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Deep-Sea Tremors May Provide Early Warning

Predicting when large earthquakes might occur may be a step closer to reality, thanks to a new study of undersea earthquakes in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The study, reported in today’s Nature, is the first to suggest that small seismic shocks or foreshocks preceding a major earthquake can be used in some cases to predict the main tremors. Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of Southern California (USC) report that some types of large undersea earthquakes may be predictable on time scales of hours or less. Earthquakes on land are generally not preceded by systematic immediate foreshocks and hence cannot be predicted as easily with the same methods. The research team, led by Jeffrey McGuire of WHOI, studied past earthquakes along five transform faults on the East Pacific Rise, where tectonic plates are spreading apart at a rate of more than ten centimeters or five inches a year. The team used data from sensors deployed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory that pinpointed the time and location of foreshocks and the mainshocks or larger earthquakes. "This is the first demonstration of good short-term predictability for big earthquakes," study coauthor Thomas Jordan of the USC Southern California Earthquake Center said. "Some scientists believe that earthquakes come on suddenly with no warning signs, and the big ones are therefore unpredictable


SENESCO Performs Facelift on NOAA’s Albatross IV

Most research ships don’t live to see their 40’s, and to approach 50 is almost unheard-of. But the Albatross IV is quite an exception to this maritime rule. Today, thanks to a recent overhaul at SENESCO’s repair facility in Quonset Point, Rhode Island, she is back at her home base in Woods Hole, Massachusetts preparing to head back out to sea for another 5-7 years of ocean exploration. The Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corporation (SENESCO) began its a major overhaul on the


Iran Makes $100 B Oil Find, Major Companies Compete For Big Deals

Iran Makes $100 B Oil Find, Major Companies Compete For Big Deals Iran announced its biggest oil find in 30 years last week, a 26-billion barrel field discovered just as the country drives to revive exploration activities and foreign firms compete for big deals. Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said the oilfield in the prolific southwest Khuzestan province has the potential to produce up to 400,000 bpd. He said that development on the field, which is close to the Iraqi border


New Chinese Shipbuilder Unveiled

A new, bigger shipbuilder was unveiled in Dalian recently, as part of the restructuring of the city's shipbuilding industry, ShanghaiDaily.com reported. Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co was formed by the merger of Dalian Shipyard Co and Dalian New Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co. Dalian Shipyard, with more than a 100-year history, used to be one of China's big military shipbuilders. Dalian New Shipbuilding, established 15 years ago, was one of the country's biggest shipbuilders


New Barges for Short Sea City

Tug Vivian L. Roehrig watches-over DBL 23, one of the companys new 28,000 BBL JAK-equipped barges. K-Sea has acquired two new tugs so far this year, but still calls-in independents when things get busy. (Photo: Don Sutherland.)

The term short-sea shipping comes up aplenty these days, as the powers-that-be rediscover the practicalities and the economies of waterborne transport. The thinking is renewed and the interest revitalized, but for a lot of harbors nationwide it's deja vu. Take the island city of New York, and the multitudes of communities near and far that are joined to it by inland waters—the rivers, sounds, creeks, streams—all the way up to Albany, to Waterford and the Canal system


CMA CGM Enters Agreements with CSCL, UASC

The CMA CGM Group announced the signature of three major agreements on the biggest worldwide maritime trades with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). Under the name of Ocean Three, the agreements; which include a combination of vessel sharings, slot exchanges and slot charters; concern the following maritime trades:  Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Transpacific and Asia-United States East Coast.


Aker To Build AHTS for Farstad

Aker Yards has signed a contract worth $69 million to build an Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel (AHTS) for Farstad Supply AS, to be delivered in the summer 2007. Farstad Supply AS is wholly owned by Farstad Shipping ASA. The new vessel will be the most advanced within the Farstad-fleet. The 27,500-hp vessel will be one of the biggest and most advanced vessels within its segment.


TUI Orders 8 Container Ships

TUI AG has ordered eight container ships to expand its shipping division, AFX reported. The company said 11 Boeing 787 Dreamliners from a previously announced order and 12 jets ordered by merger partner First Choice Holidays will create 'one of the biggest 787 fleets with the earliest delivery dates in Europe.' TUI in December said it had outstanding orders for 65 Boeing aircraft, including 24 previously ordered planes. Source: AFX


Ship Rechristened to Honor Former Congressman Oberstar

Image courtesy The Interlake Steamship Company

In his 47-year Congressional career, former Congressman Jim Oberstar has received many honors. But few are as big – literally – as the announcement that The Interlake Steamship Company will rename and rechristen one of its massive ships the MV Hon. James L. Oberstar this spring. The vessel will sail from layup in March as the MV Hon. James L. Oberstar, and will be rechristened in a ceremony at Duluth later this spring.  


