UAE's National Drilling Co. Inks Deal for 14 Rigs
The UAE's National Drilling Company has signed contracts worth $543 million to acquire 14 new rigs, state news agency WAM said on Sunday. One offshore and one onshore rig will be manufactured in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of the deals, WAM said. The new contracts are a reflection of the firm's plans for growth and a result of growing demand from its customers, it said. (Reporting by Maha El Dahan; editing by Jason Neely)
China Capsized Vessel Death Toll at 431
The death toll from a Chinese cruise ship which capsized on the Yangtze River has reached 431, with 11 still missing, a government spokesman said on Sunday. (Reporting by Megha Rajagopalan; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Kim Coghill)
Taiwan Launches New ships as South China Sea Tensions Rise
Taiwan's coast guard on Saturday commissioned its biggest ships for duty in the form of two 3,000-ton patrol vessels, as the island boosts defences amid concerns about China's growing footprint in the disputed South China Sea. The new vessels will be able to dock at a new port being constructed on Taiping Island, the largest of the naturally occurring Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, before the end of this year.
Obscure Chinese Town Rallies After Ship Disaster
Since being thrust onto the world stage, residents of a once obscure part of China have rallied round to help those affected by the sinking of a cruise ship, an outpouring of kindness in a country more used to worrying about a decline in public morals. The 1.5 million people of Jianli, which sits on a bend of the mighty Yangtze River in the central province of Hubei, have offered free food, car rides and even hair-dressing services to the relatives…
Dockworkers Union At Peru's Top Port Reach Deal
The dockworkers union at Peru's biggest port, Callao, has reached a contract agreement to end a three-week strike, with provisions that include improved benefits and modifications to a system for scheduling shifts, union officials said on Friday. Members of the union, SUTRAMPORPC, have voted to back the deal and will sign it with the company late on Friday, general secretary Geraldo Honores said. The stoppage since May 13 held up imports and will likely stoke inflation…
Upgrade Packages Ordered for Odfjell Tankers
MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Propeller & Aft Ship organisation has won an order to retrofit and upgrade a series of 11 × 37,500 dwt vessels from the Odfjell chemical tanker fleet. The vessels are of the Kværner Class and are due to dock during 2015-17, at which time the upgrades will be implemented. The first vessel, ‘M/T Bow Clipper’, will dock and be upgraded in August 2015. Each vessel has an MAN B&W two-stroke engine powering a four-bladed…
Nordics First Bunkering Station for LNG
Skangas announced that the first ever bunkering station for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Nordics is open and operating successfully. The new bunkering station fuels Fjord Line’s cruise ferries, which are the first - and largest - in the world to use "single fueled LNG engines," meaning that they are powered exclusively by LNG. Loading arm is a well-known method of transferring cargo for large oil and LNG terminals.
Scanship, Jets Join Forces to Better Serve Cruise Ships
Two of the world’s leading companies in maritime waste management have signed an agreement to join forces, in an effort to better serve cruise ship operators and yards globally. Scanship’s well-known Total Clean Ship System, which incorporates its Advanced Wastewater Purification and Waste Management solutions, will now be accompanied by Jets Vacuum’s highly acclaimed vacuum toilet system. The result…
SNAME Graduate Scholarships Award Winners
SNAME announced the recipients of the Graduate Scholarships awarded for year 2015-16. Wilbur N. Landers Scholarship Award goes to Alyssa M. William M. Kennedy Scholarship Award has been won by Michael T. Recipient of Tommy L Richards Scholarship Award is Russell George Forthuber, 2009 Marine Engineering Systems graduate of the U.S. Alan C. McClure Scholarship Award has been bestowed on James McNeill Landreth, 2008 graduate of the U.S. John V. Frederick H. The winner of the David A.