Conference to Delve into Hybrid Power & Propulsion
The first international Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole UK from October 6-8, 2015. Shock Mitigation will bring together an international group of experts, armed with the latest knowledge that will identify the potential of utilizing hybrid power and innovative propulsion systems for vessels in the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector.
Ferry Workers Block Calais Port Again in Dispute
Employees of a ferry service recently sold by Eurotunnel renewed a blockade of the northern French port of Calais on Monday after a court rejected their bid to extend…
Port of LA to Start Yusen Terminal Improvements
The Port of Los Angeles will begin construction this summer on a two-year project to improve the marine container terminal operated by Yusen Terminals LLC. The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has awarded Manson Construction Co. a $44.6 million contract to upgrade berths, and backlands at Berths 212-224. “This project consists of strategic improvements to make Yusen a more agile terminal and strengthen our competitive edge,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka.
Canada Slaps Sanctions on Russia Energy Firms
Canada is imposing economic sanctions against Russian energy firms such as natural gas producer Gazprom OAO in response to the actions of Russian-backed militants in Ukraine, Ottawa said on Monday.
LCA Sees Progress on Great Lakes Issues
Prospects for ending the dredging crisis and resolving other pressing issues on the Great Lakes are the best in 12 years according to Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA)…
Austal Starts Next US Littoral Combat Ship
Austal and the U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony today for the future USS Manchester (LCS 14), marking the first significant milestone in its construction. This ship is the fifth Independence variant littoral combat ship (LCS) built at Austal under the 10-ship, $3.5 billion block buy contract awarded to Austal in 2010. “It has been said that building a high-tech Littoral Combat Ship is more akin to making a spacecraft than a traditional warship…
SUNY Maritime College Names ABS Chairs
The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College has selected Dr. Richard Burke and Dr. Christopher Clott as its inaugural ABS chairs following a comprehensive search that drew an expansive range of applicants, the college announced today. Made possible through the financial support of ABS (formerly the American Bureau of Shipping), which provided an endowment of $3 million dollars, the positions…
Barge Ballast Pumps Run Smooth with Vesconite
Vertical turbine pumps keep barges trimmed and balanced by moving water ballast. Bearing failure at this critical time is not an option. Vesconite Hilube, an internally-lubricated polymer that can be used in wet and corrosive conditions, outperforms traditional bushing materials, even in the silty waters of the Mississippi River. A wear life of more than 10 times that of sintered bronze reduces maintenance costs.
Maritime, Migration Heads Pledge Joint Action
The heads of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday, June 29 reaffirmed their commitment to urgently address the humanitarian crisis arising from the dramatic increase in unsafe mixed migration across the oceans and seas in recent times. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu and IOM Director-General William L. Swing met at IMO Headquarters…
Tuco Reveals New Naval Interceptor Vessel Design
Following last week’s Seawork exhibition on workboats and small military and security vessels, Tuco Marine of Denmark reveals its newest vessel in the ProZero line. The ProZero 12m Interceptor. The interceptor is a high-speed craft suited for fast response interdiction, surveillance, patrol, law enforcement, counter-piracy efforts, search- and rescue, or medical evacuations. Designed by a team of engineers…
HMS Queen Elizabeth Powers to Life
U.K. Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has produced power from her onboard diesel generators (DGs) for the first time, marking a significant stage in the program. Firing up the diesel generators for the first time in Rosyth was Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Defense Procurement, who took part in a short ceremony and was accompanied by Rear Admiral Henry Parker representing the Ministry of Defense on the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA)…
Ferry Services at Calais Shut Again
Britons faced chaos in Calais last night after striking French sailors blocked the port for the second time in a week. Ferry services between Dover and Calais were cancelled again on Tuesday as MyFerryLink workers blockaded the French port. Strike action by around 400 workers last week led to major traffic jams of lorries, prompting migrants around the port to try to stow away on trucks bound for Britain.
Savannah Port Sets Cargo Record
Port of Savannah set records for both container volumes and total tonnage in May, with the highest tonnage ever recorded in a single month. The Port of Savannah has handled more than 338,000 TEUs, the Georgia Ports Authority said Monday. The container throughput represented a 16.4 percent increase from May of 2014. “Superior service and unmatched connectivity to inland markets are driving growth at Georgia's deepwater ports…
Crisis Not Affected Greek Shipping: Morgan Stanley
Most the major Greek-controlled and listed carriers are registered in Greece, and they all have their liquidity placed in banks abroad. Morgan Stanley analyst Fotis Giannakoulis noted that "nearly 20 percent of the global fleet is controlled by Greek owners and is managed out of Athens," giving Greece the largest share of any country. He assured investors that the Greek crisis "has no direct impact on shipping companies." The only headwinds to Athens-based maritime firms…
Pipavav Port Resumes Operations
Gujarat Pipavav Port (APM Terminals Pipavav) has resumed operations following improvement in weather conditions. Last week, the port operations were suspended due to the cyclonic weather conditions and breakdown of power supply and communication. Thousands of containers, majority of them, bound for northern states, have piled up at the port. The port announced on Sunday that the operations have been resumed following the improvement in the weather conditions.
Hyundai Sees Mega Ships Leading Global Demand
As the demand for mega vessels has increased, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. expects mega- sized container ships to lead global orders until early next year as shipping companies seek ways to cut costs, reports Bloomberg. Hyundai Heavy is the world’s biggest shipbuilder. Ka Sam Hyun, a senior executive vice president in charge of ship sales at Hyundai Heavy said his company could win orders for as many as 11 vessels in July along with its unit its Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co.
AOD Orders 2 Jack-up Rigs at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong
CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company has won an order to build a pair of jack-up drilling rigs for Alliance Offshore Drilling (AOD), subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed TSC Group. The two Zentech-designed R-550D rigs are scheduled to be delivered by 2017 and June 2018, respectively. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. TSC Group established a joint venture with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard in June to develop in the offshore EPC market.
Global Ship Lease Extends Panamax Charter with X-Press Feeders
Global Ship Lease, Inc. has agreed to extend the time charter for the Ville d'Orion, a 1997-built, 4,113 TEU vessel currently on charter with Sea Consortium Pte Limited, doing business as X-Press Feeders. The extension is to between November 26, 2015 and February 26, 2016, at charterer's option, at a gross charter rate of $11,000 per day, compared to the current charter rate of $8,000 per day. The…
Container Ship and LPG Tanker Collide near Surabaya
LPG tanker Navigator Aries (23,333 dwt, built 2008), and containership Leo Perdana (33,423 dwt, built 2007) collided yesterday in waters off Gresik, nearby the Port of Tunjung Perak in Surabaya, Indonesia. The collision caused a fire on the 2008-built tanker, which was quickly put out by the crew. The tanker, owned by Navigator Gas, suffered a 5-meter breach on its port side. The tanker suffered large breach in the port side and caught fire, which was quickly extinguished.
Boskalis Wins Veja Mate OWF Foundations Deal
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) in partnership with VolkerWessels (Volker Stevin International) has been awarded a contract by Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH for the design, procurement, fabrication, supply, transportation, installation and testing of sixty seven (67) foundations for the Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm in the German section of the North Sea. The contract carries a value of approximately EUR 500 million, in which Boskalis has a 50 per cent share.