Seaspan on Container Ship Buying Spree
Seaspan Corporation orders 4 newbuild 10,000 TEU container ships and, buys 4 second-hand 4,600 TEU ones. Seaspan has signed contracts for the construction of four 10…
IMCA Induct New President
Massimo Fontolan, of Saipem Ltd., takes on the role of President of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). Mr. Fontolan is currently Vice President Commercial, North Atlantic and Arctic at Saipem Ltd. In addition to becoming President of IMCA, he also becomes Chairman of the association's Overall Management Committee (OMC), having served as Vice President of IMCA for the past two years.
UK Windfarm Metocean Data Delivery Contract
UK Government agency Cefas signs major contract with EAOW for Round 3 North Sea windfarm metocean data delivery. The contract is with East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd (EAOW) to provide metocean data that will support the development of the East Anglia Zone in the North Sea. (EAOW is a joint venture owned 50:50 by ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall, and has been created for the development of the…
Greece's Costamare Deliver Positive 2012 Financial Results
In a challenging market, Costamere has minimized its re-chartering risk, identifies possibilites to expand in container ship market. Costamare Inc. is a leading international owner of containerships.
Galileo Satellite SAR Package Activated
Galileo’s search and rescue system (SAR) passes first space test to begin major expansion of the Cospas–Sarsat network. The second pair of Europe’s Galileo navigation satellites – launched together on 12 October last year – are the first of the constellation to host SAR search and rescue repeaters. These can pick up UHF signals from emergency beacons aboard ships and aircraft or carried by individuals, then pass them on to local authorities for rescue.
OceanGrafix to Print NOAA's New POD Coast Pilots
OceanGrafix, now approved as Print-on-Demand (POD) printer/distrubutor for NOAA's US Coast Pilot Series. In conjunction with NOAA’s new process of making weekly online updates to the U.S. Coast Pilot books, OceanGrafix will print the books that reflect all updates and corrections. “NOAA is making fundamental improvements in our publishing processes so our commercial partners, like OceanGrafix, can make the U.S.
Antarctic Cruise Ship Freed by Navy Icebreaker
'HMS Protector' punched through thick Antarctic ice to help clear the way for cruise ship 'Fram' as ice floes gathered around the liner. The Portsmouth-based survey ship broke through ice up to four metres (13ft) thick to clear a way through the Antarctic Sound – a strait at the eastern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, 650 miles from South America – so the Fram could sail safely again. The Fram…
Canadian Marine Training Centre Opens
The Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre (IMTARC) located in Esquimalt, BC, is officially opened. The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State…
Maersk Closes South Sea Island Service
Maersk Line announce that the ‘Tahiti Express’ service to/from French Polynesia will close down at end of April 2013. The last vessel sailing on the Tahiti service is the BC San Francisco…
Offshore Wind Farm Contract for Van Oord
Van Oord has been awarded the construction contract for the offshore windpark Luchterduinen, off the Dutch coast. The wind farm will be located 23 kilometres from the Dutch coast between Noordwijk and Zandvoort, and the contract is signed with the joint venture Eneco-Mitsubishi Corporation. The 43 wind turbines will have a combined capacity of 129 Megawatts and will generate green electricity for nearly 150,000 households.
Thompson Joins USMI
United States Marine, Inc (USMI), a small business that designs and builds fast patrol and other special operations craft for the U.S. military, has announced the addition of Evin Thompson as Program Executive for itsVirginia division. In this new position, Thompson will be the focal point for off-site program support for craft previously designed, manufactured and delivered to Naval Special Warfare Group 4 and subordinate commands. Prior to joining the USMI team, Mr.
Freudenberg acquires Vector Technology Group
Freudenberg Oil & Gas expands its position and expertise in the upstream segment of the oil and gas market with innovator in offshore sealing solutions. Freudenberg Oil & Gas announced that on January 11, 2013, 100% of the shares of Vector Technology Group, a major global supplier of high integrity sealing solutions for the oil and gas industry, were acquired by parent company Freudenberg Group, headquartered in Weinheim, Germany.
TOTE Goes Gas
Last month U.S. ship owner Tote Inc. shocked the maritime community in ordering the world’s first LNG-powered containerships; in one fell swoop energizing the U.S. shipbuilding sector. On the occasion of this historic contract, top executives from TOTE, NASSCO and MAN spoke to Maritime Reporter & Engineering News to weigh in on the deal’s significance. In recent decades, particularly in the large commercial ship niche, it is fair to say that the U.S. has not been a world force.
USS Makin Island: Proven Fuel Efficient
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) is the last in a series of 8 amphibious assault ships of the WASP-class built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding at its Pascagoula, Miss. shipyard. Though last, it is the first in the series fitted with hybrid electric gas turbine propulsion, and recently returned to its San Diego homeport after its first deployment. “During the seven-month deployment, the ship’s hybrid-electric…
Transas Marine Selected as ECDIS Supplier
Transas Marine has received an order to supply its Navi-Sailor ECDIS systems to the Swedish Armed Forces. After an extensive evaluation, the Swedish Defense Material…
Global IP Extends Mobility Offering with Intelsat
Global IP to introduce Ku-band maritime services to oil, gas and energy customers across the vast Indian Ocean region. Intelsat S.A., a provider of satellite services…
Great Lakes Dredging Remains as a 2013 LCA Priority
The dredging crisis on the Great Lakes will again dominate Lake Carriers’ Association’s efforts in 2013. LCA’s 2012 Annual Report released today stressed that inadequate dredging took a real toll on Great Lakes shipping in 2012. “The drought has pushed water levels on Lake Michigan and Huron to record lows,” the Association noted. “The water level in the St. Marys River also declined as 2012 wore on; by year’s end ships were loading to less than 26 feet.
Coast Guard Announces Reduced Drug Test Frequency
Supported by impressive results and after repeated requests by the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA), the U.S. Coast Guard has announced the reduction for the testing…
MAN 35/44G Makes Successful Début
MAN Diesel & Turbo recently showcased its new range of gas engines and turbines at its Augsburg facility with the company’s 35/44G engine, the latest addition to its four-stroke power portfolio…
UTEC Makes Key Appointments in Scotland and Italy
One of the world’s largest independent offshore survey companies has announced a significant step forward in its growth plans with key appointments in Aberdeen and Naples. UTEC has recently appointed new general managers Jamie Laing and Andrew Stenson in Aberdeen, Scotland and Naples, Italy respectively. The Naples office welcomes Andrew Stenson who holds 25 years’ experience in land, marine and transition zone surveys…