US Senate Panel Approves Bill to Monitor Port Performance
A divided Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday approved legislation requiring the government to report on the performance of major U.S. port operations, including during labor contract talks.
Submarine John Warner Delivered Ahead of Schedule
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division delivered the submarine John Warner (SSN 785) to the U.S. Navy today. The Virginia-class submarine, the first to be named for a person, was delivered two and a half months ahead of schedule. "This submarine embodies the spirit of Senator Warner and symbolizes his unwavering support for the Navy and the shipyard," said Jim Hughes, Newport News' vice president of submarines and fleet support.
Matson Increases Quarterly Dividend
The board of directors of Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, today declared a third quarter dividend of $0.18 per common share. The dividend represents a one-cent increase…
New Compact Ballast Water Filters Launched
Filtersafe announced the launch of its ‘Compact’ line of ballast water filters, a new range of self-cleaning filtration systems designed for use in vessels with limited space or for retrofit installations. The new, single screen compact filters are designed to handle flow rates of between 50 to 550 cubic meters an hour (m3/hr) using 25, 40 or 50 micron screens, with the ability to operate in vertical or horizontal configurations.
NASSCO Starts Building 2nd SEA-Vista Tanker
Ceremony signals the start of construction for the second SEA-Vista ECO Tanker to be constructed at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, signaled the start of construction for the second of three 50,000 deadweight ton, 330,000 barrel cargo capacity product tankers for SEA-Vista Newbuild III LLC, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holding Inc.
New Fast Small Ship Simulator
A new Fast Small Ship Simulator for training crews working on high speed boats is in development. Together with Cruden and Tree C Technology, the Royal Dutch Naval Defense School and the Royal Dutch Navy’s Surface Assault Training Group, the consortium aims to reduce wear on front-line operational vessels and sharply reduce fuel costs, while also opening up the possibility of coordinating with other marine simulators.
Schottel: Propelling Inland Waterways for 65 Years
Since the 1950’s, SCHOTTEL propels inland waterway vessels with Z-drives and individually fitted thruster concepts. On the Amazon River Schottel thrusters, modified especially for shallow draft operation with a flat bottom nozzle that is partially integrated into the vessels hull, are driven directly by diesel engines. This nozzle concept reduces the draft of the vessel and thus reduces the danger of grounding and enables more clearance in shallow areas.
Geo-Fencing on the Waterfront
Floscan Instrument Company’s fuel monitoring and measurement tool eliminates reporting hassles but provides much, much more for inland operators. FloScan Instrument Company has been in the fuel monitoring and measurement game for a long time. Since FloScan flow meters were first introduced 40 years ago, more than 750,000 Floscan sensors and systems have found their way onto almost every make of gasoline and diesel engine in the world rated from 25hp to 6000hp.
Harvey Gulf Acquires Shipbuilding Assets
Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) is launching a new affiliate, Harvey Shipyard Group, to manage its shipbuilding assets, the company announced today. Harvey Shipyard Group is acquiring Gulf Coast Shipyard (Gulfport, Miss.) and Trinity Yachts (New Orleans, La.). HGIM Chairman and CEO Shane J. HGIM said it intends to work with its affiliates to catapult the Gulf Coast Shipyard, which constructed the nation’s first LNG OSVs for the offshore market, in addition to tank and hot oil barges.
Boskalis Secures Dredging Work in Africa
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has been awarded three dredging-related contracts on the African subcontinent with a combined value of approximately EUR 75 million.
Portsmouth Naval Base Harnesses Sun Power
BAE Systems has completed a large scale installation of solar panels at Portsmouth Naval Base to increase energy efficiency and generate savings. In total, almost 2,000 solar panels comprising the latest photovoltaic technology have been installed on two key Portsmouth Naval Base buildings. The new 500kW system is expected to generate energy savings worth more than £1million over the next 20 years.
GTT Receives Order for FSRU
GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has announced a new order for a Floating…
Charleston Harbor Deepening Gains Federal Approval
U.S. Today in Washington, DC, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board (CWRB) unanimously approved the Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental…
Containership Responds for Yacht Fire Rescue
Two New Zealand sailors and their Mexican skipper were rescued from a liferaft 280 kilometers south of Niue after their yacht caught fire just after midnight June 23, Maritime New Zealand reported.
RILA Welcomes Introduction of Port Metrics Bill
In a letter sent Wednesday, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) applauded Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R…
Anadarko in Talks with Jera for Mozambique LNG Deal
Anadarko Petroleum is in talks with newly formed Japanese joint-venture vehicle Jera, set to become the world's biggest buyer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), to…
Day of the Seafarer Celebrated in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Ports informs it celebrated the global ‘Day of the Seafarer’ with as many as 1,000 seafarers. The day is observed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on June 25 each year to raise awareness of the vital role played by seafarers. Gifts were distributed by Abu Dhabi Ports employees to mark the day. The gift parcels, which contained commemorative items, were hand-wrapped by Abu Dhabi Ports employees and distributed at all ports.
RECAB Inks Deal with AKVA Group
Embedded computer systems developer RECAB AB has entered into a contract with AKVA Group ASA for the delivery of its solutions to the fish farming industry. The frame agreement signed during Norshipping 2015 will see AKVA group deliver RECAB's embedded computer systems to the global fish farming industry.
Svitzer Orders Pair of Damen Tugboats
Svitzerhas ordered two more Damen ASD 3212 tugs with 80 tons bollard pull performance for its escort and towing operations on the Thames and Felixstowe. They are being built at Damen’s ong Cam Shipyard in Vietnam and will be delivered to Svitzer UK in October 2015. The 32m ASD tugs, designed for push-pull, escorting, towing and fire-fighting operations, feature a 12.2m beam and speed of 14 knots. For propulsion…
Supporting the Protection of Southeast Asian Seas
A project aiming to identify sea areas in Southeast Asia to be designated as Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) is gaining ground with the holding of a second regional meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, June 24-25, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced. A PSSA can gain extra protection through the adoption of associated protective measures, such as ship routing systems. The IMO’s Ed Kleverlaan is facilitating the meeting…