Rainmaker Signs Exclusive Representation with Meridian
Rainmaker LLC, headquartered in Mobile, Alabama with a newly opened office in Houston, Texas, signed an exclusive representation contract with subsea inspection…
Eastern Shipbuilding Launches New Hornbeck Vessel
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the christening and subsequent launching of the M/V HOS Red Rock for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. The event was held at Eastern’s Allanton facility with hundreds of Eastern Employees and Guests. Attending from Hornbeck was William “Bill” Krewsky, Director of Engineering and Project Management, and Scott Siberski, Manager of Projects, along with 10 senior…
Sea Star Receives New Refrigerated Containers
Sea Star Line, LLC recently took delivery of 150 new 40’ refrigerated containers in year two of a five year equipment replacement plan. The replacement plan aims to reduce the average age of the entire Sea Star Line refrigerated container fleet to less than three years. The new 40’ refrigerated containers are set to arrive at the Blount Island Terminal in Jacksonville, Florida in June 2013. The reefers will be fit with Carrier PrimeLine Machinery…
Stena Bulk Reports $9.7 Million Energy Savings
At the beginning of this year, Stena Bulk initiated a project where traditional energy efficiency and reduced bunker fuel consumption were expanded by the addition of increased efficiency from a more commercial and operational perspective. The relationship between freight and bunker fuel will be maximised still further. Enhancing efficiency will also lower the environmental impact by reducing sulphur oxide emissions by around 1,400 metric tons in 2013.
Damen Services Massive Crude Carrier
Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) returned the Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC) TI Europe to its owners EURONAV (Belgium) after completing a full technical survey and service. The sheer size of the vessel represents a considerable challenge in itself, he says, with the shipyard applying more than 46,000 square meters of silicon paint. However, the yard can comfortably accommodate such vessels given that its largest drydock, at 420 x 80 meters, is one of the biggest in Europe. damen.com
Registration Open for SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference
The producers of the SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference have announced that online registration is now open. Following a successful inaugural conference in 2012…
Container Shipping Rates Continue to Fall in June
The market index for Asia to North-Europe is still on the decline, and the average for a 20-foot saw a 19% drop since May 26 compared to the June 26 price comparison service for sea freight, Xeneta reported. The market average for a 40-foot in Asia to North Europe performed similar with a 20% decline in container shipping rates in the same period. The rate pressure is higher than ever with the announced general rate increase on July 1…
Devin Names New U.S. Sales Manager
Devin International (Devin), a subsidiary of Greene’s Energy Group, has named J.H. (Trey) Miller III, U.S. sales manager, announced General Manager Joe Miller. Based in Houston, Miller will lead and manage a technical sales team covering seven U.S. domestic areas. Focusing on the main disciplines of Devin International, Miller will mentor the sales team in developing customer solutions for well intervention equipment and services and specialty motion compensation packages.
Book Review: After the Galaxy
“Yes, Mirek. Four men huddled on the bow of the burning, 190-foot fishing vessel Galaxy as the crippled boat foundered on one of the world’s cruelest oceans. Captain Dave Shoemaker was seriously hurt. After the backdraft explosion, he made several desperate attempts to enter the smoke-filled wheelhouse, find a radio and issue a mayday call. Each foray left him puking and gasping, smoke searing his lungs and contact with the steel bulkheads charring his flesh and igniting his clothing.
Hard Work Pays Off
At 270 feet and weighing in at 1,646 tons, Coast Guard Cutter Thetis is equipped with the necessary equipment to perform law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security and national defense missions. To stay mission ready, the ship’s equipment requires routine maintenance usually handled by the crew, but occasionally more attention is needed. Cue the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Md. One of…
Welsh Secretary Says Ports are Vital for Economy
The Welsh Secretary of State David Jones has announced his intention to host a reception during September’s London International Shipping Week to highlight the importance of the Welsh maritime sector. And he has highlighted the economic importance of Welsh ports, stating, “Welsh ports, their industry and the passengers and freight passing through them, form a vital part of the economic infrastructure of Wales. They also make a wider contribution to the U.K. In an article written for the U.K.
Today in U.S. Naval History: June 27
Today in U.S. 1950 - To support U.N. call to assist South Korea, Truman authorizes U.S. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at www.history.navy.mil.
Carnival To Deploy Larger Cruise Ships To New Orleans
Citing strong performance and growing consumer demand, Carnival Cruise Lines today announced its’ largest and newest line of ships will sail from the Port of New Orleans beginning in April 2014. First, Carnival will deploy the 3,006-passenger Carnival Sunshine to New Orleans Nov. 18, replacing the current 2,984-passenger Carnival Conquest. The Carnival Sunshine recently underwent a massive $155 million transformation.
Tognum Make Ramblers Happy with Path Agreement
Tognum has agreed to the building of a public path running between its MTU plant in the Friedrichshafen district of Manzell and the shore of Lake Constance. A contract to that effect has been signed by Joachim Coers, CEO of Tognum and managing director of MTU; Andreas Brand, Lord Mayor of Friedrichshafen; and Lothar Heissel, chief architect from the regional administrative authority (Präsidium) in Tübingen.
China Warship Escorts Somali Food Aid Ship
'CNS Mianyang' takes over escort duties of a World Food Programme (WFP) aid ship from Italian warship 'ITS Zeffiro'. The Italian warship had been escorting the WFP vessel since she entered the pirate High Risk Area in the Western Indian Ocean a few days earlier. At an agreed location, CNS Mianyang took over the duty to escort through the Gulf of Aden to Djibouti. The WFP ship being due to arrive in the African port shortly.
Free ClassNK Software for Shipyard EEDI Calculations
ClassNK releases Progressive Speed Trial Analysis Software 'PrimeShip-GREEN/PSTA' which analyzes the results from speed trials and calculates a corresponding ship’s…
Disney Tops Cruise Line Rankings in New Poll
While overall customer satisfaction with cruise lines is high, nearly one in five customers experience a problem while on their cruise, according to the J.D. Power 2013 Cruise Line Satisfaction Report. Disney Cruise Line (871) ranks highest in overall satisfaction among cruise line brands, followed by Royal Caribbean (838). Price (53%) and past experience with brand (39%) are the two primary reasons for selecting a cruise line.
Matson Increase Shareholder Dividend
Leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, Matson, declared a third quarter dividend of $0.16 per common share, a 1% increase over previous quarter. "In recognition of the continued soundness of Matson's businesses and our strong financial position, we are pleased to increase our quarterly cash dividend to 16 cents per share," said Matt Cox, Matson's President and Chief Executive Officer. Matson provides a vital lifeline to the island economies of Hawaii…
Great Lakes, St Lawrence Seaway Coastguard Command Changes
The US Coast Guard change-of-command ceremony for its 9th District, which spans the five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and parts of the surrounding states; & at the same time a retirement ceremony for its departing commander. Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, presided over the ceremony to transfer command of the 9th District from Rear Adm. Michael Parks to Rear Adm. Fred Midgette. Parks assumed command of the 9th District in April 2010.
Global's Divers Cleared Collapsed Skagit River Bridge
Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., under contract to Atkinson Construction, provided diving and salvage services throughout the investigation and debris recovery phase after the bridge collapse.