Paul Bartlett

Paul Bartlett

Correspondent


Paul Bartlett is a maritime consultant and editor of Seatrade's annual Green Guide and twice-yearly Middle East Workboat and Offshore marine publications, as well as being a former editor of Seatrade Maritime Review. Paul's vast experience of the maritime industry spans three decades and all the continents, and has included spells working in specialised ship finance companies.

Inmarsat and Hyundai have signed an agreement whereby the shipbuilder’s subsidiary, Hyundai Global Service, will use dedicated bandwidth from Inmarsat to offer shipowners and managers a digital care package for new ship deliveries.

A new family of Azipods spanning a seven-megawatt range between 7.5MW and 14.5MW, launched at Nor-Shipping by ABB Marine and Ports, is targeting the operators of ferries, ropax, medium-sized cruise ships, large offshore construction vessels and shuttle tankers.

Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd has booked the HFO-to-LNG conversion of its 15,000 teu ‘LNG-ready’ container ship, Sajir, acquired in its 2017 take-over of UASC, at China’s Huarun Dadong Shipyard.

Well-to-wake (WtW) reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using LNG as a marine fuel can be reduced by up to 21% compared with current oil-based bunkers, according to an authoritative independent study commissioned jointly by SEA\LNG, an industry foundation promoting liquefied natural gas as a fuel for ships, and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF).

“I’m crossing my fingers here,” DNV GL’s director, environment Eirik Nyhus admitted recently.

The ceo of Drydocks World Dubai (DDW), Rado Antolovic, has only been in his current position for 15 months, but he has already stamped his mark on the operation of one of the world’s largest ship repair, conversion and fabrication facilities.

Petro-piracy is emerging once again as a significant threat in West African waters, with the Gulf of Guinea at the epicentre, delegates at the 10th Chemical & Products Tanker Conference were told in London earlier this week.

“We’ve agreed to do it, but we don’t have the recipe on the mechanics, the measures or the technologies,” declared Sveinung Oftedal, chairman of the IMO’s Subcommittee on Pollution Prevention and Response, as he addressed delegates attending the 10th Chemical & Product Tanker Conference in London earlier this week. 

Extensive steel repairs to cargo tank number two and adjacent areas on board the 316,409 dwt Desh Vaibhav, a Shipping Corporation of India-owned VLCC, built in 2005, which suffered a major explosion in the Gulf of Oman last August, are nearing completion at Oman Drydock.

Marine fuel is too cheap for the environmental damage that it causes and sea transport does not reflect the true cost of bringing goods to market. These are the views of Euronav’s forthright ceo, Paddy Rodgers, who recently surprised the shipping community when he revealed his plans to step down later this year.

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