Arctic Sea Ice Decline
Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is at its lowest May level since records began in the 1980s, says Al Jazeera. The lowest levels in the history of Arctic sea ice observation for this time of year and likely the lowest levels for hundreds, even thousands of years. The problem is not just one of a new record low. It’s one of timing and divergence. Accelerated melt in the May-to-June time-frame can have serious impacts on late season ice.
Dubai Establishes Maritime Arbitration Centre
The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is in the final stages of completing the rules for the first maritime arbitration centre in the Middles East: the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) says Al Tamimi & Company, Advocates and Legal Consultants. The move to set up EMAC reflects Dubai’s commitment to creation a full-fledged legal environment within the maritime sector with an aim to develop, regulate and enhance the emirate’s competitiveness as a global maritime hub.
Vinalines Plans Ports Divestment
The Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) and the Ministry of Transport (MOT) hope the plan to reduce the state’s ownership ratio in the big shipping firm to 36 percent will help restructure the business. It has finalized an overall plan for the development of its seaport network, for submission to the Ministry of Transport and then the Prime Minister for a decision. The watchdog agency MHA…
Bahri Inks Contracts with Hyundai to Build 5 VLCCs
The National Shipping Co. of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) signed contracts on Thursday with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) to build five very large crude carriers (VLCCs), with an option for additional five more vessels, the company said in a bourse statement. The carriers will be delivered in 2017, and the relevant financial impact will materialize after the delivery. The VLCCs are designed in-line with the latest international technical specifications…
Wärtsilä's' Propulsion for Use with US Compliant ELA
Wärtsilä has developed propulsion systems that are capable of operating with Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) and comply with the US Vessel General Permit 2013 (VGP-2013). Wärtsilä is among the first marine propulsion solutions suppliers to achieve this compliance for complete propulsion packages. For vessels operating in US waters, VGP-2013 mandates the use of EALs in all oil-to-sea interfaces unless technically unfeasible.
DNV GL’s Synergi to Manage Siem Offshore Newbuilding Projects
Siem Offshore has chosen DNV GL’s Synergi Project to manage nine newbuilding projects. The software is used to optimize the collaboration between Siem Offshore and the yards and to keep control of building processes. Siem Offshore’s large newbuilding programme, with nine offshore vessels currently under construction, has led the company to acquire Synergi Project software. Synergi Project, a tailor-made solution for ship owners and shipyards…
Baltic Mercur II makes maiden voyage to Antwerp
This week Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers (ARRC) celebrates the maiden voyage of the Baltic Mercur II via the port of Antwerp as part of their regular transatlantic service to the US Gulf. After long deliberation and extensive analysis, the company has chosen to anchor the European extension of ARRC’s multipurpose service in Antwerp. ARRC has been operating as the only direct transatlantic MPP carrier between St Petersburg Russia and the USA for the past 20 years.
Dortmund Port's Throughput Up
In 2014, Dortmund’s combined goods throughput on ships and trains amounted to 5.7 million tonnes, compared to 5.3 in the previous year. 2.9 million tonnes (+600,000) of this was ship related.
Maersk Line to Reduce CO2 Emission per Container by 60%
The world’s largest container shipping company Maersk Line has set itself a bold new target to cut CO2 emissions by 60% by 2020. The company has stated that its emission reduction plan will save the climate around 200,000,000 tons of CO2, roughly the amount of emissions of all passenger cars in France over the period of a year. Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Schueler launched the Maersk Line Sustainability Update Friday 15 May 2015…
Shanghai Shipyard Won Bid for Two Survey Vessels
Shanghai Shipyard has won bids to build two multipurpose survey vessels for two geological survey institutes. The shipyard is an affiliate of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). Qingdao Marine Geological Survey Institute and Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey Institute have each ordered one geological survey vessel at the yard. Financial details and the delivery dates of the newbuildings were not disclosed.
