Cruise Industry Highlights Environmental Efforts
In commemoration of Earth Day, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today highlighted the extensive efforts of the cruise industry and CLIA member lines to preserve and protect the environment. “CLIA member cruise lines continue to invest in systems and technologies that improve overall environmental performance,” said Christine Duffy, president and CEO of CLIA. “The industry takes its responsibility as caretakers of the environment seriously.
North Sea Maintenance Offsets Lack of Sales to Asia
North Sea Forties crude differentials were unchanged on Tuesday in light trade, supported by upcoming North Sea maintenance, but the forward curve weakened due to…
New Scheduled International Cargo Shipping Service
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today joined the Port of Cleveland in announcing the launch of the Port of Cleveland’s Express Ocean Freight Service. The new service will run between the Port of Cleveland and Antwerp, Belgium via the Saint Lawrence Seaway and is the first regularly scheduled international cargo shipping service to a U.S. port on the Great Lakes in decades.
European Launch of SMS at Counter Terror Expo
Kelvin Hughes is delighted to announce that it will be displaying its new Single Mast Solution (SMS) at Counter Terror Expo 2014 from April 29-30. This will be the first time that the SMS – a lightweight, easily deployable, best-in-class radar and electro-optical system – has been exhibited in Europe. Equipped with a simple mounting interface, the SMS can be securely attached to any mast system – whether portable…
Viking Welding Delivers Fire/Rescue Boats
Fire Departments in South Carolina and Minnesota have recently accepted delivery of Response FR-28 and FR-31J boats built of welded aluminum by Viking Welding & Fabrication in Kensington, N.H. The boats were designed by Response Marine in Newburyport, Mass. The FR-28 specifications were developed by Mount Pleasant Fire Department in South Carolina to improve firefighting and rescue capability in the coastal areas surrounding Mount Pleasant…
NOAA Begins Hydrographic Survey Season
New data will update nautical charts around the country. As sure as spring arrives, NOAA vessels and independent contractors are hitting the seas for the nation's 180th hydrographic surveying season, collecting data for over two thousand square nautical miles in high-traffic U.S. coastal waters. "Nautical charts are the foundation for the nation's maritime economy, and NOAA hydrographers spend months at sea…
Today in U.S. Naval History: April 22
Today in U.S. 1898 - U.S. 1987 - U.S. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
ISS to Support Petrobras Expansion
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has had its port agency and tanker husbandry services contract significantly enlarged by Petrobras. The Brazilian government-owned energy giant…
Barclays to Quit Majority of Commodities Businesses
Barclays Plc said it is quitting the majority of its commodities businesses to join a retreat from the area by a number of banks as tougher regulations make it less profitable. Barclays will exit from most of its metals, energy and agricultural trading but remain trading precious metals, some oil and gas instruments, and index products, the bank said on Tuesday. The smaller business will be focused on electronic execution, it said.
IHC Merwede Secures TSHD Order from TNPA
IHC Merwede has been awarded the contract for the design, construction and delivery of a 5,500m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) to Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) in South Africa. The company was selected after a successful submission into an open tender process for what will be the largest dredging vessel of its kind operating in the country. The new TSHD will join TNPA’s existing fleet of IHC Merwede-built vessels…
Inside Paraguay’s Oil Boom
The Republic of Paraguay is a landlocked country in South America bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. The Paraguay River runs through the center of the country from north to south. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as the Heart of South America. Paraguay’s geography consists of grassy plains and wooded hills in the east and mostly low, marshy plains to the west.
BMT, Ares Deliver Luxury Passenger Ferries
BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, and Ares Shipyard announced that the first two boats of a series of eight luxury passenger ferries destined for Qatar, have been completed and delivered to the customer. BMT worked closely with Ares Shipyard to produce an innovative design with particular attention to ease of construction. This has allowed the first two vessels to be delivered to the customer less than seven months after initial discussions on the project.
Saipem: A Fleet Grows in Brazil
As some pre-salt plays begin production, a wide range of subsea infrastructure is being built, with O&G transportation pipeline grids being one of the vital downstream systems. Saipem has been recipient of the first major contracts to install deepwater pre-salt pipelines by national operator Petrobras. Claudio Paschoa, Maritime Reporter’s correspondent in Brazil brings us an in-depth look at Saipem’s vessels and projects in Brazil.
Arctic Energy Exploration Efforts Heat Up
Oil and gas—and also mining—are the drivers today propelling Arctic maritime operations and the construction of new vessels able to operate in extreme latitudes. While the gas and oil resources can be recovered in the Arctic or far north and shipped to markets by sea or pipeline, the cost of doing must be balanced upon the global market price for those commodities. Ships and marine structures able…
Questions Linger About Ill-Fated S.Korea Ferry's Owners
The company that owned the South Korean ferry which sank last week, killing possibly hundreds of people, sprang out of a shipping to cosmetics empire founded by a businessman who was jailed for fraud and then went bankrupt. The founder of the predecessor company, Yoo Byung-un, once likened his 1997 bankruptcy proceedings to a captain going down with his ship. An investment vehicle run by his two sons and its shipbuilding affiliate are now the majority owners of Chonghaejin Marine Co.
MAN D&T Ready to Support Tier III Maritime Age
“We are ready for IMO Tier III”, said Dr. Stephan Timmermann, MAN Diesel & Turbo Executive Board Member responsible for Marine Systems and After Sales. “We have the technologies in place to support our customers for this new era of environmentally efficient shipping. I am pleased that the adoption of the IMO regulations will save us from mushrooming national regulations. The company’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Hans-O.
Fred. Olsen Rig Upgrade Delayed; Costs Eyed
Rig to cost $195 mln to upgrade vs earlier $125 mln; upgrade to be completed in June vs earlier view April. Firm's down 5.6 percent. Norwegian rig firm Fred. Olsen Energy said on Tuesday that an upgrade on one of its most important rigs would be more expensive and would take longer than earlier thought, sending its shares sharply lower. The Blackford Dolphin rig would cost $195 million to undergo "additional structural upgrades", which would be completed in June.
Maritime Code Accord Could Solve Pacific Conflicts
Naval officers say accord does not directly address problems in disputed waters, but document could be initial step towards guarding against conflict. U.S. has long…
China's Japanese Ship Seizure has pre-WWII Roots
It all began with a pre-World War Two contract between China's then "ship king" and a Japanese company to lease two Chinese freighters. When the one-year lease was up in 1937…
Marine Robots Survey D-Day Rehearsal Wreckage
Mission commemorates 70th anniversary of World War II Tragedy. A mission off the coast of South Devon, England has surveyed two U.S. Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs) that were torpedoed and sunk during the D-Day rehearsal Exercise Tiger on April 28, 1944. Using state-of-the-art autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) technology to collect data from the wreckage site, the mission has produced the first high-definition sonar images of this World War II tragedy.