Inmarsat Complete Globe Wireless Acquisition
Inmarsat inform that the US$45-million deal to buy Globe Wireless, the Florida-based provider of value-added maritime communications services to the shipping market, has been finalised. Inmarsat has confirmed that it has completed regulatory and other approvals in relation to its purchase of Globe Wireless, which included the business and substantially all of the assets of Globe Wireless, which in the twelve months ended June 30…
Front Street Shipyard Contracted to Build Hi-speed Patrol Boats
Maine's Front Street Shipyard says it is beginning immediate construction on high-performance multi-hulls for Trefoil Marine which will be used primarily for military, police patrol, fire and rescue services. The shipbuilders inform that these patrol boats are a catamaran design by Donald L. Blount and Associates (DLBA) of Chesapeake, VA, with superior stability, predictable handling and a smooth ride.
BAE Systems Inc. Appoint DeMuro President & CEO
Jerry DeMuro, formerly executive vice-president and corporate vice president of the Information Systems and Technology group at General Dynamics, has been appointed as president and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc., effective February 1, 2014 to succeed Linda P. Hudson, who had announced last year her intention to retire from the company in 2014. DeMuro will be appointed as an executive director of BAE Systems plc and will serve on BAE Systems’ Executive Committee…
Security Ship's Crew Bail Cancelled by Indian Court
India's Principal Sessions Court has cancelled the conditional bail granted by a lower court to 35 crew members of US private security firm AdvanFort's 'Seaman Guard Ohio' arrested on charges of carrying weapons illegally and straying into Indian waters, reports ZNews (India). Principal Sessions Judge Krishnamoorthy was allowing a criminal revision petition by Tamil Nadu Q Branch police, challenging the grant of bail by a magistrate court to the crew of the ship arrested on October 18…
Singapore Remains World's Top Ship Bunker Port
As the global economy slowly returned to growth, the Port of Singapore says it maintained its global lead in bunker sales, and achieved good growth in annual vessel arrival tonnage, container and cargo throughput in 2013. Singapore informs it is now home to about 130 shipping groups. The maritime cluster employs more than 170,000 people and contributes some seven per cent to Singapore's Gross Domestic Product…
Maiden Littoral Combat Ship Deployment: Navy Learns Much
USS Freedom’s (LCS 1) maiden 10-month deployment validated the Navy’s overall concept of operations and provided valuable feedback on its operation, manning, and logistics, sums up Vice Adm. Tom Copeman, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. "The insights gained on the deployment will be used to further improve the operational flexibility, maintainability and efficiency on future deployments for this newest class of ship in the U.S. Navy .
New Dry Bulk Ship Orders Take Scorpio to 8-Million DWT Level
Scorpio Bulkers Inc. The total purchase price for the vessels is approximately $1,171 million. About Scorpio Bulkers Inc. Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has contracted and agreed to purchase 28 Ultramax, 23 Kamsarmax and 23 Capesize newbuilding dry bulk vessels to be delivered starting from the second quarter of 2014 from shipyards in Japan, Korea, China and Romania. The fleet currently on order has a total carrying capacity of approximately 8-million deadweight tonnes.
Aker Appoint David Currie UK Regional President
Aker Solutions says that since 2011 it has established regional structures in Brazil, North America, Norway and now the UK to bolster its presence and build stronger relations with key customers. Currie comes from FMC Technologies, where he has since 1985 held various positions, most recently as director of global subsea operations. A native of Scotland, he will be based in Aberdeen, where Aker Solutions has 2…
Taiwan's Evergreen Plans Mega-Containership Fleet Upgrade
Evergreen Marine Corp, Taiwan's largest container shipping company, plans to charter seven new vessels with capacity of 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) to upgrade its fleet at lower unit costs, while disposing of smaller and older vessels, reports the Taipei Times, . The seven vessels — owned by Sumitomo Corp, a leading integrated trading company in Japan — are scheduled to be delivered to Evergreen in 2016 and 2017, with a 10-year term of tenancy.