Japan, Malaysia to Beef up Maritime Cooperation
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak pledged to advance defense and maritime cooperation. It is the first time that Japan has agreed to start negotiations for cooperation on the transfer of defense equipment and technology with a member of the 10-nation ASEAN according to Japanese officials. Abe and Najib vowed to boost coordination in maritime security, with…
Norwegian Dawn Arrives In Boston
The Norwegian Dawn, the cruise liner that ran aground as she left Bermuda this week, has arrived in Boston. A story in the Boston Herald says, “Passengers on a cruise ship that ran aground on a reef near Bermuda during a seven-day vacation shrugged their shoulders and said the mishap was no big deal as they disembarked Friday. “The Norwegian Dawn, carrying nearly 3 500 passengers and crew, returned to the Black Falcon Terminal in Boston.
US Senators Want a Stop to Arctic Drilling
Eighteen U. S. senators have urged the Obama’s administration to halt Shell’s Arctic drilling plans saying that it is an unacceptable and irresponsible decision, says a report in Reuters. Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, joined by seventeen other Senators, has urged the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to halt all offshore oil and gas drilling permits in the Arctic region. “Opening development on a new fossil fuel reservoir in the Arctic not only puts the natural resources…
Singapore and China Conclude Naval Drill
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLAN) concluded the inaugural Exercise Maritime Cooperation, a new bilateral naval exercise series on Tuesday (May 26). The exercise comprised conventional naval warfare serials such as gunnery firings and manoeuvring drills. Personnel from the two navies also engaged in exercise planning and combined simulator training ashore, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement.
Hyundai Heavy Delivers 2,000th Ship
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has become the world's first shipbuilder to deliver its 2,000th ship. The world's largest shipbuilding company delivered a drillship, "Ocean BlackLion," to U.S. oil drilling firm Diamond Offshore at the Ulsan shipyard Friday. Ocean BlackLion, a drillship ordered from Diamond Offshore marked the 2,000th ship HHI completed. The gross tonnage of 2,000 ships HHI built amounts to 126 million, twice the gross tonnage of total ships built last year worldwide.
Avance VLGCs Fixed
Avance Gas said repairs of two very large gas carriers (VLGCs) are complete, allowing the delayed ships to get to work. Both new build VLGCs recently dry-docked - Breeze (83,000dwt, built 2015) and Monsoon (83,000dwt, built 2015) - have completed warranty repairs related to defective stern tube bearings. The vessels went in for repair after Monsoon ran into technical difficulties in March during its maiden voyage from Panama to China…
Harnessing Offshore Wind Peaks in U.S.
For the US energy industry, 2014 will be remembered as the year when crude oil prices fell below 50$/bbl, resulting in significant realignments in the sector. Aside from the oil price collapse and the historic high of domestic natural gas production, several other energy records were set last year. Both solar and wind energy production reached an all-time high in the US, contributing to a record 9.8% of total primary energy supply. The US is ranked the second largest producer of wind energy.
ASRY in Maritime Deal with Relay
UK-based engineering firm signs service agreement to provide direct services to vessels in ASRY, expanding the list of the yard’s onsite specialist contractors. ASRY, the leading ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has signed a specialized Services Agreement with Relay Engineering Limited, a specialist engineering company based in the UK, to offer its expertise in electrical, mechanical and…
Port Kembla Tariff hiked
NSW Ports have advised that from 1 July, there will be 2.38% increase to the Navigation Service Charge (Port Tonnage) and 3% increase to other charges (site occupancy, utilities, cargo wharfage, etc) at Port Kembla. The Navigation Service Charge (Port Tonnage) will increase from A$0.77 per GT to A$0.79 per GT for vessels calling at both the Coal Terminal and BlueScope Berths. For general berths, the increase will be from A$0.46 per GT to A$0.47 per GT for vessels up to 50,000 GT.
USCG Assists 2nd Activist From Arctic Challenger
Coast Guard personnel assisted in the removal of an activist who secured herself to the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger in Bellingham, Wash., Monday morning. Chiara D'Angelo requested Coast Guard assistance down from the vessel's anchor chain at approximately 9:30 a.m. and was transported to Coast Guard Station Bellingham. Coast Guard personnel transported her in good condition to Station Bellingham where she was met by EMS and the Bellingham Police Department.