The sinking of the EMERALD STAR in stormy seas off in the Philippine Sea on October 13 ( https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2017/20043/bulk-carrier-emerald-star-reported-capsized-and-sa/ ) has once again raised the issue of liquefaction as a high risk factor for bulk carriers. The EMERALD STAR was sailing from Indonesia to China with a cargo of nickel ore. There is little doubt that liquefaction was the main cause of the ship capsizing, as the circumstances are similar to the sinking of the BULK JUPITER some years ago. In such tragic situations one question has to be asked: Did the Master of the EMERALD STAR know the true moisture content of his cargo? He would have been entitled to refuse loading or sailing if he believed the cargo was dangerous. But how was he to know?
In one of the worst storms for a while in the German Bight the 225-metre bulk carrier GLORY AMSTERDAM was driven onto a sandbank some two kilometres off the East Frisian island of Langeoog on 29 October. The ship had been anchored off Helgoland but the winds and waves of “Storm Herwart” proved too strong for the ship’s moorings.
GLORY AMSTERDAM: https://www.fleetmon.com/vessels/glory-amsterdam_9287182_37635/
Though not carrying any cargo, the 11-year-old bulk carrier did have some 1,800 tonnes of marine diesel on board and environmental activists were seriously concerned about a possible spillage polluting the mudflats of the Wadden Sea, a UN Cultural Heritage Site. Concerns about the ship’s structural stability only grew when repeated attempts to pull the GLORY AMSTERDAM off the sandbank at high tide failed. The specialists from Rotterdam-based Smit Salvage knew they had just one last card to play. If that attempt failed, the oil would have to be pumped out and the bulk carrier broken up where it lay stranded – a precarious task in an ecologically sensitive environment.
Mobility is a major issue in Germany – not just due to its geographical location at the crossroads of Europe but also because it is one of the world’s leading export nations, which makes it highly dependent on maritime mobility. The keynote theme of the upcoming German Mobility Congress is networked mobility and FleetMon CEO Lars Brandstäter will be one of four experts on a panel discussing safe transport networks.
Networked mobility is at the very heart of the FleetMon service portfolio. After all, its AIS-based vessel tracking service informs customers about the precise movements of any ships they are interested in – anywhere in the world. “I was delighted to accept the invitation to join a panel discussion at the German Mobility Congress because FleetMon plays a key role in enabling safe transport networks at sea,” Lars Brandstaeter says. The FleetMon CEO will join Hans-Hilmar Rischke, Head of Safety at Deutsche Bahn, Mechthild Stöwer, Head of the Security Management Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Safe Information Technology, and Prof. Dr. Stefan Pickl from the RISK Centre of the Federal Armed Forces’ University in Munich on the panel that will address key networked transport issues. Up to 400 attendees are expected at this event.
The Germany Mobility Congress is taking place at the House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) in Frankfurt/Main from October 4-6 (www.deutscher-mobilitaetskongress.de).
Bright lights and crazy colours: the Chinese cruise liner WORLD DREAM was a spectacular sight as she passed through the narrows of the River Ems in NW Germany en route from the Meyer Shipyard in Papenburg to Eemshaven. On 17 September thousands of sightseers followed the cruise liner’s passage along the Ems and were delighted when, with nighttime falling, the whole superstructure and dashingly decorated hull were bathed in the bright colours of 40,000 LEDs.
After arriving safely in Eemshaven on 18 September, the WORLD DREAM departed for sea trials in the North Sea on September 21. This giant liner – 335 metres long, 39.7 metres wide and with a draught of 8.10 metres – will serve the rapidly expanding Chinese market on cruise holidays from China to destinations such as Vietnam and the Philippines. It is the second luxury liner Meyer has built for Dream Cruises, which is part of the Genting Group. The WORLD DREAM’s almost identical sister ship, GENTING DREAM, was handed over to Dream Cruises in September 2016.
