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Coast Guard Inspects Cleveland's First Containership

Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Johnson, a marine inspector stationed at Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, inspects navigation equipment aboard the motor vessel Fortunagract for compliance with international and domestic regulations April 19, 2014. Fortunagracht was the first vessel of its kind to enter the Great Lakes as part of the newly-formed Cleveland-Europe Express. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Stephanie Pitts

U.S. Coast Guard marine inspectors conducted safety and security examinations on the first-ever containership to arrive in Cleveland Saturday morning. The Fortunagracht, a 450-foot Dutch-flagged containership, delivered the first-ever load of containerized cargo to the Great Lakes. Before the establishment of the Cleveland-Europe Express, shippers relied heavily on rail service to transport goods from the larger east coast container ports, such as New York and Baltimore, to the Great Lakes region. Talks to bring CEE to Cleveland began in the fall with cooperation between the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, the FBI and other government agencies. “Marine Safety Unit Cleveland worked closely with the Cleveland Port Authority’s facility security officer, CBP, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement officials to ensure safe and secure operations for the CEE,” said Lt. Cmdr. J. Wade Russell, commanding officer of MSU Cleveland. “MSU personnel focused primarily on maritime domain awareness surrounding the operations and compliance with safety and security regulations within the port.”


Europe to Africa Route On Table

Hydro Air, a South African company, is mulling the possibility of launching a sea-air service between Europe and Africa in the longer term. Hydro Air, will launch its first-ever cargo service and first Africa-European air service in the first week of November with a Boeing 747-200 freighter. Hydro Air cargo's commercial director Louis van Deventer said the company was considering the possibility of a sea-air service in the future


China's First Cruise Ship to Sail Soon

China Star: Credit Wikipedia CCL Asiacruiser

'China Star', first ever cruise ship for China, sets sail soon An unusual twin-hull cruise ship will set sail from Hong Kong on March 8, after being acquired by a Chinese mainland tycoon, his first step towards building a Chinese cruise ship fleet. Huang Weijan, an entrepreneur from Wenzhou in East China's Zhejiang province, bought the 20,295 ton ship, launched in 1992 from the Finnyards Shipyard in Rauma, Finland for the Diamond Cruise Line


Mitsui Celebrates 40M bhp

On July 3, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Tamano, Japan, hosted an unusual event. Mitsui gathered employees and guests from sub-suppliers and subcontractors as well as MAN B&W Diesel A/S to celebrate Mitsui’s 40 million bhp of MAN B&W two-stroke engine power. The engine marking the 40 million bhp is a 6S70MC for NKK Shipyard who was also present at the celebration. Mitsui has held a license to build B&W engines since 1926 and is, thus


Petrobras Awards Lankhorst Ropes Dyneema Deepwater Mooring Line Contract

Lankhorst Ropes Gama 98 rope braiding machine low-res.jpg

Leading deepwater rope manufacturer, Lankhorst Ropes, has secured the first-ever, worldwide order for Dyneema synthetic mooring rope for deepwater MODU (Mobile Operating Drilling Unit) projects from Brazilian oil and gas producer Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras). Gama 98 is a rope construction developed by Lankhorst Ropes specifically for deepwater mooring, and used on a number of major deepwater projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The rope will feature up to 12 Dyneema SK78 yarn sub-ropes


Chevron, Exxon and Petrofina Celebrate Genesis' First Oil

Flow of first oil was announced by partners in the Genesis Project, a deepwater oil and natural gas drilling and production facility in 2,600 ft. of water in the Gulf of Mexico, located 150 miles south of New Orleans. Genesis is expected to produce approximately 30,000 barrels of oil and more than 20 million standard cu.-ft. of natural gas per day during 1999. Production is planned to increase at a steady pace so by the year 2000 Genesis will reach its peak production capacity of 55


Port Awards Environmental Excellence Award

The Port of Los Angeles, along with the California Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, presented today its first-ever Environmental Excellence Award to Evergreen America Corporation. The award recognizes the environmental stewardship of Port of Los Angeles customers. Port Chief Operating Officer Bruce Seaton presented the Environmental Excellence Award to Captain Hwang and Jason Hsu of Evergreen America.


CDL Delivers Tugboat for AA Turki Corp.

On October 23, 2006, Colombo Dockyard Limited (CDL) delivered the first ever Tug Boat built for Saudi Arabia, built for A.A. Turki Corporation. The tug is propelled by Azimuth Thrusters, which can rotate 360 degrees and features controllable pitch propellers. It also features an autopilot system from Rolls-Royce. The main engines from Wartsila Italy deliver 2000 kW @ 1000 rpm each. These Tugs, that are built to international standards meeting requirements of Lloyds Register of Shipping


Meet EMILY, the Robot Lifeguard

EMILY:Photo courtesy of Hydronalix

Hydronalix's superstar named EMILY (for EMergency Integrated Lifesaving lanYard) can zip through the surf to save a drowning victim. EMILY is reminiscent of a floating gurney covered with a bright red cloth with a white cross. It is a four-foot-long remote-controlled rescue buoy that can zip across choppy waves at up to 26 mph, reaching a drowning victim 10 times as fast as any swimmer.   Propulsion comes from an electric motor and a Jet Ski-type impellor that pulls water in and


