Sugar succumbs to profit-booking in futures trade

Amid profit-booking by speculators and ample supplies in the spot market, sugar futures prices today fell by Rs 10 to trade lower at Rs 2,948 per quintal as speculators.

However, the government's decision to partially decontrol the sugar sector, limited the fall.

At the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange, sugar for delivery in May traded Rs 10, or 0.34 per cent, lower at Rs 2,948 per quintal, with an open interest of 49,720 lots.

The sweetener for delivery in April also fell Rs 7, or 0.24 per cent to Rs 2,894 per quintal after rising to Rs 2,894 in an open interest of 9,680 lots.

Marketmen attributed fall in sugar prices at futures trade to profit-taking by participants after recent gains on the back of partial decontrol of the sugar sector by the government.

In a major reform, the government last week had partially decontrolled the Rs 80,000-crore sugar sector by giving freedom to millers to sell in the open market and removed their obligation to supply the sweetener at subsidised rates to ration shops.

Tata Power faults Reliance Infra’s tariff proposal

The turf battle between the two private sector electricity distributors (discoms) in Mumbai has intensified with Tata Power accusing Reliance Infrastructure of misleading the public and resorting to backdoor tactics to inflate tariff.

Tata Power has already launched a customer acquisition campaign to woo customers to its network. In the last three months, the company said it has got 26,536 customers to switch over to its network and claimed that it has a further 15,000 applications seeking to shift.
Soyameal exports slide by 12% in FY13

Soyameal exports from the country fell by over 12 per cent to 34.33 lakh tonnes in the 2012-13 fiscal on sluggish supply of soybean, while shipments to Iran grew exceptionally, an industry body SOPA said. Soyameal exports stood at 39.14 lakh tonnes in the year-ago period, it added.

“...export of soyameal suffered during the second quarter due to poor availability of soyabean and acorresponding corresponding lower crushing,” the Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) said in a statement.

Maximum exports of soyameal were to Iran at 8,38,454 tonnes, followed by Japan at 6,00,021 tonnes and France 2,81,255 tonnes during 2012-13 fiscal, it said.

Soyameal is is mainly used as animal feed. It is made out of soyabean. Soyabean production in the country is estimated to be higher at 12.95 million tonnes in 2012-13 crop year (July-June), as per the Agriculture Ministry forecast.
Wheat remains weak on supply pressure

Wheat remained weak for the second straight day and prices fell by another Rs 20 per quintal on the wholesale grains market on Saturday on adequate supplies following arrivals of new crop from some producing belts.

However, other grains traded in a tight range in restricted buying and closed at previous levels. Marketmen said supply pressure due to arrivals of new crop from some growing regions mainly kept pressure on wheat prices.

Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan ( word form )

Name of Vessel:


IMO Number:


Vessel Type


Date of Development:

Developed by:

Implementation Period:

Implemented by:

Planned Date of Next
Evaluation :

Energy Efficiency Measures
Scope of Implementation
Record Monitoring
Responsible Persons
Speed/Itinerary optimization
Master to liaise with vessel’s operator to  avoid unnecessary speeding the engine /burning more fuel and waiting drifting or  in anchorage. Virtual arrival by good planning from all parties involved – charterer, agent, Master,Managers,
Optimum speed to be reviewed voyage by voyage in order obtain best result

Passage Plan
To be reviewed
Voyage by voyage
Weather Routing
Obtain updated weather reports prior sailing review weather routing charts  and passage plan for voyage daily weather reports
Undertake optimal route. Estimated 0.25% fuel reduction
Weather reports passage plan
Daily review
Optimizing Autopilot function
Monitor autopilot function in excess three degree deviation change to manual steering
Maintain best course with least rudder movements
Deck log book
Review by watch keeper
Watch Keepers
Trim Optimization
Vessel to sail at optimum trim for draft
Reference made to auto load loading manual
Sail at optimum trim
Estimated 0.20% fuel reduction
Stability manual
Daily calculation by C/O
Chief Officer
Ballast Optimization
Ballast operations to be restricted to maintaining optimum trim throughout voyage
Sail with optimum Ballast condition. estimated 0.10% fuel reduction 
Deck Log Book
Reviewed daily
Chief Officer
Lighting, Galley Equipments, Laundry and other equipment which can be switched off when not in use
Saving bulbs were used in the mentioned areas where applicable, all lights, galley and dick machineries not in use are switched off.
Reduce power observed by D/G for at least 30-50 kw.
D/G running hours and power consumed record in Engine log book
Ch. Officer and 2nd eng.
Minimizing  energy loss from Leakages
Minimizing air leaks, steam leaks, fresh water, maintain accommodation doors locked to minimize the running time of the A/C compressor and maintain them according to plan maintenance.

Reduce power consumed by D/G for 15-20 kw
Maintain record for boiler feed tank consumption and air compressor + A/C compressor running hours .
2nd eng.
Minimizing energy loss due to damaged insulation
All refrigeration rooms are well insulated , doors seals are in good condition , defrosting operation well controlled , minimize doors open.
Any insulation or seals damaged to be repaired immediately. rooms to be inspected twice a day at least
E/R log book
2nd eng.
Hull resistance management
Master and chief engineer to maintain vessel coat and hull cleaning by ensure of proper coat used at dry dock and minimize vessel stoppage in cooperation with owners .and ensure that propeller is fully submerged under water .

These will be monitored by master and chief engineer in which will save and minimize power loses  .

Dry dock paint system , deck log book

Master & Ch.Engineer
Advanced hull coatings systems
Master to ensure to apply improved quality hull coating to increase hull smoothness & decrease drag during dry dock in cooperation with managers.
Apply improved quality hull coating. Estimated
0.2% fuel reduction, depends on quote condition.

