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Ponant entame la construction de son navire d'exploration polaire

Ponant officially debutes construction of it's polar exploration vessel


2018-11-20

 

La construction du navire de haute exploration polaire, Le Commandant Charcot, a été lancée à l'occasion de la traditionnelle cérémonie de découpe de la première tôle par Ponant, le 6 novembre.

Unique armateur français de navires de croisières et leader mondial de l'expédition de luxe, Ponant a entamé la construction d'un navire d'exploration polaire exceptionnel. La livraison de ce nouveau fleuron, le plus ambitieux jamais imaginé en termes d'expérience de voyage et de respect de l'environnement, est prévue pour 2021.

Il portera le nom d'un grand explorateur français: Le Commandant Charcot. Explorateur par vocation et marin par passion, Jean-Baptiste Charcot est l'une des figures emblématiques des expéditions polaires françaises.

En donnant son nom au futur navire d'exploration polaire de la compagnie, Ponant rend hommage à ce « Gentleman des pôles », respecté de tous. Ce choix est d'autant plus porteur de sens que ce nouveau navire disposera des dernières technologies en matière de respect de l'environnement et d'un laboratoire destiné à la recherche scientifique pour des missions d'océanographie de recherche ou opérationnelle.

Ponant lance ainsi sur le chantier naval de Vard, filiale norvégienne de Fincantieri, àTulcea en Roumanie le début d'une nouvelle ère dans le voyage polaire.

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Grain continues to fuel Seaway cargo growth

Le grain continue d'alimenter la croissance du fret de la Voie maritime

 

2018-11-19

 

St. Lawrence Seaway shipping had its second busiest month of the season in October, fueled by increases in shipments of grain, salt and construction materials. Overall cargo shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway (from March 29 to October 31) totaled 30.5 million metric tons, up four per cent over the same period in 2017.

The increase in construction materials, like cement and clinker shipments which are up 20 per cent, can partly be attributed to cement moving into terminals in Ste. Catherine, Quebec and the Port of Oshawa.

Year-to-date, Canadian grain shipments reached 6.4 million metric tons, up 10 per cent compared to the same time period in 2017. An Australian drought is driving up global grain prices and leading to more demand for Canadian products.

Total Canadian and US grain shipments climbed 16.3 per cent to 8.3 million tons, while iron ore declined by nearly 11 per cent to 6 million tons. Vessel transits of 3,375  for the period represented a 5.2% increase.

"We're anticipating that grain shipments will continue to dominate in the final two months of the season," says Terence Bowles, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. "It's also promising to see the demand for construction materials this time of year and salt recovering nicely."

The Port of Thunder Bay grain terminals are well stocked and rail car loadings at the Port are holding steady.

"Adding to another large crop season, November and December bodes well to end on a strong note and we are expecting to start next year on a similar pace,'' says Tim Heney, President and CEO of the Thunder Bay Port Authority. In October, the Port's grain shipments totaled 737,000 metric tons, exceeding October 2017's grain totals.

Salt shipments have significantly rebounded from earlier in the year due partly to international imports from Egypt and Morocco. North American salt was in short supply following a 12-week strike at the Goderich Mine in Canada that ended in July.

"Salt companies are filling any gaps in their quotas and contracts by importing salt on ocean-going vessels," says Mr. Bowles. "It's a good example of how the navigation system can quickly provide a reliable, competitive supply chain even when unforeseen circumstances arise."

 

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CSL divulges strategic options to meet IMO 2020 low sulphur rules

CSL divulgue des options stratégiques pour se conformer aux règles de l'IMO 2020 concernant la teneur en soufre minimale


2018-11-19

By Leo Ryan, Editor


Responding to questions from Maritime Magazine, Canada's CSL Group indicated that several options are involved, including a selective approach to installing scrubbers in some of its vessels, in order to meet the stiff emissions regulations established by the International Maritime Organization for application in early 2020. Under the so-called IMO 2020 rules of the UN agency first adopted in 2016, the cap for compliant sulphur content in marine fuel will be lowered from 3.5% to 0.5%.

Based in Montreal, the CSL Group is the world's largest owner of self-unloading vessels. Its fleet also includes Handysize bulk carriers and offshore transhippers. CSL's new generation Trillium-class vessels have adequate space included for scrubber installations.

Stated Louis Martel, President and CEO of CSL Group: "CSL, along with the global shipping industry, will be switching to low sulphur fuel blends, marine diesel oil, or installing exhaust gas cleaning systems to meet the IMO's 2020 low sulphur fuel regulations."

