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E-CREWING deploys new satellite vessel tracking service - NAVISPOTTER.COM

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E-CREWING proudly announces trial deployment of innovating satellite vessel tracking service. No matter how far is your vessel beyond of terrastial AIS station coverage the updated vessel's position is always on your monitor. Secure and reliable algorithm of data transmission over open internet chanels using SSL technologies widely used in financial sector.

Navispotter brings a Company's logistic to the new heights by knowing how, where and when a vessel will get her destination with computed data based on real-time date read from a vessel's equipment and pre-planned voyage plan.



Published: 26.09.2017

E-CREWING become an authorized Liberian Filing Agent

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Published: 27.07.2017

First ever remotely operated trading vessel is put on trials in Copengagen

Shipping News

The Rolls Royce together with world's biggest tug operator Svitzer A/S launched the first ever comercial remotely operated vessel on June 20, 2017 in Copengagen. 

From the quay side in Copenhagen harbour the vessel’s captain, stationed at the vessel’s remote base at Svitzer headquarters, berthed the vessel alongside the quay, undocked, turned 3600, and piloted it to the Svitzer HQ, before docking again. The companies have also signed an agreement to continue their cooperation to test remote and autonomous operations for vessels. The primary systems involved will be autonomous navigation, situational awareness, remote control centre and communication.

“It was an honour to be present at what I believe was a world first and a genuinely historic moment for the maritime industry. We’ve been saying for a couple of years that a remotely operated commercial vessel would be in operation by the end of the decade. Thanks to a unique combination of Svitzer’s operational knowledge and our technological expertise, we have made that vision a reality much sooner than we anticipated.”

Mikael Makinen -President, Marine
Mikael Makinen
President, Rolls-Royce - Marine

Pioneering technology

The Svitzer Hermod, a Robert Allan ship design, was built in Turkey at the Sanmar yard in 2016. It is equipped with a Rolls-Royce Dynamic Positioning System, which is the key link to the remote controlled system.

The vessel is also equipped with a pair of MTU 16V4000 M63 diesel engines from Rolls-Royce, each rated 2000 kW at 1800 rpm.

The vessel also features a range of sensors which combine different data inputs using advanced software to give the captain an enhanced understanding of the vessel and its surroundings. The data is transmitted reliably and securely to a Remote Operating Centre (ROC) from where the Captain controls the vessel.

The Remote Operating Centre was designed to redefine the way in which vessels are controlled. Instead of copying existing wheelhouse design the ROC used input from experienced captains to place the different system components in the optimum place to give the master confidence and control. The aim is to create a future proof standard for the control of vessels remotely.

svitzer-hermod Conrol Center


Published: 25.06.2017

Bahamas flagged bulker St. Gregory ran aground in Greece

Maritime Accidents

On the morning of June 7, on the southeastern coast of the Peloponnese, Greece, the bulk carrier St. Gregory, the Bahamas, ran aground.

According to the Coast Guard of Greece, the ship, at the time of the accident there were 19 crew members, none of whom were injured as a result of this incident.

The Coast Guard added that there was also no contamination of the water area. The divers inspected the ship, discovering damage to the ship's hull, as well as a partial loss of tightness. The incident occurred on the route from Istanbul, Turkey to Sfax, Tunisia. At the time of midnight on the 8th of June the vessel still remains at the crash site.

The Greek Coast Guard also reported that the cargo on board St. Gregory - 31,000 metric tons of sulfur.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Published: 08.06.2017

Wilhelmsen Ship Services launches drone delivery program

Shipping News

Development of drones' technologies as well as IoT slowly but surely leads to implementation of new logistic services into most spheres of our activity. This time the shipping industry which is traditionaly very conservative becoming a pioneer

in implementation of new way of interaction along with major IT companies.

Marius Johansen, VP Business Solutions & Marketing, WSS Ships Agency explains, “Whether it is deliveries of critical documents or vital medical supplies, tank inspections, or monitoring cargo and stockpile levels, we believe semi-autonomous drone flights can support and further enhance what our ships agency team can offer our customers”.

Adding, “Relied upon by owners, operators, vessels and crew to get spare parts, medicine, documents, or cash to master where it needs to be at moment’s notice, drone delivery is a natural extension of our existing agency service portfolio”.

Dispensing with the need for launch boats to deliver such essentials to vessels at anchorage, along with cutting delivery times, Johansen estimates drone flights will also slash costs. With launch vessels typically costing on average 1500USD, he suggests a drone delivery would eventually come down to costing just 150USD.

