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Middle East Port Readies for 2-Million TEU Capability

Abu Dhabi Ports Co receives first batch of Super Post Panamax size container crane span gantries at Khalifa Port.   Later this year Kalifa Port will become the first port in the Middle East, modernized to handle an initial container traffic of 2M TEU annually and 12M tonnes of general cargo.          


This Day in U.S. Naval History - February 14

  1778 - John Paul Jones in Ranger receives first official salute to U.S. Stars and Strips flag by European country, at Quiberon, France.   1813 - Essex becomes first U.S. warship to round Cape Horn and enter the Pacific Ocean   1814 - USS Constitution captures British Lovely Ann and Pictou 1903- An Act of Congress (31 Stat. L., 825, 826, 827) that created the Department of Commerce and Labor provided for the transfer of the Lighthouse Service and the Steamboat Inspection


Port of Churchill Receives First Vessel of the Shipping Season

The MV Federal Polaris Takes on 30,000 Tonnes of CWRS Forecasting 500,000 Tonnes of Grain Products Port Cargo Diversification, Business Development Efforts Accelerate Hudson Bay Port Company, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, has received its first vessel of the 2005 shipping season. The MV Federal Polaris, a bulk carrier, docked at Churchill on July 28, 2005. The ship's arrival signals what is presently expected to be a positive season with a forecast of 500,000 tonnes of grain products


Synapsis receives first INS Type Approval

Synapsis Bridge Control is Raytheon Anschütz’ new generation Integrated Navigation System.

Synapsis Bridge Control, the new generation of the Raytheon Anschütz bridge system, is the world’s first navigation system which has been type approved according to IMO’s new Performance Standards for Integrated Navigation Systems (INS). In an official ceremony, the nominated body Germanischer Lloyd (GL) handed over the type approval to Raytheon Anschütz beginning of May 2012.   The INS Performance Standards are specified in the IMO resolution MSC


Teekay FPSO Receives First Oil

Voyageur Spirit FPSO: Photo courtesy of Teekay

The 'Voyageur Spirit' FPSO has achieved first oil on the Huntington field in the United Kingdom. Teekay describe the event as an important milestone for on of its largest projects. The production unit has been installed for its new charter contract with E.ON Ruhrgas UK E&P (E.ON) and the charter is expected to last for a firm period of five years, with extension options. Teekay acquired the 2009-built Voyageur Spirit as part of the acquisition of three FPSO units from Sevan in October


Multimodal Leaders to Discuss Freight Infrastructure

Kurt Nagle

Trucking, rail and port panelists will explore the benefits of improving America’s intermodal freight transportation system. On May 13, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) President and CEO Kurt Nagle will join forces with CEOs representing trucking, railroad and other transportation interests who will offer a host of oftentimes startling facts, surprising statistics and unique stories about the value of investing in our nation’s freight transportation infrastructure


Rutter Receives Wheelmark for VDR

Rutter Technologies Inc. has received authority to affix the Mark of Conformity (wheelmark) that is granted by the EU to its voyage data recorders (VDRs). The wheelmark signifies that the Rutter VDR-100 is compliant with the EU Council Directive 96/98/EC on marine equipment, also known as the Marine Equipment Directive (MED). Now that the first date for mandatory carriage has passed (July 1st, 2002), the VDR has moved from Annex 2 to Annex 1 of the MED and the wheelmark will be required to


Yemen to Receive Two LNG Vessels

Saba reported that the Minister of Oil and Minerals Khalid Mahfoudh Bahah said that would receive next May two vessels of 's liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. During his visit to a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' dock in Nagasaki, in southwestern Japan, to see construction of two LNG vessels, Bahah said "we expect to have receive these ships operational and receive them by May, with a full-loading capacity of around 150,000 cubic meters".


First Q-flex LNG Carrier Berths at Barcelona, Spain

Photo credit RasGas

RasGas of Qatar announce arrival of their first Q-Flex LNG vessel to discharge gas at the Barcelona LNG receiving terminal, Spain RasGas of Qatar announced that it achieved yet another successful milestone when the first Q-Flex vessel delivered Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) at the Barcelona LNG receiving terminal, Spain. It is not only the first RasGas Q-Flex vessel to discharge LNG at the Barcelona LNG receiving terminal but, it is also the largest the terminal ever received.


