Friday, February 10, 2006 Maritime News

Fairweather Out With Engine Problems

Feb 10, 2006

The Alaska Marine Highway System announced today that it is estimating the fast vehicle ferry M/V Fairweather will be out of service until mid-April due to

Wärtsilä Acquires Total Automation Ltd.

Feb 10, 2006

Wärtsilä Corporation acquired the entire business of Total Automation Ltd., a Singapore-based public marine automation company, and all Total Automation's shares

Repsol YPF Eyes LNG Joint Venture

Feb 10, 2006

Repsol YPF SA is studying the creation of a joint venture with Tambeyneftgaz and Anadarko for a liquified natural gas (LNG) project in the Yamal Peninsula. The

BP to buy Nigerian LNG

Feb 10, 2006

Oil major BP Plc has agreed to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the new Brass project in Nigeria to help meet growing demand in the U.K. and the U.S. The deal,

Questions Remain after Ferry Disaster

Feb 10, 2006

The European Maritime Safety Agency has questioned Rina, the Italian shipping organization that certified the Egyptian ferry that sank with the loss of almost 1,000 lives.

Malacca Straits Remains on At-Risk List

Feb 10, 2006

The Joint War Committee (JWC) of Lloyd's Market Association announced that the Malacca Straits would remain on its list of areas at risk from terrorism and other related perils.

Carville Job Corps Academy Obtains Certification

Feb 10, 2006

Rig pass certification was established several years ago by the International Drilling Contractors Association (IADC) as a minimum safety training program for personnel

Offshore Projects Utilize PLM

Feb 10, 2006

IBM and Dassault Systemes (DS) announced that PLM solutions from IBM and Dassault Systemes are driving a multi-national collaborative global design and manufacturing

Shipbuilders Demand Lower Steel Prices

Feb 10, 2006

South Korean shipbuilders are asking Japanese steelmakers to reduce their steel plate prices, Asia Times Online reported. The price of imported Japanese steel plates

Tanker Incident Raises Concerns

Feb 10, 2006

Concerns about pollution from disabled tankers anchored in Kachemak Bay is generating pressure for greater tanker safety measures in Cook Inlet after a cracked oil tanker,

Cargo Ship Blocks Suez Canal

Feb 10, 2006

A 93,000-ton cargo ship blocked the Suez Canal, stopping all transit of the waterway between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The Hong Kong-flagged Okal King

Jetty on APL Panama

Feb 10, 2006

The container vessel APL Panama, stranded since Christmas Day off an Ensenada beach, now has its own jetty. Salvors commissioned the 500-foot rock-and-sand ramp

SeaMobile, Oceania Cruises Sign Agreement

Feb 10, 2006

SeaMobile Inc. has signed an agreement with Oceania Cruises to provide communication solutions for its guests throughout the world. The first ship in the Oceania

China Unveils 15-year Plan

Feb 10, 2006

China announced its 15-year plan to invest in technologies ranging from genetics to energy-efficient cars in an effort to spur economic growth and improve environmental protection.

Wärtsilä Acquires Business of Singaporean Total Automation

Feb 10, 2006

Wärtsilä Corporation acquires the entire business of Total Automation Ltd, a Singapore-based public marine automation company, and all Total Automation's shares

Aker Kvaerner Awarded Drilling Equipment Contract

Feb 10, 2006

Aker Kvaerner has signed a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd in South Korea for delivery of drilling systems for two semi-submersible drilling rigs ordered by SeaDrill.

Navy Leaders Budget for Future Force

Feb 10, 2006

President Bush submitted his 2007 fiscal year (FY) budget request to Congress Feb. 6, which included the Navy’s $127 billion budget proposal. The President’s budget

USCG – Guidelines for Vessels Operating in High Risk Waters

Feb 10, 2006

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the availability of Maritime Security (MARSEC) Directive 104-06 providing guidelines for U.S. vessels operating in high risk waters.

Internet Equipment Ruled Essential Part of Cruise Ship

Feb 10, 2006

In an unpublished decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that internet communications equipment is an essential part of a

Matson to Convert Containership

Feb 10, 2006

Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson) has begun the first conversion of one of its C-9 containerships, MV Mokihana, to a combination roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro)

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