UPDATE: OMB Declares USCG BWT Standard as "Final"
Draft USCG ballast water rule now finalized, according to OMB. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of the Coast Guard's Ballast Water…
Damen Delivers First Argentinian-Owned Tug
First Argentinian-owned Damen ASD 2810 tug arrives in Buenos Aires. Argentinian towage and harbour company Remolcadores Unidos Argentinos (RUA) has just taken delivery of the ‘RUA Cap. Lucio R’, a Damen ASD 2810 tug. Although Damen’s tugs have operated in Argentina before, this vessel is the first time a Damen tug is owned by an Argentinian company. Established in 1967 and based in Buenos Aires, RUA has a seven-strong fleet of vessels with a smaller bollard pull than the ASD 2810 newbuild.
BIW Receive Navy Contract for Additional DDG 51 Ship
The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $663m modification to a previously awarded contract to construct DDG 116…
Chinese Shipyards Get More Bulk Carrier Contracts
COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard has been contracted by a European company to build a 35,000 dwt bulk carrier scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2013. Separately…
Maersk Sells LNG Fleet
The sale of all shares in Maersk LNG to Malt LNG Holdings ApS, a company jointly owned by Teekay LNG Operating LLC and Marubeni Corporation has been finalised. Under the terms of Maersk LNG's two partnerships with Société Generale and Qatar Shipping Company, each owning an LNG vessel, the sale of Maersk LNG triggered pre-emption rights to Maersk LNG's partnership shares. These pre-emption rights…
Davits from Norway for Australia's New Patrol Boats
Norway-based boat handling system and specialised davit supplier Vestdavit has been contracted by shipbuilder Austal to supply PLAR-6500 davits to eight new Cape Class Patrol Boats (CCPBs) to be built for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Austal will build the 58.1 m Cape Class Patrol Boats at its shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. Construction of the first vessel is expected to begin soon, with all eight due to be delivered between March 2013 and August 2015.
Russian Navy Frigate Under Construction
The Yantar Shipyard in the Baltic area of Kaliningrad is to start the construction of a new Krivak IV class frigate for Russia's Black Sea Fleet. The Admiral Makarov is the last in a series of three Krivak IV class frigates built for the Russian Navy under a tender won by Yantar in 2010. The first two ships in the series, the Admiral Grigorovich and the Admiral Essen, are at various stages of construction. All three warships are expected to be delivered to the Russian Navy in 2013-2014.
USCG to Station Ships in Arctic
For the first time in history the Coast Guard will be stationing responders at Alaska’s North Slope this summer, when Shell Oil begins drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. said that the Arctic doesn't represent a security threat for at least the next decade, but that the Coast Guard has "a much wider aperture," beyond strictly defense. Papp told the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service that the Arctic has economic…
Rena Wreck – Master & Second Officer Plead Guilty
The Master and Second Officer of the cargo vessel Rena pleaded guilty to 10 out of the 11 charges laid by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) against the men following an investigation into the ship's grounding on the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga on 5 October. MNZ charged the Master and the ship’s Second Officer (Navigation) with a number of offences following the ship’s grounding. On 12 October, MNZ charged both men under section 65 of the Maritime Transport Act (MTA) 1994…
UK Detains Eight Ships for Safety Infringements
UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that eight foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.
Costa Allegra Under Tow to Desroches Island
The Seychelles Coast Guard confirms that a French purse seiner vessel reached the location of the Costa Allegra, and is towing the vessel towards Desroches island. The Seychelles authorities are making arrangements for the evacuation of passengers to Descroches, and their subsequent transfer to the island of Mahé. There are also two Seychelles Ports Authority tugs on their way to the vessel’s location, and they are expected to reach the Costa Allegra later.
Rescue Boat Ordered for Taranaki Coast Guard
New Zealand's AMF Boatbuilding Co. commissioned to build $1.2M Coast Guard Vessel. Taranaki Volunteer Coast Guard, after 4 years of fundraising, have commissioned AMF Boat Company to build their 11.7M Rescue craft. Construction of the vessel is to be constructed in the Wanganui factory and is due to start in the coming weeks, with completion later in the year. This is the second 11.7M RIB built by AMF for Coast Guard…
Disney Cruise Liner Arrives for NY Christening
The Disney Fantasy, newest ship of Disney Cruise Line, arrives in New York after traveling nearly 3,800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany. The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will be christened in New York on March 1, then sail to her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. With a maiden voyage on March 31, the Disney Fantasy will sail seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
Dakota Creek Wins Bid to build Scripps' New RV
The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced the shipyard responsible for constructing the next chapter in ocean exploration for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
OSX Will Construct PLSV for New Client
OSX was hired by Sapura Navegação Marítima S/A for the construction of one PLSV (Pipe-Laying Support Vessel), for a total amount of approximately US$ 263 million…
Foss - Voyage of Opportunity Houston to Ponce
Foss Voyage of Opportunity - Looking for Cargoes - Houston, TX to Ponce, Puerto Rico. We will consider inducement port calls for Haiti, Dom Rep, Trinidad or other Caribbean Ports.
MSC Completes Annual Antarctica Resupply Mission
Military Sealift Command-chartered container ship MV Green Wave departed McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Feb. 25, after delivering more than 6.8 million pounds of vital supplies in support of Operation Deep Freeze. ODF is the annual Joint Task Force Support For Antarctica mission to resupply the remote scientific outpost. Green Wave followed MSC-chartered tanker MT Maersk Peary, which brought more than 6.3 million gallons of crucial diesel, gasoline and jet fuel to McMurdo Station Jan. 28-31.
AOS Power: First RAmpage 4500 Class Support Tug
In December, 2011, the tug AOS Power was delivered to her owners Atlantic Maritime Group, Sharjah, UAE. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, Canada and built by GMG Shipbuilding & Heavy Industry Co. Ltd., China, AOS Power is the very first of the RAmpage 4500 class design. This vessel is fully equipped for anchor handling, ship-assist, long distance towing operation, fire-fighting, deck cargo transfers, personnel transfer and other offshore support duties.
Thome Names Senior Managers
Thome Ship Management Announces Series of Senior Key Appointments. Thome Ship Management, one of the world’s leading independent third party ship managers, has appointed Steffen Tunge as Director and new Chief Operating Officer for its Tanker Fleet. His appointment is effective immediately. Steffen Tunge’s arrival at Thome brings onboard a vast amount of experience from the tanker industry and he will add valuable hands-on experience from his many years in leadership positions at Stolt Nielsen…
Cargotec Names Kho Senior Vice President
Cargotec appoints Frank Kho to lead terminal solutions development and container terminal projects. Mr. Kho brings with him over 20 years of industry experience…