Maritime Academies Return to Brown Water
The latest surge in blue water shipbuilding and the seagoing billets that those jobs create is a welcome change for a domestic maritime sector that had seen nothing but decline for the past four decades. Still, and from a training, demand, and recruitment point of view, the brown water sector is arguably the place to be for today’s aspiring mariners. That’s because increasingly sophisticated equipment…
Keppel O&M Joins World Ocean Council
Keppel Offshore and Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), a global company in offshore rig design, construction and repair, ship repair and conversion, and specialized shipbuilding, has become a member of the World Ocean Council (WOC). Keppel O&M joins a growing number of companies from a wide range of industries that are distinguishing themselves as members of the international business leadership alliance on ocean sustainability, science and stewardship.
A Look into ABS with James Watson
When ABS, the global provider of maritime classification services, announced that James A. Watson had been named President and Chief Operating Officer of their Americas Division, it wasn’t hard to see why. Likewise, there were few if any other candidates for the job with as well rounded a CV, and with the breadth of knowledge spanning the full range of maritime issues. Formerly the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and before that, Watson served as the U.S.
ASRY's Nils Kristian Berge Talks Strategy and Investment
Last last year Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY) appointed Nils Kristian Berge acting Chief Executive to succeed Chris Potter. As ASRY is a driving force in the key Middle East ship repair and offshore markets, Maritime Reporter spent some time with Berge for his insights on the ship repair market in general, as well as ASRY specific initiatives for the coming year. You replace Chris Potter, who obviously had a long and notable career.
Transatlantic Row to Encourage HIV Testing
Victor Mooney of Flushing, New York, reunited with his 24' rowboat christended the Spirit of Malabo over the weekend. Mooney and his vessel are currently at Pasito Blanco Yacht Club in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands is an archipelago of islands located off the coast of Morocco in West Africa. After some technical installations and a favorable offshore forecast, Mooney will row 5,000 miles to Brooklyn, New York.
RINA Acquires CSM Materials Technology Center
Growing Italian engineering, testing, inspection, certification and ship classification group RINA has bought the major shareholding in Italy’s leading center for innovation in materials technology…
Port of Houston Meetings Rescheduled
The Houston Port Commission and Board of Pilot Commissioner have rescheduled meetings originally set for Tuesday, January 28 due to a forecasted mix of freezing rain and sleet…
Synergies Foster Shipyards Success
In the U.S. and across the globe, shipyards create solid, long-term economic stability in their regions. Ship construction and repair requires an extraordinary amount of expertise, time and resources. This work is made even more challenging because current economic pressures drive companies to reduce costs wherever possible without hindering production or quality. Having multiple shipyards in a region creates a naturally interdependent, yet highly competitive culture.
Another Installation for Huisman's Skyhook
Yesterday, the installation of the 3,000mt Offshore Mast Crane onboard the Lewek Constellation was completed by means of Huisman China’s new 2,400mt quayside crane. The quayside crane, also known as the Skyhook, installed the 3,000mt Offshore Mast Crane in a mere two lifts within a three day period. The vessel will leave Huisman China in April and is due to arrive at Huisman Schiedam mid 2014 for the installation of the 800mt Multi-lay Pipelay Tower.
Multi-mission, Dual Design, Single Focus Littoral Combat Ships
Last month marked the launch of two new Littoral Combat Ships: Milwaukee (LCS 5) launched by Marinette Marine into the icy Menominee River; and Jackson (LCS 6) launched by Austal into the far warmer waters found off of southern Alabama. While the two LCS variants and shipyard climates are a world apart, this innovate U.S. Navy ship production program has the common goal of fortifying U.S. defense interests…
LNG is a Crystal Clear Alternative
Norway-based shipping company Fjord Line’s Stavangerfjord represents a new-generation of advanced and environmentally friendly Cruise Passenger Ferry with outstanding passenger facilities in order to operate both as a day and night ferry. The vessel is built to provide passengers with pleasant experiences, even under the harsh weather conditions of the North Sea. A modern and flexible interior design provides a capacity for 1…
DSV Launches Turkey-UK Intermodal Service
DSV has launched an intermodal service between Turkey and the U.K. to add to its portfolio of road, air and short-sea services between the two countries. “We have seen an increasing interest in intermodal services as shippers seek more cost effective ways of sending their goods,” said Morten Joergensen, Managing Director DSV Road, Turkey. There are two options: three times a week direct by rail from Halkali train terminal in Istanbul to Zeebrugge or Rotterdam…
Anderson Comments in Anticipation of Obama's Remarks
President and CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure Norman F. “CG/LA Infrastructure looks forward with great anticipation to President Obama’s remarks on how we can improve the current $8 trillion in U.S. infrastructure stock,” Anderson said. “First, though, we need a strong vision that will drive our project selection - and our competitiveness. “Infrastructure needs to be recognized as an immediate bipartisan priority in Washington…
Bel-Ray Appoints New Sales Representative
Bel-Ray Company Inc. announced that it has appointed the Yellow Marine Consultancy for sales representation in Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. For more than 60 years, the Bel-Ray Company has produced high performance marine lubricants for everyone from the United States Navy to the largest manufacturers of outboard marine engines. Specialty lubricants have been produced, engineered and developed for virtually every marine application…
The Arctic: Emerging Maritime Frontier
The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, Admiral Bob Papp, Jr. spoke of the Arctic as an emerging frontier during the 2013 State of the Coast Guard Address in February 2013. He said, “… one example of what our future holds can be seen in the emerging frontier of the Arctic, where there is a new ocean appearing. In September 2012, we observed the lowest sea ice extent in recorded history, and…
Modern Technology’s Answer to the Ghost Ship
A Russian cruise ship, the Lyubov Orlova, allegedly adrift on the Atlantic Ocean since last year, is a haunting reminder of the present dangers that can afflict our shores.
AWT Shares Acquired by StormGeo
Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT), announced the conclusion of an agreement with weather specialist company StormGeo under which the full shareholders stock…
Ugly Ducklings & Steaming the Way to Victory in WWII
The design and construction of WWII Liberty cargo ships revolutionized shipbuilding by overhauling the blueprint process and standardizing on commonality of parts, welding, pre-fabrication and assembly line construction. Give me Liberty, or give me death!” a rallying cry of the Revolutionary War, got a second act in World War II. “Built by the mile and chopped off by the yard,” Roosevelt promised the no-frills Liberties would form a “bridge of ships” across the Atlantic. And they did.
Drillship Profile: Tungsten Explorer
The Tungsten Explorer is an ultra deepwater, dynamically positioned mobile offshore drilling unit (Drillship). The primary areas of activities of the Drillship shall be in the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and Brazil. The drillship has drilling equipment on the topside with a continuous main deck and forecastle deck. Three engine rooms which house six diesel engines (7,000 kW x 720 rpm) are arranged aft in the hull.
Bravante’s New PSV is First of Five
Eastern Shipbuilding delivered M/V Bravante V (Hull 155) Boldini S.A., Bravante Group of Brazil. Bravante V is the first STX SV290 design of five vessels in a series which are all ABS, SOLAS, DPS-2, AC Diesel-Electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled PSV’s measuring 284 ft. (86.5m) x 60 ft. (18.3m) x 24.5 ft. (7.5m). The vessels all feature four Cummins QSK-60DM 16-cylinder turbo-charged IMO Tier II diesel generator engines each rated at 1825 kW at 1,800 rpm.