Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers Rena Marie
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V Rena Marie (Hull 191), the 61st 90-foot inland towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. (FMT) of Mandeville, La., continuing its ongoing new build program. Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed an order for additional towboats earlier this year, bringing the total vessels contracted over the last 10 years to 65. Five of the most recent 90-foot inland towboat deliveries to FMT occurred over the past 12 months.
MHI, MHPS in Consolidation Mode for Enhanced Competitiveness
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) have planned to reorganize their their Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works and Nagasaki Works respectively. The coordinated decisions are aimed at further strengthening global competitiveness, particularly in terms of technologies, costs and efficiency, by pursuing higher productivity through consolidation of their manufacturing sites by product: at MHI in the area of defense and space systems…
Landing Craft Gifted to Philippines by Oz
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, was joined at HMAS Cairns today by his Philippine counterpart, Flag Officer in Command Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Jesus Millan, at a ceremony to gift two decommissioned Australian Balikpapan class landing craft to the Government of the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan caused significant devastation to the Philippines in November 2013 and approximately 500 Australian Defence Force personnel…
Excelerate Energy makes Pakistan's first STS LNG transfer
On July 17, 2015, Excelerate Energy L.P. completed the first Ship-to-Ship (STS) transfer of LNG at the Engro Elengy LNG Terminal located in Port Qasim, Pakistan. Excelerate’s floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), EXQUISITE, received 130,000 cubic meters of LNG from the FSRU EXCELERATE using the double-banked LNG transfer system. This transfer also marks the company’s 500th commercial STS operation using the double-banked cryogenic transfer system technology developed by Excelerate.
Magnolia Inks deal with Meridian
Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd informed that its 100% owned project company, Magnolia LNG, LLC signed a legally binding agreement with Meridian LNG Holdings Corp for firm capacity rights for up to 2 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) at Magnolia LNG, located on the Calcasieu shipping channel in the Lake Charles District, State of Louisiana, USA. Under the liquefaction tolling agreement (LTA), Magnolia will…
NSF Certification for PPG's Products, Coating Systems
PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings (PMC) business announced that four individual coatings and primers and two combined coating-and-primer systems have been certified by NSF International for water-tank applications. AMERCOAT 133/844 pit-filler is a hand-applied coating designed to fill deep holes in pitted steel surfaces with a single pass. It features a 100-percent solids formulation and emits almost zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and it trowels easily to a smooth finish.
US Seizes 'Narco Sub' with 8 Tons of Cocaine
U.S. authorities have seized a submarine-like vessel loaded with more than seven tonnes of cocaine off the coast of El Salvador, the Guardian reports. U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection and Coast Guard personnel took part in the operation. The semi-submersible vessel was tracked in international waters off the El Salvador coast by U.S. aircraft. It was intercepted by the Coast Guard after a speedboat began to approach.
Intertanko Protests Nigeria Tanker Ban
Intertanko has issued a strong protest against Nigeria's decision to ban 113 tankers from its coast. Nigeria's state oil company NNPC has recently banned 113 oil tankers from the country's waters, citing a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari, in what traders said could be part of efforts to crack down on illegal crude oil trading. In a letter to Gbenga O. White questioned why these particular ships had been banned…
Shanghai Rolls out Green Port Plan
The Port of Shanghai is aiming to reduce energy consumption per handling capacity unit by 7 percent in 2017 compared to 2010, the city’s transport commission said. It is aiming to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 9 percent compared with 2010, and for the concentration of fine particulate matter to drop 20 percent on 2013. Measures include using clean fuels and setting up inland pollution emergency spots.
Shippers Demand Probe of Abandoned Calabar Port Dredging
The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) in Cross River State has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the N20 billion contract awarded to Calabar Channel Management (CCM) for dredging Calabar Port by former President Goodluck Jonathan. The shippers lamented that the dredging contract has become a conduit pipe through which successive administrations in the country looted funds, adding that every 10 years…
Direct Cambodia-China Cargo on Course
Two Chinese shipping giants are likely to sign agreements with Cambodia's Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP), paving the way for exporters to move cargo directly from Cambodia to China, Xinhua reported. Both Cosco and China Shipping are expected to sign with Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP) shortly to commence direct services from Cambodia to China, a route that hitherto has been transhipped via Vietnam.
Hanjin to Support Smart Shipping
Hanjin Group opened its creative economy innovation center in Incheon on Wednesday, hoping to develop the city into a distribution hub of Northeast Asia utilizing advanced shipping technologies. As part of the center, Hanjin created a fund worth 159 billion won ($138 million), with about 94 billion won to be used for loans to companies starting smart distribution businesses. President Park Geun-hye…
Russia Launches a Laser-Powered Ship Repair Facility
Pilot project pioneering laser repair works for the metal parts of ships and vessels has been launched in Russia's Primorsky Territory, reports Sputnik. The technology of laser reordering of metallic parts in Russia's Primorye Territory was developed by the Far Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) jointly with the Far Eastern Federal University and the Vladivostok-based ship-repairing center Dalzavod.
Star Bulk Adds Three Vessels
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that on July 15, 2015 it took delivery of M/V Goliath and M/V Maharaj, two 209,000 dwt Newcastlemax bulk carriers built by Nantong COSCO KHI-Ship Engineering Co. In addition, on July 22, 2015 Star Bulk took delivery of M/V Star Aquarius, a 61,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier built by Japan Marine United. Following these deliveries, Star Bulk owns seventy-two dry bulk vessels on the water…
US: Shell is Not Yet Allowed to Drill in Arctic Oil Zone
The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday granted Royal Dutch Shell two final permits to explore for crude in the Arctic this summer, but said the company cannot drill into the oil zone until required emergency equipment arrives in the region. The department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) conditionally granted Shell permits for exploration in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, in a season which sea ice limits from July until October.
Port Infrastructure Projects Underway in Virginia
U.S. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today joined Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and other Federal, state and local officials to break ground on two major…
First Guyanamax Ship Joins CMA CGM Fleet
Container shippers the CMA CGM Group announce that the CMA CGM Cayenne, the first vessel of its three-vessels Guyanamax series, was delivered on July 21 in South Korea. The 2,100 TEU capacity vessel – including 530 Reefer containers – is 190 meters long and 30 meters wide. It was built by the Korean shipyards Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and will be sailing under the U.K. flag. The CMA CGM Cayenne will be positioned on the North Europe French Guiana North Brazil (NEFGUI) line.
Iran Preparing for Crude Exports
An infographic examining the laden VLCCs owned by Iran has been generated by online ship intelligence and information service VesselValue.com. Iran stands at present as the fifth largest owner of laden VLCCs in the world by value, currently with 25 vessels worth a total value of $1.449 billion, amounting to 7.7 million DWT, according to VesselValue.com. This is equivalent to 56.7 million barrels of crude oil.
Ingalls Begins Building US Navy’s Next Destroyer
Ingalls Shipbuilding has begun fabrication of Destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) for the U.S. Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division Tuesday marked the start of fabrication for the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). The start of fabrication signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut. The ship is named in honor of Delbert D. Black, who served as a gunner's mate in the U.S.
New FORAN Update from SENER
SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas SA informs it has launched a new version of its marine CAD/CAM system, the FORAN V80, which incorporates new capabilities to cope with demands from the marine shipbuilding…