Avalonon Sea http://avalononsea.co.za/ Tue, 24 May 2022 11:53:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://avalononsea.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3.png Avalonon Sea http://avalononsea.co.za/ 32 32 India’s port of Gangavaram is building a new container terminal https://avalononsea.co.za/indias-port-of-gangavaram-is-building-a-new-container-terminal/ Tue, 24 May 2022 11:53:35 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/indias-port-of-gangavaram-is-building-a-new-container-terminal/

Gangavaram Port in Andhra Pradesh, India is planning to build its first container terminal.

The new terminal is scheduled to start operations next year and will drive the growth of cargo business in Andhra Pradesh and the surrounding industrial hubs.

It is also expected to reduce lead time and logistics costs, increase efficiency and help make industry supply chains seamless.

The port will use the new terminal to serve diverse industries including metals & minerals, ferroalloys, finished/processed steel, aluminum, seafood, agriculture, chemical, pharmaceutical and refractory.

In addition, the terminal will supply trade and industry throughout the country with integrated logistics solutions.

Three Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and nine electrified rubber-tyred gantry cranes (E-RTGs) have already reached the project site.

A Port of Gangavaram spokesman was quoted by The New Indian Express as saying: “Our new container terminal will help us diversify into containerized cargo business as part of our strategic roadmap to achieve better cargo handling capabilities in India.

“The terminal will also help us to achieve an optimal cargo mix in order to steadily increase the share of containerized cargo business in our portfolio.”

Last May, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zones (APSEZ) announced the acquisition of a 31.5 percent stake in Gangavaram Port from Windy Lakeside Investment for Rs 19.54 billion (US$268 million).

Gangavaram Port has a capacity of 64 MMT and is considered to be the second largest non-major port in Andhra Pradesh.

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Posidonia 2022: Crucial issues for the shipping community on the conference agenda https://avalononsea.co.za/posidonia-2022-crucial-issues-for-the-shipping-community-on-the-conference-agenda/ Tue, 24 May 2022 06:10:01 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/posidonia-2022-crucial-issues-for-the-shipping-community-on-the-conference-agenda/

The Posidonia international marine fair, one of the most important calendar events of the marine industry, is preparing to open its doors 6th of June In the Athens Metropolitan Expo.

Running through June 10, the exhibition will offer delegates and hosts a much-anticipated platform for learning, sharing and networking after a four-year hiatus since the last time it was held in its traditional physical format.

According to the organizer Posidonia exhibitionsthat Conference and seminar program of Posidonia 2022 will delve deep into the critical issues facing the global maritime community while the global economy tries to concoct antidotes to heal the wounds of the ongoing war in Ukraine and the severe side effects of the pandemic caused by Covid-19.

The influence of skyrocketing energy prices, disrupted supply chains and imminent environmental regulations increasing the pressure on shipowners and fleet operators to deliver profitability, shareholder value and 90 percent of world trade, making the June Posidonia exhibition a must-attend event not only for maritime stakeholders but also for industry-wide decision makers, regulators and policy makers as well as for Government officials, world leaders, analysts and academics.

“The crafting of our program, featuring distinguished speakers and rich content of inspirational keynote addresses, thought-provoking panel discussions, persuasive presentations, seminars and workshops, is designed to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit of the international maritime community in its quest for success in these challenging economic and geopolitical circumstances,” said Theodore VokosManaging Director, Posidonia Exhibitions SA

That TradeWinds Shipowner Forum will open the conference program with a stimulating discussion on how to tackle the time-defining challenge of decarbonization. Under the motto “Seize the Moment in the Energy Transition” the signature TradeWinds forum will play a role three strong panel discussions and showcase opportunities to network with peers and industry leaders.

