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Navy Charters Kite-Powered Cargo Ship

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For the first time, the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) has chartered a kite-assisted, fuel-saving cargo ship to carry military equipment. MV Beluga SkySails departed , , Oct. 5 after the first of three European port calls to load U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo before the ship's month-long voyage to the . The 400-foot Beluga SkySails is the world's first cargo ship to use a sky sail – a giant, computer-controlled kite that can rise 100 yards into the air and uses wind power to help propel the ship during long ocean transits. Though MSC frequently charters commercial ships to meet mission requirements, this is the first time the command has chartered such a ship. The ship operating company estimates that the sky sail can reduce fuel costs 20-30 percent, or roughly $1,600 per day. MSC operates approximately 110 noncombatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed forces and coalition partners.


HAL Ships Celebrate Historic Meeting

The meeting in Dubrovnik of the ms Amsterdam and the ms Prinsendam marked the first time in Holland America Line's 134-year history that two ships on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call. When Holland America Line's flagship the ms Amsterdam and the Elegant Explorer ms Prinsendam met today in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the combined 2,000 guests were treated to a special event commemorating the first time in the company's 134-year history that two ships on simultaneous Grand


This Day in Naval History - Jan. 10

From the Navy News Service 1847 - U.S. Naval forces occupy Los Angeles during the Mexican-American War for the first time. 1917 - The Navy places the first production order for aerial photographic equipment. 1934 - Patrol Squadron 10F flies the first non-stop formation flight from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, arriving Jan. 11. 1946 - The first Navy nuclear power school is established at Submarine Base New London, Conn.


Christening of AIDAluna in Palma de Majorca

Since the night of April 4, the newest ship of the AIDA fleet officially bears the name AIDAluna. At exactly 10:18 PM, international top model Franziska Knuppe smashed the champagne bottle across the bow and enunciated the talismanic christening words. About 2,100 guests celebrated a high-spirited party on board the new ship, enjoying tepid spring temperatures and the shining moon. The christening was topped off by gigantic fireworks that illuminated the night sky.


N. Korean Ship Searched

According to an August 10 report from The New York Times, Indian authorities have detained a North Korean vessel and are searching it for radioactive material, the first time a ship has been seized and boarded under sanctions adopted by the United Nations Security Council in June. The cargo ship, M/V San, was spotted August 7, officials said, and detained under the authority of the United Nations. (Source: The New York


India's Merchandise Exports Down in July

India's merchandise exports contracted 6.84 percent year-on-year to $21.69 billion in July, government data showed on Friday.   The value of overseas shipments rose for the first time in June, after falling for 18 consecutive months.   Imports in July dropped 19.03 percent year-on-year to $29.45 billion, the data showed. The trade deficit for the month came in at $7.76 billion.   (Reporting by Rajesh Kumar


Rolls-Royce has Successful First Run

The new Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine, which brings state-of-the-art aero engine technology to the marine market, has successfully run for the first time at the Rolls-Royce site in Bristol, U.K. Available for delivery from early 2004, the MT30 boasts a power rating of 36MW. According to the manufacturers, it is cost-effective and efficient compared to other marine gas turbines above 25MW. It is available for service in either mechanical or electrical genset applications for both commercial


Trials Carried Out on New Chilean Navy Sub

Navantia’s Cartagena shipyard has carried out, on 16th. February, for the first time a real exit trial from the hatch of the “Carrera” submarine, second unit that is being built for the Chilean Navy. This trial verifies the correct installation of the rescue equipment (EQ-4) as part of the usual trials prior to the delivery of the submarine. These trials, done in collaboration with the Spanish Navy Diving Unit, took place at 14 m depth and with the highest security controls


This Day in Naval History – Oct. 18

1859 - U.S. Marines reach Harper's Ferry, VA and assault the arsenal seized by John Brown and his followers. 1867 - USS Ossippee and USS Resaca participate in formal transfer of to authority at and remain to enforce law and order in new territory. 1944 - 3rd Fleet Carrier aircraft attack Japanese ships in harbor and land forces around . 1968 - In Operation Sea Lords, the Navy's three major operating forces in (TF 115, 116


Korea Ship Exports to Hit $53b in 2009

According to a report from KBS, Korea’s domestic shipbuilding industry will lead the nation’s exports in 2009 as it is expected to exceed the $50b mark in exports for the first time. (Source: KBS)


India to be Global Hotspot for Cruise Shipping

Photo: Nitin Gadkari, Official FB Page

 The government of India is working on a policy to make India a global destination for cruise shipping and efforts are on to identify such circuits, besides a slew of steps, to boost infrastructure, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has said.  


