Wicker to Chair US Seapower Subcommittee
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., was chosen by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., to lead the Subcommittee on Seapower. The Subcommittee on Seapower is responsible for Navy and Marine Corps programs and procurement, maritime issues, and strategic lift programs for the Department of Defense. “Mississippi has a proud tradition of supporting our Navy and Marine Corps. I look forward to continuing that tradition as Chairman of this subcommittee…
New RAmparts Tugs for PSA Marine
A year after PSA Marine, Singapore took delivery of Rubicon, its first ever RAmparts 3200CL tug from Cheoy Lee Shipyards, Hong Kong in December 2013, the same builder has now put four more similar tugs, OLNG Sur, OLNG Seeb, OLNG Masirah and OLNG Muttrah into the hands of PSA Marine Qalhat SAOC. These tugs are similar to their predecessors in this design series, with modifications to suit the owner's requirements for operations at the LNG terminal in the Port of Qalhat in Oman.
ROV Key to Safety in Concordia Salvage
With Concordia finally in dock, Italian marine contractor Micoperi reports that the Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV played a vital role in diver safety during the largest maritime salvage operation in history. Fabio Bartolotti of Micoperi, the contractor responsible for the project, said that the Falcon worked every day of the salvage operation, spending more than 1,000 hours in the water. He noted that every…
Offshore Cable Layer Delivered to Van Oord
Damen delivered a new DOC 8500 cable laying vessel, Nexus, to international offshore contractor Van Oord on December 22. The 126-metre vessel is intended for the installation of electricity cables for offshore wind farms. Van Oord is currently making preparations for the Gemini offshore wind farm which will be constructed 55 kilometers to the north of Schiermonnikoog, one of the Dutch Wadden Islands, and the cable-laying vessel will be deployed initially at that site.
Canada’s Ferry Industry Sets Course for Success
Our country’s past and its future are fundamentally linked to the transportation of people, vehicles and goods over our lakes, rivers and sea. Ferries have always been an integral part of Canada’s transportation infrastructure. Today, the geo-political relevance, the economic impact and the environment footprint of ferries continue to show that the sector is a crucial part of Canada’s infrastructure.
Ferry Fixation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
It all adds up to the global effort to strengthen bottom lines, safety margins and the collective environmental footprint. The future for ferries seems to be on fire; both in good ways and bad. The good is always a good place to start. And, that’s because it is ferry fabrication time. The most notable ferry routes in America are jumping into the construction queue for new vessels and soon the next generation of ferry vessels will be hitting the piers (not literally of course).
MCP Inks Mobile, Internet Deal for 33 Carnival Ships
MCP has signed a long-term contract with Carnival Corporation to provide 33 cruise ships with advanced mobile cellular communication services. The agreement provides close to 130,000 people each day mobile voice, texting (SMS) and data (mobile internet) coverage while at sea. In order to deliver mobile solutions to crew and passengers, Carnival Corporation has signed a multi-year contract serving six of the company’s nine brands.
Update: Hoegh Osaka Remains at Anchor
Car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka has been held by an anchor on the Alpha Anchorage overnight as weather conditions on scene have eased and the salvors boarded the vessel at 8:30 a.m.
Floating Production: What’s New in January?
2014 Floater Orders – We thought it would be useful to provide a summary of floater orders placed last year. As listed below, 25 units were ordered during the year - 10 FPSOs, one Barge, four FLNGs, seven FSRUs and three FSOs. 2015 Outlook for Floater Orders – The drop in oil/gas prices and ongoing implosion in Petrobras have combined to create a perfect storm in the deepwater sector. More than 170…
Odfjell Announces Personnel Reductions
In an announced effort to improve its financial results through a more competitive cost structure, Odfjell SE began a review of all aspects of its business model in May 2014 targeting organizational changes to increase competitiveness in the chemical tanker market. The company’s board has today approved a restructuring plan which, fully implemented, is estimated to improve the net result by in excess of $100 million on a yearly basis within 2016.
Boskalis Raises Stake in Fugro
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announced that it has increased its holding in Fugro N.V. to 20.01%, stressing that the move is not a step towards making an offer.
Imports Rising as West Coast Issues Continue
Year-over-year import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to continue to rise during most of the first half of 2015 despite significant congestion still impacting West Coast ports, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Now that a federal mediator is on the scene, we hope the mediator…
SCI’s New Chapter in Maritime Training
On December 10, 2014, SCI launched a major initiative to transform training for America’s inland mariners at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY. The day before its 15th Annual River Bell Awards ceremony, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) pushed the proverbial boat out on a new era of maritime education. In prior months, SCI had installed new simulators and renovated the hospitality areas at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY.
New Barge for US Army Corps of Engineers
Steelways, Inc. announced the departure of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Crane Barge, Snag Barge 1401. Snag Barge 1401, a heavy duty crane barge built by Steelways Inc. in Newburgh, N.Y. for the Army Corp of Engineers for work on the Mississippi River, measures 200’ long by 50’ wide by 9’ high, and is equipped with a 42,000 gallon fuel tank, 18,000 gallon potable water tank, six ballast tanks and a 1,110 square foot deckhouse.
SPMTs Transport Heavy LNG Load in China
It was the heaviest load ever transported in China on SPMTs: the first of a total of eight liquid natural gas (LNG) production modules was moved by SCHEUERLE SPMTs from Zhejiang Lida, COSCO and Sinotrans in COOEC Qingdao yard, China, to the oceangoing barge Finesse on 300 SPMT axle lines, under the operational direction of Mammoet. The heavy shipment will reach the Darwin Island in Australia. SCHEUERLE…
US Navy Using Advanced Equipment in AirAsia Search
An eight-member team from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 onboard USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is supporting the ongoing Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501 with advanced Tow Fish side scan sonar systems capable of providing high-resolution images of the ocean floor. The Tow Fish side scan sonar system is used to identify objects on the seafloor and provide accurate imagery for analysis.
ACL Planning New, Modern Riverboats
Expansion will introduce new style of river cruising in the United States. American Cruise Lines announced today its plans for the construction of a new fleet of modern riverboats…
Canadian Seafarers Union Weighs in on CETA
SIU: Canada's coastline could become the easiest point-of-entry for terrorists if CETA becomes a reality. The Seafarers International Union of Canada is today raising…
Blount to Build Bunkering Tanker for NY-NJ Harbor
Blount Boats signed a contract with American Petroleum & Transport, Inc. to construct a 79x23 foot, double hull, steel, fuel bunkering tanker for service in New York Harbor and New Jersey. The vessel, designed by Farrell & Norton Naval Architects, will be built to USCG Subchapter “D” specifications and admeasure to less than 100 GRT. The new tanker will be named Chandra B, and will replace the Capt. Log.
SCI’s New Chapter in Maritime Training
Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) launched an initiative on December 10, 2014 aiming to transform training for America’s inland mariners at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY.