Tugboat Capsizes Near 106th Bridge, Chicago
The Coast Guard informs it is responding to the capsize of a tug on the Calumet River near the 106th St. Bridge in Chicago, in which the two crew members were able to escape from the vessel and swim to shore. The 2-man crew of 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. The two crew members escaped and swam to shore.
Narendra Modi Eyes Breakthrough Nuclear Pact with Japan
India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market…
Oceanteam Focuses on Mexico Strategy
The company says it saw, with its early focus on Mexico, a long term strategy confirmed: its newly founded DOT Shipping partnership with Grupo Diavaz and the subsequent approval of the Mexican Energy Reform legislation is envisaged to create significant opportunities for the company. These important events triggered plans prepared by the company and have so far resulted in the order, finance and time chartering of two new build FSV's.
Venezuela Considers Importing Crude for the First Time
Venezuela is considering importing crude oil for the first time ever and could use a light oil from its partner in OPEC, Algeria, to dilute their own heavy crude…
Wärtsilä Signs Harvey Gulf OSV Maintenance Agreement
Wärtsilä says it has signed a long-term Technical Management Agreement with Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC (Harvey Gulf). This five-year agreement covers Condition Based Maintenance & Dynamic Maintenance Planning for 8 offshore supply and multi-purpose support vessels – 6 liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled platform supply vessels and 2 offshore construction vessels powered by diesel fuel. The…
USCG Shares Safety Tips for Labor Day, Riverfest
Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the boating season and is known as one of the busiest recreational boating weekends on the Ohio River. With approximately 2,000 boaters taking to the water, the increased recreational traffic presents additional safety hazards. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Cincinnati would like boaters to know special rules are in place for Labor Day and Riverfest and would like to remind people to exercise safe boating practices.
ARENA Supporting Bright Ideas in Solar R&D
The Australian Government today announced $21.5 million funding for 12 cutting edge R&D projects that will keep Australia at the forefront of solar research. Parliamentary…
March on Stress Assesses MPHRP's care
Professor Neil Greenberg of March on Stress at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, visited the Philippines to assess the competencies of mental healthcare providers who assist MPHRP in supporting seafarers and families after piracy. The visit also provided an opportunity for Professor Greenberg to meet with the MPHRP regional team based in Manila to share knowledge and experience. Professor Greenberg met with five organisations.
LNG Finalizes Acquisition of Bear Head LNG Project
Liquefied Natural Gas Limited today informed having finalised the acquisition of 100% of Bear Head LNG Corporation (BHLC). This follows the announcement to the ASX by LNGL on 28 July 2014 regarding the signing of an agreement to acquire BHLC from a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko) for US$11.0 million, and the satisfaction of standard closing conditions and consents. This acquisition…
WR Nominated for International Seatrade Insider Cruise Award
WR Systems has been shortlisted for the Environmental Initiative Award. Judged by an independent panel of experienced cruise industry specialists, the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards are one of the highest accolades in the cruise industry. This year, awards will be presented in Barcelona at the Seatrade Med Party on September 17th at Barcelona’s opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu. WR’s Director of International Maritime Business, Simon Brown, will be in attendance.
DNV GL-led collaboration to enhance BOP maintenance
The maintenance of blowout preventers (BOPs) has significant financial, logistical and safety implications for drilling operators and rig owners. DNV GL has now established a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to develop a risk-based maintenance methodology with the aim to deliver more effective and cost-efficient BOP maintenance. Several BOP manufacturers, operators, rig owners and shelf state regulators have already joined the JIP, and others may still come on board.
HAL & Kelly Clark in ‘Attorneys Who Matter’ List Again
The Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, recognized Holland America Line and Seabourn’s Kelly Clark for the second consecutive year in its “2014 Attorney’s Who Matter” list of lawyers in the Best General Counsel category. Clark serves as vice president, general counsel, and chief ethics officer for the Seattle-based cruise lines.
Latest Ocean-Going Shipbuilding Orders
A couple of orders to report in dry this week with Santoku Senpaku adding further Kamsarmax to their orderbook, this time for two firm 82,000 dot bulk carriers at Tsuneishi Zosen with delivery in 2017. Navibulgar have also contracted four firm plus two option 42,300 dot Ice 1C Handymax. Delivery is due in 2016 with pricing understood to be just above USD 24 Mill per vessel. In tankers, Sungdong have added two firm widebeam 74.5k DWT LR1 to their orderbook with an order from Nisshin.
MARAD Evaluates Natural Gas v. Conventional Fuel Emissions
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) informs it has released a study that evaluates total fuel cycle emissions for natural gas versus conventional marine fuels. This study was conducted as a part of MARAD’s Maritime Environmental & Technology Assistance program, which focuses efforts on emerging marine transportation and environmental issues. Results of the study showed that the use of natural gas as…
Unmanned Aircraft Makes USCG Icebreaker Landing
Coast Guard and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration researchers report the successful landing of an unmanned aircraft system on the flight deck of Coast Guard Cutter 'Healy', marking the first time a UAS has completed a take-off and landing aboard a Coast Guard icebreaker. UAS operators from AeroVironment, designers of the Puma All Environment UAS, working alongside researchers from the Coast…
Disabled Tankship 'Pine Galaxy' Arrives San Francisco
According to the US Coast Guard, the disabled mixed-products tanker 'Pine Galaxy' has arrived in San Francisco for repairs. 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. There are no reports of damage to the ship’s cargo tanks, fuel tanks or hull.
Big Increase in Port of Houston Steel Cargoes
More steel moved across the docks in July than any month since 2008, Executive Director Roger Guenther reported at the recent meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Guenther also noted that PHA has achieved a record, with operating revenues in July 2014 of more than $24 million. Steel and bulk cargo support a solid 5 percent growth in tonnage, he said. More than 22 million tons of cargo moved across Port Authority docks during the first seven months.
Textron Awarded $22-M Navy LCAC Contract Modification
The US Department of Defense informs that Textron Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, is being awarded a $21,904,620 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2401) for the construction of Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 101 of the ship-to-shore connector (SSC) program. DoD explains that the SSC program is the functional replacement for the existing fleet of LCAC vehicles, which are nearing the end of their service life.
ESG Replicates Historic Schooner 'Columbia'
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) informs that a steel hull replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner COLUMBA has been launched at its Panama City, Florida, shipyard with employees, dignitaries and guests in attendance. The original COLUMBIA was a 141’ classic Gloucester Fishing Schooner built at the historic A.D. Story shipyard of Essex, Massachusetts, which was the center for North American Fishing Schooner construction.
Reflex Marine to Bring FROG-6 into Mexico
Reflex Marine has been granted approval by the Mexican Merchant Marines to sell its crane transfer device, the FROG-6, in Mexico. The certification is a result of Reflex Marine working with the Mexican government’s testing agency, the Centro de Normalizacion y Certificacion de Productos (CNCP) for over a year, as well as the national oil operator PEMEX with the help of its local partner GINEMEX. The…