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. He said the original idea was prompted because larger vessels could not serve smaller ports in Africa either because of the vessel size or due to the lack of suitable equipment at the ports. Feeder vessels could serve for instance, Angola, Tanzania, Kenya and South African ports. Islands such as Madagascar and Mauritius could also be served in the same way. He added that hundreds of tons of clothing and textiles come off the islands and much is destined for Europe and the U.S.
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
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
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.
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
'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
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
Mersey Maritime is bidding for the first-ever international maritime conference to be held in Liverpool, which wil coincide with the Mersey River Festival in 2004 or 2005. The announcement was made as this year's Mersey River Festival gets underway with the arrival of the Tall Ships into the port of Liverpool and Capital of Culture plans are unveiled for a new £10.5 million cruise liner terminal to be in place by 2005.
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
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
HS Ocean Group (HSOG ) celebrates National Apprenticeship Week by committing to long-term Apprenticeship program. The marine services specialist HSOG has launched a formal Apprenticeship training program following the successful progression of its first ever apprentices.
Welcoming the proposal, the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) says it applauds the Administration’s vision for improving the multimodal freight network to support American businesses and national competitiveness in the world marketplace.
The recently delivered SL Mbissi will be the next Damen-built vessel in fleet of Smit Lamnalco. Nonetheless, the 25-meter shallow water workship is special in more ways than one. Firstly, it’s the first-ever Damen Shoalbuster for Smit Lamnalco.
Qatargas say that their chartered LNG ships carried out the first ever transfer operation between two Q-Flex type ships following an incident involving one of the ships while transiting the Singapore straits. Whilst there were no reported injuries to personnel or impact on the environment
Speaking at the first meeting of the newly-formed IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has delivered his New Year Address outlining some of the targets, challenges and priorities the Organization in year 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today welcomed industry stakeholders to the first-ever National Maritime Strategy Symposium, a three-day conference aimed at supporting the growth of the U.S. maritime industry and ensuring the availability of U.S
Wärtsilä said that the first ever Wärtsilä X72 mid-bore, low-speed engine has successfully passed the factory acceptance test. This milestone verifies that the engine fulfils the design criteria for performance and functioning
The FSRU Toscana, the world’s first-ever floating Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) platform, has begun commercial operations off the coast of Italy, on schedule. However, before the 288-meter container ship, turned floating LNG storage platform
The U.S. Maritime Administrator weighs in on 2013 and the road ahead ... Here at the Maritime Administration (MARAD), we continue working tirelessly to improve our marine transportation system with innovative projects across the country
The first-ever launch of an unmanned aircraft from a modern aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, was described by Rear Adm. Mat Winter Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, as – "An inflection point in history". He adds:
The first ever Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) to be conducted in waters off the Indian coast is scheduled in the Bay of Bengal from December 19-22, 2013. The Indian Navy will be represented by the indigenously built stealth frigate INS Satpura
PPG Industries’ new operation in Greece has conducted its first-ever customer training initiative, with 55 customers from 25 Greek shipping companies attending the one-day event last month. Held at the new facility in Acharnai - Athens
Arctech launched the icebreaking multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel for the Russian Federal Agency of Sea and River Transport and to be operated by the FGI Gosmorspassluzhba (Russian Marine Emergency Rescue Service) on December 12, 2013 at Helsinki Shipyard
Inlecom Systems Ltd., the transport and logistics research and innovation company, has launched the first ever guide and checklist to enable maritime authorities and trade organizations to fulfill their obligation to deliver ship reporting formalities in electronic format via a Single Window
The Swedish Club Academy is celebrating 20 years of Maritime Resource Management (MRM), a spin off from the Bridge Resource Management (BRM), which aims to reduce accidents at sea caused by human error. In 1993, The Swedish Club, together with seven other organizations