SAIC Gets USN $21-million Contract
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to provide operational & environmental support to United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF). The contract with…
Belarus Joins Baltic Sea Logistics Project
Republic of Belarus signs up to the EU-funded logistics project – Amber Coast Logistics (ACL – to enhance the country's transport & logistics sector. In the Amber…
Wind Turbine R&D Funding for Gamesa
Gamesa raises €260-million in funding from European Investment Bank for its on & offshore wind turbine R&D+I investment programme. The EIB project will support Gamesa's R&D+I programme…
New Cummins EPA Tier 3 Marine Diesels
Cummins brings its U.S. EPA Tier 3 certified new QSK19 & QSK60 marine diesel engines to market. Cummins Tier 3 solutions apply advanced combustion technology to reduce emissions in-cylinder without the need for aftertreatment. The company predict that these engines will serve as the platform for future, more stringent emissions in the U.S. and globally. “We are excited to be actively quoting and selling…
Wärtsilä on ‘Entering a New Marine Era for Gas’
At upcoming International Workboat Show Wärtsilä’s John Hatley PE, Americas VP Ship Power to enlarge on marine gas fuel developments. At the show the company will…
JW Fishers’ ROV’s ‘In Depth’ Solutions
US-based supplier JW Fishers reminds that ROV deployment may prove safer & cheaper than diving. The company quote many examples to back up their statement, including one where the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) use a Fishers SeaLion-2 to help in underwater maintenance of Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in Washington State.The dam is more than 2,800 feet long and 100 feet high and provides hydroelectric generation, recreation, and irrigation for the area’s residents and businesses.
Moroccan Seafarers' Union Leader Freed
ITF applaud release of Mohamed Chamchati, general secretary of the Moroccan merchant seafarers’ union. Like his colleague Said Elhairech, who was freed in October…
Movement of $7 Billion in Commodities in Jeopardy
The American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council, Inc. continue to warn Congress and the Administration of the economic effects that the nation’s midsection would face in the wake of further navigation restrictions or possible Mississippi River closure to barge traffic in mid-December. States along the river would see an immediate impact on jobs and wages, and the potential toll would be harshest in Louisiana…
First Steel Cut for Liftboat ‘Seajacks Hydra’
A ceremony marked the event at Lamprell’s Hamriyah Dubai facility. The self-elevating, ‘Seajacks Hydra’ has been specifically designed for installation and maintenance services in the offshore wind and oil and gas sectors. The vessel will be equipped with a high speed jacking system, a 400t crane and able to operate in water depths up to 48m. Lamprell Energy has built all three of Seajacks’ current vessels; ‘Kraken’, ‘Leviathan’ and ‘Zaratan’, delivering each on time and on budget.
Strike Shutdowns Ports of Long Beach, & LA Terminals
Longshore clerks at the ports in a staffing issue dispute gain support from other workers. The strike is the largest shutdown at the combined ports since 2002.
Petrobas Changes Course of Drill Rig Contract
Petrobas decides not to proceed with 5 ultra-deepwater Ocean Rig leasing contracts. Petrobras has cancelled the process of contracting five drilling rigs, capable of drilling in up to 3…
Sneed Shipbuilding: An (Extended) Family Affair
When Martin M. Sneed embarked in the business of building for the demanding workboat market in the mid-60s, he likely did not imagine that four decades later, his son Clyde (pictured) and business partner and co-owner Mitch Jones would be at the helm of a highly successful boat building company, crafting finely appointed custom boats for some of the industry’s most discriminating owners. Sneed Shipbuilding was founded by Martin M.
Atlantic Offshore Wins ERRV Shell Contract
Norske Shell AS award Atlantic Offshore an 18 months ERRV contract to support drilling operations. Atlantic’s Offshore Emergency Response Rescue Vessel (ERRV) ‘Ocean Sky’ will start work in accordance with the contract in mid-January 2013. The owners say the same vessel has worked for Norske Shell AS since 2000, and they are very pleased to continue this long partnership.
Shanghai’s New Shipping Bourse Faces Off London
Shanghai Shipping Exchange launches the mainland's first dry bulk and oil import indices. The new bourse will track bulk carrier and tanker trades with the world's largest consumer of commodities.
No Light at End of World Shipbuilders’ Tunnel
Drewry Maritime Research’s ‘Annual World Shipbuilding Market Review & Forecast’ highlights bleak prospects for the world’s shipbuilders. Shipbuilding production…
Shipbuilders HII, NNS Make Charitable Donation
Huntington Ingalls Industries donate US$ 2.1-million to the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. The donation is a combined contribution from the HII corporate office and its participating employees…
Douglas-Westwood forecast that between 2013 and 2017, $91bn will be spent on floating production systems (FPS) – an increase of 100% over the preceding five-year period. A total of 121 floating production units are forecast to be installed – a 37% increase. This growth is driven by multiple factors, such as a larger proportion of newbuilds and conversions compared to redeployments, a greater degree…
Poor Conditions, Better Communications
Industry and the federal government continue to work together to improve less than optimal conditions on the U.S. inland waterways. Measurable, although slow progress is being achieved. The summer of 2012 brought drought and poor navigating conditions to the inland waterways. Low water levels continued into the fall and threaten to move into winter, but the event has demonstrated how barge industry and government relations have changed over the years and what challenges remain.
ICOMIA’s Latest Book Has China Statistics
The book provides reliable global statistics to the recreational marine industry. Representing the global marine industry since 1967, ICOMIA now has 35 marine industry association members (MIAs), estimated to represent more than 90% of the global boating business, making it well positioned to provide an international compilation of data covering the industry’s varied segments. The ICOMIA Statistics Book is the foremost annual tool the industry has to sum up international activity and…
OSV Tech Today
Modern Offshore Service Vessels come in a variety of shape, size and technical outfit, dependent largely on their intended area of operation. But as offshore assets are constantly mobile and global, finding work where work is to be had, there is an increasing trend towards larger, steadier platforms that are multipurpose and able to shift seamlessly from the Gulf of Mexico to the North Sea to offshore Africa, Asia or Brazil … and back again.