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Reinhard Klingen, Germany's Director-General Waterways and Shipping met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters on July 16 to deposit the instrument of accession.

Germany Accedes to Ship Recycling Convention

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-17 18:31:22

Germany is the latest country to accede to the IMO's treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling – the Hong Kong Convention. Germany’s accession marks the 13th contracting State to the Convention out of the 15 required as the first of three conditions for the Convention’s entry into force. These 13 countries represent 29.42 percent of the world merchant shipping tonnage - only 10.58 percent less than the total required to satisfy the second condition of the Hong Kong Convention....

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Video: Heavy Lift Ship Raises Carnival Vista Out of the Water

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-15 19:43:16

In a 12-hour evolution on Saturday, the Boskalis semi-submersible heavy lift ship BOKA Vanguard successfully floated the cruise ship Carnival Vista aboard in order to facilitate repairs at a shipyard in the Bahamas.  The BOKA Vanguard is the largest vessel of her type, and she has enough capacity to lift and carry the 4,000 passenger Carnival Vista. The Vista is experiencing technical difficulties with her azipods, and she needs to be drydocked in order to...

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Watch: Flight Deck on Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy Complete

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-13 05:10:59

The installation of the final piece of the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy’s (CVN 79) flight deck has been completed by Huntington Ingalls Industries. The addition of the upper bow section at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division is one of the last steel structural units, known as a superlift, to be placed on John F. Kennedy. Weighing 780 tons, the superlift took 18 months to build. The ship is being built in sections with more outfitted equipment—valves,...

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First Barracuda-Class Submarine Launched for France

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-13 04:01:11

Naval Group has launched Suffren, the first of six nuclear submarines for the French Navy. The 99-meter (325 foot) black steel submarine was launched at a ceremony in the northern port of Cherbourg. Suffren is the first of the Barracuda-class series, designed to replace the Rubis-class generation.  Naval Group is the overall prime contractor of the ship’s architecture and TechnicAtome is the prime contractor for the nuclear reactor.  Suffren is one of the stealthiest...

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South Korea Maintains Lead on Orders

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-09 21:24:37

South Korea maintained the top spot in global shipbuilding orders in June for the second month in a row. According to Clarkson Research Services, South Korean yards won orders to build six ships, totaling 340,000CTG, more than half of the orders placed in June. Chinese yards won orders to build seven ships, totaling 240,000CGT, and Japan won orders to build five ships, totaling 90,000CGT. So far this year, ordering has been slow, nearly half that of the same period last...

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Record 24-Row Container Ship Delivered

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-08 19:12:08

South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries has delivered the world's largest container ship. MSC Gülsün is one of six 23,000-TEU vessels ordered by MSC in 2017. According to local media, she has capacity for 23,756 TEUs and is the first container ship to have 24 rows across the deck. At 400 meters long, 61.5 meters wide and 33.2 meters high, this gives up to 1,500 TEUs extra capacity compared to existing ships.  The actual number of containers carried could be lower...

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Record Low Newbuild Orders Placed in Q2, 2019

By Olivia Watkins 2019-07-06 20:50:35

Newbuilding orders dropped to record lows in Q2 2019.  Bulkers The total number of bulker newbuild orders is down 73 percent for the first half of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. So far this year, Panamaxes have been the most popular size to order with an interesting order placed by Klaveness Combination carriers for two Panamax CABUs (83,600 DWT, 2020, Jiangsu New Yangzijiang) which will increase the global fleet to a...

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Prospects for Long-Life Batteries in Waterway Transportation

By Harry Valentine 2019-07-06 18:12:01

Until very recently, the short useable life expectancy of electrochemical batteries and their high replacement cost deterred companies engaged in inland waterway transportation from investing in electrical vessel propulsion. New developments in grid-scale vanadium-oxide flow batteries and in molten metal battery technology now offer the sector batteries capable of delivering 15 to 20 years of service. Ongoing development in electrical battery storage technology seeks to increase both the storage density along with useable life expectancy. For stationary application, large grid...

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Worker Seriously Injured in Accident at Irving Shipyard

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-03 20:37:03

A worker at Irving Shipyard has been hospitalized with serious injuries after an industrial accident on Tuesday evening.  At about 1845 hours Tuesday, the victim was struck by a piece of metal while working on equipment and suffered a fall, Halifax police said. He sustained "life-threatening" injuries and was hospitalized.  Irving said in the statement that the worker was a contractor, and that he was injured while "servicing a piece of the contractor's equipment." The Nova Scotia Department of Labour...

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New LNG Containment System Passes Gas Trials

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-01 17:47:54

The Saga Dawn will be the first vessel to operate a completely new LNG containment system in decades. LNT Marine has successfully completed gas trials of its novel LNTA-BOX® containment system aboard the Saga Dawn, a mid-size LNG carrier due for delivery from China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) shipyard. Saga LNG Shipping and China Merchants Industry Holdings signed a contract for the 45,000m3-capacity LNG carrier in late 2015, with the yard subsequently entering into a license agreement with Singapore’s LNT...

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