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Blohm + Voss Inks Repair Deal

Germany’s Blohm + Voss Repair GmbH (B+V) has signed a contract with Norway’s Red Band AS, Oslo, for the repair and extensive alteration work onboard the 28,670 grt passenger ship Black Watch. The 1972-built vessel will arrive at B+V during April next year (2005), the first time she has visited the yard since November 2003. The remodelling and modernisation work will concentrate on reducing the vessel’s noise and vibration level. A complete new propulsion system with four MAN/B&W 7L32/40 diesel engines, each with an output of 3,500 kW at 750 rpm, will be installed. The repair will also include the installation of new Renk double step-down gear units, NDSL-2800, and two MAN/B&W 8L21/31 Gensets for the generating power supply. "We are very proud to be playing such a decisive role in the remodelling of the Black Watch. This project underlines the outstanding position of MAN driving systems in shipping", emphasised Dr. Stefan Spindler, Board member of the German diesel engine contractor MAN/B&W Diesel AG. The new propulsion system will be fitted elastically on prefabricated foundations; the propeller blades will also be renewed and adapted to the new engine output. All measures will contribute to considerably reducing the noise and vibration level after the modification work is completed. The two existing exhaust boilers for steam production will be replaced by four new units


MTN Provides VSAT for Fred.Olsen Fleet

MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) announced that it has signed an agreement with Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, an international shipping company based in Norway, to outfit its entire fleet of ships, Balmoral, Boudicca, Black Watch, and Braemar, with MTN’s state-of-the-art VSAT equipment and services providing global, reliable broadband connectivity. Under the agreement, MTN will provide services such as OceanPhone calling, StreamXcel, a bandwidth optimization service


Port of San Diego Initiates Neighborhood Watch

Prior to the 4th of July, the Coast Guard kicked off its new “Neighborhood Watch” program for San Diego’s port and coastline. San Diego Operation Port Watch enlists the support of San Diego’s citizens, boaters, professional mariners, and waterside business people to be on alert for suspicious activities and help protect the Southern California and the Port of San Diego from potential threats. Operation Port Watch hopes to tap the knowledge of those that work and use the local waters for


Black, Navionics Sen.VP of Sales & Marketing

Navionics, provider of electronic charting and digital navigation data, named Mr. Don Black as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Mr. Black will head the Navionics Teams for Sales, Marketing, Product Management and Business Development, working across all divisions. Black’s most recent position was CEO/President at SeaWave, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, a company which developed ship to shore wireless communications


NOAA Releases Study on Deepwater Horizon Controlled Burns

Black smoke billows from a controlled burn of surface oil during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A new study by NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) found that controlled burns released more than one million pounds of sooty black carbon into the atmosphere.

During the 2010 BP/Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill, an estimated one of every 20 barrels of spilled oil was deliberately burned off to reduce the size of surface oil slicks and minimize impacts of oil on sensitive shoreline ecosystems and marine life.   In response to the spill, NOAA quickly redirected its WP-3D research aircraft to survey the atmosphere above the spill site in June. During a flight through one of the black plumes, scientists used sophisticated instrumentation on board


Dead in the Water

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Electrical System Failure at Sea The world watched as the Carnival Triumph sat still, dead in the water in the Gulf of Mexico after a main space fire caused a total loss of electrical power.  For the 3,143 passengers and 1,000-plus crewmembers, there was no heat or air conditioning, toilets or sanitation, lights or  ventilation.  Fortunately, despite the seriousness of the fire, which was caused by a leaking fuel line, nobody was hurt


Keppel FELS Contracted to Build Two Semi-submersible Rigs

Keppel FELS signs contract to construct the rigs for Ukraine's National Joint-Stock Company "Naftogaz of Ukraine" (Naftogaz). The contract is worth about US$ 1.2-billion, but is dependent upon final corporate approvals. The rigs will be built to Keppel FELS' proprietary DSSTM 38U design which is customised for the Black Sea environment. The harsh weather conditions of the Black Sea include extreme freezing temperatures, storms with strong winds and heavy seas.


CMA CGM Extends Black Sea/North Europe Service

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The CMA CGM Group announced the extension of its FEMEX service on the North Europe – Mediterranean trade. In order to improve the coverage of the North Europe – Mediterranean trade and coinciding with a growing existing demand, the CMA CGM Group extended its FEMEX service in the Black Sea with the addition of three new calls in Samsun (Turkey), Novorossiysk (Russia) and Constanta (Romania).   The CMA CGM Group will become the only shipping line offering a direct coverage


Third NATO Warship Enters Black Sea

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A French frigate has entered the Black Sea, growing the number of NATO surface warships in the region to three, according to a U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) news report citing a ship spotting blog and Russian press reports. Surcouf (F711), a La Fayette-class frigate was spotted by amateur photographers crossing the Bosporus strait on Wednesday joining French signals intelligence ship Dupuy de Lôme (A759) and U.S


ITF Names Black Sea 'Sea of Shame'

