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Global Implications of Germany’s Renewable Energy Revolution

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^ Energiewende: Winds of Green Change – Image Courtesy of WDG Photo at ShutterStock.com

The Road Less Taken

Average men learn from their own mistakes, wise men from other people’s errors. The 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accident goaded German Chancellor Angela Merkel into speeding up the green shift towards renewable power and speed it up big time.

For one, she announced a complete closure of all 17 nuclear reactors by 2022. Nine are already closed. Welcome to the energy revolution the Germans call energiewende.

A fantastic 27% of the country’s electricity now comes from renewables, three times their share (9%) a decade ago. The country plans to cut 40% of its emissions from 1990 levels by 2020, and 80% by 2050. Apart from nuclear power, the Germans are also gunning down coal power. Read More

Human Element & the Need for Onboard Safety Practices

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^The Sinking of the Titanic in 1912 Triggered the Framing of SOLAS in 1914 Original Painting by Willy Stower Source Magazine Die Gartenlaube Retrieved From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:St%C3%B6wer_Titanic.jpg 

Commercial Pressures & the Human Element

‘The root cause of the Chernobyl accident, it is concluded, is to be found in the so-called human element’.

This is what the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) says in a report on the post-accident review of the Chernobyl Accident of 1986, the world’s worst ever nuclear power plant disaster. Sadly, there is no international consensus on what constitutes human error.

Among other things, this report first used the term safety culture implying human errors. This was before any industry had recognized the role of human behavior (shaped by organizational practices) in industrial accidents. Today, the term is popular in all industries across the globe.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) says it is the safety-conscious behavior of seafarers that determines the safety of life at sea as well as the safety of the marine environment. And it has reasons to believe so.

According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), a staggering 75-96% of maritime casualties result from human errors. But it was only in the 1990s that the notion of safety culture took root in the industrial world. Earlier, the focus was on technological (equipment) failure. Read More

Deadly Ship-Breaking Yards In Bangladesh

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Dubbed “one of the world’s most dangerous jobs,” ship-breaking again lives up to this devastating reputation with four recent deaths in Bangladesh.

Shipbreaking Industry. Ship-breaking is an essential part of the life of a vessel. Cargo ships with lifespans of about 30 years, for example, may eventually be unprofitable due to rising costs of operations, maintenance and insurance. But there is still value in their bodies; steel that can eventually be used for construction, and salvageable items that can be resold, such as valuable liquids like fuel, oil and other chemicals; machinery like engines and generators; batteries; copper wiring; lifeboats; fittings; even bridge dials and portholes. This is where ship-breakers come in. Read More

Double-Ended Ferries: Design & Market Activity

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^ Damen Double Ended Ropax Ferry 8521 (Image Courtesy http://products.damen.com/en/ranges/fast-ropax-ferry/fast-ropax-ferry-8521)

Double-Ended Ferries with Turkish Delight

In 1893, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) described a ferry as ‘legally, a continuation or prolongation of a highway over a navigable stream.’

Economic importance of ferries has attracted numerous researchers. Ferries played a pivotal role in the development of the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The first double-ended ferries went sailing in the 1930s. Read More

Damen Offshore Carrier (DOC) 8500: Innovation Unlimited

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^ DOC 8500 (Image Courtesy http://products.damen.com/en/ranges/offshore-carrier/doc-8500)

Double Demand

On July 24, 2015, Damen Shipyards launched the Maersk Connector, a subsea support vessel at its yard in Romania. This is the second vessel based on the Damen Offshore Carrier (DOC) 8500 design.

Just over six months ago, in December 2014, Damen delivered the first DOC 8500 viz. the Nexus, a cable laying vessel, to Van Oord. Damen will deliver the Maersk Connector in February 2016. Maersk will operate the vessel for DeepOcean under a seven year contract. Read More

MSC Cruises’ Debut in China

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Europe-based MSC Cruises heads to China for the first time, on board the newly-renovated MSC Lirica.

