Sovcomflot, RS Partner to Bolster Russian Fleet
Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) have taken steps to make the Russian fleet more competitive. In 2014, 10 SCF Group vessels were transferred to the RS class…
Glander International Bunkering Continues Dubai Office Hiring
Glander International Bunkering continued a series of hires in its Dubai office today, announcing the hiring of Kristian Korsgaard Pedersen as the office's Senior Bunker/Lubricant Trader and Team Leader. On Monday, the company announced the hiring of Luis Cañizales as an office Bunker and Lubricant Trader. Pedersen, originally from Denmark, has worked in the bunker industry for over 16 years. He was the Sales Manager at O.W.
SBM Offshore Warns of Sharp Revenues Drop
SBM Offshore, the Dutch marine oil production and loading vessels specialist, said on Wednesday its revenue this year could fall to as low as $2.2 billion, down from $3.5 billion in 2014. "The effects of the recent drop in oil prices are being felt across the offshore services industry in the form of lower order intake," said Chief Executive Bruno Chabas in reporting its results for last year. However…
Vikoma and Mobimar Supply Oil Spill Response Equipment for Finnish Border Guard
OPV Turva, the Finnish Border Guard's new 314 foot (95.9 meter) offshore patrol vessel, will be outfitted for oil spill response just seven months after its launch. UK-based Vikoma International Ltd and Mobimar Ltd of Finland will provide the vessel with oil spill response equipment, including 800m of Vikoma oil containment boom, four Vikoma boom reels, and Mobimar's in-hull integrated recovery system, along with other oil recovery systems.
Maersk Offshore Service Units to Cut Head Office Jobs
A.P. Moller-Maersk's oil industry service companies Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Services, are to cut staffing at their Danish head offices due to the slump in oil prices. Oil companies and as a result the firms servicing them, have slashed spending and cut jobs since crude oil prices have fallen by over 50 percent since July last year. Maersk Drilling said on Wednesday it would cut 90 positions…
Volvo Penta Names Puscar Marketing Director
Marcelo Puscar has been appointed as director of marketing at Volvo Penta of the Americas. Previously director of marine sales for Latin America, Puscar will relocate from Volvo Penta Brazil to the company’s headquarters in Chesapeake, Va., where he will be responsible for managing and implementing a strategic marketing plan that builds, promotes and communicates Volvo Penta’s brand, products and services in the marine and industrial market sectors.
Crewsaver to Debut New Inflatable Life Vests
Crewsaver said it will introduce its range of ErgoFit and Crewfit inflatable life vests at the 2015 Progressive Miami International Boat Show, February 12-16. The new Crewsaver range offers comfortable, safe, stylish and affordable solutions for all types of boating and fishing activity, the manufacturer said. Encompassing Fusion 3D technology, a Crewsaver vest will mould to the shape of the wearer’s body and sit off his or her neck to allow total freedom of movement.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Releases FY2014 3rd Quarter Financial Results
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries released its consolidated financial results for the first nine months of fiscal year 2014 today. The company posted a 47.9% increase…
ClassNK Approves New Corrosion Resistant Steel
ClassNK has issued approval for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation’s newly developed corrosion resistant steel (NSGP-2) for use on the upper deck and/or inner…
Ivory Coast Urban Water Transport Opened to Outside Investors
Ivory Coast abolished a state monopoly on passenger traffic on the lagoon surrounding the commercial capital Abidjan, the government announced on Wednesday, clearing the way for outside investors.
Proposed Federal Budget Includes Funding for New SUNY Maritime Vessel
The proposed 2016 federal budget included funding for the design of new multi-mission vessels that will serve as training ships for the nation’s state maritime academies, including the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College. President Barack Obama’s $4 trillion proposed budget, released on Monday, included a line item of $5 million for the design of the National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV) as part of the Department of Transportation budget.
Technip Heavy Lift Vessel Drydocked
After having performed the life-time extension works on the Stanislav Yudin (owned and operated by Seaway Heavy Lifting) in 2013-2014 at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, the yard has been awarded a new contract by Technip for the drydocking, upgrades and operational modifications to the deepwater rigid pipe S-lay and heavy lift vessel, the Global 1200. The vessel arrived at the yard in January 2015.
Vestdavit Launches Multi-boat Handling System
Norway-based boat handling system and specialized davit supplier Vestdavit has designed a new multiple-boat handling system which aims to make boat handling safer and simpler in the hangars and mission bays of warships, seismic craft and expedition yachts. The MissionEase system can stow, launch and retrieve up to seven different RIBS, daughter boats and USVs in high seas from within a protected hangar.
RayClean BWTS Earns USCG AMS Acceptance
DESMI Ocean Guard’s RayClean Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) has earned Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance from the United States Coast Guard (USCG). On January 30, 2015, the USCG granted AMS acceptance to RayClean BWTS, the system’s developer DESMI Ocean Guard A/S announced today. The AMS acceptance covers all salinities ranging from freshwater to marine water, something that only eight out of 52 issued AMS acceptances have achieved to date.
Class Approvals for Alfa Laval PureSOx Scrubber
As the start of enforcement in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) now begins, Alfa Laval, which reported steady growth in exhaust gas cleaning in 2014, said it has the ability to deliver class-approved systems and is prepared for a higher order intake in 2015. Alfa Laval PureSOx is a marine SOx scrubber system allowing the continued use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) while meeting the emission limits for operation in ECAs.
Suez Canal Sets Discount for LNG Carrier Transit Toll
The Suez Canal Authority said on Wednesday transit tolls would remain steady in 2015, except for a reduction in the discount for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.
Sætre Appointed President & CEO of Statoil
Statoil’s board of directors has appointed Eldar Sætre as the company’s new president and CEO. Sætre, who has 35 years’ experience from Statoil and the oil and gas industry, has been acting as president and CEO since October, and assumes the role with immediate effect. "Eldar Sætre was our first choice. The industry and company are facing demanding challenges. Eldar stands out with his long experience and ability to create change. Those are qualities we need in times like these.
MOL Car Carrier Rescues Drifting Fishermen
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that on Sunday, February 1, 2015, the MOL-operated car carrier Astral Ace found drifting castaways near Malay Peninsula in the South China Sea, and was able to safely rescue two Malaysian and three Indonesian fishermen. At 11:25 (all times were in local time) on February 1, 2015, the Astral Ace, sailing from the port of Singapore, to Laem Chabang Port in Thailand…
Swire Pacific Welcomes PSV, Pacific Liberty
Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) welcomed its fourth L Class Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), Pacific Liberty at a naming ceremony held in Kyoto, Japan on Tuesday, 3rd February 2015. The naming ceremony was held at Maizuru Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) in Kyoto. Graced by Lady Sponsor, Mrs Sylvia Maria Z. Pertierra, the wife of Mr Eduardo Pertierra…
Outlook for India’s Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade
The Hinode’s 2nd Conference on “Outlook for India’s Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade” held at the Hotel Vivanta by Taj President saw a significant gathering of shipowners, charterers, agents, ship managers, exporters, importers, bankers, legal experts and those in other allied fields. Though the bulk trade worldwide has been at an ebb the conference was seen as an opportunity to network and gather views that could help place participants in a stronger position once the turnaround takes place.