US Navy Supply Ships Collide in Indian Ocean
Two U.S. Navy supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden in the Indian Ocean early on Thursday, but no crew members were injured and initial reports suggested the vessels suffered only minor damage, the force said in a statement. It gave no reason for the collision between the ships which provide logistical support for the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, a deployment covering the Gulf, the Arabian Sea and the Red Sea from its base in Bahrain.
DNV GL, N-KOM to Partner on LNG Initiatives
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed today between DNV GL and Qatar’s premier shipyard Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) to promote liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel within the maritime and offshore industry. The signing ceremony took place during DNV GL’s 150th anniversary celebrations in Dubai, at which N-KOM’s CEO Chandru Rajwani and Dr. Henrik Madsen, DNV GL’s Group President and Chief Executive Officer, signed the memorandum.
Russian Firms Face Huge Insurance Costs as Foreign Providers Flee
Russian companies face billions of dollars in extra insurance costs as Western sanctions prompt foreign insurance firms to start pulling out, worried that any business…
Fulcrum Buys BMT Snyek Technologies
BMT Group announced the sale of BMT Syntek Technologies Inc to Fulcrum Corporation. Fulcrum Corporation, based in Arlington, VA., providies customized services and solutions to organizations within the Department of Defense, the Department of Transportation, and various private sector companies. The Board of BMT Group believes this to be a beneficial move for the staff of BMT Syntek Technologies, given…
CSCL’s New Containership Sets Two World Records
China Shipping Container Lines Co. Ltd. (CSCL) ran sea trials from October 17-20 on its newbuilding, CSCL Globe, the first vessel in a series of five 19,000-teu, 400-meter containerships. The vessel, reported to be the world’s largest containership, is also noteworthy for being powered by what is, physically, the largest engine ever constructed, a low-speed MAN B&W 12S90ME-C Mark 9.2 type. According to the engine builder…
Australian Navy Seizes $158m of Heroin
An Australian Navy warship patrolling Indian Ocean waters seized heroin worth $158 million near east Africa this week, a navy official said on Thursday, one of the region's biggest heroin hauls in recent years. East Africa has become a key export route for Afghan heroin destined for Europe but regional maritime forces, short of funds and anti-trafficking expertise, have struggled to stem the flow of narcotics through their territorial waters.
G6 Alliance Makes Seasonal Service Change
Pacific Atlantic 2 service has temporarily stopped calling European ports due to a seasonal change in market demand. The service portfolio between Asia and North…
ExxonMobil Offers New Zinc-Free Marine Engine Oil
Marine fuel and lubricant providers increasingly are playing a pivotal role in helping ship and boat owners to reduce emissions and improve performance. To this end, ExxonMobil introduced Mobilgard 410 NC, touted by the oil company as a zinc-free high-performance oil that offers marine operators an improvement in piston cleanliness (up to 20%), a reduction in liner wear (up to 50%), and a significant enhancement in bearing protection.
EU Funds Study into New Aberdeen Harbor
The EU's TEN-T Program will invest over $940,000 for development studies for a new harbor at Nigg Bay in Aberdeen, Scotland. The harbor is to support the existing Port of Aberdeen with a view to a significant traffic growth forecast. The Port of Aberdeen handles around 8,000 vessel arrivals and 5 million metric tons of cargo a year. It is almost at its maximum capacity due to high levels of traffic, and the growth potential for the future is significant across several sectors.
Sustainability Report: Carnival Ahead of Emissions Goal
Carnival Corporation & plc released a report today detailing its sustainability efforts, including initiatives which enabled the company to meet its corporate goal to reduce its rate of CO2 emissions from shipboard operations by 20 percent, a year ahead of its initial plan. The 2013 Sustainability Report also covers the company’s investments in environmental technology, improvements in ship energy efficiency and reduction in shipboard water consumption.
Panama Canal Delegates Meet with Japanese Customers
A Panama Canal delegation headed by Administrator Jorge L. Quijano visited Japan to hold discussions with the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA) and the major Japanese shipping lines, as well as end customers such as Japanese car manufacturers and energy sector companies. “The Panama Canal strives to have face-to-face meetings with our customer base,” Quijano said. Japan is among the top five user nations of the Panama Canal, as a major importer of grains from the U.S.
Energy Storage System Ordered for LNG Battery Hybrid Ferry
Corvus Energy, Siemens AS and Fjord1 have announced the award of the contract for the Fannefjord LNG hybrid ferry. The refit Fannefjord will use a 1,050V, 410kWh Energy Storage System (ESS) consisting of 63 Corvus Energy AT6500 advanced lithium polymer batteries. The ESS will be integrated with the existing Siemens drive systems and be powered by two LNG generators. The 123m Fannefjord, sister ship to the vessel Moldefjord (who won the 2010 Green Ship of the Year)…
Australia: Maritime SAR in Asia Pacific a Priority
Defense force personnel from Australia are in China for Exercise Cooperation Spirit 2014 which begins today. The exercise aims to enhance coordination and cooperation between Australia…
Shell Launches Naturelle Stern Tube Fluid
Shell has launched its new range of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs), including Shell Naturelle S4 Stern Tube Fluid 100. The Shell Naturelle range of products is designed to enable ships entering U.S. waters to comply with the revised 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP). Shell Naturelle S4 Stern Tube Fluid 100 is made with fully saturated ester base oil, as the oil major contends that this offers the best resistance to hydrolysis and oxidation.
Shipowner Exmar Shelves IPO ... for Now
EXMAR (Euronext: EXM) said that due to unfavorable current capital market conditions, it is delaying the launch of the contemplated initial public offering (IPO)…
New Portable Power System from SWE
Southwest Electronic Energy announced the launch of POW-R Tote, a rugged, lightweight, 12V/117Ah portable power system which provides compact-convenient energy for wherever standard power sources are unavailable. About the size of a lunchbox, and weighing 23 pounds, the eco-friendly POW-R Tote uses safe, powerful Lithium-Ion battery technology to deliver two times longer run time and two times more…
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.
OW Bunker Bankruptcy has ‘Limited Impact’ on Monjasa
Though OW Bunker’s collapse has varyingly affected many companies around the globe, Danish bunker fuel provider Monjasa A/S said in a statement that the news holds an “insignificant commercial impact” for its business as the company has had only limited financial exposure towards OW Bunker. “For Monjasa, the events have only very limited commercial effect. In our view, the worldwide bunker market should not experience any long-term problems absorbing the demand . . .
US Sets Import Duties on Containers from China
The U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday set duties on imports of rail and road transport containers from China after finding the goods were sold below cost in the United States. Under the department's preliminary decision, 53-foot domestic dry containers will face anti-dumping duties of up to 153.24 percent after a complaint from Stoughton Trailers. Some containers, including those produced by China International Marine Containers, face a lower 24.27 percent rate.
Pair of ASD Tugboats Delivered to Keppel-Smit
The ASD tugs KST Passion and KST Pride were were delivered to their owner, Keppel-Smit Towage Pte. Ltd of Singapore in October 2014. The two vessels are the first in the new RAmparts 3300AV series of tug designs by Robert Allan Ltd., and were constructed at the AVIC Zhenjiang Shipyard Marine Pte Ltd., Singapore at its facilities in China. On trials, both vessels met or exceeded all performance expectations…