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MAN B&W Acquires Alstom Engines

Effective June 9, MAN B&W Diesel has acquired the Alstom Engines business, and effective immediately the Alstom Diesel engine business was renamed MAN B&W Diesel Ltd. with its headquarters in Stockport, Cheshire. Dr. Hans-J. Schulte, President of MAN B&W Diesel, stated: "We welcome the new British members of the MAN B&W Diesel team to the MAN family. We will strengthen their technical and brand identities, thus bringing a wider range of products into a wider range of markets and placing more resources at the disposal and to the benefit of our customers." The U.K. company manufactures diesel engines under the Mirrlees Blackstone, Ruston and Paxman brand names. The existing engine programs - which will continue to be strongly marketed according to the company - are complementary to the extensive range of engines in the power bracket between 500 and 68,640 kW being designed and produced by the MAN B&W Diesel Group at its other locations in Europe. Mirrlees Blackstone 500 - 600 rpm medium-speed engines find application in the base load power generation in markets up to 15 MW per unit. Ruston 750 - 1,000 rpm medium-speed engines up to 9MW are widely used in power generation, marine propulsion and rail traction applications and it is the leading brand in engines for large high-speed ferries. Paxman high-speed engines are well known in applications demanding high power density engines up to 4 MW including power generation


New British Warship Exercises with US Carrier Group

HMS Daring & USS Carl Vinsion: Photo credit USN

Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson works with new HMS Daring to exercise air defence capability HMS Daring has been working with the USS Carl Vinson and her impressive air wing of fast jets to test Daring's Sampson radar and control system which allows multiple targets to be tracked over ranges of up to hundreds of miles. That information is fed to the Aster missiles in the silo on the ship's forecastle. With the  long-range radar, Daring can track many thousands of air contacts


Greenpeace Wins Bid To Delay North Atlantic Exploration

Greenpeace won its bid to delay oil exploration in the north Atlantic when a judge ruled the British government was failing to apply a European Commission environmental directive in allocating licenses. The government is considering an appeal against the judgment on the basis that it is not taking into account the Commission's Habitats Directive in issuing exploration licenses. A spokesman said the government had been planning to issue new licenses in its 19th round early in 2000


Avon Inflatables to Promote U.K. Marine Industry

Avon Inflatables, a U.K. RIB manufacturer, will be representing the UK Marine Industry on a combined outward Trade Mission to Australia and New Zealand this August. The event, organized by Trade Partnerships U.K. in association with the British Marine Federation, will see a number of U.K. marine companies visiting the two countries with the aim of raising the profile of the U.K. industry. During the mission, the group will be attending The Sydney Boat Show,


B.C. Seeks End to Offshore Drilling Ban

British Columbia's government is pushing to end a nearly four-decades-old ban on offshore oil and natural gas drilling to encourage exploration, Bloomberg reported. Fields off Canada's westernmost province's shores hold as much as 10 billion barrels of oil and 40 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to government estimates. It could be the biggest offshore reserves for any province based on these estimates, topping Newfoundland on the east coast


This Day in Naval History – September 7

1775 - The first prize, the British supply ship, Unity, was captured by the Continental schoonerHannah. 1776 - David Bushnell attempts to destroy a British Ship of the Line, HMS Asia, in New York harbor with his submarine Turtle. 1942 - First air evacuation of casualties to hospital ships off shore occurs at Guadalcanal. (Source: Navy News Service)  


P&O Plans To Tackle German Cruise Market

British shipping group P&O plans to start taking Germans on cruise holidays, citing that market as underdeveloped and with huge growth potential. The company is investing an initial $80.6 million and taking a 51 percent stake in a joint venture cruise company to be formed with privately owned German group Arkona Touristik. The new company, Aida Cruises, will order two new ships to complement the 1,200 berth Aida. P&O has an option to take full control of the venture once the ships are


Seaspan to Build Another 10 Noncombat Vessels

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Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, joined by James Moore, Minister of Industry and Regional Minister for British Columbia, announced that Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards will build an additional 10 Noncombat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard. The new ships, confirmed during Minister Finley’s visit to the Shipyards, increase Seaspan’s noncombat build package to 17 ships from the seven originally announced on October 19, 2011


U.S. Coast Guard Resumes Search for 4 Missing UK Sailors in Atlantic

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U.S. authorities on Tuesday resumed a search for four British sailors missing in the Atlantic Ocean for four days after an appeal from the British public and UK politicians.   U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Ross Rudell said the search was resumed early Tuesday morning.   British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the renewed search for the crew of the Cheeki Rafiki who have been missing since Friday after reporting the yacht was taking on water during a trip from Antigua in


Europe Set for LNG Supply Surge

Europe is luring twice as many liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers as last year and more are expected in what is now the premium-priced market after a year-long demand slump in Asia. In just a week, seven new LNG tankers embarked for Belgian, British and Dutch ports and six more may arrive in the next month, attracted by the widest and most consistent premium to Asian prices in at least five years, price data on Reuters Eikon shows.