Shipbuilding – China Hopeful to Double Output

Shipbuilding industry in China has growth potential, may double in 4-years China's shipbuilding industry may double its scale in the next four years on growth potential in sea transport and marine economy, and Shanghai is expected to play a big role toward meeting the goal. By the end of 2015, the market size of shipbuilders and marine equipment makers may hit 1.2 trillion yuan (US$190 billion) with the value of exports touching US$80 billion


U.S. Natgas Engine Sales Lagging Fuel's Steep Price Plunge

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  Natural gas-fueled engines, touted as a clean, low-cost alternative to diesel, continue to struggle for acceptance in the U.S. transportation sector despite a surge in gas production that has sent the alternative fuel's domestic price plunging.


Hurricane Ana Heads towards Hawaii

Infrared satellite image

  Tropical Storm Ana strengthened into a hurricane on Friday and was moving in the direction of Hawaii but was not expected to make a direct hit on the islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It said Ana had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph) and was located


Video: E-Class Edith Mærsk on the Thames

Maersk Edith alongside at DP World London Gateway (Photo: DP World)

The largest ship ever to enter the Thames arrived at DP World London Gateway, the U.K.’s new deepwater container port. The 397-meter-long, 56-meter-wide Edith Mærsk has a draught of 16 meters and carries up to 15,500 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units).


Total CEO Killed in Moscow Runway Accident

Christophe de Margerie

Private jet collided with snow plow during takeoff; Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. Insiders Boisseau and Pouyanne long seen as potential successors. The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as


Goodwood Ship Management Set For Growth

Officers at the Goodwood Ship Management conference in Mumbai this week

Goodwood Ship Management, the Singapore based management company, is set to increase its fleet under management to more than 10 million deadweight tonnes, the company’s annual officers’ conference heard this week. Capt Ashok Sabnis, Goodwood Managing Director


Sea Harvest Invests R125m in Trawler

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This year Sea Harvest celebrated 50 years since its inception and  it launched its new vessel on Quay 6 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Fred Robertson, the Chairman of Sea Harvest and majority shareholder Brimstone Investment Corporation was present at the vessel christening ceremony


Taking Cyber Risks Seriously

Once, the stars were all that mariners needed to navigate the seas. Today, maritime companies rely on hi-tech systems to operate and navigate equally hi-tech vessels. All of that comes with new and significant risks. On one side, automation has its benefits


FORAN Takes a Run at North America

FORAN is a multidisciplinary and fully integrated system that can be used in all design and production phases, in all disciplines. All the information is stored in a single database.

Ship Constructor, Military pose some challenges. Madrid’s Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A. (Sener) is hoping to regain a foothold via its FORAN CAD/CAM software in the North American market, and to use that opening to crack the Big Six military shipyards


Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 Preview

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B&G, official supplier to The Volvo Ocean Race, has teamed up with journalist and author Mark Chisnell to create a series of weekly blogs providing behind the scenes insights into the race’s tactics and results. Starting with a preview of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15


EU to Ban Fish from Sri Lanka, Saying Lax on Illegal Fishing

The European Commission proposed a ban on imports of fish from Sri Lanka for not tackling illegal fishing properly and lifted a ban on fish imports from Belize following the reform of its vessel inspection practices. The Commission on Tuesday also lifted warnings on Fiji, Panama


Z-Drive Towboats

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ZF Marine penetrates domestic inland waterway markets – enjoying good success with two U.S. majors. The prospects for an even brighter future hinge on the performance of its early entries. So far, so good.   It’s no secret that the domestic


Sohar Port Challenges Gulf Rivals

Gulf of Oman port bids to become transhipment centre for region; to more than double container capacity by 2017. Part of Oman's drive is to industrialise, diversify beyond oil. An advertisement by the highway outside Dubai's massive Jebel Ali Port tells firms they don't need to ship goods


Ferry Vital Link for Island off Taiwan

Photo courtesy of Cummins Taiwan

Nearly 13,000 people inhabit the four-by-two-kilometer Linqiu Island located about 7.5 nautical miles southwest of the Donggang on the main island of Taiwan. Primarily fishermen, the island’s population is very dependent on the ferry service to get to the larger center on the main island.


Maersk to Bump Asia-Europe Rates

File photo: a Maersk containership

Container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk , plans to raise freight rates sharply on main routes from ports in Asia to ports in northern Europe, with effect from Nov 1. Rates for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) will rise by $900


Kiel's 2014 Cruise Shipping Season Ends

Photo: Port of Kiel

Expanded terminal capacities created at Berth 1 This year’s cruise shipping season in Kiel closes on the evening of October 18 when the AIDAcara sets sail for the Canary Islands. Dr. Dirk Claus, the Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co KG), said






 
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