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NOAA Offers a New Way to See Currents

HFRadar like this one shown off the entrance to San Francisco provides the data for NOAAs news ocean surface current product. (Image credit: With permission from San Francisco State University.)

A new NOAA National Ocean Service website will provide mariners near real-time coastal ocean surface current observations and tidal current predictions in coastal waters using high frequency (HF) radar, making marine navigation safer for mariners and commercial shippers. The web-based observations are now available for the Chesapeake and San Francisco Bays in areas vital for marine navigation, with additional locations to follow. The product was made possible by NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) using data from the NOAA-led U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). “By partnering to create new tools like HF radar surface currents, we are providing a more complete picture of a very dynamic environment,” said Richard Edwing, director of CO-OPS. “This is a great example of how coastal environmental intelligence better enables informed decisions to be made for safe navigation and other uses. We will continue to work with our partners in the navigation community to enhance and expand this product and eventually integrate it into NOAA’s Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) products.” Currents in the ocean are equivalent to winds in the atmosphere because they move things from one location to another. These currents carry nutrients as well as pollutants and marine debris, so it is important for scientists and mariners to know the currents for ecological, economic and safety reasons


Hitachi Zosen Wins Bergesen Order

Hitachi Zosen Corp., a major Japanese shipbuilder, won 29 billion yen worth of orders from Bergesen D.Y. Group ASA of Norway for four 300,000-ton oil tankers. The tankers will be delivered between March 31, 2000 and January 31, 2001, a spokesman for Hitachi Zosen said. Hitachi Zosen posted a parent current loss of 17.49 billion yen for the year ended March 1999, its first current loss in 10 years, against current profit of 7


Maritime Administration Releases Compilation of Maritime Laws

The Maritime Administrations announced it has released its annual Compilation of Maritime Laws for fiscal year 2007. Each year since 1995, the Maritime Administration has published the laws as an essential reference for its Agency leadership and staff. The compilation is also widely used by the Members of Congress, their staffs and committees, attorneys practicing in the area of Federal Maritime Law and interested members of the general public.


ClassNK Reorganizes Management Team

Classification society ClassNK has announced that it will reorganize its Board of Directors as part of a larger corporate reorganization, effective July 1, 2011. As part of the reorganization, ClassNK’s four current Managing Directors -- Shosuke Kakubari, Koichi Fujiwara, Takuya Yoneya, and Yasushi Nakamura -- will be promoted to Executive Vice Presidents and take up positions alongside current Executive Vice Presidents Hiroshige Kitada and Toshitomo Matsui


Transocean Ltd. Announces Management Appointments

Transocean Ltd. announced the following management appointments, effective immediately. Ricardo H. Rosa has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to being named to his current position, Mr. Rosa served as Senior Vice President and CFO. Arnaud A.Y. Bobillier has been named Executive Vice President, Operations Integrity, responsible for driving continuous improvement companywide. Before being named to his current position, Mr


Siemens Ups Stake in Offshore Renewables

British tidal energy company, Marine Current Turbines Ltd, announced that Siemens is increasing its share in the company to 45%. “With this increase in its stake, Siemens is strengthening its activities in ocean power generation. We will actively shape the commercialization process of innovative marine current power plants,” said Michael Axmann, CFO of the newly founded Solar & Hydro Division within Siemens’ Energy Sector.


Rigdon Continues With Ten Boat Program

The 54-foot beam on the GPA-640 class PSV St. Louis contrasts with the narrower 46-foot beam on the GPA-654 class Triple Play in this image of the two vessels at Port Fouchon?s Seaport Terminal. On December 7, 2007, the fourth in a 10 boat series of GPA-654 class diesel-electric platform supply vessels for Rigdon Marine, the Slam Dunk, was delivered alongside Bollinger’s facility in Port Fourchon. At the same time the fifth and sixth of the series were taking shape at Bollinger’s Lockport


Ingemanson New President of Volvo Penta

Björn Ingemanson web.jpg

Björn Ingemanson, 53, has been appointed new President of Volvo Penta. Ingemanson is currently President of Volvo Trucks’ International Division and will assume his new position on April 1, 2012, when he will succeed the current President Göran Gummeson, who will retire next year. Ingemanson has a long history at the Volvo Group and his past positions include CFO of Volvo Trucks and European head of the Group’s customer financing company, Volvo Financial Services


US Navy CNO: Photo of the Day

U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert receives a system update brief in the combat information center aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) before holding an all-hands call. Greenert briefed the ship's officers and crew on the current status of the Navy and answered questions about current events, Navy programs and policies.


