Philippines, Japan to Enhance Maritime Security
Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and his Japanese counterpart, Defense Minister General Nakatani, renewed vows to strengthen cooperation maritime security at a time when China's reclamation in the South China Sea raises concern among ASEAN countries. The two ministers particularly briefed each other on and acknowledged the current situation of South China Sea and East China Sea, says a joint statement issued to the press.
Greece to Go Quiet on Shipping Tax
The New Leftist government in Greece is expected to avoid tax clash with shipping tycoons, reports Reuters. Many owners in Greece’s important shipping sector were in fear that the new government led by Syriza party of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will levy higher taxes that the industry can’t afford. Before election the party had promised to take on ship-owners and their generous tax allowances. Though Syriza has confronted fellow EU governments with radical plans to renegotiate Greece's debts…
Support to Cyprus Shipping Industry
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades reiterated his Government’s strong support towards the shipping industry and determination to introduce those mechanisms necessary to further enhance it. “I understand from Minister Demetriades that the study is nearing completion and I am, therefore, eager to learn about its findings and see a well-structured `Shipping Strategy` being designed, in order to take Cyprus Shipping into the future” he added.
MPHRP: Signposting for Mental Health Support
It is only after some time following traumatic events that mental health complications may surface. Assessment immediately after such events would most probably show signs of the common and perfectly normal after effects of extraordinary life events. While research is scant, all indications are that seafarers respond to trauma as we all do. We are usually quite resilient. We recover over time. Only very few of us experience ongoing symptoms and need some form of mental health care.
Island Performer Ready for the US
The subsea vessel Island Performer has been upgraded for her next assignment in the US. Ulstein Verft has installed cargo tanks and corresponding piping, a switchboard room for deck equipment and the sea fastening frame for stacks, as well as platforms for the tower winches. The tower has been upgraded, and cables are installed for future deck equipment. The vessel is now ready to load equipment for her US assignment, and will be leaving Norway shortly.
USCG Medevacs Woman off Carnival Cruise Ship
A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew medevaced a 51-year-old woman off a Carnival cruise ship approximately 184 miles offshore of Galveston early today. Watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday, from the medical staff aboard the Carnival Cruise ship Magic, reporting that a 51-year-old female passenger was experiencing respiratory problems and requested a medical evacuation.
Jiangsu Hantong Bags Two Bulker Order
Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry Co., Ltd and Vulica Shipping Limited have entered into Shipbuilding Contracts for construction of two 68,000 metric tons deadweight Self Unloading Panamax Bulkcarriers. Hantong had built and delivered two 55,000 metric tons Self Unloading Bulkcarriers for an Italian client in 2012. The vessels are designed by Deltamarin with a length of 229m and guaranteed speed not less than 13.5 knot. These two SUL vessels will be delivered before July, 2017.
ABB Wins Contract from Chinese Shipyard
ABB announced that it will deliver advanced electrical propulsion systems for four LNG carriers under construction by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. The LNG vessels are a joint venture between China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), China LNG Shipping (Holdings) Limited (CLNG) and Teekay, and will operate under 20-year time-charter contracts with Methane Services Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BG.
Carimin Wins Petronas Spot Charter
Carimin Petroleum Berhad one of the leading providers of offshore oil and gas (O&G) support services in Malaysia, has received an umbrella contract for provision of spot charter marine vessel services from Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB). The award, secured by the Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary Carimin Sdn Bhd, would commence immediately and be effective for two years until 2017. Carimin is required to provide two types of vessels…
EnQuest Exits Tunisia
EnQuest PLC announced today that it has exited from its small investment in Tunisia. In May 2013, EnQuest announced an agreement to acquire interests in the Didon producing oil field and the Zarat permit, from PA Resources AB and certain of its subsidiaries (‘PAR’), PAR was to retain a partial interest in the assets following EnQuest’s acquisition. In August 2014, EnQuest announced that the acquisition…
ClassNK Approves Niigata’s Dual-fuel Engine
ClassNK granted type approval to the new 28AHX-DF dual-fuel engine built by Niigata Power Systems Co., Ltd. Whilst the adoption of emerging maritime technologies can prove challenging due in part to the time required to gain approval, ClassNK’s streamlined approval process has allowed it to complete the design approval, trial operational testing, and the overhaul inspection of the 28AHX-DF in just a couple of months before granting type approval on December 24.
