MHI to Build 83,000 cu.m LPG Carrier for Astomos Energy
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier able to navigate the Panama Canal from Astomos Energy Corp. The vessel is to feature MHI's world-class energy efficiency and outstanding versatility enabling it to flexibly accommodate the requirements of major LPG terminals. Completion and delivery are scheduled for the second half of 2015.
Shell Stops Work on GOM Gas Project
Royal Dutch Shell plc announced that the company will not move forward with the proposed 140,000 bpd Gulf Coast gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Louisiana. Shell is a leader in GTL technology…
Upgraded MaK Engine Gets Power Boost
To help commercial marine customers better adjust to new operation profiles and evolving emissions regulations in the global marine industry, Caterpillar Marine announced the development of new features and increased power ratings for the MaK M 25 C propulsion engine, a commercial marine engine platform with over 1,000 installations in marine applications and vessels. According to the manufacturer…
PVI to Deploy Armed Security on German Vessels
Private maritime security service company Protection Vessels International (PVI), part of Protection Group International, announced that it has achieved accreditation to deploy armed guards on German flagged vessels. Applicable from December 1, 2013, the updated German regulations are more stringent than any other existing standard and go beyond ISO 28000/28007 certification, which is currently being piloted.
ZF Explores Chinese Offshore Market
Marine Propulsion Systems, a business unit of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, shared at the sidelines of Marintec China 2013 that China continues to be a key focus for the company and shared plans to strengthen its footprint in the market. ZF Marine has been in China since 2006 and currently operates a sales and services office in Shanghai which serves as a competence center for all marine applications in China.
Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 7% in November
Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.5 million tons in November, an increase of 7% compared to a year ago. The November ore float was also 4.1% ahead of the month’s five-year average…
U.K Coastguard Helps with Flood Rescue Efforts
The U.K. Coastguards has been working through the night as parts of the U.K. have been hit by one of the largest tidal surges in decades. Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCCs) at Stornoway, Aberdeen, Humber, Holyhead, Liverpool, Thames, Dover and Falmouth have been managing the rescue efforts. Nearly 50 Coastguard Rescue Teams have been sent to some of the worst affected areas. Coastguards from elsewhere in the country were also sent to help.
Fifth Damen PSV for World Wide Supply
Damen Shipyards Group is set to deliver the fifth Platform Supply Vessel in a series of six to World Wide Supply of Norway. World Opal is a Damen PSV 3300 CD. The first ship, World Diamond, was delivered in July and the last in the series World Sapphire is due to be delivered mid-December. Delivery of the new design involved extensive CAD/CAM modeling by Damen Shipyards itself and model testing at Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN).
American Club Strengthens Management
The American P&I Club is reorganizing its underwriting and business development functions into a regionalized structure comprising the Americas, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), South and Southeast Asia, and Greater China and North Asia. “The more focused application of resources created by this new structure is intended further to improve service delivery to members, brokers and the club’s other business associates…
Parker Kittiwake Extends Test Range
Parker Kittiwake, the global provider of asset control and protection technology, has launched its newly updated DIGI TBN test kit. The digital, used-oil analysis…
DryShips Suspends Market Equity Offering
DryShips Inc., a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced that it has suspended purchases under its previously announced program of at the market issuances of its common shares through Evercore Group L.L.C. as its sales agent. DryShips said it reserves the right to continue the suspension of the program…
New Steel Processing Equipment Helps Build Australian Warships
Inventive steel processing companies provide the backbone for infrastructure, transport, shipping and consumer goods sectors. One such company, Ferrocut Australia, was called on by the Royal Australian Navy’s Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Shipbuilder program, to provide steel plate cutting services and support for the life of the warship-building project. Ferrocut…
Today in U.S. Naval History: December 6
Today in U.S. 1830 - Naval Observatory, the first U.S. national observatory, established at Washington, D.C., under commander of Lieutenant Louis Malesherbes. 1901 - First report of Ship Model Basin at Washington Navy Yard issued by Naval Constructor David W. Taylor who designed the basin. First facility of this type in U.S. to test hull shapes. 1917 - German submarine torpedoes sink USS Jacob Jones (DD-61) off England.
Fast Ferry Gets a New Power Package
While many owners discuss ideas to suitably maintain maritime service while slashing operating costs, Seasteak LLC, owners a 43m fast ferry Wall Street, put words into action with a dramatic propulsion switch that saw the company maintain sailing schedule and speed while reducing fuel consumption 30% and CO2 emissions 50%. Wall Street, a 43m fast ferry owned by Seastreak LLC of Atlantic Highlands, NJ…
Cat tackles Tier 3 and Tier 4; Completes Berg Deal
Caterpillar Marine and Power Systems was one of the most active companies at the 2013 International Workboat Show in New Orleans, debuting several new products that are compliant with EPA Tier 3 and 4 regulations, and finalizing the acquisition of propulsion equipment manufacturer Johan Walter Berg AB. Caterpillar Inc., which is one of the biggest names in industrial equipment, engines and turbines, recorded 2012 sales revenues of $65.9 billion.