Surface Warships Conference 2013 Madrid, Spain
Defence IQ's upcoming Surface Warships Conference, 30 - 31 January, 2013: an opportunity to understand warship construction challenges & technical solutions. The development of highly capable…
First Port in S. America Panamax Approved
Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá (TCP) first port in the region approved to allow unrestricted access of vessels of new Panama Canal’s maximum dimensions. Only…
LNG Sabine Pass Terminal Contract Signed
Cheniere Energy Partners' subsidiary Sabine Pass Liquefaction signs a LNG sale and purchase agreement with Total Gas & Power North America. Cheniere Partners owns 100 percent of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal located on the Sabine Pass Channel in western Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The Sabine Pass LNG terminal has regasification and send-out capacity of 4.0 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) and storage capacity of 16.9 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe).
Long-term Charter for OSV 'SeaMar Splendid'
SeaMar Shipping awarded long term Inspection, Repair & Maintainance (IRM) contract by GDF Suez for its OSV 'SeaMar Splendid'. The SeaMar Shipping vessel has been awarded a five-year contract with GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. to support its operations on the Dutch Shelf over the period 2013-2017 with a minimum 250 day per year commitment. This contract represents a significant step in SeaMar’s development.
Latest NATO Piracy Update
NATO Shipping Centre identifies a new area of piracy concern within the Gulf of Oman. All 22 hostages from the MV Iceberg 1 have now been released from pirate captivity.
McDermott Order Deepwater S-Lay Vessel
McDermott International inks contract with Keppel Offshore & Marine for construction of a dynamically-positioned combination S-Lay vessel with a 2,000-ton crane.
STX France Wins 'Oasis-class' Cruise Ship Contract
Royal Caribbean International chooses STX France to build its third 'Oasis- class' ship. This, the third ship of the Oasis- class, is due for delivery in mid-2016, and an option for a second ship due in mid-2018 is also provided for in the contract. "The Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas have fundamentally transformed the cruise experience for our guests," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The M/V Aiviq icebreaker, contracted by Shell Oil to support drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, was ordered in July 2009 and completed by Edison Chouest Offshore in early 2012. The $200m Aiviq is the largest vessel ever built by Chouest, and will be among the most advanced and powerful, non-military icebreakers on the waters. In order for a ship to be “ice class,” the hull must be thick, and extra girders, beams and bulkheads are needed for structural integrity.
S.A. Agulhas II
The Polar Research Vessel S.A. Agulhas II has been built by STX Finland for the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). The ship is a modern and sophisticated research vessel, commissioned to the DEA in May 2012, built to replace the S.A. Agulhas after 33 years of service. The ship will support the South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE IV) base on the Antarctic continent…
Caroline Oetker & Ida Oetker
Two New Ships for A.O. In May 2012, A.O. Schiffahrt celebrated the christening of the Kamsarmax bulk carrier Caroline Oetker at the yard of Taizhou Catic Shipbuilding, near Shanghai. The sister vessel Ida Oetker was due to be christened at the same location on June 26. Both ships have a capacity of 82,000 dwt, and measure 229 x 32 m. Sponsor of the Caroline Oetker was Daniela Oetker, wife of Alexander Oetker, owner of A.O.
Maersk Londrina is a 8700 TEU containership built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., LTD (DSME) for A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S. According the shipbuilder, one of the biggest challenges during construction was to increase the height of the accommodation by 9m in order to achieve the carrying capacity of 8,700 TEU from 7,450 TEU for the previous vessels. In spite of the difficulties of this kind of big modification during construction…
USACE Revises Forecast for Mississippi Water Levels
Effective Shutdown of Nation’s Busiest Water Transportation Artery Expected Earlier Than Predicted: January 3-4. Late Christmas Eve, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers advised industry of the most current 28-day weather and water forecast for the Mississippi River area near Thebes, Illinois, south of St. Louis, where rock pinnacle removal work is taking place. The forecast suggests that commerce on the Mississippi River could come to an effective halt earlier than expected in the New Year…
Keppel’s Logs $8.1B in Contracts in ‘12
Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd's (Keppel O&M) subsidiaries have won three new contracts - worth a combined value of $343mn - to bring the group's total order wins for 2012 to $8.1B.
KVH Doubles Caribbean mini-VSAT Broadband Network Capacity
Ongoing Expansion Supports Growing Number of Yachting and Oil and Gas Industry Customers in Southern Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. Staying ahead of the bandwidth demands for its rapidly growing customer base, KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI) has just doubled the capacity of its mini-VSAT Broadband(SM) network in the busy Caribbean region. The capacity increase was provided as part of the ongoing global network upgrade involving deployment of Variable Coding…
Tidewater Marine's New PSV's to Fit MacGregor Equipment
Cargotec has secured a comprehensive MacGregor offshore equipment contract for six platform supply vessels (PSVs) from Fujian Southeast Shipyard in China. The vessels…
Aker Solutions Sign Subsea Alvheim Contract
Aker Solutions sign contract with Marathon Oil Norge for the delivery of subsea trees to the Alvheim field on the Norwegian continental shelf. The contract includes…
APM Terminals Named Nigeria's 'Best of the Year'
APM Terminals Apapa named “Best Terminal Operator of the Year” at Nigerian Maritime Excellence Awards in Apapa, Nigeria. APM Terminals Apapa, which assumed operational control of the facility in 2006…
Chartered VLCC Makes First Kawasaki Port Call
The very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) 'Takamatsu Maru' has arrived at the Kawasaki refinery of TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. The 158,000 dwt tankship was chartered by TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. from NYK Lines, after the company purchased virtually all of Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Japan business. The vessel was built by IHI Marine United Inc. and delivered in June, 2012. TonenGeneral Sekiyu has also assumed…
Malaysia Coastal Tankship Sinks in Storm
Seven Malaysian crewmen were rescued after tthe MV 'Ramai Dua' partially sank in shallow waters between Labuan & Sabah’s western Menumbok. The seven crew members…
Iran-built Container Ship Launched
Iran unveiled has unveiled its newest domestically-made container ship, named 'Iran-Shahrekord'. The ship has 2200 TEU capacity and has received all the necessary…