Damen and Skoon Energy to develop sustainable shipping solutions

Damen Shipyards Group signed a cooperation agreement of understanding with Skoon Energy to further accelerate the development of sustainable shipping solutions.

The agreement is set to combine Damen’s 90 years of experience in the shipbuilding and related sectors with Skoon’s vision of making the shipping industry fully electrical.

Skoon is primarily involved in the large-scale electrification of ship propulsion by managing a battery-sharing network and strategically located charging hubs with a complete supply of clean energy.

SLPA, China and India to invest $700m to develop Sri Lankan ports

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), China, and India are investing over $700m for the development of three key ports in Sri Lanka over the next three years.

India will invest $40m to upgrade the Kankesanthurai Port, which is currently in progress and expected to be completed early next year.

Sri Lankan Treasury received a total lease payment of $974m for the Hambantota port project from China, which has already invested $146m for the development work in the port.

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Ecochlor to provide BWTS solutions for 55 Scorpio product carriers

US-based Ecochlor secured a contract from Scorpio Tankers to supply its ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) for 55 product carriers.

As part of the deal, the systems will be retrofitted on the Ecochlor product carriers that range between 38,000dwt to more than 100,000dwt.

The retrofitting is scheduled to start in the last quarter of this year and end by 2022.

Congo Terminal to upgrade TOS with Navis’ N4 platform

Congo Terminal signed a licensing deal with Navis to replace its current terminal operating system (TOS) with the N4 TOS.

The upgrade is expected to reduce operating costs and turnaround time for shipping lines visiting the terminal.

Migrating to the Navis N4 3.5 TOS will also allow Congo Terminal to address the need for increased operational support, meet growing customer service demand and remain competitive in the market.

Indonesia to begin construction of $3bn Patimban Port

The Government of Indonesia is set to begin the construction of Patimban Port in Subang, West Java, with an investment of IDR43.2tn ($3bn).

Aimed at improving the country’s logistics sector, the port project will facilitate the transportation of goods within and across the Indonesian borders.

For the development of the port, the government has selected a consortium of five companies, including Japan’s Penta-Ocean Construction, TOA, Rinkai Nissan Construction, and Indonesia’s PT Wijaya Karya and PT Pembangunan Perumahan.

Wärtsilä wins €170m scrubber systems deal from European shipping line

Wärtsilä secured a €170m contract to provide its hybrid exhaust scrubber systems and retrofit services for an undisclosed European container shipping company.

As part of the order, Wärtsilä will supply its 50MW, 60MW, and 70MW hybrid scrubber systems that will be retrofitted to the container vessels.

Wärtsilä’s scrubber solutions are designed to operate in both open and closed-loop configurations.

MSC Cruises to build terminal at PortMiami

MSC Cruises signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Miami-Dade County to build a terminal at PortMiami, Florida.

Scheduled to be completed by October 2022, the proposed Cruise Terminal AAA will house the company’s MSC World Class cruise ships, which can carry up to 7,000 passengers.

It is also expected to help MSC Cruises to add more than one million passengers over its current commitment to Miami-Dade County.

Genco Shipping to buy two Capesize vessels for $98m

Dry bulk cargo shipping services provider Genco Shipping and Trading agreed to purchase two Capesize vessels built in South Korea for a combined purchase price of nearly $98m.

Built in 2016, the fuel-efficient vessels have 180,000dwt capacity each.

The deal follows a set of previously announced agreements by Genco to acquire two 2015-built 180,000dwt Capesize vessels, as well as one 2016-built 60,000dwt Ultramax vessel and one 2014-built 61,000dwt Ultramax ship.

Gulf of Guinea remains a piracy danger zone

A report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) revealed that all six incidents of crew kidnappings reported during the first six months of this year occurred in the Gulf of Guinea.

Overall, 107 incidents were registered at IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the first half of this year.

During the period, 69 incidents of vessel boarding, 23 attempted attacks, as well as 11 incidents of firing upon vessels and hijacking of four vessels were reported to IMB PRC.

BMT unveils new hybrid ferry design

BMT released a hybrid ferry design known as Eco Ferry, which is intended to support cleaner and more cost-efficient operations.

The 31m-long ferry is designed to carry 149 passengers at a maximum speed of 20k.

Eco Ferry has been developed in partnership with BAE Systems and features a ‘Hybrid-Drive’ system. It can also facilitate silent and vibration-free sailings.