India Delays 24 LNG Shiploads from Qatar
India has deferred taking deliveries of at least 20 shiploads of expensive liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its main supplier Qatar and wants a rate cut matching the 60 per cent fall in international rates, as global gas prices slumped, reports Reuters. Sources said that India has imported 30 per cent less liquefied natural gas (LNG) than it is supposed to under a long-term deal with Qatar as a slide in spot prices has cut demand from local buyers .
Victoria Celebrates Six Millionth Cruise Ship Passenger
Two tourists -Victoria and Joseph Winthal - disembarking the Golden Princess Cruise Ship in Ogden Point have got an unexpected surprise. They were selected by Greater Victoria Harbour Authority as the six millionth cruise ship passenger to Ogden Point. To celebrate, the couple were given a variety of prizes donated by local businesses, and free admission to several tourist attractions. Victoria AM volunteers in traditional old-fashioned costumes were on hand as always to greet ship passengers.
Cambodia: Anti-dredging Protests Heat Up in Koh Kong
The The Phnom Penh Post reported that activists have continued their campaign to drive out sand dredging companies from Koh Kong province’s Botum Sakor district, refusing a meeting with local authorities and instead holding a 100-strong protest outside the district hall. Concerned Koh Kong residents, joined by environmental activists from the campaign group Mother Nature, began an ambitious protest last weekend in the province’s Andong Teuk commune.
Super Yachts Give Boost to NZ Economy
New Zealand Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says mid-winter marks the end of another successful yacht season, with many of the remaining international yachts departing at the end of last month. "57 superyachts visited between April 2014 and March 2015 , compared with 37 during the previous season. This is the highest number of superyacht visits since we hosted the America's Cup in 2000," Ms Wagner said. Overall, customs has cleared 620 arriving yachts since last spring.
Dry Bulk Shipping Outlook Improving
The dry bulk market looks set for a solid show, although conditions remain more than challenging, analysts with Macquarie said in a note, reports WSJ. As the amount of iron ore and other goods carried by these ships races ahead of new capacity, the outlook for “dry bulk” carriers is improving. Macquarie said that dry bulk rates are off their lows, in large part because shipping lines have introduced few new vessels into the market. In the first half of the year, capacity grew by less than 1% .
Sembcorp Marine Posts 17% Fall in Q2
Low oil prices and muted sentiment in the industry continued to take a toll on Sembcorp Marine's second-quarter earnings. The rigbuilder has announced that net profit for the three months ended June 30 sank 17 per cent to to $79.58 million (SGD 109 million), compared to $96.37 million (SGD 132 million) a year ago. Turnover dipped 10 percent during this period to $882.0 million (SGD 1.208 billion) compared to $979.10 million (SGD 1.341 billion) in 2Q 2014.
Two New Hybrid RTGs for Port of Shanghai
Corvus Energy informs it will provide the battery systems for an additional two hybrid solutions for new rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) that will be produced…
USCG Investigates Oil Slick off California Coast
The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating a large oil sheen off the California coast west of Santa Barbara on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the agency said. The slick…
INTERSCHALT VDR Earns CCS Certification
INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, the provider of maritime software, services and systems for navigation and communications systems (NavCom) and manufacturer of Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) systems, announced that its new generation VDR G4[e] has been type approved by the China Classification Society (CCS), effective July 1, 2015. By granting the type approval, CCS certifies that the VDR G4[e] complies with the international regulations and performance standards of IMO Resolution MSC.333(90).
Puget Sound Reports Container Volume Growth
Less congestion and efficient cargo movement helped international container volumes through the Puget Sound gateway improve 14 percent in June compared to June 2014, the port reported.
Coxreels Introduces Three-way Brake for 1600 Series
Hose, cord and cable reel manufacturer Coxreels announced the addition of an optional accessory to improve efficiency and safety of its 1600 Series reel, adding a three-way brake feature to the array of available components, configurations and accessories. Drag brakes are a standard feature on hose reels to prevent free-spooling when momentum continues to spin the reel after the desired length of hose is extracted, Coxreels explained.
Redesigned LaGuardia Airport to Include Ferry Terminal
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Delta Air Lines are set to overhaul New York’s notoriously outdated and publically criticized LaGuardia Airport, replacing four separate terminals with a single, connected one that will include a ferry terminal. The first phase of the $4 billion construction project, announced Monday by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, is scheduled to break ground in early 2016 pending Port Authority’s approval.
Four Rescued from Boat Fire in California
U.S. Coast Guard and firefighter crews helped rescue four people from a boat fire Tuesday afternoon in Alameda, Calif. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center…
Major Ivorian Cocoa Buyers Boycott Local Exporters Scheme
Major cocoa buyers are boycotting a scheme in Ivory Coast aimed at guaranteeing local firms a share of the lucrative export market, arguing that these players lack…
Arctic Range of Liferafts Introduced
Ship operators working in polar regions can now equip vessels with liferafts from the SurvitecZodiac range that have been manufactured to meet Arctic operating conditions. This follows SurvitecZodiac’ development of a heating system that can be specified to keep any one of the nearly 60 different liferaft models in its range fully operational at temperatures down to 50 degrees below Celsius. The Arctic…
Nautilus Awards Contract for Dewatering Plant Design
Nautilus Minerals Inc. has awarded a contract for the design of the Solwara 1 dewatering plant to be used on the company’s production support vessel to the Brisbane office of engineering specialist DRA Group. Nautilus CEO, Mike Johnston, commented, "The project team has been working closely with DRA for several years on studies and early engineering. DRA has extensive experience with similar floating dewatering/mineral processing facilities in related offshore industries.
Mexico to Postpone Deep Water Auction
Mexico, which has started to open its nationalized oil industry to additional private investment, will postpone auctions for deep-water oil exploration and production…
Oregon Bridge Danglers Hope to Delay Shell's Arctic Drilling
Protestors rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday hoping to delay Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil exploration this summer by blocking the return…
CWind Supports Ballast Nedam at Butendiek OWF
CWind, a provider of integrated services to the wind industry, announced today that it is providing corrosion protection services to Ballast Nedam at Butendiek Offshore Wind Farm (OWF).
The Marine Engineering Handbook
MarEngine English Underway by Wieslawa Buczkowska is a marine engineering English handbook that can be used as a practice teaching tool or for self-studying. The book helps students to visualize and organize thematic content of marine engineering vocabulary. All the readings are followed by a number of practice tasks which are provided with answer keys. The book is also intended for novice teachers of marine engineering…