Ki-tack Lim Elected as IMO Secretary General
Ki-tack Lim from the Republic of Korea has been elected as the new Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from January 1, 2016, for an initial term of four years, the IMO announced. The current president of Busan Port Authority, Lim has served as the Republic of Korea’s Deputy Permanent Representative to IMO from 2006 to 2009 and was Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation (FSI) from 2002 to 2004.
Voith Turbo Names Calhoun VP of O&G Sales
Shawn Calhoun has joined Voith Turbo’s Power, Oil & Gas Division as Vice President of Sales – Oil and Gas, to be based at the company’s new Houston, Texas office with the mission of supporting existing customers and expanding Voith Turbo’s footprint in the oil and gas sector. Prior to joining Voith, Calhoun served as Director of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Lufkin Industries, a division of General Electric. He previously served as General Manager of Lufkin’s Gear Repair Division.
Evergreen Names Penultimate L-type Containership
A naming ceremony was held for the Evergreen Group’s newest containership, Ever Lovely, the ninth of its L-type vessels to be built by CSBC Corporation in Taiwan and the penultimate vessel in a series of 30 ships. The ceremony took place at CSBC's Kaohsiung shipyard and was officiated by Bronson Hsieh, Evergreen's Second Vice Group Chairman. The official rope-cutting of the new vessel was performed by Anna U.
Tero Marine Secures Boa Offshore Contract
Tero Marine informs it has secured a multimillion (NOK) contract for delivery of fleet management software to Norwegian shipping company Boa Offshore. The Bergen-based tech company will install its TM Master suite on 14 vessels. TM Master will thus be the preferred fleet management solution for most of the offshore vessels in the Boa fleet, among them the newly named construction vessel Boa Jarl. “We have been reviewing TM Master for a while now…
First Bodies Recovered from Deadliest Migrant Shipwreck
Italy's navy said on Tuesday it had retrieved the first bodies from the wreck of a boat that sank in the Mediterranean three months ago, killing up to 800 migrants…
Shell Rig Departs for Arctic Despite Protest
U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle-area port on Tuesday so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell.
Coast Guard Monitoring Rocket Debris off US
The U.S. Coast Guard informs it is working with SpaceX and partner agencies to monitor the debris field of the exploded Falcon 9 rocket in the Atlantic Ocean more than 150 miles off the Florida-Georgia coast. The unmanned SpaceX CRS-7 rocket was meant to deliver supplies, hardware and other cargo to the International Space Station, but a launch failure caused it to explode just after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on June 28.
‘Old Salt’ Designation Passed to Vice Adm. Tidd
The “Old Salt” designation, honoring the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) serving on active duty with the earliest Surface Warfare Qualification, passed from Adm. Sam Locklear to Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd at a June 22, 2015 ceremony at Washington, DC. Locklear, the recent Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, retired on June 30, 2015. Tidd is currently the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff. Locklear has been the “Old Salt” since May 2014.
US Refiners' Group Wants Wide Debate on Oil Exports
The U.S. oil refining industry's association is not opposed to lifting the country's 40-year-old ban on crude exports as long as the move is part of a bigger effort to lower barriers to trade…
Pirates and Hold-ups: Crime Strikes Venezuela's Oil Industry
When night falls over western Venezuela, armed gangs known as "pirates" sometimes ride boats into muggy Lake Maracaibo to steal equipment from oil wells. In the country's Paraguana peninsula…
Huge Yacht Carrier Headed for South Pacific
New policies making it easier for foreign-flagged vessels to explore the coastlines of Australia have lead DYT Yacht Transport (DYT) to schedule its largest semi-submersible yacht carrier, the 686-foot (209-metre) Yacht Express, to deliver yachts to the South Pacific. The trip coordinates with the end of the Mediterranean charter season, starting in Genoa (Italy) in November to accommodate private luxury yachts and charter vessels departing from the Mediterranean Sea.
Teekay Sells FPSO, Announces Dividend Boost
Teekay Corporation announced today that its board of directors has declared a cash dividend on its common stock of $0.55 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, an increase of approximately 75 percent over the previous cash dividend of $0.31625 per share. The cash dividend is payable on July 31, 2015 to all shareholders of record as at July 17, 2015. Teekay also announced today that it will complete the sale of the Petrojarl Knarr (Knarr) floating production…
Shipping Confidence at 7-year Low -Survey
Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell during the three months to May 2015 to a level equal to the lowest rating recorded in the past seven years, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. Respondents complained predominantly about low freight rates and overtonnaging, while some expressed continuing doubts about private equity funding.
Ex-BP Engineer Deserves New Gulf Spill Trial -US Appeals Court
A former BP Plc engineer deserves a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans agreed with a lower court judge's decision last June to throw out the defendant Kurt Mix's December 2013 conviction. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval acted after learning that…
DryShips Sells Six Aframax Tankers
Dry bulk and petroleum cargo shipper DryShips Inc., through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc. of offshore contract drilling oil services, announced…
US Issues Potential Setback to Shell's Arctic Drilling
The Obama administration issued a potential setback to Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil exploration plans on Tuesday, telling the company that established wildlife…
Sanamar Launches 3 Tugs from New Yard
Sanmar’s new custom-built, general purpose shipyard at Altinova, Turkey, has launched three 60-metric-ton bollard pull tugs on the same day, less than five months since work first started at the yard. The trio of Bogacay Class tugs, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. exclusively for Sanmar, measure 24.4m x 11.25m and are the 12th, 13th and 14th of this ASD model equipped with Caterpillar engines driving Rolls-Royce Z-drives. Two different customers are involved.
Dittmann Named Chairman of SEA Europe
Kjeld Dittmann, the Managing Director of Lyngsø Marine A/S, is the new Chairman of the European Ships and Maritime Equipment Association (SEA Europe). He succeeds Govert Hamers, CEO of Vanderlande Industries in the Netherlands, who has completed his term as Chairman. The announcement was made at the SEA Europe Annual General Meeting in Istanbul on June 26 hosted by the Turkish Association of Ship Industrialists (full member of SEA Europe).
Motion Compensation Solution for Solan Field
Motion compensated access solutions developer Ampelmann informs it will provide one of its offshore access solutions to enable ‘walk to work’ for a commissioning campaign on Premier Oil’s Solan field, West of Shetland. The Ampelmann system enables the safe and effective transfer of the workforce in one of the world’s most challenging offshore locations. To meet the demands of working offshore West of Shetland…
Monopiles Terminal to Be Built in Rotterdam
Sif Group, Verbrugge International and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed an agreement in principle for the construction of a production and storage/handling terminal in Rotterdam. Sif Group and Verbrugge are planning to set up a joint venture to bring the storage and logistics of the foundations, so-called monopiles, under one roof. At the terminal, which covers around 42 hectares, Sif Group will produce steel foundations for offshore wind farms and the oil and gas industry.