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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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


Wärtsilä's R&D Chief Paro Retires

Senior Vice President Daniel Paro (60), who has played a decisive role in the development of Wärtsilä's current engine portfolio, retires on March 1, 2006. Paro was head of the Research Center in Vaasa and also Wärtsilä's entire engine development activities in the 1980s and 1990s, the period during which current successful products like the Wärtsilä 32 and Wärtsilä 46 were developed. Additionally, he has had a decisive impact on the introduction of gas and common-rail technologies in


Rutter Acquires OceanWaveS GmbH

Acquisition combines leaders in marine radar signal processing.   Rutter Inc. (TSX: RUT) is pleased to announce it has acquired OceanWaveS GmbH of Lüneburg, Germany, a recognized industry leader in the development and supply of radar-based wave and surface current measurement technology. Rutter’s sigma S6 and OceanWaveS’ WaMoS are respected within the industry for discrimination of ice, oil, small targets, waves


Ardmore Shipping Secures Newbuilding Finance

Ardmore Shipping tankship: Photo courtesy of the owners

Ardmore Shipping Corporation says it has signed agreements to upsize its existing senior loan facility with ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Nordea Bank Finland Plc, and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB ("SEB"). The total amount available under the facility has been increased by $53 million to $225


UK Chancellor Mentions Hi-Tech Tax Breaks on Bibby Offshore Visit

Osborne (L) & Woodcock: Photo courtesy of Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore, subsea services provider to the oil & gas industry, says it has hosted a visit by George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to the Company’s workshop, storage and maintenance facility in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.


Iain Conn to Leave BP

Iain Conn, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive, Downstream

  BP today announced that Iain Conn, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive, Downstream, is leaving the company and is to step down from BP’s board by the end of the year. Conn has had a career of 29 years with BP, serving on the board  for the past 10 years and in his


Bollinger to Build 6 More FRCs for the USCG

A Bollinger-built Fast Response Cutter underway on sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo courtesy of Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, Louisiana, announced the award of six additional USCG Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs). The U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) awarded a $255 million contract option to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La


Legislation Grants Funding for EU's EMSA

EU Council Adopts Regulation on EMSA Funding The European Union Council adopted a regulation yesterday to finance the actions of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in the field of response to marine pollution caused by ships and oil and gas installations in the years 2014-2020.


SFL Announces Sale of Three Older VLCCs

Front Opalia (Photo courtesy of SFL)

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) announced that it has agreed to sell the 1999 built VLCCs Front Opalia, Front Comanche and Front Commerce to an unrelated third party. The company has simultaneously agreed to terminate the corresponding charter parties with a subsidiary of Frontline Ltd


Maritime NZ Oil Spill Response Review: Submissions

Oil spill response: Photo credit LOSCO

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it invites submissions on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy 2014 (the draft Strategy). The draft Strategy, (available at http://bit.ly/1pe6p46) is based on the current version but substantially updated to include lessons learned


Jacksonville Adds PORTS Real-time Data System

1. NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan (left) and James McLaughlin, executive director, Jacksonville Marine Exchange, dedicate the Jacksonville, Florida, PORTS, on July 23, 2014.

  Officials from NOAA, the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange, and the Jacksonville Port Authority officially dedicated a new information system today which will increase safety for ships using the St. Johns River. The system, called Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS)


Saab Completes Acquisition of TKMS (Kockums)

  Defence and security company Saab's acquisition of the Swedish shipyard Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS, formerly Kockums) has now been completed. The acquisition strengthens Saab's position as a comprehensive supplier of naval military systems.


Bechtel Plant Awarded Nuclear Propulsion Contract Modification

Nuclear submarines: File photo

U.S. Department of Defense informs it has awarded a $39,437,949 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2106) for naval nuclear propulsion components. Work will be performed in Monroeville, Pennsylvania (99 percent), and Schenectady, New York (1 percent)


Panama Canal to Celebrate 100 Years

Photo: Panama Canal

To commemorate its centennial, the Panama Canal will host a series of events August 14-15 in Panama City to highlight the impact of the waterway during the past century. On August 14 at 8 a.m., an expansion/Panama Canal tour will be held for guests to view the expansion construction site and


Box Ships Inc. Repays Commerzbank Loan

Box Ships vessel: Photo courtesy of the owners

Greece-based Box Ships Inc. says it has repayed in full the outstanding amount under its loan agreement with Commerzbank AG dated July 29, 2011.  The outstanding amount of the loan, as of July 21, 2014, amounted to $21.5 million and the parties agreed to the payment of $15


Smit Lamnalco Aids Transfer of Largest HVDC Platform

Smit Lamnalco tugs provide vital support for world’s largest HVDC platform transfer and float-over

Five vessels of Smit Lamnalco, the global marine service provider, played the key role in the unberthing and float-over of the world's largest high voltage direct current (HVDC) platform, DolWin beta, at Drydocks World - Dubai. The five escort tugs


ABB Wins $35 mln HVDC Upgrade Order in Canada

Valve+hall credit ABB

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth about $35 million from Hydro-Québec to upgrade the 350 megawatt (MW) Madawaska high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link, that connects the grids of New Brunswick and Hydro Québec in southeast


DryShips Receives Funds for 9 Drybulk Vessels

DryShips Inc., a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargos and offshore contract drilling oil services, announced today the receipt of a firm commitment letter from Nordea Bank for an up to $170 million senior secured credit facility to finance nine drybulk






 
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