Royal Caribbean's Freedom-Class Ship
Royal Caribbean International's newest Freedom-class ship, Independence of the Seas, made her US debut on Nov 19 at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. Sharing the title of world's largest cruise ship with her sister-ships, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, Independence will be the line's first Freedom-class ship to sail from Port Everglades. At 160,000 GRT and a capacity of 3,634 guests…
Blackwater Gunboats To Protect Ships
According to a Nov. 19 report from The Independent World, the American security company Blackwater is planning to launch a flotilla of gunboats for hire by the shipping companies.
Royal Navy Hands Over Suspected Pirates
Eight suspected pirates apprehended by crew members from Royal Navy frigate HMS Cumberland off Africa's east coast last week have been handed over to the custody of the Kenyan Police today, Tuesday 18 November 2008. The suspected pirates were caught on Tuesday 11 November 2008 when HMS Cumberland, deployed to the Gulf of Aden, saw a Yemeni fishing vessel, which had earlier taken part in an attack on a Danish Merchant Vessel.
Singapore –Bunkers Convention
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding the maritime community that the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage…
Indian Navy Encounters Pirate Mother Ship
The Indian Naval Ship Tabar, which is currently in the Gulf of Aden for Anti-Piracy Surveillance and Patrol Operations, encountered a pirate vessel, 285 NM South…
IMO – BWM Convention
The IMO issued a circular noting that Liberia and France have acceded to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004.
General Dynamics $286m Contract
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $286m contract for planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric…
NOL Group - Cost Reduction Initiatives
Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL), the parent company of container shipping line APL and of APL Logistics, announced a package of measures to place the company…
Korean Shipbuilders Face Bankruptcy
According to a report from The Korea Times, following troubled construction firms and savings banks, the Korean government and creditor banks are now moving to put…
NSRP Approves Ship Production Projects
On 12 November 2008, the Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise announced the selection of 9 new Ship Production Panel projects…
ABS Council Adds Members
At the recent ABS Council meeting, 31 prominent members of the shipping and offshore industries were elected as new members of the prominent international classification society.
ABS Elects Pendexter Senior VP
ABS announced the election of Linwood (Lenny) Pendexter to the position of Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Surveyor by the ABS Board of Directors at a recent meeting in New York. Pendexter has been an active advocate for maritime safety throughout his career. He currently serves as the classification society’s Chief Surveyor, overseeing a global network of more than 1,400 surveyors. He plans to continue stressing the importance of safety within and outside the organization.
Panamanian Dredging Kickoff
Manning the controls of a large cutter suction dredge, Panamanian President Martín Torrijos kicked off the Pacific sea entrance dredging work for the waterway’s expansion on Nov. 17. He was accompanied by First Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Samuel Lewis Navarro, Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board Chair and Minister of Canal Affairs Dani Kuzniecky and ACP Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta.
Navios 3Q, 9 Mo. Report
Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (NYSE:NM) , a global, vertically integrated seaborne shipping and logistics company, today reported financial results for the third…
New Boat from Guangzhou Shipyard
Joining a long list of successful craft from this well-established south China shipyard, the 40-meter Putrajaya Singosari completed sea trials in mid-November of this year. With an 11.8-meter beam and 4.6-meter molded depth, the offshore utility support vessel was built to a design by Khiam Chuan Marine P.L. of Singapore. Classed by BV and meeting IMO/SOLAS for life saving and firefighting the vessel will be registered in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah Malaysia.