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Hyundai Heavy Completes Test for Ice-breaking Ore Carrier

Model Ship of Ice-breaking 190,000 DWT Iron Ore Carrier

Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s biggest shipbuilder, today announced the completion of the final performance test for a model ship of 190,000 DWT ice-breaking iron ore carriers at Institute for Ocean Technology in Canada. When the actual 190,000 DWT iron ore carrier is built, the iron ore carrier will be the world’s largest ice-breaking commercial ship. It will be able to navigate 1.7 m thick ice-covered waters with a speed of 6 knots. The ship will measure 310 m in length and 51 m in width. An ice-breaking commercial ship is a special-purpose ship built to navigate through ice-covered waters without the help of an icebreaker. The Hyundai Heavy ice-breaking iron ore carrier will be able to carry twice as much cargo as any existing ice-breaking commercial ship. Moreover, the ship can also move two times faster with 5% increased fuel efficiency. The ship will have a dual propulsion system equipped with two ring type propellers to increase mobility, a strengthened hull, and special shape to expedite ice-clearing. The demand for ice-breaking commercial ships is expected to increase as exploration of natural resources like natural gas, oil, and iron ore in the Polar regions is becoming easier. Travel distance can also be shortened by up to 40% between Asia and Europe when Arctic sailing routes are available. Hyundai Heavy has also been developing a special welding technology for polar LNG carrier tanks and LNG FPSO since June 2010


Ships Warned of Theft in Malacca, Singapore Straits

Photo: Indonesian Navy

 Sea Security Group has warned commercial ships passing through the Malacca and Singapore straits to be alert for possible theft by local people and pirates while traversing Asia's busiest straits, says a report in Jakarta Post.   Based on information from seafarers, the straits were vulnerable to theft by locals using pancung (small wooden boats).   The Indonesian Navy’s Western Armada Sea Security Group commander


NASSCO Named Prime Contractor

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a General Dynamics company, has been appointed the prime contractor on $17.4 million in research and development contracts awarded by the Maritech Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise (ASE) program. In addition to Maritech awarded funds, industry participants will invest $23.5 million of their own funds in the projects for a total cost of $40.9 million. Leading a team of U.S


NASSCO Named Prime Contractor

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a General Dynamics company, has been appointed the prime contractor on $17.4 million in research and development contracts awarded by the Maritech Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise (ASE) program. In addition to Maritech awarded funds, industry participants will invest $23.5 million of their own funds in the projects for a total cost of $40.9 million. Leading a team of U.S


NYT: Some Ships Get Coast Guard Tip Before Searches

The Saturday, May 20 edition of the New York Times includes an article stating that the US Coast Guard sometimes tips off commercial ships that the agency will be conducting a vessel security examination before the ship arrives in port. Souce: HK Law


ATC Receives $500,000 in LRAD Orders

American Technology Corporation (ATC) (NASDAQ: ATCO), a provider of directed sound products and technologies, announced it has received new LRAD orders from the U.S. Army and a commercial shipping customer. The orders, totaling approximately $500,000, are scheduled to ship this quarter. The U.S. Army ordered the additional LRAD 500X systems for deployment and for operational testing and evaluation as part of its Acoustic Hailing Device (AHD) program


American Shipbuilding Industry Poised For 21st Century

The American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) represents the six largest shipbuilding companies in the United States: Avondale Industries, LA; Bath Iron Works, ME; Electric Boat, CT and RI; Ingalls Shipbuilding, MS; National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, CA; and Newport News Shipbuilding, VA and CA. These shipbuilders are the largest private manufacturing firms in five states and represent hundreds of thousands of supplier manufacturing jobs in 46 states.


Combating Terrorism: Observations on National Strategies

The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) delivered testimony before the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations of the House Committee on Government Reform entitled Combating Terrorism: Observations on National Strategies Related to Terrorism


CAE's Marine Division Wins Contracts Worth $12.5M

CAE's marine division has signed contracts with a number of commercial marine customers around the world for a total value of more than $12.5M. In the largest of the contracts, CAE has been selected by Croatia's Brodosplit Shipyard to supply both CAE Damatic(TM) automation systems as well as an integrated navigation system with voyage data recorders and bridge consoles for six P-MAX tankers contracted by STENA. CAE Damatic automation systems enable a single crewman to have full control


Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Delivers 12th Product Tanker

Photo courtesy Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS), a leading U.S. commercial shipyard, delivered to American Shipping Company (Oslo: AMSC) the shipyard’s twelfth Veteran Class MT-46 product tanker. The 46,000 dwt vessel, named the Overseas Tampa, will leave the shipyard in the coming days under the operation of Overseas Shipping Group (OSG) to transport petroleum products. The on schedule delivery of this ship marks the successful conclusion of a historic shipbuilding program that began in April


Iran is Committed to Freedom of Navigation in Persian Gulf

Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday offered assurances that Tehran is committed to maintaining freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf in the aftermath of the seizure of a commercial ship by Iranian forces a day earlier. "The Persian Gulf is our lifeline ..


