Rising from the Ashes
The federal government is now taking steps to reverse its 2010 decision to terminate the nation’s LORAN program. The LORAN program was initiated during World War II, when US and Allied forces fighting in the Pacific Theater needed a good means of navigation in that vast ocean. The US Coast Guard was charged with establishing and operating chains of Loran-A stations throughout the Pacific. With war’s end, the program was extended to coastal areas of the United States and elsewhere.
Natural Gas Articulated Conduit System Patented
Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) announced that long-time partner Moran Towing Corporation has been granted US Patent 8,967,174 for "Articulated conduit systems and…
Crown Prince Frederik to Attend the Danish Maritime Forum
Maritime key leaders, ministers and leading experts from all around the world will be accompanied by the Danish Crown Prince when they meet for the Danish Maritime Forum, October 7-8, 2015. “We are very proud to announce that the Danish Crown Prince will attend the Danish Maritime Forum. It emphasizes his great interest in the maritime industry and the positive difference it can make for the world,” said Michael Soested, Head of Secretariat of Danish Maritime Days.
New Bridge Unveiled for US Pushboats
JRC and Alphatron Marine will introduce a new pushboat bridge concept dedicated for the American river and inland waterways. Harnessing 25 years of European inland waterways experience, the companies say a balance is struck between the latest technological advancements and the unique operating requirements for some of the world’s largest rivers. In Europe, typically inland shipping can move a maximum…
Training: Cutting Costs While Remaining Cutting Edge
Businesses are operating in tough economic times, with budgets being significantly cut during the current industry downturn. Unfortunately, when lowering costs is a key priority, learning and development budgets have historically been one of the first areas to take the hit, yet projects still need to be completed and delivered to the highest possible standard. It’s well-proven that investing in learning…
Iran, Oman Discuss Yemen War, Settle Maritime Borders
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed how to advance Yemeni peace efforts with his Omani counterpart on Tuesday, Iranian media reported, on a visit…
Numerical Towing Tanks A Practical Reality?
Since the first commercial ship basin was commissioned in 1883, towing tanks have provided naval architects with a reliable method of predicting the performance of a ship at sea. Towing tanks are used for both resistance and propulsion tests, with towed and self-propelled ship models used to determine how much power the engine will have to provide to achieve the speed laid down in the contract between shipyard and ship owner.
More Type Approvals for Danelec VDRs, S-VDRs
Danelec Marine has received type approvals from the U.S. Coast Guard and China Classification Society (CCS) for its DM100 series Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs). The U.S.
Statoil Awards Hull Cleaning Contract to GAC
GAC EnvironHull has signed a contract with the international energy company Statoil to provide underwater hull cleaning services for its vessels operating in Scandinavia, the Middle East and the Far East. From the second quarter of 2015, GAC EnvironHull, part of global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC Group, is using its HullWiper technology to remove fouling from the Statoil fleet of long term chartered vessels to enhance efficiency and reduce fuel consumption…
Maritime Security Threats Abound
Piracy and maritime crime is a complex matter, not one with easily identifiable or actionable answers. Dryad Maritime released its analysis of worldwide reported incidents of piracy and crime against mariners for Q1 2015, a report which includes but is not limited to traditional piracy and maritime crime, including also commentary on other threats and issues; from civil war and terrorism in Yemen and Libya to criminal gang enabled mass migration in the Mediterranean…
CMA CGM Launches New TransAtlantic Service
The CMA CGM Group announced that it will launch a new container shipping offering between North America and North Europe at the end of May 2015. The group will expand its existing transatlantic services with the launch of the NEW VESPUCCI service and the addition of a new port of call in Baltimore to its LIBERTY SOLO service. With these additions, the group’s combined North America and North Europe services will cover 15 ports of call.
ARDENT: The New Name (& Familiar Face) in Maritime Salvage
Last month Svitzer and Titan Salvage announced plans to merge their salvage operations. Peter Pietka, former chief executive of Svitzer Salvage, takes the helm of the new combined company – to be dubbed Ardent and headquartered in Houston – on May 1. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News spoke with Pietka for insights on the path ahead. Svitzer, the salvage division of AP Moller-Maersk and Titan Salvage…
Snarled in Traffic, Intermodal Answers Include the Water
It was just last month that the (challenged) Keefe family packed up the SUV and set out for a little bit of spring break fun, mixed in with a college visit for my son, who will be a senior in high school next Fall. The decision to drive was, in part, an economy move but also made sense due to the relatively last minute nature of our plans. As it turned out, the trip to Florida and back from Charlotte, North Carolina, was without a doubt, the worst part of an otherwise pleasant week.
Editorial: Across the Seas & Around the World
Norwegians are seafarers, with maritime and offshore oil and gas tightly woven into the DNA of this population of more than five million. On the eve of Norshipping 2015, which is personally my twelfth Norshipping since 1993, the Norwegian Shipowners Association (NSA) released its annual “Maritime Outlook” report. Full insights on its findings start on page 42, and you can pick up the entire 126 page report online courtesy of the link provided in the story.
SKF to Showcase Marine Portfolio at Nor-Shipping
SKF and SKF Blohm + Voss Industries will showcase its combined range of solutions for the marine industry at the Nor-Shipping trade fair June 2-5, 2015 in Lillestrøm, near Oslo, Norway.
Silverstream Technologies Expands Technical Team
Dominic Tasker has been hired as a new naval architect at Silverstream Technologies, a developer of air lubrication technology for the shipping industry. Silverstream said the move is in line with its strategy for infrastructure expansion following the company’s first commercial installation of the Silverstream System with Norwegian Cruise Lines, and the development of a significant pipeline of further orders.
Kongsberg to Equip 2 New Jack-Up Vessels
Kongsberg has been selected to deliver a complete Electro, Instrument & Telecom (EIT), propulsion, safety, automation and dynamic positioning package for two new Gusto NG-2500X DP II design, offshore construction Jack-Up vessels. The vessels are owned by Vahana Offshore Pte Ltd in Singapore. The contracts were awarded by builder Eversendai Offshore RMC FZE (Shipyard) in RAK Maritime City, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. The Kongsberg scope of supply includes engineering and integration services.
China Breaks Ground on South China Sea Lighthouse Project
China hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Tuesday, a move that is likely to…
Taiwan Offers South China Sea Peace Plan
Taiwan proposed a peace initiative on Tuesday to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea that it says will reduce tensions that have put Beijing at odds…
EIVA Welcomes New Global Director
The Danish offshore survey solution specialist EIVA a/s has appointed a new global sales director, Jakob Møller Nielsen. He comes from a similar position at SPX Flow Technology, which is part of the Fortune 500 SPX Corporation. EIVA has experienced continuously growth during recent years, both in terms of the company’s product portfolio and number of staff. Most recently, a new global sales director has been appointed.