Hong Kong Shipowner Again Achieves CSI Verification
Hong Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) says it has once again attained certification on the integrity and disclosure of its 2012 environmental data by adopting Clean Shipping Index (CSI) verification standards. OOCL was accredited the Verification Certification after an audit conducted by DNV GL by using an internationally recognized and accepted verification guideline to check OOCL vessels on a wide variety of scoring parameters…
Middle East Remains Only Low-cost Oil Source: New IEA Report
The rising demand for cleaner and flexible energy from two emerging major economies, China and India, may keep the petrochemical market tight, although the shale gas boom in the US is disturbing energy markets around the world, considers the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 'World Energy Outlook, 2013'. Large differences in regional energy prices are set to affect industrial competitiveness, influencing investment decisions and company strategies.
Thai Hi-speed Ferry Sunk in Storm-Wrecked Phi Phi Harbour
Heavy seas at Phi Phi Island have sunk a large passenger ferry, beached a cargo boat and heavily damaged at least six speedboats and 20 longtail boats, inform the Phuket Gazette citing Thailand Marine Police officials. The Andaman Jet Wave ferry, moored overnight with no persons on board is registered to carry 250 passengers, but had yet to begin its daily operations of carrying tourists to and from Krabi and Phi Phi when it fell victim to the storm.
New Vladivostok LNG Terminal Project on Track
At a recent meeting of Gazprom's Management Committee, Chairman Alexey Miller noted that the project was progressing rapidly and on schedule – the first train of an LNG plant will be commissioned in 2018. Gazprom explains that it aims to speed up new LNG projects in order to increase their share in the global gas market. Vladivostok-LNG is one of such projects. A special purpose company – Gazprom LNG Vladivostok – has been set up to implement the project.
Arctic Marine Survey Work: NOAA & Coastguard Join Hands
With 3.4 million square nautical miles of U.S. waters to survey and chart, Coast Survey is up against some big challenges in keeping nautical charts current, consequently NOAA joins hands with the US Coast Guard to provide the best possible safety service to shipping. With the Alaskan coast comprising 57% of the U.S. navigationally significant waters, a multi-agency partnership for hydro survey data is necessary for maritime safety. Since 2008, NOAA has been working with the U.S.
Massive Italian Shipborne Navigation Contract for Transas
Transas Marine has won the Italian tender of "Consorzio degli armatori del mediterraneo" for supply of navigation equipment for 64 vessels. "Consorzio degli armatori del mediterraneo" is the Italian Shipowners Research Consortium which consists of 6 shipowners (Augusta Due, Marnavi, L.G.R. di Navigazione, Gestioni Armatoriali, Elbana di Navigazione, Perseveranza). According to the contract, Transas…
Law of the Sea Tribunal Orders (Bonded) Release of 'Arctic Sunrise'
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has ordered the Russian Federation in a binding ruling to release the Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise' and the 28 activists and two freelance journalists on board upon payment of a EUR 3.6 million bond. According to Greenpeace International Russia is now under an obligation to comply with the order: the Russian Constitution itself states that international…
Ireland's Transport Dept. Clarifies GME EPIRB Approval
Following recent reports in the media regarding the use of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport wishes…
Metal Shark to Construct 350, Yes 350, Hi-speed Navy Boats
Louisiana-based aluminum boat manufacturer Metal Shark Aluminum Boats LLC has been awarded a contract to produce up to 350 specialized vessels for the United States Navy. The fixed-price contract is for the construction of the Navy’s High Speed Maneuverable Surface Target (HSMST) vessels. Based on Metal Shark’s high performance 26-foot Relentless center console model, the twin engine, welded aluminum…
Keppel Partners Esplanade in Singapore Schools Program
Keppel Corporation will partner Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay to relaunch its Keppel Nights programme, supporting the centre's efforts to cultivate lifelong arts engagement among the young. Keppel has committed $360,000 over two years to Esplanade in support of the program. Keppel Nights, launched by Keppel Corporation in 2008, was a first-of-its-kind sustained ticket subsidy programme to nurture an audience for the arts. It benefited over 15,000 arts goers and supported over 200 shows.
British Honorary Admiral Awarded Maritime Doctorate
Honorary Rear Admiral Sir Donald Gosling KCVO RNR has received the honorary degree of Doctor of Maritime Studies from Southampton Solent University, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the maritime sector. Sir Donald began his career with the Royal Navy on the naval training ship, TS Arethusa in 1943. He entered full service in 1944 and served in HMS St George and then HMS Leander, leaving…