Canadian Submarines Ready to Hit the Sea
For the first time since they were purchased in 1998, the Royal Canadian Navy has reached a stage where three of its four diesel-electric submarines are now shipshape and available for operations. Canada's Navy is marking what it calls a milestone for its controversy-plagued submarine program. Two of the subs, HMCS Victoria and HMCS Chicoutimi will be in the water off Esquimalt, B.C. this week, while HMCS Windsor is currently operating out of Halifax.
India to Appoint Coastal Shipping Consultant
As part of Narendra Modi government plan to promote coastal shipping, India is all set to appoint a consultancy firm to assist the Shipping Ministry. The Press Trust of India quotes the Shipping Ministry document saying that promotion of coastal shipping and inland water transport (IWT) facilities could be enhanced through a mix of infrastructure and policy initiatives. It added that bids for appointment of a consultant have been invited and a final decision was likely soon.
Ship Carrying Cattle Sinks enRoute to UAE
A vessel carrying hundreds of cattle exported from Somalia to Saudi Arabia capsized off Oman coast on Saturday after being hit by stormy weather, according to reports from Arab media. The owner of the ship is Emirati and from Ajman while the crewmen were Pakistanis. The UAE owned ship was reportedly carrying 350 cows before it capsized, reports Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language paper. Witnesses said…
Hijacked Indonesian Vessel Found in Philippines
The hijacked Indonesian cargo ship Rehoboth has been found abandoned in waters off Mati town in Davao Oriental province off the southern Philippines coast, says the the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). PCG spokesperson Armand Balilo said the PCG- Southeastern Mindanao district was informed that the M/T Rehoboth was found aground off Barangay Cabuaya. Four personnel from the local PCG district office were sent to verify the report.
Mitsubishi Bags Fourth LPG Carrier Order from Astomos
Tokyo-based Astomos Energy Corp has placed an order today with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier. The 83,000 cu m vessel marks their fourth such order with MHI since 2013, a company that also happens to be a 49 percent shareholder in Astomos Energy. Construction, as with the three previously ordered vessels, will be carried out at MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works.
Delay in Relocating Guangzhou Shipyard
Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) has not commenced the relocation of its factory. According to the plan of Guangzhou city, the shipyard should have finished factory relocation by the end of 2015 but the schedule is now delayed. According to local media reports, the shipyard is still operating normally and not showing any sign of relocating. However sources said that a funding over RMB10 billion ($1.6bn) for moving is expected.
Ice Coverage on Great Lakes 89 pct: NOAA
Ice coverage on the Great Lakes is nearing 90 percent, reveals high resolution satellites images from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The entire Great Lakes is at 88.8 percent ice coverage, with the highest totals coming from Lake Huron and Lake Erie at about 96 percent ice coverage according to Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, part of NOAA. The Laboratory, which monitors the ice coverage of the five Great Lakes…
Golden Ocean, Knightsbridge Set for Merger
Dry bulk shipping companies Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) and the listed dry bulk shipping company in John Fredriksen's business empire Knightsbridge Shipping have chosen March 26 to hold a special general meeting and finalize the merger talks. If the shareholders approve the plan, the companies expect to conclude the merger by the end of March 2015, subject to the execution of certain definitive documents, customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
Royal Navy Data Provide Insights for Arctic Science
The researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have investigated the nature of turbulence in the ocean beneath the Arctic sea-ice using recently released Royal Navy submarine data reports Science Daily. This meeting of oceanography and military intelligence has seen declassified data from the 1990s analyzed to gain insights into how diminished ice cover affects turbulence in arctic waters.
