Hapag-Lloyd orders 5,750 state-of-the-art Reefers
With delivery beginning in October 2016, the new order strengthens market position in the transport of temperature-sensitive goods / Tests with new refrigeration equipment and natural refrigerants. Hapag-Lloyd will also be investing in its container fleet this year: The liner shipping company has ordered a total of 5,750 refrigerated containers (reefers) of the latest generation – including 5,000 x 40-foot and 750 x 20-foot units. In addition, 1,000 of the new containers are equipped with “controlled atmosphere” technology…
Cruising To New Horizons
During the summer, the cruise ship fleet surged past half a million berths of total capacity. The cruise industry is continuing to expand its horizons, and has seen strong newbuilding investment this year, says Clarksons Research. Whilst many of the new ‘mega-ships’ will likely be heading to sunny climes, there have been developments at the small end of the sector too, for ships venturing forth to remote and often chilly destinations. Arctic navigation was once the preserve of intrepid explorers.
Hamburg Port to Implement Green Tech
DNV GL has signed a letter of intent with the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). Claudia Flecken, Member of the HPA Executive Board, and Torsten Schramm, President of DNV GL – Maritime, agreed to join forces in boosting the sustainability of the existing HPA fleet and all new acquisitions. “This letter of intent is another building block in our strategy of setting Hamburg’s harbour on a sustainable course,” says Jens Meier, Chairman of the HPA Executive Board. “We are delighted to know that DNV GL is working alongside us as a strong partner and independent advisor…
PureSOx Installed on Canadian Cement Carrier
As well as being the established choice of scrubber for Emission Control Areas (ECAs), Alfa Laval PureSOx is proving its capabilities on the Great Lakes. The system will soon be installed on a cement carrier that will operate in the region as part of the NovaAlgoma fleet. NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers Limited has recently expanded its fleet with the M/v Nacc Quebec. This ecologically efficient self-discharging bulker will be converted from an existing vessel in China and will begin her operation in 2017.
WSDOT Christens New Ferry Chimacum
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) christened Chimacum, the third Olympic Class vessel to join the Washington State Ferries (WSF) fleet. The ceremony took place at Vigor's Harbor Island Shipyard in Seattle, and marked the vessel’s final stage of construction and its preparation for sea trials. In a traditional maritime ceremony, Washington State Ferries Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith broke a bottle of champagne to officially welcome the new ferry to the fleet. Gov.
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Mont Hope Selects DNV GL's ShipManager
Mont Hope Ship Management, a new and specialized company focusing on services for vessels engaged in energy segments, is implementing DNV GL’s integrated software system ShipManager on the entire fleet in order to optimize operations and improve performance. Mont Hope Ship Management is a new company, started in May 2015 and based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Concurrent with the start-up, they began the process of selecting a comprehensive fleet management software system to support efficient and safe operations, as well as to improve business performance.
COSCO Sees Piraeus in Top Thirty by 2018
COSCO Shipping, plans to ramp up container volume at Greece’s biggest port in Piraeus by 35 percent by 2018, the port’s new managing director, Fu Cheng Qiu, said, reports Reuters. China's biggest shipping company, which owns the world's fourth-largest container shipping fleet, bought 51 percent of the port's operating company last month for 280.5 million euros ($315.5 million), one of Greece's biggest and most strategic privatizations since a debt crisis began in 2009. COSCO wants…
USS Zumwalt Arrives in Norfolk
The U.S. Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced surface ship, future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), pulled into Naval Station Norfolk Wednesday for another port visit as part of its three-month journey to its new homeport in San Diego. Crewed by 147 Sailors, Zumwalt is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power. They are capable of performing critical maritime missions and enhance the Navy's ability to provide deterrence, power projection and sea control.
$100M Tug Contract: Fourth Boat Delivered in South Africa
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is on track with its $100m tug building contract and celebrated the ceremonial launch of the fourth of its nine new tugs being built in Durban. The tug – named OSPREY in honor of the fish eagle – will serve at the Port of Saldanha. In line with maritime tradition, the duty of officially naming the vessel was carried out by Lady Sponsor, Thandeka Mabija, who earlier this month was appointed General Manager for Human Resources at TNPA. TNPA Chief Operating Officer…
Boskalis to cut 650 jobs, 24 vessels
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announces that its Works Council has unanimously rendered a positive advice on the fleet rationalization plan announced early July. Part of the positive advice in an agreement to continue to crew two of the five Fairmount vessels for the time being with Dutch employees. As a consequence, 24 vessels will be taken out of service in the coming two years resulting in the loss of approximately 650 jobs worldwide. Furthermore, Boskalis has reached an agreement in principle with the Works Council on a social plan.
US Navy Orders 2 More EPF Ships from Austal
Austal USA said it was awarded a $326 million contract to built the 11th and 12th Expeditionary Fast Transport ships (EPF) for the U.S. Navy. This new contract adds upon a 2008 fully-funded EPF 10-ship block-buy agreement and brings Austal’s current build to a 12 ship program valued at $1.9 billion, and thereby extending the shipbuilder’s production under contract into 2022. Austal USA’s EPF program has seen seven ships delivered so far, with three more under construction at its headquarters and ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala.
