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CONTENTS

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Departments

Features

4E  ditorial Mr. President: Make our waterways great again!

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Tugs & Barges A Year of Firsts This year, the first escort tugs to be fitted with Tier 4 compliant engines will begin operations in the U.S.

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Deck Machinery Smooth Operator Innovative deck technology is making operations efficient, quieter and safer

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Conference Preview Marine Log’s Tugs & Barges 2017 A look at this year’s panel lineup and exhibitors

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Offshore Energy Gulf of Mexico: A New Spot LNG Market Hub The GoM could emerge as a global LNG shipping hub, with the potential to become a spot tanker destination

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Training & Education Knowledge is Power Maritime education may be facing challenges when it comes to keeping up with the ever-evolving industry landscape, but schools are up to the task, and are prepping their students for a lifetime of success

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LNG Moving on LNG The environmental and operational benefits of operating on natural gas are winning over cruise ship and ferry operators

6 IndustrY Insights 7 Marine Innovations 8 Inland Waterways Confluence of the Mississippi Minded 9 Wellness Column Combating Flu Season 10 Update

 irst NYC Ferry vessel arrives F Somali piracy back again… • The CSL Group honors Montreal and Canada’s anniversary • Jettyless LNG transfer concept could soon become reality • Probation in Alaska pollution case • •

17 Inside Washington Congress can work together—on garbage 38 Newsmakers Horizon names Hotz VP of Business Development

39 Tech News Intelligent awareness of ships

44 History World War II veteran brought back to life April 2017 // Marine Log 3


EDITOR’S COLUMN

MarineLoG April 2017 Vol. 122, NO. 4 ISSN 08970491 USPS 576-910 PRESIDENT Arthur J. McGinnis, Jr. amcginnis@sbpub.com PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF John R. Snyder jsnyder@sbpub.com Associate Publisher Jeff Sutley jsutley@sbpub.com

Mr. President: Make Our Waterways Great Again!

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ear Mr. President: Do you want a great return on investment? Why not consider putting part of your proposed $1 trillion investment in infrastructure in modernizing our nation’s navigation locks and waterways? While I know it’s been tough working with Congress up until now (Sad!), one area that both Democrats and Republicans can get behind is spending on the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. During the recent Joint Session of Congress, you made the case for spending $1 trillion on improving our nation’s infrastructure. If I may quote you, “The time has come for a new program of national rebuilding. America has spent approximately $6 trillion in the Middle East — all the while our infrastructure at home is crumbling.” You continued, “To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital — creating millions of new jobs.” I know you are still formulating your $1 trillion investment package. Some of those investments might be obvious to cranky New York commuters—who have to put up with delayed, overcrowded trains and poorly maintained, congested roadways—others

might not be. We, the marine industry, would respectfully like to make sure that waterways projects are considered alongside those for roads and rails. As Mike Toohey, President and CEO, Waterways Council, Inc., so deftly points out in our Inland Waterways column this month, “The inland waterways return nearly $10 to our nation’s economy in transportation cost savings for every dollar invested.” Writes Toohey, “Of the anticipated $1 trillion infrastructure package in the works, WCI estimates that just over $8 billion would complete 25 Congressionally-authorized navigation projects under construction and modernize the inland waterways system for the next 20 years.” A modernized, efficient waterway system will make America even more competitive on trade, support hundreds of billions of dollars in economic activity and trade, and create and sustain jobs. That’s a HUGE bang for the buck, Mr. President!

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS WELCOME TO Industry Insights, Marine Log’s quick graphical overview of the current trends in the global marine marketplace. While the average number of rigs drilling in the U.S. and Canada is well up from this time in February last year—1,064, compared to 743—the offshore sector remains in the doldrums. Last year, there were 29 offshore rigs drilling in North America, now it’s slipped to 22 (and even further as of March 1). Utilization rates for offshore support vessels also continue to be under pressure and things are not expected to improve with a glut of new deliveries in 2017.

Offshore Rigs Operating In U.S. (on or about March 1 of respective year)

Offshore Support Vessels, By Year of Delivery (2009-2018) 500 465 400

396

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The New Shipping World Order WHO is THE BIGGEST, BY VALUE?

WHO has BEEN MERGING?

WHO is THE BIGGEST, BY TONNAGE?

Top Container Mergers, By Value

$83.57B Greece

150.38 M Moller Maersk/Hamburg Sud, $9.26B

$65.55B China

Japan

China

COSCO Container Lines/OOCL, $9.17B

204.75M

CMA CGM/APL, $5.15B

$79.50B 0

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Recent Shipyard Launches, Contracts & Deliveries, North America Qty

Type

Owner

Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, MD

1

3,000 hp Tug

Vane Brothers

2017-1Q

Diversified Marine, Portland, OR

1

5,350 hp Tractor Tug

Harley Marine

2017-1Q

Gladding Hearn Shipbuilding, Somerset, MA

1

1,400 hp Launch

Virginia Pilot Boat

2018

Gladding Hearn Shipbuilding, Somerset, MA

1

1,204 hp Pilot Boat

Lake Pilots Assoc.

2017-1Q

Gunderson Marine, Portland, OR

1

81,900 bbl Ocean Tank Barge

Harley Marine Services

2017-1Q

Lake Assault Boats, Superior, WI

1

34 ft Fireboat

Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire

Master Boat Builders, Bayou La Batre, AL

1

3,822 hp Rotortug

Seabulk Towing

2017-1Q

Midship Marine, Houma, LA

1

844 PAX Ferry

Ultramar

2017-1Q

Shipyard

Source: Marine Log Shipbuilding Contracts

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Marine Innovations Emerald Marine Products Debuts MOB Transmitter for Shoreside Workers at Marine Terminals Emerald Marine Products’ ALERT418 Man-Overboard Alarm System adds a layer of protection for both employees and companies. When immersed in water, the ALERT418 transmitter sends an instant signal to the ALERT Man-Overboard receiver, automatically triggering a 95dB alarm and bright red flashing light on the receiver’s display. The transmitter has six LEDs that flash to assist in locating the victim. The system comes with a transmitter, receiver, 15-inch flexible whip antenna, 25 ft of coaxial cable and mounting hardware. www.emeraldmarineproducts.com

Gray Page Launches Vessel Perimeter Protection System to Combat Piracy Advisory and consulting group Gray Page has unveiled its new vessel perimeter protection system called DFENCE to combat piracy. The system is designed to prevent unlawful overthe-side access on to ships, oilrigs and other marine platforms and installations. The system uses three outboard modules, each with a different profile, which makes climbing over it from below extremely difficult. The system, says Gray Page, has been designed to repel, deflect and destabilize ladders, poles and other climbing apparatuses. www.graypage.com/dfence

RIBCRAFT Building Reliable, Durable Boats for Law Enforcement and Military Agencies Worldwide RIBCRAFT is a manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for law enforcement, military agencies, and safety professionals. Designed with professionals in mind and built in the U.S., RIBCRAFT places great emphasis on durability, reliability, and performance. In addition to fulfilling orders for federal, state, and local agencies, and private industry, RIBCRAFT continues with a multiyear U.S. Navy contract to build the standard 7m shipboard RIB, and continues to lead the way in USCG certified tour boats. www.RIBCRAFTUSA.com

Spears Manufacturing Company EverTUFF CTS CPVC Hot & Cold Water Distribution System The Spears EverTUFF CTS CPVC Hot & Cold Water Distribution System is now USCG approved. The EverTUFF system combines the durable lightweight and corrosion resistant properties of CPVC with the traditional flow properties of copper tube size (CTS) pipe in a complete system rated to 100psi at 180° F. The EverTUFF CPVC system can be installed in concealed spaces in accommodation, service and control spaces. The system is perfect for potable water applications in living accommodations, galleys and more. Made in the U.S.A. www.spearsmfg.com

StormGeo Launches Bon Voyage System 8 to Enhance a Vessel’s Operation StormGeo has launched the latest version of its onboard software, Bon Voyage System 8 (BVS 8). When connected to the ship’s GPS, the system conducts position polling at defined intervals, providing optimal shore-based decision support. Its seakeeping module uses weather forecasts and ship design to predict a vessel’s seakeeping characteristics—enabling comprehensive route planning and voyage optimization. BVS 8 will also provide users with the most recent weather and ocean data. www.stormgeo.com April 2017 // Marine Log 7


inland waterways

Confluence of the Mississippi-Minded

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—financed through both public and private capital—creating millions of new jobs. This effort will be guided by two core principles: buy American and hire American.” To underscore the importance of infrastructure, 18 mayors from cities along rivers visited Washington, DC last month to discuss MRCTI’s $7.93 billion investment plan to restore the river’s floodplains and ecosys-

The economic potential of infrastructure investment is tremendous

tems, and to modernize aging navigation locks. The Times Picayune editorial said, “The mayors’ group argues that investing in the Mississippi River will pay dividends to the economy.” The economic potential of transportation infrastructure investment is, indeed, tremendous. The inland waterways return nearly $10 to our nation’s economy in transportation cost savings for every one dollar invested. Shippers, and ultimately consumers, save $20.37 per ton for internal traffic of cargo compared to other surface transportation modes. Rivers are economic generators and jobs creators. And beyond commercial shipping,

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Michael J. Toohey President/CEO, Waterways Council, Inc.

