Continuing Appropriations Bill Signed into Law
The White House stated that President Obama signed into law the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (H.R. 1473). Among other things…
U.S. Coast Guard Makes "US Build" Determination
The US Coast Guard issued a determination letter concluding that installation of a foreign-manufactured crane into a new vessel when the vessel is other than in…
U.S. Coast Guard Photo: CGC Morro Bay
Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay (approaching from right) returns home to New London, Conn., where they were greeted by friends, family members and loved ones on Apr. 19, 2001 after a six-month deployment to the Great Lakes. The crew broke ice in all five of the Great Lakes, not only ensuring the delivery of heating oil to those in the impacted area, but also acting as a search and rescue platform while on patrol, sucessfully rescuing a man who was stranded on an ice floe. U.S.
Aker Solutions Wins Drilling Equipment Contracts
Aker Solutions signed two contracts with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for the delivery of complete drilling equipment packages for two new deepwater drillships. The contracts have a total value of about $230m. The drilling equipment and systems will be installed on the two vessels, which are being constructed at DSME's yard in South Korea. Each delivery has a contract value of about $115 million, and includes options for additional equipment and services.
MWCC Membership Grows
The Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) announced today that its membership has grown to 10 members at the conclusion of the company’s formation period. The MWCC member companies are now Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Apache, Anadarko, BHP Billiton, Statoil and Hess. These 10 companies operated approximately 70 percent of deepwater wells drilled in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico between 2007 through 2009.
STX Finland Signs a Maintenance Contract for Saipem
On 20 April 2011, STX Finland Oy and Saipem S.p.A signed a contract on major overhaul and maintenance of the semisubmersible pipelay vessel Castoro Sei. The work on the ship, providing employment for as many as about 1,000 people, will be completed by STX's Turku shipyard. The Castoro Sei is a 152 metres long and 70.5 metres wide semisubmersible pipelay vessel, owned by Italian offshore company Saipem S.p.A.
Napa Signs an Agreement with DSME
Onboard-Napa Ltd. signed an agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marube Engineering Co. Ltd.(DSME). DSME and Napa are both committed to environmental protection and ecological sustainability. “This co-operation strengthens our capability to provide our customers a software solution which covers current recommendations and future requirements for energy efficient planning of ship operation”, says Sebastian Sjöberg, Area Sales Manager at Onboard-Napa.
BW Offshore: The Most Advanced FPSOs in Brazil
The abundance of deepwater O&G prospects, combined with the lack of oil transportation infrastructure in Brazil, has increasingly favored FPSOs as a production solution. Petrobras presently has more than 25 FPSOs in operation and this number is expected to double during the next decade. BW Offshore is a leader in FPSOs and FPSO operations. Although it has been quoting for jobs in Brazil for some years, the company finally established a local office in 2008.
INTERVIEW: Carmen Pino, Castrol Offshore
The business of lube and fluid supply is fiercely competitive and ever-changing, continually challenged to deliver more economical, environmentally and better performing product. Maritime Reporter spent some time with Carmen Pino, a West Point graduate and the Regional Operating Director, Castrol Offshore , to discuss his team’s strategy to grow its business. How would you describe your management philosophy?
Disposal of Chemical Weapons at Sea
While World War II is well-known as the beginning of the age of atomic weapons, World War I is lesser-known as dawn of the age of chemical weapons. The 1914-1918…
Samson Rope, SWOS Team for Heavy Lift
Samson high-performance synthetic slings helped Technip install subsea hardware at Petrobras’ Cascade & Chinook project. Installing two pumping stations and two manifolds at Petrobras’s Cascade and Chinook fields in the Gulf of Mexico at depths in excess of 2,500m was accomplished with a “wet handshake” and the assistance of Samson’s AmSteel-Blue fabricated into lifting slings for the operation. Technip was the contractor…
Middle East Turmoil and U.S. Economic Sanctions and Export Controls
The primary focus of last year’s annual update, which appeared in the April 2010 issue, was U.S. efforts to tighten economic sanctions against Iran. The last several…
Are Weapons the Answer to Counter Piracy?
This article is intended to help inform the debate on the use of arms, in particular, armed Sea Marshals, in the protection of vessels conducting commercial business. At the outset AKE acknowledges an interest through its support to GAC Solutions in the provision of maritime security services and support to maritime clients. This paper provides objective analysis of the situation confronting the maritime industry in respect of piracy, its growing effect on business, and the arming of ships.
New President of STX Finland
Juha Heikinheimo has resigned from the position as President of STX Finland Oy. He will be replaced by Su-Jou Kim, who currently holds the position as Chairman of STX Finland. Su-Jou Kim will be temporary acting President of STX Finland. Despite significant improvements during the last few months, STX Finland is going through very challenging times - in particular at the Turku shipyard - following the delivery of the "Allure of the Seas" in October 2010.
APM Terminals Expands into Eastern Black Sea Port
APM Terminals Poti in Georgia is Europe’s newest gateway to the Caucasus and Central Asia, projected to be among the pace-setters ineconomic development and trade growth. Poti, Georgia – In line with APM Terminals investment strategy in high growth markets, the company has announced the acquisition of an 80% share in Poti Sea Port, which is located on Georgia’s Black Sea coast. The shares have been bought from Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA) of the United Arab Emirates.
Simultaneous Stern Tube Seal and Propeller Repair on Vessel
Last week a Hydrex diver/technician team replaced three seals on a 180-meter tanker berthed in New York while concurrently cropping two of its propeller blades to restore balance to the propeller. The team mobilized from the Hydrex office in Tampa together with all the equipment they needed for the operation. In New York an Aegir Marine specialist joined the team at the ship’s location and the team made all necessary preparations to begin the repair.
HSRP to Meet in Honolulu
The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is a Federal Advisory Committee to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that will convene a Public meeting on May 4-6…
Port of Kiel welcomes “Stena Scandinavica”
Kiel, April 20th, 2011: today’s first call by “Stena Scandinavica” at Kiel’s Schwedenkai Terminal rounds off Stena Line’s new ship generation switch on the Kiel-Gothenburg ferry route. During a reception on board, Kiel Port head Dr Dirk Claus presented the traditional first-call plaque to Captain Jan Sjöström. “We are delighted that as of today the Baltic’s longest and most modern ferries are sailing from Kiel and that all the transport capacity they can offer is now available”…
HATLAPA Supplies Winches to Emergency Tug
HATLAPA is playing an active role in helping to protecting our coastlines. The manufacturer‟s experience in the development and production of steering gear, compressors, deck machinery and offshore winches has led to a 2.5 million Euro order for deck machinery, steering gear and compressors for the Nordic. Initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, the construction of the emergency tug vessel was undertaken by three ship owners in the German Bight – Bugsier…
L-3 Maritime Systems Wins LCS Contract
L-3 Maritime Systems has been awarded a contract from General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems to supply its Seaframe Control System for the next Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).