Main Iron Works Built Tug Returning Home
Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported that the 5,570BHP tug Jabbar has been sold by Awal Marine Services of Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain to TradeWinds Towing LLC of Saint Augustine, Florida. Jabbar, meaning “powerful” or “tremendous” in Arabic, was originally built by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana as their Hull 335 for McAllister Towing & Transportation of New York. The twin screw tug was operated by International Tug Service…
HGH Infrared Systems Demonstrates Spynel-S
This past week in California, HGH Infrared Systems participated in the Offshore Platform Security Threat Awareness and Response (OPSTAR) program, developed and conducted by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Asymmetric Warfare, and designed to explore the homeland security, homeland defense, emergency response and emergency management issues presented by security threats to offshore oil and gas platforms.
NOAA Updates New York Harbor Charts Post-Sandy
Ships, barges, ferries, and recreational boats in the busy New York Harbor will be able to navigate more safely thanks to an updated version of the harbor’s nautical chart recently issued by NOAA that includes data gathered in the navigational response to the damage caused by Sandy in October 2012. The latest edition of Chart 12334 – New York Harbor includes new depth measurements and shoreline depictions.
The Magic Ingredients of a Healthy Safety Culture
This is the second in a series of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News articles on Safety Culture in the maritime industry. The first article, which appeared in our October, 2013 edition, discussed the importance of management leadership, training, measurement, a focus on learning rather than blame, and continuous reflection on safety. In this second article, safety culture expert Captain John Wright discusses the key ingredients of a healthy safety culture.
Maritime Singapore Green Pledge
Twenty more maritime companies came together to sign the Maritime Singapore Green Pledge to signify their commitment towards promoting clean and green shipping in Singapore.
e-Compliance: Revolutionizing the Efficiency of Compliance for Maritime Regs
Commercial seaborne shipping is regulated by international, EU and national authorities and is subject to a number of commercially oriented constraints. The long history and large number of organizations associated with regulation has led to a high level of complexity in managing the development of regulations, their implementation by transport operators, and their enforcement by authorities. The complexity of the situation is further aggravated by the long lifetime of ships…
Rena Grounding Response Reviewed
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) welcomes the release of the independent review of its response to the grounding of the Rena, and the announcement of $2 million of government funding to help improve New Zealand’s maritime response capability. The report, by independent reviewer Simon Murdoch, was released today by Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee. MNZ Director Keith Manch said the organization was already…
KVH Expands mini-VSAT Broadband Network in Asia-Pacific
To serve its growing commercial maritime customer base in the Asia-Pacific region, KVH Industries, Inc. said it has doubled the service delivered by the JCSAT-1B satellite, which is part of KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network. This additional capacity, available as of last month, will support mariners in the Asia-Pacific region, which includes some of the world’s busiest shipping routes, and is one of the fastest-growing areas in the world for maritime broadband demand.
Marintec 2013 – 'The Asian Market Gateway' Opens
Regarded by many as the only gateway to the Asian maritime market, Marintec China 2013 has opened with due ceremony in Shanghai. With a significant increase in the floor area from 2011, this year's Marintec China covers more than 70,000 square metres. Taking up six exhibition halls, (Hall N1, N2, N3, W3, W4, W5) of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), this year looks like being another record breaker.
Former CFO Appointed Long Beach Harbor Commissioner
The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to confirm Mayor Bob Foster’s appointment of the City’s former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Lori Ann Farrell to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, which oversees the Port of Long Beach and the staff of the City’s Harbor Department. Farrell, a 14-year resident of Long Beach, will fill one of two vacancies on the five-member Harbor Commission. The commissioners…
Shift in Wind Favourable to UK Offshore Wind Industry
The government is to make big changes to the way it subsidises renewable energy, with subsidies for windfarms set to rise at the expense of onshore options, reports BBC News. The BBC reports Government ministers as stating that they will cut support for onshore wind and solar energy, but give more backing to offshore wind power. The price producers are promised for onshore wind power and solar energy will be cut from 2015, while the amount paid for offshore wind power will be increased.
Armed Guard Ship Piracy Self-Protection on the Increase
The European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) note in a recent report that the use of private armed guards has increased in recent years and become a necessity to ensure safe passage through the risky waters of the Gulf of Aden. ECSA say that they welcome the fact that some EU countries, including Belgium and Italy, have recently adopted legislation which allows vessels flying their flag to use private armed security teams.
Greenpeace Arctic 30 Activists Wait for Permission to Exit Russia
Lawyers for the Arctic 30 have started to lodge applications with Russia's Investigative Committee seeking exit visas for the non-Russian nationals. If the applications are approved, the foreign nationals would be allowed to leave Russia to await ongoing investigations into their Greenpeace International Arctic oil drilling protest. All of the foreign nationals, 26 people from 17 nations, have had their passports returned to them after their release on bail from detention last month.
New Fuel-Saving 2-Speed Marine Gearbox From Wärtsilä
Engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has launched a new 2-speed marine gearbox, which it says offers notable economic and environmental benefits. The product will serve vessels having multiple operational modes or reduced transit speed, including among others: ropax ferries, offshore support vessels, tug boats, and fishing vessels. Compared to a single mechanical propulsion system, a fuel consumption reduction of eight per cent was verified with Wärtsilä's 2-speed gearbox during sea trials.
China Shipyard Wins Twin Panamax Bulker Contract
COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited's Zhoushan Shipyard subsidiary has won a contract from an Asian buyer to construct two 64,000 dwt bulk carriers. The two bulk carriers are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2014. COSCO Corporation (COSCO) offers advanced capabilities in ship building, ship repair and conversion, offshore marine engineering supported by seven major shipyards strategically located along China's coastline.
Despite Protest Gazprom Set to Order Arctic Drill Ships
Gazprom Neft is preparing for the construction of another two ice-protected oil platforms designed for the icy waters of the Pechora Sea, placed only few kilometers from the now well-known rig “Prirazlomnaya”, reports Barents Observer. These oil production installations are intended for the Dolginskoye field in the Pechora Sea, which is located in 40 meter depths about 100 km north of the Nenets AO coast…
USS George Washington in Biggest Ever RAS
The U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) completes its largest replenishment-at-sea (RAS) ever with Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10). While RAS's are nothing new to the Sailors aboard George Washington, the ship received nearly 700 pallets of supplies at once, three times the amount of a standard RAS. This produced a unique and rare challenge for the Sailors of the ship's supply department.
Carnival Appoint First Chief Maritime Officer
Carnival Corporation & plc has appointed US Navy retired Vice Admiral William Burke to the newly created position of Chief Maritime Officer, effective December 9, 2013. Burke will report directly to Chief Operations Officer Alan Buckelew and will have oversight of the company's maritime operations around the world. He will be responsible for maritime quality assurance and policy, shipbuilding, ship refits, and research and development. "Bill had a distinguished career with the U.S.
ICS Advocates IMO Primacy Over EU on Shipping & CO2 Issues
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – the worldwide trade association for shipowners says it has made an important written submission to the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) suggesting a possible way forward with respect to complex discussions about additional global regulations to further reduce CO2 emissions from merchant ships. In particular, ICS wishes to ensure…
MAN Hybrid Propulsion Package Ordered for New Trawler
Norwegian shipping company, Nyholmen AS, has chosen MAN main and auxiliary four-stroke engines to power the ‘Kvannøy’, an advanced, 77.25-m purse seiner/trawler. The vessel will be constructed at the Karstensens shipyard in Skagen, Denmark and is due for delivery in June 2015. The order represents a continuation of the long-running partnership between MAN Diesel & Turbo and fishing concern Hansen Dahl…