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n March 5, the New Orleans Times Picayune published an editorial, “Investing in the Mississippi River Ought to be a National Priority.” The article cites statistics and viewpoints from members of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), like, “The mighty river generates more than $496.7 billion in annual revenue and supports 1.5 million jobs.” And, “the river is the linchpin of the nation’s domestic freight and water infrastructure, transporting 40 percent of the nation’s total agricultural output. The Mississippi’s main stem provides drinking water to 20 million people in 50 cities, and 80 billion gallons of fresh water to industries every day, which rely on a clean and healthy watershed.” The Times Picayune said, “Every American’s life is touched in some way by this great river.” A truer sentiment has not been said, and the timing could not have been more impactful, as President Donald Trump develops a $1 trillion infrastructure investment package. He touched upon this initiative during his recent address to a Joint Session of Congress. Specifically, Mr. Trump said, “The time has come for a new program of national rebuilding. America has spent approximately $6 trillion in the Middle East—all the while our infrastructure at home is crumbling. With this $6 trillion, we could have rebuilt our country twice, and maybe even three times if we had people who had the ability to negotiate. To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure of the United States

the waterways benefit other important facets of everyday living, from industrial and municipal water supply, hydropower generation, flood control, national security, and economic development. Inland waterways also facilitate competition, particularly for the agriculture sector. In 2014, for example, 73% of the volume of U.S. agricultural exports and 65% of imports were transported via our waterways. Having access to competitive barge transportation helps to discipline rates for other modes of transportation. The U.S. exports nearly one-quarter of the grain it produces. When it comes time to moving these crucial commodities to export grain elevators, barges account for transporting 61% of corn, 42% of soybeans, 40% of wheat and 26 % of sorghum. These exports and other navigation activity support more than a half-million U.S. jobs. Many of the navigation locks were constructed in the 1930s under FDR’s “New Deal” but now require infrastructure investment. More than 67 percent of the locks on the inland system have exceeded their economic design life of 50 years. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 14 billion tons of additional freight will be transported within the U.S. by 2040, with 10 percent of it moving by water. And while we anticipate and can appreciate increased freight moving through our U.S. transportation supply chain, MRCTI is also focused on the protection and restoration of the Mississippi River as a natural system that can support human culture and economies, as well as the river’s unique ecosystem and wildlife. Of the anticipated $1 trillion infrastructure package in the works, WCI estimates that just over $8 billion would complete 25 Congressionally-authorized navigation projects under construction and modernize the inland waterways system for the next 20 years. $0.008 trillion may appear to be negligible within the overall infrastructure package under consideration, but the dividends include keeping the Mississippi – and our other rivers – MIGHTY!


Wellness Column

Combating Flu Season

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he flu is a respiratory illness caused by a number of influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe symptoms, and at its absolute worst can lead to death. We are now in the thick of Flu Season, and there is widespread contamination in 43 states.

Preventative Steps Statistically speaking, if you are healthy, you have less than a 50% chance of getting the flu, (University of Michigan Study; August 2011). Thus, keeping the body healthy is the number one way of avoiding the flu. You can also better your chances by doing the following: 1. Avoid Close Contact. If you are sick, stay home or isolate yourself on the vessel. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you stay isolated for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (unless you need medical care/necessities). This 24-hour time period should be without the help of feverreducing medicine. 2. Hand Washing. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.

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3. Keep Your Hands Down. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 4. Clean Up. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. 5. Boost your Vitamin D Intake. Studies have shown that boosting Vitamin D intake either from supplements or from the sunlight decrease the risk of the flu by up to 40%.

6. The Flu Vaccine. You can obtain it from a doctor or clinic. While not always effective it can help prevent/decrease the flu.

Treatment Options Once you start demonstrating signs and symptoms of the flu, chances are it’s going to be downright uncomfortable.

Keeping the body healthy is the number one way of avoiding the flu

1. At the Doctor’s Office. Most doctors/ clinics can diagnose the flu while you wait in the office. If you are infected, you may be offered antiviral drugs. Proceed with these drugs only after you have discussed the side effects with your Doctor and understand how they may impact your ability to work safely. 2. At Home or On the Ship. There are natural ways to help you get through the flu. First, what you put in your mouth is information for your body. Good food is good information, which becomes good medicine! Here are some foods or supplements that can help: • Increase Vitamin D-Vitamin D is responsible for the production of over 200 peptides

in the body that are antiviral, anti-microbial, and antibacterial. While antibiotics will not fight the common cold or flu (both viruses, not bacteria), Vitamin D will. Take a supplement or get some sun. • Feed Your Gut Bugs- Serotonin is a hormone that is produced predominantly in the gut and is responsible for the functioning of the immune system, mental health, sleep, etc. Eat probiotics in yogurt or in a supplement. Also, eat prebiotic fibers; they feed the healthy probiotic bugs. Yam potatoes, onions and green bananas are some common pre-biotic fibers. This balance is key to maintaining and boosting a struggling gut. • Fermented Foods- Great for the gut too. These foods are also high in zinc. Historically used to help defeat colds and boost immunity. • Olive Leaf Extract- This extract has been found to have powerful anti-viral agents, that can fight viruses, including influenza. • Oil of Oregano- The oregano plant has potent antibacterial/antiviral effects and has been used since the time of the ancient Greeks to treat illness. Oil of Oregano should not be used by children, women who are pregnant or nursing or who plan to become pregnant. • Sleep- Sleep is when you build a strong body, brain and immune system. Do not skip the full 7-8 hours required for your body to function optimally. If you can’t get that block of time, take a nap! • Exercise- A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that regular exercise could decrease your risk of catching a cold or flu by almost 50%. One last note: a common cold and flu are caused by viruses, not bacteria. Therefore, the use of antibiotics to eradicate a cold or flu is not effective. Where complications exist, i.e. a bacterial infection has resulted from the flu (ear infection or sinus infection) antibiotics may be helpful. Use with caution and always discuss the options and side effects of all drugs with your doctor. Nothing published in this article should be considered medical advice. It is for educational purposes only and is based on historic uses of the above natural remedies. Emily Reiblein

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Update

BIZ NOTES Safety award for Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding

First NYC Ferry Vessel Arrives When it was announced last year

that Citywide Ferry, now officially named NYC Ferry, operated by Hornblower NY, would require up to 20 new ferries built in a short timeframe—the majority of which would be due for delivery summer 2017— most questioned could it be done? To which New York City, Hornblower NY and shipyards Horizon Shipbuilding, Bayou La Batre, AL, and Metal Shark, Jeanerette, LA, responded with a resounding YES! Back in February, Metal Shark launched the first of its catamarans with delivery of two ferries expected per month. And earlier this month, the first vessel in the series completed its 1,742 nautical mile journey up from Horizon’s yard to New York. From start to launch, each NYC Ferry vessel takes roughly eight months to complete. Designed by Incat Crowther, the 26 m aluminum hulled catamarans will carry

150 passengers up and down the East River.

A New York Minute Just as we were going to press, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the NYC Ferry service would be launched a full month ahead of schedule on May 1. Two routes will launch on May 1: A brand new Rockaway Route and the existing East River Route. NYC Ferry expects to provide 200 jobs and is currently hiring deckhands and captains. To better prepare its captains for operations, Hornblower will incorporate a simulator-training program. And, according to NYC Ferry’s Instagram account, captains recently underwent simulator training at SUNY Maritime College. Once fully operational in 2018, NYC Ferry will operate six routes and carry an estimated 4.6 million passenger trips per year.

S t u r g e o n B a y, W I , - b a s e d Finc antieri Bay Shipbuilding h a s b e e n a w a r d e d t h e 23 r d annual Wisconsin Corporate Safet y Award. The award was co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Safety Council and the Wisconsin Depar tment of Work force Development. “It is gratifying to receive this distinguished honor and it validates the daily hard work of our management team and the focus of our workforce in establishing a safety culture in our shipyards that filters through every level of each organization,” says Francesco Valente, President and CEO for Fincantieri Marine Group —parent company of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. The award is the 10th safety award in the last three years for Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. Finc antier i’s Mar inet te Marine shipyard has also won the Excellence-in-Safet y award three years in a row from the Shipbuilder’s Council of America. Sis ter yard Finc antier i ACE M a r i n e, G r e e n B ay, W I, h a s receive d t he National Safet y C o u n c i l ’s Pe r f e c t R e c o r d Award three times in the last five years.

They’re no longer feeling the love. Last month, retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless, and eight other individuals— including four retired Navy captains—were charged in a federal indictment with accepting luxury travel, elaborate dinners and services of prostitutes from Leonard Glenn Francis, the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA). Admiral Loveless’ charges included bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services fraud, obstruction of justice, and making false statements to federal investigators when confronted about their actions. The four Navy Captains also indicted 10 Marine Log // April 2017

include David Newland, James Dolan, David Lausman and Donald Hornbeck. The remaining four defendants included Colonel Enrico Deguzman, retired Chief Warrant Officer Robert Gorsuch, active duty Lieutenant Commander Stephen Shedd and active duty Commander Mario Herrera. The Navy officers allegedly participated, according to the indictment, in a bribery scheme with Leonard Glenn Francis, in which the officers accepted travel and entertainment expenses, the services of prostitutes and lavish gifts in exchange for sabotaging competing defense contractors and helping Francis and GDMA land lucrative contracts.

The defendants violated many of their sworn official naval duties, including duties related to the handling of classified information and duties related to the identification and reporting of foreign intelligence threats. The indictment also states that the defendants allegedly worked to recruit new members for the conspiracy, and kept the conspiracy a secret by using fake names and foreign email service providers. With these new nine defendants, a total of 25 individuals have been charged in connection with the bribery scheme. Of those, 20 are current or former U.S. Navy Officials.

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Rear Admiral, Eight Others Indicted in Growing Fat Leonard Scandal


Update

Somali Piracy Rears Its Ugly Head Again… Could piracy be on the rise again? If the latest string of hijackings are any indication of what is to come, we may soon see an uptick in attacks off the coast of Somalia. The news is an about-face from what was reported last year when maritime piracy was reportedly at its lowest level since 1995. According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB)’s Piracy Reporting Centre piracy had dropped to a 21-year low—in total, IMB recorded 191 incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea in 2016, with 150 vessels boarded and seven hijacked. But, as some experts predicted, piracy— driven by several underlying issues and not just madmen in search of wreaking havoc— is not out for good. This past March, pirates highjacked the MT ARIS 13—the tanker vessel was the first merchant ship hijacked by Somali pirates in five years. The ship, built in 1991, was carrying fuel oil from Djibouti to the Somalia capital of Mogadishu when it was approached by two skiffs and boarded. Following the hijacking IMO SecretaryGeneral Kitack Lim urged the shipping industry to apply IMO’s guidance and best management practices to help avert attacks.

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“While we have seen a very welcome decline in piracy off Somalia since the last reported hijack by Somali pirates in 2012, the reality is that piracy off the coast of Somalia has not been eradicated and the underlying conditions have not changed,” affirmed Lim. Ships transiting the high-risk area are advised to register with the Maritime Security Center – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA); report to the U.K. Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) office in Dubai, which acts as the primary point of contact for merchant vessels and liaison with military forces in the region; implement IMO guidance and BMP; and follow the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). Piracy numbers had dropped in recent years thanks to the use of private armed security teams on board vessels, a larger presence of coastal naval security, operators opting to travel through the regions at faster speeds, or taking recommended routes. The decrease in attack numbers, however, may have created a false sense of safety in the region, evident in the sizes of onboard security teams shrinking (or operators opting to not use them at all), vessels traveling

through danger zones, and operating at slower speeds. Ocean Beyond Piracy reports that the ARIS 13 was preparing to take a shorter route between Somalia and the island of Socotra (a route used to save time and money, but in the high risk zone) when it was approached by pirates. The vessel was also moving at a speed of five knots, making it an easy target. As Ocean Beyond Piracy states, “the situation in Somalia that originally permitted piracy to flourish has not changed.” And with that in mind, operators should stick to vigilant practices and following IMO’s BMP within the high risk area.

