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Castor Marine expands North Sea network to full 4G coverage

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Castor Marine expands North Sea network to full 4G coverage. Image: Castor Marine
Castor Marine expands North Sea network to full 4G coverage. Image: Castor Marine
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Castor Marine, a growing global coastal and offshore connectivity provider has signed a reseller agreement with Tampnet, the largest offshore 4G LTE network operator in the North Sea. After signing, Castor Marine immediately went to work for its first 4G Tampnet client: The Walk-to-Work vessel Keizersborg went live and now has seamless 4G LTE offshore connectivity.

With this deal, Castor Marine is now an official Tampnet Activation Point, adding value to its customers’ operations. In the past, vessels supported by Castor Marine automatically switched to the VSAT connection of the company’s own network when moving outside of 4G coverage and vice versa. Now, full 4G coverage for ship and crew is guaranteed.

Other benefits are that customers who want Tampnet access can simply add them to their connectivity package with one telephone call, customers have less administration in relation to managing connectivity for their fleet, and they benefit from higher bandwidth enabling dedicated 4G connections in the North-Sea or a high level of North Sea redundancy, ensuring more uptime.

Fleetwide connectivity for Wagenborg

Castor Marine already delivers fleetwide connectivity services for the fleet of Wagenborg, where it also remotely monitors and manages all onboard equipment 24/7, ensuring the continuous operation of all the vessels. As Wagenborg’s North Sea offshore wind operations depend on a continuous and correct flow of information – both between people and machines – the company decided to go live with the new low-latency connection for its Walk-to-Work vessel Keizersborg as soon as possible.

Hence, quickly after Castor Marine and Tampnet signed the contract, Castor’s installation engineers set up, tested and started the fast, low-latency package on the Tampnet network for immediate operations.

Ivo Veldkamp, CEO of Castor Marine, states: “The expansion of our services with Tampnet 4G is part of our growth strategy and our mission to ensure the best vessel connectivity anywhere in the world.
The seamless integration of Voyager VSAT with 4G LTE services from Tampnet ensures high availability for business-critical operations, reducing downtime and associated costs for all our clients. I thank Tampnet for the good cooperation from the start and look forward to serving our clients with this connectivity upgrade!”

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New LNG carrier Diamond Gas Victoria delivered

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New LNG carrier Diamond Gas Victoria delivered. Image: NYK Line
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The liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Diamond Gas Victoria was delivered. The new ship will transport LNG from British Columbia for the LNG Canada project, as well as from other locations around the world, under a long-term time-charter contract with Diamond Gas International Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), which has a stake in the LNG Canada project.

The vessel was built at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries and is owned by NYK, Asia LNG Transport Dua Sdn. Bhd. (ALT Dua),* and MC through the joint venture Diamond LNG Shipping 6 Pte. Ltd.** The NYK Group will be responsible for ship management.

Diamond Gas Victoria is equipped with a state-of-the-art WinGD-made dual-fuel slow-speed diesel engine (i.e., X-DF diesel engine)*** that has superior fuel-consumption efficiency and can operate on marine gas oil or boil off gas stored in the cargo tank. The vessel will also feature a re-liquefaction system that can use re-liquefied excess boil-off gas and return it to the cargo tank.

The cargo tank will be a 174,000 cubic meter capacity membrane-type tank that will make use of advanced insulating materials**** to suppress the boil-off rate (percentage of gas volume that vaporizes during navigation) in the cargo tank and realize superior efficiency and economical LNG transportation.

 

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Singapore Port establishes Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation

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The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) today announced the establishment of the Global Offshore Carbonation Center (GCMD) in Singapore and appointed Lane Down as CEO.

BW Group, East Pacific Shipping, Det Norske Veritas Foundation, Ocean Network Express and Sembcorp Marine aim to lead the transport in the maritime sector with a total fund of $120 million.

Lynn Lou, director of Princeton University’s Center for Andlinger Energy and Environment, said: She is responsible for developing and implementing an overall strategy for the new center in collaboration with the GCMD committee.  She will also build partnerships with the shipping industry, government agencies, international organizations, and other regional and international offshore decarbonization hubs.

Andreas Suman Bao as CEO of BW Group and Singapore Shipping Company will be appointed as Chairman of the GCMD Board of Directors.  As per  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, 31 institutions, including transport companies, classification boards, research centers, traders, energy workers, tank operators, warehouses, engineering companies, financial institutions and industrial enterprises, have keen interest to collaborate with GCMD.

GCMD will facilitate decarbonisation technology development and test-bedding, including future marine fuel trials with the industry and research communities in Singapore. To this end, MPA is looking at developing waterfront facilities to support these activities. MPA is working with relevant agencies to study the viability of locating GCMD along with other maritime developments at Marina South.

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Yang Ming takes delivery of one more 11,000 TEU ship

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Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (Yang Ming) has added one new 11,000 TEU container vessel, ‘YM Travel’ on 27th July, 2021. The vessel chartered from Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. and built by Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. was named at a ceremony held at Imabari Hiroshima Shipyard. Yang Ming’s attendees joined the ceremony remotely at their Taipei office. Mrs. Chen, Shi-Kuan, Chairman of SinoPac Holdings, had the honor to officially name the ship during the ceremony and wish the ship and its crew the best of luck on their future voyages.

To further strengthen Yang Ming’s mid- to long-term operational efficiency, the company ordered a total of fourteen 11,000 TEU newbuildings through long-term charter agreements with ship owners. YM Travel is the sixth delivered in the series. This type of vessels has a nominal capacity of 11,860 TEU and is equipped with 1,000 plugs for reefer containers. With a length of 333.9 meters, a width of 48.4 meters, a draft of 16 meters, these vessels are designed to cruise at a speed up to 23 knots. The containerships incorporate various environmental features including scrubbers, Water Ballast Treatment Plant and Alternative Marine Power system.

This type of vessels adopts the twin-island design to increase loading capacity and navigational visibility to ensure more efficiency and safety. The ship hull form optimization will further increase energy saving and reduce overall emissions. In addition, the ships are designed with shorter length and beam, which makes them easier to maneuver during berthing or departure. The new dimensions enable these ships to call at major ports worldwide and pass through new Panama Canal with no restriction, and facilitate greater flexibility in vessel deployment.

Yang Ming started taking delivery of these new vessels from 2020. These newbulidings will lower the average age of its global fleet, reduce unit cost and achieve energy efficiency. In addition, these ships will accelerate fleet optimization to proactively cope with the challenges and stricter environmental regulations faced by the fast-changing shipping industry. The container shipping market has seen a surge in demand. During the period, the deployment of these new vessels will enable Yang Ming to maximize capacity utilization, greatly enhance its service quality, and deliver more excellent service to global customers.

YM Travel will join THE Alliance’s trans-Pacific service PS6 on July 30th, the port rotation of PS6 is Qingdao – Ningbo – Pusan – Los Angeles – Oakland – Kobe – Qingdao.

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