North Europe Container Transhipment Competion to Intensify
With little market growth likely over the next few years and significant port capacity additions due to come on stream, competition between North European container terminals is set to intensify, reports Drewry Maritime Research. In the search for volume, it will be the transhipment sector which is likely to be the first target. With some fanfare, Eurogate has announced that the Eugen Maersk is to call at its new, deepwater Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven later this month.
Navy's Littoral Combat Ships: Latest Update
The Navy plans to buy 52 LCS in accordance with the long-range shipbuilding plan – continuing the remainder of the block buy ships through FY 2015 (up to hull number 24) and then starting the next procurement contract in FY 2016. To date, the Navy has taken delivery of USS Freedom (LCS 1) , USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). There is and continues to be discussion on changes to the ships and mission packages.
GofM Natural Gas Leakage: BSEE Continues Oversight of Control
BSEE continues to oversee efforts by Energy Resource Technology, LLC (ERT) to stop the flow of natural gas from a well located 74 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, LA at Ship Shoal Block 225, Platform B, in 146 feet of water. After equipment preparation and testing, well kill operations began at approximately 4:15 p.m. CDT. Procedures for the source control operations were prepared by ERT and reviewed and approved by BSEE.
Arctic Drilling Protesters Scale London Skyscraper
A group of activists from Greenpeace scaled the Shard, the tapered 310m glass tower next to London Bridge station, as a protest against oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. In an action that was perhaps inevitable at some point after the completion last year of western Europe's tallest building, visible across much of central London, the six climbers began their ascent in the early hours of Thursday morning. The activists reached the top of the building at around 7.10pm., reports The Guardian.
Edison Chouest Offshore Ordering New Vessels, Expanding Terminals
The Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) global family of companies, plans to enlarge its fleet and expand its terminal facilities in support of its customer base. The Chouest newbuild order book contains over 40 vessels, a vast majority to be constructed at its four U.S.-affiliate shipyards: North American Shipbuilding (Larose, LA), LaShip (Houma, LA), Gulf Ship (Gulfport, MS) and Tampa Ship (Tampa, FL), as well as its Brazilian shipyard, Navship.
Jack-up 'Maersk Convincer' Malaysia Contract Extended
Petronas Carigali, the Exploration and Production subsidiary of Malaysia’s national oil company, has exercised its contractual right to extend the contract for the jack-up Maersk Convincer by one year. Consequently, the rig will be on contract with Petronas until mid-November 2014. As part of the drilling campaign offshore Malaysia the rig is expected to do High-Pressure-High-Temperature drilling and Under-Balanced drilling for which the rig is ideally suited.
Offshore Wind Farm Support Vessels Order for Havyard
ESVAGT will operate the vessels, due for delivery by Havyard Ship Technology in Dec. 2014 & March 2015, to be used in connection with maintenance of offshore windmill installations. ESVAGT is a new customer for Havyard and it is also the first time Havyard will design vessels for service and maintenance of offshore windmills. The basis for this design, however, is taken from technology that Havyard says it has developed and delivered to the offshore oil industry through time.
EMAS AMC Wins $126 Million Floater Installation Contract
EMAS AMC, the subsea services division of EMAS, a global offshore contractor and provider of integrated offshore solutions to the oil and gas industry and the operating brand of Ezra Holdings Limited…
MOL Comfort Casualty Investigation Update
Under the leadership of ClassNK Executive Vice President Toshitomo Matsui, the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team established in response to the June 17, 2013 casualty…
New GL Guidelines for Complex Data Networks
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has published new guidelines for data networks which are implemented onboard ships or offshore platforms. As the maritime industry makes…
Safety Posters Published by IMCA
Eight key messages including Always look where you walk; Don’t lose your head! Beware of snap back zones; Make sure that all grating and supports are in good condition; Always wear the proper PPE have cartoon-style illustrations alongside the messages so they can be easily understood in any language. The 12th in the series of safety posters, the Mooring Safety poster is designed to complement IMCA’s existing document Mooring Practice Safety Guidance (IMCA SEL 029 and IMCA M 214).
Navy’s First Mobile Landing Platform Departs San Diego
USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) departs San Diego for Naval Station Everett, Wash. Montford Point is the Navy’s first mobile landing platform, delivered to the Navy in San Diego May 14 and expected to be fully operational in fiscal year 2015. The ship, crewed by 33 contract mariners working for a company under charter to Military Sealift Command, will perform system tests during the voyage to its temporary layberth.
U.S.Cargo Movement on Lakes Up in June
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) carried 10.1 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in June, a virtual repeat of the preceding month, and an increase of 2.3% compared…
Odfjell Signs Site Reservation in France
Odfjell Terminals Europe and Grand Port Maritime du Havre (GPMH) have today signed a Site Reservation Protocol for a plot of land in the Port of Le Havre to develop a bulk liquid terminal.
New Support Vessel and GM for Harkand
Harkand said it is pursuing its investment strategy in Asia Pacific with the addition of a multi-million dollar new build ROV support vessel and the appointment…
Lloyd's Statutory Alert: ILO Labor Convention Effective August 20
The ILO Maritime Labor Convention will enter into force on 20 August, 2013. The convention applies to all ships other than warships, naval auxiliaries, fishing vessels, vessels of traditional build such as dhows and junks and vessels operating solely in inland or sheltered waters. Ships of 500 gt or over, engaged on international voyages, and ships of 500 gt or over flying the flag of a member state…
MNOPF Funding Shortfall to Deliver Hard Hit
International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens warned that the latest valuation relating to the post-1978 (new) section of the Merchant Navy Officers…
L.A. Coast Guard Welcomes New Leader
A Change of Command Ceremony was held at Reservation Point aboard Base San Pedro, Wednesday for the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Los Angeles-Long Beach (MSST LA-LB).
Today in U.S. Naval History: July 12
Today in U.S. 1836 - Commissioning of Charles H. Haswell as first regularly appointed Engineer Officer. 1921 - Congress creates Bureau of Aeronautics to be in charge of all matter pertaining to naval aeronautics. 1953 - United Nations Fleet launches heavy air and sea attack on Wonsan; Major John Bolt, USMC becomes first jet ace in Marine Corps. 1988 - SECDEF approves opening Navy's Underwater Construction Teams, fleet oiler, ammunition ships, and combat stores ships to women.
BSEE Confirms Well Flow has Stopped
BSEE confirmed today that Energy Resource Technology, LLC (ERT) has stopped the flow of natural gas from well #2 at Ship Shoal Block 225, Platform B. The flow from the well…