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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


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


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


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


Ship Values Rise

As the world has been beset by a wave of bad financial news -- from the looming financial crisis and credit crunch to the rapidly escalating cost of industrial materials, particularly steel -- Clarkson via its weekly Clarkson Index delivered some good news for a change, as the index, which is a measure of prices for all types of vessels, rose for the first time in more than three months. According to a Bloomberg report


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)


Austal Launches USNS Brunswick

USNS Brunswick

  Austal launched the recently christened USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) at its manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala. With the 338-foot Joint High Speed Vessel entering the water for the first time, the ship will undergo final outfitting and testing before sea trials and delivery to the U.S


Anglo-Eastern Signs Turbocharger Maintenance Deal

Pictured at the contract signing (from left) Peter Dittrich, Head of Contract Management, MAN PrimeServ Turbocharger; Ivan Blazina, Group Purchasing Director, Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd.; Jesper Bak Weller, Global Key Account Director, MAN PrimeServ; and Thorsten Lehmann, Vice President, MAN PrimeServ Turbocharger (Photo: MAN)

MAN PrimeServ Turbocharger, part of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s service division, has signed a Premium Turbocharger Maintenance Contract with Anglo-Eastern Ship Management.   Under the terms of the agreement, PrimeServ will provide all relevant services complete maintenance package


Russian, Azerbaijani Navy to Hold First Ever Joint Drills in Caspian Sea

Pic: Russian Navy

 About 10 Russian and Azerbaijani ships will take part in a joint naval exercise in the Caspian Sea for the first time; RIA Novosti cited the statement of Russia’s Southern Military District.    "The military officials of the countries reached a decision during


U.S. Senators Urge Obama to Block Arctic Oil Drilling

The Arctic is estimated to hold the worlds largest remaining untapped gas reserves  Photo WWF

  A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to stop Royal Dutch Shell's preparations for oil exploration in the Arctic, saying the region has a severely limited capacity to respond to accidents.


North Korea Test-Fires Missile from Submarine

Image: Rodong Sinmun

 North Korea has successfully test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine in what would be the latest display of the country’s advancing military capability.   The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally


China Accelerates South China Sea Land Reclamation: US

South China Sea. Image by Borneo Asean Reports

 China embarked upon extensive land reclamation efforts in the disputed Spratly Islands this year, adding huge amounts of terrain as of December to bolster its presence in an area claimed by rivals, a new Pentagon report said.   According to a WSJ report


Russian, Chinese Navies Grow Even Closer

Photo by Chinese state news agency

 Russian “joint maritime -2015 (1)” today (May 11) officially launched a joint military exercise, the exercise will continue until 21 May, reports Chinese state news agency Xinhua.   It is the first time the two countries have held joint military exercises in the area and


China Crude Imports Expected to Surge

China's appetite for crude oil is expected to pick up later this year as storage comes online and new buyers emerge, even after its inbound shipments surpassed United States imports last month for the first time, traders and analysts say.


German Navy Frigates Get New Firefighting Tech

Photo: Noske-Kaeser

Noske-Kaeser provides firefighting technology for all four German Navy's F125 frigates   On April 16, 2015, the second of four ordered Type F125 frigates for the German Navy was christened by the name of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Hamburg


US Approves Shell's Plan to Drill for Oil in Arctic

Drill barge Kulluk, used for oil exploration in the Arctic, drifted aground December 31, 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Jonathan Klingenberg)

Royal Dutch Shell's return to oil drilling in the U.S. Arctic for the first time since 2012 took a big step forward on Monday when the Obama administration approved the company's exploration plan.   The Department of Interior conditionally approved Shell's plan to explore for oil in the


Seatrade Award for DNV GL Classed 'Ampere'

Ampere wins Seatrade Award, Credit Samferdselsfoto.small

  Ampere, the world’s first large fully electric vessel, has received the Seatrade Clean Shipping award for 2015. Owned and operated by Norled and designed and constructed by Fjellstrand, the DNV GL classed car ferry is a fully battery driven catamaran made of aluminium


SINOPACIFIC Christens Newbuild Bulker

Photo: SINOPACIFIC

SINOPACIFIC Shipbuilding Group held a christening ceremony today at its Dayang Shipyard for a newly built Ultramax CROWN63R.   As the Godmother, Madam Grace Yang, the wife of former Chinese Ambassador to Greece christened this new vessel as SINICA GRAECA


Iranian Ships Fire Shots at Singapore Tanker In The Persian Gulf

Photo by Iran Military

Iranian patrol boats opened fire on a Singapore-flagged oil tanker as it moved through the Strait of Hormuz in a confrontation, reports Reuters. The Alpine Eternity, a ship flagged to Singapore, fled toward the shore of the United Arab Emirates


USN Successfully Tests Electromagnetic Catapult on CVN 78

The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ships launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing.

  The Navy conducted the first-ever, shipboard, full-speed catapult shots using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) aboard the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Naval Sea Systems Command announced May 15.


RV Polarstern Sets Course for Spitsbergen

RV Polarstern

  On Tuesday, 19 May 2015 the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its home port in Bremerhaven, setting a course for the Arctic. Led by Dr Ilka Peeken from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) a team of 53 researchers from 11 countries will






 
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