Philippines, Japan Coastguards Hold Antipiracy Drills
Philippine and Japanese coast guard teams staged an anti-piracy drill on Wednesday, featuring the storming of a cargo vessel after a mock hijack, in a show of maritime…
USCG Transfers Cutter to Bangladesh Navy
The U.S. Coast Guard decommissioned and transferred the Cutter Rush to the Bangladesh Navy as the BNS Somudra Avijan during an official signing ceremony on Coast Guard Island in Alameda Wednesday afternoon. A 20-member team from the Bangladesh Navy, led by prospective commanding officer Capt. Mohammad Waseem Maqsood, arrived in Alameda in March to begin preparations to receive the Rush. Seventy additional crewmembers of the Bangladesh Navy are scheduled to arrive May 20.
NAPA Expands Design Tool to Streamline Class Approval
Maritime software house NAPA released a new application to extend the NAPA Statutory Compliance solution with NAPA Release 2015.1. Once available only to ClassNK customers using ClassNK Manager, this new application integrates ClassNK Manager’s expanded functionality into the NAPA Statutory Compliance tool. This integration has expanded and developed the tool for all customers to speed the classification approval process and improve the overall efficiency of ship design.
US Sen. Murkowski Plans Bill to Kill Oil Export Ban
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Thursday she will unveil a bill next week to reverse the U.S. oil export ban in an effort to build support for killing the 1970s-era restriction that drillers say threatens to choke the domestic energy boom. Murkowski, the Republican chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said she will unveil the bill on Tuesday, although it was uncertain when the measure would get a vote in her committee.
SSI Launches ShipConstructor 2016
SSI's newly released version of its Autodesk based ShipConstructor CAD/CAM software, ShipConstructor 2016, provides 27 new features and 104 enhancements including important new functionality to easily and intuitively reuse work. This includes intelligent copy and paste features, multiple document interface capability, the ability to copy BOMs and many other modernization and productivity enhancements.
Twin Disc Chairman Michael Batten Passes Away
Twin Disc, Inc. announced the passing of Michael E. Batten, Chairman of Twin Disc, Inc. He died in his sleep on the morning of May 6, 2015 at the age of 75. Batten worked at Twin Disc since June 1…
Sixth Season of Hudson River Dredging Begins
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck announced the start of the sixth, and final, season of dredging of PCB-contaminated sediments from the bottom of the Hudson River. The historic dredging project – one of the largest and most complex cleanups in Superfund history – began in 2009. The EPA is overseeing the dredging project that is being conducted by General Electric Company (GE) under the terms of a 2006 legal agreement.
US Energy Dept OKs Cove Point LNG Export
The U.S. Energy Department said Thursday it has given the final approval for Dominion Resources to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point, Maryland plant. The Cove Point plant is investing $3.8 billion in new infrastructure to ship up to 0.77 billion cubic feet of LNG starting late in 2017 to countries with which the United States does not have free trade agreements. The DOE said it conducted "an extensive careful review" of Dominion's applications and considered the economic…
Jaenichen to Close Safety at Sea Seminar
U.S. Maritime Administrator, Paul “Chip” Jaenichen will close the "Safety at Sea" National Maritime Day Seminar hosted by North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). The seminar, to be held May 21 at the National Press Club from 2-5:30 p.m., will bring industry and government leaders together to discuss concerns about safety and strategies for meeting them. Immediately following…
Liebherr Sells Knuckle Boom Cranes to China
Liebherr offshore crane division has recently signed a contract with long-time partner DALIAN SHIPYARD (DSIC Offshore) for two state-of-the-art ram luffing knuckle boom cranes of the type RL-K 4200-100 LIT to be delivered for the new high-level semi-submersible BT 4000. "We have already successfully delivered around 40 machines to DSIC to date, but this contract marks a new milestone for us at the Chinese offshore market…
Italy May Have Found Ship Carrying 900 Drowned Migrants
Italy's navy said on Thursday it believed it had found the wreck of a boat that sank last month killing up to 900 migrants off the coast of Libya, the Mediterranean's…
Pronomar Tackles Lime Scale Issue on VOS Sweet
Vroon Offshore Services chose Pronomar to equip the Netherlands-flagged VOS Sweet with multiple MERUS rings. Pronomar said it had already outfitted Vroon’s VOS Sympathy, so when the VOS Sweet experienced problems with lime scale (in the piping, the boiler and the pumps), Vroon contacted Pronomar again for its MERUS technology. According to Pronomar, when vessels such as the VOS Sweet experience problems with lime scale, it is a good idea to apply the MERUS technology.
Work Starts at North Sea's Hound Point VLCC Jetty
A month of planned maintenance has started at the North Sea loading terminal for Forties crude, which helps set the Brent benchmark, an industry source said on Thursday, preventing VLCC loadings.
Electrical Equipment Ordered for New Malaysian Navy Ships
L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a contract to provide the electrical distribution system for six Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), the company announced today.
Alfa Laval and RCL Close Scrubbers Deals
Alfa Laval said its PureSOx exhaust gas cleaning system is gaining ground in the cruise ship market. Following a lengthy selection and qualification process, four PureSOx scrubbers have been ordered by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL). Three of these will be PureSOx 2.0 systems as presented at SMM 2014, while the fourth will be the first test inline version of PureSOx. Alfa Laval’s deliveries to RCL will extend over the summer of 2015.
Yemen Food Ships Face Mounting Delays
Merchant vessels are taking weeks to deliver vital food supplies to Yemen as Saudi-led coalition warships search for arms bound for Iran-allied Houthi fighters and…
Dredger Conversion and Upgrade
Dredge Yard, a company specialized in dredging and mining components, equipment and technologies, shares insight into the upgrading of equipment, modification of dredging system and conversion of existing vessels into dredgers. Upgrading existing dredger systems is quite practical as it offers reusability and functionality of the old dredger with low investment. Converting an existing vessel into…
Surgut Awards Glencore Right to Crude Oil in Tender
Russia's third-largest oil producer Surgutneftegaz has awarded Glencore the right to lift 1.2 million tonnes of crude oil from Russian Baltic Sea ports, traders said on Thursday.
Evergreen Launches Vietnam-Singapore-Malaysia Service
In light of the increasing capacity demand, Evergreen Line will launch its new Vietnam-Singapore-Malaysia service (VSM) this month. The dedicated feeder loop will…
Ice, Weather Slow Great Lakes Stone Trade
Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 1.8 million tons in April, a decrease of 9 percent compared to the month’s five-year average, and a drop of 30 percent compared to 2012…