Today in U.S. Naval History: July 1
Today in U.S. 1800 - First convoy duty; USS Essex escorts convoy of merchant ships from East Indies to U.S. 1801 - U.S. 1911 - Trial of first Navy aircraft, Curtiss A-1. The designer, Glenn Curtiss, makes first flight in Navy's first aircraft, A-1, at Lake Keuka, NY, then prepares LT Theodore G. Ellyson, the first naval aviator, for his two solo flights in A-1. 1916 - Establishment of informal school for officers assigned to submarines at New London, Conn.
Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon
Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners, ship and boat builders, naval architects and marine engineers. Today Maritime Reporter heads a group of four print and 10 websites serving the global maritime, offshore and subsea sector.
Zeebrugge Orders Seagoing LNG Bunkering Vessel
On May 13, 2014 Mitsubishi Corporation, GDF SUEZ and NYK signed a framework agreement aiming to develop the LNG bunkering market worldwide, in the context of international regulations that seek to reduce the impact of shipping activities on the global environment. This partnership now resulted in two concrete contracts: a joint order of an LNG bunkering vessel, the world’s first LNG bunkering vessel with the aim of providing LNG to LNG-fueled vessels…
Marine News July Editor's Note
I couldn’t possibly kick off this edition of MarineNews without first acknowledging – and applauding – the passage of the long-awaited, much needed Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). Signed into law by the President on June 10th, the bill gives the domestic waterfront a much improved vehicle from which it can get onto the important business of rehabilitating the nation’s waterways and infrastructure.
New Mississippi Riverboat Launched
American Cruise Lines announced today that it launched the new paddlewheeler being built for the Mississippi River at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland. Immediately after being launched Sunday into the Wicomico River, tugboats nudged the new riverboat into Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s East Outfitting Basin where the upper decks and outfitting will be completed. “This is a significant milestone in the construction process and also for American Cruise Lines…
NOAA Reports 2011 Ocean, Great Lakes Economy Data
NOAA’s newest output includes a feature on economics. The National Ocean Watch site features facts, charts, story maps and videos. It turns out that our maritime economy – commercial, recreational and everything in between – really matters. In 2011, the U.S. Ocean and Great Lakes economy produced $282 billion in goods and services and employed 2.2 percent of the nation’s workers—that’s more than twice the percentage of workers in the U.S. agriculture industry.
Collision Halts Navigation on the Parana
Upriver navigation in the Parana River was interrupted yesterday, June 30, following a collision between two vessels, GAC Reported in its daily Hot Port News report.
Petrobras O&G Output Rises 2% in May
Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras said on Tuesday it produced an average of 2.61 million barrels per day (boepd) of oil and equivalent natural gas in May domestically and abroad, up 2 percent from the previous month. Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the firm is formally known, said production in Brazil reached an average of 2.39 million barrels per day (boepd) of oil and equivalent natural gas, up 2.2 percent from the previous month.
M/V Cape Ray: Last Stop for Syrian Chemical Weapons
As I write, the M/V Cape Ray, a 648-foot roll-on/roll-off Ready Reserve Force ship is steaming under orders towards Gioia Tauro, Italy, to load hundreds of tons of Syrian Government chemical weapon agents and precursor chemicals, before neutralizing them at sea. With innovative safe-destruction technology welded to its decks, the Cape Ray is the United States’ key contribution to the joint Organization…
Tugboat Sunk Near St. Louis Riverfront, River Closure
The Coast Guard informs it is responding with St. Louis Fire Department to the sinking of a towing vessel on the Mississippi River near the St. Louis Riverfront. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River received a report that the towing vessel Jim Marko owned by Osage Marine sank near the Stan Musial Memorial Bridge, with about 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. The Mississippi River is closed between lock and dam 27 and the Eads Bridge.
'Ford' Anchor Aweigh at Newport News Shipbuilding
Huntington Ingalls Industries' reports that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has successfully completed anchor testing on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), bringing the ship closer to its 2016 delivery to the U.S. Navy. Ford's new anchor system features a lighter anchor and chain, weighing in at half the weight of the previous Nimitz-class carriers' anchor systems. Newport News shipbuilders…
Lampedusa Shipwreck Victims Abused: Police Detain 5
Italian police have detained five people in an operation in Agrigento, Catania, Milano, Rome and Turin in a probe into the October 3, 2013 migrant boat disaster off Lampedusa that killed 366 people. Another four arrest warrants were issued but the persons were declared fugitives: two in Africa, one in Sweden and the fourth in Rome, reports ANSA. Migrants aboard the boat underwent continuous physical violence and reiterated torture as well as repeated rape…
WPCI Launches Website Focused on LNG as shipping Fuel
The website www.lngbunkering.org is launched that features Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a shipping fuel. The website is an initiative of the World Ports Climate…
Wood Group Kenny Wins Ghana Contract for Subsea Engineering
Wood Group Kenny (WGK) has been awarded an engineering services contract to support Tullow Ghana Limited and its partners through the execution phase of the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) project, offshore Ghana. WGK will provide subsea, umbilical, risers, flowlines (SURF) engineering services. The Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme oil fields are situated in the Deepwater Tano area, offshore Ghana, approximately 30 kilometres from the existing Jubilee field.
Slew of New SOLAS Amendments Come into Force
IMO informs that new requirements under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to require all ships to have plans and procedures to recover persons from the water are among a set of SOLAS amendments that came into force on 1 July 2014. The SOLAS amendments, adopted in 2012, were developed as part of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s work on large passenger…
Newport International Boat Show To Offer Exciting Program
Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today its '2014 At The Helm program' for this year’s Boat Show. The Newport International Boat Show will take place September 11-14, 2014 on the Newport Waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country and the kick-off to the boat show season…
Hamburg Süd is “Best Green Service Provider – Shipping Line”
At the 28th Annual Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) sponsored by “Cargonews Asia” Hamburg Süd received the award as “Best Green Service Provider – Shipping Line” for the third year in a row. This year, the award ceremony held in Shanghai on 17 June was attended by several hundred senior representatives of Asian and international companies in the shipping, transportation and logistics sectors.
Rosneft Starts Geological Exploration In Barents, Pechora Sea
Rosneft has started field works at five license blocks of the Barents and Pechora Seas: West Prinovozemelsky, located in the North-Eastern part of the Barents sea near the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, Perseevsky, located in the North-Western part of the Barents sea, and at the South Russky, South Prinovozemelsky and West Matveevsky license blocks, located in the Pechora Sea. West Prinovozemelsky - 3D seismic exploration with a volume of 2800 sq.
GasLog Ltd. Announces Delivery of 'Solaris'
GasLog Ltd. is pleased to announce the delivery of the fully owned LNG carrier Solaris, from Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. She today, commenced a medium-term charter to Shell Tankers Singapore (Private) Limited, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc. The vessel is a 155,000 cubic meter tri-fuel Diesel Electric (TFDE) LNG carrier that sets new standards for efficient performance and environmental protection.
Havyard Rings Bell on Group's Oslo Bourse Listing
Norwegian shipbuilders, service providers & designers Havyard Group ASA inform that its listed stock has been traded on the Oslo Børs as President & CEO Geir Johan Bakke rang the ceremonial bell. Per Sævik, CEO of the family company Havila Holding said in connection with the planning of the IPO: “Our family has broad interests in the offshore supply industry. In light of this, and because we see that we need to optimise the conditions for continued growth for Havyard Group…