Tug-Barge Design Optimized for South America
Some veteran Mississippi pushboats and barges have been transported to South America for second careers. However, conditions on a great river like the Paraguay-Paraná are different.
Diana Shipping Nets 2Q Loss
Diana Shipping Inc. today reported a net loss of $14.1 million and net loss attributed to common stockholders of $15.5 million for the second quarter of 2015, compared to net loss of $5.7 million and net loss attributed to common stockholders of $7.2 million reported in the second quarter of 2014. Time charter revenues were $38.6 million for the second quarter of 2015, compared to $43.2 million for the same quarter of 2014.
On USCG Anniversary, Gov. McAuliffe Urges Hurricane Preparedness
Gov. Terry McAuliffe encouraged Virginians to get ready for hurricane season and provided an update on the commonwealth’s preparations Friday at a press conference in Portsmouth at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth. The governor also presented Rear Adm. Stephen Metruck, commander of the 5th Coast Guard District, with a proclamation in recognition of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225th birthday, which the service will celebrate Tuesday.
USCG Investigate Tar Balls at Makaha Beach
The Coast Guard is investigating a report made July 29, 2015, by beachgoers of tar balls on the beach in Makaha on Oahu, Hawaii. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu incident management personnel walked the beaches and found tar balls up to an inch in size scattered along a 1,000-yard stretch of beach and took samples in an attempt to locate the source. Samples taken from the site have been sent to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Lab in New London, Connecticut.
LR First to Certify Small Caribbean Ships
After becoming the first classification society to issue Cargo Ship Safety and Small Commercial Safety Certificates to two Trinidad and Tobago vessels LR was recently authorised by several Caribbean flag administrations to carry out surveys and issue certificates under new codes on their behalf. Code of Safety for Caribbean Cargo Ships (CCSS). This applies to ships of under 500gt. The administrations authorising LR are: The Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and St.
Fire Aboard USS Mount Whitney
A fire broke out Saturday aboard U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC20) while the ship was dry docked for maintenance in Rijeka, Croatia, the U.S. Navy reported. The incident did not cause any personnel injuries, the Navy said, adding that the fire was extinguished within 45 minutes by personnel from the ship's force and shipyard fire brigade. The cause of fire and extent of damage are under investigation.
Ross is Fleet Manager, Heidmar
Heidmar announced the promotion of Duncan Ross to Fleet Manager. Duncan joined Heidmar’s London office in 2012 as vessel manager. Prior to joining Heidmar, he sailed on a number of vessels over a six-year period. Duncan will be responsible for overseeing the consolidated fleet operations of Star and Dorado as well as the new Marlin pool.
Missing Person Rescued Near Brackettville
On July 31, Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents and CBP Office of Air and Marine rescued a man who was reported missing the previous morning. “Beyond our daily enforcement duties, we also have a responsibility to assist those in distress and our local communities,” said Chief Rodolfo Karisch. On July 30 at approximately 6 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents, assigned to the Brackettville Station…
Five Rescued from Yatch in Solent, UK
Five people have been rescued from the Solent after their small leisure boat suffered engine failure and began taking on water. The occupants of the boat made a 999 call to the Coastguard but were unable to give a precise location which caused the emergency services to launch a large search over a wide area. Independent lifeboats from Gosport, Hamble and Ryde, along with the Portsmouth RNLI lifeboat, conducted a search through the central Solent.
NMDC Breaks Several Records on New Suez Canal Project
UAE dredging and marine construction firm National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) has announced the completion of the New Suez Canal project. The $8bn (£5bn) project had been projected to take three years but on the orders of the president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the former military chief who led the overthrow of an elected Islamist government in 2013, was completed after one year. Dr Sultan Al Jaber…
Nantong Tongbao Bags Order for 8 Chemical Tankers
The delivery of tankers sized from 2,000dwt to 15,000dwt is scheduled from 2017. Zhu Jianhua, president of Tongbao Shipbuilding, said the order is a great opportunity for the shipyard to diverse its portfolio, as the shipbuilding market for offshore vessels is facing overcapacity amid the depression in the offshore market. Li Duozhu, chairman of Dingheng Shipping, subsidiary of investment firm Dingheng Group, believed that the chemical tanker shipping market has started to recover from its low.
