New Book Targets Better Ship Design
Bad ship design can make life onboard difficult and uncomfortable, cause accidents and even kill. Naval architects have a huge responsibility, but few of them have direct experience of how their designs affect those who use them. Improving Ship Operational Design, published by The Nautical Institute, hopes to make maritime operations safer and more effective by giving ship designers an insight into how those onboard work and live. The book was launched at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects’ (RINA) conference…
India's GSL Delivers Patrol Vessel to Mauritius
Indo-Mauritian maritime defence Co-operation got another fillip with the delivery of first Fast Patrol Vessel, MCGS VICTORY, designed and built in-house by Goa Shipyard Limited(GSL) for Mauritius Coast Guard, on 26th September 2016 at GSL. The vessel is primarily designed for Coastal Patrolling, Anti-piracy, Anti-smuggling, Anti-drug Surveillance, Anti-poaching Operations, and Search and Rescue Operations. The vessel is 50 meter long, fitted with 30 mm CRN-91 Gun, 12.7 mm HMGs…
Japan Navy Chief Urges Resumption of China Port Visits
The head of Japan's navy on Monday repeated criticisms of China's pursuit of territorial claims in Asia but called for a resumption of port and personnel visits suspended for several years amid rising tensions between the two Asian powers. Admiral Tomohisa Takei said exchange visits by senior naval personnel and warships were effective in improving relationships between armed forces. "They should be resumed as soon as possible," he told a Washington think tank. While criticizing China's for its actions in the East China Sea, where Tokyo and Beijing have competing territorial claims, and in the South China Sea, where China has rival claims with other Asian countries…
Fugro Reduces Offshore Wind Development Down Time
A development by Fugro for its work class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) has been utilised successfully in cable lay touchdown monitoring operations at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. A new track base unit, fitted to its FCV ROV, has been introduced to ensure highly accurate cable positioning during cable lay operations in strong currents. The unit ensures the continuation of operations in strong currents by enabling the ROV to run along the seabed instead of flying through the water. It is fitted to the existing ROV frame but can be detached easily if required.
Shell Loads First LNG Vessel at Gate Terminal
Shell loads first LNG vessel, using new LNG fuel infrastructure at Gate terminal. The new LNG fuel infrastructure included the construction of a new berth. This new berth has now started operations. The loading of Shell’s chartered LNG vessel, the Coral Methane happened on September 19th. In July 2014, Shell took the Final Investment Decision to buy capacity at the Gas Access to Europe (Gate) terminal, which enabled the investment in new, dedicated liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel infrastructure. The new LNG fuel infrastructure included the construction of a new berth.
Operation Render Safe Brings Safety to Solomon Islands
The dangers posed by explosive remnants of war in the Solomon Islands will again be tackled with the commencement of Operation Render Safe 16 over the weekend. The annual ADF-led Operation Render Safe deployment is Australia’s enduring commitment to the removal of unexploded and abandoned World War II munitions, commonly referred to as explosive remnants of war (ERW), which continue to pose a danger to communities in the South West Pacific. Operation Render Safe 16 is operating until 7 October…
Keppel FELS Delivers Accommodation Unit to Floatel
Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has delivered Floatel Triumph, a fifth high-specification accommodation semisubmersible (semi), to Floatel International Ltd (Floatel). The semi, which is built to Keppel's proprietary SSAUTM5000NG design, will be chartered by Chevron Corporation for work in the Wheatstone field in Western Australia. Floatel Triumph is scheduled to arrive on location in mid-October 2016. Thereafter, it will work for INPEX Operations Australia in Ichthys Field, off Western Australia.
Salvors to Remove Fuel from Capsized Riverboat
Efforts to prepare the capsized riverboat Spirit of Sacramento for fuel removal operations are being conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response and other partner agencies. The 87-foot vessel reportedly began taking on water September 4, 2016, and sank near Bethel Island, Calif. Several scenarios are being developed to safely remove the pollution threat, which include righting the vessel and removing the fuel, or removing the fuel while the boat remains in its current position.
APL Bags Quest For Quality Award
APL, part of the CMA CGM Group, received the 2016 Quest for Quality Award for its outstanding performance in the transportation and logistics industry in Orlando, Florida, USA. Ranked amongst the top 10 Ocean Carriers by Logistics Management, APL outperformed the average weighted scores for the attribute categories of On-time Performance, Information Technology, Customer Service as well as Equipment and Operations. APL Chief Commercial Officer, Thomas Cassuto said, “The accolade is an important measure of customer satisfaction and performance excellence rated by APL’s customers.
First Gas-Up Operation at Jebel Ali LNG Import Terminal
Excelerate Energy L.P., in collaboration with Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP), has completed the first commercial gas-up operation at DUSUP's Jebel Ali LNG Import Terminal via Excelerate's floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Explorer on August 31, 2016. The FSRU gassed-up all five tanks of a 173,000 m3 LNG Carrier, in a 17-hour period. DUSUP's ability to utilize the FSRU for these operations will allow LNG vessels departing regional dry docks avoid having to travel significant distances to perform this required step in the LNG cargo cycle, making Dubai a full-service LNG hub.
Finland Funds Autonomous Ship Research
The Finnish government's innovation investment arm, Tekes, said that it is making a multi-year commitment to funding collaborative research and development of autonomous, unmanned ships to ply the world’s oceans in the not-so-distant future. Tekes said in a statement that this research area is a priority for the Finnish government and would contribute to the nation's competitiveness. "Digitalization has a strong role in the development of the competitiveness of the Finnish maritime cluster.
