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VOSTA LMG Secures Order From Boskalis

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VOSTA LMG has been awarded an order for efficient dredge ball joints from maritime services company Royal Boskalis Westminster. The order consists of a series of high pressure Crossover ball joints suitable for dredge pipes with an internal diameter of 1000 mm. The Crossover ball joint is a new and patented design ball joint which utilizes two wear liners to provide optimal flow performance and maximum wear protection. Nicole van Vliet, Fleet Manager at Boskalis, commented, “Boskalis has ordered a series of X15-1000, 32 bar Crossover ball joints from VOSTA LMG as these type of ball joints combine easier coupling with improved flow and wear resistance.” “We are very happy to announce this prestigious order, following recent deliveries of Crossover ball joints in the Middle East,” said Marco Menheere, product manager at VOSTA LMG Components & Services. “This order is another confirmation that we are on the right track with the development of more efficient dredge ball joints and dredging technology in general.”  

SSP Introduces High Pressure Ball Valve Series

Photo: SSP

SSP introduced the 83 Series family of high pressure ball valves, including the H83 configuration for high pressure/severe service, diving, research and development and offshore control panel applications. The 83 (two-way) and 83X (three-way) ball valves have a maximum allowable working pressure up to 6,000 psi (415 bar), and the H83/H83X ball valves are rated to 10,000 psi (689 bar). All configurations offer a 316ss, Alloy 400 or UNS N10276 body

Kirby Buys Towboats, Barges from Coastal

Kirby Corp. signed an asset purchase agreement with Coastal Towing, Inc. to purchase from Coastal seven black oil tank barges and 13 inland towboats. The transaction, estimated at $17.1 million in cash, is being financed through Kirby's operating cash flow and available credit under Kirby's bank revolving credit agreement. Kirby and Coastal have also entered into a Barge Management Agreement whereby Kirby will serve as manager of the combined black oil tank barge fleet

Increased Kazakh Oil Exports Lead To Congested Waterways

A top Kazakhstan's official said on Monday that fears of tanker congestion in the Bosphorus and Dardanelles waterways resulting from increased Kazakh oil exports were unfounded and safety standards would be respected. The Bosphorus, crossed annually by some 50,000 vessels, of which 14 percent carry oil, will see more tanker traffic from the Russian port of Novorossiisk when oil is loaded from a new pipeline leading from Kazakhstan's giant Tengiz field.

Dockwise Completes First Float-Over in Vyborg Project

After nearly two years of engineering, procurement, and project preparations, Dockwise has completed the first of two float-overs for the Vyborg Project in Korea. The Vyborg Project with total revenues of approximately $100m is big in scope. And size: It involves moving two 15,000 metric ton semi-submersible hulls and two topsides that weigh approximately 19,000 metric tons each. These pieces were constructed in locations more than 27

CMA CGM’s Seasonal Fruit Service Returns

Photo: CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group announced its Citrus Express seasonal service will start again in November. Spread over two rotations, this service enables to export citrus fruits and apples from East Mediterranean to the Black Sea. It will call the ports of Syria, Turkey and the Black Sea from November to January, then Egypt, Syria, Turkey and the Black Sea from January to April. According to CMA CGM, the citrus market is growing and benefits the export countries

Tru-Design Wins Dutch 2009 HISWA Award


New Zealand based marine manufacturer Tru-Design Plastics has won the HISWA Innovation Award 2009 for its position-monitored ball valve range. HISWA, the Dutch marine association, represents the gamut of water sport businesses in The Netherlands and is associated with promoting highest standards of safety, quality and environmental friendliness. The annual HISWA innovation award is designed to encourage and showcase state-of-the-art consumer products

NOAA Releases Study on Deepwater Horizon Controlled Burns

Black smoke billows from a controlled burn of surface oil during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A new study by NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) found that controlled burns released more than one million pounds of sooty black carbon into the atmosphere.

During the 2010 BP/Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill, an estimated one of every 20 barrels of spilled oil was deliberately burned off to reduce the size of surface oil slicks and minimize impacts of oil on sensitive shoreline ecosystems and marine life.   In response to the spill, NOAA quickly redirected its WP-3D research aircraft to survey the atmosphere above the spill site in June. During a flight through one of the black plumes, scientists used sophisticated instrumentation on board

Ukraine's Black Sea Gas Ambitions Seen at Risk over Crimea

By Henning Gloystein, Reuters Ukrainian plans for expanding Black Sea natural gas output have been thrown into doubt by Russia's seizure of Crimea, a region linked to most of Ukraine's offshore developments. Past price disputes between Russia and Ukraine have led to the Russians cutting off supply, prompting Kiev to spur development of its own resources including onshore shale gas and Black Sea fields. Ukraine failed to pay Russian gas company Gazprom $440 million by a deadline on

Unions Take Action On ‘Sea Of Shame’

