Friday, March 23, 2018

Southern Company News

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MHI CO2 Capture System Earns Environmental Award

A plant system that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) from flue gas emissions developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award at the 39th Outstanding Environmental Systems Awards hosted by the Japan Society of Industrial Machinery Manufacturers (JSIM). The system was highly evaluated for its superlative reliability and economy achieved through ongoing technology improvements carried out over many years, for its abundant delivery track record in commercial applications…

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SEA\LNG Adds Members

SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, has announced the addition of three new members to the coalition. JAX LNG, Petronet LNG Limited, and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC), have joined SEA\LNG to support the coalition’s goal of creating the necessary confidence in the shipping sector to drive an effective and efficient global LNG value chain by 2020. Peter Keller, SEA\LNG Chairman and Executive Vice President…

China Shipyard Lay Keels Two Fast Rescue Vessels

The keel laying ceremonies for two coastal fast rescue vessels contracted and built by Afai Southern, BEIHAIJIU 203(ASA033) and DONGHAIJIU 202(ASA034) were held respectively at the outfitting workshop and slipway workshop. Representatives from Guangzhou Maritime Safety Administration, CCS Guangzhou Branch, Design Company and leaders of Afai Southern witnessed the ceremony. These two coastal fast rescue vessels are to serve as public welfare vessels for Beihai Rescue & Salvage Bureau and Donghai Rescue & Salvage Bureau…

Royston Completes Overhaul of P&O Ship Engines

Diesel technology specialists from Royston Australia completed a three-week overhaul of the engines of the P&O Southern Supporter while it was docked in Henderson Fremantle, Western Australia. The project required the eight-man Royston team to work 24 hours a day, seven-days a week to service and re-build the ship’s three Cat 3516 engines. This included a complete strip-down of the engines, replacing the main bearings, overhauling the cylinder heads, upgrading liners with spacer-plate modifications.

Scania Bolsters Inland River Distribution

NRE Power Systems, who currently represents Scania’s latest marine platform: 13- and 16-liter engines for auxiliary and propulsion applications; and currently distributes them in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and Texas, will now represent West Virginia, southern Ohio, southern Indiana and southern Illinois.   NRE is also a distributor for Scania industrial engines and distributes them in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

M/V Southern Lily 2: Photo courtesy of Reef Shipping

Container Ship Owner Hammered for Pollution Misdeeds

DC Federal Court plea agreement requires Singapore-based Pacific International Lines, to pay US$2.2-million. The offenses relate to the operation of the company's container shilp M/V Southern Lily 2 in June 2012. The company previously pleaded guilty to three felony charges that it made false statements to the U.S. Coast Guard and violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by concealing illegal waste water operations and discharges in a falsified oil record book – a required…

The first of TNPA’s nine tugs is about 35% complete and its hull and superstructure are 70% complete. The first tug is expected to be handed over in January 2016 (Photo: TNPA)

TNPA’s Tug Project Going Full Steam Ahead

Transnet National Port’s Authority’s R1.4 billion contract to produce nine powerful tugboats is progressing on time and within budget at the Southern African Shipyards premises in Durban. “This is a milestone project that reinforces the capacity and skill of South Africa and indeed Durban when it comes to competing in the global shipbuilding industry,” said TNPA program manager Eugene Rappetti, Senior Manager for Marine Operations. “Despite the challenges of energy disruptions…

MTU Series 4000 Marine Engines Selected by Southern Towing

Tognum America Inc., a Tognum Group subsidiary and manufacturer of marine and off-highway engines, will supply twelve MTU Series 4000 diesel engines to power six push boats operated by Southern Towing Company, an established inland waterways barge operator on the Mississippi River system and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The high-speed diesel marine propulsion engines from MTU will be used to power four new push boats and repower two older vessels in the company’s fleet. According to William Stegbauer…

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Northern Sea Route Partly Blocked Although Sea Ice Near Minimum

So far this year only the southern passage has opened despite record low levels of Arctic sea ice. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the current extent is 760,000 square kilometers (293,000 square miles) below the previous record minimum extent in the satellite record (4.17 million square kilometers or 1.61 million square miles) which occurred on September 18, 2007. This difference is larger than the size of the state of Texas. The ice extent currently tracks nearly 50% below the 1979 to 2000 average minimum extent.