Galveston, Houston and Texas City Ports Guide Now Available

The Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) has compiled the first-ever Facility Information Guide for the ports of Galveston, Houston and Texas City. The Guide provides specific navigation information for every facility in the three-port area. Information in the Guide was contributed by terminal owners and operators and organized by staff members at Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Houston/Galveston


Steel Cut for Third RCI Quantum-class Cruise Ship

Quantum-class shipyard scene: Photo RCI

The steel cutting for 'Ovation of the Seas', scheduled to be delivered in the autumn of 2016, took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, where 'Quantum of the Seas', 'Anthem of the Seas' and now 'Ovation of the Seas' are being built, say owners Royal Caribbean International (RCi)


CEO Outlines DNV GL's Key Themes at SMM

Tor E. Svensens address: Photo DNV GL

Tor E. Svensen, CEO of DNV GL addressed the SMM 2014 trade fair in Hamburg, explaining that the classification society's key themes were: enhancing operational efficiency; improving safety, and smarter data. Svensen also looked at some of innovative new projects and research underway at DNV GL


Vancouver Shipyards Begins Building New Cable Ferry

(left to right) Vancouver Shipyard’s Chester Saret - Burning Area Chargehand, Brian Carter – President, Seaspan Shipyards, and Mike Corrigan – President & CEO, BC Ferries, oversee the first cut of steel on the new BCFS Cable Ferry.

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) announced today it has officially started construction on a new Cable Ferry for BC Ferries. The 78.5 meter ferry, slated for delivery in Spring 2015, will accommodate up to 50 vehicles and 150 passengers


Russia's Shipping Major Reports Strong 1H 2014

Tankship: Photo SCF

OAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group), Russia’s largest shipping company and a global leader in seaborne energy transportation and offshore services, has announced its financial and operating results for the six months ended 30 June 2014.   Highlights:


Northern Sea Route Opens Earlier than Last Year

Analysis results as of August 21 confirming the Northeastern passage open to vessels

Northern Sea Route (NSR) eastern passage opens two weeks earlier than last year; Global Ice Center predicts NSR to remain open for six weeks The Global Ice Center at Weathernews Inc. announced that the Northern Sea Route (NSR) bordering Russia is open to commercial shipping traffic as of August


ABS to Class First Self-elevating Unit Built in Qatar

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, was selected by Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) to class its LB310S liftboat, the first ever self-elevating unit built by the shipyard and the first built in Qatar


Evergreen Line's Ital Lunare to Make Maiden Call in Boston

As part of the new service linking North Asia and the U. S. East Coast (NUE2), Evergreen Line's containership Ital Lunare will make the first ever direct call into the Port of Boston for the ocean carrier on August 20 as part of the CKYH partner agreement.


Maersk Buying Back Shares, Earnings Up

Shares rise 5 pct after improved guidance, better quarter than expected. Maersk indicates more buybacks after first in its history. Efficiency, cost savings boost Maersk Line compared to rivals. Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk announced the first share buy-back in its 110-year history on Tuesday


Newport Int'l Boat Show Plans for Press Conference

Earlier Newport International Boat Show

  Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today its plans for the 2014 State of the Industry Press Conference. This year, the event will take place on Friday, September 12th at 8:15 a.m. in Sunset Lounge at the end of Commercial Wharf


DNV Type Approved Anchor Winch for the Arctic Prowler

JK Fabrication’s DNV Type-Approved 40-30-3000 Anchor Winch

JK Fabrication has landed DNV certification for its 40-30-3000-DNV series Anchor Winch. Culminating a two-year process, JK’s C-series winch was at last awarded DNV Type Approval in March—the first time ever for an anchor winch in the U.S., the manufacturer said.


Google Street View Climbs Aboard Allure of the Seas

Screenshot of Google Street View aboard Royal Caribbeans Allure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International claims it is changing the way people plan vacations by working with Google to be the first cruise line to launch Google Maps Business View using Google’s Street View technology onboard the cruise ship Allure of the Seas.


Damen, MTU & SVITZER to Launch World’s 1st RSD CNG Tug

RSD CNG Tug   16-cylinder pure gas engine being developed by MTU is based on its proven workboat Series 4000 M63 diesel engine

  Three leading companies have teamed up to bring the first ever Reverse Stern Drive (RSD) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tug to the market. Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands, German engine manufacturer MTU Friedrichshafen, a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems


High-Tech Fincantieri Ferry For Quebec

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  Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) saw the launching today of the "F.-A.-Gauthier", the latest generation ferry that Fincantieri is building for Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ)


COSCO Orders Deltamarin B.Deltas

Rendering of a B.Delta37 (© Deltamarin Ltd)

Marking another order for Deltamarin’s B.Delta37, the first Chinese shipowner COSCO has ordered four 40,000 DWT Handymax bulk carriers at Tianjin Xingang shipyard in China. In addition to the latest COSCO order, 16 B.Delta37 vessels had previously been ordered at the Tianjin Xingang


First RSD CNG Tug to Launch in 2016

Rendering of the new RSD CNG Tug (Image courtesy of Damen)

Three companies have teamed up to bring the first ever Reverse Stern Drive (RSD) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tug to the market. Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands, German engine manufacturer MTU Friedrichshafen, a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems






 
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