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2016-06-13 13:29:56

Business was good for regional ship repair operators participating in this year's Posidonia Exhibition, the world's most prestigious maritime event. Shipyards in Turkey and Portugal were among those who concluded business deals during the first few days of the exhibit.

Every two years, Posidonia attracts the world's maritime community to Greece, the world's biggest shipping power – a good environment for making connections. "Posidonia is very fruitful for us and the biggest event we participate in...We have concluded three major deals during the first two days," said Nedime Ozoglu, Repair Division Marketing & Estimating, Besiktas Shipyard. "We have been at Posidonia since 2010, so this is our third participation and we will definitely come back in 2018. Winning new business is important but talking to our friends and customers is the key to maintaining strong relationships."

Portugal's Lisnave and Turkey's Gemak also inked repair deals with fleet owners during the first few days of Posidonia 2016. "This is a great, given the current market's prevailing conditions with a weak freight market," said Alex Scaramangas of Resolute Marine Services. He believes that the sector will improve. "A lot of dry docking repairs were brought forward in 2015 in order to avoid implementation of the BWT system so, subsequently, we were left with a bit of a vacuum in the first half of 2016. We remain optimistic, however...on the bulker market the consensus is that there will be some improvement."

His view is shared by Ozoglu, who believes that 2016 will be a better than expected year for the ship repair sector in Turkey. "Many customers we have spoken with at Posidonia this week share the opinion that the market is improving marginally. While 2016 as a whole will not be better than last year, it will be better than expected," said she.

Competition in ship repair is fierce in the current market, and over 200 shipyards were represented at Posidonia. "Lisnave provides excellent service with capacity to accommodate six vessels simultaneously on dry dock, but we cannot compare European shipyards with China, not even Turkey, which is more competitive in terms of price," added Scaramangas. "Posidonia is very important for us, not just because we conclude specific business during the show, but  simply because our absence would be noticed. It is a good opportunity to meet with clients who visit the venue and it offers great networking opportunities through the various social events," said he.

More than 1.800 exhibitors from 90 countries participated in this year's show, which set a new record in terms of exhibitor floor space occupying 40,000 sqm of the Athens Metropolitan Expo. More than 40 parallel seminars and conferences were organized at the same venue during the same week, another Posidonia record.

2016-06-03 11:24:02

Shipping might still be in recession but organizers of the world's most famous shipping show, Posidonia, said that the event, scheduled to kick off this weekend, will be a record one in terms of size.

Theo Vokos, executive director of Posidonia Exhibitions, reveals, "Despite the currently challenging market conditions, Posidonia 2016 will be bigger than the previous edition, underlining the importance of Greek shipping for both Greece and the international maritime industry."

The 2016 edition is the biggest exhibition ever in terms of floor space, as it has grown by some 15%. With floor space demand at unprecedented levels, more than 1,800 exhibitors from 89 countries will welcome almost 20,000 visitors in Athens.

This growth of Posidonia, Vokos says, is the result of the resilience of the Greek shipping industry, which has managed to cope with the difficult conditions prevailing in the shipping market, but has also capitalized on its entrepreneurial spirit by investing into upgrading and reinventing its product, thereby solidifying its leadership position.

Among the big growth areas for the show is the volume of conferences scheduled, with more than 40 taking place next week, which Vokos maintains will "transform Posidonia into the shipping hub of the world for one week".

No other shipping show has the power to move markets – as evidenced this week with brokers heavily active ahead of a lull in business likely next week as brokers and owners rub shoulders at parties in and around Athens.

2016-03-14 17:38:20

The Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre in Aalborg, Denmark will soon be expanded to five times its current size. This extraordinary development, focused on LNG and other alternative fuels, will address new challenges and possibilities for marine customers as they strive to meet environmental and energy targets. The expansion will create the world's most advanced test centre for environmental and combustion technology – regardless of fuel type.

Opened nearly two years ago, the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre is a cornerstone of customer-focused technology development. It is already a massive facility, boasting a 250 m2 testing space where a 2 MW diesel engine and equipment from all of Alfa Laval's marine product groups create the closest possible simulation of a full-sized commercial vessel. Now it will be expanded with an additional 1100 m2, dedicated to environmental and combustion technology in burners and heating systems for vessels using LNG and other alternative marine fuels.The wider operations are expected to begin at the turn of the year 2016-2017.

