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THREE of MOL Comfort's sister ships have returned to service after reinforcement work on their hulls. MOL Celebration, MOL Courage and MOL Creation were sent by Mitsui OSK Lines back to its Asia/North Europe loop on 10 August. Work on sisters MOL Charisma and MOL Competence is scheduled for completion by end-September at Mitsubishi HI, while work on MOL Commitment, which was delivered only in June, is scheduled to be finished by February 2014. The recall of the six sisters was ordered shortly after MOL Comfort split in half in the Indian Ocean on 17 June. The reinforcement work is claimed buy MOL to have strengthened the hulls to approximately twice what is required by ClassNK. Lloyd's Register, which was also tapped for its technical expertise, said the structural reinforcement completed for the sisters is "the best preventive measure against a similar failure at present".
Izvor : FP

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PanamalocksAUGUST 8, 2013—The first four new massive gates for the Panama Canal’s Third Set of Locks is expected to arrive in Panama from Italy on a heavy lift ship on August 19. The locks are one of the biggest milestones of the Expansion Program.

The Third Set of Locks has a total of 16 rolling gates (eight for each new lock complex).The new gates weigh an average of 3,300 tons each and are 57.6m x 10m x 31.92m. They were constructed in Italy by subcontractor Cimolai SpA. They will be unloaded in the Atlantic side of the Canal and rolled off the ship onto a special reception dock.
The Expansion Program has an overall progress of 60.4% and will build a new lane of traffic along the Panama Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, which will double the waterway’s capacity. The Third Set of Locks will make room for the transit of more cargo and larger vessels, having a direct impact on economies of scale.


Nije potrebno biti pomorski stručnjak pa zaključiti kakav će negativan uticaj imati proširenje Panamskog kanala na brodare. Ovime se omogućava daleko većim brodovima prolaz kanalom, povećana frekventnost, kao i smanjene prometa oko Rta Horn. Tonske milje će imat pad koji je u ovom trenutku teško precizno izračunati ali će dodatno otežati i ovako tešku situaciju u pomorskom brodarstvu. Na drugoj strani može se očekivati smanjenje cijene roba zbog manjeg učešća troškova prevoza odnosno vozarina u ukupnoj cijeni roba.


Izvor : M. Log 

Vessel (Teu/Hmg)     Index + / -
700/440TEU (GL) 17.5 k     3.28 ►0.00
1,043/660TEU (GL) 18 K     4.74 ►0.00
1,100/715TEU (G) 19 k     7.67 ►0.00
1,700/1,125TEU (G) 19.5 k     8.86 ▲0.12
1,740/1,300TEU (G) 20.5 k     8.87 ▲0.12
1,714/1,250TEU (G) 19k     5.34 ►0.00
2,500/1,900TEU (G) 22 k     4.32 ▼0.08
2,800/2,000TEU (GL) 22 k     3.65 ▲0.05
3,500/2,500TEU (GL) 23 k     1.61 ►0.00
4,250/2,800TEU (GL) 24 k     2.83 ▼0.08
5500/4,200TEU (GL) 25 k     2.83 ▼0.17
6500/4,800 (GL) 25 k     4.06 ▼0.19
Index Total     58.07 ▼0.23
G - Geared GL - Gearless

Da su kreativnost i nove ideje vodilja svakog poslovnog uspijeha pokazuje i primjer Turske kompanije Karadeniz, koja trgovačke brodove pretvara u elektrane kojima se mogu snabdijevati čitavi gradovi ili regije, pogotovo u zemljama koje imaju manjak energije , a takvih ima priličan broj :


A TURKISH operator of power-generating ships told Fairplay today it is targeting sub-Sahara Africa for floating electricity generation.

Nuray Atacik, commercial chief of Istanbul's Karadeniz, said: "There are ongoing negotiations with a number of countries in the sub-Sahara African region, but no contract has yet been signed."

The group also hopes its floating generation platforms catch on in the UK. Atacik pointed out: "Karadeniz currently owns seven power ships, with more ships currently under construction."

The ships would give Karadeniz "the capacity to deliver enough energy to not only power the city or region in which our ships are operating, but to generate enough power to deliver electricity to supply the needs of an entire country", she told Fairplay.

The company is today converting at a Turkish yard a vessel previously used to transport yachts into a ship using fuel oil or natural gas to generate electricity, she added.

Karadeniz began selling electricity from ships in 2009 and already supplies power in Iraq, Pakistan and Lebanon, generated on ships converted from bulkers and barges. Its balance sheet exceeds $1Bn and workforce numbers 1,000 people.

"Energy will play a crucial role in the attainment of Africa's development goals, and as a result of the successes of our 'Power of Friendship' projects in the Middle East, it is our intention to bring the same to Africa," Atacik declared.


Izvor : FP