Waterways Council expresses "disappointment" in White House budget
Waterways Council, Inc., a national advocacy group for ports and inland waterways, expressed "disappointment" today in the Obama administration's proposed FY 2016 budget.
Port of New York/New Jersey Reports Cargo Record
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that annual cargo volumes in the port set a new record in 2014, surpassing the previous record set in 2012. The port said it handled 3,342,286 cargo containers in 2014, an increase of 5.4 percent over the previous year and 4.1 percent more than in 2012, when the previous annual record was established. The record volumes allowed the port to maintain…
Mississippi Governor Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant visited Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding facility, meeting with shipyard officials on workforce development and training initiatives and touring Ingalls' Maritime Training Academy, the company announced. "Mississippi is home to the greatest shipbuilders in the world and builds the most technologically advanced warships on the planet," Bryant said.
Outland Technology Announces New Underwater HD Camera
Outland Technology announced the production of a new underwater HD camera today, model UWC-625, which provides live video and recording in HD 1080P resolution. The company said the camera can be used with fixed installations and ROVs, as well as used for handheld diver recording. The UWC-625 has a 2.375" diameter and a 5" length, with a depth rating of 500 meters and an optional 2000 meters available.
Port Everglades Strengthens Cargo Connections
Broward County's Port Everglades has partnered with public and private entities on several multimillion-dollar landside infrastructure improvements designed to improve connections with South Florida's major highway and railroad systems. "Landside congestion plagues many seaports, but Port Everglades is fortunate to have direct interstate highway access and a strong partnership with the Florida East Coast Railway and the State of Florida that keeps commerce on the move…
d’Amico Group Launches its Largest Ship
Built at the Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation’s shipyard in Mizushima, the 117,000 DWT, 245m long and 43m wide Cielo d’Italia is the result of multiyear collaboration between two companies who worked very closely to design a ship characterized by effective design particulars, respect for the environment and energy efficiency, capable of reducing consumption and emissions by 20%, compared to other ships operating in the same segment, the shipowner explained.
THOME Group's Junior Officer Recruitment Now Self-Sufficient
International ship management company THOME Group has become self-sufficient in recruiting junior officers, the company announced today, saying it managed to fill all of its 2014 junior officer vacancies from within its own pool of trained seafarers developed through an in-house cadet training program. Launched in 2005 under THOME’s “Human Element” initiative, the Thome Global Cadet Program has trained 1,350 cadets from at least 12 countries in Asia, Europe and the Far East.
New Tugboat Console Aims to Improve Ergonomics
JRC and Alphatron Marine have delivered new tugboat consoles for the new generation of Rotortugs. Offering full control from a sitting position and all-round visibility through full height windows, the Robert Allan designed ART 80-32 Hybrid tugs RT Evolution and RT Discovery have been fitted with the AlphaBridge tugboat console concept of tomorrow, a design study, performed by JRC/Alphatron Marine, together with tugboat operators from around the world.
Sonardyne Achieves Worldwide OHSAS 18001 Accreditation
Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. announced today that its UK sites in Yateley, Aberdeen and Plymouth have been awarded OHSAS 18001 Safety Management System Standard accreditation following successful audits at all three sites. Sonardyne's overseas subsidiaries, Sonardyne Brasil Ltda., Sonardyne Asia Pte. Ltd. and Sonardyne Inc., have also recently earned OHSAS 18001certification.
Oceanco Delivers First Superyacht of 2015
Oceanco delivered the first superyacht of 2015 today, the 291-foot (89 meter) INFINITY. Built under the code name Y710, the yacht features an exterior design by Espen Øino and an interior design by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and David Kleinberg Design Associates. INFINITY is a go-anywhere yacht powered by twin 4,828hp / 3,600kW MTU engines capable of reaching speeds of 20 knots. The yacht has a master suite that includes a private exterior deck and whirlpool…
New Fighting for Libyan Oil Ports
New clashes erupted on Tuesday between rival factions fighting for control of Libya's biggest oil ports Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, killing at least 10 people, the two sides said.
New Orleans Sets Container Records in 2014
The Port of New Orleans achieved record container volumes in 2014 thanks in part to the addition of new shipping services and an uptick in the national economy contributed. According to year-end totals, 490,526 twenty-foot-equivalent units moved through the Port’s Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal during the 12 months, an 8.8 percent increase over the 2013 total of 451,057. “Strong export markets…
IMO implements new SOLAS fire protection requirements for on-deck cargo areas
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has introduced new requirements for the fire protection of on-deck cargo areas. The new requirements, which will be added to SOLAS regulation II-2/10, apply to all ships designed to carry containers that are constructed on or after January 1, 2016. The new regulations stipulate that new ships designed to carry containers on or above the weather deck shall be fitted with at least one water mist lance…
Ruling On BP Fine Over 2010 US Spill Months Away
It may be months before a final verdict is issued on the size of the fine BP Plc will pay under the Clean Water Act for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, lawyers said on Tuesday after the last phase of the trial ended. U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans, Louisiana, is scheduled to receive post-trial briefs from government prosecutors and BP through April 24. Barbier might rule before then although a decision after all briefs are filed is more likely, the lawyers said.
ASRY Chosen by KOTC for 19-ship Repair Deal
One of the largest exclusive ship repair block agreement in Arabian Gulf history, worth over $33 million, signed between ASRY and Kuwait Oil Tanker Company, extends to mid-2017. ASRY, the ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has signed a ship repair block agreement with Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) which includes the exclusive maintenance rights to 19 vessels over the next two and half years.
Strategic Marine Launches Offshore 40 Generation Three Crew Boat
Yesterday Strategic Marine, a specialist oil and gas sector shipbuilder, launched the Jati Seven, its first ever Offshore 40 Generation Three crew boat, the first of three 3rd generation vessels the company is building for Dinastia Jati, a Malaysia-based oil and gas services group. The Jati Seven retains the major features of the Generation 2 version, but sports improved seakeeping and increased cargo carrying capacity and fuel efficiency.
Patrol Boat Delivered to Mohamed Saqr Alfalahi
A new 20-meter aluminum patrol vessel, AD Comet, has been delivered to Mohamed Saqr Alfalahi General Maintenance to replace the company’s current vessel, undertaking general and patrol duties in the Abu Dhabi waters. The twin-screw vessel is built according the latest standards in the closed aluminum newbuilding shed at Albwardy Marine Engineering in Sharjah (Damen Shipyards Sharjah). Yuji Nakamori…
New Chains Replace Steel for Lashing Cargo
Industrial chains for handling heavy loads are being produced for the first time from DSM’s ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema. DSM Dyneema has formed a strategic partnership with Load Solutions AS in Bergen, Norway, for development, manufacturing, sales and marketing of link chains made with Dyneema fiber. The chains, branded as TYCAN, are fabricated from webbings and have numerous economic…
Netherlands Government Charters Research Vessel
The RV Cefas Endeavour has commenced an 18-day charter to the Government of the Netherlands organizations Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) and the Institute for Marine Resources & Ecosystem Studies (IMARES), with local mobilization in Scheveningen (Netherlands). The 74-meter multidisciplinary research vessel will participate in International Bottom Trawl Survey (IBTS) operations in the North Sea, in collaboration with vessels from other European agencies…
GTT Bags Order from DSME for LNGC for Chandris
Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has won an…