Tonnage Numbers Steady at U.S. Ports
U.S. ports continued to post positive tonnage numbers in October. The Seaway’s year-to-date total cargo shipments from March 22 to October 31 were 29 million metric tons, up 2 percent from the same period last year. “With just two months left in the 2011 navigation season, the Seaway is on track to meet its projected seven percent improvement over last year’s tonnage performance,” says Rebecca Spruill, Director of Trade Development for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
Statoil & Partners Win Offshore Canada Bid
Statoil, Chevron Canada and Repsol E&P Canada have been named the successful bidders for exploration rights on two land parcels in the Flemish Pass Basin, offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. This was the result of a land sale issued by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB). The land parcels are located west of Statoil’s Mizzen discovery in the Flemish Pass Basin. Statoil will be the operator of both licences with a 50 % interest.
PMC Opens Membership to International Shipowners
For the first time in its history, PANAMA MARITIME CHAMBER (PMC) has opened its membership to international shipowners with vessels registered in Panama – making…
Bentley Acquires FormSys
Bentley Systems acquired FormSys, based in Perth, Australia. This software development company has a proven, 20-year track record in 3D design, analysis, and construction…
New Ownership at Charleston/Carolina’s Rigging
Established in 1988 by Rick and Valerie Sawin as Charleston’s Rigging and Marine Hardware, firm has played significant roles in supplying products to support the construction of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, raising The Hunley, and now transitions to the next generation. Jessica Sage, Chief Financial Officer and Skip Sawin, Chief Operating Officer for Charleston’s Rigging and Carolina’s Rigging announce the purchase of the corporation from Rick and Valerie Sawin, founders of the firm.
Resolve Refloats San Juan Dry Dock
RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc. successfully refloated the Perseverance dry dock in San Juan, Puerto Rico on October 27. The dry dock sank on September 29 during maintenance/refit operations. During the sinking, the dry dock’s internal pumping system became inoperable due to flooding of the dock’s control station. Also, internal damage sustained during the sinking event made several of the internal compartments common, degrading the stability of the dry dock.
NY Canals to Temporarily Reopen
Open from Oswego to Waterford to Allow Stranded Boats to Reach Destinations. Sections of the Erie Canal and the Oswego Canal will temporarily reopen for a two-week period that begins Sunday, November 20, the New York State Canal Corporation announced. The eastern portion of the Erie Canal has been closed to navigation in the Mohawk Valley since major flooding in late August damaged several canal structures.
Hamworthy Lands IG Contract at Hyundai
Hamworthy has won a contract from South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries to supply its inert gas generator (IGG) package for the QUAD 204 FPSO project. The BP-operated FPSO is to be deployed some 110 miles to the west of the Shetland Isles in the North Atlantic as a replacement for the Schiehallion FPSO. Hamworthy will supply two sets of inert gas generator units, including two deck water seals, two control systems, two inert gas cleaners and two pressure vacuum breakers.
Tape Level Indicator Requires No Electricity
Liquid Level Indication with Madison’s Tape Level Indicator Requires No Electricity. Madison Company’s TL Series Tape Level Indicators are designed for simple and economical liquid level indication where no electrical power is available. Ideal for 30 or 55 gallon remote and mobile tanks, these devices incorporate a magnetic float and a standard tape measure blade that is sealed in a liquid-tight tube.
Krishnapatnam Now India's Deepest Port
Krishnapatnam Port in its quest to be the best port in India has increased its draft to 17.5 meters. With this measure, the port now shares the honor of being the deepest draft port in India along with another port that’s situated on the east coast of India. The port has 3 cutter suction dredgers and 3 trailer suction dredgers that are continuously working round-the-clock undertaking capital and maintenance dredging.
10,000dwt Ocean Deck Barge Sold
The 10,000dwt, Vanuatu flagged ocean flat deck barge "DRC/Blake 1" (ex- Eide Barge 35, Pacific Horizon, MB-100, SLB-1 and SLB-2) was sold to private South American buyers, marking the second time that Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington has sold this heavily-built unit. Marcon previously sold her from Horizon Offshore of Houston, Texas to Eide Marine Services of Norway in 2004. "DRC/Blake…
Intermanager Urges Care for Crew
Modern corporate social responsibility should include measures to care for crew as well as the environment, says InterManager Secretary General Captain Kuba Szymanski. Discussing corporate social responsibility (CSR) at this year’s InterManager Annual General Meeting, Capt. Szymanski said: “People talk of ‘hugging trees’, I say let’s hug seafarers first!” Urging ship managers to embrace crew concerns when implementing a CSR programme, Capt.
G&C: New Agreement with BAE Systems Ship Repair
Gibbs & Cox won a Professional Services Agreement (PSA) with BAE Systems Ship Repair. The new PSA will allow any of the BAE Systems shipyards to contract directly…
Port Authority NY/NJ to Rehabilitate Greenville Yard
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has hired HDR to rehabilitate the Greenville Yard in Greenville, N.J., to improve ongoing rail-to-barge-to-rail freight movements across New York Harbor.
Diana Shipping: Time Charter for M/V Nirefs
Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX) announced that it has entered into a time charter contract with Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc., for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers…
World's Largest Heavy Lift Vessel Gets DNV Class
With its width of nearly 80 metres and length of 275 metres, this is the first semisubmersible heavy lift vessel to be built in accordance with DNV’s new class rules for this type of ship. The vessel has no forecastle, which allows it to carry cargo of ”unlimited” length. Its deckhouse is mainly positioned outside its hull, allowing it to carry 70 metre wide cargo. “As DNV is perceived to be the leading class society when it comes to heavy lift vessels…
Mercator Announces H1 Results
For the half year period ended 30th September, 2011, Mercator Lines Ltd. registered 25% growth in Total Income which stood at Rs.1584 crores (Rs.1268 crores). The…
Safebridge Releases ECDIS E-Learning Course
Safebridge Announces First Release of New Online E-Learning Courses for Type-Specific ECDIS Training and Certification. Safebridge GmbH, an e-learning company specializing in Internet-based training solutions for the maritime industry, today unveiled the first release of its new online courseware for type-specific ECDIS training. The online courses will be commercially available by the end of the year, according to Ulf Steden, managing director of Safebridge.
BOEM Calls for Public Input on Proposed 2012-2017 Eastern GOM Lease Sales
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is seeking information from interested parties regarding proposed oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico Eastern Planning Areas.
Technology Can Cause Costly Distractions
THE London P&I Club has warned that improvements in telecommunications technology on board ships can create unwelcome distractions, leading to casualties. In its StopLoss Bulletin…