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According to Douglas-Westwood energy consultants, the FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas facility) market is expected to grow to $58.3 billion in capital investments throughout the next seven years. Liquefaction infrastructure is projected to make up just more than 60 percent of market spend. However, DW also notes that this year, investors are a little hesitant to make the first splash into the second wave of installation projects as LNG technology is still relatively new and the price of oil and gas remains low.

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents

While trying to berth at Port Klang in Malaysia, the 3,534-TEU container ship Northern Democrat collided with the 5,100-TEU MOL Empire. Three containers fell off the Northern Democrat into the ocean, and a quay crane was also damaged in the incident.

At least 20 people were injured, some seriously, in the Dutch city of Alphen aan den Rijn after two cranes sitting on top of a barge that were used to move a large portion of a canal bridge, collapsed onto nearby homes.

In Scotland, at Hatson Pier on Orkney Island, a diesel generator suffered a short circuit, which caused a fire aboard the ROV Subsea Viking 7. Thankfully there were no reports of injuries and the Scottish Coast Guard promptly put out the blaze.

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Five crewmembers sustained serious injuries after a fire broke out in the superstructure of the living quarters on board the Ye Chi product tanker while underway from Jinshan to Singapore. Unfortunately one of the injured crew later died.

In Texas, two sets of two barges collided along the Intracostal Waterway near Bolivar Peninsula, resulting in a fire breaking out on one of them. The Jackie tug was pushing two barges owned by Enterprise Marine Services. The two Kirby Inland Marine barges were pushed by the Capt. Shorty C tug. The fire began in the wee hours of the morning and lasted about four hours until the flames were finally extinguished.

Piracy Pulse

Ship properties were taken from an anchored chemical tanker at Belawan Anchorage in Indonesia after two robbers carrying knives came alongside with their wooden boat, made it aboard and into the forecastle store.

In the Singapore Straits, two absconders boarded a barge that was being towed by a tug. The public address system was used to warn off the pillagers but they were still able to escape with some ship properties.

Two shifty bandits tried to climb aboard a berthed product tanker that was in the midst of cargo operations in the Kenyan Port of Mombasa. But the quick actions of shore watchmen and crew who raised the alarm, sent the would-be intruders packing.

Three thieves in the engine room of a product tanker that was underway near Pulau, Nipah, Indonesia, were noticed by a duty engineer who raised the alarm while locking down the engine room. Simultaneously, the crew turned all the deck lights on while they mustered, and the marauders quickly left the ship with nothing to show for their efforts.

Odds and Ends

The Ports of Montreal and Quebec have received government funding to enable shore power facilities. Infrastructure capital costs for the Pointe-à-Carcy cruise terminal in Quebec will be approximately $13.5 million, a mix of local and federal government money as well as funds from the Quebec Port Authority. The Alexander Pier at the Port of Montreal will be getting shore power for cruise ships in addition to a total of four grid connections for ships that need to winter there for an $11 million price tag.

The Canadian government and Port Metro Vancouver also announced more shore power facilities at the Port – the first Canadian port to install shore power for cruise vessels in 2009. The new initiative will see shore power installed at the Centerm and Deltaport container terminals and the new operations are expected to be in good working order by the end of March 2017. The move will help the Port achieve its goals as part of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy. The total expenditure for the project is reported to be $12 million.

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey recently agreed with port terminal operators and the US Environmental Protection Agency to instigate a truck diesel emissions-reduction plan that will include replacing older trucks and encouraging less idle times. The initiative will also support the use of alternative power sources for terminal operator cargo handling equipment. A new truck traffic management plan is also in the works.

Three new postage stamps, commemorating the famous 1845 Franklin expedition that set sail from England to find the Northwest Passage, were recently unveiled by Canada Post. The two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, became ice-locked in 1846, setting off one of the most exhaustive multi-year quests for evidence of the exploration vessels and remains of the 128 crew. Last fall, a scientific expedition led by Parks Canada found Erebus – the ship Sir John Franklin commanded – in Victoria Straight near King William Island in roughly 11 meters of water. The mystery of Terror’s location continues.

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