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Tidewater Completes $79M ENSCO Deal

Tidewater has completed a previously announced transaction, acquiring the 27-vessel fleet from ENSCO International. The five anchor handling towing-supply vessels, six modern large capacity 220-ft. "stretched" platform supply vessels, 13 standard supply vessels and three utility vessels were acquired for a cash price of $79 million. Also included in the agreement is a provision which affords Tidewater the opportunity to provide supply, anchor handling and towing vessels to ENSCO for its Gulf of Mexico operations.


Navico’s Simrad Agreement with Consilium

Marine electronics giant Navico has entered into a cooperative partnership with marine safety and navigation specialist Consilium through its Simrad brand with the intent to offer new products for the world’s commercial vessel fleet. Through their strategic and technological alliance, the two companies first aim to significantly change the comprehension of short range radar target detection and processing. The goal is to introduce radar systems for use on SOLAS vessels with a strong


Royal Caribbean Extends Options For Two $500 Million Vessels

Royal Caribbean said on Wednesday it has extended for 13 months options on building two $500 million ships to add to its 21-vessel fleet. The Miami-based operator of the Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity lines said in a news release that it had agreed with the Meyer Werft shipyard of Papenburg, Germany, to extend the options to July 26, 2002, on the so-called Radiance-class ships. Both options on the 2,100-passenger ships were due to expire on June 27


Swissco Adds on 2 More Vessels to Fleet

Swissco Adds on 2 More Vessels to Fleet Swissco International Ltd. said that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Swissco Offshore Pte Ltd (SOPL) has added two more offshore support vessels worth $5.7m to their vessel fleet. The first unit is a 147-ft. vessel placed with a Chinese shipyard in Guangzhou slated for delivery in 2H08. This order is the fifth of its kind to be placed with the same shipyard. This recent order is a testament to the Group’s belief in the high demand of such vessels.


Zim to Buy Eight Ships for $1.36B

Israel Corp. subsidiary Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. said it had placed an order to purchase eight mega container ships from the South Korea’s shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. The deal, valued at $1.37b, ($170m each) comes six weeks after Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. announced its plan to upgrade its container vessels fleet. The company had ordered eight TEU 12,600 mega containership for delivery by July 2012


Admanthos Choses SpecTec

Admanthos Shipping Agency Inc. has chosen SpecTec after reaching an agreement with their US office for the supply of AMOS2 Enterprise solution. Admanthos will use AMOS2 Maintenance & Purchase, AMOS2 Personnel and AMOS2 Quality to manage their Headquarter Office and four vessel fleet. Admanthos, based in Stamford, Connecticut, provides technical management, new building site supervision, crewing, chartering, and the general administrative and financial functions for the ship owning


ACCL Adds New Itineraries for 2000

Known as the original smallship cruise line, American Canadian Caribbean Line (ACCL), has established 25 new itineraries for the year 2000. Included in the new schedule are: Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; seven-day Belize/Barrier Reef; Chicago/Upper Mississippi; and Great Lakes/Quebec City. Able to hold between 84 and 100 passengers each, ACCL's three-vessel fleet Grande Caribe, Grande Mariner and Niagara Prince kicked off the new year in Central America and the Caribbean


Hornbeck Reports No Damage After Gustav

Hornbeck Offshore Services announced that, based on first reports from the field, it has experienced no damage to any of its vessels as a result of Hurricane Gustav, including those currently under construction in Gulf of Mexico (GoM) shipyards. The Company's new generation offshore supply vessel fleet continues to operate at pre-storm levels of 100 percent utilization. The Company remains in position to assist its GoM customers as they begin to assess storm damage and commence their recovery


Navios Provides Fleet Update; Announces New Charters

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation Announces Charters for Four LR1 Product Tankers; Fleet Coverage of 98.7% for 2012 and 75.7% for 2013.   Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation ("Navios Acquisition") (NYSE: NNA), an owner and operator of tanker vessels, announced today that it has chartered out four newbuilding LR1 product tankers.   The four LR1 vessels -- Nave Cassiopeia, Nave Cetus, Nave Rigel and Nave Atropos -- have been chartered out to a high-quality


Container Ship 2013 Capacity to Outpace Demand

A.P. Moller-Maersk expects container ship capacity to grow 11% this year, outpacing demand, forcing owners to take corrective measures. The industry is likely to scrap more vessels, sail them at even slower speeds and idle more ships in order to balance supply with growth, Soren Skou, the chief executive of Maersk Line, told media at a news conference in Singapore, as reported by Fox Business News. Slow steaming, industry term for slowing down ships to save fuel


