UK's Condor Buys Austal 102 Fast Ferry
Condor Ferries says it has completed purchase of the Austal 102, a state-of -the-art high speed ferry which will operate between the Channel Islands and the UK. The latest addition to the Condor fleet will come into service in spring 2015 and will secure the future of high speed ferry services for the Islands. CEO James Fulford commented “I am delighted to announce that we are now proud owners of the Austal 102.
Clarksons Appoint New Prospective Chairman
Leading shipping services group, Clarkson PLC, says that James Hughes-Hallett will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director with immediate effect and will take over as Chairman from 1 January 2015 when Bob Benton will retire from the Board. Clarksons explain that James Hughes-Hallett brings a wealth of experience in the world of shipping, transportation, offshore and global trade, having worked for the Swire group since 1976.
Houston Ship Channel Man Overboard Swims to Island
The U.S. Coast Guard informs of the rescue of a 62-year-old man who was stranded on Atkinson Island, after he fell off his boat in the Houston Ship Channel near Sylvan Beach and swam to the island. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a call from a mariner transiting near Sylvan Beach stating they saw an unmanned boat going in circles. Watchstanders launched an Air Station…
New Product Targets Manhole Safety
SafeEdge from Rustibus is a new and innovative system that provides safety for the crew and equipment when working around open manholes. This product is specifically designed to prevent injuries associated with open manholes onboard vessels or offshore platforms. Current manhole practices are often unsafe, impractical and time-consuming, and a lack of best practices is unsustainable. There have been…
RS to Exhibit at SMM 2014
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) announced it will exhibit at Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology (SMM) International Trade Fair September 9-12, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany.
Update to Fire Damage to Australian Patrol Boat
Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Bundaberg suffered significant damage due to a fire which occurred on Monday, August 11, 2014 in Brisbane. The boat was undergoing…
New Water-activated Life Raft
International Convention for the Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS), states commercial vessels must carry life rafts. In the majority of mass marine disasters globally…
Water Monitoring to Continue at Western Gulf Ports
A water monitoring network that helps keep port traffic moving is the responsibility of the Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) for Surveying and Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. CBI, in partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, has received the federal contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue to operate and maintain the water level and ocean monitoring network along the Western Gulf of Mexico.
Green Marine, ACPA Partner to Reduce Environmental Footprint
Green Marine and the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the goal of jointly expanding efforts to…
SC Ports’ Earnings, Volumes Surpass Plans
SC Ports Authority reported 2014 fiscal year-end operating earnings of $14.3 million, 20.7 percent over the organization's financial plan. From July through June, the SCPA posted operating revenues of $164.1 million, an increase of nearly 17 percent over the previous fiscal year. FY2014 expenses totaled $149.9 million. "With the Port's aggressive capital plan for the next several years, a solid financial performance is essential," said SCPA Board Chairman Bill Stern.
Update: LOOP Terminal Shutdown
LOOP's Offshore Marine Terminal suspended its crude oil offloading operations on August 13 while investigating an oil sheen discovered along the pipeline. According to the terminal…
Port of New Orleans Awards Terminal Build Contract
The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans awarded a $13.3 million construction contract to Metairie, La.-based Hard Rock Construction LLC today for the Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal improvement project at its monthly meeting. Hard Rock Construction was the lowest of eight bidders. The 12-acre project will result in a modern and efficient intermodal container transfer terminal to facilitate the movement of marine and rail cargo…
Jacques R. Saadé Visits the CMA CGM Columba
During the CMA CGM Columba call in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 19, Jacques R. Saadé, CMA CGM Group's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, visited the 11,400 TEU ship. He spoke with the Captain about the savings generated by the recent change of the bulbous bow on the ship, which has reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions beyond expectations. According to CMA CGM, the visit confirms the group’s…
GoM Sale Yields $110m in High Bids
As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, today’s Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238 attracted $109…
Ohio River Reopens as Oil Spill Clean-up Progresses
A 15-mile section of the Ohio River was reopened for limited traffic on Wednesday as clean-up of a 5,000-gallon fuel oil spill continued, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday.
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.
Traders Store Crude for Profit as Contango Takes Hold
Oil traders have begun fixing tankers to take North Sea, West African and Arab crudes to South Africa for storage, hoping for a repeat of the multimillion dollar bonanza they reaped in 2008-2009.
Containership Cleared of Ebola Risk
Containership Hammonia Pacificum has been cleared of Ebola risk at the Port of Ricahrd Bay after being stopped previously at several West African ports, according to online ship intelligence and information service VesselsValue.com. The ship, though carrying a 'quarantine alert' yellow flag, was allowed to berth in Richard's Bay instead of being left at outer anchorage for health inspections, VesselsValue.com reported in its weekly newsletter The Trumpet.
Permanent On-site Collision Damage Repair in Greece
In July Hydrex mobilized a team of diver/technicians to Syros, Greece, for a complex repair operation on a 118-meter, 8550 DWT chemical tanker. The vessel had suffered large cracks in her hull plating as the result of a collision. She was not allowed to sail any further. Hydrex proposed a permanent on-site repair using an open top cofferdam. This would enable the fully laden ship to continue her journey. The tanker was berthed in Egypt when another vessel struck her portside hull.
Two MacGregor Subsea Cranes Ordered for Chinese PSVs
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a new contract from Chinese shipbuilder, Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd., for two 100-metric-ton active heave-compensated subsea MacGregor cranes. The cranes will be fitted to two 86-meter multipurpose platform supply vessels (PSVs) under construction at the yard. Delivery of the cranes is scheduled for the end of September and October 2015. "A key quality of…