Diana Extends Containership Time Charter
Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary…
C-NAV Upgrades DP Vessel Software
C-Nav, a division of C & C Technologies an Oceaneering International Company providing dynamic DGNSS Precise Point Positioning systems, has introduced a newly upgraded version of its C-Scape software. C-Scape provides independent, real-time monitoring of dynamic positioning (DP) systems, while simultaneously providing operations overview of other vessels infield and subsea infrastructures via multilayer AutoCAD files.
Beijing, Moscow Discuss O&G Exploration in Arctic
Beijing and Moscow discussed the potential participation of Chinese companies in natural resources exploration in Russia's Arctic, a senior Chinese Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday.
Swedish Patrol Boats Refit with Kongsberg Sonar
As part of a rebuild and lifetime extension program for five Swedish Navy patrol boats, Swede Ship Marine will install new Kongsberg Maritime sonar systems to replace the previous model SIMRAD SS576 sonar first installed in 1996 on board the Tapper-class (or Bevakningsbåt 80). At 22 meters in length and a displacement of 62 tons, the Tapper-class Fast Patrol Boats operate in extremely shallow water and require sonar capable of high performance in such environments.
Kalmar to Refurbish 2 Ship-to-Shore Cranes
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order to retrofit both electrically and mechanically two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes for Alexandria Container & Cargo Handling Co.
Maersk Line Appoints GAC for Husbandry Services
Maersk Line, has appointed GAC to provide husbandry services for its vessels calling at Hong Kong. Maersk Line is part of the Maersk Group, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. It operates 608 container vessels and has 374 offices in 116 countries. The company employs 7,100 seafarers and 25,500 land-based employees. Under the two-year contract, which commenced on July 1, 2015, GAC will handle more than 1,000 calls by Maersk Line and MCC vessels per year at all ports and terminals in Hong Kong.
Dan-Bunkering Reports Increased Profits
Dan-Bunkering, with 13 offices positioned in nine countries around the world, announced it can this year present a very satisfactory result for the financial year 2014/15. The Dan-Bunkering Group has achieved a profit before tax of $16.4 million and a prosperity in gross profit of 11 percent compared with last year’s results. Company CEO Henrik Zederkof said, “We have experienced many positive changes within our organization…
ABS to Class Maersk's Mega Ships
Maritime shipping and offshore classification services provider ABS has been selected to class 11 newbuild ultra-large containerships (ULCs) for Maersk Line A/S of Denmark, the classification society announced today. At 19,630 TEU, Maersk’s second generation of Triple-E containerships will larger than the first, and were ordered from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea last month in a deal that includes options to build up to six additional vessels.
New Rescue Vessel Marks Milestone for Craig Group
North Star Shipping has reinforced its fleet of next generation vessels after taking delivery of its new ERRV, the Grampian Devotion, in Aberdeen. The latest vessel represents the eighth and final D-class IMT-950 Emergency Response and Rescue vessels (ERRVs) that the company has had specially built as part of a major $169 million investment program. Callum Bruce, managing director of North Star Shipping which is operated by Craig Group…
Maersk Line Orders Nine Boxships in $1.1 bln Deal
Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, said on Wednesday it has ordered nine 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent units vessels from Hyundai Heavy Industries in a deal worth $1.1 billion. The vessels will join the fleet in 2017 under a Singaporean flag, said Maersk Line, a unit of the A.P. Moller-Maersk conglomerate. Reporting by Sabina Zawadzki
Two Dead in Petrobras Offshore Accident
Two workers died at a construction project at a Brazilian oil terminal operated by state-run Petrobras on Tuesday, adding to a string of fatal and life-threatening accidents…
Beijing: China and Taiwan have S.China Sea Obligations
Both China and Taiwan have an obligation to assert claims to the South China Sea, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, in a sign of rare political agreement…
Thailand $1 bln Submarine Deal with China
Thailand’s navy has approved a 36 billion baht ($1.1 billion) plan to buy three submarines from China, reports local media. Royal Thai navy officials selected China over competing bids from Russia, Sweden, France, Germany and South Korea. Leading members of the ruling military junta and the Royal Thai Navy have insisted that a plan to buy three submarines from China is necessary to augment Thailand’s national defense capabilities.
NASA to Further Develop Titan Submarine Design
Step forward the Titan Submarine, a proposal that NASA has just awarded a second round of funding through their Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. It is very much just a concept at the moment, but it is promising nonetheless. Aside from Earth, Titan is the only place in the solar system that has bodies of liquid on its surface, making it a rather attractive place to explore. But while a number of proposals have been put forward to take a closer look, none have come to fruition.
Egypt, Russia Pact for LNG Shipments
The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed an initial agreement with Russian company Rosneft to supply oil products and liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments. The document defines key terms of the future cooperation between the companies in the area of LNG supplies. The implementation of the terms of the signed document will allow Rosneft to access the high growth potential Egyptian gas market and deepen broader cooperation between the two companies.
Rohde Nielsen Bags Port Tauranga Dredging Contract
Danish dredging company Rohde Nielsen has won the tender to complete dredging at the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand's largest port company. The capital dredging program to deepen the Port of Tauranga to take the next generation of containerships calling on the New Zealand coast will begin in October. Rohde Nielsen will deepen and widen the shipping channels from 12.9 metres to 14.5 metres depth inside the harbour and 15.8 metres outside the harbour.
UK Rowers Rescued - Again
Two Englishmen - one an epileptic with head injuries - attempting to break the world record for rowing across the Indian Ocean as a duo have been rescued for a second time. The rescue mission came after a seemingly bizarre chain of communication attempts from adventurer James Ketchell and friend Ashley Wilson. On their first attempt, in May, they had to abort their bid to row from Geraldton in Western…
Container Ship Industry ‘Lucky to Break Even' in 2015,
Global shipping consultancy Drewry predicts the container ship industry will be "lucky to break even this year" as shipping rates slump due to catastrophic overcapacity. A toxic mixture of overcapacity, weak demand and aggressive commercial pricing is threatening liner shipping industry profitability for the rest of 2015. Drewry’s new view of the market revises its earlier forecast that carriers would collectively generate profits of up to $8 billion in 2015.
Caspian Sea Port Link Opened
President Nursultan Nazarbayev has formally opened the Borzhakty – Ersai railway. The 13·9 km branch from the Aktau - Uzen line will serve a port which is being developed on the Caspian Sea near Kuryk. Construction of the line including the laying of 22·3 km of track was undertaken by Kamkor, with work starting in October 1 2014. Bombardier has supplied EBI Lock 950 interlockings. The initial traffic on the railway will include materials for the construction of the port facilities.
Adani Mulls Take Over of Katupalli Port
India's Adani Group is likely to take over the operational and management control of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Kattupalli International Container Terminal near Chennai, reports Business Standard. Adani is in the final stage of getting into an arrangement with L&T to take over the terminal, which the Mumbai-based construction and engineering major built at a cost of Rs 4,000 crore ($645 million). It is learnt that the AP Moller–Maersk Group…