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and its affiliated unions are launching a week of action today from ports on the Black Sea to combat what an updated report from the organisation finds are still shocking levels of crew abuse and unseaworthy vessels there. Two years after the ITF and its unions in Black Sea countries launched an intensive campaign to expose these shameful conditions (see http://bit

Terminal Project to Allow 10,000 TEU Ships in the Black Sea

Construction of a deepwater berth at the NUTEP terminal in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk has commenced. (Photo: Ruscon)

The construction of a deepwater berth at the NUTEP terminal in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk will allow Russia to offer regular year-round ice-free calls for vessels up to 10,000 TEU for the first time. NUTEP, a subsidiary of DeloPorts and sister company to multimodal transport specialist

Manslaughter Charges Filed in 2012 Oil Platform Blast

Two companies involved in the deadly 2012 explosion of an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico have been indicted on federal charges of involuntary manslaughter, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement on Thursday. Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC and Grand Isle Shipyards Inc

Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 28 pct

CMA CGMs Marco Polo at sea (file image)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe plunged by 27.9 percent to $295 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ending on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.

New Charges in 2012 Fatal Platform Blast

West Delta 32 platform after the explosion (Photo: BSEE)

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC, Grand Isle Shipyards Inc., Wood Group PSN Inc., as well as Don Moss, 46, of Groves, Texas, Curtis Dantin, 50, of Cut-Off, La., and Christopher Srubar, 40, of Destrehan, La., have been charged with crimes for a November 2012 explosion on an oil production

Twelve Dead as Boat Sinks near Ukraine Port

Odessas governor Mikheil Saakashvili Photo Kyiv Post

  Twelve people died when a small passenger boat sank on Saturday near the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukrainian authorities said. The infrastructure ministry said in a statement the accident took place near the small town of Belgorod-Dnistrovsky

MSC Withdraws Great Sea Service

Courtesy MSC

MSC announced today, the withdrawal of their ‘Great Sea’ service that operates between Asia and the Black Sea.   The service will cease operation on Asia export sailings from the first week of November. The string currently operates nine vessels with a nominal capacity of 5

Indian Navy Still Waits to Take Call on Torpedoes

Kalvari: Indian Navys first Scorpene class stealth submarine. Photo: Indian Navy

 India government’s failure to take a decision on the purchase of 98 Black Shark torpedoes worries Indian Navy as the induction of the first Scorpene submarine is less than a year away, reports DHNS.   The navy plans to buy Black Shark torpedoes for its Scorpene submarines -

Mega Maritime: Heavy Lift for FPSOs


When the Dockwise Vanguard was conceived, Dockwise, part of the Boskalis Group, had a vision for a new market - transporting the world’s largest cargoes, including FPSOs (floating production storage and offloading vessels). It hasn’t taken the vessel

Ministerial Round Table at Felixstowe Port

Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP (centre left) discusses transport-related issues with business leaders at the Port of Felixstowe

  Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP has taken part in a round table discussion with transport leaders from the ports, road, rail freight and shipping industry at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain.   Mr Goodwill’s responsibilities at the Department for Transport

Greenpeace Activists Divert Helsinki-bound Coal Ship

Alppila. Photo by ESL Shipping Ltd

 The environmental activist group Greenpeace managed to board and get a coal-carrying freighter on its way from St. Petersburg to change its course before arriving to Helsinki harbour.   A Greenpeace activist has scaled the 155m long bulk carrier, Alppila

ISS Opens Office in Ukraine

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the marine, cargo and supply chain solutions provider, said it is continuing its expansion program in the Black Sea region with the opening of a new office in Ukraine. Situated in Odessa, this new base is part of the company’s drive to expand its presence

Stena Goes Green with LEMAG

LEMAG’s Pre-mounted emulsion and water supply unit (Photo: LEMAG)

Stena leverages LEMAG’s SLASHPOL-E WIF homogenizers to reduce NOx emissions, particulate matter, smoke and fuel consumption   Since fitting the first LEMAG SLASHPOL E-WIF FQI (fuel quality improver) homogenizer on the Stena Carrier over five years ago

DSM Dyneema Unveils Black Dyneema

Dyneema-branded ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fiber is now available in black. DSM Dyneema, the developer and producer of Black Dyneema, says the new product will open up important new opportunities for the Dyneema fiber family. According to the developer

Mammoet to do Heavy Lifting for Sasol Project

Jacques Stoof, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mammoet Courtesy LinkedIn

  Mammoet awarded heavy lift and transport engineering contract for ethane cracker and derivatives complex Westlake, Louisiana - Mammoet, the world’s largest service provider specializing in engineered heavy lifting and transport

Salvors Find Bridge of Sunken El Faro

File photo: Crews equipped with underwater search equipment, including a voyage data recorder locator, side-scan sonar and an underwater remote operated vehicle, search for missing wreckage of El Faro. (U.S. Navy photo by John Kotara)

A salvage team looking for the voyage data recorder for the sunken freighter El Faro said on Thursday it had located the bridge deck that separated from the wreckage, but the ship's black box was still missing.   National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the search continues

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