Wilson Sons Place OSRV Brazil Shipyard Contract
Wilson Sons Estaleiros Ltda, has contracted with Braizilian subsidiary shipyard Oceanpact for the construction of four Oil Spill Recovery Vessels (OSRVs), with recovered oil storage capacity of 1,050 m³, a length of 67 meters, and a beam of 14 meters. Wilson inform that for the construction of the four vessels, Oceanpact will pay approximately BRL 333 million (three hundred and thirty three million brazilian reais).
Conservation Groups Challenge Navy's Sonar Plans
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has approved the Navy’s 5-year plan to expand its sonar & live-fire training exercises in the Pacific ocean, but environmentalists are challenging the decision because of the threat it poses to marine life, reports Care2 in the following (excerpted) report. It’s been well established that marine mammals rely on hearing to navigate, communicate…
BAE Systems Appoint Group Communications Director
Claire Divver has been appointed as BAE Group Communications Director. She will join the group early in the new year and will be a member of the BAE Systems Executive Committee, reporting to Chief Executive Ian King. Claire was formerly General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs for Xstrata plc where she was responsible for the global communications of the multinational diversified mining group. She joined Xstrata in 2004 and was also a Board member of Xstrata Nickel…
MSC Lirica-class Cruise Ships to be Up-Sized
MSC Cruises says that its multi-million euro 'renaissance programme' will involve all four of its Lirica class ships over the next two years in major upgrades, lengthening, at Fincantieri shipyards in Italy. The almost €200 million programme is due to be complete by 2015. The "renaissance" of MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Opera, the owners say, will add exciting new entertainment options, technological advancements, extended shops and up to nearly 200 new cabins per ship.
Abu Dhabi Ports Company Accredited for VTS Training
Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), says it has recently been accredited by the National Transport Authority (NTA) to conduct IALA model courses for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) operators at its dedicated training center, making it the first maritime educational institute in the Gulf Region to offer this NTA approved training. “Being accredited to teach IALA training courses is a further example of our best practices”, says Mohammed Juma Al Shamisi, Acting CEO, ADPC.
'Emma Maersk' Suez Accident Report Released
Denmark's Maritime Accident Investigation Board has released its report on the Suez Canal approach incident on board the container ship 'Emma Maersk' earlier in 2013. On the evening of 1 February 2013, a severe leakage occurred in the container ship EMMA MÆRSK while the ship, loaded with general cargo in about 14,000 containers, was about to pass southbound through the Suez Canal. The leakage was…
Port of Rotterdam Takes Even Strain in 2013
According to provisional figures, goods throughput in the port of Rotterdam will end this year at the same level as in 2012: 442 million tonnes. The port explains that the top performance came from dry bulk such as coal, iron ore and agribulk. Throughput figures for crude oil were noticeably lower than in 2012, due mainly to the weak fuel market in Europe and maintenance shutdowns at the refineries. There was a slight increase in the throughput of oil products.
Latest DofD Navy Contracts
BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Alabama LLC, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $32,946,457 firm-fixed-price contract for the regular maintenance and overhaul of USNS Supply (T-AOE 6). This contract includes two additional options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to $42,499,988. Work will be performed in Mobile, Ala., and is expected to be completed by October 2014.
Carnival Corp. Wins Clean Tech Award
Cruise company Carnival Corporation has been named the 'Best Marine Solutions Company' in this year's Clean Tech Awards by 'The New Economy' magazine. The Clean Tech Awards are given out by The New Economy, a quarterly publication whose goal is to engender financial investment and encourage discussion and debate of appropriate strategies for the promotion of global economic growth. The award winners demonstrated…
Intermanager President: New Year Message
The shipping industry has shown great resilience in battling through the recent economic downturn, according to InterManager President Gerardo Borromeo. But he urged caution following a recent jump in new build tanker orders, stating: “We live in interesting and challenging times”. In his New Year message to InterManager members, Mr. Borromeo said, “As we have seen, even when we think we see the light of day, there remains a specter of uncertainty.
Fugro Awarded Five-Year Positioning Contract by DOF ASA
Fugro has won a contract from DOF ASA for the provision of precise satellite positioning for the entire DOF fleet of more than 70 vessels globally. The contract…
Keppel FELS Delivers Jackup Rig to Ensco
Delivery marks 20th rig completion by Keppel FELS in 2013. Keppel FELS Ltd. (Keppel FELS) has delivered ENSCO 121, the second ultra-premium harsh environment ENSCO 120 Series jackup rig, to Ensco plc (Ensco). Built to an enhanced version of Keppel’s proprietary KFELS Super A Class design, the rig has been chartered for deployment in the North Sea. Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director (Offshore) of Keppel Offshore & Marine and Managing Director of Keppel FELS…
Second Annual Safe Affordable Ferry Design Competition
The World Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) announced the coming year’s challenging international student design competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry. The goal…
Largest Ever Marintec China Hits New Records
Largest ever Marintec China 2013 hits New Records over 1,700 exhibiting companies and attracted 13% more trade visitors Hong Kong – December 23, 2013—Marintec China 2013, organized by UBM Asia and the Shanghai Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers, was a tremendous success over the four days of the show from December 3-6, 2013. With the blowing of a whistle and pushing of the actuating lever, Marintec China 2013 officially began.
Carderock Opens Upgraded Maneuvering, Seakeeping Basin
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division marked the opening of the maneuvering and seakeeping basin (MASK) facility, with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Dec. 19. The 360-foot long and 240 foot-wide facility holds approximately 12 million gallons of water and is used to evaluate the maneuverability, stability and control of scale models. "As I marvel at this triumph of naval engineering and naval architecture…
BSEE Targets $7 Million Investment in Oil Spill Response Research
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced that it is soliciting proposals for oil spill response research projects and will be investing up to $7 million to support these projects in 2014. In a Broad Agency Announcement released on the federal governments business opportunities website, FedBizOpps.gov, the bureau called for white papers focusing specifically on one of 10 topic areas for proposed research covering oil spill response operations on the U.S.
Navios Europe Takes Delivery of Four Additional Vessels
Navios Europe Inc. announced that it has taken delivery of four additional vessels out of the ten vessel acquisition from HSH Nordbank AG (HSH). Including these four vessels…
Descartes Acquires Impatex
Descartes Systems Group, a global company uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, acquired Impatex Freight Software Limited, a provider of electronic customs filing and freight forwarding solutions in the U.K. Impatex brings more than 200 freight forwarder customers to Descartes’ Global Logistic Network, with the majority of these in the U.K. By combining Impatex’s leading U.K. customs…
MOL Responds to Containership Safety Report
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) responded to the interim report of the Committee on Large Container Ship Safety related to the incident on June 17, 2013, involving the MOL-operated MOL Comfort, which hull broke in half. The committee was established by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) made up of maritime industry representatives and experts. The report was issued on December 17.
Laborde Diesel Generators Help Power Energy Giant
Effective wastewater treatment and liquids processing is essential to energy production, pipeline and refining operations, both offshore and onshore. To help ensure efficient, reliable power for its fleet of equipment, the Water Treatment Services division of Greene's Energy Group recently chose custom generators packaged and installed by Laborde Products. Laborde customized four new 40 kW diesel generators for placement in SEPCo-certified…