Vessel Records Should Go to New Owner

By MarEx 2015-09-10 18:03:11

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) is calling for vessel owners and technical managers to make records available that provide important information on the condition of the ship and its machinery when a ship changes owner.

“The current trend to remove these records has the potential to impact on the new owner’s ability to operate the vessel effectively on takeover,” says Helle Hammer, Chairman of IUMI’s Political Forum.

“Without continuity of information, it could be some months before the new crew and management are fully familiar with the vessel and machinery plant. During this time, there is an increased risk of machinery breakdown leading to inability or impairment to navigate, fire and explosion or personal injury from component failure. This, of course, affects the risk profile of the vessel,” she says.

A position paper, released by IUMI, states that non-transfer and destruction of records is commonplace and the organization questions why this practice is seemingly accepted by new owners. Failing to handover these important documents puts the incoming vessel managers, owners and underwriters at a serious disadvantage.

The position paper cites a number of reported incidents. In one case, a management company flew their fleet manager to the ship, specifically to go through all the maintenance records and remove everything they did not want the new owner to see.

In another case, insurance representatives were visiting on board during a change of management and arrived in time to see the outgoing managers removing all records. When those taking the records were asked to leave everything for the benefit of the new managers, they agreed.

IUMI believes that insurers are being exposed to claims that could be avoided if adequate maintenance records had been provided. It says that a significant improvement to the vessel’s risk profile would be achieved by requiring the maintenance records, operating reports, and spares inventory to be part of the permanent service history of the ship and covered by the regulatory regime, possibly through additional clauses in the sale and purchase agreement.

However, IUMI is not hopeful of achieving an early resolution to this ongoing issue despite having jointly (with the Joint Hull Committee) petitioned IACS with a suggested rule change to require the maintenance of ship records as a condition of classification.

The full position paper is available here.

Ship Detained Over Crew Wages, Food, Hygiene

By MarEx 2015-09-10 17:52:30

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has detained the Panama flagged bulk carrier MV Apellis after an inspection revealed a number of deficiencies relating to the working conditions of the crew.

The MV Apellis is operated by Pyrsos Shipping Co Ltd and chartered by Hudson Shipping Lines.

AMSA inspected the vessel at Esperance grain jetty after receiving a complaint from the International Transport Workers Federation raising concerns about the welfare of the crew. Once on board, the AMSA surveyor discovered a number of deficiencies including:

• Seafarers not being repatriated as required by their employment agreements;

• Seafarers not being provided a monthly account of wages for the month of August;

• One crew member found to working beyond medical restrictions;

• No working washing machine in crew laundry;

• Inadequate quality or nutritional value of food; and

• Seafarers not paid monthly as required by their employment agreements.

The vessel has been detained on the matter of non-payment of wages. The MV Apellis will remain under detention by AMSA until this deficiency is rectified.

AMSA’s General Manager of Ship Safety, Allan Schwartz, said that the proper treatment of seafarers is just as important as the proper maintenance of ships’ equipment – a failure in either system can lead to serious accidents.

“All ships in Australian waters need to comply with Australian standards,” Schwartz said. “Seafarers live difficult lives often spending many months at sea away from their families and friends. Any vessel which is found to be in breach of the MLC or other Australian standards will be detained by AMSA and repeat offenders risk being banned from Australian waters.”

The vessel is crewed by a mix of Indonesians and Ukrainians.

The maritime union, ITF’s Assistant National Coordinator Matt Purcell said a volunteer ITF inspector boarded the ship to meet with the crew after receiving a complaint.

“The person we sent up the gangway was distressed by what he saw and said the crew were fearful of repercussions,” Purcell said.

“Food and water is being rationed, which as well as being an outright contravention of MLC, it’s also inhumane.

“We have one crewmember, the steward on $200-a-month, another the, chief engineer, claims he hasn’t received a single cent in eight months. The majority of the crew just want to go home to their families after their ordeal.

“There is also a concern that there is not enough stores to sustain the crew on their scheduled voyage to Indonesia.”

ITF President Paddy Crumlin said he was worried there would be an increase in these incidents of exploitation as Australia’s Abbott Government moved towards further relaxing shipping regulation through amendments to the Coastal Trading Act.

Increased Cable-Laying Speed With Wärtsilä’s Solution

By MarEx 2015-09-10 16:20:50

In 2014, the Prysmian Group selected Wärtsilä to supply the equipment needed to convert the Group’s Cable Enterprise barge into an independently operating cable-laying vessel, meaning that the barge would operate without the need of tugs. Wärtsilä’s equipment delivery included additional engines and 8 MW of power generation for six new thrusters, a switchboard, and power management systems for dynamic positioning capabilities.

“We preferred a single supplier and selected Wärtsilä for this project, because their complete solution contained exactly what we required. Due to their proven capability and expertise in this area, Wärtsilä was able to tailor a highly competitive solution”, says Raul Gil Boronat, Chief Operating Officer Submarine at Prysmian Group

The Prysmian Group wanted to enhance its offering of turnkey submarine power cable installation services and decided to convert the Cable Enterprise tugged barge into an independently operating cable vessel. Wärtsilä was selected as the successful bidder for this project due to the company’s proven solutions and ability to understand the requirements of the Prysmian Group. Following the conversion, the Cable Enterprise will start operation on an EXXON field off the west coast of the USA in early summer 2015. This area has very strict environmental regulations and the production fields need to have a shore power connection in order to reduce the NOX and CO2 emissions from the production fields.

