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Mayor of Herne Inaugurates the Hackforth Academy


Workshop and seminar rooms have been developed on two floors of the former residence of the VULKAN owners. On Wednesday, July 3, 2013, the Mayor of the city of Herne and the owners and Executive Management of the VULKAN Group cut the blue ribbon to inaugurate the Hackforth Academy, the new advanced training center. More than 30 guests from the sectors of politics, economics and science gathered to attend the festive inaugural celebrations. The Hackforth Academy is the new internal advanced training institute of the VULKAN Group that is situated at the registered office of the Herne business. There are now modern teaching, tutorial and presentation rooms spread over the 370 m² former residence of the Hackforth family that is part of the VULKAN company premises. These new facilities are not only for the employees at the head office in Herne, but also for the many colleagues from the VULKAN Group’s 18 subsidiary companies worldwide. This is where internal advanced training seminars, personnel development programs and customized qualification measures will be offered in the future for all specialized divisions of the VULKAN Group of companies. In her speech for the occasion of the inauguration, Personnel Manager Margarete Aufermann explained how based on the original approach of optimising the corporate training, a large framework had quickly taken shape

Series of 30m Tugs From Far East Shipyards

In an efficient near-assembly-line process at Far East Shipyard in Sibu a series of 29-meter tugs are being built and delivered to an Indonesian owner, Pte. Arpeni Pratama Ocean Line Tbk.. The first of these boats, Cigading, was delivered in mid-January. By late March, the second boat, Paiton, was ready for delivery. A third was taking shape on the yard’s ways while the steel for the fourth vessel was being cut nearby.

Two Costa Ships Launched

 The Costa Luminosa, which will be able to accommodate 2,828 Guests and is 92,700 gross tonnage, was launched at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera.

The Italian Company Costa Cruises and Fincantieri have together set record:  for the first time ever, two ships have been launched the same day – the Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica, respectively the 13th and 14th members of the Costa fleet, which will both enter service next year.  The Costa Luminosa, which will be able to accommodate 2,828 Guests and is 92,700 gross tonnage, was launched at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera () in the presence of the Honorable Renato

Editorial: Gas ... It's Both the Question & the Answer

Greg  Trauthwein, Editor & Associate Publisher

When the time comes to pull an edition together, sometimes the content simply takes on a life of its own, as is the case with the July 2014 edition and the proliferation of ‘gas’ throughout. While the advent of gas and all that this little word encompasses is hardly breaking news, to put it in context we literally are in the infancy of a historic course correction that will last generations. Following up on last month’s interview with Edward Scott

Caterpillar Sponsors 2014 High Horsepower Summit


  Caterpillar Inc. announced its sponsorship of the 2014 High Horsepower Summit (HHP) Summit, now underway in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event is North America’s leading conference on the use of natural gas to fuel high horsepower operations. As an industry leader in the design and manufacture of dual-fuel and natural gas engines, Caterpillar plans to highlight its commitment to delivering the highest customer value for energy and power systems operations, as well as rail

Liverpool2 Passes Major Construction Milestone

Piling Photo Peel Ports

  Construction at the new £300 million ($500 million) container terminal being built at the Port of Liverpool has reached an advanced stage. Work to reclaim 12 hectares of land has passed the first stage with further infilling due to take place over the summer.   The majority of 296 steel piles have been driven into the seabed, allowing the infilling of 1.43 million tonnes of sand and silts taken from the Mersey estuary and deposited behind the new quay wall

New Ax-Bow to Increase Ships' Efficiency

Considerable effort, particularly following the oil embargo of the 1970s, has been placed on reducing the fuel oil consumption of ships, a task readily handled by a series of improvements in hull shapes, the fitting of energy savings devices, and improvements to the performance of main engines. A group of engineers from the Tsu Research Laboratories — Koichiro Matsumoto, Kazuyoshi Hirota and Kenji Takagishi - however, noted that while performance in still water was gaining, other factors

Viguerie: Passing Quality from Father to Son

The latest Leboeuf towboat sits between two sisters at the Intracoastal Ironworks yard (photo: Alan Haig-Brown)

“I started in the shipyard 50 years ago with pick on the end of a broom stick cleaning up,” recalls Raymond Viguerie, before adding, “Later the old man taught me how to do fitting.” These days, Raymond is still at his Intracoastal Iron Works yard full time, but his son Peter is doing a lot of the day-to-day management. With three boats under construction in March there was plenty to keep them both busy

Shiptec China 2014 Taking Shape

In just under seven months’ time, marine professionals from China and around the world will gather for the opening of Shiptec China 2014 at the Dalian World Expo Center. Taking place October 21-24, it is the 11th holding of this increasingly important event, and the organizers have now confirmed many aspects of the forthcoming event. With its leading role now well established thanks to the involvement of the Chinese government

Not All Contangos are Created Equal


After the collapse of the global financial system in 2008, crude oil forward curves moved into steep contango. Fortunes were made in storage asset plays in 2009-2010, which is likely the reason that so much attention is being devoted to the topic today; however, the contango is inherently different today than it was after The Great Recession. As the U.S. energy revolution continues to develop, global crude oil supply and demand dynamics have begun to evolve

MN 100: All American Marine, Inc.

