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Voith Wins Landmark PSV Contract

Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi AS has placed an order with Voith Turbo Marine for two Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP) for a Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), a landmark order for the propulsion manufacturer as this is its first application on this vessel type. Designed by Norway’s Skipsteknis, the vessel will be built in Spain at Astilleros Gondan shipyard. The PSV is scheduled to begin working in the beginning of 2007. The PSV will be Dynamic Positioning (DP II) capable. According to the propulsion manufacturer, a PSV driven by two VSPs requires 10 to 20 percent less power, depending on the load conditions and the sailing speed, helping to save fuel and reduce maintenance. First model test series were carried out at Marintek in Trondheim, Norway, in February 2002. In the first test series, the power uptake of the two propulsion elements ‘contra-rotating propeller’ (CRP) and ‘VSP’ was established. Here, the VSP needed approximately 10 percent less power at various hull drafts and across the entire speed range. The second model test series at SVA in Vienna in February 2005, a test which reportedly confirmed that the R&D team had taken the correct path. A special feature of the VSP is its roll damping capacity. At standstill and when not in full sail, the VSPs can be used to reduce the effects of high seas on the ship. This is particularly important, since PSVs are loaded and unloaded on the high seas


Goodrich Deliver Composite Sail Cusps for USN Sub Newbuildings

Sail Cusp: Photo credit Goodrich

Goodrich delivers first composite sail cusp for Virginia Class submarine Goodrich Corporation recently delivered its first composite sail cusp to Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.  Goodrich is under contract to manufacture lightweight, composite sail cusps for the next eight Virginia Class nuclear fast attack submarines, collectively referred to as Block III. Fabrication of all eight sail cusps will occur at Goodrich's Engineered Polymer Products


P&O Cruises’ “Adonia” Joins the Windjammers For the 1st Time

Kieler Woche attracts cruise ships

  “The Kieler Woche regatta – an international top sailing event and at the same time the biggest summer festival in northern Europe – is setting new standards and attracting in-creasing numbers of cruise ships”. The comment comes from Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG). This year for the first time, a record sixteen cruise ships have berthed in the port of Kiel during the festival


Stolt-Nielsen S.A. Reports 4Q and 2007 Results

Stolt-Nielsen S.A. reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended November 30, 2007. The financial statements for the full year ended November 30, 2007 have been audited. Highlights for the fourth quarter and full year ended November 30, 2007, compared with the fourth quarter and full year ended November 30, 2006, included: • Operating revenue for the fourth quarter of $460.8 million, up 14% compared with same quarter last year


Voyager Of The Seas Goes Live

Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN), a subsidiary of ATC Teleports of Alexandria, Va. set sail from Finland to the port of Miami on the world's largest cruise ship — Voyager of the Seas. MTN has equipped Voyager with full redundancy services including dual antennas and two MPEG-2 Digital Video units. Each antenna on the 142,000-ton vessel will have 12 lines for multiple voice and data capabilities. In preparation for Voyager's live broadcast


New WSDOT Ferry Salish in Sea Trials

Photo courtesy WSDOT

The new Washington State ferry Salish is completing builder’s sea trials in Puget Sound. The vessel is expected to begin serving the Port Townsend-Coupeville route this summer, restoring full two-boat service to the route for the first time since 2007. Contractor Todd Pacific Shipyards is conducting sea trials to demonstrate the vessel to U.S. Coast Guard and WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) inspectors before WSF accepts delivery of the vessel


RCI Cruise Ship Propulsion Repairs Necessitate Docking

Allure of the Seas: Photo credit RCI

Owners, of the giant 'Allure of the Seas', Royal Caribbean International say that a mechanical issue obligates performance of unscheduled repairs to their cruise ship 'Allure of the Seas', and the repairs will take place at Grand Bahama Shipyard, in Freeport, Bahamas, the week of February 24, 2014. As a result of coming out of service RCI say it will be necessary to cancel the February 23, 2014, sailing of Allure of the Seas


Crowley Launches New LCL Service from Chicago

Frank Larkin, SVP and GM of Crowley logistics services

To better serve customers making smaller shipments to Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Central America from the U.S. Midwest, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s logistics group is launching a new weekly less-than-container load (LCL) service from Chicago today. The new service utilizes Crowley vessels and a single point of contact within the company to ensure accountability and that the movement of customers’ cargoes is managed and monitored effectively and reliably.


