ABB Wins $12 Million Diesel Electric System Order
ABB, a power and automation technology group, recently won a $12 million order to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for a deepwater pipe laying vessel. The vessel, tentatively named Derrick Lay Vessel 2000 (“DLV2000”), will be constructed at Keppel Singmarine in Singapore and delivered in 2015 to Hydro Marine Services, Inc., a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc. Developed by Keppel’s ship design arm…
Fire aboard Royal Caribbean Liner Cancels Voyage
Fire broke out aboard Royal Caribbean’s 916-foot cruise liner Grandeur of the Seas at approximately 3 a.m. Monday morning. The vessel, carrying 2,224 passengers and 796 crew en route to CoCo Cay, Bahamas, was roughly 35 nautical miles offshore. The fire was contained to the third deck (of 11) of the 74,000-ton ship, and power, propulsion and communications continue to function without interruption.
Thales Awarded Royal Navy Services Contract
Thales U.K. signed a 10-year contract with the Ministry of Defense (MOD), worth up to £600 million, for the in-service support of the Royal Navy’s major sensor systems. The new Sensors Support Optimization Project (SSOP) builds on the Thales’s Contractor Logistics Support contract, originally signed in 2003, which has provided support to the Royal Navy’s sonar and electronic warfare systems for the past 10 years.
Horizon Lines To Expand Gulf Service
Horizon Lines announced that it will expand its Gulf service to offer shippers a Tuesday sailing every other week from Jacksonville to San Juan. Adding the Jacksonville call also creates a high-speed, over-the-weekend marine option through Houston for cargo bound for southeastern destinations along the Eastern Seaboard. The company's weekly Thursday service departing Jacksonville for Puerto Rico remains unchanged.
Standards of Container Packing Must Be Improved
It is no surprise that the correct packing of containers is high on the agenda for industry bodies, regulators and insurers, as the consequences of unsafe and badly secured cargo are serious. In fact, of all freight transport insurer TT Club’s claims, some 65 percent feature cargo loss or damage and of these over one-third result from poor packing. Higher levels of training to maintain and improve the expertise of those employed by shippers…
Jamaica Strives to Reduce Death at Sea
Jamaica is backing a pledge by the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to half the number of lives lost at sea by 2015. Mr. Koji Sekimizu has made reducing maritime casualties a key aim of his term of office. IMO figures put the number of lives lost at sea in 2012 at approximately 1,000, including 500 in international shipping. Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica…
Kane Sponsors Promise of the Arctic
Kane Environmental, Inc. announced its sponsorship of The Promise of the Arctic, a policy-driven conference that seeks to explore the opportunities and challenges of the harsh Arctic environment.
Expro Releases 1Q 2013 Results
Expro said it is celebrating its 40th anniversary year with strong financial results for 2013. The company’s full financial results can be viewed online here.
McDonough Arrives in Suriname to Move Cargo
McDonough Marine Service was contracted to provide tug and barge for project cargo transport in Suriname. The tow arrived on location for the barging of vessels and modules from shipside to a refinery near Paramaribo, Suriname. The refinery is upgrading modularized plant components with cargo fabrication originating from various ports around the world. The refinery will be built along the SurinameRiver using one of McDonoughMarine’s project cargo barges and an offshore tug.
Chevron Vessel Sinks off Nigeria Coast
A support vessel capsized and sank during a tanker loading operation at a Single Mooring Buoy roughly 30 kilometers offshore in Nigeria’s Escravos area. Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL)…
Duluth Port Executive Director to Retire
Adolph Ojard, Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, plans to retire this year after serving in that leadership role for the past decade. A national search is underway for a new Executive Director. The board anticipates having that person hired by the end of summer/early fall. After a brief transitional time, Ojard will then settle into retirement. Ojard was appointed executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority in March 2003.
Today in U.S. Naval History: May 28
Today in U.S. 1917 - First underway fueling in U.S. Navy, USS Maumee fuels 6 destroyers in North Atlantic. LCDR Chester W. Nimitz served as Maumee's executive officer and chief engineer.
Unique Propulsion for Unique Workboat Applications
Customized application for multi-missioned workboats recognizes that all workboats have more than one job. In an increasingly expensive market for workboats, any advantage that can be leveraged to save time, money, fuel and deck space on the job is a precious commodity. One way to do just that, perhaps taking a page from the U.S. Coast Guard’s playbook, is to consolidate multiple missions onto fewer vessels.
WTS & Roccheggiani Sign HVAC Supply Agreement
Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) agree with Italy's Roccheggiani to supply Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems to the offshore market. The…
Coast Guard Promotes Female Rescue Swimmer
Chief Petty Officer Karen Voorhees is the first woman to be advanced to chief petty officer in the rate of aviation survival technician. “In 1976 we had the first female graduate from aviation survivalman school. In 1986 we had the first female graduate from a navy rescue swimmer school. Twenty-seven years later we have the first aviation survival technician promoted to the rank of chief petty officer,” said Capt. Joe Kimball, commanding officer of Air Station Miami.
Navy Awards BAE Funding for USS Russell Dry-Docking
Amongst the latest Department of Defense, Navy, contracts, BAE gains contract modification for work on warship DDG 59's extended drydocking. BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair Inc.…
New SIM Card Connects Absent Seafarers
G2 Crew Services, the J/V between Griffin and GAC, teams with iVitta to provide a cell phone SIM that covers more than 1,000 ports worldwide. "Web access on board…
Tall Ships in Great Lakes Battle Bicentennial
18 Tall Ships from around the world to navigate into the Western Basin of Lake Erie for 'The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial,' Aug. 29, 2013. From Norway to Duluth, Minnesota, the tall ships of the past now call ports from all over the world home. With large crews, constant upkeep and a host of other responsibilities, unveiling these pristine wooden vessels is a massive undertaking. Floating on the horizon with what looks like a scene out of the film Master and Commander…
Seadrill Record Best-ever Quarterly Result
Seadrill announces favourable first quarter 2013 financial results. • Seadrill completes the sale of 18 tender rigs to SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd. As of March 31, 2013, cash and cash equivalents were US$361 million, an increase of US$43 million compared to the previous quarter. Net cash from operating activities for the period was US$423 million and net cash used in investing activities for the same period was US$1…
Gulf Coast Shipyard Group Investment by Littlejohn
Littlejohn & Co., LLC, a private investment firm based in Greenwich, CT, has made an equity investment in Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Inc. Gulf Coast Shipyard Group…