Few Passengers, Lack of Staff, Force Ferry Route Closure
The Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (DOTD) announce that the White Castle ferry will close permanently on Friday, June 21, 2013. Due to the resignation of ferry staff, the White Castle ferry which was originally scheduled to close permanently on Friday, June 28, will cease service on Friday, June 21. Ferry employees were originally scheduled to be laid off after service ended.
Kongsberg Complete J-lay DP3 Vessel Automation Retrofit
Kongsberg Maritime has completed the installation and commissioning of an integrated bridge and automation solution during a large-scale retrofit of the Saipem 7000, an advanced Semi-submersible crane and pipelaying (J-lay) DP3 vessel. The Saipem 7000 retrofit was a ‘Full Picture’ project for Kongsberg Maritime, which featured replacement of several key systems including Automation, Thruster control, Dynamic Positioning, Ballast control and Integrated Bridge System.
Abu Dhabi Introduce New Port 'e-Pass'
Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) introduce a new electronic system for processing daily and visitor passes for land and seaborne traffic into and through Abu Dhabi ports – the ‘e-Pass’. With over 1,500 daily passes and an average of 150 visitor passes handled every day, the new ‘e-Pass’ system is expected to significantly reduce processing and waiting times for customers. In order to inform all relevant customers of the new accelerated online processes…
Dual-fuel Ferry Claimed to be the World's Speediest Ship
Incat Tasmania’s dual-fuel vehicle & passenger ferry 'Francisco' has attained 58.1 knots operating on LNG fuel only. Francisco has been constructed for South American company Buquebus, for service on the River Plate, between Buenos Aires Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. With water ballast removed, and with both Port and Starboard Gas Turbines operating on LNG; Francisco achieved 58.1 knots at 100% Maximum Continuous Rating (MCR)…
Nordic Shipholding Breathes More Freely
The company announces that it has been granted a 3-month extension of its moratorium, now due to expire 30, September 2013. There are continuing positive discussions…
Seagoing Menu-Planning Software: Wrist Sees Demand
As shipowners anticipate the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) seafarer welfare regulations, Wrist Ship Supply, says it has experienced growing demand for its menu-planning software programme…
U.S. Shipbuilding Supports $36B in GDP
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) said that the nation’s shipyards support $36B in gross domestic product, as part of a report on the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry issued today. Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen shared the findings of the report, The Economic Importance of the U.S. Shipbuilding and Repairing Industry, at the FuturePorts Annual Conference in Long Beach, California.
Chinese Coal Imports Remain in the Foreground
There was marginal improvement in the dry bulk market as improvement in demand for larger vessel segments was countered by a decline in demand for the smaller ones.
Offshore Wind Spend to Average $21B per year
Douglas-Westwood (DW) forecast offshore wind installations averaging 3.2 GW per year over the next ten years with capital expenditure hitting a peak of $24.1B in 2016.
Liebherr Delivers Heavy Lift Offshore Crane For “Vidar”
In June, components weighing up to 420 tonnes each for Liebherr’s new heavy lift offshore crane CAL 45000-1200 Litronic were loaded from Liebherr MCCtec Rostock GmbH onto two ships in the port of Rostock. These components were subsequently transported to the Crist shipyard in the Polish town of Gdynia. There, the crane is currently being assembled on the “Vidar”, an installation vessel belonging to Hochtief Solutions.
Breaking Down The Cost of MARPOL
Since January 8, 2009, United States (U.S.) and foreign flagged ships operating in the waters of the U.S. have been subject to MARPOL Annex VI. The Marine Environmental…
Economic Impacts of STCW 2010
Our global economy and the maritime community have been greatly impacted by the implementation of the International Convention on Standards and Training, Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) 2010 Manila Amendments that went into force on January 1, 2012. Although it has been 18 years from the prior revision of the Convention and Code in 1995 and 35 years since they were adopted in 1978, the maritime industry was not fully prepared for the far reaching changes and implications to operations…
LR Issues Guide to Shipbuilding in South Asia
As shipbuilding nations in South Asia mature, Lloyd's Register's new guide provides an overview of over 80 shipyards and 18 ship designers in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia…
BMT Acquires Verweij & Hoebee
To strengthen BMT’s market position in blue water surveys, BMT Group Ltd, acquired marine survey and consulting engineers, Verweij & Hoebee. A co-founder of the Association of Marine Surveyors and Consulting Engineers, Verweij & Hoebee was established in 1913 in the Netherlands and has built a strong reputation as a leading provider of both blue water (coastal) and brown water (inland) Hull & Machinery (H&M) surveys in Europe.
FSRU Toscana Sails Away From Drydocks World
Drydocks World said that Floating Storage Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) Toscana sailed away from Drydocks World – Dubai. The unit, formerly the 138,830-cbm LNG carrier Golar Frost, has been under conversion since June 2009 at Drydocks world Dubai yard for contractor Saipem and owner OLT. The LNG Carrier, built by Hyundai Heavy Industries was converted into a floating LNG receiving terminal of the FSRU type…
Containership MOL Comfort Adrift
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) reports that the containership MOL Comfort could not continue sailing under its own power because the hull…
Deepwater Spar Hull Delivery Takes Ship to Capacity Limit
The Boskalis subsidiary, Dockwise vessel 'Mighty Servant 1' has offloaded the 23,000 ton spar for the Lucius deepwater oil and natural gas project in the Gulf of Mexico. The Lucius truss spar, measuring 184 meters (605 feet) long and 34 meters (110 feet) in diameter, was loaded onto the Mighty Servant 1 by means of skid on operation at Pori, Finland. The spar was transported 7,700 nautical miles and discharged at Ingleside, Texas and delivered back to Technip.
Scana to Supply Rolls-Royce with Marine Propulsion Components
Scana Industrier ASA subsidiary Scana Steel Björneborg, receives an additional order from Rolls-Royce, for delivery of complete propeller and intermediate shafts during 2013-2014.
TGS Starts Barents Sea 3D Seismic Survey
The 3D EM data is being acquired by the M/V 'Atlantic Guardian': data will be available to clients through both EMGS and TGS. The survey is supported by industry funding.
Crowley's 'Alert' Tugboat Commended for Alaska Rescue Tow
Representative Eric Feige from the Alaska State Legislature presents a letter of commendation to the 'Alert's crew for their rescue tow of drill barge 'Kulluk'. The captain and crew were recognized for their courage, teamwork and professionalism during the emergency rescue tow of the drill barge Kulluk off the southern point of Kodiak Island. Typically used for tanker escorts to and from the Alyeska Valdez Marine Terminal…