Teledyne Webb's APEX® Deep MakesRecord Dive
Teledyne Webb Research's Autonomous Profiling Explorer (APEX®) Deep, dives to a record 6,000 meters. The record drive, in the Puerto Rico trench was launched from the R/V Kruger B out of San Juan, starting its dive the afternoon on February 25, 2013. Approximately twenty two hours later the float surfaced and transmitted its data over the Iridium satellite network. APEX floats are based on a buoyancy…
Maersk Increase Transatlantic Container Rates
Maersk Line announce that they find it necessary to implement general rate increases from the base rate. Maersk Line adds that the increase is a necessary measure to meet service requirements.
Titanic ll Blueprints Unveiled
Australian mining entrepreneur Clive Palmer intends the ship to largely recreate the design and decor of the ill-fated original. The original design of the Titanic will be modified to keep it in line with current safety rules and shipbuilding practices, and the addition of some modern comforts such as air conditioning, reports the China Daily. White Star Line, the operator of the original ship, had said the Titanic was designed to be unsinkable.
More Shipowners Commit to UK Club in Tough Market
The UK P&I Club (the UK Club) has attracted over three million gross tons of new tonnage, following the closure of the renewal season. At conclusion of renewal the…
Tugboat Allides with Inactive Wellhead, Triggers Discharge
The Coast Guard is reponding to limit pollution of the sea in the area 9 miles SW of Port Sulphur (on W. bank of the Mississippi) Louisiana. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report Tuesday that the 42-foot crewboat Sea Raider, allided with a wellhead owned by Swift Energy, causing the platform to discharge an oily-water mixture. Swift Energy, the responsible party, has contracted a barge to secure the wellhead.
Gulfland's Five Years of Offshore Housing Experience
US-based Gulfland Structures is celebrating their fifth year of manufacturing safe and comfortable housing for offshore gas and oil rigs. Keeping workers safe and comfortable contributes greatly to productivity and overall happiness with the working environment. Gulfland Structures say they understand this and have worked to provide the safest, quietest, most inviting accommodations available for their entire existence.
HII Apprentices Graduate
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosts the graduation ceremony for the company's Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). The graduation, held at Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton, celebrated the achievements of 206 apprentices representing 21 trades. Retired Navy Adm. Tim Keating served as the commencement speaker and shared some of his personal experiences with NNS-built aircraft carriers and submarines and their impact on national security.
More Arctic Norwegian Shelf Resources Mapped
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD’s) mapping of the southeastern Barents Sea and the area surrounding Jan Mayen shows 15% increase. The increase will result in an approximate increase of 15 per cent in the estimates of undiscovered resources on the Norwegian shelf which corresponds to about 390 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of oil equivalents (o.e.). The mapping of these petroleum resources is a step in the authorities’ process to open these areas for petroleum activity.
New Stealth Frigate for China
China's first Type 056 stealth frigate delivered to the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) in Shanghai. The new generation of frigate, which is about to be put into service on a large scale, features good stealth performance and electromagnetic compatibility, according to a news item in the PLA Daily reported by Xinhua. The new frigate requires only one-third of the crew needed by its predecessor…
Stevens Appoints New President
The Board of Directors of Stevens Towing Co., Inc., elected W. Johnson Stevens, III, to serve as the new president of the company, succeeding his father, William J. “Bill” Stevens, Jr. Bill will serve as chairman of the board and as chief executive officer. The new posts reflect a planned leadership transition for the younger Stevens, son of the former president, to become the fourth generation of the Stevens family to head Stevens Towing.
President Addresses Sequester at Newport News
On February 6, 2013, President Obama traveled to Newport News, Virginia to tour the shipbuilding site and address the impact of the looming sequester. The President: Hello, Newport News! Well, it is good to see all of you here today. I want to thank your CEO, Mike Petters, for showing me around. I usually don’t get a chance to hang out with nuclear submarines, especially submarines that my wife has sponsored. (Applause.) So right there, that was worth the trip.
Welaptega Awarded Rope Inspection in Australia
Welaptega Marine was awarded a contract to inspect the mooring system of the Nganhurra floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility operating in waters…
Wärtsilä Opens Services Workshop in Rio de Janeiro
Wärtsilä, a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions and services, opens a new services workshop in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday February 27 th 2013. The new facilities will strengthen Wärtsilä's presence in Brazil and enable Wärtsilä to support its customers by offering a wide range of workshop services with rapid response times. The new workshop will replace the company's current premises in São Cristóvão…
Alps Wire Rope expands to Texas
Alps Wire Rope Corporation announced the opening of a new warehouse location in Houston, TX. Abe Guerrero will be joining the existing sales team of Rick Coughran and Bill Lee, to manage the facility. The demand for wire rope products from the region has led to the opening of the new distribution point. The new facility will provide Alps Wire Rope close proximity to customers and business partners in the area.
New Date for Dockwise Annual Shareholders Meeting
A new date and location have been set for Dockwise’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM). The official Notice for the AGM will be released latest March 20, 2013. The new date is Friday, April 5, 2013 at 14.00 hrs CET in Amsterdam. www.dockwise.com
GL Garrad Hassan: Policy and Grid Shape Wave and Tidal Risk Profile
GL Garrad Hassan has carried out new analysis questioning the perception that the risk profile of wave and tidal projects is primarily driven by technical challenges. The work was launched as part of RenewableUK's Annual marine energy report "Conquering Challenges, Generating Growth" at the industry association's 10th Wave and Tidal conference. Adopting a bird's eye view of the industry, the work demonstrates…
Region’s Ports Vital Conduit for Africa-Asia Trade Development
The continent of Africa will take center stage at the 2013 World Ports & Trade Summit, which takes place in Abu Dhabi from March 19-20, with a special focus session on day two of the event to examine opportunities in the region for both trade and infrastructure development. Growth in seaborne trade between China and Africa is already benefiting UAE ports, as the world’s third largest economy and the emerging African continent rely on the Emirates’ trading gateway status…
Keppel FELS Adds US$300 Million in New Contracts
Keppel FELS Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, has secured three contracts worth a combined US$300 million from repeat customers. The contracts…
Aker Solutions Awarded Frame Agreement with Statoil
Aker Solutions, the international oil services provider, has been awarded a frame agreement with Statoil for the delivery of subsea operations and services on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Konsberg Subsea Application Seminars Start Tomorrow
The first of five specialist subsea application seminars organized by Kongsberg Maritime’s subsea department starts February 28, 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The free one-day seminars have been developed to enable users of Kongsberg Maritime hydroacoustic systems to speak with the experts and learn how to get the most from these state-of-the art tools.