New Study to Provide Insight into Passenger Ship Comfort
Comfort is considered to be a crucial factor on board passenger ships as it largely determines passenger satisfaction, on board expenditure and passenger return levels. However, comfort is subjective as people are very different. Where one passenger complains about discomfort, the other may hardly notice anything. Passenger comfort is determined by a large variety of factors including the interior design of public spaces, temperature and smell.
Boskalis Increases Holding in Fugro
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. informs it has increased its holding in Fugro N.V. to 25.1%, stressing that the move is not a step toward making an offer. “Boskalis views Fugro as an interesting company with strong market positions in its core activities,” the company said in a press release. Boskalis explained that its focused is on offshore and maritime infrastructure fits well with Fugro’s activities…
BOEM Receives Lease Requests for HI Floating Wind Projects
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced that it has received two unsolicited lease requests for proposed floating wind projects offshore Oahu, Hawaii. The requests are now available on the BOEM website. An unsolicited lease request is a submission received by BOEM seeking access to develop an energy resource on federal offshore submerged lands that is not in response to a formal call for interest.
Sen. Vitter and Ruiz de Teresa to Receive AAPA Award
U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Mexico’s general coordinator of ports and merchant marine, Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa, have been jointly selected to receive the…
Crowley Introduces New Flat Deck Barge PR Service
The maiden voyage of Crowley Liner Services’ new flat-deck barge will end on Monday when the barge is scheduled to arrive in San Juan with a full 400-load delivery. The vessel’s deployment is a major part of Crowley’s rapid response to the sudden departure of Horizon Lines from the Puerto Rico trade. Since mid December, Crowley has, through a number of service enhancements, created additional weekly cargo carrying capacity for about 780 loads – or 78 percent the 1…
Motion Compensation Crane Delivered
Barge Master has delivered its first Barge Master T40 (BM-T40) motion compensated knuckle boom crane, the company announced. The BM-T40, installed on Wagenborg’s ‘Walk to Work’ vessel the Kroonborg, compensates for sea induced vessel motions in roll, pitch and heave directions at the base of the crane, up to three meters significant wave height. The BM-T40 is designed for offshore support vessels that…
CMA to Host Cyber Security Panel
U.S. Jeffrey G. Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards for the United States Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and…
Ferry Building: A Model of Efficiency
With an array of about 20 boats being built in assembly-line-like manner, the Guangdong Bonny Fair Heavy Industry shipyard (formerly known as Guangdong New China Shipyard) is a model of efficiency. Three ferries are fitting out alongside. Designed by the Australian firm Sea Transport Solutions, the 50 by 17.5-meter catamarans are each powered by four 485 kW diesels with two in each hull. A pair of Cummins 6BT 5.9-liter diesels powering a 55 kW generator in each hull meet electric needs.
Higher Rates Across All Vessel Segments Propels Baltic Index
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday, propelled by higher rates across all vessel segments.
IMO Seeks Input on Ballast Water Management
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is inviting stakeholders involved in the testing, approval, fitting and operation of ballast water management systems (BWMS) to complete online surveys as a part of a study to assess the implementation of the BWMS approval guidelines and the performance of type-approved systems. According to the IMO, the study aims to provide a review of the technical standards…
PRONAUTAS Expands to North America
Supplier of integrated solutions for navigation, communication and connectivity PRONAUTAS has expanded its European and Asian operations into North America with…
First Online Sale for Damen Anchor & Chain Factory
Damen Anchor & Chain Factory (AKF), in the Port of Rotterdam, informs it has completed its first online order transaction. Much of the Damen product range has had an online enquiry option for some time, though AKF is relatively new to the concept. And with Damen’s online presence growing constantly, there is a strong potential for future web-based commercial growth, the company said. Theo Kloosterman, AKF Manager, explains how the order was swiftly brought to fruition.
Diana Containerships Adds Two Panamax Ships
Diana Containerships Inc. Through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, Diana Containerships Inc. has signed two Memoranda of Agreement to purchase two Panamax…
Captain to Recount Refugee Rescue at CMA
Captain Joshua Bhatt is a featured speaker at the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2015 Conference in Stamford at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in the Harbor Point Room (Lobby Level).
EPA’s SmartWay Initiative Makes Way on the Water
Exhaustive studies by The National Waterways Foundation (NWF), a center for research and learning where industry leaders address public policy issues related to America’s inland waterways system, conclude that inland waterways transport generates fewer emissions of particulate matter, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide than rail or truck on a per ton mile moved basis. But, it’s one thing to claim that metric…
Will Paper Logs Sail into History?
Helm Marine Software’s product team leads burdened brown water workboat operators out of the wilderness – and confidently into compliance. Four to six forms a day and that’s before Subchapter M rules take effect. That is how many forms Helm Marine Software’s product team figures a typical inland vessel must deal with, every day. Their research shows that OSV companies have around 100 different forms to complete and Dry Bulk companies have around 70.
New Skimmer Systems for Coastal Oil Spill Response
SeaHow has launched a new product line of skimmers aiming to address the challenges encountered by the oil spill response (OSR) organizations. SeaHow, operator one of northern Europe’s largest fleets of OSR vessels, said that over the 30 years that it has carried out OSR work, it has found several challenges with the existing equipment, leading the company to launch its own skimmer system product line.
Vestas Inks Swedish 122 MW Wind Deal
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems said on Friday it had received a 122 megawatt turbine order for a wind project in Sweden. The order was for…
YPF Buys Five LNG Cargoes
Argentina's state-controlled YPF has bought at least five cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery between April and June, traders said on Friday. Suppliers included Shell…
Asia VLCC Rates: Ample Tonnage, Few Cargoes
Owners resist charterers moves to force rates under W50; West Africa cargo volumes remain steady. Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes…