Aberdeen Harbor Welcomes Record-Breaking Vessel
Aberdeen Harbor has welcomed the largest ever vessel to the port after the completion of a £5.2 million program to improve access and deepen the Navigation Channel. The improvements – designed to open the harbor to larger vessels and new markets – were completed five weeks ahead of schedule. The two recent visits of the diving support vessel, Skandi Arctic, were perfect demonstrations that the harbor has entered a new era.
Silversea's Silver Cloud Completes Major Refurbishment
Silversea Cruises' Silver Cloud is currently sailing on her first voyage following a successful three-week dry dock in Palermo, Italy, where extensive renovations were made to nearly every area of the ultra-luxury ship. Silver Cloud's interior decoration has been completely renovated, including all the suites, public spaces and dining venues, in order to introduce a fresh and contemporary classic atmosphere.
Shipowners’ P&I Club Receives A –
The Shipowners’ Club, major P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has announced its first interactive ratings assigned by two leading credit agencies.
Crews Should Check Advance Passenger Information
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a maritime services provider, is advising all crew, vessel owners, masters and operators to triple check passenger data before…
New Design Draws Attention
In mid-September Singaporean maritime watchers did a double-take as a sleek new vessel entered the legendary Mer-Lion Harbour. Even without the dramatic white and green paint job, the Fast Pax and Supply Vessel (FPSV) Bourbon Sirocco would draw attention. Her delivery voyage from the Piriou’s South East Asia Shipyard (SEAS) in Viet Nam marked the first of a series under construction for Bourbon Inc.
McDermott Awarded North Dome and PDM Projects for Saudi Aramco
McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) (“McDermott”) has announced that one of its subsidiaries has recently been awarded two projects by Saudi Aramco in the Abu Safah…
New Pumps Save Millions at Sea
A Grundfos project aboard a Lauritzen Bulkers cargo ship shows that large vessels could be losing money on wasted energy. A pilot project between Grundfos and Danish shipping operator Lauritzen Bulkers shows that better technology and a sharp focus on pump efficiency can mean big savings on the bottom line. The project, carried out on the 19,889-ton Durban Bulker, focused on efficiency in ship’s pumps.
Batumi State Maritime Academy Upgrades its Simulator Complex
Batumi, Georgia. Batumi State Maritime Academy (BSMA) upgraded its training facility with the latest simulators from Transas. The main goals of establishing this…
Thales, Transas Sign Cooperation Agreement
Development of a "Full Warship Trainer" at the focus of the cooperation. Thales Germany and Transas Marine International signed a cooperation agreement to develop…
Five Killed Aboard Dubai-bound Tankship
A leaking pipe in the compressor room of the tankship 'MV Maharshi Krishnatreya' on passage from Mangalore caused the accident. Five sailors were killed and another…
Scania to Supply 24 V8 Diesels to Finland Navy
The Finnish Navy’s new high-speed Watercat M18 AMC landing craft are to be fitted with twin 16-litre V8 engines from Scania. Built and designed by Marine Alutech the new landing craft displace 29 tonnes, and are 19.3 metres in length. They are designed for a broad range of applications such as troop and medical emergency transportation, evacuation tasks and landing operations. The Watercat is powered by two Scania engines…
New Sercel Marine Survey Design Software
Seismic equipment provider Sercel adds 'SeaPro Design' software to its marine navigation portfolio. SeaPro Design is a highly versatile tool for generating everything…
Union Hits Out at Vulture Fund Swoop on Tall Ship
TF president Paddy Crumlin condemns those responsible for seizure of 'Fragata Libertad', an Argentine navy training ship, in Ghana. The detention of the ship was ordered on application to a court by Elliott Capital Management, which has bought up debt associated with bonds on which the Argentinian government defaulted in 2001. He continued: “In trying to hold hostage one government over a dispute on sovereign debt by holding the Libertad hostage…
Two Shippers Apply for US Jones Act Waiver
Two shippers to use waiver to ship fuel to U.S. Northeast in the acute fuel shortage following the passage of Hurricane Sandy. Two companies have told the United…
China Shipyard Gets QN Group Bulk Carrier Orders
Queensland Nickel Group (QN) subsidiary Asia Pacific Shipping Enterprises (APSE) orders four 64,000 dwt ultramax bulk carriers. The contract has been signed with the Foreign Economic and Technical Cooperation Company of China, Chanjiang National Shipping Group and the China Changjiang National Shipping Group Corporation Jinling Shipyard. “The four vessels, for the use of QN, will be built at the China Changjiang National Shipping Group Corporation Jinling Shipyard…
Detained Chemical Tankship a Safety Threat Say Operators
The ship 'Norgas Cathinka' remains detained in Indonesia following a September 2012 collision. In a statement, the operators, Singapore-based Norgas Carriers said that the ship…
Long Voyage for Largest UK Aircraft Carrier Module
The largest section of future carrier 'HMS Queen Elizabeth' is now complete & embarks on 1,230 mile barge trip. This gigantic segment - officially known as Lower Block 04 and weighing 11,300 tonnes - was towed on a barge down the Clyde on Sunday to begin a 1,230-nautical-mile (2,278km) journey around the south of England to Rosyth. Originally the shorter route around the north of Scotland had been planned.
China Offshore 3D Seismic Survey a First
CGGVeritas has conducted first BroadSeis Surveys offshore Shenzen in the South China Sea. The deepwater surveys of two areas offshore Shenzhen in the east of the South China Sea were awarded to CGGVeritas by Chinese seismic services company, COSL (China Oilfield Services Limited), on behalf of its parent company, the Chinese national oil company, CNOOC. Data processing is already underway in the CGGVeritas Singapore center and is expected to be delivered by the end of 2012.
Ship Self-Defense Contract for Raytheon
Raytheon awarded US Navy contract to extend open architecture combat system deployment and fleet support. Raytheon Company has been awarded a $22.5 million U.S.
US Boating Insurers SkiSafe Ratchet Up 'Sandy' Claims Response
SkiSafe Insurance has been working extensively to assist affected boaters in the region. SkiSafe has extended its operational and online facilities to allow for…