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Update

The largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships in the world, Montreal, Canada-headquartered, the CSL Group is paying homage to the city’s 375th anniversary as well as Canada’s 150th anniversary, in a colorful, eye-catching way.

Last month, four Montreal urban artists completed a mural on the forward facade of the accommodations block of its Trillium Class bulk carrier CSL St-Laurent. The mural, called The Sea Keeper, was conceived by Montreal artist Bryan Beyung,

and completed by he and artist FONKi, Ankh One and Benny Wilding of the Ashop art collective. It shows a Canadian goose with its wings spread in flight—its forward motion a tribute to Montreal and the country. Each artist’s individual style is incorporated into the piece with each wing and tail painted by one of the four artists. According to CSL, it chose the 225m CSL St-Laurent to host the tribute because the ship’s name honors the St. Lawrence River, and its state-of-the-art technology and seamanship represents the new generation of high-performing, environmentally responsible cargo vessels joining CSL’s fleet. The ship, equipped with IMO Tier II compliant main engines, features a double hull to prevent spill in case of an accident, and its hull design further enhances fuel efficiency. Like its sister ships, the CSL St-Laurent transports mainly grains from the Great Lakes to ports on the St. Lawrence River —with each, on average, carrying between 300,000 to 500,000 tonnes of grain annually. The CSL St-Laurent was also the first ship to transit the St. Lambert lock last month, marking the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway for the season.

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Brazil Yard Completes Incat Crowther-Designed FSV Series Brazilian shipyard EPT Engenharia

has delivered the last six vessels in a series of twelve 48m DP-1 monohull Fast Supply Vessels (FSVs) on order for Baru Offshore, a subsidiary of INTERTUG. The six aluminum-hulled FSVs— the B ar u Ser rana, B ar u Tes oro, B ar u Sinu, Baru Sirius, Baru Taurus and Baru Vega—are Brazil-flagged, on charter with Petrobras, and are classed by DNV GL as +1A1 HSLC(bra) R1 Service E0. Designed by Australia’s Incat Crowther, the FSVs are optimized to comply with the

Petrobras UT4000 Fast Supply Vessel specification. The ships have liquid capacities of 42,000 liters for fuel, 90,000 liters in cargo fuel, 10,000 liters of ship water, and 88,000 liters of cargo fresh water. Power is provided by four Cummins QSK 50 main engines each rated at 1,800 bhp at 1,900 rev/min, helping to generate a service speed of 21 knots. Fixed-pitched propellers prov ide propulsion, while two 150 hp electric tunnel bow thrusters enhance maneuverability. The FSVs below deck areas include

six cabins for the accommodation of 11 crewmembers. The ships also feature an additional cargo area inside the main cabin, allowing for the carriage of food, medical supplies, etc—or 60 offshore personnel.

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and operated firm, will use the new boats to expand its cargo and passenger carrying capabilities. Westar also has a Seattle operation that offers marine construction support, tank barge assist and escort services, specialty barge services, ship store deliveries and water taxi services. The crewboat’s design was a collaborative effort between Moose Boats, Incat Crowther and Westar. Moose Boats, with input from Westar, designed the cabin superstructure

and general arrangement in-house. Incat Crowther, Lafayette, LA, is providing naval architecture services for the final design and USCG Subchapter-T compliance. Each 25-knot boat will have two Volvo Penta D13 turbo diesel engines with Volvo IPS3 drives. Production on the first boat will begin this spring. Last year, Moose Boats was acquired by Lind Marine.

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Company, Owner, Fined and Given Probation in Alaska Pollution Case East West Seafoods, LLC, a State

of Washington company, will pay a total of $50,000 in fines for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, the Clean Water Act, and the Refuse Act. The company, which owns the 472 ft seafood processing vessel F/V Pacific Producer, intentionally discharged oily bilge water and raw sewage into the ocean off the coast of Alaska, and

then proceeded to present the U.S. Coast Guard with false records. The company was also placed on a fiveyear probation—in where they would be subject to a heightened level of scrutiny, including warrantless searches of its vessels and places of business based upon a reasonable suspicion that it is violating the law.

The probation also requires East West Seafoods LLC to instruct crewmembers on the proper operation of pollution prevention equipment, including the oil water separator, and the completion of the Oil Record Book—which they will have to review and certify the accuracy of every six months for any vessel owned, operated, managed, or controlled by the company. East West Seafoods LLC’s majority owner, Christos Tsabouris, was also sentenced to pay a $10,000 fine and serve a five-year term of probation for his role. During his probation period, he’ll be required to pay for and complete at least two courses related to marine pollution, marine environmental protection, proper disposal of sewage, bilge water and waste oil, recordkeeping, and vessel engineering sysetms. Tsabouris and East West Seafoods LLC also paid pre-existing outstanding fines totaling over $25,000 owed to the USCG and the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

BIZ NOTES DHT Holdings acquires BW Group VLCC fleet DHT Holdings, Inc. will acquire BW Group’s VLCC in a deal that will see BW Group own approximately 33.5% of DHT’s outstanding share capital and get two seats on DHT’s board. The BW Group VLCC fleet consists of 11 ships, including two newbuilds due for delivery in 2018. As a result of the acquisition, DHT will have a fleet with an average age of 6.9 years, consisting of 30 VLCCs and two Aframaxes. “DHT already has a modern and high quality fleet, and the addition of BW’s 11 VLCCs including newbuildings will make the company one of the world’s largest independent VLCC owners,” said BW Group’s CEO Carsten Mortensen. Co - CEOs of DHT, Tr ygve P. Munthe and Svein Moxnes Harfjeld said: “We have identified this as a time to expand again ... The BW Group has a long histor y and a strong track record in the VLCC market, and they are aligned with our business model and strategy.”

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Jettyless LNG Transfer SAFE Boats, COTECMAR to Co-Produce Vessels for a wide range of collaboration between Bremerton, Washington -based Concept Could Soon SAFE Boats International LLC has signed the yards, including program management, training, factory production training and an agreement with Colombia’s COTECMAR Become Reality Transferring LIQUEFIED natural gas

(LNG) from a gas carrier to shoreline terminals where no jetty exists could soon be a reality if Wärtsilä has anything to say about it. The company has partnered with marine design consultancy firm Houlder and hose supplier Trelleborg to help develop the “jettyless” concept. The development of the concept could help further the use of LNG as a marine fuel in areas where building new harbors, quays and jetties could be an obstacle. Wärtsilä sees this concept “as being an enabler for new and smarter LNG terminal solutions serving various small-scale LNG consumers in situations where building a jetty is not feasible or cost-effective,” says Kenneth Englbom, Director, Sales and Marketing, LNG Solutions, Wärtsilä. The concept will enable the transfer of LNG from small to mid-scale carriers to onshore or floating storage and regasification terminals. Image below shows a Wärtsilä power barge and floating storage and regasification barge (FSRB) at shore and LNG connection by floating hoses to the carrier. The floating transfer terminal takes the jetty to the vessel, according to Houlder’s Gianpaolo Benedetti. The floating transfer terminal, by Houlder, comprises a self-propelled barge that shuttles to and from LNG vessels moored up to 800 meters offshore and includes an integrated transfer arm developed by Houlder and Klaw LNG. Trelleborg’s Cryoline LNG Floating Hoses are then used to transfer the LNG and boil-off gas between the barge and shore facility. The jettyless concept is being offered as a low investment and quick installation solution in situations where the cost of building a jetty is prohibitive. Because each location has its own characteristics, Wärtsilä develops different concepts to suit the particular situation.

shipyard to co-produce aluminum vessels for use by the Colombian military and regional end users. The agreement—which broadens a previously signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two—provides

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ing off their order backlogs. VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, MS, for one, recently launched El Coquí, the first of two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered, combination container- Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime’s liner services group. Classed by DNV GL, the 219.5 m Commitment Class ships have been designed to maximize the carriage of 53-ft, 102-inchwide containers. Cargo capacity on each ship will be 2,400 TEUs, with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles in an enclosed Ro/Ro garage. El Coquí will now undergo a final topside construction and testing phase before beginning service in the U.S. Jones Act trade during the second half of 2017. El Coquí’s sister ship, Taíno, is expected to be delivered in the first half of 2018. Up in the north east, Philly Shipyard, Inc., recently delivered the American Freedom, the second of four next generation 50,000 dwt product tankers it is building for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc. The next generation 50,000 dwt product tanker is based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability, and the latest regulatory requirements. The 600-ft tanker has a carrying capacity of 14.5 million gallons of crude oil or refined products and has received LNG Ready Level 1 approval from ABS. Currently, Philly Shipyard is working on two additional 50,000 dwt tankers for APT and two 3,600 TEU containerships for Matson Navigation Company, Inc. Philly Shipyard was also shortlisted along with Keppel AMFELS, Brownsville, TX, to build two LNG-powered 3,400-TEU containerships for U.S. ship operator Pasha Hawaii. The contract would contain options to build as many as two other ships. El Coquí makes a big splash at VT Halter Marine


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ot much these days gets done in Washington in a bipartisan fashion. However, it appears that both parties can unite behind at least one thing—garbage. More specifically, marine debris. On March 29, Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) came together to jointly introduce S. 756, the Save our Seas (SOS) Act. While the text of the bill wasn’t available at press time, Senator Sullivan said in a press release that SOS would allow the Administrator

of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to declare severe marine debris events and authorize funds to assist with cleanup and response. More importantly, the bill would reauthorize NOAA’s Marine Debris Program through FY 2022. The continuation of the program would allow NOAA to support its research into the source of marine debris and continue its clean up efforts. The bill would also encourage the Executive Branch, through the State Department, to “engage the leaders of nations responsible for the majority of the marine debris” to discuss prevention and mitigation options. Marine debris is a growing problem. It is estimated that more than 250,000 tons of debris float in the ocean. A UN report, “Marine Debris: Understanding, Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse

Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity,” estimates that between 4.8 million and 12.7 million tons of plastic waste alone entered the marine environment in 2010. Plastic is more than just an eyesore on our coastlines, it can be ingested by marine invertebrates and marine mammals, resulting in health issues and deaths. Plastics, which can break down into particles called microplastics, could pose health risks to humans, too, through the consumption of contaminated food. Larger marine debris, such as fishing nets, can also pose a hazard to navigation. President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would slash the Department of Commerce’s budget by 16 percent, from $9.2 billion in 2017 to $7.8 billion in 2018. Those cuts would impact NOAA’s efforts regarding ocean research.

