Cargo Ship – Avalonon Sea Fri, 24 Jun 2022 05:08:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cargo Ship – Avalonon Sea 32 32 Zero-emission hydrogen cargo airship prototype planned for 2025 Fri, 24 Jun 2022 05:08:47 +0000

H2 Clipper presents a very compelling argument to bring back a highly controversial technology, saying that large electric airships, lifted and powered by green hydrogen, are ready to move massive cargo loads over enormous distances much faster than cargo ships and so inland logistics facilities with minimal ground to develop infrastructure, and all zero emissions.

We’re talking cargo loads up to 340,000 lb (150,000 kg – or the equivalent of about 115 Toyota Corollas), distances up to 6,000 miles (9,650 km or roughly the distance between Los Angeles and Barcelona) at cruising speeds in excess of 175 mph (280 km/h). or a little less than a third of the speed of a Dreamliner passenger plane – but 7-10 times faster than a cargo ship).

That’s an incredibly compelling set of numbers, especially given the cost; H2 Clipper claims it will cost a quarter of what today’s air freight services cost per ton-mile, making it an economically disruptive method of bulk cargo transportation as well as an opportunity to decarbonize transcontinental logistics operations.

Hydrogen airships, of course, have some reputation thanks to the tragic and compelling footage of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster. But as we discussed when we first unveiled H2 Clipper’s technology, there are many reasons people got the wrong message away from this incident, including some pretty heinous skull digging by helium lobbyists.

The H2Clipper would fly at about 10,000 feet, lifted and powered by green hydrogen

H2 clippers

With hydrogen gaining traction as a next-generation clean aviation fuel, why can’t it also be used as a cheap, green lift gas to open up these kinds of clean cargo transportation opportunities with minimal effort, if any, risk to human life?

In 2021, H2 Clipper was accepted into Dassault Systems’ 3D Experience Lab Accelerator program, giving this small company the opportunity to use state-of-the-art simulation and development tools to refine their design. The company conducted simulated wind tunnel testing using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), validated its ultra-low-drag aerodynamics, and gave some weight to the company’s fuel economy and operating cost estimates.

H2 Clipper has completed initial CFD testing to validate its low drag design and fuel economy estimates

H2 Clipper has completed initial CFD testing to validate its low drag design and fuel economy estimates

H2 clippers

At this stage, the company plans to have a prototype built by 2025 and fly a full-size hydrogen airship in 2028. It’s still a risky gamble for investors; the FAA currently bans hydrogen as a lift gas. But billions of dollars worth of green hydrogen projects are emerging around the world, so hydrogen itself will have a lobby group behind it like never before.

In this context, an interesting use case for hydrogen airships is to propel green hydrogen itself; H2 Clipper says these planes will beat trains, trucks, ships and even pipelines in price for hydrogen exports moving more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) away. These “pipelines in the sky” will also be as green as the big hydrogen they move, adding another benefit that green H2 exporters may be willing to take some risk on.

You can watch H2 Clipper’s 20 minute presentation at the First International Hydrogen Aviation Conference in September 2020 in the video below.

H2 Clipper Presentation (1st International Hydrogen Aviation Conference Sept 2020) Updated Video

Source: H2 Clippers

Lifeboat drill went awry, 2 injured, partly from corroded equipment, safety panel found Tue, 21 Jun 2022 20:22:00 +0000

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has completed its investigation into a lifeboat accident that seriously injured two crew members in Vancouver’s English Bay nearly two years ago.

The men were in the lifeboat on the Blue Bosphorus Cargo ship for an exercise on December 1, 2020. The lifeboat suddenly broke off the ship at around 1:15 p.m. and crashed into the water.

For the crew inside, the free fall was about 14 meters ⁠ – that’s almost three floors.

On Tuesday, the TSB said the lifeboat became detached because the slings or wire ropes holding the ship in place failed.

During the exercise, the crew “unknowingly” attached the ropes to the boat in such a way that they put too much pressure on the boat According to report back right corner. Steel clamps holding part of the ropes together had corroded and cracked over time and could not withstand the pressure.