In addition, the Posidonia conference agenda includes:

  • a panel discussion on the topic Importance of decarbonization for shipowners The host is BIMCO, the world’s largest direct member organization for shipowners.
  • that 3rd Seminar on Trade in US Waterswhich will focus on the energy transition.
  • “Digitization demystified” and “All hands on deck: Shaping the future of seafaring”: two sessions of the inaugural Seatrade Maritime Summit in cooperation with the Global Maritime Club.
  • a series of panels of the Capital Link Forum addressing a variety of issues impacting the industry such as: B. Challenges in supply and demand, LNG/LPG, green shipping, digitization and financing difficulties.
  • HELMEPA conference will present sustainable shipping with a lively panel discussion of three generations of distinguished Greek shipowners and cross-industry leaders from the international community
  • its very interactive and engaging SHARK TANK eventwhere young entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to pitch their ideas for innovative technologies that will advance the shipping industry to an audience of shipowners and potential investors.
  • WISTA HELLAS ‘Women at Sea’ event entitled ‘How close are we to gender diversity on board ships?’ seeks to identify the reasons for the low number of women seafarers on board and whether we need more effective measures to promote women’s seafaring careers.
  • This year’s version of the YES to the shipping forum offers students, graduates and young maritime leaders the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with exhibiting companies at Posidonia 2022 and to participate in a panel discussion on career opportunities in the shipping industry.

For more information on the upcoming Posidonia 2022 conference and seminar program, please visit: https://posidonia-events.com/events/konferenzen-und-seminare/

Posidonia is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Island Policy, the Union of Greek Shipowners and the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, and with the support of the City of Piraeus and the Hellenic Maritime Cooperation Committee.


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How to build a huge wind farm https://avalononsea.co.za/how-to-build-a-huge-wind-farm/ Sun, 22 May 2022 17:08:45 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/how-to-build-a-huge-wind-farm/

Along the Atlantic Seaboard, off New York and New Jersey, a stretch of sea 2.5 times the size of New York City has just been leased by the US government to six energy companies. These developers have one goal: to convert the 488,000 hectares of water into offshore wind farms to supply the two states with renewable energy.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the sale Feb. 23 at the end of 64 rounds of auctions for the area known as the New York Bight. At a staggering $4.37 billion, it is the largest US ocean tract ever offered in a single auction. The lease’s huge price tag has been splashed through the news, but the money, much as it is, is only a small part of the story. A more complicated technical challenge is ahead.

Building numerous wind turbines hundreds of feet tall miles offshore is a massive undertaking. The Bight is expected to produce 5.6 to 7 gigawatts — enough power for more than 1.9 million homes — and take the U.S. toward the Biden administration’s nationwide goal of generating 30 gigawatts of wind power by 2030. That plan, known as 30 by 30, means building 2,100 wind turbines and foundations, laying over 6,800 miles of cable and building several highly specialized ships to do the job, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

[Related: Minimizing offshore wind’s impact on nature is tricky, but not impossible]

Meanwhile, the offshore wind industry is investing millions of dollars in a domestic supply chain that includes factories, port upgrades, ships and employee training, according to a report by the national trade association American Clean Power.

There’s still a long way to go. “The offshore wind energy supply chain in the United States is evolving,” says Brandon W. Burke, managing consultant at Ramboll, a Denmark-based firm that advises developers of offshore wind turbines. “It’s certainly evolving at an accelerating rate, with increasing coordination between federal and state governments – but the reality is there’s still work to be done.”

Where do you build a huge offshore wind farm?

Two wind farm projects are currently operating in US federal waters: the Block Island Wind Farm, which serves cities throughout Rhode Island and generates 30 megawatts, and the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Pilot Project, which serves Virginia Beach and generates 12 megawatts.

Like these smaller projects, The Bight is located near the coast and close to cities with high electricity demands. It also shares two other main features. First, there are nearby ports that can supply the tooling needed to build the wind farms. And secondly, the region’s transmission grid can handle the electricity feed-ins. Additionally, New York and New Jersey have ambitious renewable energy targets — 9 gigawatts and 7.5 gigawatts, respectively, by 2035 — making The Bight an attractive option.

