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Bisso Marine Acquires Derrick Barge


Bisso Marine has added the D/B Bisso 350 derrick barge to its expanding fleet. Built to service the offshore industry, the revolving D/B Bisso 350 will be used for salvage, offshore construction and diving operations. The vessel has three load blocks: 350 mt (385 st), 150 mt (165 st) and 12 mt (13 st). “The D/B Bisso 350 is a solid addition to our fleet, increasing our capabilities and expanding the level of our services,” said President and Chief Executive Officer W.A. “Beau” Bisso IV. The vessel is eight-point moored and has dimensions of 250 x 78 x 18 ft. It can accommodate 52 people. Formerly named Anna 4, it was purchased from Hapo International Barges of Rotterdam and is class certified by Lloyd’s Register. It flies the Panamanian flag and will be in worldwide service. The addition of the D/B Bisso 350 increases the Bisso Marine derrick barge fleet to a total of six derrick barges. (

Laborde Diesel Generators Help Power Energy Giant

Photo: Laborde Products

Effective wastewater treatment and liquids processing is essential to energy production, pipeline and refining operations, both offshore and onshore. To help ensure efficient, reliable power for its fleet of equipment, the Water Treatment Services division of Greene's Energy Group recently chose custom generators packaged and installed by Laborde Products. Laborde customized four new 40 kW diesel generators for placement in SEPCo-certified

Globus Maritime Expands Fleet to Seven with Supramax Delivery

Globus Maritime Announces the Delivery of the Supramax "Sun Globe," Expanding Fleet to Seven Vessels.   Globus Maritime Limited ("Globus" or the "Company"), (NASDAQ: GLBS), a dry bulk shipping company, announced that it has taken delivery of the M/V "Sun Globe," a 2007-built Supramax dry bulk carrier it acquired for a purchase price of $30.3 million, which the Company had previously announced in March 2011.  

Euroseas to Expand Fleet to 11 Vessels

Euroseas Ltd., an owner and operator of drybulk carriers, container ship and multipurpose vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for dry bulk and containerized cargoes, announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Agreement to purchase the M/V Clan Gladiator, a Handysize container ship of 30,007 dwt and 1,742 teu built in 1992 in Germany for $25.7 million. The vessel is scheduled to be delivered to Euroseas around June 11, 2007, at the sellers' option

Vinalines Plans to Expand Fleet

Vinalines plans to expand its fleet of ships so it can transport 2.6 million tons of cargo by 2010 A company official said Vinalines would continue to invest in building new seaports in Dinh Vu, off the northern port city of Hai Phong, in Quang Ninh Province; Hiep Phuoc in HCM City; Cai Mep-Thi Vai in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, in addition to Vung Tau container port. The company is aiming for an average cargo capacity of between 50-55 million tonnes at each of its ports by 2010.

Oman Shipping Invests in Counter-Piracy Measures

Government-owned Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has invested in a number of measures to secure its expanding fleet of ships against piracy attacks Capt Andrew Boyce, Senior Manager Safety & Marine, Oman Ship Management Company, informed delegates on the second day of the TransOman Conference at the Grand Hyatt Muscat the measures — although expensive — are a necessity to ensure the security of the country’s national fleet, now boasting 36 ships worth nearly $3 billion

Tsakos Releases 3Q Results

Tsakos Energy Navigation, the Greek oil tanker owner, recently reported better-than-expected third quarter earnings on an expanded fleet and a large capital gain. Net income for the third quarter ending Sept. 30 soared to $50m, or $2.61 per share, up from $44.5m, or $2.33 per share, in the previous year. The third quarter included capital gains of $31.8m compared to capital gains of $13.3m in the previous year. Sales rose to $122.5m up from $115.2m a year ago.

USN Announces Innovation Awards Program


  Across the Department of the Navy our talented Sailors, Marines and civilians are continually creating innovative solutions to our most complex problems. Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, wants to recognize the top naval innovators in our workforce today and inspire future innovators to continue developing their bold ideas for the future. The SECNAV Innovation Awards Program seeks to recognize top DON individuals or teams who made significant innovative achievements in Calendar Year

Genco to Acquire 16 Supramax Vessels

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE:GNK) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Bourbon SA to acquire 16 Supramax vessels, including two newbuildings, from Setaf SAS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bourbon SA, for an aggregate purchase price of $545m. The acquisition is subject to the completion of customary documentation and closing conditions. Genco intends to retain 13 of the vessels, 12 of which are expected to be delivered to Genco in the third quarter of 2010

Tsakos Expands Fleet

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited announced that it has taken delivery of two new vessels from Imabari Shipyards in Japan. The aframax Marathon was delivered on January 22, and immediately entered into an accretive repositioning voyage with a major South American oil concern. The panamax Maya, the first in a series of four new fully coated panamaxes, was received on January 24, and also immediately entered into an accretive repositioning voyage with a major Asian oil concern

Seaspan Acquires Sixth 14000 TEU Boxship

SEASPAN Spanning the Ocean Highways

  Seaspan Corporation  announced today that it accepted delivery of a 14000 TEU containership, the YM Warmth. The new containership, which was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's sixth 14000 TEU SAVER design containership and eighth delivery in 2015.

