NOAA’s Coast Survey Plans for New Arctic Nautical Charts
Less sea ice and more ship traffic means new charts needed for safety. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has issued an updated Arctic Nautical Charting Plan, as a major effort to improve inadequate chart coverage for Arctic areas experiencing increasing vessel traffic due to ice diminishment. The update came after consultations with maritime interests and the public, as well as with other federal, state, and local agencies.
LA Harbor Commission to Consider Final EIR
The Port of Los Angeles has released a Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) Project. The proposed project…
BIO-UV, is now Type-Approved
BIO-UV went beyond the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements for Ballast Water Treatment (BWTS). Indeed both requirements were met: the land tests where various and numerous filtration cycles were required, as well as the on-board testing for 2 different vessels (one on board the CMA-CGM with 1000 m3/h, the other on board the Marfret with 500 m3/h). Moreover, the tests that took place during the summer of 2012 at the MERC in Balitimore…
Caterpillar Introduces Bundled Repair Solutions
Bundled repair solutions for engine overhauls are now available from Caterpillar Marine Power Systems. The bundled repair solution, the first to be offered for Cat marine engines, is a customizable, comprehensive solution for customers looking to keep their vessels on the water longer. Customers can choose a top end or major foundational kit and customize it with the related components needed for top end or major engine overhauls.
The New Generation of Multibeam Sonars from WASSP
Multibeam sonar manufacturer WASSP Ltd has announced details of the company’s latest range of multibeam sonar’s, now for all commercial applications. WASSP Ltd parent company, ENL Group has invested in the new range to strengthen its number one position in the commercial fishing sector and also to build a product tailored to the survey and workboat market with new features and functions. “Although WASSP was originally designed for commercial fishing…
Wison Enters North American LNG Agreement
Shanghai-based Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd., a subsidiary of the Wison Group, announced agreement with EDF Trading and Exmar NV to support their collective endeavors…
Peene-Werft Wolgast Delivers Vessel to Swedish Coast Guard
The coast guard vessel (Kustbevakningen Vessel) KBV 033 was handed over to the Swedish Coast Guard with a reflagging ceremony at dock three of the Peene shipyard in Wolgast. A special day for P+S Werften, currently under insolvency administration: Initially the Swedish Coast Guard placed an order for a total of four newly built KBVs in 2008; but in the context of insolvency proceedings, the Peene shipyard could not fulfill the order completely without a new agreement.
Domestic Maritime Industry Praises Introduction of RIVER Act
The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the country's tugboat, towboat and barge operators, announced its strong support for the Reinvesting in Vital Economic Rivers and Waterways (RIVER) Act of 2013, introduced by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). The bill seeks to modernize America's vital water transportation network and ensure the viability of the infrastructure needed to carry the cargo on which the nation depends.
Kvichak to Build Pilot Boat for Savannah Pilots Association
Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., of Seattle, WA, was recently awarded a contract to build a 64' all-aluminum Pilot Boat for the Savannah Pilots Association of Savannah, GA. For more than 140 years, the Savannah Pilots Association has safely guided vessels on the 25 ½ mile journey from the sea to the port of Savannah. They require vessels with excellent sea keeping ability and maneuverability even in the worst of sea conditions, and again they are turning to Kvichak.
Canada's Seaspan Confident NSPS On-Track
Seaspan CEO addresses concerns raised by the Parliamentary Budget Officer about the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). (Seaspan affiliate companies include Vancouver Drydock…
Singapore's Sembcorp Gets Perisai(L) Rig Contract
Sembcorp Marine's PPL Shipyard secures a repeat order for a jack-up rig worth US$208-million from Perisai (L) Inc. The second jack-up rig ordered by Perisai (L) Inc.
Subsea Icelandic HV Cable Link Contract for ABB
The High-voltage submarine and underground cable link will bring reliable power to a remote island fishing community. ABB has received an order worth around $10 million, from Landsnet, the Icelandic transmission system operator, to supply a high-voltage submarine and underground power-cable system that will transport electricity from the mainland to the volcanic island of Heimaey. Heimaey is the only inhabited island of the Vestmannaeyiar archipelago off the southern coast of Icleand.
China Shipyards Take the Lead from Korea
Korean shipbuilders outperformed by their Chinese competitors in 2012 exports, 11 years after Korea in turn overtook Japan in 2001. The Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry analysis of data from the Korea International Trade Association puts exports by Korean shipbuilders at US$37.8 billion in 2012, compared to China's $39.2 billion. The change is due to the fact that Korea was more affected by the global downturn than China, reports 'The Chosunilbo'.
General Dynamics Awarded Navy SUBSAFE Contract
General Dynamics Electric Boat awarded submarine safety and maintenance contract. The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a contract to perform…
Veteran Maritime Attorney Changes Sides
George M. Jones joins Los Angeles Maritime Law offices of Charles D. Naylor. An experienced trial attorney, Mr. Jones brings to the firm more than 20 years of maritime law experience. “I’ve known George for almost 20 years, and amongst fellow maritime lawyers, he has a reputation for being one of the best – for his legal expertise, character and integrity,” said maritime attorney Charles D. Naylor. At the Law Offices of Charles D. Naylor, Mr.
NASA Flight Controller to Keynote Hi-Tech Engineering Conference
Mr. Kranz led the effort to save Apollo 13, and is a New York Times bestselling author. His book, Failure Is Not An Option (2000), chronicles his work in Mission Control, from Project Mercury through Apollo 13 and beyond. Over 75 speakers will be presenting at this year's event (in Orlando, FL on March 18) filling over 15 unique industrial sessions. The presenters come from leading companies all over the world…
Scorpio Tankers Ink Six Newbuilding Contracts
Scorpio Tankers exercise options with Korea's Hyundai Mipo Dockard for altogether six new tankships. The contracts are for the construction of four MR Product tankers for approximately $33.0 million each and two Handymax ice class-1A (37,000 DWT) product tankers for approximately $31.25 million each. The MR Product tankers were previously reserved for another owner, and two of these vessels will deliver…
LNG Bunkering Found Feasible in Australian Ports
A DNV-led Joint Industry Project (JIP) concludes attractive payback periods on the required investment are likely. Attractive payback periods from the additional…
Zumwalt-Class Destroyer Capabilities
Capt. Jim Downey, DDG-1000 program manager at Naval Sea Systems Command, explains. DDG-1000 is a multi-mission destroyer. It covers surface, sub-surface, as well as air warfare areas. Its real focus is in the littorals, providing volume fire support in the littorals, as well as support to special operations areas. Volume fire support comes from significant gun systems on the ship to provide support…
Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Management
The Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG) has released its 2012 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Management. The mission of the BWWG is to harmonize…