Strike at Port of Necochea Postponed
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising that planned strike action by customs staff at the Port of Necochea, Argentina, has been lifted and suspended for 15 days. The ‘pen down’ strike was scheduled to take place on the following dates: July 10, July 16 and July 17 2015. ISS Argentina will continue to monitor developments and keep its clients updated.
Videotel Secures NMA Approval
Videotel, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., has received the approval of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for its security training courses. Videotel’s “Maritime Security Awareness,” “Designated Security Duties,” and “Shipboard Security Officer” training courses have been approved in their entirety by the NMA for meeting the Standards of Training…
USCG Medevacs Man Near Sitka, Alaska
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 47-year-old man near Sitka, Alaska, Sunday. The Air Station Sitka crew safely transported the man from a beach to Sitka Community Hospital. Watchstanders from the Coast Guard 17th District command center received a report from the crew of the Wilderness Adventurer, a 156-foot passenger vessel, that the man was experiencing symptoms of a heart attack while aboard the vessel.
BG Ships First LNG from QCLNG, Australia
BG Group plc today announces it has started up and loaded its first LNG from the second production train at the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) facility in Australia. The first LNG from Train 2 set sail on the Maran Gas Posidonia. At plateau production, expected mid-2016, both trains at QCLNG will be producing enough LNG to load ten vessels per month combined, exporting around eight million tonnes per year.
NYK, MTI Develop UMS Check System
NYK and the Monohakobi Technology Institute have jointly developed a Unmanned Machinery Space (UMS) check system, the first time a Japanese shipping company has developed such a system. In a conventional UMS check, the person in charge monitors equipment by conducting a large number of checks, manually recording the collected data on paper. This new electronic UMS check has been specialized for mobile devices, and NYK aims to introduce it aboard its owned vessels by the end of this year.
ClassNK Releases New PrimeShip-HULL Software
ClassNK has released PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver. 2.5.0 in response to the new IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT). CSR BC & OT, which harmonizes requirements found in both existing Common Structural Rules for bulk carriers and double hull oil tankers, was adopted by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Council in December 2013, partially amended in 2014…
Dublin Port Gets Approval for ABR Project
Dublin Port Company today welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project which will transform Dublin Port’s infrastructure and enable it to service the economy for decades ahead. The project will increase the port’s ability to handle large ships by deepening and lengthening three kilometres of the port’s seven kilometres of berths. It will also deepen the port to provide an entrance channel with a depth of at least 10m.
Vallianz Bags US$300m Contract to Supply Two Platforms
Singapore-listed Vallianz Holdings has won a contract worth up to US$300 million (S$405.51 million) to supply two self-elevating platforms to a large national oil company in the Middle East. The contract from one of the world’s largest national oil companies involves the supply of two self-elevating platforms which will be used to perform well servicing for offshore platforms and well structures. The five year charter contract…
India to Float Tenders for Six New Submarines Soon
The Indian Navy will soon invite tenders for building six conventional submarines after a high-level committee of the Defence Ministry submitted its report identifying shipyards capable of executing the about $10.1 billion project. Besides the state-run shipyards, private players like Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Company, in which Anil Ambani-led ADAG has announced its decision to pick up a controlling stake, are eyeing the mega deal.
Livestock Carrier Sinks off Gulf of Aden
A cargo ship carrying thousands of livestock was sailing from Somalia to the United Arab Emirates when it encountered high waves and strong winds and sank off the coast of Gulf of Aden. All animals are perishing and two of the 29 crew still missing. The more than 30-year-old ship was believed to be carrying more than 3,000 animals. A nearby vessel was able to rescue 29 crewmembers and the search for the missing two seafarers is ongoing.
2GO Mulls 25% Hike in its Revenue
2GO Group, Inc. plans to boost profit by a quarter this year amid a sanguine outlook on its logistics, distribution, and express courier businesses, a company official said. The company has set a P1.1-billion ($0.04billion) net income target this year, 25% up from P880 million last year, 2GO President and Chief Executive Officer Sulficio O. Tagud, Jr. said. 2GO has successfully transitioned from a…
Ocean Yield to Acquire Four LR2 Product Tankers
Norway’s Ocean Yield ASA has agreed to acquire four 115,000 dwt LR2 product tankers which are currently on order from Navig8 Product Tankers at Sungdong Shipbuilding in Korea. Ocean Yield has agreed to acquire the product tankers for a total consideration of USD 198.1 million, in combination with 13 years "hell and high water" bareboat charters to Navig8 Product Tankers Inc, says a company statement.
RBS to Exit Greek Shipping Portfolio
Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC is winding down its Greek operation and is looking to sell its USD5 billion shipping loans portfolio, Reuters reported on Saturday. Citing finance sources familiar with the plans, Reuters said the move was part of the UK state-backed bank's efforts to shrink its international business. Part of a wider strategy by the bank to shrink parts of its international business…
Subsea 7 Teams up with OneSubsea
Subsea 7 and Houston-based OneSubsea have announced the signing a global alliance agreement to combine resources and collaborate on selected projects. The firms will jointly design, develop and deliver integrated subsea development solutions. OneSubsea is owned by Cameron and Schlumberger. The alliance will bring together Subsea 7’s experience and technology in seabed to surface engineering, construction…
Japan Creates World's Largest VLGC Player
Japanese Astomos Energy Corp. has announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with ENEOS Globe Corp. aimed at merging the two companies' gas fleets, thereby creating a new giant in the booming tanker market. The two partners will tap opportunities to best create an effective combined fleet focusing on import and export liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). A merger of the two companies would create…