Lluavi Puts Mexican Shipbuilding on the Map
Strategic Marine Mexico recently launched the second 170.6 ft Crew Boat, the LLuavi, for Arrendadora Ocean Mexicana (Blue Marine). The two 170.6 ft Crew Boats, Aramara and Lluavi…
This Day in Coast Guard History – Dec. 24
1955- A Coast Guard helicopter was the first rescue unit to reach a flood disaster scene in northern California. Its crew hoisted 138 persons to safety within 12 hours.
This Day in Naval History – Dec. 24
1814 - Treaty of Ghent ends the War of 1812. 1864 - Naval Forces under Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter with Army forces under Major General Benjamin F. Butler begin…
MAN Diesel to Feature High-Speed Engines
MAN Nutzfahrzeuge will transfer part of its business involving high-speed engines to the group’s sister company, MAN Diesel. With effect from 1 January 2010, these activities will be integrated into MAN Diesel to form a Business Unit High Speed. The new Business Unit will offer diesel and gas engines in a performance range from 70 to 1,400 kW used in yachts, smaller working ships, locomotives and in decentralised energy supplies, for instance as emergency gensets.
Royal Navy Frigate Upgrades with Thales Sonar
One of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) most advanced Type 23 frigates has re-entered operational service, fitted with Thales’s Sonar 2087 system, following a period of sea trials. HMS Sutherland has been declared fit for operational service after trials of its major sonar and defensive systems, and now becomes the sixth Type 23 frigate to be upgraded with the Sonar 2087 system. In November 2008 the Ministry…
Russian-Norwegian Project on Barents Sea
The Barents 2020 cooperation project on safeguarding petroleum activities in the Barents Sea was concluded on Dec. 18 at a conference in Moscow. More than 100 Russian…
KVH’s Mini-VSAT Broadband Gov’t Approval
KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted permanent “Earth Station onboard – Vessel” or ESV license…
Navy Retires USNS San Jose
An SA-330 Puma helicopter lifts a load of stores from the Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7) during a vertical replenishment with an amphibious dock landing ship. (U.S. Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS San Jose marked the close of 39 years of service to the Navy fleet in a Dec. 18 shipboard ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The event paid tribute to…
APL Landmark $11M Clean Air Plan in Oakland
Global shipping leader APL and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced a landmark $11m project to cut vessel emissions and improve this city's air quality starting in 2010.
Federal Security Grants Fund Maintenance
The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) announced in its newsletter that for the first time, funds awarded under the Port Security Grant Program will be available…
New Cruise Ship 3 Months Ahead of Schedule
The brand new American Cruise Lines ship, Independence, being built at Chesapeake Shipbuilding, was taken on its first underway trials yesterday. This important milestone trial occurred three months ahead of schedule. Maneuvering and equipment tests were performed successfully while the ship was underway in the Wicomico River. American Cruise Lines will run the Independence on 7-14 night cruises beginning on June 12, 2009 with 102 passengers on the East Coast.
Statoil Fined for Statfjord Incident
The Rogaland county public prosecutor notified Statoil on 18 December that it has been fined $4.26m following the oil leak from the Statfjord A loading buoy on 12 December 2007.
GDF Suez Expands LNG Fleet apacity
According to a Dec. 17 report from www.UPI.com, French energy giant GDF Suez took delivery of its Neptune regasification vessel that can discharge natural gas directly into regional ports.
NSRP Portable Automated Bulkhead and Hull
The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Portable Automated Bulkhead and Hull Straightener project has been completed with a final demonstration conducted…
Omega Navigation Q3 2009 Results
For the quarter ended September 30, 2009, Omega Navigation reported total revenues of $14.3 million and Net Income of $1.9 million, or $0.12 per basic share, excluding…
This Day in Coast Guard History – Dec. 23
1904-Near Oak Island and Fire Island, New York the American schooner Frank W. McCullough ran aground on Fire Island Bar, 2 miles from the former station and 4 from the latter, at about 9 am.
New Wilhelmsen Office in Australia
Wilhelmsen Ships Service has opened its twentieth port office in Australia. The new office is in the remote port of Broome. Over 2000km from Perth and almost 2000km from Darwin…
Topaz Secures $42M SCB Financing
Topaz Energy and Marine announced that it had raised $42m from Standard Chartered Bank, Dubai in support of its fleet expansion plans, taking its total financing raised in 2009 to $150m. Topaz has contracted over $150m in bank finance in 2009 and the lion’s share of the funds have been deployed to support its fleet expansion and modernization program. Although finance available for the shipping sector as a whole is scarce, the OSV space that Topaz occupies is a relative bright spot for banks.
MOL Completes Settlement, 13th Unsecured Bonds
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that the company determined the terms and conditions for the issuance of its 13th series of unsecured bonds (with inter…
This Day in Naval History – Dec. 23
1826 - Captain Thomas ap Catesby Jones of USS Peacock and King Kamehameha negotiate first treaty between Hawaii and a foreign power. 1910 - LT Theodore G. Ellyson…