British Nuclear Submarine Sets Sail after Fuel Replacement, Upgrading
HMS Vigilant was taken in hand by Babcock in 2008 and is the third Vanguard Class submarine to undergo a long overhaul period and refuel at Devonport. Additionally, around 80 major design improvements have been incorporated, including significant enhancements to strategic and combat weapon systems and sensors that will ensure the submarine remains highly capable to meet the exacting demands that…
MHI to Transfer its Meiki Engine to New Subsidiary
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has decided to transfer its small-size, air-cooled, gasoline engine business - its Meiki Engine operations - to Mitsubishi…
Ship Casualty Management Guidelines Book Published
The Nautical Institute and the International Salvage Union (ISU) have launched 'Casualty Management Guidelines', a book aimed at providing practical guidelines to help seafarers during a casualty…
Ship Bonded to Leave Port After Marines Accidentally Shot Fishermen
Nearly six weeks after marines on board the Enrica Lexie allegedly killed two fishermen, mistaking them for pirates, the Kerala High Court has cleared the decks…
USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Group Deploys
More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (IWO ARG) and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24 MEU) departed for deployment from Norfolk and Camp Lejeune, N.C. The deployment is to support Maritime Security Operations, provide crisis response capability, increase theater security cooperation and provide forward naval presence in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.
Wing-in-Ground Craft to be Jointly Developed by DSME, Wing Ship Technology
DSME has signed a memorandum of understanding with Wing Ship Technology, a leader in wing-in-ground (WIG) craft. Through this MOU, DSME plans to assist in the commercialization of WIG crafts through mutual cooperation. DSME agreed to co-market with Wing Ship Technology and jointly develop the WIG craft’s mooring system for use on offshore platforms, in addition, DSME also has plans to cooperate…
China Shipyard Delivers Bulk Carrier to Greek Owners
COSCO Dalian Shipyard has delivered a 57.000 dwt bulk carrier to Common Progress Co Na S.A. COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd ("COSCO Dalian"), a subsidiary of the…
China, Russia Plan Naval War Exercise
China says it will join Russia in naval war games starting next month in the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea. The official Xinhua News Agency quoted Defense Ministry…
Cruise Line Chooses ABB to Supply Power, Propulsion Systems
ABB, the power and automation technology group, has won an order to provide complete power plant and propulsion systems for the first new build ship for German cruise operator TUI Cruises.
US Navy 30-year Plan Envisages About 300 Ships
The Navy’s new 30-year shipbuilding plan for 2013 shows few unexpected changes, projecting a slightly smaller average fleet size and slightly reduced shipbuilding rate. The plan, sent to Congress, projects an average fleet size through 2042 of 298 ships, a drop of seven ships from last year’s 306-ship standard. The force is projected to rise from today’s 282-ship level to 300 ships by 2019. Ten fewer ships are scheduled to be bought over the three-decade time span…
Diana Shipping Signs Contracts for Two Dry Bulk Carriers
Athens, Greece - Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, announced that it has signed, >…
ULSTEIN Delivers Seismic Research Vessel
ULSTEIN delivered the next generation seismic research vessel Polarcus Amani to marine geophysical company Polarcus on March 29, 2012. The vessel is of the SX134 design from ULSTEIN, and is vessel number seven in Polarcus’ fleet of some of the most modern and advanced seismic vessels in the world, all with the X-BOW® hull line design. Polarcus Amani is an arctic-ready vessel designed and built for operations in arctic waters.
SeeByte Selected by U.S. for Foreign Comparative Testing
Edinburgh, Scotland - SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software technology for unmanned systems, has been selected by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense…
Imtech Marine Signs Agreement to Become Global Xpress Reseller
Rotterdam – Imtech Marine announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Inmarsat to become the first Value Added Reseller of Global Xpress. Global…
Ship Agents Face Increasing Pressure From Telex Releases
International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) said that mistakes in arranging so-called ‘telex releases’ are a frequent and growing source of claims against ship agents. ITIC points out that this practice – whereby liner agents frequently have to arrange for cargo to be released against bills of lading surrendered at the port of loading – is risky, as no bill of lading is collected at the discharge port, and misdelivery of cargo frequently results.
ABB Wins Marine Order in Finland
Zurich, Switzerland – ABB has won an order to provide complete power plant and propulsion systems for the first newly built ship for German cruise operator TUI Cruises.
SHIPPINGInsight Conference Makes Debut in 2012
Charlottesville, Va. – A new maritime industry conference, scheduled for October, 2012, in Stamford, Conn., will provide a forum for discussion of fleet optimization and efficient ship operations, according to its organizers. The SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference is being co-produced by Soccoli Associates LLC, a maritime consultancy, and Rhodes Communications Inc., an international communications firm specializing in the maritime industry.
Bolidt Underlay Worth Weight for ConocoPhillips
Efforts by ConocoPhillips to achieve the lightest weight possible for the superstructure of its Ekofisk L accommodation facility have been demonstrated by its selection of an underlay construction material which will remain unseen. The oil major has selected BOLISCREED 400 for the high-profile North Sea unit, which will replace the longstanding Ekofisk H and Ekofisk Q as part of ConocoPhillips plans to prolong activities in the Ekofisk field by up to 40 years.
Crowley and Puerto Rico Teamsters Agree on Contract
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group and Puerto Rico Teamsters Union Local 901 have reached an agreement on a new five-year…
U.S. Outlines Steps for Potential Energy Development in Atlantic
Norfolk, Va. - As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P.