Bridge strike scare box ship MSC Michigan VII free to leave Charleston

Pilot honored for MSC Michigan VII actions

The U.S. Coast Guard has lifted the detention order imposed on the containership MSC Michigan VII following the June 6 incident in which a power surge caused it to surge forwards as it was departing North Charleston, S.C. That led to fears that the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River could suffer a fate similar to that of Baltimore’s Key Bridge.

VIDEO: Charleston Harbor Pilots avert potential box ship strike on bridge

Yesterday, the Coast Guard Sector Charleston Captain of the Port...

First Citizens Bank provides financing for new Euroseas containership

First Citizens Bank reports that its maritime finance business has provided a senior secured loan of $22 million to Euroseas Ltd. for the financing for a newbuild 2,800 TEU Eco containership.

Formed in 2005, Euroseas [Nasdaq: ESEA] is an owner and operator of container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for containerized cargoes. The company has a fleet of 22 vessels, including 15 feeder containerships and seven intermediate containerships. Euroseas’ 22 containerships have a...

New ABS CLP-V(PARR) notation allows box ship operators to load more containers on deck

ABS has published a new notation that enables containership operators to load an additional tier of containers on deck with reduced risk of loss due to parametric rolling. Called
CLP-V(PARR), it combines the ABS Computer Lashing Program notation with mandatory parametric roll guidance to allow operators to optimize stowage and lashing of containers without loss of safety margin.

“Optimizing container loading is key to efficient vessel operations but also has a foundational impact on safety,...

Charleston Harbor Pilots avert potential box ship strike on bridge

The skill of Charleston Harbor Pilots may well have saved the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River from potentially suffering the same sort of fate as Baltimore’s Key Bridge.

The incident began yesterday when Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center watchstanders received a report at 12:17 p.m. from the Charleston Harbor Pilots dispatch of a containership, the MSC Michigan VII, experiencing a malfunction with the systems controlling its propulsion on the Cooper River while...

Industry task force wins double AiP for ammonia-fueled containership design

ammonia-fueled containership

A design for an ammonia-fueled containership has been awarded Approval in Principle by classification societies ABS and Lloyd’s Register (LR). The design has been developed by a cross-industry task force led by the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping and whose other members include A. P. Møller-Mærsk, MAN Energy Solutions, Deltamarin, Eltronic FuelTech, and the two classification societies.

The design outlines a commercially viable and safe ammonia-fueled 3,500 TEU container...

NTSB: Propeller blade flaw led to containership Maunalei losing propulsion

Maunalei propeller crack

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its report on an August 2022 incident in which the 681 foot, 1,992 TEU Matson Navigation containership Maunalei incurred $3 million in damages after a propeller blade cracked, leading to a loss of hydraulic oil and propulsion while transiting the Pacific Ocean.

The NTSB investigation found that a blade on the vessel’s controllable pitch propeller system did not meet manufacturer design specifications.

The Maunalei was traveling to Portland,...

VIDEO: Unified Command starts preparations for Dali refloat

Officials of the Key Bridge Unified Command were yesterday continuing to evaluate the Dali in preparation for refloating the vessel and clearing the Fort McHenry Federal Channel to the Port of Baltimore.

Since explosive cuts brought down most of the bridge structure that had been pinning the Dali down, the scene around the vessel looks a lot less chaotic. However, there is still a lot of clearance to be done prior to the Dali refloat.

Unified Command officials have evaluated sonar and lidar...

Imoto Lines plans a zero-emission ship that uses swappable batteries

swappable batteries

Japanese coastal containership operator Imoto Lines and maritime software company Marindows have launched a zero emission ship project. The vessel will use containerized swappable batteries, in combination with onboard storage batteries, and generators, to create a next-generation system that enables both hybrid operation and extended zero-emission operations .

The containerized swappable batteries will be recharged on shore using renewable energy. As the batteries store renewable energy, Imoto...

Hapag-Lloyd in largest yet ship-to-ship bio-LNG bunkering

Titan Clean Fuels has successfully bunkered the Hapag-Lloyd containership Brussels Express with 2,200 tonnes of bio-LNG containership. Believed to be the largest yet ship-to-ship bioLNG bunkering of the fuel, the operation marked Hapag-Lloyd’s entry into using the fuel.

According to the Sea-LNG coalition, the use of bio-LNG as a marine fuel can reduce GHG emissions by up to 80% compared to marine diesel on a full well-to-wake basis. Derived from biomethane produced from sustainable biomass,...

BREAKING: Rescue underway following Baltimore bridge collapse after ship strike

There are more questions than answers this morning as Americans wake up to the news of a 948-foot Singapore-flagged containership, chartered by Maersk, having smashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Md., after leaving the Port of Baltimore.

The Baltimore Fire Department reported that two people were rescued from the water and taken to a local hospital in critical condition. It’s unclear how many additional casualties rescuers are trying to locate.

The Port of Baltimore announced

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