VT Halter Lays Keel for Crowley LNG ConRo Ship
The keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid during a ceremony at ship-builder VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s facility in Pascagoula, Miss. The keel laying ceremony marked the next step in the construction of Crowley’s first Commitment Class ship, which will exclusively serve the U.S.-Puerto Rico trade lane…
Obama’s Address Missed Energy Opportunities -NOIA
NOIA President Randall Luthi issued a statement in response to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address, stating that the President missed a few key points regarding domestic onshore and offshore energy production and supply, and its impact on the U.S. economy. "While the President highlighted America's energy renaissance in his address to Congress tonight, he failed to note that the increase in the supply of American-made energy is occurring on state and private lands…
Salvors Readying to Move Hoegh Osaka
The vessel Hoegh Osaka is stable on Aplha Anchorage as salvage operations are ongoing, the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. The list vessel’s had been reduced to 25 degrees as of 10:30 a.m. this morning, and all water has been removed from the car decks. MCA anticipates that ballast operations will further reduce the list to 15-20 degrees today, at which point Marine Accident Investigation…
Tankers Booked to Store Oil at Sea
Oil traders have booked up to 20 tankers to store an estimated 40 million barrels of crude at sea, rising from 25 million barrels last week, as they soak up a stocks…
Satellites to Track Illegal 'Pirate Fishing'
Run by the British technology firm Satellite Applications Catapult and backed by the Pew Charitable Trusts, project 'Eyes on the Seas' will open a "Virtual Watch Room". Computers will be able to watch satellite feeds of the waters around Easter Island, a Chilean territory in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, and the western Pacific island nation of Palau, which lacks the resources to monitor all the illegal fishing taking place near its waters.
Scale Model of Queen Mary to Anchor Onboard Gallery
A scale model of the famed ocean liner Queen Mary, carved about 80 years ago from a 200-year-old white mahogany log and exact in every detail, will be the centerpiece of a new gallery on the ship that was the epitome of luxury travel in its heyday. The 1/45th scale model, 21 feet long and weighing nearly 1,000 pounds (454 kg) includes a figure of Sir Winston Churchill on the afterdeck. It will be moved on Wednesday from New York's South Street Seaport Museum…
Port of Long Beach Sees Third-Busiest Year Ever
Cargo container trade at the Port of Long Beach climbed 1.3 percent in 2014, indicating continued economic growth for the U.S. and bringing the port its third-busiest year ever behind the peak years of 2006 and 2007, the port announced. Last year’s overall volume rose to 6,820,806 TEUs or twenty-foot equivalent units. Imports increased 1.8 percent to 3,517,514 TEUs, exports declined 5.9 percent to 1,604,394 TEUs, while empties rose 8.2 percent to 1,698,898 TEUs.
Greece Delegates New Authority to RS
A new agreement governing the delegation of authority for statutory surveys of ships flying the Greek flag and shipping companies was signed between the Ministry of Shipping…
Bollinger Announces Promotions
Bollinger Shipyards announces the promotions of three key leaders, as Tim Martinez, Scott Theriot and Corey Phelps enter new roles. Making the announcement, Bollinger’s President and CEO Ben Bordelon, said, “We will be strengthening our position in the market by developing our team from within and capitalizing on the talents of our proven leadership group. Tim Martinez has accepted the position of Executive Vice President of the Repair Division.
Editorial: BWTS. Like it or Not, Here it Comes
With age comes perspective, and in my 20 plus years reporting on this industry I have seen my fair share of regulation that has served to ‘raise the hackles’ of ship owners. It is quite simple really; new regulation often means new procedure, new design, new equipment and new costs. With the possible exception of the new rules in the wake of the Exxon Valdez which mandated double hulls on tankers, the Ballast Water Management System issue is the most acrimonious debate I have witnessed.
