Offshore: Ulstein and the First U.S. Built X-Bow
Veteran Norwegian designer and builder Ulstein will, for the first time, build one of its signature X-Bow hull designs in the U.S., Maritime Reporter has learned. Edison Chouest Offshore’s LaShip shipyard in Louisiana is keen to build, and has found a Norwegian partner to share the risk. Judging by ever-evolving Ulstein business models and Jones Act strictures, Ulstein’s U.S. foray could lead to series production of the SX 165 offshore construction vessel.
Interview: Matthew Paxton, President, Shipbuilders Council Of America
The U.S. commercial maritime industry is enjoying its most robust period in a generation, with a spate of newbuild activities spurred largely by a resurgent energy production market in the U.S. as well as new rules of vessel emissions which has forced owner to invest in new tonnage. For insight and perspective on the market Maritime Reporter & Engineering News visits with Matthew Paxton, who was selected to be the President of the Shipbuilders Council of America in 2007.
Crowley Announces Key Promotions FLA, NJ
Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Puerto Rico liner services group has announced that Ken Orben is being promoted to general manager of terminal operations in Jacksonville, Fla., and Karen Dempsey is being promoted to director of port operations in Pennsauken, N.J., effective Jan. Orben, a 27-year Crowley veteran and current director of port operations in Pennsauken, will relocate to Jacksonville and report to John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico services.
U.S. Coast Guard Approvals for PYPLOK
PYPLOK Receives United States Coast Guard Acceptance Letter Extending Product Use in New Vessel Applications. W&O, a global supplier to the marine and marine offshore markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation, and engineered solutions, is excited to announce the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has issued an acceptance letter for PYPLOK® mechanical fittings, a Tube-Mac® Piping Technologies Ltd., product line, approving its use in a wide range of applications onboard vessels.
Foran Employed in Production Design of Pushboat
FORAN has been used by the naval architecture firm ROBERT ALLAN LTD. in the review of the production design of 6000 HP Shallow Draft Pushboat, to be built in Erin Shipyard in Manaus, Brazil. ROBERT ALLAN Ltd., a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Company based in Vancouver, Canada signed a contract with SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A. (SENER) for the use of FORAN FVIEWER during this project. The 6000 HP Shallow Draft Pushboat was designed by ROBERT ALLAN LTD. for Hidrovias do Brasil.
Diana Containerships Announces Boxship Delivery
Diana Containerships has announced that on November 28, 2014, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it took delivery of the m/v “Santa Pamina”, a 2005-built Panamax container vessel of approximately 5,000 TEU capacity that the Company entered into an agreement to purchase on November 5, 2014. As previously announced, the “Santa Pamina” is chartered to The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd., at a gross charter rate of US$9…
Coast Guard Cutter Departs for Antarctic Mission
The nation’s only heavy icebreaker departed Seattle Sunday for a four-month mission to Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the annual Joint Task Force Support to resupply the National Science Foundation outpost there. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star from Coast Guard Base Seattle will head to McMurdo Sound in support the U.S. Antarctic Program and the National Science Foundation.
Barbados Works at Environmental Sustainability
Demonstrating leadership and commitment to environmental sustainability, Barbados Port Inc. has committed to work in partnership with RightShip to develop an incentive…
Hamburg Süd Wins “Electrolux Supplier Award 2014”
Hamburg Süd has been honored with the “Electrolux Supplier Award 2014” in the category “Global Logistics”. Presentation of the prize was held at Electrolux AB’s headquarters in Stockholm in mid-November. Dr Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, and Philip Oetker, General Manager Commercial Region Europe, accepted the award on behalf of Hamburg Süd. Hamburg Süd was awarded top marks in quality of service…
OceanSaver Targets Japanese Growth with Kashiwa
OceanSaver has selected Kashiwa as its new sales agent in Japan. Kashiwa, which has specialized in manufacturing and supplying marine hazard prevention equipment since 1947, will now aim to build awareness of the OceanSaver brand and technology in the country’s newbuild and retrofit segments. Based in Drammen, Norway, OceanSaver is a dedicated BWT specialist, providing systems worldwide for vessels such as bulk carriers, crude oil tankers and LNG carriers, to name a few.
Inlecom Introduces i-Ship
Inlecom Systems Ltd (Inlecom) has launched i-Ship, an innovative software application, enabling ship representatives to fulfil their reporting obligations to European and International maritime and custom authorities with greater speed and efficiency. Developed as part of the part EU-funded FP7 eMAR project, i-Ship has been designed specifically to automate reporting formalities in a timely and correct…
Inchcape Inks Another Liner Contract
The long-standing business association between Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has resulted in a significant contract covering agency representation in Indonesia…
Vosta LMG Successfully Tests Dredging Connection
A new “quick connect dredge hose coupling” designed by Vosta LMG has been successfully tested in the United States in a joint effort with a USA customer. The new coupling was developed to enhance safety and to make the assembly and disassembly procedures for floating dredge hoses easier and faster, which is traditionally slow and labor intensive due to the use of bolted flange connections. The reduction…
Seabourn Orders Another Ultra-Luxury Ship
Seabourn has announced that it has exercised its option for a second new 40,350-GRT ship to be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. It will be a sister ship to the newbuild announced earlier this year. The first new Seabourn ship is scheduled for delivery in late 2016, and the second ship will be delivered in spring, 2018. Hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany will also design the second new ship in its entirety…
EU Backing UK on Green Maritime Transport
The EU's TEN-T Program will support with almost $6.29 million the pilot construction of the UK's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker at Teesport near Middlesbrough and the LNG propulsion system of two new ships. The project will help reduce maritime pollution and support the roll-out of LNG technology in the UK. This project is a real breakthrough in the use of LNG for short sea shipping as it will develop a dedicated LNG supply and demand chain in the UK.
Hutton's Opens Equatorial Guinea Supply Base
As part of its continued supply network growth in West Africa, Hutton’s Group has opened a new facility in Equatorial Guinea to boost its supply chain in the region. Operating as part of Hutton’s Remote Site Services, the new base in Luba Freeport will enhance the successful supply solutions already being delivered by Hutton’s West Africa depots in Ghana and Ivory Coast. As the only ship supplier based within Luba Freeport…
Ships Must Prepare for Sulphur Rules
The shipping industry is fully committed to total compliance with the 0.1% sulphur in fuel requirements, in Emission Control Areas, from January 2015. And there is no reason to suggest that there will not be full compliance, says the industry’s global trade association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). “But there is nevertheless concern amongst those owners who know that they themselves…
U.S.-Asia Crude Exports Stall on Cheap Mideast Oil
Asian refiners shift towards cheaper Mideast oil, naphtha-trade; U.S. light oil exports to Asia only started 4 months ago. U.S. exports now going to Europe instead.
One dead, Dozens Missing as S.Korean Vessel Sinks
One person was killed and the fate of more than 50 others was unknown after a South Korean fishing vessel sank in the Bering Sea off the coast of Russia's far eastern…
Early Termination for Viking’s AHTS Vessels
As previously communicated, Viking Supply Ships has entered into an agreement with a major oil company for the charter of three vessels. The contract applies to the drilling seasons 2014 and 2015, with options for the drilling seasons 2016 and 2017. The drilling season is expected to commence around April / May each year. As a result of the 2015 drilling season has been cancelled, Viking Supply Ships has received an early termination for Brage Viking…