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Chinese Shipyards Wade In to Offshore Market

OSV World Forum, Shanghai: Photo credit OSV Forum

The recent Offshore Support Vessel World Forum meeting in Shanghai believes that optimism is returning to global offshore markets. The forum is a platform for oil and gas producers, designers, builders, OSV owners, operators, contractors, classification societies, equipment suppliers and legal/financial service units to discuss and address future opportunities and challenges. The theme of the conference was 'Maximizing commercial opportunities amid OSV market recovery by meeting new technical challenges and regulations'. In the panel discussions it was considered that optimism is returning to the global offshore markets, supported by the prompting of more shipyards to wade into the OSV market. China has emerged as largest contributor to the explosive growth in the world’s OSV market place and many Chinese shipyards are flocking to the OSV market. But challenges and uncertainties need to be addressed if they are to enhance their competitiveness. A networking platform for the OSV industry, the event was sponsored by Wartsila China, Havyard, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited, LTI Steel Wire Rope (Shanghai) Co.,Ltd, Stonel(USA)/ Pt-BRIDGE(Shanghai,China) and GSHYDRO Piping System, with the supports of Shanghai International Shipping Institute, UCIBN,, The Shanghai Shipbrokers Association (SSA) and CNPI.

Gunderson to Build Tank Barge for Kirby

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. announced that its Gunderson Marine division has received an order from Kirby Offshore Marine to build an articulated oceangoing oil and chemical tank barge, with an option for a second unit, to meet growing demand. The state-of-the-art 578' tank barge is one of the largest in Gunderson’s marine history, and has an 185,000 barrel carrying capacity. This order, along with awards being finalized

Stolt-Nielsen to Buy 3 Ships

Chemical transportation company Stolt-Nielsen SA said it is buying three used tanker ships for about $40 million. The company said its wholly owned subsidiary, Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group, has exercised an option to purchase the tankers, currently on charter, from Montana Ship Holding AS. According to Stolt-Nielsen, it chartered the ships in December 2001 with an option to buy at any time. The company said the three ships are to be converted at a cost of $7

IMO Approves Siemens’ Ballast Water Management System

The Maritime Environmental Protection Committee of the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) has granted Siemens final approval for its Sicure ballast water management system. The Final Approval is based on a directive, issued by the IMO, a specialized agency of the United Nations, which requires all deep-sea vessels to operate IMO-approved ballast water management systems. The objective is to avoid the spread of alien aquatic organisms and pathogens carried in

CH-IV Prepares FEED for U.S. LNG Facility

Oregon LNG is developing a bii-directional LNG import/export project & CH-IV International has completed its Front End Engineering Design (FEED) The Oregon LNG Terminal will be located on the East Skipanon Peninsula near the confluence of the Skipanon and the Columbia Rivers in Warrenton, Clatsop County, Oregon. Jeffrey P. Beale, President of CH-IV International (CH-IV) has announced that CH-IV International has completed the preparation of FEED for the proposed 9 MTPA LNG liquefaction

Rig Accommodation Below Par for New Danish Requirements

Energy Endeavour: Photo courtesy of Northern Offshore

Northern Offshore receives Maersk Oil & Gas notification that rig 'Energy Endeavour' will be released from contract on May 1, 2013. The rig's accommodation unit does not meet new Danish Energy Authority requirements and its replacement is not commercially viable for either party. Gary W. Casswell, Northern Offshore's president and CEO, said, "We sincerely appreciate that Maersk have given us very early notice of release of the Energy Endeavour

Bollinger Repowers, Modifies 40-Year-Old Tug

Bollinger recently gave new life to an old boat, the 150-ft. Guardian, originally named Gale B., which was built by Southern Shipyard in 1963. It was owned by Midland Enterprises and was part of a tug/barge unit with the hopper barge Martha B. Midland sold the barge to Moran about three years ago and the tug was on the market when it was acquired by Velvet Maritime, LLC. "It was in good shape with a good purchase price," said Andre Ledoux, president of Velvet Maritime

New Compliance Challenges for Tanker Owners

Herbert-ABS says use of an approved damage stability computer program is the “only logical option” to meet new International Maritime Organization (IMO) Damage Stability Regulations requirements for onboard damage stability verification. Herbert-ABS Software Solutions LLC has published an assessment of the impact of new damage stability regulations on tanker and gas carrier operations. Hendrik Bruhns, Herbert-ABS Software Solutions President

Jack W. Fisher Passes Away at 73

Jack W Fisher

Jack W Fisher, president of JW Fishers Mfg. passed away at home after a brief illness on February 20, 2015. He was 73 years old.   The JW Fishers business was started because Fisher, an avid diver, needed an underwater metal detector to use on a salvage project in the mid 1960s. He discovered there was no such device available. Over the next several years he designed and constructed his own underwater metal detector.  JW Fishers Mfg

Geneste Quits Dun & Bradstreet

Mark Geneste, Global Chief Sales Officer to Dun & Bradstreet Photo LinkedIn

  Dun & Bradstreet today announced the departure of Mark Geneste, the company's chief sales officer. "I thank Mark for his contributions to Dun & Bradstreet," said Bob Carrigan, President and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet. "He played an important role in globalizing our sales and service organization, and strengthening our solutions-based selling to meet new customer needs." On an interim basis, the global sales and service team will report to Carrigan.

