Construction Begins on Royal Caribbean’s Fourth Oasis Ship
Today marked the steel cutting for a Royal Caribbean’s new Oasis class cruise ship. Scheduled to be delivered in 2018, the new vessel will join Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and the third Oasis-class ship as Royal Caribbean’s fourth in the Oasis class. The steel cutting, marking the official start of construction, took place at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, where the third Oasis-class ship also is being built.
INTERTANKO Welcomes EMSA Sulphur Inspection Guidance
INTERTANKO issued a press statement today stating its approval for the recently completed European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) Sulphur Inspection Guidance supporting the implementation of Council Directive 1999/32/EC. EMSA’s guidance aims to support a harmonized approach for the inspection of ships regarding the sulphur content of marine fuels, ascertaining their compliance, identifying non-compliances and applying control procedures for the enforcement of Council Directive 1999/32/EC.
Enhanced VoIP Service for Mini-VSAT Broadband Network
KVH Industries, Inc., (KVHI) has rolled out a new dedicated voice configuration for its mini-VSAT Broadband(SM) global maritime satellite network. The network's Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service is now delivered on a prioritized and protected data stream, separate from the network's overall broadband data traffic. VoIP service is also prioritized onboard the vessel for quality VoIP service even during times of heaviest broadband data use.
Nordic Yards Lays Dock for Offshore Converter Platform
Nordic Yards has performed the dock-laying of a steel element of the offshore converter platform DolWin gamma took place on January 30 in Warnemünde. The placing of a 200-metric-ton section marked another milestone in the production of the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) platform, the builder said. As general contractor, Alstom placed an order with Nordic Yards in February 2013 for the construction…
Lamprell Delivers Drilling Rig to Dev Drilling
The Lamprell Group delivers its 12th Super 116E jackup drilling unit. Lamprell has announced the completion of construction on the jackup rig Jindal Pioneer and its delivery to Dev Drilling Pte Ltd of Singapore, a D. P. Jindal Group Company. The contract for the Jindal Pioneer rig was signed in January 2013 and this is the second rig with the LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design which Lamprell has delivered to this client.
MacTurk to Retire from Pima Valve
Marianne MacTurk will retire from her position as sales manager at Pima Valve, Inc. after three decades as software technician, general office management and international sales management. Adrienne Link has been appointed to fill MacTurk’s role, Pima Valve announced.
OTC Names 2015 Award Recipients
The 2015 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), to be held May 4–7 at NRG Park, will kick off on Sunday, May 3 in Houston with the Annual OTC Dinner to honor the recipients of this year’s Distinguished Achievement Awards, this year recognizing Elmer (Bud) Danenberger III for individual achievement, the Petrobras pre-salt development for corporate achievement, and Ray R. Ayers with the Heritage Award.
SpeedCast Delivers Satellite Service to 50 Gearbulk Ships
SpeedCast International Limited has been awarded a multi-year communications contract from Gearbulk. The new Ku-band satellite service will provide broadband connectivity on 50 cargo vessels across the world. The SpeedCast satellite services will be used aboard 50 cargo vessels and several tankers to support Gearbulk's transition into the global broadband VSAT communications era. According to SpeedCast…
Maersk Enters Talks for $1.5bln Mega-Boxships Order
Maersk Line, a unit of conglomerate A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, is reported to be having discussions with Asian shipbuilders over an order for up to 10 container mega-ships worth a total of around US$1.5 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. The vessels will have a capacity of around 20,000teu, which, if the reports are accurate, would regain the line its title of owning the world’s biggest ULCVs.
Giant Ships to Rule World Seas
Megaships and large container ships are going to dominate the oceans calling for bigger changes in the shipping and port industry. Reflect on recent news: Evergreen Group, one of Taiwan’s leading transport conglomerates, has agreed to charter 11 large ships as part of its efforts to expand capacity and raise the efficiency and economy of scale of its fleet. Maersk Line is in early talks with Asian shipbuilders for an order of up to 10 container ships that would have capacities of up to 20…
Devil's Blanket Responsible for Increasing Ice Rescues
Rescues in Saginaw Bay, Michigan, Sunday evening and Lake Erie Monday morning are the latest in an alarmingly high number of Great Lakes ice rescues since Saturday, prompting a Coast Guard reminder of the risk of venturing out onto the ice and of the importance of taking appropriate safety precautions. The names and hometowns of the rescued and assisted are not being released. At about 7:30 p.m. Sunday…
MOL Takes Delivery of LNG Carrier
Mitsui O.S.K Lines Limited (MOL) has taken delivery of the LNG carrier Papua built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Company. The Papua is the first in a series of four vessels to provide LNG transportation for the PNG LNG project in Papua New Guinea and the Gorgon LNG project in Australia. MOL will operate the Papua ship under a long-term charter for the PNG LNG project, which is operated by ExxonMobil.
Nigerian Council Moots New Agenda for Maritime Industry
Nigeria needs a new Economic Agenda for the maritime sector that would look into port reforms and local participation policies, port concession and terminal shipping elements, as well as the Cabotage Act (Coastal and Inland Shipping), says Chief Kunle Folarin, the Chairman, Ports Consultative Council (PCC). The economic agenda will enable the ports’ regulatory authorities to promote investment opportunities in the maritime sector and improve human capacity building in seafaring, he said.
New CMD for Dredging Corporation of India
Rajesh Tripathi assumed charge as the new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the public sector Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) w.e.f. February 02, 2015. Capt. D. K. Mohanty, Chairman and Managing Director has been relieved from the services of the Corporation w.e.f. January 30, 2015 on attaining the age of superannuation. Previously, Tripathi was working with the Indian Railways. He held several key positions in the Railways including Project Director of IRCON…
Philippines and Vietnam Form Maritime Alliance
Vietnam and the Philippines, which have long-standing territorial disputes in the South China Sea, are forming a strategic partnership, reports the National Interest. Taipei and Manila have signed an agreement spelling out how to settle future law enforcement problems in the shared 250-kilometer-wide Luzon Strait, where fish abound but territorial waters overlap. Worried over the rise of China and…
Jokowi's Vision of Indonesia as a Maritime Power
President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, roadmap for Indonesia as a maritime power in the Indo-Pacific region, has been lauded by the international community, with several countries offering to cooperate with the government to realize this vision, according to a report in the Jakarta Post. Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Susilo revealed that when the President attended the…
Port of Cork Reports Growth
Ireland's Port of Cork’s container terminals at Tivoli and Ringaskiddy showed “exceptional growth” last year, recording a 13% increase on 2013 and handling in excess of 10m tonnes of cargo shows the annual results. Total traffic through the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port Company in 2014 reached a total of 10.1 million tonnes. Following the transfer of Bantry Bay Harbour to the Port of Cork Company in January 2014…
Maersk Lead Reliability Rankings
Maersk Line is ranked as the most reliable container shipping carriers last year, according to new research released this morning by industry analyst SeaIntel. Maersk and Hamburg Sud again topped the liner shipping reliability rankings in a year during which 19 of the 20 largest container shipping lines saw their schedule reliability decline, compared with 2013. The only carrier to buck the trend was CSAV…
ExxonMobil Earns $32.5 Bi in 2014
Exxon Mobil Corporation today announced estimated full-year 2014 earnings of $32.5 billion compared with $32.6 billion a year earlier, reflecting the strength of its integrated business model in a lower price environment. “ExxonMobil’s results illustrate the value of our proven business model that integrates upstream, downstream, and chemical businesses,” said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer.
HMM Appoints ISS for Australian Business
Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announcec that its Australian container liner business will be handled by Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), effective February 1, 2015.