Joint Petroleum Development in South China Sea Makes Sense
Shared development of oil, gas and possibly other natural resources is the most promising option for reducing tensions in the South China Sea and should be the focus…
Crippled Pine Galaxy Arrives in San Francisco
The disabled mixed-products tanker Pine Galaxy arrived in San Francisco for repairs Wednesday. Commercial tugs towed the ship safety into the Port of San Francisco with an escort by the Coast Guard Cutter Pike and the crew of a Coast Guard Station San Francisco 45-foot Response Boat — Medium. The Pine Galaxy will undergo repairs and inspection at a shipyard in San Francisco. The ship experienced a fire in the machinery shop…
UK's Hound Point VLCC Jetty Down Until Sept. 15
The supertanker jetty at the North Sea's Hound Point crude oil terminal is shut for maintenance and will not reopen until Sept. 15, operator BP Plc said on Thursday…
Coast Guard Responds to Capsized Tug in Chicago
The Coast Guard is responding to the capsizing of a tug on the Calumet River near the 106th St. Bridge in Chicago in which two crew members were able to escape and swim to shore. The Coast Guard is not releasing the names of those involved. Shortly after 7 p.m., two crew members on board the 57-foot tug, Bonnie G. Selvick, attempted to turn the vessel around while transiting south on the Calumet River. During the process, the vessel rolled over, began taking on water and sank within minutes.
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.
New Double-ended Ferry for Norderney
Ferries operated by Norden-Frisia AG have been serving the East Frisian island of Norderney for many decades. Navigation in these coastal waters poses special challenges: in some areas the waterway only leaves a few centimeters below the keel and the water contains a significant amount of swirled-up sand. A new sister ship of the double-ended ferry MS Frisia IV equipped with Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP) is to enter service in summer 2015.
Iraq to Appeal US Court Decision on Kurdish Oil
The Iraqi oil ministry said on Thursday it would challenge a U.S. court decision that stopped U.S. Marshals from seizing some one million barrels of disputed Kurdish oil docked near Texas.
Thor Offshore to Implement BASSnet Suite
Thor Offshore, an offshore support services provider and fisheries company, has chosen the integrated software suite BASSnet Fleet Management Systems as a part in its strategy to expand offshore operations globally. In parallel with Thor’s fleet expansion, BASSnet is being implemented across its current fleet of 29 vessels and its shore-based organization. Giving a resounding endorsement to BASSnet software solutions…
Pearl Seas Cruises Embarks on Inaugural Sailings
Just six weeks into its inaugural season, Pearl Seas Cruises has announced the successful start of its 210-passenger flagship, Pearl Mist, which currently operates in the Canadian Maritimes and Great Lakes before heading to the Caribbean for winter voyages. According to Pearl Seas, all ports have warmly welcomed and continue to welcome the Pearl Mist, adding that the newly offered cruises have received high praise from guests…
Warming Aids Arctic Economies, but Short of 'Cold Rush'
Climate change is aiding shipping, fisheries and tourism in the Arctic but the economic gains fall short of a "cold rush" for an icy region where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the world average. A first cruise ship will travel the icy Northwest Passage north of Canada in 2016, Iceland has unilaterally set itself mackerel quotas as stocks shift north and Greenland is experimenting with crops such as tomatoes.
SHIPPINGInsight Extends Early-bird Registration
SHIPPINGInsight 2014 is extending the deadline for early-bird registration to Sept. 15. Attendees registering online at www.shippinginsight.com/choose-event prior to midnight Sept. 15 can receive discounts up to $400 for the event, which takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2014 at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Conn. SHIPPINGInsight 2014 encompasses three days of activities, including the one-day Marine LNG Symposium Sept. 30 and the Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition Oct. 1-2.
Helideck Safety System to Launch at SMM
Amarcon and Observator Instruments will develop a helideck monitoring and forecasting system to improve the safety of helicopter landings and take-offs from a vessel. Amarcon, a part of the ABB group and Observator Instruments, a developer of sensors and services for meteorological and hydrological monitoring, has announced that the companies will jointly develop a helideck monitoring and forecasting system.
CWind Wins 3-year O&M Services Contract
CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, have signed a three-year contract to provide crew and equipment transfer for DONG Energy and Scottish…
Kongsberg to Supply FPSO Safety System
Kongsberg Maritime Engineering (KME), the wholly owned Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) subsidiary of global maritime technology developer Kongsberg Maritime…
HMS Prince of Wales Hull Departs for Rosyth
A huge section of hull for HMS Prince of Wales, the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, has today begun its delivery voyage from HM Naval Base Portsmouth – the future home of the Queen Elizabeth Class. Mick Ord, Managing Director at BAE Systems Naval Ships, said, “This is a significant milestone for the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program and a particularly proud one for the team in Portsmouth whose contribution to delivering the nation’s flagships has been outstanding.
Kiel Port Growth Continues
Cargo and passenger handling rise by 3%. Handling in the Port of Kiel continued to grow in the first half of the year. A total of 3.24 million tons of cargo were handled in the first six months of 2014 which is an increase of 3% over the same period of last year. In the passenger sector, about 900,000 ferry and cruise ship passengers – a rise of 3.1% - embarked or disembarked. The main pillar of growth was once again ferry traffic, which accounted for 80% of all handling.
Lamprell First Half Results Beat Expectations
Lamprell today announced its financial results for the first half of 2014, reporting results ahead of expectations due to strong operational performance and early results from savings initiatives, generating improved margins. Revenues rose by $125.7 million against H1 2013 as a result of the high H1 activity levels and phasing of construction activity during the period. According to Lamprell, successful…
Ecospeed Fuel and Cost Saving Solutions at SMM
Ecospeed announced it will exhibit its line of fuel and cost saving solutions at SMM in Hamburg. Routine in-water cleaning results in a super smooth hull over the life of the vessel and is the best guarantee of the highest fuel savings possible. This is achieved with the Ecospeed hull coating and routine in-water conditioning and cleaning. The Ecospeed calculator will be available at the booth to take…
Policy Uncertainty Threatens to Slow Renewable Energy Momentum
IEA forecast sees renewable power as a cost-competitive option in an increasing number of cases, but facing growing risks to deployment over the medium term. The expansion of renewable energy will slow over the next five years unless policy uncertainty is diminished, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today in its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. According to the report…
GPS Discharge Control System for Food Waste
Through a cooperation with Marine Position AB, Uson Marine AB can now offer functionality from the Seatrade award winning system Environmental Navigator for its new GPS Discharge Control system for food waste. Together, the systems provide fail-safe control and monitoring of food waste discharge. The Uson food waste vacuum system (OWMS) is designed for hygienic collection and treatment of food waste in compliance with IMO Marpol 73/78 Annex V…