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MOL Group Introduces New Management Plan

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced a new three-year midterm management plan that will take effect in April 2014, called "Steer for 2020". MOL Group has been carrying out all plans in single-year plan "Rise 2013" with goals of restoring profitability and laying a strong foundation to return to a growth trajectory. Recognizing that the group is well on its way to achieving those objectives, it envisioned what the MOL Group should look like in 2020, set the course to arrive there, and incorporated it into a three-year plan called "Steer For  2020". MOL explained, 'to steer' means to take the helm of a ship and direct its course toward a specific destination. The MOL Group said it intends to cut the rudder and steer straight on a course of high-quality, solid growth towards 2020, which is why the group chose that particular name for its plan. A summary of MOL's new midterm management plan follows.  


Braemar Poised for Expansion

Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association) is poised to expand its marine surveying and consultancy services following its recent buy‐out by Braemar Shipping Services plc. The company is looking forward to taking advantage of the wider group’s extensive global office network to broaden its existing international expert marine surveying and consultancy service. The Association, which boasts a maritime history of more than 150 years


Interior Department Plans Drilling Expansion

The Department of the Interior proposed leasing drilling rights in waters south of the Florida Panhandle in the Gulf of Mexico in a new five-year drilling plan that also would open waters off Virginia. The plan will cover the years 2007 to 2012. If given final approval next spring after a public comment period, the plan would be more restrictive than some drilling advocates want but not restrictive enough for some Florida lawmakers


Natural Gas Engine Development in China

Gas Engine Prototype: Photo credit GYM Co.

Guanxi Yuchai Machinery Company developing natural gas-powered engines for multi-purose use China Yuchai International Limited sayst its subsidiary Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL) is developing natural gas-powered engines. The new engines will complement GYMCL's line of diesel engines used in large buses, trucks, power generators and marine engines. The gas-powered engines are being developed in response to government policies encouraging energy conservation and


Conservation Groups Challenge Navy's Sonar Plans

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has approved the Navy’s 5-year plan to expand its sonar & live-fire training exercises in the Pacific ocean, but environmentalists are challenging the decision because of the threat it poses to marine life, reports Care2 in the following (excerpted) report. It’s been well established that marine mammals rely on hearing to navigate, communicate, feed and survive


Hapag-Lloyd Orders 5 Ships for More Panama Canal Trade

Ship container line Hapag-Lloyd has placed an order for five vessels as it looks to bolster trade in Latin America ahead of next year's planned expansion of the Panama Canal, the world's fourth biggest player said on Monday.   Workers are installing 22-storey lock gates to accommodate larger container ships through the canal, one of the world's busiest maritime routes, which plans to open on April 1 2016.  


CapRock Wins Maritime Contract

CapRock has added Subsea 7, a major operator of energy support vessels, to its customer list. The long-term multi-million dollar agreement with Subsea 7 provides for worldwide data and voice communications services on CapRock’s global network. The latest win is a milestone in CapRock’s multi-year plan to expand its presence beyond the Gulf of Mexico, following its customers around the world with turnkey communications.


Port of Liverpool, UK, Container Terminal Gets EIB Finance

River Mersey'a new terminal, 'Liverpool 2', gets European Investment Bank (EIB) port development loan. Liverpool 2, is due to open in 2015, and the European Investment Bank has agreed to provide almost half the finance for the £305m development, reports BBC News Liverpool. The post-Panamax terminal - for ships wider than the original Panama Canal - will be capable of handling ships carrying 13,500 TEU containers, compared to the current limit of 3,500 TEU in Liverpool


Wärtsilä Establish China Engine Manufacturing J/V

Wärtsilä 32 Engine: Image credit Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä & Yuchai Marine Power Co to establish a 50/50 joint venture for manufacturing medium-speed marine engines in Zhuhai City. The joint venture will serve the increasingly dominant Chinese shipbuilding industry, with the focus being on the assembly and testing of Wärtsilä 20, Wärtsilä 26 and Wärtsilä 32 engines. Operations are planned to start in 2014. The value of Wärtsilä's investment in the joint venture is approximately EUR 17


Tecton Acquires Endurance Exploration

Tecton Corporation (TTNC) has acquired Endurance Exploration Group, LLC,  a development stage company that specializes in subsea shipwreck research, search and survey, inspection and recovery projects, in a share exchange agreement.   Established in 2009, Endurance has evaluated over 125,000 shipwreck database entries and other sources to develop a "High Interest" list of approximately 400 shipwrecks and a "Target List" consisting of about two-dozen potential


Tight Budget Hampers Malaysia's Naval Ambitions

Budget constraints are jeopardising Malaysia's defence spending plans, which include replacing ageing fighter jets and beefing up its maritime capabilities, at a time when Beijing is growing more assertive in the disputed South China Sea.  


