China's G4 Nuclear Submarine Development
Development of China's fourth-generation nuclear submarines has been completed in the Northeastern Provinces of China: high performance vessels with low noise, reports People's Daily online. Informed by millitary expert Du Wenlong, 'People's Daily' reported that the main characteristic of the fourth generation nuclear submarine would be its high performance. Compared with earlier submarines, modern attack submarines differ significantly in offensive power…
FPSO Start-ups Boost Petrobas Offshore Brazil Production
Oil output (oil plus natural gas liquids - NGL) from all of Petrobras' fields in Brazil averaged 1.979 million barrels per day (bpd) in September, which is 3.7%…
Mercy Ships Surgeon Gets AAOMS Award
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMA) 2013 Humanitarian Award has been presented to Dr. Gary Parker of Mercy Ships in recognition of his lifelong efforts. Gary R. Parker, DDS, received the AAOMS Humanitarian Award for Fellows and Members recently during the opening ceremony of the 95th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) in Orlando, Florida.
Huge Greenland Iron-ore Mine & Terminal Contract Awarded
Greenland has awarded UK-based company London Mining a 30-year licence to build and run a giant iron ore mine, but some opponents say the open-cast mine will cause environmental damage; others are concerned about plans to bring in up to 3,000 mainly Chinese workers, reports BBC News. London Mining has been awarded an exclusive 30 year exploitation licence for its 100% owned Isua Project in Greenland.
Indian Navy's New Warship Runs Aground
The 'INS Kamorta', the first in a class of Indian Navy's ambitious Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvettes, under construction at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) shipyard ran aground on in the River Hooghly near Geonkhali in East Midnapore, while on sea trials, reports 'The Times of India'. Citing Navy officers, the newspaper reports that as the ship was negotiating the bends and bars of the Hooghly, its engines seem to have failed.
UK Arctic Policy Document Supports IMO as Regulator
'Adapting To Change: UK policy towards the Arctic' introduced by Mark Simmonds Minister for the Polar Regions Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been released. The document acknowledges that the scale of the challenges facing the Arctic is immense and compounded by the speed of the changes. For this reason the whole of Government has signed up to the comprehensive set of measures outlined in the Policy Framework.
DDW Chairman to Chair DNV Offshore Technical Committee
Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World Dubai, His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim has accepted an invitation to chair the DNV Offshore Technical Committee. H.E. Buamim discussed with Mr. Henrik O. Madsen, DNV GL Group President & CEO, the ongoing business and the existing cooperation between the two groups and ways to strengthen them. The meeting (which included Uwe Bullwinkel, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager India & Middle East, DNV GL Maritime and Mr.
China, Russia, Sign Maritime Navigation & Safety MOU
The Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation have signed a MOU on navigational safety and…
NSC 'Hamilton' Christened at Ingalls Shipbuilding
The National Security Cutter (NSC) 'Hamilton' was christend by Linda Kapral Papp, the wife of the US Coast Guard Commandant, at a ceremony attended by nearly 1000 guests at the shipyard. Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., commandant of the Coast Guard, served as the keynote speaker. "As a sailor myself, I've learned that when you're sailing against the wind and the tide, getting to your desired destination often requires a great amount of effort and sometimes takes longer than you thought it might…
Panama Canal Advisory: Changed Lane Outage Dates
For operational reasons, the lane outages at Pedro Miguel and Gatun locks for miter gate maintenance scheduled from Thursday, October 31, to Friday, November 1, 2013…
Coastguard Detroit Medevacs Laker Crew Member
The air crew assisted Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, with the medevac of a Canadian man injured aboard the 730-foot 'Algoma Enterprise', which was passing through the Pelee Passage in Lake Erie. The 57-year-old crew member was reportedly suffering from severe bleeding. After conferring with the on-duty flight surgeon, the 9th District's SAR controller directed the launch of an air crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit…
Fairweather Forms New Subsidiary Tulugaq
Following the recent acquisition of VDOS, a worldwide company in airborne remote sensing operations, Fairweather, LLC has announced the formation of subsidiary Tulugaq, LLC -- the result of a partnership between Fairweather, LLC, Olgoonik Corporation and Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation. The company was formed to bolster Fairweather’s remote sensing and real-time scientific data collection capabilities…
Coast Guard Schedules Exercise on Hood Canal
The Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit based in Bangor, Wash., is scheduled to conduct an exercise on the Hood Canal, Tuesday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The exercise includes boat tactics…
WEBINAR: Laser Scanning Ships Helps Save Drydocking Time
With increased marine regulations it is increasingly important to acquire digital documentation of the your fleet of ships. Today, laser scanners have the range and accuracy to capture marine vessels…
Texas Design for Texas Tug Operator
Clear Lake Shores-based Castleman Maritime LLC has been commissioned by Texas tug operator, Signet Maritime LLC, to engineer and design their seventh ASD (Azimuthing Stern Drive) tug. This new 72' LOA x 28' Beam ASD tug is a smaller size, giving her operators improved maneuverability in the tight quarters found on Texas' inland waterways. Upon delivery, the M/V Signet Vigilant will operate from Signet's International Operations Center in Ingleside, Texas.
Royale Floatel Lives Up to Its Name
For harried executives, a marine cruise can offer an escape form a life of tight schedules and constant pressure. The need for a relaxing but luxurious environment was well known to the designers of M/V Royale Floatel. The Vijai Marine Shipyards, designed and carried out the conversion, from a dumb pontoon, of the Royale Floatel to a 14-room all-suite, high-end luxury floating hotel. Delivered to the owners in 2013, it is first in its segment in the country under IRS class.
Steamship Mutual Set 10% Premium Increase for 2014
At their board meeting on October 22, the directors of the Steamship Mutual reviewed the club’s open policy years, as well as claims in earlier years, and considered the premium ratings required for the 2014 policy year. On the basis of owned claims reported to date, the overall value of claims for the current policy year is expected to be high, continuing the trend of recent years. It was noted that the total value of claims in the layer up to $250…
Corvus Lithium Energy Storage DNV-GL Type Approved
Corvus Energy’s lithium energy storage system is the world’s first to be type- approved by DNV GL. The type approval makes increased fuel efficiency and greatly reduced emissions available for heavy industries such as offshore oil and gas and commercial shipping, Corvus said. According to the manufacturer, rigorous testing over several years proves that heavy offshore machinery will maintain power and safety during operations using Corvus Energy’s AT6500 module.
MPHRP Security Training Held in India
Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program (MPHRP) South Asia organized three Seafarers Pre-Departure Piracy Awareness Train the Trainers sessions in India between October 16-23, 2013. The training was delivered by Toon van de Sande (MPHRP), Cyrus Mody (IMB) and Chirag Bahri (MPHRP), held in at the Seafarers Club, Chennai on 16-17 Oct, AEMTC Mumbai on 19-20 Oct and at Hotel Mantra Amaltas, New Delhi on October 22-23.
Piracy Update: Nautilus Calls for Gulf of Guinea Action
Nautilus International has expressed concern about the seizure of a master and chief engineer officer from an offshore support vessel operating in the Gulf of Guinea.