PDVSA Orders 10 ASD Tugs from Damen
Signaling a major commitment to tug fleet renewal, Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has placed a 10-vessel order with Damen Shipyards Group, as part of the state-owned operator’s strategic shift from chartered in to owned tonnage. The new tugs, which are expected to enhance operating efficiencies while reduce running costs, will provide mooring and maneuvering support to tankers in Venezuelan ports and harbors.
GCSG Launches Tank Barge for FMT
Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) announced the launch of FMT 6000, the first of Florida Marine Transportation’s (FMT) new 6000 series 6.4 PSI–30,000 barrel environmentally friendly tank barges. The new series continues Florida Marine Transportation’s tradition of having the latest design and most environmentally-friendly equipment operating on America’s waterways. Utilizing proprietary engineering developed for FMT by the engineering group of Guarino & Cox…
SS United States’ Propeller May be Scrapped
Once a top secret, the 60,000 pound propeller from the nation’s flagship may be scrapped to raise money for the preservation of the historic vessel. On board America’s Flagship the SS United States on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 11-11:30 a.m., the SS United States Conservancy will announce the result of its nationwide search for a donor to save one of the historic ship’s massive five-blade propellers.
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.
First MTU Powered Boat Monitored by GPLink
GPLink’s remote monitoring equipment has been installed on hundreds of Cat powered vessels throughout the world. The company has recently announced that its product has received its first integration on a non-Caterpillar power package. In March, Spencer Yachts splashed their latest build, an 87-foot sportfish yacht named Bangarang, equipped with twin MTU M94 2600 horsepower diesels capable of propelling this mammoth vessel to a cruising speed of 40 knots.
US Kicks off Evaluation of Offshore Oil, Gas Leases
The U.S. Department of the Interior took its first steps on Friday to develop the next five-year schedule of potential offshore oil and gas lease sales. Interior…
Norway Police Want to Reopen 1990 Ship Fire Case
Norwegian police on Friday recommended reopening an investigation into a ferry fire in 1990 that killed 159 people after a police review cast doubt on findings that…
Suspected WWII Sea Mine Found off Kiribati
A team of Australian Defense Force (ADF) personnel has headed to the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati to dispose of a suspected World War II sea mine. The object was discovered beneath a sunken vessel that is being salvaged by commercial operators in Betio Lagoon, South Tarawa. Six Royal Australian Navy clearance divers and a support team are flying to the island nation on a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft.
Fincantieri Eyes Valuation of up to 1.8b Euros in Float
Italian state-owned shipmaker Fincantieri aims to make its debut on the Milan bourse in July with a stock market value of up to 1.84 billion euros ($2.5 billion), it said on Friday. Fincantieri, maker of vessels ranging from luxury yachts to military aircraft carriers, said in a statement it would offer a stake of up to 38.2 percent stake, mostly made up of new shares, at a price range between 0.78 euros and 1 euro per share.
Today in U.S. Naval History: June 13
Today in U.S. Naval History - June 13 1881 - USS Jeannette crushed in Arctic ice pack 1967 - Operation Great Bend in Rung Sat Zone, Vietnam For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
Cheniere's Texas LNG Terminal Closer to Approval
Cheniere Energy's proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas will not lead to widespread harm to the environment, a draft review concluded on Friday…
Harley Marine Orders Two Tractor Tugs
The construction of two new tractor tugs has begun at Diversified Marine in Portland, Oregon. The twin sister tugs, designed by Robert Allan, LTD, are each 80 feet in length, with approximately 5,200 horsepower and a 65 tons bollard pull. They are expected to be completed in March and June of 2015. Harley Marine Services has chosen to name the tugs the Michelle Sloan and the Lela Franco after two remarkable women that are very important to the company.
PPG Completes Acquisition of CSI
PPG Industries announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Canal Supplies Inc. (CSI), a privately-owned…
Line-Handler M/T Brage Shipped North
Sanmar Marine’s modern, custom built yard in Turkey has completed the construction of a new design of RAscal class, the 1500, for Norwegian owner operator, Buksér og Berging AS. This compact class of tug is a series of high-performance but relatively straight forward smaller tugs, all less than 24m in length. Designed exclusively by Robert Allan Ltd, to address the challenges of modern, high-performance Z-drive line-handling and smaller ship-handling tugs…
Eni Norge Enters Agreement with DNV GL
Eni Norge AS awards DNV GL a framework agreement for the supply of inspection services to the Goliat platform in the Barents Sea. The term of the contract is three years…
DHT Announces Shareholders Meeting Results
DHT Holdings, Inc. announced the results of its 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. At the Annual Meeting, the shareholders voted to elect Robert N. Cowen as a Class I Director for a term of three years and Einar Michael Steimler as a Class II Director for a term of two years, to approve the 2014 Incentive Compensation Plan and to ratify the…
MARAD: Call for Projects for America’s Marine Highways
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it is now accepting project applications for Marine Highway designations until September 30, 2016. Eligible projects…
USCG Awards Flag of Quality to UK Ship Register
The U.K. Ship Register has become one of only around 20 in the world to keep the prestigious United States Coast Guard (USCG) award for excellence. The register…
Corsica Ferries First with VAVE
Corsica Ferries is first to tap into MCPs new entertainment and information platform for the ferry and cruise industry. Following a successful pilot, five vessels in the Mediterranean Ocean will be equipped with Value Adding Voyage Experience platform (VAVE) this summer. MCP said passengers will enjoy rich digital leisure opportunities from an innovative onboard digital entertainment and information solution.
WQIS to Release New Policy Form for 2014
On June 16, 2014 the Water Quality Insurance Syndicate (WQIS) will offer a new 2014 Worldwide Vessel Pollution Form. The new policy form will contain enhanced coverage…