Antarctic Ice-bound Ships Moving: US Rescue Mission Icebreaker Stands Down
Both the 'Akademik Shokalskiy' and the 'Xue Long' have managed to break free from heavy ice in Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, informs the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia). According to the the U.S. Coast Guard, the Cutter Polar Star was released by AMSA from search and rescue duties after the Coast Guard Pacific Area command center received confirmation that both ships had broken through the heavy ice.
Search Begins for Crewman Missing from Indian Tanker
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a an Indian crewman, Ram Mohan Singh, 25, reported missing from a tanker vessel anchored five miles south of Southwest Pass, Tuesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the 598-foot Rainbow Quest that Singh was missing after an 8 a.m. muster. The Hong Kong-flagged ship conducted sweeps of the vessel with negative results; no life jackets were reported missing.
Paragon Takes New Vessel Delivery, Finances Two Other Builds
Paragon Shipping Inc. a global shipping transportation company specializing in drybulk cargoes, announced today that it has taken delivery of M/V Proud Seas, a 37…
NKT Opens Submarine Cables Center in Rotterdam
NKT Cables established its submarine cable Logistics Center at Rotterdam’s deepwater port in the Netherlands. The center with its present 9,000- and 4,600-metric-ton turntable capacity has been implemented within the NKT Cables production flow, in order to provide a substantial logistics capacity. With its unique cable splicing technology, NKT Cables can connect long single cable lengths together to form extra-long continuous submarine cables…
Olgoonik/Fairweather Wins BOEM Contract
Olgoonik/Fairweather, LLC, in conjunction with a team of scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Texas at Austin, the Florida Institute of Technology, Battelle Memorial Institute and Kinnetic Laboratories, Inc., has been awarded the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) contract to continue environmental monitoring research in the Beaufort Sea. The project is titled Arctic Nearshore Impact Monitoring in the Development Area (ANIMIDA III).
Petersen Joins Trans Marine Propulsion
Trans Marine Propulsion Systems, Inc. (TMPS), known worldwide for its diesel engine service and engineering capabilities, announced that Jesper Th. Petersen has joined the 29-year-old company as the Senior Technical Superintendent-Manager of 2 Stroke Service. Prior to joining TMPS, Mr. General Manager of MAN Diesel Shanghai Co. Ltd.
Oceans of Opportunity: XPRIZE Offers $2M
The oceans provide a wealth of opportunities that are currently unrealized. From trade and resources to new information services, the number of industries that could capitalize on our oceans is still far too small. But our oceans also face tremendous challenges. Pollution, over-exploitation and climate change are just a few of the problems conspiring to decimate both ecosystems and industries that rely on our seas.
IMTRA Restructures Management Team
IMTRA, a manufacturer and importer of marine products, announced its next President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Eric Braitmayer. On January 1, 2014, Mr. Braitmayer, who previously served as Chief Operating Officer (COO), succeeded IMTRA’s longtime President and CEO, Nat Bishop. Mr. Bishop followed former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ned Rogerson and Controller Nancy Lyons into retirement in 2013, having together provided nearly 100 years of service to the company. In addition to Mr.
Great Lakes Towing Assists Disabled USCG Vessel
The Great Lakes Towing Company came to the aid of the United States Coast Guard Monday night in the St. Marys River just two miles east of the U.S. Coast Guard Station…
Search Underway for Overboard Cruise Crewmember
The U.S. Coast Guard reported that a search is underway for a crewmember reported overboard from a cruise ship approximately 1,133 miles northeast of Hilo, Tuesday.
Port of Redwood City Reports Tonnage Boost
Coming off of a strong second quarter for cargo tonnage, the Port of Redwood City's tonnage for all commodities in the first half of fiscal year 2013/2014 reached 829,681 metric tons, an increase of 24 percent over the same period last year. Imported sand and aggregates from British Columbia accounted for 642,480 MT, more than 77% of the tonnage for the first half of the fiscal year. This was nearly a 45% increase in the amount from the same period last fiscal year.