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Mammoth Bunker Vessel Planned

The Verenigde Tankrederij (VT) from Rotterdam will order the largest bunker vessel so far. With a size of 8,000 tons (135 m long) it is twice the size of the present largest bunker vessel. The company said that it responds to the ongoing up scaling of the shipping industry. Since it expects traffic in Rotterdam to grow further it is very likely VT will order a second vessel of the same size. At present a total of some 8.5 million tons of bunker oil is delivered to ships in the port area.


Ingram Barge Lines Repowers

Robert King, based in Paducah Kentucky, is the manager of Ingram Support Service a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingram Barge Lines charged with managing 20 vessels that operate on the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. These are among the smaller vessels in Ingram's 137-vessel fleet and so operate without engineers. King's job is to minimize down time and maximize efficient operational hours. He expects to do just that for 87x30-ft. Charles M


Signal Completes Upgrade of The Noble Homer Ferrington

Signal International, LLC has completed a major refurbishment and upgrade of Noble Drilling’s Homer Ferrington semi-submersible drilling rig. The work was completed at Signal International’s East Facility in Pascagoula, Miss. Prefabrication started in February 2004 in anticipation of the rig’s arrival in July. The drill-ready rig departed on schedule and within budget after 109 working days. The scope of work included:


USCG Investigates Vessel in Hawaii

U.S. Coast Guard personnel are investigating the cargo onboard an Antigua Barbudan flagged vessel that requested to moor in Honolulu on last week. The 400-ft. freight vessel, BBC China, was reportedly behind schedule for its delivery to Portland, Ore. when it requested to enter the port without the required 96-hour advance notice. The vessel plans to ship the cargo by air. The vessel was granted permission to enter the port by the CG Captain of the Port


VT Halter Marine To Build Two Additional OSVs

VT Halter Marine To Build Two Additional Offshore Support Vessels VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) has exercised the options for two additional Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV), valued at a total of US$89m with deliveries expected in the fourth quarter of 2014 and first quarter of 2015. VT Halter Marine announced on 18 November last year that it had secured the contract


UNOLS Seeks Fleet Improvement Committee Chair

R/V Atlantis (Photo: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) informs it is seeking nominations to fill a Fleet Improvement Committee (FIC) Chair position.   The position, which becomes vacant in Fall 2015, would see the selected candidate assume leadership after the 2015 Annual UNOLS meeting on December 3-4, 2015.   The FIC works to assure the continuing excellence of the UNOLS Fleet and to assure that the number


Liberian Registry Launches Internet-Based Inspection

The Liberian Registry has launched a unique Internet-based vessel inspection application based on technology developed by the Wallem Group. The Internet-based inspection application will allow inspectors to compile inspection reports during annual safety inspections and will create a historical database of the vessel's condition. This secure database will be confidential to the registry and the relevant shipowner. Owners will however be offered the option of providing the vessel's condition


Gulf Marine Introduces the Endurance

Photos courtesy Fifth Ring Integrated Corporate Communications

A uniquely designed self-propelled self-elevating jack-up barge is currently under construction in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and, once delivered, will be one of the most flexible and capable vessels in the market. Gulf Marine Services, the Middle East region’s largest elevating support vessel operator, has developed a design along with MSC Gusto which incorporates an operating water depth of up to 65 metres, accommodation for 150 persons, deck space of 1000 m2, deck load of 11,350 tonnes


What Will You Do When a Spill Occurs?

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Having a Spill Plan in Place is the Key to an Effective Response The blowout aboard the Deepwater Horizon and the resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico captured the attention of both the public and regulators. As a result of this incident, both the government and the general public have developed opinions as to how such an oil spill should be avoided, contained and cleaned up. Now, even a small spill can become front page news and your company’s operations and policies will be


Latest Commercial Shipbuilding Contracts

There has been a significant volume of shipbuilding business reported in the week according to Clarkson Hellas. Dry Bulk Carriers The dry bulk fleet has seen a number of new additions this week. It was reported that SWS signed an additional order with Clients of Thenamaris for 1+1 180,000 DWT Capesize vessels, with the firm vessel lined up for delivery in 2015. Clients of Nordic Bulk Carriers placed an order for two firm 75,000 DWT Ice Class 1A bulk carriers at Oshima for delivery in 2015


