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Schwarzenegger, Offshore Oil Drilling

According to a June 1 report from the Los Angeles Times, the State Lands Commission lashed out at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to reverse its rejection of the first new oil drilling in California waters since 1969. At a contentious hearing in Santa Monica, the commission passed a resolution urging legislators not to go along with Schwarzenegger's plan, which would revive a drilling project off the Santa Barbara County coast that the commission killed in January. (Source: Los Angeles Times)


Cable Snaps as Refloat Begins

One of the cables connecting the stranded freighter Pasha Bulker to a tugboat at Newcastle's Nobbys Beach has snapped, as efforts are made to refloat the freighter. The tugboat has now moved further out to sea. Two tugboats are still connected to the Pasha Bulker and their engines are working hard against the line. There are also three deep-sea anchors connected the Pasha Bulker and it is hoped that when the tide peaks, the ship will be able to refloat and move further out to sea.


Weather Shuts Down Sydney

Strong winds and high seas forced authorities to close Sydney's port to passenger and cargo ships on Saturday. Winds of up to 59 mph lashed the coast of New South Wales state, bringing down power lines and unroofing a handful of homes. A Sydney Ports spokeswoman said swells of between 22 to 33 feet and wind gusts up to 35 knots inside Sydney Harbour forced the port's closure until at least Sunday. Australian Broadcasting Corp radio said the P&O passenger liner Pacific Sky, with about 1


IHI Completes Post Panamax Container Carrier

IHI Marine United Inc. has completed construction of the 6,492 TEU post panamax container carrier for delivery to Great River Line S.A. of Panama at the Kure Shipyard on November 29, 2002. The NYK Apollo, first of a series of seven post panamax carriers to be chartered by NYK Line, will be utilized for transport services in routes centered on Europe and Far East. The carrier with a beam of over 131 ft. (40 m) can load containers of nine tiers in 14 rows in cargo holds and six tiers in 16


Vigor Fab Delivers New Harley Alaskan Barge

Barge Iliuliuk Bay: Photo courtesy of Vigor Fab

Vigor Fab has delivered Harley Marine Services’ newest vessel, the 250’x70’x15’8” 'Iliuliuk Bay' (an Aleut name meaning Big Island). The deck barge is purpose-built to enhance quality of service provided to customers living and working in Alaska. Iliuliuk Bay is in transit to Dutch Harbor and will enter service on November 3rd. Her unique design provides a flexible workhorse that can easily switch between containers and other cargo to serve the diverse needs of


LTM Crane Shipped Via the Ostuferhafen

Project load business gains ground in Kiel

The number of heavy cargo and project loads being handled in Kiel using the port’s efficient port cranes or RoRo ramps is on the rise. The latest example has been what is currently the most up-to-date telescopic mobile crane to be built by the firm of Liebherr. It was shipped directly to Klaipeda in Lithuania on April 1st on a ferry ship belonging to DFDS Seaways. The Type LTM 1750-9.1 mobile crane is used in power plants and refineries as well as in bridge building and in the


A&P Shipcare Completes Repairs Aboard American Cormorant

The 52,092 dwt U.S.-registered Heavy Lift Vessel 'American Cormorant' left Southampton on 2nd September after its annual lay over during which A&P Shipcare - Southampton carried out various works. The 1975-built 'American Cormorant' was in the Southampton area for a visit to the Combat Equipment Battalion in Hythe. The vessel arrived in Southampton on 8th June and sailed on 29th August. The work completed by A&P Shipcare included various tank repairs which entailed bulkhead steel repairs


New Shipuilding Method Promises Cost Savings

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has developed and obtained an international patent for a new inundation method used in the tandem shipbuilding process. With traditional methods, a vessel that was under construction would float on the water whenever the dry dock was flooded to launch a completed ship. The new method holds the incomplete ship in place, allowing the company to continue work on the ship whether the dry dock is flooded or dry, reducing construction time.


Maritime Services Plays Role in Robin Hood Film

Photo courtesy The MPI Group

For the Ridley Scott movie, Robin Hood, which opened at the Cannes Film Festival, the Dover beaches were recreated at Freshwater West, in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The last 15 minutes of the film is set on the beach with 130 horses doing a full speed gallop charge into 600 actors.  Maritime Services International (MSI) was called in to source a suitable vessel that could be converted into a 12th century landing craft for the French invasion fleet


Jensen Maritime Designs Harley Tugs & Barge

Jensen designed ASD tugboat.

Crowley Maritime subsidiary, Jensen Maritime complete design of 2 ASD tugboats & a deck cargo barge for Harley Marine.   Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company Jensen Maritime recently completed the designs of two new ASD tugs, based on the popular Valor tugboat design, and a 250’ x 70’ x 15’ 8” deck barge for customer Harley Marine, a Seattle-based marine transportation provider


MacGregor’s New Lashing Bridges Ordered

Lashing bridge is a vital part of the container ships cargo system. With a proper cargo system design, the ships capacity will be secured.

