Passenger Medevaced from Cruise Ship off Galveston
A 53-year-old passenger was medevaced from the cruise ship Emerald Princess nine miles off Galveston Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. At approximately 8:30 p.m.…
Safety, Quality Key to Survival -IMCA President
“Our industry must prepare for times of change and turmoil, and IMCA (the International Marine Contractors Association) – representing the marine contracting industry globally – must be in tune with our members and support them,” said IMCA President, Massimo Fontolan of Saipem as the fall in the oil price continues to dominate the headlines. With more than 1,000 member companies in more than 60 countries, IMCA said it is well-placed to “take the temperature” of this part of the supply chain.
Imtech Supplies HVAC System to Marathon Oil Platform
On December 19, 2014 Heerema Fabrication Group (Zwijndrecht) awarded Imtech Marine a contract to supply the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to the 6,000-metric-ton Alba B3 Greenfield compression platform, which is currently under construction for Marathon E.G. Production Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corporation. Kees de Kruyf, Imtech Marine Sales Director Global Offshore…
IR Class Launches Advisory Committee
IRClass (Indian Register of Shipping) has established a senior level advisory committee in the United Arab Emirates in an effort to increase activity and foster business links in the region. The committee comprises of 11 senior representatives from the shipping industry in UAE and is headed by Leonard B Culas, who is the MD of the Transworld Group based in Dubai. The committee will meet on a half yearly…
Two Tanker Liftings at Libyan Ports
A tanker is currently lifting 700,000 barrels of crude at the eastern Libyan port of Hariga, an oil official said on Monday. A second tanker was expected at the…
EU: Cosco, Piraeus Port to Pay Back State Aid
European Union state aid regulators have ordered Greece to recover certain illegal fiscal benefits granted to Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) and its parent company Cosco Pacific Ltd.
Wärtsilä Debuts LNG Carrier Designs
The unmatched track record and expertise that Wärtsilä has in LNG fuel solutions for the marine industry is again emphasised with the company's launching of a new series of LNG Carrier ship designs. This series of designs is the latest addition to Wärtsilä's ship design portfolio and is an important part of the company's strategic programme under the theme "Taking Merchant Shipping into the Gas Age".
Update on Noreco's Danish Licences
As previously reported, Norwegian Energy Company ASA’s (Noreco) Danish subsidiary was in January prevented from making payments for its share of production costs at the Nini field, and it was consequently in breach of the licence agreement. As this situation was not remedied as of 21 March 2015, the other partners may now claim Noreco’s 30 per cent interest in the licence without any consideration.
MacGregor's Deck Equipment for Chinese Shipbuilder
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won a contract from Chinese shipbuilder Wuhu Xinlian to supply two complete deck equipment packages for a pair of 78m anchor handling, supply and oil recovery vessels. The MacGregor equipment will be installed on the 12,000 bhp, 150 tonne bollard pull vessels under construction for Sentinel Offshore (L) Limited. Equipment delivery is scheduled during August and September 2015.
Graduation Ceremony of MOL Filipino Seafarers
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the graduation of 105 students in the fourth class of the "3rd Year Program," which MOL introduced with the goal of developing crewmembers who will uphold strict safety standards in vessel operation. The 3rd Year Program targets new seafarers from among third-year students at partner maritime schools in the Philippines. MOL provides education and training at the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping(MIS)(*1), its training center in the Philippines.
SECNAV Commemorates Battle of Iwo Jima
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus arrived on Iwo To, the island formerly known as Iwo Jima, March 21 to attend the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima. On the island where, in 1945, the United States and Japan met in conflict, Mabus spoke of the bravery displayed by those who fought for both sides during the historic World War II Battle for Iwo Jima. "Simply walk through the black sands of Iwo Jima's shores and spend a moment in one of its dark tunnels," said Mabus.
Culina Group to Set Base at Peel Group's Port Salford
Food and drink logistics giant, Culina Group, has been announced as the first major tenant at the new National Import Centre being developed by the Peel Group, as part of its multi-million pound Port Salford development (located approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Manchester City Centre in the UK). Culina Group will take occupation of the first warehouse distribution unit to be built on the Port Salford site - the UK’s first tri-modal inland port facility and Distribution Park…
Milaha launches Qatar - India Service
Milaha Maritime & Logistics, a subsidiary of the Qatar based Milaha Group which delivers integrated transport and supply chain solutions in the GCC, has announced the launch of the first direct container service between Qatar and India. The non-stop service will connect Qatar’s Doha port with India’s largest port Nhava Sheva, also known as Jawaharlal Nehru Port, located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The…
Fugro Clarifies: Being an Independent Service Provider
Fugro has taken notice of the press release from Boskalis of Friday evening, 20 March 2015, that it has increased its holding in Fugro N.V. to 25.1%. The further stake building by Boskalis, a construction and installation contractor, remains unsolicited and unexpected. Fugro notes that Boskalis continues to state that its increased holding is not a step towards making an offer for Fugro. Fugro reiterates…
Somali Pirates Shifting Towards India
Somali pirates, after being neutralized by various countries’ navies, are shifting their locations towards India, but the country is watchful to deal with such threats, says Indian Defence minister Manohar Parrikar. Because their (shipping) lanes are heavily guarded, they have moved 30-40 nautical miles, although they still are 450 nautical miles away from India. Somali pirates have been a threat to international shipping in the Indian Ocean and especially in the Arabian Sea…
Legally China Can't Claim South China Sea: Indonesia
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said China'a claims to the majority of the South China Sea have "no legal foundation in international law," he told Japan's Yomiuri newspaper. "We need peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. It is important to have political and security stability to build up our economic growth," Widodo was quoted as saying. This was the first time Widodo, who took office in October, has taken a position on the South China Sea dispute.
World War 3 or Cold War? Focus On Arctic Oil
The Arctic is heating up, both climatically and militarily. Vladimir Putin sends troops and jets to oil- and gas-rich region also coveted by Canada, United States, Norway and Denmark. A report by the Inquisitr says that although not a single politician or world leader has specifically mentioned the possibility of World War 3 over Arctic oil drilling, many experts feel long term economic pressures may be the driver for war.
Pakistan's Port Qasim to Receive First Cargo of LNG from Qatargas
The first load of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) traded by Qatari supplier, Qatargas, is planned to reach the Port Qasim LNG terminal on March 26, says a report in Reuters. Qatargas is providing the LNG to Pakistan at $8 to $9 per Million British Thermal Units (MMBTU), according to sources. According to official sources at the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, the first cargo of LNG will arrive in Karachi on March 26.
Milaha Rolls Out First Direct Qatar-India Service
Milaha Maritime and Logistics, a subsidiary of Milaha Group, launched its first direct container service, known as the Nhava Sheva Doha Express (NDX), between Qatar’s Doha port and India’s port Nhava Sheva in Mumbai. The new service will facilitate the growing trade activities between the two countries by enabling direct shipments without the need for transshipment in Jebel Ali or elsewhere, thus reducing costs.
Cyprus Port Privatization Soon
Privatization of Limassol Port, a port of multiple uses, is the main port of Cyprus, will be officially launched by the end of April with a call for expression of interest, says the Minister of Communications and Works Marios Demetriades. The project team is examining the possibility of attracting more than one investor, he said. Prior to the privatization of Cyprus' commercial hub, the Ministry will proceed with a revision of the Cyprus ports' charges in line with international practices.