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Britain Warns Shipowners To De-Bug Before 2000

Britain has warned shipowners on Monday that vessels calling at British ports could be detained if they have not ironed out millennium bug problems. All ships inspected before Jan. 1, 2000 that have not tackled the risk and will be at sea at the turn of the millennium will be detained until they can show they will not be a threat to safety or the environment, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

Shipowners Say Industry Is Being Choked By Legislation

International shipowners said the maritime industry is being choked by legislation and that they are unfairly targeted as the culprits for all ills in the sector. Addressing some 1,000 delegates from 35 countries who attended the bi-annual Maritime Cyprus Conference in the port town of Limassol, shipowners outlined the problems the industry faces entering the new millennium. There was a heated discussion on Flags of Convenience (FoC)

Celebrity Cruises Welcomes New Infinity

Celebrity Cruises' new Infinity, the newest addition to the cruise line's fleet, today sails into San Diego, prior to tomorrow's call on Los Angeles, where the 1,950-guest Infinity will hold formal inaugural ceremonies. Accenting the interior of the ship's SS United States specialty restaurant are actual glass panels from the SS United States cruise ship, which launched in 1952 and gained fame for clocking the fastest transatlantic crossing from New York.


New Z-Drive Tugs Delivered to Millennium Millennium Maritime began providing ship assist and escort services to the Los Angeles harbor area in. late-April, with the first of two new 4,400 bhp (3,282 bkW) Z-drive sister tugs designed and built by Marco Shipyard. The 105 ft. Millennium Falcon is powered by two Cat 3516B marine diesel engines, each rated 2,200 bhp (1,641 bkW) at 1,600 rpm, supplied by N C Power Systems, Seattle

New "Millennium" Begins

Alstom's Chantiers de l'Atlantique delivered the Millennium cruise ship to Celebrity Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The new ship is the largest passenger ship ever built in France, and is significant in that it is the first to feature gas turbines (General Electric make) and steam turbine as its main propulsion. In fact, facing increased scrutiny from environmental concerns, companies such as Royal Caribbean are striving to ensure the environmental "friendliness" of

Panama Canal Cruise Season Kicks Off

The Panama Canal cruise ship season officially starts today, Wednesday, October 2, with the transit of the Celebrity Millennium. During this season, cruise ships will be transiting the waterway during the year of its 100th anniversary.  The Celebrity Millennium, with a capacity of more than 2,000 passengers, marked the beginning of the season, transiting through the Panama Canal as part of a 15-day trip from San Diego, California to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in the United States.

Millennium Class Tanker Christened

ARCO Marine, Inc. unveiled its first state-of-the-art Millennium Class tanker at a christening ceremony at Litton Avondale Industries in metro New Orleans. The 125,000 dwt crude oil tankers are setting the standard for safety at sea, with double hulls, twin engine rooms, twin propellers, twin rudders and a sophisticated navigation and control system, which allows the control of the ship from a single joystick. The sponsor is Teresa Sullivan, wife of John Sullivan, vice-president engineering

Transocean Signs Deal for Two Drillships

Transocean Inc. has been awarded contracts for two High-Specification drillships, the Deepwater Millennium and the Deepwater Expedition, for drilling operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and offshore Egypt, respectively. The Deepwater Millennium, a Fifth-Generation, dynamically positioned drillship, has been awarded a two-year contract by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for drilling operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

Celebrity Cancels Summer Israel Calls

Celebrity Cruises canceled summer port calls at Haifa, Israel, by its Millennium ship, saying the itinerary change was meant to ease passenger fears about political violence in the region. Miami-based Celebrity, a unit of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., said the 2,040-passenger Millennium will instead stop at Limassol, Cyprus, on five, 12-night cruises beginning on May 31. Limassol, with 10 miles of coastline, is the second-largest city on Cyprus.

34m Boat Delivered to Rhode Island Fast Ferry

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A 34m Catamaran Passenger Ferry, Ava Pearl, designed by Incat Crowther and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding , was delivered to Rhode Island Fast Ferry, where it will contribute to an expansion of operations. As a long-time operator of Incat Crowther ferries, Rhode Island Fast Ferry turned to Gladding Hearn and Incat Crowther to develop and build a ferry with twin engines and propellers, with a view to more efficient operation

DMCA Showcases Local Maritime Leadership

Dubai Maritime City. Pic: Dubai Maritime City Authority

 Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) showcased Dubai's global maritime leadership in the presence of a high-level delegation from City of Glasgow College who commended the manner in which the outstanding experiences of the UAE maritime sector has transformed it into an internationally