Great Lakes Seaway Opens 57th Navigation Season

(L to R) Lafarge Purchasing Manager for Eastern Canada Ken Lerner, U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Administrator Betty Sutton, Saint Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation CEO Terence Bowles, Chief Engineer David Michalowicz, Captain Seann ODonoughue, and CWB CEO Ian White in front of the CWB Marquis, April 2.

  The U.S. and Canadian Seaway Corporations marked the opening of the Seaway's 57th navigation season today, with the transit of the newly-built CWB Marquis through the St. Lambert Lock.   The vessel is the first of two Equinox-class lakers ordered by Winnipeg-based grain marketer CWB


Funding Boosted for USACE Civil Works Program

Michael J. Toohey (Photo: WCI)

House Appropriations Committee approves strong FY ’16 funding for Corps with full use of all estimated inland waterways trust fund annual revenues   The U.S. House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), today approved by unanimous voice vote the FY ’16


Strong FY 16 Funding Approved for Corps

   Today the House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), approved by unanimous voice vote the FY ’16 Energy & Water Development (E&WD) and Related Agencies appropriations bill, significantly increasing funding in Fiscal Year 2016 for the U.S


USS Constitution Not to Set Sail Until 2018

USS Constitution gets underway in Boston Harbor for the ships 217th birthday cruise.

  The crew of USS Constitution embarked on their final Boston Harbor underway demonstration aboard Old Ironsides this year, Oct. 17. Constitution set out into the harbor for her fifth and final underway of 2014 at 10 a.m. with more than 600 guests in attendance aboard America's 'Ship of


Ocean Rig, Petrobras Agree to $1.1b Drill Ships Lease

Cyprus-based Ocean Rig UDW Inc said on Monday that it signed a $1.1 billion three-year contract with Brazil's state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, to extend a lease on two ultra-deepwater drilling ships. Petrobras, as the Brazilian oil company is known, will get the ships


China Names 9 Shipyards for 'Favorable' Treatment

China has added nine shipyards to its "white list" of firms deemed worth of favourable policy support, as it attempts to tackle overcapacity that has weighed on the global shipping market. In September, it published a list of 51 yards which it later cut to 50


China Adds 9 Shipyards to Favored 'White List'

Photo: China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation

China has added nine shipyards to its "white list" of firms deemed worth of favourable policy support, as it attempts to tackle overcapacity that has weighed on the global shipping market.   In September, it published a list of 51 yards which it later cut to 50


Container Volumes on the Rise in South Carolina

Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

Container volume up 13 percent at South Carolina Ports Authority; Charleston benefiting from federal appropriations    The SC Ports Authority announced another month of double-digit container growth, with fiscal year-to-date volumes up 13 percent year over year.  


Damen Shipyards Galati wins Dutch Romanian Award

Dutch Romanian Business Award 2014 lowres

  Damen Shipyards Galati has been presented with the Dutch Romanian Business Award for its Corporate Social Responsibility plan, particularly the Group’s community investment initiatives. The Award was presented by Ben Jager of the Dutch Romanian Network to Peter de Kiewit


US Proposes Allowing Oil, Gas Drilling off Atlantic Coast

The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed allowing for the first time oil and gas exploration in a wide swath of U.S. waters off the Atlantic Coast.   The 2017 to 2022 drilling plan begins a process that could take many years before waters off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina


ExxonMobil Earns $32.5 Bi in 2014

ExxonMobi

ExxonMobil Mobil Corporation earned $32.5 Bi in 2014   Highlights:        


200th Anniversary Commemoration of Dual Victory

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution fire a round from the ships saluting battery to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of Old Ironsides dual victory against the Royal Navy ships . Courtesy USN

The crew of USS Constitution commemorated the bicentennial of Old Ironsides' final battle during the War of 1812, her unprecedented dual-victory over Royal Navy ships HMS Cyane and HMS Levant Feb. 20 in Charlestown Navy Yard. Constitution Sailors fired the ship's saluting battery at noon to


'K' Line to Shrink Container Fleet

Image: K Line

 Japan's third-biggest shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ('K' Line) plans to beef up its LNG and bulker vessels over the next four years, while downsizing its container shipping fleet.   The group plans to reduce its fleet of container ships from 70 to 61; however


Indonesia Seeks Foreign Investors for Port Expansion

Image:  Port Planning & Development Indonesia Forum

 Indonesia is seeking US$7 billion in foreign investment to upgrade its ports as part of a five-year plan to improve its ports network, Finance Asia said.   The plan involves modernizing existing ports and building new ones in the country






 
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