Around 1,200 specialists are accompanying the WORLD DREAM on her sea trials to complete work on the ship’s interior fittings and furnishings, e.g. laying carpets, touching up the painting and installing the high-tech audio-visual and media equipment. “The shows passengers will enjoy on the WORLD DREAM are even more spectacular than her highly colourful exterior,” says Christoph Schnetker, a media engineer responsible for coordinating the complex interplay of audio, video, IT and lighting technology on cruise ships like the WORLD DREAM. During the current sea trials Christoph and his colleagues are working long hours to ensure this cruise liner makes dreams come true after being handed over to Dream Cruises in late October.
Since 1991 St. Petersburg has been the venue for Russia’s leading B2B commercial maritime event, NEVA. FleetMon is proud to be playing a proactive role in this year’s exhibition and conference.
NEVA, the International Maritime Exhibition and Conference of Russia, has been supporting the accelerating expansion of the country’s commercial maritime industries by promoting development opportunities, products, services, designers and manufacturers as well as their cooperation with the international shipping community. This year’s bigger-than-ever and fully booked event, the 14th of its kind, takes place from September 19-22 at the exhibition and conference complex near St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo International Airport, and FleetMon will be proactively involved.
All the preparations for NEVA 2017 have now been completed and several exhibitor meetings held. The FleetMon brochures have been translated into Russian and advertising material sent off in good time.
“We can’t wait to meet visitors and other exhibitors who come to our section of the Mecklenburg-Pomerania state pavilion,” says Carsten Hilgenfeld, FleetMon’s Head of Research and Development. “We’re very much aware of how significant this event is in strengthening ties between the Russian maritime industry and international suppliers.”
From 2-4 pm on September 21 Lars Brandstaeter, FleetMon’s CEO, will be presenting a paper at a NEVA workshop. The focus of his talk – “FleetMon’s ETA and ETD data employed on the Russian market” – will be on the practical relevance of FleetMon’s world-leading AIS vessel tracking platform to the Russian maritime industries.
Visit JAKOTA Cruise Systems Ι FleetMon at the NEVA booth G2112.
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At the end of July we were invited by the University of Stuttgart and the Institute of Transportation Research Stuttgart (which is part of Germany’s excellence cluster „simulation technology“) to take part in a workshop on maritime performance calculation on August 24, 2016. After several warm-up presentations, it was discussed how existing algorithms can be improved, in order to generate more accurate results and faster calculation times.
It could be noted, that further research for the improved performance and capacity in the calculation of shipping routes is needed. Main applications in particular apply for shearing and intersecting traffic. According to the participants, there is significant ongoing research, but the results cannot be applied in practice. At the end of the day, each participant was satisfied with the workshop and everyone agreed to work together on future development projects.
SMM, the world’s leading trade fair for the maritime industry takes place from September 6th to 9th in Hamburg, Germany.
With the presence of almost every relevant industry player, the show is the perfect venue for spotting new trends, developing new business contacts, and interacting with leaders in the maritime sector.
FleetMon will be present at this top event for the international maritime industry. If you plan on attending, we would like to take the opportunity to get to know you and your company during the SMM.
Under https://fleetmon-smm2016.youcanbook.me/ we have created an online calendar, from which you can easily make an appointment with us.
We look forward to meeting you and having lots of interesting and stimulating conversations! You will find us on our partner’s booth of Lloyd’s Register in Hall B4.EG, Stand 105.
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With the release of our new Historical Track module we now provide a free, monthly budget to all users of FleetMon with an Unlimited, SAT15 or SAT 50 account. On every first day of the month, your credit balance will be replenished. Should you already own a credit budget, the gift credits will be used first.
Security in networks has been an ongoing iusse for many years.
With the intensive use of communication technology as open and collaborative, the increasingly interconnected world, makes computers and data ever more difficult to secure. Confidential information eventually finds its way to third parties.
The chance to meet face to face with clients and market participants is very important to us. After several interesting and informative meetings at the Digitital Ship show in Hamburg earlier this year we are now looking forward to our next engagement.