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The farm would rest on the wide and gently sloping outer continental shelf of the Atlantic. Here the water is relatively shallow, so wind turbines can be fixed to the seabed. The majority of fixed-ground wind turbines use steel tubes or grids that are set into the seabed, according to Burke. The blades are then mounted on these solid foundations. There are also floating bottom farms that are anchored to the seabed with chains. These could be deployed in deeper waters such as the Pacific West Coast, where wind farms off California, Oregon and Washington have been proposed.

Because of the sheer size and height, building the foundation and components of a turbine requires a great deal of thought. A single blade can be as long as 351 feet, or more than 124 baseball bats strung together. These extremely long turbine components are shipped out to sea after being built or assembled in a port to minimize time on the water.

Shipment of turbines in pieces

For The Bight, everything from the high water mark of the coast to three nautical miles is state jurisdiction, which means New York and New Jersey can independently develop the supply chains they need to build an offshore wind farm, Burke says.

In order to actually get these parts on the water, a fleet of around 27 ships is required for each offshore wind project. That can vary depending on the distance from shore and the number of turbines, says Claire Richer, director of federal affairs for offshore wind at American Clean Power. These vessels range from seabed preparation vessels to cable-laying vessels to maintenance vessels – also called floaters because they stay on the water after construction.

The limited number of wind turbine installation vessels (WTIVs) means there’s a particularly tight bottleneck for new projects in the US, Burke says. A ship was named last year Charybids was commissioned for $500 million as the first WTIV to sail under the US flag. The 472-foot Dominion Energy-owned vessel is currently under construction in the Gulf of Mexico and will use more than 14,000 tons of domestic steel.

Rendering of the wind turbine installation vessel of Dominion Energy, owner of Charybids
Renderings of the WTIV Charybdis at sea. Dominion Energy

once completed, Charybids will fill a gap in the US wind farm supply chain and eliminate American reliance on European manufacturing. The WTIV is jacked up on moveable legs to rise in the water and provides a stable surface to carry heavy loads and install the foundations and turbines with cranes. Dominion Energy has already planned to lease its new vessel to Ørsted and Eversource’s Revolution Wind and Sunrise Wind projects, two energy companies serving Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. Charybids will also work on the Coastal Virginia offshore wind project to expand this pilot program to 176 turbines generating a total of 2.6 gigawatts.

The offshore wind farm industry in Europe and Asia is also making progress with its own renewable energy ambitions: in mid-May, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands set a target of 150 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2050. Burke says this underscores the need for the US to develop its own domestic manufacturing process, as acquiring components like blades for wind farms only becomes more competitive.

“There’s a serious need here for manufacturing these critical components,” says Burke. “What’s really missing is that we don’t have an overarching industrial strategy to position the US as highly competitive” when it comes to manufacturing wind farm machinery.

Investing in people and infrastructure

In response, the US has directed a spate of new funds, federal laws, and local policies toward wind power amplification. Utilities across the states, lured by the siren call of these actions, have begun backing the industry. The port infrastructure development program under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act provides $2.25 billion over the next five years to improve port facilities for trade, reduce environmental pollution and increase resilience to the effects of climate change such as the surge of sea level and extreme weather conditions.

“The offshore wind supply chain in the United States is nascent. The reality is that there is still a lot to do.”

Brandon W. Burke, Managing Advisor to Ramboll

At the state level, Burke says New York and New Jersey have decided to pour millions into existing or new ports in hopes that public investment now will attract private industry in the future. Without continued public and private investment, he explains, a local supply chain cannot be built at scale.

“It’s pretty incredible that offshore wind developers are already investing billions of dollars in some of these infrastructure projects even if they don’t have their construction operations plans yet,” says Richer.

