MOL Philippine Maritime Students Graduate
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) inform of the graduation of 126 students in the third class of the “Third Year Program,” which targets new seafarers from among third-year students at seven partner maritime schools in the Philippines. MOL explains that it provides education and training at the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping(MIS), its training center in the Philippines. The program received accreditation…
Security at Sea on Agenda at Upcoming SMM Hamburg
At the forthcoming SMM maritime trade fair in Hamburg in September 2014 experts will present new security concepts for sea routes. Security at sea is improving: In recent months, pirate attacks on commercial ships have been repelled successfully with increasing frequency. One of the reasons is the EU-led Operation Atalanta providing military protection in the Gulf of Aden. Since 1, February 2009 commercial ships have been able to use a Transit Corridor established there.
Grand Circle Cruises Buys 'MV Corinthian'
Vince Cook, CEO of Grand Circle Cruise Line, informs that the company has acquired the 'M/V Corinthian', a 98-passenger, ocean-going vessel that currently operates in Antarctica. They had chartered the ship for the past year and intend to expand the Corinthian's operations with the launch of three new small ship cruise itineraries in 2015. The ship was acquired for an undisclosed price from Travel Dynamics International…
Latest Texas City 'Y' Incident News: Port of Houston Remains Closed
The Port of Houston remains closed as the Unified Command continues to assess the situation with oil in the channel to determine when vessel traffic can resume, advises the US Coast Guard. There are 46 outbound vessels and 47 inbound vessels in the queue for transit in the Port of Houston. The Port of Texas City has 5 inbound and 3 outbound vessels in the queue awaiting transit. Once the channel has been determined safe to navigate…
SatCom Firm Narrowed Down Lost Flight MH370 Location
Inmarsat informs that the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mr Najib Razak, has stated that new analysis of satellite information from Inmarsat, validated by the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch, concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth. The Prime Minister added: “This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites.
Update: Texas City Y Crash Incident
A Port Coordination Team call was held today to discuss industry concerns and priorities and to share the Incident Command's status with regard to the Texas City Y Incident, GAC said in a report.
Saving Coral Reefs – One Shipwreck at a Time
In the summer of 1991, a 121 foot long Taiwanese long line fishing vessel, the HUI FENG #1, ran aground on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific. With a footprint of just 4.6 square miles Palmyra Atoll forms the most northern vegetated island in the Northern Line Islands, lying some 1,000 miles south of Honolulu. The atoll has a long storied past and is now a national monument and wildlife refuge, cooperatively managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and The Nature Conservancy.
Macro Sensors Gauge Tank Volume Changes
Configured with a float, Macro Sensors HSIR Series LVDT Linear Position Transmitters are serving as level sensors to measure liquid level changes from a few inches to several feet in gauging tank level volumes. In this LVDT level sensor configuration, a stainless-steel float coupled to a nonmagnetic stainless-steel rod is attached to the high-permeability, armature core of the LVDT. The 4 to 20-mA loop-powered LVDT position transmitter senses the position of the core and…
NRL Hosts Shipboard Fire Robotics Consortium
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR), partner in the Navy's Damage Control for the 21st Century project (DC-21), recently hosted robotics research teams from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) to demonstrate the most current developments of advanced autonomous systems to assist in discovery, control, and damage control of incipient fires.
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.
Stolt-Nielsen to Present Q1 Results
Stolt-Nielsen Limited (Oslo Bors: SNI) announced today that a presentation and video webcast to discuss the company's unaudited results for the first quarter of 2014 will be held on Thursday, April 03, 2014 at 3 p.m. CEST (9 a.m. EDT, 2 p.m. BST) in the auditorium at Swedbank, Filipstad Brygge 1, 0115, in Oslo, Norway. The presentation and video webcast will be hosted by Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer, Stolt-Nielsen, and Limited- Jan Chr.
BOURBON Committee to Examine JACCAR Bid
At its meeting of March 21, 2014, the board of directors of BOURBON noted JACCAR Holding’s proposed bid for shares of BOURBON. It decided to appoint a committee of four independent group directors (Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Guy Dupont, Philippe Sautter and Mahmud Tukur) to examine this project; this committee will solicit proper consultation in undertaking this review. The board will make a decision on the basis of their recommendations when the final terms of the offer are known.
Panama Canal Locks Contract in Effect
The agreement between the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and Grupo Unidos por el Canal. S.A. (GUPC) took effect Thursday, March 20 after signature by all involved parties. As announced by the ACP on February 27, the agreement falls within the terms of the contract for the design and construction of the third set of locks and does not include any payment for claims. GUPC's claims must be processed through the mechanisms within the contract. The contractor finishes the works in December 2015.
BOEM Assesses Prospects of Wave Energy off Oregon
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop domestic energy sources, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management…
Today in U.S. Naval History: March 24
Today in U.S. Naval History - March 24 1903 - George Dewey commissioned Admiral of the Navy with the date of rank, March 2, 1899. He was the only person to hold this rank. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
Collision, Spill Forces Houston Channel Closure
Cleanup continues in response to an oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel that resulted in the release of approximately 168,000 gallons of bunker fuel oil. On March 22, 2014, the M/V Summer Wind and Kirby Barge 27706 collided in the Houston Ship Channel in the vicinity LT 26 near the "Texas City Y", the Houston-Galveston Port Community said in an announcement. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced that Unified Command is working closely with the Vessel Traffic Service…
USCG Aids Grounded Boat Taking on Water
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it assisted two boaters Monday by transferring them off a grounded boat approximately 200 yards from the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
Dutch Navy’s Largest Ship Commissioned
On Saturday, March 8, Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert ceremonially named the Karel Doorman, the new Joint Support Ship for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The ceremony took place in Vlissingen at the shipyard operated by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding. With a length of 204.7 meters, the Karel Doorman is the biggest ship in the Dutch navy. The new logistical support vessel can be deployed to supply units at sea…
DRYNET Appointed Maritime Broadband Agent
Maritime Broadband Inc. announced that DRYNET GmbH, Kiel, Germany, has been appointed as agent of the company’s C-Bird VSAT in Germany. Mary Ellen Kramer, CEO of Maritime Broadband, is very confident that DRYNET Maritime Communication Solutions and Consulting has the expertise, experience and track record to effectively build awareness and sales of C-Bird in their market. “DRYNET founder and managing partner…
Wärtsilä Introduces 46DF Dual Fuel Engine
Wärtsilä announced the debut of its new dual-fuel 46DF engine which it said offers lower specific fuel consumption, higher output and attractive lifecycle costs compared to other alternatives currently available on the market. According to Wärtsilä, the introduction of its new Wärtsilä 46DF engine raised the technology bar in the dual-fuel engine market while strengthened its offering in the medium-speed engine sector.