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his year, some of the first escort tugs to be fitted with the marine industry’s cleanest-burning diesels yet will begin operating in the U.S. One of those is 5,300-hp tractor tug Earl W Redd, which recently joined the fleet of Seattle-based Harley Marine Services. Shown on this month’s cover, the 120 ft Earl W Redd was built by Diversified Marine, Portland, OR, and is fitted with two Caterpillar 3516 main engines that will each produce 2,675 horsepower at 1,600 rev/min. In order to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 Final emissions standards, the Cat engines are fitted with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) after treatment system. SCR uses a urea-based solution called Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) contained in diesel exhaust down to nitrogen and water vapor. Cat says that there are several cost and operational advantages of using the SCR system. “Harley Marine should save over $1 million across a 15-year lifecycle on total fluid consumption (diesel plus DEF) costs for this newbuild compared to an equivalent Tier 2-powered vessel,” says Ryan Darnell of Caterpillar’s Large Power Systems division. “They are able to deliver an increased level of performance due

to the higher power rating with increased efficiency,” says Ryan Darnell of Caterpillar’s Large Power Systems division. “That’s a direct result of engine fuel efficiency improvements that our SCR technology allows us to make by reducing NOx downstream of the engine combustion process.” Earl W Redd’s main engines drive Rolls Royce US 255-P30-FP azimuth thrusters to give the tug a bollard pull capability of 75 tons. The Earl W Redd will be able to carry about 8,200 gal of urea. The tug has specially designed bow winches for shiphandling and escort supplied by Markey Machinery and fendering from Schuyler Rubber. Meanwhile, early next month, McAllister Towing & Transportation, New York, NY, is expected to add the first of two Z-drive escort tugs that will be fitted with EPA Tier 4-compliant engines. Named the Brian A. McAllister—after company Chairman Capt. Brian A. McAllister—the tug was recently launched by Horizon Shipbuilding, Bayou La Batre, AL. This summer, Horizon Shipbuilding is expected to deliver the tug’s sister ship, the Rosemary McAllister, named for Mr. McAllister’s wife. The tugs will be used to assist postPanamax and ultra-large vessels. Designed by Jensen Maritime, Seattle, WA, each of the 100 ft x 40 ft escort tugs will be powered by two Caterpillar 3516E Tier 4 engines with Schottel SRP4000 FP azimuth 18 Marine Log // April 2017

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New escort tugs with Tier 4 compliant engines join the fleet; first U.S.-built Rotortug added by Seabulk


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TUGS & BARGES 8L250MDC, EPA Tier 4 emissions compliant engines using exhaust gas recirculation. The tugs will be 123 ft x 36.5 ft. The tugs represent a nearly $80 million investment for Young Brothers, which is a Saltchuk company operated by Foss Maritime. Young Brothers is a publicly regulated water carrier providing 12 weekly port calls from Honolulu to the state’s neighbor island ports. It says the new tugs will improve its ability to provide regular cargo service to island communities and enhance service through lower maintenance, less down time, better tow speeds, greater operating efficiencies, and lower environmental impacts.

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thrusters. The package will produce a total of 6,770 hp and a projected 80 metric tons of bollard pull. Jensen Maritime has designed 13 tugs for McAllister Towing—more than a third of its fleet. Once again each 3516E engine is paired with an SCR after-treatment system. The compact urea tanks on each of the McAllister tugs have a capacity of 2,500 gallons. The tugs will be classed ABS Maltese Cross A-1 Towing, Escort Service, FiFi 1 and Maltese Cross AMS. Earlier in the year, McAllister Towing took delivery of a 5,000 hp reverse tractor tug Jeffrey McAllister from Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., Panama City, FL. The tug is now working at McAllister’s operation in Charleston, SC. Work is also well underway on a series of

Rotortugs differ from other conventional propulsion system designs for tugs in that they use a triangular propulsion configuration, with one Z-drive forward and two astern. The configuration, says Rotortug B.V., provides excellent maneuverability making it “the preferred tugboat design in many ports over the world.” Rotortug B.V. has an exclusive design contract with Robert Allan Ltd., Vancouver, BC, Canada, for the Rotortug system. Up until now, however, no U.S. shipyard had built a Rotortug. That changed this year when Master Boat Builders, Bayou La Batre, AL, delivered the ART Trident to Seabulk Towing, Fort Lauderdale, FL. The ART Trident was designed by Robert Allan Ltd., designated as an ART 80-98US, and is the first in a series of three tugs being constructed for Seabulk Towing. Offering exceptional omni-directional maneuverability and control, with a redundant propulsion machinery configuration, the ART (Advanced Rotortug) series offers enhanced performance for ship-handling, terminal support and escort towing. The ART Trident has an overall length of

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TUGS & BARGES Tradewinds Towing Repowers Two Tugs With Mitsubishi Engines Two 1980-built, U.S.-flag tugs recently acquired by New Orleansbased Tradewinds Towing are undergoing repowers and life extensions at A&B Industries’ shipyard in Amelia, LA. The t wo 78 f t x 26 f t sister tugs, R e b e ka h ( ex B e nj a m i n Fo s s ) a n d Hannah (ex David Foss), were originally built at Main Iron Works, Houma, L A , a n d p o w e r e d w i t h C a t D398 main engines. Now, both tugs will each be fitted with two fully mechanical, EPA Tier 3 Mit subishi S12R-Y3MPTAW- 4 rated 1,100 hp at 1,600 rev/min. The main engines were supplied by Laborde Products, the largest distributor of Mitsubishi Marine engines in North America. Laborde Products offer a complete line of Mitsubishi heav y dut y, fully mechanical Tier 3 engines from 400 to 1,675 hp. The engines are being fitted along with Reintjes WAF 562

transmissions (with a reduction ratio of 6:1) supplied by Karl Senner, LLC, Kenner, LA. The engines will drive 76 in by 76 in props in Kort nozzles. Towing equipment will include an Intercon SD-150 winch with 2,200 feet of 1.5 in wire, towing shackles, wire bridles, portable running lights, pneumatic Norman pins, a stern roller, and a bow winch for barge handling. The tugs will be equipped with modern electronics and alarm system with remote annunciator panel in the wheelhouse, Rosepoint electronic charting, and Iridium satellite phone and email. The repower is being carried out at A & B I n d u s t r ie s a n d ove r s e e n by Tradewinds Towing’s President Dominique Smith and Marine Superintendent Wayne Martin. Tradewinds Towing was formed by Mr. Smith and his sister, Rachel Smith, in 2005. Rachel serves as the company’s Managing Director. The fir s t tug is ex pec ted to be

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TUGS & BARGES The wheelhouse provides maximum allaround visibility to both fore and aft deck working areas and features an Alphatron Integrated Bridge System. New York was the birthplace of Moran Towing more than 155 years ago and the New Canaan, CT-headquartered company still maintains a strong presence in the Port of New York and New Jersey. Moran’s fleet includes four 6,000 Z-drive tractor tugs, another 18 conventional twin-screw tugs, and 10 ATB tugs. Some of its newest ATB units, the Leigh Ann/Mississippi and Mariya/ Texas, and Barbara Carol Ann/Louisiana can be seen on a regular basis plying the waters of New York Harbor. Those ATBs were built by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, WI, and Moran has had an ongoing escort tug building program at Washburn & Doughty in East Booth Bay, ME.

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New ATB For Express Marine Family-owned Express Marine, Inc., Camden, NJ, recently took delivery of the dry bulk barge EMI 2100 from Corn Island Shipyard, Grandview, IN. Built to the ABS Class notations +A1, Barge, Unrestricted Service, the 23,069 dwt bulk barge will be mated with the company’s tug Honor as an Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) unit. The ATB unit will be used to carry limestone from Crystal River, FL, to Theodore, AL, where it will be used in cement production. The EMI 2100 has an overall length of 142.11 meters, molded breadth of 27.43 meters, and depth of 9.24 meters. Built in 2007 at Patti Shipyard, the tug Honor was repowered and outfitted in 2015 with a JAK-500 coupler system at VT Halter Marine, Inc., Pascagoula, MS. Gunderson Marine, Portland, OR, has launched the OneDREAM, the first of two 81,900 bbl ATB ocean tank barges for Harley Marine Services (HMS). The barges will be mated to two 116 foot ATB tugs under construction at Conrad Shipyard in Morgan City, LA. The ATB consisting of the tug OneCURE and tank barge OneDREAM, which honors philanthropists Larry and Sherry Benaroya, long time friends of HMS Chairman Harley Franco. The Benaroyas run the Benaroya Research Foundation, dedicated to fighting diabetes in the Pacific Northwest. The name “Onedream” is derived from Seattle’s successful T1D fundraising Dream Gala. Rapp Marine equipment was recommended for the 430 ft x 76 ft ocean tank barge because of “a combination of past history with Rapp, their extensive experience, and basically to provide support for

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the Pacific Northwest marine industry,” says Rick Hunt, Director of Marine Project Development at Gunderson Marine. The Rapp Marine equipment on each HMS barge includes a 75 foot crane, seven w inches for anchoring and mooring, and a central hydraulic system to supply the hydraulic users. The onboard cranes and winches will assist with moving deck machinery including hoses and connection pieces during loading and offloading procedures. The crane is specified to pick up 1,700 lbs at 75 ft for hose handling. Each of the tugs being built by Conrad Shipyard will be equipped with two EPA Tier 4-compliant GE main engines, for a total of about 4,560 horsepower, and two John Deere, Tier 3 generators. The vessels are each equipped with a Markey tow winch and bow and stern fendering.

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Baltimore-headquartered Vane Brothers has taken delivery of its 13th of 20 Sassafras Class tugs ordered from Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, MD. Desig ned by Fr ank Basile, P.E., of Entech Designs, LLC, the 3,000 hp Fishing Creek is 94 feet long and 32 feet wide with a hull depth of 13 feet. The tug is equipped with two Caterpillar 3512 Tier 3 main engines. Basile is also the designer of a more powerful tug series for Vane that is being built by St Johns Shipbuilding, Palatka, FL. Four of the 4,200 hp eight Elizabeth Class tugs have been delivered, with the remaining four expected to be delivered before year’s end. The 100 ft bow model tugs will operate on the U.S. Eastern seaboard primarily towing petroleum barges. Overall, Vane has a fleet of about 150 tugs operating from New York to Jacksonville, FL. Vane Brothers also took delivery of a 55,000 bbl asphalt barge that was designed by naval architect and marine engineering firm Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., Bristol, RI. The 361 ft x 62 ft oceangoing tank barge was built by Conrad Deepwater South in Amelia, LA.


