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SPO Welcomes Seventh D Class Vessel to its Fleet

Photo: SPO

Shipowner and operator Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd. (SPO) welcomes another new anchor handling tug supply vessel, Pacific Dispatchto its fleet with her launch and naming ceremony. This vessel is built by Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd. (ST Marine) shipyard in Singapore. More than 100 representatives from SPO and ST Marine attended the event, held at the shipyard of ST Marine. The launch and naming ceremony was graced by Lady Sponsor, Mrs. Ofelia J. Villanueva, President of Anscor Swire Ship Management Dependents Association (an organization that provides support to the families of SPO's Filipino seafarers). Mrs Villanueva's husband, Lino Villanueva, joined Swire Pacific Offshore in 1984 and served as a Captain from 1988 to 2013. "The launch of Pacific Dispatchis another important step for the Company as we continue to develop our fleet of high specification anchor handling tug supply vessels. The D Class series has enjoyed a successful entry into service and each new vessel allows us to extend its presence across our key markets, supporting our customers with safe, high quality performance and service," said Managing Director, Neil Glenn. Pacific Dispatchis the fifth of a series of six D Class vessels built under contract from ST Marine for SPO. Similar to the sister vessels in the D Class series


SS&Y Pacific Capesize Index Rises 179 Points

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 179 points to 4,378 in the week ending Oct. 18. "After last week's record rise (912 points), the Pacific Capesize index has continued on a more moderate upward path this week," an SS&Y spokesperson said. "Current Pacific trade and activity looks steady with the volume of Japanese and Chinese cargoes remaining strong, but Atlantic direction cargoes are not holding as high a premium as trans-Pacific


Five-year Contract for Pacific Drilling Vessel

Pacific Drilling S.A. announce a five-year contract from Chevron USA for its ultra-deepwater drillship 'Pacific Sharav' Pacific Sharav is scheduled for delivery by Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea in the fourth quarter of 2013, upon completion of construction and client requested modifications. The drillship will be capable of operating in water depths of up to 12,000 feet and drilling wells up to 40,000 feet deep.


USCG Cutter Rush Returns

Cutter Rush

  The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Rush returned to its homeport following a successful 72-day deployment in the Central and Western Pacific, Monday. Rush departed in July 2014 and spent the last two months conducting operations in the Central and Western Pacific. During the deployment, Rush’s crew coordinated with multiple countries and partner agencies to conduct fisheries boardings in support of the Coast Guard’s living marine resources mission.


Pacific Drilling Releases Fleet Status Report & Revenue Guidance

Image courtesy of Pacific Drilling

Pacific Drilling says that the latest in its fleet of 5 of new ultra-deepwater drillships is in service.  Two additional drillships are under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries for delivery in 2014, and an eighth rig is under construction for delivery in March 2015. The report also includes a summary of historical operating fleet average revenue efficiency, as well as the company’s expectations for first quarter 2014 and full year 2014 operating fleet average


Pacific Drilling Revenue Up Again in Q1 2014

Image courtesy of Pacific Drilling

In its First-Quarter 2014 results Pacific Drilling announces revenue of $225.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014, as compared to revenue of $200.5 million for fourth-quarter 2013 and $175.0 million for first-quarter 2013. Highlights EBITDA(a) for the first quarter of $100.9 million, a 27 percent increase over the prior year Revenue for the first quarter of $225.6 million, a 29 percent increase over the prior year


PFI Marine Electric, Eltech Electric Partnership

Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Electric LLC announced that it has agreed to sell its marine electrical operation, PFI Marine Electric, to a new company owned by the manager of the business, James Kaldestad, and George Hancock, owner of Eltech Electric Inc, another Seattle-based marine electrical contractor. Kaldestad will be President of PFI Marine Electric LLC, which will continue to operate at the Pacific Fishermen Shipyard in Ballard, Seattle and at Dutch Harbor, Alaska


EMMF Strengthens Global Bunkering Team

EXXONMOBIL Marine Fuels (EMMF), a world leading supplier of marine fuels, has undertaken a strategic reorganisation and strengthening of its bunkering team worldwide with effect from January 1, 2004. Dan Bryce is to leave his post as EMMF Americas General Manager to become Adviser, LNG/PGS Business Planning and Support, ExxonMobil Gas and Power Marketing, based in Houston. Meanwhile, Joe Rud, currently EMMF Manager for


U.S. Pacific Fleet Receives Meritorious Unit Commendation

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shane Tuck, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. Robert F. Willard presented a Meritorious Unit Commendation to his staff during a morning colors ceremony held July 27 at the Makalapa Compound here. On behalf of the Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen, the commendation awarded was presented to all personnel permanently assigned to the Pacific Fleet


AMCS Wins Pacific Patrol Boat Training Contract

The Australian Minister for Defense Materiel Mike Kelly announced the signing of a $21 million four-year contract with AMC Search Ltd to provide Pacific Patrol Boat (PPB) training services. Dr. Kelly said AMC Search Ltd (AMCS) is the commercial arm of the Australian Maritime College, located in Launceston, Tasmania. “The contract is for a range of technical, operational and administration courses for students from the 11 nations participating in the PPB Program,” Dr


