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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
Salvage for the Greater Good
Preserving pristine Coral Reefs in a remote location is no small task, but also of big importance. Global Diving & Salvage shows how it is done. On June 19, 1991 officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were notified of a 121 foot long fishing vessel shipwrecked and hard aground in the coral reef on the Western Terrace of Palmyra Atoll. The wreck of the Taiwanese long line fishing vessel HUI FENG #1 lay deep into the reef in 20 feet of water…
New Tug Can Be Transported as a Container
Ben3D BV Naval Architecture, in collaboration with Oonincx Shipbuilding BV, has introduced the innovative ContainerTug 600S. This month’s Boat of the Month entry is a strong, compact Dutch built workboat with a remarkable feature: it can be transported as a standard 20 foot container. The 1200 kg bollard pull, its relatively large deck area and good maneuverability make the ContainerTug an all-round pull, push and support vessel.
OW Bunker Launches Physical Operations in New York
OW Bunker, international physical distributors and resellers of marine fuels, announced the launch of physical distribution operations in the ports of New York and New Jersey. The move follows the start of physical operations in Los Angeles and Long Beach this past March. With ports in New York and New Jersey, OW Bunker’s furthers its strategy in expanding its physical presence in key North America locations.
Hamburg Süd Christens New Containership
Hamburg Süd today christened its new containership Cap San Raphael in the presence of 700 guests at the Burchardkai Terminal in the Port of Hamburg. The ship’s Sponsor is Ingeborg Schäuble…
UK Suppliers Win Statoil Contracts
Statoil (UK) Limited has awarded Aker Solutions UK with the maintenance and modification services contract for the Mariner field. Likewise, the offshore services contract was awarded to Stork Technical Services Limited (UK). Aker Solutions will perform the services for the Mariner field under a five-year contract, anticipated to start this August. Stork will begin its services in January 2015, also under a five-year term. Both contracts include two two-year extension options.
Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon
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