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Smooth Operator New Deck Tech is making operations efficient, quieter and safer

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wners and operators require equipment that will make operations run smoothly, be safer for crews and provide efficiency in the process. Luckily, deck machinery providers are upping their game, launching innovative solutions to meet industry demand. JonRie Marine Winches recently debuted its new Tri-Winch set on board Seabulk Towing’s new ART Trident. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd. the 98 ft Advanced Rotortug was built at Master Boat Builders, Bayou La Batre, AL, and is the first in a series of three being built for Seabulk Towing. The Trident has a bollard pull of 78 tons. JonRie’s Tri-Winch set was specifically designed for escort operation over the bow or from the stern, as well as long line towing over the stern—making the winch an ideal choice for escort, terminal support, towing and ship assist services and operations. New features on the winch include its honeycombed drums and dual power units for independent operation. The winch’s dual foot control allows for hands free operation of each winch—press down to payout and heal back to haul in. Once the lines are hooked up, all operations are performed from the wheelhouse, with no one needed on deck, leading to safer operations. Also included in the set is JonRie’s Tension readout system for each drum with side lights and dimming for night use.

Its Electric for Rapp Marine Rapp Marine has developed and built a unique, fully electric driven double drum tow winch for a new 110 ft x 40 ft tractor tug currently being built at JT Marine Shipyard for Vessel Chartering LLC, a wholly owned division of Baydelta Navigation Ltd. The

tug, designed by Jensen Maritime, will be delivered later this year. Driven by a single 100 hp motor, the winch can pull over 75 tons at first layer and uses pneumatic cylinders in place of hydraulics. The sturdy brakes offer a force of 250 tons on the barrel layer; and the main drum can store 2,500 ft of 2.5 inch steel wire, while the storage drum stores 2,200 ft of 2.25 inch steel wire. An electic “come home” drive will serve as a back up to the main drive train. The winch’s main control station, which will be situated in the wheelhouse with secondary controls located on the winch, will employ Rapp Marine’s advanced Pentagon Tug PLC Control System, providing more efficient and safer operations for towing vessels. The Pentagon System features a touchscreen with tension and wire length readouts, auto-tension capability, and automated haul-in and payout settings, with the added capacity for logging data.

Ship-to-Ship Compensation System MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has launched a crane compensation system for offshore ship-to-ship load transfers. The system, which offers a larger operating window as well as safer and faster load transfers, can be retrofitted onto vessels already using MacGregor offshore cranes. It features precise tension and position control for accurate load hook-on, pick-up landing and hook-off. The system employs a motion reference unit on the deck of the secondary vessel. This, says MacGregor, transmits motion data to the crane on the primary vessel via a high-speed redundant wireless link. Combining motion data from both vessels, the system calculates and applies the winch compensation necessary to minimize hook movement at the load-handling zone on the secondary vessel. April 2017 // Marine Log 25


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Opening Remarks Matt Godden, Harley Marine Services

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Happening in Washington

Near Term Outlook for Tankers Stefanos Kazantzis, McQuilling Services

The Shipping Act & Its Impact

Advanced Technologies for Tug Propulsion John W. Waterhouse, Elliot Bay Design Group

Panel: Mariner Safety, Training & Wellness

Jonathan K. Waldron, Blank Rome LLP

The Hon. William Doyle, Federal Maritime Commission

Emily Reiblein, Crowley Maritime Corporation

LNG as Marine Fuel & Associated Infrastructure

How Recent Changes May Impact Jones Act Operations Offshore

Environment: Choosing the Right EAL Type

Aziz Bamik, GTT North America

Gerald A. Morrissey, Winston Strawn LLP

Technology Spotlight

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Dr. Bernie Roell, RSC Bio Solutions


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Opening Remarks Matt Godden, Senior VP & COO, Harley Marine Services

LNG as Marine Fuel and Associated Infrastructure Aziz Bamik, General Manager, GTT North America

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Federal Funding Available for Small Shipyards, Vessel Construction

What’s Happening in Washington Jon Waldron, Esq., Partner, Blank Rome LLP

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The Shipping Act: Its Impact on U.S.-Flag Tug Operators and Other Domestic Maritime Service Providers The Hon. William Doyle, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission

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Cybersecurity and the P&I Perspective Boriana Farrar, VP—Business Development Dir., North America, Senior Claims Executive-Counsel, The American Club

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Panel: Improving Emissions & Efficiency Mark W. Corsetti, Dir., Americas Gas Development, ABS Jan M. Flores, Senior Director, NetsCo, Inc.

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Near-Term Outlook for Tankers Stefanos Kazantzis, Senior Shipping Advisor, McQuilling Services, LLC

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ATB Design: Different Approaches to EPA Compliance Robert Hill, President, Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp.

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Alphatron Marine Alphatron Marine, a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan Radio Co., is a supplier of integrated bridge solutions, representing industry brands and manufacturing complementary products to the JRC portfolio. www.jrc.am

Bell Power Systems, LLC | John Deere John Deere distributor serving the tug and barge industry through factory-trained dealers in applications ranging from generators, product pumps, FiFi pumps, and propulsion systems. www.bellpower.com

Christie & Grey Inc. Christie & Grey Inc. are engineers in vibration noise and shock control. Experienced specialists in marine and offshore applications and manufacturers of rugged, long-lasting and highly efficient vibration, noise and shock control solutions. www.christiegrey.com

Coastal Marine Equipment AN INVESTMENT WELL MADE. Coastal Marine Equipment manufactures American-made, “built to last,” marine deck machinery—with a complete line of anchor windlasses, capstans, towing winches, mooring winches, anchor winches, construction winches, reels, stern rollers, tow pins, and rescue boat davits. www.cmei.biz

Detyens Shipyards, Inc. The largest commercial shipyard on the U.S. East Coast, Detyens Shipyards offers extensive crane services and shops, flexible work environment including cross-craft policies, three graving docks, a floating dry dock and six deep water piers. www.detyens.com

Elliott Bay Design Group

solutions to increase a vessel’s operating efficiency and performance while saving fuel, operating costs, and the environment. www.karlsenner.com | www.hybridrive.com

Mack Boring & Parts Co. Providing you with innovative, sustainable power solutions. Mack Boring & Parts Co. is a proud partner with Mitsubishi, Scania, STEYRMOTORS, Yanmar and Cimco OXE. www.mackboring.com

Milton CAT Milton CAT is the Northeast marine industry’s leading provider of medium- and high-speed marine diesel engines, generator sets and auxiliary engines. A supplier of both the CAT® and MAK™ brands of marine engines, Milton CAT is committed to meeting customer requirements regardless of their vessel or location. www.miltoncat.com

NETSCo NETSCo is a full-service naval architecture and marine engineering firm that provides complete ship, tug, and barge designs, modifications and conversions from concept through construction. www.netsco.us

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is a new-build shipyard and full service repair facility with over 50 years’ experience in Washington state. www.nicholsboats.com

Rapp Marine U.S., Inc. Rapp Marine engineers, manufactures, and services winches and cranes for fishing, research, workboat, and offshore vessels. www.rappmarine.com

Schottel, Inc. | Schottel Canada Inc.

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) is a full-service, employeeowned naval architecture and marine engineering firm. Driven by an understanding of the changing regulatory environment, our team of marine experts offers an array of services to meet our customers’ unique needs. www.ebdg.com

SCHOTTEL is an innovative group of companies specializing in the development, design, production and marketing of azimuthing propulsion and maneuvering systems, as well as complete propulsion systems with power ratings of up to 30 MW. www.schottel.com

Fuel Ox, LLC Fuel Ox, a supplier to the U.S. Navy for 35 years, is dedicated to providing the world’s best fuel additives to fuel consumers everywhere. www.fuelox.com

Shamosh Equipment is a leading supplier of barge pumps and hot oil heaters engineered for the tank barge industry. Established in 1979, we are authorized sales agents for: Flowserve-Byron Jackson, Leistritz Corporation and Volcanic Heaters.

Hatton Engine and Generator Systems Inc.

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Your one-stop shop: New engines, parts, maintenance, repair, repower. www.hattonmarine.com

Karl Senner | BAE Systems Karl Senner, LLC is the exclusive sales and service representative for Reintjes Marine Transmissions, Steerprop Azimuth Thrusters, and EPD Marine Electrical Systems throughout North America. Karl Senner, LLC teams up with BAE Systems to provide hybrid marine

Shamosh Equipment Corp.

W&O is one of the world’s largest suppliers of pipe, valves, fittings, actuation and engineered solutions to the maritime industry. www.wosupply.com

Wärtsilä Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. www.wartsila.com

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Offshore Energy Hoegh LNG’s FSRU Independence in Klaipeda, Lithuania

Gulf of Mexico: A New Spot LNG Market Hub

LNG supply boom will also drive demand for Floating Storage Regasification Units By Ted Michael, Analyst, LNG & Natural Gas, Genscape

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he U.S. Gulf of Mexico has the potential to emerge as a global Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) shipping hub, with the potential to become a spot tanker destination, not unlike Fujairah, Gibraltar, and Singapore. The increase of spot sales and the use of spot chartering will create a “waiting for orders” market sitting offshore. The U.S. has a large mix of capacity holders spread over 15 trains, including European and Asian utilities and portfolio holders such as Shell and Gas Natural. The U.S. has already shown a pattern of sending LNG tankers to all corners of the globe, and the lack of specific destination clauses and the variability of plant operations enable fast response to market signals. This flexibility will encourage a mix of term shipping and spot charters for capacity holders.

U.S. Gulf of Mexico LNG Hub: Merchant to the World LNG plants in the U.S. have a large number of capacity holders and unique contractual features that will assure a large spot market in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to no destination clauses, the U.S. LNG supply is capacity only. Buyers pay for Liquefaction separately from feed gas, and capacity holders may elect to turn back feed gas supplies into the U.S. grid, paying only capacity charges. This ability allows plants to shut down if global prices fall below marginal costs plus Henry Hub. In turn, capacity holders may seek a shipping portfolio that is part term charter and part spot. U.S. production can both increase volume seasonally, rerouting supply from Latin America and the Middle East in summer to Northern Asia or Southern Europe during winter. U.S. LNG traffic will double in volume by the end of the year, and 30 Marine Log // April 2017

then triple between 2018-2020, with the potential to load up to 1,000 cargos a year. This could ultimately make the Gulf of Mexico, with its destination-free traffic, the most important LNG hub in the world.

