The Marshall Islands register has introduced a new pricing scheme to increase its competitiveness in big ships types such as Capesizes and VLCCs. The scheme came into effect on September 1, 2002. "We reduced annual tonnage tax three years ago from .25 a gross ton to .20 a net ton, and now we have launched an alternative scheme that is more favourable for the big ships", said Bill Gallagher, president of International Registries, Inc., which runs the register. He said the register would reach 15 million gross tons and 500 vessels by the end of 2001, and 20 million tons gross by 2004. He said electronic recording of mortgages, the absence of hidden costs like consular fees and low cost seafarers documentation were aiding the rapid growth. "The register is dominant in the U.S. market, but fast growth is coming from Greece and Germany, with over a hundred vessels", he said.
Launch of OW Bunker's new Beijing office is in response to market demand for bunker supplies across China OW Bunker, a leading suppliers and traders of marine fuel, has announced the opening of a second office in China. The move supports its growing customer base in the region, and is designed to capitalise on opportunities presented by the strong growth in the Asian markets. OW Bunker has had a presence in China since 2006 with an office in Shanghai.
Inmarsat Limited have launched the commercial availability of the Fleet F55 and Fleet F33. The new Fleet services incorporate global voice and a range of fax and data services. According to the manufacturers, Inmarsat Fleet F55 and F33 bring the benefits of satellite communications to vessels which were previously restricted by size and cost of terminal hardware. Maritime information, such as sea and weather charts, can now be accessed online and updated in real-time
According to reports, Dubai Drydocks will launch its $60 million newbuilding panel line and steel structure assembly facility in July. The yard, whose current shipbuilding facility has a monthly turnover of 2,800 tonnes of steel, plans turning over similar volumes of steel per month for the newbuilding. It is already building the gravity base structure for a 10,000 steel construction with an extensive piping arrangement and four 6,200 dwt bunker tankers due to be delivered in March.
Worldwide luxury yacht brokers, '26 North Yachts' launches new website with reviews, information on over 80 yacht manufacturers Fort Lauderdale-based luxury yacht brokerage firm 26 North Yachts recently launched an upgraded website that the company beliieves sets a higher standard for luxury yacht sales and purchase. Stated to be comprehensive in its scope and coverage, 26NorthYachts.com provides extensive information and reviews on over 80 luxury yacht manufacturers
Hempel launches new cargo hold coating offering best-in-class performance and value Leading coatings manufacturer Hempel announced today the launch of Hempadur Impact 47800, a new dedicated coating for bulk carrier cargo holds. Hempadur Impact offers high-end abrasion, impact and corrosion resistance, and completes Hempel’s range of cargo hold coatings. Hempadur Impact is a new dedicated cargo hold coating for shipowners who want a high-performance cargo hold coating with a very
Norcontrol IT has launched a new system designed for training new Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Operators and providing refresher training. Developed by the NCIT Academy the VTS Operator Console (VOC) eLearning course is an interactive, web-based eLearning system for training operators of the Norcontrol IT VTS Operator Workstation and next generation VTS Database application (VDB). With many VTS operations relying on relatively few workstations – that
Norway-based Comrod A/S has launched a new marine Multi-Band Cellular Phone Antenna. The new AC15-BI Antenna is designed for nearly all US and European cellular frequencies, including GSM, covering 825-895 MHz, 880-960 MHz, 1710-1880 MHz, 1850-1990 MHz. This makes it unnecessary to change the antenna when alternating between European and American mobile phone frequencies. Despite its compact design with a height of just 10 in. (250 mm) it does not require any ground plane
Blount/Barker Shipbuilding launched a 55-ft. twin screw harbor tug on March 8 at the company’s shipyard in Warren, R.I. Special features ordered by the purchaser, Tutor-Saliba/Koch/Tidewater JV of Sylmar, Calif., include push knee for towing jumbo barges. The vessel will be used in the seismic retrofit of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in northern California, which was damaged in a recent earthquake. The twin screw tug is powered by two Caterpillar 3412C diesel engines producing 615 hp
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) launched new operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, providing ISS with a presence in one of the largest industrial and project-orientated economies within the Middle East. In creating the new entity, ISS has signed a joint venture agreement (JV) with Al Bakri Group of Saudi Arabia. The JV, known as ISS Saudi Arabia will provide customers with marine, cargo and government services as well as survey and liner agency; all specifically tailored to
Reflex Marine’s brand new personnel transfer device, the FROG-XT4, was debuted at a recent launch event in Stavanger, Norway. The new four-person device was unveiled at Reflex Marine’s regional partner EnerMech’s fifth birthday party.
