Evac's Total Waste Management for Atlantic Mercy
The global cleantech company Evac has been chosen to supply its total waste management system to the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Atlantic Mercy. Owned and operated by the nonprofit Mercy Ships, the ship will provide medical care in the poorest parts of Africa. The vessel is now being constructed by the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation at the Tianjin Xingang Shipyard. The contract to supply the vessel was signed in May 2015 for delivery in 2016.
The Maritime Launch of Big Data
It’s no coincidence that Class standard bearer DNV GL’s incoming group chief exec, Remi Eriksen, is a former telecoms engineer who knows his way around Houston (IT) and Singapore (yards). After all, the satellite communications industry understands shipping. The reverse should also be true. Speaking ahead of his first day as CEO, Eriksen describes a future of “fast ships and slow growth” — not bandwidth growth, mind you.
Björn Rosengren: Power Boss (Part II)
At Norshipping in Oslo, Wärtsilä introduced the Wärtsilä 31, self-described by the company as a transcendent power plant in terms of fuel efficiency and economy, a claim validated by the Guinness World Records which has stamped it as the most efficient four-stroke diesel engine in the world. Björn Rosengren, President and CEO of Wärtsilä, sat with Maritime Reporter to lend perspective and insight to this development and the maritime market as a whole.
New OSV-inspired Ferry for the Fiji Islands
In recent decades there have been great advances in design of crewboats and offshore supply vessels to meet the needs of the petroleum industry. Recently a number of nations have turned to these designs as inspiration for naval craft. Now the Government Shipping Services of the Fiji Islands have turned to a designer and a builder of offshore vessels for a new inter-island ferry. The M/V Cavigou was designed by United Ship Design of Sibu and built by Kian Juan Dockyard in Miri…
Big Data: Big Value or Big Risk?
We wish we had a dollar for every time we heard or read the words Big Data at the Nor-Shipping exhibition last month. We might even have collected enough cash to buy a round of expensive Norwegian beers for the gang at the Fridtjof bar. Seriously, Big Data is one of the most talked-about subjects at maritime industry gatherings. At Nor-Shipping there were no fewer than half a dozen panels and conference sessions focusing on the role of Big Data and analytics in commercial shipping.
Intracoastal Waterway Reopened After Barge Collision
The U.S. Coast Guard has fully reopened the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) near Bolivar Peninsula, Texas Monday at 9:15 p.m. Monday, after closing it for a barge collision earlier in the day. At approximately 1:20 a.m. Monday, a collision occurred at ICW mile marker 349 involving two eastbound Kirby Inland Marine barges being pushed by the tug Capt. Shorty C and two westbound Enterprise Marine Services barges being pushed by the tug Jackie.
Ledcor Adds Six New Cargo Barges
The Ledcor Group of Companies announced that it has taken delivery of six new cargo barges to serve clients in southwest B.C. Ledcor said its marine division has grown significantly since its inception in 2012 and is on target to double its fleet size by 2016, bringing its fleet totals to nine tugboats and 23 barges. "Ledcor continues to invest in its marine operations, allowing us to expand and diversify to meet the needs of current and future clients…
Croatia Seeks Investors to Develop Adriatic LNG Terminal
Croatia's power utility HEP and gas transmission system operator Plinacro on Tuesday invited investors to express interest in building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the northern Adriatic…
Jebel Ali Port Leads in Port Productivity
Global marine terminal operator DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has demonstrated once again that it delivers the world’s best productivity for ships berthed at its docks. According the latest JOC Port Productivity data, compiled by industry analysts Journal of Commerce, Jebel Ali recorded a world-leading 131 moves per ship per hour in 2014, up 10 percent from 119 in 2013. The ranking is based on JOC’s analysis of more than 125…
Commandant Discusses Coast Guard’s Role in the Arctic
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft presented at last week’s 6th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations in Washington, DC. Summarizing Adm. In my role as the Commandant of the Coast Guard, I view the Coast Guard as the lead federal maritime agency when it comes to all things Arctic. By “all things Arctic,” I mean everything from safety of life at sea…
Thome Signs Safety Service Agreement with WSS
Singapore-based Thome have signed a Safety Service agreement with Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS). Harald Lundestad, General Manager for WSS in Singapore said: “Companies such as Thome have to balance the logistical demands of managing a large and diverse fleet trading worldwide with the challenge of keeping vessels compliant. WSS safety service technicians carry out services on a wide range of safety…
Hook-Up Operations Added to QINSy
Software design company Quality Positioning Services BV (QPS) has upgraded its hydrographic data acquisition, navigation and processing software package QINSy (Quality Integrated Navigation System). The latest version, 8.10.2015.06.29.1, includes a new feature called Hook-Up Operations for Anchor Handling, for pre-laid anchors powered by Orcaflex of Orcina. Traditional anchor handling, including showing the catenary, was already possible with QINSy.
Japan Demands Chinese Halt to South China Sea Energy Play
Japan called on China on Tuesday to halt construction of oil-and-gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea close to waters claimed by both nations, concerned…
BHP Will Beef Up Hedland Port, Acquire Tugs
BHP Billiton said on Tuesday it will spend $240 million upgrading its marine iron ore facilities in Western Australia. The funds will be used to purchase six tug…
French Ferry Workers Blockade Channel Tunnel
Protesting ferry workers temporarily blocked French road access to the undersea rail tunnel linking France to Britain on Tuesday, a Eurotunnel spokesman said. Employees…
U.N. Ship Brings Aid to Yemen
A ship carrying enough U.N. food aid to feed 180,000 people for a month docked at the Yemeni port of Aden on Tuesday, having waited for almost four weeks, a World Food Programme spokesman said.
Bosphorus Strait Closed after Vessel Allides with Villa
A cargo ship ran aground and smashed into a villa on Turkey's Bosphorus Strait on Tuesday, forcing maritime authorities to close the key waterway to transit traffic, shipping agency GAC said.
Hybrid Power Play: MTU, AKASOL form Partnership
As the world moves increasingly toward cleaner, efficient and more environmentally benign power sources, news from Germany today sees the high-profile MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH forming a development partnership with Darmstadt-based AKASOL GmbH, a subsidiary of Schulz Group (Tettnang) and one of the leading manufacturers of Li-ion battery systems for high performance applications. The partnership is…
USCG Reopen Upper Mississippi River
The Coast Guard has reopened the Upper Mississippi River to marine traffic at 11:45 a.m. today. A portion of the river was closed due to a sunken towing vessel located at mile marker 173, earlier today. The closure took place when the Charlie Boy, a previously missing 61-foot towing vessel, was located by the U.S. Army Corps of engineers outside of the navigable channel on the Upper Mississippi River at approximately 11:30 a.m., today. Salvage operations are pending.
Golar Acquires Financing for GoFLNG
Golar LNG Limited announced today that it has received an underwritten financing commitment for its first GoFLNG project from CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Co. Ltd ("CSSCL") in relation to a conversion financing and sale and leaseback transaction for the GoFLNG Hilli. The financing structure will fund up to 80% of the project cost and will be split into two phases. The first phase enables Golar to drawdown up to $700m from the facility to fund the ongoing conversion cost…