Easing US Oil Export Ban Unlikey to Raise Gasoline Prices
A government study on Thursday essentially supported the notion that easing the decades-old restriction on exporting U.S. crude was more likely to lower than raise…
Keel Laid, Fabrication Started on 2 Navy Warships
This week, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated two milestone events for the Arleigh Burke-class program. On October 30, Bath Iron Works held a keel laying ceremony for the Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), the company’s 35th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. The ship is named for Sgt. Rafael Peralta, U.S. Marine Corps, who was deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was killed November 15…
Industrial Pressure Washers Kill Viruses
Water Cannon Pressure Washers deliver a wide swath of low pressure 180 degree F. hot (Hot Water Heater required at water source) or ambient temperature water injected with 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (household bleach) and calcium hypochlorite (bleach powder). This application for 10 minutes on concrete, brick, stone or metal surfaces will kill viruses including influenza (repeat if needed). Water Cannon products…
Bulker Arrives to US on Her Maiden Voyage
The Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the Kypros Unity, commanded by Capt. Wilfredo F. Itable of Cyprus, on her maiden voyage Oct. 28. Capt. Itable and his 20-member Filipino crew were welcomed to Vancouver by Keith Anderson and Curtis Williams of United Grain Corp., Beth Sanchez of Transmarine Navigation, and Ken Mishler of the Port of Vancouver. The Kypros Unity is a Panama bulk carrier built in Japan and launched on Sept. 26, 2014.
Study Shows Oceans Arrived Early to Earth
Earth is known as the Blue Planet because of its oceans, which cover more than 70 percent of the planet's surface and are home to the world's greatest diversity of life. While water is essential for life on the planet, the answers to two key questions have eluded us: where did Earth’s water come from and when? While some hypothesize that water came late to Earth, well after the planet had formed, findings…
Exmar Optimistic About Gas Carrier Market into 2015
Belgian gas shipping group Exmar said on Thursday that the market for its very large and midsize gas carriers was at historically high levels in the third quarter and was expected to remain good in spite of new vessels being delivered in 2015. The group said its LNG business unit generated $8.5 million in operating profit in the third quarter, up from $7.8 million last year, while its LPG fleet saw an earnings spike to $15.6 million from $5.2 million last year mainly due to the sale of a vessel.
Rep. Cummings Receives Maritime Service Award
On Wednesday, October 29, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) delivered keynote remarks at APL Maritime’s Senior Management Conference, and received an award recognizing his service to the maritime industry. “The U.S. flagged oceangoing fleet is vital to our nation’s security, as is ensuring the future of that fleet both through federal policy and support for the next generation of maritime workers,” Cummings said.
Partners Deliver Modular Floating Tidal Energy Platform
A group of offshore companies, including Bluewater, Damen and Van Oord among others, has partnered for a floating tidal energy platform a project to generate clean electricity, marking the first time that a floating tidal platform is used for electricity production into the Dutch grid. Set to become operational in the first half of 2015, the BlueTEC platform, which will be moored near Texel in the Waddenzee, is of modular design and uses a new type of permanent mooring lines.
LA Governor Jindal Appoints Bollinger's Barker
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal appointed James "Ray" Barker to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Barker, of Raceland, is the Director of Human Resources at Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. The Louisiana Workforce Investment Council serves to develop a strategic plan to coordinate and integrate a workforce development delivery system to ensure efficiency and cooperation between public and private entities by advising the governor on the needs of Louisiana’s employers and its workforce.
Teekay Renews Hull and Propeller Monitoring for LNG Carriers
Canada-based shipping company Teekay Corporation has renewed its contract with Propulsion Dynamics for its hull and propeller performance monitoring system CASPER Service. The Computerized Analysis of Ship PERformance (CASPER Service) from Propulsion Dynamics is a turnkey subscription service that provides shipowners with decision support for technical and operational fuel efficiency programs. The…
Confidence High in UK Logistics Sector
The latest U.K. Logistics Confidence Index commissioned by Barclays and Moore Stephens reveals that confidence in the U.K. logistics sector remains high but more controlled over the past six months as familiar challenges persist. The index has risen by almost 36% since its lowest point in late 2012, despite a slight dip in confidence in the latest survey compared to 2013. Almost three-quarters of logistics operators are planning significant capital expenditure over the coming months…
Two Great Lakes Toxic Hotspots Restored
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that two U.S. Areas of Concern, Deer Lake in the Lake Superior basin and White Lake in the Lake Michigan basin, have been removed from the binational list of toxic hotspots that were targeted for cleanup in the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. After decades during which only one U.S. Area of Concern was delisted, federal agencies…
Statoil Invests $1.5b in US Offshore Project
Statoil together with co-owners in the Stampede development in the Gulf of Mexicohas sanctioned the Stampede project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Statoil said it will invest $1.5 billion in the Stampede development, which is expected to begin production in 2018. Statoil owns 25% of Stampede, which is operated by Hess. Stampede, a new project named from unitizing the former discoveries of Knotty Head and Pony…
CMA CGM to Retrofit 10 More Bulbous Bows
The CMA CGM Group said it will retrofit 10 of its vessels’ bulbous bows to achieve improved energy efficiency for slow steaming. The modifications are in addition to the 15 CMA CGM ships that have already been retrofitted in 2013 and 2014. The bulbous bows exchanges, to be performed within a week in repair yards’ drydocks, will reduce the ship’s fuel consumption and cut CO2 emissions by improving the ships’ wave resistance and hydrodynamic efficiency.
Partnerships Key to Caribbean Maritime Security
Maritime security and safety experts are meeting in Nassau, Bahamas, this week to examine mutual threats and solutions and challenges and opportunities in the region. Maritime Security Caribbean 2014 is being held at the Melia Nassau Beach hotel, attended by representatives of government and industry. In addition to security threats from criminals or terrorists, there is a heightened awareness today of the environmental threats posed by norovirus and ebola and other communicable health problems.
Experimental Floating Wind Farm Nears Installation
Launched in March 2012, the Fukushima experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is nearing the installation phase as preparatory works for the installation of the 7MW oil pressure drive-type wind turbine on the three-column semi-sub floater at Onahama port, Fukushima, are almost completed and delivery from Nagasaki to Onahama has started today.
AVEVA E3D Takes Center Stage
Customer case studies combine with advances in asset visualization and cloud technologies to showcase a new era in the creation and management of complex Digital Assets. AVEVA announced the expansion of customer trials of its 3D design software in the cloud, after its debut at the AVEVA World Summit 2014 in Berlin. AVEVA Everything 3D (AVEVA E3D) was demonstrated running in the cloud and generated…
Vale CEO: Coal Deal Soon
Brazilian mining company Vale SA is close to making a "strategic" announcement concerning its coal unit, the company's chief executive Murilio Ferreira said on Thursday…
Braemar Hosts Insurance Experts
Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) welcomed an invited group of marine insurance professionals onto its specialist port and shipyard familiarization course in Falmouth designed to introduce participants to the technical aspects of marine surveying, investigating, reporting techniques and marine insurance. Braemar SA has been running this initiative for many years, providing background…
NAO Announces Financials, Declares Dividend
Nordic American Offshore Ltd. has declared a dividend of $0.45 per share for 3Q2014, as previously announced. This is the same dividend as for the previous two quarters.