Tidewater Regional Transit (TRT), Norfolk, Va., operates mass transit in the Hampton Roads area. It includes three passenger ferries that transport nearly 500,000 people per year across the Elizabeth River between downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va. Like other mass transit providers, TRT receives federal, state and local funds and is encouraged to use alternative fuels to reduce dependence on foreign oil and help improve the environment. But unlike any other transit authority, TRT is successfully operating the world's first passenger ferry powered exclusively by natural gas. The idea to convert one of TRT's diesel-powered ferries to natural gas resulted from a 1989 meeting with representatives of Virginia Natural Gas to discuss bus fuel conversion. A feasibility study identified potential investors and possible funding sources. As part of the study, TRT's local Cat dealer, Carter Machinery Co., conducted Performance Analysis Review tests and additional analyses on the vessel's two six-cylinder, two-cycle, 180 bhp (135 bkW) diesels. Information collected on fuel consumption and other operating parameters helped establish the attainable benefits of switching to natural gas power. Carter also collected data on Caterpillar's experience with other marine natural gas applications, including a dual-fuel (diesel and natural gas) Canadian car ferry
Naviera Master Line selects Port Manatee for new container & breakbulk service to Caribbean, Central & South American destinations. Expected to commence with a sailing from Port Manatee Mar. 8, 2013, Naviera Master Line, a division of Miami-based Master Line Shipping Company, will transport a variety of breakbulk and containerized cargo from Port Manatee to destinations in Colombia, Panama, Venezuela and Trinidad.
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) emerged as a major force in environmental stewardship judging by its impressive showing during a recent series of environmental awards. NAVSEA and its various activities were very well represented on April 30 and May 1 at a series of environmental awards presentation ceremonies on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) and the Department of Defense (OSD).
By Marshall Fukuki, Harbor Naval Shipyard Public Affairs The Hawaii State Legislature honored Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY) for the first time March 18 with a House resolution and a Senate commendation lauding the Shipyard's 100 years of service to the Navy. PHNSY will hold its official 100-year anniversary celebration on May 13. PHNSY finds its roots in the 1800s, as the world's navies explored and established ports throughout the
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Gunsan shipyard is already fully booked for its first year of operation. The shipyard has taken orders for 12 vessels, one year worth of work.HHI signed a contract to build two VLCCs at the Gusan shipyard. With this order, the shipyard has 12 vessels worth a combined $1.3 billion in its orderbook. The other ten ships are Large Bulk Carriers. HHI also confirmed an additional contract for two Large Bulk Carriers to be delivered in 2011
Australian marine safety specialist Mobilarm launched Crewsafe, a unique onboard wireless network with Man Overboard functionality at the 2008 International Workboat Show, Dec. 3-5. Mobilarm Crewsafe is a wireless safety network that provides marine employee safety and security through crew location monitoring and by automatically initiating a network-wide alert to all personnel within seconds of an incident occurring.