Boxships Collide in Port Klang, Malaysia
The container ships MOL Empire and Northern Democrat collided at around 1430 LT Aug 1 in Westport harbor at Port Klang, Malaysia, reportedly while mooring. Container or containers fell overboard, also port crane was damaged. It is understood, that both vessels suffered slight damages. The reason for the accident was higher speed and strong wind, which caused drifting of the container carrier MOL Empire over the already berthed Northern Democrat…
Fire on Subsea Viking
An exclusion zone was set up around Hatston Pier earlier as the offshore support vessel Subsea Viking which was tied up alongside at the time caught fire at Hatson Pier in Orkney Islands in Scotland’s Orkney Island. The fire started from the diesel generator due to short circuit and extended to the deck. In fire fighting was engaged a coastguard tug, which succeeded to extinguish it for about an hour…
Polarcus Secures New Contract
Polarcus Limited sign a new contract with an unnamed client in terms of a marine 3D seismic project where Polarcus' Right Band technique used for broadband data acquisition. It is stated in a stock exchange release. The project, which is contingent upon the exercise of a service contract, will commence in the third quarter of this year and is expected to last approximately 45 days. For commercial reasons not stated the location of the project, said Polarcus.
Mingde Heavy is Bankrupt
Nantong’s Tongzhou District People’s Court has put an end to the restructuring appeal by debt-ridden Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry, and officially declared it bankrupt. A a request by Mingde to extend the submission of its restructuring plan, after it lapsed on 25 June, was not successful. Hence, Mingde itself applied for bankruptcy. Mingde was a leading shipyard for chemical tankers. Due to its financial difficulties Mingde was unable to receive bank guarantees…
First LNG Shipment from Donggi Senoro in Indonesia
Indonesia’s $2.8 billion Donggi-Senoro LNG project has shipped its first cargo of the chilled gas on August 2, Mitsubishi Corp, which holds about 45 percent of the project, stated. The $2.9 billion project, with LNG production capacity of 2 million-tonne-per-year (mtpa), is one of several major gas infrastructure projects that the country hopes will meet mushrooming energy demands at home and around the region.
Shift to Contract Labor in U.S. Maritime, Offshore Sectors Underway
Maritime and Offshore recruiter Faststream has reported a shift in attitude towards temporary, project and consulting work following a recent survey to over 1,000 candidates in North America. While employees have been reluctant to look at moving from permanent to contract work in the past, 85% of candidates surveyed stated that they would be open to contract work in the future. For many companies trying to shift from a fixed to a variable cost for their personnel…
Strategic Marine’s Stock Program Full Power Ahead
Strategic Marine, the specialist shipbuilder and fabricator, has confirmed its stock program of personnel transport vessels is market-ready. “Our stock program currently incorporates two class leading designs which are in high demand through its wide deployment capabilities and operating envelope,” says Reece Newbold, Group Business Development Manager for Strategic Marine. “The Offshore40 Gen3 is a 40-metre multi-purpose workboat available for immediate delivery,” Newbold advises.
Contship Italia Signs Iran MoU
Contship Italia Spa, also on behalf of Eurogate GmbH & Co. KGaA, KG, recently signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U.) with Sina Port & Marine Company (SPMCO), part of SINA Group which is one of the largest Iranian companies, with interests in various economic activities, such as health care, pension, banking, logistic infrastructure, ports and maritime activities as well as manufacturing and insurance. SPMCO is a public company, organized and existing under Iranian law.
Ondimar Firms Order Suezmax Quartet at Navantia
Navantia and Maritime Transport Ondimar LDA (shipping company Ibaizabal Group) today ratified the contracts signed in late June and the financial structure for the construction of 4 Suezmax tankers, expandable to two. 4 boats will involve 3 million hours of work for Navantia and the auxiliary industry of shipyards in the Bay of Cadiz and Ferrol estuary. The ships will be built in Spain at international market price for this type of vessel…