US Navy: Tortuga Allision Costs CO, XO Their Jobs
USS Tortuga's (LSD 46) Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Thomas Goudreau and Executive Officer, Cmdr. John Fleming, were relieved of their duties Dec. 16, due to loss of…
Boskalis, VolkerWessels Win Offshore Wind Farm Work
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., in partnership with Volker Stevin International (VolkerWessels), has been awarded a contract by Iberdrola Renewables Offshore Deutschland…
Interview: Oil Spill Repsonse Insights from MSRC's Benze: Steven T. Benz, President and CEO, Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC)
As President and CEO of MSRC, Steve Benz presides over the largest oil spill response company in the United States (and worldwide). In that position since January 1996, he has during that tenure, overseen several critical phases in the Company’s evolution. These include a major restructuring in the late 1990s to make it more competitive; growth throughout the 2000-2009 period, including acquisition of several companies…
The Economic Impact of Inland Waterway Investment
A recently released study entitled INLAND NAVIGATION IN THE UNITED STATES evaluates the economic impacts and the potential effects of infrastructure investment on our economy. The comprehensive, 98-page document was prepared by the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee in November 2014. Sponsored by the National Waterways Foundation (NWF), the voluminous text describes an effort that…
Optimarin ,Goltens Ink BWT Retrofit Agreement
Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin and Goltens, a provider of engineering and installation solutions for the shipping industry, have signed a nonexclusive worldwide agreement for retrofitting Optimarin’s Ballast System (OBS). The deal provides shipowners with a complete BWT package, offering them BWT technology alongside engineering and installation services across the globe. Optimarin and Goltens have a lengthy track record of collaboration.
Workboats: Communications is Key Operational Tech
As we close out yet another year, I am constantly amazed at how much things change on the waterfront and the boats that ply the adjacent waters. Similarly, I like to tell people that it was five years ago when, within a narrow six-month window, I purchased my first ‘smart phone,’ a vehicle with global positioning and took out my first satellite radio subscription. I now wonder how I got along without any of it.
Damen Builds Tug, Dredger for Nicaragua
The Nicaraguan port authority Empresa Portuaria Nacional (EPN) is set to take delivery of two newbuilds from Damen Shipyards Group. Damen built both vessels, a Damen Stan Tug 2608 and a Cutter Suction Dredger CSD350, at its yards in the Netherlands, and they are completed and underway. Damen Sales Manager Pieter Becker signed the contract for the Stan Tug 2608 on September 2, 2014 during a maritime trade mission to Nicaragua organized by the Netherlands Council for Trade.
Ennsub Delivers ROV Deployment Systems
Ennsub has completed the design and manufacture of two workclass remotely operated vehicle (WROV) deployment systems for ROVOP, due to be installed into a newbuild tier one pipelay vessel early in 2015. A number of senior figures from the oil and gas industry were given an insight into Ennsub’s new DEEP 4000 system recently before visiting its new Teesside premises. The demonstration showed the equipment’s capabilities…
Benghazi Port Still Closed, Imports Rerouted
The commercial port in Libya's second city, Benghazi, remains closed due to fighting between pro-government and Islamist forces, forcing wheat imports to make a detour via Tobruk harbour…
EGAS Tenders for as many as 48 LNG Cargoes
Egypt's state-owned gas company EGAS has tendered to buy at least 48 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery in 2015/16, three traders said. A senior…
USCG on Cuba Policy Changes
The U.S. Coast Guard missions and operations in the Southeast remain unchanged. The Coast Guard strongly discourages attempts to illegally enter the country by taking to the sea. These trips are extremely dangerous. Individuals located at sea may be returned to Cuba.
Damen Shipyards Galati wins Dutch Romanian Award
Damen Shipyards Galati has been presented with the Dutch Romanian Business Award for its Corporate Social Responsibility plan, particularly the Group’s community investment initiatives. The Award was presented by Ben Jager of the Dutch Romanian Network to Peter de Kiewit, Damen Sales Manager for Romania at the PSV Eindhoven football club stadium. The jury presented the Award in recognition of Damen’s…
Wärtsilä to Proceed with first LNG Terminal
Wärtsilä has been given full notice to proceed (NTP) from Manga LNG Oy for the supply of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Tornio, Northern Finland.
Lowrance Renews Insight Genesis College Cup
Lowrance®, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957— announced today the renewal of its Insight Genesis™ College Cup. In its second year, the 2015 College Cup kicks off January 1st and continuesthrough December 31, 2015.Anglers registered with Bassmaster Collegiate Series or FLW College Fishing are eligible for the competition. Contestantscan win monthly prizes – including HDS-12, HDS…
Nordic Yards Delivers 'Wind Server'
Nordic Yards officially handed over the offshore service vessel to the Danish company DBB Jack-Up Services A/S. During the handover ceremony, the ship was named ‘WIND SERVER’. The facilities with which the ‘WIND SERVER’ is equipped have been optimised to meet the current requirements of the offshore wind market. For example, the on-board crane of the 80 m long and 32 m wide ship has a lifting height of just under 100 m and a lifting capacity of 400 t.
NPCT1 to Develop New CT in Jakarta
PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) (“IPC”), Mitsui & Co, Ltd. (“Mitsui”), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (“NYK Line”) and PSA International Pte Ltd (“PSA”) have agreed to jointly participate in the construction and operation of a new container terminal at Tanjung Priok Port, Jakarta, Indonesia. This new terminal will be developed and operated by the newly established project company PT New Priok Container Terminal One (“NPCT1”).
Gatto Industrial Starts Electroplating in North America
Gatto Industrial Platers, Inc. has launched its new Large Parts Zinc Electroplating Line, capable of plating parts up to 27 feet long and weighing up to 8,000 pounds. The new line’s tanks are 4 feet wide, 7.5 feet deep and 27 feet long, and enable Gatto to turn around the zinc plating of large parts in as little as 72 hours. “This new line offers our customers new plating advantages for large parts…
Teekay Tankers to Acquire 5 Tankers
Teekay Tankers Ltd. announced that it will acquire four coated Aframax tankers and one uncoated Aframax tanker for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $230 million. The five vessels, which are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015, were constructed in 2008, 2010 and 2011 at top tier shipyards in Japan and China. Upon delivery, the vessels will trade in the Teekay-managed Taurus LR2 Pool and Aframax RSA.
Cheniere to Sell LNG from Corpus Christi to Portugal
Cheniere Energy, Inc announced today that its subsidiary, Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC has entered into a liquefied natural gas ("LNG") sale and purchase agreement ("SPA") with EDP Energias de Portugal S.A. ("EDP") under which EDP has agreed to purchase approximately 0.77 million tonnes per annum ("mtpa") of LNG upon the commencement of operations of Train 3 of the LNG export facility being developed near Corpus Christi, Texas (the "Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project").
Reports on Rosneft Arctic Projects
On December 18, Member of Rosneft Board of Directors, special representative of President of the Russian Federation on international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic Artur Chilingarov made a report "Russia and Norway: Prospects for Cooperation in the Arctic" at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute. "Arctic development will help to melt the ice of distrust between Russia and the West," Chilingarov asserted.