Shares of Jurong Shipyard Ltd. firmed by more than six percent in early Friday trading on rumors that the shipyard might announce a stock-split exercise to improve its liquidity, dealers and analysts said. Fueling the market's excitement over Jurong was SembCorp's impending news conference, possibly next week, where Jurong was expected to announce further merger details and restructuring of its shipyard operations. SembCorp, with a yard capacity of 1
General Dynamics NASSCO announced the retirement of Janice S. Grace, its senior vice president of operations, on June 30. Grace, 55, had served as the shipyard’s second-ranking executive since February 2004. "This shipyard is indebted to the significant contributions and outstanding leadership of Janice Grace," said Frederick J. Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. "She is a pioneer in our industry and for this shipyard
STX Shipbuilding Co., the world's seventh-largest shipbuilder, said its shipyard to be built here will post $3 billion in sales in 2012, similar to that of its shipyard in Jinhae, South Korea. During a ground-breaking ceremony for the shipyard, Kang Duck-soo, chairman of the STX Group, said its $500 million project to build the first South Korean-owned shipyard in China by the end of 2008 would help the company emerge as a global shipbuilder. Source: Business in Asia Today
Nanjing, China, hosts shipbuilders, customers at annual CIMPS-Europort show in Nanjing City The maritime exhibition CIMPS-Europort 2012 will be held from 23 – 25 May in Nanjing, the capital of the province of Jiangsu. This province is the top shipbuilding region of China. With more than 80 large shipyards, shipbuilding in Jiangsu comprises 35% of the total shipbuilding output in China. No less than 39% of all new shipbuilding orders in China are realised in Jiangsu
Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has entered into agreements to purchase five Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels currently under construction in a Chinese shipyard as listed below: Yard
Epic Gas Ltd. says it has contracted Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation in Japan to build two 11,000 cbm fully-pressurised gas carriers to be delivered in 2016. This latest order brings the total newbuild contracts for the year to eight fully-pressurised vessels
Singapore's Swissco Holdings say they have placed orders with China shipyards for two anchor handling tug supply vessels (“AHTS”) and a fast utility/crew boat with a one plus one option. The newbuild vessels, excluding owner supplied equipment, are worth an aggregate of S$42 million
Damen Shipyards Group is set to deliver the fifth Platform Supply Vessel in a series of six to World Wide Supply of Norway. World Opal is a Damen PSV 3300 CD. The first ship, World Diamond, was delivered in July and the last in the series World Sapphire is due to be delivered mid-December.
Stanford Marine, a regional offshore marine business, announced today from its Dubai headquarters the delivery of the latest addition to its fleet. The Stanford Hawk, a 75m diesel electric platform supply vessel (PSV) is one of two sister vessels being built at the Fujian Mawei shipyard in
Shipyard boss Dr. Herbert Aly discusses Blohm+Voss’ radical reorganization as well as the strategies to secure new orders. When I started my nautical career at Blohm+Voss at the beginning of the early 1960s, one could see on the southside of the river Elbe nine independent operating
The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government has awarded Damen Shipyards Group an order for a state-of-the-art, 80 m Ice Class ferry, which will operate on the Fogo Island-Change Islands service. Scheduled for delivery in September 2015
With more than a dozen patrol boats and a fireboat built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation and operating in New York Harbor, the NYPD’s Harbor Unit turned again to the Mass.-based shipyard for five new patrol/rescue boats, three 61-footers and two 70-footers
Among the latest listing of US Department of Defense contracts are those for the dredging of Newport News Navigation Channel, examination of littoral combat ship (LCS) core class shipyard services; and for the leasing of a submersible vessel, as follows: Dredging contract
Scorpio Tankers Inc. has announced that it has entered into agreements for the construction of seven Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) and entered into an agreement with an unaffiliated third party to issue shares in exchange for the transfer of ownership to the company of four MR product tankers
Significant volumes of dry bulk carrier orders, most of them for Chinese shipyards, are reported by Clarkson Hellas in their latest S&P Weekly Bulletin, as follows: Starting with the large sizes in dry, Oldendorff Carriers are reported to have declared the sixth in a series of 207
COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited's Zhoushan Shipyard subsidiary has won a contract from an Asian buyer to construct two 64,000 dwt bulk carriers. The two bulk carriers are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2014. About COSCO
BMT Fleet Technology Ltd (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has announced its latest research project with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to evaluate recent advancements in Integrated Cold Electrode (ICE) welding technology. Jointly funded by industry and the U.S
Dutch shipping company CFL has chosen Pronautas to implement the proven Ku-Band VSAT connectivity solutions on all vessels in their fleet. Headquartered in Amsterdam and well known for its innovative market approach, CFL owns and operates a fleet of young and flexible eco-friendly multi-purpose
FORAN has been the CAD/CAM System used by the Chilean shipyard ASMAR in the development of an Oceanographic and Fisheries Research Vessel, a state of the art design built for worldwide oceanographic and fishing service and geological research. The vessel, Cabo de Hornos, has been already delivered