NYK's Crystal Cruises Tops Poll Yet Again
Crystal Cruises selected as 'World's Best' for a record 18th year in the annual Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards” readers' survey. NYK say that the ultra-luxury vacation company is the only cruise line, hotel, or resort to win its category every year since the awards began. Crystal’s winning score for 2013 reflects thousands of jet-setting readers’ ratings across six areas: service, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and value.
China Navigation Acquire US-based Polynesia Line
China Navigation Co (“CNCo”), the deep sea shipping arm of the Swire group, having held a minority shareholding of 13% in Polynesia Line Ltd (“PLL”) since 1979, has purchased all the remaining shares in the line. CNCo has been an active and committed shareholder in PLL for the last 34 years and is fully committed to ensuring that the Line continues to serve the needs of its strong and loyal customer base in the South Pacific.
Remaining Part of MOL Comfort Sinks with Bunkers
Some 1,600 metric tonnes of fuel oil and 2,400 containers onboard the 'MOL Comfort' sank to the ocean floor when the remaining forward part of the container ship sank. "There is an oil film at the site, but no large volume of oil leakage has, at this moment, been observed," MOL said in a statement. According to the latest update from the ship's owners, a salvage team has been kept in the area (19'56''N 65'25''E) to monitor the oil leakage and floating containers.
Piriou's Vietnam Shipyard, SEAS, Delivers FPSV 'Bourbon Norte'
'Bourbon Norte' is the 4th in a series of 53m offshore Fast Passenger & Supply Vessel (FPSV) for Bourbon. With more than 100 crew-boats built since 1995 in France, Nigeria and Vietnam, Piriou says it has become one of the world's leading aluminium crew boat builders. These four units delivered to Bourbon, the first ships in a brand new series, are the largest in the multipurpose range of FPSVs developed by Piriou which includes vessels from 19 to 53m.
Divers Lost in Fog as Dive Boat Breaks Down
A UK dive boat’s malfunctioning GPS & engine breakdown were the cause of two divers being lost in fog near the wreck of the ship ‘Alster’. Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre was called by a dive vessel at just after 1530 on a recent summer afternoon. They were told that the vessel’s engine and GPS had broken and it couldn’t find the two divers who were believed to be on the surface in black wets suits and marker buoys.
Port of LA June 2013 Container Volumes Down 7.2%
The Port of Los Angeles has released its June 2013 cargo volumes showing a decrease of 7.2 percent compared to June 2012. The port authority attirbutes the decrease as being due in part to a vessel service that shifted elsewhere. Imports dropped 7.2 percent, from 353,930 Twenty-Foot Equivalent (TEU) containers in June 2012 to 328,324 TEUs this June. Exports decreased 15 percent, from 174,418 TEUs in June 2012 to 148,203 TEUs in June 2013.
Robert Allan Design New Canadian Coast Guard SAR Lifeboats
Robert Allan Ltd. has designed a new generation of more capable High Endurance Self-righting Search & Rescue Lifeboats for the Canadian Coast Guard. This new design was developed from the successful similar vessels known as the “Severn” Class operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) of the United Kingdom. The new Canadian design is larger with a greater range than the RNLI vessel…
Oman's All-Women Crew Make Yacht-race Mark
The Oman on the Al Thuraya Bank Muscat Team team honed their racing skills at the J80 World Championships in Marseilles, France recently. A milestone event for the young Omani crew, who have only been racing together for four months, the J80 Worlds were always going to be a challenge, with a massive fleet of 118 teams, including Iker Martinez, the Olympic 49er gold medallist and Volvo Ocean Race skipper, reports Times of Oman.
Thales Reactivates Minehunters for Lithuanian Navy
Following an extensive Thales UK-led refurbishment and reactivation program, the Lithuanian Navy has formally accepted and commissioned two former Royal Navy minehunters into its fleet.
CMA CGM upgrades its Round the World Panama Direct Serivce
CMA CGM upgraded its Round the World Panama Direct service from a fortnightly to a weekly frequency, as of September 18, 2013. The new Panama Direct Weekly service…
ICS : Free MLC Advice to Shipowners
ICS issues free advice to shipowners. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), whose member national shipowners’ associations negotiated the text of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), has issued advice to shipowners to help them pre-empt port state control problems when the Convention enters in force, next month, on 20 August. The advice – contained in a brochure which can be downloaded…
Singapore Dignitary Visits Innovative US Navy Ship
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean visited USS Freedom, July 12, while the ship was moored at Changi Naval Base. Mr. Teo, a former Republic of Singapore Chief of Navy, visited the U.S. Navy's first-of-class littoral combat ship as she prepares to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore next week - an annual bilateral exercise with the Republic of Singapore Navy in its 19th year. Mr.
BSR Valve Rotators
The Märkisches Werk GmbH (MWH) ball spring rotator (BSR) is a device developed to improve the quality and function of the proven ball and spring rotation mechanism. It provides reliable valve rotation for many operating hours. Simplex-Turbulo has added the BSR valve rotator to their range of spare parts and Richard Blair, who is responsible for their purchase, is very excited about this particular component…
Dryships Announces $1.8B Term Loan Facility
DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., announced that Ocean Rig, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Drillships Financing Holding Inc.
Cruise Ship Blaze: USCG Issues Final Report on Carnival Splendor Fire
The Coast Guard on Monday July 15, 2013, released the final report on the investigation into the November 8, 2010, fire onboard the cruise ship Carnival Splendor.
RINA – QinetiQ Launch Maritime Innovation Award
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) & QinetiQ are introducing a new international Award, which aims to both recognise and encourage scientific and…
GofM Well Control: Leak Plugged
BSEE confirm that Energy Resource Technology, LLC (ERT) has sealed Well #2 on the outer continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico through the use of a temporarily set bridge plug.
Keppel Wins Add-on Mexican Jack-up Order
Keppel FELS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has secured a contract to build a jackup rig worth US$206 million from repeat customer Grupo R…
Port State Enforcement of ILO MLC: Free ICS Advisory Download
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued advice to shipowners to help them pre-empt port state control problems when the Convention enters in force on 20 August 2013. The advice – contained in a brochure which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website – explains the measures that port state control officers are entitled to take, which initially will vary from country to country depending upon the date when the port state ratified the Convention.
Carnival Sets Up Safety & Reliability Review Board
Carnival Cruise Lines has appointed four esteemed maritime and transportation industry experts – Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, Rear Admiral Joseph F. Campbell, Ray Valeika and Dr. John K. Lauber -- to the company's new Safety & Reliability Review Board. As part of Carnival's comprehensive fleetwide technical enhancement program, the review board was created to provide independent third-party perspective and to drive continuous improvement across the line's fleet.