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MAIB Releases Investigation of Engine Room Fire

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) released the report of the joint investigation (with the Cyprus Maritime Administration) of the engine room fire on the passenger vessel THE CALYPSO off Beachy Head on 6 May 2006. The primary cause of the fire was the failure of two flange bolts on a fuel pipe, allowing fuel to spray onto hot exhaust piping. Investigation revealed that the engine manufacturer had issued two safety bulletins concerning the bolts. Due to the ship’s frequent change in ownership, the bulletins were not acted upon by personnel on this ship. Investigation also revealed a lack of familiarity by senior ship personnel with operation of the fixed fire extinguishing system. Source: HK Law


USACE Earns Safety Award

A record low accident rate and a command-wide emphasis on safety helped the USACE earn the 1998 Chief of Staff of Army's Major Army Command (MACOM) Safety Award. USACE, one of only two commands to earn the 1998 award, has earned it three of the past four years. The award recognizes the continued improvement of the USACE safety record in FY 98. In FY 98, there were no accidental federal employee fatalities during normal duty hours, and only 470 lost-time injuries and illnesses


Coast Guard to Construct New Menemsha Boathouse

A rendering of the boathouse design for Station Menemsha. Image courtesy M.A. Mortenson Company

The Coast Guard has received all necessary regulatory permits to commence construction of a new boathouse at Station Menemsha on Martha's Vineyard in early September, 2013. The original 6,000 square-foot boathouse, built in 1941, was destroyed by fire on July 12, 2010. A joint investigation, completed in 2011 by local, state, and federal authorities, was unable to determine a cause for the fire. The approved scope of work includes construction of a 5,000 square-foot single-bay boathouse


Fugro Offshore, Gregg Marine, Form Joint Venture

Holland's Fugro Offshore Geotechnics & Gregg Marine form a new Joint Venture company, Seafloor Geotec, LLC Fugro Offshore Geotechnics are specialists in marine site investigation and geo-consulting, and Gregg Marine, Inc., in seabed robotic drilling. The new J/V company, SGL will combine the extensive offshore drilling and testing expertise of both parent companies, with the robotic seabed systems developed by Gregg Marine


PGM Sentenced for Environmental Crimes

American-based ship operator, Pacific-Gulf Marine, Inc. (PGM), was sentenced for deliberate acts of pollution involving a fleet of four ships, in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson sentenced PGM to pay a $1 million criminal fine, $500,000 for community service and serve three years of probation under the terms of a rigorous Environmental Compliance Program (ECP), which is subject to court approval.


Absence of IMO Shipping Casualty Reports a Matter of Concern

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) joins with International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) submit a complaint to IMO. The joint submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) comments on the apparent failure of some flag states to submit maritime casualty reports to IMO, which is a requirement under several international maritime conventions, including the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS).


IMO Offers Support After ferry Accident

On his return from a one-day trip to Cairo in the aftermath of the tragic loss of the ferry al-Salam Boccaccio 98, IMO Secretary General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos explained the purpose of his mission as follows: "first, to demonstrate the solidarity and compassion of the IMO membership to the people and Government of Egypt and those of other nations affected (in particular to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims of the tragic accident) and to provide moral support at the


UK MAIB – Report on Allision

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the joint report (with the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping) on the investigation of the allision of the general cargo vessel ORADE with the training wall at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Trent on 1 March 2005. The vessel was outbound and under pilotage at the time. The pilot had asked the master to switch the steering from manual to the riverpilot mode


Fire Aboard Wind Farm OSV Extinguished

Image courtesy of A2SEA

A fire broke out in the engine room of the offshore support vessel (OSV) 'Sea Gale' while in the vicinity of the wind farm Meer Wind, 15 miles north of Heligoland, according to Maritime Denmark. The blaze began in the engine room and spread to the exhaust system on the 24 -meter-long vessel owned by A2SEA,  which had three crew members on board.
 In addition to the multipurpose vessel Mellum, the warships Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern were involved in the fire fight


Navy RHIB in Collision, Seven Injured

A Navy RHIB:Photo courtesy of USN

Four Sailors from USS Bataan (LHD 5) and three civilian instructors from the Center for Security Forces were injured aboard a rigid hull inflatable boat when it collided with USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) during a small boat training exercise near Thimble Shoals Channel, off the coast of Hampton Roads, Va.
 The exercise was being conducted in support of the Amphibious Ready Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit (ARG/MEU) Visit, Board, Search & Seizure (VBSS) Boat Crew Course.


