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Wilhelmsen Liferaft Exchange Contract with MMS Co.

Image courtesy Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Wilhelmsen Ships Service won a major contract to supply its Unitor brand of around 200 life rafts to 47 vessels of the MMS fleet. The life rafts are being supplied to the Japan-based company as part of Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s Liferaft Exchange Programme. The liferaft exchange programme, a system of exchanging service-due life rafts on the dockside to avoid the delays of servicing, has grown rapidly in popularity across the globe. The agreement with MMS is the latest in a series of contracts which has seen many major ship managers preferring to take up the flexible option of this exchange scheme.  


Shipboard Gaming Authorized

Senate Bill (S.B.) 477, sponsored by Sen. Whitney Anderson (R-Kailua, Waimanalo), authorizes shipboard gaming upon navigable waters in the state and provides for an advisory referendum. Under the bill, shipboard gaming would be licensed and regulated by a five-member gaming board, which would be established within the Business, Economic Development and Tourism Department. S.B. 477 would also authorize the operation of shuttles to transport individuals to and from gaming ships


News: NASSCO Floats Out First BP Tanker

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) recently floated out Hull 484, the first of four Alaska Class, double-hull oil tankers being built for BP Oil Shipping Company, USA. The ship will be finished dockside in preparation for delivery in June 2004. The company also held a keel-laying ceremony for Hull 485, the second double-hull oil tanker being constructed for BP. BP's Site Team Member Steve Huddart welded his initials into the keel to signify the start of construction


Liferaft Exchange Agreement for Wilhelmsen

The world’s leading maritime service network Wilhelmsen Ships Service has entered an agreement with German company DS-Schiffahrt / Quadrant Bereederung to supply liferafts to their entire fleet of 39 vessels.  In an agreement worth $200,000 per annum, the liferafts will be supplied within Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s unique Liferaft Exchange Agreement, which exchanges service-due liferafts off vessels and immediately replaces them with serviced ones


Two Additions to Markey Engineering Team

Srihari Gowri Shankar, Markey Design Engineer.

Markey Machinery has announced the addition of two members to the Markey engineering team, Srihari Gowri Shankar and Brian Cox. Both have joined Markey as Design Engineers. Srihari recently graduated from UC Davis with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. His primary focus was in the area of Dynamics & Control Engineering. Brian graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2011


Offshore Survey Program Reflects a Bright Future

Offshore Survey, which takes place from 10 - 11 April 2013 alongside Ocean Business at the National Oceanography Center in Southampton UK, has just launched a conference program which promises to be the most varied and exciting yet.    ‘Offshore’ is rapidly becoming a far broader industry than just ‘oil and gas’ and the program for Offshore Survey 2013 truly reflects this vibrant industry.   


Rolls-Royce’s Trent 30 Turbine Is Latest Innovation

The new Rolls-Royce Marine Trent 30 gas turbine is designed to bring technologically driven Trent aero engine innovation to the cruise industry. Available for service in either mechanical or electrical genset applications for both commercial and naval markets, the Trent 30 will be available for delivery in 2004. Boasting a power rating of 36 MW and cost effective, the turbine is ideal for cruise liners, fast ferries and LNG vessels.


Gladding-Hearn Third Vessel for Circle Line

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Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has completed construction of the last of three new sightseeing vessels for Circle Line Sightseeing Yachts, Inc., in New York City. A staple of harbor cruises on the lower Hudson and East Rivers, Circle Line Sightseeing’s three new vessels are the first in more than 60 years, according to Costas Markou, director of marine operations. The company’s fleet of eight steel


Port of Houston to Order Container Cranes

Port of Houston Commission to negotiate a contract for the purchase of 4 new electric cranes for Barbours Cut Container Terminal. Demonstrating continued investment in infrastructure improvements to better serve customers, the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority has selected Konecranes Finland Corporation to supply four dockside electric container cranes for Wharf No. 1 at Barbours Cut Container Terminal.