First the sling tore at the right rear of the lifeboat. The rest then followed, releasing the lifeboat without warning.

An injured crew member of the Blue Bosphorus is hospitalized in Vancouver after being injured in a falling lifeboat during a safety drill December 1, 2020. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

The report said the crew members had stood in the lifeboat and were not strapped to any seats. One was left with serious hand injuries and the other injured his legs.

Coast Guard officers, the Vancouver Police Department’s Marine Unit and the Vancouver Port Authority all responded to the call. Both crew members were transported to the Canadian Coast Guard base in Kitsilano and then taken to the hospital.

The TSB said Apollonia Lines SA shipping company had established regular maintenance routines to check the lifeboat and its launching equipment, but had not specifically instructed the crew to check the condition of the slings.

The company replaced the damaged equipment on the Blue Bosphorus after the incident. It also sent its ships new safety requirements around “inspections of lifeboats and related equipment and for lifeboat drills,” the TSB said

A broken bracket and sheared bolts are seen aboard the Blue Bosphorus Lifeboat after the failed exercise on December 1, 2020. (Provided by the Transportation Safety Board)

A Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft comes ashore in Vancouver’s English Bay after rescuing two crew members from a cargo ship. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Significant increase in shipments from Danube ports, but only with small vessels Sun, 19 Jun 2022 18:00:53 +0000

Following the war between Russia and Ukraine, departures of bulk and general cargo vessels capable of carrying grain cargo from Ukrainian and Romanian Danube ports increased by 53% month-on-month to 1.8 million deadweight tons (dwt) in May 2022. with larger use of small general cargo ships. However, the total volume is too small to compensate for the loss of the Ukrainian cargo. According to Commodities at Sea, S&P Global Market Intelligence, the combined capacity of dry bulk and general cargo vessels departing Ukraine has fallen by 92% from last year’s level (10 million dwt) to under 1 million dwt.

Transporting Ukraine’s agricultural products by rail to ports in Romania is costly and time-consuming. The rail border crossings have limited capacity for rail wheel exchange as Ukraine’s railway infrastructure (gauge 1,520 mm) is more connected to Russia than to Romania (gauge 1,435 mm).

While the construction of temporary silos along the Ukrainian border to increase export volume via alternative ports such as Danube ports with inland transport is now receiving more attention, it is difficult to see a significant change in the short term. It will take months to procure the equipment, build the silos and get them up and running.

According to Mr. Daejin Lee, Lead Shipping Analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence, “The grain export volume from Ukraine will be quite limited during the Black Sea grain harvest season beginning in the third quarter, and global grain shortages, particularly wheat, are expected to continue in the short-term . This supply chain issue will remain the biggest upside risk to food inflation in the coming months.”
Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence

Port of Saint John welcomes two new container cranes Fri, 17 Jun 2022 21:42:02 +0000

The Port of Saint John hopes to become even more attractive to shipping companies as part of its revitalization project.

The west side of the port is undergoing a major overhaul, with dredging going on to allow for larger ships and improved port facilities.

The project also includes the addition of two new cranes at the West Side container terminal.

With the new cranes expected to be up and running by the end of the year, the terminal will have four cranes for handling shipping containers, more than ever before.

Craig Estabrooks, Port Saint John’s President and CEO, said ships could be loaded and unloaded more quickly, meaning it will be able to accommodate more ships.

With the new cranes, the container terminal has a total of four cranes, the most ever in operation at the same time. (CBC)

“It will be able to run larger vessels and be more efficient and just have the most modern cranes so our workforce can continue with its excellent track record of dwell times and handle that cargo very quickly,” Estabrooks said.

“It will simply continue to serve efficiency and then be able to accommodate larger ships in the future.”

goods to the market

He said the addition of the new cranes will help the port bring more goods into the supply chain and complement the growing number of rail links into the port.