Maher to Invest in Prince Rupert Port Expansion

Tugs escort a container vessel to Fairview Container Terminal

  Maher Terminals Holding Corp., the operator of the Port of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal, today announced its decision to proceed with expansion of the 7-year-old facility, increasing its container capacity by 500


YPF Buys Five LNG Cargoes

Argentina's state-controlled YPF has bought at least five cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery between April and June, traders said on Friday. Suppliers included Shell, EDF Trading, Petrobras, BP and Excelerate, traders said.


Russian Submarine in North Sea?

Image by Royal Navy, UK

 A Scottish fishing boat skipper Angus Macleod has reported a terrifying brush with what is believed to be a rogue Russian submarine inside British waters in the North Sea.   Macleod said he and his four crew were “extremely lucky” to survive the incident in which his net


BP Terminates GoM Rig Contracts

BP terminated contracts for two deepwater oil drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico as the British oil company slashes its exploration budget due to fallen oil prices. Offshore drilling company Ensco said it had received notice to terminate BP-operated rig DS-4 in the Gulf of Mexico


Former BP Boss Browne is DEA Chairman

Lord John Browne heads DEA's supervisory board * LetterOne co-owners Fridman, Khan also join * Unit changes name to DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG FRANKFURT, March 3 (Reuters) - DEA, the oil and gas company that German utility RWE sold to Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman


BG Group's Australian Project Helping to Double LNG Supplies

A smooth start to operations at BG Group's Australian project in Queensland is expected to help the British company to roughly double its liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies in 2015/16, it said on Wednesday. Seven cargoes have been shipped since December from the Queensland Curtis LNG facility


Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Found

Photos courtesy of Paul G. Allen

Seventy years after the conclusion of World War II, philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history.   Allen and his team of researchers began their search for the Musashi more than


Britannia sails into Southampton

New cruise ship Britannia Credit: P&O

 Britain's newest ever superliner Britannia has arrived in its home port Southampton ahead of its official naming ceremony. It’s the largest cruise ship built for the British market.   It will bear the same name as the Queen's former Royal Yacht Britannia


Canadian Port to Boost Container Capacity by 50%

Tugs escort a container vessel to Fairview Container Terminal (Image credit: Prince Rupert Port Authority)

Maher Terminals Holding Corp said on Tuesday it would boost container-handling capacity by more than half at the Port of Prince Rupert under an expansion of its container terminal at the northern British Columbia port.   The Fairview Container terminal will be expanded to 1


Thordon Bearings COMPAC System for Britannia

P&O Cruises Britannia features a water-lubricated COMPAC propeller shaft system (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Bearings seawater-lubricated COMPAC propeller shaft system given royal ‘seal’ of approval    P&O Cruise’s new flagship Britannia was officially christened by the Queen yesterday at a naming ceremony in Southampton, U.K.  


Total Puts Prime North Sea Field on the Block

French oil major Total is selling its stake in the North Sea Laggan-Tormore oil and gas field as it seeks to shed assets after a steep fall in the oil price, banking sources said.   Total is hoping to get up to $1.5 billion for its 80 percent operating stake in the field


Former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO sues Virgin Group

The former chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd sued Richard Branson's Virgin Group in federal court in Miami for $300 million on Wednesday over plans by the British billionaire to launch his own luxury cruise line.  


BAE Systems Awarded $385 mln Contract to Design Submarine

A Computer Graphic Image of a Successor class submarine (Photo: BAE Systems)

 British Navy has awarded BAE Systems PLC a £257 million ($385 million) contract to complete design work on the country’s next submarine capable of firing nuclear warhead-equipped ballistic missiles.    Britain plans to replace the Royal Navy’s Vanguard-class


Asia LNG Prices Steady, Buyers Well-stocked

Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices were steady on Friday, as end users remained mostly well-stocked and in no rush to buy, traders said.   The price of spot LNG for April delivery was unchanged on the week at $7.75 per million British thermal units (mmBtu)


N.Sea Forties Echo Accident Investigation Ongoing

An investigation into the extent of any damage caused to the Forties Echo platform in the North Sea is still underway, a spokesman for operator Apache North Sea said on Tuesday.   The platform, which is in the British section of the North Sea, was struck by a supply vessel on Monday morning






 
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