Dutch builder launches second ship in series ordered by Thun Tankers

Thun Reliance, the second tanker in a series ordered by Thun Tankers from Ferus Smit

Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit has launched the second vessel in a series ordered by Swedish tanker operator Thun Tankers. Thun Reliance was launched at Ferus Smit’s facilities in Leer, Germany. It is the second in a planned vessels boasting an innovative design with adaptive propulsion to minimise...


Malaysia’s MISC orders ammonia dual-fuel tanker pair

Rendering of an ammonia-fuelled Aframax tanker ordered by Malaysia's the MISC Group

Malaysian shipping company the MISC Group, through its tanker arm AET, has placed an order for two Aframax vessels in a series to be built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation subsidiary Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC). The vessels will be fitted with dual-fuel engines that can also...


VESSEL REFIT | Haigang Zhiyuan – Chemical tanker re-enters service as China’s first methanol bunkering ship

Haigang Zhiyuan, the Port of Shanghai's newest methanol bunkering ship

Zhoushan Putuo Changhong Shipyard in China has completed conversion works on a locally-owned chemical tanker to enable it to operate as a bunkering vessel that will serve ships running on methanol. Haigang Zhiyuan (海港致远) is classed by China Classification Society (CCS), which said the vessel is the...


COLUMN | Safety culture matters: Pemex and Perenco on the wrong side of history [Offshore Accounts]

Offshore is one of the industries with the biggest risk profiles in the world. When bad things happen in offshore, people die, often there are explosions and sinkings, fires and oil spills, and the environment can be badly polluted, killing seabirds, fish, dolphins and coral, and inflicting...


Tanker operator faces US treasury sanctions for illicit transfers of oil to Iran

The Comoros-flagged crude oil tanker Hecate, which is being sanctioned by the US Treasury Department for alleged illicit transfers of oil destined for Iran

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is taking additional action against Iranian military revenue generation, targeting shipping company Oceanlink Maritime DMCC for facilitating the shipment of Iranian commodities on behalf of Iran’s Armed Forces General Staff (AFGS) and Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL). OFAC is also […]

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Partnership to develop semiconductor technology for integration in marine propulsion systems

Infineon Technologies and South Korean shipbuilder HD Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering (KSOE) have entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) as part of a broader project wherein the two companies will jointly develop applications for the electrification of marine engines and machinery using energy-efficient power semiconductor technology. KSOE is already focusing on creating […]

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Jinzhao Peru secures US$405 million port construction project

Terminal Portuario Jinzhao Peru, a subsidiary of Chinese construction company Jinzhao, has been awarded a contract for the design, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of a new large port in San Juan de Marcona in Nazca province in southern Peru. The contract awarded by the Peruvian...


COLUMN | Perenco’s shame and Gabon’s lax standards: a fatal combination [Offshore Accounts]

In an industry is awash with cash and record profits, it is tragic to see five people confirmed dead in an accident on a Perenco platform offshore Gabon, and one other worker still missing, presumed also killed, as per the most recent update. Last Wednesday, there was a fire on the Becuna platform...


REMINISCENCES | The lessons of “Supership” half a century on

Fifty years ago, the shipping “establishment” was plunged into angst and indignation by the publication of a book that opened up many of the mysteries of the modern maritime industry to critical public scrutiny. Noel Mostert’s “Supership” was the account of a voyage he had taken from North Europe...


Study confirms new firefighting guidance needed for methanol-fuelled vessels

A new fire safety study by global survival technology company Survitec has revealed that existing firefighting methods used to extinguish machinery space spray and pool fires on conventionally-fuelled vessels are inadequate when dealing with methanol-based fires. This follows extensive comparative fire tests on dual-fuel marine engines using diesel oil and methanol, carried out amid growing […]

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