SOS Welcomes Robust EU Action on Somali Coast
The SOS SaveOurSeafarers campaign welcomes the extension of the EU counter- piracy operation until end 2014, and the EU decision to broaden the scope of its naval operation in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean by extending the naval forces’ area of operations to include Somali coastal territory which allows it to take more robust action on the Somali coast. This is a bold step towards the goal that…
Choosing the Correct Lubricant to Meet Changing Regulations
The proposed 2013 Vessel General Permit prompts vessel managers to review the portfolio of lubricants used on their vessels. One of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) changes in the proposed 2013 Vessel General Permit for commercial vessels over 79’ is a requirement to use environmentally acceptable lubricants in certain applications. Given this proposed change, it is a good time for vessel…
Tero Marine AS Expands to UK
As part of its strategy for growth, Tero Marine AS has established its first subsidiary outside Norway in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK. Tero Marine – with 25 years…
Cosco Signs $150m Shipbuilding Contract
Cosco Corp. announced that it s Cosco Shipyard Group signed a $150m contract with a European shipowner to build a vessel specially designed for the purpose installation of offshore wind turbines.
New Aquaculture Workboat from Alnmaritec
Alnmaritec, the specialist aluminium boat builder based in Northumberland, recently announced the completion of ‘Shelagh Jane’ a new aquaculture workboat for service on a fish farm on the West Coast of Scotland. This rugged no nonsense support boat is a development of the highly successful Alnmaritec Wave Worker class. She is designed specifically to have improved sea keeping properties to allow her…
Renewed Effort to Save SS United States
As momentum builds for the effort to save and repurpose the greatest American ocean liner ever built, the SS United States Redevelopment Project (SSUSRP) announced…
Viguerie: Passing Quality from Father to Son
These days, Raymond is still at his Intracoastal Iron Works yard full time, but his son Peter is doing a lot of the day-to-day management. With three boats under construction in March there was plenty to keep them both busy. The yard has recently added a new 165-ton ladder boom crane and two 35 ton cherry pickers. Business is good. One of the new boats nearing completion in mid-March was the Boo Sonier for LeBeouf Brothers Towing.
U.S. Senators Urge Support for Small Port Dredging
Cantwell, Senators Urge Support for Dredging of Small Ports, Including Swinomish Channel, Port of Ilwaco. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) has joined a group of Senators in urging key appropriators to include funding for dredging small and low-use ports in the fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget. Small and low-use ports are ports that don’t have enough tonnage to meet the Army Corps of Engineers’ threshold…
FORAN Helps Develop New Jack-Up Barge Crane
FORAN in the new jack-up barge crane built in Drydocks World - Dubai. FORAN has been the CAD/CAM used by Drydocks World - Dubai in the development of the engineering of the new jack-up barge crane, called SEP – SAMRAT. Drydocks World - Dubai, the flagship company from the Dubai World Corporation, is about to complete the production documentation and construction of the new vessel for specific offshore building duties.
HII Promotes Patrol Frigate at Middle East Expo
Huntington Ingalls Industries is to participate in Doha's International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) highlighting the new patrol frigate…
Wärtsilä Engine Selected for Korean Green Project
Wärtsilä dual-fuel technology selected for 'green ship' project by South Korea Government. Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the main engine for a Korean government Incheon Port Authority (IPA) Guideship. Environmental sustainablility is a priority for this ship. The 200 gross tonnage Guideship is to be designed and coordinated by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in Korea on behalf of the state-owned Incheon Port Authority (IPA).
GPS-based Shipment Monitoring – Loadstar Gains Contracts
LoadStar announces that it has executed five (5) new definitive agreements with customers with terms ranging up to three years in duration. This follows the launch of their new StellarTrak service. The company provides complete GPS-based solutions to help customers improve the security and effectiveness of their shipments, assets, and resources. LoadStar operates worldwide, with offices in North America, Latin America and Asia.
Cruise Ship – USCG Medivacs Passenger in Gulf of Mexico
Watchstanders of the 8th Coast Guard District command center received a report from the 7th Coast Guard District command center that a man aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Voyager of the Seas, was reportedly suffering stroke-like symptoms. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew to assist with a medevac. Upon retrieving the man from the cruise ship, he was taken to Touro Infirmary in New Orleans for treatment.
Equipment Manufacturers to Meet Shipbuilders in Nanjing, China
The maritime exhibition CIMPS-Europort 2012 will be held from 23 – 25 May in Nanjing, the capital of the province of Jiangsu. This province is the top shipbuilding region of China.
Piracy – EU Naval Force Protects WFP Shipments to Somalia
One of Portugal's largest warships, the Vasco de Gama Class frigate NRP Corte Real added its name to the list of ships (EUNAVFOR) operating in the Horn of Africa sea area. The new addition to the fleet will mount counter-piracy operations, with a view to protecting WFP aid shipments to Somalia. Commissioned into the Portuguese navy in 1990 the Corte Real is no stranger to the Horn of Africa, having previously worked to prevent piracy under the 'OCEAN SHIELD' NATO Operation.
Naval Patrol Craft, Weapons – Brazil Conference Offers Market Insight
Senior officials of the regional seas of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as international representatives of the United States…
Maritime Defense Expo Opens in Doha
The Heir Apparent and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Qatar Armed Forces Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani inaugurated the third Doha International Maritime Defence…
Nuclear Submarine Upgrade Avoids UK Job Losses
The £350m contract to refit and refuel HMS Vengeance was confirmed by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond during a visit to Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth. The contract will sustain more than 1,000 jobs at Babcock in Devonport, and a further 300 at other companies in Plymouth. Such is the scale of the refit that another 700 jobs in the industrial supply chain across the UK will also be sustained.
Maritime Safety on Dutch Waterways – Saab to Deliver AIS System
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from Rijkswaterstaat for delivery of an AIS (Automatic Identification System that will add to safety on the Dutch waterways.
Communication Satellite Launched for Intelsat
Intelsat S.A., a provider of satellite services, with International Launch Services (ILS) announced that an ILS Proton vehicle successfully launched the Intelsat 22 satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. After a 15 hour and 30 minute mission, the Breeze M successfully released the Intelsat 22 satellite, weighing 6199 kg, into supersynchronous transfer orbit (SSTO) at a 65,000 km apogee.