Britain Should Appoint Ambassador to the Arctic
The House of Lords Arctic Committee urged that UK should follow the example set by France, Singapore and Japan and appoint an Ambassador for the Arctic. The committee of lawmakers from Britain's upper house blamed UK's feeble approach to promoting country's interests and warned about the UK risks being outmaneuvered by other countries. The UK – the northernmost country below the Arctic Circle - has been "too hesitant and cautious", the report said.
Munkebo Maersk, Biggest Ship Ever to Sail on the Thames
The 18,300 TEU Triple E container ship Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway. The 399 metre long Munkebo Maersk, which weighs in at 195,000 tonnes and is 60 metre wide is one of the largest container vessels in the world. She was helped into port by pilots from the Port of London Authority. Cranes as high as 40 stacked double-decker buses are being used to lift containers off the vessel before it sets off for the Far East.
Conrad Shipyard Bags LNG Order
Energy infrastructure and LNG solutions provider WesPac Midstream and its subsidiary Clean Marine Energy (CME) have awarded a contract to Conrad Orange Shipyard for the construction of a dedicated LNG bunker barge for the marine market in North America. The bunker barge, which is scheduled to be delivered in early 2016, will service ship owner Totem Ocean’s Orca Class roro vessel in Tacoma, Washington.
Fast Patrol Vessel launched by Cochin Shipyard
Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has launched the 14th of the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) being built for the Indian Coast Guard. With this, CSL said, it has accomplished a rare feat of achieving three ship building milestones viz, keel laying, launching and delivery of three different ships of a project, on the same day. The vessel ‘ICGS APOORVA’ was launched by Vijaya Goyal, wife of IG S K Goyal in a simple ceremony at Cochin Shipyard. On the occasion, Goyal laid the keel for the 15th FPV.
US Keen in Maritime Cooperation with India
The US is keen in exploring great opportunities for co-operation on maritime issues with India, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations told members of the House Committee on Appropriations during a hearing, says a report by PTI. Great opportunity has emerged after the bilateral meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, he said. Analysts pointed out that…
U.N. Calls for Maritime Support to Libya
According to United Nations, Libyan authorities need an international maritime force to help as they are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, says a Reuter's report. UN likely increase pressure on major world powers to consider intervention to stop the North African state from spinning further out of control, as per the confidential report by the U.N. Security Council's Panel of Experts on Libya.
Offshore Safety Training from Seagull
Saegull Maritime has announced the launch of two new computer-based training (CBT) modules, focusing on deck safety for specific types of offshore vessels that will be as useful for seasoned crew as well as newcomers. The video training program covers deck safety for supply vessels and anchor handlers, and has been developed in response to demand from customers, according to Seagull. Deck Safety for…
Ghana and US Maritime Forces Collaborate
The Ghana Armed Forces and the United States Maritime Forces have completed a joint maritime operation, the Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP), as part of the Africa Partnerships Program (APS). The operation brought together representatives from Ghana’s Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, the Marine Police Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Navy, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coastguard on Spearhead, the U.S. Navy’s first Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV).
Vard Increased Revenues 15.8% in 2014
Shipbuilder Vard Holdings Limited increased revenues 15.8% in 2014, the company announced in its year-end financial report today. On the back of very high activity at the yards and with subcontractors, VARD’s 4Q 2014 revenue rose 45.5% to NOK 4.5 billion ($587 million) from the corresponding period in 2013. FY2014 revenue increased 15.8% to NOK 12.9 billion ($1.6 billion) year-on-year, but due to higher operational expenses, FY2014 EBITDA dipped 37.5% to NOK 429 million ($55 million).
Maersk Line CEO: 11 New Ships Likely in Q2 2015
Maersk is considering ordering 11 container megaships in the second quarter of 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported today. "We need to grow with the market and increase our capacity by 425,000 containers from 2017 onward for three years," Maersk Line Chief Executive Soren Skou told the Journal. "It's very likely the first order will be 11 Triple E size ships. Maersk has not ordered new ships since 2011, when it ordered 20 Triple-E class vessels, each capable of hauling 18,000 containers.