Crowley to Launch Third Sailing in U.S. Gulf

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that its liner services unit will add a third, weekly, fixed-day sailing effective May 18 between Gulfport, Miss. and the Central America northern zone countries of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Crowley had been serving the trade in the Gulf with vessels leaving Gulfport on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but will now sail on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. With this move


Crowley Maritime Extra Sailing to Meet US/Caribbean Demand

Port Tracking Map: Image courtesy of Crowley Maritime

The liner services group will offer ocean-freight customers a second weekly southbound sailing from Port Everglades, Fla., to Nassau, Bahamas. The new Saturday sailing day, starting Saturday, March 23, 2013, will give customers an additional option for the transport of their goods, including groceries, retail merchandise, building materials, refrigerated (reefer) products, and vehicles from Port Everglades to Nassau each week


Port of Durban to Triple Capacity, Compete with Suez Canal

The Port of Durban (Photo courtesy of the Durban Chamber of Commerce)

  Durban, South Africa's busiest port, has started a project to triple capacity and encourage vessels to skip the Suez Canal and sail around the Cape of Good Hope, Bloomberg reported today.   The excavation project, which will increase the port's capacity from 2


MES Delivers FPSO Hull to MODEC

Photo: MES

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) delivered the hull of a floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) for MODEC, Inc.   The FPSO hull sailed out from MES’ Chiba Shipyard on February 27, 2015.  


Holland America Line Wins Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards

Courtesy Holland American Line

  Holland America Line won top honors in four categories in the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards. The premium cruise line took first place in Best Dining (large-ship category) for ms Nieuw Amsterdam, Best Value-for-Money (mid-sized category) for ms Zuiderdam


River Levels Decreasing in Argentina

Rivers of Argentina

  River levels in Argentina are currently decreasing and they are expected to continue over the coming week. The bottleneck remains in the River Plate access channel, where the maximum recommended sailing draft us 10.51 metres fw.


Munkebo Maersk, Biggest Ship Ever to Sail on the Thames

Munkebo Maersk (Pic: London Gateway)

 The 18,300 TEU Triple E container ship Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway.   The 399 metre long Munkebo Maersk, which weighs in at 195,000 tonnes and is 60 metre wide is one of the largest container vessels


Containership Becomes Largest to Sail the Thames

Munkebo Maersk (Photo: DP World)

The Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway, the U.K.’s newest deep-sea port hub. The 399-meter-long, 60-meter-wide, 195,000-ton Triple-E class vessel – equivalent in length to almost four football pitches and


Dutch Chief Mate Sentenced for Fatal Collision

Gerardus Chapel, the chief mate at the helm of the dredger that collided with a sailing yacht at the entrance to the River Orwell in Suffolk last summer, has received a six-month sentence.   On June 8, 2014, Shoreway, a 98-meter, 5,000-metric-ton dredger owned by Koninklijke Boskalis


Tall Ship Docked for Repairs

Tall ship Stavros S Niarchos in for general maintenance and repairs

The largest brig to be built in the U.K. in a century sailed into in a Greenock dry dock yesterday for general maintenance and essential winter repairs.   The Stavros S Niarchos has arrived at the Garvel Clyde site, which is owned by Aberdeen-based Dales Marine Services


Atlantic Gas Swings Keep LNG Traders Guessing

MILAN, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Atlantic natural gas markets are seeing some of the biggest price swings in years as volatile European trade, freezing U.S. weather and Brazilian demand leave tankers torn over where to sail. The region's gas markets


Ferus Smit Launches Nordana Sky

Nordana Sky (Photo courtesy of Ferus Smit)

Ferus Smit launched multipurpose vessel Nordana Sky in Leer on February 21.   Nordana Sky, built as yard number 417, is the first in a series of six that will be delivered to Symphony Shipping. The ship will be chartered out to the Danish company Nordana and sail in her fleet after delivery


MSC's Falcon Service Between Asia and M.E.

Courtesy MSC

  Mediterranean Shipping Company has announced the start of a new dedicated service between Asia and the Middle East called the New Falcon service. Once the service commences, customers can enjoy improved transit times to Jebel Ali, 24 days from Xingang, 20 days from Shanghai


Lithuania Receiving LNG from Norway on Feb 28

Lithuania is set to receive a liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from Norway's Snohevit LNG plant at the end of February, according to ship-tracking data on Reuters Eikon. The 160,000-cubic-metre-capacity tanker Golar Seal is expected to arrive at the port on Feb


AMC Purchases Bridge Simulator

Photo courtesy of AMC

Indonesian Maritime School purchases DNV certified class A Full Mission Bridge Simulator to enhance its training curriculum.   VSTEP will deliver and install a NAUTIS DNV Class A Full Mission Bridge Simulator at the Maritime Academy of Cirebon in Indonesia


Chinese Captain Fined for Entering Great Barrier Reef

The senior captain of a Chinese coal carrier was fined $8000 AUD ($6,252 USD) for sailing into a restricted section of Australia's Great Barrier Reef without a pilot, the Brisbane times reported today. Local magistrate Ian Cheetham said Chih-Ming Lu, captain of the 288-meter China Steel Developer


Taiwanese Captain Arrested in Australia

Photo: China Steel Developer

The Australian Federal Police have arrested the captain of a Chinese coal ship -China Steel Developer- for sailing through part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park without a pilot.    Sources said that the captain — a Taiwanese national by the name of Lu — will plead






 
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