D-Day 70, 2014 WWII Mechant Marine Service Act
During the 70th observance of D-Day, 10,000 surviving World War II American merchant marines, the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots and U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield will be pressing the Senate to pass legislation giving these veterans benefits they were promised but have been denied for decades. According to MM&P, a few weeks before the D-Day anniversary, on May 22, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 4435 – the Defense Authorization Act.
Sovcomflot Reports “Strong Start” for Q1 2014
Russian shipping company Sovcomflot, a global top-five tanker company, reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2014. The company, which offers crude oil, refined petroleum products and liquefied gas transportation services, recorded a “strong start” with highlights as listed below. •Successful completion by SCF Group’s company, Novoship, of modernization at the Port of Sochi for 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
WSA Submitted for Texas Liquefied Hazardous Gas Facilities
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) published a notice on the Federal Register announcing, at Sector Houston-Galveston, receipt of a Letter of Intent (LOI) and Waterways…
Calegeo to Perform Survey Work for Moray OWF
Calegeo, a geotechnical focused marine contracting and survey company, will be carrying out geotechnical survey operations on behalf of Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd in the Outer Moray Firth, as part of the Moray OWF project. The company will utilise their DP2 geotechnical vessel, MV Highland Spirit, starting works mid June. The work comprises a series of geotechnical boreholes and seabed CPTs to evaluate foundation conditions for the wind turbine generator bases.
Florida Ranks 2nd in the US for Maritime Jobs
Domestic Maritime Industry Worth More than $9.6 Billion to Florida Economy. Florida ranks second among all states in domestic maritime jobs, according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the Transportation Institute and released by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the U.S. domestic maritime industry. Supported by the Jones Act, which ensures vessels operating in our domestic waterways are U.S.-built…
Norfolk Tug and Lyons Shipyard Continue Upgrades
Established in 1928 by George Lyon Sr, Lyon Shipyard today occupies 30 acres of waterfront near downtown Norfolk Virginia. Norfolk Tug is based in the same area and takes pride in operating a fleet of tugs from the 1970s and ‘80s that they proudly designate as “vintage steel”. They also have an aggressive program of updating these beauties with extensive upgrades, including new engines, generators, wiring, shaft seals as well as piping and wiring renewal wherever necessary.
New RA Tug Delivered to South America
Bogazici A.S. of Turkey has recently delivered Amapola 1, the first Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAstar3000 tug, to International Offshore Engineering and Development Company, Panama for PDVSA of Venezuela. This new design rounds out the RAstar family of Terminal / Escort tugs, which to date encompasses lengths from 27-39m and bollard pulls of up 120 metric tons. The RAstar Class are a series of ASD terminal support tug designs developed for berthing and unberthing large ships…
Chellsea Expands PSV Order from COSCO, Rolls-Royce
COSCO Shipyard Group announced that it has been awarded options by the Singapore-based Chellsea Group for the construction of four platform supply vessels designed by Rolls-Royce.
Italy Rescues More than 2,500 Migrants Since Thursday
Navy went to aid of 17 different vessels; Flow of boat migrants set to break 2011, Arab Spring record. Italy wants more EU help, UN intervention in Libya. Italy has rescued more than 2…
Italy Warns Oil Traders off Kurdish Tanker
Italy sees possible Iraqi legal action over Kurdish oil; Kurds, Baghdad battle over sales from autonomous region. Tanker of Kurdish oil currently floating off Morocco.
China's Nine Dash Line and the Law of the Sea: Kemp
Territorial disputes over tiny islands and reefs in the South China Sea are poisoning relations between China and its neighbours in Southeast Asia. "In recent months…
Australian Defence Minister to Tour Japan Stealth Submarine
Australian Defence Minister David Johnston will tour a Japanese stealth submarine when he visits Tokyo next week, his Japanese counterpart said on Friday, ahead of talks that could cement an agreement to cooperate in arms development. "We are planning to show Minister Johnston various military equipment including submarines," Itsunori Onodera told a news conference. Johnston will be the first foreign defence minister to tour the highly sensitive craft, a ministry spokesman said.
Rosneft to Invest US$400-Bln in Arctic Offshore Program
Taking part in a round-table discussion in St. Petersburg on the efficient and safe development of the Arctic, Rosneft's President and Chairman Igor Sechin, informed that the Arctic contains 20% of the world’s oil reserves, and that his company will invest around $400bln in its Arctic offshore program over 20 years. Rosneft explains that the roundtable involves researchers and business community representatives and is led by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Freak Waves & Tides Simulated in New Wave Tank
The new FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at Scotland's Edinburgh University can simulate waves 28m high – and tidal currents simultaneously – in a world-class testing facility for marine energy devices recently inaugurated at the University. The University explains that researchers and industrial partners can use the facility to develop and refine full-scale devices. These could include wave and tidal energy converters…
Container Weighing a Task for Shippers Not Terminals: ESPO
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) says it welcomes the recent decision of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) that containers must be weighed before being stowed on board ship; however it stresses that the weighing of containers should not burden port handling activities. ESPO explains that the verification of a containers’ weight can indeed play an important role in enhancing safety in maritime transport and the whole transport chain.
France to host airshow-style nuclear exhibition
France hopes to boost its nuclear industry with a biennial exhibition modeled on the Paris Air Show, although it does not expect reactor orders to pile up as fast as airplane contracts. To be held in the same Le Bourget venue as the airshow, the October 14-16 World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE) expects some 7,000 visitors will visit stands representing nearly 500 French and foreign nuclear industry companies, the organisers said on Thursday.
Global Seafarer Supply & Demand Questions: New Report
How has the seafarer supply changed in relation to the wider changes in the size of the world merchant fleet? Drewry's latest Manning report tackles the question, and also provides forecasts up to 2018 in a new publication on sale now. Supply - Where is the global supply coming from and how has this changed from 1990? Demand - Fleet sector changes 2004 -2014 for 6 vessel types, projected officer requirements.
Peel Ports Celebrate Launch of Liverpool2
Over 300 industry guests gathered at the Port of Liverpool yesterday (Thursday June 6th) to toast the launch of Peel Ports’ landmark deep water container terminal Liverpool2.. Sir Bobby Charlton and ‘King’ Kenny Dalglish pushed the button on the start of dredging and launched a dazzling display of fireworks over the site of the new terminal in the Mersey. The two footballing legends were invited to…
Texas City Y Marine Casualty Hearing Closes: Results Later
Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board investigators have closed a formal hearing in Galveston, that was held to gather facts that led to a March 22, 2014 collision and subsequent 168,000 gallon oil spill near the Texas City Dike. The purpose of the Coast Guard marine casualty investigation and formal board hearing is to examine the causes of a marine casualty, make recommendations to help avoid a similar incident…
BAE Systems Gets USNS Wally Schirra Overhaul Contract
U.S. Department of Defense announces the award of a Navy US$10,354,523 contract to BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair, San Francisco, California, for work on the USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8). The firm-fixed-price contract is for a 58-calendar day regular overhaul and dry docking availability of USNS Wally Schirra. Work will include inspection of the propeller shaft and stern tube, bow thruster repairs…