Tuesday, March 28, 2006 Maritime News

State Ferry Returns to BC April 2

Mar 28, 2006

Washington State Ferries will be returning to Sidney, British Columbia on Sunday, April 2, after a 12-week winter hiatus. To celebrate the reopening of the route,

Hercules Offshore Files for $8M Share Offer

Mar 28, 2006

Hercules Offshore Inc., a drilling and liftboat service company for the energy industry, on March 27 filed with U.S. regulators for an offering of $8 million shares of its common stock.

Passenger Vessel Freed

Mar 28, 2006

Armed with binoculars, telescopes and cameras, spectators on March 26 documented the play-by-play of the afternoon freeing of the cruise ship Empress of the North.

Video Reveals Sunken B.C. Ferry

Mar 28, 2006

First video footage from a downed British Columbia ferry suggest the vessel apparently sank in a single piece but the whereabouts of two missing passengers remains a mystery.

Ferries Donated to Egypt

Mar 28, 2006

Three Arab states have promised to donate two ferries each to Egypt, nearly two months after an Egyptian ferry sank in the Red Sea leaving some 1 000 people dead.

India Launches Oil & Gas Auction

Mar 28, 2006

Launching a major global initiative for attracting foreign investment in the hydrocarbon sector, India auctioned 55 oil and gas exploration blocks. India offered

Nico Internatioanl Opens New Bautino Facility

Mar 28, 2006

Topaz Energy and Marine Ltd. subsidiary Nico International recently announced that it will open a new ship repair facility in Bautino, Kazakhstan later this year,

Mexico Woos Companies on LNG Project

Mar 28, 2006

Mexico is talking to half a dozen companies ahead of opening tenders next month to build and supply a liquefied natural gas terminal at the Pacific port of Manzanillo.

Shippers: Proposed Security Measures Disrupt Commerce

Mar 28, 2006

While lawmakers intend to move quickly to pass legislation aimed at improving maritime and cargo security, officials with major shipping and container companies

EMC, OOCL and YML to Launch THX Service

Mar 28, 2006

Evergreen Marine Corp (Taiwan) Ltd (EMC), Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd (OOCL) and Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp (YML), announced that they will jointly

2006 Ship Production Symposium Call for Papers

Mar 28, 2006

Submissions for the Ship Production Symposium will be accepted in one of two categories: 1. Published paper with a presentation at the conference. 2. Presentation

DP World Exec Withdraws Nomination

Mar 28, 2006

Reports indicate that an executive with a Dubai-owned company withdrew his nomination as head of the agency that oversees ports in a letter to President Bush on Monday.

GE Shipping Acquires OSV

Mar 28, 2006

According to source, the Great Eastern Shipping Company on Monday took delivery of a newly built OSV named `Malaviya Twenty Five' from Bharati Shipyard Ltd.

Schat-Harding Delivers First Chinese Patrol Boat

Mar 28, 2006

Schat-Harding has expanded production at its Chinese plant to build the first of a series of new design high-speed patrol boats. The first 10 metre UP1000

EC Clears Shipyard Acquisition

Mar 28, 2006

The European Commission (EC) has cleared the proposed acquisition of the French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique by Aker yards ASA. The main impact

COSCO Singapore Sells Four Vessels For $34M

Mar 28, 2006

COSCO Corp. (Singapore) Ltd. has sold four of its older vessels for $34 million as part of an ongoing fleet renewal exercise and will realize a profit of about $14.

Canadian Coast Guard Vessel to Undergo Refit

Mar 28, 2006

The Canadian Coast Guard heavy icebreaker, Louis St. Laurent, will spend the next several weeks at the Halifax Shipyard undergoing refit before launching its summer program.

Schat-Harding Delivers Chinese Patrol Boat

Mar 28, 2006

Schat-Harding has expanded production at its Chinese plant to build the first of a series of new design high-speed patrol boats. The first 10 m UP1000 patrol

Keppel Wins $184m Rig Order from India

Mar 28, 2006

Keppel FELS Ltd (Keppel FELS) has secured a second order for a KFELS B Class jackup rig valued at $184 million from Jindal Group based in India. The agreement

BP Selects Telenor for Global Communications

Mar 28, 2006

Telenor Satellite Services signed a three-year communications agreement with British Petroleum (BP) for global broadband services over satellite. The two-part agreement,

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