Hi-speed Catamaran Charter Option Exercised by MSC
United States Military Sealift Command (MSC) exercise first of its three, six months options, for the ongoing charter of “WestPac Express”. The option forms part of a 24 month contract that Austal was awarded in December 2011. A 101 metre aluminium catamaran, “WestPac Express” has now been supporting the US Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan since July 2001 and has achieved virtually 100 per cent availability over that time.
Tugboat Design Contract for Robert Allan Ltd.
Robert Allan Ltd is designing a new ART 80-32 Rotor®tug for Elizabeth Ltd charter to Kotug. This newly designed harbor tug will be chartered by Kotug, the Rotterdam…
Indian Oil Seeks Arctic Drilling Team-up
Indian oil intends to team up with Russia's Rosneft for oil exploration in the Barents & Kara Seas. ONGC, one of the largest oil and gas companies in Asia, has formally addressed Rosneft with a partnership offer in one of the latter’s Arctic hydrocarbon projects. In a letter, the ONGC says it would like to team up with Rosneft in one of its international partnerships recently concluded in the Barents Sea and the Kara Sea.
Warship Design Unveiled for UK's Next Generation GCS
The latest design of the Royal Navy's Type 26 Global Combat Ship (T26 GCS), the next generation of warships, has been unveiled. The Ministry of Defence has released images showing the basic specification of the T26 GCS, which is a significant milestone in the development of this programme. The creation of the vessel will sustain thousands of jobs in the shipbuilding industry. The multi-mission warship…
Underwater Inspection System for Port of Long Beach
Long Beach Police Department takes delivery of Coda Octopus Underwater Inspection System (UIS™) system. The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest seaport in the United States and is a major gateway for trade with Asia, handling over six million containers annually. The UIS™ which includes Echoscope® real-time 3D sonar technology will be used primarily for underwater inspections of the port's 10 piers and eighty berths and other critical infrastructure.
Cruise Ship Rescues 70 Off Alaska Coast
Holland America Line's 'Volendam' rescues 70 stranded sightseers in Glacier Bay, Alaska. While en route to Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay, Alaska, Holland America Line's Volendam rescued 70 persons from a disabled sightseeing boat, having responded to a distress call from the 79-foot sightseeing vessel Baranof Wind, which struck a rock near Russell Island in Glacier Bay disabling its steering and propulsion and causing the boat to take on water.
Engineering a Drysdale Business’ Future
Steve Kartsaklis has been working on engines for 25 years. He has stayed on in the industry because making engines work is part of his very being. His passion for the trade and satisfaction in a job well done was what he was looking for in an apprentice he believed would be capable of taking over from him when he decides to step down from his role at St Leonards Automotive and Marine. That apprentice, turned out to be Dean Smith.
IHC Merwede Launches "Easydredge" Hopper Dredgers
IHC Merwede has launched a new budget range of small hopper dredgers under the name of ’Easydredge’. This is in response to the increasing global demand for smaller dredgers. The sophisticated design, standardised components and smart production choices make the easydredge vessel an extremely cost-effective concept with a short delivery time. The Easydredge series bridges the gap between the existing…
U.S.-Flag Lakes Float Down 5.1 Percent in July
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (“lakers”) carried 10.5 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in July, an increase of 6.6 percent compared to June, but a decrease of 5.1 percent compared to a year ago. The July float was, however, just marginally below the month’s 5-year average. Iron ore cargos for the steel industry in July totaled 4.3 million tons, a decrease of nearly 18 percent compared to a year ago. Coal cargos fell by almost 23 percent.
St. Lawrence Seaway: 2012 - Notice to Shipping (# 18)
Maisonneuve Region; Montreal / Lake Ontario Section. Maintenance / Repair Work at Eisenhower Lock: Maintenance / repair work will be performed at Eisenhower Lock beginning on August 27, 2012 for a period of approximately 5 days. During this period, the north side filling valve will be out of service resulting in a slightly longer time to raise a vessel in the lock.
Finning Power Systems Achieves Platinum Status
Finning Power Systems (Finning) has achieved Platinum status in maritime industry consulting firm, Germanischer Lloyd’s Marine Service Assessment. Finning, the sole supplier of Caterpillar equipment in the UK has received a Platinum award from global maritime industry consulting firm, Germanischer Lloyd (GL), for its high levels of service, delivery and support on marine diesel engines and generator sets.
Employers and Unions Welcome Entry into Force of ILO
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Shipping Federation (ISF) are united in welcoming the news that the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC…
GLDD Appoints New Senior Executive
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) appoint Bill Steckel Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Steckel brings nearly 30 years of financial…
Shipping Crisis Pains – Mingle at SMM 2012 Suggested
To manage the crisis successfully SMM organizers advise providers to keep close to their customers as record bookings received. The European debt crisis; a weak US employment market…
Keppel FELS on Track to Deliver Offshore Wind Turbine Installer
Keppel to deliver one of the world’s largest multi-purpose offshore wind turbine installers. Keppel FELS say they are on track to deliver Seafox 5, one of the largest…
Lloyd's Register Safety Alert
Safety Alert: Acceptance of equipment for use on Singapore-registered ships. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA Singapore) has issued Survey Circular No.1/2012 detailing requirements for acceptance of statutory equipment for use on Singapore-registered ships. ‘Statutory equipment’ means life-saving appliances, marine pollution prevention, fire protection, navigation and radiocommunication equipment as required by IMO conventions such as SOLAS, MARPOL and COLREG.
Multiple Agencies Respond to Glacier Bay Grounding
The Coast Guard, National Park Service, and Good Samaritans assisted 76 people from a sightseeing vessel taking on water in Glacier Bay, Sunday. The Coast Guard…
Nautronix to Supply Rowan’s Third New Ultra-Deepwater Drillship
Nautronix has been awarded another contract to supply NASDrill RS925 deepwater acoustic positioning system, for Rowan’s third new ultra-deepwater drillship. The…
5 ‘Gotchas’ of Marine Insurance
“Gotchas” are pitfalls, catches, bait and land mines – a kicker, snare or snag. They are surprises and, in the world of insurance, surprises are rarely a good thing. ‘Gotchas’ can be caused by different things. It may be the age of the coverage forms; it may be case law has moved on beyond the policy’s intent. Or, it may be there is a ‘disconnect’ between policy wording and current business practices. Sometimes, these things occur simply because some insurance contracts are impenetrable.
Milestone Ratifications of Seafarers’ Labor Rights Charter
The ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention has now been ratified by 30 countries, meaning it will go into effect in a year’s time. The charter sets out the labour rights…