The China Rescue and Salvage Bureau announced plans to update its offshore rescue system. Operational by 2010, the new system will mean rescue vessels will be able to reach any spot within 50 nautical miles (92.6 kilometres) of the coast in two and a half hours, cutting reaction time by an hour from present. Helicopters will be able to search for and rescue targets at night, expanding the offshore search radius from 110 to 260 nautical miles (204 to 482 kilometres). The bureau revealed the measures, to be taken in its 11th Five Year plan (2006-10), at a press conference in Beijing to mark the 55th anniversary of its establishment. According to the plan, new rescue vessels will be purchased to build a fleet of 56 rescue tugboats with different sizes and functions. "The fleet should be able to set off and carry out effective rescue work in heavy seas," said Song Jiahui, head of the bureau. Currently the bureau has 180 vessels and nine helicopters. More than 8,000 people are employed in 20 rescue bases along the coast. (Source: China Daily)
Commonwealth Business Media, Inc. announced that Rotterdam Municipal Port Management (RMPM) has agreed to purchase from PIERS, a provider of global commercial intelligence, a complete record of U.S. ocean trade shipped through Northern European and Mediterranean ports during the years 2001-2002. The PIERS information to be supplied to RMPM includes detailed data on shippers, points of origin and destination, cargo descriptions and estimated values of all U.S
Allcargo switches to RTG operation with four Kalmar cranes in India. Cargotec has received an order for four all-electric, Kalmar E-One2 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Allcargo Logistics in India. The RTGs are scheduled to start operations in April next year. The order has been booked in the second quarter of 2011. Rapid growth in container traffic moving through the Indian ports has prompted Allcargo Logistics to convert container handling at its container freight station in
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has received final approval for its harbor deepening, which will allow the Port of Savannah to more efficiently serve Post-Panamax vessels and lower shipping costs for containerized trade by $213 million a year. Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy issued the Record of Decision Oct. 26, approving the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).
The Port of New Bedford says it has released its 6-pronged plan to revive its historic groundfishery and modernize the port. Details as follows: According to the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission’s (HDC) "Groundfish Port Recovery and Revitalization Plan for the Port of New Bedford and Fairhaven," the region’s groundfish fishery stands to improve if fisheries scientists and managers apply similar video survey technology as that which helped revive the
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a contract from German shipbuilder Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) for a comprehensive RoRo cargo access equipment package. It is destined for an LNG-powered RoRo ferry that will be constructed at the yard for the Australian owner, SeaRoad; an option remains for one more vessel package. At 181m, it will be the largest RoRo ferry with LNG propulsion and the first vessel of this type built by FSG
Trico Marine Services, Inc. announced that it has successfully completed its Chapter 11 reorganization and it and two principal subsidiaries have also emerged from bankruptcy. Thomas Fairley, Trico's President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "We are pleased to emerge from bankruptcy and I would like to thank the Company's customers, employees and suppliers for their continued support. Their loyalty and hard work have made it possible to reach this point on such an expedited schedule
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today announced that public comment is invited with respect to four Environmental Assessments (EA) for Exploration Plans (EP). The EPs involve deepwater activity in the Gulf of Mexico and were completed in accordance with new safety and environmental standards implemented since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. A new feature has been added to increase accessibility for the public to submit comments on the
US Navy's 30-year plan projects slightly smaller fleet & reduced shipbuilding rate The Navy’s new 30-year shipbuilding plan for 2013 shows few unexpected changes, projecting a slightly smaller average fleet size and slightly reduced shipbuilding rate. The plan, sent to Congress, projects an average fleet size through 2042 of 298 ships, a drop of seven ships from last year’s 306-ship standard. The force is projected to rise from today’s 282-ship level to 300 ships
China is preparing for a new period of polar exploration with its first fixed-wing aircraft and plans to build a new icebreaker for Antarctic research, report Xinhua according to information from Chinese oceanic authorities. China plans a new icebreaker and a feasibility study on the new vessel has been submitted for approval. The current icebreaker, Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, continued its research in Antarctic after being trapped by heavy floes from December last year until Jan. 7, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard is working with a team of responders to recover a runaway crane barge that sunk near Convent on the Mississippi River. The crane barge broke free of its mooring and sank along with an excavator crane and backhoe near mile marker 160 Monday morning
The state-run China Daily says that India's plans to conduct oil exploration off Vietnam coast in the South China Sea is "illegal and is an "unwise move" that may "sabotage" positive momentum in ties. "India's intention to once again explore for oil in
China Shipping Container Lines Co is planning to buy around 10 ultralarge container ships for around $1.5 billion, despite the shipping industry struggles with a capacity glut, reports WSJ. The company wants to fulfill capacity commitments in its Ocean Three alliance with
Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) launched their newest oil spill response vessel in Burrard Inlet. The boat, named after former employee George Penman, was christened at a private ceremony in Coal Harbour. The $4.5 million G.M
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, plans to reduce workforce in MacGregor Uetersen site in Germany to restructure the operations to the weak market demand. The market situation has deteriorated due to the low oil price and low number of new merchant ship orders
DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, has been awarded a framework agreement by CLP Hong Kong to deliver risk management advisory services for its Asia Pacific operations. Projects are already underway, with several more projects expected within 2015.
Austal’s U.S. operation consists of more than 4,000 employees supporting the design, construction and sustainment of two U.S. Navy programs, the 127-meter, trimaran Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the 103-meter, catamaran high-speed troop and equipment transport known as
U.S. shipbuilding and repair yard Great Lakes Shipyard informs it has signed a contract to build another of its HandySize Class, 3,400 HP twin-screw tugboat for harbor towing operations in Puerto Quetzal, a commercial cargo, container and cruise port located on the Pacific coast of Guatemala in
London Mayor Boris Johnson gave final approval to build a new cruise terminal on the Thames River at Greenwich. The terminal, to be located at Enderby Wharf, is expected to play host to 55 ship calls a year when it becomes operational in 2017.
Oman Drydock Company (ODC) is growing fast. In January, the yard hit an important milestone - its 300th drydocking. Harnessing the power of its new $1.8 billion, 1.3 million sq. m. shipyard it aims to become a leading shipyard in the Gulf over the next five years
Louisiana-based shipbuilder Bollinger Shipyards, LLC announced its vice president for quality management system, Dennis Fanguy, will receive the 2015 William M. Kennedy from the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME).
State of the Arctic Council to establish a new mechanism to strengthen operational cooperation and coordination of activities at sea. This is dictated by the need to provide security in the Arctic waters. The eight countries of the Arctic Council (AC)
President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, Israel has decided to enhance its stowage planning for its containership fleet (currently 93 ships) in the future by using the software StowMan[S] from INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, the software and services provider for maritime navigation and
Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc, which builds aircraft carriers and U.S. Navy warships, on Tuesday said it was keen to bid to build new icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard, after President Barack Obama pushed for quicker work on the program.