TRANSCOM Leader: U.S. Maritime Industry Vital
U.S. TRANSCOM General Says Domestic Maritime Industry is “Fourth Arm of Defense.” On National Maritime Day, Calls Industry Critically Important to National Security. U.S. TRANSCOM Commanding General William Fraser III today said maintaining a strong domestic maritime industry is critical to the defending the homeland, describing the sector as the “fourth arm of defense.” The Air Force General’s remarks came at a National Maritime Day celebration at the Washington Navy Yard.
Perfect Platform: Innovative Semi-Submersible
QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin provides the perfect platform for the successful testing and commercial demonstration of an innovative semi-submersible. QinetiQ, a world leading provider of a range of maritime services, has provided test and demonstration facilities for MSV Explorer, an innovative sea going semi-submersible. MSV Explorer is the brainchild of Chris Garner and has been designed to support a wide range of marine activities and applications including film making and documentaries…
Container Recovery from RENA continues
RENA Container Recovery Passes 800 Mark. The number of containers recovered from the stricken Rena on Mount Mauganui’s Astrolabe Reef has risen above the 800 mark. A total of 815 of the 1,368 containers have now been brought to port. Braemar Howells’ operations manager Neil Lloyd confirmed numbers were boosted this week with 21 containers landed on Monday, and a further eight on Tuesday. The good weather and calm sea conditions had enabled the good progress…
Coast Guard Recognizes Industry's Environmental Excellence
The U.S. Coast Guard announced the award recipients for the 2012 Biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert, Marine Environmental Protection Award for Excellence at…
Multi-Function Navigation System Approved
The Marinestar Maneuvering System (Marinestar MS) designed by Fugro in Norway has been approved by the BSH marine test house in Germany as both a Speed and Distance Measuring Equipment (SDME) and Transmitting Heading Device (THD). This means that Marinestar MS can be installed as an alternative to a doppler speed log in order to meet the requirements of SOLAS for ships over 50,000 gross tons to have the ability to measure speed over the ground in both the forward and athwartships direction.
Damen Launches its Longest (120m) Pontoon Ever
Damen Shipyards announced that it launched the first of its newly designed Stan Pontoon (SPo) 12032. The SPo 12032 is the longest pontoon ever built by Damen and part of a series of 34 pontoons currently being built. In addition, Damen Pontoons & Barges has started building a second new design: the Damen Crane Barge (CBa) 6324, a transshipment barge for handling dry bulk and container operations. The 120 m x 32.2 m Stan Pontoon was launched at Jiangsu Ganghua Shipyard…
Managing Risk: Going Above and Beyond the Minimum
A vessel owner who takes on paying passengers knows he or she has to meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements for safety. If corners are cut, a barge operator can develop a reputation for accidents and business could disappear. And marine companies, just like other businesses, know the value of protecting themselves against liability with insurance. Yet, in trying to cost-effectively manage risks, marine operators frequently question whether they should go beyond the minimum.
Cruise Ship Returns to Erie Canal
Grande Mariner was Stranded on Canal System During 2011 Flooding. The M/V Grande Mariner, a 96-passenger cruise ship that was stranded for more than two months because of flooding in 2011, today returned to the Erie Canal for a new season of cruising America's most storied waterway. The ship, and a sister-ship, M/V Niagara Princes, both owned by Blount Small Ship Adventures in Warren, R.I., was among…
German Shipowner Invests in Fleet Rejuvenation
Leer, Germany, not to far from the river Ems entry into the North Sea, with its Institute of Maritime Studies, is the origin of a maritime trade association in the field of logistic, shipping companies, shipping, shipbuilding, carrying business and handling. Thus the city of Leer has grown, after the city of Hamburg, into the largest concentration of shipping companies according to the managed numbers of ships…
SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference
Advance Registrations Now being accepted Online: Agenda to Feature Speakers from Top International Maritime Industry Companies and Organizations. The organizers of the SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference today announced that discounted Early Bird registration is now available online at www.shippinginsight.com. The Fleet Optimization Conference, which will take place at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Conn., Oct.
Construction Milestone on Virginia-Class Submarine Minnesota
Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) said that the Virginia-class submarine Minnesota (SSN 783) is "pressure hull complete," signifying that all of the submarine's hull sections have been joined to form a single, watertight unit. Minnesota will be the 10th Virginia-class submarine and the fifth delivered by HII's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division. "This is a key milestone in the construction of the submarine," said Jim Hughes, NNS' vice president of submarines and fleet support.
This Day in Naval History - May 23
1850 - Navy sends USS Advance and USS Rescue to attempt rescue of Sir John Franklin's expedition, lost in Arctic. 1939 - USS Squalus (SS 92) sinks off Postsmouth, N.H., with loss of 26 lives.
Fincantieri & Norway's NLI to Collaborate in Mobile Offshore Rig Sector
The agreement includes the development of an innovative high quality drilling tower. For NLI the partnership is a milestone. In 1974 they delivered the first derrick…
Australian Warship Visits Canada Naval Base
The visit by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ANZAC Class frigate coincided with Canada’s Victoria Day. A contingent of HMAS Perth sailors were honoured to march ahead of the Royal Canadian Navy at the annual Esquimalt Victoria Day Parade. The RAN and the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) have a long history of serving and training together. RAN and RCN ships served during the Korean War, in support to East Timor…
Irish Port Hosts UNCTAD Training for Developing Countries
The 'TrainForTrade' Port Training Programme focussing on ‘Modern Port Management’ runs for two weeks in the port. The programme, which sees 28 delegates attending…
Fathom Launch Online Eco-efficiency Search Tool 'CTech'
Supported by the world’s largest shipping association BIMCO, the web tool enables users to examine, compare and contrast technology providers, as well as access emissions savings calculators…
India's Aircraft Carrier Sea Trial Postponed
Sea trials of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier being overhauled for the Indian navy at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia have been postponed until the beginning of June, the shipyard said. The purchase of the Soviet-built Admiral Gorshkov was agreed in 2005 but delivery to India has been long delayed. The cost of refurbishing the aircraft carrier, to be renamed INS Vikramaditya, has since gone up from $947 million to $2.3 billion.
Statoil Awards US$ 5-billion Offshore Drilling Contracts
The five billion dollar assignment includes drilling of new wells, plugging of old wells, workover and maintenance of drilling facilities on 18 of Statoil’s 20 fixed…
China Upholds Fishing Rights in Disputed Waters
China has strengthened controls in the Huangyan Island waters in response to the actions of the Philippines, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in Beijing.
Singapore's Second Cruise Terminal Set to Welcome First Ship
The 28,000-square-meter terminal, which was built at a cost of 500 million Singapore dollars (400 million U.S. dollars) and operated by the SATS-Creuers Cruise Services, will effectively double Singapore's berth capacity. The terminal has the capability to dock ships of up to 220,000 gross register tonnage (GRT) and measuring up to 360 meters in length with a hull draft of up to 11.5 meters.