Varadkar Publishes New Ship Registration Bill
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD has announced the publication of the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill 2013. The Bill is…
Rand Adds New Business for 2014
Rand Logistics, Inc. announced that it has secured additional new long-term contractual business for the 2014 sailing season, totaling in excess of 250 sailing days. These contracts, a combination of new business, market share gains and organic market growth, are expected to help rebalance the company's 2014 sailing season commodity mix to levels more consistent with prior years and improve existing fleet operating efficiencies.
A Helping Hand for IMO Environmental Regulation Compliance
Denmark has donated DKK 200,000 for the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO). The money is intended to assist all countries in complying with the IMO requirements on ballast water management and CO2 emissions. DKK 200,000 from the Danish Foreign Ministry’s program for developing countries has just been sent to the IMO headquarters in London. Here, the money is to contribute to…
CMA CGM Suspends Venice, South Sudan Port Calls
CMA CGM decided to suspend Venice call on its Phoenician Express service as part of its winter program. Adverse weather conditions in Venice during winter do not allow maintaining proper schedule integrity. Venice Cargo will be relayed on CMA CGM operated and dedicated Adriatic feeder, maintaining high level of service. Phoenician Express new schedule will be effective December 24th, 2013, with MV LAMARTINE, voyage BE984E.
Ocean Rig Takes Delivery of Newbuild Drillship
Ocean Rig UDW Inc., a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced that it took delivery of its 228- x 42-meter newbuilding drillship, the Ocean Rig Skyros, on Friday, December 20, 2013. The seventh-generation deepwater drillship, built at Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard in South Korea, is currently mobilizing to offshore Angola to commence drilling operations with Total. The rig features a helicopter deck…
AWO Congratulates Johnson on Confirmation as Homeland Security Secretary
The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the country’s tugboat, towboat and barge industry, offered its congratulations to Jeh…
SPO Welcomes Seventh D Class Vessel to its Fleet
Shipowner and operator Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd. (SPO) welcomes another new anchor handling tug supply vessel, Pacific Dispatchto its fleet with her launch and naming ceremony. This vessel is built by Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd. (ST Marine) shipyard in Singapore. More than 100 representatives from SPO and ST Marine attended the event, held at the shipyard of ST Marine. The launch and naming ceremony was graced by Lady Sponsor, Mrs. Ofelia J.
Turkish Navy Tug Accident Kills 10
Reuters reported that Turkish navy tugboat, TCG Degirmendere, capsized Monday while docked for repairs at Aegean coast Izmir Shipyard, resulting in the death of…
Oil & Chemical Cargo Barges Collide in Intercoastal Waterway
The Coast Guard has responded to a collision between two barges in the vicinity of Siever’s Cove on Bolivar Peninsula, in the Intracoastal Waterway. The captain of the tug pushing the barge TTI-150 contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City to report this barge's collision with barge CBC 7026. A 25-foot Response Boat from Station Galveston was sent with a team of incident responders…
BP Asks: What's Going on in Government's GOM Settlement Facility?
Below is an advertisement that that BP says it plans to run in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
Easy Appointed Port of Melbourne CEO
The Australian State of Victoria's Minister for Ports informs that Nick Easy has been appointed as CEO of the Port of Melbourne Corporation. Port of Melbourne Corporation Chairman Mark Birrell said that the Port of Melbourne Board undertook an extensive recruitment and selection process and was very pleased to recommend Nick Easy to the Victorian Government for appointment. “The Board looks forward…
Harris CapRock Wins Offshore Angola Communications Contract
Provider of managed communication solutions for remote and harsh environments, Harris CapRock Communications has signed a multi-year contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME) to provide an integrated telecommunications solution supporting the Mafumeira Sul project off the coast of Angola. Harris CapRock says it will provide equipment and design, integrate and test all telecommunication systems before deployment…
Despite Protests Gazprom Starts Arctic Oil Production
Gazprom says it has started producing oil from the Prirazlomnoye field, which is the first Russian project for developing the Arctic shelf and the commencement, they say, of their large-scale activities aimed at creating a large hydrocarbon production center in the region. The Prirazlomnoye oil field [scene of an earlier Greenpeace protest] is located in the Pechora Sea, 60 kilometers off the shore.
Shallow Draft Coal Carrier Delivered to NYK Line
The 'Hokuriku Maru', a specialized coal carrier having a wide beam and shallow draft for the transport of steaming coal from Australia and Indonesia to power plants operated by the Hokuriku Electric Power Company (Hokuriku Denryoku) has been accepted from the shipyard by NYK. A naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on the same day and attended by Hokuriku Denryoku representatives and NYK president Yasumi Kudo, among others.
Suez Canal Authority Goes for Major Communications Upgrade
Provider of business collaboration and communication solutions, Avaya, says it has signed a major deal with Cairo ICT 2013, which enables the Suez Canal Authority to move their full 15,000 communications ports to Avaya Aura® Communication Manager. In a move towards complete unified communications the Suez Canal Authority will be able to improve employee mobility, centralizing the communications network…
Titanic ll Project Signs Up Original Survivor's Grandson
Blue Star Line say that Phiip Littlejohn has joined the Titanic Advisory Board: he is the grandson of Alexander James Littlejohn, 1st Class Steward 'RMS Titanic'. Alexander Littlejohn survived the sinking after being ordered to row Lifeboat 13. After the disaster Alexander returned to work for the White Star Line on RMS Olympic, until the outbreak of WW1, in 1914. Blue Star Line say that his grandson…
Holland's IHC Merwede Chooses IFS Software Solution
Swedish business software applications company IFS say they have been selected by dredging vessel, mining & equipment firm IHC Merwede to support its key business processes. The contract licenses are worth approximately EUR 2 million. IFS Applications will be implemented as IHC Merwede’s single ERP system (Enterprise Resource Planning) supporting the company’s key strategic goals: collaboration, globalization, and growth.
Canadian Waters WWll Shipwreck: Oil Recovery Concluded
Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, has informed of the successful completion of the 'Zalinski' Pollution Recovery Operation in Grenville Channel − roughly 100km from Prince Rupert – on the North Coast of British Columbia. The two-month operation safely extracted approximately 44,000L of heavy Bunker C oil and 319,000L of oily water from the wreck. The USAT Brigadier General M.G. Zalinski sank in 1946 in Grenville Channel while in transit to Alaska, carrying a variety of cargo.
Port of Hueneme Declares AMP Readiness
The Port of Hueneme informs that it has performed a load bank test of its recently installed substation making the Port ready to provide a reliable, steady source of shore-side power for ships at berth. With the passage of AB 32 by the California state assembly, programs were put in place to allow ships at berth in California ports to turn off their more polluting marine engines [cold ironing] dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Latest DofD Navy Contracts
The latest US Department of Defense, Navy, contracts include: to Defense Support Services LLC for 'COLDS' cargo training, and to Hornbeck Offshore Services for the time charter of an offshore supply vessel for submarine rescue diving support services. Defense Support Services LLC, Mount Laurel, N.J., is being awarded a $24,903,892 indefinite-delivery requirements contract for instructional support…