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Plans For World's Largest Ship Steam Ahead

A group of U.S. investors has reportedly picked Honduras as the site to build the world's largest ship, which it plans to turn into a floating city. The so-called "Freedom Ship," which may house more than 20,000 people once completed, will float around the Americas and other continents with passengers who will rent apartments or buy condominiums.

US Research Ships Ready to Cast Off in 2015

Arctic-bound Sikuliaq (Photo: U.S. National Science Foundation)

Two new U.S. research vessels are going full steam ahead: the U.S. National Science Foundation will formally commission its Arctic-bound Sikuliaq, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Neil Armstrong will begin science operations.  Live Science reports that two new U.S. research ships will take to the seas in the Arctic and Atlantic in 2015, allowing scientists around the world to explore the geology, biology and health of the oceans.

Dubai Maritime Receives Shiplift Platform

Dubai Maritime City has placed the first shiplift within its Industrial Precinct. Industrial Precinct of the City will incorporate two shiplifts manufactured by world-renowned shiplift specialist company, Hydraudyne Rexroth, said an official. One of the shiplifts will be 90 m long and 25 m wide and designed to lift vessels up to 3,000 tonnes while the other will be 140 m long and 30 m wide and designed to lift boats of up to 6,000 tonnes.

EC to Support Bangladeshi Shipbuilders

Head of the Delegation of European Commission (EC) Dr. Stefan Frowein said that the EC would provide necessary support to the local shipbuilders for letting them relatively stronger footing in the global market. The European Commission envoy made the remark during a visit to the Western Marine Shipyard Limited (WMSL) to oversee the progress of Danish order for three ocean-going vessels and the other facilities. The Western Marine

Keppel to Build Five Semis for $4.12 Billion for Sete Brasil

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), through its subsidiaries, Keppel FELS Brasil S.A. and Estaleiro BrasFELS Ltda, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Sete Brasil Participações S.A. (Sete Brasil), for the design and construction of five additional semisubmersible (semi) drilling rigs based on Keppel's proprietary DSSTM 38E design. The aim of the LOI is to facilitate Keppel O&M's preparation work on these potential projects

Why Tankship Trade to U.S. is in LImbo

Increasingly lower oil demand in the U.S. prompts tankship operators to look towards the China market. According to a BIMCO review, the tanker market is doing full steam ahead – not in relation to demand, earnings or actual operating speed, but in relation to structural demand changes in the West. At the epicentre of this is the world’s most thirsty oil consumer: the U.S. Not to be missed by anyone, the U.S. oil demand recorded a 16-year low in 2012. In 2005, the U.S. consumed 20

Jamaican Cruise Port Development Steams Ahead

Managers of Jamaica's delayed Port Royal Development Project expect to begin construction by year-end on a cruise ship pier central to the restoration of the one-time "wickedest city on earth." The Caribbean port earned the dubious distinction in the 17th century, when buccaneer Henry Morgan ruled the waves and made Port Royal his base. The infamy did not last long, as much of Port Royal disappeared under the sea in a massive earthquake in 1692

Isle of Man Ship Registry Backs Seafarers’ Rights

Registry also strengthens commitment to Asia.   Protecting Seafarers’ interests   Seafarers’ rights took a significant step forward after a “Declaration of Principles” agreement was signed which gives seafarers serving on Isle of Man-registered ships better living and employment conditions and pay. Formalising years of hard work to protect seafarers’ interests, the Isle of Man Ship Registry is proud to lead the signing of the tripartite agreement


RFQ is First in Two-Step Process to Find Developers to Repurpose America’s Flagship.   With all the buzz surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, it’s full steam ahead to give the greatest American ocean liner a new lease on life as a 21st Century waterfront destination.  The SS United States Redevelopment Project (SSUSRP) is proud to announce the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) as part of an aggressive process to identify a

MOL President Reports Slack Performance

President, Koichi Muto

MOL President, President, Koichi Muto reported that the performance of the company was slack.   Muto reported, "I am sad to report that our business performance fell short, and we could not achieve our initial target of ¥70 billion in consolidated ordinary income. Taking a serious look at ourselves in light of these results, I think our highest priority is to swiftly alter the course of the midterm management plan by decisively implementing measures already started in each

Canada to Ban Oil Tankers on Northern BC Coast

Photo: Transport Canada

Canada will push ahead with a moratorium on oil tanker traffic along the northern coast of British Columbia, effectively slamming the door on a controversial pipeline project that was already facing massive development hurdles. In a letter released on Friday

Historic Vessel Laser Scanned for Hull Refit

Image: API Services

New York’s Lake George Steamboat Company recently commissioned API Services to laser scan the hull the oldest boat in its fleet, the 107-year-old Mohican.   The original Mohican, in service from 1894 to 1907, was a 93-foot wooden hull vessel

MOL Subsidiary to Build Ro-Pax Ferries

Ro-Pax(roll onroll off passenger)ferries.

