First Damen ASD 2810 Leaves for Trinidad
On July 31, 2013, ARC Towage signed four contracts at the Netherlands shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group. The newbuilding contracts with ARC Towage are the result of a special joint venture set-up for the terminal berthing services for a significant energy industry player in Trinidad and Tobago. The first Damen ASD 2810, MV Kairi, left for Trinidad, while the second vessel will leave in two weeks. The last two tugs will arrive mid-December this year.
New Inspection Requirement for Ships in Paris MOU
Lloyd’s Register advises that the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Maritime Administration has issued Circular No. PSC 033 which requires additional inspections (termed…
Wave Energy Conversion Competition Offers Cash Prize
Ricardo has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to administer a ocean Wave Energy Converter (WEC) prize challenge, aimed at helping to bring this potential source of clean energy to commercial scale. Wave energy conversion is technology that uses the motion of ocean waves to create electricity. The WEC Prize aims to attract innovative…
New Propulsion Couplings to Launch at Workboat
Renold Hi-Tec Couplings, of Halifax, U.K., will debut a new range of high temperature, marine propulsion rubber-in-compression couplings on booth 3809 at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans from December 3-5, 2014. The new HTB-MP range is a second generation of couplings based on the existing HTB-GS range. According to the manufacturer, the intrinsically fail-safe nature of rubber-in-compression…
Mitsubishi Engines Running Strong after 11 Years
As proof of its commitment to providing the right products and the right service, engines Laborde Products supplied over a decade ago are still going strong. When Laborde sales representative Kyle Bordelon was traveling down Louisiana Highway 1, he came across a very familiar vessel in the bayou. Put in service on October 10, 2003, the Mitsubishi S6A3-Y1MPTA engines it delivered to the boat's previous owner have over 30,000 hours and are still working hard.
Gulf of Guinea Antipiracy Guidelines Updated
The Round Table of international shipping industry associations has released an updated version of ‘Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for Protection Against…
Oil Traders Say OPEC May Be Heading for Price War
Saudi Arabia's decision to slash the official selling price for its oil has sparked trader talk of an emerging OPEC price cutting war, as members of the producer…
Dredging the River Elbe: Waiting for Luxembourg
The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig today adjourned the proceedings by the BUND and NABU environmental associations against the plan approval concerning the dredging of the lower and outer stretches of the river Elbe until the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg has reached a decision regarding a pending referral of the interpretive ruling on the Water Framework Directive.
Marine Highway Momentum from Maine Port Authority
The more than 25,000 miles of navigable Great Lakes, rivers, and waterways that make up America’s Marine Highway System are – and will remain – a key economic asset. Our nation’s marine highway routes and the tugs and barges that ply those marine highways help alleviate land-side congestion; accommodate future freight growth; and provide reliable, competitive alternatives for freight shippers. However, smooth sailing is not always guaranteed.
Tropical Storm Simon Forms off Mexico's Pacific Coast
Tropical storm Simon formed early on Thursday off Mexico's Pacific coast, but it was projected to wheel out to sea in the coming days. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that as of Thursday morning, the storm was about 360 miles (580 km) south-southeast of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, which was slammed by Hurricane Odile last month. Simon was moving to the west-northwest and could become a hurricane by Saturday, the Miami-based center said.
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.
St. Lawrence Seaway Cargo Up 5% Over 2013
Total cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway have now surpassed 2013 levels by 5 percent due to strong North American import/export activity. According to the St. Lawrence Seaway, total cargo tonnage from March 25 to September 30 reached 24.4 million metric tons. Stephen Brooks, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, said, “September was another strong month for the St. Lawrence Seaway as marine shipping helped U.S. companies export products and import much-needed materials.
Uniworld Again Chooses Merus Water Treatment
Pronomar received an order from Uniworld/Global River Cruises GmbH to apply the Pronomar MERUS technology on board of one of its luxurious River Cruise vessels; the River Beatrice. Following good results on previously equipped vessels, Pronomar equipped complete cold water system, complete hot water system, boilers circulation line and kitchen feedpipe applications on the River Beatrice. In the past…
Exxon CEO: Lifting Crude Export Ban Would Create US Jobs
Scrapping a decades-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports would spur job creation and boost energy security by encouraging new investment that lifts production, Exxon Mobil Corp's chief executive said on Thursday. Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson, speaking to a business group, said trade restrictions should also be lifted for exports of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, which are subject to lengthy regulatory reviews.
Recent Vessel Sales: September 2014
Vessel sales for September 2014 (as of October 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.
Fire Aboard Alaska Natural Gas Platform
The U.S. Coast Guard launched several assets in response to a report of a fire on board a natural gas drill platform in Cook Inlet Thursday. The Coast Guard diverted…
Odyssey Marine Implements Management Changes
President Mark D. Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., an in the field of deep-ocean exploration, has implemented its planned management transitions that were announced in August. Odyssey President Mark D. Gordon assumed the additional role of chief executive officer on October 1, 2014, succeeding Gregory P. Stemm, who had held the position since 2007. Stemm has become chairman of the board, succeeding Bradford B. Baker, who will continue to serve as lead director.
Carnival Plans to Save 1 Billion Gallons of Fuel
Carnival Corporation & plc released the results of its multiyear Fleet Fuel Conservation Program that states by the end of 2014 the cruise company will have saved more than one billion gallons of fuel and reduced fleet carbon emissions by 12 billion kilograms over a seven year period. By the end of 2014, Carnival Corporation's Fleet Fuel Conservation Program will have improved the fleet's overall fuel efficiency by 24 percent compared to 2007…
US Eases Arms Embargo Against Vietnam for Maritime Security
The United States on Thursday partially lifted a long-time ban on lethal weapon sales to Vietnam to help it improve maritime security, a historic move that comes…
USS Enterprise Anchor Installed on USS Abraham Lincoln
Although the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2016, its legacy lives on, and so does one of its anchors. Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division recently installed one of Enterprise's anchors on younger carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). USS Enterprise, originally built by Newport News in the 1960s and refueled for the third and final time in the early '90s…