Latest Ocean-going Vessel Newbuildings
A quiet week in the dry newbuilding market, but more active in the tankship & gas carrier shipbuilding sectors notes the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin. Understood to have been concluded towards the middle of this year, clients of Capital Maritime have placed an order for two firm plus two option 180,000 DWT Capesize at Jinhai Heavy. Pricing for the deal remains undisclosed however delivery of the firm vessels is understood to be planned for 2015.
Warship HMS Duncan Commissioned
'HMS Duncan', the sixth and last of the Royal Navy's new-generation Type 45 destroyers, has been formally commissioned into the fleet. Hundreds of guests, including families of the 190-strong ship’s company, attended the ceremony marking the ship’s transition into front line service. Principal guests at the commissioning ceremony included Lady Marie Ibbotson – the ship’s sponsor who launched the vessel…
Asian Shippers Weigh in Against Container Weighing
THE Asian Shippers' Council (ASC) renewed its attack on the UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) over compulsory container weight verification partly because it is hard on shippers in emerging markets. "There are millions of shippers across Asia, with different levels of maturity and different operational constraints. Cargoes have multiple modes of transport - trucks, ships and/or rail. Can…
Jones Act Fleet a Catalyst for Growth Says Jaenichen
At the inaugural recent Tradewinds Jones Act Forum, MARAD Acting Administrator Paul 'Chip' Jaenichen discussed the changes affecting the coastwise U.S.-flag maritime industry -- also known as the Jones Act fleet. Since its enactment, the Jones Act continues to ensure a level playing field for U.S. vessels moving cargo within the nation. The Act keeps skilled American mariners employed aboard American ships by requiring that products moved between U.S. ports be carried by U.S.
Austal Delivers Warship LCS 4 'Coronado'
Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship 'Coronado' (LCS 4) was delivered by shipbuilders Austal to the Navy on September 27, 2013, after successfully completing Acceptance Trials. The delivery ceremony took place on Coronado’s flight deck and was attended by personnel from the LCS Squadron in San Diego, SUPSHIP Gulf Coast, Coronado Crew (both Blue and Gold), the Navy program office, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (the prime contractor)…
Hydrasun Makes New Business Development Appointments
Hydrasun, a provider of integrated fluid transfer, power and control solutions to the global energy industry, has made two new senior business development appointments as it positions itself for further development and growth in international markets. Stephen McIntyre joins Hydrasun as business development manager for global key accounts, and Derek Murray joins as International sales manager. Both positions are based in the company’s Aberdeen headquarters…
Government, Industry Look to Singapore and Asean Shiping
The strength and robustness of shipping both in Singapore and the South East Asian region was put into sharp focus at the Singapore Shipping Association’s 28th Anniversary Gala Dinner, held in the splendour of the West & Central Compass Ballroom at the Resorts World Convention Center in Sentosa. Addressing 1,800 attendees, Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, said that while the past year had been a challenging one for the shipping industry…
First TWMA Offshore Processing Contract in Norway
TWMA, a company in integrated drilling and environmental solutions for the international onshore and offshore oil and gas industry, has been awarded a major contract with Total E&P Norge AS to deliver offshore waste management services during the development of the Martin Linge field located on the Northern Viking Graben in the Central North Sea. The seven-year contract is TWMA’s first offshore contract in the region and…
MCP Hires Two Senior Executives
Maritime Communication Partner (MCP), a global provider of onboard communications solutions, has announced the recruitment of two highly experienced senior executives to lead its dedicated Offshore and Cruise and Ferry Business Units. Tom Lowehr, until recently the Head of Program Management at Astrium Business Communication, has joined as Senior Vice President (SVP) of the newly launched Offshore business unit…
Dubai Maritime City Authority Launches UAE-German Maritime Majlis
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, has announced the establishment of the UAE-German Maritime Majlis in cooperation with the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK), during a special Business Dinner hosted by DMCA in Dubai under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency Dr.
