Tallink & Meyer Turku to Build LNG Ferry
AS Tallink Grupp and Meyer Turku Oy signed a contract for the construction of LNG powered fast ferry for Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle operations. The dual fuel ship will be about 212 metres in length with a passenger capacity of 2800. The fast ferry will cost around 230 million euros and will be built at Meyer Turku shipyard for delivery in the beginning of 2017. The project will provide approximately 2000 man-years employment for the shipyard.
1st lifejacket for Working at heights
The first lifejacket custom-designed specifically for offshore personnel carrying out rope access or work at height has been developed by Survitec Group, the leading provider of survival and safety equipment to the offshore industry. The jacket, which has been designed in conjunction with leading offshore operators, incorporates a number of safety features which include minimising the risk of accidental deployment.
Italy to Begin Naval Exercises off Libya
Italy will begin annual naval exercises this week near the coast of Libya, where a breakdown in order has allowed tens of thousands of migrants to try to reach Europe by boat and increased fears of attacks by Islamist militants. The navy said in a statement that the exercises, known as Mare Aperto (Open Sea), would begin on Monday. The exercises were suspended last year because of the search-and-rescue mission dubbed Mare Nostrum…
Royal Navy Data Provide Insights for Arctic Science
The researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have investigated the nature of turbulence in the ocean beneath the Arctic sea-ice using recently released Royal Navy submarine data reports Science Daily. This meeting of oceanography and military intelligence has seen declassified data from the 1990s analyzed to gain insights into how diminished ice cover affects turbulence in arctic waters.
Golden Ocean, Knightsbridge Set for Merger
Dry bulk shipping companies Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) and the listed dry bulk shipping company in John Fredriksen's business empire Knightsbridge Shipping have chosen March 26 to hold a special general meeting and finalize the merger talks. If the shareholders approve the plan, the companies expect to conclude the merger by the end of March 2015, subject to the execution of certain definitive documents, customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
Ice Coverage on Great Lakes 89 pct: NOAA
Ice coverage on the Great Lakes is nearing 90 percent, reveals high resolution satellites images from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The entire Great Lakes is at 88.8 percent ice coverage, with the highest totals coming from Lake Huron and Lake Erie at about 96 percent ice coverage according to Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, part of NOAA. The Laboratory, which monitors the ice coverage of the five Great Lakes…
Delay in Relocating Guangzhou Shipyard
Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) has not commenced the relocation of its factory. According to the plan of Guangzhou city, the shipyard should have finished factory relocation by the end of 2015 but the schedule is now delayed. According to local media reports, the shipyard is still operating normally and not showing any sign of relocating. However sources said that a funding over RMB10 billion ($1.6bn) for moving is expected.
Mitsubishi Bags Fourth LPG Carrier Order from Astomos
Tokyo-based Astomos Energy Corp has placed an order today with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier. The 83,000 cu m vessel marks their fourth such order with MHI since 2013, a company that also happens to be a 49 percent shareholder in Astomos Energy. Construction, as with the three previously ordered vessels, will be carried out at MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works.
Hijacked Indonesian Vessel Found in Philippines
The hijacked Indonesian cargo ship Rehoboth has been found abandoned in waters off Mati town in Davao Oriental province off the southern Philippines coast, says the the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). PCG spokesperson Armand Balilo said the PCG- Southeastern Mindanao district was informed that the M/T Rehoboth was found aground off Barangay Cabuaya. Four personnel from the local PCG district office were sent to verify the report.
Ship Carrying Cattle Sinks enRoute to UAE
A vessel carrying hundreds of cattle exported from Somalia to Saudi Arabia capsized off Oman coast on Saturday after being hit by stormy weather, according to reports from Arab media. The owner of the ship is Emirati and from Ajman while the crewmen were Pakistanis. The UAE owned ship was reportedly carrying 350 cows before it capsized, reports Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language paper. Witnesses said…
India to Appoint Coastal Shipping Consultant
As part of Narendra Modi government plan to promote coastal shipping, India is all set to appoint a consultancy firm to assist the Shipping Ministry. The Press Trust of India quotes the Shipping Ministry document saying that promotion of coastal shipping and inland water transport (IWT) facilities could be enhanced through a mix of infrastructure and policy initiatives. It added that bids for appointment of a consultant have been invited and a final decision was likely soon.
Canadian Submarines Ready to Hit the Sea
For the first time since they were purchased in 1998, the Royal Canadian Navy has reached a stage where three of its four diesel-electric submarines are now shipshape and available for operations. Canada's Navy is marking what it calls a milestone for its controversy-plagued submarine program. Two of the subs, HMCS Victoria and HMCS Chicoutimi will be in the water off Esquimalt, B.C. this week, while HMCS Windsor is currently operating out of Halifax.