ECSA Piracy Taskforce to Discuss Growing Piracy Hot Spots

first_imgThe exhibition will be on display this whole week in the European Parliament, where the ECSA Piracy Taskforce will also have a meeting to discuss growing piracy hot spots. Ms Rosbach (ECR, Denmark) deplored the fact that piracy continues to pose a threat to innocent seafarers, the shipping industry and by extension global trade and she hoped that events such as this one would contribute to raise awareness among the general public and decision makers.While successful hijackings off the coast of Somalia have considerably decreased in the last few years, the root causes of Somali piracy have not yet been tackled. The international community and shipowners have managed to keep the pirates at bay at great costs, both human and economic. Ships transiting the high risk area are today less vulnerable, mainly due to passive (sharp lookout, barbed wire surrounding the ships, faster sailing speeds etc…) as well as active self-defense measures (deployment of national armed forces or private armed guards on board). A resurgence of piracy in the Horn of Africa is however far from improbable, so continued international military presence and the implementation of protective measures are still of the upmost importance.The rapidly emerging piracy model in West Africa is also extremely worrying. According to the International maritime Bureau, in 2013, 53 incidents took place while in the first 45 days of 2014, 10 incidents have already been reported. However, numbers are likely to be higher as many attacks still remain unreported.“Piracy in West Africa needs to be addressed effectively now before it escalates. Whilst we cannot simply apply the solutions successfully used off the coast of Somalia, we believe that there is a clear role for the EU and the international community. The situation in West Africa affects not only seafarers and shipowners but also jeopardizes efficient trade with the entire region” said Jan Fritz Hansen, Chairman of the ECSA Piracy Taskforce.Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General added: “I do hope that this exhibition will help raise awareness on the thorny issue of piracy and prompt decision makers to maintain a credible military presence off the coast of Somalia while also scaling up their efforts in West Africa.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location zoom “Ideally, events such as this one should not be necessary” said MEP Anna Rosbach, host of a maritime piracy photography exhibition organized in the European Parliament by ECSA and the Danish Shipowners’ Association.center_img ECSA, March 4, 2014 Print Closelast_img read more

Full Cummins range of Tier 4 Final engines on show at CONEXPO

first_imgCummins Inc has started production of 6-cylinder engines certified to meet US EPA Tier 4 Final regulations, equivalent standards in Canada and Stage IV in Europe. Engine production across a broad 142-503 kW output will increase during the course of the year as off-highway equipment manufacturers release machines ready to meet the near-zero emissions standards, that took effect on January 1, 2014. This latest generation of 6.7 to 15 litre Cummins engines will be featured in a wide range of Tier 4 Final construction machines, material handling equipment, power packs and cranes set to debut at CONEXPO 2014, being attended by IM and taking place from March 4-8 in Las Vegas.The Tier 4 Final engines provide the ability to transform machine performance, not just with ultra-clean operation, but with faster cycle times for increased productivity and reduced fuel use for lower operating costs. “CONEXPO takes place at an ideal time to showcase our Tier 4 Final technology with the capability to significantly enhance the performance of equipment,” said Hugh Foden, Executive Director – Cummins Off-Highway Business. “By making an early start with Tier 4 Final development, we were able to undertake our largest-ever field test and OEM installation program, extending to more than 70 machines operating under the most demanding duty cycles and challenging geographies, including high altitude, high humidity, extreme heat and cold. As a result, our field testing has validated that the Tier 4 Final engines achieve the same impressive levels of uptime availability and reliability as experienced by users of our proven Tier 4 Interim and Tier 3 engines.”Production of the QSB6.7 and QSL9 engines takes place at the Rocky Mount plant in the United States and at the Darlington plant in the UK, together with the Oyama plant in Japan. The QSX15 engine is built at the Jamestown plant in the US. The early production version of the all-new QSG12 engine is available for OEM installation work. Field test work is underway for the Cummins 4-cylinder engine range, with production of the QSF3.8 and QSB4.5 on schedule for January 2015, aligning with the emissions effect date for engines rated 56 -129 kW. During 2014, production volumes of the compact QSF2.8 will ramp up to meet the need for applications below 56 kW.last_img read more