"LNG and other fuel alternatives will play a key role in meeting the marine industry's environmental and energy challenges," says Peter Leifland, head of Alfa Laval’s Marine & Diesel Division. "Through the expansion of the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, we will support this shift with cutting-edge technology development."

Preparing the way for LNG

As Leifland suggests, the expansion of the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre is in step with the new direction being taken by many ship owners. In just 15 years, it is expected that 7000 vessels will be sailing with LNG, compared with a mere 500 today.

"This is a remarkable change, driven in part by the successive tightening of NOx and SOx regulations by IMO," says Bodil Nielsen, Alfa Laval Product & Technology Manager. "LNG is an attractive solution, because it reduces NOx by 85-90% and virtually eliminates SOx."

By moving from petroleum-based fuels to LNG, vessels can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% overall. However, as Nielsen points out, "Advanced technology is a prerequisite for making the switch."

Security through technology

The challenges involved with gas are nearly as great as the benefits. LNG poses additional environmental difficulties due to the methane and other greenhouse gases that evaporate from it, no matter how it is stored or transported. Moreover, all gas fuels are a serious explosion hazard, requiring sophisticated equipment for safe handling and treatment.

At the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, existing solutions to these challenges will be refined – and new ones developed. "There are key processes that become significantly more complex when LNG is involved, which means the technologies on board must be even more advanced," says Lars SkytteJørgensen VP Product Centre Boilers at Alfa Laval. "The Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre ensures that our diesel-related equipment is the most proven on the market, and with the new expansion, it will do the same for our gas-related solutions."

Innovation on multiple fronts

The expanded facility will be the only one of its kind where environmental technologies for all types of fuels can be tested. Moreover, it will promote development from a range of perspectives. As in the existing diesel testing space, interactions and synergies between process lines will be explored in the gas testing area.

As an example, Jørgensen points to the combustion of evaporated greenhouse gases from LNG. "While the gases have to be burned to minimize environmental impact, we will develop the best technology for doing it safely – and for using the energy to provide heat and propulsion," he says. "By looking not only at the environment, but also at energy efficiency and economy, the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre will ensure that Alfa Laval is the clear choice for customers who make the transition to gas-powered ships."

Cementing leadership in environmental and fuel technology

The expansion of the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, which is supported by the Danish Maritime Fund, will also provide new opportunities to collaborate with customers and cooperation partners. Such collaborations have been instrumental in many areas, such as the development of flagship environmental systems like Alfa Laval PureNOx, Alfa Laval PureSOx and Alfa Laval PureBallast.

Combined with the centre's unique physical capabilities, deepened collaboration will strengthen Alfa Laval's position as the marine expert in environmental and fuel technology. "Alfa Laval is the only company in the world to offer the complete package of environmental and combustion-optimizing systems for the shipping industry," says Jørgensen. "Because we contribute to so many vital aspects on board, we are fortunate to have many who wish to be involved with our research and development."

"The Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre today is a focal point for advanced development of diesel fuel systems and related environmental technologies," adds Bodil Nielsen. "With the new expansion for gas, it will have the same strong role when it comes to LNG and other fuels. The gas revolution is here, and Alfa Laval will be at the cutting edge."


2016-03-02 11:31:57

The Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre in Aalborg, Denmark will soon be expanded to five times its current size. This extraordinary development, focused on LNG and other alternative fuels, will address new challenges and possibilities for marine customers as they strive to meet environmental and energy targets. The expansion will create the world’s most advanced test centre for environmental and combustion technology – regardless of fuel type.

Openednearly two years ago, the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre is a cornerstone of customer-focused technology development. It is already a massive facility, boasting a 250 m2 testing spacewhere a 2 MW diesel engine and equipment from all of Alfa Laval’s marine product groups create the closest possible simulation of a full-sized commercial vessel. Now it will be expanded with an additional 1100 m2, dedicated to environmental and combustion technology in burners and heating systems for vessels using LNG and other alternative marine fuels.The wider operations are expected to beginat the turn of the year 2016-2017.

