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Gloomy Fate of Hanjin Rome

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

The ill-fated Hanjin Rome, owned by the bankrupt Hanjin Shipping Company - has been sitting off the eastern coast of Singapore for more than a month. The mid-sized cargo vessel was placed under court arrest here on Aug 29 after German shipowner Rickmers filed a civil claim for money it says it is owed by Hanjin. When the Hanjin Rome arrived in Singapore on 29 August, no-one on board expected anything other than a regular port call. Little did they know that their trip was about to come to a grinding halt.

Maine Maritime Named Top 50 Engineering College

Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) has been listed in the rankings of the nation’s top baccalaureate colleges for the northern region in the 2011 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. The college was also ranked among the nation’s top 50 engineering colleges in the category of “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.” Based solely on a survey of engineering deans and senior faculty conducted during the spring of 2010, Maine Maritime Academy was ranked 42nd in the undergraduate engineering category. Maine Maritime Academy was ranked for the fourth consecutive year in the section titled, “Best Baccalaureate Colleges (By Region)”.

Gulftainer Mulls Brazil Divestment

Gulftainer Company Limited

Sharjah-based port operator Gulftainer  is considering pulling out of Brazil where it operates a port on the country’s northeastern coast, Gulf News reported quoting chief executive Flemming Dalgaard. The company will make a decision before the end of the year, Dalgaard said. Gulftainer, 50 per cent owned by conglomerate Crescent Enterprises, was awarded an operator certificate for Brazil’s Recife port in 2011. Few months ago, Daalgard stated that the port was “not performing as would like it to” and that there had been no decision at the time on whether it should withdraw.

U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Top Rank Again

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy listed as a top institution of higher education by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review & Forbes Magazine. The U.S. News & World Report rankings provide one of the most thorough examinations of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools in the U.S. compare in a set of widely-accepted indicators of excellence. This year, the academy was ranked #2 in the Regional Colleges (North) category in the Best Colleges 2013 guidebook as well as 10th in the Best in Undergraduate Engineering Programs category. The indicators U.S. News & World Report uses to capture academic quality fall into a number of categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions…

Nominations Open for Singapore International Maritime Awards 2017

Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is calling for nominations for the Singapore International Maritime Awards (IMA) 2017. The biennial IMA recognises individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions to Singapore's development as a premier global hub port and a leading international maritime centre. The following award categories for IMA 2017 are now open for nomination. Please refer to Annex A for details. The nomination forms and assessment criteria for IMA 2017 are available here. Nominations will close on 6th Jan 2017.

Hamburg Süd Receives Gold Rating from EcoVadis

Photo: Hamburg SĂĽd

Hamburg Süd has been awarded gold, the highest-possible recognition level, for its evaluation completed in July 2016 by the supply chain sustainability network EcoVadis. The scorecard provided by independent sustainability expert EcoVadis indicates that Hamburg Süd has achieved advanced sustainability management practice. Hamburg Süd received an above-average rating in all categories. In the category “Environment,” Hamburg Süd even set a new benchmark in the industry sector “Sea and coastal water transport” with the high score of 90 points.

Matthew Strengthens to a Major Hurricane

Image: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Matthew has strengthened into a Category 4, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday adding that a Hurricane Watch has been issued for Jamaica.   Matthew was located about 465 miles (750 kilometers) southeast of Kingston Jamaica with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (220 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.   Some additional strengthening is possible tonight, and some fluctuations in intensity are possible Saturday and Sunday, the NHC said.     (Reporting by Nithin Prasad in Bengaluru; editing by Diane Craft)

Superlift on Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

Construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division placed a 900-ton superlift into dry dock, continuing construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). As Kennedy begins to take shape in the dry dock, the ship’s cost and construction schedule continue on track with significant improvement over its predecessor, the first-of-class Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). “We continue to focus on reducing cost, and we are pleased with our progress,” said Mike Shawcross, Newport News’ vice president, CVN 79 carrier construction.

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NNS Identify 124 Employees as 'Models of Excellence'

 Matt Mulherin: Photo HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries says that 124 employees from the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division have been recognized with Model of Excellence (MOE) awards. The awards are presented annually to individuals or teams for extraordinary performance that is aligned with Newport News' strategic values, direction and operational strategy. Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin spoke to the MOE winners about the importance of their accomplishments during a ceremony held at Newport News Marriott at City Center.

IMO Adopts Accelerated Single-Hull Tanker Phase-Out

The IMO issued a News Release stating that the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted a revised, accelerated phase-out for single-hull tankers, along with other measures including an extended application of the Condition Assessment Scheme (CAS) for tankers and a new regulation banning the carriage of Heavy Grades of Oil (HGO) in single-hull tankers. The final phasing-out of Category 1 (pre-MARPOL) tankers was brought forward from 2007 to 2005. The final phasing-out of Category 2 (MARPOL) and 3 (smaller) tankers was brought forward from 2015 to 2010, but exceptions apply for certain tankers completing a satisfactory CAS. The ban on carriage of HGO in single-hull tankers would take effect on 4 April 2005, but exceptions apply for certain tankers completing a satisfactory CAS.

Cummings Congratulates Coast Guard Academy

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, congratulated the United States Coast Guard Academy at New London, Conn., for being named one of the top institutions of higher learning by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes Magazine. The Coast Guard Academy was awarded first place in the Baccalaureate Colleges (North) category in the 2011 edition of U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges issue. The Academy earned a perfect overall score of 100, the highest among more than 300 colleges which were ranked. The news comes only weeks after Cummings recognized the Academy for their improvement in diversity efforts. The Class of 2014 reported for training on June 28.

