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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


SS UNITED STATES Project Releases RFQ

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


Schlumberger to Buy Stake in Fortuna LNG

Image by Royal Dutch Shell Plc

 Oilfield services giant Schlumberger is entering Ophir Energy’s Fortune floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) project off Equatorial Guinea after agreeing a preliminary deal with the UK player for a stake in the development.  


COSCO Plans European Transhipment Hub

Photo: COSCO

 China's COSCO is forging ahead with a plan to build a European transhipment hub, reports Reuters. The state owned shipping giant is expected to make an offer for Greece's rail network after becoming the sole bidder for the country's largest port.  


DP World Logs 3.0% Growth

DP World Jebel Ali Photo DP World

DP World Limited handled 61.7 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across its global portfolio of container terminals during 2015, with gross container volumes growing by 3.0% on reported basis and 2.4% on a like-for-like  basis.


Fincantieri Launches Majestic Princess for China

Majestic Princess (Photo: Fincantieri)

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has launched its first cruise ship destined for the Chinese market, and will now begin interior fittings ahead of the vessel’s delivery scheduled for spring 2017.   The newbuild Majestic Princess is the third ship of the Royal Princess class built for


LR Issues AiP for Gas Turbine-Powered LNG Carrier Design

Photo: GE Marine

Press release - GE Marine and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) announced it has obtained Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) Approval in Principle (AiP) for the jointly developed gas turbine-powered LNG carrier design, the two companies announced  at the Marintec China 2015 trade


TCC, USC Join Forces to Cut Emissions

Courtesy TCC

  Leading Hong Kong ship-owner Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. (TCC) and the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering (USC) announced a significant research breakthrough aimed at tackling harmful ship-source emissions today.


White House Opposes Moves to End Crude Oil Exports Ban

The White House said on Tuesday that it continues to oppose legislation that would lift a longstanding ban on U.S. crude oil exports, and urged Republicans to focus on funding the government without attaching unrelated measures ahead of a looming deadline.


Final Interlake Steamship Vessel in for Repower

hoto: Dave Brendorfer

The Interlake Steamship Company’s last steamship arrives at Fraser Shipyards for repowering   The S.S. Herbert C. Jackson made its final journey as a steamship this month when it sailed into Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wis., where it will undergo a six-month conversion to a highly


US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs for a 6th Week in 7

U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs for a sixth week in the last seven, data showed on Thursday, a sign drillers were still waiting for higher prices before returning to the well pad.   Drillers removed 2 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 31, bringing the total rig count down to 536


Lakes/Seaway Iron Ore Trade Dips 8.5% in 2015

Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 54.4 million tons in 2015, a decrease of 8.5 percent compared to 2014, reported the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), who added shipments slipped 7.8 percent compared to the trade’s five-year average.


Gerald R. Ford Fitted with 14 Mln Feet of Cable

Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in November 2013 (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Shipbuilders at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division have installed more than 14 million feet of electrical and fiber optic cable on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)—enough to reach from Earth to the International Space Station more than


PSA Container Throughput Falls 2%

Tan Chong Meng GROUP CEO PSA INTERNATIONAL PTE LTD

  PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA) handled 64.10 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of containers at its port projects around the world for the year ending 31 December 2015. The Group’s volume decreased by 2.0% over 2014, with flagship PSA Singapore Terminals contributing 30


Euronav Reports: Tanker Market is "Full Steam Ahead"

Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN) this morning issued a release to set the record straight with investors, from its perspective, on current market conditions in the large tanker market.    According to Euronav, despite the current capital market's predominantly negative sentiment


Box Rates Drop, Chinese New Year No Help

File Image:Maersk

Falling shipping freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe on Friday showed there was no traditional surge in cargo exports from China ahead of the Chinese New Year, indicating a bleak outlook for the industry.


NASSCO Delivers Second LNG Containership

Perla Del Caribe (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

 Fueled by liquefied natural gas, the Perla Del Caribe will join its sister ship, the Isla Bella, as the greenest containerships in the world.   U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO today delivered the world’s second containership to be operated by liquefied natural gas (LNG)






 
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