Latest on Efforts to Secure GofM Gas Well
Well owners, Walter’s, application for permit to drill a relief well was approved Saturday by BSEE. The Rowan EXL-3 jack-up rig, contracted by Walter, is on location at South Timbalier 220 and crews are completing rig preparations in order for drilling to begin. BSEE has reviewed and approved Walter's plans and procedures for debris removal from the well site. Work to safely remove and secure debris is expected to begin late today.
Sunken RoRo 'Baltic Ace' to be Salvaged
Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands Government) say they will shortly be inviting tenders for salvaging the wreck of the car carrier the 'Baltic Ace' from a busy North Sea traffic route in the approaches to the Port of Rotterdam. Given that the sunken ship constitutes a threat to safe and swift shipping traffic and the marine environment, the decision was made to salvage the ship in its entirety. The expectation…
Missouri River Terminal Acquired by Ergon
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. (EA&E) has purchased all assets of the Wolcott Terminal Facility located in Wolcott, Kansas, effective July 31, 2013. The facility…
Transport Law & Insurance Short Training Course on Offer, London
The 2013 Insight into Transport Law and Insurance course offered by UK P&I Club, Thomas Miller, is a 4-day course is aimed at executives and managerial staff either in the early stages of their careers or without specialist insurance and claims experience. By combining topical issues such as piracy and sanctions with coverage of more established issues in liability and insurance, Insight is also useful for those who wish to broaden or refresh their knowledge..
Joint Venture to Develop New Saint John Marine Terminal
Irving Oil and TransCanada will form a joint venture to develop and construct the new Canaport Energy East Marine Terminal at Irving Canaport in Saint John. Proposed…
DofD Latest Dredging & Ship Repair Contracts
Weeks Marine has been awarded a substantial dredging contract, and NASSCO a contract for the phased maintenance of 'USS Peleliu'. Weeks Marine Inc., Covington, La.…
Houston Law Firm Joined by Eight Attorneys
The addition of all 8 attorneys from Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau strengthens Houston presence for largest U.S. maritime legal practice Blank Rome LLP. This group…
Today in U.S. Naval History: August 1
Today in U.S. 1801 - U.S. 1921 - Successful tests of gyroscopic high level bombsight (Norden Bombsight) at Torpedo Station, Yorktown, Va. Carl Norden developed the bombsight for the Bureau of Ordnance. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
MAN L16/24 GenSet Marks 3,000 Global Sales
First introduced in the 1990s, MAN Diesel describes its Turbo’s 16/24 GenSet as a proven workhorse that has been employed by a broad range of applications and whose continuous redesigns have kept it competitive. Mikael C. Jensen, Vice President and Head of Engineering for the Low-Speed Business Unit, MAN Diesel & Turbo said, “Since its first entry to the market two decades ago, the L16/24 has regularly been updated and kept pace with modern demands. The Mk.
Interior Officials Convene Safety Meeting
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James Watson and Acting Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals Management Tommy Beaudreau convened a meeting today in Houston, Texas, with senior executives from the offshore oil and gas industry to continue the dialogue on improving safety in offshore operations, particularly in shallow water in the Gulf of Mexico. The meeting follows three loss of well control incidents in shallow water operations since February.
International Shipping Week Launched in London
London’s crucial central role in the global shipping industry was highlighted when members of the international maritime community and representatives of the U.K. Government gathered to officially launch the first ever London International Shipping Week (LISW) last night. Norman Baker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, spoke of the important role maritime business plays in both the U.K.
New Coating from Petit: Hydrocoat Eco
The Hydrocoat name has been synonymous with waterborne, marine ablative technology for almost 20 years. First came Pettit’s award winning Hydrocoat, a multi-season, ablative antifouling paint, which the manufacturer claims was the benchmark for clean, highly effective and easy to use antifoulings. Last year the Hydrocoat line was expanded when the, Hydrocoat SR, reportedly the world’s first and only dual-biocide, water-based, multi-season ablative bottom paint, was introduced to the market.
Omega Introduces Temperature/Process Meters
Omega’s new series is a simple to configure meter with alarms that features universal inputs, high accuracy, two relay alarm outputs, totally programmable color displays, built-in excitation, AC or DC powered units, front removable plug connectors, and programmable digital filter, the manufacturer said. The Dpi-AL series offers flexibility in process measurement and alarm applications, Omega added.
Big Hitters Out in Force for ICS Conference
Shipping industry “big hitters” will be out in force for this year’s ICS Shipping Conference, being held by the International Chamber of Shipping at the British Library, London, on Wednesday September 11. Proceedings will be overseen by ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka. This year’s ICS event is being held in conjunction with the inaugural London International Shipping Week, which will see the worldwide maritime community gather in the U.K.
Nine Convicted Over 2007 Greek Cruise Sinking
Multiple news sources have reported that Greek court has convicted nine officers and shipping company officials of negligence in the sinking of a cruise ship off the resort island of Santorini more than six years ago. Sea Diamond, a Louis Hellenic cruise vessel, was carrying roughly 1,600 people when it hit rocks off Santorini’s cliffs and sank in April 2007. Two French passengers were never found and are presumed drowned.
Wärtsilä Hosts Student Training Ship from SUNY Maritime
Wärtsilä hosted the State University of New York, Maritime College and its Cadets on board the College’s training ship, the Empire State VI during their mid-July visit to Trieste, Italy. The students were part of the second term of the annual 2013 Summer Sea Team. The ship’s visit to the historic city was no ordinary port call. Upon arrival of the ship in Trieste’s harbor, leaders from Wärtsilä welcomed the group of close to 600…
Alan C. McClure Launches New Website
Alan C. McClure Associates (ACMA), one of the industry’s premier naval architecture and engineering firms, has announced that the company has launched its new corporate…
Diana Announces Time Charter Contract
Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, has announced that it has entered into a time charter…
Njord Orders More Windfarm Service Vessels
Strategic Marine, a specialist shipbuilder in Asia, today announced that Njord Offshore, U.K. fleet operator of Crew Transfer Vessels for the growing European offshore windfarm sector…
ThyssenKrupp Acquires Waterjet Business Activities
ThyssenKrupp Aerospace, via its U.K. subsidiary, has acquired the business activities of The Waterjet Group, based in Darton, South Yorkshire/U.K. The closing took place on July 31, 2013.