World’s Largest Containership Arrives in Hamburg
The Port of Hamburg will handle a 19,100-TEU vessel for the first time, as CSCL Globe, currently the world’s largest containership operating in a liner service, is ported in Hamburg from January 13-15 on its maiden voyage deployed in the Europe-East Asia trade. This year, China is due to again further expand its position as Hamburg’s leading trading partner for container traffic, the port noted. On the basis of the first evaluation of 2014 throughput figures for container traffic with China…
Great Ships of 2014: Linda Oldendorff
Norwegian ferry operator Norled AS received the battery-driven car ferry ZeroCat 120, an aluminum catamaran which is light-weight with slender twin hulls. Its electric power train was designed by Norway’s Fjellstrand shipyard with battery technology from Germany’s Siemens. The ZeroCat 120 does not discharge greenhouse gases, CO2, methane or nitrogen oxides to the environment. In addition to the environmental benefits…
Great Ships of 2014: Harvest Frost
The first of three bulk carriers was delivered to Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), unique in that the ship features a host of innovative technologies, including the Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS), which reportedly helps the ship to achieve a 27% reduction in CO2 emissions as compared to conventional bulk carriers of the same capacity. Developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and built at Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
Taming the Arctic, One Ferry at a Time
Ferries for Alaska’s harsh conditions, built in Alaska by Alaskans. Vigor and Elliott Bay Design Group team up for a winning combination as the new Alaska Class Ferry Project takes shape. With its network of islands and fjords, rugged mountains and spectacular tidewater glaciers, Alaska’s Inside Passage may make a perfect summer cruise destination, but locals can’t choose when they travel. So when Alaskans need transport, the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) must find a way to move them.
Cold and Calculating: Dealing with Ice in Domestic Waterways
Army research laboratory helps vessels deal with ice in domestic waterways. Ice, snow and extremely low temperatures can put a big chill on maritime operations in ports, lakes, rivers and waterways. Thanks to the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire, mariners have a better understanding regarding phenomena such as icing on superstructures, brash ice and propulsion systems and controlling ice dams.
ULSTEIN to Build 2 Offshore Wind Service Vessels
Ulstein Verft has signed a shipbuilding contract with the Germany-based Bernhard Schulte for two service operation vessels (SOVs) of the ULSTEIN SX175 design developed by Ulstein Design & Solutions. The final detailed arrangements and equipment for the vessels have been developed and specified in cooperation with WINDEA Offshore GmbH & Co. KG, which is the Bernhard Schulte’s affiliate for offshore wind projects.
Paddle Wheel Riverboat for Sale
A 260-foot fully operational paddle wheel riverboat, recently used as a large casino, is available for sale by negotiation. Asset management company Stuart B. Millner & Associates (SBMA) said it is currently accepting offers for the vessel before making plans to sell it through an auction in March. The riverboat is currently located on the Ohio River in Metropolis, Ill. More photos and information are available on SBMA’s website: sbmac.com.
Cargo Ship Disabled near Great Barrier Reef
A general cargo vessel experiencing mechanical issues near the Great Barrier Reef is under tow, the response coordinator Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) reported.
GDF Suez to Boost Focus on Marine Energy
French utility GDF Suez aims to double its power generation capacity from renewable energy in Europe between 2015 and 2025 and will focus in particular on marine energies, the company said on Tuesday.
Traders Book Oil Tankers to Store 25m Barrels at Sea
Some of the world's biggest oil traders have booked supertankers to store at least 25 million barrels at sea in recent days, seeking to take advantage of the crash…
White House: No Change in Crude Oil Exports Regulations
The White House said on Tuesday there has been no change in the U.S. ban on crude oil exports, responding to a question about whether an impending change might be behind price moves in oil markets. "There has been no change in regulations regarding crude oil exports," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, noting the Commerce Department was in charge of export regulations. "I'm not going to speculate about any sort of policy change that may or may not be contemplated at this point…
Grounded Tanker May Siphon LNG to Break Free
A fully loaded liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker grounded off Nigeria last week may siphon its cargo to another ship after tugs failed to pull it free, owner Teekay LNG Partners said on Tuesday.
EPA Proposes Changes to Oil Spill Response Plan
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend requirements under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) to improve the nation’s ability to plan for and respond to oil spills. This proposal addresses issues raised by the public, responders, government, and industry officials during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. “Our emergency officials…
Intercargo Calls for Bulk Carrier Safety
The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo) issued a statement which again reminds stakeholders of the continued dangers associated with the…
Campbell to Lead BAE Systems’ Ship Repair Business
BAE Systems has named Joseph Campbell as vice president and general manager of the company’s Ship Repair business, effective Jan. 14. Campbell succeeds Bill Clifford, who will retire after a successful 46-year career in the U.S. Navy and the private sector. Campbell will be responsible for leading the strategy, operations and financial and business performance of Ship Repair, including the commercial shipbuilding operations.
Divers to Inspect Hoegh Osaka Hull
A window of clear weather and reasonably calm waters in the Solent will enable two new pumps to be installed aboard car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka,which remains…
Bollinger Delivers 12th USCG Fast Response Cutter
Bollinger Shipyards LLC has delivered the Isaac Mayo, the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) 12th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) on January 13, 2015 in Key West, Florida. The vessel is scheduled to be commissioned in March 2015. The 154 foot patrol craft Isaac Mayo is the 12th vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the vessel, Bollinger used an in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708.
Port Terminal Completes 718-Ton Project Cargo Lift
718-ton absorption tower discharged at Louisiana Ave. Fracht USA/Germany, a global freight forwarder, completed one of the heaviest project cargo lifts in the Port of New Orleans’ history January 12, discharging a 718-ton, 164-foot-long absorption tower from ship-to-barge. The SAL Amoenitas arrived at the port’s Louisiana Avenue Terminal January 10 after a 45-day trip from Shanghai, China. The lift was completed January 12 by SAL Heavy Lift…
DOF Subsea Wins Several Contracts in Asia Pacific
DOF Subsea, a subsidiary of DOF ASA, reported it has been awarded several new and extended existing contracts by clients in the Asia Pacific region. According to DOF Subsea, the contract awards will improve the utilization of the vessels Skandi Hercules and Skandi Hawk during the first half of 2015, with an additional approximately four months. The scope of work includes project management and engineering, subsea construction, FPSO moorings and deep water survey systems installation work.
Damen Delivers Pontoon to Kristiansund Taubåtservice
Kristiansund Taubåtservice has taken delivery of a Damen Stan Pontoon 4113. At 41 meters in length and 13 meters across, the Stan Pontoon joins the company’s existing fleet of three barges. The 4113 was delivered from stock available in Rotterdam. It was built in China and delivered as part of one of Damen’s regular shipments of pontoons of various sizes to Rotterdam. From there they are available at short notice for clients in Europe, Africa and America.