Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Gibraltar News

Photo: Lake Assault Boats

28-ft. Lake Assault Boat Delivered

Lake Assault Boats, part of Fraser Shipyards, placed a 28-foot vessel into service with the Town of Gibraltar Fire Department located in northern Door County, Wisconsin. The craft provides emergency response and firefighting services for a large section of shoreline and islands located on Lake Michigan’s Green Bay. The purchase of the boat was funded entirely through the Gibraltar Fire-Rescue Association, a local non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.Placed into service earlier this summer, the boatis designed to respond to a wide range of on-the-water emergencies.

Gibdock Converts Ferry to Run on LNG fuel

Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed a major conversion project so that the Baleària ferry Napoles can operate using LNG as fuel. The 186m long Napoles, which has capacity for 1,600 passengers and 1,430 lane metres of cargo, is the first of five ships that Baleària plans to convert to dual fuel operations to comply with IMO sulphur cap regulations. Gibdock has already secured a contract to convert a second vessel, Sicilia, which is due to arrive at the yard later this year.Richard Beards…

Elsa Dias de la Fuente, Marine & Power Generation Manager, Lubricants and Specialized Products, Repsol; Francisco Javier Miranda Cordente, Spain Lubricants Director, Repsol; Robert Joore, General Manager, Total Lubmarine and David Pivetta, Commercial Director Marine Lubricants South Europe/Africa/India & Middle East, Total Lubmarine. (Photo: Total Lubmarine)

Repsol Lubricants Commits to Total Lubmarine Network

Repsol Lubricants, a member of the Total Lubmarine network for more than 50 years, has formally committed to extend its relationship with Total Lubmarine for a further three years, building upon a relationship that was first established between the two companies in 1962.The Total Lubmarine network is made up of a range of partners who are able to manufacture in strategic locations and help enable lubricants to be delivered to more than 1,000 ports worldwide."This renewed agreement will continue to ensure quality products for our customers in Spain…

Forchem plant in Rauma, Finland CREDIT: MAN

MAN Cryo to Design, Deliver LNG Regasification Terminal

MAN Energy Solutions Takes Next Step in Developing Presence in Finland.MAN Energy Solutions has won the contract to design and deliver an LNG regasification terminal for the Forchem company in Rauma. Forchem, an innovative and industry-leading company producing chemical and Animal feed products from tall oil, has chosen to convert the boiler for generating steam for the refinery processin to natural gas/ bio-gas. MAN Energy Solution will deliver a tailor-made installation, including offloading skid for LNG trailers…

Photo: Thordon Bearings

Thordon Signs Distributor Agreement with Echetalde

Thordon Bearings confirmed it signed a new sales and distribution agreement during the recent SMM 2018 trade show in Hamburg, Germany.The agreement with Spain’s Echetalde, signed on September 5th, replaces the agreement with Thordon’s previous distributor in the region, Echelan Thor, following the retirement of its founder Pedro Echevarri, after 30 years of working with Thordon products. Thordon Bearings’ CEO Terry McGowan said: “Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco are important market sectors for Thordon Bearings…

El Coquí, one of the world’s first ConRos powered by LNG (Photo: Crowley)

New Fuel Rules Push Shipowners to Go Green with LNG

Tough new rules on marine fuel are forcing shipowners to explore liquefied natural gas as a cleaner alternative and ports such as Gibraltar are preparing to offer upgraded refueling facilities in the shipping industry's biggest shake-up in decades.From 2020, International Maritime Organization rules will ban ships from using fuels with a sulphur content above 0.5 percent, compared with 3.5 percent now, unless they are equipped to clean up sulphur emissions. This will be enforced…

Four Robert Allen/ Rastar 2900 SX terminal tugs from Sanmar will be used in the fleet in the Tanger-Med Port in Morocco, operated by the Danish towage company Svitzer as of 2018. The tugs will each be fitted with two 16V 4000 M73L MTU engines. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

MTU 4000 Engines to Power Harbor Tugs

Rolls-Royce and Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey have signed a contract for the delivery of eight MTU Series 4000 engines for four new terminal tugs, including an option for a further four engines. The tugs will each be fitted with two 16V 4000 M73L MTU engines, each delivering an output of 2,700 kW (at 1,850 rpm). The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems. Sanmar and MTU have been working closely together since 2009. Knut Müller, Head of the Marine and Government Business Division at MTU…

Normand Cutter at Gibdock Courtesy Gibdock

Gibdock Overhauls Solstad Cutter Propulsion System

Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed an extensive package of work on Solstad Shipping’s Normand Cutter. The 127m long, 10,979grt construction support vessel (CSV) left the yard on June 29th following a 22-day drydock programme, which included a comprehensive overhaul of its entire propulsion system. Norway-based Solstad has become a regular Gibdock customer, entrusting the yard with work on a number of high-tech offshore vessels over the past decade. The 2001-built Normand Cutter is in fact a repeat visitor to the yard…

Normand Cutter at Gibdock (Photo: Gibdock)

Solstad CSV Gets Propulsion Overhaul at Gibdock

Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed its scope of work on Solstad Shipping’s Normand Cutter, a 127-meter-long, 10,979grt construction support vessel (CSV) that left the yard on June 29 following a 22-day drydock program, which included an overhaul of its entire propulsion system. According to Gibdock , torway-based Solstad has become a regular customer, entrusting the yard with work on a number of high-tech offshore vessels over the past decade. In fact the 2001-built Normand Cutter is a repeat visitor to the yard…

Cheap Oil Slows Move to LNG as Bunker Fuel

Low oil prices are denting the take-up of liquefied natural gas as a cleaner source of energy to power ships, and it will be a few more years yet before the fuel makes serious inroads into the marine bunker market. The global shipping sector is under pressure from governments to reduce harmful emissions from vessels, including sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide (C02), by using cleaner fuels such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) rather than traditional heavy fuel oil and diesel sources.

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Gibdock Wins Exhaust Scrubber Project

Gibdock has secured an exhaust gas scrubber retrofit project covering five vessels operated by ship management major Norbulk Shipping and owned by global shipping group Vroon. The contract represents a sizeable debut in specialized EGS work. With all five ships also undergoing special survey drydocking, the job is the Gibraltar yard’s largest single assignment in 2015. The landmark project is also the first ship-series SOx abatement technology retrofit win for any Southern European yard.

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10,000 km Kayak Journey Ends in Istanbul

Two French students arrived yesterday (9th October) in Istanbul, finishing a 14 month epic 10,000km journey by sea kayak, having set off from Gibraltar in July 2013. Sponsored by leading marine lubricant supplier Total Lubmarine, the pair conducted important research into toxic algae and noise pollution in the Mediterranean. The journey, part of the Mare Nostrum Project, saw Louis Wilmotte and Douglas Couet paddle the whole length of Europe’s Mediterranean coast in a sea kayak carrying out scientific, educational and cultural assignments.

Ferry Martin i Soler: Image credit ABB

ABB to Supply Energy Management Systems to Spain-Balearics Ferry

Power and automation technology group ABB informs it has won an order from Spanish ferry operator Baleària to supply energy management systems for one of its largest vessels. It is expected that the system will improve vessel’s fuel efficiency over 2 per cent. ABB’s advisory software will be installed onboard the ferry Martin i Soler, with an option to extend the project to two further vessels in the Baleària fleet. ABB explain that Baleària operates ferries connecting the four Balearic Islands to mainland Spain, as well as providing daily inter-island sailings.

IBIA Sends Bunker Wake-up Call to South Africa

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has called on the South African government to realise the potential of the ship refuelling market in its ports and the impact this will have in supporting regeneration. Speaking at the recent African Ports Evolution conference in Cape Town, IBIA chief executive Peter Hall told delegates that whilst more than double the number of vessels move around the Cape of Good Hope than transit the Straits of Gibraltar, the South African bunkering market has declined whilst Gibraltar’s continues to grow.

Sister ship 'Scotian Express;

Vroon Take Delivery of China-built Bulk Carrier

Vroon takes delivery of 'MV Sicilian Express', the last in a series of four bulkers built at COSCO Dalian Shipyard, China. MV Sicilian Express is a 92,500-dwt post-panamax bulk carrier, and her Chinese crew sails under the Gibraltar flag. Responsibility for management of the vessel has been awarded to Fleet Management Ltd. of Hong Kong. Vroon BV, located in Breskens, The Netherlands, operates and manages a diverse fleet of approximately 160 vessels.

Capt. Dennis Brand: Photo credit Crowley Maritime

Titan Salvage Re-enlists Dennis Brand

Captain Dennis Brand to rejoin Titan, Crowley Maritime's marine salvage & wreck removal company, as director of global commercial operation. As a member of the company’s senior management team, Captain Brand will help shape strategic, operational and commercial business initiatives particularly as they relate to emergency response, securing salvage and wreck removal work for Titan around the world. “We welcome Captain Brand back to the Titan team and look forward to his leadership…

HMS Echo: Photo credit A&P Falmouth

Survey Ship Major Refit Contract Awarded to A&P Falmouth

Major refit works on the British survey ship 'HMS Echo' start at A&P Falmouth Shipyard, on the SW coast of England. David Daniel A&P Falmouth Commercial Director said: “We are very familiar with HMS Echo, having carried out her previous refit five years ago and it’s great to have her back. We will carry out survey and maintenance works and upgrade of ship systems on behalf of BAE Systems. HMS Echo is expected to be with us until the end of October. The Plymouth-based HMS Echo has just completed a 19-month deployment in the Far East.

Gibraltar: Boiler Explosion

The Gibraltar Ministry of Tourism, Public Transport and the Port issued a press release stating that an auxiliary steam boiler on a ship anchored off the South Mole exploded.  While clouds of black smoke were seen coming from the funnel, there was no fire, no pollution, and no casualties.  Source: Bryant's Maritime Consulting Newsletter (http://brymar-consulting.com)