Russian Icebreaker Azipod Double Order for ABB
ABB has won an order worth around $25 million to supply its marine propulsion system, Azipod, and complete electric power plants for two new rescue and salvage icebreakers that are under construction at Nordic Yards GmbH in Germany. The new vessels, owned by Russia’s State Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (SMRCC), will be used for patrols and rescue operations in offshore oil-and-gas fields. They will be fitted with equipment for search and rescue tasks and oil-spill response.
A New Shipyard Opens in Azerbaijan
President of Azerbaijan, H.E. A new shipbuilding yard that is jointly developed by Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and Azerbaijan Investment Company (AIC) was officially opened this morning by President of Azerbaijan, H.E. Ilham Aliyev. Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, also attended the inauguration ceremony of the new yard.
Halliburton Guilty Plea in Deepwater Horizon Case
Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destruction of Evidence in Connection with Deepwater Horizon Disaster and Is Sentenced to Statutory Maximum Fine; Former Halliburton Manager Is Charged. Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (Halliburton) pleaded guilty today to destroying evidence pertaining to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and was sentenced to the statutory maximum fine, the Justice Department announced.
Delta Wave Announces Swiftships Newbuild Contract
Delta Wave Communications, LLC, has announced that it has been selected by Swiftships Shipbuilders, LLC to provide marine navigational electronics and a dynamic positioning (DP-2) system for two Swiftships 175’ fast supply vessel (FSV) new builds. The vessels, which will be operating in the Gulf of Mexico in support of the oil and gas industry, will allow for expanded capabilities in deep water operations.
VBR Names McCreary Sales Manager
Variable Bore Rams, Inc. (VBR), a global original equipment manufacturers (OEM) of blowout preventer components and ram provider, has named Cameron McCreary as sales account manager, announced President Hines M. "Chip" Marshall, Jr. Based in San Antonio, TX, McCreary will be responsible for expanding sales and revenue in the west and south Texas regions. He will establish productive, professional relationships…
Home Study Programs for Working Mariners
If there’s anything Capt. Guy Sorensen’s learned in his decades of working with professional mariners it’s that they learn in a variety of ways, times and places. They have to. After spending weeks and months at sea, that precious homeport time can be hard to fill up with training. “That’s why we launched our home study programs,” said Sorensen, who founded the Virginia-based Chesapeake Marine Training Institute in 1992 following a career in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Detains Motor Vessel
The U.S. Coast Guard detained motor vessel Stargold Trader to its berth in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, until the safety deficiencies found onboard are corrected by the vessel’s crew. Port State Control officers from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, discovered the discrepancies during a routine inspection of the 618-foot Panamanian flagged vessel. A majority of the safety discrepancies were related to fire hazards…
New Ship Shape Claims 60% Fuel Savings
Norway is no stranger to maritime innovation, as the small Scandinavian country with a population just north of five million (according to most recent statistics from the World Bank) has a strong historical and current affinity towards anything to do with the sea. In addition, Norwegians are traditionally a population that considers environmental matters a top concern, so it’s little surprise to see continued commercial maritime innovation emanating from Norway.
Ray LaHood Accepts 2013 WTS Navigator Award
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood accepted the 2013 WTS Navigator Award—the first ever awarded by WTS International--at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, Tuesday night. The Navigator Award was created by WTS, the association for building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women, to recognize the achievements of an individual or organization for extraordinary efforts to attract, retain, and advance women in the transportation industry.
The Russian Federation Confirms Flag State Approval for Admiralty Digital Publications
Over 75% of the world's vessels over 2,000 gross tonnes now permitted to carry digital nautical publications. The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) can confirm that vessels flying the flag of the Russian Federation are now able to use ADP to meet carriage requirements for nautical publications. The Russian Federation is the world's eighth largest flag state, as measured by the number of vessels…
Shipping Confidence Holds Firm
Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry held firm over the three-month period to August 2013, maintaining the highest level reached since November 2010, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. Doubts persist, however, over the level of excess tonnage and the resultant effect on freight rates, while there is growing concern over the increasing cost of regulation.
