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Hyundai Sets Output Record

Hyundai Heavy Industries reported that it set in December a new world record in the monthly output of large ship engines, according to a report on http://joongangdaily.joins.com. Hyundai Heavy produced 17 large ship engines capable of generating a total of 890,000 hp last month, above its previous record of 760,000 horsepower in June, the company said. (Source: http://joongangdaily.joins.com)


Austal Delivers Fast Twins for Hong Kong Fleet

Austal has delivered its latest high speed passenger catamarans to a market that did much to establish the Australian shipbuilder as a world leader in the design and construction of high speed ferries. Hong Kong based New World First Ferry Services (Macau) Limited accepted delivery of two 47.5 metre passenger catamarans at the beginning of September, taking the total number of Austal-built vessels in its fleet to seven.


Immarsat FleetBroadband Supports Solo Circumnavigator

Chinese sailor Guo Chuan will attempt to set a new world record by circumnavigating the globe single-handed - with support from Inmarsat Guo's 40-ft yacht will be equipped with a FleetBroadband terminal provided by Inmarsat which will help him send back video and pictures and assist him in plotting a safe course as he attempts to cover 21,600 nautical miles in 130 days. For his latest challenge, Guo, the first Chinese to cross the Atlantic single-handed, in a 21ft (6


Asia-East Coast Service to Call on Savannah

The Grand Alliance, comprised of OOCL, NYK Hapag-Lloyd, and the New World Alliance, comprised of APL, MOL and Hyundai Merchant Marine announced the addition of the Asia-East Coast service (also known as the EC3 service), a new express, all-water service between Asia and Savannah via the Panama Canal. The Asia-East Coast will be a weekly service and make its first call on Savannah in September. Port rotation is Shanghai, Chiwan, Shekou, Hong Kong, Manzanillo, Savannah


Joint Asia-U.S. East Coast Service Announced

The member lines of the Grand Alliance (GA) in the Transpacific trade - Hapag-Lloyd, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), and The New World Alliance (TNWA) - APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL) - recently announced that from August 2006 they will commence an Asia-U.S. East Coast service via the Panama Canal. Each alliance will contribute ships with capacity of approximately 3


Oil Prices will Produce BP Job Cuts

BP is to axe middle managers and could freeze projects as it grapples with the plummeting oil price, The Sunday Times reported, citing finance director Brian Gilvary. "What you'll see with this simplification plan is that headcounts are starting to come down across all of our activities in upstream, downstream and in the corporate centres -- essentially the layers above operations," the newspaper quotes Gilvary as saying.


Noble Announces Fourth Successful Semi Conversion

Noble Drilling said its fourth successful EVA-4000 semisubmersible conversion, Noble Amos Runner, began drilling in the Gulf of Mexicofor its contractors - Kerr-McGee Corp., Marathon Oil and Murphy Exploration and Production Co. The semi, capable of drilling in water depths of 6,600 ft., underwent mooring sea trials before it began its five-year drilling project in the Gulf. Noble Drilling, also announced its second conversion, Noble Paul Wolff, drilled a well for Petroleo Brasiliero S.A


Fastest Sailboat on the Planet – 'Vestas Sailrocket 2'

Vestas Sailrocket 2: Image credit Vestas

The speed sailing boat smashes the current record in Walvis Bay, off the coast of Namibia. The new world record of 59.23 knots (109kph) set the best average time over 500m and broke the previous mark of 55.65 knots with a peak speed of 63 knots (119kph). Two days later the team improved this speed with a 59.38 knot run which peaked at exactly 120kph (64.78 knots). During the same run the team also smashed the nautical mile world record* with an average of over 55 knots


Incat Holds World Record for Two Decades

Incat Robert Clifford with the Hales Trophy at a ceremony in London in 1998 following the win by the ship CatLink V. (Photo courtesy Incat)

Twenty years ago headlines around the world announced a new world record, the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, by an Incat Tasmania-built ship. June 23 marks twenty continuous years that Incat-built fast ships have held the record for the fastest Transatlantic Crossing.   On June 23, 1990 Hoverspeed Great Britain, a ship built by Incat in Tasmania, for operation between England and France by Sea Containers Ltd


Cosco Merger May Change Industry Dynamics

Image: China Shipping group

 The merger between China Shipping group and the Cosco Group has given rise to a mammoth company that could trigger stability and extended consolidation in the global shipping industry, says a report in the WSJ.   The merger will free the two Chinese shipping groups from competing against each other at home and abroad, in an industry swamped with oversupply and depressed freight rates.    The new world leader in shipping industry is likely to own 832 ships including


Master Marine Delivers Z-drive Towboat to Marquette

St. Bartholomew (Photo: Master Marine, Inc.)