DCMA to continue Organizing Anchorage of Maritime Crafts in Dubai

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Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, revealed its continuing efforts in organizing anchorage of maritime crafts across Dubai waters

Turkey’s Role for the Tanker Market

Map and Graph: Poten and Partners

 Even though the coup attempt in Turkey  failed and the transportation situation normalized quickly thereafter, Poten & Partners take a look at the importance of Turkey to the tanker market.   Turkey is not a large oil or gas producer; according to JODI its crude oil

IMCA to Hold Maritime Security Seminar

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is hosting a Security Seminar in London on Thursday, November 10, which will focus on human factors in modern maritime security. Sponsored by Subsea 7 and Technip, the event is a continuation of IMCA's new series of mini-seminars –

Drydocks World, Maritime World Win Excellence Awards

The Excellence Award given by the International Maritime Club at the Golden Bells Awards 2015

Drydocks World and Maritime World have won the Excellence Award given by the International Maritime Club at the Golden Bells Awards 2015 - Middle East. Drydocks World Group has won the Best Maritime Conference Award in recognition of their successin organizing the “2nd Mare Forum Dubai

Swire Pacific Offshore wins Industry Award at IMA

Swire Pacific Offshore emerges as the winner of the SRS Shipowner of the Year award at the Singapore International Maritime Awards (IMA) ceremony held during the Singapore Maritime Week 2015

  Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) won the SRS Shipowner of the Year award at the Singapore International Maritime Awards (IMA) 2015 ceremony held on Tuesday, 21 April 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton, Millennia Singapore.  

General Maritime, Navig8 Crude Complete Merger

General Maritime Corporation and Navig8 Crude Tankers Inc. complete merger to create large owner of modern eco VLCCs General Maritime Corporation and Navig8 Crude Tankers Inc. have completed a merger to create Gener8 Maritime, Inc., a U.S

The Lowdown on Ocean Acidification

The two globes illustrate the changes in ocean acidification that are expected as the ocean continually absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Green areas are sufficiently saturated with aragonite to support shell formation; areas colored yellowish-brown are under-saturated, and shell dissolution occurs. The climate model shows the change in ocean aragonite saturation from 1885 to what is expected in 2094. (Image: NOAA)

Scientists say that the world’s oceans are acidifying.  This term is correct, but somewhat misleading.  Until recently, the oceans have had (so far as can be determined) a pH level of about 8.4 for millennia.  A pH of 7.0 is neutral

Dubai Maritime Sector Showcased for Greek Shippers

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Dubai Maritime City Authority highlights competitive advantages of emirate’s maritime sector to ship owners in Greece; seminar showcases investment opportunities in Dubai’s maritime industry   In line with its efforts to promote the local maritime sector’s competitiveness

Keeping a Watchful Eye

Maritime surveillance technique & technology in the new millennium In 2014, Forbes Associate Director for Maritime Services at Control Risks stated that maritime risks are on the rise. Mariners and ship owner/operators experienced a 26% spike in maritime piracy and armed robbery since

EfficienSea2 Rolls out Maritime Cloud

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 The Danish-led e-navigation project, EfficienSea2, got one step closer to being launched when a core element of the project – Maritime Cloud – was debated by a group of international maritime organisations and companies.  

Sembcorp Marine posts first Quarterly Loss.

Posts S$535 mln loss vs year ago profit; net order book backlog at S$10.4 billion. Singaporean rig builder Sembcorp Marine Ltd posted its first quarterly loss, hit by writedowns and project delays by its key customers, underscoring the strain caused by plunging crude oil prices.

One Small Step toward Sustainable Coastal Shipping

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Short sea shipping is alive and well on America’s East Coast.   In the United States, counties and states directly on the shoreline constitute less than 10 percent of the total land area (not including Alaska), but account for 39 percent of the total population

Aderco Turns 35

Aderco RD Laboratory Courtesy Aderco

1981 - An innovative fuel treatment solution developed by Aderco enables the Canadian ice-breaker fleet to operate with greater reliability and fuel efficiency under extreme conditions on the Saint Lawrence River and other strategic waterways.

Embracing Technology Key to Shipping Industry’s Future Success

Image: UK Chamber of Shipping

 UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten blogs about how the technologies and innovation associated with intelligent transport systems can deliver benefits to the shipping industry.   It is a commonly held perception that the shipping industry has traditionally been slow to embrace new technologies

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