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NCL Halves Cruise Ship Order

According to a Reuters report, Star Cruises unit Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has cancelled its order for a second F3 cruise ship from shipbuilding group STX Europe, but will move ahead with the first order, STX said on Dec. 18. This 150,000 ton F3 cruise ship, which will be built by STX Europe's French shipyard, will carry a total of 4,200 passenger. Delivery is expected in late May 2010, as originally scheduled. (Source: Reuters)

When It Comes to Shipping, Norway Forks in the Road

Representing the new owners of Norwegian shipping company Bergesen, Andreas Sohmen-Pao delivered a clear message in his well received speech at the Annual Meeting of the NSA Tank and Bulkship Group last week. Sohmen-Pao told industry members, which had turned out in record numbers, that he thought Norway was at a crossroads when it came to shipping. Politicians had to decide whether to give the shipping industry equal treatment with that enjoyed by competitors internationally

Rochford Lauds Decision to Move Ahead on Channel Deepening Project

Governors Ed Rendell and Jon Corzine are to be commended for reaching an agreement to move forward on the Delaware River Main Channel (45-ft.) Deepening Project. This accomplishment is expected to propel regional port development and allow all Delaware River port facilities to competitively attract the emerging class of larger cargo vessels. Because of growing congestion problems experienced by West Coast ports, the reality today is that ocean carriers operating in the trans-pacific route

MOL to Scrap 5 Double Hull Tankers

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has decided to scrap five double-hull tankers (four VLCCs, one Suezmax) by the end of March 2012. Scrapping of two vessels is already completed, and preparations are under way to start dismantling the other three. All five tankers were crude carriers launched before 1998. MOL, as one of the world’s leading crude oil transport operators, is moving ahead to rejuvenate its fleet, upgrade the quality of its services, and solidify its position in the market

Aker Arctic Brings Oblique Ice Breaker to Market

Aker ARC 100 HD.tif

With construction underway on the first ever Oblique Icebreaker, research specialist Aker Arctic Technology  has unveiled a new version of the vessel type that will bring ice management and pollution control in thick first year ice to a new level.   The first ARC 100  is due delivery to the Russian Ministry of Transport in early 2014, after a collaborative build involving Kaliningrad’s OJSC Yantar and Helsinki’s Arctech yards

S. Korea Readies Viking Anti-submarine Planes


 South Korea is moving ahead to introduce refurbished S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planes to counter threats from North Korea, Yonhap reported quoting a military source.   The proposal to incorporate 12 former U.S. Navy Vikings into service was approved late last month by a military program review group,  say sources.   The latest development comes after the Navy proposed taking over 20 Vikings that have been kept in storage since 2009 to shore up the

A New Look in Marine Patrol Craft

Following the success of Naval Sea Systems Command Littoral and Mine Warfare Office funded tests, Art Anderson Associates is moving ahead to design what may be the most mission-effective police and security vessel to date. Under our SBIR Phase I research project for U.S. Military insertion craft, its patented STOLKRAFT hull-form set new standards for rough water rides in five and six foot seas at full-speed. Law enforcement and security agencies, like the U.S

UK – Brownout Leads to Allision

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the summary of its preliminary examination of the allision of a ro-ro passenger ferry with a linkspan in the Port of Calais on 29 August 2008. While leaving port, the ferry suffered a brownout (a partial loss of electrical power).  This resulted in the loss of the starboard main engines and the momentary disconnection of the bridge control system.  Power was quickly restored and the maneuvering controls were reset to zero

IACS Meeting Focus: Common Rules, Surveyor Safety

The 61st Council Meeting of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) at Germanischer Lloyd's head office in Hamburg achieved a number of significant developments. Dr Hermann J. Klein, Chairman of IACS and member of the Executive Board of GL, welcomed thirty representatives of eleven IACS member societies.  The group of high level class managers reviewed the harmonization process of the Common Structural Rules for tankers and bulk carriers

EU Backs Migrant Crisis Naval Plan

Map Source: IOM

 EU foreign ministers have agreed to launch a military mission against migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean.    The decision allows European governments to move ahead with plans for a naval operation. European naval forces will intercept and destroy ships used by smugglers of migrants from North Africa.    The aim of the program is to stop smugglers with human cargo before or shortly after they leave the shores of North African nations like Libya

ABS Deems Crowley Product Tankers 'LNG-Ready'

Ohio (Photo: Crowley Maritime Corp.)

