Bangladesh’s First LNG Import Terminal in the Works
Excelerate Energy and Petrobangla have reached agreement on terms for the development and operation of Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal. The agreement includes…
Today in U.S. Naval History: June 27
Today in U.S. 1950 - To support U.N. call to assist South Korea, Truman authorizes U.S. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage…
Marine Salavage: Responder Immunity Benefits a Responsible Party
Putting to rest the fears and misconceptions about what responder immunity means and what it will eventually do. It’s all good. As many in the response industry, and in many cases the marine industry in general appreciate, there has been an extended effort to enact an enhanced responder immunity regime following the lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon incident. It is hard to believe that we only recently observed the fourth anniversary of this unfortunate incident.
ICS Supports Vessel's Release in Antwerp
The release of the car carrier Global Spirit, previously detained for three weeks by Belgian environmental authorities in the port of Antwerp, has been welcomed by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Shipment Regulation, originally scheduled for recycling in a non-OECD country. ICS claims that the detention was inappropriate, and that this EU Regulation was never intended for international shipping or to ships which are scheduled to be recycled.
Australia’s HMAS Arunta Returns to Sea
A milestone has been achieved in the Anti-Ship Missile Defense (ASMD) Upgrade Program with HMAS Arunta setting sail for her sea acceptance trials this week. Chief Executive Officer, Defense Materiel Organization (DMO) Warren King and the Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, together congratulated all those involved in the program. King said the ASMD Project will deliver a capability…
First of 12 UT4000 Crewboats Delivered
Incat Crowther announced the launch of Baru Gorgona, the first of a new series of 12 UT4000 Monohull Fast Supply Vessels to be built by ETP Engenharia Ltda. Additionally, Incat Crowther has signed a contract to supply the design of six further UT4000 FSVs to be built at Arpoador Engenharia Ltda. The vessel’s design has been optimized to comply with the UT4000 Fast Supply Vessel specification. Ships fuel is in excess of 40,000 liters, with a cargo fuel load of 90,000 liters.
Japan Sends Coast Guard to Rescue Chinese Crew
Japan's Coast Guard said on Friday it has sent a plane and patrol ship after a Chinese fishing boat sank some 120 km (75 miles) north of a group of disputed islets…
COSCO Orders Deltamarin B.Deltas
Marking another order for Deltamarin’s B.Delta37, the first Chinese shipowner COSCO has ordered four 40,000 DWT Handymax bulk carriers at Tianjin Xingang shipyard in China. In addition to the latest COSCO order, 16 B.Delta37 vessels had previously been ordered at the Tianjin Xingang shipyard, with eight vessels for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs and another eight for M.T. Maritime Management Group (MTMM) / Strategic Shipping Inc. (SSI).
First RSD CNG Tug to Launch in 2016
Three companies have teamed up to bring the first ever Reverse Stern Drive (RSD) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tug to the market. Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands, German engine manufacturer MTU Friedrichshafen, a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, and Denmark’s SVITZER have embarked on the project with the official launch of the new eco-friendly tug planned for 2016. The new RSD CNG tug combines high power with lower fuel costs and a substantial reduction in emissions.
Videotel Offers Course on Noise and Vibration
Videotel has launched a new training course, Noise and Vibration: The Forgotten Hazards, to coincide with the new legal requirements to reduce noise on board ships. These regulations come into effect with the adoption of new SOLAS regulations beginning July 1, 2014. These rules set mandatory maximum noise level limits for machinery spaces, control rooms, workshops, accommodation and other spaces on board ships.
Channel Ferry Service Given Six-Months Notice
Britain's competition regulator has told Groupe Eurotunnel, the operator of the undersea rail link between Britain and France, it will have to stop operating its separate cross-channel ferry service in the next six months and find a buyer for the ships, confirming a decision it made in May. Eurotunnel immediately said it would appeal an "absurd" decision, which it said would mean higher prices for consumers and put 600 people out of work.
Cruise Line Adds to Wärtsilä Maintenance Agreement
Wärtsilä says that two vessels have been added to the 5-year maintenance agreement between them and US-based Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. (the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises). The agreement now covers 8 vessels with a total of 35 Wärtsilä engines. According to Wärtsilä the tailor-made agreement that was signed in 2012 with Prestige is one of the most comprehensive yet for the cruise industry.
Minister Calls for ‘Sea Change’ in Maritime Safety Culture
Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has called for a sea change in attitudes to maritime safety, as he launched a new consultation process on maritime safety: Sea Change – Building a new Maritime Safety Culture. Minister Varadkar highlighted the 134 maritime fatalities which have occurred since 2002, almost half of which were as a result of leisure activities on recreational craft.
New Cruise Ship Sea Trials Navis NavDP 4000 System
Finland headquartered Navis Engineering says that recently completed sea trials by the 99,430 gross tons cruise ship Mein Schiff 3 have confirmed the high performance of its dynamic positioning (DP) control system, Navis Nav DP4000. Designed and constructed for TUI Cruises by STX Shipyard in Turku, Finland and delivered in May this year, the 294m long and 36m wide Mein Schiff 3 is to operate in the German premium class cruise market.
Freight Rate Trends: Upcoming Free Supply Chain Webinar
Drewry Maritime Research says it is hosting a free webinar for supply chain professionals to explain recent trends in ocean & air freight rates and provide an outlook for the future. The event will be hosted by Simon Heaney, Senior Manager, and Philip Damas, Director Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. Both executives will be available to take questions following a 20 minute presentation. This analysis will be provided by reference to information available in Drewry's Sea & Air Shipper Insight report.
MH370 Indian Ocean Search Extended South
Australia, Malaysia and China have decided to extend the search area in the southern Indian Ocean, which represents the highest priority for future search efforts for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, informs Australia’s JACC. An expert satellite working group has reviewed all existing information in order to define a search zone of up to 60,000 square kilometers along the arc in the southern Indian Ocean.
Havyard Group Firm Executives Change Roles
Havyard Group informs that Roar Stenersen has been appointed as Executive Vice-President of Havyard Fish Handling & Refrigeration to replace Leif Gjelseth who takes over as leader of sales and business development. Roar Stenersen, has since October 2013 been the general manager of the two product areas in Havyard Fish Handling and Refrigeration and had day-to-day responsibility for operations. The…
China Opens New Maritime Development Zone
A new zone in the west coast of Jiaozhou Bay covering about 2,096 square km of land and 5,000 square km of water, has been designated in east China's Shandong Province…
Swire Oilfield Services Plans More SE Asia Investments
Swire Oilfield Services, global supplier of cargo carrying solutions, modular systems, offshore aviation services and fluid management says it plans to further invest in Southeast Asia with the development of three new operational yards and the arrival of new rental equipment to its fleet. The company, which established its first Southeast Asia base in Singapore in 2010 and has since opened further bases across the region…
Potential West Coast Ports Strike Consequences: Survey
National Retail System (NRS) one of the leading 3PL logistics providers in North America has released the results of its survey on how a West Coast ports strike could impact logistics in the USA. With a strike looming as the holiday season gets nearer, the NRS' survey found that only 52% of the companies who responded are prepared. Although about 20% of those surveyed didn't know, or didn't want to disclose their potential losses in the case of a strike…