Dometic’s Workboat Play

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Workboat operators are taking a second look at Dometic’s SeaXchange Reverse Osmosis Systems as missions expand and demands on these vessels increase. It’s no secret that Dometic Group’s products are sold in almost 100 countries, supported by as many as 6,000 employees. Better known on the water for their penetration of the recreational and yacht markets, Dometic’s attention is now focused on the workboat sector as well


The Attractions of Azipod Propulsion

Photo: ABB

Destined for installation on board one of the highest profile cruise ship deliveries scheduled for 2016, the latest Azipod XO podded propulsion recently departed from the ABB factory in Helsinki.   The unit, which commands 20.5 MW of power


Charleston Port Joins USDA Cold Treatment Program

Nelly Yunta, vice president, Customized Brokers. Photo Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Miami-based subsidiary specializing in Customs clearance of imported perishable apparel and refrigerated products, said it could begin clearing certain produce requiring cold-treatment from Peru, Uruguay and Argentina into the Port of Charleston, S.C


Safety Violations Halt Three Fishing Voyages

Three commercial fishing vessels operating throughout Puget Sound were ordered to return to port Wednesday after U.S. Coast Guard boarding teams discovered multiple safety violations.    Following the boardings, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Sector Puget Sound sent the three


Fishing Vessel Owner, Captain Face Environmental Charges

Owner and captain of commercial fishing vessel indicted for clean water and ship pollution violations; defendants allegedly participated in and ordered the illegal discharge of bilge wastes over the course of several years   The owner and captain of the commercial F/V Native Sun


Long Beach to Decide on Cement Import Facility

Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

Board will review Mitsubishi project at meeting May 11   The Port of Long Beach has prepared the final environmental impact report for the Mitsubishi (MCC) Cement Facility Modification Project. The port’s Board of Harbor Commissioners will consider the adequacy of the final EIR at its


Long Beach's Cement Terminal Project Approved

The terminal receives imported cement and cement-like materials via bulk cargo ships.

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the Mitsubishi Cement Facility Modification Project this week, greenlighting the addition of 40,000 metric tons of additional storage capacity consisting of storage and loading silos on vacant Port property adjacent to


High-tech Car Ferry Debuts: It’s Electric

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Norwegian Car Ferry Debuts World’s First All-Electric Propulsion System Norled Ampere, the world’s first all-electric car ferry, began service this year carrying up to 120 cars and 360 passengers across the 4.2-mile (6.8 km) Sognefjord channel that separates Norway’s villages of


Kohler Marine Sets Sail Aboard the Hermione

Authentic 18th century ship celebrates the spirit of Lafayette; ties between France and the United States   Kohler Marine, manufacturer of diesel and gasoline marine generators for a wide range of pleasure and commercial craft applications


SC Ports Projects 7% Container Growth

Photo: SCPA

Following a record-setting month of container volumes achieved in May, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) board of directors looked ahead to a favorable 2016 fiscal year today with the adoption of a financial plan that includes continued cargo growth


Dometic to Launch Watermaker at IBEX

Dometic Marine, a division of Dometic Group, a global provider of leisure products for the marine, truck, RV and automotive markets, announced it will showcase its new XTC-ZTC Double-Pass Watermaker at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), Sept


Turbocharger Overhaul for Tidewater OSVs

Photo: Royston

Marine engineering teams from diesel power specialist Royston Limited have carried out the overhaul of turbochargers on two offshore supply ships operated by Tidewater Marine in the oilfields off the coast of South West Africa.   Royston said its engineers completed the full overhaul of


USCG Clarifies Safety Exams Protocol for CFV's

The Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin, or MSIB, 12-15 to provide clarification about the five-year mandatory dockside safety exam that applies to many commercial fishing vessels. Effective October 15, 2015, law requires completion of a mandatory dockside safety exam on


New Product: Running Line Dynamometer

The finished product was the result of a three-part consortium representing the UK, USA and Sri Lanka. (Photo: Straightpoint)

A three-part consortium from the UK, USA and Sri Lanka, triangulated expertise to develop a new product for measuring tension on lines recently launched by Straightpoint, the Running Line Dynamometer (or TIMH), part of the manufacturer’s tension in motion range.


It's All in the Planning

Photo courtesy of BMT Group

Continuing voracious demand for mined materials in China, India and other developing nations has led to an associated requirement for increased bulk terminal capacity for both export by suppliers and import by users. Whether developing an existing facility or building from scratch it is imperative


USCG Assists Fish and Wildlife Departments Patrol Crab Opening

A Coast Guard aircrew aboard a HC-130 Hercules airplane patrols the Pacific Northwest crab fishing fleet prior to the pre-soak opening for commercial crab season, Jan. 1, 2016. Photo USCG

  The Coast Guard assisted representatives of the Washington and Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife patrol the waters of the Pacific Northwest during the pre-soak period of the commercial Dungeness Crab season, which opens Jan. 4, 2015.  






 
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