Huisman Brazil Receives First Order

Photo: Huisman

Huisman, one of the worldwide specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, has received a first order for their new production facility in Brazil. The new order includes three sets of five cranes, which will be manufactured as soon as construction of the Brazilian production facility is completed in 2014. The sets of cranes are scheduled for delivery between Q3 2015 and Q1 2017. The order includes three identical sets of cranes for the new build vessels Cassino, Curumim and Salinas


AkzoNobel Wins Major Environmental Award

Mike Winter accepting award on behalf of AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel’s pioneering methodology for rewarding ship owners who use sustainable hull coatings has been named Environmental Leader Product of the Year for 2016. The award recognizes the introduction of the shipping industry’s first carbon credits methodology


Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Wins Innovation Award

M/V Estraden vessel with two rotors fitted (Photo: International Windship Association)

Judges describe world’s first renewable energy-powered vessel technology as “unlike anything else and…truly innovative”   Norsepower Oy Ltd., the developer of the world’s first renewable energy-powered vessel technology


Essar's Terminal at Kandla Port crosses 100 mi tonne throughput

Vadinar Oil Terminal Photo Essar

The marine terminal of Vadinar Oil Terminal Ltd (VOTL), which is part of Essar Ports Ltd, has been the best performing terminal in the Kandla Port Trust (KPT) for two consecutive years. The terminal recently received a certificate of appreciation from KPT


Matson Launches US West Coast - South Pacific Service

Matson’s new South Pacific Express will link Pacific networks via Honolulu    U.S. carrier in the Pacific Matson, Inc. has introduced a new containership service between the U.S. West Coast and ports in Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga and Fiji.  


Smartphone App Aims to Aid Migrant Sea Rescues

Photo: International Maritime Organization

A smartphone application that allows users to scan the Mediterranean for boats in distress is being tested by a migrant rescue service, which hopes that crowdsourced information will help it save more people.   The I SEA App, available on iTunes


NYK Joins Study for LNG Bunkering in Yokohama

Image of LNG-fueled tugboat Image NYK

NYK is participating in a study launched by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to explore the feasibility of LNG bunkering in Yokohama.   This study is examining the technological and infrastructural requirements for establishment of an LNG


UKHO to Release Digital Charts for Expanded Panama Canal

Photo: UKHO

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is to release five new Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) for the expanded Panama Canal.   The new ENCS are produced by the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) and provide end-to-end coverage of the Canal at a scale of 1:10 000.  


NYK Selected “Competitive IT Strategy Company”

leftmost in second row, Hidetoshi Maruyama, Director, Senior Managing Corporate Officer of NYK Photo NYK

The NYK Group has been selected by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) as a “Competitive IT Strategy Company” for 2016. NYK is the first company in the maritime industry to receive this award


US Navy Warship Undergoes Shock Trials

Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) has completed the first of three scheduled full-ship shock trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Michael Bevan)

The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) completes shock trials; Austal USA receives LCS contract modification for 'Sea Giraffe' Radar   The Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program continues to progress, with the U.S


Total Talusia Optima Receives Approval From Win GD

Photo: Talusia Lubmarine

Lubricants supplier Total Lubmarine has received a no objection letter from Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) for the use of its cylinder lubricant Talusia Optima with the whole range of Wärtsilä engines.   Talusia Optima is a new cylinder lube oil (CLO) suitable for use with


Crowley Scholarships for Four Maine Maritime Academy Students

Sean OConnor (top left), Jordan Harmon (top right) J.T. DiGuglielmo (bottom right) and Luke Olson (bottom left). Photo Crowley Maritime Corp

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships have helped to further educational opportunities for four students of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA). The four recipients, J.T. DiGuglielmo, Jordan Harmon, Sean O’Connor and Luke Olson


Panama Canal: Expansion and Impact

Photo: Canal de Panamá

 Panama Canal expansion opens June 26 amid much fanfare and one of the worst shipping industry slumps ever.    WSJ says, while it won’t do anything to help the dire state of the industry near-term, the changes are critical to Western trade in the long run.  


Stena Line Upgrades Ferry VSAT Connectivity

Photo: Stena Line

Stena Line’s ferry passengers are set to experience new levels of communication services following a upgrade to the VSAT connectivity on board, says Marlink, who has more than trebled the bandwidth in Stena Line’s fleet-wide Closed User Group (CUG) service and integrated GSM 3/4G


Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal Posts Record Year

(Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports)

As the region’s 2015/2016 cruise season has come to a close, Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and the Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate, has released its best ever Cruise Terminal performance figures


EU Ministers Agree on TEN-T

Map: European Union

 The EU transport ministers convened at the first day of the TEN-T Days in the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam.   They discussed the process of implementing the Trans-European Transport Network: new challenges and opportunities, new technologies and mobility patterns for passengers






 
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