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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.


This Day in Naval History - Feb. 13

From the Navy News Service 1854 - Adm. Matthew Calbraith Perry anchors off Yokosuka, Japan, to receive the Japanese Emperor’s reply to a treaty proposal. 1913 - Naval Radio Station, Arlington, Va., begins operations. 1945 - Naval units enter Manila Bay for the first time since 1942. 1968 - Operation Coronado XI begins in Mekong Delta, South Vietnam.


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


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


Peri Yachts Picks Displays at MYS

For the first time, Peri brought one of its Turkish-built yachts to the Monaco Yacht Show. The newly built 29-metre yacht stood out with her golden-looking hull. Peri also announced it has a new 37-metre model under production and a triple deck 41-metre vessel, Peri’s largest, is being planned. The yard now offers 29-m, 33-mm, 37-m, 37-m triple and 41-m triple composite yachts.


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)


China's CIC Boluomiao Shipyard Completes Repair Contracts

CIC Boluomiao Shipyard completed repairs of the ships Sinoker Pioneer and Novitas H. The U.S.-owned Sinoker Pioneer repair work included renewal of cargo hold plates and painting, hatch cover repair and regular docking repair and some machinery equipment repairs, etc., and all were carried out to the satisfaction of classification society ABS, the shipyard said. Next came the German-owned Novitas-H for the first time to the Boluomiao Shipyard, for drydocking and steel-work repairs


MISC Enters Thai Offshore O&G Market

Pairoj Kaweeyanun, President of Chevron Offshore Thailand, Ltd., and Tuan Syed Hashim Syed Abdullah, Vice President Offshore Business of MISC Berhad, after the signing of agreement between Chevron Offshore (Thailand) Ltd. and MISC Offshore Floating Terminals (L) Limited. (Photo: MISC Berhad)

    Energy related maritime solutions and services provider MISC Berhad (MISC) has made inroads into Thailand’s offshore oil and gas market for the first time.   MISC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, MISC Offshore Floating Terminals (L) Limited (MOFT) signed a contract for


UASC's Dismal Performance

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

 United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), which is close to merging with Hapag-Lloyd, revealed enormous deficits and a massive debt in its key financial figures, says Alphaliner.   The first-time revealed UASC financial figures uncover more than $4bn of debt incurred during a major fleet


C-Job Designs Flettner Freighter for Switijnk

Flettner Freighter (Photo: C-Job Naval Architects)

The Dutch shipping company family Switijnk has contracted C-Job Naval Architects to develop a Rotor Sail-equipped design to meet their specific loading and sailing profile. The contract follows the substantial media attention for the 4,500 DWT Flettner Freighter (the FF4500) which C-Job Naval


NParks, Keppel in S$2.08 mln Partnership for Restoring Singapore Forest Wetlands

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The National Parks Board (NParks) and Keppel Corporation today unveiled plans for a partnership to restore the freshwater forest wetland ecosystem historically found in the vicinity of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Located in the upcoming Learning Forest extension, the restored 1


Japan Protests China's Sailing Near Disputed Islets

Japan protested to China on Friday after Chinese coastguard ships and fishing vessels entered what Tokyo considers its territorial waters around a group of disputed islets, the Japanese foreign ministry said.   Beijing claims the uninhabited, Tokyo-controlled East China Sea islands


First “Neo-Panamax” Calls Port of Philadelphia

Photo: Philadelphia Regional Port Authority

 The first of a new class of “Neo-Panamax” shipping vessels called the Port of Philadelphia to begin a new phase of transport along the Delaware River.   The MSC Sofia Celeste, an 8,800 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) vessel operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company


First Ship Bunkers LNG in Rotterdam

Ternsund is the first seagoing vessel to bunker LNG in Rotterdam (Photo: Terntank)

The bunkering of the Ternsund was initiated today in Rotterdam, marking the first seagoing vessel to bunker liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the port.   As a result the brand new product tanker of the Swedish shipping company Terntank also receives the first Rotterdam 'LNG bunkering


AIDA Cruises Sets Its Sights on the Chinese Market

Photo courtesy of AIDA

American/British owned German cruise line AIDA Cruises has launched its first marketing campaign on the Chinese market. From April 2017, with AIDAbella, AIDA Cruises will, for the first time, deploy a ship in China all year round and, in close cooperation with Costa Asia


Thales to Take Key Role in 'Exercise Unmanned Warrior'

Photo: Thales

Thales is set to play a key role in a major U.K. Royal Navy exercise later this year to understand how unmanned systems might add real innovative operational capability in a military maritime environment.   Exercise Unmanned Warrior will bring together the Royal Navy and 40 organizations


Custom Fireboat Delivered in Texas

Photo: Lake Assault Boats

Lake Assault Boats, manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has placed into service a 28-foot fireboat with the City of Conroe Fire Department in Conroe, Texas. The craft was delivered in mid-May.   Assistant fire chief for the City of Conroe Fire Department


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.  


Kiel Port Marks 2,500th Cruise Ship Visit

Port of Kiel marks 2500th cruise ship visit

Kiel is today (Saturday, 13th Aug.) celebrating the arrival of its 2,500th cruise ship visitor Cunard Line’s “Queen Elizabeth”, which berthed this morning to mark the event. The President of the City of Kiel, Hans-Werner Tovar paid tribute to the occasion during a reception at


BBC Chartering launches office in Esbjerg, Denmark

BBC Moonstone courtesy BBC Chartering

BBC Chartering announces the re-launch of its presence in Denmark with a new representative office in Esbjerg opening August 15, 2016. “Global wind power saw an unprecedented growth recently, for the first time crossing 60 GW in new capacity installments in 2015


Shipping Industry Slumps, but Ship Scrapping Looks Up

Alang, Gujarat: Worlds biggest ship breaking yard. Photo from Youtube video

 While the shipping industry struggles through a historic downturn, ship scrapping business is seeing accelerating demand, reports WSJ.   The global economic slowdown is putting shipping through its most bruising period since the 2008 financial crisis.   


Researchers to Visit ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ Wreckage

Sonar image of the German submarine U-576. (Credit: NOAA & SRI International)

Researchers from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners are set to visit what remains of two ships—a German U-boat and a Nicaraguan freighter – which sank off Cape Hatteras during World War II’s “Battle of the Atlantic






 
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