The LNG Supply Boom: The Rise of Floating Storage Global LNG supply continues to climb: the U.S., in combination with Yamal and Australia, will add nearly 41 MTPA (Metric tons per annum) to world markets in 2017. Additionally, LNG spot prices hit $4 in April of 2016 and approached $10 in early 2017, only to begin a sharp fall below $6 as spring approached. Should LNG enter into a steep contango, gas tankers may become floating storage, similar to what happened with oil tankers during the 20082009 financial crisis. European and American continental gas consumers now buy spot supply at gas hubs, which means that it is reasonable to expect the increase in “homeless” LNG to lead to similar buying at LNG hubs. JERA, the Japanese buying consortium, anticipates sourcing twothirds of supply in the spot market by 2020. As LNG sourcing moves from term to spot, the industry must address seasonal price swings by shutting in capacity, slowing ship voyages, or using LNG gas tankers as storage.

As global LNG supply climbs from 250 MTPA in 2015 to 400 MTPA in 2020, where will the extra supply go? The coming gas surplus may look similar to the secular bear market in oil between 1985 and 2005, when the global oil majors were forced to go downstream during decades of oil surplus building retail gas stations. The LNG industry will look to Floating Storage


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Regasification Units (FSRU) as a way to push distribution downstream. The shipping industry must move downstream in pursuit of higher margins.

The Coming FSRU Boom: New Markets Downstream Finding new markets now is essential for LNG producers, who need quick distribution, as well as emerging markets that need low-cost, easy credit terms. The solution to this might be the deployment of an FSRU that can be mass produced in shipyards or retrofitted from old LNG tankers. FSRU can be deployed in a quarter of the time (12-months) of an onshore “stick build” facility, and at a third of the cost ($300 million vs $1 billion USD). Additionally, they are convenient because buyers like the short-term, no-money-down lease, and bank creditors like their ability to repurpose and move to new locations. Wood Mackenzie estimates there are 150 MTPA of FSRU projects under consideration, which is enough to match the potential build in supply out to 2020. In Northeast Europe, FSRUs have broken the Gazprom monopoly. New FSRUs in Lithuania, and potentially in Poland and Croatia, are likely to create regional hubs. The ships will not only supply national needs, but can provide LNG access to landlocked nations in Central Europe by using existing pipeline infrastructure there. In the Mediterranean region, Italy and Turkey have added FSRUs as a means to diversify their supplies. The Middle East has also caught onto the boom, with recent additions in Jordan and The Emirates. In Egypt, two FSRUs are already in production and two more are in the planning phase. Further east, Pakistan has two FSRUs and is planning three more, while India hopes to reach 40 MTPA of imports by 2020 with projects like the FSRU terminal in Karwar, Karnataka, on India’s west coast. Bangladesh also plans on installing an FSRU to feed power generation. In Latin America, Argentina has tendered for a Q-Max-sized FSRU (266,000 m3), and Uruguay will receive a Q-Max sized Mitsui charter (263,000 m3) sometime in late 2017 or 2018. Brazil and Colombia are all adding new FSRUs, too. As a result of the increasing market demand for natural gas, Excelerate Energy, The Woodlands, TX, earlier this year executed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for the delivery of up to seven FSRUs. The LOI gives Excelerate the ability to order one FSRU in the second quarter of this year and provides the company

with the ability to grow its fleet quickly if its current nine FSRUs are committed to long-term projects. The initial specifications are for 173,400 m3 LNG FSRUs with a baseload send-out capacity of 1.0 Bcf/d, but can be modified to suit specific project needs. Excelerate partnered with DSME on its existing fleet of FSRUs, including the industry’s first regasification vessel the Excelsior, which was commissioned at the Gulf Gateway Deepwater Port about 116 miles off the Louisiana coast in 2005. Commenting on the deal, Excelerate CEO Rob Bryngelson, said, “We believe this is the right time to move forward with DSME as we continue to provide LNG import solutions in a timely and efficient manner around the world.” Excelerate has commissioned 10 floating LNG import facilities worldwide, with two currently in advanced stages of development in Bangladesh and Puerto Rico. In addition, Golar and Heogh are building FSRU fleets, and much of the rest of the LNG shipping industry is either building new FSRU capacity or considering it. Hoegh LNG, for example, signed a contract with Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries for one 170,000 m 3 FSRU, with an option for three addiitonal vessels. The first FSRU would be delivered in May 2019.

The FSRU Hub: Integrating Feed Gas with Power Generation In addition to acting as a regional distribution hub, FSRUs may support integrated power packages, such as current projects in the Philippines and the Grupo Bolognesi FSRU power generation projects in Brazil, which may potentially use floating power generation as well. U.S. producers have already begun moving downstream starting with Cheniere’s Penco Lirquén power gen project in Chile. In similar fashion, the Japanese power industry plans to expand gas power generation sales into emerging markets. FSRU gas hubs and power generation integration will build downstream distribution. A prolonged period of low lng prices and lows cost regas facilities could create a clean air boom in Asian cities, while low prices will allow a migration from coal-fired power generation and diesel transport to natural gas.

Cheniere Energy Partners exported the first U.S.-produced LNG to Brazil

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Offshore Energy Major Norwegian OSV Trio Plays Merger Music The major players have now signed off on the statutory next step in a deal that will see three Norwegian offshore support vessel services merge into one. The three shipowners, Solstad Offshore ASA, Farstad Shipping ASA and Deep Sea Supply Plc ( DESSC ), merged into the consolidated Solstad Fa r s t a d g r o u p, h e a d q u a r t e r e d i n Skudeneshavn, Norway. Lars Peder Solstad, CEO of Solstad Offshore ASA, will serve as the CEO of Solstad Farstad. Mr. Solstad was recently elected to serve as the new President of the Norwegian Shipowners Association. Acco r ding to a s to c k exc ha ng e announcement issued last month, the merged company will have one of the biggest fleet s in the of fshore market—some 157 vessels, including 33 Construction Support Vessels (CSV), 66 Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) and 55 Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels deployed globally in all deep water hubs. There are also three other

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vessels that will be owned by a 50/50 owned joint venture between DESSC and Marine Harvest Norway AS to serve the growing market for vessel based support services for the fish farming industry. The joint venture has three vessels on order, and the ambition is to grow significantly over the next years. In a sign that more mergers in the sector may lie ahead, the announcement says that “the combined company will continue to play an important role in the restructuring of the OSV industry,” noting that Aker Capital AS (controlled by Kjell Inge Røkke) and John Fredriksen’s Hemen Holding Limited “have industrial and financial expertise, and will in their capacity as active owners, support Solstad Farstad in a demanding market with opportunities.” Mar ket co n di t io ns are ex p e c te d to remain tough for the of fshore oil and gas sector this year, which could prompt additional consolidation. According to energy analysts Wood Mackenzie, “Within the vessels market,

p r o j e c t d e l ay s a n d l a c k o f i nve s tor confidence is expec ted to pro long the currently subdued outlook. Underutilization of the current global fleet and a lack of newbuild orders will continue throughout 2017.” And, while new orders for OSVs have dried up, there could be a record level of deliveries, according to online vessel valuation provider VesselsValue. “The offshore industry is struggling through his toric lows of asset prices,” says VesselsValue, “while many offshore bankruptcies are being announced around the world. Problems began with the drop in oil prices, lowering the demand for research projects. Now the industry is facing a huge amount of oversupply of vessels. To further exacerbate the problem, 2017 sees a record number of OSV vessels scheduled to be delivered. “There are currently 471 OSV vessels on order throughout the world. Incredibly 465 of these will be delivered in 2017 and only 6 scheduled for delivery in 2018.”


Training & Education

Knowledge is Power Compiled by Marine Log Staff

SUNY Maritime College

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ducation is the foundation of any successful, ever-evolving, thriving career. Whether it’s a career in business, medicine or the maritime industry, education and training are vital to moving life and the industry forward. Students looking to enter the maritime industry, or folks seeking to advance their career, have a variety of options available to them—from undergrad programs that award USCG Merchant Mariner licenses, to post graduate programs fostering career advancement, to online courses for those who can’t leave the ship, there’s something for everyone. And if recent studies are any indication, a career in the maritime industry, pays off, big time. According to PayScale’s 2016 College Salary Report, for the third year in a row SUNY Maritime College graduates ranked number one when it comes to pay, meaning they earn higher salaries than their counterparts at some of the top universities in the country, including MIT. The report states that SUNY Maritime College graduates’ midcareer median pay is $147,000. The news didn’t come as a surprise to Lori Shull, Director of Communications for SUNY Maritime. She explains that the college’s mission has always been to educate

dynamic leaders for the global maritime industry—and clearly it is succeeding. SUNY Maritime offers 13 academic programs focused on engineering, marine transportation, business and science. The college, founded in 1874, places an emphasis on hands-on training—evident in the implementation of its training ship Empire State

SUNY Maritime College graduates ranked number one when it comes to pay. VI in the curriculum, as well as the school’s insistence on professional internships and training onboard commercial ships. The college also offers professional training courses through its continuing education programs for licensed mariners. Shull tells Marine Log, that about 70 percent of the students attending SUNY Maritime—currently a little over 1,800 are enrolled with 200 in the graduate programs,

and 1,600 in the undergraduate program—are working towards attaining both a bachelor’s degree and a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner license. “The college,” adds Shull, “also offers two stand-alone certificate programs for those looking to advance their knowledge and their careers,” without the commitment of attaining a masters degree. The certificates are in International Ship Chartering and Supply Chain Management. For those who do wish to seek a master’s degree, SUNY Maritime offers two masters programs that can be completed online. For individuals wanting to make the transition from sea-going jobs to onshore jobs, SUNY Maritime has the International Transportation and Trade Program. The program focuses on logistics, the shipping business, insurance and security. Meanwhile, those interested in the maritime industry’s impact on the world would enjoy the Maritime and Naval Studies program. Why are maritime college graduates so successful in the real world? Perhaps it’s the mixture of providing students with access to real knowledge both inside the classroom and via a hands-on approach (on board a training ship, via a simulator, or out in the real world)—thus enabling students to be better prepared for real life challenges. After April 2017 // Marine Log 33


Training & Education

all, as the old adage goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” With a motto that reads “We Are Mariners,” Maine Maritime Academy is determined to create the next generation of maritime professionals. The public college, which offers 22- degree programs in engineering, engineering technology, marine science and logistics, has consistently kept up its retention and graduation rates, and boasts a job placement rate of over 90 percent within 90 days of graduation. Beyond its extensive offerings in both the undergraduate and graduate level, Maine Maritime Academy is also intent on helping further enrich professional mariners’ careers. Maine Maritime’s Continuing Education Department offers courses that help meet STCW requirements. Maine Maritime is also working on the expansion of its professional mariner development program. The plan, says Jennifer DeJoy, the Director of College Relations at Maine Maritime Academy, is to “develop a dedicated training center with state-of-theart infrastructure and equipment. A new Center for Professional Marine Development will have the capacity and training staff necessary to offer courses to enable mariners to receive training, certification and credentialing to meet regulatory and industry-sector demands.” The program will be “committed to adapting to growing regulatory and training requirements while remaining responsive to the needs of today’s mariners,” adds DeJoy. The Center is expected to provide workforce development training for cargo-dock personnel, shipyard skills such as welding, electrical safety training and firefighting training. 34 Marine Log // April 2017

A SMART Choice

Going with the Flow

Maritime Professional Training has been in the business of training mariners for 35 years. Founded in 1983, the Fort-Lauderdale-based private training facility offers about 180 certification courses for people pursuing professional careers in commercial shipping and professional yachting. That includes everything from STCW Basic Safety Training to Bridge Resource Management to USCG-Approved Captain’s License, to ISM Designated Person Ashore.

