Affordable SATCOM for Workboat Applications
SATCOM edges closer to providing standardized services to the workboat sector. It’s affordable now and someday soon, you won’t be able to afford to be without it. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based JouBeh Technologies today makes it possible for far flung workboats to transmit critical data back to principals and at the same time, allow regulators and operators alike the possibility of reliable asset tracking on the water. Maybe it’s not YOUR workboat, but someday soon, it could be.
Kenya Ready to Start Work at Northern Port
Kenya is ready to begin work on the first three berths at a long-delayed port on its northern coast, next to the historic trading town of Lamu, President Uhuru Kenyatta…
Maersk Line Orders Seven Containerships from China
Danish shipping firm Maersk Line has signed an order for seven container vessels from COSCO Shipyard in China as the first step in a $15 billion investment programme over five years. The companies said in a statement on Thursday they would not give details of the price of the vessels. The deal included an option for two extra vessels, within eight months. Maersk said it was the first deal in a planned expansion.
17 Countries for Maritime Security Training in Indonesia
Representatives from 17 countries would take part in the sixth Maritime Security Desktop Exercise that is scheduled to be held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from March 30 to April 1. The drill, dubbed "the 6th Maritime Security Desktop Exercise or MSDE" aims at strengthening coordination among the participating countries in combating crimes at sea at the region, said Edi Fernandi, head of Indonesian maritime security board.
No More State Funds, Russia Warns its Ship Builders
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin came down heavily on country's shipbuilders criticizing them for doing a poor job to implement instructions from the president and prime minister regarding wider production of civilian ships at domestic shipyards. He warned that they will not be receiving any more state funds to buy foreign equipment, Russian news agencies reported. At a meeting of Maritime Collegium…
Expanded Panama Canal to be Operational by April 2016
The widened Panama Canal is expected to finally be up and running in April 2016, after months of delays and cost overruns, AFP reports. The expansion project area will allow bigger ships to transit, with two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific side and one on the Atlantic side. Grupo Unidos Por el Canal (GUPC) is carrying out the extensive upgrade to the canal's system of locks, to allow the waterway to accommodate ships carrying up to 14,000 containers of freight - triple the current size.
Japan's Navy Unveils De-Facto Aircraft Carrier
Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) took delivery of its biggest warship Izumo, since World War II, a vessel that observers say is a "de-facto aircraft carrier". The 19,500-ton destroyer Izumo, measuring 248 meters long and 38 meters wide, allows five helicopters to take off and land simultaneously. It can also load MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft to be purchased by the Ground Self-Defense Force, Japan's Kyodo News reported.
Thailand Eyes Submarine Fleet
Royal Thai Navy (RTN)'s plan to buy submarines is on again with strong backing from Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon who wants Thailand’s fleet to be on par with neighbouring countries. Defence minister Prawit Wongsuwon was quoted as saying by Bangkok Post on Wednesday that the country needs to equip its navy, who wants Thailand’s fleet to be on par with neighboring countries. The Minister thinks that Thailand must develop naval equipment…
Submerged Politics in Aussie's $39 bln Submarine Plan
Australian government plans to spend 50 billion Australian dollars (US$39.39 billion) on powerful new submarines, has become a political football at home, reports Reuters. The opposition said it wanted to invite Sweden to join Germany, France and Japan in submitting tenders for submarine fleet, as part of a proposal to end political gridlock on the project. The Government has rejected a Labor proposal to further open up the submarine tender process as "complete fantasy" and a "mirage".
Front Street Unveils New Line of Sailing Yachts
The US builders Front Street Shipyard’s in-house design team is collaborating with yacht designer Bill Tripp to develop a new line of modern sloops that are now available for construction. The shipyard said the line includes 84-foot, 102-foot and 112-foot yachts that are performance-oriented with a range of interior options. The composite sailboat line is positioned as a competitive new option for new construction at the shipyard’s Belfast, Maine, facility.
Soo Locks Open for Cargo Ships
Despite the chilly temperatures and heavy snowfall the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Soo Locks for the start of the Great Lakes shipping season. The Edwin H. Gott, a 1,004-foot freighter, was the first ship to enter the Poe Lock. The Gott was followed by the Roger Blough, with both ships going upbound into Lake Superior to collect iron ore. The locks at Sault Saint Marie, Michigan are among 16 locks that form the St.
ABB, Samsung SDI JV to Develop Microgrids Globally
ABB and Samsung SDI have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote microgrid solutions globally. The two companies will establish a global commercial alliance to develop and market modular and scalable microgrid solutions, utilizing lithium-ion batteries for energy storage. The combination of ABB’s global market presence, its leadership in grid technology and its global service footprint with Samsung SDI’s leading lithium-ion battery technology will enable accelerated growth of the market.
Wärtsilä's' New Plant in Brazil
Wärtsilä's first unit at Porto do Açu in São João da Barra (RJ), Brazil, is today being inaugurated. This will be the first assembly plant and production unit for generator sets and azimuth thrusters in Brazil for Wärtsilä, the global leader in providing power generation solutions and services for ships and power plants. Covering 4000 square meters of floor space, the unit will be able to receive up to 200 tons of equipment.
100 Yrs and Ticking - USCG Salutes
They were dubbed the greatest generation, and after spending an hour or so with Linwood Thumm, known more affectionately as "Tick," it's easy to understand why. Two weeks shy of his 100th birthday, his recollection of his service in the Coast Guard during WWII are as vivid as if he just left the battle. Humble about his service yet excited to share his memories, this is just a brief glimpse into the story of Tick Thumm. Thumm’s military service began in 1942 with the U.S.
'Run to Remember' by USCG Foundation
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced this year’s Run to Remember campaign and its commemorative t-shirt campaign. The Coast Guard Foundation’s Run to Remember is a worldwide movement that honors United States Coast Guard heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.
IMTRA Announces Exclusive Sola-Cure Distributor Partnership
IMTRA announced today through its exclusive North American distributorship of Sola-Cure shades — its line of customizable, high-quality and comprehensive solutions for solar shades and blackout blinds. Designed to reduce glare and heat from windows, and provide protection, privacy and security for a wide variety of helm and operator applications, Sola-Cure anti-glare sunscreens and window treatments are offered in three configurations: the Sola-Cure Solar Shade…
Salvage, Wreck Removal Beset with Chronic Problems
The basic nature of maritime casualties, salvage and wreck removal has evolved rapidly over the last few years. Ships and offshore constructions have become more technologically elaborate…
JIT Transit Slots Reduced at Panama Canal
The Panama Canal has experienced an unusual increase in the number of vessels awaiting transit during the past few weeks. Several measures have been implemented to reduce the backlog…
Swiber Gains $405.6 mi Contracts
Business momentum is fast picking up at Swiber Holdings Limited despite the downturn in the oil and gas industry as the Group clinches a total of US$405.6 million for a series of contracts, including its latest US$333 million contract for Engineering, Procurement, Installation and Construction (EPIC) services in India. The contract in India is the second awarded to Swiber by the same national oil company in just over a month.