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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

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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

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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

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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


Tourists rescued from blazing boat off NZ

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 A passenger ferry, Pee Jay V,  carrying 60 people caught fire off the coast of New Zealand on Monday, officials say, but all those on board were rescued safely.   The incident began at about 3:45 p.m. local time on Monday when a call came in from a White Island tour boat in the


Romania Reopens Black Sea Ports, Weather Improves

Romania's Black Sea ports including the main port of Constanta reopened on Tuesday after a two-day stoppage as snowfalls and winds eased, a port official said. "Constanta reopened at 9:15 a.m. (0715 GMT)," the duty port officer told Reuters.


Peak Shipping Season Is Approaching For United Yacht Transport

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 Spring is the busiest season for United Yacht Transport, the North American leader in boat transport. The international boat transporters are set to complete various shipments in the upcoming months.   In the beginning of the year


U.S.-Georgian Consortium Wins Black Sea Port Contract

A U.S.-Georgian consortium has been awarded a $2.5 billion contract to build and develop a deep-sea port in Anaklia on Georgia's Black Sea coast, as the tiny ex-Soviet republic sets eyes on lucrative cargo transit from Asia to Europe. The Anaklia Development Consortium is a joint venture of


SSAB, Aspo ESL Shipping Pact On Sea Transport

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 The global steel company SSAB and Aspo Group’s ESL Shipping Ltd have signed a long-term frame agreement covering sea freight for SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transport within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea.  


Russians Force Turkish Ship to Change Course in Black Sea

A Russian Black Sea corvette and a coast guard boat have forced a commercial vessel under a Turkish flag to change course after it got in the way of a Crimean energy firm's boats towing oil rigs, the company said on Monday. The firm, Chernomorneftegaz, said the rigs were delivered into safety.


Russia Supplies Syria Mission with Turkey's Old Cargo Ships

Earlier this year, an old refrigerator ship called the Georgiy Agafonov, built to transport fruit and vegetables for the Soviet Union, was quietly gathering rust in the Ukrainian port of Izmail where the Danube flows into the Black Sea.  


Ecoslops to Implement Recycling Unit in the Romanian Port of Constanta

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 Ecoslops has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP), a leading offshore drilling and construction company, to conduct a feasibility study for the development of an oil residues processing plant in the Romanian Port of Constanta, on the Black Sea.  


Brazil Prosecutors Charge 12 in SBM Offshore Graft Scheme

 Brazilian prosecutors on Thursday charged 12 people with a bribery scheme involving Dutch firm SBM Offshore NV, the world's top leaser of oil production ships, and state oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA .    Police said they had four arrest orders as part of the scheme


USS Ross Conducts PASSEX in Black Sea

USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct anti-submarine warfare training and advanced ship maneuvering during a passing exercise with ships from Romania and Turkey while operating in the Black Sea Dec. 15, 2015.

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with ships from Turkey and Romania Dec. 15, 2015. The PASSEX was conducted in order to improve maritime capabilities between the U.S. and Black Sea naval forces.


Black Sea MOU - New Inspection Regime

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 Quality ship operations will be rewarded with a reduced inspection burden when the Black Sea MOU launches its new inspection regime on 1 January 2016.   The Black Sea (BS) MOU had announced that their new inspection regime, BS-IR (2016), will be in force from 1 January 2016. 


GloMEEP Energy Efficiency Project Gets Underway

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  The first national workshop under the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships GloMEEP), Project, which aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping, has been held in Georgia.   


ClassNK Open Survey Office in Novorossiysk

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ClassNK opened a new exclusive survey office in Novorossiysk, Russia with operations beginning January 1, 2016.   Novorossiysk is a port city in southwest Russia facing the Black Sea. It is the country’s main port on the Black Sea and a leading Russian port for trade with Asia


Tanker Rates to Remain Under Pressure

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 The reduction in the new 2016 Worldscale flat rates  of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) has led to spot rates increasing as owners look for equivalent 2015 returns, says tanker market assessments from the Baltic Exchange.  


Hapag-Lloyd: Better Service between Med, Black Sea

From mid-February, Hapag-Lloyd will introduce a new Black Sea Mediterranean Express (BMX) service. The new short sea service offers customers a weekly connection between ports in Egypt, Israel, Turkey and major Black Sea ports with competitive transit times






 
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