The challenge for Wärtsilä in this project was to convert the barge for independent operation, i.e. operation without any assistance from tugs. Moreover, the converted barge must be able to use its own propulsion for steady positioning and still fulfil strict environmental requirements.

The conversion took place at the Victor Lenac yard in Croatia. Wärtsilä delivered two Wärtsilä 26 main engines, two diesel generators, two bow thrusters and drive motors, two retractable thrusters, and integrated electrical and automation control systems. Furthermore, as part of the scope of delivery all the engines had to be connected to Wärtsilä Silencers and a NOX reactor, which would ensure that the vessel can operate with emissions well below IMO Tier III standards.

In a project of this magnitude, with many different stakeholders involved and tight deadlines, the schedule is always a challenge. But in this project, all the parties worked as a team to achieve a common success, says John Chester, General Manager, Services Sales, Wärtsilä UK.


The entire vessel was upgraded during the conversion project. This work included new accommodation and operations decks as well as a new cable tank for future HVDC projects. The ship’s ability to operate in shallow waters remains.

After the conversion of the barge into a ship with DP2 capabilities, the vessel will no longer need tugs during cable-laying. In the future, positioning will be managed with the help of the thrusters delivered by Wärtsilä.

This conversion will allow the Prysmian Group to enhance its offering of turnkey products and services with the ability to offer cable-laying services at a speed which is 10 times faster than a conventional barge, concludes Raul Gil Boronat.

“10 times faster than a conventional barge.”





Converting the barge to operate independently under its own propulsion

Fulfilling the requirements of

IMO Tier III standards

Installation of two main engines, propelling a Voith propulsor, two diesel generators for driving the bow thrusters and retractable thrusters, two bow thrusters and drive motors, as well as two retractable thrusters

Connecting all engines to Wärtsilä Silencers and a NOX reactor, ensuring operation in accordance with

IMO Tier III Design, supply and commissioning of an integrated electrical and automation system consisting of switchboards, variable frequency drives, transformers, soft starters and power management systems

10 times faster cable-laying operation than before the conversion

Cable-laying without assistance from tugs

Steady positioning thanks to the DP2 system

ABS/ US Coastguard compliant systems for DP2 operations

Ability to operate in areas covered by IMO Tier III standards

First Fully Electrical Ferry Wins Efficiency Award

By MarEx 2015-09-10 16:05:44

The first purely battery-driven car and passenger ferry Ampere has won the Ship Efficiency Award in the Environmental Technology category. The award recognizes innovative solutions which have contributed to reducing the environmental impact of shipping operations.
The 80 meter-long DNV GL classed vessel is one of three ferries operated by the Norwegian shipping company Norled between Lavik and Oppedal and is able to carry 120 cars and 360 passengers. “Ampere is trading in Sognefjord with 100 per cent regularity and consumes 50 per cent less energy compared with a traditional diesel ferry on the same route. It has proven to be a huge success for Norled,” said Claes Skat-Rørdam of award sponsor Hempel on behalf of the judges.
Tord Helland, Finance Director at Norled, accepted the award in London yesterday. “The Ship Efficiency Award is not only recognition for the hard work we have done with our project partners, but it also confirms our efforts and contribution to the global climate goals by reducing air pollution,” Helland said. “An electrical ferry that can save up to one million litres of fuel annually, thereby preventing 2,640 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, can make a strong statement in this regard.” Ampere runs 34 times a day with a crossing time of 20 minutes. Between the trips the 1MWh lithium-polymer battery pack on board can be charged in only ten minutes.
“We are honoured that Ampere has received this internationally coveted award,” said Stephen Bligh, Head of Shipping Advisory UK at DNV GL. “As a classification society, together with the shipyard Fjellstrand and the various technology providers, we have helped to make the vision of operator Norled happen and demonstrated that new clean technologies don’t compromise market competitiveness.”
Ampere has been awarded the DNV GL class notation 1A1 LC R4 (nor) Car Ferry C Battery Power. The notation is mandatory for vessels that use batteries as one of their main sources – or the sole source – of energy for propulsion. DNV GL has also developed several services to promote battery and hybrid technology in shipping, such as a guideline for large maritime battery systems, a new tool for qualifying battery-related systems, a battery ready service (technical, economic and environmental performance analyses), battery sizing and optimization tools and an introduction course to maritime battery systems.

Greenpeace Nabs Pirate Fishing Vessel

By MarEx 2015-09-10 15:54:32

Activists from Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior boarded a Taiwanese tuna fishing vessel outside of Papua New Guinea believed to be part of a pirate shipping operation.

Greenpeace discovered the Shuen De Ching No. 888on Wednesday, September 9 and alleges several irregularities with its logbook. The vessel documented only three shark carcasses in its logbook but was found with about 75kg of shark fins, which suggests it caught at least 42 sharks.

Taiwanese law and Pacific shipping rules dictate that shark fins may not exceed five percent of the weight of a catch, and with only three carcasses reported, the Shuen De Ching appears to be in violation.

Greenpeace New Zealand has reported the case to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCFPC) and to neighboring Pacific Island countries. Greenpeace has also blacklisted the vessel and retailers are being urged not to purchase fish from the ship.

“We demand that the Taiwanese Government order this illegal vessel to stop fishing and return to port immediately for a full and transparent investigation,” Greenpeace said in a statement. “There is a Taiwanese patrol boat in the region and this is exactly the sort of illegal activity they should be tackling.”