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Wärtsilä Announces Management Changes

Professor Matti Kleimola, 54, Lic.Tech. has been appointed Group Vice President, Technology and a member of Wärtsilä NSD´s Board of Management effective July 15. He is currently professor of internal combustion engine technology at Helsinki University of Technology, where he previously held the chair of machine design. Mr Daniel Paro BSc (Eng.), who has headed Research & Development for many years, will take responsibility from a technology standpoint for the launch of Wärtsilä NSD´s new-generation smokeless engines. Pekka Ilvonen, 46, MSc (Eng.) MBA has been appointed Group Vice President, Power Plants and a member of the Board of Management of Wärtsilä NSD Group effective August 1, 2000. Pekka Ilvonen, currently Vice President of Systems Group in ABB Industry Oy, brings over 20 years of experience in global project related business.

Abu Dhabi Promoting Port Investments

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

The Industrial Development Bureau of Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Ports sign a memorandum of understanding for attracting industrial investments; shared agreement to further develop service offerings and promote investment potential of the Emirate’s industrial sector    The Industrial Development Bureau of the Department of Economic Development (IDB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Ports to establish a joint-program that will help attract investment

Columbia Coastal Christens Super Barge

U.S.-flag container feeder barge operator, Columbia Coastal Transport added Columbia Elizabeth — one of the largest container barges ever built — to its fleet. The 912 TEU barge, which was christened in Portland, Ore., is ready to transport empties, full container and project cargoes moving between the U.S. west coast, gulf coast and eastern seaboard ports. Completing the 5,900-mile journey from the west coast to the eastern seaboard through the Panama Canal

Panama Canal Fees Rise

In accordance with paragraph 3 of Article 18 of the Panama Canal Organic Law, upon recommendation by the ACP Board of Directors, the Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama approved the following changes in tariffs for selected Transit Related Services: • An increase of 5.9% to the Regular Transit Related Tug Services rates, • an average general increase of 6% in the rates for Linehandling Services, and • other miscellaneous changes to the Tug and Linehandlers rates.

VT Halter Marine to Build Swath Vessel for NOAA

Photo Credit: NOAANOAA announced that VT Halter Marine Inc. of Pascagoula, Miss., will complete the final design and build of a new Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull Coastal Mapping Vessel, or SWATH CMV, for the agency. NOAA exercised a $15m option for the ship with VT Halter Marine, which also completed the vessel's preliminary design under a separate option. The primary mission of the SWATH CMV will be to map the full seafloor in coastal areas for the nation's nautical charts

APL To Train 20 Sri Lankan Seafarers Annually


Collaborates with Sri Lanka’s Mahapola Training Institute on training programs COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, 5 APRIL, 2011: APL has agreed with Sri Lanka Port Authority’s Mahapola Training Institute to train 20 new seafarers from the Institute annually onboard its ships. The agreement was signed today by APL President Eng Aik Meng, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the Directorate General for Merchant Shipping.  

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - April 6

1894- President authorized the Revenue Cutter Service to enforce the Paris Award, which was concerned with the preservation of fur seals in Alaska.   1917- The United States declared war on Germany and joined the Allied Powers in World War I.  The Coast Guard, which at that time consisted of 15 cruising cutters, 200 commissioned officers, and 5,000 warrant officers and enlisted men, became part of the U. S. Navy by Executive Order

Former NOL Group CEO Passes Away

NOL Group today issued the following statement after the passing of former Chairman and CEO Lua Cheng Eng on 9 November, 2010:  “NOL is deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Lua Cheng Eng.  Mr. Lua was the CEO of NOL Group for 20 years from 1979 through 1999.  He built up NOL from a small shipping line to a major carrier with 120 ships.  He also presided over the most important transaction in Singapore’s maritime history through the merger of NOL and APL in 1997

Singapore Wants India to Play Key Role in South China Sea

Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, General (GEN) Bikram Singh and Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (Photo: Government of Singapore)

 Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said that his country wants India to play a bigger role in the South China Sea, according to a report in the Bloomberg.   This statement comes in a time when China generating plenty of anxiety from the other nations in the neighborhood as it isn't just expanding its military reach into the South China Sea; it's rapidly building completely new islands.   Ng’s comments follow calls for Japan to separately play an enhanced role in

Nakilat to Build 11 Tugs for New Doha Port

The Minister of Energy and Industry and the Minister of Transport witnessed the signing ceremony between Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) and NPP

  Qatar’s New Port Project (NPP) has signed an agreement with Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) to construct 11 workboats for use at the port. HE Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, and HE Mr. Jassim Bin Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport, witnessed the signing ceremony between NDSQ and NPP, on Wednesday, 17th December 2014. The contracts were signed by Eng. Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti, Chairman of NDSQ and Managing Director of Nakilat

Willard to Build 3 Survey Ships for NOAA

Image: Willard Marine

NOAA awards shipbuilding contract to Willard Marine for the construction of three aluminum survey vessels   Willard Marine informs it was awarded a contract to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with three aluminum hydrographic survey launch ships (HSLs).

