Tankship Seized by Pirates on W. Africa Coast Pillaged, Released
Pirates have freed a gasoline tanker they hijacked, after stealing some of the cargo, the shipowner reports, in a fresh example of a growing trend in the region to hold vessels briefly to offload valuable oil products. The fully-laden BW Maritime owned 75,687 dwt product tanker BW Rhine was forcibly removed from a safe anchorage position off Lome, Togo on 28, April 2012. On 4, May, owners reported BW Rhine hasf been released off Nigeria by its captors. All 24 crew members were reported safe.
Arctic Oil Drilling – Russian Companies Hold Talks
Barents Observer reports that President of Lukoil, Vagit Alekperov confirms that an official working group with representatives of both Rosneft and Lukoil is being…
USS Tripoli Name Chosen for Next Amphibious Assualt Ship
Like the future USS America (LHA 6), LHA 7 has an increased aviation capacity to include an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, a significant increase in available stowage for parts and support equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity. The LHA 7 will use the same gas turbine propulsion plant, zonal electrical distribution and electric auxiliary systems designed and built for the USS Makin Island…
Weather Routing & ECDIS – New Integrated Systems
Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) and Transas Marine today announced an integration of two key on-board tools – AWT's BonVoyage System (BVS), the popular on-board weather routing system…
LNG Port Safety Ruling – UK Compliance Demanded
There has been a further twist in the long-running saga over the safety of shipping Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) into the Milford Haven waterway, reports the 'Western Telegraph'.
New Flagship for Costa Cruises Delivered
Costa Fascinosa, the new 114,500 gt flagship of Costa Cruises, has been delivered to the cruise line, by shipbuilder Fincantieri in Venice, Italy. Officially handed over at the Venice Passenger Terminal, Costa Fascinosa — with sister ship Costa Favolosa — is the largest Italian-flagged cruise ship afloat. The delivery ceremony was attended by Italy’s Minister of Tourism Piero Gnudi, and his daughter Elsa served as godmother of the new 114,500-ton, 3,800-guest flagship.
Uni-Tankers of Denmark Buys Fifth Vessel from ERRIA
This is the fifth of nine vessels that ship management company Erria is planning to sell. It is expected the tanker Erria Julie will also be sold and delivered in a Danish port, shortly.
GPS Jamming Affects Ship Navigation off Korean Coast
122 ships, including Coast Guard vessels and a passenger vessel, have reported malfunctions in their navigation systems since the apparent jamming of satellite signals by North Korea last week…
DNV Enters Strategic Partnership with Norwegian StormGeo Group
Oslo/Bergen: DNV has, as part of a strategic partnership with StormGeo, acquired the right to purchase 22,6 % of StormGeo’s shares through a mutually convertible capital issue…
Ingalls Shipbuilding Honors Employees
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has honored six teams and two individuals with "President's Awards for Excellence" for their outstanding and innovative work on shipbuilding projects. The award-winners were formally recognized at a dinner held May 3 in Gulfport, Miss. "The President's Award recognizes individual shipbuilders and teams for their commitment to achieving extraordinary performance," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon.
Synapsis receives first INS Type Approval
Synapsis Bridge Control, the new generation of the Raytheon Anschütz bridge system, is the world’s first navigation system which has been type approved according to IMO’s new Performance Standards for Integrated Navigation Systems (INS). In an official ceremony, the nominated body Germanischer Lloyd (GL) handed over the type approval to Raytheon Anschütz beginning of May 2012. The INS Performance Standards…
Omega Morgan Names McCalla CEO/President
Omega Morgan, one of the West Coast’s leading heavy equipment transport companies, has named John McCalla CEO/President. McCalla comes to Omega Morgan from Warn Industries, also located in Portland. McCalla began his career as a project engineer at General Motors and then joined Warn Industries. He advanced through several positions at Warn and assumed the top executive leadership position in 2007.
Drydocks World Adjourns Decree 57 Directions Hearing
Following on from Drydocks World Dubai LLC and Drydocks World LLC (together the “Drydocks World - Dubai”) filing for Decree 57 on 1 April 2012, Drydocks World has confirmed that its restructuring remains on track and has the support of its lenders to its restructuring proposals by Q3 2012. Although Drydocks World Dubai today notified its Creditors and members that it has requested an adjournment of…
APL Receives Largest, Most Advanced Vessel
APL’s largest and newest vessel is also its most environmentally-friendly and fuel-efficient. The Singapore-based carrier says the 10,700-TEU APL Southampton, which…
NOAA to Hold Public Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska
NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is holding a Public meeting, May 22-24, 2012, Anchorage, Alaska. Navigation areas of focus for this public meeting…
GE Offers Gas Turbine Hybrid Electric Drives
Ideal for Noise Reduction, Redundancy, Improved Fuel Economy. GE Marine offers hybrid electric systems for military and commercial marine customers based on its LM aeroderivative gas turbines, motors and drives, to help reduce noise and improve fuel economy. By teaming with a variety of industry players, GE can provide customers unmatched gas turbine hybrid electric and all electric propulsion systems integration experience.
Mike Senner Retires from Karl Senner Inc.
Mike Senner has retired from New Orleans, La.-based Karl Senner Inc. effective April 30, 2012, the company announced. In making the announcement, the company said in its press release "We want to thank Michael for his many years of valuable and loyal service and his integral role in the great success Karl Senner Inc. has enjoyed over the past many years. Michael will be greatly missed by the Karl Senner Inc. family.
Final MSC Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship Christened
With the crack of a champagne bottle and the traditional words, "I christen you.," Military Sealift Command ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) was christened May 5 during an evening ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. The 689-foot Chavez, the newest of the Lewis and Clark-class of dry cargo/ammunition ships operated by Military Sealift Command, continues the Lewis and Clark-class tradition of honoring legendary pioneers and explorers.