China, Japan, Hold First Round Maritime Talks
China and Japan have held held their first round of high-level consultations on maritime affairs in Hangzhou, the capital city of east China's Zhejiang province.
ECDIS 'Top Guns' Announced
UK based ECDIS training and consultancy company ECDIS Ltd are celebrating over two years award of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM) sponsored ECDIS prize. The prize is awarded to the best ECDIS student of the month and is eligible to all those undertaking a generic IMO 1.27 ECDIS training course with ECDIS Ltd. In recognition of their success, the worthy recipient receives an elegant…
UK Offshore Wind Substations – Tag Ready
Tag Energy Solutions has finished work on increasing the size of its load-out and assembly area for the fabrication of substation topsides and jackets in anticipation…
Rolls-Royce Wins Simek OSV Contract
Rolls-Royce won a £6 million contract to provide an integrated design, power & propulsion and equipment systems package for an offshore supply vessel to be built…
Incat Crowther Launches 18m Catamarans
Incat Crowther has announced the launch of ASP Tyne and ASP Thames, two 18m Catamaran Wind Farm Service Craft. ASP Tyne and ASP Thames were constructed by Topaz Marine at their Abu Dhabi yard in the UAE, and will be delivered to ASP Holdings in the UK. ASP Tyne and ASP Thames are the latest in a lineage of successful wind farm service craft from Incat Crowther, offering excellent efficiency and seakeeping, combined with practical and rugged operation.
Erma First Receives BWTS Type Approval
Erma First announced that its Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) manufactured by Erma First ESK Engineering Solutions S.A, has received Type Approval according to IMO resolution MEPC.174(58) from the Greek Administration, granted May 11, 2012. After years of R&D, with rigorous testing performed under strict criteria imposed by reputable European Institutes, such as NIOZ (The Royal Netherland Institute for Sea Research), the system has achieved discharge limits far below the IMO D-2 standards.
Aircraft Carrier on the Move
The 6,000 tonne hull section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, known as Lower Block 02, will set off on its four day journey to Rosyth on Monday 21 May. The forward section…
Commonwealth Flagship Bid Debuts with Website Launch
A renewed effort to encourage the building of a replacement ‘Royal Yacht’ has been put on the table by yachtsman and retired advertising entrepreneur Ian Maiden. Replacing the Britannia which was decommissioned in 1997 is a controversial subject and has had enthusiasm, pledges and disapprovals at every level of government and across the public spectrum. The fact is that times have changed and financing a new yacht from the public purse is currently definitely not an option.
Stork Technical Services Wins Safety Award
Stork Technical Services won the ‘Associate Member’ prize at this year’s IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) Annual Safety Awards. The award recognises an Associate members’ safety achievements over the past year which can include launching schemes to improve safety performance, technical or operational innovations which reduce risk or any notable safety achievements. The presentation, in front of more than 400 industry leaders and guests…
April U.S.-Flag Lakes Float Little Changed from a Year Ago
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (“lakers”) carried 8.2 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in April, a virtual repeat of a year ago, and 2.7 percent better than the month’s 5-year average. Iron ore cargos for the steel industry registered a modest increase compared to a year ago. Coal for power generation and steel production dipped 16.5 percent. Aggregate and fluxstone for the construction and steel industries rose by more than 14 percent.
New CFO for GCT Terminals
GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. announces new Chief Financial Officer. Michael E. Moore, President and CEO of GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Davies to Chief Financial Officer effective June 4, 2012. “Chris brings a strong, solid perspective to our financial group with his experience in managing complex capital structure, securing financing, and managing the areas of tax, treasury, and insurance.
Reederei Claus-Peter Offen Selects ABS Nautical Systems
ABS Nautical Systems today announced that implementation of its NS5 Enterprise software suite has begun on Reederei Claus-Peter Offen’s fleet of container vessels.
The Seasteading Institute to Host Conference in San Francisco
The Seasteading Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to enable seasteading communities — floating cities in international waters — which will…
Final Details for Upcoming Central GOM O&G Lease Sale
New Orleans -- Today the Obama Administration provided final details for the Central Gulf of Mexico lease sale announced by President Obama in January 2012, as part…
ABS to Class Ensco Deepwater Drillships
Ensco plc has selected ABS as the class society for its advanced-capability, ultra deepwater drillship to be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd (SHI) Shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.
Iran, Sanctions & You
The primary focus of last year’s annual update, which appeared in the April 2011 issue, was U.S. efforts to tighten economic sanctions against Iran. Over the past year, U.S. pressure on Iran has intensified. Syria also has been a target of new U.S. sanctions, while the sanctions against Libya imposed in early 2011 have been eliminated for all practical purposes by a series of general licenses. Our 2012 update concentrates on these key U.S.
ELearning: Expanding in the Maritime Industry
Like it or not, eLearning is transforming maritime training. People may argue its merits and applications, but there is no arguing that it is here to stay. As eLearning continues to expand its presence, all of us involved in maritime training are going to be faced with critical decisions about whether and how we employ it in our organizations. But do we know enough to make informed decisions? Do we truly understand eLearning, its strengths, its limitations, and how it is best applied?
A Case for Commercial Nuclear Power Vessels, Post the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster
Russian ice breakers. Contrary to the afore mentioned opinion, I believe that not only are selected-route nuclear powered commercial vessels good for the marine…
USS IOWA Coming Home to Los Angeles
Harbor Commission Approves Environmental Impact Report, Lease Agreement; Historic Battleship Plans to Open to Public July 7. The Los Angeles Harbor Commission today voted unanimously to create a new home for the historic battleship, the USS IOWA, in a prime location along the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles. In separate actions, The Harbor Commission approved the lease agreement and an Environmental…
This Day in Naval History - May 17
1940 - FDR announces plans to recommission 35 more destroyers. 1942 - USS Tautog (SS 199) sinks Japanese sub, I-28; while USS Triton (SS 201) sinks I-164. 1951…