Launching a large scale working pilot project in one of the world’s busiest ports in 2017, in spite of the complexity of global aviation rules and restrictions placed on unmanned aerial vehicles, for WSS drone delivery is very much here to stay.

Published: 21.05.2017

Double blast in Cartagena's shipyard

Maritime Accidents

Colombian police are investigating explosions at two shipyards in Cartagena that killed at least six people and injured 22 others.

The blasts occurred within about 30 minutes of each other Wednesday, at two industrial facilities that are at least six kilometers apart. Black plumes of smoke rose into the sky from the scene of each blast.
Some of the injured were seriously burned.

The first explosion was aboard a ship undergoing repairs at a facility operated by the Cotecmar firm, which is linked to Colombia's defense ministry. The second blast rocked the Astivik Shipyards, owned by a U.S. corporation; the company builds specialized barges, floating docks and tugboats for fuel transporters and commercial salvage firms.

Authorities said investigators will focus both on the cause of the blasts and whether they were related. The shipyards in the Caribbean port's industrial zone are at least 15 km from Cartagena's center and tourist attractions including an old town section that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Published: 18.05.2017

IMB's latest piracy report

Maritime Accidents

Pirates and armed robbers attacked 43 ships and captured 58 seafarers in the first quarter of 2017, slightly more than the same period last year, according to the latest ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) piracy report.

The global report highlights persisting violence in piracy hotspots off Nigeria and around the Southern Philippines – where two crew members were killed in February. Indonesia also reported frequent incidents, mostly low-level thefts from anchored vessels.

In total, 33 vessels were boarded and four fired upon in the first three months of 2017. Armed pirates hijacked two vessels, both off the coast of Somalia, where no merchant ship had been hijacked since May 2012. Four attempted incidents were also received.


Six crew members have been kidnapped from a general cargo vessel off Nigeria, according to ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) report. Pirates boarded an unidentified ship while it was underway around 21 nautical miles south of Nigerian Coast on May 17. Following the attack, pirates escaped. The remaining crew sailed the ship to Bonny anchorage.

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Published: 18.05.2017

New application of AHTS fleet invented in U.A.E.

Shipping News

According to The Guardian, UAE will be run out of ground water in the next 15 years  The major source of the fresh water in the area is mostly desalination, and average daily consumtion rate isabout 500 liters of water a day per person. A private company form Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, claims the National Advisor Bureau plans to send a vessel to Antarctida to haul the iceberg nearly ~13 000 kilometers to Fujairah.

Сompany claims the iceberg can provide enough water for one million people for five years. Moreover, there is a large influx of tourists to the Fujairah region to observe this unusual event.

The idea of towing icebergs is not at all new, this procedure has been used for quite some time by the offshore fleet to prevent the collision of icebergs with drilling platforms in the Arctic regions of Canada.

Published: 12.05.2017

GasChem Beluga spotted in Tees Port, UK

Agency News

GasChem Beluga, an innovating liquefied ethane carrier designed & operated by our core client Hartmann Reederei was spotted in Teesside on April 27.

The 38.000 cbm LEG-carrier "GasChem Beluga", which features a length of 188.3 meters and a width of 29 meters, is able to operate on HFO, MDO and gas oil as well as LNG and is one of the world’s first to operate on ethane.

A long term time charter has been secured by GasChem Services to the petrochemical manufacturer SABIC Petrochemcials B.V.. As the first of two sister vessels, the LEG-carrier will be used for shipments of Ethane from Houston to SABIC's cracker in Teeside, UK. The second LEG-carrier ("GasChem Orca") is schedued to join its owner and time charterer in the third quarter 2017.

The innovative ECO-STAR design of "GasChem Beluga" sets new standards in environmentally friendly and economic shipping by reduced consumption/emissions and an increased cargo capacity with her newly developed STAR-TRILOBE tanks. The propulsion of the ship is generated by a MAN B&W dual fuel 2-stroke engine, which can operate on different fuels including Ethane and LNG.

Published: 29.04.2017

Canary Islands ferry with 140 passengers hits into breakwater in terrifying accident

Maritime Accidents

An out-of-control ferry with 140 passengers on board has been filmed smashing into a harbour wall.

Thirteen people were injured in the incident last night as the ship left the port of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, one of the Canary Islands, heading for Tenerife, five of which were taken to hospital suffering with various injuries. Luckily none were seriously injured.

It is believed that The Naviera Armas ferry suffered electrical failure causing failure of steering gear, however no official statement on root causes of the accident were made. 


The ferry has been towed by two tugs back to its original berth in Las Palmas.

The Tamasite Volcano can carry a maximum of 1,500 people and 300 cars. Damage is now being assessed.

Published: 23.04.2017