Aker Philadelphia Shipyard's CBA Ratified
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the sole operating subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA, announced today that a new four year collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by the Philadelphia Metal Trades Council (PMTC). The PMTC is the exclusive bargaining representative for production and maintenance employees at APSI and consists of ten unions. Mike Giantomaso, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Vice President of Human Resources remarked…
Harley Marine Installs Media Wall in Communications Center
Harley Marine Services recently installed an 8 by 6 meter industrial grade LCD screen in the communication center at the new Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center in Seattle, WA. This state-of-the-art media wall provides a direct portal for Harley Marine’s consolidated dispatch team to access real-time technology systems from both shore and vessel operations. The communication center is specifically designed to keep the dispatch team better informed with unprecedented access to information.
Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers TY Dolese
During the 2014/2015 Holiday Season, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. Inc. of Mandeville, LA. for its ongoing new build program. Also, Florida Marine signed a contract for the 63rd vessel (Hull 193), an additional 90’ Inland Towboat. It was in early January 2015, when Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed this additional towboat, bringing the total to sixty-three (63) vessels contracted over the last 10 years.
Daylight Pilot Boarding Times at Freeport
The boarding times for pilots for daylight restricted vessels at Freeport have changed with effect from today (3 February). The first pilot boarding time is at 0700…
APM Terminals Comes to Costa Rica
APM Terminals, a unit of Danish-based Maersk Group, has undertaken an ambitious project on Costa Rica's east coast which will begin operating in 2018, reports Reuters. The labor and environmental concerns had been threatening to derail the country's biggest infrastructure project. Costa Rica’s environmental regulator, Setena, has granted the necessary permits, valid for two years, on the condition…
Cosco Wants Controlling Stake Piraeus
Though the new Greece government has canceled the port of Piraeus’s privatization, Chinese group COSCO's interest in expanding its activity in the port remains strong. COSCO was the main suitor for the 67.7 percent stake in Piraeus Port Authority (OLP), which privatization fund TAIPED had planned to sell off. Denmark’s APM Terminals was also trying to get the contract. Chinese group COSCO has had a strong presence over the past five years in the Piraeus port.
India to Revisit Non-functional Ports
In a move to encourage traders to use India's vast 7,500 km coastline for transporting local freight, the country's shipping ministry is formulating a plan to revive several of its 133 nonfunctional ports, reports Economic Times. A concept note for forming special purpose vehicles by Shipping Corporation of India and Dredging Corporation of India with state governments and private operators was prepared by the ministry.
New CEO for Rickmers Maritime
Singapore-listed Rickmers Maritime Trust (RTM) will have a new ceo at the helm in June this year. Its CEO Thomas Preben Hansen has resigned from his post. Soren Andersen, a shipping executive with 17 years of experience at AP Moller-Maersk Group and American President Lines, will take over the helm. Hansen has held the role of ceo at RTM since its listing on the Singapore Exchange in May 2007. Andersen is currently head of global network and alliance, following a 15 years at AP Moller – Maersk.
Sonde Resources Files for Bankruptcy
Sonde Resources Corp. announced today that it has filed a voluntary assignment in bankruptcy pursuant to the provisions of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada).
Maritime NZ Puts Rena Salvage on Pause
Maritime New Zealand has approved a pause in work on salvaging the Rena while the wrecked cargo ship’s owners wait for their resource consent application to be heard. The ship's owner Daina Shipping has been seeking permission to leave sections of the wreck and some debris on Astrolabe reef, where the container ship grounded in 2011. Maritime New Zealand said the pause would take effect only once the wreck reached the state set out in the consent application…
DP World's Volumes 8.9% up in 2014
Dubai-based marine terminal operator DP World Limited says it handled 60 million TEU across its global portfolio of container terminals in 2014, with gross container volumes growing by 8.9%. The ports operator said growth was driven by the Asia Pacific and Indian subcontinent regions as well as its European and UAE terminals. On a like-for-like basis, i.e. not counting the new volume at London Gateway and Embraport, DP World says container volumes for the year grew by 8.0%.
Hundreds Sick, Royal Caribbean Cruise Cut Short
More than 200 people who became ill aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship are back in Baltimore, after a stomach-turning bout with norovirus. Royal Caribbean cut short the Grandeur of the Seas' scheduled nine-day cruise trip to Jamaica, after 193 passengers and 9 crew members became ill, apparently with norovirus. The cruise line cut short a nine-day trip to Jamaica. The ship returned to the Port of Baltimore on Monday. The cruise was originally scheduled to return to Baltimore on Tuesday.
Strategic Marine Launches New Vessel
Strategic Marine, a specialist shipbuilder for the oil & gas sector, today launched the Jati Seven, its first ever Offshore 40 Generation 3 crew boat being built for long term customer, Dinastia Jati. Dinastia Jati is a prominent oil and gas services group based in Malaysia and the Jati Seven is the first in a series of three 3rd Generation vessels being built for them. The launch of Jati Seven represents the culmination of several years of evolutionary design and production.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.