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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

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

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.

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

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

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

Danelec Marine Making Free ECDIS Upgrades

Ships with older Danelec ECDIS models are being upgraded to new hardware and software   Danelec Marine has launched a program to provide free upgrades of shipboard Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) to the latest technology meeting new ECDIS standards.    The Danish marine electronics company is currently replacing the first-generation Danelec DM800 ECDIS products with new DM800 ECDIS G2 hardware and V2 software

Ocean Signal Unveils E101V Float-Free EPIRB

Ocean Signal E101V float-free EPIRB with VDR memory capsule

The new Ocean Signal E101V float-free EPIRB with integrated voyage data recorder (VDR) memory capsule is designed according to the latest VDR performance standards as a leading solution for commercial vessels of 3000+ gross tonnage. This is on display at the SMM, Hamburg, 6th to 9th September

Marlink Introduces Telemedicine Service

XChange Telemed is an integrated solution that delivers instant remote medical support to vessels by doctors on shore. (Image: Marlink)

Marlink has launched XChange Telemed, a new telemedicine service designed to improve the health and safety of crew and passengers at sea, while meeting new ILO/MLC and IMO/STCW labor regulations for health and medical treatment on board. XChange Telemed provides a cost-effective way for shipping

New Vessel Aims to Transform the Fishing Industry

Photo: Blue North

Seattle-based company Blue North has christened F/V Blue North, a state-of-the-art vessel designed to transform the fishing industry by improving conditions for workers, reducing environmental impact and harvesting seafood more humanely.  

Germany Orders Five More Navy Ships

Germany has agreed to spend 1.5 billion euros to buy five more corvettes for the navy, the navy said on Friday, and Die Welt newspaper quoted lawmakers as citing the need for greater security in the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean.  

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

Harding Initiates Its Cruise Comeback

Photo: Harding

Harding has been awarded contracts to deliver lifeboats, tender vessels and davits to a major cruise line.   Out of the cruise segment since 2013, SOLAS leader Harding used the timeout to rethink its relationship to cruise owners and shipyards

New Tug for Saam Smit Towage in Canada

Saam Smit Towage Canada takes delivery of new built tug SST Capilano, to be added to the fleet of 21 tugs operated in British Columbia. The addition of this tug will further strengthen the fleet that Saam Smit Towage operates in British Columbia.  

Maritime Training: Keeping it Close to Home

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On the U.S. Gulf Coast, two well-regarded maritime education providers are expanding to meet growing local demand, while satisfying local employers with quality graduates. The sense of ‘community’ that they project is both real, and intentional.

Drewry Launches e-Sourcing Solution

Drewry, an independent research and consulting firm to the shipping sector, has launched a new e-Sourcing solution for global ocean transport exporters and importers.   The new e-Sourcing Ocean Freight Solution (eSOFS) combines Drewry’s freight rate benchmarking intelligence

CLP Eyes Floating LNG Terminal

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 Hong Kong's largest power company, CLP Holdings Ltd., is considering a plan to establish the city's first offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the waters east of the Soko Islands, off southern Lantau, that will enable it to tap more gas from international markets.  

DALO Secures Future with Maritime Simulation

Kongsberg ships bridge simulator at a DALO training center in Denmark.(Photo: Kongsberg)

The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) and KONGSBERG have renewed their maritime simulation cooperation with the March 2016 signing of a new framework agreement, including a 10-year ‘Long Term System Support Program’ (LTSSP) extension

Cruise Leaders to Meet in New Orleans

Dream-Dawn 2016 Photo Port of New Orleans

More than 150 leaders in the cruise industry from around the world will meet here this week, as the Port of New Orleans hosts the 2016 Platinum Associate Membership Advisory Council Conference of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).  

CargoSmart Partners with Ningbo E-port for SOLAS VGM

Image: CargoSmart Limited

 The Port of Ningbo has integrated CargoSmart’s software for shippers and forwarders to meet new container weight requirements with its electronic platform for exchanging data between logistics providers, as well as between logistics providers and government agencies, the port said.

Specialists Team Up for International BWTS Refit

Solent Refit – aerial shot of Solent Refit at Hythe (Photo: Solent Refit)

U.K.-based Solent Refit and global marine equipment specialists Cathelco have teamed up to help international customers meet new ballast water management regulations.   Solent Refit, at Hythe, on Southampton Water, has built its reputation on maintaining and refitting classic and modern

Ocean Signal, AMI Marine Unveil E101V Float-Free EPIRB

Ocean Signal E101V float-free EPIRB with integrated VDR memory capsule

Marine communications specialist Ocean Signal and VDR manufacturer AMI Marine will introduce a new float-free EPIRB with integrated voyage data recorder (VDR) memory capsule at this year’s SMM in Hamburg. The Ocean Signal E101V provides a reliable and innovative solution for commercial

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