DP World’s Net Income Exceed USD 1 Bln for First Time

DP World London Gateway. Photo: DP World

 Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World announced strong financial results from its global portfolio for the twelve months ending 31 December 2016, despite “significant challenges” in the industry.   On a reported basis, revenue grew 4


ICE to Offer First US Gulf Coast LNG Futures Contract

With the United States about to become a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in 60 years, Intercontinental Exchange Inc said on Wednesday it would begin trading the first-ever U.S. liquefied natural gas futures contract in May.


Crowley’s New STS Cranes Arrive in San Juan

Photo: Crowley

Three new ship-to-shore cranes that were constructed in Ireland were delivered to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan on Wednesday. The cranes are a key element of the $130 million Crowley is investing in infrastructure improvements to its Isla Grande Terminal


BHP Billiton, Pemex sign Trion Contract

Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexican Minister of Energy,  Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, Andrew Mackenzie, BHP Billiton CEO and José Antonio González Anaya, CEO of PEMEX. Photo: BHP Billiton

 BHP Billiton has advanced its exploration and production interests in the Gulf of Mexico by executing a contract with PEMEX Exploration & Production Mexico (Pemex) to complete work on the significant Trion discovery in Mexico.  


Dirty Ship Ordered to Leave New Zealand

Photo: Port of Tauranga

 Indonesian bulk carrier  DL Marigold has been ordered to leave port of Tauranga  in New Zealand waters after its hull was judged to be threat to bio-security.   The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has sent the ship packing from Tauranga because of its dirty hull - the


Bangladesh’s First 2 Submarines Commissioned

Photo: Bangladesh Navy

 Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially has commissioned the two China-made 035G diesel-electric submarines  – BNS Nabajatra and BNS Joyjatra.    With the addition of the submarines, the Bangladesh Navy can, for the first time


Fleet's Support Capability Gets Sirius Boost

HMAS Sirius passes the Sydney Opera House to commence her journey back to her home port in Western Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Royal Australian Navy’s replenishment capability is operating at capacity once again with HMAS Sirius back in the brine after four months of maintenance at Captain Cook Graving Dock, Garden Island.   The fleet tanker cut an impressive figure against the city skyline as she


MOL Promotes 'Project & Heavy Cargo'

MOL booth at Breakbulk CHINA 2016. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) plans to further promote "MOL Project & Heavy Cargo," its brand for plant/heavyweight cargo transport services.   The MOL Group will expand "MOL Project & Heavy Cargo" activities in both Asia and Europe to enhance its initiatives


Panama Canal to Launch Vessel Scheduling and Management System

A view from inside the Panama Canal’s Marine Traffic Control Center, responsible for the scheduling, coordination and monitoring of vessel traffic through the Panama Canal. (Photo: ACP)

In response to growing traffic through the waterway, the Panama Canal has announced that it will launch a state-of-the-art vessel scheduling and maritime resource management system to further optimize costs, improve safety and increase the overall efficiency and reliability of the service it


Carl Vinson Strike Group Arrives in the Republic of Korea

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Photo: US Navy

 Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) for a scheduled port visit, March 15.  


Japanese Orderbook: Down But Showing Staying Power

Graph: Clarksons Research.

 The Japanese orderbook has shown its endurance in the current muted shipbuilding market and recently surpassed its South Korean counterpart in size for the first time since 1999, says a report by Clarksons Research.   While the orderbook is shrinking for all of the ‘big 3’


Somali Force, Pirates Exchange Gunfire

Somali maritime forces have exchanged gunfire with the hijackers of an oil tanker in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the head of the maritime force said.   This is the first time Somali pirates have taken over a commercial ship since 2012 and locals blame the attack on foreign


Somali Pirates Release Hijacked Ship, Crew without Ransom

Aris 13 (Photo: EU Naval Force)

Somali pirates released a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew on Thursday, a Somali security official and the pirates said, bringing the first hijacking since 2012 to an unusually swift conclusion without the payment of a ransom.  


Young Endeavour Completes Circumnavigation of Australia

Training Ship Young Endeavour returns to Fleet Base East, Sydney, after completing a ten month circumnavigation of Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Royal Australian Navy-operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour returned to Sydney recently after a 10-month circumnavigation of Australia.   Since departing Sydney in May 2016, more than 500 young people have developed important leadership and life skills as part of the youth






 
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