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Malta Drydocks Gets New Leader

Malta appointed the head of Malta Shipbuilding as chairman of Malta Drydocks, pointing to closer cooperation between the two loss-making firms. The Department of Information said former banker John Cassar White, chairman of Malta Shipbuilding for almost two years, would also head Malta Drydocks from February. He will take over from Noel Zarb Adami.


Westpac Express Gets New Charter

Austal Hull 130 Chartering, LLC, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $13,395,944 firm-fixed-priced, reimbursables contract for the charter of high speed vessel MV Westpac Express. This charter is a passenger/cargo vessel that will be operated to transport Okinawa-based Marine Corps’ Third Marine Expeditionary Force and their equipment. This contract includes four one-year options, which if exercised, would bring the total award amounts to $55,285,500 plus an estimated $33,364


Historic Dredge Gets New Lease on Life

By Ed Voigt, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oldest dredge is now also one of its youngest. The dustpan dredge Potter, the Corps last and longest-serving steam-powered dredge, helped keep the Mississippi River open to navigation for almost 70 years. Now she is back home at the St. Louis District Service Base after a $20 million repowering project by the district and the Corps' Marine Design Center (MDC). Halter Marine, Inc


MENAS Gets New Multipurpose Light Tender

Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS) introduced its new multipurpose light tender vessel Relume in a special naming ceremony at Damen Shipyards’ Royal Schelde facility in Vlissingen, The Netherlands. The vessel, the third MENAS ship to bear the name Relume, was christened by Mrs Chantal E Mitropoulos, wife of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos. Although the paramount responsibility of the new Relume will be


New President of STX Finland

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Juha Heikinheimo has resigned from the position as President of STX Finland Oy. He will be replaced by Su-Jou Kim, who currently holds the position as Chairman of STX Finland. Su-Jou Kim will be temporary acting President of STX Finland. Despite significant improvements during the last few months, STX Finland is going through very challenging times - in particular at the Turku shipyard - following the delivery of the "Allure of the Seas" in October 2010.


Seattle-Based Coast Guard Cutter Gets New Commanding Officer

Capt. Laura Dickey (left) and Capt. Brendon McPherson (right) shake hands after McPherson relieved Dickey as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Seattle

Capt. Brendon McPherson  relieved Capt. Laura Dickey as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Seattle, during a change-of-command ceremony presided over by Vice Adm. Charles Ray, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area, held at Coast Guard Base Seattle, July 16, 2014. Dickey is transferring to Washington, D.C., to serve as the special advisor for homeland security to the vice president of the United States.


Nuclear-powered Savannah to get Makeover

(Photo Credit: MarAd) Savannah, an old nuclear-powered ship that spent time in Charleston Harbor as a tourist attraction, is getting a face lift for a possible new tour of duty, according to a report on www.charleston.net. Savannah was the world's first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger vessel. It is set to be restored, possibly for its second stint as a floating museum, according to the U.S. Maritime Administration.


Intereuropa Relaunches Merger Bid

Slovenia's largest shipping firm Intereuropa is relaunching a bid to merge with the country's only port operator Luka Koper following last October's change of government. The two companies first planned to merge last year but called off the deal in April because the-then government was demanding the right to veto management decisions in the new firm. The Slovenian government owns 51 percent of Luka. "Slovenia is getting closer to membership of the European Union and we believe the present


Iran's Navy Gets New Submarines

According to an August 8 report for Associated Press, Iran's state media said the country's navy has taken charge of four new Iranian-built submarines as part of Tehran's efforts to upgrade its defense capabilities. (Source: Associated Press)


Oldest Steamship Gets New Home on Thames

According to a Sept. 13 report from BBC News, a ship thought to be the last steamcoaster in the world is preparing to head to her new home after a $2.9m restoration in Suffolk. The steamcoaster, built in 1890 and listed on the National Historic Fleet register, has been converted into a floating museum. She will stay at the Port of Tilbury for up to a year while a decision is made on her London base. The SS Robin was taken to Lowestoft in 2008 to undergo conservation work and repairs to her


Maersk Returns to Liverpool

(Photo: Peel Ports)

Maersk has been welcomed to the Port of Liverpool with a formal reception for its feeder vessel Antwerp. The event on April 27 was attended by Seago and Maersk representatives along with customers, and was followed by a port tour, including a trip to the top of the 90m Grain Tower.  


