August, 2006 Maritime News

Shipowners Balk at Double-hull Tankers Cost

Aug 31, 2006

According to, Philippine’s shipowners are asking for more time to replace their single-hull tankers with double-hull vessels because the capital and maintenance

Port Fined for Security Breaches

Aug 31, 2006

The Coast Guard recently slapped the Port of Beaumont with $16,000 in fines for three incidents of security breaches. All three incidents, considered violations

Blackwater to Create New Maritime Subsidiary

Aug 31, 2006

Blackwater unveiled its plans to create a new subsidiary, Blackwater Maritime Security Solutions. Blackwater Maritime Security Solutions (BMSS), in a strategic

$45M Oil Well Contract for Trinidad

Aug 31, 2006

Rowan Companies announced a $45m contract to drill four offshore oil wells in Trinidad and Tobago. The Rowan Gorilla III will soon relocate to Trinidad to begin a one-year term contract.

Analysis: Looming Disaster in the Gulf

Aug 31, 2006

Even as Ernesto was downgraded into a tropical depression, U.S. energy security may still be at risk in the Gulf of Mexico, UPI reported. At stake this hurricane

EU, Norway Eye Arctic Oil, Gas Deposits

Aug 31, 2006

EU and Norway’s energy officials met in Brussels on August 30 to examine ways of strengthening a bilateral energy dialogue launched in 2002. Short-term issues include

Daewoo Shipbuilding Gets Offshore Plant Order-2

Aug 31, 2006

Daewoo Shipbuilding received an offshore plant order, with the contract awarded on a turnkey basis, meaning Daewoo will not only build, but also operate the platform.

CSBC Introduces New Measure to Up Operating Capacity

Aug 31, 2006

To elevate operational competitiveness, the state-run China Shipbuilding Corporation (CSBC) has recently worked out short-, medium- and long-term plans expected to help raise operational capacity.

Rowan Obtains Drilling Contracts in Saudi Arabia

Aug 31, 2006

Rowan Companies, Inc. was awarded term drilling contracts by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi ARAMCO) for two Tarzan Class jack-up drilling rigs to begin operating offshore Saudi Arabia in 2007.

MLL Aligns Management Structure

Aug 31, 2006

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) has announced a realignment of its Senior Management Team structure to serve clients and grow its position in target markets. Effective September 1, 2006: William J.

McMurdo EPIRB Gains Type Approval

Aug 31, 2006

McMurdo gained Type Approval for the new Smartfind EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). The Smartfind range of EPIRBs were designed with both a non-hazardous

MAN Diesel Officially a European Company

Aug 31, 2006

The conversion of MAN B&W Diesel AG into a European Company (Societas Europaea, or SE for short) was concluded on August 31. At the same time the company will change its name into MAN Diesel SE,

Luminosa Catamaran Launched

Aug 31, 2006

Incat Crowther and Richardson Devine Marine launched and trialed the 23m Catamaran Luminosa on Tasmania’s Derwent River in mid August. The vesel is set to join a fleet operated by Real Journeys,

Vacon Introduces ATEX-certified Thermistor Input

Aug 31, 2006

The AC drives manufacturer Vacon has developed an ATEX-certified thermistor input which is fully integrated in the drive. Certified and compliant with ATEX 94/9/EC,

Ship Demand to Reach 31 Million DWT between 2006-2010

Aug 31, 2006

According to Research and Markets, which provides an in-depth study on supply-demand, competitive pattern and latest market changes in Chinas shipbuilding industry,

FMC to Build, Test Marine Loading Arms

Aug 31, 2006

FMC Technologies began the building and testing of marine loading arms at its Saltillo facility to help meet growing demand from North and South America. On August 30,

Crystal Cruises' Symphony to Undergo $23m Dry Dock

Aug 31, 2006

Ultra-luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises is spending $23 million to enhance the award-winning Crystal Symphony in what will be the cruise line's largest-ever dry dock.

Royal Caribbean to Purchase Pullmantur

Aug 31, 2006

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced its agreement to purchase Pullmantur S.A., a Madrid-based cruise and tour operator. Royal Caribbean expects the acquisition

Coast Guard Keeps Jacksonville Port Open

Aug 31, 2006

The Captain of the Port of Jacksonville has decided not to shut down commercial operations in the port due to the current anticipated track and strength of Tropical Storm Ernesto.

Terrorism and Oil Response Drill Set for Port of Duluth

Aug 31, 2006

A multi-agency anti-terrorism and oil spill response drill will took place Wednesday and Thursday at the Naval Reserve Center. The United States Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth,


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