Liebherr’s 2013 Turnover Steady Despite Weak Economic Climate
The overall economic situation did not improve in 2013. According to current forecasts, the global economy will grow by just under 3% and global production probably by 3.1%. In this year the volume of worldwide trade will, according to World Trade Organization (WTO) forecasts, increase by 2.5%. In view of only moderate overall economic development this year, the Liebherr Group expects its total turnover to reach €9.1 billion, which equals the previous year’s figure.
Seacurus: Seafarers Should be Protected Against Risk of Unpaid Wages
Specialist marine insurance intermediary Seacurus says that reported doubts about the insurance industry’s ability to insure the liability for unpaid wages of abandoned seafarers under the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 are inaccurate and ill-founded. It is already an agreed principle under MLC 2006, which came into force in August 2013, that liability for the unpaid wages of seafarers currently falls to the recruitment and placement services which help seafarers find employment at sea.
Gibdock Prepares Five-Star Floating Hotel
The 189-room five-star floating hotel Sunborn Gibraltar is due to welcome its first guests in February 2014, after Gibraltar shipyard Gibdock drew on its extensive cruise ship expertise to undertake hull blasting and coating work. Despite its role as a tourist and business travel destination Gibraltar does not have a five-star hotel. The 142m long, seven deck Sunborn Gibraltar resembles a sophisticated high-end cruise ship or mega yacht.
Statoil Makes Final Investment Decision on Shah Deniz Stage 2
Statoil ASA has together with partners in the Shah Deniz consortium in Azerbaijan made a final investment decision for the Stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz gas field…
Inmarsat to Acquire Globe Wireless
Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, announced the acquisition of the business and substantially all of the assets of Globe Wireless LLC.
St. Lawrence Seaway U.S. Ports Record Mixed 2013 Results
While the 2013 shipping season saw overall fluctuating cargo figures, U.S. ports on the Great Lakes have continued to outperform their initial projections. The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period March 22 to November 30 were 33 million metric tons, down 6% over the same period in 2012. "The shipping industry in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System…
Navios Announces Delivery of Three Container Vessels
Navios Maritime Partners L.P., an owner and operator of dry cargo vessels, has announced that the Hyundai Tokyo, the Hyundai Shanghai and the Hyundai Busan, all 2006-built container vessels of 6…
Weather Delays Dip U.S.-Flag Lakes Cargo Movement
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) carried 8.7 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in November, a decrease of 4.7% compared to a year ago. The total was also 8.7% below November’s long-term average…
U.S. Coast Guard Clarifies BWM Type Approval Process
Recently the Coast Guard has been responding to rumors that type approval of ballast water management systems (BWMS) that incorporate ultraviolet radiation (UV)…
DSV Seeks Higher Levels of Managing Safely
Freight forwarding and logistics company DSV said it understands the importance of operational excellence and 7 people from across the three DSV divisions have just completed an intensive health and safety course accredited by the Institute of Occupational Health & Safety (IOSH). The four day course, Managing Safely, covered all aspects of health and safety and included a final exam. Each participant also had to complete a written assignment back at their workplace.
EU Contributes to Sustainable Transport Initiative
The European Union will cofinance with a little over €6.4 million from the TEN-T Program a pilot project investigating a new propulsion system for vessels. The initiative…
Fishing Vessel in Collision with South Pier
At 6.30 a.m. today Tyne Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) reported to Humber Coastguard that the fishing vessel Grenaa Star had been in collision with South Pier, Tynemouth.
Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen New Maritime President in DNV GL
Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen is appointed president in DNV GL Maritime. Ørbeck-Nilssen will take on the role as president from 1 January 2014. He will be member of the Executive Committee and operate out of Hamburg. Tor E. Svensen, CEO DNV GL Maritime, says “I am really pleased to have Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen on board in this role. He has more than 20 years of experience from a variety of disciplines. “I am confident…
Safariland Appoints Kubasik to BoD
Maui Acquisition Corp, the parent corporation of The Safariland Group, has announced the appointment of Christopher E. Kubasik to its Board of Directors effective immediately. In addition to serving on the Board, Mr. Kubasik will also serve as the Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee. “We are pleased and excited to welcome someone of Chris’ caliber to our Board of Directors,” said Warren Kanders, Chairman and CEO of the Company. Mr.
Jensen Maritime Design New City of Portland Fireboats
Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, recently completed concept designs and performance specifications for two new fireboats that will join the city of Portland’s fire and rescue (PF&R) fleet in the first half of 2014. The new, fast-response fireboats will provide emergency response on long stretches of both the Columbia and Willamette rivers…
'Blue Orca' Active in North Sea Well Stimulation
Maersk Oil has contracted with well-stimulation vessel owner Baker Hughes for the charter of the 'Blue Orca', currently busy in restoring safe and efficient production to ageing North Sea wells. The Blue Orca incorporates state-of-the-art stimulation technology and unsurpassed treatment capabilities to reduce risk, rig time, and nonproductive time (NPT) while enhancing production and profits. The vessel is specially engineered for North Sea conditions…
UK Navy Issues BAE 'Successor' Submarine Contracts
The 'Successor' submarines, which will carry the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent, will be the largest and most advanced boats operated by the Royal Navy, & two contracts worth £47 million and £32 million have been awarded to BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines who are leading on the design of the vessels. The investment will allow BAE Systems, who currently have more than a thousand people working on the Successor programme…
New Sonar Allows Hydrographic Surveying at Speed
Sweden's MMT Group has purchased a new Kongsberg EM2040-04 dual TX high resolution multibeam system which has been installed on their survey vessel 'MV Seabeam'. The new EM 2040-04 dual TX model, which consist of two TX-Transmitters and two RX-Receivers is designed for mapping in shallow areas at higher speed and will deliver high resolution, accurate survey data and great range performance (both depth and swath width) at the highest resolution available in the market, claims Kongsberg.
Kongsberg Sonar Aids University Geo-Archeological Survey
Researchers from Plymouth University (UK) conducted a marine geoarchaeological survey off Methoni, Greece. The Kongsberg GeoAcoustics Dual Frequency Side Scan Sonar and the GeoPulse Pinger Sub-Bottom Profiler were used for visualisation of underwater antiquities over the local underwater archaeological site, within the GE.N.ESIS project. There is archaeological evidence supporting that the human presence in the Methoni Bay, Greece, dates back to the Bronze Age.
Safe LNG Bunkering: OGP & ISO Issue Draft Guide
OGP (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) have released their interim draft in response to industry uncertainties associated with trade regulations (EU and US) and their applicability to standardisation in the oil and gas sector. The authors explain that there is an industry need to provide guidance for the equipment, systems, procedures and training for those parties engaged in the delivery of LNG as fuel to ships.