Strong Offshore Market Demand Prompts Swissco OSV Orders
Singapore's Swissco Holdings say they have placed orders with China shipyards for two anchor handling tug supply vessels (“AHTS”) and a fast utility/crew boat with a one plus one option. The newbuild vessels, excluding owner supplied equipment, are worth an aggregate of S$42 million. “We believe that the heightened demand for offshore support vessels will remain sustainable on the back of healthy level…
Singapore's Epic Gas Order Two Big LPG Carriers
Epic Gas Ltd. says it has contracted Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation in Japan to build two 11,000 cbm fully-pressurised gas carriers to be delivered in 2016. This latest…
Norfolk, Virginia, Leaders Push Offshore Wind Development
As Congress considers extending critical federal incentives for wind energy this month, leaders from the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority, the City of Norfolk, and the Virginia Ship Repair Association joined Environment Virginia to detail the economic and environmental benefits of supporting offshore wind power and its related supply chain industries. America’s wind power capacity has quadrupled in the last five years…
Marine Engine Builder Wins Happy Family Award
The Tognum Group & its subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen situated on Lake Constance provide staff with numerous possibilities for reconciling the demands of work and private life, now recognized for the third time as a 'Family-Friendly Employer'. Official presentation of the accolade is to take place in Berlin in the summer of next year. The manufacturing group provides staff with numerous possibilities for reconciling the demands of work and private life.
Millard Maritime & HELM Partner on US Bulk Fertilizer Imports
Leading US Gulf Coast port and cargo solution provider, Millard Maritime®, & HELM Fertilizer Corporation, a major fertilizer distribution and marketing company for the Americas…
Submerged Submarine Launches Aircraft
An all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial system (UAS) aircraft has been successfully launched from the submerged 'USS Providence' (SSN 719) & flew a several hour mission demonstrating live video capabilities streamed back to the submarine, surface support vessels and Norfolk base before landing at the Naval Sea Systems Command Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC), Andros, Bahamas.
Air-Independent Propulsion: Fincantieri, Nuvera, Collaborate
US-based Nuvera Fuel Cells says it will be working with Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri, on a program to power hi-end marine vessels with advanced fuel cell technology. Nuvera has been commissioned to produce and deliver eight of its Orion™ fuel cell stacks (total power 260 kW), which will be used as range extenders for use on marine vessels. Nuvera’s fuel cell auxiliary power units will provide marine vessels with air-independent propulsion (AIP).
Scorpio Bulkers Lay Out Another US$157-Million on New Ships
Scorpio Bulkers Inc. Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., LTD. Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., LTD. Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., LTD. Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., LTD. Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO., LTD. The total purchase price for the vessels is approximately US$157 million. About Scorpio Bulkers Inc. Scorpio Bulkers Inc. is a provider of marine transportation of dry bulk commodities. Scorpio Bulkers Inc.
Shell Pulls Plug on US Gulf Coast GTL Project
Royal Dutch Shell plc says it will not move forward with the proposed 140,000 barrels per day Gulf Coast gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Louisiana and will suspend any further work on the project.
Greek Shipowner Doubts Major China Shipbuilder Can Deliver
China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group, the country’s largest private shipbuilder, expects to report a substantial full-year loss just months after it appealed to the government for financial help, reports Reuters. Analysts have indicated that the company could be the biggest casualty of a local shipbuilding industry suffering from overcapacity and shrinking orders amid a global shipping downturn. Greek shipowner DryShips Inc.
Port of Houston Install Versiant Mobile Software Solution
Global maritime IT services company, Versiant, says that its Lynx™ mobile software solution has been installed by the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) providing real-time accurate information for their customers at Barbours Cut and Bayport Terminals. By this means, customers are now able to verify container availability, view vessel schedules, review bookings and retrieve gate EIRs prior to arriving at the terminal, with an intuitive user interface, simply by using virtually any mobile device.
Bourbon CEO Christian Lefèvre Continues the Good Work
Bourbon inform that on the recommendation of the Nominating, Compensation and Governance Committee, the Board of Directors has decided to reappoint Christian Lefèvre as Chief Executive Officer from January 1, 2014 for a 3 year period. Christian Lefèvre is also serving as Board Member, and on his proposal the Board of Directors has also decided to reappoint Gaël Bodénès and Laurent Renard as Executive Vice-Presidents for the same length of period.
Canadian Drydocking Contracts Placed for Two Coast Guard Ships
The Canadian government has announced the award of two contracts totaling $1.1M to Northern Transportation Company Limited for Vessel Life Extension refit work to Canadian Coast Guard ships 'CCGS Dumit' and 'CCGS Eckaloo'. These two vessels, based in Hay River, provide Aid to Navigation services on the Mackenzie River. Vessel condition surveys are being conducted on the CCGS Dumit and CCGS Eckaloo…
U.S. Navy Orders 100 HSMSTs from Silver Ships
Silver Ships, Inc. said it has been awarded a firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for the construction of High Speed Maneuverable Surface Targets (HSMSTs). The U.S. Navy maintains an inventory of HSMST’s to be utilized mainly for weapon system test and evaluation and fleet training exercises at nine seaborne target operating activities (ranges). This effort of 100 HSMSTs also includes trailers…
Diana Shipping Fined $1.1 Million
Diana Shipping Inc. today announced that its subsidiary, Diana Shipping Services S.A. (DSS), was sentenced by the United States District Court in Norfolk, Virginia to a fine of $1…
ASMAR Uses FORAN for New Research Vessel
FORAN has been the CAD/CAM System used by the Chilean shipyard ASMAR in the development of an Oceanographic and Fisheries Research Vessel, a state of the art design built for worldwide oceanographic and fishing service and geological research. The vessel, Cabo de Hornos, has been already delivered. With a length overall of 74.1 m, breadth molded of 15.6 m and depth to main deck of 8.5 m, the vessel can reach a speed of 14.3 knots, with accommodation for 68 persons.
Australian Navy Modernizes Ship Color Scheme
The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, has announced that the Navy will progressively change the color of its surface fleet to meet modern war-fighting and regional environmental conditions. While not normally apparent to the bystander, the recent International Fleet Review with 17 international ships visibly demonstrated that color schemes do vary significantly between nations. These are mainly…
Liebherr Boosts Middle East Cargo Handling
Recent orders for Liebherr Mobile Harbor Cranes (LHM) from the Middle East include two LHMs and the first LiSIM LHM550 unit for the region, paving the way for state-of-the-art crane operator training. Additionally, one Liebherr Reachstacker has been delivered to the region. Traditionally, the Middle East/India/Africa region (MIA) has represented a very important market for Liebherr Mobile Harbor Cranes (LHM). In 2013 alone, Liebherr counted more than 40 mobile harbor crane sales.
Navis Installs Chinese Language DP Simulator at Dalian University
Finnish-headquartered Navis has installed and commissioned its first dynamic positioning (DP) simulator with Chinese language interface, at the renowned Dalian Maritime University, one the world’s largest training facilities for seafarers. “The successful implementation marks a major step forward in China for maritime training programs for future DP operators and watch-keeping officers alike, and the…
Today in U.S. Naval History: December 5
Today in U.S. Naval History - December 5 1843 - Launching of USS Michigan at Erie, Penn., America's first iron-hulled warship, as well as first prefabricated ship. 1941 - USS Lexington (CV-2) sails with Task Force 12 to ferry Marine aircraft to Midway, leaving no carriers at Pearl Harbor. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.