RINA to Audit Clean Shipping Index Ships and Companies
International classification society RINA has been recognized by Sweden’s Clean Shipping Project as being able to verify ships and shipping companies in accordance…
FSL Trust Renegotiates Charter Terms for TORM Tankers
Singapore - FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd., as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust, currently leases two product tankers (the “Vessels”), namely, TORM Margrethe and TORM Marie…
Amsterdam Will Host Event on Cost Management in Shipbuilding
Amsterdam and Gdansk, Poland, will host events on Cost Management in Shipbuilding. The Amsterdam event will be held May 24, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; the…
Work Advances on HMS Queen Elizabeth
Glasgow, Scotland - Construction of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of two new aircraft carriers being built for the UK Royal Navy, took a significant step forward today, as the two giant sections of Lower Block 04 (LB04) were brought together for the first time in a precision move at BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard. Almost the full length of a football pitch, the structure and largest section of hull…
Dry Ships Inc. Offers Ocean Rig Shares
Athens, Greece – Dry Ships Inc., a global provider of marine transportation services for dry bulk and petroleum cargoes and off-shore contract drilling oil services…
VT Halter Marine Partners With Homeland Security
Pascagoula, Miss. – VT Halter Marine Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc. (VT Systems), announced that it has become a member of the IMAGE program with U.S.
Maine Maritime Academy Commencement Set for May 5
Castine, Maine – The Honorable David T. Matsuda, Maritime Administrator. will address the graduating class at the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) 69th Commencement on Saturday…
Maritime Services Announces Promotions
Maritime Services Corp. announced the following individual company promotions; Donald Helt, to COO; David Culpepper, to President, replacing Charlie Capovilla; Ken Carpenter…
ESAB Introduces Smart Voltage Height Control System
Florence, SC - ESAB Cutting Systems has developed 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 which 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.
AGLPA Responds to BWT Research Findings
Steven A. Fisher, Executive Director of the American Great Lakes Ports Association takes issue with the findings of a Notre Dame Ballast Water Technology research paper. In recent years, a debate has raged between the maritime industry and environmental activists regarding the appropriate regulation of ships' ballast water. This public policy discussion has unfortunately been tainted by considerable misinformation.
ExxonMobil Helps Danaos Extends Piston Overhaul
Engineers from Athens-based Danaos Shipping together with ExxonMobil, reportedly extended the overhaul interval required for a piston in a DOOSAN-MAN B&W 12-cylinder K98MC-C engine from 16,000 hours to 42,575 hours. A recent overhaul revealed that cylinder number 11 was in remarkably good condition, with a negligible liner wear rate. The achievement took place aboard the containership MV CSCL Europe, which is chartered to China Shipping Container Lines.
Korean Shipyard Wins Ultra-deepwater Drillship Contract
Ensco plc has has ordered a new advanced-capability, ultra-deepwater drillship to be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd. (SHI) Shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.
LNG Energy Exporters – U.S. Might Top the World
Tthe U.S. could become the largest exporter of LNG in the world, with reservations, providing ... By 2017 the U.S. could be the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas in the world…
Yacht 'Step One' Sea Trials Satisfy Owner, Loyds Register
The brand new Amels 55-metre yacht, STEP ONE, has completed all tests at sea to the satisfaction of classification bureau Lloyds Register and the Owner’s Representative, US-based Moran Yachts & Ship. Amels project manager Roeland Berrevoets commented: “This design has now been tried and tested, which means that there were no surprises. STEP ONE’s exterior is designed by the renowned British designer Tim Heywood and her full custom interior by Laura Sessa.
Panamax Ships at Anchor – Hire Rates Rising
Ship owners are anchoring the most commodity carriers since at least 2008 after the biggest slump in rates for more than a decade, cutting capacity just as Brazilian…
Offshore Drill Ship Secured for East African Field
Pancontinental Oil & Gas announce that the Kenya L8 licence operator Apache Kenya Limited (Apache) has secured the use of the deepwater drilling ship Deepsea Metro 1 to drill the giant Mbawa Prospect. Apache is anticipating a spud date within Q3 2012, with the actual date depending on when the drilling rig is finished with its current operations. The well is expected to take some 45 to 60 days to complete to a planned total depth of 3…
Pirates Beware – US Navy to Test Robotic Drones
Navy unmanned aircraft will be able to distinguish small pirate boats from other vessels when an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded sensor starts airborne tests this summer, officials said. Called the Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker (MMSS), the sensor is a mix of high-definition cameras, mid-wave infrared sensors and laser-radar (LADAR) technology. It will be placed on a robotic helicopter called Fire Scout.
Environment – UK Report Says Shipping Should be in Carbon Budgets
There is no longer any reason to exclude international aviation and shipping emissions from carbon budgets according to the Committee on Climate Change. This was…
Submarine USS Helena Returns to Homeport
The fast-attack submarine USS Helena is returning to Naval Station Norfolk from a regularly scheduled deployment. The Los-Angeles class submarine will arrive at its homeport shortly. USS Helena is returning from the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility, which includes Central and South America. The Navy says the submarine traveled more than 8,600 nautical miles. The 360-foot ship is commanded by Cmdr. Paul L. Dinius, with a crew of 16 officers and 134 enlisted sailors.
Container Shipping, Oil & LNG Markets Forecasted to Grow
Global Industry Analysts Inc. (GIA) announce the release of a comprehensive global report on the maritime containerization market. The report indicates that the…