Italy to Begin Naval Exercises off Libya
Italy will begin annual naval exercises this week near the coast of Libya, where a breakdown in order has allowed tens of thousands of migrants to try to reach Europe by boat and increased fears of attacks by Islamist militants. The navy said in a statement that the exercises, known as Mare Aperto (Open Sea), would begin on Monday. The exercises were suspended last year because of the search-and-rescue mission dubbed Mare Nostrum…
1st lifejacket for Working at heights
The first lifejacket custom-designed specifically for offshore personnel carrying out rope access or work at height has been developed by Survitec Group, the leading provider of survival and safety equipment to the offshore industry. The jacket, which has been designed in conjunction with leading offshore operators, incorporates a number of safety features which include minimising the risk of accidental deployment.
Tallink & Meyer Turku to Build LNG Ferry
AS Tallink Grupp and Meyer Turku Oy signed a contract for the construction of LNG powered fast ferry for Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle operations. The dual fuel ship will be about 212 metres in length with a passenger capacity of 2800. The fast ferry will cost around 230 million euros and will be built at Meyer Turku shipyard for delivery in the beginning of 2017. The project will provide approximately 2000 man-years employment for the shipyard.
Record Thames Ridership
A record 9.8 million passengers are using the River Thames, two years on from the launch of the Mayor's River Action Plan, it was announced today. The River Action Plan, launched in February 2013, details a host of measures designed to increase the number of river passengers to 12 million by 2020. Figures from January to December 2014 have shown very positive signs as passenger numbers on River Buses and River Tours increased to 9.8 million, compared to 8 million for the same period in 2013.
MOL Expands Container Fleet
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has signed a deal for construction of four 20,000 TEU containerships with Samsung Heavy Industries. MOL also concluded an MOU for long-term chartering of two 20,000 TEU containerships with Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. The two containerships will be built at Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The six vessels will be launched and delivered in 2017, and will serve the Asia-Europe service. The 20,000 TEU type is the world’s largest among delivered and on order containerships.
Johan Sverdrup Contract to "Pioneering Spirit"
Statoil has signed a contract with Allseas for installation of three platform topsides on the Johan Sverdrup field. The vessel will be installing the topsides for the drilling, processing and living quarter platforms.Allseas will transfer the topsides to Pioneering Spirit before they are transported to the Johan Sverdrup field. On the field Pioneering Spirit will install the topside on the steel jackets.
Royal Caribbean to Sell Splendour of the Seas
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its cruise ship Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016. The ship will then be leased to Thomson Cruises, which will operate the vessel. Richard D. Splendour of the Seas will complete all scheduled open deployment, and no sailings will be altered or disrupted due to the sale. Her final sailing will commence on April 4…
Viking Neptun Delivered for Technip
Viking Neptun was delivered from Kleven Verft to Eidesvik on February 17, and the naming ceremony was held in Stavanger on February 28. The vessel’s Godmother, Patricia Pilenko, broke the champagne bottle on Viking Neptun, which will now start operating on charter for Technip in the North Sea. The offshore construction vessel is the largest in Eidesvik’s fleet, and the largest ever built by Kleven Verft.
Clyde Marine Training Reports Short Course Milestone
Clyde Marine Training informs it has reached a milestone this week, welcoming its 10,000th person to successfully complete one of its marine short courses. Christopher Anderson was undertaking the Personal Survival Techniques course and he and the rest of the delegates on the course enjoyed a celebratory cake to mark the occasion. Clyde Marine Training runs more than 100 scheduled courses a year as well as a number of on-demand and bespoke ones covering STCW courses…
Brazil Truckers Continue Roadblocks After Crackdown
Striking truck drivers resumed some roadblocks in Brazil on Monday even as the government cracked down on protesters and promised to implement a law to lower toll…
Liebherr Reports Record Year for Offshore Cranes
With 87 units delivered in 2014, Liebherr offshore cranes achieved a new per year delivery record, more than doubling its delivery numbers from 2012. And according to Liebherr, well filled order books allow for an optimistic 2015 forecast despite a generally unstable world economic development. “Our distinctly increasing turnover figures wouldn’t be possible without our new production site in Rostock, Germany, as well as our worldwide sales and service network.