"The optimal fuel solution selected by CSL," Mr. Martel said, "will vary geographically according to the availability of low sulphur fuel along with customer arrangements and choices. On ships where CSL selects to install exhaust gas cleaning systems, the technology will be closed loop or hybrid to ensure adequate protection of the environment."

(Photo by Paul Beesley of CSL vessels in St. Lawrence Seaway.)


Par Leo Ryan, rédacteur en chef

Répondant aux questions de Maritime Magazine, le groupe canadien CSL a indiqué que plusieurs options sont impliquées, notamment une approche sélective de l'installation d'épurateurs-laveurs sur certains de ses navires, afin de respecter les strictes réglementations sur les émissions établies par l'Organisation maritime internationale pour une application au début de 2020. Conformément aux règles dites OMI 2020 de l'agence des Nations Unies adoptées en 2016, le plafond de teneur en soufre conforme aux carburants marins sera abaissé de 3,5% à 0,5%.

Basé à Montréal, le groupe CSL est le plus grand propriétaire au monde de navires-autodéchargeurs. Sa flotte comprend également des vraquiers Handysize et des transbordeurs hauturiers. Les navires de la classe Trillium de nouvelle génération de CSL disposent d'un espace suffisant pour les installations de lavage.

Louis Martel, président et chef de la direction du groupe CSL, a déclaré: «CSL, ainsi que le secteur mondial du transport maritime, adopteront des mélanges de carburants à faible teneur en soufre, du carburant diesel marin ou installeront des systèmes d'épuration des gaz d'échappement afin de respecter la réglementation 2020 de l'OMI sur les carburants à faible teneur en soufre. "

M. Martel a déclaré: «La solution optimale en matière de carburant choisie par CSL variera géographiquement en fonction de la disponibilité de carburant à faible teneur en soufre ainsi que des arrangements et des choix du client. Sur les navires où CSL choisit d'installer des systèmes d'épuration des gaz d'échappement, la technologie sera à boucle fermée ou hybride afin d'assurer une protection adéquate de l'environnement. "

(Photo de Paul Beesley des navires de CSL dans la voie maritime du Saint-Laurent.)

 

 
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ECSA welcomes Brexit deal

2018-11-16
McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

 

European shipowners welcome the agreement reached on Brexit yesterday. "Our primary concern on the short term, the frictionless trade, seems to be taken care off. A no deal scenario was just not an option and a clear lose-lose situation for shipowners and clients at both sides," commented Martin Dorsman, Secretary-General of ECSA.

ECSA hopes political leaders in the UK and EU will now take the necessary steps to translate the political agreement into reality. "We very much welcome the agreed transition period until end of 2020, optionally extended. However, business needs a stable and clear framework to operate and plan investments. Hence, full clarity on what rules and procedures will be in place after the transition period is key. The earlier business knows what to prepare for the better", Dorsman adds.

ECSA will continue to follow the negotiations closely, as it has been doing for the past months, and stays engaged to work with EU and UK administrations  on shipowners' needs. ECSA's position on Brexit is available here. Photo : Martin Dorsman @Twitter

 

 
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NYK Promotes Decarbonization through Exploratory Design of NYK Super Eco Ship 2050

2018-11-15

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

As a part of the NYK Group's medium-term management plan "Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green," a new future concept ship has been designed by incorporating innovative technologies that will result in an emission-free vessel - the "NYK Super Eco Ship 2050."

The NYK Group's mission of "Bringing value to life" and the company's basic philosophy of "contributing to the betterment of societies" has inspired the group to positively address the tough issues that challenge our society.

In fact, NYK's medium-term management plan includes the group's intent to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives into management strategy by establishing new medium- to long-term environmental targets. To achieve these goals, NYK has teamed up with MTI and Elomatic, an engineering and consulting company based in Finland, to review the technical advances conceived for NYK's previous concept ship (i.e., NYK Super Eco Ship 2030, created in 2009) and design an updated version that makes use of advances in technology in the realm of green and digitalization initiatives that embody the group's basic philosophy.

This concept ship has been crafted as a 2050-model pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). The power needed to operate the ship has been cut by 70 percent by remodeling the hull to decrease water friction, reducing the weight of the hull, introducing fuel cells for electric propulsion, and relying on other highly efficient propulsion devices. Instead of fossil fuels, power for the ship would come from solar energy and hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources, all of which would lead to a reduction of CO2 by 100 percent and thus result in a zero-emission vessel.

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