PSV Launching Ceremony at Gondan
At high tide today at Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, the New PSV (TBN) for the Norwegian Ship-Owner, Simon Møkster Shipping, was launched. Different personalities related to the sector have attended the ceremony as well as authorities from the Ministry of Industry. In addition, the event was attended by the CEO of the Owner, Anne Jorunn Møkster, accompanied by other members of the Management of the Ship-Owner company.
2 Damen Tugs for KOTUG’s European Harbor Towage
Damen Shipyards Group delivered two sister tugs ATD 2412 ‘ZP Bison’ and ‘ZP Bear’ to strengthen KOTUG’s European Harbour Towage. On April 8th 2015, the sister tugs were handed over by designer and builder Damen to her owner Elisabeth Ltd in order to operate for KOTUG. ZP Bison will operate in the Port of Bremerhaven and ZP Bear on the River Thames in London. Damen Services arranged the transport from Vietnam to Rotterdam, where they handed over the tugs in a turnkey operation.
USN Names Littoral Combat Ship
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS St. Louis. The future USS St. Louis, designated LCS 19, will be the seventh ship to bear the name. The first St. Louis, a sloop of war, was launched in 1828. It spent the majority of its service patrolling the coasts of the Americas to secure interests and trade. In addition, it…
Khamenei Says Iran Nuclear Weapons are a U.S. "Myth"
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders on Sunday the United States had created the "myth" of nuclear weapons to portray Iran as a threat, hardening his rhetoric before nuclear negotiations resume this week. Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, has supported the talks but continues to express deep mistrust of the United States. "They created the myth of nuclear weapons so they could say the Islamic Republic is a source of threat.
Hapag-Lloyd Adds North Europe-USEC Service
Hapag-Lloyd will open a new weekly service between North Europe and the US East Coast, the company said in its press release. The new route – to be christened AX4 – will see a weekly run from the ports of Bremerhaven, Rotterdam and Le Havre to Savannah and New York. The new service will complement German container line Hapag-Lloyd’s existing Atlantic network. The AX4 will have the following rotation…
Star Bulk Adds Jennifer
Star Bulk Carriers Corp has added M/V Star Jennifer (ex "Ore Hansa), a 82,290 dwt Kamsarmax bulk carrier, built in 2006, to its fleet. The Company completed the acquisition of 34 vessels from Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd under an "en bloc" transaction announced on August 19, 2014. Pursuant to the completion of the Excel Vessel Fleet acquisition, the Company has currently 162,684,541 shares of common stock outstanding.
Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine to Add Bigger Vessels to its Fleet
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, Taiwnanese global shipping and logistics services company, will take delivery of 14 large-sized ships over the next two years, as it moves to expand its fleet of shipping vessels. At the end of March, the company took delivery of the first of 15 vessels it had ordered, each of which has a capacity of 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). By the end of 2015…
Chevron Hires Norce Endeavour for Thailand Ops
Solstad Offshore ASA (SOFF) has fixed the 2011-built 18,000 dwt crane barge Norce Endeavour to Chevron for work in Thailand next year for around 200 days. Solstad has received confirmation from Chevron in Thailand for the 2016 Offshore Installation Campaign utilizing its Derrick Lay Barge (DLB) Norce Endeavour. Norce Endeavour, which can accommodate 256 people, will install multiple new wellhead platforms and subsea pipelines for Chevron in the Gulf of Thailand.
Termination of Seadrill Unit's and Rosneft Deal Extended
North Atlantic Drilling (NADL), a subsidiary of Seadrill, will delay the closing of a deal with Russia's Rosneft by two years and has agreed to renegotiate the terms of the agreement, reports Reuters. NADL will also be permitted to delay the construction, delivery, or shipyard stay of any of those rigs. Western sanctions levied against Russia for its actions in Crimea have raised concerns over the…
China Shipbuilders may Merge to Stay Afloat
The China's four state-run shipping-related companies are reportedly in the initial phases of combining units in order to beef up the national shipbuilding industry, says local media. The chances of mergers between China Ocean Shipping, China Shipping Container Lines, Sino Trans & CSC Holdings and China Merchants Group has improved as they now suffer in a lackluster business climate, the Chinese-language Securities Daily reports.
Greek Capesize and Maersk Boxship Mishap in Suez Canal
The Danish container ship Susan Maersk has collided with the container ship Margret Oldendorff flying the Libyan flag. The 347 meter long, 110387 dwt container ship Susan Maersk and the 300 meter long, 208086 dwt bulk carrier Margret Oldendorff ran aground on the Suez Canal near the 94 kilometer mark. Both vessels were proceeding northbound in dense fog when both vessels grounded onto a sandbank. The Susan Maersk was undamaged, but the Margret Oldendorff was holed above the waterline.