Product Tanker Hijackings
Gulf of Guinea piracy presents a radically different picture compared with Somali piracy. Since decades it has been a kaleidoscopic mix of short duration hijackings, militant disruptions, kidnappings, robberies and thefts, depending on the location and the setting. It was not until recently, however, that piracy in the region attracted significant international media attention due to the increase in hijackings of product tankers in the region.
Status Report: Lightweight Structures at Sea
SP Fire Technology’s involvement in fire-resistant lightweight materials for marine applications has contributed to the construction of several smaller lightweight vessels, and to the current discussion within the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of how larger ocean-going vessels could be built using plastic composites. 2005 saw the start of the LÄSS project, which clearly showed the potential…
Scorpion Ribs Shows Their Sting with Dyena
Scorpion Ribs set the benchmark for design and quality, both of which are clear in any of their boats and especially true in their latest Scorpion Sting, but now they can also provide proof of the ride quality and performance of their vessels from the data obtained using the Dyena Acceleration Recorder. The Dyena Acceleration Recorder (DaccR) is proving to be a valuable tool for the development and comparison of fast boats.
Former BP Engineer Convicted for Obstruction of Justice
Kurt Mix, a former engineer for BP plc, was convicted today of intentionally destroying evidence requested by federal criminal authorities investigating the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon disaster. Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Anderson of the FBI’s New Orleans Division made the announcement after the verdict was announced by U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr.
ABS Group Certifies Vattenfall Wind Project
ABS Group will present Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd. with the Certified Design Basis Verification for the Kentish Flats Extension Offshore Wind Farm Project. The project…
Maritime Authority of Jamaica Conducts Island-wide Survey
Jamaica is embarking on a country-wide survey of all the commercial and domestic vessels in its waters to ensure it has accurate data on its maritime community.
Weston Appointed Manager at Survival Craft
Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine systems and support services, said it has made a key appointment as it targets further growth in 2014. David Weston has been appointed training and competence operations manager at the business, which recently opened its 12th office in Rotterdam. As well as his company-wide auditing role, David – who served in the RAF for 22 years – heads up the new Survival Craft Inspectorate Training Academy in Stonehaven.
HME Offers Technical Superintendent Course
Technical superintendents are a vital point of contact for equipment suppliers and repair yards. They function as the link between vessel and shore, and play an important role in the purchasing of new parts and contracting repair activities. At the request of and in partnership with several yards, HME has established a training course focused entirely on technical superintendents. The six-day course consists of three modules of two days and will take place in the spring of 2014 in Vlaardingen.
Superyacht Shipyard Expansion for Yacht Solutions
Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine has expanded its facility and tripled its superyacht yard capacity in response to the overwhelming demand for space in Thailand’s first dedicated superyacht facility in Bangkok. Since the partnership began in January between Yacht Solutions and Italthai Marine (ITM) at Samut Prakarn in Bangkok Yacht Solutions has received more enquiries for shipyard work than ever before and has already undertaken work on 43-meter SY Douce France…
CMA CGM PC South Service: New Call in Takoradi
CMA CGM said it will introduce a new call in Takoradi (Ghana) on its PC South service designed to connect Libreville and Port Gentil ports in Gabon and Takoradi in Ghana to Europe, the Mediterranean, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and North America via Tanger Med terminal. Pointe Noire call in Republic of Congo will serve the domestic market but will also serve as a hub for cargo from Asia to Takoradi.
Today in U.S. Naval History: December 19
Today in U.S. Naval History - December 19 1870 - After a month at sea in a 22-foot boat, Coxswain William Halford, the lone survivor of five, reaches Hawaii to seek help for crew of USS Saginaw, wrecked near Midway Island. Rescuers reach the 88 Saginaw survivors on January 4, 1871. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
EC Notes Safety Progress, Highlights Needed Improvement
Some EU Member States are struggling to meet their commitment to ratify international maritime conventions, according to a European Commission report (EC) on compliance with flag state requirements.
Great Lakes Coal Trade Down 7.3% in November
Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.7 million tons in November, a decrease of 7.3 percent compared to a year ago, and well below – 35.2 percent – the month’s long-term average.
New Masthead Lamp Rounds Out Nav Lamp Package
Any vessel, whether commercial, recreational or military, benefits from the safety and security provided by high visibility. With the introduction of its new NaviLED PRO 5 nm masthead lamp, Hella marine now offers owners and operators a complete and ultra-durable navigation lamp package for vessels up to 150'. The year 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of the NaviLED PRO line gaining international certifications.
DP World Australia Expedites Navis N4 Upgrades
Navis, the global technology standard for managing the movement of cargo through terminals, has announced that DP World Australia has reached another major milestone.
Transas Launches Updated Navi-Planner
The updated version of the globally renowned voyage planning software Navi-Planner 4000 received additional functions, boosting versatility and convenience. The Transas Navi-Planner 4000 software is recognized as one of the ECDIS market’s most powerful charts and data management tools, and also boasts a set of databases, applications and services intended for every step of voyage planning. In addition to working with the Transas Admiralty Data Service (TADS)…
Last ‘Saltie’ of 2013 Season Departs Port of Duluth-Superior
The last oceangoing vessel to call on the Port of Duluth-Superior for the 2013 shipping season is expected to depart later today (ETD 4:00 PM). The Orsula arrived Sunday to load a total of nearly 22,000 metric tons (24,250 short tons) of durum wheat at the CHS and Gavilon grain terminals in Superior. Bound for Italy, the Orsula will be the last “saltie” to make a full transit this season of the 2,340-mile Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system.
Cadmium-free Anodes Help Satisfy 2013 VGP
By December 19, the Environmental Protection Agency expects vessel owners and operators with craft included under the Vessel General (VGP), to comply with regulations regarding discharges. VGP directives cover non-military commercial vessels longer than 79'. VGP requirements for cathodic protection can be easily met with environmentally-friendly Martyr brand cadmium-free aluminum and magnesium anodes from Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. Provisions in the 2013 VGP seek to protect U.S.
ABS Assesses Offshore Asset Cybersecurity
Increased Internet and remote connectivity to offshore assets has exposed industrial control systems to targeted attacks and vulnerabilities previously obscured.
China Joint Port Shipping Agency Deal Agreed
Sino-Global Shipping America an international shipping agency & logistic services provider, says it has signed a one-year strategic agreement with Jiangsu Lianyungang Port Logistics Holding Co.