Sterndrive Boost Offshore Fishing Charter Boat
Capt. Rick Croson has been running a successful fishing charter business from North Carolina’s Wrightsville Beach for more than 10 years. When the time came to order a new boat, he made the unusual decision to request a diesel sterndrive power package. He couldn’t be happier with the results – in terms of fuel economy, speed, quiet operation and no exhaust fumes, as well as a clean transom for fishing astern. Croson started his charter business with a 20-ft.
Taimyr Disapprove Oil Terminal "Tanalau"
"As a result of re-hearing Association based on its own observations and conclusions Greenpeace concluded that inappropriate construction of the oil terminal" Tanalau "on the Yenisei River. The main comments from the public have become concerns for environmental safety of construction and further operation of the terminal in the Far North, "- said in a statement the association. The organization offers to build a deep-water terminal in Port Dickson…
Vallianz Bags $ 458 Mln in Charter Renewals
Vallianz Holdings Limited a fast growing provider of offshore support vessels and integrated marine solutions to the oil and gas industry, has signed new contracts valued up to US$458 million that has lengthened the charter duration for 19 of its offshore support vessels currently deployed to an existing customer in the Middle East, which is one of the world’s largest national oil companies (the “NOC”).
SAFE Boats Wins USN Patrol Boats Order
SAFE Boats International (SBI) has been awarded a contract modification to provide the United States Navy two (2) additional Mk VI Patrol Boats (Mk VI PB). The contract modification exercises the options available on the second Mk VI procurement contract, which was awarded to SAFE Boats in June of 2014. This brings the total number of Mk VI boats to be built by SAFE Boats to 12. The Mk VI PB is the…
EU Approves I-Tech Selektope
On the 8th of July, the European Union Standing Committee on Biocidal Products gave notice that Selektope is approved under the EU Biocidal Products Directive as an antifouling substance for use in both professional and non-professional antifouling products. “We are very pleased to receive the final confirmation that Selektope complies with the demanding EU legislation for biocides,” says Dr Cecilia Ohlauson, Regulatory Affairs Manager for I-Tech.
Sri Lanka to Establish Terminal for Cruise Ships
A fully-fledged cruise terminal is to be set up at Colombo port given the increasing number of calls by cruise vessels, according to Lakdas Panagoda, chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). The SLPA plans to convert the Bandaranaike Quay (BQ) of Colombo port into a “fully-fledged international cruise terminal,” Panagoda said. This was one of the initiatives taken by the SLPA during the new administration in the past six months, he said.
China Far Ahead of India in Submarine Race
Global military reported that recently a Chinese “Yuan” class conventional submarines docked news in Pakistan, once again hurt the Indian Navy submarine fleet. The Hindustan Times said terms of size, the Chinese Navy submarine force is four times that of India, and in recent years the Chinese submarine upgrading, performance is more old-fashioned non-Indian Navy submarine cannot match. India now plans…
US Navy Launches Undersea Drone
A U.S. Navy submarine has become the first to launch and recover an underwater drone used in a military operation, reports AP. The attack submarine USS North Dakota returned to its base in Groton, Connecticut, on Monday following a nearly two-month deployment. The vessel's commanding officer, Capt. Douglas Gordon, said the Mediterranean Sea mission proved submarine-launched drones are a viable option for the Navy.
Newport News Shipbuilding Bags US Navy Submarine Contract
The U.S. Navy has given Newport News Shipbuilding a $106 million contract to provide engineering and industrial support for submarines. Huntington Ingalls Industries, parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding, said the contract will be worth a total of $564 million, as the special mission submersibles, submarine support facilities and related programs are also covered by the contract. Newport News Shipbuilding is one of only two U.S.
BHP to Spend $240 mln on Iron Ore Tug-Boat
BHP Billiton plans to construct a new eight pen tug harbour at Hunt Point in Port Hedland, as well as purchase six additional tugs, for $US240 million ($A326 million). The investment will also include an upgrade of workshop facilities, operational and service berths and two small boat moorings at the existing Nelson Point tug harbour. The project is expected to create up to 200 jobs in Port Hedland during construction phase.
