Golden Ray: Heavy crane set to lift and salvage capsized vessel

Golden Ray Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John D. Miller
Golden Ray Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John D. Miller

The team working on the removal of the capsized car carrier Golden Ray is preparing for the final stage of the operation to remove the vessel that has been lying on its side in St. Simons Sound since September 2019.

The twin-hull heavy lift vessel VB-10,000 arrived at the Port of Fernandina in Florida on July 3 for final modifications and function checks before heading to St. Simons Sound. The lift vessel is currently scheduled to arrive at the wreck site by mid-July.

The 255-foot tall gantries of the VB-10,000 made an impressive sight at the docks in Florida. The configuration of the rigging beams underneath the top of the gantries will be modified to prepare for the lifting on the Golden Ray.

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Yanmar aiming for zero emissions using new engine technology

Yanmar are to develop a hydrogen fuel cell system
Yanmar are to develop a hydrogen fuel cell system

Yanmar Holdings and its subsidiary Yanmar Power Technology are to develop a hydrogen fuel cell system for marine applications based on vehicle fuel cell technology.

Initially the new maritime fuel cell system will be installed on Yanmar’s own test boat with field testing starting by the end of 2020.

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Biofouling industry partnership launched by IMO

IMO launches industry partnership on biofouling. Image credit: Hamish Lass, BOP
IMO launches industry partnership on biofouling. Image credit: Hamish Lass, BOP

The UN-led GloFouling partnership has launched a new alliance with a group of fouling control companies to accelerate the development of hull fouling solutions. Four companies have become the founding members of the new biofouling initiative: hull cleaning service providers CleanSubSea, ECOsubsea and HullWiper and sonic antifouling system manufacturer Sonihull. IMO expects that more companies will join the program.

The four firms in the new Global Industry Alliance for Marine Biosafety (GIA) will work with the GloFouling Partnerships Project – a joint initiative between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IMO – in order to promote biofouling control solutions.

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DCSA give fresh impetus to electronic bills of lading development

Fresh impetus given to electronic bills of lading development by the DCSA
Fresh impetus given to electronic bills of lading development by the DCSA

The target of 50% of all bills of lading to be electronic within the next decade has been set by the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) in an announcement made last week. The international freight transport insurer, TT Club welcomes the commitment by the group of container shipping lines that together operate nearly 70% of the world’s capacity. The initiative is consistent with the increased trend towards digitisation across the industry to improve efficiency and reduce costs. However, the current pressures felt through the supply chain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have no doubt spurred the action.

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