Estabrooks said the port now has connections to three major railroads and could become a more attractive option for companies looking to get their goods to Canada and the United States.

Port Saint John President and CEO Craig Estabrooks said the new cranes would allow the port to handle larger ships faster. (CBC)

He said they are trying to compete with larger established ports like Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York.

“We are targeting a lot of cargo that is currently going to the United States destined for Canadian markets,” Estabrooks said.

“We believe we have an efficient way to move these goods through a Canadian port to bring these goods to, for example, central Canada.”

education and work

The port expects more jobs from the modernization of the port.

Estabrooks said the port and surrounding industries employ around 3,000 people and that number is expected to increase by hundreds with the new construction.

A new training simulator for crane operators in the port. (CBC)

And these new employees need training, which is why the port has invested in a crane simulator with state funds.

Brian Duplessis, who trains new crane operators, said when he started you had to start with real life training, adding it was “trial and error”.

He calls the training simulator a “game changer”.

Brian Duplessis, who trains new crane operators, described the new simulator as a “game changer”. (CBC)

“We don’t have to worry about ships arriving. We can bring a person here any time of the day or night and sit them on it and work on it,” Duplessis said.

“If a person is struggling on a ship… we can get a person to work on that aspect so they can get better, instead of losing productivity on the ship.”

While the new cranes and other upgrades at the port should make it more appealing, Estabrooks admits nothing is guaranteed.

Inflation and the war in Ukraine make it impossible to predict the markets.

“It could slow down if we face some recessionary pressures, but I think the trajectory will definitely increase for our port and region,” Estabrooks said.

Generators can be a major source of methane slip on LNG vessels Wed, 15 Jun 2022 02:22:00 +0000

GasLog Galveston (SHI)

Published 14.06.2022 22:22 by

The Maritime Executive

A team led by researchers from Queen Mary University of London has completed the first comprehensive study of methane emissions from an LNG tanker, and the results are unexpected. The largest source of methane escaping from the ship is not from the cargo vents or from the main engines, but from the generators.

With support from Cheniere Energy and GasLog, a team led by Dr. Paul Balcombe, Chemical Engineering Researcher at QMUL, sensors on board the brand new LNG carrier Gaslog Galveston. They collected data and monitored all potential emission sources during a voyage from Corpus Christi to Zeebrugge and back.

The results were surprising. Vents and fugitive emissions from cargo equipment were negligible and CO2 emissions were lower than expected – likely due to improvements in engine technology and ship design. However, methane slip was significant, accounting for 3.8 percent of LNG fuel consumption.

Previous analysis has focused on methane emissions from the main engines without much consideration for the generator sets, and the data suggests this could be an oversight. That Galveston’s Four four-stroke generators were the main source of onboard methane slip and were particularly prone to high emissions at low loads.

About the span of the round trip, the Galveston around 4,600 tons of CO2 and 68 tons of methane (0.04 percent of the cargo) were emitted. Depending on the time horizon, the methane releases add up to a further 3,000 to 6,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents (methane is broken down slowly and is most effective early).

The methane slip from the engines and generators accounted for 99 percent of the methane emissions measured on board. The slip of the low-pressure two-stroke main engines was a modest two percent, but the generators vented about eight percent of their fuel to the atmosphere—and up to 16 percent for generator number four. Although the generators were much smaller than the mains, they were the source of most of the methane emissions on board.

The slip of the generators varied significantly with the load factor, and on this voyage the crew ran two generators simultaneously at 40 percent load. The authors determined that, based on the observed data, the slip of the generators would be halved when running at 80 percent load if safety and operational requirements allow.

The measured intensity of the methane emissions on board the is remarkable Galveston was far higher than in a prominent, industry-backed study conducted by consultancy Thinkstep in 2019, implying a far higher warming potential on the short-term timescale when methane has the greatest effect. The Thinkstep study (like all previous studies) omitted a detailed model of generator emissions and assumed “negligible methane slip rates” from the ship’s engines overall, the authors noted.

