ABS Grants AIP for Jensen’s LNG ATB Design
A Jensen Maritime-designed, liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunkering articulated tug-barge (ATB) has been granted approval in principle (AIP) by classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The designation establishes that Jensen’s vessel concept, which is classed as an A1 Liquefied Gas Tank Barge, is compliant in principle with ABS rules and guides. Suited for mobile bunkering, Jensen’s ATB is also oceans rated, meaning that it is not limited to the intracoastal waterways.
Calais DFDS Ferries to Restart Tuesday; Talks to Reconvene
DFDS Seaways Calais-Dover ferry service, suspended by a workers' blockade of Calais port during the weekend, will resume on Tuesday morning, Transport Minister Alain Vidalies said after talks with the parties involved. Ferry workers, industry executives, the Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel and the French government are due to reconvene later this week for further talks to settle the labour dispute after breaking up without agreement on Monday, Vidalies said in a statement.
Obama, Leaders Discuss Possible Sanctions, Force for South Sudan
U.S. President Barack Obama and regional leaders discussed options on Monday that included sanctions and a "regional intervention force" if South Sudan's warring…
SBM Offshore Completes $1.55 bln FPSO Financing
SBM Offshore announced it has today completed the project financing of FPSO Cidade de Saquarema for a total of $1.55 billion, marking the largest project financing in the company's history.
FERC Approves Excelerate’s Offshore GasPort
On July 24, 2015, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its order granting authorization to Excelerate Energy, in cooperation with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), to site, construct and operate the proposed Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project located offshore Puerto Rico. The order confirms the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that resulted in a finding of no significant environmental impact.
Pearl Seas Cruises Adds Voyages to Cuba
Pearl Seas Cruises plans to launch a series of “cultural voyages” from the United States to Cuba beginning in the spring of 2016, the cruise line announced today. Offering 7- to 10-night voyages aboard the line’s newest vessel, the 210-passenger luxury ship Pearl Mist, the round trip voyage from South Florida will visit several Cuban ports including Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. Pearl Seas Cruises plans itineraries on both the Southern and Northern coasts of Cuba…
CAPE Holland Deploys New Vibro Lifting Tool
Earlier this week, during its first commercial application, the newly developed Vibro Lifting Tool (VLT) of CAPE Holland has successfully installed four piles in up to 90 meters water depth. This installation is part of the pre-piling project for the Culzean Wellhead Platform jacket which will be installed next year. The VLT was used as a stabbing tool to install all four piles in one sequence to stable depth through a template without any tool change.
BTP Handles Millionth Container
Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), Brazil’s newest container terminal in the Port of Santos, has reached a number of important milestones. The facility, a joint venture between APM Terminals and Terminal Investment Limited, has handled container number 1 million, discharged on its quay from vessel number 1,000 to berth at its facility on Friday, July 24. This was achieved 20 months after operations officially began at this terminal.
Mozambique Port Accident Deals Blow to Vale Coal Project
A coal stacker has collapsed at the Mozambique port of Nacala, dealing a blow to Brazilian miner Vale's effort to start coal shipments from the African nation in the third quarter…
NOIA Applauds RI Offshore Wind Project
National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi issued a statement congratulating “steel in the water” for Deep Water Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm, stating an all-of-the-above strategy combining offshore wind with offshore oil and gas off the U.S. Atlantic Coast benefits the U.S. on multiple levels. “NOIA congratulates Deepwater Wind as on-site construction begins on its Block Island Wind Farm offshore Rhode Island.
Malaccan Ports to Become Specialised Hubs
Plans are underway to convert seven Malaccan ports into specialized hubs for various sectors to spur the state's economic development, reports the Star. The Malacca Port Development Masterplan is expected to increase investments and economic activity by creating jobs in the manufacturing, tourism and industrial sectors. Malacca Transport and Project Rehabilitation Committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong…
Scottish Exporters Bullish on New Shipping Service
As the shipping operator BG Freight Line is set for a new freight service connecting the links, Scotland’s food and drink, chemical and manufacturing industries are looking for a boost. BG Freight Line, wholly-owned by Clydeport owner Peel Ports, has extended its Irish Sea network with a new service connecting Rotterdam, Liverpool, Belfast, Dublin and Greenock. The route, which will also take in Belfast…
Information Sharing to Fight Piracy and Illegal Fishing in Ghana
International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Chris Trelawny has visited the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre (MTISC-GoG), located in the Regional Maritime University of Accra, Ghana. The multinational centre provides advice and information to merchant shipping operating in the Gulf of Guinea. At the time of the visit over 630 ships were exchanging information with the centre. In recent months…
Maritime Union of Australia Oppose China Trade Deal
The Maritime Union of Australia is willing to use its power over the country's ports to disrupt a new free trade deal with China, reports AAP. The union movement’s opposition to the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has ratcheted up since the agreement was signed in Canberra on June 17. MUA Queensland branch secretary Bob Carnegie says his union controls all imports and exports and they're prepared to act against the deal…
IMO Signs Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships Project
International Maritime Organization (IMO) the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an agreement to allocate US$2.0 million to a two-year global maritime energy efficiency partnership project, which aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping. The so-called GloMEEP project, formally designated…
Petronas-led Consortium to Start Construction of B.C. LNG terminal Soon
British Columbia's finance minister Michael de Jong said that the construction of Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) $36 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal project in Canada is expected to start in September. “We are awaiting the final environmental certificate. We are hoping by this fall. All of the other prerequisites have been dealt with now,” said Michael. Michael is travelling…
Wrecked 'Russian Submarine' Found in Swedish Waters
A wrecked mini-submarine was found last week in waters off of Sweden’s eastern coast. Authorities believe it is a Russian model, primarily because of Cyrillic letters on the hull. They have not disclosed the exact location of the wreckage, but say it is around 1.5 nautical miles from the Swedish coast. Swedish Armed Forces spokesman Anders Kallin did not say whether the military also believed it was a Russian submarine. "We choose not to comment on it before we have seen more material.
Korean Shipyards in Troubled Water
Struggling with technology and a plunge in oil prices that has discouraged exploration, Korean vessel makers are racking up debt and could show billions of dollars in losses, reports Bloomberg. The Big Three shipbuilders in South Korea ventured into offshore oil rigs starting around 2010 with a goal to avoid direct competition with China. The idea appeared excellent then, with oil prices climbing toward $100 a barrel. Today the strategy seems to have backfired.
AAM, UNH in Vessel Design, Construction Pact
All American Marine, Inc.(AAM) together with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) are pleased to announce a contract for the design and construction of a new aluminum catamaran research vessel. All American Marine will build the 48’ x 17’ catamaran custom devised by Teknicraft Design, Ltd. of Auckland, New Zealand. The new vessel, funded through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will serve the Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC) at UNH.
Miko Magnetic Patches Pioneer New Repair Technique
BW Offshore has successfully used Miko magnetic patches in a pioneering new repair technique that creates significant time and cost savings. When some cracks appeared in hull plating in the engine room of the FPSO Abo operating off the Nigerian coast, the BW Offshore’s engineering project team chose magnetic patches from a Miko Tanker Kit to quickly seal the leak and make the vessel safe and secure.