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited is moving ahead with plans to construct two large-scale Ro-Pax (roll on/roll off passenger) ferries. The newbuilding ferries will be delivered in March and June of 2018 as replacements for the Sunflower

Canada to Aid Developing Nations Fight Climate Change

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Courtesy Canada.Ca

  Canada will provide aid to developing countries to combat climate change, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday ahead of talks on global warming, which he has promised will show the country is serious about tackling the issue.

Megaships Worsen Overcapacity in Boxship Trades

The 16,000 TEU CMA CGM containership Marco Polo (file image)

Container shipping lines are poised to take delivery of a new generation of "megaships" over the next two years, just as the growth of world trade is slowing down, contributing to massive overcapacity in the market. Megaships, which can be up to 400 metres long, seem to be here to stay

IRClass Sets up Advisory Committee in Singapore

IRClass Sg Advisory Committee

  The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in Singapore. The purpose of the committee, which draws members from Singapore’s leading maritime and offshore companies, is to give expert guidance to IRClass in strengthening its

ABP Marine Conference at Port of Ipswich

Attendees today at ABP’s annual Marine Conference which is being held at the Port of Ipswich

  The Port of Ipswich is hosting Associated British Ports’ (ABP) two-day annual Marine Conference for the first time starting today.   Held at the Old Custom House on the Ipswich waterfront, the conference is an annual event for more than 30 marine professionals who represent

Captain of Ill-fated El Faro was Known as Trusted Mariner

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The captain of the ill-fated cargo ship that sank in a hurricane off the Bahamas with no survivors last week was an experienced and highly trusted mariner who had spent a lifetime on the water, friends and colleagues said.   The captain of El Faro, Michael Davidson of Windham, Maine

Indonesian Ports to Allow Foreign-flagged Cruise Ships

  Indonesia’s government has given the go-ahead for foreign-flagged cruise ships to stop over in five of the country’s largest ports. Previously, such vessels could only dock at one port, Benoa Bali, and passengers who wished to travel to other ports had to go back to

Newport News Shipbuilding Converts to Natural Gas

Newport News Shipbuilding has converted its steam-generation plant from heavy fuel oil to natural gas. The new system will reduce greenhouse gases by 30 percent and save the shipyard about $8 million per year. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has converted its steam-generation plant from heavy fuel oil, also known as Bunker C, to natural gas to improve safety and lower operating costs and emissions to the environment.  

Alfa Laval EGR-HPE Economizer a Boon

Alfa Laval PureNOx approved for MAN Diesel & Turbo EGR system

  With Tier III NOx limits entering into force in North America and the US Caribbean in January 2016, the time has come for many ship owners to choose their method of compliance. Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) on MAN B&W engines has strong advantages on its own

Norwegian Epic Leaves Damen Repairyard

Norwegian Epic ready to depart from Damen Shiprepair Brest

  On Saturday 17 October, the 329-metre, 156,000 tonne cruise ship Norwegian Epic departed Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr), for Southampton. She cast off a day early after completing a 3 week maintenance and refit programme ahead of schedule.

LNG-Powered, Electric Engine, Boxship Concept Design

General arrangement of the PERFEC(T) ship. Design by DNV GL AS

 French LNG containment specialist GTT, along with French containerline CMA CGM (and its subsidiary CMA Ships) and classification society DNV GL have released a technical and feasibility study for a new mega boxship dubbed the Piston Engine Room Free Efficient Containership (PERFECt)

Huge Saudi Sadara Project Signs Deals for Storage, Port Services

King Fahd Industrial Port

  Saudi Arabia's Sadara Basic Services, fully owned by Sadara Chemical Co, has signed agreements covering storage facilities and port services, it said on Sunday as the firm prepares to start producing petrochemicals by the end of this year.

HMAS Sydney Decommissioned

HMAS Sydney (IV) was the third of six Adelaide class guided missile frigates (FFG) to commission into the Royal Australian Navy

  HMAS Sydney will be decommissioned after 32 years of service at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney on November 7, 2015. During the conduct of maritime operations spanning the globe HMAS Sydney, an Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigate serving with the Royal Australian Navy has

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