STX Finland Completes Fjord Line Cruise Ferry Conversion
On June 4, 2013, STX Finland and the Norwegian passenger ship company Fjord Line AS signed a contract on conversion of Fjord Line’s cruise ferry. The steel production for the conversion project began January 10, 2013. In connection with the rebuild of MS Bergensfjord, the ship was renamed MS Oslofjord. The overall value of the conversion contract was approximately EUR 30 million, and it provided some 200 man-years of labor.
AMI Wins $3.5 Million Defense Contract
Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. (AMI) has won a multiyear contract to supply over 200,000 yards of AMI-SIL fabric to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (NSY) in Bremerton, Washington, for use in hot work operations during ship repair. The contract, which could total as much as $3.5 million over the next five years, "reflects the continued confidence the Department of Defense has in our products," said Kathie Leonard, AMI's President and CEO.
BMT Launches Charter Party Reporting Capability
BMT SMART Ltd., a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., is announced the introduction of the Charter Party reporting module within its performance monitoring portfolio. The new functionality will allow reports to be compiled at the end of a ship’s voyage, capturing significant details of the journey such as metocean data associated with the voyage, fuel usage, voyage information and total emissions used. These reports are then compared with the agreed Charter Party conditions.
BMT SMART at Posidonia 2014
BMT SMART Ltd., a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., a international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, will showcase its performance monitoring portfolio at Posidonia 2014 next week in Athens, Greece. The SMART suite of services works by collecting vessel performance data and presenting key information to the crew via the ship’s computer displays. Real-time performance data is automatically relayed ashore where it is stored on secure servers…
Human Error at the Root of Singapore Oil Spills
Following the three collision incidents resulting in oil spills which took place in the Singapore port waters and Singapore Strait between January 29 and February 10 early this year, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) conducted investigations to determine the causes of the incidents. MPA also formed a Safety Review Committee (SRC) to review the overall system of navigational safety in Singapore's port waters and Singapore Strait.
Norway Rejects Greenpeace Appeal over Arctic Drilling
Norwegian authorities have rejected an appeal by Greenpeace to stop Statoil from drilling the world's most northerly well on the Apollo prospect in the Barents Sea, the Norwegian oil company said on Friday. The company's announcement that it has been given approval to start drilling comes a day after Norwegian police removed seven Greenpeace protesters who had boarded the rig in an attempt to prevent it from reaching the Barents Sea and Bear Island…
New Vessel Part of Russian Fishing Fleet Renovation
A new generation fishing vessel was built by OAO Leningrad Shipyard Pella, Otradnoye, Russia, under the survey of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS). The…
Port Congestion Surcharges in West Africa
CMA-CGM issued an announcement stating it will implement surcharges for all cargo due to port congestion in West Africa. “Considering the deterioration of shipping operations in Douala (Cameroon), Port Gentil (Gabon) and Nouakchott (Mauritania), CMA CGM is implementing a Port Congestion Surcharge in June 2014,” the company said. cma-cgm.com
RHIB Collision Leads to Big Fine
A Cardiff sailing club and its Chief Instructor has today been made to pay £67,000 in fines and costs after failing to take proper care of children attending one of their courses, the U.K.
ClassNK Amends Dangerous Chemicals Guidance
Classification society ClassNK has announced the release of the latest versions of its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. These versions…
American Club Rings in Posidonia 2014
The American Club held its traditional party on the evening of Thursday, May 29 to mark the start of Posidonia week. More than 600 guests from the club’s expanding Greek membership, as well as club directors and representatives from the Greek maritime industry, attended a buffet reception on the rooftop of the Royal Olympic Hotel in central Athens. The event was also attended by Miltiades Varvitsiotis, the Greek Minister of Shipping and the Aegean, together with senior diplomats from the U.S.
VSL Invests in Eco-Ships
VSL announced that in just over a week its first two eco-newbuildings joined its fleet, with the delivery of the High Sun product tanker in Vietnam (in partnership with d’Amico International Shipping – DIS) and the Giulia I dry-bulk carrier in China. Thanks to their unique design, the two vessels guarantee average fuel savings and resulting reduction in CO2 emissions of 20-25% (with vessels fully loaded and at a constant speed of 14 knots), the company said.
Today in U.S. Naval History: May 30
Today in U.S. 1814 - Navy gunboats capture three British boats on Lake Ontario near Sandy Creek, N.Y. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History…
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.
USS Vella Gulf Arrives in Bulgaria
Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, for a scheduled port visit, May 30, the U.S. Navy announced. According to the Navy, Vella Gulf's presence in Bulgaria reaffirms the United States' commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region. While in Bulgaria…
USCG Medevacs Man from Fishing Boat
A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) aircrew hoisted a 26-year-old man suffering with head pains from a fishing boat, Thursday, the USCG reported. At 3:45 p.m., watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a distress report from the captain of the fishing boat Cap’n Willy, located 57 miles offshore of Port Aransas, stating that one of their crewmembers was suffering from a severe headache. The USCG launched…
TAI Awarded US Army Fireboat Contract
Technology Associates, Inc. (TAI) of New Orleans, La., announced that it has been notified by the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) that it has been evaluated as the successful offerer for a contract to design and supply a 75 ft high speed fireboat to the U.S. Army. The fireboat will provide maritime firefighting protection and support at the Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO) in Concord, California. The U.S.
Tanker with Piped Iraqi Kurdish Oil U-Turns Away from US
A crude oil tanker at the centre of a dispute between Iraqi Kurdistan and Baghdad has reversed course from its route towards the United States, ship-tracking data showed on Friday…
Zukunft Relieves Papp As New Coast Guard Commandant
Adm. Paul F. Zukunft assumed command as the 25th commandant of the Coast Guard today, relieving Adm. Bob Papp during a military ceremony at the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building. “Adm. Papp’s leadership and resolve have left an indelible mark on the service,” said Zukunft. “To the men and women of the Coast Guard, I'm humbled to stand before you as your 25th Commandant," said Zukunft. Adm.
Temasek Fairway Reclamation Works Underway
During reclamation work in Singapore off Temasek Fairway, West of Jurong Island, from June 2 to December 1, bulk carriers, self-propelled barges and pusher tugs…