FORAN Users Convene for FORUM 2014
Organized every two years among the FORAN users, the Eight FORAN Users Meeting (FORUM 2014) took place from June 11-13 in the Parador de la Granja, Segovia. The event started on Wednesday, June 11, with a guided visit to the Royal Palace and Gardens of La Granja, and with a welcome reception to the nearly hundred participants that arrived from all over the world. On Thursday, June 12, Rafael de Góngora…
Howard Delivers Commencement Address at Kings Point
The class of 2014 from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), which included 225 new Merchant Marine and Military Officers, graduated in Kings Point, New York on Saturday. Vice Admiral Michelle J. Howard, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy, delivered the commencement address to over 2,300 graduates, family members and representatives from the federal government, U.S. military and maritime industry. "America is a maritime nation," said Howard.
Protecting Your Right to a ‘Bon Voyage’
The National Transportation Safety Board’s Earl F. Weener responds to our March 2014 MarineNews BY THE NUMBERS feature, entitled “Passenger Vessel Safety Record…
Mother Nature Can’t End Dredging Crisis
There has been a lot of speculation of late that the gargantuan ice fields covering the Lakes this winter will, when they finally melt, raise water levels significantly…
Fast Craft and Innovative COTS Solutions
Many variables drive the design decisions for High Speed Craft and RHIBS. Commercial off the Shelf Solutions often tie all of these together. The world is changing fast and nowhere is this truer than in the fast boat sector. When selecting a new boat, the questions used to be relatively simple: how long, how many engines, what fuel type and how fast? Military and professional maritime organizations have been driving the evolution of extreme fast craft for over 30 years.
Sydney Port Tariff to Rise
A Port Tariff increase will come into effect for New South Wales ports covering Sydney (Gore Bay, Port Botany and Kurnell) from August 1, 2014, GAC reported in its daily Hot Port News report.
Port Everglades Updates Master/Vision Plan for Future Growth
Port Everglades is planning for the year 2033 with an updated roadmap for future growth over the next 20 years that identifies $1.6 billion in capital investments to improve productivity for cargo, cruise and petroleum businesses that operate at the South Florida seaport. The Broward County Board of County Commissioners, which governs the Port as a self-funded enterprise fund, approved the Port Everglades 2014 Master/Vision Plan today during its regularly scheduled meeting.
Repsol Makes Russia’s Largest Hydrocarbons Discovery in 2 yrs
Repsol has made two new discoveries in the Russia’s Karabashsky blocks, in the West-Siberian Ouriyinskoye field. The recoverable resources from the Gabi-1 and Gabi-3 wells are estimated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation at 240 million barrels of oil equivalent, a considerable addition to the resources Repsol currently holds in Russia. The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation…
Peak Re Appoints Credit & Surety Underwriter
Peak Reinsurance Company Limited (“Peak Re”), the fast growing Hong Kong based reinsurer announced the appointment of Kathleen Koh as Senior Vice President to underwrite credit and surety business. Ms. Koh will be responsible for developing and growing Peak Re’s credit book in Asia Pacific. As a credit & surety underwriter in the region, she has more than 15 years of combined banking and reinsurance experience…
APM Terminals Boosts Crane Capacity at Maasvlakte II
APM Terminals concluded a contract with Austrian-based crane manufacturer Hans Kuenz GmbH in combination with ABB of Sweden for an additional 22 Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs). The order will bolster the yard operation for Phase I of the new 2.7 TEU million annual capacity, deep-water Maasvlakte II terminal which will begin operations in November 2014. The 30-meter wide ARMGs will use…
Port Canaveral Signs 35-year Agreement With GT USA
On June 23, Port Canaveral signed a 35-year agreement with GT USA, the United States business arm of international terminal operator Gulftainer, to operate and develop its container and multi-purpose cargo terminal. The terminal is set to open in the last quarter of 2014. The partnership with Port Canaveral is Gulftainer’s first entry into the U.S. market. Currently the largest privately owned terminal manager in the world…
OMV & Gazprom to Build South Stream in Austria by 2016
Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom's Management Committee and Gerhard Roiss, Chief Executive Officer of OMV inked a Shareholders Agreement for the South Stream Austria joint project company. The document was signed in Vienna today during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Republic of Austria. The Agreement envisages the parties' cooperation while constructing the Austrian section of…
Maersk Drilling Orders 20K™ Blow Out Preventer & Risers
Maersk Drilling has ordered four Blow Out Preventers (BOPs) and two risers from GE Oil and Gas to be used in the Project 20K™ agreement with BP. The BOPs and risers are intended to be delivered and deployed on two Maersk Drilling 20K™ Rigs by year-end 2018. The order includes options for provision of further BOPs. The order is subject to BP and Maersk Drilling taking the final investment decision on a 20K™ Rig contract.
CEVA And Ford Expand Relationship in Michigan
CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, today announced an expansion of service with Ford Motor Company. CEVA will provide…
Wärtsilä Environmental Seal Systems First to Gain Recognition
Wärtsilä has received an important service level recognition for its Wärtsilä Airguard and Wärtsilä Oceanguard propeller shaft sealing systems from Lloyd's Register. The recognition of Lloyd's Register, a marine classification society, confirms that the sealing systems meet the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) requirements. Wärtsilä, the marine industry's leading solutions and services provider and a pioneer in environmentally sustainable sealing solutions…
Global Ocean Trade: Latest Shipbuilding Orders
Tsuneishi have taken an order at their Cebu facility in the Philippines for a total of three 81,600 DWT Kamsarmax for Japanese buyers. Nissen Kaiun declared two further options taking their total series on order to five vessels, with an additional order for a single unit by Hisafuku Kisen – all due for delivery in 2016. In the smaller sizes, China Navigation announced an order for four firm 38,000 DWT Handysize at Imabari, with delivery planned for 2017.
Foster Wheeler Contracted For Terrace WallTM Steam Reformer Heater
Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq:FWLT) announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Glencore Oil Projects AG for the engineering and material supply of a steam reformer heater for hydrogen production for the Orsknefteorgsyntez Refinery at Orsk, Russia. The value of Foster Wheeler’s contract was not disclosed and was included in the company’s first-quarter 2014 bookings.
Day of the Seafarer is Today 25, June
The ‘Day of the Seafarer’ is an official United Nations international observance day celebrated on 25 June every year, in order to celebrate seafarers around the world. The event is organised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) with the aim to raise awareness of seafarers and highlight the often invisible role they play in our lives every day, delivering over 90% of the world’s goods.
Gazprom Opens Museum of War in Brest Fortress
Led by Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, a Company's delegation took part in the inauguration of a new museum within the Brest Hero-Fortress memorial complex. Boris Svetlov, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus and Konstantin Sumar, Chairman of the Brest Regional Executive Committee participated in the ceremony. The museum is called 'Museum of War – Territory of Peace'.
US Coast Guard on Canvas: 2014 Art Program
The dedication and character of the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard provide inspiration for many across the nation. Some of the most inspired are Coast Guard artists who belong to the Coast Guard Art Program. The Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP) uses fine art as an outreach tool for educating diverse audiences about the United States Coast Guard. Through displays at museums, libraries and patriotic events…