New Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF)

From 1st January 2020, a new regulation will come into force to reduce air pollution from ships globally. Whereas today ships can use fuel with up to 3.5% sulphur content (outside Emission Control Areas), the new global sulphur cap will be 0.5%. The regulation has been developed and adopted by the International

Mammoet Going For One

In the interests of efficiency, Mammoet chose to use just one large crane to complete all lifts for an industrial plant expansion project on the US Gulf Coast. Expansion of the Gulf Coast polypropylene plant will increase production capacity by 450,000 tonnes a year. Analysis of the construction plan and the

Vestas Receives WindFloat Atlantic Order

The WindPlus consortium has signed a firm order with MHI Vestas to provide three V164-8.4 MW turbines for the WindFloat Atlantic project situated near the coast of Northern Portugal. The 8.4 MW turbines will be the largest and most powerful wind turbines ever installed onto a floating foundation at sea. “This firm

Angry brokers hit back at Volga-Dnepr snub

Charter brokers have expressed shock, anger – and sadness – over Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ decision to end its relationship with brokerages and only deal directly with customers. In a note sent to all brokers and some forwarders yesterday – some of which were informed via Whats App and others by email – Konstantin Vekshin, executive president,

Trade war is changing the shipping industry

Everyone is familiar with the tweets and threats which commenced after America’s tariffs on all imported washing machines and solar panels, imposed on January 2018 and, since then, have been escalated into a trade war mainly between USA and China; two of the three largest economies in the world. While (for

Heerema Marine Contractors Announces New Organization Structure

As per September 1, Heerema Marine Contractors’ one-tier Board will consist of two Non-Executive Members, Pieter Heerema, and Nico Pronk and two Executive Members consisting of CEO, Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven and CFO, Wijnand Tutuarima. With the aim to shorten reporting lines and improving the Company’s efficiency a further redesign of the

A New Breakbulk Cargo Stowage Solution

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has introduced a new breakbulk cargo stowage solution, the Breakbulk Optimiser, which enables operators to rapidly and optimally plan the stowage of many different cargoes, increasing vessel utilization rates significantly and therefore improving business performance. "The MacGregor Breakbulk Optimiser is the first automated, cloud-based application for the

US Gulf Coast ports getting ready for Tropical Storm Gordon

Tropical Storm Gordon tracked in a west/northwest path across the eastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday morning and is expected to reach hurricane strength winds of at least 75 miles per hour, before making landfall Tuesday night somewhere between southeast Louisiana and the Alabama/Florida state line official said. The US Coast Guard captain of the

Blue Water Wins Stockyard Hill Contract

Cargo carrier Blue Water has been awarded a breakbulk logistics contract for the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm in Victoria, Australia. The complex project will involve delivery of 149 turbines via various ports in China and Australia, chartering of 17 full vessels and heavy haulage from the port of Geelong to the