"LNG and other fuel alternatives will play a key role in meeting the marine industry's environmental and energy challenges," says Peter Leifland, head of Alfa Laval's Marine & Diesel Division. "Throughthe expansion of the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, we will support thisshift with cutting-edge technology development."

Preparing the way for LNG

As Leifland suggests, the expansion of the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre is in step with the new direction being taken by many ship owners. In just 15 years, it is expected that 7000 vessels will be sailing with LNG, compared with a mere 500 today.

"This is a remarkable change, driven in part by the successive tightening of NOx and SOxregulations by IMO," says Bodil Nielsen, Alfa Laval Product & Technology Manager. "LNG is an attractive solution, because it reduces NOx by 85-90% and virtually eliminates SOx."

By movingfrom petroleum-based fuels to LNG, vessels can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% overall. However, as Nielsen points out, "Advanced technology is a prerequisite for making the switch."

Security through technology

The challenges involved with gas are nearly as great as the benefits. LNGposes additional environmental difficulties due to the methane and other greenhouse gases that evaporate from it, no matter how it is stored or transported. Moreover, all gas fuels are a serious explosionhazard, requiring sophisticated equipment for safe handling and treatment.

At the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, existing solutions to these challenges will be refined – and new ones developed. "There are key processes that become significantly more complex when LNG is involved, which means the technologies on board must be even more advanced," says Lars SkytteJørgensen VP Product Centre Boilers at Alfa Laval. "The Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre ensures that our diesel-related equipment is the most proven on the market, and with the new expansion, it will do the same for our gas-related solutions."

Innovation on multiple fronts

The expanded facility will be the only one of its kind where environmental technologies for all types of fuels can be tested. Moreover, it will promote development from a range of perspectives. As in the existing diesel testing space, interactions and synergies between process lines will be explored in the gas testing area.

As an example, Jørgensen points to the combustion of evaporated greenhouse gases from LNG. "While the gases have to be burned to minimize environmental impact, we will develop the best technology for doing it safely – and for using the energy to provide heat and propulsion," he says. "By looking not only at the environment, but also at energy efficiency and economy, the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre will ensure that Alfa Laval is the clear choicefor customers who make the transition to gas-powered ships."

Cementing leadership in environmental and fuel technology

The expansion of the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, which is supported by the Danish Maritime Fund, will also provide new opportunities to collaborate with customers and cooperation partners.Such collaborations have been instrumental in many areas, such as the development offlagship environmental systems like Alfa Laval PureNOx, Alfa Laval PureSOx and Alfa Laval PureBallast.

Combined with the centre's unique physical capabilities, deepened collaboration will strengthen Alfa Laval's position as the marine expert in environmental and fuel technology. "Alfa Laval is the only company in the world to offer the complete package of environmental and combustion-optimizing systems for the shipping industry," says Jørgensen. "Because we contribute to so many vital aspects on board, we are fortunate to have many who wish to be involved with our research and development."

"The Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre today is a focal point for advanced developmentofdieselfuel systems and related environmental technologies," adds Bodil Nielsen. "With the new expansion for gas, it will have the same strong role when it comes toLNG and other fuels. The gas revolution is here, and Alfa Laval will be at the cutting edge."

2016-02-15 15:31:55

Cruise360 will be held from June 1 to June 6 this year at Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada.

Developed and hosted by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Cruise360 offers a truly panoramic view of the cruise industry. Enjoy multiple networking events, ship inspections, professional development opportunities, educational seminars and an in-depth analyses into current cruise and travel industry trends.

As the largest and only official conference of the cruise industry, Cruise360 sets the gold standard for bringing together travel professionals, cruise line representatives, ports & destinations, industry suppliers and CLIA preferred partners for six days of networking, education opportunities and fun.


2016-02-05 15:36:33

Pacific LNG Summit 2016 will be held at Palace Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan on June 15 and June 16, 2016.

The first edition of Pacific LNG Summit is launched as part of the Gastech portfolio of events in response to the growing need for the LNG industry to come together and collaborate to move beyond challenges in the low oil price environment.

2016-02-05 15:27:54

The 7th annual International Port Security Conference will be held in London on June 1 and June 2, 2016.

