Virgin Cruises to Sail Out of Miami in 2020
Virgin Cruises will launch its first luxury liner in 2020 from Miami, British tycoon Richard Branson announced, placing his bets on medium-sized "boutique" ships. The Virgin Group founder said he had signed a binding letter of intent with Italy's Fincantieri to build three 110,000-ton ships, to debut in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Each ship would carry 2,860 passengers, based on double occupancy, and 1,150 crewmembers.
Submarine INS Sindhukirti to Boost Indian Navy's Fleet
Submarine INS Sindhukirti set for final "full-power trials" from Friday after being stuck in a refit for a decade. The Kilo-class submarine is expected to be formally handed over to the Indian Navy next month, reports Times News. Hindustan Shipyard Limited stated that it had commenced sea trials of Russia-made INS Sindhukirti, the seventh Sindhughosh class diesel electric submarine of Indian Navy, after completion of retrofitting.
US Navy Picks First Female Submariners
The U.S. Navy has selected more than three dozen female enlisted sailors to qualify to serve aboard a submarine in a historic first for the sea service as part of a plan to more fully integrate women into the undersea force. The 38 selected female sailors are only the first step in a long-term plan approved by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert to integrate the US Navy’s submarine force and provide opportunities for women to serve in all missions…
Trafigura, Singapore LNG Sign Storage Agreement
The Singapore SLNG Corporation and Commodities trading firm Trafigura have signed a storage agreement for the excess capacity within the Singapore LNG terminal on Jurong Island. John Ng, CEO at SLNG, operator of the country's first LNG terminal, says: "SLNG is very pleased to off our storage and reload services to multinational commodity trading house, Trafigura. The company said earlier in the year that it had more than 180,000 m3 of storage available until the end of the year.
Dredging in Hudson River Nears Completion
After six years of digging, General Electric Co. expects to finish this year removing some 2.7 million cubic yards of contaminated river sediment in upper Hudson River in Waterford under its landmark Superfund agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. AP reports that long after the last barge dredging toxins from the bottom of the upper Hudson River moves on, scientists will track the slow fade in contamination levels.
Transocean Delays Drillships
Transocean Ltd, the world’s largest offshore driller, has delayed delivery of two new ultra-deepwater drillships, the company announced. The company amended its drillship construction contracts ($540 million each) with Jurong Shipyard, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine, by 24 months. The two drillships are now expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, respectively. Transocean has won contracts worth $109 million from mid-May to mid-June.
French Port Strike Brings Travel Chaos
A strike by French ferry workers is causing travel chaos in the south of England and Eurostar services from London are experiencing long delays. Calais strike is over - but motorists still face lengthy delays. Sailings have been resumed following the protests and the Channel Tunnel has reopened after protesting French ferry workers got on to the tracks. All services to and from the UK Port of Dover have been affected by the strike.
Singapore Opens $3.5bln Phase 3 and 4 of Pasir Panjang Terminal
The $3.5 billion Phase 3 and 4 expansion of Pasir Panjang Terminal was officially opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (June 23). The expansion will add 15 berths with a 6 km quay length to the container terminal's existing 52 berths. The new berths have an 18 m-deep draught. The facilities, known as Pasir Panjang Terminal Phases 3 and 4, are slated to be fully operational by end-2017.
All American Marine on Course to Double in Size
The Port of Bellingham is poised to change the layout of 7.66 acres of industrial property in Fairhaven and build new infrastructure to support the expansion of two major waterfront employers, All American Marine and Fairhaven Shipyard. “All American Marine and Fairhaven Shipyard provide over 150 family-wage jobs to our local community” said Port Commission President Dan Robbins. The Port worked closely…
Environmentalists: Walrus Population at Risk in Arctic
Green groups urged the U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday to revoke the agency's conditional approval of Royal Dutch Shell's 2015 Arctic oil exploration plan…
Ecopetrol Breaks Silence in Risk-on Day for LatAm Markets
A recovery in LatAm debt spreads opened a window for Colombia's Ecopetrol on Tuesday when it printed a US$1.5bn 11-year bond - the state-owned oil company's first debt issue in nine months.
Marine Propulsion Technology: Two-Stroke DF Engine Passes Critical Test
The first Wärtsilä low-speed two-stroke dual-fuel (DF) engine destined for a commercial application has reportedly completed its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) at a Chinese licensee of Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), the Switzerland-based designer, developer and licensor of Wärtsilä brand low-speed two-stroke engines. The engine is a five cylinder, 50 cm bore 5RT-flex50DF built by Yuchai Marine Power Co., Ltd.
Over 3,700 Migrants Rescued in Med
Ships patrolling the Mediterranean have plucked more than 3,700 migrants from overcrowded and unsafe boats in the last two days, Italy's coastguard said on Tuesday.
Military2Maritime Career Fair Features 30 Exhibitors
San Diego Military2Maritime Career Fair with Rep. Hunter (R-CA) Connects California Veterans With Opportunity. More than one hundred veterans attended a Military2Maritime career fair on Monday June 22, 2015 from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego, Ca. The free event, sponsored by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) and hosted by the Port of San Diego, is part…
Stolt Acquires Three Ships for European Fleet
Stolt Tankers B.V. has agreed to acquire three 5,800 dwt fully stainless steel parcel tankers from Odfjell Tankers AS. The ships, which were built in 1997-1998 and…
The ‘Greening’ of America’s Marine Highways
Ingram Barge Company sees two kinds of green in their newest venture on the inland rivers. In late March, the Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority and Ingram Barge Company announced plans to assess the viability of Intermodal River Transportation, utilizing the largest flat-top crane in North America and Ingram’s towboats and barges. On March 27th, that plan came to life as the Paducah Riverport…
Shipbuilding Contract: Zamakona Nabs ESVAGT Deal
Astilleros Zamakona S.A, belonging to our group Zamakona Yards has signed a contract with the owner ESVAGT A.S, a company belonging to the multinational Danish AP Møller-Mærsk. The vessel will be delivered in the 2nd quarter of 2017 and will have the design and engineering of Havyard Design & Solutions A.S in cooperation with the ship-owner himself and our shipyard. It aims to make the change of crews in emergency assistance to offshore oil platforms…
Striking French Ferry Workers Shut Channel Tunnel, Blockade Calais Port
Traffic was halted through the Channel Tunnel linking Britain and France on Tuesday after striking French ferry workers set fire to tires, while Britain's Foreign…
Voith Opens HQ in Houston
Voith Turbo opened a new Houston, Texas headquarters for the Power, Oil & Gas Division for the region Americas. Located in the heart of Houston’s Energy Corridor, the new office furthers Voith Turbo’s commitment to expanding its presence in North America and supporting its oil and gas customers. “Opening a beautiful new location in the heart of Houston’s Energy Corridor shows our commitment to the oil and gas sector…
Aliança: Second Flagship in the Cabotage Fleet Christened
With the christening of the new container ship “Vicente Pinzón”, the Hamburg Süd subsidiary Alianҫa has -- for the moment -- completed the expansion and modernization of its fleet. In the past two years, Alianҫa has launched a total of six newbuildings for its cabotage services, four of which feature a slot capacity of 3,800 TEU each and two with 4,800 TEU each. All newbuildings have set new standards in the Brazilian coastal routes in terms of their capacity and environmental characteristic.