75 Crowley Vessels Earn Safety Awards
Seventy-five Crowley Maritime Corporation vessels have received the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA)’s annual Jones F. Devlin Awards in recognition of their outstanding safety records in 2013, honors given during a luncheon held last week in New Orleans, La. Each year the CSA grants Devlin Award certificates to manned merchant vessels that have operated for two or more years without incurring a Lost Time Injury (LTI)…
BIMCO: Greece is the Leader in Newbuild Investment
Greek shipowners are not only the most active nation when it comes to sales and purchases, they are also investing the most in newbuilding contracts, BIMCO reported. Since 2010, contracts made by owners in Greece total $51 billion (USD), consistently dwarfing the likes of Norway and China as buyers. Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, Peter Sand, said, "The Greek ship owners’ interest in newbuilding contracts has continued into 2014, where 73 new contracts valued at $4.3 billion have been signed.
Poland: France Should Pull Back from Russian Navy Deal
Poland's foreign minister urged France on Tuesday to cancel a 1.2 billion euro ($1.66 billion) contract to sell Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, saying these…
US Military Program Targets Transitioning Technologies
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) on May 28, 2014 seeking proposals under the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) program to…
WaterLoad Test Milestone for Unique Seaflex
A division of the Unique Maritime Group (UMG) which is an integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solutions providers, Unique Seaflex, announced it has assisted Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff with the largest load test ever carried out with the use of their WaterLoad range of bags over the course of the final days of May 2014. Building on 150 years of marine manufacturing experience, Harland and Wolff offers a combination of vast facilities and technical capability.
South Korean, Linked to Ferry, Denied Asylum
A South Korean businessman and Christian sect leader, wanted on charges tied to a ferry disaster in which more than 300 passengers drowned, sought asylum at a Seoul embassy but was rejected…
Baltic Ace Salvage Commenced in North Sea
Dutch companies have started a weeks-long operation to raise the Baltic Ace car carrier, which collided with a cargo ship in 2012, killing 11 crew and sending 1…
Wärtsilä Unveil Afromax Tanker Design at Posidonia 2014
A new, highly efficient, Aframax tanker design offering practical and viable solutions that meet current and forthcoming emissions legislation was launched by Wärtsilä at the Posidonia 2014 exhibition in Athens, Greece. The new Aframax design emphasises energy efficiency to provide lower operating costs and enhanced environmental performance. It features an optimised hull form to minimize resistance, and an optimised propulsion train with energy saving devices (ESDs) for greater efficiency.
Mega-Containerships Trigger Terminal Shake-ups
Bigger container ships are resulting in much greater peaks in container terminal activity, which together with the ever larger combined volumes of bigger alliances, demands fewer, larger terminals in each port. Terminal operators are reacting by consolidating terminal layouts and ownership – and by working more closely together – but what are the consequences for their customers? Drewry Maritime Research discuss in this extract from their latest 'Container Insight Weekly'.
Huntington Ingalls Industries Acquires UPI
Huntington Ingalls Industries informs that it has acquired UniversalPegasus International Holdings (UPI), a leading provider of engineering and project management services to the domestic and international energy markets. The value of the transaction is not being disclosed. UPI was a privately held company headquartered in Houston. It also performs work in Oklahoma, Illinois and Louisiana, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom, and Trinidad and Tobago.
GD NASSCO Awarded USS Boxer Contract Modification
US Department of Defense informs that General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California, is being awarded a US$20,745,556 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00024-13-C-4404) for 'USS Boxer' (LHD 4) fiscal 2014 phased maintenance availability. A phased maintenance availability includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations…
ADT Signs Borouge Packaging Service Deal
Manager and operator of Khalifa Port Container Terminal, Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), says it has signed a contract with Borouge, a leading provider of plastics materials, to design, construct and operate a state-of-the-art packaging facility for Borouge’s export products at Khalifa Port. The contract was signed by Abdulaziz Alhajri, CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge), and Martijn Van De Linde, CEO of ADT, during a ceremony that took place at Borouge’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
Oceaneering Acquires Port Vision Parent, AIRSIS
Oceaneering International, Inc. says it has acquired AIRSIS Inc., a provider of remote asset management software services. AIRSIS’ signature service, PortVision®, provides web-based location reporting on commercial vessels. AIRSIS’ revenue for 2013 was approximately $7 million, and its future financial results will be included in Oceaneering’s Subsea Projects segment. Oceaneering explains that this…
Denmark Sets Plan to Deter ECA Marine Fuel Cheats
The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) considers it important that no shipowner should gain a competitive advantage by cheating on bunker fuel content when new stricter requirements for ship exhaust gas sulphur emissions take effect in the ECA on 1, January 2015. Consequently, efficient and consistent enforcement of compliance with the regulations is decisive. The action plan is an extension of the Danish Government’s 'Plan for Growth in the Blue Denmark'…
Shark Bite Victim Flown From Palmyra Atoll To Oahu
The Coast Guard medically evacuated a woman after she was bitten by a shark near Palmyra Atoll, Sunday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received a call from the Palmyra research facility director reporting that a 37-year-old female patient sustained a shark bite to her left hand. A Coast Guard flight surgeon consulted with the medical staff treating the victim…
First Lady Signs-in at Submarine Keel-laying
First Lady Michelle Obama's initials were welded onto a metal plate as Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN 786) looked on during a keel-laying ceremony for the new Virginia-class submarine. The First Lady joined Navy leaders, shipyard personnel and crew families in celebrating the ongoing construction of the Navy's 13th Virginia-class submarine during an event at the Quonset Point facility of the shipbuilders General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Green Groups See Need To Nudge Obama's 'Opening Bid' On Carbon Cuts
In large part, the wide-ranging reaction to President Barack Obama's signature effort to cut power plant carbon emissions could have been written months in advance. Key Republicans and many industrial groups decried it as a job-killing war on coal that would drive up power prices; environmentalists and many Democrats hailed it as a landmark measure making good on Obama's pledge to tackle climate change.
McQuilling Secures India Foothold with Seaways Shipping
Transportation and consulting services firm McQuilling Partners, Inc. says it has reached an agreement with Seaways Shipping and Logistics Limited (SSLL) to establish Seaways McQuilling Private Limited. Through offices located in Mumbai and New Delhi, the core business of the company will be to provide tanker, dry bulk, chemical and offshore brokerage services, as well as research and logistics consultancy within India and its related markets.
Northeast Carbon Hits All-Time High On EPA Power Plants Rules
Carbon permits for the Northeast's carbon market traded as high as $5.10 a ton on Monday, an all time high, following the release of federal rules that will allow…
Port Canaveral's 60-yr-old Charter Overhauled
Port Canaveral informs that Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law a major overhaul of the Port’s 60-year-old charter, which resulted from a nine-month community review and input process and received bi-partisan legislative support. It is the first complete review and analysis of charter revisions in the Port’s history. “The Charter revisions set the stage for the Port’s governance for a decade until the next review is required…