Piracy – Another Pirate Attack Group Snaffled
The French Navy frigate Acconit was heading towards a position in the north of the Horn of Africa to join with Spanish frigate Infanta Elena, to take over the escort of a World Food Programme ship, then FS Aconit spotted a whaler towing a skiff. The long way off-shore location, nearly 600 km, and the absence of fishing activity raised the suspicion of Aconit's command and the order was given to intercept the whaler.
Cruise Ship Maintenance – MAN Get Large Order
MAN Diesel & Turbo has received an order from the US-based cruise liner company Norwegian Cruise Line for the maintenance of the engines on nine of the fleet’s cruise liners.The service agreement runs for four years and is being handled by the MAN PrimeServ service office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Besides the maintenance work it also covers the supply of spare parts. During the term of the agreement…
Naval Shipyard Wins Industrial Safety Award
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard has won the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Shore Safety Award for large industrial activities, the Navy has announced. The awards recognize outstanding support and achievement in Navy safety and occupational health during fiscal year 2011. The Shipyard has lowered its injury rate nine out of the last 10 years to where it is now 70 percent below the national average for the ship building and repair industry.
Jack-up Rig Ordered by Qatar Company
GDI announced today that they have placed an order for a Pacific Class 400 jack-up drilling rig with PPL Shipyard (“PPL”) for delivery in March of 2013. This is…
Maritime Security Training Online for Onboard Personnel
The Castle Shipboard Security Program (CSSP) courses are now online the company announces. Mariners, law enforcement officers, security personnel, and veterans now…
Chinese Icebreaker Returns from Antarctic, New Ship Designed
China's icebreaker Xuelong, or "Snow Dragon", returned to its Shanghai base after completing the country's 28th Antarctic expedition. Xuelong, an A-2 class icebreaker capable of breaking ice 1.2 meters thick, left the port of Tianjin on Nov. 3, 2011, and covered an estimated 28,000 nautical miles over the 163-day mission. During the expedition, Xuelong delivered supplies to the country's Antarctic stations…
DMCA Seeks Best Safety Practices
Dubai Maritime City Authority meets jet ski operators to discuss ways of improving maritime safety in line with best practices. As part of the continuous cooperation between various public and private sector entities in Dubai, Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government entity in-charge of regulating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, recently met several jet ski companies and agencies in Dubai.
SS UNITED STATES Project Releases RFQ
RFQ is First in Two-Step Process to Find Developers to Repurpose America’s Flagship. With all the buzz surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking…
Landrieu to Keynote NAPEPA Environmental Conference
Senator Mary Landrieu to Keynote Environmental Conference on the Deepwater Horizon Lessons; Industry, public and government to meet on second anniversary of accident. Observing the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon accident off the Gulf Coast, Senator Mary Landrieu will be the keynote speaker at the North American Marine Environment Protection Association’s (NAMEPA) conference on April 20th.
United States Coast Guard Safety Alert
Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship issues Marine Safety Alert (01-12 April 5, 2012). Uninspected 6 or 12 pack Vessels - Rules Apply Know Them! The Coast Guard's Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety has become aware of instances where recreational type boats are being manufactured and sold but do not meet federal construction requirements. In some cases persons holding…
ESAB Introduces SVHC for Plasma Arc Cutting
ESAB Cutting Systems continues its long history of plasma cutting system innovation with the new Smart Voltage Height Control (SVHC) system. SVHC improves plasma cut quality and maximizes plasma consumable life by automatically compensating for electrode wear. By integrating a number of plasma and CNC features that have existed for many years, this new system lets plasma users receive maximum value from their cutting machines, improving performance and driving down the total cost of production.
Ocean Rig: 3-Year Drilling Contract for Ocean Rig Olympia
Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ:ORIG) received a Letter of Award for its ultra deepwater drillship “Ocean Rig Olympia”, from a major oil company. The Letter of Award…
Marine Insurance: Spring Cleaning Should Include Evaluating Insurance Strategy
An essential part of spring cleaning is sorting through what you have, deciding what needs to be kept, and throwing out what can safely be eliminated. The tidy end…
Launching India into the Global Shipbuilding Competition
Shipbuilding has always been close to his heart, but Vijay Kumar’s greatest desire is to see his country, India, exploit the benefits of shipbuilding for the greater good of India’s economy as a whole. To date, the shipbuilding business in India has come with more promise than production, with its market share at a mere one percent of global shipbuilding activity, Kumar, Managing Director of Bharati Shipyard Ltd.…
The Value of 3-D CAD in Ship Repair
The demand on naval and commercial fleet assets has never been greater than it is today. Owners and operators are looking to reduce their current year capital expenditures as much as possible, which in turn is pushing the currently operating vessels into longer than planned service lives. This industry trend is driving a greater number of complex repairs, overhauls and large service life extension programs.
U.S. Navy: The Business Case for a Titanium Ship
Participants at a workshop exploring the use of titanium structure for ships found that it is not only possible to construct a ship hull from titanium—or Ti, it could be cost effective. The workshop was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and hosted by the University of New Orleans, where an ONR research program on titanium ship structures is being conducted. Representatives of the shipbuilding industry…
U.S. Nuclear Submarine Mississippi Completes First Voyage
The nation’s newest and most-advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, Mississippi (SSN-782), returned to the Electric Boat shipyard following the successful completion…
Ship Bunkering – Chinese & Greek Suppliers Forge Alliance
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. announce it signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a strategic alliance with China Changjiang Bunker (Sinopec) Co. Ltd.
Offshore Oil Spill – Brazil Doubles Compensation Claim
Chevron committed “a series of errors” that led to the March spill at Frade, the second incident at the offshore oil project, the federal prosecutors’ office said in a statement.
Workboat 'Multi Cat' Delivered by Damen to Van Oord
The second Damen Multi Cat (MuC) 3213 has been delivered to dredging major Van Oord at Damen Shipyard’s HQ in Gorinchem (The Netherlands). In the presence of both the Van Oord and Damen families, the MuC 3213 was named Cronus by Ms Kora Huijser-Eland. Cronus and her sister vessel Oceanus (delivered Dec 2011) are the first of their type and the two biggest Multi Cats ever built worldwide. The workboat…