Talk Automation State-of-the-Art

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Keith Svendsen, CEO of APM Terminals Group (APMT) has met with the President of Chinese crane manufacturer ZPMC to discuss automation technologies including for STS and mobile machinery.  

The APMT executive paid a visit to Huang Qingfeng, President of ZPMC, on October 25, 2017.  

They exchanged ideas about topics like new technologies used for STS and RTG and spare parts, ZPMC said.

Both sides discussed the status quo and feasibility of automatic anchoring, automatic mobile machinery, and remote-control technology.

After the meeting, the participants visited ZPMC’s remote diagnosis centre to watch the remote monitoring process for the equipment at Shanghai Yangshan Terminal.

A lean production briefing was held at ZPMC’s Changxing Branch in the afternoon.

Discussions included the lean manufacturing of Changxing Branch’s stage 1 lean production plan, and future quality and safety efforts.

After the meeting, the participants visited the plant area of Changxing Branch and to get a more intuitive understanding about the development and effect of the lean production of the base.

Read a related paper on integrated automated container terminal system in its next generation form.

 Seeing the improved layout of workshops, rationalized paining work and improved traffic planning of the plant area, the top management of APMT said that changes in the production environment were worth appreciating.

APMT has purchased 250 STS cranes and 600 RTG cranes from ZPMC, and since 2002, both sides have been engaged in improving quality and reliability of products.

Read more: ZPMC and two Chinese partners have agreed to build an innovation centre in Singapore to develop intelligent maintenance.


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November 1, 2017 at 12:18PM

Navy Releases Collision Report for USS Fitzgerald and USS John S McCain Collisions

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WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy released Nov. 1, a report detailing the events and actions that led to the collision of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan June 17, and the collision of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and merchant vessel Alnic MC Aug. 21.

“Both of these accidents were preventable and the respective investigations found multiple failures by watch standers that contributed to the incidents, said Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson. “We must do better.”

“We are a Navy that learns from mistakes and the Navy is firmly committed to doing everything possible to prevent an accident like this from happening again. We must never allow an accident like this to take the lives of such magnificent young Sailors and inflict such painful grief on their families and the nation.

“The vast majority of our Sailors are conducting their missions effectively and professionally – protecting America from attack, promoting our interests and prosperity, and advocating for the rules that govern the vast commons from the sea floor to space and in cyberspace. This is what America expects and deserves from its Navy.

“Our culture, from the most junior sailor to the most senior Commander, must value achieving and maintaining high operational and warfighting standards of performance and these standards must be embedded in our equipment, individuals, teams and fleets.

We will spend every effort needed to correct these problems and be stronger than before,” said Richardson.

USS FITZGERALD

The collision between Fitzgerald and Crystal was avoidable and resulted from an accumulation of smaller errors over time, ultimately resulting in a lack of adherence to sound navigational practices. Specifically, Fitzgerald’s watch teams disregarded established norms of basic contact management and, more importantly, leadership failed to adhere to well-established protocols put in place to prevent collisions. In addition, the ship’s triad was absent during an evolution where their experience, guidance and example would have greatly benefited the ship.

USS JOHN S. MCCAIN

The collision between John S. McCain and Alnic MC was also avoidable and resulted primarily from complacency, over-confidence and lack of procedural compliance. A major contributing factor to the collision was sub-standard level of knowledge regarding the operation of the ship control console. In particular, McCain’s commanding officer disregarded recommendations from his executive officer, navigator and senior watch officer to set sea and anchor watch teams in a timely fashion to ensure the safe and effective operation of the ship. With regard to procedures, no one on the Bridge watch team, to include the commanding officer and executive officer, were properly trained on how to correctly operate the ship control console during a steering casualty.

Download: Collision Report for USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain Collisions

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PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

USS JOHN S. MCCAIN:

-Photos of 10 Sailors killed aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), family and official: http://ift.tt/2zX1EJe

-Photos of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56): http://ift.tt/2zY4lKr

-Video of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56): http://ift.tt/2zX6Ywa

USS FITZGERALD:

-Photos of the seven Sailors killed aboard USS Fitzgerald:
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-Video (interviews and b-roll) of fleet level support to the crew of USS Fitzgerald after collision: http://ift.tt/2zYO7B1

-Video of statement from Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, U.S. 7th Fleet commander, regarding USS Fitzgerald’s return to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka after collision: http://ift.tt/2zYv5KU

-Video of USS Fitzgerald returning to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following collision: http://ift.tt/2zXKpY0

-Photos of USS Fitzgerald returning to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka after the collision: http://ift.tt/2zYpJ2e

-Video of USS Fitzgerald moving into Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka to continue repairs and assess damage from its June 17 collision: http://ift.tt/2zYirM1

November 1, 2017 at 02:22PM