Europort Advanced Technology Conferences
Shipping’s need to squeeze maximum value out of available assets is finding sharp focus, as the global maritime and offshore industries gather at Europort 2013, Rotterdam (Ahoy Rotterdam, November 5-8). In line with its stated aim to showcase Pioneers in Maritime Technology, Europort has tapped into the maritime industry’s state-of-the-art for 2013. Its Advanced Technology Conferences (ATC), organized by Ahoy in close collaboration with HME…
GE Supplies Turbines for Two U.S. Navy Destroyers
GE Marine reports that it will provide eight LM2500 marine gas turbines to power the United States Navy’s DDG 117 and DDG 118 destroyers, to be named USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye respectively. Each of the LM2500s will feature engine improvements made through GE’s common engine program, including parts upgrade of the compressor rotor, the turbine mid-frame, the compressor rear frame and the power turbine. By adopting the LM2500 common engine program, the U.S.
Seismic Vessel Sends Data to Shore Using VSAT
Marlink successfully completed delivery of Ku-band VSAT services based on a 12 Mbit/s dedicated return link for the Atlantic Explorer, a Petroleum Geo Services (PGS) owned seismic survey vessel. The high throughput link was an upgrade to Atlantic Explorer’s existing Sealink customized VSAT service supplied by Marlink. The service was used during a four week North Sea survey project, enabling seamless…
Georgia Port Tonnage, TEUs at All-time High
Records set in containers moved, total tonnage, and truck and intermodal moves made August an impressive month for the Georgia Ports Authority, Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported to the GPA board Monday. “Although we set new records in many categories during August, challenges remain in many of the global markets important to future trade volumes,” Foltz said. Total tonnage in August reached 2.5 million tons, up 8.5% over the previous August, an increase of 196,674 tons.
MAN Diesel & Turbo and the Tier-III Age
The introduction of the electronically controlled camshaft-less low speed diesel engines (ME-range) are a milestone in diesel technology, a milestone that deserves a place in history similar to Rudolf Diesel’s first engine in Augsburg for the 1912 motor vessel Selandia, the introduction of turbocharging on two-stroke diesels in 1954, and the first SCR (Selective Catalytic NOx Reduction) systems on ships in 1989.
Signet Expands with New 150-Ton Crawler Crane
Signet Shipbuilding & Repair, (SS&R) a division of Signet Maritime Corporation announced the purchase and operation commencement of its newest heavy lift crane for new construction and repair. The 150-ton crawler crane will be utilized for hauling small vessels and barges from the water and loading/offloading marine equipment while vessels are dockside. Signet Shipbuilding & Repair specializes in new construction, repair, maintenance and refurbishment of tugs, workboats and barges.
Offshore Service Vessels
Flexible fuels, Bold designs ... Eastern Shipbuilding Group has arguably been one of the more progressive and aggressive U.S. builders of high-spec Offshore Service Vessels in recent years, winning a number of high-profile contracts for operators globally. Eastern recently delivered M/V HOS Red Dawn and christened M/V HOS Renaissance, both for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. HOS Red Dawn (H201) – now delivered – was launched on February 15, 2013.
Goodwood to Conduct Training Using Transas Simulators
Transas Marine has installed a simulator suite at Goodwood Marine Services premises at Mumbai. Goodwood Ship Management is an independent ship management company that offers a comprehensive range of marine services. The newly installed complex boasts a full mission bridge simulator NTPRO 5000 with 270° visualization and GMDSS simulator TGS 5000 which will be used for training in ship handling including bridge team management and situational awareness training courses for all deck officers.
Korean Hydrographic Society Joins IFHS
The Hydrographic Society of Korea (HySK) has been elected a member of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS), joining other national organizations representing Australasia…
OIA Global Acquires U.S. Worldwide Logistics
OIA Global, a worldwide transportation, supply chain management and packaging solutions provider, announced that it has acquired U.S. Worldwide Logistics, Inc. (USWWL)…