Tokyo MOU Welcomes Peru, Panama

Photo: Tokyo MOU

Representatives of the Port State Control Committee, the governing body under the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region (Tokyo MOU), convened last week in Putrajaya, for its 26th meeting.   The authorities of Peru and Panama applied for full membership

Emissions Control Takes Center Stage for Workboat Engines

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Today’s workboat operators must navigate increasingly stringent IMO and EPA environmental and emissions regulations in and around ports and rivers. As the drama unfolds, selective catalytic reduction or SCR is emerging as a viable vehicle to do just that

Integrated Training, Travel Solution to Meet New STCW, OPITO Regulations

  GAC Training and Service Solutions (GTSS), the specialist provider of world-class training for maritime personnel, has announced an agreement with ATPI Griffinstone, part of the ATPI Group, one of the leaders in travel solutions for the shipping and energy industries

Pittsburgh Coalition Receives Marine Air Quality Grant

Rendering of the conversion of an inland towboat to dual fuel diesel/liquid natural gas (LNG). (Image: Bristol Harbor Group)

Cutting-edge Demonstration Project on the Rivers. The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) is proud to be participating with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) and Clean Fuels Clean Rivers (CFCR) to conduct a marine air quality study centered on the conversion of an inland towboat to dual fuel

Liebherr Reports Record Year for Offshore Cranes

Four Liebherr BOS 4200-85s Litronic at the drill ship Platinum Explorer / Vantage Drilling. (Photo courtesy of Liebherr)

With 87 units delivered in 2014, Liebherr offshore cranes achieved a new per year delivery record, more than doubling its delivery numbers from 2012. And according to Liebherr, well filled order books allow for an optimistic 2015 forecast despite a generally unstable world economic development.

MOL to Name New Chairman, President

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines J.Ikeda

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the appointment of a new chairman and president.   Current President and Representative Director Koichi Muto will assume the position of Representative Director and Chairman, and current Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer Junichiro Ikeda

ABS CEO Lays Out Vision for Technical Leadership at CMA Shipping

      ABS CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

  During the recent CMA Shipping 2015 conference in Stamford, Connecticut, ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki provided the conference's keynote address to set the agenda for discussion over the following two days. CMA Shipping is an annual meeting of nearly 1

Severn Trent De Nora's OMNIPURE Systems Get USCG Approval

Courtesy Severn Trent De Nora

  The new OMNIPURE™ Series 55/64 marine sewage treatment systems from Severn Trent De Nora have received final certification from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to the International Maritime Organization’s Resolution MEPC.227(64) effluent standards

MOL Inaugurates Ikeda as President

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) inaugurated Junichiro Ikeda as its new president on June 23, 2015.   “The world economy continues to expand, and demand for ocean transport is growing steadily. On the other hand, the world political and economic situations and the environment

Tenneco, Texas A&M Partner on Emissions Solution

Tenneco’s large engine selective catalytic reduction (SCR) diesel aftertreatment technology

Sea trials, training and scholarship program designed to educate students on clean air technologies.   Tenneco, a global supplier of Clean Air aftertreatment technologies is helping engineering midshipmen at the Texas A&M Maritime Academy learn firsthand how advanced aftertreatment

Women Lead Agenda at London International Shipping Week

Photo courtesy of WISTA

Women in command, a maritime incident ─ the perfect dilemma, and the marvels of Old Father Thames are just a few of the interesting topics that WISTA-UK will be exploring  at this year’s WISTA-UK event during London International Shipping Week (LISW).

Meeting New Heated Cargo Vessel Regs

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With the publication of the 2015 Rules for Building and Classing Steel Barges, ABS has amended the rules to require the submittal of a steady state temperature distribution for Oil Tank Barges that carry heated cargos at temperatures greater than 50°C (122°F) and a structural assessment to

Clipper to Take Delivery of 2 Ultramax Newbuilds

Clipper Group announced it will take delivery of two SDARI64 newbuilding bulk carriers during the coming months from Sainty Shipbuilding in Yangzhou, China. The vessels, to be named Clipper Kalavryta and Clipper Kythira, were purchased as resales and will be technically and commercially managed by

Exhaust Gas Scrubber Guide Updated

Photo: MARAD

An updated version of the “Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Selection Guide” is now available, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced today.   Developed by the Ship Operations Cooperative Program with funding from MARAD’s Maritime Environmental and Technical

Canada Arctic Drilling Rules May Stifle Development

Canada's offshore Arctic drilling rules could "stifle" development since they do not provide incentives for companies to proceed with production after discovering oil, the government was told in a newly-released internal briefing note.  

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