The Trinidad & Tobago Maritime Sector
The recent 2013-14 National Budget of Trinidad and Tobago firmly highlighted the government’s intention to endorse Shipbuilding and Repair as a means of diversifying our traditional oil and gas economy. Trinidad & Tobago is in the middle of the world’s shipping lanes with an approximate 31,000 voyages per year passing within 25 nautical miles, positioning the location as an attractive choice for vessels traversing these principal routes.
Marseilles Fos Renews UNCTAD Training Agreement
The Marseilles Fos port authority has signed a five-year renewal of its agreement with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to provide management training for ports in French-speaking Africa. The collaboration dates from 1996 and runs within UNCTAD’s Train for Trade program. Under the scheme, every two years the leading French port hosts a training visit attended by some 20 directors and senior managers from African ports.
General Dynamics Awarded Virginia-Class Submarine Procurement
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $121.8 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for three Virginia-class submarines, SSN-793, SSN-794 and SSN-795.
Seatorque Boost for Brazil’s Biggest Superyacht
Brazilian superyacht builder MCP Yachts credited Seatorque Control Systems for contributing to the outstanding performance of its latest launch – the Hemisphere 140 Raffaella II. Incorporating Seatorque’s enclosed drive shaft system, the 43m aluminum vessel, powered by twin Caterpillar C32 1825 HP engines, achieved a top cruising speed of 22 knots during sea trials with an 85% load and 167 metric tons displacement, said MCP president Manoel Chaves.
Today in U.S. Naval History: December 23
Today in U.S. 1826 - Capt. Thomas ap Catesby Jones of USS Peacock and King Kamehameha negotiate first treaty between Hawaii and a foreign power. 1910 - Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson becomes first naval officer sent to flight training. 1941 - Gallant defenders of Wake Island (Sailors, Marines, volunteer civilian contractors, and Army Air Force radio detachment) surrender. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
Mabus Tightens Navy’s Counter-fraud Measures
While the Navy already has one of the strongest counter-fraud efforts in the government, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus today announced new measures to assure contracting integrity and to prevent fraud. Mabus, who briefed the Pentagon press corps this morning, spoke amid a criminal investigation focused on Glenn Defense Marine Asia. The U.S. Department of Justice is prosecuting the case, which alleges the company overcharged the U.S. Navy for husbanding services throughout Asia.
Kinder Morgan Acquires APT, SCT Tankers
Kinder Morgan Announces Acquisition of Jones Act Shipping Tankers in U.S. for Approximately $962 Million. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP) today announced…
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.