Coast Guard Searches off Miami for Missing Cuban Migrants
The U.S. Coast Guard searched on Tuesday for two missing Cuban rafters after the 11 others on their homemade vessel were plucked safely on Monday from the waters off Miami.
Z-Drive Tech Spreads on US Waterways
Enterprise Marine Services, a subsidiary of Enterprise Products Partners L.P., is making a major commitment to Z-Drives for the U.S. inland waterways. They currently have four Z-Drive boats in service and have taken delivery of two new Z-Drive vessels from Sneed Shipbuilding in Texas with three more under construction. The new vessels, named Sheridan A and Terry H, were built by Sneed Shipbuilding, Inc., Channelview, Texas. They measure 87 by 34 by 11.5 feet and have a 34-foot 10-inch eye level.
Royal Norwegian Navy Chooses Sagem Navigation System
Sagem (Safran) has won a contract from the Royal Norwegian Navy in competitive bidding for the navigation system on its polar research ship, the RV Kronprins Haakon…
Finning Opens National Distribution Center
Finning has opened its £8 million purpose-built National Distribution Center in Cannock to support its continued customer growth in after sales support and maintenance. The warehouse facility in Cannock houses all of the dealership’s engines plus 60,000 different product lines, all of which are available for next day delivery. In addition the company has worked with their transport and logistics provider to replace eight of their existing trailers with new higher spec vehicles.
Phoenix Debuts EcoMod 450 Floodlight
Phoenix Products Company Inc. introduced the EcoMod 450, the latest edition to the company’s EcoMod Series of LED floodlights. With an output of up to 41,250 lumens, the EcoMod 450 replaces up to 1,500W HID floodlights and easily retrofits to existing Phoenix installations. Numerous optical packages are available ranging from wide flood to very narrow spot optics. The EcoMod 450 utilizes EcoVent Technology that extends the life of the fixture by allowing heat…
St. Lawrence Seaway Workers Threaten to Strike
Union workers on the St. Lawrence Seaway, the waterway that links the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, have given notice of a possible strike, which could start on Friday afternoon, Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union, said on Tuesday. The not-for-profit St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp could not immediately be reached for comment. During another dispute with the same union in 2008, the corporation said a strike could close the Seaway.
Marlink, Palantir Enter IT Services Partnership
Marlink and Palantir AS have signed a strategic partnership agreement that aims to improve access to IT services in the maritime industry. Palantir’s IT products complement Marlink parent company Airbus Defence and Space’s extensive AuroraGlobal multi-band (Ka-, Ku-, C and L-band) connectivity portfolio and value added solutions, which enable shipping companies to optimize communications and operations.
Liebherr Scores Several RTG Orders
DP World Asian Terminals Inc. has placed an order with Liebherr Container Cranes for a further five RTGs at its Manila facility following an order of two units that were commissioned earlier in 2014 at the port. The RTGs feature numerous environmental, safety and productivity technologies, Liebherr said. An eco-friendly variable speed drive will reduce both emissions and fuel consumption per box moved…
European Parliament Backs European Shipping Week
European Shipping Week has been granted the European Parliament’s official patronage by its President, Martin Schulz. Both the European Commission and the European Parliament have now actively expressed their support for the week-long event which will be held in Brussels during March 2-6, 2015. Commenting on European Shipping Week, Schulz said, “The aim of the initiative, namely to bring together the leading members of the shipping industry of the EU and give them an opportunity to meet…
M3nergy Berhad Unveil Latest FPSO Vessel
M3nergy Berhad celebrated the completion of their latest FPSO vessel, Ratu Nusantara, at a launch ceremony at the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. Under the auspices of SKK Migas and PC Ketapang II Ltd (PCK2L), the newly named vessel will embark on its inaugural voyage for the Bukit Tua oil and gas field in Indonesia operated by PETRONAS. Ratu Nusantara, a converted FPSO, has been constructed from a 1994-built Aframax tanker, 'Scorpius' which was meted out in the last quarter of 2013.
Quantum of the Seas Delivered to Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean International took delivery today of the newest addition to the cruise line’s fleet, Quantum of the Seas, from Meyer Werft Yard, at an official signing ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany attended by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain and Meyer Werft Yard’s Managing Partner Bernard Meyer. With Captain Srecko “Felix” Ban at the helm, the ship will begin her journey today to Southampton…
AMS Presents 2014 Safety Awards
Nonprofit maritime trade association American Maritime Safety (AMS) held its 25th Annual Membership Meeting at The Yale Club of New York City on Thursday, October 23, honoring five member companies with Maritime Safety Awards in recognition of their dedication to promoting safe vessel navigation, preserving the marine environment and for their proactive efforts toward achieving safe maritime working practices. Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc.
HB Rentals Opens Service Location in Mexico
HB Rentals announced the official opening of its new service location in Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico. The new location supports HB’s range of service offerings that include accommodation modules and operating essentials such as water, sewage, power, lighting and communications systems. The addition of this facility allows the company to respond more quickly to the needs of its Mexico-based clients while reducing project expenses by eliminating importation and transportation costs, HB said.
Tianchen Selects AVEVA 3D Design Solution
AVEVA announced that Tianchen, one of China’s largest engineering contractors serving the chemical processing industry, has selected AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D) as its 3D design solution.
Sea-Fire Systems Aboard Niagara Falls Tour Boats
When it came time to retire the iconic Maid of the Mist Niagara Falls tour boats, Hornblower Niagara Cruises sought replacements that would raise the standard of forward-thinking performance, without sacrificing safety. The two new 86' x 36' catamarans built by Hike Metal, christened Niagara Wonder and Niagara Thunder, each has a capacity of 700 passengers and navigates the churning, rock-strewn waters 6,000 times a year.
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.
Seaspan Begins First NSPS Build
Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has started construction on two initial blocks for the first National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) ship, the Canadian Coast Guard’s Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV), the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, announced. “We are thrilled to begin initial block construction on the OFSV and are grateful that Minister Finley is here to celebrate this milestone moment with us…
500th LNG Cargo Leaves Snøhvit
Snøhvit cargo number 500 was loaded at Melkøya on Mondaym October 27, Statoil said. Since startup in 2007, more than NOK 80 billion worth of LNG has been dispatched from Melkøya. The special vessel Arctic Voyager is the 500th to visit Melkøya and Hammerfest to carry product from the Snøhvit plant. The vessel will freight a cargo of LNG from Melkøya, Norway to Aliaga, Turkey. “This is a special day for the Snøhvit organization and for Statoil.
Global Ship Lease Buys Containership from OOCL
Global Ship Lease, Inc. took delivery of a 2005-built, 8,063 TEU containership, the OOCL Tianjin. Upon delivery, the vessel commenced a timecharter back to the seller…
Statoil: Subsea Wet Gas Compressor Coming to Gullfaks
The world’s first subsea wet gas compressor station is now ready for the final testing at Horsøy outside Bergen before being prepared for installation and hook-up to Gullfaks C in 2015. By adding 22 million extra barrels of oil equivalent from the Gullfaks South Brent reservoir the compressor will help extend the field’s productive life. Starting back in 2008 the efforts to develop and qualify the…