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Chiles Offshore Enters Into Arrangement

Chiles Offshore LLC has begun a bareboat charter arrangement with Perforadora Central of Mexico City, who is the owner of the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit, Tonala. Designed by LeTourneau, Tonala is a super 116-C cantilever jackup able to work in up to 350 ft. of water, built for Perforadora by TDI Halter Marine. Completed this past January, Tonala is expected to enter service in mid-March 2000, where it will commence a contract with CNG Producing Company to drill two wells in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico over the course of 60 days.


U.S. Shipping Partners Accepts Delivery of ATB

U.S. Shipping Partners announced the completion of its second Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) unit on schedule with the delivery of the barge Petrochem Producer from Bay Shipbuilding at . The , the tug for the second unit, was delivered in July from Eastern Shipbuilding, . The Galveston/ Petrochem Producer is currently enroute to the Gulf Coast and will enter service in early September on long term charter to a major oil company


Cunard Names New Ship Queen Victoria

Cunard Line will name its new 85,000-ton cruise ship Queen Victoria, in dedication to the British cruise market. The new ship, which is scheduled to enter service in 2005, will be the second largest Cunard ship carrying 1,968 passengers. Together with the current flagship, Queen Elizabeth 2, and Queen Mary 2, the Cunard fleet will include three Queens for the first time. Currently being built at Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard


Another Double-Ended Ferry on the Garonne

The double-ended ferry La Gironde has been in service at Europe’s largest river mouth, the Garonne estuary, since 2002. With the sister vessel L’Estuaire even more tourists will now be able to pass the popular river mouth in order to reach the sea faster by car. Each of the structurally identical ships is fitted with four Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP) class 21 GII/135, driven by four 1080 kW diesel engines. Both vessels have to meet draught limits of just 8


'Ship of the Year' Award for Rolls-Royce Designed PSV

PSV Far Solitaire: Photo credit Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce wins a prestigious 'Ship of the Year' industry award for its new wave-piercing ship design for PSV 'Far Solitaire'. The Far Solitaire, a UT 754 WP platform supply vessel for the offshore oil and gas industry, has been named Skipsrevyen 'Ship of the Year' at the SMM marine industry trade show in Hamburg, Germany. Far Solitaire is the third Rolls-Royce designed vessel to win this award in the past five years, and is the first to feature the new Rolls-Royce wave piercing bow


MAN Diesel & Turbo Bags Chinese Ferry Orders

MAN Diesel & Turbo to supply four 9L4860CR engines for the diesel-mechanical propulsion of two passenger ferries

  MAN Diesel & Turbo has secured a contract for the supply of four 9L48/60CR engines for the diesel-mechanical propulsion of two passenger ferries for Chinese shipping companies, Huadong Ferry and Dadong Ferry. The two newbuildings are currently under construction at Huanghai Shipyard in Shangdong, China. Both vessels have a passenger capacity of 1,500 and are intended to connect South Korea with the Chinese mainland upon entering service.


Horizon Hawk Enters Service

The Horizon Hawk, a new 2,824 TEU containership in the Horizon Lines, Inc. fleet, made her maiden call today at Tacoma, launching the carrier's enhanced Transpacific-1 (TP1) service between Mainland US, Guam, Micronesia and Asia. The Horizon Hawk is the first of the five Hunter class vessels entering service this year for Horizon Lines, the leading American domestic ocean carrier. All five are of proven international design, have a service speed of over 23 knots and are U.S


Queen Mary 2 Commences Production With First Steel Cut

Pamela Conover, Cunard Line's president and COO, will make history today when she presses the button to start the cutting of the first steel for Queen Mary 2 - the largest, longest, widest, tallest and most expensive passenger ship ever. Queen Mary 2, the first liner to be built in over three decades, will enter service in January 2004 and will be the fastest passenger ship built since QE2 entered service in 1969.


French Navy New Sub Fleet to be Powered by GE

GE Oil & Gas has been selected by DCNS to provide the turbo-generators and propulsion turbines for the French Navy’s new fleet of six nuclear submarines, which are scheduled to enter service between 2016 and 2027. DCNS, the European leader in naval defense systems, recently awarded Thermodyn, the Le Creusot-based turbo-machinery division of GE Oil & Gas, a contract to provide two turbo- generators and one propulsion turbine for the Suffren


Car Carriers Have All-electric Cargo Equipment

MacGregor electrically-driven stern quarter ramp on Cattleya Ace NB 3643; Shin-Kurushima Toyohashi shipyard

MOL’s new generation of ‘eco-friendly’ efficient PCTCs are entering service; they feature MacGregor RoRo access outfits from Cargotec and are the world’s first car carriers to have all of their RoRo equipment electrically-driven.   Cargotec’s growing electric-drive RoRo reference portfolio now includes the first vessel to have all-electrically-driven RoRo access equipment entering service


Fincantieri Hosts Coin Ceremony for MSC Seaside

Photo: Fincantieri

Cruise shipping company MSC Cruises and shipbuilder Fincantieri today marked a milestone in the building of MSC Cruises’ latest newbuild MSC Seaside with the celebration of the traditional maritime coin ceremony held at the Monfalcone, Italy shipyard.  