CMA CGM to Resume Service to Iran

Photo: CMA CGM

The world's third-largest container shipping group, France's CMA CGM, said on Monday it would resume operations to Iran following the deal between Tehran and world powers over the Middle Eastern country's nuclear program.   "Following the recent positive developments involving Iran and


USCG’s New Cutter Pulls into Boston

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ross Ruddell)

The U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) latest 418-foot National Security Cutter James (WSML 754) entered Boston Harbor August 3 ahead of her commissioning scheduled for August 8.   James is the fifth of eight planned National Security Cutters – the largest and most technologically


Pentalver Opens London Container Facility

Pentalver’s new site located next to London Gateway’s port gates (Photo: London Port Authority)

U.K. inland container service operator Pentalver opened a new five-acre site at the U.K.’s newest deep sea container port, DP World London Gateway, the London Port Authority announced.   Plans for the site – which will be built in two phases – were revealed in January and


Latest USCG Cutter At Boston Harbor

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell

The Coast Guard’s latest 418-foot National Security Cutter James (WSML 754) entered Boston Harbor August 3, 2015. The James is the fifth of eight planned National Security Cutters – the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutters in the Coast Guard’s fleet.


BSEE Tests GoM Response Equipment

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The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) informs it has recently tested and verified the sound working condition of various response equipment used in the Gulf of Mexico region.   Analysts with BSEE’s Oil Spill Preparedness Division boarded the pollution control


NAT Buys 2 Suexmax Tankers

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) acquires two modern Suezmax tankers, increasing the fleet to 26 vessels    Tanker shipping company NAT announced that it has agreed to acquire two Far East built Suezmax tankers for a total price of approximately $122 million.  


Pearl Seas Cruises Adds Voyages to Cuba

Pearl Mist (Photo: Pearl Seas Cruises)

Pearl Seas Cruises plans to launch a series of “cultural voyages” from the United States to Cuba beginning in the spring of 2016, the cruise line announced today.   Offering 7- to 10-night voyages aboard the line’s newest vessel, the 210-passenger luxury ship Pearl Mist


Egypt to Allow 24-hour Access to East Port Said with New Waterway

Egypt plans to allow smaller vessels in the Mediterranean direct access to East Port Said around the clock instead of just eight hours a day by building a side channel near the Suez Canal, which will speed up shipping movements in the area.  


ADP Deploys New Terminal Operating System at Zayed Port

Zayed Port. Photo by Abu Dhabi Ports

 Abu Dhabi Ports (ADP), the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate, has successfully implemented Jade’s terminal operating system, Master Terminal, at Zayed Port.   It went live with its new terminal operating software on July 1


McMurdo Introduces Real-time Fleet Management

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McMurdo  has announced PRISMA Connect, a web-based integrated fleet management system that connects ship to shore in real-time for improved communication and operational efficiencies, as well as increased crew productivity with two-way messaging and electronic forms capture.


Diana to Acquire Two Post-Panamax Containerships

Diana Containerships Inc. announced that yesterday it signed, through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, two Memoranda of Agreement to purchase from an unaffiliated third party two Post-Panamax container vessels, the m/v Rotterdam and the m/v Hamburg.


Oceanteam Acquires Oceanwind

Photo: Oceanteam

 Oceanteam Shipping has acquired the remaining 48% stake in fellow Dutch firm Oceanwind and is now the sole owner of Oceanwind Cable Storage & Handling Solutions.   As a result of the acquisition the company’s name will be changed to Oceanteam Cable Solutions


Mingde Heavy is Bankrupt

Photo: Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry

 Nantong’s Tongzhou District People’s Court has put an end to the restructuring appeal by debt-ridden Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry, and officially declared it bankrupt.    A  a request by Mingde to extend the submission of its restructuring plan


Renovated Marion Dufresne II sets sail on time

Marion Dufresne II

  French scientific research vessel completely renovated in life extension project The renowned French research vessel, Marion Dufresne II left Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) in northern France on 28 July having recently undergone sea trials and a


Renovated Research Vessel Sets Sail

Marion Dufresne II (Photo: Damen)

French scientific research vessel completely renovated in life extension project. French research vessel Marion Dufresne II left Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) in northern France on July 28 having recently undergone sea trials and a complete renovation.






 
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