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Port Terminal Completes 718-Ton Project Cargo Lift

Fracht USA/Germany supervisors were on hand to assist in the transload of the 718-ton, 164-foot-long absorption tower onto Roll-Lifts self-propelled modular transporters at the Port of New Orleans Louisiana Avenue Terminal operated by Coastal Cargo Company LLC. (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

718-ton absorption tower discharged at Louisiana Ave. wharf   Fracht USA/Germany, a global freight forwarder, completed one of the heaviest project cargo lifts in the Port of New Orleans’ history January 12, discharging a 718-ton, 164-foot-long absorption tower from ship-to-barge.   The SAL Amoenitas arrived at the port’s Louisiana Avenue Terminal January 10 after a 45-day trip from Shanghai, China. The lift was completed January 12 by SAL Heavy Lift, Fracht, Roll-Lift, McDonough Marine and the terminal’s stevedore - Coastal Cargo Company LLC.    “This lift underscores the Port of New Orleans’ ability to handle the largest and most complex cargo in the industry,” said Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange. “Our stevedores have realized a real boost in project cargo in the past year, due to the historic industrial expansions and new construction both on the Lower Mississippi River and along the Gulf Coast.”   The absorption tower is destined for a major plant project in Donaldsonville, La.   “This is great business for Coastal as well as for the Port of New Orleans,” said Dan Hauser, President and CEO of Coastal Cargo Company LLC. “Project cargo of this type and magnitude has not been traditional in the Port of New Orleans. It’s wonderful to have this type of diversity added to the port’s cargo mix.”  

Owners Warned: Pay Heed to Turkish SOX Regs

OW Bunker highlighted the potential safety issues that ship owners and operators will face in Turkish waters when new local sulfur legislation comes into force from January 1, 2012.  The ruling, delivered by the Turkish Chamber of  Shipping and the Turkish General Directorate of Marine Transport states that:  ‘…marine fuels whose sulfur content exceeds 0.1% by mass cannot be used as of 01.01.2012 in the inland vessels and in the vessels on the quay.’[1]

Farrell Lines 2 Additional U.S. Flag Vessels

Farrell Lines announced the addition of two U.S. flag roll-on, roll-off vessels into its fleet, the Alliance Beaumont and Alliance Charleston. These ships complement the Alliance St. Louis and Alliance Norfolk, which have been U.S. flag vessels since February 2008. The Farrell Lines fleet now consists of four roll-on, roll-off vessels.   The Alliance Beaumont was brought under the U.S. flag on February 21 in Dubai, and this vessel will participate in the Maritime Security Program (MSP)

“K” Line Selects Globe Wireless for Upgrade

Globe Wireless has been selected by “K” Line to provide a turnkey implementation of the Inmarsat FleetBroadband service. “K” Line is a large ship owner/operators, which includes container ships, car carriers, bulk carriers, gas carriers and tankers. The signed agreement between “K” Line and Globe Wireless entails the up gradation of its service in the vessels presently using the Globe Wireless network

Ship Finance Terminates Charters With Horizon

Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL) has agreed to terminate chartering agreements with Horizon Lines, LLC relating to five of its vessels. Ship Finance will receive as termination compensation $40 million in second lien notes issued by Horizon Lines and warrants exercisable into ten percent of the common stock of Horizon Lines, Inc. as part of the restructuring outlined below. The 2,824teu vessels were built in Korea in 2006 and 2007

Maersk Orders 11 Triple-E Containerships

Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Line, and Sung-Leep Jung, President and CEO of DSME, at a ceremony at Maersk Line’s headquarters in Copenhagen (Photo courtesy of Maersk)

Maersk Line announced it has today ordered 11 new ultra-large second generation Triple-E containerships from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).   Ordered to replace smaller, less efficient ships in the Maersk Line fleet, the new vessels will be the shipper’s largest and are intended to enter Asia - Europe service between April 2017 and May 2018. They will sail under Danish flag.   

Four New Ships for Carnival Corporation

Carnival Corporation reached an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of four new cruise ships worth more than $2 billion, along with options for two additional vessels. The agreement calls for the construction of four new vessels (one each for Costa Crociere, Holland America Line, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Princess Cruises); the two additional vessel options are for Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line.

Carnival To Swap Ships

Carnival Corp., which is working to revive profitability at its Seabourn luxury cruise line, said that next year it will shift a ship now sailing for Seabourn to the company's Holland America Line. The Seabourn Sun, at 38,000 tons the largest of the six Seabourn ships, will move to Holland America in April 2002 after the vessel finishes an around-the-world tour. Carnival, the world's biggest cruise group with 44 ships among its half a dozen lines

JonRie Winches for New Hyack Maritime ASD Tugboats

Tugboat Hawaii: Photo credit Hyak Maritime

The lead vessel of 2 new tugboats, 'Hawaii' has been delivered by J.T. Marine of Vancouver equipped with JonRie winches. The new Hyak Tug is a 37 Meter 80 Ton Bollard Pull Line Haul ASD complete with a JonRie Series 200 Bow winch with a capacity of 150M of 60 mm line, a line pull of 5 Tons, a line speed of 20  M/m and a brake with capacity of 200 Tons with an independent capstan. The winch features JonRies Joystick feather speed control, Auto Render Block