New Software Aims to Transform Ship Maintenance
A consortium of technology suppliers led by BAE Systems is developing software that monitors the equipment, fuel and energy performance of a ship to provide real time information that will help the U.K. Royal Navy and commercial organizations better manage their fleets. The technology known as Ship Energy Assessment – Condition Optimization & Routing Enhancement System (SEA-CORES) analyzes big data from the complex systems on board a ship to provide a live model of its performance wherever it is in the world.
US' Most Advanced Warship Departs Bath Iron Works
The newest and most technologically advanced surface warship, future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), departed Maine shipyard Bath Iron Works September 7, marking the beginning of a three-month journey to its new homeport in San Diego. Crewed by 147 sailors, the stealthy, powerful and lethal Zumwalt is the lead ship of the U.S. Navy’s next-generation class of multimission destroyers. They are capable of performing critical maritime missions and enhance the Navy’s ability to provide deterrence, power projection and sea control. Named for Adm. Elmo R.
Suezmax Delivered to Nordic American Tankers
Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has taken delivery of a Suezmax new build tanker Nordic Star, built at Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., South Korea. The 158,000 dwt vessel will be immediately employed in the tanker market, NAT said. With the latest vessel, NAT now has a fleet of 29 Suezmax vessels on the water, up from 25 Suezmaxes at the end of 2015. Another vessel, Nordic Space, is under construction at the same yard and is expected to be delivered in January 2017, marking NAT’s 30th Suezmax tanker. NAT said its 20 percent fleet growth in less than a year significantly enhancing its earnings potential.
Medal of Honor for Two Destroyers
In a ceremony at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, DDG 125, will be named Jack H. Lucas in honor of the Marine Corps hero and Medal of Honor recipient. Mabus also announced that DDG 126 would be named Louis H. Wilson Jr. in honor of the 26th commandant of the Marine Corps who was also a Medal of Honor recipient. During World War II, Lucas, then a private first class in the Marine Corps, received the Medal of Honor at age 17 for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
NASSCO Christens 4th ECO Class Tanker
General Dynamics NASSCO Christens Fourth ECO Class ECO Product Carrier for American Petroleum Tankers. On Saturday, September 17, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the fourth ECO Class tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego. U.S. Representative Juan Vargas spoke at the ceremony, and the ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Melissa DeVeau, christened the ship with the traditional break of a champagne bottle alongside the ship.
Vigor Introduces Freezer Longliner Design
Vigor will unveil its new 142’ Freezer Longliner designed specifically for North Pacific fishing at this year's Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, Wash. Based on an existing design by Marco Marine, the 142’ x 33.6’ x 14’ vessel has a fish hold capacity of 14,070 cu ft and a bait hold capacity of 1,900 cu ft. “A new class of longliners is a central need for the recapitalization of the North Pacific fishing fleet, but to get these vessels built fishermen need to know they can depend on the design—and it better be affordable,” explained Keith Whittemore, Vigor Executive VP of Business Development.
Transas CEO Weighs in on the Future of Maritime Operations
At the SMM 2016 in Hamburg, Transas CEO Frank Coles delivered the company's standpoint on the future of maritime operations. “However, it is has manifested as a picture of uncoordinated fragmented promises that lacks a structure and platform. Shipping needs a solution not an application. Shipping operations is the complete picture not just the smart phone,” he continued. Coles made the statements when talking about the power and potential of the Transas Harmonized Eco System of Integrated Solutions (THESIS).
DNV GL and Hempel to Cooperate for ISO 19030
As a leading coatings manufacturer, Hempel pioneered the performance guarantee based on achieving efficiency savings from maintaining a fouling-free and smooth hull. Therefore, Hempel warmly welcomes the introduction of this internationally recognised and accepted set of measurement standards. Hempel is proud of its ongoing cooperative agreement with DNV GL which utilises DNV GL’s ECO Insight solution to offer customers clear, comprehensible and verifiable analytics which track and assess hull and propeller performance.
New Deck Carrier Joins United Heavy Lift Fleet
J.M. J.M. Baxi Group, a 100-year-old group of companies specializing in maritime logistics and port infrastructure, has commissioned United Heavy Lift for the commercial management of its newly constructed deck carrier, the MV Vir Varenya. The heavy-lift module carrier has now been added to the charter fleet of United Heavy Lift, and is managed globally from the company's head office in Hamburg. United Heavy Lift, which specializes in project transportation and the commercial management of heavy cargo vessels…
Hanjin-chartered Ships Sold, More on Block
Three bulk carriers sold charter-free at about market rates. Two Hanjin container ships also up for sale. Three ships chartered to Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd have been sold and two more vessels are up for sale, ship brokers said on Wednesday, kicking off an asset sale sparked by the failure of the world's seventh largest container shipper. Around $14 billion of cargo has been tied up globally as ports, tugboat operators and cargo handling firms worried about not being paid refuse to work for Hanjin, which filed for receivership in a Seoul court on Aug 31.
Matson Closes $200 Mln Debt Private Placement
Matson, Inc. announced the issuance of $200 million in privately placed 15-year final maturity senior unsecured notes pursuant to a previously announced commitment letter on July 18, 2016. The notes will have a weighted average life of approximately 8.5 years and will bear interest at a rate of 3.14 percent, payable semiannually. Matson said it plans to proceeds from the notes to pay down the its revolving credit facility and for general corporate purposes. Joel Wine, Matson's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer commented, “We are pleased to complete this attractive fixed rate financing that will pay down our revolving credit facility and strengthen our balance sheet as we progress with our four vessel Hawaii fleet renewal program.