Pirates Seize Ship with Americans Aboard
According to a report from World News, Somali pirates hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship on April 8, with 21 crew members aboard, a diplomat and a U.S. Navy spokesman said.
Biocide Free Bottom Coating System
Intersleek 900 is a patented fluoropolymer foul release coating that does not contain any biocides. The finish has what is known as low surface energy. Fouling organisms generally have a difficult time forming an attachment to a low surface energy finish and when they are successful only do so very weakly. Fouling can be easily removed with simple hand cleaning methods using sponges, window squeegees, soft bristle brushes, and fleece mitts.
Cal Maritime Security Officer Refresher Course
The U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center, through Det Norske Veritas, has approved a Vessel Security Officer (VSO) Refresher Course developed by The California Maritime Academy…
Bahamas Port Prepares for Giant Ships
According to a report from the Associated Press, the Bahamas said a Dutch marine engineering company has won the contract to dredge 2 million cubic yards (1.53 million…
Ships Held by Somali Pirates
According to a report from Reuters, Somali pirates seized a British-owned ship operated by an Italian company on April 6, after taking three other ships over the weekend, a maritime official said.
Guilty Plea on Concealing Vessel Pollution
Consultores De Navegacion, a Spanish company that operates the M/T Nautilus, an ocean-going chemical tanker ship, pleaded guilty on April 6 in U.S. District Court…
Impressive Dutch Vessel
If there was a worldwide competition for the most immaculate engine room, it might very well be won by an engine room from the Netherlands. In fact it might even belong to Mr. and Mrs. Van der Stelt whose new vessel, Mon Desir, transports coal along the river system from the German Ruhrgebiet. The 443 ft long hull of the ship was built near the mouth of the Volga River in the JSC 3d International Shipyard in Astrakan Russia.
Military Budget Shows Shift in U.S. Strategy
According to an April 6 report from the New York Times, Secretary Gates announced proposed changes in the U.S. military budget including cuts in Navy shipbuilding operations.
Maersk Line General Rate Increase
Maersk Line announced that unsustainable rates and continued improved demand led to rate increases effective 1 May 2009. The increase applies equally to all cargo and commodities, excluding reefers.
Extending Statfjord’s Life
The Statfjord late life project has prolonged this North Sea field's productive life beyond expectations. “We are highly satisfied with every single year we can add to the Statfjord field’s productive life,” said Ståle Tungesvik, senior vice president for the operations west cluster in the Exploration & Production Norway business area. “During the late life project we have extended the production period at the Statfjord field beyond 2020.
ASNE Day 2009
ASNE Day 2009 takes place April 8-9, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. The event will explore how the 21st century cooperative…
iDirect $2m Contract with NewWave Broadband
VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc, announced that NewWave Broadband Ltd. has ordered $2m in satellite communications products to expand…
Seakeeper Organizes Distribution Network
Since the exclusivity agreement with Azimut Yachts ended, Seakeeper has brought on one new US and six new international distributors to keep up with increasing demand.
WETA Draft Transition & EWTSM Pan
WETA has released a Draft Transition Plan and Draft Emergency Water Transportation System Management Plan. The draft documents are now available for download at www.watertransit.org.
Mimic Shipping Classification Report
Martin Briddon MBE from James Fisher Mimic, provider of engineering and condition monitoring services and part of the James Fisher Group, will launch the Mimic Shipping…
This Day in Naval History – April 8
1925 - First planned night landings on a carrier, USS Langley, by VF-1 1950 - Unarmed Navy patrol aircraft shot down over Baltic Sea by USSR 1951 - 1st of 4 detonations, Operation Greenhouse nuc