Transocean Issues Monthly Fleet Update Summary
Transocean Ltd today issued a monthly Fleet Update Summary, which includes new contracts, changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out-of…
Fugro Introduces G2+ Positioning Service
Fugro has introduced its high accuracy G2+ service for the GNSS augmentation field, the company announced today. The G2+ service is designed to benefit offshore…
NOAA to Boost Arctic Nautical Charting
NOAA plans increased 2015 Arctic nautical charting operations, coordinating with U.S. As commercial shipping traffic increases in the Arctic, NOAA informs it is taking steps to update nautical charts in the region. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey will use data collected by two of its own ships, Rainier and Fairweather, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Healy and a private sector hydrographic contractor to cover nearly 12…
Dept. of the Interior Raises $539M in Gulf Lease Sale
The U.S. Department of the Interior sold leases on oil and gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico today, receiving $538.7 million in high bids. The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) took bids for 169 tracts on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, the Bureau announced in a press release. 42 offshore energy companies submitted a total of 195 bids totaling $583 million, meaning most of the tracts had just one bidder.
SGMF Interviews Members from Dixon Valve & Coupling
The Society for Gas and Marine Fuel (SGMF) recently interviewed members with Sean Andersen and Tony Haston of Dixon Valve & Coupling, who weighed in on their company…
US NVOCC Adds LCL Imports from Malaysia
Troy Container Line launches new direct import service from Port Kelang to NYC American-owned NVOCC Troy Container Line today announced a new direct LCL import service from Malaysia to New York. The company said it will now offer an enhanced import logistical solution from Port Kelang, also known as Port Klang, to the northeast in addition to pick-ups throughout Malaysia.
Damen, Bellona Partner on Low-emission Designs
A three-year partnership has been launched between Oslo-based NGO Bellona Foundation and Dutch company Damen Shipyards Group with the main goal of exploring and developing concept vessels for the future. The agreement was officially signed March 18 during an industry event in Stavanger. The Bellona Foundation and Damen both acknowledge that today’s global shipping industry will need to undergo substantial change to achieve its own climate and environmental objectives.
Fire Aboard RoRo Vessel Inbound to New York
A fire has broken out aboard the motor vessel Grey Shark at Homeport Pier in Staten Island, New York, Wednesday, The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported. The USCG, FDNY…
Sen. Wicker Calls for Larger Navy
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Seapower, today called for increased shipbuilding and warned about readiness shortfalls while delivering the opening statement for the subcommittee's review of Navy shipbuilding programs. "Not only is our Navy too small, it is also not as ready as it should be," said Wicker. "Sequestration in 2013 and a high operational tempo in Asia and the Middle East have led our naval fleet to endure major readiness shortfalls…
GAC Appointed as Thorco’s Ship Agent in Singapore
GAC Singapore announced today it will provide Thorco Shipping with agency services for its vessels calling at Singapore, including the loading and discharging of break-bulk and heavy lift cargoes at Jurong port. The Copenhagen-based Thorco operates a fleet of more than 80 multi-purpose general cargo and heavy lift tweendeck vessels trading worldwide, primarily in the project and break bulk sectors.
Carrier On-Time Percentage Increased in Feb
The on-time percentage of liner services improved slightly in February, but the ships that missed their berthing window missed it by a wider margin due in large part to labor strife at West Coast U.S. ports, according to this month's Carrier Performance Insight from Drewry. 55% of ships in the three key East-West trades arrived within +/- 24 hours from the advertised ETA, up 6.6% against January’s historic low of 49%.
Nordic Shipholding Rebounded in 2014
Danish ship owner Nordic Shipholding turned a profit in 2014 following its 2013 restructuring, the company announced today. The company earned a profit of $2.3 million…
Socha Named VP at Baker Marine Solutions
Baker Marine Solutions (BMS) has appointed Robert Socha as Vice President Business Development for its domestic United States and international operations. Socha joins BMS following 16 years with Bollinger Shipyards as executive vice president marketing and sales, and an earlier 18 year career with Tidewater, Inc. in sales for their North America and International operations in West Africa, Middle East and India. The announcement was made by BMS President Jim Baker saying, “Mr.
HII, Petters Recognized by the Reserve Officers Association
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and its president and CEO, Mike Petters, received the Reserve Officers Association's 2015 Nathan Hale Corporate Patriot Award presented at the ROA STARS Foundation Gala on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The Nathan Hale Corporate Patriot Award is presented to a corporation and its senior leadership committed to serving the nation, military veterans and military reservists. This year's award was presented to both HII and Johnson & Johnson.
DNV GL Launches Hull, Propeller Analytics
DNV GL is will launch a hull and propeller performance analytics module as part of the new fleet performance management service ECO Insight. The module is based…
Hedging Your Bets
Up and Down brown water bunker pricing is giving small-to-medium sized operators heartburn. It doesn’t have to be that way. The recent free fall in oil prices is grabbing the attention of many in the commercial marine business. Ferry services, cruise lines, tour boat operators, tugs, etc. all consume significant quantities of fuel to run their vessels. Customarily, the fuel cost is one of the larger slices of pie on the budget chart.
Insights: Steven Candito, President & CEO, NRC
This month’s featured INSIGHTS executive is Steven A. Candito, President and CEO of the National Response Corporation (NRC). He has extensive experience with OPA 90 compliance issues with particular focus on vessel owner and insurance matters. Candito was previously an attorney with Haight Gardner Poor & Havens, specializing in maritime litigation and environmental law. He also served as a marine engineer aboard Exxon USA’s domestic tanker fleet from 1980 to 1985.
Marine News Editor's Note
Fleet Optimization is a broad term which might be described as the best practices and equipment that will make any collection of vessels more environmentally correct…
MSC Cruises to Debut Seaside Class in 2017
MSC Cruises announced that the first of its next generation Seaside class of ships, set to debut in November 2017, will be named MSC Seaside and sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean. Following the first ship's delivery from the shipyard, MSC Seaside will make her way to Miami for MSC Cruises' first ever christening ceremony in the U.S. to take place in late 2017. "The Seaside class of ships…
Raytheon Anschütz Supplies INS to Chipolbrok
Raytheon Anschütz supplied its Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to a series of four new 32,000 DWT MPP heavy-lift vessels being built at Shanghai Shipyard for the Chinese-Polish joint stock shipping company Chipolbrok. The INS supplied includes X- and S-band radars as well as four Synapsis bridge workstations for chart radar and ECDIS with radar video overlay, the German navigation system manufacturer said.