US Tanker Liberty Sails for Sea Trials
U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO said it has sent the newly built Jones Act tanker Liberty to sea for testing and trials. The 610-foot-long Liberty set sail for the first time on Monday, February 20 to undergo sea trials before delivery later this year. Liberty is the third and final tanker to be constructed as part of the ECO Class program for SEACOR. The three vessels are each 50,000 deadweight ton LNG-conversion-ready product carriers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity.
ABS Earns EU MRV Accreditation
Greece’s National Accreditation Body recognizes ABS as EU MRV frontrunner. ABS said it was awarded accreditation by Greece’s National Accreditation Body, the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD), to perform assessments for European Union (EU) Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) compliance. “We are proud to be the first Class Society accredited to perform EU MRV assessments,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki.
Damaged Tug Heads to Seattle for Repair
The U.S. Coast Guard said it has green lighted a transit plan for the damaged tug Samson Mariner to head south from Ketchikan, Alaska for repairs in Seattle. The…
Chao Phraya: A Floating Food World
For many years, the Supatra River House on the Chao Phrya River, has been a favorite with Thai and foreign dinners. Situated on the Thonburi side of the river, the most favored approach to the restaurant is by boat. To that end, the owner, Khun Supapan maintains a fleet of beautifully restored Chao Phraya River water taxis. These can pickup dinners from their riverside hotels or any one of the Express Boat docks, including Tha Maharaj pier on the Bangkok side across from the Supatra River House.
LR Tankers Taken for Gasoline Storage in Asia
Singapore gasoline cracks have averaged $10.72/bbl in February so far, down by 12 percent y-o-y but still relatively firm. Robust demand from the Middle East and intra-Asia as well as a flurry of both planned and unplanned refinery outages have been supporting gasoline cracks. ADNOC recently bought nine 27 kt cargoes over March-April delivery as its 127 kb/d RFCC remains shut from a fire. The shutdown…
Hull Failure, Flooding, Led to Fishing Vessel Casualty
The December 2015 sinking of fishing vessel Orin C and fatality of a mariner on board were cause by structural failure of the vessel’s hull and subsequent flooding, according to a marine accident brief released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). After suffering an engine failure off the Massachusetts coast on December 3, 2015, the 51-foot Orin C was taken in tow by a Good Samaritan fishing vessel, the Foxy Lady.
Pronomar Delivers for Bernard Schulte’s New SOVs
Pronomar said it has provided drying systems to Bernard Schulte Ship Management, for the company’s two new service operations vessels (SOVs), Windea La Cour and another to-be-named, working under contract for SIEMENS in the 600 megawatt Gemini wind farm in the Dutch part of the North Sea. The vessels, constructed at the Ulstein Verft shipyard in Norway, have accommodation for 60 persons in single cabins, of which 40 cabins are dedicated to technicians.
New Sat Comms Expert for the Greek and Cypriot Markets
Marlink has signed an agreement to enter into a joint venture with the satellite connectivity business of Greece and Cyprus based TNL Group, enabling it to launch…
POSH Takes Delivery of Two Singapore-built Tugs
Two Azistern 3270 tugs designed by Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) have been delivered to their new owner, PACC Offshore Services Holdings Limited (POSH Singapore), the Asia-based international offshore support vessel operator. Posh Husky and Posh Hardy were built at Paxocean Shipyard in Singapore. They are classed by Bureau Veritas, and fly the Singapore flag. The 488 gt vessels have a LOA of 31.62 m, a bollard poll of 72 tonnes, and a maximum speed of 13 knots.
GasLog LNG Services Selects E-learning Solution
LNG tanker shipmanagement company GasLog LNG Services Ltd. has selected Seagull Maritime’s e-learning material & Competence Management platform for use fleet-wide, in manning offices and online, along with the Crew Evaluation System for its main office in Greece. GasLog LNG Services Ltd. currently operates a fleet of 23 LNG tankers with an extensive new building program underway. “At GasLog we pride ourselves on our outstanding record of safety…
Egypt Rejects Russian Wheat Cargo
Egypt has finalised its rejection of 18,000 metric tons of Russian wheat that prosecutors seized at an Alexandria port in November, traders with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.
Dry Bulk Back from the Brink
While the tanker industry worries about OPEC reducing output and the container industry rushes to consolidate, dry bulk values have been quietly increasing. VesselsValue senior analyst William Bennett digs through the data to uncover the reasons why. Bulker values in the last 12 months have hit rock bottom and are now looking to show considerable promise. Five-year-old handysize values are up by over 40 percent; as are 15-year-old Panamax and Supramax asset prices.
OLT Seeks up to 20 LNG Cargoes
Italy's OLT LNG import terminal moored off the Tuscan coas t is seeking up to 20 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery between April and September, two trade sources with direct knowledge of the tender said on Thursday. The Italian firm is seeking delivery of two cargoes in September, three cargoes in the months of April and June, and four cargoes in May, July and August. The tender closes on Mar. 6 and will have same-day validity, the sources added.
Vitol buys Angola LNG Shipment
Trading house Vitol purchased a liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipment from Angola's Soyo production facility following a tender, trade sources said. The vessel is currently sailing off South Africa on a heading which indicates a delivery to India or markets in Asia, the sources said. Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic
Transas, Japan Radio Company Announce Strategic Partnership
The strategic partnership will drive growth and accelerate innovation. Industry-leading solutions and services capabilities will deliver differentiated customer value. Transas, the innovative, digital solutions company, and Japan Radio Company (JRC), a leading global marine electronics company, today announced their new strategic partnership. The two industry-leading companies will work together in research and development, product distribution and project collaboration.
Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Up on Increased Traffic
Record iron ore prices fuelling capesize chartering boom; freight rates rise by around $1 per tonne in a week. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-week highs on Wednesday, are set to continue to climb next week on buoyant iron ore cargo volumes, brokers said. More than 30 capesize fixtures were reported in the week to Feb. 22, almost double the number in the last two months, according to data on the Reuters Eikon terminal.
Reps. Wittman and Palazzo Visit Ingalls Shipbuilding Division
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted Reps. Rob Wittman, R-Va., and Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., on Wednesday for a tour of the shipyard, which included ships under construction at Ingalls. “Today was an informative visit to Ingalls Shipbuilding—one of our nation’s best assets,” said Wittman, who is chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.
Ultramar Takes Delivery of Catamaran Ferry
A high capacity 48m catamaran passenger ferry Ultramar has been delivered to the Mexican operator Ultramar. Designed by Incat Crowther and built by Midship Marine in Louisiana, Ultramar is specifically designed for the operator’s busy Playa de Carmen – Cozumel run, offering high capacity, high durability and a world-class passenger experience. Carrying 844 passengers on a relatively short run, turnaround is paramount.
MacGregor's Ship-to-ship compensation system Launched
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has launched a new crane compensation system for offshore ship-to-ship load transfers, offering substantially larger operating windows as well as safer and faster load transfers. "This robustly-tested technology can offer considerable commercial advantages to the offshore industry," says Ivar Fjermeros, Senior Sales Manager, Advanced Offshore Solutions. "MacGregor understands the complexity of ship-to-ship load transfers and the limitations imposed by unpredictable…
APL launches Day-Definite Cargo Arrival with Eagle Guaranteed
APL today announced the launch of Eagle Guaranteed, a promise of day-definite arrival of shipment on the Eagle Express (EX1) service via the Global Gateway South (GGS) Terminal in Los Angeles to the rail yards of Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, El Paso, Kansas City and Memphis in the Americas. With the specific arrival date for the designated inland destinations set upon booking with APL, shippers are offered a solution to best manage their supply chain cycle.