Japan Delivers First Megaship to MOL


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


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


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