President /CEO: Matt Mullett

The Company: All American Marine Inc. was founded in 1987 and specializes in the construction of custom tailored aluminum boats from 30 to 150 feet LOA. Today, the company has become a leading builder of high speed passenger catamarans, survey craft, and research vessels

United Heavy Lift Gears up for the Asian Boom

Photo: Lexicon Overseas

  Set to expand its footprint in the South Asian market, Hamburg-based United Heavy Lift (UHL) appointed strategically placed Lexicon Overseas Pvt Ltd. as its General Agents in India, to help ramp up operations from Mumbai. With two vessels calling at Mumbai port each month the company has

SHIPFLOW Version 6 Released


SHIPFLOW 6 comes with a new module for computing ship motions in waves and the SHIPFLOW RANS solver is up to 10 times faster than its predecessor.   SHIPFLOW MOTIONS is a new flow solver for computing ship motions in waves. It is a time accurate fully nonlinear boundary element method which

LNGreen: Next-generation LNG Carrier Concept


DNV GL announced the completion of the LNGreen joint industry project, which worked to develop a next-generation LNG carrier. The LNGreen joint industry project brought together DNV GL, GTT, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and GasLog. The vessel concept is designed to deliver an improved

Lerwick Port Promoting Shetland Fishing Industry

Projects include further expansion of port’s infrastructure.

  The importance of investment in the Shetland fishing industry has been highlighted today by Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, Sandra Laurenson. The industry – white fish, pelagic, shellfish and aquaculture – is the biggest single contributor to the islands' economy

LNG-fueled Bulker Design Approved by DNV GL

DNV GL Group President & CEO Dr Henrik O. Madsen (right) presents the CEO of Oshima Shipbuilding, Sho Minami, with the AiP certificate for the Japanese yard’s LNG-fuelled Kamsarmax bulk carrier design

DNV GL has presented Oshima Shipbuilding Company with an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate for a LNG-fuelled Kamsarmax bulk carrier at the Nor-Shipping exhibition in Oslo today. The new design has been found to comply with DNV GL class rules and all current and upcoming regulations

McDonald Confirmed as Mass. Maritime President

Francis X. McDonald, the 38th president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

A vote by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) has confirmed Francis X. McDonald has been selected as the 38th president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.   McDonald, a 1985 graduate of the school, has worked on campus since 1994

New Forming Machine for the Construction Site

Photo courtsy of VOSS

Sometimes less is more. That’s also true for the size and weight of pre-assembly devices that are predominantly used at construction sites. They need to have compact designs but nevertheless work precisely, fast and safe, just like the new VOSSForm 100 Compact forming machine.

Matson Increases Quarterly Dividend

Matson Increases quarterly dividend by 5.9 percent to $0.18 per share    The board of directors of Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, today declared a third quarter dividend of $0.18 per common share. The dividend represents a one-cent increase, or 5

Wave Power Unit for Victorian Waters

prototype wave power unit

  BioPower Systems Pty Ltd (BioPower) has finished constructing its prototype wave power unit to be installed off the coast of Port Fairy, Victoria, later this year. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht congratulated BioPower on the achievement

US Navy Promotes Security in South China Sea

U.S. Navy photo

The U.S. Navy reports its Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) has continued to patrol the South China Sea since the end of May 2015 in support of security and stability in the region, a major sea line of worldwide communication for commercial shipping traffic  

First Guyanamax Ship Joins CMA CGM Fleet

NEFGUI line (Image: CMA CGM)

  The CMA CGM Group upgrades its fleet calling North Brazil, French Guyana and the Caribbean; takes delivery of the CMA CGM Cayenne, the first vessel of the Guyanamax three-vessel series    Container shippers the CMA CGM Group announce that the CMA CGM Cayenne

CWind Joins National Workboat Association

Photo: CWind

Citing crew transfer services as an integral part of its offering, offshore wind industry service provider CWind announced it is now a member of the National Workboat Association (NWA) of the U.K.   As the offshore wind industry matures and demands on workboat performance increase with

Women Lead Agenda at London International Shipping Week

Photo courtesy of WISTA

Women in command, a maritime incident ─ the perfect dilemma, and the marvels of Old Father Thames are just a few of the interesting topics that WISTA-UK will be exploring  at this year’s WISTA-UK event during London International Shipping Week (LISW).

Passage to the High North – When Spray Matters

Albert Aalbers

Why bother about a bit of spray? In mild climate latitudes rain and spray water is hardly a concern; it will run off and the ship happily carries on. But going to the High North it’s different. With the economic development of the High North and Arctic areas

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