Great Eastern Shipping to Sell Large Cargo Ship

Picture: Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd

 India's largest private sector shipping firm Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (GE Shipping) has signed a contract to sell a 1996-built capesize dry bulk carrier Jag Arjun by this March-end.  "The vessel will be delivered to the buyers during the fourth quarter (January-March) of the current fiscal," the company said in a statement.   Capesize dry bulk carriers, the largest cargo ships plying in international waters, are mainly used to transport coal


CMA CGM to Add Ships, Pursue More Economies

Containership CMA CGM Marco Polo.JPG

CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipper, announced on Monday plans to order three giant vessels and said higher volumes and profit last year showed its focus on economies of scale was bearing fruit. Like market leader Maersk Line


BMT Expands to Meet Increased Workload

Photo courtesy of BMT

BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced the completion of new offices in Southampton in order to meet a large increase in design work.   Operating across four principal market sectors, the naval architectural practice delivers design and engineering services for


Rand Logistics Announces Debt Refinancing

Rand Logistics, Inc. announced today that it has closed a $170.0 million revolving loan facility which refinanced approximately $102.0 million of the company's senior secured debt and increased credit availability.   Rand said in a statment that the refinancing accomplishes the following


Sea Star Continues Puerto Rico Investments

Tim Nolan, Sea Star President

Sea Star Line, LLC has entered an agreement to on-hire another barge to add to its current service package for shipments from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico.   The new asset has the capacity for 320 dry units and its initial departure is scheduled for the first week of April


VesselVanguard wins Chris-Craft Order

CHRIS-CRAFT SELECTS VESSELVANGUARD TO OFFER OWNERS WORLDWIDE THE LATEST VESSEL MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

  Digital Boat Profile and Customer Service Portal Gives Cutting Edge Options for Vessel Management to Boat Owners Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. VesselVanguard, infomred today a new relationship with Chris-Craft to provide a two-year subscription for its award-winning maintenance management


Sen. Paul Proposes New Harbor Dredging Criteria

Sen. Rand Paul (official congressional portrait)

  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Harbor Equity Act on Monday, his office announced. This legislation modifies the existing criteria used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge small harbors.   Currently, the Corps' prioritizes dredging solely for larger harbors that see


JIT Transit Slots Reduced at Panama Canal

   The Panama Canal has experienced an unusual increase in the number of vessels awaiting transit during the past few weeks. Several measures have been implemented to reduce the backlog, such as the suspension of all maintenance work and the addition of locks personnel.  


Expanded Panama Canal to be Operational by April 2016

Panama Canal Expansion (Photo credit: Canal de Panamá)

The widened Panama Canal is expected to finally be up and running in April 2016, after months of delays and cost overruns, AFP reports. The expansion project area will allow bigger ships to transit, with two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific side and one on the Atlantic side.  


Panama Canal Sets Sight on Another Expansion

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion that would allow it to handle the world's biggest ships.   Workers are now installing giant


Coast Guard Academy Cadet to Receive Fulbright Scholarship

Stephen Horvath (USCG photo)

Stephen Horvath, a first class cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, was recently granted a two-year Fulbright Scholarship to study renewable energy technologies in Finland during the 2015-2016 academic year and the 2016-2017 academic year.  


Asia-Europe Box Rates Fall Almost 6 pct

File image: a Maersk Line Box ship.

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 5.5 percent to $586 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


HHI’s 2014 Results Fall Short

The world’s biggest shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), held its 41st Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in Ulsan, South Korea.   The meeting agenda included approval for the financial statements, and the ceiling for the Board of Directors’ remuneration as well as


BAE Systems to Expand San Diego Shipyard

As part of the San Diego Ship Repair expansion, BAE Systems will purchase a new, additional dry dock, shown here as a rendering of where it would be positioned at the shipyard. It will be the company’s largest dry dock in the United States, measuring 950-feet long and 205-feet wide, with a design lifting capacity of 55,000 tons. (Image courtesy of BAE Systems)

BAE Systems announced it will invest approximately $100 million to expand drydocking capabilities at its San Diego shipyard.   The investment, which will include the purchase of a new drydock and a range of infrastructure improvements at the yard, aims to enhance ship repair


Emission Control to Cost Additional $100 bln for Shipping Lines

Image: Maersk

 The implementation of a global sulfur cap slated for 2020 is estimated to add an additional $50-100 billion to the shipping industry's annual fuel bills, Lloyd's List reports.   The spread between heavy fuel oil (HFO) and Emission Control Area (ECA) compliant marine gas oil (MGO) is


Royal Caribbean Sets to Sail to Tianjin

Ovation of the Seas, the third Quantum-class ship (Royal Caribbean International)

 Royal Caribbean International will deploy yet another big ship in China, with the 4,180-passenger Ovation of the Seas joining Quantum of the Seas in the Far East.   The Miami-based cruise company takes delivery of Ovation in April 2016 and it will head straight to China rather than






 
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