Suez Canal Temporarily Blocked
A statement by Admiral Mohab Mamish, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, explains reactions to the grounding of a Korean tankship. Suez Canal Authority Chairman, Amiral Mohab Mamish, stated that Suez Canal pilots and salvage teams supported by tugboats succeeded in refloating the Korean tanker Volga, 82,000 tons that grounded in the main channel at Km. 42 and blocked the Canal at 05:15 pm on 14, February 2013. Volga ran aground due to loss of power which led to engine and rudder failure.
Keeping America's Waterways Open
The Executive Committee of Waterways Council unanimously support 'The Reinvesting in Vital Economic Rivers & Waterways (River) Act of 2013'. The plan, introduced…
Keppel FELS Deliver Shallow Water Jackup Rig
Keppel FELS delivers the jackup rig 'UMW Naga 4' to UMW Oil & Gas Corporation in Singapore. The rig was completed five days ahead of schedule, on budget and with a perfect safety record. UMW Naga 4 is the fourth consecutive rig that Keppel FELS has delivered ahead of schedule this year. UMW Naga 4 is built to Keppel’s proprietary KFELS B Class design which is today the industry standard for modern jackup rigs.
Chris Slotten Joins Globe Express Services
Globe Express Services appoints global logistics veteran Chris Slotten as Chief Commercial Officer & Senior Vice-President. Globe Express Services, one of the world’s top 100 global logistics providers with a market presence in over 80 countries, announce that Christopher Slotten will join the company on March 1, 2013 as Senior Vice President (SVP) & Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). In his new role, Mr.
UK Seafarer Numbers Down, More in Training
The union Nautilus International voices concern over new government statistics showing a fresh slump in the number of UK seafarers. The Department for Transport…
Damaged Container Ship on Tow to Europe
The disabled 'Emma Maersk' starts the long tow from Suez to Europe for repairs to hull damage in vicinity of a stern thruster unit. Palle Laursen, Maersk Line’s Head of Ship Management in Copenhagen, says, “We are delighted that Emma is on the route back towards full service. However, this only the beginning of a long journey – once she gets to the repair facility it will still be several months before repairs are completed.” He adds: “The efforts of the crew…
Port Metro Vancouver: Throughput Growth Builds Common Interest
Canada’s Port Metro continued its growth in 2012, setting new records in the container and bulk sectors. The 2012 year-end statistics report shows that Port Metro…
Key Arctic Bills Introduced by Alaska Senator
New bills introduced by US Senator Mark Begich are aimed to strengthen Arctic science, health and diplomacy. "As we face an Arctic Ocean which is increasingly ice-free, our country has both an historic opportunity and enormous challenges,” U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said. Strengthening America’s understanding of changes underway in the Arctic, the impacts of Arctic warming on the health of northern residents…
DSME, Aker Solutions, Win Huge North Sea Contract
Statoil with Total & Det Norske contract DSME to build the topsides for the Dagny platform, with Aker Solutions as a major sub-contractor. The total contract value is estimated to be NOK 6.1 billion and comprises detailed design, procurement, engineering services, construction, hook-up and commissioning. The assignment will begin immediately and will be completed in the first quarter of 2017.
International Bunkering Welcomes Two New Traders
The Dubai office team welcomes Andreas Johansen, and the Singapore office Maureen Leong. Both Andreas and Maureen will work as bunker and lubricant traders for International Bunkering. One year after the launch of International Bunkering's office in Singapore trading results have been favourable, and on that basis the company has signed up Maureen Leong to join the team there led by Managing Director, Felix Teo.
IMO Delegation to Jamaica for Caribbean Briefings
IMO Secretary General, Koji Sekimizu, heads a team to inform a high-level ministerial symposium of critical maritime developments. The four-day visit, hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), will culminate in a High Level Symposium (HLS) of the Ministers of Transport in the Caribbean, drawing delegates from a variety of the region’s States and overseas territories, as well as Jamaica. The…
Hamburg Süd Takes Environmental Responsibilities Seriously
Germany's Hamburg Süd Group has recently published its first Responsibility Report titled 'Making it our Business'. The report documents not only the ecological but also the social and societal responsibility the company exercises. At the same time it presents in a detailed and vivid way the concrete measures with which Hamburg Süd and Aliança live up to this responsibility. “We take account of the protection of natural resources in each entrepreneurial and organisational decision we make…
Air Lift Bag Contract Awarded to UHS
Mumbai-based Unique Hydrographic Systems (UHS) contracted to supply Seaflex air liftbags to Leighton Welspun. The total value of the project is INR 37,35,066 (approx. US$ 70,000). Seaflex is a specialist in marine air lift buoyancy bags and water load test weights. They provide products for two major areas: Air Lift Bags (ALBs) and Inflatable Buoyancy Units (IBUs) for the recovery of underwater objects and to provide underwater pipeline buoyancy and cable floatation.
Subsea Construction: Cable Reel System Supplied by Houlder
UK-based equipment provider Houlder deliver a 'Fast Track' cable reel system to Acteon company, Aquatic for S.America subsea work. The Reel Skidding Drive System (RSDS), designed, engineered and constructed by Houlder to the client specification, consists of a skid frame, skid trolley and push beam. Weighing 75t itself, the RSDS receives a loaded cassette reel of flexible product, engages its drive…
American P&I Club Recruits Two Key Managers
Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc., American P&I Club managers, make appointments in underwriting and survey, & technical departments. Colin Snell has been recruited to SCB’s underwriting department to support the club’s European and North American business. An English lawyer by training, Colin has extensive experience in P&I, having earlier occupied senior positions with other major International Group P&I Clubs in London and New York.
Atlantic Marine Sets Up Marine Survey & Consultancy Arm
Atlantic Marine Associates Inc. (AMA) a member of the Eagle Ocean Group appoints John S. Poulson to head the new service. Trading as AMA Consulting Services, the new entity is led by John S. Poulson, latterly president of GL Noble Denton, New York, and a leading expert in the marine engineering, survey, loss prevention and consultancy fields. AMA Consulting Services’ principal activity is carrying out independent surveys…
Bangladesh Shipyard Delivers Ferry 'Isefjord'
A short-sea trade RoRo passenger ship built by Western Marine Shipyard Ltd., is the most advanced built in the yard so far. This is the first time Bangladesh has exported a passenger ship to the European market, in compliance with the highest standards of modern technology & safety. Isefjord waas built for Danish owner Hundested Rorvig Faergefart to carry 147 passengers & 28 units of vehicle on a Danish coastal route.
AMSEC Gets 'Big Win' Navy IT Contract
Huntington Ingalls Industries subsidiary AMSEC LLC wins IT support services contract to support Department of the Navy. "This is truly a big win for AMSEC," said Michael Bernardi, program manager within the AMSEC's logistics, engineering, technology and training solutions group. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract contains a one-year base period with two one-year option periods which…
Biggest Ship Ever Built in Vietnam: 'Nissaki' Named
The 82,000 dwt Kamsarmax bulk carrier was recently named in Vietnam's Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard (HVS). Nissaki is built for St Michael Shipping of Greece, marking a significant milestone in the development of the shipbuilding capability of Vietnam, being the biggest ship built to date in the country to Lloyd's Register class. The vessel was built at the joint venture yard, Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard (HVS), located in Khanh Hoa province.
Seafarers Travel the World, Only See the Sea
The International Shipping Federation (ISF) calls on port states to facilitate the right of seafarers to shore leave. ISF has made this proposal in a submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Facilitation Committee, which next meets in April to consider its current review of the IMO Convention on the Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL). The FAL Convention includes…