USNS Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility Changes Command
Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort's Medical Treatment Facility changed leadership May 25 as Navy Capt. Kevin J. Knoop assumed command from Navy Capt. David K. Weiss during a ceremony aboard Comfort at Canton Pier in Baltimore. Comfort's primary mission is to serve as an afloat, mobile, acute-surgical medical facility to the U.S. military, with a secondary mission of providing hospital services for disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide.
UASC Names 13,500 TEU Containership
United Arab Shipping Company increases its fleet with more 13,500 TEU vessels; The United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) names 13,500 TEU containership in Hamburg on 25 May. The AIN SNAN was delivered after a nine-month building phase in January of this year. The UMM SALAL, the first of nine UASC new builds in this size class already went into service in June 2011. During the course of the first five…
First class Captain from Alnmaritec
Alnmaritec, the specialist aluminium boat builder based in Northumberland, recently announced the delivery of the first of its new ‘Wave Captain’ class of Wind Farm Support Vessels.
Kvichak Names Kirby as Proposal Manager
Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle Washington announces the appointment of Kevin Kirby as their new proposal manager. Kevin has been with Kvichak for over 2 years as a project lead engineer. His most recent projects include the recently launched 67’ Connor Foss Pilot Boat, a 54’ hydrofoil catamaran, the 30’ Rapid Response Skimmers and the Bridge Erection Boat prototypes currently undergoing testing by the US Army.
This Day in Naval History - May 25
1952 - USS Iowa (BB 61) bombards Chongjin, Korea. 1973 - Launch of Skylab 2 mission, which was first U.S. manned orbiting space station. It had an all Navy crew of Capt. Charles Conrad Jr.
KR Engineering Signs up for FORAN
Within merely three months from its establishment, SENER Korea Engineering and Systems Co., Ltd. (SKES) has won its first contract, a license agreement with KR Engineering Co., Ltd.
Caley Winch and A-frame Systems for HHI Oceanographic RV
Offshore handling systems specialist, Caley Ocean Systems has been awarded a contract to supply oceanographic winches and A-frame systems to Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for a new oceanographic research vessel. The state-of-the-art, ocean-going, vessel is capable of surveying to the full ocean depth (10,000m), using advanced exploration capabilities. Caley is providing bespoke oceanographic winches designed to handle high tension…
Open Ocean Welcomes IMO Stance on Private Security Teams
Open Ocean’s maritime risk management alliance welcomes IMO’s statements on use of private maritime security on vessels. Murray Hammick, Managing Director of Chenega Federal (UK) Ltd, the company behind the Open Ocean maritime risk management alliance, welcomed the IMO Secretary General’s recent comments on the use of private maritime security companies (PMSC), made at the commencement of Maritime Safety Committee 90 last week.
Damen Acquires Swedish Repair Yard
Damen Shipyards acquires Swedish shiprepair yard Oskarshamnsvarvet. On May 16th, 2012 Dutch shipbuilding and -repair company Damen Shipyards Group has taken over the shares of Swedish ship repair and maintenance yard Oskarshamnsvarvet in Oskarshamn. The acquisition was prepared in close cooperation with the owners and includes the full continuation of the repair yard, both as to current operations and personnel. Oskarshamnsvarvet is a ship repair yard on the south-east coast of Sweden.
SAFE Boats Awarded USN Patrol Boat Contract
SAFE Boats International (SBI) has been awarded a contract to provide the United States Navy five (5) MK VI Patrol Boats (MK VI PB). The MK VI PB is the Navy’s next generation Patrol Boat and will become a part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s (NECC) fleet of combatant craft. NECC will utilize the MK VI PB to provide operational commanders a capability to persistently patrol shallow littoral areas beyond sheltered harbors and bays…
ICS: ACP Canal Fee Increase 'Unacceptable'
Plans to increase toll charges for the Panama Canal are ‘rushed, excessive and likely to cause further problems for shipping companies’ given the fragile state of economic recovery, say shipowners. The International Chamber of Shipping has sent a strongly worded letter to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) describing plans to increase tolls by up to 15% as ‘simply unacceptable’. ICS calls for the plans…
Jumbo Heavylift Ship Installs at Offshore Wind Farm
International Cranes & Specialised Transport reports that Netherlands-based heavy lift shipping and offshore installation company Jumbo used its DP2 heavy lift vessel…
China, Thailand, Naval Forces to Train
Marine forces of China and Thailand hold a joint military training in south China's Guangdong province from May 9 to 29, sources with Ministry of National Defense report.
Nigerian Port Container Throughput Up in Q1 2012
Nigerian port container throughput has increased in the first quarter by 5.7 per cent to 210,057 TEU laden due to investments by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and terminal operators…
About Australia's ETV in Rescue of Disabled Bulker 'ID Integrity'
AMSA’s Thursday Island officer Adrian Davidson was on board ETV Pacific Responder when it was tasked to assist in the stabilisation and subsequent tow of the ID Integrity after it suffered engine failure in the Coral Sea on Friday 18 May. The Pacific Responder is the only designated emergency towage vessel is Australia and is located in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait region. When it is not required for emergency response, it is used for training and survey purposes.
Qatar Drydock has 7 LNG Carriers Under Repair
As part of the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard, N-KOM has successfully completed marine, offshore and onshore projects for both local and international clients…
New Rupert 80 Megayacht Takes Shape
Rupert Marine's latest design is an 80-foot luxury motor yacht intended for owners of super yachts and other demanding customers and designed in cooperation with other well-known naval architects and designers, the exterior bears the signature of Ted Mannerfelt. This 80-foot yacht is the first in series of Rupert Yachts now in development. Rupert 80 is being built in Sweden by skilled craftsmen to professional workboat and yacht standards and with a superior finish to interior and exterior.
Test of Floating Wind Turbine at US Site Next Year
A report by Christine Parrish in 'The Free Press informs that' the testing of a floating deep water wind turbine that was scheduled to take place two miles off Monhegan…
Jail Sentence of 'Rena' Officers Applauded by MNZ
MNZ laid six charges against the Master, Mauro Balomaga, and five charges against the Second Officer, Leonil Relon, following the grounding. Both men pleaded guilty to all charges against them.The two men were each sentenced to seven months imprisonment. The Director of MNZ, Keith Manch, said the two senior officers, who were responsible for the navigation of the ship, had breached basic principles of safe navigation.
U.S. Submarine Fire Extingushed
Late yesterday afternoon, USS MIAMI experienced a fire in the submarine's forward compartment. "Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Fire Department and Ship's force, along…