Philippine Coast Guard Boosts Security
With some 12 million devotees from different walks of life to join the procession, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and various law enforcement agencies will deploy…
Navy to Christen Fourth Joint High Speed Vessel
The Navy will christen Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) Fall River on Jan. 11, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony in Mobile, Ala. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, will serve as the ship's sponsor. Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC), Fall River will be designated as a United States naval ship (USNS)…
Donahue to Direct PwC Freight Transportation
PwC US today announced the addition of John Donahue as a director in the firm’s transportation and logistics sector within the larger Industrial Products practice. With more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of the transportation and logistics industry, Donahue will be responsible for leading the freight-related segments for the firm’s transportation and logistics engagements. According to PwC…
Ferries Swapped Due to Mechanical Issues
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced it will swap vessels at the Lower Algiers to Chalmette ferry route due to a mechanical issue.
Great Ships of 2013: Shuttle Tanker RIO 2016 for TEN
RIO 2016 is the first vessel in a series of two shuttle tanker in Brazilian water operation, designed by Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering for Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd., two companies with a long and good historic relationship. This vessel was chartered to Petroleo Brasileiro SA. The ship is built under the survey of DNV and designed in accordance with IACS common structure rule (CSR).
Fugro’s Offshore Wind Farm Drill Ready
Fugro Seacore is building a pile top drill, the T120, for the offshore wind farm market to assist with monopole installations of up to eight meters diameter. The development represents a significant step forward in capacity, as Its current big drill has 90 metric tons of rotational torque; the new one will have 120 metric tons. This new addition to the fleet means they will have two drills capable of relief drilling piles of larger than six-meter diameter simultaneously…
USCG Warns of Tank Sampling Dangers
This Safety Alert serves as a reminder to Coast Guard (CG) personnel and the maritime community of potential dangers during sampling of cargo tanks. During a recent Port State Control (PSC) tank vessel examination, a CG member was exposed to a dangerous concentration of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas and suffered a serious injury. The exposure occurred during a tank vessel exam onboard a tank vessel carrying Grade E Sour Crude.
Charting Paperless Navigation in U.S. Waters
Pasha Hawaii, SeaRiver Maritime Inc., and perhaps ConocoPhillips will soon share the practice of paperless navigation in U.S. domestic trades. Each of these three ship owner/operators is managing a transition to paperless navigation at distinctly significant stages. Their progress opens a window into the evolution of electronic navigation, now taking place worldwide. There are other U.S. operators on a similar path, to be sure, but the prominence of these three is exemplary.
Marine Infrastructure Challenges Demand Engineering Solutions
Infrastructure renewal and engineering combine to provide an obscure, often under-appreciated, but nevertheless critically important aspect of marine operations. In the Pacific Northwest, for example, the waterway abundant geography provides engineering and specialized moving company Omega Morgan with all sorts of challenges that involve bridges spanning rivers. Whether crossing or moving these spans, West Coast-based Omega Morgan, faces particularly unique engineering challenges.
Marine Manufacturers find ... "There’s an APP for that"
Marine product providers turn to high tech tools to enhance service, information and – yes – their bottom lines. There’s an APP for that. You’ve heard it before and in many contexts. Increasingly, the global waterfront is getting into the act, too. Typically available for iPhones and/or any kind of smart phones, these Apps are perfect for the busy executive. Putting information at your fingertips, when you want it and no matter where you might be; is at the heart of it all.
Finding the Ideal Biodegradable Marine Lubricant
In December 2013, the EPA through its Vessel General Permit (VGP) will introduce the mandatory use of “Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants” or EALs. These products include the lubricating oils that are directly used in applications referred to as “oil to sea interfaces” where the only thing holding the oil from entering the water is a simple seal or gasket. Understanding what this all means to you is important.
Fairweather LLC Names Davey GM
Fairweather, LLC has announced the appointment of Lori Davey as the company’s new general manager. Davey will be responsible for directing all of Fairweather’s business activities and overseeing the company’s expansion and management of Deadhorse Aviation Center. A member of the Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies, Fairweather LLC is a 38-year-old Alaskan company and a leader in providing remote medical…
Fairmount Tugboat Takes ENSCO Rig From Rio to Malta
Fairmount Marine say they have safely delivered the semi-submersible drilling rig ENSCO 5004 to Malta at the end of a voyage that began offshore Rio de Janeiro. The 5,782 nautical mile towage of the 94,7 meters long and 70,4 meters wide rig from from Rio de Janeiro to Malta was accomplished at speeds well over 7 knots at times. Fairmount Marine, part of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group, is a marine contractor for ocean towage and heavy lift transportation…
Coast Guard Breaks Thick Delaware River Ice
The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters 'Capstan' and 'Cleat' are breaking ice to maintain navigable waterways, encountering significant ice on the Delaware River, up to five feet thick about three miles south of Trenton, N.J. "The crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutters Cleat and Capstan are working diligently to prevent navigational impacts resulting from ice formation," said Lt. Veronica Smith, chief of waterways managment division at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia.
Aker Completes Well-intervention Services Business Sale
Aker Solutions says it has completed the sale of its well-intervention services business area to EQT, a Swedish private equity fund. The unit was sold for an enterprise value of NOK 4 billion and the agreement includes an earn-out provision where Aker Solutions will receive 25 percent of any internal rate of return exceeding 12 percent a year on EQT's equity investment. Aker explain that the business provides services that optimise flows from oil reservoirs.
China Shipyard Delivers Another Supramax Bulk Carrier
COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited says its COSCO Dalian shipyard has delivered the 57,000 dwt bulk ship 'Guotou' to its Asian buyer. The new bulk carrier measures 189.99 meters in LOA, 32.26 meters in breadth and 18 meters in depth. Founded in June 2001, COSCO Shipyard Group Co., Ltd, is a subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), specializing in large vessel construction, marine engineering, construction and conversion, as well as ship repairing services.
Seismic Specialists TGS: Revenue Up, New Survey Contracts
Norway-based TGS, report record high late sales in the fourth quarter of 2013, and inform of four new multi-client surveys: a 3D survey in offshore Northwest Australia, two 2D surveys offshore Madagascar and a 3D survey onshore Alberta, Canada. Based on preliminary reporting from operating units, TGS management expects net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2013 to be approximately USD 270 million, bringing total estimated net revenues for 2013 to approximately USD 882 million.
Maritime Deviants Pinpointed by New Maritime Analytics System
MarInt, is the first satellite-based maritime analytics system, a comprehensive platform for maritime domain awareness, Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) monitoring, and fishery control. MarInt continuously monitors all maritime activities worldwide and alerts on potential events that occur, thereby providing complete situational awareness for its users. Essentially it pinpoints vessel activities that are outside the normal.
OSV Severed Foot Victim's Life Saved by Coast Guard Medevac
The captain of the offshore supply vessel 'Miss Aubrey Ann', 5 miles off Louisiana, contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston, reporting that a 27-year-old crew-member severed his foot after getting it caught in a line. An Air Station Houston aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter responded and medevaced the man to the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, in stable condition.
Former Top Navy Civilian Joins Life Cycle Engineering Inc.
Life Cycle Engineering, Inc. (LCE) today announced that Edward S. Godfrey has joined Life Cycle Engineering as vice president of business development. LCE informs that Godfrey will be responsible for partnering with Department of Defense (DoD) customers and other government organizations to establish engineering and technical solutions that support the warfighter and DoD mission. Godfrey has over 36 years of civilian service leading large…