This Day in U.S. Naval History – January 11
1863 - CSS Alabama sinks USS Hatteras off Galveston 1944 - Aircraft from USS Block Island make first aircraft rocket attack on German submarine (Source: Navy News Service)
Todd Shipyards Contract for USCGC Polar Star
Todd Shipyards Corp. announced that the U.S. Coast Guard has awarded to its subsidiary, Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., a $16,008,228 modification to previously awarded…
Mustang Survival Names Hartt CEO
Mustang Survival announced the completion of the executive management succession plan. This strategic initiative was first announced in October 2009, with the goal…
Flagship-RTS Reduces Port Emissions, Congestion
Flagship, a part EU-funded maritime transport project, has successfully implemented the first real-time optimization system targeting congestion in container terminals. The system, known as Flagship-RTS was trialed at the Port of Valencia and plans transport resources, container repositioning movements and inventory levels simultaneously, using a real time scheduling model. This allows the terminal…
MARIN Names Buchner President
As of January 1st Bas Buchner is president of the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN). He’s taken over the helm from Arne Hubregtse, who stood down to become general director of the heavy lift shipping company Biglift. Buchner: “Under my predecessors George Remery and Arne Hubregtse MARIN has evolved into an entrepreneurial organization at the heart of the Dutch and international maritime market and the biggest of its kind.
Moore Stephens: Shipping Faces a Challenging Year
Accountant and shipping industry adviser Moore Stephens says the shipping sector faces a challenging year in 2011, with freight rates under pressure, crew costs…
Russian Icebreakers to Free Trapped Ships
According to a report from UPI.com, Russian icebreakers began rescue operations Jan. 10 to free a commercial vessel trapped in ice in the Sea of Okhotsk off eastern Russia, officials said.
Laser Cannons to Defend Ships from Pirates
According to a Jan. 11 report from The Telegraph, British engineers are developing a new type of defence system that uses lasers to incapacitate pirates by dazzling them as they approach a ship.
Newbury Joins STX Canada Marine
STX Canada Marine is pleased to announce that Scott Newbury will be joining their team in January. Scott brings with him a wealth of experience in performance and safety evaluations of marine vehicles and offshore structures for government and commercial clients, using physical model testing and numerical simulations. He is also a leading authority in physical model testing in ice having conducted…
Tidewater Selects ABS Nautical Systems
ABS Nautical Systems was selected by Tidewater Inc. to trial its fleet management software. With this partnership, ABS Nautical Systems intends to become Tidewater’s…
Viking Signs Contract with Stolt Tankers
Viking Life-Saving Equipment reports it is finding success with its Shipowner Agreement servicing contracts, with the latest being the signing of a liferaft exchange contract with Stolt Tankers BV worldwide. With a fleet of more than 70 deep draft tankers, and more than 80 coastal tankers and inland tankers, Stolt Tankers operates one of the most technically advanced tanker fleets in the world. Stolt Tankers vessels will receive Viking liferafts…
Offshore Access System Supports Qatar Project
Offshore Solutions B.V. (OSBV), the joint venture between AMEC and Cofely Nederland N.V., has commenced operations of its Offshore Access System (OAS) to support personnel transfer to and from the offshore component of the Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) project in Qatar. Pearl GTL, the world’s largest GTL plant, is being jointly developed by Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell. OSBV, which completed sea trials in December…
Bill Introduced, Veterans Benefits for WWII Mariners
Representative Filner (D-CA) introduced the Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2011 (H.R. 23) to amend title 38, United States Code…
Research Vessel Grounding, St. John’s River
The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel aground on the St. John's River near Mayport, Fla. The 235-ft Motor Vessel Endeavour ran aground Jan. 6 on the St. John's…
Hamworthy Delivers Pumps for Four VLCCs
Fluid-handling specialist Hamworthy has signed a contract with marine equipment purchaser Hua Hai Engineering & Equipment Co., Ltd to deliver pump room systems for…
Shippingefficiency.org Passes 25,000 Visitors in First Month
Carbon War Room, a not-for-profit organization targeting market-driven solutions to climate change, announced the launch of a series of online and live seminars…
Adm. Watson Kicks Off N.Y./N.J. Propeller Club Year
Rear Admiral James Watson, the United States Coast Guard’s Deputy Commander for the Atlantic Area, will kick off the membership year of the Propeller Club Chapter of New York/New Jersey on February 3rd with a presentation designed to inform the attendees about changes and initiatives on the horizon for the region. The meeting will run from 5-7PM at the Harvard Club (27 W. 44th St., NY, NY) and will include a reception. The cost to attend is only $25 for members and $50 for non-members.
USCG Assist with N.C. Marina Fire
Coast Guard crews are overseeing the containment of product and pollution to minimize environmental impact from the fire at McCotters Marina in Washington, Jan.
Hyundai Heavy Delivers VLCC with Electrolysis BW System
On Jan. 10, Hyundai Heavy Industries handed over a 317,000DWT VLCC (Very Large Crude Oil Carrier) to Oman Shipping Company (OSC). The ship, measuring 1,093 ft in length, 197 ft in height and 99.7 ft in depth, is the first VLCC with the new electrolysis ballast water treatment system that can treat as much as 100,000 ton ballast water. Ballast water is sea water used to stabilize hull balance when unloading cargo, and to maintain optimal vessel speed.
Diverse Projects: 103-ft Long Range Motoryacht
Diverse Projects' latest vessel Black Pearl was launched on 29 December in Whangarei. Pre-dawn rituals of Takahi (Maori waka launch traditions) and a blessing ceremony started at 5am, followed by the actual launch just before high tide at approximately 2pm. The Diverse Projects team of contractors will now complete finishing touches to the interior of the boat and commence sea trials and system commissioning.