China Merchants VLCC newbuilds will feature air lubrication and sail assistance; Sea trials of new Silversea cruise ship include an unusual world first

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China Merchants VLCC newbuilds will feature air lubrication and sail assistance

Marking another step forward in Chinese efforts to reduce shipping emissions, one of two 307,000 dwt VLCCs ordered this week by Hong Kong headquartered China Merchants Group will have an air-lubricated hull while the other will have a sail-based auxiliary wind propulsion system. Full Article

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Sea trials of new Silversea cruise ship include an unusual world first

De Hoop built ultra luxurious 100-passenger, all-suite ship, which will operate Galapagos itineraries, recently concluded sea trials off Rotterdam that included a remarkable world first. COVID-19 travel restrictions meant that dynamic position system supplier Navis had to tune the DPS system remotely from the company’s office in St. Petersburg, over 1,800 kilometers away, effectively putting the ship under remote control from Russia. Full Article

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Frontline reports strong quarter, postpones scrubber installations

John Fredriksen controlled tanker giant Frontline Ltd. reported its best first quarter results since 2008., with net income of $165.3 million compared with $40.1 million in the same quarter of 2019. Citing recent strength in freight rates and concurrent decrease in fuel spreads, Frontline will postpone scrubber installations on two VLCCs and two Suezmax tankers. Full Article

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Le Havre pilot station to get major simulator upgrade

One of Europe’s longest established pilotage operations, with roots going back to the 16th century, is to get a cutting-edge 21st century navigational simulator. The Le Havre pilots in France have placed an order that will see Wärtsilä supply their station with an upgrade that will create a totally new simulator based on 14 digital projectors, comprising seven main circular and seven ground projection systems. It features a panoramic 350° display. Full Article

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