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First of New Patrol Vessels Operational

On January 11 the first new patrol vessel of the Rotterdam Port Authority got its name and came into operation. The body was constructed in Poland (Stocznia Tczew) and completed at the Damen Shipyard in the Netherlands. The RPA 12 is the first in a series of seven vessels of which five are capable to fight fire as well. Total costs of the renewal of the fleet are 25 million euro.

NYK Obtains ISO Certification

NYK Engineering Co., Ltd., has become the first new shipbuilding consultancy in Japan to obtain ISO 9001:2000 certification. By obtaining the certificate, NYK Engineering has verified the establishment of a quality management system in their new shipbuilding consultancy service, which includes design of new shipbuilding, approval drawings, and site supervision. Source TMCnet

Schwarzenegger, Offshore Oil Drilling

According to a June 1 report from the Los Angeles Times, the State Lands Commission lashed out at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to reverse its rejection of the first new oil drilling in California waters since 1969. At a contentious hearing in Santa Monica, the commission passed a resolution urging legislators not to go along with Schwarzenegger's plan, which would revive a drilling project off the Santa Barbara County coast that the commission killed in January.

Iraq Launches Oil Tanker

The Iraqi Oil Tanker Co. launched its first new ship in 27 years, according to an AP report. The 14,000-ton, Chinese built Dijlah was inaugurated in Basra, officials said.

Celebrity Cruises Orders New Ship

Celebrity Cruises has exercised its option to order a second 118,000 gross-registered-ton ship. German shipbuilder Meyer Werft will build the new tonnage, with delivery of the first ship planned for Fall 2008 and the second ship in Summer 2009. Celebrity also announced names of both new ships. The first new ship will be called Celebrity Solstice, and the second ship will be named Celebrity Equinox. The new series of ships will be known as the

Horizon Lines Takes Delivery of First of Five

Horizon Lines, Inc. took delivery of its first new containership, the Horizon Hunter from the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in South Korea. The Horizon Hunter is the first of five new, U.S.-flag, foreign built, sister vessels that the Company is chartering from subsidiaries of Ship Finance International Limited under definitive long-term charters and related agreements closed on April 11, 2006. The gross tonnage of the vessels is 28,592 tons, they have a capacity of 2,824 TEUs

University of Hawaii Pushing Navy Research Center

Some University of Hawaii officials and faculty members are still pushing for a Navy research center on campus despite the Faculty Senate's rejection of the project, according to an AP story. University lawyers are reviewing the contract for a Navy University Affiliated Research Center to address concerns of faculty leaders who recently voted against the proposed military partnership. The vote against the center could be overturned if 100 professors sign a petition asking for a vote of all

Matson’s Manukai Heads Toward Panama Canal

Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (KPSI), of Philadelphia, PA., today delivered the M.V Manukai, a CV 2600 Philadelphia Class Containership. This is the first ship to be constructed at the new yard located in the former Philadelphia Naval Base. The M.V. Manukai is the first ship in a series of two containerships to be built for Matson Navigation Company, a shipping company based in San Francisco, CA. The U.S. Jones Act ship was christened by Margaret Inouye, wife of Hawaii Sen

Crystal Cruises Plans for Expansion

Image: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises announced an expansion plan under new owners Genting Hong Kong that includes three 1,000-passenger vessels, its first new ships in decades. Plus, Crystal will expand into adventure, yacht and river cruising, and luxury jet trips.   The three Crystal Exclusive Class ships will be about the same size as the 20-year-old Crystal Symphony and the slightly larger 2003-built Crystal Serenity.   The line has signed a letter of intent with Lloyd Werft to build the ocean

World’s First Offshore Barge with Built-in BWTS


The BALPURE ballast water treatment system, which received Type Approval in July 2011, has been selected for use on two flattop oceangoing heavy deck cargo barges. The Type-Approved BALPURE ballast water treatment system from Severn Trent De Nora has been selected for use on two oceangoing heavy deck cargo barges being constructed for Norwegian-based Greenway Shipping by Dalian Shipyard, at its shipyard in Dalian, China

Chesapeake Inks Deal: 3 Tugs for Vane Brothers

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. signed another contract with Vane Brothers of Baltimore to build three more ocean going tugs. This new contract marks the 15, 16 and 17th tugboats built for Vane Brothers by Chesapeake Shipbuilding since 2008. Construction on the first new tug has already begun in one

Statoil Green Lights Floating Wind Farm Project

Hywind Scotland illustration (Image: Statoil)

Statoil has made the final investment decision to build the world’s first floating wind farm: The Hywind pilot park offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The decision triggers investments of around NOK 2 billion, realizing a 60-70 percent cost reduction per MW from the Hywind

