Chilean Port Workers Strike Disrupts Container Movements
Over 200 workers at Chile's San Antonio port remain on strike and workers at other ports have said they would not unload San Antonio port operator Puerto Central ships.
DP World: Low Bunker Prices to Fuel Economic Growth
Falling ship operating costs and low bunker prices will translate into higher profitability fueling economic growth, says Dubai-headquartered DP World. As bunker fuel prices drop, so too could shipping costs. Dubai-headquartered DP World says falling oil prices are good news for global shipping. It plans to double investments this year, local media reports. The Chairman of DP World Sultan Ahmed bin…
Bibby Subsea Inks Contract with Bordelon Marine
Bibby Offshore’s Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea has signed a three year contract with Bordelon Marine to charter a new vessel. The Brandon Bordelon is an ultra-light intervention vessel (ULIV) and will commence a three year charter in August 2015 primarily operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The addition of the Brandon Bordelon to Bibby Offshore’s existing international fleet of specialised vessels enhances the capability throughout the Americas region.
ClassNK's Ueda Completes Term as ACS Chairman
ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda successfully fulfilled his term as Chairman of the Association of Asian Classification Societies (ACS) at the end of 2014, a position which he held from 1 January 2014. During his one-year tenure, Mr. Ueda was engaged in the following activities with a view to enhancing ACS’ operations and contributing to the Asian maritime industry. Mr. Ueda established a policy to reinforce the approach to discussions at the International Maritime Organization (IMO)…
Moran Sells Deck Barge to Private Buyers
Moran Towing Corporation of New Canaan, Connecticut have sold their U.S. flag, ocean deck barge “Norfolk” (ex-Columbia Norfolk, Ponce Trader, UMTB 331, MLC-331) to a private buyers on the U.S. East Coast who specialize in the transport of aggregates. The 331.3’ x 78.0’ x 20.3’ depth, double raked barge was built in 1982 by Marine Power and Equipment of Seattle, Washington for their affiliated companies…
NAO's Quarterly Dividend Unchanged
The board of directors at Nordic American Offshore Ltd. have declared a dividend of $0.45 per common share for the fourth quarter of 2014. This is the same as for the first three quarters of 2014 for this newly established company which was stock listed on NYSE June 12, 2014. The payment of dividend is expected to take place on or about February 5, 2015 to shareholders of record as of January 22, 2015. NAO expects to release its 4Q2014 earnings report before NYSE opens February 3, 2015.
Navigation Retrofit for Scandlines Ferries
L-3 SAM Electronics has announced that via its Danish subsidiary, L-3 Lyngsø Marine, it has been awarded a contract to retrofit navigation facilities aboard four double-ended passenger and freight ferries operated by the German-Danish ferry company, Scandlines. The four ships being retrofitted are the M/F Deutschland, M/F Prins Richard, M/F Prinsesse Benedikte and M/F Schleswig-Holstein, which all operate the short-distance route between Puttgarden, Germany, and Rødby, Denmark.
CROE to Supply Scrubbers to STENA RoRo
CR Ocean Engineering, L.L.C. (CROE) has recently been awarded the design and supply of two Open Loop exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbing systems) from STENA RoRo AB. The two systems will be installed to reduce SO2 from two main engines aboard the STENA Forefunner. The Stena Forerunner operates primarily in the European ECA where new low sulphur fuel regulations went into effect on January 1, 2015.
Pacific Basin Adopts DNV GL’s ShipManager
Pacific Basin will implement the DNV GL’s ShipManager fleet management system on its owned fleet within the next two years. Shipping companies often have various IT systems that cover different aspects of their operations, and therefore have challenges in aligning data input and output for efficient decision-making, reporting and ship-shore communication. The implementation of the ShipManager system in Pacific Basin will simplify and optimize their ship management…
ACP Administrator to face Panamanian Assembly
National Assembly will question two national leaders, among them the Panama Canal Administrator. The plenary of the National Assembly has approved a proposal to call Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano before the body to answer questions about the waterway's finances and the progress of the expansion. The proposal was presented by a group of deputies from different parties, including Leandro Avila and Raúl Pineda of the PRD…
Port of Seattle Co-Presidents Reelected for 2015
The Port of Seattle’s co-presidents Stephanie Bowman and Courtney Gregoire have been reelected by the port’s commission for another full-year term. The commission also elected John Creighton to serve as vice president, Tom Albro to serve as commission secretary and Bill Bryant to serve as assistant secretary. “We began 2014 with a focus on critical issues including enhancing the competitiveness of our seaport…
Marine News January 2015 - Editor's Note
Our annual Ferry and Passenger Vessel edition kicks off the New Year in high gear, even if oil prices aren’t necessarily following suit. As vessel operators – our ferry drivers included – celebrate lower bunker prices, another maritime subset frets over what might happen to the offshore service market if the downturn in crude oil prices continues unabated for a significant length of time. That said…
Insights: Johan Roos, Interferry's Executive Director of EU and IMO Affairs
Johan Roos is Interferry’s executive director of European Union and IMO affairs based in Brussels, Belgium. He took up the newly created regulatory affairs post in September 2011 after previously serving as director of sustainability with Sweden’s Stena Rederi AB. He holds a masters degree in environmental sciences from the University of Gothenburg. In 2000, he left classification society DNV to join…
Salvors Delay Hoegh Osaka Refloat
The salvage team has decided to delay the refloat of grounded car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka. The refloat was initially scheduled for Thursday, January 8, but salvors’ calculations revealed that more water has entered the vessel than was previously predicted, according to the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Thus, the preparation for the refloat will take longer than the weather window would allow, forcing the refloat to be postponed.
Navico Names Jourlait Deputy CEO
Marc Jourlait has joined Navico’s executive management team as deputy CEO. He has also been appointed to the company’s board of directors. Jourlait will take direct responsibility for the recreational marine and digital marine divisions, as well as managing the customer service and information technology functions within Navico. Marc Jourlait is a French, U.S. and Canadian national, and he has corporate experience…
2H Offshore Joins TCP Design Guideline Initiative
2H Offshore has joined an oil and gas industry initiative to develop a new design guideline for thermoplastic composite pipes (TCP) to advance the understanding and use of composite materials in the offshore industry, the company announced. The DNV GL-led Joint Industry Project (JIP) began in October and will take a year to complete. 2H teams in London and Houston are actively involved in the JIP which will build on existing knowledge and guidelines to achieve an industry accepted standard.
Update: Hoegh Osaka Under Tow
Grounded car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka self floated at 1:55 p.m., and all salvors had left the vessel safely, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported.
Brandy Christian is New Port of New Orleans COO
Current COO Patrick J. Gallwey to Retire in March After 34 Years. Brandy D. Christian has been named the new Chief Operating Officer of the Port of New Orleans by President and CEO Gary LaGrange, succeeding Patrick J. Gallwey, who will retire March 1 after 34 years with the Port. Christian comes to the Port after 14 years with the Port of San Diego serving for the past five years as vice president, strategy and business development.
Turkish Survey Ship Continues Work Off Cyprus, Deepening Standoff
A Turkish research vessel will continue searching for oil and gas off Cyprus, Turkish Cypriot authorities said on Tuesday, extending a simmering standoff between…
Knightsbridge Enters Long Term Capesize Charters
Knightsbridge Shipping Limited (KSL) has entered an agreement with RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of RWE AG, for chartering out a total of…