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Navy Charters Kite-Powered Cargo Ship

MV Beluga SkySails is the worlds first modern partially sail-powered cargo ship. The U.S. Navys Military Sealift Command chartered Beluga SkySails to return European-based U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo to the United States.

For the first time, the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command has chartered a kite-assisted, fuel-saving cargo ship to carry military equipment.MV Beluga SkySails departed , , Oct. 5 after the first of three European port calls to load U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo before the ship's month-long voyage to the . The 400-ft. Beluga SkySails is the world's first cargo ship to use a sky sail - a giant, computer-controlled kite that can rise 100 yards into the air and uses wind power to help propel the ship during long ocean transits. Though MSC frequently charters commercial ships to meet mission requirements, this is the first time the command has chartered such a ship. The ship operating company estimates that the sky sail can reduce fuel costs by 20 to 30 percent, or roughly $1,600 per day.Though Beluga SkySails' wind power was not a factor in awarding the contract, the ship operating company was likely "able to capitalize on fuel savings to make its offer more competitive," said MSC contracting officer Kenneth Allen.  


Bahrein Shipyard Signs Maersk Ship-Repair Deal

Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY) signs a long-term contract to repair Maersk vessels on preferential terms With 35  years experience in the shipbuilding and repair business, ASRY will repair Maersk ships operating in the Persian Gulf as required. In 2011 the yard repaired nine Maersk ships. Commenting on this agreement, Chief Executive Officer, of the ASRY Group Chris Potter, said: "I am very pleased to welcome Maersk company in the growing list of our customers


Ship Operating Costs Continue to Rise

OpCost 2007, Moore Stephens unique ship operating cost benchmark, reveals that all vessel categories covered by the report experienced an annual average increase of 8.5 per cent in total operating costs in 2006, the financial year covered by the survey, and that, generally, the increases were more marked than in the previous year. The OpCost bulker index increased by thirteen index points (10.7 per cent) on a year-on-year basis, with handymax bulkers recording the biggest increase (14


MARAD Advisory – Niger Delta area

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory warning that extreme caution and vigilance should be exercised by ships operating in the Niger Delta area of Nigerian waters due to numerous acts of aggression against vessels and reports of excessive fines being levied by Nigerian Drug Enforcement Officers. US-flag vessels should refer to MARSEC Directive 104-6, Guidelines for US Vessels Operating in High Risk Waters


Danelec Receives VDR Orders from Italy, the Netherlands

Danelec Marine, a supplier of marine Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), announced that it has received VDR retrofit orders from its distributors in Italy and the Netherlands. Telemar SpA has taken orders for 11 Danelec DM400 VDRs from Italian shipowner Tirrenia, replacing the existing VDRs on its fleet of passenger and cargo ships’ operating on routes in the Mediterranean. Founded in Naples in 1936, Tirrenia was acquired by Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione on July 19, 2012


Zamakona Adds Capacity with New Slipway

Photo: Zamakona Yards Group

Zamakona Yards Group’s Repnaval completes work on its slipway capacity expansion   The shipyard in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Repnaval. SA, belonging to the group Zamakona Yards in the Canary Islands, is operating a new slipway.   After an investment of nearly 5 million Euros, the slipway will double the existing capacity is it can accommodate vessels up to 120 meters length by 20 meters beam and 5,500 tons


Malta One Of Five Flags Responsible For Half U.K. Ship Detentions

Malta, which registered the tanker that broke up off France in December, is among five flags responsible for nearly half of all ships detained in the U.K. last year, Britain's Coastguard said. Ships registered with the flags of Malta, Cyprus, Panama, St Vincent and Grenadines and Russia accounted for 62 of the 129 detentions made by British port inspectors in 1999, the agency said. Vessels are detained when they are found to have deficiencies ranging from structural problems to faulty


Korean Shipyard Launches PIL Container Ship

Kota Gaya: Photo credit Navgathi Marine

The first ship of four 2800TEU container ships, 'Kota Gaya', for Pacific International Lines (PIL) launched from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, S.Korea. Navgathi Marine is providing the project management for the new-buildings for Pacific International Lines and Navgathi’s professional team is on site to manage the project. The Kota Gaya is of 222 m LOA, beam 30 m and a 12 m scantling draft. She is powered by Hyundai-MAN B&W 8L70MC-C8.1 engines of nominal rating 26,160 KW x 108


Northrop Grumman Upgrades Arklow Shipping ECDIS Systems

Arklow Vessel in Bay of Biscay: Photo courtesy of Arklow Shipping

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by Arklow Shipping to upgrade 12 container vessels with VisionMaster FT Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems (ECDIS). Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit will install all of the systems by the end of 2014. The VisionMaster FT ECDIS will replace existing NaviECDIS that utilises the Voyage Management System supplied by Sperry Marine. With Sperry Marine's VisionMaster FT ECDIS