Trial Operation for New Suez Canal to Begin This Week
The CEO of the New Suez Canal’s dredging works Wagdy Zaki has said that all preparations have been made to start the trial operation for the New Suez Canal next Saturday. He also said that the head of Suez Canal Authority Gen Mohab Mamesh is following up the trial operation’s measures. The new Suez Canal shipping-route project will be completed before Saturday, according to Mohab Mamesh, head of the Canal Authority. On Sunday, 97.2 percent of the project was completed, Mamesh said.
Kansas Shipping Hub Announce Finalists
Seven finalists have been selected for the site of a proposed Kansas transload shipping center. The Kansas Department of Transportation/Kansas Turnpike Authority Transload Facility Site Analysis team selected the finalists from the 111 proposals submitted for consideration. Some communities submitted multiple sites. The finalists include Abilene, Concordia, El Dorado (Refinery Road site), Garden City (U.S.
“FS3” Motion-based Simulator for Dutch Navy
A two-year project is underway which will lead to the development of a Fast Small Ship Simulator. Driving a small, fast navy boat in heavy seas can be a real challenge. Effects of broaching, surfing, capsizing risk, slamming and planing put severe demands on the crew and the boat handling. It requires a well developed skill-set to safely navigate under various operational circumstances. With these challenges in mind…
Mariner Missing from Capsized Towboat
The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to the report of a missing person and capsized vessel in the Upper Mississippi River, Monday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector…
Shore Leave: Re-think on Balancing Security, Seafarer Rights
Before port states became hyper-sensitive to security issues, shore leave was natural part of a seafarer’s life. You worked long and hard hours at sea, often for extended periods of time on long voyages. When the ship reached port, you went ashore and decompressed, connecting with family and friends. That and much more changed after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. The IMO adopted the International…
How to Defend against Patent Trolls without Breaking the Bank
Patent trolls—those who seek to enforce patent rights, but do not actually manufacture or supply services based on the patents—are a problem in all industries, including the shipping industry. And as the pace of innovation in shipping continues to accelerate in areas such as environmental compliance, electronic navigation, vessel design, construction and operation, offshore construction and exploration, and cargo logistics management, claims by patent trolls are sure to rise.
Preventing Loss of Propulsion After Fuel Switch to Low Sulfur Distillate Fuel
The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) ANNEX VI Regulation 14 requires ships with Marine Compression-Ignition Engines at or Above 30 Liters per Cylinder use fuel with sulfur content less than 0.1%, after 01 January 2015 within the Baltic Sea area – as defined in Annex I of MARPOL, North Sea area – as defined in Annex V of MARPOL; within 200 miles of the North…
Fuel Efficiency: The Way Forward
The Immediasea Shipping Debate Forum ‘Fuel Efficiency - The Way Forward’ was held in connection with the Nor-Shipping event in Oslo, Norway, in June. Leading the panel was Mark Fuhrmann from Blue-C who invited leading maritime executives to share their views on the future of shipping fuel-efficiency. Below are select quotes. “Our goal is clear, zero emissions. It will though take a while getting there.” He reminded the audience that “by 2050 we have to cut off CO2 production completely…
DNV GL: ‘Big Data’ Evolving Fast; LNG Slower than Expected
In connection with the Nor-Shipping Conference and Exhibition held last month in Oslo, Remi Eriksen, the newly appointed Group President & CEO of DNV GL, took the opportunity to present himself to the international maritime media. Eriksen will take over on August 1, 2015, from retiring Henrik O. Madsen. Eriksen has a solid 22 years track-record in leading positions within the group, gaining extensive international experience in the oil & gas…
Brazil Convicts First Engineering Exec in Petrobras Scandal
Three executives of Brazil's Camargo Correa group were convicted on money laundering, corruption and other charges on Monday, the first construction-industry executives…