New Foss Ferry Begins Work on the Columbia River
A new ferry, the product of a unique partnership between Foss Maritime, a confederation of Native American tribes and state government, began service on the Columbia River after a christening ceremony on August 14, 2013. The new Sanpoil ferry, a 20-car aluminum-hulled vessel with advanced technology for cleaner air, was constructed at Foss Maritime's Rainier, Ore. shipyard in 11 aluminum sections.
Aker Wins Contract for Johan Castberg Floater Study
Aker Solutions won a contract from Statoil to conduct an extended concept study for the floater for the Johan Castberg oilfield development in the Barents Sea in northern Norway.
Imtech Appoints Marine Managing Director
Imtech Marine announces that as of July 15, 2013, Capt. Eric Clarke has been appointed as Managing Director of lmtech Marine USA headquartered in Houston. Capt. Clarke has a broad maritime experience and a proven business track record. Capt. Clarke pursued a career at sea and sailed both as Captain and Chief Engineer. After about 10 years at sea, Eric started a long career ashore. Prior to joining Imtech…
Danish Ferry to Operate on LNG Fuel
Marine industry solutions and services provider Wärtsilä is to supply the main propulsion generating sets for a new, environmentally sound, double ended ferry. The ship, which is the first gas fuelled ferry for a domestic route in Denmark, will operate between Jutland and the island of Samsø and will carry passengers, cars and trucks. The vessel, designed by the Danish OSK-ShipTech A/S, will be built for the Danish municipality Samsø Kommune by Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland.
BSEE Aims to Strengthen Offshore Production Safety
As part of President Obama’s commitment to promoting safe and responsible offshore oil and gas development, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James Watson today announced another key step to strengthen both human safety and environmental protection on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The proposed rule, which will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, implements…
ABS to Host Offshore Wind Seminar
ABS Group will host an Offshore Wind Farm Projects Seminar on October 8 at ABS House, 1 Frying Pan Ally in London. ABS Group advisors who are involved in solving…
Anomaly On One Route Changes Spot Market Outlook
Drewry’s latest Chemical Forecaster reports an odd occurrence in the spot market. It would have been another dull quarter in terms of the spot market but for the…
Russia Shuts Greenpeace Out of Arctic Sea Route
The Russian government has reportedly denied permission for the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise to enter the increasingly busy Northern Sea Route (NSR), despite the ship having fulfilled all the requirements for such an entry. Greenpeace International beleives the decision is an attempt to prevent it from exposing the activities of Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft. Multiple vessels contracted by Rosneft and U.S.
Fjord Ferry Equipped with RFID Technology
With their new ferries Fjord Line is the first ferry operator using RFID technology for their cabin locks, setting a new world record, the company reported. They are also the first ferry operator to serve their passengers with contactless RFID boarding control. Carus have taken full project responsibility for providing the software, the handheld RFID scanners and the implementation of the solution that enables Fjord Line passengers to board and disembark using contactless RFID cards.
Container Port Sector Remains Dynamic and Profitable
Drewry’s latest annual report on global and international container terminal operators shows that the sector remains dynamic and profitable, but that numerous changes are also taking place.
Singapore Hosts International Labor Organization
Today, the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention, 2006, (MLC, 2006) will enter into force in the first 30 States to ratify the Convention…
Enclosed Space Hazard Awareness
September 2013 sees the launch of another important safety awareness and training poster from Maritime Progress Ltd. IMO Resolution A.1050 invites Governments to…
ISS Appointed Port Agent for London Gateway
Maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) was recently appointed by DP World as port agent for the vessel M/V Pictor J which arrived at DP World’s London Gateway. Chartered by DP World, the M/V Pictor J berthed at London Gateway ahead of the first commercial vessels which will arrive after the official opening in Q4 later this year. This was the first vessel DP World have brought…
Imtech Marine Appoints Clarke to Head Imtech Marine USA
Imtech Marine said that as of July 15, 2013, Capt. Eric Clarke has been appointed as Managing Director of lmtech Marine USA (headquarters Houston). Capt. Clarke…
Panama Canal Expansion Lock Gates Arrive
In a major milestone for the Panama Canal Expansion Program, the first four gates for the new locks have arrived from the port of Trieste, Italy to the waterway's Atlantic side on board the semi-submersible vessel 'STX Sun Rise'. "This is an exciting moment for the Panama Canal - the arrival of the new gates marks a great progress for this engineering project," Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano said.
Danish Inland Ferry to be Wärtsilä DF Engine Powered
This order is for the first Danish ferry to be operated on LNG fuel. The ferry project sets an environmental benchmark for inland ferries, and according to Wärtsilä is being closely followed by other municipalities and governmental bodies in Denmark and abroad. Wärtsilä is to supply the main propulsion generating sets for a new, environmentally sound, double ended ferry. The ship, which is the first gas fuelled ferry for a domestic route in Denmark…
Bulk Carrier Abandoned Near Port of Richards Bay, S. Africa
The 230m long, Panama-flagged bulk carrier 'Smart' with a full cargo of coal ran aground within a few hundred meters of South Africa's major coaling port of Richards Bay, and the crew (with pilot) were taken off by helicopter as the vessel's hull began to split apart in the heavy swell. Three Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) tug boats were in attendance of the outbound coal cargo ship…
South Carolina Ports Record Profitable 2013 Operations
On the heels of announcing its fiscal year 2013 volume results, including a nine percent gain in container volume and a more than 14 percent increase in non-containerized cargo at its two ports…
Navy Divers Salvage F-16C Aircraft From GofM
Navy sailors and divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, embarked aboard the Navy's rescue and salvage ship 'USNS Grasp' (T-ARS-51), find and salvage a downed F-16 aircraft off the coast of Virginia. The downed aircraft was one of two F-16 fighter jets from the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard that clipped wings mid-air during a routine training mission 35 miles southeast of Chincoteague, Va., on 1, August 2013.
Offshore Wind Major, Dong Energy, Trims Sails, Ups H1 2013 Profit
Profit after tax was DKK 0.4 billion, down DKK 0.3 billion on the first half of 2012. First-half 2013 net investments amounted to DKK 3.2 billion against DKK 6.1 billion in the first half of 2012. As part of DONG Energy’s 2020 strategy, which was presented on 27 February of this year, a number of measures were initiated to streamline and improve the efficiency of structures and processes with a view to enhancing the company’s competitiveness.