Shell Steps Closer to Arctic Drilling
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the nonlethal, incidental, and unintentional take of small numbers of polar bears and Pacific walrus that result from Shell’s exploratory drilling activities in the Chukchi Sea. The agency gave authorization despite finding information gaps regarding walrus and polar bear behavior in offshore environments, the immediate and long-term responses of these animals to drilling operations, and the subsistence hunting activities of several Native villages.
Oranjewerf Ship Repair becomes Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf
On 1 July 2015, Oranjewerf Ship Repair, which joined Damen Shipyards Group in 1989, will officially change its name to Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf. This name change will be the final step of integrationfor the yard into Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, part of the Damen Shipyards Group.This will enable Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf to continue to deliver a high level of service to its customers. Oranjewerf was founded in 1949 and boasts an extensive history and acquired expertise within ship repair.
TUI Cruises Orders 2 More Ships from Meyer Turku
TUI Cruises GmbH and Meyer Turku Oy signed an agreement for the construction of two new cruise ships, Mein Schiff 7 and Mein Schiff 8, to be delivered in 2018 and 2019, respectively. According to the German shipbuilder, this latest order further strengthens its order book, which will see a high work load until 2020. Mein Schiff 4 was delivered from Meyer Turku on May 8, 2015, and Mein Schiff 5 and Mein Schiff 6 are to be delivered in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Statoil to Suspend Saipem Rig Contract
Norwegian oil major Statoil said on Wednesday it will suspend a rig contract with Italy's Saipem due to overcapacity in its rig portfolio. The suspension of Saipem's Scarabeo 5 rig will take effect from the middle of August, and will last until March 1 next year, Statoil said in a statement. "We regret the need to suspend Scarabeo 5, but we will do our utmost to resume our drilling operations earlier than planned at the time of suspending the rig," it said. Reporting by Stine Jacobsen
Union Vows More Channel Tunnel Disruption
Ferry workers will disrupt traffic through the sub-sea Channel tunnel between France and Britain for 48 hours from midday on Thursday, a union official said. "We…
Crowley Takes Over Management of MSC Ships
Crowley strengthens relationship with U.S. Crowley Maritime Corp. announced its global ship management group completed the turnover of the Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet and is now responsible for the operation and maintenance of the organization’s five T-AGOS vessels — USNS Victorious (T-AGOS 19); USNS Able (T-AGOS 20); USNS Effective (T-AGOS 21); USNS Loyal (T-AGOS 22); and USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS 23) — and one T-AGM ocean surveillance ship, the USNS Invincible (T-AGM 24).
A/S Trumf Bunker Joins KPI Bridge Oil Group
KPI Bridge Oil, a global broker and trader in marine bunkers, marine lubricants and risk management products, has announced the take over of A/S Trumf Bunker. A/S Trumf Bunker in Denmark becomes a full member of the KPI Bridge Oil Group as of July 1, 2015 and will change it’s name to KPI Bridge Oil A/S. Commenting on the takeover Carsten Ladekjaer, CEO of the KPI Bridge Oil Group commented, "It has been a long time wish for KPI Bridge Oil to have a representation in Denmark…
IRClass Offers EEDI Validation Service
IRClass (Indian Register of Shipping) has recently included Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) validation to its service offerings. This is in response to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) adoption of the EEDI regulation on January 1, 2013 which will apply to the majority of vessels delivered on or after July 1, 2015. Under the regulation, the EEDI value calculated for a vessel must be based on speed in ideal sea conditions.
DNV GL Holds Hearing Ahead of New Rules Launch
More than 800 customers and stakeholders will receive the new DNV GL rules today as part of an external hearing process before their publication and entry into force. According to DNV GL, the rules are the signature of the classification society, forming the basis of the organization and playing an essential role in its work to make the maritime industry safer, smarter and greener. The merger of DNV and GL brought together a set of competencies…
UK Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship Gets a New Coating
U.K. Royal Navy Ice Patrol Ship HMS Protector is deployed on operations for 330 days a year, mostly in the Antarctic region, making it essential that her underwater hull is protected against the harsh icy conditions she faces. At the end of May, HMS Protector was coated with Ecospeed at the A&P Tyne Ltd. Shipyard in Tyne and Wear, U.K. A top consideration in a hull coating for ice-going vessels and…
Bahri to Buy Five More Oil Tankers from Hyundai Heavy
National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has signed a deal to buy a further five very large crude tankers from ship builder Hyundai Heavy Industries, the…
First ME-LGI Engine Test Deemed a Success
MAN Diesel & Turbo licensee Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) recently demonstrated the liquid-gas-injection concept in Japan on 17 June, 2015 using the very first ME-LGI engine to ever be commercially produced. The engine, with the type designation 7S50ME-B9.3-LGI, is bound for a vessel currently under construction by Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. for Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
Gondan Delivers Patrol Boats Rio Belelle, Rio Agueda
Gondan GRP Division has handed over two 36 knots maximum speed patrol boats. Yesterday the GRP Patrol Boats built for the Maritime Service of the Spanish Guardia Civil by Gondan Shipyard were officially delivered in Cádiz, Andalucía. With an overall length of 20.9 meters and a beam of 5 meters, the boats built in Fiber (GRP) in Gondan’s Castropol yard, sailed to destination, arriving at Cadiz and Algeciras ports, from where they will operate.
Transas Shifts Sole Focus to Maritime Sector
Arranging new changes to its brand positioning, the Transas Group informs it will now focus its efforts solely in the maritime market. The group’s shareholders made the decision to focus the Transas brand on the maritime business only, taking into account the success of Transas and its brand awareness in the maritime IT market and dominating position in several key segments of this market, Transas explained.
Kenyan Port Workers Strike Over Higher Health Costs
More than 2,000 workers at East Africa's biggest port in Kenya's coastal city Mombasa went on strike on Wednesday protesting an increase in the amount they will…
European Court Ups Standards for River Dredging
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday that damage to water quality must be considered when authorities approve river dredging to expand ports, in a ruling which could hinder expansion at the German ports of Bremen and Hamburg. The European Union's highest tribunal raised hurdles for approval of port dredging projects which could harm marine life, saying more consideration must be given to the potential damage to water quality and marine life.
NAPA Streamlines Compliance with Class Design Rules
Global maritime software, services and data analysis company NAPA announced the release of new tools and interfaces with class society software to streamline ship design compliance with Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC&OT; formerly known as “harmonized CSR”) from the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). Updates to 3D structural design software…
MES Delivers Bulk Carrier Newbuild
MES delivers next ship of its Eco-Ship neo60BC design, 60,000 DWT type bulk carrierM.V. Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. Phoenix Rising (MES Hull No. 1903) at its Chiba Works on July 1, 2015 to Saville Shipping Corporation, Liberia. Phoenix Rising is the second ship of the builder’s neo60BC, and the third Eco-Ship in the neo series lineup.
SUNY Maritime to Host e-Navigation Conference
The e-Navigation Underway 2015 – North America conference will be hosted by The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College from September 28 to 30 on the college’s Throggs Neck, N.Y. campus.
GTT Records Order for 2 LNG Tankers
GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced it has received a new order…