ICS Tells IMF Time Not Ripe for Industry Fuel Charges
International Chamber of Shipping chairman, Masamichi Mooroka, has written to Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF),…
Shipping Company Lays-off Seafarers, Re-flags Ships
As part of this and in agreement with the Maritime Officers' Association, TransAtlantic is to lay off 25 Swedish seafarers and also reflags four ships to Gibraltar and the Netherlands.
Way Clear for First Wind Farm in U.S. Waters
Fishermen’s Energy announce that it has received approval from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for its Individual Permit under the Clean Water Act, for the Fishermen’s Atlantic City Windfarm (“FACW”).
China Shipyard Contracted to Build Four Bulk Carriers
Asia Pacific Shipping Enterprises, is the shipping subsidiary of Queensland Nickel Group, owned by Australian magnate Clive Palmer. Jinling Shipyard say the four…
'MSC Flaminia' Fire Under Control
The tugboat ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN is constantly monitoring temperatures onboard the vessel via a laser thermometer and is ready to resume cooling if necessary. Due to…
Rolls-Royce to Power High-tech Drillships
Rolls-Royce awarded contracts worth over £70-million to supply large thrusters for offshore drilling vessels. These latest orders, which include options for additional thrusters, are from a variety of customers who are expanding their drillship fleets and are driven by greater demand in oil and gas exploration in deep water and harsh conditions. These high specification drillships operate in dynamic positioning (DP) mode…
Braemar Howells Perform 'Rena' Cargo Recycling Coup
The Braemar recovery team recovered 167 tonnes of butterfat from the wrecked containership 'Rena' – now repackaged for recycling into biodiesel fuel. Braemar Operations…
Wärtsilä Contracted to Supply PSV Ship Designs, Propulsion Systems
Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the ship designs for three new platform supply vessels (PSVs). The contracts have been signed with Kleven Maritime AS, the…
OCENS Upgrades its 'WeatherNet' Weather on Demand Service
OCENS announces version 3 of its award-winning WeatherNet Weather-on-Demand service. The manufacturers explain that WeatherNet 3 transforms the product selection…
Stranded GOM Drill Barge Refloated
Inland Salvage Inc. Successfully Refloats Stranded Drill Barge from the Caillou Island Oilfield in the Gulf of Mexico. Inland Salvage Inc. (ISI) recently demonstrated its diversified capabilities with the offshore deployment ISI salvage and emergency response equipment and personnel in the successful fuel removal, partial dismantlement and refloat of a stranded 2,500 ton posted drill barge. The drill…
New secretary for Platform Broadband@Sea
HME has outsourced the executing activities of Platform Broadband@Sea to Ron Vollenga of Outsource-IT Management. HME remains the owner of the Platform, Ron Vollenga will coordinate the activities and events on behalf of HME. Broadband@Sea promotes transparency in the maritime broadband market, and aims to promote the broadband usage on board of seagoing vessels. The platform organizes meetings where market developments are discussed as well as issues regarding maritime broadband communication.
IHC Merwede Launches Pair of Dredges
Successful launch ceremonies for DOHUK and KARBALA by IHC Merwede. IHC Merwede has successfully launched the 500m3 grab hopper dredger, DOHUK, and the 3,500m3 trailing suction hopper dredger, KARBALA, in two ceremonies on 25 July 2012 at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. The DOHUK was launched early in the morning, followed later by the ceremony for the KARBALA. The vessels were named by breaking a jar of yoghurt over the bow.
WSS Japan to manage Harmony Cruise port calls
Harmony Cruise, Korea’s newest cruise operator, has chosen Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) to provide ships agency services at ports on its Japan itinerary. Harmony Cruise was launched in February 2012 by Seoul-based Polaris Shipping, offering a variety of three and four-day cruises in the South Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Russian markets. Its Japanese itinerary will include calls at Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Osaka, Hakata, Nagasaki and Kagoshima, representing ship’s agency services for WSS.
U.S. Coast Guard Opens Arctic Base of Operations
The Coast Guard opened its seasonal forward operating location in Barrow Monday in preparation for the anticipated increase of maritime activities in the Arctic. FOL Barrow is part of Arctic Shield 2012, which focuses on operations, outreach and an assessment of the Coast Guard's capabilities above the Arctic Circle. The FOL in Barrow consists of two Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters with supporting air, ground and communications crews.
Shell Signs New Deals with CNOOC, CNPC
Shell signed two offshore oil and gas Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) with CNOOC, and a PSC amendment with CNPC for a new development phase for the Changbei gas field in China.
Quad Propeller Propulsion
A New Option for Catamaran Workboats. In 2011, Teknicraft Design of New Zealand designed and engineered what is believed to be one of the first quad propeller propulsion systems for a catamaran hull in the U.S. Designed for a newbuild, 134-foot research vessel recently delivered to C & C Technologies, Inc. of Lafayette, LA, the propulsion system had to accommodate many multi-missioned tasks. These will include shallow water hydrographic surveys, deep water offshore surveys and AUV operations.
Law of the Sea Treaty Heads Arctic Challenges for U.S.
The melting polar icecap is presenting both opportunities and challenges for the United States and other Arctic nations, as well as other nations with interests in the region.
Vigor Industrial: A Rising Star in Shipbuilding in the Pacific Northwest & Alaska Arctic
“There is a resurgence of the marine industry in the Pacific Northwest we haven’t seen for 20 to 30 years now,” said Vince Piscitello, Vice President of Business Development for Vigor Industrial LLC. “The oil and gas industry is really new to our area,” he said, although he expects to see it grow significantly with Shell’s exploration of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off Alaska’s northern coast. State…
TY Offshore Launches First of Ten Tank Barges
Trinity Offshore, LLC and FMT Industries, LLC are pleased to announce the christening and launch of FMT 3242, the first of ten 297’6” x 54’ x 12’, 30,000 barrel tank barges. The festivities were held at TY Offshore’s Gulfport, Mississippi facility yesterday, July 24, 2012, and mark the first launch of what will become an entire fleet of barges. The remaining launches will follow on at thirty day intervals.
This Day in Naval History - July 25
1779 - Amphibious expedition against British in Penobscot Bay, Me. 1863 - U.S. Squadron bombards Fort Wagner, N.C. 1866 - Rank of Admiral created. David G. Farragut…