Today in U.S Naval History: August 4
1964 - The Navy and national intelligence sources report a North Venamese PT boat attack on USS Turner Joy and USS Maddox in the Tokin Gulf prompting Congress to…
Carrier Hull Section Arrives in Rosyth
A huge section of HMS Prince of Wales has arrived in Rosyth as the dockyard prepares for final assembly of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, shipbuilder BAE systems announced. The 8,000-metric-ton hull section, known as Lower Block 03, completed the 600-mile journey around the north coast of Scotland last night, after departing BAE Systems in Glasgow on Monday, July 28. The block weighs…
Recent Vessel Sales: July 2014
Vessel sales for June 2014 (as of July 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York. 7/22/14 - NANWA MARU NO.
Underwater PBCF Installation in South Korea
Last month Hydrex installed Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) on a 289-meter tanker during the vessel’s stop in Mokpo, South Korea. A Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) can recover energy loss of a propeller hub vortex in the propeller’s backward flow. This decreases fuel consumption by 5% when operating at the same speed, or boosts speed by 2% with the same fuel consumption. A clear explanation of the benefits of installing a PBCF can be found here.
Mastry Helps OEMs Achieve EPA Compliance
Tier 4 EPA regulations create unprecedented challenges for many OEMs, as they require extensive testing to ensure end products are compliant. Mastry Engine Center now offers design and performance analysis services for its OEM customers to help with this hurdle. The diesel engine specialist said it can also streamline business for those who use its engine brands for their own equipment, with its sub-assembly and private label options.
Large Dead Zone Found in Gulf of Mexico
Mapped size confirms NOAA forecast for an average-sized hypoxia zone this year. NOAA- and EPA-supported scientists have mapped the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area with low oxygen water, measuring 5,052 square miles this summer--approximately the size of the state of Connecticut. The measurements were taken during the 30th annual hypoxia survey cruise from July 27 to August 2. This area falls within the predicted range of 4…
USCG Celebrates 224th Birthday
On August 4, 1790, Congress authorized the creation of the Revenue Cutter Service, the precursor to the modern U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). In celebration of the service's 224th birthday, members of the USCG and Coast Guard Auxiliary surprised boaters along the Mid-Atlantic coast, wishing the boaters happy birthday and presenting them with balloons and gifts. The members presented boaters in Baltimore…
North P&I Club Warns of Poor Newbuild Construction
The North P&I club has warned its members to check their new ships very carefully before accepting delivery. The club said in the latest issue of its loss prevention…
NAT Takes Delivery of its 22nd Ship
Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) announced that it today took delivery of its 22nd Suezmax vessel, the Nordic Skier, built in 2005 at a shipyard in South Korea.
Pemex to Launch Transport, Drilling Companies in 2015
Pemex, Mexico's state oil company, will launch new companies next year as it restructures following landmark energy reform, Pemex Chief Executive Officer Emilio Lozoya told local radio on Monday. "The business plan that we're considering for the next year will involve an internal restructuring," Lozoya said. Among the new companies will be a transport and logistics business, Lozoya said. That business…
Wärtsilä to Design Gulf of Bothnia Ferry
Wärtsilä has been selected as the partner for designing a new ferry as part of the Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor project. The scope of the design work will be both initial and basic design. The ferry is designed for sailing between Vaasa in Finland and Umeå in Sweden across the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. The contract was signed today, August 4. The new vessel is required to be innovative, efficient and environmentally sound.
Continued Growth for Container Leasing Sector
The container leasing sector experienced another year of stellar growth in 2013 thanks to the continuing weakness of carrier financials, according to Drewry’s recently published Container Leasing report. And Drewry forecasts that this trend will continue. The leased container fleet (teu) expanded 7.3% in 2013, fast outpacing the 2% growth recorded by the fleet owned by transport operators, most of whom are shipping lines.
Sembcorp Marine Profit up on Rig Building
Drilling rig builder Sembcorp Marine Ltd said on Monday its second-quarter net profit rose 5.4 percent from a year earlier, helped by stronger performance from its rig building and fixed platform businesses. The Singaporean company reported a net profit for the quarter ended on June 30 of S$131.6 million ($105.57 million), which brings the first-half net profit to S$254 million. The mean full-year net profit forecast stood at S$597 million…
Shipping Bodies Issue Ebola Virus Advice
Three global shipping organizations today issued guidance to their members on the risks posed to ships’ crews calling in countries affected by the Ebola virus. 1. The Master should ensure that the crew is aware of the risks, how the virus can be spread and how to reduce the risk. 2. The ISPS requirements on ensuring that unauthorized personnel do not board the vessel should be strictly enforced throughout the duration of the vessel being in port.
Exova Partners with Endures Center
Exova, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, has agreed a strategic partnership with Endures in the Netherlands, previously known as the TNO Maritime Material Performance Center. Endures’ Den Helder center is primarily focused on the marine and offshore industry, and its team of scientists oversees research and testing in microbiological corrosion through DNA analysis, bio and anti-fouling, and mechanical, chemical and electrochemical corrosion.
Three SRSVs for RederijGroen
The delivery of the 7-Oceans to offshore services company RederijGroen (Scheveningen, the Netherlands) marks a new milestone in Offshore Support Vessel construction. The vessels have been designed in close cooperation with both RederijGroen and their customer. The Seismic Research Support Vessel (SRSV) is constructed by Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam, part of Damen Shipyards Group, and the first of a series of three identical vessels.
TUI Cruises Orders Two Ships, Cruise Demand Up
TUI Cruises, a unit of TUI AG , is ordering two more cruise ships for its Cruises unit to reflect high demand for cruise holidays in Germany and Europe. The new…
Moree Solar Farm Puts Big Solar in Big Sky Country
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced $101.7 million of support for Moree Solar Farm, which upon completion will be one of the largest solar plants in Australia.
BMT WBM Wins Hydraulic Assessment Project for Queensland
BMT WBM (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, is delighted to announce that it has won the bid to provide a Comprehensive Hydraulic Assessment as part of the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study (BRCFS) for the Queensland Government. Given the significant logistical challenges and technical complexities, BMT has tailored a bespoke and innovative, industry leading approach underpinned by international best practice.
USCG Rescues 8 in Kaiwi Channel
The Coast Guard rescued eight people after their vessel sank in Kaiwi Channel, Molokai, Sunday. Watchstanders at Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received an unregistered signal for possible persons in distress approximately 12 miles west of Molokai. The JRCC launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to search the area. Shortly after the initial unregistered signal notification…