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Former NASA Vessel Becomes a Training Facility

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation Attends Rechristening of USMMA’s Kings Pointer U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen today visited the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) to celebrate the rechristening of the Academy’s new training vessel, the Kings Pointer. They were joined by Academy leadership, as well as Senator Charles Schumer and Representatives Timothy Bishop and Steve Israel. “The new Kings Pointer is yet another example of this Administration’s commitment to ensuring first-rate training and facilities for the Academy’s midshipmen,” said Secretary Foxx. “With this modern vessel, the USMMA will continue to produce the finest mariners in the world, helping ensure our national and economic security.” The Obama Administration has made a comprehensive effort to renew facilities and teaching infrastructure at the nation’s maritime academy. Since FY 2009, the Obama Administration has invested more than $450 million at the Academy, including almost $100 million for capital improvements— the most funding ever secured for physical improvements at the Academy. The Kings Pointer was retrofitted as a training vessel at North Florida Shipyard at a cost of $3.3 million. Today’s rechristening follows last week’s dedication of the new “up-to-date” Mallory pier at the Academy


Eye of Dubai Concept OKd

The consortium “Out and About in Palm Deira”, which is made up of Royal Haskoning (as architects/urban planners), MVA consultancy (transport consultants), Systra (rail consultants) and Sogreah (maritime consultants), has won the design competition for an integrated transport master plan for Palm Deira in Dubai. Palm Deira—the third Palm and a future metropolis for 1.2 million people—is currently being reclaimed from the sea


Royal Caribbean Reports 2Q Results

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced second quarter earnings were $66.7 million or $0.34 per share. This compares to $81.7 million or $0.42 per share for the second quarter of 2001. Net revenues per available passenger cruise day ("Yields") were down 3.3 percent, which was significantly better than previous guidance of a decline in the range of 5 to 7 percent. At June 30th, the company's net debt to capital ratio was 56.6 percent and liquidity was approximately $1.6 billion.


Greenpeace Wins Bid To Delay North Atlantic Exploration

Greenpeace won its bid to delay oil exploration in the north Atlantic when a judge ruled the British government was failing to apply a European Commission environmental directive in allocating licenses. "The decision is a huge victory for whales, dolphins and coral reefs," Peter Melchett, the environmental group's executive director, told reporters after the ruling. The government is considering an appeal against the judgment that it is not taking into account the Commission's Habitats


Panama Canal Cruise Season Starts Today

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200 Plus Transits Expected.           The Panama Canal cruise-line season officially starts today, Wednesday, October 5, and runs through the middle of next year. More than 200 transits of these passenger vessels are expected.  The transit of Princess Cruises Island Princess will mark the beginning of the season, traveling for 14 days from Los Angeles, California, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Oslo Companies Are Ripe For Picking

Many Norwegian companies remain under-priced and are likely targets for foreign predators, analysts said. Despite gains in the Total index to peaks this week at around 1,300 points -- the highest so far this year -- analysts said Norwegian companies remain cheap and are natural prey for foreign bidders. "There are still crown jewels on the Oslo bourse, especially in the industrial sector," said Morten Stundstoe, chief analyst in Fondspartner


Refurbished Scheduled for Three Oceania Cruise Ships

Nautica (Photo: Oceania Cruises)

Oceania Cruises announced that Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, its trio of R-Class ships, will undergo a transformation starting early next year in what the company said is the largest refurbishment program in its history. The ships will receive a $50 million upgrade in a six-week timeframe that includes the refurbishment of suites, staterooms and select public rooms, some in the colors and décor-style found on the line's newest ships - Marina and Riviera


Rolls-Royce Launches $933 M Offer For Vickers

Just as soon as Vickers Plc put the finishing touches on its revived industrial empire - acquiring a myriad of marine propulsion equipment suppliers in order to dominate a once fragmented piece of the international maritime market - wheels have been set in motion to acquire the goliath itself. Last week Rolls-Royce Plc launched a surprise $933 million (576 million pound) agreed cash offer for Vickers Plc in a move aimed at making it the global leader in marine power systems


Passenger Ferries to Sail From Baltimore to Eastern Shore

Maryland’s far Eastern Shore may soon be a quick trip from Baltimore, thanks to a ferry being developed by Maritime Applied Physics Corporation and A. James Clark School of Engineering researchers through the Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program. The plane-like boat, which could be in service year-round as early as summer 2007, will fly passengers 18 miles over the water from Rock Hall to Baltimore or back for potential shopping trips, coastal touring, evening dinners, Orioles games


Survitec Liferafts Earn RRR Approval

Liferafts are assembled in a temperature controlled factory

The inland waterways of Russia can now benefit form a new standard of safety equipment following the approval granted to the Survitec Group’s Survitec Zodiac brand by the Russian River Register (RRR). The approval was granted after inspectors from the Register completed a detailed study of the liferafts, escape slides and rescue boats manufactured by Survitec Group under the Survitec Zodiac brand. This included verifying their reliability


USCG Monitoring Barge adrift in Beaufort Sea

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  U.S. Coast Guard personnel and Canadian federal agencies, including the Canadian coast guard, Transport Canada and Environment Canada, are monitoring a 134-foot barge drifting in the Beaufort Sea after it broke free from its tow in Canadian waters during a severe storm Monday.