US Warships Accompany British Commercial Ships in Strait

U.S. Navy warships have begun accompanying British-flagged commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz as a result of Iran's detention of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship last week, the Pentagon said on Monday.   Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the U.S


US Navy Stops Accompanying Ships through Strait of Hormuz

The U.S. Navy has stopped accompanying commercial ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a mission it began last week in the wake of Iran's seizure of a cargo ship, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.   Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman


Heidmar Enters Dry Bulk with TBS Ocean

Image by TBS Group of Companies

 Heidmar and TBS Ocean are joining forces to form a dry bulk pool alliance. New alliance with TBS Ocean plan to combine two players’ operating strengths in geared bulker JV.   TBS will continue as manager of a series of dry bulk pools, while Heidmar will provide its pool expertise


USCG Flush Ice down River Systems to Facilitate Shipping

courtesy USCG

  The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates. Ice breaking operations, above freezing-temperatures


Malta: Sixth largest Maritime Flag Worldwide

Image: The Merchant Shipping Directorate, Malta

 The Malta Ships Register has become the sixth largest maritime flag in the world, according to statistics for 2014, says a report in Fenech & Fenech Advocates.   Malta has moved up from seventh place in 2013 and has retained its position as the largest in Europe


Alfa Laval Expands LNG Solutions Portfolio

Photo: Alfa Laval

Alfa Laval has entered into a patent license agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for the use of DSME’s patents on high pressure fuel gas supply systems. The agreement signed in March 2015 enables Alfa Laval to further develop the Alfa Laval Fuel Conditioning


North Korea Warns Will Act to Get Back Ship Held by Mexico

North Korea accused Mexico on Wednesday of illegally detaining one of its ships with some 50 crew and warned it would take "necessary measures" to release the vessel, which United Nations sanctions monitors say belongs to a blacklisted shipping firm.  


Duluth-Superior Awaits First Saltie of 2015

Photo: Duluth Seaway Port Authority

The Port of Duluth-Superior informs it is preparing to welcome its first oceangoing ship of the 2015 commercial shipping season, the Kom, the first “saltie” to have made a full transit of the 2,342-mile Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway.    


Yemen Conflict: Shipping Lines Pull Back

Port of Aden. Pic by Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation

 The Saudi Arabian-led coalition of anti-Houthi forces attacking Yemen has tightened the blockade on Yemen's ports affecting shipping activity including the delivery and loading of oil and gas shipments.    Ships are unlikely to be able to access ports in areas that the coalition


Teledyne TSS Launches New Gyrocompass

Teledyne TSS is launching the latest addition to its Saturn product range at the Ocean Business exhibition with the introduction of its fiber-optic marine gyrocompass. This is an entirely new product from the gyro-compass manufacturer. It is specifically aimed at the commercial shipping


Vigor’s Tacoma Yard Delivers Breasting Barges to Foss

Photo courtesy of Vigor Industrial

Vigor Industrial expands its newbuild capacity in Washington; Tacoma yard delivers three breasting barges   Fabrication teams at Vigor Industrial’s Tacoma, Wash. shipyard have delivered three 60’ x 24’ x 15.5’ breasting barges to Foss Maritime


World’s First LNG-Powered Containership Launched

Isla Bella: General Dynamics NASSCO

 General Dynamics NASSCO launched the 3,100 teu Isla Bella, the world’s first LNG-powered containership. More than 3,400 shipbuilders, their families, and others attended the special event at the San Diego-based shipyard.  


700+ Migrants Killed in Shipwreck 'the Worst Mediterranean Massacre'

Italian maritime forces carry out rescue operations of migrants in distress on the Mediterranean. File Photo: International Organization for Migration ( IOM )

 More than 700 migrants are feared to have drowned 'like rats in cages' on a smuggler boat because they were locked in the hold when it capsized off the Libyan  and sank in the Mediterranean sea.   The African migrants, who are thought to have included women and children


HEM takeover Makes Cathelco Water Treatment Leader

The company entered into the desalinator market after the acquisition of Seafresh Desalinators in 2010.

  Cathelco, the world leading manufacturers of equipment for ships, have acquired Hydro-Electrique Marine (HEM) the French specialists in desalinators and water treatment systems. The acquisition will make Cathelco one of the largest producers of shipboard water treatment systems in






 
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