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Fire Leads to Evacuation…And 4 More.


Fire Leads to Evacuation

Engineers working on a ship at Cammell Laird’s in Birkenhead were evacuated from the vessel as a precaution after an electrical panel caught fire on one of its decks. Fire crews were called to the site in Campbeltown Road on Tuesday afternoon. They used a main branch and main jet to extinguish the fire. There were no reports of any injuries. A Cammell Laird spokesman said: “At approximately 4pm yesterday afternoon, an electrical panel on board a vessel under repair in the shipyard malfunctioned and overheated.


LR Joins Sailing Venture

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project – an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, which aims to build the world’s biggest sailing cargo ship. The project outlines a plan to build a 170-metre car carrier, capable of carrying between 1,700 and 2,000 cars, which will be equipped with four DynaRig masts and will operate on hybrid propulsion with sails and diesel-electric engines, and an optional battery system for peak loads. The vessel will be capable of sailing at 10 to 12 knots with the aim of reaching 14 to 16 knots in the next few years through combined expertise.


Choosing New Fuel Challenge
According to IMO estimates, the 0.50 per cent sulphur limit for marine fuels in 2020 will affect as many as 70,000 ships. Choosing the most economically feasible option for compliance is difficult. DNV GL provides decision support. The introduction of the new global sulphur cap in 2020 is causing nothing short of a paradigm shift in marine fuel. It is more than just another regulation — it is a complex challenge, and how you choose to comply may ultimately impact the future competitiveness of your assets. There is a great deal of uncertainty related to enforcement, fuel availability and technological solutions.


Multiple Pirate Convictions
In the third case involving Somali pirates, 27 men were convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment by a sessions court on Friday. The men have been convicted under charges, including attempt to murder, kidnapping and relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Arms Act. They were acquitted of charges, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder and kidnapping for ransom.


Ballast Water Dilemma
Tanker owners are faced with some very important decisions moving forward, as they will be faced with the dilemma of whether it makes financial sense to retrofit their older vessels or just sell them for demolition. This in turn will likely alter the balance between demand and supply, creating a new dynamic in terms of freight rates. The convention required all existing tonnage to install an approved BWT system at the 1st renewal of the International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) certificate from 8.09.2017, which has traditionally been done alongside special survey every 5 years.