MAN Targets Offshore Drilling Segment with New Genset
MAN Diesel & Turbo has launched its PA6 B Offshore GenSet (OG). Aimed at the offshore drilling segment, the new engine is specifically targeted at semisubmersible drilling rigs. The PA6 B is a four-stroke, medium-speed engine built at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s St. Nazaire, France facility from where the company has sold the engine for many years. St. Nazaire will assemble individual PA6 B OG units together with an alternator in constructing the new, offshore GenSets.
TNO, Imtech to Partner on Research and Development
TNO and Imtech Marine have signed an agreement expressing intent to work together on research and development projects. The signing took place on January 21 at Imtech Marine in Rotterdam. TNO and Imtech have joined forces many times over the years and see possibilities to further strengthen each other and in doing so deliver added value to the market and society, said the contract signatories, Henk Geveke…
Braemar Sub-Licenses FSP Containment System
Braemar LNG BV, the wholly owned subsidiary of Braemar Shipping Services PLC, has issued a sub-license to FSP LNG BV for the design and construction of a new Flat-panel…
Sortland Named CEO of Global Maritime Group
Global Maritime Group has appointed Peder Sortland as its first CEO. Sortland comes from the post of CEO at Apply ASA, and knows part of the group well from holding the position as chair of Global Maritime AS since April 2014. Before joining Apply in 2012, Sortland was chief executive of Ross Offshore and Subsea Technology Group. He has also managed the Norwegian unit of Subsea 7, and held the position as chair in Ocean Installer.
Tuco Delivers Pilot Boat to Sea Charter
Tuco Marine has delivered the first vessel specially designed and equipped for pilot services to the shipping company Sea Charter A/S. The vessel, a ProZero 12m DC built at Tuco´s facilities in Faaborg, has been chartered to the Danish National Pilot Service Company DANPILOT, who will use the boat in a new flexible internal boat program. The ProZero 12m DC will enter service at several of DANPILTS pilot stations during the charter.
Star Bulk Sells Panamax Bulker for Demolition
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has entered into an agreement to sell for demolition the M/V Star Tatianna (ex Fortezza), a 69,600 dwt Panamax vessel built in 1993, to an unaffiliated third party. Star Bulk expects to deliver the vessel to the buyers by early February 2015. The vessel was acquired from Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd under an en bloc transaction of 34 vessels on August 19, 2014. Inclusive of Star Tatianna…
N-KOM Completes its 100th LNGC Repair
Eng. Abdullah Fadhalah Al-Sulaiti, Chairman of N-KOM and Managing Director of Nakilat, said, "Nakilat is a world-leader in global gas transportation and we are proud that Nakilat's joint venture with Keppel Offshore & Marine has grown to become a leader in the repair of LNG carriers. The shipyard's continued success is part of our commitment to the sustainable diversification of Qatar's economy and to the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Indiana Ports Set Cargo Record in 2014
The Ports of Indiana handled over 10.4 million tons of cargo in 2014, up nearly 26 percent from the previous year. This was the first time annual shipments exceeded…
Rob Hogan Appointed Vice President of Manufacturing at Newport News Shipbuilding
Rob Hogan has been appointed vice president of manufacturing at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division. Since beginning his career as a welder in 1976, Hogan has held leadership positions at all levels of production and construction. Most recently, he served as director of manufacturing for steel fabrication. Hogan is a graduate of The Apprentice School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Strayer University.