All these investments should lead to a job boom in wind farms in the next few years. “The difficult part is going from being unindustrialised to having a robust industry. How do you get those first projects off the ground while balancing as much American work as possible while also using European know-how to train the American workforce?” says Josh Kaplowitz, vice president of offshore wind at American Clean Power.

[Related: The US could reliably run on clean energy by 2050]

Though estimates vary, American Clean Power has projected that by 2030 more than 70,000 jobs will be created in the pursuit of 30 gigawatts of wind power. Those construction, design, and manufacturing jobs should go to union workers, according to the Biden administration. Energy companies appear determined to work with unionized workers; The developers in New England have already signed over 15 different employment contracts for ongoing projects.

Such agreements are essential to holding employers accountable for any future wind project as the industry evolves, says Mariah Dickman, Long Island regional director for Climate Job New York, a coalition of unions. That accountability, Dickman explains, includes safety precautions, healthcare benefits, pensions, and market wages. “Ensuring that the domestic supply chain is a unionized industry through and through” will provide wind farm workers with family-supporting and community-boosting jobs, she adds.

For offshore wind farms to become a powerhouse in the States, local labor must be onboard. For Dickman, that means building trust in the community through education and outreach, so union workers in the energy industry have the information and resources they need to build on the seas. If manufacturing can keep up with the rate at which wind farms have secured funding, then 30 gigawatts could be just the beginning of the swirling turbines that will power the US for years to come.

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India delivers over 2 billion humanitarian aid shipments to Sri Lanka https://avalononsea.co.za/india-delivers-over-2-billion-humanitarian-aid-shipments-to-sri-lanka/ Sun, 22 May 2022 14:33:00 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/india-delivers-over-2-billion-humanitarian-aid-shipments-to-sri-lanka/



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May 22, 2022 20:03 IS

Colombo [Sri Lanka]MAY 22 (ANI): As Sri Lanka grapples with a massive economic crisis, India handed the island nation a large batch of humanitarian supplies worth over Rs. 2 billion which reached Colombo on Sunday.
The High Commissioner of India in Colombo, Gopal Baglay, handed over the shipment to the top leadership of the Sri Lankan government, Colombo Page reported. The shipment includes 9,000 tons of rice and 50 tons of milk powder, as well as over 25 tons of medicines and other pharmaceutical supplies.
Speaking to Twitter, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said: “A message of care! From the people of to the people of… The High Commissioner delivered rice, milk powder and medicines worth more than 2 billion SLR to the Honorable FM Prof .GL Peiris today in #Colombo. Hon’ble Minister @nimaldsilva, @VajiraAbey, @SagalaRatnayaka, @S_Thondaman.”
The Indian High Commission also previously tweeted: “The people of #India stand by their brothers in #SriLanka. More than SLR 2 billion worth of rice, milk powder and medicines are set to reach #Colombo on Sunday.”
Tamil Nadu Prime Minister Thiru MK Stalin dropped the humanitarian shipment at Chennai port on May 18. This is the first incoming shipment from the Tamil Nadu government which has pledged 40,000 tons of rice, 500 tons of powdered milk, and medicines.

“The Honorable Prime Minister @mkstalin has shipped 9000 tons of rice, 200 tons of spirit powder and 24 tons of essential medicines in a cargo ship to Sri Lanka to help the people of Sri Lanka,” the Sri Lankan Office of the Chief Minister tweeted.
The shipment will be distributed by the Sri Lankan government to multiple beneficiaries across the country, Colombo Page reported. The beneficiaries include the Northern, Eastern, Central and Western provinces covering different sectors of society.
In addition, various private and social organizations from India have helped Sri Lanka meet the urgent needs of the island nation. This support from the Indian people for Sri Lanka comes on top of the Indian government’s economic aid, which has totaled about US$3.5 billion since January this year.
Earlier, the Indian government had also sent dry rations, medicines and other essential supplies to Sri Lanka on a grant basis, Colombo Page reported.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence, with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices and power outages affecting many, prompting massive protests over the government’s handling of the situation.
India is becoming a stronger and more mutually beneficial partner for Sri Lanka. Aside from aid during the pandemic and the fertilizer chaos that saw India supplying nano-fertilizers to save Sri Lankan farmers, New Delhi now has nearly $3 billion to financially-struggled Colombo through currency swaps, credit lines for essentials and loan repayments pledged January 2022 to help Sri Lanka amid one of the worst economic crises in history. (ANI)