Crowley to Manage 4 Jones Act Ships for Pasha

Horizon Reliance (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

 Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ship management group has been awarded a new contract with Sunrise Operations LLC, a subsidiary of The Pasha Group, of San Rafael, Calif., for the operation, crewing and maintenance of four Jones Act ships operating between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii.   The news follows the recent announcement that Pasha Hawaii, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Pasha Group, a family-owned global logistics company


MacGregor Solutions for LNG-powered Cruise Ships

Norwegian Breakaway MacGregors equipment has a robust and reliable design and can be hydraulically or electrically operated. Photo MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured orders for environmentally-friendly equipment for four next-generation eco-cruise ships which will be built in Germany and Finland. The vessels will be the first liquefied natural gas-powered cruise ships to enter the market


First ORC Operation on Maersk Vessel

ORC Module 125EJW Courtesy  MHI Marine Machinery & Engine

The newly developed waste heat recovery system "Hydrocurrent Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Module 125EJW" 1 by MHI Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd. (President: Kazuo Soma, Head Office: Nagasaki) has begun operation on the vessel named Arnold Maersk belonging to Maersk Line.


Bets Are off for Stranded Hong Kong Casino Ship and Forlorn Crew

Captain Valerie Lyzhyn and his 45 crew are stranded in Hong Kong, big losers in a gambling slump triggered by a Chinese crackdown on corruption that has scared off the high-rollers.   Lyzhyn, 62, a Russian-born Ukrainian and veteran seaman, and his colleagues


Hempel’s Fouling Defence Product Hempaguard Applied to 500 Vessels

Image: Hempel

 Leading marine coatings manufacturer, Hempel, announces - after only two and a half years on the market -  its award winning innovative fouling defence product Hempaguard has now been applied as a full vessel coating to 500 ships.   


Nigerian Navy Foils Hijack of Maersk Ship

Safmarine Kuramo Pic: A.P. Moeller-Maersk

 The Nigerian Navy has foiled an attempt by suspected pirates to hijack and abduct 25 foreign nationals aboard a container ship operated by A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S carrying general cargo to Nigeria with 25 sailors on board, say local media.  


HMAS Melbourne Returns

HMAS Melbourne Photo RAN

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne is returning home to Australia after completing more than 50 boarding operations and seizing almost a tonne of heroin during a Middle Eastern deployment. The guided missile frigate handed over maritime security responsibilities to sister ship


El Faro Captain's Pleas for Help Played at Hearing

(Photo: NTSB)

The captain of the doomed El Faro warned that the "clock was ticking" as his cargo ship took on water in an Atlantic hurricane that would eventually sink the vessel, a U.S. Coast Guard panel heard on Saturday. Captain Michael Davidson pleaded for help as his ship


Qatar, Maersk and Shell in LNG Marine Fuel MoU

Qatar and Royal Dutch Shell have agreed to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel for use by the world's largest container shipping company, A.P. Moller-Maersk, Qatargas said in a statement on Monday. Qatargas, the world's largest LNG producer


Foreship Counsels Polar Forethought

Goal-based concept design is key to ensuring new generation exploration ships can enter unforgiving polar seas in comfort and safety, according to Foreship, the cruise industry’s most widely-consulted design and engineering company.  


Bigger Ships Call Port of London

Photo courtesy of PLA

The Port of London saw larger ships than ever calling last year as the tonnage of cargo handled at Thames terminals climbed to 45.4 million metric tons (up 2 percent from 2014).   PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer said, “Last year a number of operators introduced new


Maersk Deploys Weathernews Services

Photo: Maersk Line

Weathernews Inc., a privately owned weather company, will provide weather routing services, port forecasts and other weather driven risk communication services to Maersk Line and Maersk Tankers, for safety and bunker saving purposes.


Wärtsilä Propellers to Drive Greek Tankers

A Wärtsilä Fixed Pitch Propeller fitted with the EnergoProFin. Photo Wartsila

TMS Tankers Ltd, one of the largest Greece based shipping fleet operators, has selected Wärtsilä fixed pitch propellers (FPPs) for its new vessels under construction in China. The order was placed with Wärtsilä's joint venture company in China


Crystal Serenity Prepares for Arctic Voyages

Crystal Serenity (Photo: Crystal Cruises)

In preparation for cruise liner Crystal Serenity’s planned Arctic summer cruise in 2016, Crystal Cruises has selected Rutter Inc.’s sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance (STS) and Ice Navigator systems to provide enhanced small target detection of first-year and multi-year sea ice as well


Fishing Vessel Owner, Captain Face Environmental Charges

Owner and captain of commercial fishing vessel indicted for clean water and ship pollution violations; defendants allegedly participated in and ordered the illegal discharge of bilge wastes over the course of several years   The owner and captain of the commercial F/V Native Sun


New System Reduces Risks in Ice Operations

An intelligent ice load monitoring system for the ships operating in ice covered waters will provide the operators a tool to handle the ships in safe but efficient ways.    The state of the art system will monitor the hull loads with optical sensors installed on the steel structures of






 
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