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Sixth Sword of Honour for Drydocks World

Photo courtesy Drydocks World – Dubai

For the sixth year in a row, Drydocks World – Dubai (DDW-D), a ship repair, conversion and new building yard in the region and the flagship company of the Drydocks World group, has been the recipient of the British Safety Council’s (BSC) globally respected Sword of Honour. The award is in recognition of the consistent success the Dubai yard has achieved in applying internationally accepted safety standards. The Sword of Honour scheme, now in its 30th year, recognizes organizations that have implemented safety systems that are among the best in the world. Only organizations that achieve the maximum rating of five stars in the Council’s Five Star Health and Safety Management System Audit are eligible to apply. DDW-D is one of only 40 organizations across the world that receive this honour annually. Nawal Saigal, Managing Director of DDW-D, received the Sword from Nina Wrightson OBE, Chairman of Trustees, BSC, at a grand ceremony held recently at the Goldsmiths Hall in London. (www.drydocks.gov.ae)  


SHINEC Builds Interiors for RAON

The Shipbuilding Joint Stock Company (SHINEC) has won a $200,000 contract to build the interiors for five ships owned by the RAON group of the Czech Republic. The work, covering wooden wall and floor planks, furniture, cupboards and lounge bars, is expected to last through the end of the year. The conversion of five ships owned by RAON into luxurious “floating hotels” is part of the largest-ever ship engineering project by the Republic of Czech


Blohm + Voss Repair Wins Business

Earlier this year, the Black Prince of the Fred. Olsen Cruises Line shipping company docked into Dock 10 of Blohm + Voss Repair GmbH. The cruise liner was originally constructed in such a way that it was able to be employed on the one hand as a passenger liner and cargo ship, and on the other as a passenger and car ferry. The Black Prince was converted into a pure passenger liner in 1986. A maximum of 451 passengers can go on a cruise in the 241 cabins of the Black Prince


Horizon Lines Promotes Alherd Kazura to VP International Services

Alherd Kazura, VP International Sales

Horizon Lines has promoted Alherd Kazura to the New Position of VP International Services   Horizon Lines, Inc. (NYSE: HRZ), the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping company, today announced that Alherd Kazura has been appointed to the new position of Vice President of International Services. Mr. Kazura will report to Brian Taylor, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Commercial Officer of Horizon Lines, Inc.    


New Cruise Ship to Ply Yangtze River

According to a report on www.chinadaily.com.cn, a new cruise ship will soon set sail to the Yangtze River's Three Gorges Dam. The "Yangtze River No. 2," a 139-m, six-storey cruise ship, will embark on its maiden voyage from the southwestern Chongqing Municipality to the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei's Yichang City on August 29, www.chinadaily.com.cn reported, citing an official of Changjiang (Yangtze) Cruise Overseas Travel Co., the operator of the ship.


Region’s Ports Vital Conduit for Africa-Asia Trade Development

Photo: World Ports & Trade Summit

Reciprocal growth opportunities as UAE builds on regional hub status and emerging African powerhouse nations look to develop world-class port operations using successful UAE model The continent of Africa will take center stage at the 2013 World Ports & Trade Summit, which takes place in Abu Dhabi from March 19-20, with a special focus session on day two of the event to examine opportunities in the region for both trade and infrastructure development.


Pole Star & Mackay Sign Distributorship Agreement

Mackay Communications joins Pole Star’s wide marine market network of approved distributors. Mackay will offer Pole Star’s portfolio of products and services including Fleet Management, Alert Advanced Ship Security Alert System (SSAS), Marine Asset Tracker (MAT), and LRIT conformance testing services to their customer base throughout North America. “We are extremely pleased to formalize the relationship with Mackay,” commented Duncan Halliday


Star Cruises Signs Long-Term Contract

Long-term Preventive Service agreement will increase reliability and extend equipment life-time through scheduled maintenance procedures. ABB, an  automation technology group, has won a long-term service contract from Star Cruises for preventive maintenance of all ABB equipment onboard SuperStar Virgo for the next five years. The approximately US$ 1 million contract was signed in the fourth quarter of 2012 and commences in January 1, 2013.


Sea Star Enlarges Refrigeration Fleet, Preps for LNG Ships

Sea Star Line, LLC said that it has increased its refrigerated container fleet by 25% in the past year to better serve the Puerto Rico trade. Sea Star is also in year two of a five year refrigerated equipment replacement plan. The replacement plan aims to reduce the average age of the entire Sea Star Line refrigerated container fleet to less than three years. Additionally, Sea Star Line recently entered into a five year agreement to acquire new gensets to support the increased reefer fleet


Star Bulk Acquires Two Ultramax Bulk Carriers

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two modern Ultramax bulk carriers, the M/V Supra Challenger I and M/V Supra Challenger II, from an unaffiliated third party for an aggregate total consideration of $58.1 million. The vessels have a carrying capacity of 61, 462 deadweight tons each and were built in Japan by Imabari Shipbuilding Group


US Polar Icebreaker Visits San Diego

Passengers and the crew of CGC Polar Star gather to observe their first encounter with ice during Operation Deep Freeze 2016 in the Southern Ocean Jan. 3, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Grant DeVuyst)

The U.S. Coast Guard’s polar icebreaker Cutter Polar Star has made a brief stop in a warmer climate, mooring in San Diego before returning to Seattle after a four and a half month-long deployment to the Antarctic in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2016.  


