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Coast Guard Issues Notice on PEA for Salvage and Marine Firefighting

– draft programmatic environmental assessment The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice seeking comments on the draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) on its proposal to clarify and set new response time requirements for salvage and marine firefighting requirements in vessel response plans (VRP) for oil spills. Comments should be submitted by February 17. 71 Fed. Reg. 125 Source: HK Law


ICCL Member Lines Set New Mandatory Safety Standards

The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) has reported that its member lines have unanimously agreed to set mandatory policies for cruise ship passenger and crew safety, security, environment, operational procedures, health safety and sanitation. These new policies mark the first time and association of international maritime operators has adopted mandatory standards on such a vast set of topics. The new mandatory industry standards will require each ICCL member vessel to have smoke


New LNG Carrier Delivered to GasLog

GasLog Shanghai: Photo credit GasLog

LNG carrier 'GasLog Shanghai' delivered on budget ahead of schedule from Samsung Heavy Industries. The vessel is a 155,000 cubic meter Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric LNG carrier that sets new standards for efficient performance and environmental protection. The vessel is classified to the ABS ENVIRO+ notation, signifying the highest level of environmental protection and energy conservation. Furthermore the vessel is equipped with a new type of cargo compressors that will reduce the release of


First Triple-E Vessel Sets Sail with SPOS

Photo: Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, the largest ship in the world, took to the seas last week equipped with SPOS, MeteoGroup’s onboard weather routing and ship performance optimization system. The Triple-E series vessel sets new standards in the container industry, not just for size, but also of energy efficiency and environmental performance. With unique design features for slower speeds and maximum efficiency


MacGregor's Deck Equipment For Chinese Shipyard

MacGregors equipment package will also play a role in delivering more sustainable operations.

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a comprehensive deck equipment contract from New Times Shipyard, in China, for Intership Navigation Co Ltd's three new 36,500 dwt Laker-class bulk carriers. The vessels will each feature an optimised MacGregor cargo-handling system comprising MacGregor cranes and hatch covers as well as Hatlapa steering gear and electrically-driven variable frequency drive (VFD) Hatlapa deck equipment.  


Marshall Islands Urges Cap on Shipping Emissions

Image: Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries

 The Republic of the Marshall Islands (Marshall Islands) Monday issued an emailed press release calling for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to set a new global target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the international shipping industry.   The tiny South Pacific nation is the world's third biggest shipping registry, but is increasingly threatened by rising sea levels linked to climate change


Conoco Cuts Steel on Innovative Towboats

Conoco is building four new towboats that purportedly offer innovations in safety, environmental interaction, as well as design improvements that Conoco claims will set new standards for the inland towing industry. "We are raising the bar for towboat design, machinery and marine systems by constructing American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) class boats," said Karen Stacey, director of Conoco domestic marine. "The four new boats will have double-hulled fuel tanks to reinforce safety and


Viking Debuts Dual-approved Thermal Lifejacket

Photo: Viking

Following recent SOLAS approval, Viking has launched a new dual-approved thermal lifejacket that raises the bar for its competitors. Leading marine and offshore safety equipment manufacturer Viking Life-Saving Equipment has launched a new dual-approved thermal lifejacket with broad appeal for the offshore and commercial shipping industries operating in harsh, cold environments. Raising the standards for personal safety, the company’s new thermal lifejacket, PV9720


OW Bunker Reduces Global Claims to 0.9%

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Internal quality standard helps company meet global target of reducing claims to below 1% and set new industry benchmark for best practice. OW Bunker has  announced that it has reduced global claims1 on physical products to 0.9% for Q1 2014.  This is down from an average of 1.6% in 2013.     The company set a target of reducing global claims to below 1% when it introduced its own Global Quality Standard (GQS) at the end of 2012 to ensure the quality of products


BigOceanData Rolls out Gen-Next Vessel Tracking System

Pic: BigOceanData

 A new name has joined the vessel tracking sector with a product that promises to set new standards in functionality and user-friendliness.    BigOceanData is the new brand from Globavista, the professional vessel tracking and monitoring provider trusted by industry professionals and government agencies alike.    BigOceanData is a completely new service designed to meet the needs of today’s maritime sector: a web-based, full function


MacGregor Equipment for ESL's Eco-bulker Duo

Photo Deltamarin Courtesy MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has confirmed an important order to deliver hatch covers, cranes, deck machinery and steering gear to two new 25,600 dwt dual-fuelled handysize bulk carriers for Finnish owner ESL Shipping. The ice-class vessels are the first to be built to new classification society


