Transas Upgrades Simulator Complex in Batumi
On November 27, 2014, President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili and President of Latvia Andris Berzins visited Batumi State Maritime Academy (BSMA) opened the renovated simulation center. The Full Mission Offshore simulator, which has become the extension of the existing simulation complex, has been developed and installed by the Transas Marine. The full mission Transas offshore simulator with 270…
Young Endeavour Sets Sail on World Voyage
The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour set sail from Sydney today for a 12-month voyage, circumnavigating the globe. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester, attended the departure from Fleet Base East, and spoke with members of the Royal Australian Navy crew and the 24 young Australians who will sail the ship on the first leg, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Video: Crewman Medevaced from Oil Tanker
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) medevaced a Filipino crewmember from a tanker 23 miles south of Southwest Pass, Sunday. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call from the crew of the 748-foot Marshall Islands-flagged tanker Lorelei reporting a crewmember was suffering from a reportedly broken left leg. A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was directed to launch and arrived on scene to hoist the Filipino crewmember at 12:38 p.m.
US Fleet to Pump $75m into Great Lakes Shipyards
U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators plan to spend $75 million this winter to ready the fleet for the 2015 shipping season, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. One vessel is already in drydock undergoing the out-of-water hull inspection required by U.S. law every five years. The remainder of the fleet will arrive at their winter berths in early to mid-January. The $75 million to be spent…
Wärtsilä to Power LNG-fuelled RoPax Ferry
A new passenger ferry being built for Swedish operator Rederi AB Gotland will be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and will feature a Wärtsilä integrated solution. The Wärtsilä integrated solution includes a complete LNG powered propulsion- and fuel storage and supply system, as well as comprehensive project services.This will be the first Swedish flagged LNG powered passenger vessel and the first LNG fuelled high speed RoPax ferry in the world.
Marseille Fos Unveils Multimillion Growth Strategy
The Marseille Fos port authority has set out a vision for growth over the four years to 2018 in a strategic plan that puts developments costing $560 million at the heart of measures to offer clients a dynamic Euro-Mediterranean logistics and industrial cluster. The developments - including new projects and those already in the pipeline – target areas of activity with the greatest potential for strong growth and gaining market share.
S.O.S. Written on Hawaii Beach Prompts Rescue
A swimmer in distress was rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter after being swept out to sea near Hanakapiai Beach, Kauai, Friday. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was on a routine mission when they received notification by radio from a tour helicopter that S.O.S. was written in the sand on a nearby beach. The Dolphin crew diverted to the area and began searching for any signs of distress.
Royal Caribbean to Install Scrubbers on 19 Ships
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) will retrofit 19 of its ships with advanced emissions purification (AEP) systems. These systems, also known as scrubbers, will remove more than 97% of the sulfur dioxide emissions generated by the ships' diesel engines. According to RCL, the move will position the company ahead of all forthcoming International Maritime Organization (IMO) Emission Control Area (ECA) emissions standards, and will ensure compliance with existing European Union (EU) standards.
Nicaragua Building China-led Canal to Rival Panama
Nicaragua on Monday broke ground on its Chinese-led $50 billion shipping canal, a massive infrastructure project that aims to rival Panama's waterway and revitalize…
EXMAR Orders Second FLNG from Wison
EXMAR NV has placed an order for a second Floating LNG Liquefaction Unit (FLNG) at Wison Offshore & Marine. Under the agreement, Wison will be responsible for the turnkey engineering…
Contract Awarded for US Aircraft Carrier Dismantling
The U.S. Navy awarded a contract, Dec. 22, for the towing and dismantling of the decommissioned aircraft carrier Ranger (CV 61) to International Shipbreaking, Ltd. Under the contract, the company will be paid $0.01, a price that reflects the net price proposed by International Shipbreaking, Inc., which considered the estimated proceeds from the sale of the scrap metal to be generated from dismantling.
Sekimizu Welcomes Shipper’s Revised Stance on Ballast Water
IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has welcomed the reconsideration by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) of its position towards the ratification by Governments…
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.
NSRP Awards $11m for R&D Project Portfolio
The Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has selected a new round of research and development projects for award, as part…
Teekay Petrojarl Contracts Damen for FPSO Upgrade
Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), has been awarded an EPC contract by Petrojarl I LLC for the upgrade of its FPSO Petrojarl I. The Petrojarl I is a Teekay Petrojarl managed FPSO built in 1986 which has been active in the North Sea. Its redeployment will be at the Atlanta field in Brazil. The Petrojarl I is contracted by Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção…
Denmark Arrests Former OW Bunker Manager
Denmark has arrested a former manager of collapsed ship fuel supplier OW Bunker and intends to hand him to Italy, where he is suspected of fraud, the Danish public prosecutor said on Thursday.
Maersk to Continue Russian Operations
Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk said its four subsidiaries with activities in Russia continue to operate as planned despite the recent sharp drop in oil price and the rouble's collapse. "The Group's business with Russia amounts to some two to three percent of our total revenue. In the current situation, where Russian purchasing power and foreign trade is negatively impacted, our shipping business in Russia is also affected," A.P. Moller-Maersk wrote in an mail to Reuters.
PlateSmart Ups Security at Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay, Florida’s largest maritime port and the 16th largest in the United States, has elected to implement PlateSmart's ARES enterprise license plate recognition-based video analytics system. Overseen by the Tampa Port Authority, the port handles both commercial and passenger traffic on a daily basis. In addition to being a major hub of the shipping industry with several million tons of cargo are shipped in and out of the port in any given year…
Diana Shipping Announces $53.5m Drawdown
Diana Shipping Inc. Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, completed a drawdown of $53.5 million on December 19…
Barge Master T700 to Be Installed on Boskalis Ndeavor
A Barge Master BM-T700 system was unloaded in Singapore today as it awaits the early 2015 arrival of DP-2 multipurpose vessel Boskalis Ndeavor. According to Barge Master, the T700 will be mobilized on the Ndeavor and continue to the Phillipines where a bridge will be installed between two gas platforms using the Barge Master to compensate the motions of the bridge as a result of the waves. Built by Samsung C&T corporation ZPMC - Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co.Ltd in 2013…