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Stevedore dies while unloading cargo in Port of Paulsboro

A 26-year-old stevedore died after two steel planks fell on him, while he was working onboard the bulk carrier ‘Virtuous Striker’, docked in the Delaware River, on Sunday morning, the New jersey Police informed.

Basim Gilliard was unloading cargo from the vessel’s hold at the Port of Paulsboro, when the planks fell from a forklift and struck him around 9:15 a.m.

Upon learning of the accident, the crew immediately made all appropriate emergency notifications, according to the owner of the 600-feet ‘Virtuous Striker’, Greek company Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A., who expressed it deeply regrets the tragic incident.  The company added it is working with local authorities in the incident investigation.


We continue to cooperate with local law enforcement and government agencies in their review of this tragedy,

…said a spokesman from Gloucester Terminals LLC, which operates the Paulsboro facility.

As of Thursday morning, the ship remained in the Delaware River near Paulsboro.

Liberia Maritime – Implementation timeline for SEEMP Part II

Liberia Maritime Authority published a Marine Operations Note, reminding all ship owners and operators that from 2019, each ship of 5,000 gross tonnage and above should collect fuel consumption data for 2019 and each subsequent calendar year or portion thereof.

Operators should describe in the ships Ship Energy Efficiency Management (SEEMP) Plan Part II the methodology that will be used for collecting and reporting the vessel’s fuel data. This must be verified as compliant on or before 31 December 2018, as required under Regulation 22.2 of MARPOL Annex VI.

In addition, operators should submit their vessels SEEMP Part II to authorized classification societies or non-classification society verifiers. After verification, the Administration will provide a Confirmation of Compliance, which must be kept on board the ship. Below you can see the implementation schedule for the SEEMP Plan Part II.


Estonia launches hybrid patrol vessel to tackle pollution threats

Estonia’s border authorities have launched a hybrid patrol vessel that protects the environment from oil spills and reduces fuel consumption, due to its hybrid electric propulsion.

The 45-metre ship incorporates hybrid electric drivetrain systems, enabling efficient and quiet electric cruising and a powerful reaction to emergencies.

The wave-piercing patrol ship will be used by the Estonian Police and Border Guard Service, mainly for combating pollution threats.

The vessel contains an Editron marine system, which is half the size of a conventional diesel-electric propulsion and power plant system.

The system aims to limit fuel and running costs, in order to reduce both payback period and CO2 emissions. The control and monitoring software, and the control systems are all integrated into one single system.

BIMCO aims for standard form for non-compliant marine fuel use

Shipping association BIMCO and other organizations are working closely with the International Maritime Organization to ensure a standard procedure for ships to use high sulfur fuel if compliant alternatives are not available at a port once the IMO sulfur cap comes into effect on January 1, 2020, a senior executive said this week.


“The shipping industry has proposed a standard form to submit all details to enable the use of other fuels if they can’t find compliant fuels,” BIMCO’s President Designate Sadan Kaptanoglu said on the sidelines of the Marine Money conference in Singapore.

IMO’s mandatory sulfur cap for marine fuels from 2020 is 0.5% compared with 3.5% currently. At its meeting next month, IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee will review global preparedness to implement the new rules. Any introduction of a standard procedure to use non-compliant fuel will require an amendment to the rules.


There is increased pressure on ship-operators to buy compliant fuel during the transition period, which, coupled with the likelihood of regional non-availability of compliant fuel, raises serious concerns for safe and efficient shipping operations, according to a draft submitted by several organizations including BIMCO to the IMO.


BIMCO is the world’s largest international shipping association with around 2,100 members in over 120 countries.


“There are a few simple issues that need to be addressed including the use of non-compliant fuel in the event of a [genuine problem] for ships,” Kaptanoglu said.


This was proposed to be done in a standard format, she added. Consideration should be given to a ship’s need to clean its tanks of all remaining residual fuels prior to loading non-compatible alternative fuels in the same tank, the draft said.


The ship will have to record its efforts to obtain compliant fuels, names of bunker suppliers contacted, reasons for non-availability, sulfur content of fuel in use, any supply disruptions, its itinerary and its next destination. The idea was to have a mitigating solution till the ship moves to the next port where remedial action can be taken, industry bodies said, adding that it was not an attempt to avoid compliance. Kaptanoglu said BIMCO was in favor of a ban on carrying non-compliant fuel in ships unless they are equipped with the ability to reduce emissions such as through the installation of scrubbers.


“We don’t need long time. In a reasonable duration of a couple of months after the implementation of the new norms, everyone should be ready for the carriage ban,” she said.


Shipping industry organizations said that an explicit prohibition of not just the use but also the carrying of non-compliant marine fuels on board a ship will prevent cheating and market distortion.


“It is in the interest of all shipping companies, big and small to have a certain level of transparency and a better environment friendly management system or else more complicated regulations maybe enforced in the future,” she said. Kaptanoglu, who is also managing director of the Kaptanoglu Shipping Company, said that around 90% of the industry would opt for low sulfur fuel vis-a-vis scrubbers. Scrubbers are systems used to collect excess sulfur while burning marine fuels.


The availability of scrubbers is limited and the deadline to implement the new norms was fast approaching, she said.


LNG as an alternative fuel will certainly pick up in the medium term, in around a decade, but as of now, it needs to develop itself as a commodity and is not an immediate solution, she said.

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