MarineNews Editor's Note
Pop Quiz: Think back to the last time that U.S. Shipyards were operating at the breakneck pace now being seen from coast to coast. Now, think about that in context of slowing global demand brought on by overbuilt bluewater sectors. Next, factor in the breathtaking newbuild programs underway in the offshore support, inland marine and Jones Act sectors. And, don’t forget the increasing demand from foreign operators who, more and more, are beginning to understand that U.S.
The Economic Importance of U.S. Shipbuilding and Repair Industry
This summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) asserted that domestic shipyards annually support $36 billion in gross domestic product. The report, entitled “The Economic Importance of the U.S. Shipbuilding and Repairing Industry,” aptly laid out how U.S. Shipyards create quality jobs and support economic growth far beyond our nation’s ports and waterways. The report also notes the U.S.
Lloyd's Register Alert: Heightened Attention to Specific Survey Items
Lloyd’s Register (LR) is fully committed to maintaining the quality of its classed fleet. Our surveyors have been working closely with owners and operators to help them better prepare ships for inspections by port state control (PSC), with the aim of reducing the number of deficiencies and detentions. This approach has been successful, as demonstrated by the latest Paris MOU figures for classification societies which show LR moving up to 3rd position overall.
GPS Spoofing and the Potential Perils to Ships at Sea
Simple annoyance or potential security threat? Spoof is defined as “a hoax or swindle.” In the world of electronic networks, a spoofing attack is a situation in which one program successfully masquerades as another by falsifying data and thereby gaining an improper advantage. We have all heard of, and possibly fallen victim to, fraudulent card readers (often inserted on self-service fuel pumps). The fraudulent card readers copy security information from the credit card…
Mitigation of Shock & Vibration on Fast Boats
For some time now, military agencies and specialist organizations around the globe have driven the evolution of high speed watercraft. As a trickle-down effect fast response craft now serve roles once typically serviced by displacement designs including pilot boats, dive boats, crew boats and offshore support. During high speed operations the repeated shocks (RS) and whole body vibrations (WBV) of this harsh environment are transmitted to the passengers…
Hapag-Lloyd Successfully Places Bond
Volume of EUR 250 million / Coupon at 7.75% / Bond was several times oversubscribed. Hapag-Lloyd AG has successfully placed a bond with a volume of EUR 250 million with institutional investors. The bond with a maturity of five years has a coupon of 7.75% and was several times oversubscribed. The emission price was 100.00%. The proceeds of the bond will be used for general corporate purposes including refinancing of outstanding indebtedness (approx.
On-Board Testing Services Emerge
Testing delivers data needed to clean up tugs and workboats. As increasingly strict government and international maritime regulations are phased in to reduce harmful emissions produced by workboats and tugs, the need for on board, in-use testing services capable of delivering accurate, continuous emissions data needed has also come about. Monitoring emissions such as NOx, SO2 and particulate matter is fast becoming not just the right thing to do; it will soon become a requirement, as well.
Liebherr Delivers Seven Straddle Carriers in Rotterdam
Liebherr Container Cranes has secured an order for the delivery of seven (7) straddle carriers to ECT Delta Terminal in Rotterdam. ECT has placed the order for the Liebherr SC340S. These machines will stack 1 over 2 high and are supplied with a 40 t Stinis single lift spreader. The straddle carriers will mainly operate in the landside interface zone, shuttling between the automatic stacking cranes and trucks.
Tideland Appoints Agent for Indian Ocean
Tideland Signal has appointed Seanergy Indian Ocean as agent for its range of aids to marine navigation in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean. With offices on the island of Réunion and in Toamasina/Tamatve, Madagascar, Seanergy Indian Ocean will supply and support the entire Tideland range including buoys, beacons, lanterns and advanced electronic equipment such as racons, AIS, Tideland’s advanced AIS Viewer (TSD) and remote monitoring systems.