Interview: Nakilat's Samir Bailouni
The Society for Gas and Marine Fuel (SGMF) recently interviewed one of its members, Samir Bailouni of Nakilat (Qatar Gas Transport Co.). Bailouni weights in on Nakilat, LNG, the gas industry, and SGMF membership. Who are you, and what do you do? Services you provide? Products you offer? Nakilat is a Qatari company that ships LNG from Qatar mega projects to the world. Nakilat owns into 61 LNG vessels.
Elcome Enters Sales, Service Deal with JRC
Elcome International has signed a distribution agreement with Japan Radio Company (JRC) and its technology partner Alphatron Marine. Under the agreement, the Dubai-based company will take on responsibility for sales and service of JRC and Alphatron Marine products in the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka. Elcome will also carry out annual performance tests for JRC Voyage Data Recorders and Simplified Voyage Data Recorders.
First Deep Sea Exploration of the Perth Canyon Begins Today
The first deep-sea exploration of the Perth Canyon, Australia's largest undersea valley, will launch today, Phys.org is reporting. The 12-day expedition is backed by Google billionaire Eric Schmidt and will study the conditions and marine life inside the canyon, which researchers hope will provide new information about the effects of climate change. A team of researchers from the University of Western…
Her Majesty The Queen to Name Britannia
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will name the new P&O Cruises vessel Britannia in Southampton on March 10, 2015, P&O Cruises announced. The naming will be a milestone in British maritime history and will be an event of great national interest. “We are honored and proud that Her Majesty will name Britannia almost 20 years after she named the P&O Cruises ship Oriana,” said Carnival UK chairman David Dingle.
Hornbeck Completes $114M Sale of OSVs to U.S. Navy
Hornbeck Offshore Services has closed the sale of three 250EDF class OSVs to the U.S. Navy, the company announced today. The three vessels were sold for cash consideration of $114 million, the company reported. This is expected to result in a gain on sale of assets of approximately $33.0 million ($20.8 million after-tax or $0.57 per diluted share). The HOS Arrowhead, the HOS Eagleview and the HOS Westwind…
LTE Deployment Launched in the Gulf of Mexico
Industrial LTE wireless broadband services provider Infrastructure Networks, Inc. (INET) is deploying a pilot LTE system in the Gulf of Mexico. INET said its pilot…
Port Conference Comes to Hamburg
This year’s IAPH World Ports Conference will be held in Hamburg from June 1-5. International representatives from business, politics and science will gather in Hamburg to debate changing demands and alternative actions required in our times of globalization and climate change. The conference will focus on the smartPORT concept developed by the host of the conference, the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA).
Cheap Oil Threatens Debt Squeeze for Smaller North Sea Producers
Small and mid-sized independent oil producers in the British North Sea could face a financing squeeze this year as banks cut lending linked to the value of oil reserves, following last year's oil price sell off. Unlike the oil majors, which can slash headcount and delay projects, smaller firms tend to be reliant on few fields, and those that are mid-project have little choice but to continue with their capital expenditure.
Strip Club Barge Accused of Dumping Sewage into Harbor
A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against the owners of a floating bar and strip club barge, charging them with offenses relating to the improper…
Haven Marine Bags Back To Back Dockings
Despite a slow start to the year, Haven Marine Services reports it is now seeing a change in fortunes with two dockings for Svitzer in quick succession, with one vessel sailing after a refit and another in on the same tide. This comes after a prolonged period of inactivity at the yard during the last three months due to lack of orders and extremes of weather which resulted in several vessels having…
Eniram to Provide Boil-off Management for LNG Sector
Eniram Limited, the Finnish provider of energy management technology and data analytic services to the shipping industry, announced that it is releasing an onboard…
Carnival Expands Capacity in New Orleans
Carnival Cruise Line will expand capacity on its four- and five-day short cruise program from New Orleans by 34 percent when Carnival Triumph replaces Carnival Elation on this schedule next spring, providing an exciting Fun Ship 2.0-equipped ship on this highly popular itinerary. Carnival Triumph will shift from Galveston to New Orleans to launch year-round four- and five-day cruises to Mexico beginning April 4, 2016.
Liebherr Reports Record Year for Offshore Cranes
With 87 units delivered in 2014, Liebherr offshore cranes achieved a new per year delivery record, more than doubling its delivery numbers from 2012. And according to Liebherr, well filled order books allow for an optimistic 2015 forecast despite a generally unstable world economic development. “Our distinctly increasing turnover figures wouldn’t be possible without our new production site in Rostock, Germany, as well as our worldwide sales and service network.
Brazil Truckers Continue Roadblocks After Crackdown
Striking truck drivers resumed some roadblocks in Brazil on Monday even as the government cracked down on protesters and promised to implement a law to lower toll…
Clyde Marine Training Reports Short Course Milestone
Clyde Marine Training informs it has reached a milestone this week, welcoming its 10,000th person to successfully complete one of its marine short courses. Christopher Anderson was undertaking the Personal Survival Techniques course and he and the rest of the delegates on the course enjoyed a celebratory cake to mark the occasion. Clyde Marine Training runs more than 100 scheduled courses a year as well as a number of on-demand and bespoke ones covering STCW courses…
Viking Neptun Delivered for Technip
Viking Neptun was delivered from Kleven Verft to Eidesvik on February 17, and the naming ceremony was held in Stavanger on February 28. The vessel’s Godmother, Patricia Pilenko, broke the champagne bottle on Viking Neptun, which will now start operating on charter for Technip in the North Sea. The offshore construction vessel is the largest in Eidesvik’s fleet, and the largest ever built by Kleven Verft.
Royal Caribbean to Sell Splendour of the Seas
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its cruise ship Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016. The ship will then be leased to Thomson Cruises, which will operate the vessel. Richard D. Splendour of the Seas will complete all scheduled open deployment, and no sailings will be altered or disrupted due to the sale. Her final sailing will commence on April 4…
Johan Sverdrup Contract to "Pioneering Spirit"
Statoil has signed a contract with Allseas for installation of three platform topsides on the Johan Sverdrup field. The vessel will be installing the topsides for the drilling, processing and living quarter platforms.Allseas will transfer the topsides to Pioneering Spirit before they are transported to the Johan Sverdrup field. On the field Pioneering Spirit will install the topside on the steel jackets.
MOL Expands Container Fleet
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has signed a deal for construction of four 20,000 TEU containerships with Samsung Heavy Industries. MOL also concluded an MOU for long-term chartering of two 20,000 TEU containerships with Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. The two containerships will be built at Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The six vessels will be launched and delivered in 2017, and will serve the Asia-Europe service. The 20,000 TEU type is the world’s largest among delivered and on order containerships.
Record Thames Ridership
A record 9.8 million passengers are using the River Thames, two years on from the launch of the Mayor's River Action Plan, it was announced today. The River Action Plan, launched in February 2013, details a host of measures designed to increase the number of river passengers to 12 million by 2020. Figures from January to December 2014 have shown very positive signs as passenger numbers on River Buses and River Tours increased to 9.8 million, compared to 8 million for the same period in 2013.