Grounded Vessel Refloated without Pollution
U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan and Resident Inspection Office St. Croix crews are assessing the condition of the 221-foot cargo ship MV Commander, after it successfully refloated Saturday afternoon from Round Reef, where it grounded Friday night just outside Christiansted Harbor in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The Commander is safely anchored in the vicinity of Protestant Cay in Christiansted. Initial underwater assessments have identified that the Commander’s two rudders are missing.
Zamakona Launches North Sea Emergency Vessel
The Zamakona Yards Group said it has successfully launched the vessel Ocean Marilin in its installations in Pasajes in Northern Spain on January 31. The vessel is the second which Zamakona Yards has launched of the three vessels contracted with the Norwegian shipping company, Atlantic Offshore A.S. The principal mission of the vessel will be to provide immediate attention in emergency situations to Offshore Oil Rigs and Installations.
Maritime & Merchant AS Granted Banking License
Maritime & Merchant AS (M&M) (TBR Maritime & Merchant Bank ASA) has received regulatory approval to operate a private bank in Norway, underpinning the firm’s strategy to become a niche financial institution dedicated to meeting the funding needs of owners active in the shipping and offshore industries, worldwide. “We are currently preparing for a capital issue with a target of $300-350 million (USD) in equity to fund operations.
Descartes to Announce Financial Results
Descartes Systems Group is scheduled to report its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter and annual financial results before market open on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Members of Descartes' executive management team will host a conference call to discuss the company's financial results at a.m. ET on Thursday, March 6. Designated numbers are +1 866 229-4144 for North America and +1 416 216-4169 for International, using Passcode 8010 580#.
Stanford Hawk to Support Total E&P
Stanford Marine announced from its Dubai headquarters that it has secured a five-year contract with Total E&P Angola for Stanford Hawk, the latest addition to its fleet. Total E&P Angola (TEPA) awarded Stanford Marine a five-year contract, with two two-year options, scheduled to commence by the beginning of February 2014. The Stanford Hawk will be supporting the process and storage activities of TEPA, by transporting personnel and cargo, as well as assisting in safety standby duties.
S2 Fuel Cell in Final Development Stage
Nordic fuel cell technology company PowerCell is in the final stage of development of its next generation fuel cell stack platform, the S2. The S2 covers a larger power range up to 25 kW and maintains the same tolerance towards CO and reformate gas as the present platform, the S1. The new fuel cell will have good stability and a compact and robust design for both automotive and stationary applications.
CMA CGM Launches New PAD 2 Service
The CMA CGM Group announced the upgrade of its Oceania - U.S. services with the launch of the PAD 2 service, as from the beginning of March 2014. The group said PAD 2 will complement the existing fortnightly PAD 1 service and provide CMA CGM with improved coverage of the Oceania to U.S. trade. Using its global service network, the CMA CGM Group will be able to provide weekly services to and from Australia and New Zealand, Central and South America, the Caribbean, North America (USEC) and Canada.
FMC's Doyle Among Key White House Nominations
President Barack Obama last week announced 11 nominations to key Administration posts. Among them was William P. Doyle, who currently serves as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission. William P. Doyle currently serves as a Commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). Prior to joining the FMC, from 2011 to 2013, Mr. Doyle served as the Chief-of-Staff for the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association from 2011 to 2013. From 2008 to 2011, Mr.
Coast Guard Responds to Loss of Propulsion Incident
U.S. Coast Guard investigators and inspectors have responded and are investigating a container vessel that lost propulsion near Berth 35 in Oakland, Calif., Friday.
Report: U.S. 2013 Imports Highest in Six Years
2013 Ocean Imports Were 3.7% Higher Than 2012. Zepol Corporation (www.zepol.com) reports that U.S. vessel imports were up 3.7% from 2012, which totaled over 18.2 million TEUs (twenty-foot container) brought into the United States last year. U.S. imports in 2013 started off at a slow start but ended with a surprising and unexpected surge from July through December. Annual TEUs haven't been this high since 2007, which is a good sign for a strong recession rebound in the U.S. trade industry.
