The Great Lakes Ballast Water Challenge Explained
Skuld P&I Club in a members advisory explores the regulatory framework and practical issues that exist in both Canada and the USA with input from BLG of Montreal and Chalos & Co of New York. Members will be aware of the continuing progress of the Ballast Water Treatment Convention along the road to ratification at the IMO, with the present information showing 40 nations representing 30.25% of global GRT having ratified.
Shell & Hyundai Open S. Korea Base Oil Plant
A joint venture company formed by Shell and Hyundai Oilbank, has inaugurated a new base oil manufacturing plant in Daesan, South Korea. The plant has the capacity to produce approximately 13,000 barrels per day or 650 kilotonnes of API Group II base oils per year. (Base oils are the key component of finished lubricants, making up on average of 60-80% of the end product). Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice President for Shell Lubricants…
MacGregor to Supply Deck Machinery to 6 OSVs
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, says it has won a series of deck equipment orders from Chinese shipbuilder Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co Ltd. The winches and deck machinery packages will be fitted to six vessels under construction at the yard. Two 100m 300-person accommodation/work barges will each feature eight-point mooring systems, with an 85-tonne line pull/150-tonne brake holding capacity, tugger winches and capstans.
SAR Underway for 300 Stranded at Sea
A search and rescue operation was underway off Cyprus on Thursday for 300 people stranded at sea who authorities suspect may be refugees from Syria. Authorities…
Security Concerns Prevent Taiwan Firm's Use of Chinese Vessels
A Taiwanese company has withdrawn notice to use Chinese vessels on a renewable energy project off the island, the port authority said on Thursday, after opposition…
Today in U.S. Naval History: September 25
Today in U.S. 1941 - In first successful U.S. Navy escort of convoys during World War II, Navy escort turn over HX-150 to British escorts at the Mid-Ocean Meeting Point. All ships reach port safely.
Investors Warm up to German Offshore Wind
German offshore plants attract new investment; offshore energy a key component in switch from nuclear. Start-up costs high, but returns are attractive. Germany's offshore wind parks…
Containerships Orders Dual-fuel Container Vessels
Finnish end-to-end cargo operator, Containerships, has ordered two additional new, state-of-the-art, dual-fuel engine-technology containerships. This follows an order announced earlier this year for two similar vessels. With the announcement, Containerships informed it will be the first shortsea container operator in Europe to run ships on LNG. “Our new ships will not just meet, but exceed all environmental standards in the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) where we operate…
BSEE, Coast Guard Ink OCS Regulatory Agreement
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Thomas signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for regulating fixed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) facilities. Through this agreement, both BSEE and the Coast Guard will review regulatory responsibilities for systems and subsystems on fixed OCS facilities and collaborate on joint training activities.
Specialty Workboat Missions Propelled by Innovative Engines
Volvo Penta allows operators to save on fuel, cut emissions and most importantly – get the job done, in a wide array of conditions and mission sets. Volvo Penta of the Americas is delivering fuel efficiency, reducing emissions and raising performance as it powers U.S. and Canadian vessels with modern diesel engines, Jens Bering, product management head of the Virginia-based operation said last month.
Moose Boats’ Fire Rescue Catamaran
Specialty workboats redefined: versatility, value and multi-mission capabilities, all rolled into one affordable hull. In a world where small to medium sized municipalities and port authorities have to make every dollar go a long, long way, any opportunity to leverage just one hull over multiple mission sets grabs a lot of attention. Nevertheless, Job 1 on that set of requirements is arguably the need to provide robust firefighting capabilities.
ISS Supports Tanzania Port Infrastructure Project
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has recently managed heavy lift vessel project for Shanghai-based heavy-duty equipment manufacturer, ZPMC in Tanzania. Last month, ISS Tanzania acted as port and discharging agents for the carrier, the Zen Hua 21 which was carrying two SSG (Ship to Shore Gantry) and seven RTG (Rubber-Tyred Gantry) cranes for the Tanzania International Container Terminal. The arrival…
CWind Launches German Subsidiary
CWind announced the launch of its wholly-owned subsidiary in Germany. CWind Germany will be headquartered in Hamburg and will be responsible for the sales and marketing of CWind’s services in Germany. The company has also said it has won the license to lease employees under German law, known in Germany as ‘Arbeitnehmerüberlassungslizenz’ and is now in a position to lease employees as third party technicians to German client companies. CWind is building a leading position in the U.K.
New Phase of Antipiracy Project in Somalia
The Joint Shipping Initiative - made up of Shell, BP, Maersk, Stena and Japanese shipping companies NYK, MOL and "K" Line - has announced it has given$1.5 million of additional funds to a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) project to improve the lives of Somalis and security for seafarers. The UNDP's "Alternative Livelihoods to Piracy in Puntland and Central Regions ofSomalia" project aims to reduce piracy off the coast of east Africa through local economic development…
New Sulphur Rules Force Changes at Stena Line
The new sulphur directive for shipping traffic within the North European SECA area, which comes into force on January 1, 2015, is good for the environment but has…
Intermodal Short Sea Barge Operation Completed
The Great Lakes Towing Company completed an Intermodal Short Sea barge move utilizing the Port of Cleveland’s Rail Loop and the Port’s switching line, Cleveland Harbor Belt Railroad. Norfolk & Southern interchanged the rail car carrying the 114 metric ton transformer to Cleveland Harbor Belt Railroad to bring the railcar via the loop to the dock-face under the Port’s heavy lift crane. The cargo was transferred to a barge and was towed by the Tug OHIO to Marysville…
New Filter Option for PureBallast 3.0
In conjunction with the SMM exhibition in Hamburg, Alfa Laval released an alternative filter option for PureBallast 3.0. The compact new Filtrex filter lets the system operate in fresh, brackish and marine waters with a UV transmittance as low as 42%. With the launch of Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.0 in 2013, Alfa Laval said it has set new standards for the energy efficiency, compactness and flexibility of its chemical-free ballast water treatment system.
Euroseas Announces $5m Share Repurchase Program
Euroseas Ltd., an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, has announced that its board of directors has approved a share repurchase program for up to a total of $5 million of the company's common stock. The board will review the program after a period of 12 months. Share repurchases will be made from…
Happy World Maritime Day!
Established in 2005 by a UN resolution on a recommendation from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Maritime Day is an annual celebration – usually during the last week of September – that aims to draw attention to the challenges and importance of maritime issues in the management of the global economy. “At a time when the world is beset by conflict and crisis, it is easy to forget that…
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.