Ovation of the Seas Delivered

Photo: Meyer Werft

Third Ship of Quantum Class for Royal Caribbean   Meyer Werft delivered the 168,660-gt cruise ship Ovation of the Seas to the U.S. cruise operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. today in Bremerhaven.   The third ship of the Quantum class sets new standards in terms of eco-friendliness


Six Years after BP Spill, US Sets New Offshore Oil Safety Rules

Gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise in May 2010, in a process known as flaring. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled new oil well control rules to prevent the kind of blowout that happened six years ago on a BP Plc rig in the Gulf of Mexico.   The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced the finalized regulations


Damen Opens US Office

Ruud Haneveer, Market Development Executive for Damen Shiprepair & Conversion and Jan van Hogerwou, Damen’s Manager Newbuildings for USA and Canada are celebrating the opening of Damen’s new North American office. (Photo: Damen Shipyards Group)

Damen Shipyards Group has announced the opening of a new branch office in Houston, Texas. This expansion, under the name of Damen North America, meets the increasing demand for Damen’s shipbuilding concepts and repair and conversion services.


Bulk Handling Facility Commissioned in Townsville Port

Port of Townsville Limited – Northern Australia’s Transport Link to the World

  Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS) and the Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) have announced the official commissioning of a state-of-the-art bulk handling facility in South Townsville. The facility, which cost $15 million to construct


Khalifa Port Container Volume Up 41pct

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 At the Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals, container volumes increased by 41 per cent in the first seven months in 2015 over the same period in 2014.     With this phenomenal growth, Abu Dhabi Port Company, the master developer


Port of Kiel: Cruise Shipping Sets Passenger Record

AIDAcara in the port of Kiel (Photo: Port of Kiel)

Press release- This year’s cruise shipping season in Kiel was ending on Tuesday October 20th with a visit by the “AIDAcara”. Overall the port registered 133 calls this year by 25 different ships with a total tonnage of more than 8.6 million GT (an increase of 19.4% over last year)


Polarcus Deploys World’s Largest Manmade Object

Polarcus Amani (Photo: Polarcus)

Offshore geophysical company Polarcus is breaking production records off Myanmar, employing the largest manmade moving object on earth    Polarcus is currently acquiring an ultra-wide 3D marine seismic project offshore Myanmar, for which its vessel Polarcus Amani is towing an in-sea


Record Traffic in Port of Ystad

Photo courtesy Port of Ystad

Port of Ystad saw record breaking traffic numbers in 2015, retaining the port’s position as Sweden’s third largest ferry passenger port. The largest increase was in bus traffic, which increased by 30,7 % compared to 2014.  


Maersk Line Starts Colombia Express Service

Photo: Maersk Line

 The largest global container firm Maersk Line has launched a new weekly service between Santa Marta and Turbo in Colombia and Northern Europe specifically designed for refrigerated cargo.   Danish container shipping giant added this new service from Latin America to Europe and a new


Honda Marine, BRIG USA Ink OEM Deal

Courtesy Brig Boats

Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and marketer of a complete range of outboard marine 4-stroke engines, announced today a new OEM agreement with BRIG USA. BRIG Boats (www.brig-ribs.com) is a manufacturer of foldable and rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for every budget


Singapore Adopts Standard for Bunker Mass Flow Metering

The world’s first National Technical Reference for Bunker Mass Flow Metering (TR48 : 2015) was launched in support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)’s and industry’s initiative to use the mass flow metering (MFM) system for marine fuel oil deliveries in


JFD Debuts Bailout Rebreather System to Safeguard Divers Lives

The COBRA system significantly enhances subsea safety, providing more than double the standard supply of emergency breathing gas Photo JFD

JFD, the leading global subsea operations and engineering company, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has today announced the launch of its new Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus (COBRA) for commercial divers, as a direct response to the urgent need for significant improvements in safety in the


AIDA Cruises to Christen its New Flagship Hamburg

AIDAprima (Photo: AIDA Cruises)

AIDA Cruises will help the Port of Hamburg ring in its 827th anniversary with the christening if its new flagship, AIDAprima. AIDA Cruises will christen its 11th ship, AIDAprima, in Hamburg on May 7, 2016 as part of the celebrations for the 827th Hamburg Port Anniversary


GMS Launches Korean Operation

Gyungbae Gil appointed to head Korean division of GMS   GMS, a cash buyer of ships and offshore structures, has launched a new operation in Korea. The office will be headed by Gyungbae Gil, a trader who was based in Dubai.   According to GMS






 
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