ANZAC Class Frigate Sustainment Deal Signed

HMAS Perth Anzac Class Frigate, Australia Photo RAN

The Turnbull Government has signed a long-term contract for the sustainment of ANZAC Class Frigates centred in Western Australia.   The strategic partnership between BAE Systems Australia Defence Pty Limited, Saab Australia Pty Ltd, Naval Ship Management Australia Pty Ltd (a joint venture


VDRs Refit on UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ships

RFA Lyme Bay (Photo: UK MOD)

Danelec Marine informs it has supplied new-generation Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) for three U.K. Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Bay-Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD) vessels.   The three ships, RFA Lyme Bay, RFA Mounts Bay and RFA Cardigan Bay, have been fitted with Danelec DM100 VDRs


Two ODCs Loaded at Hamburg Port

two out-of-gauge tanks manufactured by Chart Ferox were loaded by Wallmann & Co. Photo Port of Hamburg

On 25 April, two Over-Dimensional-Cargos (ODC) tanks manufactured by Chart Ferox were loaded by Wallmann & Co., the long-established Hamburg company specializing in handling heavy lift cargoes. With a length of almost 50 metres and a width of more than 6 metres


Damen Provides Refit, Rebranding for DFDS

Photo: DFDS Seaways

Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque is assisting DFDS Seaways, northern Europe’s largest shipping and logistics company, in a major refit and rebranding program, with five vessels successfully completed so far. Two more ferries are currently at the Dunkirk-based repair yard


MacGregor Upgrades Cargo System for CSCL

The MacGregor Cargo Boost upgrade allows the ships payload capacity to increase by 300 high cube FEU on deck and increases cargo system flexibility Photo by MacGregor

MacGregor has carried out optimised cargo system upgrades for two 14,000 TEU container vessels owned and operated by China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL). The vessels have re-entered service following the upgrades, which have been designed to increase their actual payload capacity


Megaships: Diminishing Economy of Scale?

File photo: Maersk Line

The newbuild “arms race” for mega containerships may not deliver the hoped-for cost benefits, according to shipping consultancy Drewry, whose study on these increasingly massive vessels found new operational and financial impacts on lines, terminal operators


G50ME-C9 Engine Successfully Passes TAT

Photo: Man Diesel

MAN Diesel & Turbo’s G50 engine has successfully passed its Type Approval Test at Mitsui in Japan. Upon entering service, the engine will power the world’s first ethane-fuelled eco-friendly LEG (Liquefied Ethane Gas) carrier – the first of three such vessels to be built in


Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum System for Maersk Boxships

Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum - Navigation Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum integrated navigation, automation, and propulsion control systems for 27 new container vessels being built for Denmark based Maersk Line A/S. The contracts with Wärtsilä were signed in July and October


Zvezda Delivers Nuke-Sub to Russian Navy

Pic by Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center

 Zvezda shipyard (Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center) held a solemn ceremony dedicated to Submariner’s Day and to the end of overhaul of nuclear-powered cruiser Kuzbass, says press center of Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center.   


Mega Ships Menace for Shippers

Photo: Benjamin Franklin by CMA CGM

 The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) says that the use of mega ships and alliances remain the main problems within the shipping sector.   The popular belief is that larger ships and alliances are good for competition because of the benefits they give


MacGregorto Optimize Cargo Handling for 5 Container Ships

The MacGregor cargo handling solution for container vessels will ensure that Hapag Lloyd will get most cargo efficient containerships of its size in world, optimised for the actual operation conditions. Photo MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order to provide loose lashings for five 10,500 TEU Hapag-Lloyd container ships under construction in South Korea by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. This order builds on a previous contract, which MacGregor announced in September 2015


Dales Marine Launch New Lay-up and Dock Hire Services

Dales Marine, a privately owned ship repair companies in Scotland, has enhanced its portfolio by introducing two new services to support the growing needs of the shipping and offshore industry.   In addition to its capabilities for working in ship repair and maintenance


Damen Delivers Modular Dredger to Van Oord

MMuC (Photo: Damen Marine Services)

To support its ongoing dredging activities, Van Oord has commenced an 18-month charter agreement with Damen Marine Services for a Modular Multi Cat (MMuC) 2210. Damen completed construction under a short timescale, delivering the vessel just four months after contract signing


This Day In Naval History: April 19

Program for the Commissioning Ceremony held of the USS The Sullivans DDG-68, held at Staten Island, New York on April 19, 1997.

1917 - The U.S. Naval Armed Guard crew on board SS Mongolia engages and damages a German U-boat, the first engagement against the enemy after declaration of war on April 6. 1920 - The first German submarine brought to the United States after World War I arrives at New York






 
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