“This study is the first of its kind to measure total methane emissions from engines onboard LNG carriers, including venting and fugitive emissions, but we still need to do much more to obtain a representative sample of the approximately 600-strong LNG fleet . said Dr. Balcombe in a statement. “Alongside these academic measurement studies, increased monitoring of emissions from engines, vents and fugitives would allow us to identify and implement effective reduction measures when hotspots are found.”

]]> Huge mysterious oil spill discovered off Swedish coast Mon, 13 Jun 2022 14:14:00 +0000

According to the Swedish Coast Guard, a huge leak was discovered off the coast of Sweden, but the substance was unknown. The spill covered an area of ​​30 square miles in Finnish and Swedish waters in the Baltic Sea, The Guardian reported.

“It is still not clear what the spill consisted of, but it is not petroleum and there is no immediate threat of a landfall at this time,” the Coast Guard said in a statement, as reported by The Local.

The Coast Guard said samples had been collected and the spill mapped, but the best course of action could not be determined until the samples were analyzed, which will be completed next week, The Independent reported.

A preliminary investigation into possible environmental crimes was also underway.

“Among other things, it is investigating which ships were in the area and what cargo they had,” the Coast Guard said, as reported by The Guardian.

Oil spills are no stranger to the Swedish coast. In 2011, a massive oil spill hit the country’s south-west coast, polluting beaches and harming marine life and seabirds. Another in 2018 released nearly 3,700 gallons of oil after a large cargo ship ran aground.

The latest spill was no longer visible yesterday, the Coast Guard said, adding that the number of non-oil spills has increased recently.

“New fuels are increasingly being transported by sea – biofuels for example – and behave very differently when they come into contact with water, making it difficult to quickly determine which substance is involved,” Coast Guard investigator director Jonatan Tholin said in a statement , as reported by The Independent.

Oil spills are not the only dangerous fuel spills that occur. According to Friends of the Earth, biofuels can also cause environmental damage, including pollution and damage to marine life.

“Growing biofuel production, a lack of government oversight, and biofuel producers’ ignorance of environmental regulations mean spills are likely to become more common,” according to the Friends of the Earth website. “The billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money going into corn ethanol could instead be invested in alternative biofuels and in truly sustainable solar and wind technologies.”

Passion drives the Warren sculptor to honor the El Faro crew – Knox County VillageSoup Sat, 11 Jun 2022 09:01:47 +0000

WARREN – The public can preview a sculpture on Father’s Day that took six years in the works, a work of art that will honor the crew of the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro.

Jay Sawyer said that the metal sculpture – El Faro Salute! – comes out deep inside him.

“It came right out of my gut,” said Sawyer, who is a graduate of the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. “It really shook me.”

Five of the 33 crew members lost — when the El Faro sank off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin on October 1, 2015 — were graduates of the Maine Maritime Academy. Two were Rockland residents – 34-year-old second mate Danielle Randolph and 23-year-old third assistant engineer Dylan Meklin.

Sawyer was an engineer who worked on merchant ships from 1985 to 1995. He said his intention when he enrolled at Maine Maritime was to go to sea, earn an income, and then come home and pursue his passions. One of those passions that he eventually discovered was creating sculptures.

He took a basic welding course and then performed welding while serving on Exxon ships. He benefited from this ability in his sculptures. His first art exhibition was shown in 2007.

The 60-year-old Warren man’s most prominent work to date is Riding the Rails, which is set above Sandy Beach in Rockland’s South End. He said the location overlooking Rockland Harbor next to a railroad line was the perfect spot for this sculpture.

He said Rockland was also the place to do the El Faro Salute!

“Given Rockland’s maritime history, the fact that two of the crew were Rockland natives, and that Rockland is the arts capital of Maine, this was the right place,” Sawyer said.

He said after the El Faro tragedy he came up with a big concept to honor the crew and has since distilled it so he can take care of the project. The El Faro Salute! consists of different types of steel. The transom is three-quarter inch Cor-Ten steel. This steel shows some rust but then develops a skin that prevents further rusting. The two uniforms are made of an eighth of an inch steel.

