BSEE: Platform Accident Investigation Underway
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Update on Platform Fire Investigation. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) began an investigation early Friday morning into the explosion and fire aboard a production platform, operated by Black Elk Energy, approximately 18 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La. An investigation team was formed by BSEE shortly after the explosion and fire and is comprised of safety inspectors…
Bulk Ship Accesses Japan Earthquake-Damaged Port
NYK bulk coal carrier resumes direct shipments to earthquake-damaged port of Haramach. The 90,000 dwt NYK-operated bulk carrier “Haramachimaru” filled with coal has arrived at a dedicated port for a thermal power station operated by Tohoku Electric Power Co. Inc. This was the first arrival of a coal carrier at the berth since the Great East Japan Earthquake last year. The berth is located in the town of Haramachi, and wharf operations restarted as the power station became operational again.
Brazil Shipyard Delivers FPSO Early Gets Large Bonuses
Keppel’s yard in Brazil receives US$ 2-million in bonuses for safe and early delivery of Floating Production Storage & Offloading (FPSO) vessel. Keppel FELS Brasil S/A's (Keppel FELS Brasil) yard in Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - BrasFELS - has delivered FPSO Cidade de Sao Paulo 19 days ahead of schedule and with an excellent safety record. FPSO Cidade de Sao Paulo has a production capacity of 120…
Bahri Voted Best Managed Shipping Co. in Middle East
The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia ("Bahri" )named by Euromoney as the best managed in the transport & shipping sector, 2012. Bahri was ranked first before all transport and shipping companies in the Middle East. The award was based on a survey sent to bank analysts and equity investors who gave their opinions on the best three companies in the Middle East in the sectors included in the survey.
Sentinel Marine Sell AHTS, Order Two More
Sentinel sell new-build Anchor Handling Towing & Supply vessels AHTS 5150; order two more AHTS from Nam Cheong Dockyard. Buyers of the AHTS 5150, Hull SK 67, have…
UK Container Terminal Berth Works Contract Awarded
Contractor VolkerStevin appoints Mott MacDonald design engineer for deepening, renovation, of two berths in Southampton's Western Docks. Together with other port upgrades, the work for Associated British Ports will increase the terminal’s container throughput capacity by enabling future generation container vessels to access the port at all states of tide. Berths 201 and 202 were originally constructed in 1968 and 1973 respectively as the UK’s first dedicated container berths.
New USS Attack Submarine Sponsored by Second Lady
At Pentagon ceremony Dr Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announce the new sub's name to be 'USS Delaware'. Wherever the USS Delaware goes after she is launched in 2018, a "piece of my heart will go with her," said Dr. Jill Biden, who will sponsor the Navy's newest Virginia-class fast-attack submarine. Delaware's Sen. Tom Carper and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn also attended the ceremony announcing the submarine's name.
Hurricane Sandy Leaves Fingerprints on Sea Floor
Researchers use side-scan & multi-beam sonar to get a good picture of what the passage of the storm did to the sea bed. Beneath the 20-foot waves that crested off Delaware's coast during Hurricane Sandy, thrashing waters reshaped the floor of the ocean, churning up fine sand and digging deep ripples into the seabed. Fish, crustaceans and other marine life were blasted with sand as the storm sculpted new surfaces underwater.
Diana Containerships Continues Profitable in Latest Financial Report
Diana Containerships Inc. container ship owners & operators report financial results in Q3 & first nine months trading in 2012. The company reported net income of…
'Oil Spills in Arctic Waters' Published by US ARC
The US Arctic Research Council (ARC) in association with others, reports on research & mitigation measures for oil spills in the Arctic marine area. This “white…
Condor Catamaran to Drydock at UK's A&P Shipyard
A&P Falmouth is soon to drydock the 'Condor Express', one of the aluminium fast cats operated by Condor Ferries. Falmouth regularly drydocks the conventional Condor ferries, Condor Clipper and Condor Goodwill, but will now also see the aluminium catamaran Condor Express arrive for drydocking during November. Work will include hull painting, exhaust repairs, stern door repairs, aluminium hull repairs…
NNS Shipbuilding Employee Gets Community Service Award
HII employee Joey Melendez receives the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers' STAR Award for outstanding community service. Melendez, a systems engineer for the company's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division, was presented with a 2012 SHPE STAR Award during the organization's annual national conference in Fort Worth, Texas. "It's quite an honor to be recognized for my service to the community, especially from a great national organization such as SHPE," Melendez said.
Great White Shark Boat Caterpillar Powered
Caterpillar to feature OCEARCH ‘Shark Wranglers’, at upcoming 2012 International Workboat Show, New Orleans. Recently featured in the hit television show “Shark Wranglers” on the History Channel…
World's First Dual-fuel Ice-class LNG Carrier
LNG Carrier 'Coral Energy' naming ceremony to take place next month at the Port of Rotterdam Cruise Terminal. The new ship is claimed by the Dutch owners, Anthony Veder, to be world’s first direct driven dual-fuel ice class 1A LNG carrier. Its development started in 2010 in close cooperation with Norwegian gas provider Skangass. The design of the ship makes it possible to deliver LNG to all sizes of terminals in an environmental friendly way.
Wärtsilä Webinar on Making Best Use of Scarce Resources
The Webinar, titled 'Performance Optimisation for the Merchant Marine Market' is freely available to all on 29, November 2012. In today’s marine market a difficult…
Clipper Projects Heads Up New MPP Ship Pool
Denmark-based Clipper Projects sets up multi-purpose (MPP) pool, which will form an integrated part of the current Clipper Projects MPP fleet. The new pool will initially comprise 14 x 15-20…
Heavy Lift Ship Tests Port Rupert Pilots
Prince Rupert Port Authority, BC, saw the safe arrival of equipment integral to its coal export operations aboard 'HHL Macao'. The stacker/reclaimer unit, for delivery to Ridley Terminals Inc. is considered important for the planned expansion of coal export operations. The successful arrival of the vessel and subsequent movement of the stacker/reclaimer components required a wide-ranging team effort. The Prince Rupert Port Authority collaborated with ship's agent Peter Riley of G.W.
Vendée Globe Challenge Leader Through the Doldrums?
Is leading yacht 'Armel Le Cléac’h' (Banque Populaire) through the Doldrums already? You might think so looking at the speeds. Earlier Le Cléac’h was making just 1.8 knots but now he’s flying along at 9.1 knots and has headed south-west. In the only change since the last ranking at 1600hrs (French time), Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) moved past Francois Gabart (Macif) into second – albeit with only 0.9 miles between them - and was averaging 5 knots compared to Gabart’s 3.3.
BAE Launch UK Apprentice Training Initiative
BAE Systems pilot initiative in conjunction with UK business sector agencies will train 50 engineering apprentices for companies in NW England. Interested supplier companies attended a conference at the firm’s Apprentice Training Centre in Preston where the 50 young people will be trained. The successful candidates will receive a sought-after three-year apprenticeship in engineering from BAE before…
Ethanol Safety Seminar Scheduled in Fort Worth, Texas
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) & Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway to co-host a free Ethanol Safety Seminar on Nov. 29, 2012. The seminar will…