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Guide to selecting lighting for offshore wind energy applications https://avalononsea.co.za/guide-to-selecting-lighting-for-offshore-wind-energy-applications/ Sat, 21 May 2022 05:51:40 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/guide-to-selecting-lighting-for-offshore-wind-energy-applications/

Lighting for offshore wind energy applications

Offshore wind farms present a lighting challenge as they are constantly exposed to salt, wind and water. You need to specify a quality, heavy-duty fixture to withstand these conditions. lighting for one offshore wind farm must take into account a number of important considerations. These include:

Selection of light-emitting diodes

Offshore wind farm lighting should prioritize LED technology over more traditional options such as high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps.

  • The maintenance of the lighting

An LED light can last 100,000 hours or more without changing the lamp if it has good thermal management. A High Power LED Supplier offers you a longer service life and reduced life cycle costs. It is crucial to reduce maintenance interventions in these hard-to-reach and expensive-to-reach offshore areas.

Keeping costs down is a common goal in offshore wind applications. use LEDs less energy than lightbulbs, saving money on utility bills. The ability of the LED light to restart instantly is the most important feature. The lights can be quickly turned on and off when not in use with the instant restrike feature. Traditional lamps (like high-pressure sodium) would likely be left on 24 hours a day to avoid costly and inconvenient delays during maintenance due to their long warm-up times.

The quality of light in the workplace is significantly improved due to the higher color temperatures and better CRI of LEDs compared to conventional lighting.

Easy maintenance

Choosing LED lighting can help reduce the time and money spent on maintenance. However, the design of the luminaire by the manufacturer can have a significant impact on ease of maintenance. It also affects how long you leave the site in the dark.

An LED light with a detachable power supply unit (PSU) positioned independently of the central unit can improve Maintenance access in offshore wind farmswhere access can be problematic.

  • Minimize service disruptions

Downtime is critical to wind farm profitability. You cannot perform certain periodic maintenance if the lights are out for fear of endangering the health and safety of staff. This can affect turbine uptime. Maintenance-friendly lighting can therefore be a major selling point for manufacturers, developers and investors, as it increases the overall financial viability of the site and allows the facility to be back up and running as quickly as possible.

durability

It would help to consider many environmental concerns when building equipment for offshore wind farms. When considering durability, consider the following:

  • Seawater (saline environments)

Corrosion is more likely to occur in salty environments than in freshwater. Metal is quickly corroded by salt water splashes. After the seawater has evaporated, a small layer of salt may form on the fixture’s hardware, reducing the light output of the fixture. Installations in these harsh offshore regions require luminaires that can withstand extreme temperatures and pressures.

Make sure you choose a light fixture made from marine-grade aluminum or stainless steel, as these materials are more resilient to harsh weather. You can minimize water ingress into the fixture by choosing a model with a smaller front seal.

  • Extreme weather and wind speeds

Typical for offshore applications are high wind speeds and weather conditions such as sleet, hail and heavy rain. A luminaire with a high IP rating is required to prevent water damage to the internal components of the device. The mounting points and brackets for the lights must also be strong enough to carry the additional wind loads. Otherwise, the lighting bracket may wear out and break, resulting in the device being lost at sea. Choose a luminaire with an appropriate IP rating and check the specific tests that the luminaire has undergone.

