• 2018 October 23 11:42

    RS class: new supertanker successfully performed ship-to-ship LNG bunkering

    On 18 October, in Rotterdam (Netherlands), Konstantin G. Palnikov, Director General of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, participated in a protocol event dedicated to the successful project implementation of construction and operation commencement of a large-capacity Aframax tanker "Gagarin Prospect" (shipowner − SCF Group) using LNG as the primary fuel, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) says in a press release. This pioneered the expansion of LNG fuel into the global shipping industry, for large-capacity ships not tied to fixed routes or set timetables.

    On 2 October, specialized LNG bunkering ship Cardissa, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell, successfully performed its first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering to take place at the port of Rotterdam. On 15 October, in the port of Primorsk "Gagarin Prospect" carried out the first loading taking on board 104,815 tons of crude oil. Now, the tanker is going to the port of delivery.

    "Gagarin Prospect" has been specially designed for operation using LNG fuel, and it is the world's first LNG-powered Aframax tanker of such design. Due to the use of environmentally friendly gas engine fuel, the reduction of harmful substances emissions into the atmosphere amount to 100 % − for sulfur oxides, 100 % − for soot, 76 % − for nitrogen oxides and 27 % − for carbon dioxide. The tanker has been constructed to the RS class for Sovkomflot. The RS class notation: КМ IB IA (for Hull) AUT1-ICS OMBO LI VCS CCO ECO-S BWM(T) SPM GFS TMS IWS DE-Tier III Oil Tanker (ESP) CSR.

    Expansion of the practice of using gas fuel on ships as an alternative to liquid petroleum is caused by both market processes and international environmental regulations governing navigation, in particular, the MARPOL requirements regarding control of NOx and SOx emissions into the atmosphere.

    "The use of LNG as fuel for large-capacity tankers has become a real technological breakthrough. When constructing a state-of-the-art tanker, the most recent advances in science and technology were used. A number of non-standard engineering solutions have been specially developed for this series of ships. The project brought together the leading world companies of designers, manufacturers of equipment and marine engineering, shipowners and classification societies. The work performed and the successful commencement of "Gagarin Prospect" tanker operation set new standards for the environmental safety of commercial shipping", noted Konstantin G. Palnikov.

    A total of 11 ships of project 114K DWT Crude Oil Tanker will be built to the RS class for different customers at shipbuilding complex "Zvezda" (town of Bolshoy Kamen) and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard (Mokpo, Republic of Korea).

    Established in 1913, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is one of the leading classification societies. Recognised by the European Union. Member of IACS. The RS activity is aimed at enhancing high standards of maritime safety and minimising the negative impact of human activities on the environment through scientifically based risk assessment and risk management procedures. 




2018 November 18

16:21 Wellington ferry skipper fined $1,688 after grounding
15:04 SFL continues its fleet renewal programme, to sell its 2002-built VLCC
14:37 Austal delivers Expeditionary Fast Transport ship USNS Burlington to U.S. Navy
14:26 Lockheed Martin gets $282M contract mod for four MMSCs project
14:13 Ulstein Verft starts construction of largest hybrid ship for Color Line
13:41 Klaveness extends contract of affreightment with South32 Marketing Pte Ltd
12:06 PaxOcean wins three newbuilding contracts from Royal IHC

2018 November 17

18:29 Sanmar delivers Robert Allan-designed new tractor tug Svitzer Meridian
18:02 MSC launches train between Giengen and Trieste
17:51 BGC Partners acquires Poten & Partners
16:41 ABB wins significant asset management solution order in China
16:11 New Secretary-General appointed to the Paris MoU on PSC

2018 November 16

18:07 Ocean Network Express announces delivery of 14,000 - TEU containership “ONE COLUMBA”
18:02 Sovcomflot reported its results for Q3 and 9M ending 30 September 2018
18:01 Throughput of port Vyborg in 10M’18 up 23% Y-o-Y to 1.53 million tonnes
17:42 Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia approves amendments to railway transport tariffs
17:30 Keppel announces settlement agreement for termination of an integration project
17:17 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 10M’18 grew by 5% Y-o-Y to 11.83 million tonnes
17:07 Van Oord and Ace Aquatec making FaunaGuard available for rest of the world
17:06 PaxOcean delivers largest FSRU to be built in China
16:55 Throughput of port Primorsk in 10M’18 fell by 10% Y-o-Y to 44.42 million tonnes
16:55 NYK develops advance water-in-oil alarm to prevent engine trouble
16:33 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 10M’18 climbed by 6% Y-o-Y to 15.34 million tonnes
16:28 Maersk Line receives Service Innovation Award for its Remote Container Management product
16:10 Bureau Veritas Chongqing Liansheng wins Global Project Excellence Award of IPMA 2018
15:48 Port of Ust-Luga handled 81.50 million tonnes in 10M’18, down 4% Y-o-Y
15:29 Port of St. Petersburg handled 49.14 million tonnes in 10M’18, up 12% Y-o-Y
15:10 ZIM announces Q3 2018 results
14:45 Jan De Nul supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
14:24 Decision on construction of 4th and 5th nuclear-powered icebreakers expected before year end
14:10 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Thetis with Hudson
13:32 Entry fee for vessels to be changed at the Port of Ventspils in 2019
13:10 Global Ship Lease completes strategic combination with Poseidon Containers
12:55 Ship inspection to keep high standards
12:31 GoodBulk announces delivery of Supramax vessel to its new owners
12:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
11:30 GTT receives an order from HHI to design the tanks of two new LNG carriers
11:25 Multipurpose Reloading Complex (Ust-Luga) boosts allocations for its development programme
11:04 ForSea completes conversion of the world’s largest battery ferries, powered by ABB
10:44 Wärtsilä, LUT University and Nebraska Public Power District to develop business case for alternative fuels
10:41 Nor-Shipping looks to achieve industry first with ISO sustainable event standard
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 0.84% to $67.17, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.74% to $56.88
10:02 Portmaster improves efficiency in the Port of Scheveningen
09:57 High level experts to present at Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference
09:35 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.4% to 16.3 million TEUs in Jan-Oct’18
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,020 points

2018 November 15

18:03 Costa Smeralda to call on Cruiseport Rotterdam
17:54 Polish LNG Conference 2018 concludes in Warsaw
17:25 Port of Singapore throughput in 10M’18 grew by 0.7% Y-o-Y to 523.73 million tonnes
17:03 Maersk Line announces rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
16:52 Expert says downward trend in bunker prices may continue next week
16:30 Nevsky Shipyard launched dry cargo vessel of Project RSD59 «Pola Anfisa»
16:19 "K" Line takes delivery of coal carrier “SHONAI MARU” for JERA Trading
16:04 ICTSI names new APAC head
15:22 Meyer Turku starts construction of Carnival XL1
15:03 Port of Antwerp signs an agreement with Enabel
14:34 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in 10M’18 declined by 0.7% Y-o-Y to 108 million tonnes
14:03 Pavilion Energy and Novatek agree to strengthen their LNG partnership
14:00 Damen hands over four FCS 2610 vessels to Allianz during ADIPEC
13:36 ABS awards industry’s first offshore facility cyber security-ready notation to Sembcorp Marine