Black Sea Ports action: Photo ITF

The International Transport Federation (ITF) informs that its multinational week of action with maritime unions in ports around the Black Sea has brought results, and the Federation has challenged conditions for seafarers working on what it has called the "Sea of Shame".
 The ITF says the Black Sea remains one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a seafarer.
 The action by inspectors and union members in Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia


China’s Shipyards Face Tough Times

Image: Sinopacific ShipBuilding Group

 As the shipping market continues its prolonged downturn five shipyards have filed for bankruptcy this year, reports SCMP.   China's leading private shipyards are gasping while watching their smaller rivals collapse one after another in an industry where state firms are increasingly


Migrant Crisis Promts Call to IMRF for Help

Photo courtesy of IMRF

Mediterranean Rescue Services are in urgent need of support because they are struggling to keep up with the replacement of equipment being used to rescue the increasing numbers of migrants in their waters and have contacted the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) for help.


Gunvor Emerges as Winner in Rosneft's Jumbo Oil Tender

Trading house Gunvor, which has been selling assets in Russia, has again emerged as the winner of a semi-annual Rosneft tender, traders said on Tuesday.   They said Gunvor would lift from 200,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes of Russian Urals crude per month from the Baltic Sea port of Primorsk


Sea Breeze 2015 Kicks off in Odesa

Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. James G. Foggo III (center) speaks with Ghanaian Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur (right) at the closing ceremony for Exercise Obangame Express in Accra, Ghana, March 27, 2015.

  Maritime forces from 11 nations kicked off the U.S.-Ukraine co-hosted multinational exercise Sea Breeze 2015 in Odesa, Ukraine and the Black Sea, Sept. 1. Sea Breeze, now in its 14th iteration, is an annual exercise held in Odesa, Ukraine and the the Black Sea which seeks to enhance


USCG Investigates Oil Slick off California Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating a large oil sheen off the California coast west of Santa Barbara on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the agency said.   The slick, which was about 60 feet (18 meters) wide, was spotted about 1,000 yards (meters) offshore from Goleta State Beach west of


Diversion of Yemen Aid Ships Spreads Fear

Residents in the Yemeni capital Sanaa are stocking up on rare food and fuel supplies after the government in exile decided to divert aid ships from the Houthi rebel-held north to loyalist areas farther south. Sources in Yemen's government confirmed the move


Hanjin Shipping Returns to Black

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 South Korea's leading shipping line Hanjin Shipping has returned to the black in the first half with a profit of KRW127.2bn ($109.87m), erasing the loss of KRW424.2bn in the year-ago period.   Net profit came to 104.26 billion won (US$89


IOC LNG Terminal to be Ready by 2018

Photo: Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd (CPCL)

 Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has begun initial works for setting up the Rs 5,150-crore ($830 million) liquefied natural gas (LNG)terminal at Ennore, Chennai.    LNG terminal would be ready by 2018, said the company Chairman B Ashok


Piracy Still Hot in Southeast Asia -PVI

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Southeast Asia is likely to see a record number of ship hijackings in 2015 as demand for illicit oil, together with a well-established black market, will continue to drive maritime attacks in the region, advises private maritime security company PVI.  


Teekay’s Gas Carrier Fleet Worth $6.9 Billion

Image: VesselsValue.com

Global shipping giant Teekay LNG Partners can count itself as owner of the world’s most expensive fleet of whole gas (LPG and LNG) ships, worth a combined $6.9 billion, according to online ship intelligence and information service VesselsValue.com.  


First Offshore Reference for ACO's New Clarimar MF

Clarimar MF (Photo: ACO Marine)

ACO Marine announced it has signed a contract to supply a bespoke version of its new Clarimar MF wastewater treatment plant to the CFT 623 wellhead platform under construction for Dubai’s Dragon Oil.   The specially adapted Clarimar MF-2 has capacity to treat 3


Putin's Submarine Ride in Black Sea

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a high-profile dive to the bottom of the Black Sea to explore an ancient shipwreck off Crimea in a submersible, in a stunt aimed at cementing his image as adventurer and control of the annexed territory, reports AFP.  


Mercmarine Unveils Engine Room Simulator in Sri Lanka

Left to right: L P Jayampathy, secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping; Mercmarine chief operating officer Capt. Rohan Codipilly and Mercmarine CEO Thomas Kriwart (Photo: Mercmarine)

Global maritime group Mercmarine has unveiled a new state-of-the-art engine room simulator at its training base in Sri Lanka.   Hailed the most advanced simulator of its type in the country, the Transas 5000 TechSim marine engine room simulator was officially opened by Ministry of Ports and


GOST Unveils Marine Security Video Recording Device

GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder (Image: GOST)

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), now in its 10th year as a developer of marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced today the release of its next generation security video solution, the GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder (IVR).  


Dutch Green Ports to be Model for Turkey

Photo by DHA

 Netherlands will be a model for Turkey’s ports within an environmentally-friendly Green Port implementation, says Daily News.   Port of Amsterdam and Dutch officials said that they were ready to boost ties with Turkey suring their visit to Istanbul, Marmara, Aegean






 
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