Yo Ho Ho! Christmas Trees Loaded Aboard Cutter 'Mackinaw'
Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw has taken on board more than 1,300 Christmas trees in preparation for the annual transit to Chicago where the trees will be given to nonprofit organizations, pre-determined by the Chicago maritime community, and then to needy families. The Mackinaw, which has served as the Christmas Ship since 2000, reenacting a tradition dating back to the late 1890s, makes the annual trip in conjunction with annual fall buoy retrieval operations.
Washington State Ferries a Step Closer to LNG Propulsion
Washington State Ferries say they are another step closer to significantly reducing fuel costs and transportation emissions by switching a class of vessels from diesel fuel to liquefied natural gas. After more than three years of study, WSF has a plan to safely convert six Issaquah Class vessels to run on cleaner-burning LNG. The proposal has been officially submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard in a formal letter of intent (LOI) and waterways suitability assessment (WSA).
Need of Charterers' Cover Spotlighted by UK P&I Club
Charterers face significant liabilities, even where shipowners have their own P&I covers, reminds the UK P&I Club and should be properly insured. Liabilities to shipowners, cargo owners and third parties may be contractual (e.g. breach of charter-party) or non-contractual (e.g. pollution) and the the Club's charterers product responds to both, whether operational or catastrophe liabilities, with high levels of cover.
Russian Court Rejects Plea to Release Greenpeace Ship
The Murmansk Regional Court has rejected an appeal against the arrest of the ship 'Arctic Sunrise' by Russian authorities reports Greenpeace. "This is an extremely disappointing ruling. We believe this verdict is in violation of both the Russian Criminal Procedure Code and international law. Cassation procedures are now available under Russian law," said Gerrit-Jan Bolderman, Director of Stichting Phoenix, the ship’s owner.
Oceanteam CSV Charter Extended to 2018 by Fugro
Oceanteam Shipping ASA (OTS) confirm the extension of the bareboat charter of their 'CSV Southern Ocean' by Fugro TS Marine Australia until the end of 2018. CSV Southern Ocean is a large construction support vessel jointly owned between Bourbon Offshore Norway AS and Oceanteam Shipping ASA. The owners say that the extension of the bareboat charter will further strenghten their contract backlog and secure future earnings. The original charter was set to expire at the end of 2015.
Two Offshore Industry Contracts for Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce will supply Petrobras with advanced maintenance and repair services to support fifteen Rolls-Royce RB211-G62 industrial gas turbine power generation units which are installed on four Petrobras oil platforms operating in the petroleum rich, pre-salt Campos Basin. The four Petrobras platforms, which together can produce over 500,000 barrels of oil per day, or 25 per cent of Brazil's entire output…
Mack Boring Opens New Sales and Service Facility
Diesel engine distributor Mack Boring & Parts Co. celebrated the opening of their New Bedford, Mass. facility with a two-day open house. The event was capped with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. As home to the largest commercial fishing fleet on the east coast and convenient to a large number of industrial and recreational marine dealers, the New Bedford location will enable Mack Boring to better serve dealers, boat owners and OEM customers.
Oceanvolt Teams Up with Victron Energy
Finnish electric propulsion specialist Oceanvolt entered a two-way relationship with Victron Energy. The two companies will integrate their products to work as a unified system, which will form the base of Oceanvolt's SEA (Silent Electric Autonomy) concept. Oceanvolt SEA system enables, among other things, running A/C and other appliances without using a generator by converting the electricity from the propulsion system battery into 220VAC.
National Response Corporation Acquires RK Contractors
National Response Corporation (NRC) announced today the completion of the purchase of RK Contractors (RK) through an asset deal. NRC is a commercial provider of…
Hornblower’s Captain Goben Named “Maritime Person of the Year”
Captain Richard Goben, Port Captain of Hornblower Cruises & Events in San Diego, received an international maritime award at the 87th Annual Convention and Maritime Industry Conference in Arlington, Virginia in October. International Propeller Club of the United States honored Captain Goben as the 2013 Maritime Person of the Year. The Propeller Club was formed in 1927 in order to support shipping and the maritime industry.
