QM2 Visit Boosts UAE as Cruise Ship Destination
Cunard cruise ship 'Queen Mary 2', is set to make its maiden call in the capital on 29th January. Queen Mary 2’s stop in Abu Dhabi is part of her 2013 World Voyage – a 106-day voyage from Southampton in the UK which will take in five continents – and is considered a significant boost to the UAE capital as it increasingly becomes an established global cruise destination. Officials believe the visit will boost Abu Dhabi’s profile as it seeks to receive 180…
Vroon Orders New SSV
The subsea support vessel (SSV), to be named 'VOS Sugar, is to be built in China at the Fujian Southeast Shipyard. The contract contains the option for a second vessel, and follows on from the two SSVs built at the Shipyard in 2012 for Vroon Offshore Services (VOS Shine and VOS Sweet). The new vessel, VOS Sugar, is a modern SSV with retractable thruster and super‑silent tunnel thruster, providing a high standard of comfort for both passengers and crew.
GAC Pindar Deliver Large US-built Motorboat to NZ
GAC Pindar in J/V with global freight forwarder TNL International, deliver a 7.6 mt Stamas boat from Georgia USA to Aukland, New Zealand. The privately owned motorboat, which is 3.93 metres high and 12.58 metres long overall, was handled with care for its 15,000km voyage. Before being loaded onto a ship bound for Auckland at Savannah, Georgia, it was shrink-wrapped and cradled on a special mafi trailer.
Videotel Assists Shipowners
Ship operators concerned about complying with the newly enforced garbage management rules can now turn to Videotel for support. Important new updates to MARPOL Annex V entered into force on January 1, 2013 and have revolutionised the way the industry must look at the issue of waste disposal. In response to this, Videotel has extensively updated its Garbage Management training program to accommodate the radical shift of emphasis the new legislation entails.
Panama Canal Expansion Moves Forward
The Panama Canal Expansion is moving forward to reach its goal of bolstering the waterway’s capacity in order to provide a better service. To date, the program is 50% complete. “The program continues to progress and reach milestones while we focus the next phases on building the locks,” said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. Beginning 2013, the Expansion Program has completed several projects. Dredging of the navigational channels has been completed.
Sea Tow Services International Celebrates Thirty Years
Your Road Service at Sea (R) Reaches Milestone Worth Celebrating. For three decades Captain Joe Frohnhoefer and his wife Georgia of Sea Tow Services International have leveraged their greatest strengths-- Captain Joe's in-depth knowledge of the sea and Georgia's meticulous attention to detail-- and built an impressive worldwide network of everyday heroes, their Sea Tow Captains. Throughout 2013, Sea…
GE Upgrades Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s Fleet Tankers
GE’s Power Conversion (NYSE: GE) business has started fitting the latest generation of Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships Wave Knight and Wave Ruler. The technology is designed extend the life and versatility of the IPMS fitted to the two ships, helping the RFA to maintain at-sea supply capabilities in supporting the Royal Navy’s global maritime operations.
Liberty Maritime Files Complaint Alleging MSP Violations
Liberty Statement Regarding Maritime Security Program Complaint. January 23, 2013: Today, Liberty Maritime Corporation and several other Liberty companies filed a civil action in the U.S.
Polymers Avert Pollution Threat
Among the more compelling news photos published following the landfall of Hurricane Sandy was that of the 184' tanker John B. Caddell run aground onto a Staten Island street by tidal flooding. That the tanker required heavy lifting to return it to sea was only part of the problem. A layer of bunker fuel shrouded the vessel's flooded engine room, creating a contaminated work area. C.I.Agent Solutions assisted with remediation so salvage work could move forward.
ABC: Powering Up for the Next 100 Years
On the occasion of its centenary, a new engine type, the DL36, has being launched to meet the future emission directives of 2016. The new range combines a small environmental footprint with the ability to deliver more than 10,000 kW. ABC’s power range will thus more than double, opening up new markets and segments. At the same time ABC has experience with hybrid drives and alternative fuels, from vegetable oils through animal fats to natural and bio gas.
Case Study: 6S50MC Main Engine Overhaul
The following is a look into the overhaul of a MAN B&W 6S50MC main engine onboard a tanker berthed in the Bahamas. The overhaul was performed by Transmarine Propulsion Systems, (TMPS) during a docking, the first major overhaul of the vessel’s engine which had 22,140 running hours. The objective of the overhaul was to make sure that all the cylinder units, once inspected and overhauled, would perform another trouble free period of ~20,000 running hours.
NOAA Satellites Aid in 263 Rescues in 2012
The same NOAA weather and climate satellites that accurately tracked Hurricane Sandy’s path in October also played a key role in rescuing 263 people in 111 emergencies in the United States and surrounding waters in 2012. Since NOAA’s seven operational satellites circle the globe or sit above the United States, they also carry instruments to detect distress signals from emergency beacons carried by downed pilots, shipwrecked boaters and stranded hikers.
General Dynamics Wins $12m Navy Deal
General Dynamics Electric Boat has received an $11.5 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to provide on-board repair parts for Virginia-class submarines.
Gladding-Hearn Delivers with Repeat, Proven Business in 2012
When the long-time operators of the National Park Service passenger route from Key West, Florida, to Dry Tortugas National Park were looking to keep that contract and further upgrade the quality of their offerings in that market, they did what most satisfied customers would do: they went back to the builder of their current vessel, Massachusetts-based Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. The original boat used by Yankee Fleet in this service…
Guarded Optimism for 2013 from U.S. Gulf Boatbuilders
Caveats and some doubts remain. Marine companies along the Gulf of Mexico will be busy in 2013 producing offshore vessels to meet expected growth in the region’s deepwater drilling sector over the next several years. Vessel repairs will be active too. Worker training will be stepped up to address a skilled labor shortage. And nearly three years after BP’s spill off coastal Louisiana, safety will remain a priority.
ITF Cautiously Approves MLC Preparations
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) gives guarded thumbs-up to preparations for implementation of Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). As Malta becomes…
Russian LNG Carrier Launched
Sovcomflot’s new state-of-the-art LNG carrier 'Velikiy Novgorod' launched from STX Offshore & Shipbuilding shipyard. The Velikiy Novgorod was ordered by OAO Sovcomflot for operations under a long-term agreement with Gazprom Global LNG (part of Gazprom) as the first of two vessels ordered by SCF from STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd and her construction is scheduled to be completed in December, 2013.
Rheinmetall Wins Breakthrough Malaysian Navy Order
Germany's Rheinmetall Group to supply 12 fire control radars & 6 electro-optical systems for six new patrol boats. Together with spare parts and training, the order…
China Plans Shipuilding Expansion on SE Coast
Fujian province expects to have the ability to build more than 8 million deadweight tons of ships each year, by the end of 2015. The government’s “11 Measures to…
ABS Updates DPS Reguirements
ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global offshore industry,releases the 'ABS Guide for Dynamic Positioning Systems'. The publication is seen…