Great Lakes Seaway Opens 57th Navigation Season
The U.S. and Canadian Seaway Corporations marked the opening of the Seaway's 57th navigation season today, with the transit of the newly-built CWB Marquis through the St. Lambert Lock. The vessel is the first of two Equinox-class lakers ordered by Winnipeg-based grain marketer CWB that are being purpose-built for trade in the Great Lakes Seaway System. In 2014, over 12 million tons of grain moved through the Seaway, the highest volume recorded since the beginning of the 21st century.
Great Lakes Shipyard Awarded Contract for Work Barges by USACE
Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland has been awarded a new construction contract by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for two 38-foot work barges, the company announced today. The two new steel work barges will be used by USACE Rock Island District as a working platform to perform maintenance and inspections of lock and dam 11 and 14 on the Upper Mississippi River. The barges will be 38-foot long by 14-foot wide and 3-foot deep.
Global Diving & Salvage to Offer Global Technical Services
Global Diving & Salvage has announced the addition of Global Technical Services (GTS) to its three core services: marine construction, marine casualty response and offshore support. GTS is offering a wide range of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) instruction services to industry clients in coordination with Alaska Technical. Courses will offered to energy company, aviation, rail and infrastructure clients and will include visual…
Flynn Refrigeration Completes Upgrade on Nuclear Carrier
Flynn Refrigeration has delivered a major package of improvements to the refrigeration and air-conditioning system onboard a vessel used to transport specialist nuclear materials around the world. Working under contract to ship managers, Serco, the UK based-company completed the retrofit and conversion project on International Nuclear Services’ (INS) MV Oceanic Pintail. Managing director Alex Flynn said the extensive refrigeration and air conditioning work took 18 months to complete.
Transocean to Scrap Two Rigs
Swiss driller Transocean Ltd. announced yesterday that it intends to scrap, in an environmentally responsible manner, two offshore rigs: GSF Aleutian Key and Sedco 707.
Prysmian Upbeat on Submarine Cable Business in 2015
Prysmian SpA, the world's biggest cable maker, is confident of bagging orders this year to keep its high-margin subsea business order backlog at between 2.2 billion…
Otto Marine Appoints Michael See as CEO
Offshore marine company Otto Marine Limited announced today the appointment of executive director Michael See Kian Heng as new chief executive officer. “I would like to extend my appreciation to the Board of Directors for their recognition and continual support of me," See said. "The volatility and declining oil prices present a challenging market. The former Otto Marine CEO, Garrick James Stanley will take up the role of president of the shipping and chartering segment…
Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman Secures Dredger Conversion Contract
Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman BV, a subsidiary of The Kooiman Group (www.thekooimangroup.com), has signed a contract to complete a conversion project for the sea going dredger Ostsee. The Ostsee is a trailing suction hopper dredger and member of the fleet of Maritime Construction Services SA of Luxembourg. It was built by the Peene-Werft in 1995. The conversion involves the replacement of the electrical drives of the dredging installation by direct diesel drives.
Baltic Freight Index Falls
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday as weak demand took its toll on vessel rates.
Six Candidates Vie for IMO Secretary-General Slot
By the established deadline of 31 March 2015, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has received the nominations of six candidates, nominated by their Governments for the position of Secretary-General of IMO. The election for the post will be held at the 114th session of the 40-Member strong IMO Council, which meets from 29 June to 3 July 2015. The decision of the Council will be submitted to the IMO Assembly…
Cruise Port Business Redefined
New Orleans builds enviable cruise traffic on top of a carefully crafted business plan. It may surprise you to learn that, on the lower Mississippi River, cruise traffic now accounts for over one fifth of all revenue at the Port of New Orleans, a major cargo hub. With recently modernized terminals, able to handle big ships, the Crescent City last year accommodated over a million cruise passengers, setting its fourth straight record.
“AIDAcara” Opens Kiel’s 2015 Cruise Shipping Season
Kiel’s 2015 cruise shipping season gets under way on Easter Saturday, April 4th. That’s when the first ocean-going cruise ship of the year, “AIDAcara”, ties up at the Ostseekai Terminal after calling at Lisbon, Le Havre and Dover. During the coming season Kiel expects a total of 127 calls by 23 different luxury cruise liners, many of them very big ships of more than 250 m in length. The Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) Dr.
Ship Management and Technology
Technology is central, not merely an add-on, to ship manager brand value. Ship managers who operate vessels on behalf of their owner clients, are the lynchpin of international shipping. As the industry has gone through rounds of relentless cost cutting, at times of increasing regulatory scrutiny, and commercial pressures for high standards, third party managers have filled the need for raising quality, while maintaining tight cost controls.
USMRC LNG Bunkering Safety Course for Harvey Energy Crew
The United States Maritime Resource announced that its training partner, Harvey Gulf International Marine, recently launched the PSV Harvey Energy, the first LNG-fueled vessel to enter service in North America. In March, the PSV Harvey Energy began working on charter to Shell in the Gulf of Mexico shortly after the vessel’s first successful LNG bunkering operation. Middletown, R.I.-based USMRC developed…
Hyster Variable Power Technology Engines
Hyster Company has launched a new line of industrial engines designed to increase productivity and fuel economy for its 3,000 - 7,000 lb. Class IV and V product lines. The new engines from Power Solutions International (PSI) feature Hyster Variable Power Technology and offer a more powerful and efficient solution for demanding applications. Optional dual fuel engines provides flexibility to run on LP or gas.
New Player in the Rim Thruster Market
Rim-driven thruster technology has emerged and demonstrated potential for compact and super-silent maneuvering propulsion. Silentdynamics customized rim-thruster-based propulsion solutions applications include tunnel thrusters, and Silentdynamics ERT thrusters can be configured to be retractable and/or azimuthing. Major benefits include low noise emissions and compact dimensions. This is achieved by utilizing carbon-fiber blades…
EPA Nod for GE Marine’s Tier 4 Marine Diesel Engine
GE Marine’s 12V250 marine diesel engine has received U.S. EPA Tier 4 Certification. GE met the emissions requirements through non-Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology that requires no urea-based after-treatment. The Company is also working towards U.S. EPA Tier 4 and IMO Tier III Certification for additional models and families of its marine engines utilizing the same non-SCR technology.
U.S. Navy Issues Modification To Lockheed Martin Contract
The U.S. Navy has issued a Lockheed Martin-led industry team a contract modification for one fully funded 2015 Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) valued at $362 million, along with $79 million in advanced procurement funding for a second ship. The balance of the second ship will be funded by Dec. 31, 2015. The advanced procurement dollars approved by Congress provides the funding required to maintain the cost and schedule of the final block buy option.
Mustang Marine Receives $5.3m Pilot Boat Order
Workboat and marine energy device builder Mustang Marine has won a $5.34m contract to construct three new pilot boats for the Port of Milford Haven. The Pembroke Dock-based company is now looking to recruit new workers locally in a number of skilled positions to meet an increased demand for its services, having already increased the size of its workforce to 54 people over the last nine months. The…
Incat Tasmania’s Latest Ship on the way to Japan
The latest delivery from Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania Akane, an 85 metre high speed Wave Piercing Catamaran Ferry, Incat hull 068, will arrive in Japan early April. Built at the Incat shipyard at Prince of Wales Bay, Hobart the vessel was sea trialled late March, and has departed Hobart on her delivery voyage. The vessel will go into service in April with Sado Kisen, a long standing ferry operator in Japan.