The conference aims to bring together key decision makers in the industry to discuss modern methods of port security and provide effective learning experiences for all delegates through the carefully selected expert speaker line up.

Interacting with delegates from across the globe and hearing from industry leading experts will ensure delegates are up-to-date with high priority information that enables you to best secure your seaports, civilians and means of trade.

Topics to be discussed include terrorism, cyber terrorism, emergency intervention procedures, optimising technology use in security checks and case studies featuring some of the largest ports across the world. Our diverse range of topics will allow delegates to learn best practices for port security and understand further how other ports are resolving core challenges.


2015-12-29 16:59:21

ACI's 6th Maritime Security Management Asia will be held in Singapore from May 11 and May 12, 2016.

The conference will address detailed risk management and planning strategies that can be put in place in accordance with major regulations, so that in a time of crisis, the crew and vessel are well-equipped and prepared to diffuse any situation safely and legally.

This conference is essential for CSO's and the safety & security department in order to stay abreast with the latest industry responses to keep the crew and vessel assets well prepared.

2015-12-16 13:19:18

Canada LNG Export Conference and Exhibition 2016 will be held in Vancouver, Canada from May 10, 2016 to May 12, 2016.

As the leading commercial – strategic and technical global platform in Canada, which engages and connects all key stakeholders in the LNG value chain, Canada LNG Export Conference & Exhibition are proud to be partnering with the Federal Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta in addition to collaborating with a number of key Canadian and International industry stakeholders and market participants to support the development of Canada's LNG Export ambitions.


2015-12-02 13:54:08

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, underway now could have an effect on the shipping industry for years. Understandably, the industry has been concerned about the imposition of an onerous carbon tax and increased regulations that will hamper operations. The industry feels that a lot has already been accomplished and should not be burdened further. The International Chamber of Shipping has stated that fuel efficiency efforts have been aggressive by the industry. The International Maritime Organization's efforts to cut CO2 emissions are said to have been far better than government targets.

Rather than fighting for reductions of regulations and constraints on the industry, thought should be given to any opportunities that governmental changes could have that would be beneficial. One must remember that currently, the critical problem is the overcapacity in segments such as dry bulk. If any regulations or agreements are able to hasten the retirement of ships to the scrap yards, a substantial benefit will be realized.

But first one needs to look at the overall issues that climate change reductions will have on commodities transported by ship, in particular those transported by dry bulk. As a major contributor to carbon dioxide, coal is a good place to start. Beginning with China, it is clear that there is little need to pressure China to reduce its use of coal.  China's own smog problem is the primary driver on this. The government is well aware of the problem and is willing to deal with it and in fact has already begun to cut coal's use. On the other hand, India, like other developing economies, will likely have to be pressured to transition away from coal for electricity generation. Developed countries will of course help with technology and investment for these changes. Efforts will also be made to reduce heating and cooking by coal in underdeveloped countries. Hence no matter what, coal is a dying fuel. Therefore dry bulk transportation of coal does not have a bright future.

As for crude oil and the tanker fleet, economics and geopolitics will probably dominate for years with carbon reduction having only a long term damping effect. The same goes for natural gas use and its transportation.

The most interesting outcome after COP21 would be how national legislation is crafted to hasten the retirement, or conversion, of ships with polluting technologies. Any laws or regulations which heavily tax or constrain the use of certain propulsion systems will have effective dates that are years away.  Tax incentives for new technology ships would have an effect soon; however, they would add to capacity by essentially reducing the cost of newbuilds. Some governmental actions could have a more beneficial and immediate results. For example, a tax break or subsidy for the scrapping of these polluting ships could take some of the capacity from the market immediately.

There may even be other ways to reduce capacity by supporting legislation and regulations that are possible due to COP21. The agreements need to be examined carefully. Creative ideas for legislation and regulation should be developed. Collusion among shipping operators can often be illegal; however, legislation and regulations can achieve the same end properly and quite legally. Hence COP21 is an opportunity that does not come often.

In summary, the largest effect on shipping from COP21 will likely be the reduction of coal as a dry bulk. If the agreements at COP21 and the national laws and regulations afterward are crafted correctly, they could be beneficial in reducing the overcapacity which has plagued several segments of maritime transportation.


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