UK –Near Miss in Dover Strait TSS
At 0438 UTC on 10 July 2008 a close-quarters situation occurred between the bulk carrier Barbara and the product tanker Maersk Borneo in the Dover Strait Traffic Separation Scheme in good visibility.
UK - Ship Owner Pleads Guilty
At a hearing yesterday in Folkestone Magistrates Court, the owner of a coaster pleaded guilty to three Merchant Shipping safety offences following a collision with…
Singapore –Bunker Insurance
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular providing the names of additional insurers and underwriters that it has accepted for purposes of…
USCG – AIS Alert
The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert advising users of new Automatic Identification System (AIS) Class B devices to not assume that they are being ‘seen’ by…
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has extended, until November 18, the deadline for submittal of applications for a Maritime Security Program (MSP) Operating Agreement.
Twin QSK60’s for Hong Kong Tanker
A Hong Kong tanker owner is about to take delivery of a 3,000 ton oil tanker from the Guangdong Jiangmen Shipyard on the Pearl River. The vessels eight cargo tanks are contained in the 68 by 16 by 6.45-meter hull. Accommodation and navigational areas are included in the aft deckhouse. Main propulsion engines are a pair of Cummins V-16 four stroke QSK60 main engines each rated at 2,000 HP and turning twin propellers through Reintjes gears.
$77K Raised for Maritime Training
Members of the commercial community of the Port of Houston, America’s second largest Port in terms of total tonnage, met last week in support of the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI).
USS Michigan Completed Early
USS Michigan (SSGN 727) undocked in late October, five days early, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF). Michigan was…
New Navy Contracts
Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., is being awarded a $605,030,234 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-2102) for additional naval nuclear propulsion components.
Star Beta Enters Time Charter
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ:SBLK) announced that the 1993-built Capesize vessel M/V Star Beta has entered into period employment with Brazil's Companhia Vale…
ST Marine Awarded $3m Contract
Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) announced that it has been awarded a $3m contract from Bluestone Offshore Pte Ltd (Bluestone Offshore), a Singapore-based company specializing in deepwater geotechnical analysis. ST Marine will convert Bluestone Topaz, a Remotely Operated Vessel (ROV) cum Platform Supply Vessel to a geotechnical survey vessel at its main yard in Benoi. This is Bluestone’s…
WW Group Reports First 9 Months
The WW group, Wilh. Wilhelmsen, posted an operating profit of $217.6m for the first nine months of 2008, compared with $206.9m in 2007. Total operating income for…
Wärtsilä Powers 5 Aker Yards Vessels
Wärtsilä has signed major contracts with Aker Yards AS Søviknes and Aker Yards AS Trading - the recently established project development arms of the Aker Yards Group - for the supply of propulsion equipment for five offshore vessel projects being built in Norway, India and Brazil. The orders cover the supply of a total of 15 Wärtsilä engines, as well as power generation, automation, and other ancillary equipment.
Jiangmen - 3rd Vessel for Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest, the vessel owning subsidiary of Singapore based Pacific Radiance, will soon take delivery of the third in a series of 53-meter towing and supply vessels from Jiangmen Shipyard on the Pearl River in Guangdong Province China. Founded in 1954 the shipyard was purchased by the private Guangdong TianJian Group in 1997. Enjoying an extensive area with covered build locations including covered graving docks the yard is capable of building an impressive array of vessels at once.
NASSCO Delivers USNS Amelia Earhart
General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), delivered USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) to the U.S. Navy on October 30. The ship…
This Day in Naval History – Nov 3
1841 - "Mosquito Fleet" commanded by LCDR J. T. McLaughlin, USN, carries 750 Sailors and Marines into the Everglades to fight the Seminole Indians. 1941 - President Franklin D.
Bourbon Sagitta Crew Kidnapped
On October 31, at about 12:00 a.m., a number of armed men in 3 fly boats, boarded the Bourbon Sagitta, an Anchor Handling Tug Support vessel assisting loading operations of crude oil from a field off the Bakasi Peninsula (180 kms from Douala). 10 of the 15 crew members (2 Cameroonians, 1 Tunisian, 1 Senegalese and 6 French seamen) were kidnapped. No one was injured. The ship and the staff still on board are now safe.