IACS member classification society the Korean Register (KR) informs of the release of SeaTrust-HullScan, its ground-breaking software solution to analyze and appraise a vessel’s hull structure in accordance with the new harmonized common structural rules (CSR-H).
KVH Industries, Inc. informs it is introducing the TracVision TV-series, a powerful family of fully stabilized marine satellite television antenna systems designed to provide superior performance, including HDTV, for worldwide satellite TV entertainment at sea.
Relocates Norwegian oil and gas HQ to Stavanger, led by Marianne Hauso; to increase staff in Western Norway by 10% in 2014 DNV GL is relocating its oil and gas head office in Norway from Høvik to Stavanger in order to be even closer to its customers, the company said
Highly efficient vessels surpassing international standards defined by new legislation for “eco-ships” have been designed, widely anticipating the CO2 emissions limits that will be implemented from January 1, 2025. The d’Amico Group
BMT Asia Pacific (BMT) have launched Port Choice Model and Port 360° to evaluate the competitive advantage of a given port within its environment. BMT explain that they developed the tools following years of academic research and professional consultancy assisting governments and
The CMA CGM Group is expanding its service opportunities in Southern Africa with the launch of the new Rhino Express feeder. The Rhino Express reinforces the Group’s service to Mozambique through an extended coverage of five ports in Mozambique
Eyeing vast new efficiencies in global fresh produce and fresh-cut flower transport, Maersk Container Industry (MCI) is now partnering with Boston-based technology company Primaira LLC to develop an air cleaning system in Star Cool Integrated refrigerated containers.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is launching a new large-scale routing chart covering the busy shipping waters of Vietnam, Indonesia and the Malacca Strait. Routing Chart 5141 is the latest addition to the UKHO's routing chart series and will be published on February 27, 2014.
The CMA CGM Group announced the upgrade of its Oceania - U.S. services with the launch of the PAD 2 service, as from the beginning of March 2014. The group said PAD 2 will complement the existing fortnightly PAD 1 service and provide CMA CGM with improved coverage of the Oceania to U.S. trade
From countries across the globe, including Australia, Canada, the U.S. and Europe, more than 500 exhibitors will be at Seawork International, the commercial marine exhibition and conference, opening on Tuesday, June 10 for its annual three-day run in the ABP Port of Southampton, U.K.
Global health insurer Allianz Worldwide Care say they have launched a new plan which offers a compliant solution for on-shore health care to shipping companies affected by the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006), commonly known as the “Seafarers’ Bill of Rights”.
The new AXIS Q60-S PTZ Dome Network Cameras in nitrogen-pressurized stainless steel casings are suited for surveillance and remote monitoring applications in marine, mining, oil and gas environments, as well as food, medical and clean room manufacturing facilities
BYS, a Burger Company, has introduced its new website which includes yacht descriptions, detailed specifications, image galleries, and videos. According to the new web site BYS, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, serves yacht brokerage and charter clients worldwide
Enhanced service network between Japan and South East Asia / Port rotation includes four Japanese ports / First sailing mid of March. Hapag-Lloyd is launching the new Japan-Singapore-Jakarta service (JSJ) which will commence on March 12 from Singapore