NAO Contracts Two Vessels from ULSTEIN
The offshore shipping company Nordic American Offshore (NAO) has contracted two platform supply vessels (PSVs) of ULSTEIN’s PX121 design. These vessels will be number seven and eight which NAO buys from ULSTEIN. In December 2013, NAO invested in six vessels of the PX121 design, which had been constructed at Ulstein Verft. The two new vessels are planned for delivery from Ulstein Verft in January 2015. The total value of these eight vessels exceeds NOK 2 billion.
EPA Revises Hydraulic Fracturing Guidance
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released revised underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for wells that use diesel…
International Cooperation will Streamline Maritime Transport
Sweden, South Korea and Denmark have initiated a global partnership on the development of e-navigation solutions. Modern technology will lead to higher safety and more efficient transports at sea.
Second Damen StanTug for Smit Lamnalco
Smit Lamnalco has taken delivery of, and will soon deploy, the SL Kiwi. It’s their second tug of the Damen STu 2208 type. The 39.4-metric-ton bollard pull tug will join the sister ship SL Kittiwake, delivered late 2012, to support Single Point Mooring operations. Built at Damen’s facilities in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, the SL Kiwi left Rotterdam on board a Heavy Lift vessel by Christmas 2013. From Smit Lamnalco’s perspective the short lead time was important.
Webcast to Address China VAT Reform Announced
China’s Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation released Circular 106 last December, expanding its value-added tax (VAT) pilot program to additional industries. The circular also made significant updates to the VAT treatment of services related to the international transportation of goods. During the week of January 20, 2014, China provided further clarifications for freight forwarding agent companies in China with regard to Circular 106.
National Strike at French Ports
Workers at French ports embarked on a national strike starting at 6 a.m. local time today, February 12. The strike, which affects most public terminals but not private ones, will likely last 24 hours.
Weather Closes Terminals at Port of NY/NJ
The Port of NY/NY said that due to the severity of the predicted storm tonight through tomorrow, all container terminals in the port will be closed Thursday, February 13.
New Fuel Burn Reporting from gplink
Remote monitoring and tracking provider gplink said it now provides its fleet customers with a downloadable report which details fuel burn and engine hours for a specific time frame. For some, this means a report for just a few hours; for others, charter or service time stretches over a month or more, so users now have the ability to run reports for any time frame. Although this new feature has only been available for a few weeks…
Coast Guard Crews Rescue Tanker Crewman
A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew evacuated an ailing mariner from a tanker vessel approximately 50 nautical miles north of San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico, early Tuesday morning. The helicopter crew safely transported the man to emergency medical services at Centro Medico Hospital in San Juan. Coast Guard Sector San Juan command center watchstanders received…
Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon
Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners, ship and boat builders, naval architects and marine engineers. Today Maritime Reporter heads a group of four print and 10 websites serving the global maritime, offshore and subsea sector.
NAVSEA Releases Fire Safety Manual
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) released a new fire safety and prevention manual for all ship repair and construction activities, Feb. The manual integrates existing…
Port to Test New Clean-air System
The Port of Long Beach will fund testing of a new air pollution-control technology for docked cargo ships, thanks to an agreement approved Monday by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. Under the pact, the Port would rely upon regional air quality authorities to oversee a demonstration project to thoroughly assess both the safety and the pollution-reducing effectiveness of a mobile, barge-mounted emissions control system to capture and treat ships’ smokestack emissions.
Yara Reports Lower Q4 Results
Yara International ASA delivered lower fourth-quarter results, with weak commodity margins but robust value-added premiums and strong deliveries. Yara's board will…
Bollinger Advances in $10 Billion OPC Program
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. was notified yesterday by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) that Bollinger is one of three companies selected for award of Phase I for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. Chris Bollinger, President of Bollinger Shipyards provided remarks today after receiving this notification. "For over three decades, Bollinger Shipyards has a legacy of producing exceptional Coast Guard Cutters on budget and on schedule.
Diesel Engine Hybrid SOx Scrubber Japan's First
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. (MKK) say they have jointly developed a "Hybrid SOx Scrubber System" that efficiently removes sulfur oxides (SOx) from exhaust gas emitted by marine diesel engines – the first in Japan to comply with the more stringent SOx emission regulations that will take effect in designated emission control areas (ECA) in 2015. The system…
Cummins Adds Two to the Northwest Marine Team
Geoff Conrad – Marine Director at Cummins Northwest informs that Mike Fourtner has joined as the newest member of the sales team with focus on developing the commercial marine markets in Oregon and Washington. Mike has an extensive marine fisheries and vessel operations background that should serve customers well in selling engines, repowers, service, and parts. We are fortunate to have Mike onboard.
Atlantic Coasts Brace Against Ice, Severe Storms
A catastrophic ice storm wreaking havoc in the American South is now poised to pummel the eastern seaboard; on the other side of the ocean 'Orange', and 'Red' warnings have been issued by Met Éireann and the UK Met Office respectively. Crowley Maritime has warned customers: 'That due to he severity of the predicted storm tonight through tomorrow, be advised that all Container Terminals in the Port of NY/NJ will be closed Thursday, February 13th.
Siem Offshore in New Offshore Well Intervention Vessels Deal
Siem Offshore Inc. say they have signed agreements with Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. to provide 2 well-intervention vessels which will be owned by Siem Offshore and chartered by Helix for an initial period of 7 years, with options that can extend the charter periods up to 22 years. The two vessels will be constructed at the Flensburger shipyard in Germany for Siem Offshore, and will be based on a design developed by Salt Ship Design.
Fire-Damaged Tankship Denied Asian Pacific Port of Refuge
A fire-damaged tankship, 'Maritime Maisie' loaded with hazardous chemicals has become a maritime football in the north Pacific, with Japan and South Korea unwilling to give it refuge even though they risk a wider environmental disaster if it sinks, reports Reuters. The 44,000 dwt tanker, collided with another ship 9 nautical miles off Busan, South Korea, on December 29, 2013, Ying Jinghua, fleet director of MSI Ship Management, which manages the tanker's day-to-day operation informed Reuters.
Croatia Shipyard Uljanik Launches Ferry, Tank Barges
The 100m long RoRo ferry was launched for the Croatian national shipping company Jadrolinija as the second of a series of 4 such vessels, and the two river barges for Sweden's Wisby Tankers AB. The ferries are designed for two-way direct sailing for the transportation of 600 passengers in summer months or 320 passengers in the winter period in the closed lounge. The ferries will also be able to transport 145 standard vehicles or 16 trailers of 40 tonnes each.