AIS Satellite Launch Date Set
The highest detection performance Automatic Identification System (AIS) satellite ever built, will be launched by a Soyuz launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome…
Second CTruck Catamaran for Offshore Turbine Services Named
The vessel for deployment at Lincs (UK) wind farm, has been named Captain P in Brightlingsea. With two CTruk vessels now operational, Offshore Turbine Services inked the deal for a third before the second even hit the water, being thoroughly convinced of the design’s flexibility and fuel economies gained from its lightweight construction. CTruk technicians and staff joined the owners on board the 20T MPC…
Drilling Starts in Santos Basin, Offshore Brazil
PanAtlantic holds deepwater exploration assets in Brazil, West Africa and the Black Sea. Vanco Brasil Exploração e Produção de Petróleo e Gás Natural Ltda., a wholly…
China Coal Hoard Lowers Dry Bulk Rates
According to a Bloomberg report by Rob Sheridan and Isaac Arnsdorf, record coal stocks at power plants in China, the biggest consumer of the fuel, are threatening to reverse the rally in rates for commodity carriers and diminish returns for ship owners to the lowest in more than a decade. The utilities have 91 million metric tons in reserve and stockpiles at the largest ports come to more than 90 percent of capacity…
New Personal Locator Beacon by McMurdo
The Fast Find 220 satellite PLB is a 406 MHz GPS emergency beacon with GPS as standard, enabling a typical positional accuracy of +/- 62m. The 220 also has retro reflective detailing for improved visibility in low light, a six year battery storage life and float pouch included as standard. A powerful distress beacon, the Fast Find 220 provides a direct method of alerting the search and rescue authorities where no other forms of communication are available.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service Strengthens Asia Pacific Team
Bjorn Tonsberg, Regional Vice President said: “We are reviewing the way we do things and rebuilding the organisation to meet the challenges that the next few years will bring.
Textron Gets Navy 'Ship to Shore Connector'
Earlier reported here, now more detail added with acknowledgement to 'Defense Industry Daily'. Textron, Inc. in New Orleans, LA have been awarded a $212.7 million fixed-priced incentive-fee contract for the detail design and construction of a ship to shore connector (SSC) test and training hovercraft, and technical manuals. This contract includes options for up to 8 production SSC hovercraft, which could bring the cumulative value of this contract to $570.5 million.
Statoil to Resume Production after Compulsory Arbitration
Statoil preparing to resume production at installations that have been affected by a strike, after the government decided to impose compulsory arbitration in the…
Award Recognizes Ferry Construction Cost Savings
Delivering value for transportation dollars was among attributes cited in a national award presented today to the Washington State Department of Transportation for building three new ferries under budget. WSDOT won the regional “Under Budget, Large Project” category and was recognized for building three, 64-car, 750-passenger vessels on time and at a savings to taxpayers. WSDOT is now entered into a competition for one of two national awards that carry $10,000 in prizes.
BV Simplifies Ship Certification System
International classification society Bureau Veritas has put in place a completely new IT-based certification and ship status system. It is aimed at reducing the workload of shipowners and operators and simplifying access to ship information and status. “In a world where so much is now done online ships’ certificates are the last great area of outdated paperwork,” explains Claude Maillot, Ships in Service Director, Bureau Veritas.
Lakes Coal Trade Impacted by Weather in June
Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.6 million tons in June, a decrease of 9.7 percent compared to May, and a drop of nearly 13 percent compared to a year ago. Some of the decrease was the result of a lengthy outage at the Lakes’ largest coal-shipping operation, Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. Flooding after a torrential storm forced shipments to cease on June 19. The dock resumed loading on July 8. Overseas shipments continued in June.
IMCA’s Marine Construction Contract Revised
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a variety of guides, templates and discussion documents aimed at raising awareness on contracting issues (including liability and insurance), promoting discussion and providing tools that may be useful for its contractor members, their clients and sub-contractors. All are subject to revision to ensure usefulness to all stakeholders and that it just what has happened to a key document – ‘IMCA Marine Construction Contract’…
Thuraya Appoints Vice President of Marketing
Thuraya Telecommunications Company has announced the appointment of Mr. T. Sanford Jewett as their new Vice President, Marketing. Mr. Jewett brings his expertise in international markets to Thuraya and will play a major role in leading the expansion of Thuraya’s global marketing strategies. Sanford has over 25 years of experience in the wireless, internet and satellite industries. His experience includes an extensive focus on introducing technology companies into new markets.
Drydocks World Reiterates Offshore Sector Commitments
Drydocks World, announced the completion of maintenance work on Abu Dhabi-UAE based National Drilling Company’s (NDC) Jack-Up Cantilever type Self Elevating Drilling Platform, Delma, which was built in Brazil in 1983. Drydocks World has repaired over a 100 rigs since operations began and has implemented more projects for the offshore drilling sector in recent years as part of a deliberate strategy to serve this rapidly growing sector. The shipyard had worked on 6 rigs simultaneously this year.
Keppel, Consortium Secure Jackup Contract
Keppel Kazakhstan LLP (Keppel Kazakhstan) and its consortium partner Ersai Caspian Contractor LLC, Kazakhstan (Ersai Caspian Contractor), have secured a contract…
Ulrich Ulrichs is Appointed Managing Director of Rickmers-Linie
Rickmers-Linie, part of Hamburg’s Rickmers Group, has promoted Ulrich Ulrichs to the position of Managing Director. Mr Ulrichs joined Rickmers-Linie in 2005 when he took over responsibility for Line Management. In 2008 he became Director of this division before being appointed Deputy Managing Director in August 2011. Mr Ulrichs will work alongside Rüdiger Gerhardt, who has held the title of Managing Director since 1 July 2011 as well as Head of Logistics Services for the Rickmers Group.
SEAaT, UK Chamber of Shipping in Reciprocal Membership
SEAaT (Shipping Emissions Abatement and Trading), the industry association dedicated to shipping emissions abatement and trading, announced today that it has established…
IMCA Produces Anti-Piracy Awareness DVD
Piracy is a threat to all sizes of vessels in some parts of the world. The more we know, the more we can minimise the risks and react to dangerous situations – or avoid them altogether. To this end the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has produced an Anti-Piracy & Hostage Situation Awareness DVD (IMCA SEL 028) in five languages on the one DVD (English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese) as guidance for personnel working on board vessels operating in high risk areas.
NRF: July Retail Container Imports Could Increase 1.6 PCT
Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 1.6 percent in July compared with the same month last year, and modest year…
Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship Contract for Irving Shipbuilding
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women…