ClassNK Expands China Service Network
31 March 2011 – ClassNK officially announced the opening of a new exclusive surveyor office in Shenzen today. The ClassNK Shenzhen Office becomes the 11th office the society has opened in China, marking the continued growth of ClassNK’s presence in the Chinese market. Located between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, the Shenzhen region is one of the fastest growing maritime hubs in Southern China, serving as both an important shipping hub…
International Marine Transport and MOL Agree on Merger
ROTTERDAM, 31 March 2011 – Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that two of its group companies—International Marine Transport Co., Ltd. and MOL Tankship Management Ltd. – have agreed to merge effective April 1, 2011, and continue and expand their business as MOL Ocean Expert Co., Ltd. The merger plan was approved by the shareholders’ meetings of both companies. Name: MOL Ocean Expert Co., Ltd. No.
Stena Settles Patent Dispute In Australia
In a gratifying end to the long running patent infringement dispute in Australia, Swedish company Stena Rederi AB and the Australian ship builder Austal have reached an amicable settlement, for an undisclosed sum, of Stena’s claim for compensation arising out of infringement of Stena’s patent relating to hull forms for high speed catamarans. Source: Stena
Spanish Warship Disrupts Suspected Pirates
On 28 March 2011, the EU NAVFOR Spanish warship SPS Canarias disrupted a suspected Pirate Action Group (PAG), consisting of a whaler-style boat and a skiff, 260 Nautical Miles North-West of the Seychelles after a fishing vessel reported the PAGs presence to the warship. Early morning on 28 March, the Seychellois flagged fishing vessel reported that a whaler and a skiff had approached her in a suspicious manner with automatic weapons and a Rocket Propelled Grenade(RPG) clearly visible.
ACMA and Iceberg Project Services, Inc. Form Professional Alliance
HOUSTON, Texas – March 28, 2011: Alan C. McClure Associates (ACMA), one of the industry’s premier naval architecture and engineering firms, announced today that it has formed a professional alliance with Iceberg Project Services (IPS) (www.icebergps.com). When supplemental support is required, ACMA will provide engineering services to IPS and IPS will provide ACMA project management assistance. ACMA’s…
Long Lay-up Periods have No Effect on Quality of Ecospeed Coating
As a consequence of the current economic climate, more and more ship owners are forced to lay one or more of their ships up for longer periods. This has, however, no adverse effect on an Ecospeed coating which can always be restored to its optimum condition, regardless of how much fouling has attached itself to the hull while the vessel has been laying idle. Ecospeed is ideally suited for ships during lay-ups because of its impermeability.
Daewoo Sees Strong LNG Ship Orders
According a report from Reuters, South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering believes a loss of nuclear capacity in Japan will further boost a nascent…
Huntington Ingalls Goes Live
According to a report from the Daily Press, the Fortune 500 shipbuilding firm will be officially spun out from defense giant Northrop Grumman Corp. on Wednesday evening, March 30.
Foss Recieves Safety Award on West Coast
A major maritime employer group has recognized the outstanding safety record of the Foss Maritime workers who tie up and release ships at Puget Sound ports. The…
Rev. Rice Joins SCI as Gulf of Mexico Chaplain
Beginning April 1, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) welcomes a new chaplain dedicated to serving mariners and other workers in the offshore exploration and production industry. The Rev. Winston Rice, a former offshore worker and maritime lawyer, joins two current chaplains for SCI’s Ministry on the River, the nation’s only full-time pastoral care ministry on the Ohio and Lower Mississippi River systems, extending the Institute’s inland ministry efforts into the Gulf of Mexico.
DonJon and Seacor Complete Tug Ken Boothe, Sr.
Donjon Marine Co., Inc., along with partner Seacor Holdings Inc. announced the completion of the tugboat, Ken Boothe, Sr. The 10,700 hp tug will work as an Articulated Tug/Barge ( ATB) in conjunction with a 34,000 ton capacity self unloading bulk cargo barge. The tugboat was constructed in the Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair facility over the last 14 months. The still-to-be-named cargo barge is scheduled to be delivered in early Spring of 2012.
This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - March 30
* 1867- Alaska purchase treaty signed with Russia. * 1942- By Presidential proclamation, the Coast Guard was designated as a service of the Navy to be administered…
This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 30
1944 - First use of torpedo squadrons from carriers to drop aerial mines (Palau Harbor) 1972 - Easter Offensive began in Vietnam Source: www.history.navy.mil
STENERSEN Chartering Selects Veson Nautical's IMOS
BOSTON, MA and OSLO, Norway – March 30, 2011 –Veson Nautical, the premier provider of maritime commercial management and trading software solutions, today announced that Oslo-based Stenersen Chartering AS, the commercial arm of Rederiet Stenersen AS of Bergen, Norway has purchased Veson Nautical’s IMOS (Integrated Maritime Operations System). Veson Nautical’s IMOS6 software will now manage chartering, operations, and voyage accounting related functions for Stenersen Chartering’s fleet.
Mega-size Container Cargo Ship Arrives at Port Everglades
A mega-size cargo ship, the largest container cargo ship in the history of Port Everglades, arrived in South Florida this morning carrying cargo from Northern Europe to South Florida. Mediterranean Shipping Company's MSC Maeva - a 1,066-foot-long, 140-foot wide, 89,954-gross-registered-ton containerized cargo ship - is the first of three ships in its class that will carry cargo to and from Port Everglades as part of a weekly ocean shipping service.
Port Receives First International Ship of The Season
PORTAGE, Ind. (March 29, 2010) - The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor celebrated the opening of its 41st international shipping season with the arrival of the “M/V Avonborg.” Port and local officials boarded the vessel for a brief ceremony, presenting the ship’s captain, Capt. Gert J.K. Mol, with gifts including an Indiana state flag and a vintage Port of Indiana South Shore poster. The first ship signifies the start of the shipping season…
Neptune Maritime Security Becomes ICoC PSSP Signatory
Neptune Maritime Security is pleased to announce that, as of April 1st 2011, it will be recognised as a full signatory to the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC PSSP). This initiative, launched by the Swiss government in Geneva in November, 2010, has been widely hailed as a landmark agreement and praised by governments and human rights groups alike. By becoming a signatory…
BOEMRE to Aggressively Recruit Environmental Scientists
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today launched a focused, nationwide recruitment campaign to fill current and new environmental science positions at the agency. “As we work to elevate the role of science in our decision-making, we must attract top-flight environmental scientists to conduct scientific studies, complete legally-mandated environmental reviews…
North’s 150 Year Fund Raises US$150 000
A charity fund set up by North P&I club last year as part of its 150th anniversary initiatives has raised a total of US$150 000 for maritime and local charities. Chairman Albert Engelsman of Dutch shipping group Wagenborg presented US$50 000 cheques today (29 March) to international maritime welfare charity the Sailors’ Society and the UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), which provides a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the British coastline.
J.F. Lehman & Company Adds Three Members to Operating Executive Board
NEW YORK – J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace and maritime sectors, is pleased to announce the addition of the Honorable Michael J. Bayer, General John D.W. Corley, USAF (Ret.) and Mr. Dean M. Flatt to its Operating Executive Board ("OEB"). The OEB is a group of seasoned industry and government executives who have significant experience in the firm's target industries.