South Carolina Container Volumes Climb in 2014
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported that container business rose 12 percent in 2014, a year highlighted by strong volume growth and substantial forward progress on the harbor deepening project. In December the port handled 141,956 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up 14 percent compared to the same month last year. SCPA container volume rose to nearly 1.8 million TEUs in 2014. As measured in pier containers…
Marine Casualties & Fast Ferry Follies
Passenger vessel safety isn’t just a third world problem. It’s a worthy challenge to take up in 2015 and at the same time, a completely sobering way to ring in the New Year. As the clock ticks down on yet another year, I couldn’t help but take note of the new cruise ship passenger drill requirements, effective from 1 January. These rules involve heightened requirements for mustering of newly embarked passengers prior to or immediately upon departure.
VMT Provides Lifeboat Simulator for Rowan
Virtual Marine Technology (VMT) provided its SurvivalQuest lifeboat simulator training system to Rowan Companies for lifeboat launch and recovery training to lifeboat operators and marine crews, complementing weekly safety drills conducted onboard Rowan drilling rigs. “Deploying the lifeboat simulator training system at Rowan will provide us with realistic training and competency assessment of lifeboat coxswains and marine crews…
Bayonne Drydock Logs Successful '14
Bayonne Drydock kicked off last year with the repair and drydocking of the U.S. Navy Ship, Pomeroy followed by the successful drydocking and repairs of the USNS Watkins. It closed the year with the completion of the USNS Seay; all were completed on time, with the Seay coming in ahead of schedule with work that included bowthruster overhaul repairs, blasting and painting and hull coatings. In addition to the Grey hulls, BDD serviced several commercial customers via drydock and pier side repairs.
N-KOM Sees Increased Tanker Business
Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), which recently celebrated its fourth year in operation, has seen an increasing number of tankers dry docking at its facility in Qatar. With the introduction of de-mucking and de-slopping facilities, tie-up with local customs for ‘ship spares in transit’ and an expanded range of on-site service providers, the shipyard has attracted several major clients over the past year, such as Maran Tankers, Odfjell, V Ships, Euronav and Dynacom Tankers.
Puget Sound Container Volumes Flat in 2014
Container volumes through Puget Sound’s largest container ports remained flat in 2014, according to numbers released jointly for the first time by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. “Reporting our combined cargo volumes demonstrates our commitment to the Seaport Alliance,” said Port of Seattle Commission co-President Stephanie Bowman. The two ports announced in October 2014 plans to form a Seaport Alliance to unify management of marine cargo terminals and related functions.
What Keeps ‘Good Ship’ RINA Buoyant
When the Institution of Naval Architects was formed in 1860 it became one of the bastions of Victorian engineering, enabling and encouraging the exchange of knowledge, information and good practice in the field of naval architecture. The basic principles laid down in the early days saw the Institution thrive as a body representing all the maritime nations of the world and this was recognized in its incorporation by Royal Charter in 1910 as the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA).
BASS Lands Reederei Hamburger Lloyd Contract
Reederei Hamburger Lloyd GmbH & Co KG (RHL), signed a contract with BASS on December 31, 2014, for virtually the full suite of BASSnet software solutions for its fleet of 28 container ships and chemical tankers. BASS said its shipping software solutions cover all major aspects of fleet management under its concept of providing one complete solution for the maritime and offshore industries, providing RHL with a package to streamline and optimize its operations.
LGH Opens Phoenix Warehouse
Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) opened a new warehouse in Phoenix, Arizona, the company’s 19th warehouse across North America. The new warehouse aims to offer a one-day equipment ship point to many southwestern cities, including Los Angeles, Denver, and Las Vegas. The 14,000-square-foot warehouse is stocked with ready-to-rent equipment and is equipped with a testing center for load testing. With local rental representatives in the field throughout the southwestern United States…
Former ‘Google Barge’ Sold
After concluding two 3,500HP tug sales on December 30, Marcon International Inc. has started 2015 with three ocean barge sales, and hopes to report on several additional sales before the end of this month. Five 4,500-6,000HP tugs, one 5,150BHP AHTS and two 3,200 – 5,500dwt ocean barges continue to be fixed on previously arranged long-term charters. The most recent transaction is the purchase by private U.S.