The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) continues to modernize its fleet by acquiring new vessels. On July 14, SCI placed an order for a Cellular Container vessel of 3,500 TEU capacity, with M/s Rongcheng Shenfei Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., China. The shipyard was selected for building the vessel through competitive global tendering process. The vessel would be built to specifications complying with the latest international and national rules and regulations. This ordered vessel will be equipped with Ballast Water Treatment Plant & camless electronic Main Engines. This container vessel should be delivered to SCI in early 2013. SCI presently operates 5 container services in the Indian, European, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean sectors. These services are operated in consortium with reputed international container service operators by deploying the existing 5 container vessels of SCI and supplemented by in-chartered vessels. The vessel is expected to reduce SCI’s dependence on the in-chartered tonnage thereby safeguarding it from the vagaries of the charter markets.
The agreement between the government and BP allows HM Coasguard to call on a BP-chartered vessel in the event of a pollution incident. An operational and commercial model has been brokered with the oil industry allowing HM Coastguard to call on a BP-chartered vessel, the Grampian Frontier, to provide support in the event of a pollution incident. The Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (ERRV) operates west of Shetland and the owner North Star Shipping is working with the Maritime and
The U.S. Coast Guard snuffed out a fire on a boat in Grays Harbor, Wash., according to an Astorian report. A charter vessel, the Mariner, was tied up at the dock with no one on board when a fire broke out. A 47 ft. (14 m) motor lifeboat from Station Grays Harbor was first at the scene and began throwing water on the flames. The station also launched 52 ft. (16 m) motor lifeboat Invincible, which extinguished the flames using pumps.
Reuters has reported that pirates have attacked three ships, including two U.N.-chartered vessels and a Japanese bulk carrier, in Indonesian waters around the Malacca Strait in recent days, maritime and police officials said on Wednesday. Two attacks occurred on ships carrying relief material to tsunami-stricken Aceh province at the weekend, while a Japanese bulk carrier was targeted, reports said. In at least one of the weekend attacks, raiders were armed with AK-47 rifles
In Brisbane, Australia, Hamburg Süd named another 1,819 TEU container vessel, the Cap Pasley. Like the Cap Palliser, which was christened in Tauranga, New Zealand three days ago, the Cap Pasley is one of a series of five identical charter vessels owned by the Claus-Peter Offen shipping company that are to be deployed in the Hamburg Süd Group's liner service between Asia and Australia/New Zealand. Sponsor of the Cap Pasley is Carol Teys, wife of Alan Teys
Max Hartvigsen has been appointed by Jaya Holdings Ltd. as the organization’s new President of the Offshore Division, effective immediately. Max will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer and will be responsible for business development, profit and loss for the fleet of owned and chartered vessels, and operational excellence of the fleet, including technical management, operational requirements and client management.
Caspian Services’ subsidiary Caspian Services Group Ltd., has signed a contract to provide three vessels to Reservoir Exploration Technology ASA (RXT), a marine geophysical company specializing in multi component seismic sea-floor acquisition. RXT recently signed a letter of intent with Agip KCO to conduct a four component 3D seismic survey over the extensive Kashagan field. Caspian Services will add two additional shallow draft survey/work vessels to its fleet to service this contract
Helix Energy Solutions announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Canyon Offshore, Inc. has been awarded a $160m, three-year contract by an E & P operator in South East Asia, to provide the M/V Olympic Canyon DP II multipurpose vessel for offshore inspection, repair and maintenance operations. The Olympic Canyon is scheduled to commence work in April 2008 and will support client's numerous offshore projects. The vessel will be outfitted with two deepwater 150 hp Triton XLS work class ROV
Dutch-owned Sima Charters takes delivery of the latest vessel to join its fleet, a CTruk 20T multi-purpose catamaran, 'SC Buzzard'. Sporting Sima Charters’ eye-catching yellow and blue livery, SC Buzzard is the tenth vessel to be completed at the Brightlingsea yard in two years. SC Buzzard was officially named at an informal gathering in Brightlingsea recently. She features the patent-applied flexible pod system developed by CTruk to enhance versatility as well as a large volume
Floating craft like motor yachts, sailing yachts or catamarans are quite a regular sight on Rickmers-Linie vessels. However, the ferry which Rickmers-Linie carried from Bangladesh to Denmark on board the long-term charter vessel Baltic Winter is remarkable. It is the first ferry built by a Bangladesh shipyard for European owners and will be put in service by Hundested-Rørvig Færgefart AS across the fjord after which the ferry is named: Isefjord. At a length of 49
Moody's Investors Service has upgraded CMA CGM S.A.'s corporate family rating (CFR) to B2 from B3 and the company's probability of default rating to B2-PD from B3-PD. Concurrently, the rating agency has upgraded to Caa1 (LGD5/84) from Caa2 (LGD5/80) CMA CGM's EUR325 million and $475 million worth
Irish Ferries has chartered the Epsilon (built in 2011) to supplement its existing Ireland to Britain services. The ship will provide two additional departures per day in each direction which will result in an increase in the company’s schedule to a maximum of twelve sailings between Dublin
The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period March 22 to October 31 were 28 million metric tons, down 7% over the same period in 2012. With only two months left in the shipping season, U.S. ports are hustling to move as much cargo as possible.