Dry dock paint system record.

Technical superintendent & Master
Propeller maintenance and propeller coating .
Master to ensure of  proper cleaning/polishing of propeller and ensure is well maintained and well coated , has no defects and, balanced  during dry dock in cooperation with managers .
Clean /polish , coat and maintained propeller. In good condition can  save estimated 0.1% fuel reduction
Dry dock , propeller maintenance record
Technical superintendent & Master
Main Engine maintenance and  Performance.
Ch.eng. to maintain main engine as per makers instruction manual and running hours , ensure of ideal performance by taking power indicator cards at least once every voyage or one month , do all necessary maintenance to keep the performance as per makers instruction.
Keep M/E parameters and performance
within optimum range.
Estimated 0.3% fuel
Power indicator cards and M/E running hours records.
Improved M/E thermal efficiency by maintaining optimum cooling water & scavenge air temperature
Avoid under cooling of jacket water (maintain above 68 Deg C) and scavenge air (maintain 40-45Deg.C)
This will improve the thermal efficiency and thermal stresses on main engine and leads to about 0.1% fuel save.
E/R  log book.
Improved Usage of Engine cooling water (as heat recovery
Use the M/E jacket water for Generate maximum quantity of distilled water by Fresh Water Generator. Also use D.G jacket water system to preheat M/E at cool weather.
This will improve the M/E  thermal efficiency and safe fuel .
E/R log book
M/E cylinder oil and lubrication control to adjust cylinder oil feed rate by taking the fuel quality as well as the engine maker’s recommendation into account, to control and minimize the lub oil consumption of cylinder oil .
Reduction of burning cylinder oil will minimize CO2 pollution.
E/R log book
Chief Engineer
Electric power generator load optimization.
Run Generators at optimum load and avoid running more than needed  alternator at low load by proper planning of ballasting/ deballasting
and cargo handling gear/pumps operation, adjusting sea load , minimize vessel time and use of bow thrusters , mooring winches , Air condition ,  cargo gears and cargo fans .
Minimize no. Of generators running by controlling the loads and reduce it as much as possible.
E/R log book
Chief Engineer
Improve thermal efficiency of boilers / waste heat recovery
arrangement (exhaust gas economizer) / feed water temperature
Eliminate steam leaks, maintain optimum boiler burner performance , maintain optimum feed  water temperature water and fire tube well maintained by controlled boiler water treatment and regular maintenance and cleaning , boiler , pipes and heaters are well insulated , control heating and steam pressure and minimize unnecessary loss of heat.
Maintain boiler in good performance and minimize blow down operation .
E/R log book , close eyes by watch keeper
C/E  and 2/E
Pumps, Fans, air compressors and electrical equipment
Eliminate leaks and maintain machinery in good working order. Minimize running hours for auxiliary machineries as much as possible.
Ensure to have the optimum efficiency by ensuring of optimum plan maintenance.
E/R log book, plan maintenance  and maintenance reports .
C/E and 2/E
Shaft generator.
To run shaft generator as maximum as possible (depending on engine rpm, sea condition, ship
Maintain shaft generator in good condition
E/R log book
Efficient use of Incinerator
Remove water from sludge as far as practicable and minimize Incinerator running hours , maintain the Incinerator in good working condition.
Minimize running hours of the incinerator as far as possible.
E/R log book
Optimum use of Purifiers
The frequency of de-slugging of purifiers to be adjusted to the most optimum performance. Select correct gravity disc to ensure that minimum fuel is lost during de-slugging
The frequency of de-slugging of purifiers to be adjusted to the most optimum performance. Select correct gravity disc to ensure that minimum fuel is lost during de-slugging and ensure of proper controlled heating and flow rate.
Minimize auto or manual sludge operation as much as possible based on the condition of the fuel and lub oil in order to minimize losses .
C/E and 2/E
Cargo heating efficiency
Implement a cargo heating plan, raising the temperature only when required for discharge. Ensure that the heating coil water/condensate return line, steam, thermal oil and hot water
lines on deck area have proper pipeline lagging. maintain cargo fuel tanks heating temp. Within minimum acceptable level just enough for fuel handling and transfer.
Minimize fuel losses and heat losses as much as applicable.
E/R log book and fuel log book
C/E and 2/E
Fuel quality
Owners / managers to ensure of supply good quality of bunker , C/E to ensure to have copy of the fuel specs and compare it with makers requirements  before bunkering , ensure to take samples as per  LR FOBAS procedures and requirements , sample to be sent for FOBAS for analyses when is needed or at least once every 6 months .
Ensure of good bunkering quality to minimize sludge and losses .
Oil record book and Sulphur record book .
Technical superintendent and C/E
Fuel oil Additives
Fuel treatment to be used to improve the combustion and overall engine performance.  Ch.Engineer to ensure of Fuel tanks chemical treatment as required.
Improve fuel composition and reduce fuel losses .
Fuel treatment records
C/E and 4/E
Use of Fuel Homogenizers
Ch.Eng. to avoid mixing different fuel in one tank as far as possible and applicable as use fuel homogenizers will reduce sludge formation and reduce the fuel consumption or wastage .
This will improve fuel quality and composition . improve fuel efficiency and reduce losses .
E/R log and fuel record.
C/E and 2/E
Energy Conservation Awareness training
Office to update vessel with new issued or requirement which lead to improve SEEMP implementation onboard vessel. Master and to arrange training lectures on board for energy efficient operation
All ship-board staff to
act proactively to
implement energy
efficiency measures and keep the system a live and improve  implementation .
Training Record
Book. Review
actions of crew by
C/E, Master.
Master, CE,
Office Tech