Cargo Ship Runs Aground Off Guimaras
Cargo ship MT King Andrew ran aground in Siete Picados, Guimaras, February 4 when strong winds and currents southwest off the Light Station forced the vessel off course…
Cargo Loading Suspended at US West Coast Ports
Shippers suspend weekend cargo loading at U.S. Cargo freighter loading and unloading operations will be suspended at U.S. West Coast Ports this weekend due to continuing chronic slowdowns that shippers and terminal operators have blamed on the dockworkers' union, the companies' representative said on Friday. However, the Pacific Maritime Association said terminal yard, rail and gate operations at the ports, which handle nearly half of U.S.
New Wastewater Treatment for Queen Mary 2
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 will be fitted with a Wärtsilä advanced wastewater treatment system, enabling the cruise ship to comply with the IMO’s requirements concerning the prevention of pollution from ships. The contract, awarded by Cunard Line during the third quarter of2014, will see the installation of two Wärtsilä’s Hamworthy Membrane BioReactor (MBR) systems to replace existing onboard solutions which are now due for replacement.
First LNG Bunkering of OSV in North America
Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC reported that its dual fuel offshore support vessel (OSV) M/V Harvey Energy has today bunkered LNG as a marine fuel. The news makes Harvey Gulf the first North American owner/operator of a dual fuel OSV to bunker LNG as a marine fuel, as well as the first to complete a truck to vessel transfer of LNG. The bunkering took place at a shore-based terminal owned by a subsidiary of Martin Midstream Partners L.P. in Pascagoula, Miss.
HII Wins Aircraft Carrier Advanced Planning Contract
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was awarded a $224 million modification to an existing contract for advanced planning of the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The work will be performed at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. The contract funds continued planning work for the RCOH as well as the procurement of long-lead materials…
Brunswick GA's IAP Moves 5 Millionth Vehicle
International Auto Processing at the Port of Brunswick, Georgia, handled it's five millionth vehicle, Georgia Ports Authority announced yesterday. The five millionth vehicle was a silver Hyundai Genesis that arrived on the Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessel Isolde. "In 2014, we handled more than 450,000 vehicles," said Robert Miller, president and CEO of International Auto Processing. Imports arrive from Europe, Asia and Mexico. Exports account for about a third of IAP's volume.
DNV GL Opens US Technical Helpdesk
DNV GL has opened the American hub of its technical helpdesk in Houston, the organization announced today. DNV GL, a Norway-based international classification society, now has 400 technical experts worldwide providing answers to customer questions across Europe, Asian, and American time zones. “Our classification customers tell us they want timely, authoritative and insightful answers to technical questions," said Jan Solum, who leads the new Technical Helpdesk Team in Houston.
MTNW Discontinues Sale of LCI-80 Line Control Display
MTNW has discontinued the sale its LCI-80 Line Control Display, the company announced yesterday. Technical support and service will continue to be available for in-service equipment. The LCI-80 will be replaced by the LCI-80x Rugged Programmable Controller. Designed as a replacement for panel meters and analog gauges in rotational sensor applications, the LCI-80 displayed line speed and payout parameters on an electroluminescent (EL) display.
Parson Brinckerhoff names new Dir. of Ports & Marine Western Div.
Robert Johansen has been named Director of the Ports & Marine Western Division at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and design firm. Johansen will be responsible for business development and the management of design and construction projects for port and marine facilities in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. He will be based in Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Oakland office.
FSL Sells Stake in Torm
FSL Trust Management has sold its entire shareholding in Denmark-based Torm, the company announced Friday. The sale of over 18 million shares generated $2.63 million for FSL. FSL gained $1.71 million from the initial investment in the shipping company, which was part of a restructuring of nonperforming bareboat contracts in 2012. The gain will be listed in FSL's first quarter accounts. FSL performed the disposal during a short term spike in Torm share prices between January 21 and January 25.
Onshore LNG Membrane Tanks Approved in Canada
The new Canadian Standard for LNG Production, Storage and Handling now includes and recognizes the membrane tank system as a possible technology for the land storage of LNG in Canada…
Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Report Released
The 2014 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Management activities was released by the Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG) Thursday. The BWWG aims to harmonize ballast water management efforts between the U.S. Coast Guard, Transport Canada – Marine Safety and Security, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. According to the report, 100 percent of ships bound for the Great Lakes via the St.
Zamakona Earns Achilles FPAL Certificate
Shipbuilding and repair group Zamakona Yards reports it has once again received the Achilles FPAL Assessment Certificate. The certificate indicates that industry group Achilles has approved Zamakona following an evaluation of its service in terms of quality, health, safety, environment, competence and training. Achilles FPAL aims to identify, evaluate and prequalify suppliers on behalf of the main actors in the oil and gas market.
First of Six PSVs Delivered to Vroon
VOS Pace, the first of six PX121-type platform supply vessels designed by ULSTEIN, was delivered to Netherlands based shipowner Vroon Offshore Services on February 5, 2015. The vessel, built at China’s Cosco Guangdong Shipyard, is destined for work in European waters along with the remainder of the ordered vessels scheduled to be delivered to Vroon during 2015 and 2016. The ULSTEIN PX121 design was first introduced to the market in 2010…
CMA CGM Box Ship is the Largest to Call Brazil
Containership CMA CGM Tigris, one of the newest vessels in the CMA CGM fleet, is due to call the Port of Santos on February, 6, making the French shipping company the first carrier to introduce a vessel of such a capacity in Brazil, the CMA CGM Group announced today. The 10,622 TEU CMA CGM Tigris will be added to the fixed-day and weekly SEAS2 service, calling 13 ports to connect Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa – all within 90 days.
Asia-Europe Container Freight Rates Fall 8.3%
Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 8.3 percent to $1,057 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. It was the second consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world's busiest route. In the week to Friday, container freight rates fell 3.8 percent from Asia to ports in the Mediterranean, rose 13.3 percent to ports on the U.S.
London Gateway Logistics Park Breaks Ground
A ground-breaking ceremony was held at DP World’s London Gateway Logistics Park to mark the start of construction on a 316,000 square foot distribution facility. The building is being developed speculatively as an equal joint venture between DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, and Prologis, the global leader in industrial real estate. The ceremony took place on Friday, February 6 and was attended by Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah…
Damen to Debut Composite Fast Crew Supplier
Damen Shipyards Group will launch a composite Fast Crew Supplier 1605 to the market in February. Built at Damen Shipyards Antalya in Turkey, the group’s specialist composite yard, the Fast Crew Supplier 1605 FRP (Fiber Reinforced Polymer) is an addition to the builder's aluminum 1605 range, 70 of which have been sold over the years. According to Damen, the new FCS 1605 FRP’s composite construction and waterjet propulsion make the vessel light and strong…
Japan Automakers Impacted by U.S. Port Dispute
Japanese automakers are being forced to ship some car parts to U.S. plants by expensive air cargo and tweak production processes as a protracted labor dispute at U.S.
Chemical-free BallastMaster Certified by DNV GL
The GEA Westfalia Separator Group received Class Approval from the DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd) in December 2014 for its ballast water management system BallastMaster ultraV 250. With this system, the chemical-free system solution for ballast water treatment fulfils all current D-2 standards of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The certificate documents that BallastMaster…