Hi-tech Goggles Help Divers Locate Sandy-downed Structures
During an intense two-day period, Coast Guard diving teams recover downed light towers from East Rockaway Inlet and Jones Beach Inlet. Both lights were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. The divers used the Dual-Frequency Identification Sonar Diver Held unit, a handheld sonar device connected to a pair of goggles that attach to the diver’s face mask. The unit produces a 3D image with a range of up to 100 feet underwater in zero visibility conditions.
Maritime Law & Piracy Code Adopted by African Nations
IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu welcomes the signature by 22 States of the Code of Conduct concerning the prevention of piracy, armed robbery against ships and…
UK Ports Alarmed by Proximity of New Conservation Zones
There is alarm amongst port authorities about the prospect of Marine Conservation Zones being designated either within or near to port areas when decisions are announced later this year on which sites will receive formal designation. There are currently 31 sites on which a decision will be taken over the coming months, some of which could have a major influence on port traffic. There are further sites, not due for designation in this first round, but which could be designated at a later date.
S. Korean Cargo Volumes Less in May
Cargo processed at the country's seaports shrank by 5.3% from a year earlier in May 2013. The decrease was thought partly due to a drop in outbound shipments to…
Jebel Ali New Terminal Extension Opened, Up & Running
DP World Chairman welcomes mega-vessel to Jebel Ali port's new 1 million TEU Terminal 2 expansion. HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, officially opened the new extension to Container Terminal 2 (T2) at flagship Jebel Ali Port, welcoming one of the largest container ships afloat, the MSC La Spezia. A red carpet welcome was given to the 366-metre long vessel, which has 14,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) capacity.
MOL Comfort Still Afloat in Two Parts
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) updates the status of the containership 'MOL Comfort' as of 18:00 Dubai time on June 25, 2013. The owners inform that the fore part is located near 15'43"N 69'07"E. The aft part is drifting near 14'03"N 65'30"E in an east-northeast direction. The weather at the site is still adverse. Some of the containers were lost, but majority of the cargo are confirmed to be aboard the fore and aft part.
China Shipyard to Build Wallenius Post-Panamax Ro-Ro's
Wallenius Lines has contracted with Xingang Shipyard in China for two Post Panamax car-carriers for delivery in 2015 and 2016. The vessels will be 200 m long with a beam width of 36.5 m and a car carrying capacity equivalent to 8,000 cars. A combination of large capacity, optimized hull design and a number of energy saving features is intended to ensure the efficient operation and low environmental impact of these vessels.
Grave Condern for Missing Historic American Schooner
Grave concerns are held for the crew of the historic American 21m (70ft) schooner Nina missing en route from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia.
Bourbon Orders MacGregor Subsea Crane
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order for a 150-ton active heave-compensated (AHC) subsea crane from leading offshore oil and gas marine services specialist, Bourbon. This builds on a contract that was secured at the end of 2007 from the operator for ten similar cranes. This crane will be delivered in August 2014 and is, as per nine of the previous orders, for a Bourbon Evolution 800 multi-purpose support vessel under construction at Zhejiang Shipyard, in China.
Minesto Develops Simulator for Underwater Vehicles
Nordic marine energy technology company Minesto has developed a simulator to aid the development of its Deep Green marine power plant. According to Minestro, Deep Green is the only marine power plant that is able to cost efficiently produce electricity from low velocity tidal and ocean currents. The simulator has been developed in-house by Minesto’s own research and development department, and is in…
MOL Enhances Safety on Containership Comfort’s Sister Vessels
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), together with shipbuilder, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the classification society (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, ClassNK), said it will…
U.S. Diplomat Named IEA Deputy Executive Director
Kenneth J. Fairfax, a career diplomat in the U.S. State Department currently serving as U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan, has been designated for the post of Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency. Mr. Fairfax will take up his full duties at the end of September 2013. He will succeed Richard H. Jones, another former U.S. career diplomat who has served as Deputy Executive Director since October 1, 2008. In a career that spanned over 25 years at the U.S. Department of State, Mr.
Dynamic Oil Trading Plans Dubai Expansion
Dynamic Oil Trading, the global trading company for marine fuels and lubricants, has unveiled plans to launch a new operation in Dubai later this year to meet growing customer demand in the Middle East. The expansion into the UAE, one of the world's most important bunkering hubs, marks another milestone in the growth strategy of Dynamic Oil Trading, just nine months after the company was established in Singapore…
Hydrogen Fuel Cells May Power Seaports
Providing auxiliary hydrogen power to docked or anchored ships may soon be added to the list of ways in which hydrogen fuel cells can provide efficient, emissions-free energy. Hydrogen fuel cells are already powering mobile lighting systems, forklifts, emergency backup systems and light-duty trucks, among other applications. Now, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have found that hydrogen fuel cells may be both technically feasible and commercially attractive as a clean…
Coast Guard-AWO Vessel Rider Program Kicks Off Second Year
For the second consecutive year, cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are spending time on board tugboats and towboats this summer as part of a program under the auspices of the Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators (AWO) Safety Partnership. The Coast Guard Academy Cadet Towing Vessel Rider Program was established in February 2012 to educate cadets on the tugboat, towboat and barge industry through a week or more of shoreside and onboard training.
Synapsis for German Containership Newbuildings
The German navigation system integrator Raytheon Anschütz was selected by the German-based shipowner NSC to supply the latest generation of the IMO-certified Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to a series of 9,000 TEU Containership newbuildings. The new containerships are built by Korea's Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction’s Subic Shipyard in Subic Bay, Philippines and are scheduled for entering service in 2014.
Dual Fuel LNG Carriers to be Built in China
Lloyd’s Register (LR) has signed the classification contract for six 174,000 m3 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers to be built by Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd. When delivered, the ships will load LNG in Gladstone, Australia for a number of Chinese import terminals - Qingdao, Beihai, Tianjin, Lianyungang and Wenzhou. Steel cutting on the first ship will be in January 2014. The final ship will be delivered in the fourth quarter, 2017.
Garamendi Advocates for Rebuilding USCG Fleet
Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Calif.), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, announced his strong concern regarding the critical need to provide reliable and sufficient funding to recapitalize the Coast Guard’s aging fleets of surface ships and aircraft. At this morning’s subcommittee hearing, Coast Guard Readiness: Examining Cutter…
Denmark Slated to Get Its First LNG Ferry
Contracts for building the first LNG-fuelled ferry for domestic Danish trade have now been signed, a representing milestone as the ship will be the first LNG-fuelled ferry designed for domestic trade in the EU. October 1, 2014 is the date set for the ferry’s first journey between the island of Samsø and Jutland on the Danish mainland. The new ferry can carry a maximum of 600 passengers and 160 cars.
Collaboration Fuels Environmental Ferry Development
SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden has long been engaged in research aimed at energy efficient vessels by increased use of lightweight shipbuilding materials. A major step forward was a recently completed concept development project where SP Fire Technology conducted life-cycle cost analysis and a comprehensive fire risk assessment for a car ferry in carbon fiber composite. The research project…