Port of LA Container Volumes Down 22.7% in January
Port of Los Angeles container volumes decreased by 22.7 percent in January compared to January 2014 volumes, the port announced today. The port's January 2015 cargo volumes totaled 529,427 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), compared to 685,549 TEUs in January 2104. Labor strife between the International Longshore Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, which resulted in port slowdowns and shutdowns, made a decline in container volume inevitable.
Brookings Institution Hosting Panels on LNG Marine Fuel
The Brookings Institution, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, will host a two-panel discussion on the use of LNG as a marine fuel on Tuesday, March 3, the organization announced today. The panels are part of the Institution's Energy Security and Climate Initiative (ESCI). The first panel will examine evolving policy, regulatory, and environmental factors associated with using LNG as a marine fuel. The second panel will address emerging opportunities and barriers to adoption.
Drying Cabinets Handy On Board Nexus
In 2014, Pronomar equipped Van Oord’s offshore cable laying vessel Nexus with three drying cabinets, each responsible for the drying of eight sets of workwear. Nexus, a 126-meter Damen Offshore Carrier (DOC) 8500 cable laying vessel was delivered to Van Oord in December and is currently being finalized at Damen Shiprepair at Vlissingen, where Van Oord is building and installing the additional cable laying equipment.
NATO Maritime Commander Visits IMO Antipiracy Training
NATO Maritime Commander Vice Admiral Peter Hudson, CBE Royal Navy, visited the two-week Advanced Maritime Law Enforcement/Training of Trainers course taking place at NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC), in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. The course is being conducted from February 23 to March 6 under the auspices of the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC) and the Djibouti Regional Training Centre with the support and supervision of the IMO Secretariat’s Kiruja Micheni…
Electronics Retrofit for Taiwanese Research Vessel
L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a contract to retrofit propulsion control and automation systems aboard the Taiwanese Navy’s Ta Kuan hydrographic and oceanographic research vessel. The 93-meter-long vessel, built by Fincantieri at its shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia, Italy in 1995, carries out operations in domestic waters as well as the South China Sea on behalf of Taiwan’s governmental National Science Council and other research institutes.
Keels Laid for Two Aluminum OSVs
UAE-based shipbuilder Triangle Marine Services has laid the keels of two new 45-meter Aluminum Fast Offshore Support Vessels, awarded in November 2014 by UAE-based client Marine Core & Charter LLC. The new builds mark the company’s first shipbuilding project to signify their entry into the offshore market. The ceremony took place at Triangle Marine’s facility in Dubai Maritime City, and was attended by representatives from Triangle Marine…
RoRo Ship Enters Operation for WWL
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics welcomes into operation the M/V Thermopylae, the first of its new generation of Post Panamax HERO (High Efficiency RoRo) PCTC vessels. Measuring in at 36.5 m wide and 199.99 m long the Thermopylae provides the right capacity and fulfils WWL’s frontrunner commitment to the environment. The Thermopylae features five liftable car decks, allowing for more configurations for cargo of various sizes and hence increased capacity for cars, trucks, equipment and breakbulk.
MMK Boosts Steel Shipments to Shipbuilders
OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) supplied 78,000 metric tons of metal products to shipbuilders in 2014, which represents a 37.2% growth year-on-year.
Containership Becomes Largest to Sail the Thames
The Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway, the U.K.’s newest deep-sea port hub. The 399-meter-long, 60-meter-wide, 195,000-ton Triple-E class vessel – equivalent in length to almost four football pitches and capable of carrying more than 18,300 TEUs – is one of the largest container vessels in the world, operating on Maersk’s new East-West Network.
Van Oord, Falck Ink Safety Training Deal
Van Oord has signed a two year contract with Falck Safety Services for the provision of safety training. Van Oord, a contractor for dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects, including oil, gas and wind, said it has invested in a trainee program for its employees for many years. The new contract will see Falck provide Van Oord with the majority of necessary safety training. Alongside safety training for the offshore…