The newly-renovated, 65,000-ton, 2,679-passenger MSC Lirica is set to make its comeback in a big way – via a “Grand Voyage” that will bring passengers around the world, including the cruise line’s maiden call to China when it stops in Shanghai in May, 2016. The comprehensive renovations to the MSC Lirica, under MSC Cruises’ Renaissance Program, is set to finish by November of this year. Read More

ABB’s A100L Turbochargers: Powering the World’s Largest Container Ships

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^ Expanding Sizes of Container Ships (Source: container-transportation.com) (Retrieved From: http://www.vox.com/2015/1/8/7513317/container-ship-msc-oscar)

To Cut a Long Queue Short

Malcolm McLean was one frustrated man in 1937. The owner of a North Carolina trucking company, he had to wait for hours as dock workers manually (and obviously slowly) loaded goods on ships at the New York harbor. Most fairy tales usually start with our hero in adversity. Right? Read More

Countering Aluminum Corrosion in Ships

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^ Aluminum Hulled Boat (Source: http://www.aluminum-plates.com/a/Aluminum_plate_products/Marine_Aluminum_Plate/)

1Merits of Aluminum & Co.

Some two hundred years ago, the crew aboard British frigate Alarm noted that the iron nails holding the copper sheets on the underside of the vessel had rusted. This was less than two years after they had installed the protective sheets. This was the first recorded instance of galvanic corrosion.

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Landmark Agreement Between Carnival Corp. and DOJ for Americans with Disabilities

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Carnival Corp., the industry giant behind the brands Carnival, Holland America, Princess Cruises and others, has come to a landmark agreement with the Department of Justice under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), to better provide access for travelers with disabilities.

The settlement follows an investigation conducted by the Department of Justice, on complaints and allegations against the cruise line relating to issues like better provision and reservation of accessible cabins; practices, policies, procedures and programs that are friendlier to individuals with disabilities; and better communications with them in musters and drills.

Ships will also be surveyed and fitted to comply with ADA regulations, ADA-specific training will be provided to Carnival employees, appropriate changes will be made to their website and mobile apps, ADA compliance officers will be appointed, and the company will also be settling civil penalties and fines to the government and with individuals adversely affected by past inconveniences.

The agreement covers 62 ships from Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises, for cruises embarking and disembarking from United States waters and its territories.

The agreement has been deemed as “landmark” for several reasons; for the first time, the Department of Justice is making ADA-compliant requirements that are specific to a cruise company, such as minimum numbers and different types of accessible cabins; ship surveys and a remediation plan.

Throughout the process, Carnival was working in cooperation with the DOJ.

One of the most exciting sectors to watch in the maritime industry is cruising. From far-flung destinations and thrilling themed itineraries to unique and innovative ship features, there is always something new to watch out for (why don’t you explore our blog, which features much content on this, and other maritime industry-related topics you might enjoy perusing).

But one of the best things about cruising is how it fosters love of the marine environment, and creates opportunities for education and unforgettable experiences. It is good to see the industry working towards making these opportunities more accessible to all people.

As part of our commitment to our marine and industrial customers, Kemplon Engineering strives to stay informed on the news and developments in the industries we serve. We have been providing engineering services to these sectors – on time and on budget – since 2005. If you have a project in mind, check out our website and see what services we can provide for you. From welding and fabrication, precision machining, pipe fitting, laser cutting, and more, we have plenty to offer, and are eager to work with you on a project. Contact us for queries and quotes at info@kemplon.com, or by phone at (877) 522-6526.

References

^ “Carnival Pays for Passenger Disability Act Violations.” The Maritime Executive, 26 Jul 2015. Web. 01 Aug 2015. http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/carnival-pays-for-passenger-disability-act-violations

^ “Carnival Settles on ADA Compliance.” World Maritime News, 26 Jul 2015. Web. 01 Aug 2015. http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/167534/carnival-settles-on-ada-compliance/

^ “Cruise giant in landmark ADA settlement with U.S..” MarineLog, 23 Jul 2015. Web. 01 Aug 2015. http://www.marinelog.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=9482:cruise-giant-in-landmark-ada-settlement-with-us&Itemid=231