On Wednesday, December 11, Spanish EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) ship ESPS Tornado completed a three-day escort of a World Food Program (WFP) chartered vessel. The WFP ship was escorted by ESPS Tornado from Mombasa to the port of Kismayo in Somalia.
Globe Wireless is a leading player in providing communications, operational and IT solutions to the maritime industry. Earlier this summer at Posidonia 2012 in Athens the company announced that it would launches its latest software release, R6 for Globe iFusion in July 2012; a free upgrade
Helix Energy Solutions Group announce a number of contractual commitments for its well intervention fleet of vessels. The Helix 534 was acquired in August from Transocean and is undergoing modifications and upgrades necessary for conversion into a well intervention vessel at the Jurong Shipyard
Jeppesen optimization solutions to be used aboard BP's LNG, Product & Crude Oil vessels to increase efficiency, reduce risks & save fuel. The contract will result in the installation of Jeppesen’s Vessel and Voyage Optimization Solution (VVOS) on 52 BP vessels carrying crude oil
Continued demand for iron ore, coal, and general cargo for the industrial and manufacturing sectors lifted the tonnage numbers along the Great Lakes-Seaway System to the positive column. For the period March 22 to November 30, year-to-date total cargo shipments were 34
OAO Sovcomflot opens its Saint-Petersburg captain & senior officer training & engineering centre (TEC) for Arctic offshore operations. The opening of the modern training centre in Russia’s maritime capital marks an important milestone in the implementation of the SCF development
The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has released stunning images from a survey of the underwater remains of an artificial harbor used in World War II that was used to facilitate rapid offloading of cargo onto the beaches during the Allied landings in Normandy
'Financing Charters' may now be treated as 'Preferred Mortgages' — The Republic of the Marshall Islands passes Maritime Amendment Act (No. 1), 2013. The Republic of the Marshall Islands’ Nitijela has passed the Maritime Amendment Act (No
Maersk Line intend to take measures to avoid a repetition of the ocean container shipping 'rate wars' of previous years. With a capacity of 18,000 20-foot containers, the Triple-E will be the largest container ship ever built. Maersk acknowledges that the introduction of the new vessels comes at
Odfjell buys long-term chartered vessel 'MT Bow Engineer', a 30,086 dwt chemical tanker. Odfjell, a leading company in the global market for transportation and storage of bulk liquid chemicals, acids, edible oils and other special products, has entered into a contract for the purchase of the MT
Atle Jacobsen, the CEO of Dolphin Geophysical, is, in many ways, a bit of a paradox. An experienced, no-nonsense, veteran of the marine seismic surveying industry, he is also disarmingly easy to “talk shop” with, engaging and has an obvious thirst for new ideas and technology
Metro Ports provides stevedore and terminal handling services for Siemens Energy Inc.’s export wind turbine blade projects through the Port of Galveston. Siemens plans to export 246 53-meter blades between May and July 2013. These wind turbine blades