SCHOTTEL Debuts New EcoPeller


SCHOTTEL, a manufacturer of propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications, has launched a new thruster optimized for open sea and coastal operating conditions: the SCHOTTEL EcoPeller.   SCHOTTEL said the new thruster combines quality and technology with hydrodynamic

Indian Ports to Improve Operational Efficiency

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB

 Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that the decline observed in the performance of Major Ports from 2008 to 2014 has reversed and they have shown improvement in their performance in 2015.   

Danish Meet Looks at Arctic Shipping Issues

Picture: Danish Maritime Days

 One of the most significant global issues over the past 10 years is the vast changes in the Arctic region.    The world has again turned its attention to the Arctic, this time mainly because of the climate effects in the Arctic, the economic potential of the region

Pilot Projects Chosen for Norway’s Green Shipping Program

The first pilot project, CargoFerry Plug-in Hybrid, aims to develop a cost-effective and profitable short-sea container ship that is powered by a plug-in hybrid LNG/battery propulsion system. (Image: DNV GL)

Five pilot projects have been cohsen to be pursued as part of Norway’s Green Coastal Shipping Program aiming to encourage research and implementation of green technology concepts in the country’s shipping sector.   The pilot projects

India Relaxes Cabotage for Special Vessels

Image:  Herfurth Logistics

 Vessel operators can now be allowed to bring foreign flagged vessels on the coastal routes as the Indian Government has decided to relax cabotage for special vessels.    Special vessels like Roll-On Roll-Off (Ro-Ro), Hybrid Roll-On Roll-Off (Hybrid Ro-Ro)

VIKING's Helpline for New Coastal Safety Rules

VIKING’s VP Americas, Al Osle

  With just a few months to go, VIKING has all hands on deck to ensure coastal vessel operators don’t risk their ability to sail under the US Coast Guard’s upgraded coastal vessel safety regulations.   Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING

India Mulls Exclusive Ports for Coastal Shipping

Photo:  Directorate General of Shipping

 Indian Government is planning to establish low-cost Non-Major Ports along coastline under the Sagarmala project in an effort to boost coastal shipping and reduce wait times.   Currently due to the concerns over lack of berthing facilities at Ports ships in India are forced to spend 70

CSDC Profts Soar

Photo: China Shipping Development Co. Ltd

 The bulker and tanker unit of state conglomerate China Shipping Group, China Shipping Development Co (CSDC) has delivered a first half performance which saw its profit spike, exceeding the company's latest forecast.   CSDC has recorded a six-fold increase in profit in the first half

Rosneft, EGAS Ink LNG Supply Deal

HO of  Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company

  Rosneft Trading SA, a company of Rosneft Group, and the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed a Master LNG Supply and Purchase Agreement. The document was signed by the Chairman of Rosneft Management Board Igor Sechin and the Chairman of EGAS Eng

USCG, Royal Canadian Navy Conduct Jt Exercise

Joint Exercise

  U.S. Coast Guard crews from Southeastern New England conducted various evolutions with the Royal Canadian Navy to train and improve the inter-operability of the two nations’ militaries and surface search and rescue assets. Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Station Provincetown

SUNY Maritime to Host e-Navigation Conference

SUNY Maritime College will host the 2015 e-Navigation Underway North America Conference September 28-30 in New York   It is likely that regions like the Baltic, the North Sea, the Strait of Malacca, Torres Strait and other areas will implement e-Navigation services that modern ships

India to Focus on Coastal Shipping

Photo: Directorate General of Shipping

 The Indian ministry of shipping unveiled its vision document for Coastal Shipping, Tourism and Regional Development on Monday at Dona Paula, Goa at the 16th meeting of Maritime States Development Council (MSDC), reports Times of India.  

US Ocean Economy Sees Large Growth -NOAA

File photo: Tauri Minogue

In 2012, U.S. ocean and Great Lakes economy grew much faster than overall GDP   The U.S. ocean economy outpaced the domestic economy between 2011 and 2012, with an increase of $22 billion in gross domestic product, from $321 billion to $343 billion

Examining the Fate of Fukushima Contaminants

Researchers deployed time-series sediment traps 115 kilometers southeast of the nuclear power plant at depths of 500 meters and 1,000 meters. The two traps began collecting samples on July 19, 2011—130 days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami—and were recovered and reset annually. (Makio Honda, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)

A fraction of buried, ocean sediment uncovered by typhoons, carried offshore by currents   An international research team reports results of a three-year study of sediment samples collected offshore from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in a new paper published August 18, 2015

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