Wärtsilä's JV with CSSC to Expands Engines Range

  Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture for manufacturing medium and large bore medium speed diesel and dual-fuel engines. The CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co


Wärtsilä and CSSC in 2-stroke engine JV

Wärtsilä game-changing 2-stroke dual-fuel engine technology

  Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture, which will take over Wärtsilä’s 2-stroke engine business. Through the agreement, CSSC will own 70% of the business through its affiliate CSSC Investment


Passengers Taken Off Stranded Savannah Casino Boat

Casino boat rescue: Photo USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard informs that the casino boat 'Escapade' is moored at its homeport and is no longer aground in Calibogue Sound near Tybee Island, Georgia. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Tybee Island were notified the Escapade had ran aground with 94 passengers and 31 staff and


Good Profitability Noted in Wärtsilä H1 Interim Report

Wärtsilä 46DF Engine: Image courtesy of the manufacturers

Power solutions providers for the marine and energy markets, Wärtsilä, has released a summary of its Interim Financial Report January-June 2014, excerpted as follows: Highlights of the Review Period January-June 2014 Order intake decreased 5% to EUR 2,305 million (2


Foster Wheeler-Led JV to Develop Nafusah Onshore Oilfield

Roberto Penno Chief Executive Officer of Global Engineering & Construction Group

  Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq:FWLT) announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group, in joint venture with Taknia Libya Engineering Company (Taknia), has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by Nafusah Oil Operations B.V


Proposed Mega-Containerships Alliance 2M: Analysis

Carrier Shares of Effective Vessel Capacity from Asia to North Europe, June 14: Image DMR

Maersk and MSC have just announced a mega vessel sharing agreement that will replace their failed P3 alliance early next year. It will be smaller, and compare well in size with the G6 and CKYH alliances – but what about CMA CGM? Drewry Maritime Research consider the question in their latest


VOSTA LMG Delivers New Dredge Ball Joints

VOSTA LMGs new Crossover ball joint (photo courtesy of VOSTA LMG)

The Crossover ball joint is a new dredge ball joint that provides optimal flow performance, its manufacturer VOSTA LMG said. Through computational fluid dynamics (CFD) the frictional losses and turbulence have been reduced. Conventional dredge ball joints act like a ball valve when tilted


EU Investigating Dutch Port Tax Schemes

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Taxation of Dutch ports could breach EU competition rules. France, Belgium warned over their tax treatment of ports; EU executive could broaden investigation to other EU ports. The European Union's competition watchdog on Wednesday opened an investigation into tax exemptions granted to ports in


FPSO Contract Suspension Could Cost Petrobas US$15-bln

FPSO: File photo

Profit at Petrobras, Brazil's state-led oil company, could be reduced by $15 billion between 2014 and 2018 if it had to suspend oil platform contracts with Holland's SBM Offshore NV, the company said in a securities filing. The potential reduction in profit is based on an estimate of the amount


CITIC Starts Court Proceedings Against Qingdao Port Operator

  China's CITIC Resources Holdings Ltd has begun court proceedings against the operator of a bonded warehouse at Quindao port as legal action ramps up following an investigation into metals financing fraud at the world's seventh busiest port.


Norway's Kvaerner and China's COOEC form Joint Venture

China Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC) and Norway's Kvaerner are setting up a joint venture in China to conduct oil engineering projects worldwide in the second international cooperation deal for the Chinese firm in six months. In December last year COOEC set up a joint venture with


SAAM SMIT Towage J/V to Operate 100 Tugboat Fleet

SMIT Brasil tugboats: Image Boskalis

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. inform that with SAAM S.A. they have successfully created a joint harbor towage operation within the American Continent in Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Panama, comprising two underlying joint ventures operating in more than 30 port terminals with a hundred tugboats.


Precisely Why China Pulled the Plug on P3

Full load container ship: File photo

The proposed container ship P3 alliance between the 255-ship fleets of Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. and CMA CGM was turned down by China's Anti-monopoly Bureau at the Ministry of Commerce, because the P3 alliance intended to set up a joint operations centre unlike other traditional


ClassNK Issues Amendments to Class Rules

The amendments courtesy of ClassNK

Classification society ClassNK says it has released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. The amendments, dated 30 June 2014 are shown in the accompanying image. ClassNK explains that it continuously reviews, updates


16 Die 17 hurt in Fire at GAIL Pipeline

Courtesy GAIL

GAIL (India) Limited deeply mourns the tragic loss of life and property in the unfortunate incident along the natural gas pipeline of the company at Tatipaka in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh yesterday. The company is working closely with district authorities to provide immediate relief






 
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