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South African Boatbuilding: Tugboat Honors Mandela Birthplace

Transnet National Ports Authority announced a milestone in its $98 million tug building contract when the first of its nine new tugboats was launched at the Durban premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards. “This is the largest single contract TNPA has ever awarded to a South African company for the building of harbor craft,” said TNPA chief executive, Richard Vallihu. The tug was named ‘MVEZO’ in reference to the small village in the Eastern Cape of South Africa where former President, the late Nelson Mandela, was born.

Eni Targets Growth in North American Market

Eni USA R&M subsidiary of Eni S.p.A. (seventh largest integrated  multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Italy present in 90 countries) plans to go beyond its historical business area of Quebec, Ontario, eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York boroughs where it has sold its high quality lubricants since 1987. In the last two years, Eni USA R&M changed its business model by selling its products mostly through distributors instead of direct selling to its customers.

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Foss' Retrofitted Hybrid Tug to be on Display

Foss' Retrofitted Hybrid Tug to be on Display Tuesday, September 20 at Company's Rainier, Ore., Shipyard. Who: Foss' second hybrid tug, the retrofitted Campbell Foss, will be open to the media for the first time. What:     The Campbell Foss is sister to the Carolyn Dorothy, which has been bringing cleaner air and fuel efficiency to southern California ports since its 2010 arrival in Los Angeles and Long Beach. When:     10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where:    Foss Maritime's Rainier, Ore., shipyard / 611 E.

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Parliamentary Under Secretary Beckmeyer Visits Rolls-Royce

Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary Under Secretary of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, visited Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG in Friedrichshafen. Dr. Ulrich Dohle, company CEO who also chairs the MTU Friedrichshafen subsidiary, explained the low-emission diesel engines of the future. MTU is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce. MTU's engine portfolio was presented to Under Secretary Beckmeyer in a tour of the Training Centre and Assembly Shop. Beckmeyer is the German government's coordinator for the maritime industry.

Presentation of the 1,000th certificate : Image credit FutureShip

GL's 'FutureShip' Arm Clicks 1,000th SEEMP Certificate

In Athens, Greece,  FutureShip GmbH presents EFNAV COMPANY LTD (EFNAV) with a milestone SEEMP certificate . Getting ready to comply with the incoming requirement to implement a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) is at the top of the agenda of ship owners and operators. To help them to meet the challenge of improving vessel fuel efficiency to meet this incoming regulation, while increasing cost competitiveness, FutureShip GmbH, the maritime consulting arm of classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL), has developed its SEEMP Solution.

Egyptian Crisis: Could it Spill into the Suez Canal?

As analysts continue to try and gauge the full economic impact of the fast-evolving political and social crisis in Egypt, the concern of the shipping industry are centered on the Egypt controlled Suez Canal, a transport route for a substantial amount of the world's energy, with more than 35,000 ships passing through the Suez annually, approximately 2,700 of them tankers. Worries regarding potential canal disruption stem in part from the the Egyptian government's cut-off Internet and mobile telephone service in the country on Friday.

China Shipyard Gets Two Hi-speed Ferry Orders

Afai Southern Shipyard (Panyu Guangzhou) Ltd. win contracts to construct two 40m high speed passenger catamarans. The ferries have been ordered by Shenzhen Pengxing Shipping Co.,Ltd. in Shenzhen. The basic design and detailed design of the vessels will be made by CoCo Yachts B.V. of The Netherlands, and  the supplementary approval design and production design will be done by Afai Southern. This type of ferry has an overall length of 40.0m, an overall width of 9.3m, a design draft of 1.2m, and a passenger capacity for 199 persons.

Latest NATO Report Indicates Pirates Still Weatherbound

During the reporting period of 26 September to 02 October 2012 there were no piracy related incidents in the High Risk Area (HRA). In the period the NATO Shipping Centre received one report of suspicious activity in the Southern Red Sea (SRS) Bab-al-Mandeb (BAM) and Gulf of Aden (GOA). Masters are still reminded to remain vigilant while transiting this area. The Southwest Monsoon season is currently in transition. Improving weather conditions will likely allow pirates to operate further out from shore.

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gplink Helps Kaitek Oversee Southern Ocean Traffic

The unforgiving environments found in the southern extremes of Chile easily highlight the “remote” in remote monitoring, gplink said, and now the company is aiding captains in the region. Operating in close proximity to the Cape Horn and Drake Passage, the pilot boat Kaitek helps oversee commercial traffic in and around Punta Arenas, Chile and throughout the Straits of Magellan. A natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, pilot operations in the straits are of critical necessity to large vessels due to the passage’s unpredictable winds and current…