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured an order for lashing bridges for three 18,000 TEU container ships to be built at Waigaoqiao Shipyard in China. The contract includes the design and fabrication of the lashing bridge steel structure of approx


New Incat Crowther Build Underway

Image: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther announced that construction has commenced on a 28m Catamaran Utility Vessel. Under construction at Marine Diesel Services, the vessel will be delivered to Nordic Maritime. The new vessel will build on the expertise and experience Incat Crowther demonstrated by vessels such as


Brazil President Says Won't Accept Attack on Petrobras

Dilma Rousseff official portrait

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday lashed out at critics of state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, saying accusations of corruption, cost-overruns and stagnation at the company were politically motivated. Rousseff, speaking at the launching of an oil tanker at a shipyard near


Brazil's Rousseff Says Petrobras Critics Distorting Facts

Dilma Rousseff official portrait web

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday lashed out at critics of Petroleo Brasileiro SA, saying accusations of corruption, cost-overruns and stagnation at the state-run oil company were politically-motivated. "I won't tolerate any type of wrongdoing, criminal action


Lloyd’s Register Increases Container Stowage with BoxMax

Lloyd’s Register’s BoxMax service, and accompanying notations, aims to enable operators to load more cargo more flexiblyvby increasing and optimizing container stack weights, taking into account voyage (V) and weather (W) specific conditions.


Tall Ships to Sail into Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Windjammers 2012: Photo credit Boothbay Chamber of Commerce

Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce announces 11 sailing schooners will visit the harbor for 'Windjammer Days'. The 2013 Windjammer Days are scheduled to take place June 25 and 26, 2013, with the schooners appearing in Linekin Bay on Tuesday the 25th and in the harbor on Wednesday the 26th


Atlas Enterprises Moves Heaviest Object Yet: A Superyacht

After a trek that often involved steering with only inches of clearance and a complex 90-degree turn, Chris Holland, president of HMR Supplies, moves this new 215-foot, 480-ton superyacht out of the fabrication facility and to the barge for its initial launch and sea trials.

Atlas Enterprises recently moved the heaviest object employees have transported since it was founded as Ron Holland Housemoving in the early 70s. The superyacht, a 215-foot and 480-ton structure, is equipped with a swimming pool on deck that doubles as a helicopter pad when the pool cover closes


Hatlapa Becomes Part of Cargotec’s MacGregor

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The Hatlapa shareholders have entered into an agreement with Cargotec´s MacGregor to transfer all company shares and to integrate the merchant ship and offshore deck equipment business into the MacGregor portfolio. MacGregor offers integrated cargo flow solutions for maritime


Reederei Claus-Peter Offen Installs New GL RSCS Notation

(f.l.t.r.): Sascha Wienberg (SEC), Igor Protsenko (Interschalt), Daniel Abt (GL Cargo Stowage & Securing Expert), Captain Dirk Trampe, Chief Mate Lisa Helmers, Werner Teichmann (Head of Reederei Offens Nautical Department), Klaus Müller (GL Surveyor)

Reederei Claus-Peter Offen has implemented Germanischer Lloyd's (GL) Route Specific Container Stowage (RSCS) notation on the first of its vessels. This begins a roll out of the system which will initially cover a dozen ships of its fleet. The newly introduced class notation


Logistics Technology Theme of GAC Manager's Conference Address

Per Thornblom: Photo credit GAC Group

In his speech at the PowerLogistics Asia 2013 conference this October, Per Thörnblom, Group Project Logistics Manager for the GAC Group will outline the key advantage that dedicated software brings to the planning of heavy lift projects


DNV to Class UASC Ultra-large Container Ships

Ultra-large Container Ship: Image courtesy of Maersk

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has signed contracts to build some of the world’s largest and greenest container ships, and all will be classed by DNV. Hyundai Heavy Industries, Korea (HHI) is to build the five 18,000 TEU ships. In addition, there will be an option for one more


StowMan Targets Efficiency, Safety

Efficiency and safety were the key topics at the third MACS3 User Conference. Taking part were 35 representatives of 25 companies, from nine different countries. Of particular interest to them was a highlight: the official premiere of the new StowMan software


Australia Takes Tougher Stance on Container Stowage

Image courtesy of Maersk Line

A container ship which did not meet the minimum access requirements for container stow working space was recently unable to discharge containers at an Australian port and was forced to leave Australia with containers onboard, informs the UK P&I Club.


MacGregor Receives Huge Order from Hyundai Heavy

Photo: MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order worth $77 million (USD) for optimized cargo handling systems for five A-14-series and five A-18-series container vessels from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. in South Korea. The 14,000 TEU and 18


Great Ships of 2013: Oceanex Connaigra

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Oceanex Connaigra is Oceanex Inc.’s 210-m custom-designed container/roll on roll off (Con/Ro) ice class 1A ship that was built at the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. (FSG) shipyard in Flensburg, Germany. According to FSG, it will be “one of the longest, most innovative


 
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