More than a ton of steel is used for the sculpture.

The El Faro Salute! is scheduled for Saturday, September 24th at Dragon Products’ property near where Riding the Rails is on display with a formal dedication ceremony. But the public can get a glimpse of the progress that has been made on the El Faro sculpture so far.

A special open house is planned for alumni and friends of the Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday, June 18, with the general public open house at Sawyer’s on Sunday, June 19 from noon to 4 p.m. His studio and grounds are located at 131 Camden Road (Route 90). in goods.

MMA alumni have contributed financially to support ongoing work. He raised $100,000 of the $135,000 budget for the El Faro Salute! He said the public can help preserve the sculpture. The Penobscot Maritime Museum at Searsport is the financial agent for the project.

“I think the community will be proud of it,” he said, noting that maritime monuments will attract people from all over the world.

The cargo ship departed from Jacksonville, Fla., for this voyage in 2015, and many of the families live nearby.

Jay Sawyer in this studio. Courtesy of Jay Sawyer

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VA middle school students write profiles to help adoptable dogs, rats Thu, 09 Jun 2022 20:35:04 +0000

One worked at Gusteau’s Restaurant in Paris before boarding a cargo ship and entering the port of Virginia.

Another dreams of playing in the NFL and winning the Super Bowl.

And another wants to star in a science fiction film.

The ambitious animals are up for adoption at the Portsmouth Humane Society in Virginia.

As of Thursday afternoon, the shelter has 91 dogs in the building, only two open cages remain and the shelter also has 46 dogs in foster care, shelter manager Amanda McQuarry said.

According to the shelter’s executive director, Alison Fechino, the group’s director of engagement and development recently reached out to teachers at Booker T. Middle School in Newport News for help. Teachers allowed 7th grade students to write profiles for the pets as part of an additional credit public announcement assignment.

Some readers have already inquired about the pets featured and whether any of the dogs are compatible with cats.

“Thank you to the students at Booker T Washington Middle School for these unique, very interesting, amusing and just plain adorable profiles,” Facebook user Lynne Pridgen wrote after reading what the students wrote. “You all made me smile!”

Check out some of the creative profiles below.

Super Nova profiled by Ryan Link, 13

Thank you for your interest in adopting Portsmouth Humane! This is SuperNova. Super Nova is very food motivated and very affectionate. She cares about everyone around him and is also friendly to other animals. Super Nova works as a therapist and loves to help people get through their tough times. Her family includes his brother Marlo (a cat), two parents and a sister. Super Nova hardly sheds, so she doesn’t leave a mess in the house. She is only one year old and ready for adoption. I hope you fall in love with Super Nova as much as our entire crew.

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Titan, profiled by Addisyn Sgambelluri, 12th

Titan the dog

Hi! My name is Titan and I love many things. If you like jogging on the beach, take me with you! I love the beach and I love running. I like to play fetch and play with my siblings. I like to sleep too. My family includes my brother Marley, my other brother Oliver, my sister Harley and my other sister Dixie, my mother Maggie and my father Marley.

Romeo, introduced by Cameron Smith, 13

Romeo the rat

Romeo hails from the street in Paris that housed the famous Gusteau’s Restaurant, home of Remy’s fantastic ratatouille. It is believed that Romeo was Remy’s secret helper, but he became scared when he learned about the risks of staying at the restaurant. With nothing to live on, Romeo boarded a cargo ship and headed for the port of Virginia. After disembarking he made his way to the Portsmouth Humane Society and is now available to help you cook any meal you will prepare in your wonderful home.

Coco, introduced by Grady Morello, 13

Coco the dog

Hello, everyone! Thank you for your interest in adopting me from Portsmouth Humane. My name is Coco! I’m super loving and caring. I listen to my loved ones and appreciate allllll the goodies you give me. My favorite toy is probably a tennis ball, but I also really like squeaky toys. I am currently at an animal shelter looking for people to adopt me.