New Oil Field Found in British North Sea

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  GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd and BP today announced a new exploration discovery in the UK Central North Sea. The discovery, which spans GDF SUEZ operated block 30/1f (licence P1588) and BP operated block 30/1c (licence P363) was flow tested at a maximum rate of 5


Sea Dispute Sparks China Diplomat to Vietnam Visit

Secretary Kerry Shows Chinese State Councilor Yang Overview of Boston Hometown. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

China's top diplomat to visit Vietnam again amid sea dispute   China's top diplomat will visit Vietnam next week, China said on Friday, five months after he last visited during a period of tension over a Chinese oil drilling rig working in part of the South China Sea both countries claim.


Three Dead in Offshore Platform Accident

Three workers were killed and one is still missing after an accident at one of the offshore oil and gas platforms in the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, Azeri state energy company SOCAR said on Thursday. SOCAR said that one of the platforms collapsed during repair works and a small wagon-house fell


Interferry Applauds IMO Consideration of BWTS Exemption

Johan Roos

Interferry has praised a decision made at last week’s meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) that could exempt certain ferry operators from fitting equipment required by the impending Ballast Water Management Convention to reduce the spread of invasive species.


Statoil: New Oil in the Grane Area

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Statoil has together with PL169 partners proved new oil resources in the D-structure in the vicinity of the Grane field in the North Sea.   Well 25/8-18 S, drilled by the rig Transocean Leader, proved an oil column of 25 m in the Heimdal Formation


Offshore Oil: Lamprell Completes Caspian Sea Drilling Unit

(Jim Moffat, CEO of Lamprell. Source: Lamprell)

UAE-based Lamprell said that it completed construction of the second Caspian Sea jackup drilling rig, Mercury, for service in the Caspian Sea.   "I am delighted to report that we have completed the second drilling rig for use in the Caspian Sea


China, Vietnam Pledge Maritime Cooperation

China and Vietnam have agreed to "address and control" maritime disputes, state media said on Friday, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have roiled relations between the two countries and other neighbors.


Severe Weather Closes Sydney and Port Botany

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) Australia is advising that Sydney and Port Botany have been closed to all shipping movements since 22:00hrs yesterday evening until further notice, due to storm force winds and swell at the pilot boarding grounds.


British Marine Society & Sea Cadets Await New Training Ship

The British Marine Society & Sea Cadets will say farewell to its training vessel, TS Royalist, while a replacement with the same name is already under construction at the Spanish Gondan Shipyard. The new training ship is expected to enter service during summer 2015.


Bore and P&O Ferries JV add RoRo Vessel

PO Partners Bore

  Bore and P&O Ferries announces today that they have agreed to add a further RoRo vessel to the long-standing partnership in the North Sea. M/V Estraden will be added to the vessel portfolio sailing for P&O alongside M/V Norsky, M/V Norstream and M/V Bore Song


GONDAN Delivers PSV Designed with FORAN

Stril Luna, designed with FORAN. (Image courtesy of Gondan Shipyard)

FORAN was the shipbuilding CAD/CAM System used in the design and production of the vessel Stril Luna, built by Astilleros Gondán and delivered to the Norwegian shipowner Simon Møkster Shipping. Stril Luna, an offshore platform supply vessel (PSV)


Houston Welcomes Norwegian Cruise Line

Houston Port Authority Commissioner Clyde Fitzgerald joins Norwegian Jewel Captain Kenneth Harstrom, Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria and Port Commissioner John Kennedy for a traditional plaque exchange upon the sh

  Norwegian Cruise Line returned to Houston on Saturday, October 11. Its Norwegian Jewel arrived at the Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadena, Texas. This inaugural call marked the beginning of the 2014 Fall Cruise Season for the Port of Houston Authority


Sea Level Rise ‘Worst Case Scenario’

Surge picture from November 9, 2007 (Image courtesy of NOC)

A paper published this week in Environmental Research Letters by NOC scientist Dr. Svetlana Jevrejeva provides new information about the probability of a sea-level rise reaching of 180cm by 2100. In this study Dr. Jevrejeva and colleagues explore the range of possible sea level rise by 2100


10,000 km Kayak Journey Ends in Istanbul

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French students complete epic Mediterranean research expedition - Total Lubmarine sponsored 10,000km kayak journey which encompassed 14 months around the Mediterranean coast Two French students arrived yesterday (9th October) in Istanbul, finishing a 14 month epic 10,000km journey by sea kayak






 
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