Ruscon Looks to Double Service
Ruscon, part of the GCS Group, said it is considering doubling the frequency of its weekly fixed day intermodal service from the port of Vostochniy in the Russian Pacific to Moscow. The block train service, with a transit of 11 days, has proved popular with shippers from China and southeast Asia, and is therefore already running close to capacity. “The reliability and speed of the service, including our unique ability to deliver the containers to final consignees anywhere in Russia…
Shipdock Amsterdam Nominated for Triple Certification
Shipdock Amsterdam, part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, has been certified by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance for aligning its quality, safety and environment management systems with internationally recognized standards, Damen reported. A three-man audit team audited the yard’s management systems, implementation and awareness among its employees and other people working at the Amsterdam repair yard.
Study: Offshore Ambient Vibration Monitoring
Two State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College professors have received a $65,000 grant from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to develop a program for inspecting underwater drilling equipment and gathering and maintaining information about its structural well being, all while the equipment remains in service and fully operational. Dr. Daniel Fridline, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Dr.
New Options for Aerodynamic Analysis of Offshore Structures
Naval architecture and engineering firm Alan C. McClure Associates (ACMA) has recently completed a wind flow analysis on an offshore structure using its Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software package. Until recently, no alternatives existed to determine the effect of aerodynamics and its associated forces on offshore structures other than wind tunnel tests, ACMA said. And, while wind tunnels answer part of the question, they are limited in the level of detail they provide.
Paterson Elected to Tidewater Board of Directors
Tidewater Inc. announced the election of Richard D. Paterson to its board of directors for a term beginning November 13, 2014 and expiring in July 2015. Richard D. Paterson is a certified public accountant who retired from Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC), an international network of auditors, tax and business consultants, in 2011 after 37 years of service. At the time of his retirement, Paterson served as the global leader of PwC's Consumer…
Port of Long Beach Working to Relieve Congestion
Acting to relieve cargo delivery delays, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Thursday approved the use of Port of Long Beach property as a temporary site for the storage of empty containers, which will help to free up needed equipment to move cargo out of shipping terminals faster. The “Temporary Empty Container Depot” will be operated on 30 acres of a vacant, undeveloped area on Pier S on Terminal Island.
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.
Moore Stephens to Make Representation on Tonnage Tax Changes
International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens is to make representation to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs in connection with recently issued draft revised guidance in respect of the U.K. tonnage tax regime, some of which it considers to be unhelpful. Moore Stephens tax partner Sue Bill said, “None of the changes are fundamental. Indeed, some of them are helpful, for example the revised…
RT Endeavour Delivered in Hong Kong
Second ART 80-32 Rotortug delivered to Elisabeth Ltd. RT Endeavour, the second of four Rotortugs on order with Cheoy Lee shipyards Ltd. and designed by Robert Allan Ltd., sailed Hong Kong waters Saturday, November 15, 2014 on her way from the build yard to her new owner Elisabeth Ltd., who took delivery of the vessel in Hong Kong. The Rotortug distinguishes itself from the conventional ASD, Tractor or Voith Schneider designs by using a triangular propulsion configuration.
October Container Numbers Up at Port of LA
The Port of Los Angeles released its October 2014 containerized cargo volumes, which saw overall volumes increased 4.6 percent compared to October 2013, while total cargo for October was 715,682 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs). “While increasing cargo volume is our objective, the congestion circumstances in recent months have caused delays for cargo owners that absolutely must and will be resolved,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka.
Italy Region, Island Seek $274m in Concordia Damages
Officials for Italy's Tuscany region and the island of Giglio said on Monday they would seek a total of 220 million euros ($274 million) in damages from Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp, for the 2012 Concordia cruise liner disaster. The Costa Concordia was carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew when it struck rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio and capsized, killing 32 people. The ship…
Paragon Acquires Majority Stake in Prospector
Paragon Offshore plc reported that it has acquired 52,749,014 shares of Prospector Offshore Drilling S.A., a publicly traded offshore drilling company listed on Oslo Axess. Paragon acquired the shares at a price of 14.50 Norwegian kroner (NOK) per share, or $2.13 per share based on the exchange rate of one United States dollar to 6.80 NOK. Following this transaction, Paragon owns a total of 52,749,014 shares of Prospector, equal to 55.8 percent of the outstanding shares of Prospector.
Symposium to Address Africa’s Economy, Security Challenges
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in collaboration with the Institute for Global Dialogue associated with UNISA, the Open Society Foundation South Africa…
Willard Marine to Develop SOLAS FRBs for NOAA
Willard Marine, Inc. has been awarded contracts to develop two new sizes of Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS) Fast Rescue Boats (FRBs) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). An inboard-powered 5.9-meter SOLAS rescue boat with waterjet propulsion will be built for the NOAA ship Nancy Foster and a 5.4-meter outboard-powered SOLAS rescue boat is contracted for the Hi’ialakia in Hawaii. The SOLAS self-bailing fiberglass-hull RIBs are gel-coated international orange.
Mariner Medevaced from Bulker near Alaska
A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew medevaced a mariner from a 623-foot bulk carrier located approximately 75 miles southeast of Cold Bay, Alaska, Sunday.
Norovirus Strikes Carnival's Crown Princess – Again
A cruise ship with 172 passengers and crew members suffering from a gastrointestinal ailment caused by norovirus was met by public health officials when it docked in California on Sunday, authorities and Carnival Corp said. The outbreak marks the second time in less than a year that the highly contagious virus has spread on the company's Crown Princess ship, which is part of its Princess Cruises fleet.
Newbuild Chemical Tanker Employs Innovative Tank Design
The world's first chemical tanker to use a combination of duplex stainless steel and stainless clad steel in the construction of its cargo tanks was delivered to Oita-based Hiro Naviera S.A. November 15, 2014 by Usuki Shipyard Co., Ltd., Japanese classification society ClassNK reported. The 12,500MT chemical tanker Sunrise Hope, owned by Hiro Naviera S.A., will be operated by Nippon Marine Co., Ltd.
Bajpaee to Receive Tanker Industry Accolade
Rajaish Bajpaee, Chief Executive Officer of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, will receive the Tanker Shipping & Trade Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a career spanning more than 40 years and characterized by outstanding commercial acumen, wider industry participation and philanthropy. As head of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, Bajpaee has overall responsibility for a fleet of more than 600 ships of various types…
Containers Overboard in Oakland Estuary
Containers fell into the water from motor vessel NYK Aquarius while offloading cargo at SSA Facility Berth 57 in the Oakland estuary, causing the U.S. Coast Guard…
OSX Presents Revamped Bankruptcy Plan, Calls Assembly
OSX Brasil SA, a shipbuilding and ship leasing firm controlled by Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista, presented a revamped bankruptcy protection plan to a judge in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.