Navy Announces SAAPM 2015 Theme
Navy leaders announced March 16 the Department of Defense 2015 Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) theme of "Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know your part. Do your part." The effort will focus on raising awareness and highlighting prevention of sexual violence with an emphasis on bystander intervention. April is an opportunity to build on existing momentum to eliminate the crime of sexual…
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Finalizes $60M Loan
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA informed that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), has executed definitive documentation with PIDC Regional Center…
ABB Wins $60m Repeat Azipod Order
Azipod XO propulsion units will power two new vessels that Meyer Werft will build for Norwegian Cruise Line. ABB has been awarded a contract worth $60 million to…
AAL Adds New Heavy Lift Vessel
AAL announced that AAL Galveston will join its fleet on long-term time charter and add capacity to its Tramp and Projects division; providing worldwide trade for customers, with a specific focus on EU and US trades. AAL Galveston is a multipurpose, heavy lift ‘Super A-Class’ vessel, which AAL has re-classified under its own fleet classification criteria, to ‘G-Class’. At 160 meters in length and 25…
DHT Holdings Time Charters 4 Vessels
Announcing a term chartering update, DHT Holdings, Inc. has chartered out a VLCC, two Aframax vessels and a Suezmax vessel. The VLCC DHT Chris has been chartered…
Trelleborg Debuts New Quick Release Hooks
Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has added to its range of Quick Release Hooks (QRHs) with the new ReadyMoor range, a standardized solution that provides a fast lead time for commercial applications, where bespoke solutions are not required. Thanks to this ready-made approach, the ReadyMoor range provides a solution that offers the safety and operational benefits of QRHs, while passing on commercial benefits to the customer.
EU Supports Somali Coast Guard
As part of the European Union’s efforts to enhance regional states’ maritime security capabilities in the Horn of Africa, on March 15 EUCAP Nestor gave six Nissan 4×4 vehicles, as well as IT and communications equipment, to the Coast Guard of the Federal Government of Somalia in Mogadishu. The EU Naval Force flagship, HNLMS Johan de Witt, helped to deliver two of the vehicles by sea via their Landing Craft Utility vehicles and EUTM staff assisted the teams on the ground.
Bow Thrusters Ordered for New NYC Ferries
WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) announced that its heavy duty Bow Thrusters have been selected for three new 165-foot, 600-passenger excursion and sightseeing ferries operated by Circle Line Cruises, the New York City sightseeing company. Circle Line Cruises made the announcement in January as part of its 70th Anniversary celebration. They currently operate a dozen boats in New York Harbor and move more people in the city than anyone else…
Port Backlog Slows Cameroon Cocoa Exports
Cocoa exports from Cameroon's main port have slowed sharply because the outlet is clogged by a buildup of imported goods bound for Central African Republic that…
N.Sea Forties Echo Accident Investigation Ongoing
An investigation into the extent of any damage caused to the Forties Echo platform in the North Sea is still underway, a spokesman for operator Apache North Sea said on Tuesday.
USCG Issues LNG Bunkering Policy Letters
Responding to the industry’s need for more guidance on procedures related to liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has published two new Policy Letters on LNG Bunkering, Personnel Training and Waterfront Facilities. With regard to simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) USCG points to DNV GL’s Recommended Practice for “Development and Operation of LNG Bunkering Facilities” for guidance. Since U.S.
WSS Serving Growing Asian Cruise Business
With Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas home-ported in Shanghai for 2015 and TUI Cruises launching its inaugural Asian season, eyes are on Asia’s expanding cruise market. However, while Asia may be unexplored territory for many cruise owners and ships service suppliers, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is established and already servicing numerous local and international cruise customers across the entire Asia Pacific region.
SHIPPINGInsight 2015 Set for October 13-14
SHIPPINGInsight 2015 to take place October 13-14 in Stamford, Conn. The annual technical symposium, exhibition and networking event for maritime industry professionals in North America…
Court Rejects Boskalis' Bid for Vote on Fugro's Defences
A Dutch court on Tuesday rejected a bid by Dutch marine engineer Boskalis to have a shareholder vote on anti-takeover protections in place at smaller rival Fugro, in which it holds a 20 percent stake.
US to Hold Offshore O&G Lease Sale
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to New Orleans on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 to attend and open bids at an oil and gas lease sale offering 41.2 million acres for exploration and development in the Central Planning Area offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The results of the sale will be announced later in the morning during a media teleconference with Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper and Regional Director John Rodi.
Vice Adm. Brown Confirmed as NOAA Deputy Administrator
Retired Coast Guard Vice Adm. Manson Brown was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by a voice vote of the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and deputy administrator for NOAA. Brown joins NOAA after 36 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard. As deputy administrator, Brown will play a major role driving the Obama administration and NOAA priorities for weather and water services…
Japanese Tsunami Debris Still Washing on US Shore
Debris from Japan's 2011 tsunami will continue to litter the North American coastline over the next three years, with everything from refrigerators to lumber and…
Hansson Sees Positive Outlook for NAO
Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) executive chairman, Herbjørn Hansson, has increased his ownership in the company, purchasing an additional 50,000 NAO shares with his son, Alexander, yesterday at about $7.83 per share. In a letter to NAO shareholders, Hansson shared thoughts on the progress the company has made since first being listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in June 2014, entering the Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) market against high…
Final USCG Response Boat Medium Delivered
U.S. Coast Guard Station St. The Coast Guard held a ceremony to recognize the 174th and final delivery of the Coast Guard’s 45-foot Response Boat-Medium at Sector St. Petersburg, Tuesday. The 174th RBM was delivered for use at Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg Feb. 26, 2015. Vice Adm. Peter V. Neffenger, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, members involved in the Coast Guard’s acquisition program, members from Coast Guard Sector St.
Beier Radio Marks 70 Years Serving Global Marine Industry
Beier Radio, Inc. marks its 70-year anniversary in 2015 providing engineering, sales and service for marine electronics around the globe. During its 70 years in business, Beier Radio has grown from being one of the first marine electronics distributors in the southern United States to a worldwide leader in integrated vessel control, navigation and communications systems as well as mariner training.