Inmarsat Schedules Global Xpress Satellite Launch
Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has confirmed that the third satellite in the transformational Global Xpress (GX) program – Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) – has been scheduled for launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12.44pm (BST) on Friday, August 28. The third Global Xpress satellite to be launched, I-5 F3, will cover the Pacific Ocean Region and will…
Kongsberg Bags Orders for Upgraded Heli-deck Camera
Kongsberg Maritime Ltd. (KML) Camera Group announced it has been awarded multiple contracts to supply the recently upgraded Helicopter Observation Surveillance System (HOSS). The HOSS is designed for real time video monitoring of heli-deck operations in extreme low-light conditions aboard Naval Surface Ships and is fully qualified to meet US MIL standards. The history of the HOSS spans nearly three…
New PLA Catamaran Hull Completed
The hull structures for the Port of London Authority’s (PLA) new 17-meter survey catamaran have been completed by shipbuilder CTruk. The two composite hulls were removed from the mold after several weeks of lay-up work and are now undergoing first stage fit out with fuel tank and ballast tank bulkheads at the builder’s River Colne facility in Colchester, while the deck is molded at its Brightlingsea facility. The next stage will see the deck fitted to the hulls before the wheelhouse is added.
Record Number of Vessels Serviced at Drydocks World-Dubai
Drydocks World, a provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, informs it has serviced a record number of 40 vessels in its Dubai yard. With 40 vessels simultaneously in Drydocks World facilities—more than ever before in Drydocks World’s history—the 9,000+ workforce diligently worked across the yard to provide quality and efficient services to all types of vessels such as tankers…
Trelleborg Launches Port Performance Webinars
Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched two new webinars discussing the current state of the port environment, and the opportunities arising for facilities looking to take steps toward more strategic investment and supplier support. As part of a four part series, the first webinar features Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, discussing the current situation facing ports globally…
Rickmers Raises 2015 Forecast
Rickmers Group published its Half-Year 2015 results, reporting that the company increased its revenues in the first half of 2015 by 6.6 percent from €271.1 million…
One More Z-Drive on the Job for EMS
Enterprise Mariner Services, LLC (EMS) operates with the motto “Safe, Efficient, Reliable”. With the addition of their eighth Z-drive towboat and the fourth from Sneed Shipbuilding, the goal of maintaining that excellence is ever more assured. As with the previous three, the 87 by 34-foot Sebastian D, with an 11.5-foot molded depth, was built by Sneed Shipbuilding of Channelview Texas. This makes them well suited for working the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway where they routinely push two 30…
New Towboat Honors Structural Engineer
Joe Gregory, owner of New Generation Shipbulding of Houma, La., reports that his firm’s latest delivery will join the La Porte Texas-based Martin Marine fleet of 29 inland push boats and 54 inland marine tank barges. Martin also operates four offshore tug/barge units. The latest delivery, one of New Generation’s 75 X 30 X 10-foot pushboats, is the Rex Dobson. With an operating draft of 8.5-feet these towboats have a 32-foot eye level from the wheelhouse.
Boat Migrant Found Dead in Mediterranean, 354 Rescued
Rescuers found one migrant dead and saved 354 on a fishing boat in rough seas near the southwestern shore of Italy, the coast guard said on Monday. The body was found on Sunday night…
Prosafe Signs First Contract for Safe Notos
Owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation vessels Prosafe announced it has signed a contract with an undisclosed client for the provision of an accommodation vessel in the U.K.
Disabled Fishing Vessel Rescued Off Nantucket
U.S. A disabled fishing vessel was brought in safely to shore early Monday by U.S. Coast Guard crews aboard the cutters Escanaba and Hammerhead. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center in Woods Hole, Mass. received a phone call from the captain of the vessel Challenger Sunday morning, stating a line had fouled their propeller, and they were disabled and adrift 70 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass.
Tianjin Explosion Highlights Growth of Accumulation Risks
The recent catastrophe at the port of Tianjin in China resulted in the loss of at least 100 lives and many more people are still missing. It is far too early to speculate on the cause…
Urals Weakens in Med, Baltic as Sept Cargoes Emerge
Russian Urals crude weakened further on Monday in the Mediterranean and the Baltic under pressure from abundant supplies and as oil firms began to tender fresh September supplies.
Book Review: Oil Tankers – A Pocket Safety Guide
Owners, operators, masters, senior officers and all others on board a tanker ships have a responsibility to comply with good and correct tanker practice, including all proper safety and operational standards. Oil Tankers – A Pocket Safety Guide, the new pocket-sized book from Witherby Seamanship, provides a back-to-basics crash course on proper oil tanker procedure by offering a fundamental introduction into safe tanker practice…
Former Petrobras Exec Sentenced for Samsung Drillship Bribe
A Brazilian judge sentenced Nestor Cervero, former international chief of state-run oil firm Petrobras, to just over 12 years in prison on Monday for corruption and money laundering related to a bribe allegedly paid to the speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress. Cervero and two other defendants are accused of organizing bribes from Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries in exchange for two drillship contracts…
Case Study: Samalaju Port’s New Bulk Handling Facilities
Paul Charlton, Managing Director of BMT WBM’s Machinery Group discusses the new bulk handling facilities being built at Samalaju Port in East Malaysia. In its efforts to efficiently service the anticipated increase in cargo which will be generated by industries relocating to the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd, a Malaysian government-linked company, is investing…
Tenneco, Texas A&M Partner on Emissions Solution
Sea trials, training and scholarship program designed to educate students on clean air technologies. Tenneco, a global supplier of Clean Air aftertreatment technologies is helping engineering midshipmen at the Texas A&M Maritime Academy learn firsthand how advanced aftertreatment technology can help diesel engines meet new emissions regulations while efficiently and effectively powering the ships of the future.
US Gives Shell Final Nod to Drill for Oil in Arctic
The Obama administration on Monday granted Royal Dutch Shell the final permit to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic for the first time since 2012, a move environmentalists vowed to fight. The Interior Department gave Shell the final permit to drill into the oil zone in the Chukchi Sea off northern Alaska after the Fennica, an icebreaker the company leases that carries emergency well-plugging equipment, was repaired after suffering a gash in its hull.
NOIA Praises US Approval for Shell Arctic Drilling
National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued a statement offering his praise of Royal Dutch Shell’s revised Application to Drill in the Chukchi Sea. The Interior Department granted Shell final approval to drill into the oil zone in the Chukchi Sea off northern Alaska after the Fennica, an icebreaker the company leases that carries an emergency capping stack, was repaired after suffering a gash in its hull.
Brazil to Hold New Subsalt Oil Auction by 2017
The Brazilian government plans to hold a new oil bidding round for areas in the subsalt polygon by 2017, the secretary of oil and gas at the Mines and Energy Ministry…