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Vessel bow conversion for Hyundai Merchant Marine
South Korean line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has converted the bulbous bow of its 8,600 teu vessel, Hyundai Brave, to improve fuel efficiency.
The converted bow is now in the sha...
What goes around comes about
On a recent visit to South Africa I came across one of the most graphic examples of the vulnerabilities inherent in today’s global container supply chains. One misplaced investment and it is...
Panama Canal widening forces Panamax rethink
Panamax vessels are currently a staple on trades involving a transit via the Panama Canal, but when the canal’s wider locks open in 2015 there will be a shake-up as many of these ships will...
Still waters run deep as residents air their ire over lay-up site
While there are considerable technical challenges to laying up vessels, the last round of large-scale lay-ups in 2009 demonstrated that there can be social challenges as well.
Shipowners boost anti-corrosion efforts
Methods to prevent hull corrosion have never been more important, as the challenging economic climate means that container shipowners are keener than ever to extend the lives of their ships.
TOTE goes for dual fuel
TOTE Inc, which operates US domestic container and roro services, has ordered a pair of newbuild 3,100 teu, 45,000 dwt cellular container ships. Each of the two ships will be powered by MAN Diesel...
LNG ship design slashes fuel costs
An LNG-fuelled container ship concept that could make fuel cost savings of up to 30 per cent has been designed by IPP Ingenieur Partner Pool. The IPP Partner Pool is an alliance of renowned German...
Solving the funds “roadblock” to unlock retrofit projects
Helping ship operators to access the funds needed to retrofit existing vessels to make them more energy efficient is one of the activities of non-governmental organisation Carbon War Room.
Ship retrofits boost energy efficiency
Modifying existing vessels in order to increase their energy efficiency has gained momentum in the container ship sector, and it is a trend that is expected to keep growing. “The market for...
Cleaner and smarter
Yard cranes are an effective and widely-used means of achieving high-density stacking within a container terminal. Over the years the relative market fortunes of the two principal types of yard cr...