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Arlington Tankers Announces New Sub-Charter

Arlington Tankers Ltd. announced that Concordia Maritime AB of Sweden (Concordia) has entered into new two-year sub-charter agreements for Arlington's two V-Max tankers, the Stena Vision and Stena Victory. Concordia is the current time charterer for both vessels through 2009. The vessels are currently sub-chartered to Sun Oil International (Sun). The sub-charters with Sun are due to expire during 2007. The new sub-charter agreements are with Litasco, a subsidiary of the Russian energy company LukOil OAO, and will commence immediately upon expiration of the sub-charters with Sun and continue for a two-year term. During the term of these sub-charters, Arlington will continue to earn the guaranteed daily base charter hire from Concordia, which provides for a minimum of $36,075 per day per vessel in 2007, $36,882 per day in 2008, and $37,316 per day in 2009. In addition, under the profit sharing agreement between Concordia and Arlington, these new sub-charter agreements are expected to result in additional hire of approximately $4,000 per day per vessel during the term of the new sub-charters with Litasco, as compared to the current additional hire of $3,400 per day per vessel under the Sun sub-charters.


Shipbuilding and Repair Presence Primorye

Far Eastern Center for Shipbuilding and Shiprepairing is being created in Primorye. The Primorsky Territory Administration hosted a meeting dedicated to this new center. RF President Aide Alexander Burutin and Primorye Vice-Governor Pavel Popov took part in the meeting dedicated to creation of OJSC, which was held in the Primorsky Territory Administration. As the Administration reports, this open joint-stock company (OJSC) will be a sub-holding within the United Shipbuilding


Second Acquisition for Triton Group Underlines Growth Strategy

Triton Group announced has acquired Sub-Atlantic Limited. Triton Group is backed by Houston-based private equity company, SCF Partners and supported by Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Formed earlier this year, Triton Group aims to create a group of companies focused on providing state-of-the-art remote intervention and control technologies and services. This deal comes hot on the heels of the group’s acquisition of Perry Slingsby Systems (PSS).


IMO Secretary-General Expresses Sadness at Tanzania Ferry Disaster

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The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, has expressed his profound sadness for the loss of life in the sinking of the ro-ro ferry Spice Islander I off the coast of the United Republic of Tanzania on 10 September.    “We are shocked at the number of lives lost and have offered any help and technical assistance which may be required,” Mr. Mitropoulos said


Ocean Offshore's 'Island Pioneer' Chartered

SCV Island Pioneer: Photo courtesy of Island Offshore

Island Offshore has agreed a new 2-year contract for the SCV Island Pioneer with Ocean Mexicana SA de CV. The sub-sea construction vessel (SCV) has been working for OM since delivery in April 2006 and the new contract will run in direct continuation with the current contract. Island Pioneer is of P101 Ulstein Design and is equipped with DP II, a 140 ton offshore crane and accommodation for 87 persons. The vessel will perform a variety of subsea and light construction work during this


Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers HARVEY DEEP-SEA

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the delivery of the M/V HARVEY DEEP-SEA, the fourth of its Tiger Shark Class Offshore Support Vessels constructed for Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC of New Orleans, LA.   The HARVEY DEEP-SEA was delivered July 19, 2013.  The vessel was launched at Eastern’s Allanton Facility in mid-December of last year.  The HARVEY DEEP-SEA is Eastern’s second Multi-Purpose Light Construction Vessel (LCV) for Harvey Gulf


IMO Secretary General William O'Neil Addresses Bulk Carrier Safety

IMO Secretary, General William O'Neil, has highlighted the need for widespread and concerted efforts to improve bulk carrier safety. Speaking at the opening of the 45th session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment (DE) O'Neil said, "Bulk Carrier Safety has been a priority on our agenda for over ten years now and, while certain improvements have been introduced, the work has not been finalized, as we are regrettably reminded from time to time by the continuing loss of bulkers


Naval Architecture: The Future is Now Forget Gas & Diesel ... Break Out the Limbs!

The David Taylor Model Basin was homeport for some curious looking contraptions recently, human powered submarines, which were designed and built by perhaps the next generation of naval architects and marine engineers. John Hussey reports. High-tech met low-tech, and college engineers competed against standout high school students in the seventh running of the International Submarine Races, the biennial human-powered engineering design competition completed at the world's largest indoor


USS Miami Fire Damage Extent Not Clear Yet

 Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers have pumped fresh air into the fire-damaged sub, allowing Navy investigators to begin the first damage assessment The fire aboard Miami damaged the torpedo room, crew quarters and command and control areas in the fore part of the submarine, but the nuclear propulsion components in the after part of the sub were not harmed. Vice Adm. Kevin M. McCoy, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command, told Sen