HII's Barb Niland Named Top CFO by Virginia Business Magazine

Barb Niland: Photo credit HII

Barb Niland, HII's corporate vice president of business management & chief financial officer, was recognized in the publicly traded companies category. "I am honored to work with more than 37,000 of the most talented shipbuilders in the world," Niland said upon receiving the award at the eighth annual CFO Awards Banquet in Richmond. Niland is the CFO of the largest manufacturing employer in Virginia and one of the state's 23 Fortune 500 companies. She led HII's spin-off from Northrop Grumman Corp. in 2011 and successfully transitioned from a business unit CFO to a public company CFO.

Three Chinese Fishermen Dead in S.Korea Coastguard Confrontation

China lodges protest with Seoul over the incident. Three Chinese fishermen were killed on Thursday in a fire that broke out on their boat when South Korean coastguard men trying to apprehend them for illegal fishing threw flash grenades into a room they were hiding in, a South Korean official said. Disputes over illegal fishing are an irritant in relations between China and U.S. ally South Korea, even as their economic relations grow close. They also share concern about North Korea's nuclear weapon and missile programmes. The three men were believed to have suffocated, a coastguard official in the South Korean port city of Mokpo said, adding that the incident was being investigated.

Voith Wins 'Best PR Picture of the Year' Award

Francis-Turbine for the hydro power plant Bratsk, Siberia. Awarded picture of the year and product image of the year at the German PR Bild Award 2014.

Voith has won the award for the best PR picture of the year at the “PR Bild Award 2014” (renowned award for PR pictures). Yesterday, on Thursday, the photograph of a Voith turbine runner was declared the winner of the “PR Bild Award”. The presentation ceremony took place at the Nugloss Gallery Stilwerk in Hamburg during a festive evening event. The “PR Bild Award” is a prestigious competition headed by the dpa subsidiary News Aktuell. In 2014, the prize, which is much coveted among PR and image experts, was awarded for the tenth time. “Exceptionally beautiful.

Entries for Journalism Award Petrobras

There are only 20 days to the end of entries in Journalism Award Petrobras. Will cover the best national and regional articles published in newspaper / magazine, television, radio and news portal in the areas of Culture, Sports, Social Responsibility and Oil, Gas and Energy, in addition to the best national and regional best shot. In the International category, the best acclimated story will be chosen in Brazil on any of the areas mentioned since it was written by corresponding foreign vehicle residing in the country. The winning entries and their authors will be known in the first half of 2015 in Rio de Janeiro. Can apply materials and photos posted between May 10, 2013 and April 9, 2014. All materials are also competitors entered the "Big Journalism Petrobras Award" for the best story.

Maritime Global News App Launch at SMM

New Maritime Global News App launch at the Maritime Reporter and Engineering News at SMM in Hall B7, Stand 603. Maritime Reporter is changing the way our industry gets its news with the all new Maritime Global News App. This free mobile app is perfect for the busy maritime professional on the move. Updated regularly, the Maritime Global News app delivers all the news you need and want directly to your mobile devices from the world’s leading source for maritime business news and information Maritime Reporter and Engineering News.

Mersey Maritime Expands Awards Eligibility

MM award Credit Mersey Maritime

In response to popular demand, Mersey Maritime has expanded the eligibility of its annual awards to include maritime companies and related organisations right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the whole of the North West and the Isle of Man. Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO of Mersey Maritime, said: “Last year’s inaugural event was so popular that we have been inundated with businesses wanting to get involved. Taking the time to enter one or more of our 10 award categories certainly pays off, as two non-finalists last year won lucrative contracts on the strength of their entries.

CMR Eyes BWT System Control Growth

Ian Hamilton (Photo: CMR Group)

Ratification of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) convention has been welcomed by stakeholders throughout the maritime industry, including CMR Group, which said it sees the move as a boost for system and equipment manufacturers. The marine electrical wiring control and instrumentation specialist CMR Group commented after Finland ratified the convention, which saw the total tonnage of contracting states surpass the 35 percent mark. The countdown has now started for ship owners and managers, as the convention comes into effect from September 2017.

Sonagol Deepens DSME's Woes

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

Concerns were growing again over liquidity woes of Soth Korea's largest shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), as the Angolan oil major Sonangol EP is likely to delay the takeover of its drill ships once again. According to The Korea Herald, DSME was planning to deliver the two drill ships to Angola’s state-run oil company Sonangol by this month to receive the remaining contract fee of $1 billion. The South Korean shipbuilder has completed building two drill ships…

Ports Honored at AAPA Awards Luncheon

Twenty seven ports were recognized today for exemplary projects and initiatives at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) annual Awards Luncheon, held in conjunction with AAPA’s 2003 annual convention in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Winners were announced in the association’s national Communications, Information Technology, Environmental Improvement and Facilities Engineering Competitions. Engraved plaques were bestowed at the ceremony upon the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Portland, winners in of this year’s Information Technology Awards; The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Port of Portland, the Virginia Port Authority and the Port of Tacoma, winners of the Environmental Improvement Awards; the Port of Vancouver, U.S.A.

Liberian Registry Applauds Ukraine Boost for Tanker Owners

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