UV (ultraviolet) radiation exposure is common in offshore locations that are exposed to the sun for long periods of time. With an offshore wind turbine, nothing obstructs the view of the turbine. Depending on the material from which they are made, UV exposure can cause problems with certain luminaires when the lighting is installed outdoors, e.g. B. in the “Jacket Base”. For example, GRP (glass fiber reinforced plastic) luminaires can break down and become brittle with prolonged exposure to UV radiation, leading to structural and maintenance problems.

When it comes to specifying lighting for an offshore wind application, lighting design is a critical element of the process. Make sure you know what to look for. Your top priority should be making sure your money is well spent.

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Russian citizen and ship’s chief engineer pleads guilty to dumping oily waste in US waters; Retaliation against whistleblowers and cover-up https://avalononsea.co.za/russian-citizen-and-ships-chief-engineer-pleads-guilty-to-dumping-oily-waste-in-us-waters-retaliation-against-whistleblowers-and-cover-up/ Fri, 20 May 2022 13:00:46 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/russian-citizen-and-ships-chief-engineer-pleads-guilty-to-dumping-oily-waste-in-us-waters-retaliation-against-whistleblowers-and-cover-up/

Kirill Kompaniets, a Russian citizen and chief engineer of a Marshall Islands-registered commercial bulk carrier, pleaded guilty to dumping waste in US waters and then attempting to cover up the wrongdoing. A crew member initially reported the illegal activity to the US Coast Guard via social media.

Kompaniets “was charged with illegal discharge in violation of the Ship Pollution Prevention Act,” or APPS. APPS has implemented Annex VI of the MARPOL Treaty or the “Principal International Treaty on Requirements for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships”. MARPOL, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, originates from the International Maritime Organization, an agency of the United Nations, and “is the main international agreement covering all types of pollution from ships,” according to the Environmental website Protection Agency.

The U.S. passed APPS in 1980, and the law applies to both U.S. merchant ships and “non-US merchant ships operating in U.S. waters or ports in U.S. jurisdiction,” according to the National Whistleblower Center (NWC). According to NWC “[t]The US is the No. 1 enforcer of MARPOL in the world due to the whistleblower provisions contained in APPS.” Additionally, “[w]Histleblowers do not have to be US citizens to receive a reward,” explains NWC.

Court filings from the Kompaniets case say a valve on the ship ruptured while trying to “fix an issue with clean ballast water discharge,” reports the May 18 Department of Justice (DOJ) news release. According to the press release “[l]On the night of March 13-14, 2021, after the leak was controlled, Kompaniets and a junior engineer intentionally drained the oil-contaminated water in the bilges overboard an anchorage near the Southwest Passage off the coast of Louisiana”. The press release states: “[t]The pollution prevention equipment required for the ship – an oil-water separator and an oil content monitor – were not used and the discharge was not recorded in the Oil Record Book, a required ship’s log.”

In addition to the illegal disposal, “Kompaniets was also charged with obstruction of justice based on various efforts to cover up the illegal disposal.” He admitted six “obstructions of law” in “a joint statement of fact in court with his guilty plea.” These acts included “false disclosures to the Coast Guard,” “destruction of computer alert printouts for the period of illegal offloading” requested by the Coast Guard, and “holding meetings with junior crew members and instructing them to make false disclosures to the Coast Guard Coast Guard.” In particular, one of the acts Kompaniets admitted is “the preparation of a retaliation document accusing the whistleblower of poor performance as part of an effort to discredit him.”

“The intentional pollution of U.S. waters and the intentional attempt to cover up the crime are extremely serious crimes that will not be tolerated,” Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Division of Environment and Natural Resources said in the release. “Charges like these should send a clear message to those who are breaking the law and endangering our precious natural resources.”

The press release states that the investigation is still ongoing.

Read the press release here.

Read more environmental whistleblower news on WNN.

