Islamic State Vessel Arrested

By MarEx 2015-09-01 16:48:46

The Greek Coast Guard has intercepted a foreign-flagged cargo ship near Crete that is believed to be transporting weapons and explosives to Islamic State. Reports indicate that the weapons are linked to an ISIS-affiliated militant group in Libya.

The crew aboard the vessel has been arrested, and the vessel was taken to the port of Iraklion for further investigation.

Libya has been in a state of civil war since 2011 when Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown. Each of Libya’s rival governments and ISIS are under a U.N. arms embargo.

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Royal Navy Unveils Futuristic Warship Concept

By MarEx 2015-09-01 16:31:13

A group of British naval engineers have released design concepts for the Royal Navy’s warship of the future. Dubbed the Dreadnought 2050, the concept art depicts a vessel with an acrylic hull that is nearly invisible to the naked eye. The Royal Navy hopes to deploy a vessel of this type by 2050.

The design is part of Startpoint, a new Maritime Missions System initiative that will debut at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibit in October. The Dreadnought concept features a hull that can be turned translucent make it invisible­­—as well as laser and electromagnetic weapons and its own fleet of drone vessels.

An operation room fashioned with a 3D holographic command table to improve the crew’s situational awareness is also part of the design. And while most warships of this size are crewed by up to 200 sailors, the Dreadnought will require just 50.

Engineers also considered ballast tanks that could be filled with water which would make the vessel a stealthier and smaller target as it sits lower in the water.

The Dreadnought 2050 is named after the HMS Dreadnought. The HMS Dreadnought was a Royal Navy battleship that entered service in 1906 and represented such a technological advancement that it rendered other ships obsolete.

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Royal Navy Unveils Furturistic Warship Concept

By MarEx 2015-09-01 16:31:13

A group of British naval engineers have released design concepts for the Royal Navy’s warship of the future. Dubbed the Dreadnought 2050, the concept art depicts a vessel with an acrylic hull that is nearly invisible to the naked eye. The Royal Navy hopes to deploy a vessel of this type by 2050.

The design is part of Startpoint, a new Maritime Missions System initiative that will debut at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibit in October. The Dreadnought concept features a hull that can be turned translucent make it invisible­­—as well as laser and electromagnetic weapons and its own fleet of drone vessels.

An operation room fashioned with a 3D holographic command table to improve the crew’s situational awareness is also part of the design. And while most warships of this size are crewed by up to 200 sailors, the Dreadnought will require just 50.

Engineers also considered ballast tanks that could be filled with water which would make the vessel a stealthier and smaller target as it sits lower in the water.

The Dreadnought 2050 is named after the HMS Dreadnought. The HMS Dreadnought was a Royal Navy battleship that entered service in 1906 and represented such a technological advancement that it rendered other ships obsolete.

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China Regulates Marine Pollution Too

By MarEx 2015-09-01 16:20:17

The Chinese Ministry of Transport has released new guidelines to curb ship and port pollution. By 2020, China hopes to reduce sulfur and nitrogen oxide emissions in the Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River and Bohai Rim by 65, 20 and 40 percent, respectively.

Following implementation, about 90 percent of vessels calling on ports in China will use shore power, and about 50 percent of container and cruise terminals will be capable of providing shore power. China is also developing Emission Control Areas (ECAs) in its major ports.

China ranks in the top tier of countries with health-hazardous air, and a recent study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) revealed that maritime activity generates about 67 percent of Hong Kong’s sulfurous pollutants. China is home to seven of the world’s ten busiest container ports.

According to the NRDC report, a single cargo ship can emit pollutants equal to about half a million idling commercial trucks.

Because of increasingly stringent regulations outside of Asia, China has already begun the move towards clean fuels. Beginning in January, vessels calling on ports in North America, the U.S. Caribbean, the U.K. North Sea and the Baltic Sea were required to lower sulfur emissions from 10,000 parts per million (ppm) to 1,000 ppm. And by 2016, any vessel in North American coastal waters or the U.S. Caribbean will be required to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 75 percent.

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Samsung Gobbles Competitors

By MarEx 2015-09-01 16:11:43

Samsung Heavy Industries has signed a deal to take over management of financially troubled Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. The agreement is for four years with an option for three additional years. Samsung will take over Sungdong’s purchases, sales, production and technology while Korea Eximbank will operate the shipyard’s finances, human resources and labor management divisions.

Sungdong is a mid-sized shipbuilder and has experienced a shortage of operating funds. In May, it was reported that Sungdong was seeking $385 million from Korean creditors to fund operations and pay its employees.

Samsung Heavy has focused on offshore investments, LNG and megaships but is seeking to diversify its assets after posting a $1.2 billion Q2 loss. Samsung has attributed the losses to delayed construction of oil and gas fields as it attempted to challenge China’s shipyards.

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Ships Collide in Bosphorus Strait

By MarEx 2015-09-01 16:03:32

The M/T Paros Wind collided with the M/V CS Jaden on August 31 in the Black Sea. The collision occurred about eight miles from the entrance to the Bosphorus Strait. The CS Jaden was transporting wheat from Istanbul to Egypt’s Port Said. The Paros Wind was traveling from Russia to an unknown destination. No injuries have been reported.

Both vessels are anchored at Kumkoy Road for damage assessment and leak inspections. Paros Wind is a 17,060 dwt vessel owned by Leader Shipmanagement in the Ukraine. The CS Jaden is 38,101 dwt and owned by the Campbell Shipping Company in the Bahamas.

This is the latest in a string of incidents in the Turkish straits region. In July, the M/V Akel sank following a collision with the M/V Sengul-K. One crew member died, and the remaining 11 were rescued by coast guard officials. Earlier in July, the 6,476-ton cargo vessel M/V Majed and Randy crashed into a villa on the Bosphorus Strait.

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Crowds Fading in San Francisco Bay

By MarEx 2015-09-01 15:54:39

San Francisco Bay’s back log of container ships is fading. The Port reported no vessels at anchor waiting for berths at its five marine terminals. It was the sixth straight day of no waiting after a summer-long buildup of ships in the Bay.

“The vessels waiting to berth have been declining the past three weeks,” said Maritime Director John Driscoll. “Ships are arriving in Oakland and going straight to berth – just what our customers need and how we expect the Port to operate every day.”

As many as 13 ships filled the San Francisco Bay anchorage in July. They were delayed by a labor shortage that slowed vessel loading and unloading in Port. Since then, the number has steadily dwindled.

The Port said an influx of additional longshore labor over the past six weeks has helped eliminate the backlog. About 150 more dockworkers are joining the work force to accelerate vessel operations in Oakland. They’re being augmented by more than 300 casual or part-time workers. Another 30 marine clerk positions are being created, as well.

In the past four days, all requests for labor have been filled at Port of Oakland marine terminals. For much of the summer, only 50-to-70 percent of the labor orders were filled.

The Port cautioned that vessel backlogs could reoccur until all longshore labor reinforcements are in place. That could take another four-to-six weeks, the Port said. Growth in the labor force is expected to be completed in time for the autumn peak shipping season.

The Port said it continues to work on cargo congestion in marine terminals that was exacerbated by vessel backlogs. Proposed remedies include Saturday gates and a common pool of container chassis to help harbor truckers move containers more quickly. The measures are intended to hasten cargo delivery to customers.

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