Great Lakes Sees New Investment Despite Cargo Slowdown

Equinox Class ship the Algoma Harvester entering Port Colborne harbour from Lake Erie (CNW Group/Algoma Central Corporation)

As ongoing commodity price pressures continued to impact overall tonnage volumes through the St. Lawrence Seaway in September, the shipping industry was buoyed by a number of investments in recent weeks by ship operators and ports, according to the Chamber of Marine Commerce

SAAM SMIT Towage Orders Damen ASD Tug

Photo: Daman

SAAM SMIT Towage, a joint venture between SAAM S.A. of Chile and Dutch company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., has signed a contract for the purchase of a Damen Tug 2913 for delivery in early 2016, the shipbuilder announced today. This order

4 STS, 14 ARMG Cranes for APM Vado Terminal

APM Terminals Vado Italy port construction site aerial photo1a

  APM Terminals signed an agreement for the construction and delivery of four Ship-to-Shore (STS) Gantry Cranes and 14 Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs) for the new APM Terminals Vado terminal now under construction on Italy’s Ligurian coast

Newport News Shipbuilding Converts to Natural Gas

Newport News Shipbuilding has converted its steam-generation plant from heavy fuel oil to natural gas. The new system will reduce greenhouse gases by 30 percent and save the shipyard about $8 million per year. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has converted its steam-generation plant from heavy fuel oil, also known as Bunker C, to natural gas to improve safety and lower operating costs and emissions to the environment.  

Rand Takes Delivery of Newest Self-Unloader

Bulk freight shipper Rand Logistics, Inc. has taken delivery of its newest Canadian self-unloading vessel, increasing its fleet to 16 ships, including 10 Canadian flagged and six U.S. flagged vessels.   According to Rand, the new vessel will have the largest carrying capacity of any

ISS Bags Tanzania's Paragon project

Paragon Offshore’s jack-up rig M826 in position.

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has been appointed by Paragon Offshore, Houston, as marine and logistic services provider for a new drilling campaign off the Songo Songo Islands, Tanzania – the first new commercial drilling project in Tanzania in a number of years.

Fratelli Neri Orders Damen Tug

Damens ASD 3212 Tug

One of the largest Italian tug owners, Fratelli Neri S.p.A, ordered its first Damen tug, an ASD 3212, on 21 July 2015.   The vessel will be the first ASD tug in the Mediterranean region with a Damen Render Recovery Escort winch. The family-owned

Rolls-Royce Bolsters R&D for MTU Engines

Rolls-Royce Power Systems will be use the new facilities to test new combustion processes, advanced technologies for electronic regulation and control and, from mid-2016, alternative fuels such as gas. Rolls-Royce Power Systems has invested some 40 million euros in the new testing facilities at MTU. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

New R&D test facilities in Friedrichshafen already in service; 40 million euros invested for greater fuel economy and lower emissions    Rolls-Royce Power Systems informs it is investing in the development of the next generation of ecological sound and cost efficient combustion

N-KOM Records Safety Milestone

N-KOM and GDI management and project teams pictured together to celebrate the achievement of 1 million safe man-hours on the liftboat new-building project. (Photo: N-KOM)

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) informs it has achieved its first safety milestone on its liftboat new building project, with the successful completion of one million safe man-hours without any lost-time-incidents (LTIs). The self-propelled and elevating lift boat is being constructed

Port of Oakland Adds 400 Dockworkers

Photo: Port of Oakland

An added 400 dockworkers to handle Port of Oakland cargo; first new hires arrive this week to help clear vessel buildup   The first of 400 new dockworkers arrive this week to meet the Port of Oakland’s need for more labor, the port announced today

Russian Submarines in Alaska?

Borei-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). Photo by US Naval Institute

 Russia is expected to finish the construction of a submarine base on the Kamchatka Peninsula by the end of October.   "Upgrades to the Russian Navy’s ballistic nuclear missile submarine (SSBN) base in the Pacific could be completed by October, Russian Navy chief Adm

CTruk Delivers First Colchester-built Workboat

CWind Artimus, the latest 22m catamaran WFSV from CTruk (Photo: CTruk)

CTruk Boats formally handed over the first new craft built at its River Colne production facility in Colchester when the latest MPC22 offshore wind farm service vessel (WFSV) was officially named by owner CWind at the Seawork show in Southampton.  

On AIDAcara's Birthday AIDA Cruises Turns 20

AIDA Kapt Adrian, Michael Ungerer

  With the birthday of the cruise ship AIDAcara on June 7, 2015, AIDA Cruises is heralding the 20th year of its company history. On Sunday evening, more than 20,000 guests will toast together aboard the 10 AIDA ships, opening the anniversary celebrations.

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