Iran Refrains from Oil Delivery to Greece
TEHRAN (FNA) - A Greek tanker returned home unloaded after Iran refrained from supplying crude oil to the crisis hit European state, FNA learned on Sunday. According to FNA dispatches, Iran refrained from supplying the 500,000-barrel cargo to the Greek tanker which was due to deliver it to Hellenic Petroleum refinery. The development came days after Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi called on the European countries to make a final decision on oil imports from Iran…
Car Carrier M/V Morning Spruce Adrift off Columbia River Entrance
ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard is coordinating actions to protect the Oregon Coast from any threat posed by the 648-foot, Singapore-flagged car-carrier Morning Spruce that lost all power and was adrift in 12-foot seas, for approximately 4 ½ hours, southwest of the Columbia River entrance Sunday. At approximately 3:30 p.m., Sunday, the Morning Spruce’s engineer was able to restore the ship’s power.
Indonesia Orders Submarines from DSME
DSME won a new order for three submarines from Indonesia. This contract is the single biggest arms sales deal by a Korean firm and the value of the contract is approximately 1.1 billion dollars with the submarines scheduled to be delivered in the first half of the year of 2018. This contract is comprised of three 1,400 ton class diesel-powered submarines with each one measuring 61.3m from stern to bow with the ability to carry 40 crew.
HII Awarded Refueling Contract for USS Abraham Lincoln
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division has received a $383 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, level-of-effort contract option to continue planning work for the refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). If all contract options are exercised, the full value of the contract could reach $678 million. The contract option is for work performed from Feb. 27, 2012, until Feb.
Greenpeace Campaigners Include Lucy Lawless in NZ Shell Protest
Lucy Lawless joins Greenpeace action against Arctic oil drilling. Right now Greenpeace activists are stopping a Shell drill ship from leaving the Port of Taranaki in New Zealand for the Arctic. Climbers - including actress Lucy Lawless - have scaled the rig's drill derrick and set up camp, equipped with enough gear to last for days. Updated at 5:17 pm today by Radio New Zealand: Seven Greenpeace activists…
MHI Establishing New Companies in Engineering & Control Systems
Tokyo, February 27, 2012 - Effective April 1, 2012, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will establish two new companies to perform nationwide operations in engineering and control systems businesses, respectively, through integration of its group companies currently handling those businesses regionally in Japan. The two companies, both to be wholly owned by MHI, are: MHI Plant Engineering Co., Ltd. (MHIPEC), dedicated to engineering business, and MHI Control Systems, Co., Ltd.
Navy Launches Communications Satellite
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. (NNS) -- The Navy's first Mobile User Objective System satellite was launched Feb. 24 from Space Launch Complex 41. MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical communications system designed to improve communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users simultaneous voice, video and data capability by leveraging 3G mobile communications technology.
USS McFaul Heads to the Arabian Sea
NORFOLK (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) departed Naval Station Norfolk today on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Arabian Sea to participate in counter-piracy operations. The crew, commanded by Cmdr. Daniel J. Gillen, has been preparing for this deployment since they returned from their last deployment in August 2010. "I have a great crew and we are ready for this deployment," praised Gillen.
AGA to Supply LNG for Viking Line Ferry
Viking Line Abp has signed an agreement with AGA Gas AB on supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) for Viking Line’s new passenger ferry. Viking Line’s newbuilding “NB 1376”, recently named the M/S Viking Grace, will provide service on the Stockholm (Sweden) – Åland Islands (Finland) – Turku (Finland) route beginning in January 2013. The vessel, currently under construction at the STX Europe shipyard in Turku, will be Viking Line’s largest passenger ferry and will be powered by LNG.
Samsung Heavy Industries Building Two Golar LNG Carriers
Golar LNG Limited announces that the Company has entered into firm contracts with Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd for a further two LNG carriers. The two additional vessels, each with a capacity of 160,000cbm have a combined total cost of slightly above $400 million. The first of the carriers is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2014 and the second in early 2015. Subject to declaration deadlines, each contract also comes with an option for a further carrier for 2015 delivery.
ICS: Ocean Shipping Well Regulated
Shipping's impact on the world's oceans is well regulated, says ICS Chairman at the World Ocean Summit. When it comes to governing the oceans, shipping largely has its house in order – that is the view of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) whose Chairman, Spyros M Polemis, took part in a major debate about oceans governance, in Singapore (Feb 23rd and 24th). Discussing ‘Who Should Rule The Waves’ at the World Ocean Summit…
NAUTIS Simulator Delivered to Taiwan University
Shipbridge announced as new distributing partner. VSTEP, in cooperation with its distributing partner Shipbridge, have successfully delivered and installed a NAUTIS…
Alu Design Re-Launches Two Products
Alu Design & Services shakes up marine seating market, launching improved Alutech 400 and 500 products at reduced costs. Alu Design & Services (Alu Design), a world…
Transocean Reports 4Q & FY 2011 Results
Transocean Ltd. reported a net loss attributable to controlling interest of $6.119 billion, or $18.62 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2011.
Feds Urged to Use U.S. Tonnage in SPR Moves
With Rising Gas Prices Fueling SPR Speculation, American Vessel Operators Urge Feds to Work With Industry To Prepare For Future Drawdowns. Foreign Ships Given Preference During Last Summer’s Drawdown.
CMA CGM Reshuffles Asia–USEC Services
CMA CGM announces the reshuffling of its services on the Asia – US East Coast trade. A service operated by CMA CGM with 11 vessels of 5 500 teus. A service operated by China Shipping…
IBIA Appoints New Directors
Following an election, the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has appointed Robin Meech (Marine and Energy Consulting) and Ciric Cheung (Fratelli Cosulich Bunkers HK) to its board from 1 April 2012. They replace previous IBIA chairman Mike Ball (Gearbulk UK) and Mustafa Muhtaroglu (Energy Petrol) who have served seven and nine year terms of office respectively. Trevor Harrison was re-elected to serve another term.
Ward to Head McLean Group's Transportation & Logistics Practice
The McLean Group, LLC appointed Harry Ward as Director leading the firm’s Transportation & Logistics practice. Ward has more than 20 years’ global strategy, business…
W&O Expands Team at New Brazil Office
W&O expanded its team in the newly opened office in Brazil. The two new positions, a Commercial Director and Customer Services Delivery Manager, are focused on business development and customer service to expand W&O’s footprint in the Brazilian maritime industry and throughout South America. “Establishing commercial operations in Brazil provides tremendous opportunity for us, yet it requires a tremendous…