Japanese Deep Ocean Exploration Ship Shown Off
Japan has unveiled a 6,283-ton exploration vessel that will search for rare metals and other natural resources in waters around the nation. The Hakurei, 118 meters long and 19 meters wide, was shown to the media at Harumi Wharf in Tokyo. The vessel features drilling equipment that can dig up 400 meters into the seabed at a depth of 2,000 meters. The ship will initially search for resources off Okinawa Prefecture and the Ogasawara Islands.
Piracy – Security Guards Access Weaponry from 'Floating Armories'
Private security firms are storing their guns aboard floating armouries in international waters so ships that want armed guards for passage through pirate-infested…
Cruise Ships on the River – 'Viking Longship' Christening
Viking River Cruises christened the first four of its new Viking Longships in Amsterdam, in the presence of appointed celebrity 'Godparents' for all four new ships. Accommodating 190 passengers, the new Viking Longships are 443 feet (135 meters) long and feature 95 staterooms per ship and are scheduled to sail four of Viking's most popular European itineraries, including the River Danube, and other of European major rivers.
Marine Diesel Engine Passes Acceptance Test
The Wärtsilä X35 is a completely new Wärtsilä engine that, together with the Wärtsilä X40, will cover the small-bore end of the market. The engines will be used for smaller bulk carriers, product tankers and container feeder vessels. It is a segment where Wärtsilä has not been present for a number of years. This new electronically controlled low speed engine, the Wärtsilä X35, has successfully passed its Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT).
Shipwreck 'Rena' Salvage Teams Check Effects of Storm
National On Scene Commander Rob Service said it was impossible to calculate exactly how much oil leaked during the recent heavy weather event, however, it was only a very small amount. While some of this oil appears to have reached the shoreline, it is unlikely to have a significant impact. The oil spill response team will closely monitor the situation over the weekend and remains ready to mount whatever response is necessary.
Oil Tanker Pollution - Ship Apprehended
Southern Region Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in a statement said the MT Fortune tanker was located at night 3.4 nautical mile south of Tanjung Stapa .
Greenpeace Campaigners Take Ship to Amazon
According to Greenpeace, the world is edging closer to an ecological calamity in the Amazon. Threats to the rainforest include logging, cattle ranching, soya plantations and of course climate change, thus they have sent their new 'Rainbow Warrior' to Brazil to create community awareness and lobby government leaders. Launching their campaign to increase citizen awareness of the global environmental…
HHI Plan to Triple Revenue by 2015
The world’s biggest shipbuilding company, plans to achieve 100 trillion won or some $90 billion revenue in 2015 by diversifying its business portfolio. This ambitious…
COSCO – Annual Results
Revenue rose by 23% to HK$10,656,121,000. Gross profit increased by 25% to HK$892,035,000. Overall average gross profit margin stood at 8%. Steady core profit growth…
Chinese Shipyard Gets Large US Orders for PSV's
Four shipbuilding contracts have been signed between COSCO's Guandong Shipyard and an American ship owner for the construction of four UT 771 CDL Platform Supply…
Ship Communications – New Tracking, Stabilization System
BATS Wireless, one of the world's leading innovators of advanced wireless wide area network (WWAN) provisioning systems, announce the next generation of its automated tracking and stabilization platforms. The enhanced AMATS and BTS product suites, which added multi-gigabit connectivity, and 360° continuous tracking capabilities for heavy payloads – now provide continuous tracking for antennas measuring up to 8 feet and 500 lbs.
This Day in Naval History - March 22
1820 - Commodore Stephen Decatur dies after a duel with Capt. James Barron. 1915 - "Naval aviator" replaces "Navy air pilot" for officers qualified as aviators.
Iron Ore Carrier Ore Sao Luis Completed
Tokyo—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. announced the completion of the 297,000-ton iron ore carrier Ore Sao Luis at the Universal Shipbuilding Corporation, Ariake Shipyard.
Norwegenkai Expansion Work Completed
Work on extending operational areas at the Port of Kiel’s Norwegenkai Terminal has now been completed. Construction was officially brought to a close at a ceremony…
CNOOC Limited Appoints Joint Company Secretary
The board of CNOOC Limited announced that Zhong Hua, the Chief Financial Officer of the company, has been appointed as the joint company secretary of the company, effective March 22.
Costamare Announces Pricing of Common Stock Offering
Athens - Costamare Inc. announced that its offering of 7,500,000 shares of its common stock was priced at $14.10 per share. The gross proceeds from the offering…
Ocean Rig UDW Inc. Announces Drilling Contract
Nicosia, Cyprus – Ocean Rig UDW Inc., a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced that it has signed a new drilling contract for its semisubmersible…
GE LM Gas Turbines Poised to Re-Emerge in Marine Market
GE Marine reported that its LM aeroderivative gas turbines are poised to re-emerge in the commercial marine market as a prime power producer, especially for new natural gas applications, such as fast ferry, liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker, or FPSO. “Trends may come and go in the commercial marine industry, but what has remained a constant, reliable choice for ship owners and operators worldwide are our fuel-flexible and emissions-friendly line of LM gas turbines…
ETC Will Partner With Bibby Maritime in Mumbai
Hamburg - ETC, the MSG MarineServe GmbH operated ‘ECDIS Training Consortium,’ announced that it has reached agreement with the Sir Derek Bibby Maritime Training…
E Instruments Offers Combustion Gas and Emissions Analyzer
The new E8500 combustion analyzer from E Instruments is a portable tool for EPA compliance level emissions monitoring and testing. The E8500 is ideal for regulatory and maintenance use in boiler, burner, engine, turbine, furnace, and other combustion applications. The E8500 includes electrochemical sensors for O2, CO, NO, NO2, SO2, H2S; NDIR sensors for CO2, CxHy, high CO; low NOx and true NOx capable…