Diana Containerships Sells M/V Spinel for Scrapping
Diana Containerships Inc. (Nasdaq:DCIX) signed, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, a Memorandum of Agreement to sell to an unaffiliated third party the…
Lukoil: Cylinder Oil to Reduce Wear, Consumption
Lukoil Marine Lubricants reports that it has expanded its sales in the 2012 business year by 74% to around $200m. Established in 2008, the subsidiary of Russian…
Ultramax Bulk Carrier Delivered to STAR
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (Nasdaq: SBLK) took delivery of M/V Star Challenger (formerly M/V “Supra Challenger”), a 61,462-dwt Ultramax bulk carrier of built in Japan…
American Cruise Lines Orders Four New Ships
Four new ACL Vessels to Enter Service between 2015 & 2017 and to Operate on U.S. American Cruise Lines announced plans to build four new riverboats for American river cruising, and noted that construction has already begun on the first two ships, with the first to begin cruising in in the spring of 2015. The first two new riverboats are designed to carry between 150 and 200 guests and will cruise the Mississippi River system and the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
Marlink Inks Deal with Neste Oil
Neste Oil extended its VSAT services with Marlink while upgrading its network and on board satellite hardware. As part of the contract extension, Marlink is installing new VSAT antennas on all eight Neste Oil vessels whilst migrating the fleet to the established iDirect platform. The delivery, based on Marlink’s Sealink VSAT services also features multibearer support and the @SEAoptimizer solution…
MPE Helps on Stena Ferry Interior Refit
MPE Interiors has completed a contract for ferry operator Stena Line to deliver an extensive fit out on the Stena Adventurer vessel. MPE carried out the refurbishment…
Keppel Wins $120m in Offshore Contracts
Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd's (Keppel O&M) subsidiaries Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) and Keppel Nantong Shipyard Co. Ltd (Keppel Nantong) won five contracts worth about $120m in total. "We are glad to have the support of repeat and new customers for a range of offshore and marine projects," said Michael Chia, MD (Marine and Technology) of Keppel O&M. "Keppel Shipyard's latest contracts bear…
Norwegian Player to Power LNGCs with ME-GI
Adoption of dual-fuel, low-speed engine type by market grows apace. Knutsen OAS Shipping, the Norwegian shipping company, has placed an order for 2 × 2 7G70ME-GI engines in connection with the building of two 176,300 m3 capacity LNG carriers. The specified engines are also based on MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new, ultra-long-stroke, G-type concept to deliver an even higher, overall propulsion plant efficiency.
Wärtsilä's Second BWMS Gets IMO Type Approval
Wärtsilä say that their AQUARIUS®EC (Electro-Chlorination) Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval. The approval is in accordance with the requirements of the 2004 IMO Convention for the control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediments and is an essential certification pre-requisite for the system to be used onboard ships.
Liquid Fuels to Remain Energy of Choice to 2040 Forecasts Study
The world will require all forms of energy over the next quarter century to meet a greater than one-third increase in demand that will be driven by population growth, improved living standards and expanded urbanization, according to ExxonMobil ’s newly-released ‘Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040’. The outlook projects that oil and natural gas will continue to meet about 60 percent of energy needs by 2040.
Khalifa Port Handles a Million TEU’s in First Year
Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) say that a million TEU containers have been handled at Khalifa Port since its commercial opening. Khalifa Port began commercial operations at the end of last year when all container traffic was transferred from the city centre port Zayed Port, to the country’s new flagship Khalifa Port. In October 2013, more than 100,000 TEUs passed through the port in just one month…
DFDS Looks to Employ Older Ferries Away from SECA
The upcoming strict environmental requirements in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea prompts DFDS to turn their attention southwards, reports Maritime Denmark. DFDS is among those companies that have made most progress in preparing for the new environmental regulations that will come into force on 1 January 2015. The rules require that ships in the Baltic Sea, North Sea and English Channel use oil with max. 0.1 % sulfur.
Specialist Maritime Engineer Joins Arup’s Houston Office
Arup, the multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, has been joined by Larry Wise as an associate and maritime engineer in the firm’s Houston office. In this role…
Middle East Heavy Lifts UK Bound
Maximizing her deck space capacity, ‘MV Lone’, the largest SAL vessel, has loaded eleven gas plant modules in the UAE. SAL say that their other heavy-lift vessels MV Gloria and MV Trina were also engaged in the project carrying similar modules from Kuwait and UAE to the UK, totaling more than 55,000 cbm of modules and associated equipment. Individually, MV Lone stowed an overall 25,020 cu.m on board – both in the hatch and on deck.
Fugro Opens New office in Mozambique, East Africa
Fugro recently opened new office premises in Mozambique's Port of Maputo, and has also established the only internationally accredited laboratory in the country.
Navy's LCS 'Serial Production' Now in Full Swing
The future ‘USS Jackson’ launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, marks an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship (LCS) program. Jackson (LCS 6) joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which will launch from the Marinette Marine Corp. yard in Wisconsin next week. These ships are the first vessels procured under the block buy contract awarded in 2010 and represent the true beginning of "serial production" for the class.
Gazprom & Spain’s Enagas Consider LNG Export Opportunities
The two energy providers discussed the possibilities of co-operation in supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) particularly from the Baltic LNG project to the European and Latin American markets, during a recent meeting at Gazprom HQ. Russia's Gazprom inform that the meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company's Management Committee and Marcelino Oreja, Chief Executive Officer of Enagas also noted that Spain had a potential to become one of the major consumers of LNG from the project.
China, A-P Maritime Security, Discussed at US/Singapore Talks
The United States-Singapore relationship takes on particular importance in light of the Defense Department’s strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a joint press conference with Singapore Defense Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen. Singapore is making important contributions to U.S. counter piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden, in addition to being a significant partner in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel added.
ARI Deliver India Offshore Vessel Bridge Simulators
ARI Simulation has delivered a complete suite of integrated offshore simulators to the NUSI Offshore Training Institute (NOTI) in Mumbai, India. The NOTI facility has been created by the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) to support competence development in offshore shipping among its members, promoting best practice as they progress up the chain of command in this vital, fast-growing sector. ARI Simulation was given a brief to achieve several offshore sector firsts for NOTI.
European Ports of Refuge: EMSA Hold Exercise
Almost all member states were represented for this EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) maritime safety exercise, directed by Hugh Shaw, the UK SoSRep, which was hosted by the Port of Rotterdam, with a planning group drawn from Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Ireland, Malta and the Netherlands. The scenario for the exercise – ‘Ocean Traveller – was the hypothetical collision between a tanker and a container vessel in the southern North Sea.