Seaspan Accepts Delivery of 14,000 TEU Box Ship

Seaspan Corporation has accepted delivery of a 14,000 TEU containership new build, the YM Warmth. The new containership, which was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's sixth 14,000 TEU SAVER design containership and eighth delivery in 2015.

UASC Expanding its Reefer Business

Photo courtesy of UASC

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has confirmed  that its reefer business will continue to expand. Following several initiatives including investment in new reefer units, and a cooperation agreement with Hamburg Süd opening up new services to South America

Sinotrans Orders Four Boxships

Image: Sinotrans Shipping

 Sinotrans Shipping has ordered four new energy-saving containerships of 1,900 teu in capacity each at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company for $98.2mln.   The four newbuildings, each costing $24.55m, are scheduled to be delivered from the shipyard in May, June

Manual Reporting Software Features Integrated Analysis

Bluetracker[Express] for fleet-wide uniform onboard manual data collection includes the benefit of Bluetracker Web Applications (Image: INTERSCHALT)

INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, a provider of maritime software for cargo and fleet management, presented its solution for vessel performance monitoring, reporting and analysis software to industry professionals at the 5th International Conference on Ship Efficiency in Hamburg, Germany.  

OSV Approved Vessel Archive Launched

Specialist marine risk assessment company MatthewsDaniel has launched an enhanced Approved Vessel Archive (AVA) service for offshore support vessels and their operators. The AVA provides vessel owners with an accessible certificate that can be presented to prospective customers

Taiwan Eyes Budget for New Submarines

Photo by Taiwan Ministry of National Defense

 Taiwan’s defense ministry seeks financing to expand the country’s submarine fleet, reports Reuters quoting local media reports.   The government has allocated $92.55 million over four years, beginning next year, to launch a long-awaited program for the island to build its

Russian JV Close Acquisition of Prime Shipping


  The Russian Joint Venture between Rosneft, Sberbank Investments and Pietro Barbaro S.p.A. closed the acquisition of the Pietro Barbaro Group shipping assets in the Russian Federation (100% share of Prime Shipping group of companies). Prime Shipping is one of the leaders of the Russian

Royal IHC successfully launches TSHD MAHURY

Trailing suction hopper dredger MAHURY

  On 14 August, Royal IHC successfully launched the MAHURY, a 1,840m3 capacity twin-screw trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), at partner shipyard MTG Dolphin Shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The vessel is being built for Baggerbedrijf de Boer - Dutch Dredging, whose Managing Director C.J

As the Reefer Market Grows, Hapag-Lloyd Invests Record Volumes

Largest reefer order in Hapag-Lloyd’s history spurred by growth opportunities in the South American trade lanes Hapag-Lloyd is investing a double-digit million amount in its container fleet and has ordered 6,000 (12,000 TEU) of the latest generation of reefer containers

Strong Supply Growth Threatens Rosy Days for Tanker Owners

A surge in crude tanker vessel capacity over the next two years will lead to a fall in ship-owner earnings from current highs, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  

UASC Places Order of 3500 Reefer Containers

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

 United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a leading container shipping line and emerging global carrier, has ordered another 3,500 reefer containers, after ordering 2,000 units from Japan’s Daikin Industries in January, says a report in JOC.  

Offshore Wind Shift to Drive Vessel Services Cooperation

Photo courtesy of Seacat Services

Evolving procurement processes for U.K. Round 3 offshore wind farms will require a greater number of work streams, personnel with new and differing skills, and the ability to provide a larger suite of services, according to offshore energy support firm Seacat Services.

Shreyas Acquiring Additional Vessels to Expand Fleet

Pic: Shreyas Shipping and Logistics Ltd

 Mumbai-based Shreyas Shipping and Logistics Ltd (SSL), part of global conglomerate Transworld Group, has acquired two container ships to boost its fleet to 8 vessels from earlier 6 vessels.   In a filing to the stock exchange, the company said that the newly acquired ships would be

Great Lakes Towing Company Adds 4 Harbor Tugs

Tug Michigan (Photo: Great Lakes Towing Company)

The Great Lakes Towing Company, which operates the largest fleet of shipdocking tugboats on the U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Seaway, has announced the addition of four more tugboats to its fleet. The four newly purchased tugs will be named after four of the Great Lakes; Tug Michigan

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