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The Consequences of U.S. Refrigerant Regulation Non-Compliance

By Bjarne Snopestad 2018-07-11 17:23:13

A U.S.-based ship owner will implement enhanced leak detection practices, refrigerant handling routines, technician training program and equipment replacement to address violations of the Clean Air Act resulting from illegal releases of refrigerants. EPA investigators discovered in 2012 that the HVAC/R equipment on two vessels was leaking refrigerant. The EPA found that the vessel owners and operators failed to repair the leaks in a timely manner and failed to confirm that the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration (HVAC/R) equipment was...

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Enthusiasm for Newbuild Orders Starting to Wane

By Court Smith 2018-07-10 20:10:53

The enthusiasm for newbuild orders across most shipping markets has started to wane after over $10 billion was committed in the first quarter of 2018. The total committed to new deliveries is now the lowest since the start of 2016.  Ordering trends in the start of the year were highest in the markets that were seeing the highest returns. This includes the dry bulk and LNG carrier markets, while interest in the low earnings environment tanker markets was softer. In...

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The Famous and Formidable Mary Patten

By Andrew Zimmerman 2018-07-08 18:53:45

After going back and forth on who to write about, I kept coming back to my time spent at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the woman whom the hospital was named for: Mary Patten.  To clarify, if one were to visit the campus, he/she would notice that nearly all of the central buildings on Kings Point’s campus have famous nautical names attached to them (e.g. Melville Hall). Therefore, after reading this article, it will come as no surprise that...

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Speed Trusting is Just like Speed Dating

By Vivek Menon 2018-07-04 03:12:24

On board ships, having a great deal of trust amongst each other raises the level of trust on board the ship making work safer, more efficient, provides a greater sense of well-being and fewer conflicts. From a leadership perspective management research shows that trust is always a key parameter for success in general. Building trust takes time and requires effort from everyone involved. Ashore, building trust may take less time and effort, as we often tend to work with the...

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Virtual Reality Could be the Future of Arctic Navigation Training

By Bjarne Rasmussen 2018-07-01 22:40:18

Denmark's Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs has published an Executive Order describing the training and qualification requirements for masters, officers and other personnel who are part of the guard on the bridge for ships operating in polar areas. The Danish Executive Order entered into force on July 1, 2018. These sections of the Executive Order are of particular note: Course providers and requirements for instructors qualifications § 6. In order to offer education and issue of qualifications, the...

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ExxonMobil: Best Practices for Low-Sulfur Fuel

By ExxonMobil Insights 2018-06-28 14:42:04

The fuels landscape is set to dramatically change when the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 0.5 per cent sulfur cap comes into force on 1 January, 2020. Ahead of this, ExxonMobil has developed a set of tips to help the marine industry switch to low sulfur fuels while maintaining a vessel’s safe and reliable operation.   First, establish best practice Prevention is always better than cure, so it is advisable to: - Buy fuel that meets the latest ISO 8217:2017 specification...

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Cylinder Oil Options for a Post-2020 World

By Dr. Sara Lawrence 2018-06-15 17:04:27

The choice of cylinder oil is typically determined by three factors: the marine engine itself; the fuel being used; and the vessel’s operating conditions. Given this, the limitation of sulfur content to 0.5 percent in marine fuel from 2020 by the International Maritime Organization will have a significant impact on cylinder oil selection. Shell Marine’s expectation is that 90 percent or more of the shipping fleet will switch to fuels with a sulfur content of less than 0.5 percent in the run...

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Bringing Ship Managers and Owners Together Through Digitalization

By Stephen MacFarlane 2018-06-14 09:47:39

Shipping has been toying with digitalization since the turn of the century. E-procurement was the first step into the digital world for many ship owners and managers, but overall, it did not deliver on its potential of being a game changer, due somewhat to a fragmented technology landscape and an industry that was lagging behind with systems to tap into the e-procurement benefits. Fast forward to the second decade of the 21

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Bloody Red Shrimp and Capitol Hill Lobbyists – Not a Good Match

By Mark Fuhrmann 2018-06-12 19:16:50

The discovery of bloody red shrimp found in the Twin Ports Harbor (February 2018), is raising fears that the light-hating, zooplankton-eating species have found their way to Lake Superior. The fear is that they will compete with small native fish in the food chain that eat the same algae and plankton. Bloody red shrimp were brought into the Great Lakes in the ballast tanks of oceangoing vessels and first discovered in 2006 in Lakes Michigan and Ontario. These tiny critters...

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Amiria Macbeth Shares Her 15-Year Career at Sea

By Ally Cedeno 2018-06-09 18:26:54

Meet Amiria Macbeth from Brisbane, Australia. Amiria has worked on the water for 15 years. After high school, she found her career in the offshore oil and gas fields of Australia. As a Service Technician offshore, Amiria is involved in many tasks: rigging, crane and mooring operations, building scaffolding, involvement in helicopter operations, waste management and logistics, rescue and firefighting roles and coxswain of lifeboats, as well as the maintenance of deck and lifesaving equipment. Amiria attended high school in...

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