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Mermaid Marine Fleet Adds Two Newbuilds

Jaya Majestic

Mermaid Marine Australia Limited announced that the company has this week delivered two newbuild vessels into its international fleet; Jaya Majestic, an Anchor Handing Tug Supply vessel (AHTS) and Jaya Victory, a Platform Supply Vessel (PSV). Jaya Majestic, a high specification 78m DP-2 AHTS, was built at one of MMA’s Jaya shipyards in South East Asia. The vessel is the first new build to be delivered following MMA’s acquisition of 100% of Jaya Holdings’ subsidiaries earlier this year. The Singapore flagged Jaya Majestic is ideally suited to supporting jack-up rigs, semi-submersible rigs, Floating Production Storage Offloading facilities (FPSOs) and offshore construction spreads. The vessel’s clear deck area of over 600 square meters is about 20% larger than equivalent vessels in the region, providing customers with extra capacity for rig support. Jaya Majestic also features FiFi One firefighting and oil dispersant equipment, making it suitable for emergency response. Jaya Majestic was named at the Company’s Singapore shipyard on August 6, 2014 and is expected to commence operations in South East Asia later this month. Jeffrey Weber, Managing Director of MMA, said, “Jaya Majestic is one of our most sophisticated vessels and delivers on MMA’s strategy to increase exposure to high specification vessel classes


Rolls-Royce Gets Island Offshore Newbuild Contract

Rolls-Royce offshore crane: Image credit Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce says it has secured a contract to design and equip a large offshore support vessel for Norwegian ship owner Island Offshore. The vessel, named 'Island Victory', will be a multi-functional design with a flexible operational profile, and will be one of the largest vessels in Island Offshore's fleet. The UT 797 CX design from Rolls-Royce features a 250 ton offshore crane, Remotely Operated Vessels (ROV's) and a large moonpool


Winston & Strawn Wins Case for PRPA

Winston & Strawn has won a victory before the US Court of Appeals - DC Circuit for its client the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA). The ruling on Wednesday ends three separate cases involving more than $100 million in damages and establishes that the PRPA is an Arm of the State immune from suit in federal courts under the doctrine of sovereign immunity. The victory was a collaborative effort by Winston & Strawn’s Maritime and Appellate practice groups


Sunken Treasure Hunters Odyssey Report Progress

Photo courtesy of Odyssey

Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. report their progress on work on 'SS Gairsoppa' & 'HMS Victory'. The chartered vessel working on the SS Gairsoppa project, the Seabed Worker, will make a scheduled port call in Cork, Ireland, beginning August 15, 2012. After taking on fuel, supplies and changing personnel, the Seabed Worker will immediately return to the site to continue recovery operations. Meanwhile a 10-week accumulation of silver in the smelting and monetization process from


Shipbuilders Run For Their Lives

Sixth Annual Fun Run: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding's 'HealthWaves' wellness program host the sixth annual 5K fun run. The 5K is a fun event that encourages families, friends and co-workers to get out and do something active together," said Brady Goggin, HealthWaves' program coordinator. This, the sixth annual 5K fun run started at Victory Landing Park near the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center (VASCIC) and went north on West Avenue to 35th Street


Keppel FELS Delivers Third Accommodation Rig to Floatel

Floatel Victory

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) celebrated the naming of their third consecutive accommodation semisubmersible (semi) rig built for Floatel International Ltd (Floatel). The rig will be delivered more than four months ahead of schedule and within budget. The rig was named Floatel Victory on November 19, 2013 at Keppel FELS and will be chartered to Chevron for work in the Gulf of Mexico and BP in the West Shetlands


Shreyas Takes Delivery of Container Vessel

Shreyas Shipping & Logistics Company has taken the delivery of the Independent Spirit of 1,300 Teu capacity, built in 1991, on December 15, 2006. The purchase of Independent Spirit will enable the company to enhance the fleet capacity to meet the growth in its logistics business. Shreyas Shipping & Logistics is a container feeder shipping company in India. The company has six ships, out of which four ships, OEL Aishwarya, Orient Independence


This Day in Naval History – June 4

1934 - USS Ranger, first ship designed from the keel up as a carrier, is commissioned at , 1942 - Battle of Midway (4-6 June) begins; during battle, the 4 Japanese carriers which attacked Pearl Harbor are sunk; this decisive victory is a turning point in the Pacific war 1944 - Hunter-killer group USS Guadalcanal captures German submarine, U-505 (Source: Navy News Source)  


CMA CGM Adds New Orleans

The world’s third largest container shipping company, CMA CGM, announced a new weekly service calling the Port of New Orleans. The Victory Bridge will offer direct calls to North Europe effective Oct. 21. As the newest port added to the rotation, the weekly service will offer competitive transit times to Antwerp, Felixstowe, Bremerhaven and Le Harve.