Norsafe Eyes Military Sector
Following on it success in the military and professional sector, Norsafe said it will exhibit at Euronaval in Paris Le Bourget, from October 17-21, 2016. “Our business in the military sector is growing year on year and we want to capitalize on this so by exhibiting at Euronaval we can showcase our quality range to buyers from around the world,” said Øystein Schultz Sandberg, Vice President of Sales at Norsafe. On display will be a model of the Munin S1200, Norsafe’s high speed patrol boat.
FreeSeas Sells M/V Free Maverick
FreeSeas Inc. announced that on September 26, 2016, it sold to unrelated third parties the M/V ‘Free Maverick’, a 1998-built, 23,994 dwt Handysize dry bulk carrier for a sale price of $1,925,000. The vessel’s mortgage has now been discharged. FreeSeas Inc. is a Marshall Islands corporation with principal offices in Athens, Greece. It is is a Greece-based transporter of dry-bulk cargoes through the ownership and operation of two Handysize vessels and an owner of a controlling stake in a company commercially operating tankers. Currently, the Company operates two Handysize vessels.
LR to class Federal German Seagoing Fleet
The WSV (Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration) represented by the Waterways and Shipping Agency (WSA) Bremen, a branch of the German government, is transferring 67 ships into Lloyd’s Register (LR) class to support the seagoing fleet of vessels owned by the German Authorities. Following a successful tender for vessels under the departments of the Local Offices for Waterways and Shipping along the German Coast, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, Federal Police and the Federal Customs, Lloyd’s Register EMEA in Germany is to class the fleet from 1 January 2017 under a five year block fee arrangement. "The decision to make Hamburg the centre for Marine and Offshore in the North European area shows how important this market is for Lloyd’s Register…
BV & Ship-to-Ship LNG Bunkering
Bureau Veritas is supporting the adoption of clean fuel LNG through the classification of both vessels in the world’s first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation between two independent ocean-going vessels. On September 3 2016, Terntank Rederi’s M/T Ternsund bunkered LNG from Coral Energy, a Dutch small scale LNG vessel owned by Antony Veder and chartered by Skangas. The operation was carried out at the entrance to the port of Gothenburg. The 15,000 dwt Ternsund is the world’s first LNG-fuelled newbuilding oil/chemical tanker.
South Africa Raids Boxship Operator's Offices
Six of the world's biggest container shipping companies were raided by South African authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of colluding to inflate rates between Asia and South Africa, the country's Competition Commission said. The six companies comprise local subsidiaries of Denmark's Maersk, Swiss-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company, France's CMA CGM Shipping, Germany's Hamburg Sud, Singapore-based Pacific International Line and Maersk unit Safmarine, the commission said in a statement.
India Proposes New MCA for Port Sector
India's Shipping Ministry on Thursday proposed a new model concession agreement (MCA) to attract more private sector investments in the development of port infrastructure. The proposed MCA will replace the existing agreement which came into existence in January 2008. "The proposed MCA has taken into account the suggestions provided in various reports by Member Planning Commission (2010), Indian Ports Association (IPA-2015) and Kelkar Committee Report (2015)," says a press release from the Ministry.
Irish Naval Ship Rescues 423 People
The Irish naval vessel LÉ James Joyce rescued 423 migrants from 18 separate vessels on Saturday during a search and rescue operation 40 nautical miles northwest of Tripoli, Libya. The Irish Naval Service described the operation as complex. The rescue operation lasted over five hours. The rescued migrants were given water and medical treatment. LÉ James Joyce participated in the rescue mission on foot of a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre. In addition to the migrants brought onboard the LÉ James Joyce…
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.
Sustainable (R)Evolution: A Multipurpose Maritime Education Fleet
Efforts have been underway since 2014 to procure government funding for new training vessels for the State Maritime Academies (SMA). Pending bills in Congress at this time would provide $300 million for the construction of the first of four training vessels for the SMAs with a total of $1.2 billion for the proposed four vessel package. Domestic maritime stakeholders have other options, however. These alternatives are attractive for more than one reason. Separately, the U.S. offshore energy sector has experienced a significant decline in demand and production…
Container Shippers Raided in S.Africa over Suspected Collusion
Six of the world's biggest container shipping companies were raided by South African authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of colluding to inflate rates between Asia and South Africa, the country's Competition Commission said. The development comes as global container lines struggle in the worst-ever market conditions, caused by a glut of ships and slowing global trade, which has battered earnings and forced at least one out of business. The six companies raided comprise local subsidiaries of Denmark's Maersk…
GM Deep Sea Mooring Secures Det Norske Oljeselskap Contract
Global Maritime Deep Sea Mooring, a provider of offshore mooring services in Norway, has signed a contract with Norwegian operator Det norske oljeselskap to support Prosafe’s semi-submersible Safe Zephyrus accommodation rig in the Ivar Aasen North Sea field. The contract also includes support to the Maersk Interceptor ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig. Deep Sea Mooring, which has already installed the pre-lay system, will supply mooring and pre-lay equipment; offshore personnel…
Los Angeles Pier 400 Ready for Ultra-Large Container Ships
The first of ten ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at the APM Terminals Los Angeles Pier 400 facility was raised 33 feet (10 meters), making it the tallest port crane in North America and will be ready for vessel operations in the next few months. To create an even safer place to work, an additional feature of the upgraded cranes is the installation of Light Emitting Diode (LED) illumination, which will improve operator visibility and accuracy of the cranes’ Optical Character Recognition (OCR) programs. The cranes will use 60% less energy than conventional lighting systems.