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Supply Chain: Tiger Logistics Launches Pricing Platform to Automate Supply Chain https://avalononsea.co.za/supply-chain-tiger-logistics-launches-pricing-platform-to-automate-supply-chain/ Fri, 20 May 2022 03:13:00 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/supply-chain-tiger-logistics-launches-pricing-platform-to-automate-supply-chain/ MUMBAI: The international logistics and freight service provider (India) on Thursday announced it would launch a pricing and supply chain automation platform to ensure efficiency and transparency in the highly fragmented domestic shipping industry. The full-stack platform will offer cross-border solutions for ocean and air transportation, as well as first-mile transportation, last-mile delivery and customs clearance, among others, the company said in a press release.

The company plans to add cargo insurance and financing to the platform, among other features, once the pilot phase begins to build a one-stop solution for all shipping needs.

The focus is on building a robust MSME clientele in the Indian market for a seamless and hassle-free customer experience, it said, adding the proposed digital platform is a disruption to existing manual operating norms in the freight industry.

The platform, to be rolled out first in the country and then in some developing countries, will make shipping accessible to more than 63 million MSMEs (micro, small and medium-sized enterprises) in the country, Tiger Logistics said, citing a CII report.

MSMEs account for up to 40 percent of the country’s total exports and 6.11 percent of the country’s manufacturing GDP, as well as 24.63 percent of the GDP from the service sector, it said.

“Technology is the buzzword these days. Shipping must not lag behind if we need to keep the business going. This new digital segment will help exporters and importers book their freight instantly, automate their documentation process, track their shipments and manage all payments on a single platform,” said Harpreet Singh Malhotra, CMD, Tiger Logistics.

The platform will offer real-time quotes, full transparency and access to instant information about shipment updates, he added.

International shipping is highly disorganized, fraught with inefficiencies and currently mired in a massive cargo and container crisis. While large shippers have the power to negotiate rates directly with carriers and multinational carriers, SMEs and MSMEs are lagging behind in pursuit of the new platform, we hope to change that and democratize every company’s access to freight services,” said Simar Malhotra, Manager, Key Accounts and Digital Lead.

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Eastern Pacific tests first plug-and-play CO2 capture on tankers https://avalononsea.co.za/eastern-pacific-tests-first-plug-and-play-co2-capture-on-tankers/ Wed, 18 May 2022 00:29:00 +0000 https://avalononsea.co.za/eastern-pacific-tests-first-plug-and-play-co2-capture-on-tankers/

Pacific Cobalt will be the first tanker equipped with the plug-and-play approach to carbon capture (Eastern Pacific)

Published May 17, 2022 20:29 by

The Maritime Executive







Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping is trying to accelerate the decarbonization of the shipping industry with plans to retrofit at least five medium-haul tankers with carbon capture systems. Eastern Pacific is working with Rotterdam’s Value Maritime to install the company’s first carbon capture and filtration systems onboard two of its tankers to fill a gap in its decarbonization strategy.


The retrofitting of the two tankers M/T Pacific cobalt and M/T Pacific gold, they will become the largest ocean-going ships to date equipped with this technology. Engineering and planning are underway with the installation of the system on board Pacific cobalt expected to be completed by the end of this year while installation continues Pacific gold to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2023. Based on the test results, Eastern Pacific also has an option to equip three additional ships with the technology.


The 49,700 dwt sister ships, built in 2020, will be fitted with Value Maritime’s Filtree system, a pre-engineered gas cleaning system that filters sulfur and 99 percent of fine dust particles. The system will include a CO2 capture module that will charge an onboard CO2 battery. The charged CO2 battery is discharged at the port and then used by CO2 customers such as greenhouses or fed into carbon sequestration grids. The discharged battery is returned to the ship for charging with CO2.


According to the company, the “plug-and-play” approach allows ships to capture up to 40 percent of CO2 emissions and has the potential to exceed 90 percent in the future. They called it a development critical to reducing emissions in the shipping industry.