Petrobras Finds New Oil in Offshore Florim, Lara Fields

Reuters - Brazil's state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, said on Friday that it had discovered new, good-quality oil deposits in the so-called sub-salt region. Petrobras, said the discovery was made in the Florim and Iara fields in the offshore Santos basin. Petrobras expects to continue exploration around the two wells until September. (Reporting by Paulo Prada. Editing by Andre Grenon)


Union Vows More Channel Tunnel Disruption

Ferry workers will disrupt traffic through the sub-sea Channel tunnel between France and Britain for 48 hours from midday on Thursday, a union official said. "We will pursue our actions to make the French government budge," said union official Eric Vercoutre


The Hour of Power: Hybrid Marine Technology and Green Ports

The 19 meter research vessel Spirit of the Sound runs virtually silently on hybrid electric power for 2 hour study cruises on the Long Island Sound

In 2015 two significant developments are going to make many operators, owners and builders of professional vessels consider hybrid marine power. Firstly the new emissions laws in ports, and secondly there is now an incentive for high technology manufacturers to invest in developing highly


New Record Year in Dry Bulk Demolition Underway - BIMCO

Demolition activity in 2015

  The monthly average for the first six months in 2015 is 3.3m DWT. In 2014 the first half year averaged at 1.33m DWT per month.   April 2015 saw 5.36 million DWT being retired from active service, which was the highest on record ever for a single month


Record Bulk Shipping Demolition Rates in 1H15

Graph: BIMCO

 Monthly demolition rates in the dry bulk shipping sector averaged 3.3 million DWT for 1H15, according to new figures from BIMCO, compared to 1.3 million DWT last year. This included a record 5.36 million DWT in April – the highest on record for a single month.   


The Dolphins of US Navy

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A pod of Dolphins gave a new Navy submarine a guard of honor - by swimming in its bow wave. The US Navy’s Virginia-class attack vessel was off Newport, Virginia, when it got an unexpected mammal pilot. The John Warner, America's new Virginia-class attack vessel was completing its sea


Fugro Bags ExxonMobil Alaska's G&G Job

geotechnical scope of work includes drilling and sampling of borings for the onshore liquefaction facilities, marine terminal and offshore pipelines

  Fugro has been awarded a large geotechnical and geophysical (G&G) programme by ExxonMobil Alaska LNG LLC (AKLNG - a consortium of ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, British Petroleum, TransCanada and the State of Alaska). The 2015 G&G programme follows successful completion of a similar


76% of Boskalis shareholders for Stock Dividend

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  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announces that 75.70 percent of the shareholders has elected a stock dividend distributed in the form of ordinary shares. As a result, the stock dividend will amount to 3,318,365 shares. For the stock dividend, Boskalis will issue 2,689


Barging Ahead in Uncharted Waters

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A Real-Life Study in Creative Vessel Financing, or What Happens When Plan ‘A’ Is Not Working.   Much has been written on the various structures and approaches that can be used to finance the construction and purchase of vessels


GPHA Gets $1.5 bln for Tema Port Expansion

The Port Of Tema. Photo by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority

 The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has received 1.5 billion dollars for the expansion of the Tema Port.   The authority today signed a 35-year Concessionary Agreement with the Meridian Port Services (MPS) to boost expansion activities at the port.  


IMO Adopts Gas and Low-flashpoint Fuels Code

The IGF Code, which will become mandatory under amendments to SOLAS, aims to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment, having regard to the nature of the fuels involved. (Photo:: FJORD LINE ESPEN GEES)

The new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low-flashpoint fuels was adopted by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 95th session from June 3-12, 2015. The Committee also placed unsafe mixed migration by sea on its


Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Project Progressing

Photo: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

An experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been underway since March 2012. Participating in the project is a consortium comprised of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi


New European Inland Waterway Project Underway

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Engineering and consulting firms setec and Royal HaskoningDHV have been selected by VNF – the French navigable waterways authority – to jointly provide program management assistance over 12 years for a canal link extending from France to Belgium.  


Conference to Delve into Hybrid Power & Propulsion

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The first international Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole UK from October 6-8, 2015.   Shock Mitigation will bring together an international group of experts, armed with the latest knowledge that will identify the potential


Jotun to Update Performance Guarantees

The 17 National Standardization Bodies represented on ISO’s Marine Environment Protection Sub-committee (ISO-TC8-SC2) has voted in favor of circulating ISO 19030 parts 1 and 2 as Draft International Standards. In anticipation of final approval of the standard expected next year


Ki-tack Lim Elected as IMO Secretary General

Ki-tack Lim (Photo: IMO)

 Ki-tack Lim from the Republic of Korea has been elected as the new Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from January 1, 2016, for an initial term of four years, the IMO announced.   The current president of Busan Port Authority






 
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