K Line to Expand Use of Eco-efficiency Software

Photo: K Line

Three further K Line vessels to install ClassNK-NAPA GREEN eco-efficiency software after reporting fuel savings during trials on an 8,600 TEU container vessel   NAPA and ClassNK announced a deal with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K Line) to install an eco-efficiency and operational optimization solution, ClassNK-NAPA GREEN, on three additional vessels.    The vessels will be fitted with the software in June 2015 after the ClassNK-NAPA GREEN suite of systems proved itself on a

Using Big Data for Engine Preventive Maintenance

The Methanol carrier MAYARO. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that it has started a demonstration test of a next-generation condition-based engine monitoring system called “CMAXS e-GICSX” (electronic Global Internet Customer Support neXt)  aboard the recently delivered methanol carrier MAYARO. 

IMTRA Debuts Omega LED lights

Omega Downlights in square, round and gimbal designs (clockwise from top)

  IMTRA today released its Omega LED lights. Designed specifically for recessed lighting applications in large yachts, the DC-powered Omega LED lights feature a high-quality, high CRI (Color Rendering Index) that reveals the colors of objects faithfully in comparison with ideal and natural

Hapag-Lloyd Announce Service Improvement


  For the benefit of increased schedule reliability, Hapag-Lloyd and partner lines have decided to take the following measures: Implementation of a fourth vessel in AT2 Replace the Liverpool eastbound call on AT1 by a Southampton call on AT2

Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Plunge 17 pct

The CMA CGM Bougainville is the worlds largest containership under French flag. (Image: P. Plisson / CMA / CGM)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 17.3 percent to $259 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.

Maersk Goes to Thailand

Photo: Maersk Line

 Maersk Line will add a call at the port of Laem Chabang in Thailand on its Boomerang service starting from October 2015. This unique setup offers Thai exporters and importers with the first and only direct service between Thailand and Australia.  

Japan’s First ME-GI Engine Passes Factory Tests

FAT attendees pictured in front of the ME-GI engine at MES’s Tamano Works (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

The factory acceptance test (FAT) of the first ME-GI engine in Japan recently took place at the Tamano Works of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), overseen by classification society DNV GL.   The engine, developed by MAN Diesel & Turbo

Cruise Critic Awards Best Cruise Lines of 2015

Photo: Viking Oceans

 Online cruise guide Cruise Critic has announced the winners of its annual Editors' Picks Awards for 2015, revealing the industry's top performers in a variety of different categories.   The winners, which are selected by the online cruise guide's team of experts

MacGregor's Deck Machinery for Sentinel Marine ERRV

MacGregor Safety and service quality

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, will supply deck machinery for a new 65m emergency rescue & response vessel (ERRV) for Sentinel Marine. The ship has been designed by Focal Marine & Offshore Pte Ltd and will have a bollard pull of 100 tonnes of FOCAL 552

Two RAscal 1500 Tugs Delivered

RAscal 1500 tugs for Jordanian owners

  Sanmar Shipyard of Turkey has recently completed two RAscal 1500 tugs for Jordanian owners. The tugs are now delivering marine services to the FSRU berthing facility at the Sheikh Subah Al Ahmad Al Subah LNG terminal in Aqaba, Jordan

Pitbull Named Godfather of Norwegian’s New Cruise Ship

Pitbull (Photo: NCL)

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that musician Pitbull will serve as godfather for its newest ship, Norwegian Escape, slated to be christened next month in Miami.   On Monday, November 9, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, will be the honorary godfather and headline performer at a

MOL Undertakes CMAXS e-GICSX Test on MAYARO

The Methanol carrier MAYARO

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that it has started a demonstration test of a next-generation condition-based engine monitoring system called “CMAXS e-GICSX” (electronic Global Internet Customer Support neXt)(*1) aboard the recently delivered methanol carrier MAYARO

IRISL Looks West with New Vessels

Image: Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

 The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) plans to become one of the world's top ten shipping lines. It plans to modernize its fleet and ally with international shipping majors to tap western markets , reports WSJ.   Mohammad Saeidi

ClassNK Begins Testing CBM System

Image: ClassNK

ClassNK has commenced verification tests of its next-generation condition-based monitoring (CBM) system ClassNK CMAXS e-GICSX for Mitsui’s MAN B&W engines. The system is being jointly developed by ClassNK, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and MES Technoservice Co., Ltd

Former Shipping Execs Indicted on Price-fixing

Photo: NYK

Three former executives of ocean freight shipping firms have been indicted for participating in a long-running price-fixing conspiracy, the U.S. Justice Department announced.   The executives – Yoshiyuki Aoki, Masahiro Kato and Shunichi Kusunose – have been brought up on felony

Box Shipping Eyes More Overcapacity, Financial Pain

File photo

Slowing global trade and a bloated orderbook of large vessel capacity mean that container shipping is set for another three years of overcapacity and financial pain, according to the latest Container Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

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