Growth goes hand-in-hand with the ability to diversify, explains Senior Director of the Delgado Maritime and Industrial Training Center, Rick Schwab. Louisiana-based Delgado Community College’s Maritime and Industrial Training Center offers both marine and industrial fire fighting courses, radar navigation and safety courses. In operation since 1978, the Maritime Facility recently added a new 18,500 sq ft state-of-the-art facility and its program offerings have gone up to nearly 100. “With the recent/ongoing slump in the industry, we have found the need to diversify and develop new courses to expand training opportunities to meet industry gap-closure needs,” says Schwab. “We are now working more closely with individual companies to identify unique needs so that we can follow up with any needed training to fill the voids, especially with the cross-training of mariners with a more varied set of skills.” Delgado’s Maritime & Industrial Training Center offers non-credit, short-term courses. The school is also looking into possibly creating hybrid courses that would place the classroom setting online, with the added benefit of in person training/exercises. In the last ten years, Delgado has done its part to keep up with U.S. Coast Guard requirements—developing and adjusting course offerings to help students attain industry standards. “Delgado is ever-intent to expand programs and identify company needs in training their valued pilots, captains and managers,” adds Schwab. “The bottom line for all training we offer is to maintain a safe marine environment, safe work habits, and upgrade skills.”

We trained 12,000 mariners from all over the world last year.

The richness of the courses available for those looking for a professional career aboard a cruise ship or a megayacht reflect MPT’s close proximity to Southern Florida’s hubs for cruise shipping and yachting. Reflected in the course syllabli are certifications in crowd and crisis management, and even introductory steward training. For the megayacht market, MPT offers a five-day Master of Yachts Unlimited Tonnage, Marshall Islands Capstone Course. The course comprises classroom training in Marshall Islands Law, simulator familiarization and a comprehensive assessment towards the Marshall Islands’ Endorsement to Master of Yachts Unlimited Tonnage. “We trained 12,000 mar iners from all over the world last year,” said Lisa

Photo: Maine Maritime Academy

Morley, MPT Vice President Sales & Marketing, during a recent tour of MPT’s newly expanded, state-of-the-art training facility. A $6 million investment—all private funding—nearly doubled the size of the Fort Lauderdale campus—now called the S.M.A.R.T. (Simulation for Maritime Assessment, Research and Training) facility. It contains classrooms, deck and engineering labs, a store, and student service facilities. Housed in a new “green” LEED-compliant building, three full bridge simulators built around Transas technology allow students to experience hundreds of different “real world” scenarios, with veteran instructors. “For us, it’s not all about the money,” says Morley. “We want to make a difference in people’s lives.”


Training & Education Vocational training center, Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA), Norfolk, VA, meets the challenges of an ever-evolving industry by consistently providing innovative opportunities to students and clients alike. The school, which offers 90 plus USCG approved deck and engineering courses, as well as client-specific tailored training courses, has a mission: to “provide unparalleled expertise and instruction to students pursuing a career in the maritime industry.” Courses, explains Captain Ed Nanartowich, President of Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy, “cover the bulk of engineering and deck STCW and National License and endorsement requirements.” About 3,000 students attend MAMA per year, with a 90% pass rate. The school features the latest in deck technology and equipment, lab training, and provide handson maintenance experience, as well as advanced Firefighting Facilities—giving students a full service training experience. Up in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Seaspan has teamed up with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to support the Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (MEng NAME) program. The one-year program, launched back in 2013 in response to industry demand for

more trained professionals, is the only naval architecture and marine engineering program west of the Mississippi River, according to Chris McKesson, Program Co-Director. Last year, the program was expanded to include an additional one-year program, the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL), which combines engineering with business and leadership training. Students in MEL take technical and leadership courses, as well as complete a co-op or industry program. “We specifically set students up for success by involving industry at every step of the process,” says McKesson. “The instructor team meets with industry representatives regularly. We host industry presentations in the classroom... [and] we have industry luminaries as hands-on mentors for the student capstone design projects.” He concludes, “Through the involvement of industry throughout their program, we ensure that there is no ‘knowledge lost’ between the current and future generations of naval architects.”

Keeping Up The rapid, ever-changing technological landscape of the industry can be challenging. To that end, many schools are equipped with the latest simulator technology.

Back in 2014, Bouchard Transportation Co. helped support and open a simulation center at SUNY Maritime. The Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., Tug and Barge Simulation Center forms a vital part in SUNY Maritime’s associate degree program and its professional mariner training courses, according to Shull. In 2016, Bouchard furthered its commitment by adding two Class B simulators to the center. The additions enable students and mariners to interact with one another, as different vessels, in the simulation. Last year, the Port of New York and New Jersey conducted full-mission ship simulation studies at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS), Linthicum Heights, MD. The goal was to help identify the best practices for the safe and efficient handling of a new generation of higher ultra-large container vessels (ULCV). Operated by pilots from the Sandy Hook Pilots Association, Metro Pilots, and McAllister Harbor Pilots, the full-mission ship simulator was integrated with one assisttug simulator and showed that both the 14,000 and 18,000 TEU class vessels can be safely handled in the port(s) so long as certain parameters were in place. You can read the full report on www.marinelog.com

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LNG The Viking Grace was a pioneer in LNG use for large cruise vessels

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f there is one segment of shipping that has embraced the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel, it is passenger ships. According to classification society DNV GL, as of mid-February worldwide there were 35 passenger vessels operating on LNG, including 31 car/passenger ferries and four ROPAX vessels. There’s another 16 car/ passenger ferries, 11 cruise ships and eight ROPAX vessels on order. The orderbook for LNG-fueled cruise ships now has grown to 13 in total, with Carnival Corporation & plc intending to build seven ships across its 10 brands, MSC Cruises with a Letter of Intent for four 200,000 grt vessels with STX France, and Royal Caribbean Lines with a Memorandum of Understanding for two Icon Class ships with Finland’s Meyer Turku shipyard. The first of Carnival’s LNG-fueled ships—for its AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises brands—will go into “green cruising” service in Europe in 2019. While LNG-fueled cruise ships 36 Marine Log // April 2017

represent only a small percentage of current newbuilds—13 out of a total of 87 vessels—operators are looking to invest in ships that can meet today’s and future emissions regulations. A study commissioned by Cruise Lines Industry Association (CLIA) called “Evaluation of Cruise Industry Global Environmental Practices” documents the sector’s improvements in environmental stewardship. The study—released on March 30—was prepared by Energy and Environmental Research Associates, LLC (EERA). It examines various multiple research and data sources analyzed the practices and performance of the CLIA Cruise Line Members’ global fleet of nearly 300 ocean-going cruise ships as well as the industry’s investment in technological innovation aboard newly built ships in its growing fleet. In a statement, CLIA said that LNG use in newbuilds, “presents a compelling alternative for certain designs that otherwise might utilize traditional fossil

fuels and require specialized fuel or additional equipment to remove emissions from engine exhaust to meet the various international, regional and national air emissions regulations globally. LNG fueled cruise ships will meet the existing emissions requirements and those forecast for implementation to reduce SOx emissions, with anticipated reductions in other emissions as well that include CO2, NOx, and PM. For newbuilds, the safety and capacity requirements of LNG systems can be incorporated into the overall design of certain ships while also preserving the function and innovation that passengers expect from modern cruise ships.” The cruise industry should probably tip its hat to Viking Line’s Viking Grace. One of the early adopters in the large passenger vessel segment to use LNG, the 57,565-gt Viking Grace has been in operation since 2013. The 213m x 31m ROPAX was proof positive of the viability of LNG for large cruise ships. It marked two milestones in

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LNG the last 18 months—it made its one thousand successful LNG bunkering in August 2016 and welcomed its 5 millionth passenger last month. Operating between Stockholm, Sweden, Mariehamn, Aland, and Turku, Finland, in the Baltic Sea Emissions Control Area, the Viking Grace conducts simultaneous operations or “sim ops,” bunkering via Seagas, a small LNG supply vessel, while cars, cargo and passengers are loaded onboard. Its four Wärtsilä 8L 50 DF dual fuel engines in its diesel-electric propulsion system allow the ship to operate on HFO, MGO or LNG providing fuel flexibility. It has yet to bunker or burn HFO. By burning natural gas, the ship is “future proof,” enabling it to meet current and anticipated emissions standards for NOx and particulate matter. NOx and PM are cut by 85 percent and sulfur emissions are near zero. Already billed as the “world’s most environmentally friendly cruise ship,” the Viking Grace will go a step further next year with the addition of a Rotor Sail—a modernized version of the Flettner Rotor. It’s a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel the ship. The Rotor Sail is projected to cut its carbon emissions by 900 tons or

the equivalent of about 300 tons of LNG fuel annually, says Helsinki-based supplier Norsepower Oy Ltd. The Norsepower Rotor Sail unit will be 24m high and 4m in diameter. The project received funding support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. Ulf Hagström, Senior Vice President, Mar ine Operations & New buildings, Viking Line, says “the Rotor Sail Solution technology’s ability to enhance our ship’s performance by enabling significant reductions in fuel burn and costs, as well as carbon emissions.” Others in the Baltic are also opting for LNG. Finnish operator Tallink recently added the upscale 2,800-passenger fast ferry Megastar for its Helsinki, Finland-Tallinn, Estonia route. Built at a cost of EURO230 million at Finland’s Meyer Turku Shipyard, the 212m ferry can reach service speeds of 27 knots. Torghatten Nord, which operates a fleet of 47 passenger vessels that provide public transportation in Norway, recently ordered two LNG-powered car ferries valued at NOK 600 million that will also incorporate battery technology. Vard Holdings Limited will build the two 180-car and

550-passenger capacity ferries based on a Multi Maritime MM 125FD design. Each will measure 130 meters in length with a beam of 20.7 meters, and will have a speed of about18 knots. Delivery of the ferries is scheduled from Vard Brevik in Norway in the third quarter of 2018 and fourth quarter of 2018, respectively.

