Malaysian Airlines MH370 Search: Latest Update
Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre informs that no signs of aircraft debris have been found by the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle 'Bluefin-21' since it joined the search effort. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered complete and in its professional judgement, the area can now be discounted as the final resting place of MH370.
Third NATO Warship Enters Black Sea
A French frigate has entered the Black Sea, growing the number of NATO surface warships in the region to three, according to a U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) news report citing a ship spotting blog and Russian press reports. Surcouf (F711), a La Fayette-class frigate was spotted by amateur photographers crossing the Bosporus strait on Wednesday joining French signals intelligence ship Dupuy de Lôme (A759) and U.S.
ASL to Build Three Rotor Tugs, Seismic Vessel
Singapore's ASL Marine Holdings says its subsidiary ASL Shipyard has won contracts worth approximately S$91-million for the construction of 3 Infield Support Vessels (of ART 100-42 class Rotor Tugs design) and a Seismic Support Vessel (SSV). The vessels are from customers in Australia and Norway respectively. The four vessels are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016. ASL adds that…
HII to Webcast at Deutsche Bank Chicago Conference
Huntington Ingalls Industries informs it will present at Deutsche Bank's fifth annual Global Industrials and Basic Materials Conference on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in Chicago. The presentation by HII President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Petters and Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Barbara Niland will begin at 10 a.m. Huntington Ingalls Industries designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S.
BP Tries Again to Sidestep GoM Spill Payments
BP Plc has asked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to allow the company to avoid making payments to businesses demanding compensation for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while litigation continues. The company acted after the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injunction earlier in the day that had prevented payments being made. Last week, the court had decided…
China Optimistic of Finding Gas Offshore Vietnam
A Chinese oil rig whose deployment to waters claimed by Vietnam early this month triggered a rupture in ties has a good chance of finding enough gas to put the area into production, Chinese industry experts said. That would give China its first viable energy field in the disputed South China Sea, as well as make it a source of friction with Hanoi for years to come. For now, China has said nothing about the potential of the area.
Costa Chooses Saipem to Scrap Concordia
Costa Cruises has chosen a consortium including oil service company Saipem to scrap the hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise liner which capsized off the Tuscany coast in 2012, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. The green light from the Italian government is still missing, the sources added. Besides Saipem the consortium includes Genoa-based companies Mariotti and San Giorgio, one of the sources said. Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp, and Saipem declined to comment.
Second Diver Dies in Korea Ferry Search
A diver searching for bodies in a sunken ferry died on Friday after an accident, the coast guard said, as a car believed to be used by a fugitive businessman linked to the ship was reported found. The diver was pulled from the water where he was involved in the cutting open of the hull in the hope of reaching some of 16 people missing 45 days after the vessel sank, a coast guard official said. The man…
Japan PM: Bigger Role in SE Asia Security Efforts
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a regional security forum that Tokyo would offer its "utmost support" to Southeast Asian countries - several locked in maritime…
Ocean Signal Expands Production Space
Communication and safety at sea specialists, Ocean Signal, has expanded its premises at its Margate headquarters. The extension of the production space and research and development facilities is to meet increased global demand for the company’s established product range and to prepare for the imminent production and distribution of further groundbreaking products. The addition of the new space increases…
Atlantic Offshore Rescue Secures Long Term Charter
Aberdeen-based standby vessel operator Atlantic Offshore Rescue has secured a five-year charter with five, one year options to extend with Shell UK to support operations in the Gannet, Annasuria and the Dana Petroleum Triton Asset in the central North Sea. Ocean Osprey, a brand new Class A tanker assist, rescue and standby ship will be used to provide emergency recovery, rescue cover, tanker assistance and general field support in offshore operations.
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.