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Maritime Labour Standards – EU Commission Adopts New Proposals

European Commission adopts two new proposals on maritime labour standards Two new proposals adopted by the European Commission are set to bring the European Union into line with enforcements and compliance rules foreseen by the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006. The MLC provides the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers with rights and protection at work. The proposals for two new directives clarify flag and port states’ responsibilities to ensure that maritime labour standards on board ships calling at EU ports comply with the provisions of the MLC. The proposal on flag states is designed to strengthen their role by requiring appropriate checks and monitoring mechanisms across EU member states and effective inspections to ensure that the MLC is fully enforced. Meanwhile, the port state control proposal requires vessels above a certain gross tonnage to carry a maritime labour certificate and a declaration of compliance with the MLC. As 25 states around the world have already ratified the MLC and many others are close to ratifying it, the ITF is confident that the 30 states necessary for entry into force will be achieved this year.


Stena Orders Ferries from Samsung

Stena Line has ordered two new RoPax vessels from Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. The vessels will be put into service in 2011 and are planned to operate the route Rotterdam-Harwich. The two new RoPax vessels will be built in South Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries. The shipyard has previously built a number of shuttle tankers and ice-class tankers for Stena Bulk. The two new RoPax vessels are sister ships to the Stena Trader and the Stena Traveller


Sperry Marine to Supply Fin Stabilizers for Ferries

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded a contract to supply fin stabilizers for two new vehicle/passenger ferries being built in Spain. Contract terms were not disclosed. The order was placed by IZAR Construcciones Navales, S.A., which is building the two new ships for Algerian ferry operator Enterprise Nationale de Transport Maritime de Voyagers at its Sevilla shipyard. Sperry Marine will provide 9


Island Oil & Gas Wins Two New Licenses

Island Oil and Gas PLC said it has been granted two new licenses offshore Ireland. One license covers blocks in the Southern Slyne Trough. Island Oil, the designated operator, and Lundin Petroleum AB will each hold a 50 percent interest in the newly named Inishmore Licence. The second award is the newly named Inishowen licence in the Donegal Basin. Again, Island is the designated operator with a 40 pct stake, while Lundin will hold 40 pct and Endeavour Energy 20 pct.


Qatargas Gains Two New LNG Vessels

Two new LNG vessels that will join the Qatargas fleet have been handed over to the owners’ consortium by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd (DSME) at its ship building yard in the Geoje Island in South Korea. The vessels Al Ruwais and Al Safliya will now proceed with bunkering and leave South Korea in the next few days. The first cargo will be delivered to Japan using one of these vessels before the year end.


OSX Offshore Has Newbuildings in Brazil, Asian Shipyards

Photo credit: OSX

OSX offshore industry order book reaches 21 newbuilding units with latest order for two new well-head platforms (WHP) for Brazil construction OSX, an EBX Group Company of integrated solutions for offshore units and services, received an order from its anchor client OGX Petróleo e Gás for construction and charter of two new Wellhead Platforms, WHP-3 and WHP-4, pursuant to the Strategic Cooperation Agreement entered into by the companies.


Vosper Thornycroft Wins Warship Contract

Vosper Thorneycroft has won a $205 million British government contract to build two new specialist warships, safeguarding 800 jobs at the Appledore Shipyard. The multi-role Hydrographic and Oceanographic survey vessels are due to enter service in 2002 and 2003. The new 3,500 ton ships will be equipped with the latest survey systems, including multi-beam echo sounders and modern side sonars as well as advanced navigation and communications systems.


Aker Solutions Wins Drilling Equipment Contracts

Aker Solutions has been awarded two contracts with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in for the delivery of identical drilling equipment packages for Odebrecht's two new drillships. The total contract value for Aker Solutions is approximately $260m. The scope of work for Aker Solutions is to deliver complete drilling equipment packages consisting of engineering, equipment deliveries and commissioning services.


This Day in Coast Guard History – Sept. 18

1939-President Roosevelt directed the enlistment of 2,000 new Coast Guardsmen and opened two new training stations. 1947-The U.S. Air Force was formed as a separate military service.  Happy Birthday Air Force!  The Air Force's motto is: "Uno Ab Alto" (One over all). 1989- Hurricane Hugo hit Puerto Rico and eventually made landfall at Charleston, South Carolina, on the 21st.  Coast Guard units conducted search and rescue as well as relief operations.


Russian Shipbuilders Sign Large Contracts

According to a Dec. 7 report from Itar-Tass, two new shipyards in Russia’s Primorsky Territory – Zvezda (Star)-DSME and Vostok (East)-Raffles that were laid down just a year ago, have already been engaged with orders. The contracts signed to date include the construction of 47 heavy-tonnage shipbuilding facilities. These are tankers, LNG carriers, floating plants to produce liquefied natural gas, as well as offshore drilling platforms.


