Three BMT Nigel Gee Design WSV's Launched
Three new Windfamrm Support Vessels (WSV) built to BMT Nigel Gee designs launched in 10 days from three different shipyards. The vessels range from a 19.4m propeller driven conventional catamaran design to a 26m Extreme Semi-Swath (XSS), fitted with active motion damping systems consisting of T-Foils and interceptors. Sea trials for two of the vessels have been completed, both of which have met all expected performance criteria.
China Oil Demand Growth Slows
China's demand for oil in October 2012 was meaningfully weaker that it was the previous month. The detailed Chinese oil data for October were reported yesterday.
Astrium Highlights New Brand Image & Broadband Solutions
Partners and customers to benefit from extensive multi-technology service portfolio by provider of global satellite-based mobility services. Astrium Services will…
Double-ended Ferry Named at STX Shipyard
STX Finland Oys Rauma Shipyard sees the naming & delivery of the new ferry to Suomen Lauttaliikenne Oy (Finferries). The godmother of the next generation road ferry, Professor Elina Pirjatanniemi, named the ship Stella in the presence of invited guests, the representatives of Suomen Lauttaliikenne, STX Finland, and the classification society Bureau Veritas. The environmentally friendly double-ended ferry, NB 1380, entered production in December 2011 at the STX Finlands Rauma Shipyard.
Tug & Barge Safety Focus of New Publication
The UK Club's Loss Prevention team takes a close look at tug and barge operations worldwide from the P&I perspective. The latest Loss Prevention publication from the UK P&I Club is entitled 'Tug and Barge Matters', running to 18 pages and heavily illustrated, it compares examples of bad and good practice. As in many other shipping sectors, following good practice is usually very inexpensive and can…
Vietnamese Authorities Recapture Hijacked Tankship
The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) commends Vietnamese authorities for recapture of hijacked tankship taken to their waters. The Malaysian-owned tanker…
Italian Yachbuilder WIns Chinese Boatshow Award
The Ferretti 570 wins award as best motor yacht below 60 ft in length at the 2012 Xiamen International Boat Show. The prestigious Chinese Yachting Industry Award was awarded to the Ferretti 570, which was recognised as the Best Motor Yacht in the category below 60 feet in length. Moreover, Speedo Marine - the local dealer with whom the Ferretti Group displayed an Altura 840 during the Xiamen Show - was selected as the best dealer on the Chinese market.
Northern Sea Route Clicks Up Record Transits
46 vessels have transited through Northern Sea Route as this year's navigation season comes to an end. Never before have so many vessels used the Northern Sea Route for cargo transport between Europe and Asia. and never before has so much cargo been transported along the route, reports the 'Barents Observer'. Although the season is not yet completely over – there are still two Finnish icebreakers in…