USAC, HHI Ink $2 Billion in Newbuildings
UASC Cements its largest ever newbuilding order by exercising options for six 14,000 TEU boxships. United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) announced Sunday that options for six additional 14,000 TEU vessels have been exercised bringing the total order to 16 ships. The order has been placed with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Korea and is the largest in UASC’s history, worth over US$ 2 billion including all options.
Swiber Holdings Hit the Ground Running in 2014
Construction & support services provider to the offshore oil and gas industry, Singapore's Swiber Holdings Limited (Swiber), announce they have already been awarded 5 sizeable contracts in 2014. Three of these contract, which amounted to approximately US$145-million, were awarded for works that will be executed in Latin America and Southeast Asia. The remaining two contracts, which aggregated to approximately US$90-million…
Russia Sells Off Archangel Trawler Fleet
Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation has approved the sale of 100% of the shares of OAO Archangel Trawler Fleet, reports Russia's 'Arctic-Info'. Citing the Federal Agency for State Property Management, Arctic-Info reports that Archangel Trawler Fleet was owned by the state, and was sold to private company Wirma, which is one of the largest fishing enterprises in the North-Western Federal District.
Cargo Ship Refloated After Reef Grounding, Rudders Lost
Coast Guard marine casualty investigators are investigating the cause of the recent grounding of the 'MV Commander' on Round Reef just outside Christiansted Harbor in the US Virgin Islands. Initial underwater assessments have identified that the Commander’s two rudders are missing. Besides minor scratches there appears to be no major damage to the vessels’ hull. No sign of oil pollution leaking from…
U.S. DoD Awards Oiler Drydocking Contracts
Listed among the latest Department of Defense, Navy, contracts, Detyens Shipyards, Inc., is to overhaul and drydock the 'USNS Leroy Grumman' and Vigor Marine LLC is to carry out the same on the 'USNS Yukon'. 1. Detyens Shipyards, Inc., North Charleston, S.C. is being awarded a $9,654,055 firm-fixed-price contract for a 55-calendar day regular overhaul and dry docking of fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195).
'USNS John Glenn' Christened at NASSCO Yard
General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics inform that the new ship, (named in honor of the famed Marine Corps pilot, Congressional Space Medal of Honor recipient and four-term U.S. senator) is the second of 3 Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) vessels designed and built by NASSCO. The christening ceremony took place at NASSCO's San Diego shipyard. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan W.
Fugro Win Two Offshore Wind Farm Trenching Contracts
Fugro say they have been awarded two contracts to perform cable burial and survey operations at two wind farm sites in the UK. The first contract is for CT Offshore A/S at RWE Innogy's Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm located in Liverpool Bay off the North Wales coast. The work involves the burial and post-burial survey of 63 inter-array cables. The second contract is a similar work-scope at a wind-farm located off the UK East coast.
Costa Concordia Diver Fatally Injured in Underwater Accident
Titan Micoperi sadly announces that a diver from the Consortium passed away after an accident occurred during underwater operations in progress under the wreck. The salvage contractors add that the diver, of Spanish nationality, 41 years old, was involved in the operations aimed at preparing the wreck for the installation of the sponsons on the starboard side. He was immediately assisted by his 'stand-by diver"…
Dockwise Liftboats to Transport New Statoil Offshore Rigs
Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) inform it has been awarded a contract by Statoil Petroleum AS for the transportation of two very large new jack-up drilling rigs from Korean shipbuilders to the North Sea, said to be the largest and heaviest jack-up rigs ever to be transported on a heavy marine transport vessel. The two rigs are on order with a South…
Recent Cruise Ship Sickness Outbreaks Affected 881
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released investigation updates on the cruise ships 'Explorer of the Seas' and 'Caribbean Princess'. During…