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Kleven to Build Another Rem Arctic Conditions PSV

Arctic design PSV: Image credit Kleven

Norway's Kleven says it has signed a contract with Rem Offshore for the building of a Wärtsila Ship Design PSV specially designed to operate in challenging arctic conditions. They explain that the type VS 485 MK III ARCTIC design includes a number of features for ice prevention and de-icing, and hull and propulsion systems will have ICE-1B class. 'We highly appreciate the close cooperation we have with Rem Offshore, and the fact that they again have chosen to order a new vessel from Kleven,' says Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven. 'When this vessel gets delivered Q2 2015, it will be vessel number 18 from Kleven to Rem since 2006. It is a unique story,' Rasmussen said. 'Our two organisations know each other very well, ensuring a smooth building process.' 'It is a pleasure for us to be able to use a local ship yard and local suppliers, and our experience with this design is solid,' said ship owner Åge Remøy. About Kleven Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway builds advanced offshore vessels. The yard has efficient facilities for early installation and assembly on the slipway. The company uses the module-based building method, and the modules are assembled on the slipway.  


Polarcus Alima travels the Northern Sea Route

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One of the X-BOW vessels designed by ULSTEIN, the seismic vessel ‘Polarcus Alima’, recently transited to Asia-Pacific via the Northern Sea Route (NSR). This is the first known passage of a 3D seismic vessel along the Northern Sea Route. Her passage commenced on September 15 from Hammerfest in Norway after completion of seismic operations in the Barents Sea. After only nine days and 3,000 nautical miles the vessel reached Cape Dezhnev in the Bering Straits


Investment in Design:The Rising Value of Propulsion Business

Despite a fall in the overall number of vessels forecast to be delivered from shipyards until 2007, the value of the propulsion systems installed in newbuilds is expected to show a rise from 2004, reaching nearly $5-billion by 2007 on the strength of increasing power requirements. A new business study entitled The World Marine Propulsion Report 2003-2007* predicts that newbuild deliveries measured by tonnage will grow by four-percent over the five years


USCG Issues Security Update

The U.S. Coast Guard has collected the following nationwide compliance data on both the international code and the U.S. law. These numbers are current as of noon, July 2, but are not final and are subject to change. ISPS compliance numbers for July 2 Total foreign vessel arrivals on July 1: 228 Number of foreign vessels (included above) inspected and approved before July 1: 131 Number of foreign vessels inspected in port on July 1: 120


Shipowners’ Club Registers Strong 2010 Results

Excellent financial results have been reported by the Shipowners’ Club for the trading year ending February 2011.  Positive growth or improvements across almost all parameters have been recorded, from increased tonnage and numbers of vessels entered, to an up-lift on gross earned premiums to US$196.8 million (up 13% on last year) and an underwriting surplus of US$25.2 million. Chairman of the Club, Donald MacLeod puts the recent success of the Club down to the diversity of its


DGS Marine Announces Fixed Premium P&I Growth

David Skinner (Photo: DGS Marine)

Tailor-made cover helps DGS secure 6 percent growth in 2016 P&I renewals; total BE&O tonnage exceeds 5 million metric tons   DGS Marine, a global P&I management provider and exclusive manager for the British European and Overseas (BE&O) P&I facility, announced growth figures following the completion of P&I renewals, with premium growth of 6 percent, tonnage growth of 12 percent and total vessel numbers up by 17 percent.  


Swedish Marine Insurers: Achieving Stability In A Stormy Market

While the impact of poor freight rates and low oil prices have been felt in all quarters of the Scandinavian maritime industries, the region's hull underwriters and P&I Clubs continue to benefit from the relatively strong domestic shipping and energy sectors. Scandinavian marine insurers have demonstrated resilience in challenging market conditions. The global hull market remains in a downswing of unusual severity. As for the P&I sector, the past 12 months have had a nervous character


Greek Shipping Numbers Still in First Rank

Despite the decrease in the number of ships, the fleet under Greek management still ranks first in world according to Clarksons. Greece's merchant fleet still ranks first in the world both in number of ships with 20% of the world's fleet, and about 15% of its capacity, according to Clarksons. According to Allied ShipBroking, Greek shipowners were the leaders in ship buying and selling in 2011. The tonnage of merchant ships (over 100 GRT) under the Greek flag increased to 43,397


Nontank Vessel Response Plan Final Rule

The "Nontank Vessel Response Plans and Other Response Plan Requirements" (NTVRP) final rule, which was published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2013, requires vessel owners or operators of nontank vessels 400 gross tons and above to prepare and submit oil spill response plans for vessels operating on the navigable waters of the United States.   Additionally, the final rule requires the submission of a Vessel Response Plan (VRP) Control Number with the


New Shipbuilding Orders Threaten Fragile Sector Recovery

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Reuters –  Overcapacity threatens to derail a fragile recovery in the global shipping sector as ship owners and investors place orders for new vessels betting on better times, according to a recent survey. Ship owners ordered large numbers of vessels between 2007 and 2009, just as the global economy sank into its biggest crisis since the 1930s. In recent months, prospects have brightened as the sector absorbs the tonnage as well more positive signs for world trade


