Kalmar Bags order from ÖBB-Infrastruktur
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded a valuable order from long-standing partner Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) to supply cargo handling equipment for general cargo and intermodal operation at the ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG terminals at Wolfurt, Wels and Wien Süd in Austria. The order was booked into Cargotec's 2015 second quarter order intake, with delivery scheduled to be completed by the fourth quarter.
Ensco CFO Jay Swent to Retire
Ensco plc announced today that EVP & CFO Jay Swent, 64, will be retiring after more than 11 years of service. Mr. Swent will continue to serve in his current role until the succession process has been completed and a new CFO has been named. The completion of the succession process may extend into the first half of next year. “Jay has been integral to Ensco’s major achievements over the past decade as the company has grown to become an industry leader,” said CEO and President Carl Trowell.
Aker Solutions Revenue Steady
EBITDA margin ex. EBIT margin ex. Aker Solutions' revenue was steady at NOK 8 billion in the second quarter of 2015 from a year earlier amid progress on major projects from Africa to Norway and Brazil. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were NOK 376 million, compared with NOK 472 million a year earlier. Aker Solutions secured NOK 3.4 billion in orders in the quarter, including a key maintenance…
NYK Vessel Rescues Fishermen on Philippines Coast
On July 7, Crimson Polaris, a wood-chip carrier operated by NYK Line, rescued nine fishermen in distress off the coast of the Philippines. While Crimson Polaris was sailing from Australia to China through a navigational lane in the South China Sea on July 7, the ship’s crew members spotted the fishermen, pulled them to safety, and began administering first aid. The fishing boat had departed from Bolinao in the Philippines on July 3 and had overturned and sunk in bad weather two days later.
Wärtsilä X92 Engine for Mega Boxship
The first in a series of 'mega-class' container vessels being built for French Ship owner CMA CGM will be powered by the Wärtsilä X92, low-speed, 2-stroke engine. The vessel is to be built by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) in Subic Bay, Philippines. WinGD is the joint venture company between Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), which took over Wärtsilä's 2-stroke engine business in January 2015.
Lowrance Debuts StructureScan 3D
Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today the release of a game-changing,sonar-imaging system – Lowrance StructureScan 3D. Lowrance StructureScan 3D allows anglers to easily see fish, underwater structure and bottom contours in a stunning three-dimensional display on their HDS Gen3fishfinder/chartplotter. StructureScan 3D imaging quickly scans underwater terrain and fish-holding structure to createhigh-resolution…
Navionics SonarChart Compatible With Sounder
Navionics, the leader in content and location-based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, announced today the latest details of its award-winning SonarChart Live. Now offering compatibility with Raymarine Dragonfly PRO and Wi-Fish systems, boaters can connect GPS chartplotters, sounders and fishfinders with their mobile devices using Wi-Fi to view an HD bathymetry map in real time while navigating.
Great Lakes Towing Company Adds 4 Harbor Tugs
The Great Lakes Towing Company, which operates the largest fleet of shipdocking tugboats on the U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Seaway, has announced the addition of four more tugboats to its fleet. The four newly purchased tugs will be named after four of the Great Lakes; Tug Michigan, Tug Huron, Tug Ontario and Tug Erie. The company’s Tug Superior has been in service for years, operating in the Port of Detroit.
USCG Foundation Awards Record 86 Scholarships
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that in 2015 it has awarded a record 86 scholarships with a value totaling just over $400,000. In just over 20 years, the Foundation's scholarship program has paid out more than $3 million to help families of Coast Guard members achieve their goals of higher education.
SembCorp Bags US$1bn Semi-sub Deal
Sembcorp Marine has signed an engineering and construction contract worth about US$1 billion to build the world's largest semi-submersible crane vessel for a unit of Netherlands-based Heerema Offshore Services B.V. Scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018, the DP3 semi-submersible crane vessel (NSCV) is designed for the installation and decommissioning of major offshore facilities. The…
Green Groups Ask U.S. to Stall Shell's Final Arctic Permits
Ten environmental groups say a missing icebreaker should be a deal-breaker for Arctic offshore drilling by Royal Dutch Shell PLC off Alaska's northwest coast and urged the U.S. government not to grant final permits to Shell, reports Reuters and AP. The groups in a letter that under Shell's exploration plans, the U.S. Interior Department cannot allow it to begin exploring for oil in the Chukchi Sea off northern Alaska while the icebreaker, the Fennica, is unavailable.
Russia Revives its Black Sea Submarine Fleet
Russia is making moves to revive and increase the size and scope of its Black Sea submarine fleet, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated. Project 636.3 Varshavyanka diesel-electric submarines that will sequentially join the Russian Black Sea Fleet will help revive full-fledged submarine forces in Novorossiysk already next year, Russia’s Navy Commander-in-Chief, Admiral Viktor Chirkov said. He stated…
Sub France Wants Australia to Buy
The French company DCNS has released details of the new submarine it wants to build for Australia as a replacement for the navy's Collins subs. DCNS is offering Australia a new submarine design it calls the Shortfin Barracuda as its contender in the $50 billion new submarines project. The Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A design, which is more than 90m long and displaces more than 4000 tonnes, is the French bid for the Future Submarines project.
Fatal accident on Skandi Pacific
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said that a 39-year-old New South Wales man has been crushed to death onboard a supply vessel off the Pilbara coast after a wave came over the back deck. The ATSB said crew members on the Skandi Pacific were attempting to shelter from heavy weather and secure cargo roughly 166 kilometres north-west of Karratha about 5:30am (AWST) yesterday when the wave struck. Bureau is investigating the death.
First LNG-fuelled Ferry in North America Commissioned
Gaz Métro, a large LNG distributor, has commissioned the first ferry in North America to run on LNG, the NM F.-A.-Gauthier, through its subsidiary, Gaz Métro LNG L.P. The vessel was commissioned in Québec, Canada. It is also the first ship of any kind to run on LNG in Canada. The F.A. Gauthier is reportedly the first of three new LNG ferries ordered by Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ), and will serve the route between Matane, Baie-Comeau, and Godbout on the St. Lawrence Seaway. MV-F.-A.
Nakilat H1 Profit Up 10 pct
Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat), one of the world's largest shippers of liquefied natural gas, has registered a half yearly net profit of $135 million (QR490.2mn), up 10% on the same period last year. The healthy financial results reflect “Nakilat’s strategic development, the success of its joint ventures, and the company’s resilience in the challenging economic climate”, the company announced. The Board of Directors…