NAT Initiate Public Offering For Offshore Company Investment
Nordic American Tankers Limited announce an underwritten public offering of approximately $65 million aggregate amount of common shares. The company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Herbjørn Hansson is expected to purchase about $2.0 million worth of common shares in the offering on the same terms as other investors. The company says it intends to use the net proceeds of this offering primarily to finance its investment in Nordic American Offshore Ltd. ("NAO").
Panama Canal May be a Game-Changer Says FMC Commissioner
FMC Commissioner William P. The Panama Canal may remake world trade patterns. To be finished in 2015, the $5-billion expansion of the Panama Canal will create a third lane accommodating mega-ships nearly three times larger than previously passable and this may significantly reduce shipping time to Asia. The expansion impacts state ports, rail lines, trucking and cargo movement from the south and east to the west.
Navy Issue Hi-speed Range Boat Contracts
US Department of Defense has issued the following Navy contracts for construction of high speed maneuverable surface targets (HSMSTs). The contracts are awarded to Silver Ships Inc., Theodore, Ala. and Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC, doing business as Metal Shark Aluminum Boats LLC, Jeanerette, La., who are each being awarded separate firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts for the construction of high speed maneuverable surface targets (HSMSTs). The U.S.
European Offshore Wind: Financiers Can Invest, But ...
The offshore wind industry needs between EUR90 and EUR123 billion by 2020 to meet its 40 GW target , and equity and debt providers are willing to invest, but they fear regulatory instability considers the the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). What's blocking the needed investment is the uncertainty caused by changing regulatory frameworks, not least in the two largest markets, the UK and Germany, an independent survey of the financial community shows.
Regal Motors Win Russian River Register Approval
Global motor maker Regal has won type approval for its RN and RF series marine motors from the Russian River Register, one of the biggest classification societies in the world for inland waterway vessels. This complements approvals already granted from the other ship and vessel standard organizations including Bureau Veritas, American Bureau of Shipping, Lloyds Register, Germanische Lloyds, Det Norske Veritas, China Classification Society and Russian maritime register of shipping.
ShipMoney Expands Customer Base in Norway
Maritime Payment Solutions, LLC – Program Manager of ShipMoney for Crew and ShipMoney for Captains announced that it has signed a Norwegian Ship Management Company that operates a fleet of dry cargo vessels, offshore supply vessels and bargesadding to a growing list of ShipMoney clients across Europe. ShipMoney is a prepaid Visa card program developed for the commercial maritime industry to reduce onboard cash while offering a new and unique crew welfare benefit for crew and captains.
Osiris Projects Launches New Survey Vessel
Specialist seabed mapping company Osiris Projects has this week launched the fifth vessel in their fleet, the 14m GRP catamaran MV Proteus. Designed to provide an excellent working platform for coastal survey operations, MV Proteus can work up to 60 miles from a safe haven under MCA Category 2 and has a maximum speed of 24 knots. The vessel benefits from a shallow draft of just 1m making her ideal for inshore operations…
NATO Demonstrates Defense Against Terrorism
On November 21-22, 2013 the NATO Center for Maritime Research and experimentation, in collaboration with the Italian Navy COMFORDRAG, hosts the TALON 13 demonstration…
Damen Shiprepair Books 7th LNG Carrier
Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) received her seventh LNG booking for the drydocking, maintenance and repair of the LNG carrier BachirChihan. The Hyproc Shipping owned and managed vessel will arrive November 25. The work scope on the BachirChihaniis extensive and reaches close to 30,000 man-hours. The vessel is expected to stay close to a month in drydock nr 3. damen.com
CSA Honors 80 Foss Vessels for Environmental Excellence
The Arthur Foss, the Justine Foss and many other Foss Maritime vessels have been free of environmental mishaps for the past 20 years. In fact, 80 tugs and barges owned by the Seattle-based company, which has one of the nation's largest coastal tug and barge fleet, are being recognized this year by a major maritime organization for their outstanding environmental safety records. The Chamber of Shipping…