DNV GL sees Hybrid Propulsion, Connectivity the Emerging Trends
With 2020 in sight, DNV GL looked at the lessons to be learned from the update to the classification society’s “Shipping 2020” report which was published in 2012. Now, three years later, hybrid propulsion systems and connected ship solutions are emerging technologies that are gaining ground faster than expected, outlined Tor E. Svensen, CEO DNV GL – Maritime, at the opening day of Nor-Shipping in Oslo.
Migrant Boat Still Held off Myanmar
More than 700 migrants found packed aboard an overcrowded boat in the Andaman Sea were still being held offshore by Myanmar's navy on Monday, more than three days…
Homeless Atlantic Oil Cargoes Deepen Glut
Millions of stranded barrels underscore glut; elevated freight rates complicate search for buyers. A shadowy build up of oil has intensified in the Atlantic Basin…
Bestobell Reports Headway in Chinese Market
Bestobell Marine has secured two new contracts with Chinese shipyards. The first contract will see the company supply cryogenic valves to the Guangzhou Shipyard International, China for use in a new ferry’s LNG fuel gas system. The second contract involves Bestobell Marine producing its small cryogenic miniature needle globe valves for the Hudong shipyard in Shanghai, where they will be installed on four 174K Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Carriers.
New LR Guidance on Large Battery Installations
Lloyd's Register (LR) has released a new guidance document aimed at facilitating a risk-based approach to battery use. The guidance describes the key hazards to…
New Salvage Joint Venture in Africa
As part of the next step in creating its global marine services network, Ardent, the newly created company between Svitzer and Crowley, is launching a joint venture…
SSI Hosting Two ShipConstructor Webinars
SSI, a developer of software products for shipbuilding engineering and construction, reports its ShipConstructor Structure Webinar, previously scheduled for June 3…
Norway’s (Winding) Path Ahead
A precipitous plunge in energy pricing is problematic for a prodigious oil producing nation such as Norway, but it really only tells a portion of the story when evaluating the immediate future for the collective maritime and offshore energy markets. Prolonged stagnation in the global economy, growing political tension and instability in several world regions, and a general breakdown in international…
Mastering Fleet Management
Fleet management software developer Tero Marine has served the shipping industry for nearly three decades with a product range led by its software suite TM Master, now a leading fleet management brand with more than 2,000 licenses worldwide. The Bergen, Norway-based company and its fully integrated marine information system TM Master have managed to stay competitive amidst an explosion of companies providing fleet management and software solutions to the maritime market.
Teekay Orders 3 Tankers for Canada Contracts
Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. informs it has entered long-term contracts to provide shuttle tanker services for a group of companies producing oil on Canada’s East Coast…
High-tech Car Ferry Debuts: It’s Electric
Norled Ampere, the world’s first all-electric car ferry, began service this year carrying up to 120 cars and 360 passengers across the 4.2-mile (6.8 km) Sognefjord channel that separates Norway’s villages of Lavik and Oppendal and empties into the North Atlantic’s Norwegian Sea. The 260-ft. vessel recharges its dual 450 kW/hour battery packs after each docking in less 10 minutes – faster than today’s smartphones and the turnarounds of many conventionally powered ferries.
Ferguson Group Singapore Expands Tank Fleet
Ferguson Group Singapore, a global specialists in the provision of offshore DNV 2.7-1 / EN12079 containers, mud skips, reefers, workspace and accommodation solutions, has announced the expansion of their chemical tank fleet at OGA 2015. The tanks will be available throughout Malaysia and the surrounding region, for the safe offshore transportation of chemicals that operators and services companies commonly use as part of their offshore activity.
USCG Approves PureBallast for Barge Applications
The explosion-proof version of Alfa Laval’s chemical-free ballast water treatment system, PureBallast 3.1 EX, has received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard for use on barges sailing in U.S. coastal waters. The approval comes a year after Alfa Laval PureBallast received an IECEx Certificate of Conformity from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for use in explosive atmospheres on board ships in international waters.
Global Diving & Salvage Opens California Office
Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. announced the expansion of its California regional operations with the addition of a new office in Southern California. Located in Signal Hill near Long Beach…
Cool Runnings: New Onboard Cooling Soultions
Sperre says it has a superior solution for equipment coolers onboard ships. Late last year it teamed with W&O to distribute its Sperre Pleat Coolers in the U.S. MR spoke to from Sperre’s Gard Sem (pictured) for insights. While Sperre Pleat Coolers are designed to provide customers several advantages, including performance and the compact size, Gard Sem, vice president of sales and marketing, was most eager to discuss the maintenance characteristics of the system.
Kleven Delivers to Olympic Shipping
Offshore construction vessel Olympic Bibby, build no. 371 from Kleven Verft, has been delivered to Norwegian shipowner Olympic Shipping. The vessel has a long term charter with Bibby Offshore, and its first job will be on the British sector of the North Sea. The naming ceremony was held in Olympic’s home harbor Fosnavåg April 9. The vessel measures 87.5 x 19m, making the entrance to the narrow harbor (22m wide) a spectacular sight.
Nautisk Launches NaviTab
Nautisk unveiled its latest navigational solution: NaviTab from Nautisk, a unique concept that replaces a vessel’s onboard Navigational Publication library. Hundreds of books have been uploaded onto a hi-spec hand-held device, suitable for use both onshore and on the bridge. “Currently, all vessels sailing global routes must carry a full portfolio of navigational publications (NPs) in order to sail compliantly and meet SOLAS Regulation,” said Nautisk CEO Thomas Fjeld.
Damen Boosts Composite Focus
Coming off a year which saw the Damen Group record its highest ever order intake over a 12-month period, a production value of roughly $2.25b and 160 newbuild deliveries, the shipbuilder looks to expand in the composite vessel market. For Damen, building with composite materials is nothing new. Already using composites for decades in some of its high speed craft, naval vessels and ferries, the Netherlands-based shipbuilder looks to take composites to the next level.
Shipping Company To Pay $800K For Dumping Oil
AML Ship Management GMBH, a German company, was sentenced in federal court today to pay a total of $800,000 in fines and community service payments for violating…
US Navy Shipboard Networking Milestone Complete
Northrop Grumman Corporation informs it has completed the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program's design, development and limited deployment phase for the U.S. Navy.