“CO2 capture technology was missing from our existing portfolio of emission-reducing solutions, which today consists mainly of alternative marine fuels. We believe the technology offers significant potential for reducing emissions for existing and future oceangoing vessels,” said Cyril Ducau, CEO of EPS.


He added that carbon capture, coupled with alternative fuels, biofuels and other solutions, is a critical step in accelerating the shipping industry’s decarbonization efforts ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s goals.


“By equipping our tankers with Value Maritime’s systems, we hope to prove to the industry that CO2 capture is a viable and scalable option that is now available,” noted Ducau.


In addition to its carbon capture capabilities, the system, designed for small and medium-sized vessels, also removes residual oil and particles from the wash water, ensures its PH is neutralized and helps reduce seawater acidification.


In addition to the retrofits, the two companies are also exploring future opportunities for collaboration, including deploying the Filtree system aboard EPS new builds, particularly the new generation of container ships. With a fleet of 200 vessels and 20 million tdwt in three core segments, container ships, bulk carriers and tankers, EPS is currently implementing a green and technology-driven strategy focused on significantly reducing its carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the CO2 -Deposition an important addition to its overall issuance programs.





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Ørsted held a ceremony with Taiwanese shipping company Ta San Shang Marine Co. Ltd. at Taichung Port. off to christen and christen the first-ever purpose-built Service Operation Vessel (SOV).
TSS pioneerin the Asia-Pacific region.



TSS pioneeris the ‘home away from home’ for Ørsted’s O&M team and crew. It includes cabins for 60 single cabins for O&M technicians and 27 cabins for ship‘s crew.

The SOV has a length of 85.48 meters, a width of 19.5 meters, a maximum draft of 5.6 meters and can withstand wave heights of up to 2.5 meters. Furthermore,

TSS pioneerweighs 5,872 tons, which is approximately the weight of 31 crew transfer ships. It has a dead weight of 2,611.6 tons for storing supplies and equipment.



TSS pioneeris equipped with a motion-compensated gangway to support technician transfers, as well as a dynamic positioning system and a motion-compensated 3D crane to mitigate wind-induced movements and increase worker safety and efficiency.

Christy Wang, General Manager of Ørsted in Taiwan said: “With the launch of TSS Pioneer, Ørsted has once again demonstrated our pioneering role in Taiwan’s offshore wind industry as we are the only ones to introduce state-of-the-art technology to ensure professional and efficient operation of our offshore wind farms. Ørsted outlined a clear vision a few years ago to bring world-class skills and foster a strong local offshore wind industry. In O&M, we pushed the initiative further by signing the 15-year contract with TSS. Today’s ceremony marks the beginning of the long-term, value-added and insight-driven O&M business for TSS and our strong partnership.”

Andreas Munk-Janson, operations manager for Ørsted Asia-Pacific commented:
“Deploying the bespoke SOV TSS Pioneer is at the core of our ability to deliver reliable and efficient O&M services at the highest level. Ørsted has recruited and trained an outstanding Taiwanese O&M team that will help meet local energy ambitions for decades to come. Ørsted will bring best-in-class O&M expertise and capabilities to Taiwan and Asia Pacific to deliver the highest performance, quality and reliability for wind farms while providing a safe working environment.”

Hrong-Nain Lin, Chairman of Ta San Shang Marine Co. Ltd said: “Ta San Shang Marine is very pleased to support Taiwan’s clean energy goals and to work with Ørsted to build the ‘TSS Pioneer’ for the offshore wind farms in the Changhua area. In addition, we are proud to be pioneering the local marine industry to explore new opportunities for offshore wind farm operations.”




Ørsted is currently building the Greater
Changhua 1 and 2aOffshore wind farms located between 35 and 60 kilometers off the west coast of Changhua County, Taiwan. They consist of 111 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-67 DDOffshore wind turbines with an output of 8 MW each. The wind farms will have a combined capacity of around 900 MW, which is expected to be enough to supply around one million Taiwanese homes with green electricity.

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