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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.


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


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


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


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


APL To Train 20 Sri Lankan Seafarers Annually

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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


Tonon Appointed VP, R&D in Wärtsilä

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Paolo Tonon, MSc (Eng), 42, has been appointed Vice President, R&D of Wärtsilä Industrial Operations as of 1 June 2012. Mr Tonon will be responsible for the Research and Development of Wärtsilä products. Tonon, who joined Wärtsilä in 1998, has successfully held several leading strategic, operational and technology positions. Prior to this current appointment he has, since 2009, been Vice President, Product Centre Automation, based in Norway


This Day In Naval History: May 2

1863 - During the Civil War, the steam screw sloop Sacramento, commanded by Captain Charles S. Boggs, seizes the British blockade-runner Wanderer off Murrells Inlet, N.C.   1896 - A landing party of 15 Marines and 19 Seaman from USS Alert arrive at Corinto, Nicaragua


Great Lakes Inks M.E., N.C. Coastal Protection Project Deals

President of Dredging Operations David Simonelli Photo Great Lakes

Great Lakes Announces $55 Million in Subcontract Work in the Middle East and Award of $38 Million for a Domestic Coastal Protection Project Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (“Great Lakes”) (NASDAQ:GLDD), the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and a


Ocean Economy Set to Double in Size by 2030

Image: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

 The world’s oceans must be managed well to ensure the potential of an “ocean economy” that was worth US $ 1.5 trillion in 2010.   "Calculations based on the OECD’s Ocean Economy Database value the ocean economy’s output (measured in terms of the


Disabled Fishing Vessel Towed to Maine

Coast Guard Cutter Moray tows the fishing boat Paulo Marc after it became disabled east of Portland, Maine (USCG photo)

 The 60-foot fishing boat Paulo Marc was towed by the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Moray after the fishing vessel became disabled Wednesday about 90 miles east of Portland, Maine.   Watchstanders at Sector Northern New England’s command center received notification at


IMO Restricts Ship Sewage Discharges into Baltic Sea

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed this week that the Baltic Sea special area for sewage discharges from passenger ships under Annex IV or the MARPOL Convention will take effect by latest 2021 for IMO registered passenger vessels.   


PCA - Draw to Select First Vessel to Transit

Panama Canal Expansion Courtesy PCA

The Panama Canal will hold a draw on Friday, April 29, to select the first vessel which will transit through the Expanded Canal when it is inaugurated on Sunday, June 26. The draw will take place at the Panama Canal Administration Building and a Notary Public to serve as witness.


ST Marine Celebrates LMV Sovereignty Launch

The launching of the second Littoral Mission Vessel - Sovereignty, built by ST Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy. Photo ST Marine

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), held the Launching Ceremony today for the second Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Sovereignty, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).


India Targets $60 Bln Maritime Investments

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Ministry for road transport, highways and shipping

 Indian Shipping Ministry is targeting to get investments worth $60 billion (nearly Rs 3.99 lakh crore) for a five-year term for 240 projects for the success of the ambitious Sagarmala project.   The maiden Maritime India Summit 2016 in Mumbai has resulted in investment commitments of


BOEM, Jacksonville, U.S. Army Corps Ink Shore Protection Deal

A dredge ship offshore pumps OCS sand to shore for a Duval County coastal restoration project in 2011. USACE photo.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has signed an agreement with the City of Jacksonville, Fla., and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizing them to dredge nearly 1.4 million cubic yards of sand from federal waters for periodic renourishment of the Duval County shoreline


Chinese Fast Ferry Delivered

HAI QIN (Photo: Afai Southern Shipyard)

Afai Southern Shipyard (Panyu Guangzhou) Ltd.  and CoCo Yachts B.V., announced  that the first of the two  fast ferries was delivered to Zhuhai High Speed Ferry Company in late February. The vessel named HAI QIN recorded a top speed of 38.11 knots at full load on sea trials.


BOEM Proposes New Regulation for OCS

Bulldozers reconstruct the beach and dunes at Long Beach Island, New Jersey, as a dredge ship pumps sand from the Outer Continental Shelf to shore. Photo BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today released proposed regulations that would provide additional clarity and certainty for its Marine Minerals Program regarding negotiated, non-competitive leases for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) resources such as sand, gravel and shell.


Indian Maritime Development Can Create 10 Million Jobs

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: The Ministry of Shipping

 Indian minister for shipping Nitin Gadkari has said port and shipping sector has potential to create nearly 4 million direct jobs and 6 million indirect employment opportunities over the next 5 years.   Gadkari said "all the developed countries have a vibrant port sector


Royal IHC Bags NMDC's TSHD Contract

Royal IHC awarded contract for  TSHD Photo by NMDC

Royal IHC (IHC) and National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) have signed a contract for the construction of the first custom-build state-of-the-art trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) in the Gulf area. The contract was signed at NMDC’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi


Sea Level Rise Projected to Displace 13 million in U.S. by 2100

The number of people who could be displaced in U.S. coastal regions due to rising sea levels this century as a result of climate change is much higher than previously thought, with more than 13 million Americans at risk with a 6-foot (1.8 meters) rise including 6 million in Florida


CLIA Joins World Ocean Council

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has partnered with the World Ocean Council (WOC), an international business leadership alliance dedicated to Corporate Ocean Responsibility.   For years, cruise lines have implemented policies and procedures to reduce the industry’s






 
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