Russia Plans New Aircraft Carriers
Russia will begin building new aircraft carriers after 2020 in a major boost to Moscow's ability to deploy air power abroad. If the plans reach fruition, it would be a major boon to the Russian navy, which currently fields only one aging aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov. The Kuznetsov, part of the navy’s Northern Fleet, was built in 1985 and has been scheduled to undergo a major overhaul. Another former Russian carrier…
U.S. Coast Guard Toledo Accept New Response Boat
Coast Guard Station Toledo, Ohio, takes delivery of new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, from Marinette Marine, of Manitowoc, Wis. The RB-M can respond faster than previous boats of similar size with a top speed in excess of 40 knots, has advanced search capability with an installed forward-looking infrared search technology. Additionally, with twin jet propulsion, the vessel is able to respond in shallower water.
Cruise LIne Sees European Financial Woes Impact
Since the company's April guidance, the strengthening of the U.S. Dollar and decreases in fuel pricing have essentially offset one another. Business demand remains solid in the Caribbean and Asia…
'Yo Ho Ho' Divers Find More Pirate Treasure
For the third year in a row, with the help of the Captain Morgan brand, a team of leading U.S. archaeologists returned to the mouth of the Chagres River in Panama in search of real-life buccaneer Captain Henry Morgan's lost fleet. The search began in September 2010, when the team discovered six iron cannons belonging to Morgan off the coast of Panama, and continued last summer with the discovery of a 17th century wooden shipwreck…
China Starts Building First Luxury Cruise Ship
Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co. China has begun construction on its first large luxury cruise liner, which is included in a package of projects aimed at boosting…
Korean Shipbuilder to Pay US$3.5-million Compensation
A Texas appeals court affirms US$3.5-million judgement against Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. The court upheld a jury’s finding that the Korean company…
Fendercare Assist in Wave Energy Converter Installation
Finnish renewable technology developer, Wello Ltd., install Orkney (UK) wave energy converter partnered by Fendercare Marine. Wello Penguin is a unique and patented…
Sener and Gumeco Sign a Foran System Contract
SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas, S.A. and Guangzhou Marine Engineering Corporation (GUMECO) have recently signed a contract for the right to use the FORAN System in the facilities from GUMECO.
Pilots and Shipowners Join Forces on Pilot Ladder Safety
The International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have joined forces to update a brochure aimed at shipping companies and seafarers, reminding them of the vital need to ensure that ladders used for pilot transfers are safe and always rigged correctly. The revised brochure – ‘Shipping Industry Guidance on Pilot Transfer Arrangements’ – is supported by a wide range of other international shipping bodies.
Big Ship Slow Steaming: How Prevalent is It?
Much has been heard, said and read regarding the advent of Slow Steaming in the global maritime industry. But in reality, how prevalent is the practice? MAN PrimeServ set out recently to find some answers. Being a market leader with the lion’s share of big ship main propulsion installations has its benefits, particularly when seeking answers on operational trends from the world’s leading vessel owners and operators.
Underwater Metal Detectors Assist in Artifact Recovery
Underwater metal detector is successfully used for the African Slave Wrecks Project. In October 1619 the naval warship Warwick sailed into the King’s Castle Harbour in Bermuda with an important cargo from England; the colony’s new governor, Captain Nathaniel Butler. After taking on provisions the Warwick was to travel onto the struggling colony at Jamestown, Virginia, but it never made the voyage. Before the ship could sail, Bermuda was hit by a fierce hurricane.
BC Ferries' Operational Training Initiatives
Jeffrey Joyce, Director, Operational Training – British Columbia Ferry Services, Inc. A native of British Columbia, Jeff Joyce was accepted into the Canadian Navy in 1983 through the Regular Officer Training program and progressed through his post-secondary learning (B.Sc UBC) and Naval education, graduating from both in 1987. He completed his Certificate of Competency as a Bridge Watchkeeper, and then qualified as a Navigating Officer.
Strategic Marine Wins Offshore Cargo Catamaran Contract
Western Australian (WA) ship builder Strategic Marine has signed a contract with repeat client Offshore Plant Hire for the construction of a 24 meter heavy duty offshore cargo catamaran. The catamaran will be built at Strategic Marine's Singapore facility which is nearing the end of a major expansion program which will see the shipyard more than double its capacity. The vessel will be completed in the first quarter of 2013 and is expected to operate in WA’s North West.
IMCA’S New Guidance on Mooring Practice
Ships enter and leave ports regularly. Tying up a ship when alongside a berth or another vessel is potentially a very hazardous operation, unless simple and effective safety procedures are followed. ‘Mooring Practice Safety Guidance for Offshore Vessels when Alongside in Ports and Harbours’ (IMCA SEL 029/M 214), the latest publication from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is designed to ensure safe mooring with zero incidents.
IME 300 BNWAS Gets USCG Approval
Intermarine Electronics announced that its new cost effective IME300 BNWAS received a US Coast Guard approval no 2012 2957. With USCG approval, in addition to GL type approval, IME 300 is accepted by all major classification societies. IME 300 is a marine electronic product that meets and exceeds all IMO criteria. It connects instantly with any VDR or Autopilot without extra interfaces. Power supply and rechargeable battery are included.
Fire-damaged Tankship 'Stolt Valor' to be Scrapped
He said the vessel could be broken apart in Bahrain and then taken away. The tanker, which suffered an explosion after a fire in March, had at one point threatened Bahrain's coastline.
US Navy's LPD 25 to be Named for 9/11 Heroes
The Navy will christen the newest amphibious transport dock ship, 'Somerset' at HHI shipyard in Avondale, La. The ship is named in honor of the courageous passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93. Their actions prevented terrorist hijackers from reaching their destination only to have the airplane crash near Shanksville in Somerset County, Pa., Sept. 11, 2001. During the weeks following the Flight 93 crash…
World's Largest Wind Farm Installation Vessel Delivered
Samsung Heavy Industries won an order to build Pacific Orca in July 2010. Pacific Orca is 161m long, 49m wide and 10.4m high, and as the world’s largest wind farm installation vessel, it is capable of transporting and installing 12 units of 3.6MW. It also allows installation of wind farms to a depth of 60m, which is the deepest in the world, as well as the installation of ultra-large wind farms with a capacity of 10MW or higher…
U.S. Based Kirby Corp. Announce Q12 2012 Results
Kirby Corp. reports continued overall inland tank barge utilization & improved rates as US petrochemical production remained strong. Joe Pyne, Kirby's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer…
SENER Wins its First China Marine Engineering Contract
The SENER contracts are with the Chinese CSDDC ((China Ship Development and Design Center) & CSOC (China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co. Ltd). Once built, the fishing vessel will be operated by the company CNFC (China National Fisheries Corporation) in the fishing-grounds of the coast of West Africa. This project represents an important milestone for SENER because it is the first marine engineering contract achieved in China.