Marquette Transportation Co. has taken delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala.   The 78' x 34’ x11' vessel, St. Bartholomew, was designed by Entech Designs, La. for Marquette’s river division, based in Paducah, Ky.  


7th Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

ST PHILLIP Photo Master Marine

In February, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78'x 34’x11' St. Phillip was designed by Entech & Associates, for Marquette’s Gulf-Inland division, based in Harahan, La.


A Mega(Ship) Year at Felixstowe

Image: The Port of Felixstowe

 The Port of Felixstowe welcomed 105 calls last year by container ships of over 18,000 TEU, including all the largest container ships in the world. It is now firmly established as the UK port of call for these giants of the sea.  


Another Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

Photo: Master Marine

In December, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala.   The 78'x 34’x11' St. John was designed by Entech & Associates, for Marquette’s Gulf-Inland division, based in Harahan, La.  


Fourth & Fifth Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

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In August and September respectively, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of the fourth and fifth 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala. The 78 x 34 x11-ft. St. Peter was designed by Frank Basile of Entech & Associates, Houma, La


Fifth Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

In September, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78 x 34 x 11-ft. St. James was designed by Entech & Associates, for Marquette’s Gulf-Inland division, based in Harahan, La.  


Portugal: Searching for Lost Maritime Glory

(Photo: iStock)

Although a small nation on the Atlantic shores, Portugal in the 16th century was credited with discovering most of the “New World” previously unknown to Europe. In the process it became the richest nation in the West. The names of Bartolomeu Dias (Africa)


Abu Dhabi Ports Welcomes New Cruise Season

Image: Abu Dhabi Ports

 As Abu Dhabi's new Zayed Port cruise terminal opens by the end of this year, the number of cruise ships docking in Abu Dhabi is set to increase by a fifth this season, reports the National.    Zayed Port,  a premier cruise hub in the region


World’s Quickest Trip Through Northern Sea Route

Chinese sailor Guo Chuan

  Chinese sailor Guo Chuan intends to make it world’s quickest Northern Sea Route trip from Murmansk to the Bering Strait in 14 days without engine power. His trimaran “Qingdao China" is docked in Jarfjord outside Kirkenes, Norway


Fourth Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

St. Peter (Photo: Master Marine)

The Z-drive revolution on the U.S. Inland Waterways continues with a new delivery from Master Marine In August, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78 x 34 x 11 ft.  St


New World Record for Norsafe

Photo courtesy of Norsafe

Norsafe set a new world record June 25, 2015, when the 70 passenger GES50 MKIII was dropped from 40 meters with 10 persons on board. There has never before been a staffed lifeboat dropped from this height. The drop was completed successfully


TransAtlantic Speed Record: Will it Ever be Broken Again?

The Incat built high speed catamaran Hoverspeed Great Britain, which broke the record winning  the Hales Trophy on 23 June 1990, held the record and the owners held the Trophy, until 1998 when another Incat built ship Catalonia took the record in June 1998, then just a month later in July 1998 yet another ship built by Incat, CatLink V broke the record.

Will the prestigious TransAtlantic speed and endurance record ever be broken? Should it? Twenty five years ago headlines around the world announced a new world record, the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, by a ship built in Australia.   


APM Terminals Calls for Sensor Revolution

“Sensors everywhere” call to action - to catch data, teach operators how to improve service

  The annual Terminal Operators Conference (TOC) in Europe was held June 9-11 in Rotterdam with over 4000 people attending the conference supply chain sessions, Tech TOC, Bulk TOC venues and exhibits.   Alex Duca, head of design and automation for APM Terminals called for a sensor


Offshore Accommodation Market Sees Modest Growth

Douglas-Westwood (DW) forecast in its new World Offshore Accommodation Market Forecast that over the period 2015 to 2020 demand for offshore accommodation vessels will average almost 42,000 Personnel on Board (PoB) per year. An increase of 14% compared to the preceding six-year period.


Alaska, Washington to Build Arctic Icebreakers

Arctic icebreaker

  Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington, have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up six icebreakers for use by the U.S. Coast Guard. The senators believe that the Coast Guard and the Navy need the icebreakers — which cost






 
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