Agenda For DNV-GL Regional Offshore Committee Meet
His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World and chairperson of the DNV GL Offshore Technical Committee outlined the key focus…
Unions Take Action On ‘Sea Of Shame’
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and its affiliated unions are launching a week of action today from ports on the Black Sea to combat what an…
Funding To Skill Australia’s Defence Industry
The latest round of funding under the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) initiative was announced today by Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston. Senator Johnston said more than $5 million in funding would be made available to industry in the 2014-15 financial year under round one of the SADI program to boost the skills of workers in the defence industry sector. managers,” Senator Johnston said.
Passenger Ship HAVEC Report Considered at Paris MOU Meeting
The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) Committee met in Vilnius, Lithuania, from 19 - 23 May 2014. Among other matters, the report of the Harmonized Verification Programme (HAVEP) on passenger ships (objective to obtain a view of emergency preparedness on passenger ships) was discussed. The meeting was attended by all members, the European Commission, EMSA, Montenegro…
Container Load Weighing Becomes Mandatory
The IMO has approved international regulations ensuring the weighing of containers before their carriage by sea informs the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) . The provisions will increase safety, contribute to preventing accidents and prevent loss of containers over board. The DMA considers it a milestone that the IMO has now approved international SOLAS regulations. The regulations ensure that a container…
Increased Safety With Mandatory Weighing Of Containers
Last week, the IMO approved international regulations ensuring the weighing of containers before their carriage by sea. The provisions will increase safety, contribute…
Xervo Gets Lifeboat 'In a Box' Jack-up Rig Orders
The Danish davit manufacturer Xervo says it is to provide its lifeboats, 'Boat-In-A-Box', to several Maersk Drilling projects. It will deliver lifeboat and rescue boat systems to the new fourth rig in the XLE series, as well as lifeboats to a retrofit project on the 'Maersk Innovator'. Maersk Drilling has chosen to equip its soon-to-be completed XL Enhanced 4 rig with seven Boat-In-A-Box lifeboat and rescue boat systems, which were developed in line with NORSOK R-002 standards.
UASC Signs Credit Facility for Two Containership Newbuildings
United Arab Shipping Company S.A.G. (UASC) informs it has concluded a bilateral facility worth USD 190 million with Burgan Bank’s Corporate Banking Group to finance the acquisition of two 14,000 TEU vessels from among UASC's new building order of 17 vessels comprised of eleven 14,000 TEU vessels and six 18,000 TEU vessels. UASC explains it has ordered these ultra large container ships from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. shipyard in South Korea.
Monster Barge in Port Abidjan Serviced by GAC-OMA
The massive installation barge 'Hyundai 60' weighs in at 34,125t, is 187m long, equipped with a 1,800t crane, and was earlier engaged in pipe-laying & offshore installation…
Port of Oslo VTC Service Threatened by Strike
A threatened strike by municipal/communal services could affect the Norwegian Port of Oslo's Vessel Traffic Control for maritime traffic entering/leaving the port starting from 27 May, 2014.
Canada's CLI Christen New Lifeboat
The Canadian Lifeboat Institution (CLI) has taken delivery of a Tyne-class lifeboat from UK's RNLI and renamed the rescue vessel 'Fraser Lifeboat', informs the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia. The Fraser Lifeboat originally entered service in 1987 as Famous Grouse for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). During her first career, the Tyne-class boat is credited with 363 launches leading to the rescue of 475 people and the saving of 37 lives.
COSCO Guandong Shipyard to Construct PSVs
COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited informs that its subsidiary COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard has had contract options taken up for the construction of 4 Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs). The new vessels are scheduled for delivery from 2Q 2016 to 1Q 2017, and the shipowner has also secured options for two additional platform supply vessels of this type. The contracts for the PSVs have a total value of approximately US$ 120-million.
Further Progress In Ukraine-Russia Gas Row - EU
Europe's Energy Commissioner said on Monday Ukraine and Russia had made further progress in a dispute over gas prices and his proposal that Ukraine to pay $2 billion…
Synapsis INS for Two New Wind Farm Service Vessels
The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz, says that together with its exclusive Norwegian distributor Syberg AS, it has been awarded a contract for the supply of an advanced Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to two new state-of-the-art wind farm service vessels. Raytheon explains that the Norwegian shipyard, Havyard Ship Technology in Leirvik / Sogn, is designing and building the new vessels which have to meet the highest demands on design…
China Accuses Vietnam of 'Dangerous Actions' at Sea
Vietnam is taking "dangerous actions" at sea, China said on Tuesday, after the two countries traded accusations over the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat in disputed waters in the South China Sea. China also urged Vietnam to immediately stop all disruptive and damaging activities at sea. Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the remarks at a regular briefing. The fishing boat sank not far from a Chinese oil rig, which has set off a territorial row between the two countries.
Tankship Operators Frontline Warn of Restructuring
Oil tanker firm Frontline reported first quarter earnings below expectations on Tuesday and said that unless markets improve, it may need to restructure to repay debt. Frontline, the tanker arm of shipping tycoon John Fredriksen, said it made a net loss of $12.1 million in the first quarter, trailing expectations for a $4 million loss in a Reuters poll of analysts. (By Balazs Koranyi)
North American Oil Trains Under Scrutiny
Sheriff Craig Apple assured a room of concerned citizens that county emergency crews were prepared to handle an oil-train accident involving three or four tank cars.
Asia: Fuel Oil Demand Down; Amidst Crude Gains
Demand for marine fuel in Singapore, the world's largest bunkering hub, is beginning to take a hit as high flat prices kept buyers on the sidelines, traders said. Reuters data showed.
Greenpeace board Transocean Spitsbergen
On the morning of 27 May Greenpeace activists boarded the drilling rig Transocean Spitsbergen. The rig was en route to the Hoop area in the Barents Sea. On Monday Statoil got approval from the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment to start drilling operations tied to the Apollo prospect in the Hoop area. The company is not allowed to drill into oil-bearing layers until the complaint from Greenpeace has been dealt with by the ministry.
Libya: Sarir Oilfield Closed, Hariga Port Tanks Full
Libya's Sarir oilfield has been closed and the Messla field has cut production because tanks at the eastern Hariga port are full, an oil official said on Tuesday.