MSC Introduce 'Lone Star Express' and 'Amberjack' to the Transpacific Trade

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Swiss headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced two new services alled the ‘Lone Star Express’ which will operate between Asia and the US Gulf.    This new service will become a new Gateway to/from the US Gulf in anticipation of increased demand


Heavy Lift: Topside Module Delivered for Yadana Gas Field

Photo: BigLift Shipping

SapuraAcergy awarded BigLift Shipping the transportation contract for a wellhead production topside module for the offshore Yadana gas field, off Myanmar. BigLift loaded the module in Ulsan, Korea, and transported it to the Yadana field, where SapuraAcergy’s S3000 would lift it off and


Atlantic Sail Hits the Water

Atlantic Sail. Photo: Atlantic Container Line

 Atlantic Container Line (ACL) took delivery of Atlantic Sail last week, the second of five new conro (container and roll-on/roll-off) - new G4 generation vessels - ships the company is building as part of its fleet renewal process.  


Star Bulk Offloads Four Capesize Vessels

Pic: Star Bulk Carriers

 Star Bulk Carriers has entered into agreements to sell four newbuilding Capesize vessels to unaffiliated third parties for an aggregate gross price of $148mln.   The vessels are currently under construction in China at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding.  


NASSCO Makes Three Lead Deliveries in 2015

Isla Bella (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

San Diego based shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO delivered three lead ships in 2015: USNS Lewis B. Puller, the Isla Bella and the Lone Star State. Each vessel represents three new and separate ship classes and highlights the builder’s diverse portfolio of commercial and government


Drydocks World Earns Five Star Safety Grading

Photo: Drydocks World

Drydocks World, an international service provider to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, announced it has received a five star rating from the British Safety Council for the Occupational Health and Safety.  The company underwent a detailed


All-electric Paddlewheeler Tours Texas Lake

Lone Star (Photo: Torqeedo)

Winding its way through downtown Austin, Texas, is scenic Lady Bird Lake, a gas-restricted reservoir of the Colorado River. Lone Star Riverboat Cruises guides visitors through the picturesque surroundings in Lone Star, a 75-foot double-decked paddlewheel


Kongsberg Installs CCTV System for USCG Icebreaker

USCGC Polar Star (Photo: USCG)

Kongsberg Maritime has delivered a complete new CCTV system to the U.S. Coast Guard for its heavy icebreaker vessel Polar Star (WAGB-10). The delivery follows a CCTV System upgrade on Polar Star’s sister vessel, the USCGC Healy Polar Ice Breaker, in 2013.


Hapag-Lloyd Enhances Conosur Service

Photo Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd has informed about its service enhancements on the Conosur Service (South America West Coast to South America East Coast). This is being upgraded by optimizing its fleet and will herewith enhance our high quality service to you.


Star Bulk Enters Chartering Pool

Star Bulk Courtesy Star Bulk

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that  it has entered into a Capesize vessel pooling agreement (“CCL”) with BOCIMAR INTERNATIONAL NV, GOLDEN OCEAN GROUP LIMITED and C TRANSPORT HOLDING LTD


US Maritime Commission Collects $520,000 in Penalties

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC, the federal agency responsible for regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation, has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $520,000 in civil penalties, announced FMC Chairman, Mario Cordero.  


Star Bulk Defers More Ship Deliveries

File photo: Star Bulk

In February 2016, Star Bulk has agreed to defer the delivery of five Newcastlemax vessels from 2016 to 2017 and 2018: three vessels were deferred from Q1 2016 to Q1 and Q3 2017, and two vessels were deferred from Q1 and Q2 2016 to Q1 2018. Consequently


China Blocks Filipino Fishermen from South China Sea Atoll

China has stationed up to five ships around a disputed atoll in the South China Sea, preventing Filipino fishermen from accessing traditional fishing grounds, media in the Philippines reported on Wednesday.   The Philippine Star newspaper, quoting an unnamed Filipino fishing operator


Bigger Ships Call Port of London

Photo courtesy of PLA

The Port of London saw larger ships than ever calling last year as the tonnage of cargo handled at Thames terminals climbed to 45.4 million metric tons (up 2 percent from 2014).   PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer said, “Last year a number of operators introduced new






 
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