Vigor Fab Delivers New Harley Alaskan Barge
Vigor Fab has delivered Harley Marine Services’ newest vessel, the 250’x70’x15’8” 'Iliuliuk Bay' (an Aleut name meaning Big Island). The deck barge is purpose-built to enhance quality of service provided to customers living and working in Alaska. Iliuliuk Bay is in transit to Dutch Harbor and will enter service on November 3rd. Her unique design provides a flexible workhorse that can easily switch between containers and other cargo to serve the diverse needs of Harley Marine’s customers.
Shell Signals US Arctic Return, Greenpeace Unwelcoming
According to Greenpeace, Shell's CFO Simon Henry said that the company is putting the building blocks in place to drill in Alaskan Arctic as early as next year. "Shell's Arctic bravado is a desperate attempt to reassure its investors, but the facts tell a different story. Brushing off the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars and casually scrapping a drilling platform are not the actions of a company in control of its operations.
Spanish Warship Completes 'Down Under' Fleet Attachment
After 9 months operating as part of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet, Spanish Armada Ship, 'ESPS Cantabria' was farewelled from her temporary homeport of Garden Island, Sydney. The ship will be visiting ports in Indonesia, India and Turkey before arriving home for Christmas. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN joined the Spanish Ambassador to Australia, HE Mr Enrique Viguera, Commander Australian Fleet…
New Warship 'Zumwalt' Towed to Outfitting Berth
Rear Adm. "Water under the keel marks an important milestone for this 600 ft, 15,000 ton, 78 mega-watt ship and it brings PCU Zumwalt and her sister ships, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) & Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), one step closer to operating with the fleet. Commencing activation in 2014 and joining the fleet in 2016, PCU Zumwalt is a multi-mission warship designed, built and netted to execute Maritime Security, Sea Control and Power Projection missions, including Undersea and Strike Warfare.
IBIA Asks Industry: 'Is the Customer Getting What He Pays For?'
Asian growth and-global recovery are the topics for discussion at the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) gathering in Hong Kong next week (5-7 November 2013). But the underlying topic of debate at the conference will be “is the customer getting what he pays for”. The question is set against growth and global recovery and asks how can IBIA encourage measures to be put in place to raise standards.
UK Marine Engineering Consultancy Secures Investment
LOC Group Ltd (incorporating London Offshore Consultants) – a leading global marine engineering consultancy – has secured a minority external investment from Bridgepoint Development Capital (BDC).
Greece's Dryships AGM Appoints Directors, Auditors
DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS) provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc.…
U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Reaffirms Rebalance Commitment
The commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet reaffirmed America's commitment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance during a keynote speech in Canberra, Australia, October 31. In his first international trip since assuming command on October 16, Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. delivered his remarks at the Kokoda Foundation Conference during a trilateral strategic dialogue among Australia, Japan and the United States.
Ultrapetrol Expands PSV Fleet to 14 Vessels
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, an industrial transportation company serving marine transportation needs in three markets (river business, offshore supply business and ocean business)…
Swire Appoints Head of U.K. Operations
Swire Oilfield Services, a global provider of cargo carrying solutions, modular systems, offshore aviation services and fluid management, has appointed Bob Smith as its new head of operations for the U.K. Mr. Smith will oversee all operational activity of the U.K. bases and continue to build on the company’s commitment to process improvement and people development. He will also be responsible for driving growth in the operational function in the U.K.…
Universal Lifting System Lifts Products with Varying Geometries
Cynergy Ergonomics developed a universal lifting system to lift and manipulate materials with vastly different geometries with a single vacuum lifter. With capacities of over 1,000 pounds, and the ability to handle virtually any shape or geometry, this vacuum griper is suited for job shops, custom manufacturers and shipping/receiving areas that are tasked with handling a wide range of products. The design maintains vacuum only on the cups which have contacted the lifting surface…
Kongsberg Awarded Several New Asian Projects
Kongsberg Maritime was recently awarded separate contracts with three major shipyards in Asia for major technology deliveries to specialist offshore vessels. Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Korea, and Cosco Shipyard in China have each selected Kongsberg “Full Picture” solutions for, in total, nine advanced Offshore Drilling Units, an Accommodation Unit, a Multipurpose Construction Vessel and four LNG vessels with Integrated Automation Systems.
Dynamic Oil Completes First Year of Trading
Dynamic Oil Trading, the global trading company for marine fuels and lubricants, reported a successful first year of operations since the launch of the company in October 2012. The company said it sales performance, supported by its significant financial backing, has served to create the foundation for increased customer acquisition and growth. In the 12 months since its establishment, Dynamic Oil…
Assembly Line Efficiency
Raymond Viguerie and, more recently his son Peter, have been building pushboats at a yard on a bayou just off the Itntacoastal Waterway that skirts the Gulf of Mexico. Their Intracoastal Ironworks sits between the bayou and the Bourg-LaRoxe Highway has recently expanded into the neighboring property. In the past they have built a variety of boats, but in recent years focused their efforts on a standard 72- by 30- by 10-foot push boat with two steering and four flanking rudders.
Industry Research into Oil and Gas Skills
The most thorough analysis of the North Sea oil and gas skills landscape ever undertaken will commence next week with nine of the U.K.’s leading energy, business and skills organizations involved. The major study is the first to examine in depth exactly how many people and what skills are needed in order to address the critical shortage in the industry both now and in the future. Senior representatives from more than 1…
Cargotec's MacGregor Acquires Hatlapa
Cargotec announces today that its MacGregor business has completed the acquisition of privately owned Hatlapa, a leading provider of merchant ship and offshore deck equipment.
International Bunkering Acquires Glander
International Bunkering, a bunker and lubricant trading companies, is pleased to announce an expansion of its global coverage. International Bunkering has acquired U.S. bunker brokering firm Glander International. International Bunkering said this opportunity will be used to change the company’s name and to rebrand it in line with this expansion. All brand equities will be transferred from both companies…
Cobham Releases New Navtex System
The new SAILOR 6390/91 Navtex System from Cobham SATCOM is now available to order. As a black box system, with separate touchscreen user-interface, the SAILOR 6390/91 Navtex System introduces a new approach that Cobham says enhances safety and efficiency, whilst being fully GMDSS compliant as a standalone device or part of a SAILOR 6000 GMDSS Series installation. SAILOR 6390/91 Navtex follows the recently released SAILOR 6280/81 AIS System…
Today in U.S. Naval History: October 31
Today in U.S. 1941 - German submarine U-552 sinks USS Reuben James (DD- 245), which was escorting Convoy HX 156, with loss of 115 lives. First U.S. ship lost to enemy action in World War II.
Shipowners’ Club Keeps Premium Rise to a Minimum
Despite a continued upward trend in the cost of claims and additional reinsurance costs, The Shipowners’ Club, P&I insurance provider to the smaller and specialist vessel sector…