'Amazingly Intact' WWII-era Aircraft Carrier Surveyed

Features on a photo of USS Independence CVL 22 are captured in a 3D low-resolution sonar image of the shipwreck in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Coda Octopus Echoscope 3D sonar, integrated on the Boeing AUV Echo Ranger, imaged the shipwreck during the first maritime archaeological survey. The sonar image with oranges color tones (lower) shows an outline of a possible airplane in the forward aircraft elevator hatch opening. (Credit: NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus)

NOAA, working with private industry partners and the U.S. Navy, has confirmed the location and condition of the USS Independence, the lead ship of its class of light aircraft carriers that were critical during the American naval offensive in the Pacific during World War II.  


Pacific Ports Agreement Clears FMC Review

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

The Pacific Ports Operational Improvements Agreement (FMC Agreement No. 201227) is set to become effective on April 17, 2015 after the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted unanimously for its approval.   The commission said its review included evaluation of information received from the


China Constructing Sea Outposts, US Warns

South China Sea claims. Map by Murphy on Piracy

 The U.S. military commander for Asia warned that, China could eventually deploy radar and missile systems on outposts it is building in the South China Sea that could be used to enforce an exclusion zone over the disputed territory, according to a report in Reuters.  


Six Greenpeace Activists Leave Arctic-bound Oil Rig

AFP PhotoJay Directo

  Six Greenpeace activists rappelled down from an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday after spending six days living on the structure to protest against drilling in the Arctic, the environmental organization said. The multinational team climbed aboard Polar Pioneer


US, Japan Pledge Maritime Support to Phillipines

Araw ng Kagitingan: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

 The United States and Japan have renewed vows to secure the Pacific region, including the Philippines, from maritime threats.   In separate speeches during the celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) at Mt. Samat, Bataan yesterday


Hapag-Lloyd Quits Portland

Image: Hapag-Lloyd

 Hapag-Lloyd has notified its Pacific Northwest customers that it has ended its service to Portland because of “schedule integrity” problems.    The last vessel to call at Portland as part of Hapag-Lloyd’s MPS was the 4


Greenpeace Boards Arctic Offshore Rig

Image: Royal Dutch Shell plc

 Six Greenpeace activists boarded a Shell oil drilling ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and vowed to stay there to protest the company's plans to drill above the Arctic Circle, the environmental organization said.   They boarded as the drill rig was transported across the


Dockworkers Union Leaders back West Coast Ports Labor Deal

  A union caucus representing dockworkers at West Coast ports voted to recommend to its members a labor contract deal reached over months of negotiations that led to major disruptions to trans-Pacific trade, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Friday.


Grand Elena's Hundredth Voyage

LNGC Grand Elena has embarked on her hundredth voyage from Prigorodnoye

The gas tanker Grand Elena, jointly owned by PAO Sovcomflot and the Japanese company NYK, has embarked on her hundredth voyage from the port of Prigorodnoye in Russia to Japan. The vessel is undertaking her latest shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) on behalf of Sakhalin Energy Investment


U.S. Port Delay Boost February Air Freight

Global air freight volumes rose 11.7 percent year-on-year in February, driven by the Chinese New Year, the International Air Transport Association said on Wednesday. Freight volumes traditionally increase in the weeks leading up to the holiday, which last year occurred in January


Largest Vessel to Call ICTSI, Rijeka

Maiden call of Gerda Maersk, the largest vessel to call in Croatia.

Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (AGCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) container handling facility in the Port of Rijeka, Croatia, recently serviced the largest vessel to call in the country, the 10,000 TEU-capacity Gerda Maersk.


China's Artificial Islands in South China Sea Raises U.S. Concerns

Spratly Islands that have undergone significant construction or land reclamation work in the past year. Map by the Center for Strategic and International Studies

 China has been building artificial islands on reefs in the many disputed areas around the South China Sea. The unprecedented land reclamation currently being conducted by China is increasing tensions with the U.S. and its allies, according to Pacific Fleet Commander Harry Harris.  


Japan, U.S. Look to Expand Naval Cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to allow Tokyo to come to the aid of an ally under attack will pave the way for closer cooperation between U.S. and Japanese forces across Asia, a top U.S. commander said on Tuesday. Expanded training and joint missions could extend from Japan through


India, Japan Reaffirm Strong Maritime Ties

Indian Union Minister for Defence, Manohar Parrikar calling on the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, in Japan. Courtesy: Photo Division, PIB

 India and Japan have discussed a specialized 24-nation maritime construct to enable real-time sharing of data of all shipping including merchant and naval warships, operating in the Indian Ocean, parts of the Pacific Ocean and disputed waters of the South China Sea.  


China's Air Drills Roil South China Sea Waters

China's air force conducted its first drill above the western Pacific Ocean on Monday, the Defence Ministry said, in a move that could exacerbate tensions with its South China Sea neighbours including Taiwan and the Philippines. People's Liberation Army aircraft conducted exercises over the






 
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