This Day in Naval History – June 4

1934 - USS Ranger, first ship designed from the keel up as a carrier, is commissioned at Norfolk, VA 1942 - Battle of Midway (4-6 June) begins; during battle, the 4 Japanese carriers which attacked Pearl Harbor are sunk; this decisive U.S. victory is a turning point in the Pacific war 1944 - Hunter-killer group USS Guadalcanal captures German submarine, U-505 (Source: Navy News Service)


A Gift to US Inland Waterways

Toohey head shot 1.jpg

The nation and its inland waterways received a great gift at the end of 2014. On December 16, 2014, the Senate voted 76-16 to pass H.R. 5571, tax extenders legislation that included a 9-cent increase in the inland waterways diesel user fee. The increase will be effective April 1


India to Strengthen Naval Co-operation with Bangladesh

Image: Admiral Robin K. Dhowan at the Defence Headquarters in New Delhi (Indian Navy)

 In a move towards strengthening its defence ties with Bangladesh, India will be exploring new avenues for naval cooperation towards achieving comprehensive maritime security in the Bay of Bengal.   To this effect, Indian Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan reached Bangladesh on a


200th Anniversary Commemoration of Dual Victory

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution fire a round from the ships saluting battery to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of Old Ironsides dual victory against the Royal Navy ships . Courtesy USN

The crew of USS Constitution commemorated the bicentennial of Old Ironsides' final battle during the War of 1812, her unprecedented dual-victory over Royal Navy ships HMS Cyane and HMS Levant Feb. 20 in Charlestown Navy Yard. Constitution Sailors fired the ship's saluting battery at noon to


Spanish Boat Wins Leg of Ocean Race

Mapfre (Pic by Volvo Ocean Race)

 Spanish boat Mapfre has claimed victory in the Auckland leg of the of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race from Sanya, China, to Auckland.   The Alicante-based yacht Mapfre edged out Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - skippered by Briton Ian Walker - by just four minutes 25 seconds


Recent Vessel Sales: September 2014

Vessel sales for September 2014 (as of October 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York. Date Reported – Vessel Name – DWT – Built (Age) – Price in Millions USD Bulk Carriers 9/3/14 - CELAL AMCA - 12,274 - 01 (13) - $4.9


Gazprom Sponsors Russian Olympic Team

Alexander Zhukov and Alexey Miller signing MOU

  Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Alexander Zhukov, President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the Gazprom headquarters today. Gazprom will support the national Olympic team as a general sponsor


Battle of Cocos Commemorated

The Governor-General, His Excellency the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd) and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove lay a wreath on behalf of all Australians during the Service to Commemorate the Centenary of the Battle

  The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, His Excellency Dr Christoph Müller, Ambassador of the Republic of Germany, and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, travelled to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands to commemorate the action between HMAS


Bill Secures Funding for US Warship

The United States Senate voted 56-40 to pass bill H.R. 83 which funds the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. The funding ensures the construction of a 12th LPD-17 amphibious ship at Ingalls shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.  


Reports on Rosneft Arctic Projects

Artur Chilingarov

On December 18, Member of Rosneft Board of Directors, special representative of President of the Russian Federation on international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic Artur Chilingarov made a report "Russia and Norway: Prospects for Cooperation in the Arctic" at the Fridtjof


IMF to Resume Greece Bailout Talks after Election

The International Monetary Fund will resume bailout talks with Greece once a new government is in place after next month's snap general election, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said in a statement on Monday, noting that Athens faces no immediate funding needs.  


Navy to Christen High Speed Vessel

USNS Trenton (JHSV 5)

The Navy will christen the future USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) Jan. 10 during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony in Mobile, Alabama.   Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Virginia Kamsky, chair and chief executive of Kamsky Associates, Inc


CMA CGM Adds New Orleans to Weekly Service

The CMA CGM Auckland works cargo at the Port of New Orleans Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal recently. (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Shippers will soon have new direct weekly options to Europe from the Port of New Orleans.   CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest container carrier, will add the Port of New Orleans to its Victory Bridge Service. The service is scheduled to launch February 2 with the arrival of the CMA


Greece's New Shipping Minister Stalls Port Privatization

Image by: Port Authority of Piraeus

 Thodoris Dritsas is taken charge as Greece's new shipping minister following the electoral victory of the country's left-wing party Syriza. Among the first decision of the Ministry is halting privatization of Greece's biggest port. 


Shippers Must Monitor Greek Government Changes

Michael Kotsapas (photo: Moore Stephens)

Moore Stephens says shipping must monitor developments in wake of Greek government change   International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says it is too soon to say whether the Syriza party’s victory in the country’s elections could, as some fear


Carnival's $85M DR Facility to Begin Receiving Guests in October

The site plan for Carnivals Amber Cove facility (Photo courtesy of Ambercove.com)

Carnival Corporation today announced it will begin welcoming guests at its new $85 million Amber Cove port in the Dominican Republic beginning in October 2015. The facility, which represents the largest cruise industry investment ever made in the Dominican Republic






 
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