TS Lines Seeks to Restart Shipbuilding Plan

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T.S. Lines, Taiwan's fourth largest container carrier, is seeking to restart its dormant shipbuilding plan in 2015, the company announced Monday. In 2011, the company suspended a plan to order four 1,800 teu and four 4,700 teu box ships due to the  belief that new building prices would


CGG to cut Vessel Fleet Further

French seismic group CGG said on Thursday it would further cut its fleet of seismic vessels after declining demand from oil and gas clients hit by the falling oil price led it to record an impairment and one-time charges of $643 million in the fourth quarter.


Hansson Sees Positive Outlook for NAO

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Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) executive chairman, Herbjørn Hansson, has increased his ownership in the company, purchasing an additional 50,000 NAO shares with his son, Alexander, yesterday at about $7.83 per share.   In a letter to NAO shareholders


New Skimmer Systems for Coastal Oil Spill Response

SeaHow said its new skimmer systems can be implemented to almost any workboat over six meters in length. Skimmers are designed to collect both light and heavy oils efficiently. These features provide new operational efficiencies especially for near shore and coastal oil spill response. (Photo: SeaHow)

SeaHow has launched a new product line of skimmers aiming to address the challenges encountered by the oil spill response (OSR) organizations.   SeaHow, operator one of northern Europe’s largest fleets of OSR vessels, said that over the 30 years that it has carried out OSR work


New Research Vessel Delivered on the Great Lakes

Arcticus

The new oceanographic research and fisheries assessment vessel, Arcticus, completed her sea trials and was delivered to the U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center on October 17. The Arcticus, designed by JMS Naval Architects (JMS) and constructed at Burger Boat Company


Burger Boat Delivers R/V Arcticus

R/V Arcticus (Photo courtesy of Burger Boat Company)

Burger Boat Company delivered the R/V Arcticus, a 78-foot research vessel for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), on Friday, October 17, 2014. The Arcticus replaces the 38-year-old R/V Grayling and brings the USGS Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) large vessel fleet up-to-date


Asia-Europe Box Rates Drop Almost 21 pct

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 20.5 percent to $934 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


NAT CEO: Low Oil Prices Benefit the Tanker Market

Herbjørn Hansson (Photo courtesy of NAT)

Nordic American Tankers Limited Chairman & CEO Herbjørn Hansson addressed the impacts of low oil prices on the tanker business in a letter to shareholders, citing the decrease in oil price as an overall positive for the world tanker market and possible trigger for the recent rate


CMA CGM Upgrades Asia - E.Africa Service

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CMA CGM to improve its ASEA service between Asia and East Africa with the launching of ASEA Kenya and ASEA Tanzania. The CMA CGM Group’s Asia-East Africa (ASEA) service upgrade is scheduled to begin December 2014 with the launch of two new services


From Security to Efficiency Modern Vessel Tracking

Nick Farrell

More so than many other fields of business, the maritime industry is focused on cost, which in turn gives the appearance of being conservative towards technology. Of course, we have magnificently technical ships operating with equipment that wouldn’t look out of place in a NASA lab


World’s First LNG-Ready Ultra Large Container Ship Named

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The race is on in global maritime circles to be the “world’s first” in every aspect of environmental friendliness, particularly in regards to the incorporation of LNG as fuel onboard commercial ships. There was yet another “world first” today in South Korea at the


Making a Conscious Change: Seaspan Marine’s Conversion to EALs

Seaspan Marine has converted Royal’s stern tubes to RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic EAL. Photo credit: Seaspan Marine

Vessel fleets face an increasing number of environmentally focused regulations, adding complexity to their operations and creating urgency around compliance. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Vessel General Permit (VGP)


Rep. Crowley Calls for New Training Vessel at SUNY Maritime

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, announced that he, along with 25 bipartisan members of Congress, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget urging the agencies to develop and support a plan to


US Ebola-aid Ships Return Home

MV Cape Rise (Photo: Military Sealift Command)

America is leading the global effort to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. And part of the Obama Administration's whole-of-government response has included some recent heavy lifting by two ships from the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force


Harvey Gulf Claims Another LNG Milestone

Courtesy of Harvey Gulf International Marine

  Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC made maritime history in North America last week by being not only the first owner/operator of a dual fuel offshore support vessel to bunker LNG as a marine fuel but to also successfully complete the first truck to vessel transfer of LNG and to power






 
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