LNG in the Mediterranean In the Mediterranean, The Baleària Group has inked a EURO200 million deal with the Italy’s Cantiere Navale Visentini to build two 186.5m dual fuel ROPAX ferries, with a capacity of 810 people, 2,180 linear meters of cargo and 150 cars. The vessels will be operational by the end of 2018. Baleària President Adolfo Utor believes two new ferries will guarantee improved services to both passengers and logistic operators “while at the same time gaining a competitive edge” because they “incorporate the latest technologies to be more sustainable and ensure the best passenger travel experience.” Baleària has also ordered a dual fuel cruise ferry from Spain’s LaNaval shipyard under a contract valued at EURO187 million. The cruise ferry will operate in the Mediterranean on the Balearic routes in 2019.

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Newsmakers

Horizon Names Hotz VP of Business Development Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has appointed John Hotz as Vice President of Business Development. Hotz has been in the commercial and government marine industry for 27 years.

Marcia Kull has been named President of Torqeedo Group, Inc. She will assume the role on May 1. Kull most recently served as Vice President of Marine Sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas.

Designer and manufacturer of extreme environment LED lighting solutions, Lumitec, has appointed Jim Koza as Director of Sales at its R&D Manufacturing headquarters in Delray Beach, FL.

Viega LLC has appointed Yasmin Fortuny as its new Technical Manager for its shipbuilding and cruise business development division in Florida, Puerto Rico, Bahamas and the Caribbean region.

Keppel Offshore & Marine’s CEO Chow Yew Yuen has announced his retirement after 36 years in the industry. Chris Ong, current Managing Director of Keppel FELS Limited, has been appointed Acting CEO.

U.S. Shipping Corp’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Albert Bergeron as CEO of the company. Bergeron, who is currently the company’s CFO, will replace Michael Ryan.

Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) has named Carmine Dulisse President & CEO. Dulisse joins MSRC after over 30 years of working with ExxonMobil in various roles—including maritime and crisis management.

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering has appointed Espen Thomassen as Regional Manager for the Americas. Thomassen will be responsible for growing Global Maritime’s business throughout the region. He will also be involved with providing Subchapter M compliance services to towing vessels in the U.S. Marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider, V.Group Ltd., has appointed John Pattullo and Jesper Kjaedegaard to its board.

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Intelligent Awareness for Ships Building on its experience in the R&D world, Rolls-Royce and Swedish ferry company Stena Line AB, have joined forces to develop an intelligent awareness system for ships. The system, says Rolls-Royce, will make vessels safer, more efficient and easier to operate. It will be able to do all this by combining data from a range of sensors with information from existing ship systems—including Automatic Identification System (AIS) and radar. “We have been exploring and testing how to combine sensor technologies effectively and affordably for some time,” said Asbjørn Skaro, Rolls-Royce, Director Digital & Systems – Marine. “Pilot projects such as this will allow us to see how they can be best adapted to the needs of a commercial vessel and its crew and allow us to develop a product which better serves both.” The system will benefit from Rolls-Royce’s

extensive experience in the Tekes funded project Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA)—a project that has been running since June 2015. The AAWA’s goal is to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality. “This project,” says Harry Robertsson, Technical Director of Stena Teknik, expert technical advisors to the Swedish ferry company, “gives us an opportunity to explore how new technologies can be integrated with the systems we already have on-board and to provide a more informed view of a vessel’s surroundings in an accessible and user friendly way. This will give our crew an enhanced decision support tool, increasing the safety of our vessels.” The intelligent awareness product is expected to become commercially available later in 2017.

Advances in technology all have the same end goal—making life and business easier. To that end, Wärtsilä has debuted SmartPredict a special software module developed to extend the Dynamic Positioning Unit’s functionality. SmartPredict is designed to reduce risks associated with maneuvering, by giving operators a system that predicts a vessel’s next move. The system displays the vessel’s predicted future position and heading. Smar tPredic t, which includes a configurable prediction time display, uses proven DP analysis algorithms to evaluate forces affecting a vessel, helping to provide advanced motion prediction. “Allowing the operator to see into the future enables smarter and safer ship handling decisions to be made, thus lowering the risk of accidents occurring,” says Maik Stoevhase, Director, ANC & Integrated Systems, Electrical and Automation, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions. SmartPredict’s system uses all of the input parameters used for automated control by the DP and adjusts them for the motion characteristics of the specific vessel. Inputs include the vessel’s current position and heading, as well as its velocity and rate of turn and all associated accelerations. The sys tem also t akes into account the manual commands from the coordinated control joystick, and environmental input from onboard wind sensors.

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Total Marine Solutions’ Ocean Guardian Total Marine Solutions has your back. At CMA Shipping 2017, environmental products and services company Total Marine Solutions Inc. launched Ocean Guardian—a program meant to simplify an operator’s ability to comply with environmental regulations. Developed with business partner Brenock, Ocean Guardian takes the guesswork out of determining which regulations apply to a specific area. “Today’s heightened regulatory environment has resulted in greater challenges for the maritime industry. Enforcement agencies are taking stronger action to hold those who violate environmental regulations accountable for marine pollution,” said Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons, President, Total Marine Solutions.

The program matches a ship’s exact location with its one-of-a-kind comprehensive global regulatory database to supply operators with the specific environmental regulations and rules for that location. Ocean Guardian is fully integrated with the ship’s GPS, and is location specific up to 0.25 nautical miles. The program, says Anagnostis-Irons, will help facilitate consistent compliance throughout a company’s fleet. The easy-to-use program “provides operators with immediate access to the latest regulations at the click of a button,” says Anagnostis-Irons. “There are numerous governing bodies which regulate emissions and discharge for each country and region. The regulations are updated and modified regularly, making it difficult for onboard operators to ensure compliance with the most up-to-date rules and guidance.” Ocean Guardian’s database is updated by experienced marine professionals, and further verified and vetted by a third-party, independent maritime law firm. This, says Total Marine Solutions, gives clients the confidence of knowing that the information they have is the most up-to-date possible. www.tms-fla.com

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InvaSave Gets IMO Type Approval Damen Shipyards Group’s InvaSave external ballast water treatment system (BWTS) has received IMO Type A p proval. Designed primarily for use in por ts and harbors, Damen’s InvaSave treats ballast water received from inbound ships to the IMO D-2 standard. Outbound ships can also be treated. InvaSave is a one-step system that produces no filter back wash and requires no holding time to achieve biological efficacy. The single-pass sys tem uses mechanic al filtration and ultraviolet radiation to remove and eradicate invasive organisms. It has been tested in fresh, brackish and marine water. The system, which has demonstrated it can treat raw ballast water without any pretreatment or settling time in the ballast tank, is able to treat water with a low turbidity and a UV Transmission down to 20%.

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joined the museum as a volunteer in 2007 on the PT-305 project, he was excited about the prospect of restoring a “combat veteran” to life. That “combat veteran” was the PT-305, which had gone on after the war to work as a tour boat, fishing vessel and oyster boat—

When you are sitting inside the boat, you can really feel a special connection.

with dramatic modifications along the way, including 13 feet cut from her wooden hull. The museum acquired the vessel—timeworn and in disrepair—in April 2007 and brought her over from Galveston, TX. Schick says that one of the most rewarding parts about the restoration project was learning about PT history, and the personal stories of the veterans that served on them. Schick’s colleague, Kali Martin, who joined the restoration effort six year ago as a graduate student, agrees. “When you are sitting inside the boat, you can really feel a special connection,” says Martin. You can imagine life for them. This was probably where they had their most fearful and greatest moments.

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nyone who has seen “Saving Private Ryan” or any other number of World War II movies or documentaries would be very familiar with the amphibious landing craft that were used to carry troops, tanks and equipment onto the beaches at Guadalcanal or Normandy during D-Day. The “Higgins Boat” amphibious landing craft was the brainchild of Andrew Jackson Higgins, a colorful, fiery New Orleans businessman and founder of Higgins Industries. How important was the Higgins boat to the war effort? Years after the war, President Eisenhower, who served as the Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War II, is famously quoted as saying, “Andrew Higgins is the man who won the war for us.” About 20,000 of the boats were built by Higgins Industries in New Orleans. That’s why you’ll find The National WWII Museum located in New Orleans. Among the museum’s artifacts is a restored LCP(L) landing craft built by Higgins Industries in 1944. Now, after more than 10 years of restoration work by volunteers and $3.3 million of in-kind and monetary donations and a “wildly successful” Kickstarter campaign, the museum has added another living artifact to its collection—PT-305, a fully restored patrol torpedo boat (PT) that was originally tested by Higgins Industries over 70 years ago. Curator Josh Schick said that when he

It’s a living breathing object.” World War II veteran Arthur Frongello can attest to that. As a 19-year old, he served as the quartermaster on PT-302. Frongello’s unit (MOB RON 22) operated under British Coastal Forces in the Mediterranean. “It was just before Christmas in 1944 when we were with a task force of English and French ships that sank a German warship. We picked up 26 German sailors out of the water. The sailors all looked apprehensive. They didn’t know what to expect as prisoners of war. I guess they all thought they were going to get shot. Then I saw photos in one of the prisoner’s wallets. They were photos of his family. I realized then that they were just like us.” Starting April 1, the public can get a taste of the PT boat experience by buying tickets to tour and ride the fully restored PT-305. The National WWII Museum has moved the boat to a custom-built boathouse located at Lakeshore Landing at Lake Pontchartrain near the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. “By restoring and preserving PT-305, the museum can now offer new generations an even deeper connection to the Greatest Generation—the chance to actually walk, and ride in their footsteps,” said Museum Executive Vice President and COO Stephen Watson. To book a tour or a ride, you can visit: pt305.org/rides-deck-tours To find out more about the National WWII Museum and its other exhibits, visit: www.nationalww2museum.org


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