Libya Requests Removal of Oil Tanker from U.N. Blacklist

Libya's mission to the United Nations has asked the Security Council to remove from a U.N. blacklist an Indian-flagged tanker that was recently prevented from shipping oil for the rival eastern Libyan government, Libya's U.N. envoy said on Thursday.  


CMA CGM Doubles Liverpool Feeder Capacity

Courtesy Peel Ports Containers

CMA CGM has increased the capacity on its West Coast Feeder service via Liverpool to 2200 TEU from 900 TEU. M.V. Nicolas Delmas began calling at the port in April. The service begins in Antwerp and also calls at Greenock, Belfast, Dublin and Le Havre.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Climb

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier, typically used in the Brazil-China trades (Credit: Vale)

More coal cargoes, rising oil prices could support rates. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to rise next week on an increase in coal cargoes and higher fuel prices, ship brokers said. That comes as Brent crude futures breached the psychologically


Maersk Deploys Weathernews Services

Photo: Maersk Line

Weathernews Inc., a privately owned weather company, will provide weather routing services, port forecasts and other weather driven risk communication services to Maersk Line and Maersk Tankers, for safety and bunker saving purposes.


USCG Sees Rise of Electrical Deficiencies on Commercial Vessels

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Marine Safety Detachment Sturgeon Bay

Due to an increase in reported electrical deficiencies on commercial vessels, the Coast Guard is warning commercial vessel owners to inspect their vessels' wiring before getting underway in the spring. Coast Guard marine inspectors have discovered that a number of vessels have significant


Arctic Sea Ice Hits a Record Low

Image: NASA

Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)  said that the sea ice cover attained an average maximum extent of 14.52m sq km (5.607m sq miles) on 24 March, the lowest winter maximum since records began in 1979.   The low beats a record set only last year of 14


Republic of the Marshall Islands Maintains Qualitative Edge

Image:  International Registries, Inc

 The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) received preliminary information regarding the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) Qualship 21 list during Intertanko’s North American Panel meeting.   The meeting, which took place on day one of the Connecticut Maritime


LNG Engine Set in Crowley's New ConRo Ship

Image: Crowley

The main engine has been set onto Crowley Maritime Corporation’s new vessel, El Coquí, the first of two new Commitment Class ConRo (combination container and Roll/On-Roll/Off) ships that will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) for use in the ocean cargo trade between


US Imports Rise Steady after 2015 Rollercoaster

File photo: Northwest Seaport Alliance

Import cargo volume at the United States’ major retail container ports has begun its annual climb toward summer levels but is expected to be largely flat when compared with last year’s record high numbers, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the


Antwerp, Montreal Ports Renew Cooperation

Renewal of agreement Photo Port of Antwerp

Yesterday during a joint trade mission in Montreal, the port authorities of Montreal and Antwerp, Belgium renewed their cooperative agreement. The first agreement, signed in March 2013, resulted in four trade missions to Montreal and Antwerp during which extensive business contacts were


BV Guidelines for Offshore Access Systems

OAS in action Acta Orion (Courtesy Acta Marine)

Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has developed guidelines for walk-to-work (W2W) motion compensated Offshore Access Systems (OAS) which are used to transfer industrial personnel to and from offshore installations. Guidance Note NI629 Certification of Offshore Access


New BV Guidelines for Offshore Access Systems

Classification society Bureau Veritas has developed guidelines for walk-to-work (W2W) motion compensated Offshore Access Systems (OAS) which are used to transfer industrial personnel to and from offshore installations. Guidance Note NI629 Certification of Offshore Access Systems provides a clear


E.R. Schiffahrt Chooses GNS ENCs Bundle

Maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) has agreed terms with E.R. Schiffahrt, a Hamburg-based ship management company with activities in container and bulk segments, to supply Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) and the GNS navigation management software, Voyager.  


$280m Deal for Pacific Patrol Boats Replacement

Austals Pacific Patrol Boat rendering (Austal)

The Turnbull Government today signed a contract with Austal Ships Pty Ltd to build and sustain up to 21 steel-hulled vessels to replace the existing fleet of Pacific Patrol Boats as part of Australia’s new Pacific Maritime Security Program.  






 
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