Crewman Pleads Guilty to Obstructing Justice in Pollution Case
The chief engineer of the cargo vessel M/V Selene Leader pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland, to obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS)…
NUWC Newport Holds Change of Command
Capt. Howard Goldman relieved Capt. Todd Cramer as commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport during a change of command ceremony on Friday, Nov. 14. A naval submariner originally from Baltimore, Md., Goldman is a 1987 graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas, with a bachelor of science degreein mechanical engineering and a 2004 graduate of the U.S. Naval War College with a master’s degree in International Security and Strategic Studies.
Greenpeace Ship Detained in Spain
A Greenpeace ship was detained by Spanish authorities today in the port of Arrecife, Lanzarote, following last Saturday's protest against Repsol’s potential oil drilling in the Canary Islands. Spain’s Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (Ministerio de Fomento) has detained Arctic Sunrise, a ship operated by Greenpeace International, while an investigation is performed into the protest on November…
Worldwide Ship Traffic Up 300% Since 1992
Maritime traffic on the world’s oceans has increased fourfold over the past 20 years, according to a strudy recently published by the American Geophysical Union which examined international ship traffic. The research, which used satellite data to estimate the number of vessels on the ocean every year between 1992 and 2012, found that the number of ships traversing the oceans grew by 60 percent over the time span…
WQIS President Hobbie to Retire
Richard Hobbie III will retire from his position as President & CEO of the Water Quality Insurance Syndicate (WQIS) after four decades as underwriter, claims manager and board member. Hobbie and the board of managers have agreed upon January 1, 2015 as his official retirement date, and Rich will be available as a consultant to WQIS until Dec. 31, 2017 under the agreement. “This is something that I’ve been considering for a while now…
Specially Designed Lifeboats for Pieter Schelte
The Norsafe JYN100 is a conventional Totally Enclosed Lifeboat (TELB) which is designed and built in accordance with the latest NORSOK R-002 standards, with a capacity of 106 persons. The advanced hydraulic davit systems are specially designed for platform installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel Pieter Schelte. “This confirms Norsafe’s versatility and ability to supply life saving appliances (LSA) to all of the World’s most advanced vessels and offshore installations”…
Stolt-Nielsen Initiates Shares Buyback Program
Stolt-Nielsen Limited’s board of directors has resolved to initiate a buyback program to purchase up to $50 million worth of its common shares, the company announced today.
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.
Meyer Turku Building another Ship for TUI Cruises
Meyer Turku Oy celebrated the start of production of cruise ship Mein Schiff 5 on November 18, 2014, as the cutting machine was started by Mike Schwanke, Marketing Director of TUI Cruises at a ceremony witnessed by members of Meyer Turku, TUI Cruises and DNV GL. Mein Schiff 5 is the third Mein Schiff class cruise ship being built at Turku Shipyard. For the customer, TUI Cruises, this ship will be the fifth member of their well-being fleet.
RSC Bio Solutions: SVGP Compliant Fluids & Cleaners
RSC Bio Solutions said that its EnviroLogic Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs), including hydraulic, stern tube and thruster oils, and SAFECARE cleaners and their constituent components have been evaluated by independent laboratories to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) definitions of biodegradable, minimally toxic and not bioaccumulative. RSC Bio Solutions, therefore, certifies its hydraulic fluids and cleaner products as 2014 sVGP compliant.
Sinking Fishing Vessel and Crew Safe in Honolulu
The fishing vessel Pacifica moored safely in Honolulu Harbor Monday after taking on water when insufficient shaft packing in the stern tube allowed water to flood…
Genco Names Wobensmith President
Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (OTCBB: GSKNF) has announced that John C. Wobensmith, the company's CFO has been appointed as President effective December 19, 2014.
Long Beach Cargo Numbers Flat in October
Cargo container numbers at the Port of Long Beach rose 1.1 percent overall in October compared to the same month last year, with congestion issues likely nudging some shipments into November. Still, the Port saw its busiest October since 2010, thanks to a rise in imports. A total of 583,009 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) moved through Long Beach Harbor in October. Imports numbered 310,482 TEUs, up 4.1 percent from October last year. Exports saw a decline of 14.9 percent to 120,445 TEUs.
SSI Highlights the Rise of the Sustainable Shipper
Charterers’ future procurement decisions will be driven by an increasing drive to improve sustainability within shipping supply chains. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI)…
HHI Names World’s Largest Containership
The world’s largest containership was named at a ceremony held by builder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) this week. The ship, named CSCL Globe, is the first of five 19,000 TEU containerships for China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), and takes the title of world’s largest containership from Maersk Line’s 18,000 teu Triple E class vessels. Measuring 400 meters in length, 58.6 meters in width and 30.5 meters in depth, CSCL Globe is as large as four soccer fields.
Hybrid Ferry Completes Three-month Trial
Corvus Energy announced the completion of the three-month trial of the hybrid ferry MF Finnøy. The refit vessel used a 960V, 260kWh Energy Storage System (ESS) consisting of 40 Corvus Energy AT6500 advanced lithium polymer batteries. The ESS was integrated with the existing drive systems provided by Siemens AS, and powered by two 650kW diesel generators. MF Finnøy, built in 1999, has a capacity of 350 passengers and 110 cars.
Firefighting Ferry Crew Awarded for Bravery
One year to the day after surviving an explosive fire which threatened the lives of 32 people on board his vessel, Captain Andreas Kristensen and his crew of the Britannia Seaways have received the 2014 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, at a ceremony on Monday, November 17, 2014. Accepting the IMO medal and certificate on behalf of his crew, Captain Kristensen said the award should also be shared with the passengers…
Petrojarl Knarr FPSO Earns AoC from PSA Norway
Teekay’s Petrojarl Knarr FPSO has received PSA Norway’s Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC), and has now arrived the Knarr field in the North Sea. The AoC is a statement from the PSA expressing the authorities’ confidence that petroleum activity can be performed by the facility within the regulatory framework. FPSO Petrojarl Knarr is to be used on the Knarr field, where BG Norge AS is the operator. The Knarr field is in the North Sea, around 50 kilometers north-east of Snorre.
CMM Orders Five OSRVs for Petrobras Work
Compagnie Maritime Monégasque SAM (CMM) has secured contracts with Petrobras Brazil to charter five newbuild fast oil spill response vessels (OSRVs) with a new fuel-efficient Damen axe-bow design. CMM has secured contracts with Petrobras to charter five newbuild fast oil spill response vessels using a new fuel-efficient Sea Axe design by Damen Shipyards Group, allowing the vessel to reach offshore oil platforms in half the time it takes traditional oil spill response vessels.
Wison Selects AVEVA to Support Offshore Projects
International EPC firm chooses AVEVA software, replacing competitive solution, to increase productivity and efficiency on offshore projects. AVEVA has announced that Wison Offshore & Marine, a global EPC firm, has selected AVEVA Marine software for the engineering, design and construction of its offshore Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) projects. The decision to choose AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering & Design solution over their existing software supplier’s solution…