US Well Control Regulations Proposed
U.S. In response to the findings of investigations into the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, and following a thorough evaluation of recommendations from industry groups, equipment manufacturers, federal agencies, academia and environmental organizations, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced proposed regulations to better protect human lives and the environment from oil spills. The measures include…
LEEVAC Delivers 2nd PSV to Aries Marine
On April 8, 2015, LEEVAC Shipyards, LLC delivered the second of two LEEVAC-designed 270 ft., diesel-electric, DPS-2 FIFI I Offshore Support, ACC Platform Supply Vessels, the Ram Country to Aries Marine Corporation. The Ram Country, likes its sister ship, Ram Nation, was constructed at LEEVAC Shipyard Jennings, LLC and later transported to LEEVAC Shipyard Lake Charles, LLC facility for the vessel’s outfitting, commissioning, and testing.
Three Kidnapped from Boat off Nigeria -Bourbon
French oil services company Bourbon said on Monday that three Nigerian crew members had been kidnapped after one of its speedboats was boarded off the Nigerian coast in the night of April 8.
Intermarine Opens Istanbul Office
Intermarine, LLC, a transporter of project, breakbulk and heavy lift cargo, has established a physical presence in Turkey with the opening of an office in Istanbul.
Foss Christens New Arctic Class Ocean Tug
The first of three Arctic Class tugs being built at the Foss Rainier, Ore. Shipyard was christened Thursday, April 9, at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, Wash. The vessel, the Michele Foss, will see its first assignment on an oil field sealift this summer from South Korea to the Alaskan Arctic. Mike Magill, Vice President of Foss' Technical Services, made opening remarks at the christening, praising the hardworking men and women who constructed the vessel.
Duluth-Superior Awaits First Saltie of 2015
The Port of Duluth-Superior informs it is preparing to welcome its first oceangoing ship of the 2015 commercial shipping season, the Kom, the first “saltie” to have made a full transit of the 2,342-mile Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway. The port said it expected The Kom to sail into port beneath Duluth’s Aerial Bridge shortly after noon today then proceed to the Superior side of the harbor to load at two terminals – Gavilon Grain and CHS.
Baltic Sea Freight Index Down on Muted Shipping Activity
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged lower on Monday on muted shipping activity. The index…
Hanøytangen Under New Ownership
Bergen Group has decided to divest the company’s activity at Hanøytangen. Sale agreements have been concluded with Semco Maritime for the operational activity and with Hellik Teigen AS for the real estate. The total transaction price is set to NOK 245 million. According to the Bergen Group, the industrial area at Hanøytangen outside Bergen has for many years been an important facility for its offshore division…
Schwarze-Robitec Launches American Subsidiary
Tube bending machine manufacturer, Schwarze-Robitec has opened a North American subsidiary as of April 2015. Schwarze-Robitec America Inc. has been implementing the entire sales and service for the high-quality Tube Cold Bending Machines Made in Germany. Customers from the USA, Canada and Mexico benefit from the customer-specific on-site advice, shorter delivery times for spare parts and attractive conditions.
Most Seafarers are Content at Sea -Survey
A new survey being carried out as part of the BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015 is directly engaging seafarers in order to understand their views on life at sea and outlook for the industry’s manpower in the years ahead. Preliminary results of the new survey indicate that the majority of respondents are content with life at sea. The BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report, which has been published every five years since 1990…
CMA CGM Upgrades Gulfbridge, Hispaniola Lines
Container shipping company CMA CGM Group announced its Gulfbridge service upgrade, and its Hispaniola feeder service optimization. To adapt the group’s offer to its clients’ demand…
Gibson to Build 900,000b Crude Storage in Alberta
Canadian oil storage and transport company Gibson Energy Inc said on Monday it is building 900,000 barrels of crude oil storage at its terminal in Hardisty, Alberta…
BOEM Seeks Comment on Chukchi Sea Exploration
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has deemed submitted Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc.’s revised multi-year Exploration Plan (EP) and invites the public to review and comment on it.
Skipper Fined for Breakwater Collision
At a hearing today at South Shields Magistrates Court, Robert Trueman, the Owner/Skipper of a fishing vessel was fined a total of £5,000 plus costs of £4,536.18…
Petrobras Shares Jump on Plans to Sell Braskem Stake
Shares in Brazil's Petrobras rose 6 percent on Monday after local media reported that the state-run oil company plans to sell a stake in petrochemicals firm Braskem…
New Bibby Offshore Vessel Christened
On Thursday, April 9, the official naming ceremony took place for inspection repair and maintenance (IRM) light construction vessel Olympic Bibby, at the Kleven Shipyard, Norway. The ceremony saw the vessel’s official Godmother Connie Brown, wife of recently appointed Chairman of Bibby Offshore Mike Brown, christening the NORSOK compliant, 4,500-metric-ton vessel in front of a crowd of 250. Commenting on her experience…
Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention Enters into Force
The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks enters into force on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The Convention places strict liability on owners for locating, marking and removing wrecks deemed to be a hazard and makes State certification of insurance, or other form of financial security for such liability, compulsory for ships of 300 gt and above. It also provides States Parties with a right of direct action against insurers.
ASRY Rig Division’s Deliveries All on Time in 2014
In 2014, ASRY Offshore Services completed every one of its repair scopes within schedule, on-budget, and with leading safety standards. ASRY, a ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf…
Access to Santos Port Back to Normal After Fire
Access to Brazil's largest port, Santos, was fully restored for cargo and passenger vehicles on Monday after one entrance had been partially blocked for a week due to a fire at a nearby fuel-tank facility, highway operator Ecovias said. Authorities had blocked the entrance due to its proximity to the fire at the fuel-tank facility operated by Ultracargo, a unit of Brazilian chemical and fuel-distribution company Grupo Ultra.
Canada Releases Tanker Safety System Report
The Government of Canada has released the second report of the independent Tanker Safety Expert Panel, “A Review of Canada’s Ship-source Spill Preparedness and Response…