Aker Solutions ASA: NPS Transaction Update
Aker Solutions has ended the process to acquire the Dubai-headquartered oil services company NPS Energy. Aker Solutions announced an agreement to buy the shares in NPS Energy on 21 May 2012.
Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Off 3.6 Percent
Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5.5 million tons in October, a decrease of 6 percent compared to September, and 3.6 percent below the level of a year ago. Shipments were, however, marginally ahead of October’s 5-year average. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 4.5 million tons, a decrease of 11.1 percent compared to a year ago. Included in that total were 81,000 tons shipped to Québec City for final delivery overseas.
Star Cruises of Malaysia to Order Metso DNA System
The Star Cruises of Malaysia has chosen Metso to refurbish the automation system on its MS Star Pisces cruise ship that sails in the Far East. The vessel's new automation will increase reliability and customer comfort. After docking in Hong Kong in February, the vessel will continue its cruise program from March 2013 onwards. Metso will supply its state-of-the-art Metso DNA system to replace the present Damatic Classic automation system that it had supplied earlier.
61 Foss Maritime Company Vessels Honored
Vessels Have Gone Two Years or Longer Without Environmental Incidents, Winning Chamber of Shipping Honor. Sixty-one tugs and tank barges owned by Foss Maritime Company have been recognized by a major maritime organization for their environmental safety records. The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) announced the awards honoring the Seattle, WA-based Foss' environmental achievements on November 13, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
SpecTec Opens a New Office in Poland
SpecTec Group is proud to announce the new opening office of SpecTec Poland. SpecTec Poland is a Product Development office and it opened on 2nd November 2012. The SpecTec Poland team is working on AMOS2 development, IDEA development and on testing activities of AMOS2 EMS. "We opened there because of our experience with the high standard of programming personnel available and we have been able to build a team very able to provide the additional resources we need right now" - says Paul Ashton…
Tsakos Energy Financial Results
$11.9 million in operating income vs. 24% improvement in the net results, ($24.9) million loss vs. Constant quarterly dividend payments ($0.50 per share in 2012).
London P&I Club Urges Maintenance of Hold Pipework
The London P&I Club has urged shipowners to ensure proper maintenance of cargo hold pipework in order to prevent wet damage to cargo, which has become a regular source of claims. In the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the club notes, “Leakage from pipework within holds continues to be a common cause of cargo wetting. Of particular concern are leaking top-side tank drain pipes and wells when located near or below the load water line, which can result in catastrophic hold flooding.
PVA Calls for TWIC Re-Evaluation
Passenger Vessel Association Marks 10th Anniversary of Maritime Security Law; Calls for Reevaluation of TWIC. On the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the landmark Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) (Public Law 107-295), the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) takes note of the far-reaching security enhancements adopted by the U.S. flagged passenger vessel industry but also calls…
Strong Demand for Strike Club's Protective Covers
General Increases of 10% and 5% are Maintained for 2013/14 Mutual Entries. The Strike Club, the market leader in the niche area of delay insurance for the marine trades…
Manhattan Cruise Terminal Bridge Contract for TEAM
TEAM Ports & Maritime wins New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) & Turner Construction Corporation contract. The contract is for the design, manufacture, assemble, transport and installation of two HYDRA Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBBs) at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York. The PBBs will provide seamless access for cruise guests from cruise terminal building to NCLs Breakaway and vice versa.
Norway's Future Engineers Visit Ulstein Yard
College students from three different schools in the Ålesund region of Norway make familiarisation programme visit to Ulstein Group. The students are participants in the “Motivational course”, a cooperation between ULSTEIN, STX OSV, Rolls-Royce Marine and NCE Maritime, whose purpose is to motivate youths for engineering studies. The Motivational Course has been arranged for 13 years, and results show that about 50% of the participants later choose to become engineers.
Hong Kong Port Losing Ground to Shenzen
In China's container terminal league table Shenzhen is overhauling HK, Dalian is the fastest growing & Yingkou vaults into top 25. Shanghai is still ahead of Singapore for top spot in the world – by some half a million boxes in the first three quarters – 24.2m teu versus 23.7m. Hong Kong, until 2005 the busiest boxport in the world, is likely to relinquish third spot to Shenzhen this year based on numbers from Alphaliner as reported by SinoShip news.
IMO Safety Committee to Tackle Busy Agenda
IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at the Organization's London HQ for its 91st session from 26 to 30 November 2012. The busy agenda includes discussions on passenger ship safety…
WSV's in Difficulty in Moderate North Sea Weather
UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency report Yarmouth Coastguard's response to recent WSV's in distress. Windcat 9 issued a VHF DSC Mayday offshore from Humber and reported that they were taking in water.
Somali Pirate Craft Sunk by EU NAVFOR Warship
Warships hunt down pirate skiff off the coast of Somalia, take 9 suspected pirates into custody and sink their boat. Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand, under command of the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) worked in close co-operation with Turkish warship TCG Gemlik of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) to apprehended nine suspected pirates at sea off the coast of Somalia. In the early hours of the morning…
New Dutch Waterway Container Terminal Opened
The MCS container terminal in Leeuwarden & a winding hole for 110-metre container ships officially opened for business. The winding hole [turning basin] is at the…
USN Accepts First MUOS Satellite for Operations
U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) has accepted the first Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for initial operational use. MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical communications system designed to improve communications for U.S. forces on the move. The Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC) at Point Mugu, Calif., began "flying" the satellite in June. In addition to providing continuous communication for all branches of the U.S.
Carnival Ship Hoists Turkey, Make Thanksgiving Food Donation
Cruise ship 'Carnival Breeze' hoists 50' inflatable turkey aloft while Carnival Cruise Line donate 137,500 meals to 'Feeding South Florida'. The 1,250-pound nylon turkey — wearing a straw beach hat and colorful Hawaiian shirt – was hoisted aboard the ship in Miami in time for Thanksgiving Day holiday fesivities. The giant fowl will sit 14 stories above the waterline and gaze toward nearby McArthur Causeway until just before the ship makes its inaugural sailing from Miami on Thanksgiving Day.
GD Contracted for Submarine Missile Compartment Development
General Dynamics receives US$ 62-million US Navy contract for common ballistic missile compartment development. The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a US$ 61.7-million contract modification for the continued development of the Common Missile Compartment for the United Kingdom's Successor ballistic-missile submarine and the U.S. Ohio replacement submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
Incat LNG Ferry a World First
Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd launch world’s first high speed passenger Ro-Ro ship powered by LNG (Liquified Natural Gas). The vessel will be the first installation of LNG powered dual fuel engines in an Incat high speed ferry, and the first high speed craft built under the HSC code to be powered by Gas Turbines using LNG as the primary fuel and marine distillate for standby and ancillary use.