New Wärtsilä Subsidiary Trades Classic Engine Parts
Wärtsilä announced it has established a subsidiary to trade spare parts for classic four-stroke Wärtsilä engines. QuantiParts, fully owned by Wärtsilä, will operate…
US Forecaster sees El Nino Likely into N. Hemisphere Spring
A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday warned that much-watched El Nino conditions are likely to last another nine months, potentially roiling global crops and commodities prices.
Volvo Penta Pilots the Way
Despite the conservative reputation of the pilot boat industry, Pilotage de la Seine, a French pilot boat station, decided to think outside the box and install Volvo Penta IPS in two of its vessels. According to Volvo Penta, the benefits the station has seen have been extensive, signaling, perhaps, a new era in the pilot boat industry. For Pilotage de la Seine, choosing Volvo Penta IPS to propel its…
Gasoil Availability Expands on Gulf Coast
MGO and ECA products are available in volume throughout the Gulf Coast. Atlantic Gulf Bunkering LLC, a division of Bunkers International LLC, announced today that…
Incat Crowther Designs New Ferries for Singapore
A new class of 33-meter catamaran passenger ferries has been designed by Incat Crowther for Majestic Ferries in Singapore, to operate between Singapore and Batam. With four of the vessels already under construction at PT Cahaya Samudra Shipyard in Indonesia, the design targets increased speed, capacity and fuel savings in return on the operator’s investment in the new fleet, the designer noted. Powering each vessel will be a pair of MAN D2862 LE463 main engines driving fixed pitch propellers.
UKHO Calls on Shipowners Regarding Updated ECDIS Standards
IHO announces new ECDIS Standards; 12 months to complete transition. Following the announcement of updated ECDIS Standards by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), the UKHO is encouraging all shipowners to speak to their ECDIS manufacturers to ensure a smooth, timely transition. The technical standards that govern the display of Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) within an ECDIS are the responsibility of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)…
Australia Senator Pushes Aussie Sub Parts on Japan
An influential Australian senator has asked Japan to buy components for its Soryu submarines from Australian companies to boost its chances of winning a major contract…
Damen Stan Pontoon 9127 for Ocean Koper
Ocean Koperd.o.o, a member of the Ocean Team headquartered in Trieste, Italy, will strengthen its fleet with the addition of a Damen Stan Pontoon 9127. The contract, signed on June 24, is for the largest pontoon in the region, and certainly in the Adriatic Sea, the builder noted. This will be the second barge purchased by Ocean Koper from Damen. The towage company that provides offshore support services was established in 2005 and acquired the P9 barge, a Damen Stan Pontoon 7524, in 2010.
Bosphorus Strait Closure
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has advised that the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey will be closed in both directions on 10 July between 06:00-14:00 approximately due to ongoing construction works on the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (initially named the Third Bosphorus Bridge). ISS understands the exact re-opening time of the Bosphorus Strait on 10 July will depend on the completion of the work and could be extended. The Bosphorus Strait is a key shipping channel in the region for commodities.
Kalmar's AutoStrad delivered to Patrick's Port Botany
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, played a successful role in delivering an automated straddle carrier solution to Patrick Stevedores' during their recent automation of Port Botany container terminal in Sydney, Australia. The conversion from manual operations at Port Botany was made in only four days, setting a benchmark for the whole container terminal industry. Patrick's Port Botany is now the world's second fully-automated AutoStrad(TM) terminal…
East Anglia gets Dudgeon Deal
Dudgeon Offshore Wind Ltd has awarded the contract to build its onshore operations and maintenance (O&M) base to East Anglian construction company R G Carter. The company has been contracted to build the wind farm's new O&M base at Berth 9 located next to the River Yare within the Great Yarmouth port. Work commenced in early July 2015 and is scheduled to be completed during the second quarter of 2016.
PPA Canada Signs on Helm CONNECT
Today, software developer Helm Operations announced that it has signed Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) Canada to its Helm CONNECT Preventive Maintenance software. PPA operates five pilot boats and provides complete pilotage services for all ports on Canada’s west coast including Vancouver and those within the Fraser River. Ekkebus continues, touching on a core element of Helm software’s purpose. Ron deBruyne, CEO and Founder of Helm Operations is proud to have Helm CONNECT serve PPA and says.
J D Neuhaus Turns to 270
September 9, 2015 marks 270 years of manufacturing for the German based hoist and crane manufacturer J D Neuhaus, and after seven generations, the company is still managed by a descendant of the original owner. Load handling equipment supplied by J D Neuhaus is now utilized throughout the world, from small engineering workshops up to large organizations and including some of the heaviest and most demanding handling operations, even under extreme operating conditions.
Lerwick Port Donates to Shetland Stroke Support Group
Lerwick Port Authority’s Victoria Pier Car Park is having a special charity day on Saturday to coincide with the start of Living Lerwick’s Shopping Week. All proceeds from car park takings on Saturday 11 July will be match funded by Lerwick Port Authority and donated to Shetland Stroke Support Group. Lerwick Shopping Week will run from 11 to 17 July inclusive to provide a week of fun activities and events in the town centre area.
JNPT Installs ECIL's Radiological Detection Equipment
P.Sudhakar, Chairman & Managing Director, Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) handed over a critical homeland security system - Radiological Detection Equipment (RDE) to Neeraj Bansal, Chairman In charge, Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), Mumbai in presence of Dr. R.K.Sinha, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy at an impressive function at JNPort today.
Mingde Heavy Restructuring Plan in Doubt
Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry (NMHI), a subsidiary of the financially troubled shipbuilder Jiangsu Sainty Marine Corporation, has missed the June 26 deadline to submit its restructuring plan to the Nantong People’s court. In other words, Sainty Marine has aborted its plan to help the restructuring of debt-ridden compatriot Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry. The court accepted Nantong’s application for the bankruptcy reorganization on December 26, 2014.
India to Lease New Nuclear Submarine from Russia
India is in final talks with Russia to lease a new nuclear attack submarine, giving a much needed boost to its depleting underwater fleet, the Times of India reported. A decision, according to Indian analysts, will be taken during a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin at the BRICS summit in Ufa. The Modi-led government is looking to lease a newly built, customized submarine, unlike in the past when older vessels were refurbished and handed over to India.
India to be Russia's global hub for Submarine Upgrade
A report in the Economic Times say that Russia wants to make India a global hub for the upgrade, maintenance and repair of conventional submarines and its leading shipyard is in final talks to select an Indian joint venture partner for a mega project to set up facilities. India and Russia have already decided to accelerate bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to take their strategic bilateral ties forward.
Estonian Port Passenger Number Up in June, Cargo Volume Down
The ports of the Estonian state-owned port operator Tallinna Sadam (Port of Tallinn) handled in June 1.68 million tonnes of cargo and serviced 1,045,461 passengers. Compared to the same period last year, the cargo volume dropped by 25% while the number of passengers was by 1.3% higher than last year. In six months, the ports handled 4.4 million passengers which is 0.6 percent below last year’s level.
IAG Superyacht King Baby on the Water
Chinese shipyard, IAG Yachts, has successfully launched the beautiful 140-foot motor yacht King Baby, destined for an experienced yachtsman. "King Baby" is IAG Yachts' largest motoryacht build to launch so far. She stretches 140-feet while the other two yachts were 100 and 127-feet respectively. The exterior design is by a firm named REDS out of Italy. In fact, they did the interior as well. The yacht…