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Do Port and Harbor mean the same thing in marine terms?

Let’s start with a general definition: Dry bulk cargo refers to several raw materials sharing similar characteristics, usually in solid form, consisting of particles, granules, or large pieces. It is transported in significant quantities, and its weight is measured in deadweight tonnage (DWT). The cargo is loaded and moved in loose form, without packaging. These are unprocessed commodities intended for use in manufacturing or production. When bulk cargoes are not loaded properly, they can shift, liquefy, ignite, or detonate. This can have disastrous consequences, such as vessel capsizing, losing stability, or sustaining severe structural damage. These incidents can lead to fatalities, injuries, insurance claims, operational disruptions, and significant expenses. Unfortunately, some people still assume that dry bulk cargoes are less hazardous and require less expertise than liquid bulk or container shipments. But this is not true, as evidenced by the fact that [...]

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Grain in Bulk: Regulations and Safety Standards

Let’s start with a general definition: Dry bulk cargo refers to several raw materials sharing similar characteristics, usually in solid form, consisting of particles, granules, or large pieces. It is transported in significant quantities, and its weight is measured in deadweight tonnage (DWT). The cargo is loaded and moved in loose form, without packaging. These are unprocessed commodities intended for use in manufacturing or production. When bulk cargoes are not loaded properly, they can shift, liquefy, ignite, or detonate. This can have disastrous consequences, such as vessel capsizing, losing stability, or sustaining severe structural damage. These incidents can lead to fatalities, injuries, insurance claims, operational disruptions, and significant expenses. Unfortunately, some people still assume that dry bulk cargoes are less hazardous and require less expertise than liquid bulk or container shipments. But this is not true, as evidenced by the fact that [...]

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What happens if bulk cargo is not listed in the IMSBC Code?

Let’s start with a general definition: Dry bulk cargo refers to several raw materials sharing similar characteristics, usually in solid form, consisting of particles, granules, or large pieces. It is transported in significant quantities, and its weight is measured in deadweight tonnage (DWT). The cargo is loaded and moved in loose form, without packaging. These are unprocessed commodities intended for use in manufacturing or production. When bulk cargoes are not loaded properly, they can shift, liquefy, ignite, or detonate. This can have disastrous consequences, such as vessel capsizing, losing stability, or sustaining severe structural damage. These incidents can lead to fatalities, injuries, insurance claims, operational disruptions, and significant expenses. Unfortunately, some people still assume that dry bulk cargoes are less hazardous and require less expertise than liquid bulk or container shipments. But this is not true, as evidenced by the fact that [...]

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Conrad Shipyard launches superyacht 'Extra Time’

Conrad Shipyard proudly announced the launch of EXTRA TIME, the second luxury yacht in the Conrad C144s series, at its facilities in Gdansk, Poland. Following the success of its predecessor, ACE, EXTRA TIME represented the next largest privately-owned yacht entirely built in Poland. Crafted by Reymond Langton Design, with naval architecture by Diana Yacht Design and interior by M2Atelier, EXTRA TIME offered an unparalleled level of luxury and comfort. Drawing inspiration from the exceptional interior spaces of ACE, it seamlessly blended elegance and sophistication, in line with the philosophy of Italian designers "less is more." [...]

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Two new Liebherr LHM 280 self-propelled cranes arrive at the Port of Gdansk.

The Port of Gdansk Eksploatacja S.A. has made a significant investment in modernizing its cargo handling equipment. The cranes the company ordered in 2023 have recently arrived in Gdansk. These cranes have a maximum lifting capacity of 84 tonnes and a radius of 40 meters. Together, they can handle loads weighing up to 100 tonnes. [...]

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Romanian Quay in OT Port in Gdynia can accommodate Panamax size vessels.

The latest investment by the Management Board of Gdynia Maritime Port marks a significant milestone in the port's development. By reconstructing the port entrance, deepening the channel and modernising the Romanian Quay, the port can now accommodate larger vessels of the Panamax class, with a draft of up to 14.5 metres and the capacity to carry up to 80,000 tonnes of agricultural products. This expansion has unlocked significant potential, allowing the terminal to handle three to four Panamax vessels per month, significantly increasing productivity with a daily loading rate of approximately 18,000 tonnes [...]

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EU Commission published list of shipping companies associated with country administering authorities under EU ETS

As this list decides which administering authority each of the shipping companies must deliver their emission allowances to, the clarification is highly practical. All shipping companies are now obligated to open a maritime operator holding account ("MOHA") used to deliver and trade emission allowances within 40 days, counting from the publishing date of the list. For shipping companies not included in the list, the deadline is 65 working days of the first port of call falling within the scope of the EU ETS Directive.[...]

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Cargo holds washing in Polish ports and on the Baltic Sea

Preparing holds for the next cargo is a key operational aspect on all bulk carriers. If not properly planned and carried out, poor cleaning can be the cause of cargo claims such as shortages, contamination, or water damage. All that in addition to charterparty disputes arising from delays and/or berthing costs.  The extent to which the hold needs to be cleaned depends on several factors, but the most important is the next cargo to be loaded.  There are number of terms used to describe the cleanliness requirements, but there is no universal definition of these terms. Standards such as 'hospital', 'grain', 'normal' and 'shovel' are all in common use and are often included in charterparties. However, even when one of these commonly used terms is used, disputes can arise over the required standard of cleaning. This is because what is acceptable as 'grain clean' in one port may not be acceptable in another.  A general guide to these commonly used terms is as follows: [...]

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Use of scrubbers on the Baltic Sea and in Polish ports

Scrubbers are exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) approved as an alternative to low sulphur fuel oil for seagoing ships. Seawater is sprayed into the exhaust gas to wash out the sulphur. In addition to the washed-out sulphur, other pollutants such as heavy metals, oil residues and also polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) get into the wastewater. This water mixture of partly long-lived and carcinogenic pollutants is often discharged into the sea almost unpurified and thus pollutes the marine environment. International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations dictate strict limits on sulfur content in fuels carried by ships, with a ceiling of 0.50% and 0.10% m/m in Emission Control Areas (ECAs), including the Baltic Sea are, the North Sea area, the United States, Canada, and the United States Caribbean Sea area Why the installation is called a "scrubber"? [...]

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Ballast water management in the Baltic Sea

Let's start with some history. The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments – more commonly known as the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention – was adopted by IMO in 2004. but it entered into force on September 8, 2017. The reason for that was that the Convention stipulated that it enter into force 12 months after ratification by a minimum of 30 states, representing 35% of world merchant shipping tonnage. This requirement was met when Finland ratified the Convention on September 8, 2016, as the 52nd state, increasing the tonnage to 35.14 %. The Convention accepts two standards for managing ballast water to minimize the risk of transporting unwanted alien species. These are the: • D-1 standard (Transitional) • D-2 standard (Ultimate) So, what is the state of play at the end of 2023? [...]

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