Demand, Bunker Pricing Spurs Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File Image: a bulk carrier underway (Credit: BSM)

Owners asking $1 per tonne more on Australia-China rates; Panamax rates climb to two-month high, but remain under pressure. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could continue to firm next week on higher cargo volumes and bunker prices


US Workboat Market: Domestic Drivers

The enlarged Panama Canal potentially helps inland operators as deep(er) blue water ports attract still larger tonnage that can load more grain and bulk products. (Photo courtesy of the Panama Canal)

Sectors of the U.S. market are hot, but for how long? Five key variables drive the domestic brown water market.   The challenging operating climate currently facing blue water, international trades can and sometimes does overshadow what happens on the American side of the big pond


Solstad CSV Gets Propulsion Overhaul at Gibdock

Normand Cutter at Gibdock (Photo: Gibdock)

Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed its scope of work on Solstad Shipping’s Normand Cutter, a 127-meter-long, 10,979grt construction support vessel (CSV) that left the yard on June 29 following a 22-day drydock program, which included an overhaul of its entire propulsion system


Austal Stops Shares Trading

USNS Fall River (JHSV 4)  (Photo credit: U.S. Navy)

 Review of U.S. Ops Reportedly Underway The West Australian reported that Austal halted its shares from trading, and reportedly is in the process of reviewing its U.S. operation, Austal USA. Austal USA is best known for it construction of vessels for the U.S


Conrad Shipyard Forms LNG Business Unit

Conrad LNG Vice President Brett Wolbrink (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

Conrad Shipyard has formed a new business unit focused on LNG projects.   Conrad, builder of North America’s first LNG bunker barge scheduled for 2017 delivery, said it continues to actively pursue other LNG opportunities, including developing designs for additional transport barges


VL-exit?

Graph: Gibson Shipbrokers

 Earlier this week spot returns in the VLCC market touched their lowest level since October 2014, with TCE earnings for Middle East/Japan (TD3) falling close to $20,000/day, says Gibson Weekly Tanker Market Report.   The current weakness has been essentially driven by the build-up of


World Trade Routes Won't be the Same with Expanded Panama Canal!

Graph: Clarksons Research

 On 26th June 2016, a landmark development for the shipping industry will occur with the opening of the new third set of locks at the Panama Canal. Clarksons Research takes a look.   Around ten years in the making, the expansion will enable significantly larger ships to transit the


210 Ships Pass Through Suez Canal Last Week

Pic: Suez Canal Authority

 Suez Canal traffic data revealed that 210 ships transited the canal, with a total load of 12.8m tonnes, from 19 to 23 June.   An average of 42 ships transited the canal per day during that period, with an average load of 2.56m tonnes per day


ECDIS Related Detentions on the Rise

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ClassNK has been informed by Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) that during PSC inspections it has been increasingly reported that vessels have been detained because PSCO considers a deficiency regarding ECDIS means evidence of insufficient ISM performance of the vessel.


Panama Canal Expansion: Impacts on the Bunker Industry

Photo: Monjasa

The total volume of the Panama bunker market has increased in recent years as price levels are becoming increasingly competitive to U.S. bunker hubs like Houston, New Orleans and New York.   In 2015, reports indicate that approximately 5 percent of the global trade passes through the Panama


Advanced MacGregor Technology for Polar Research Ship

The new polar research vessel will be equipped with MacGregor offshore cranes and Triplex systems specifically designed for handling research equipment in extreme temperature environments. Photo MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order to supply MacGregor offshore cranes and a Triplex handling system for a 14,300gt polar research vessel being built for the Polar Research Institute of China. Designed by Aker Arctic Finland, it will be the first vessel of its type to be built in China;


SPS Used for Pipe-Layer Upgrade

New top plates (Photo: SPS)

The 127,500dwt Solitaire has completed some of the most challenging projects in which heavy pipe has been laid in very deep waters.   Originally built in Japan as a mini-Capesize bulk carrier, the Lloyd’s Register-classed vessel was converted to lay pipe in 1998


Future LCS Charleston’s Keel Authenticated

Official U.S. Navy file photo.

A ceremony was hosted to celebrate the keel authentication of the U.S. Navy's future USS Charleston (LCS 18), the ninth Independence variant littoral combat ship, June 28.   Charlotte Riley, wife of former Charleston mayor Joseph Riley


Light at the End of the Tunnel Distant for Multipurpose Shipping

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 The demand outlook for the multipurpose fleet has not improved since the first quarter of 2016. The breakbulk and project cargo sector remain weak, with little suggestion that volumes will improve significantly until the end of 2017, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market


Paris MoU Reports Decrease in 'Bans'

2015 shows a large decrease in the refusal of access (“bans”) within the region 11 bans compared to 20 in 2014 Graphic by Paris MoU

Paris MoU reports that 2015 shows a large decrease in the refusal of access (“bans”) within the region: 11 bans compared to 20 in 2014. The detention percentage has remained stable at 3.33 percent. The number of deficiencies has decreased 10 percent related to 2014






 
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