Purpose-built Daughter Craft Delivered to Aberdeen

Unique Groups UK Managing Director, Ray Hughes, handing the Vaila over to Vertechs UK Managing Director, John Marsden (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group, an integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution provider, has now delivered two new dive systems and a diving vessel worth around £5 million to global services provider, Vertech.   The Hydracraft 1500 Daughter Craft vessel, named the Vaila


Indonesia Gets Multipurpose Research Vessel from France

Photo: Indonesian Navy

 The Indonesian Navy has taken delivery of a French-made KRI Rigel 933 multipurpose research vessel at Jakarta International Container Terminal 2, Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, Jakarta Post reported.   The ship was delivered from the OCEA Les Sables d'Olonne shipyard in France.


Two ASC Kalmar Cranes for DP World Brisbane

Kalmar automatic stacking cranes at DP World Brisbane

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order from DP World Australia to deliver two new Kalmar automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) for its semi-automated terminal in Brisbane.    The cranes will join a fleet of 14 Kalmar ASCs at Fisherman Islands Terminal


Protea to Launch Heavy-Lift Cranes at Nor-Shipping

Photos courtesy of Protea

Protea, a global manufacturer of offshore handling equipment, will launch two types of heavy lift cranes at Nor-Shipping 2015 in Oslo, June 2-5. Tomasz Paszkiewicz, Protea’s CEO, said, “The target of any marine crane design is to provide high lifting performance whilst minimizing


Scandlines Raises Profitability, Competitiveness in 2014

Courtesy Scandlines

  Scandlines reports good financial results in 2014 as the company strengthened its competitive position through significant investments in new ferries as well as the completion of a number of important strategic objectives concerning customer service and environmental initiatives


Diana Shipping Signs Loan Facility with Danish Ship Finance

  Diana Shipping Inc. a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that it has completed a drawdown of US$30 million, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, under a term loan facility it signed with Danish Ship Finance A/S


GE Gas Turbines to Power Turkish Corvettes

Photo: GE Marine

GE Marine announced it has signed a contract with Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik Ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM), Ankara, Turkey, whereby GE will provide STM with LM2500 gas turbines. The engines will power the Turkish Navy’s third and fourth MILGEM multi-purpose corvettes


Diana Shipping fixes Post-Panamax

mv  ALCMENE

  Diana Shipping Inc. announced today that through a separate wholly owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with ADM International Sarl, Rolle, Switzerland, for one of its Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Alcmene


Diana JV with WSM

Aliki Vessel. Photo by Diana Shipping Inc

 Dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping and Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) have joined forces in a new 50/50 joint venture named Diana Wilhelmsen Management Limited (DWM).   DWM, to be based in Limassol, Cyprus, and will commence operations by the end of June


Nor Lines Launches Cuxhaven RoRo Link

Kvitebjørn by Nor Lines

 The Norwegian shipping company Nor Lines has started a direct weekly RoRo connection between German Port of Cuxhaven and Norway.   The first departure of the liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered 5,000 dwt short sea cargo vessel MS Kvitbjørn was on May 7


China Crude Imports Expected to Surge

China's appetite for crude oil is expected to pick up later this year as storage comes online and new buyers emerge, even after its inbound shipments surpassed United States imports last month for the first time, traders and analysts say.


Cummins: New Environmental Sustainability Goals

Cummins Inc. announced two new environmental sustainability goals for its products in-use and the logistics of the company's managed freight.   These new goals are part of a broader effort for Cummins to reduce its environmental footprint, the company said


SCHOTTEL Launches New Service Divisions

Stefan Buch (Photo: SCHOTTEL)

SCHOTTEL announced the creation of two new service divisions, Automation and Systems Engineering as well as Repair International.    Stefan Buch was appointed director of the division Automation und Systems Technology. The electrical engineer has been working in leading positions in


Siem Sells “Siem Sasha”

Car Carrier CSAV Rio Grande. Pic by Siem Shipping

 Norwegian company Siem Offshore has sold the platform supply vessel (PSV) “Siem Sasha”.  It has delayed delivery of four of the nine platform support vessel (PSV) newbuildings it has under construction in Poland.  


NYK Orders Three LNG Carriers

Mitsubishis Sayaringo STaGE LNG carrier

 Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) has concluded time-charters for two new LNG carriers with Diamond Gas International, a Singapore affiliate of Mitsubishi Corporation.   NYK also concluded a contract with MI LNG Company Limited for the construction of the LNG carriers






 
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