Four-ship series built to ABS class is first to take advantage of LNG-Ready approval for potential conversion to LNG fuel in the future   ABS has issued the first LNG-Ready approval in accordance with its Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels to a product tanker

NJ Offshore Wind Lease Sale Moves Ahead

Offshore Wind Photo TKPL

  As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) yesterday held the nation’s fifth competitive lease

South Carolina Container Volume Up 7%

New economic study attributes 1 in 12 Midlands jobs to Port operations   The South Carolina Ports Authority announced a fiscal year-to-date container volume increase of seven percent, with 678,033 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled since July.  

MOL Subsidiary to Build Ro-Pax Ferries

Ro-Pax(roll onroll off passenger)ferries.

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited is moving ahead with plans to construct two large-scale Ro-Pax (roll on/roll off passenger) ferries. The newbuilding ferries will be delivered in March and June of 2018 as replacements for the Sunflower

Seattle Flotilla Protests Shell's Arctic Drilling Plans

Environment Friendly Port of Seattle

  Hundreds of activists in kayaks and small boats fanned out on a Seattle bay on Saturday to protest plans by Royal Dutch Shell to resume oil exploration in the Arctic and keep two of its drilling rigs stored in the city's port. Environmental groups have vowed to disrupt the Anglo-Dutch

Protesters Gather in Seattle to Block Access to Shell Oil Rig

About 200 protesters gathered at the Port of Seattle on Monday to block access to a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig headed for the Arctic this summer to resume exploration for oil and gas reserves.   Holding signs reading "Shell No" and "Seattle Loves the Arctic

SC Ports Box Volumes Up Nearly 15%

Photo: SCPA

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) informs it has handled nearly 15 percent more pier containers fiscal year to date than the same period last year, with total box volume through April climbing to nearly 900,000 containers.   SCPA handled 96,166 pier containers in April, compared to 86

Mayor Garcetti on Ratification of Port Labor Contract

Courtesy Port of Los Angeles

  International Longshore and Warehouse Union members have ratified a five-year contract governing pay and work rules at 29 West Coast ports, including those of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Mayor Eric Garcetti made the following statement regarding the ratification of the port labor

Chevron: No Production Impact from US Gulf Storm

Chevron Corp has evacuated some workers not essential to oil production from its Gulf of Mexico operations as a low-pressure storm system moves through the basin, but output has not been affected, the company said on Monday.   Royal Dutch Shell on Monday said it was still evacuating

Golar Moves Ahead with lucrative FLNG Project in Cameroon

Golar has four operational FSRU projects.

  Golar LNG Limited inform that with regards the signing of a Heads of Agreement with Societe Nationale de Hydrocarbures ("SNH") and Perenco Cameroon ("Perenco") for the development of a floating liquefied natural gas export project in Cameroon that took place on 24

2 STS Cranes Commissioned at Flinders ACT

Two new ship-to-shore cranes installed at Outer Harbor

  Two new ship-to-shore container cranes have been fully commissioned at Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, Outer Harbor. The new cranes, which cost $24 million, are essential for South Australia to secure the direct shipping services needed for the State's exports to remain

Japan Demands Chinese Halt to South China Sea Energy Play

Japan called on China on Tuesday to halt construction of oil-and-gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea close to waters claimed by both nations, concerned that Chinese drills could tap reservoirs that extend into Japanese territory.

Shell Moves Ahead in Arctic with Exploratory Well

MSV Fennica. Photo by Greenpeace

Shell Oil's icebreaker MSV Fennica weaved through nine remaining protesters hanging from the St. Johns Bridge and made its way toward the Pacific Ocean.   Authorities have removed protesters dangling from a bridge and in kayaks in Oregon

China Hooked to South China Sea

Map by Transatlantic Academy

 Despite US President Barack Obama’s warning  thatthe land reclamation work in the strategically important South China Sea would affect peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in the area, China might press on, reports SCMP.  

IRClass Sets up Advisory Committee in Singapore

IRClass Sg Advisory Committee

  The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in Singapore. The purpose of the committee, which draws members from Singapore’s leading maritime and offshore companies, is to give expert guidance to IRClass in strengthening its

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