ASL Bags New Shipbuilding Contract
Singapore’s ASL Marine Holdings Ltd said that its wholly-owned subsidiary, ASL Shipyard Pte Ltd has clinched shipbuilding contracts worth approximately SGD140m ($100m) for the construction of a series of tugs and barges. ASL said the vessels will be designed and built for overseas customers engaged in the mining and marine infrastructure industries. The newbuildings will be constructed at the group’s shipyards in Singapore and Indonesia.
IRS Opens Office in Abu Dhabi
Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading Classification Society, today announced it has opened offices in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the second office location for IRClass in the Middle East, following Dubai, and reflects the society’s strong commitment to the region. It also represents the latest stage of IRClass’ strategic expansion in key global territories. “Oil & Gas is an important growth area for IRClass and Abu Dhabi is therefore a pivotal market location,” said Mr.
Russian-Chinese Naval Drills End
The second phase of the Russian-Chinese Joint Sea-2015 naval maneuvers has officially ended outside the port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, says spokesman for the Eastern Military District Roman Martov. "Today, the exercise commanders from the Chinese and Russian sides announced in their joint headquarters the end of the Joint Sea-2015 (II) drills," he said in an official statement. "The exercise…
Yamal LNG Arctic Project in Doldrums
The massive $27 billion Yamal LNG liquefied-natural-gas venture in the Arctic Circle, a centerpiece of President Vladimir Putin’s plan for Russia has been squeezed by U.S. restrictions on OAO Novatek, says a report in the WSJ. Through this project, Russia wants to reduce its heavy dependence on natural-gas customers in Europe by increasing exports to Asia and, in turn, cementing Russian ties with China.
USN Observes Suicide Prevention Month
While September is Suicide Prevention Month, subject matter experts from the 21st Century Sailor Office's Suicide Prevention Office, OPNAV N171, say their goal isn't to prevent suicide on just a single day or month, but every day of the year. "Every life is precious, and the fight is year-round," said Capt. Mike Fisher, OPNAV N171 director. "We want people engaged with their shipmates every day of the year.
North Korean Black-listed Ships in Russia
North Korean vessels owned by Ocean Maritime Management (OMM) have been seen using Russian ports, says the NK News vessel tracker. OMM was sanctioned for its involvement in smuggling weapons through the Panama Canal in 2013. While the vessel was seen visiting the Russian port of Vanino in early July, data from Marine Traffic and ship inspection records indicate the sanctioned Hui Chon (formerly the Hwan Gum San 2) is now a regular visitor to ports in the Russian far east.
New London Cruise Terminal Gets Green Signal
London Mayor Boris Johnson gave final approval to build a new cruise terminal on the Thames River at Greenwich. The terminal, to be located at Enderby Wharf, is expected to play host to 55 ship calls a year when it becomes operational in 2017. Ships as long as 230m in length will be able to dock at the Enderby Wharf location, with a maximum of 1600 passengers on each vessel. There had been opposition from local residents on the new plan in Greenwich at Enderby Wharf.
Sailboat Catches Fire off Honolulu
A sailboat with five people aboard caught fire off Honolulu, Thursday, promting responsefrom the U.S. Coast Guard who sent a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu to tow the vessel to Pier 38 in Honolulu. Sector Honolulu Command Center watchstanders received a report at 9 a.m. from patrons at Aloha Tower of the sailboat on fire about a mile off Sand Island. The watchstanders immediately diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau’s smallboat crew…
MHI, SBG Invest in Wind Energy Startup Altaeros Energies
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. ("MHI") and the Suhail Bahwan Group ("SBG") have invested in Altaeros Energies, a Massachusetts-based technology company, to support the design and production of its Buoyant Airborne Turbine ("BAT") renewable energy and communication platform. MHI and SBG bring deep strategic expertise in developing and executing large technology projects for industrial and government customers around the world.
Damen's Ship with Van der Velden FLEX Tunnel Commissioned
The first ship outfitted with the Van der Velden FLEX Tunnel was named Friday, August 14th in Duisburg. The Rhenus Duisburg, the new barge combination from shipping company Rhenus PartnerShip, has been put through extensive tests and trials. Much data has been collected so as to establish the appropriate and ultimate efficiency of the Van der Velden FLEX Tunnel. The system developed by Van der Velden offers advantages for barges in terms of speed…
Ecopetrol, JX Nippon Team Up to Explore Brazil Offshore
Ecopetrol reports it has established an Alliance with Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration through its affiliate in Brazil, Ecopetrol Óleo e Gás to explore the FZA-M-320 block, located in shallow waters of the Foz Amazonas basin on the equatorial margin of the Brazilian Amazon region. Ecopetrol has held the exclusive rights for this block since May 2013, which was awarded during the 11th Round carried out by the ANP, the National Petroleum Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency in Brazil.
CFSAI Shifts to New Office in New Mumbai
Container Freight Station Association of India (CFSAI) has set up a full-fledged Secretariat and moved to its new office at “Anchorage Building” in Dronagiri Node on 26th August 2015. Mr. Sanjeev Behari, IRS, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Nhava Sheva was the Chief Guest on this occasion who formally inaugurated the office. The distinguished Board members of CFSAI includes the President Shri. Adarsh Hegde and Vice President Shri. V Padmanabhan and Capt. Nishit Joshi welcomed Mr.
Oil Soars in Biggest One-day Rally in Years
Oil rocketed as much as 10 percent higher on Thursday, posting its biggest one-day rally since 2009 as recovering equity markets and news of diminished crude supplies set off a short-covering surge by bearish traders. Snapping back from a deep two-month slump that reached 6-1/2 year lows this week, oil climbed as world stock markets rose on hopes Chinese government measures to stimulate the economy would pay off, while the dollar strengthened as risk aversion eased.
Odfjell Reports Best Quarter Since 2008
In what it is calling its best quarterly performance since third quarter 2008, the Odfjell Group for the second quarter of 2015 reported net results of $7 million. The group, which transports and stores bulk liquid chemicals, acids, edible oils and other special products, said it saw steady general improvement in the chemical tanker market with improved earnings in the deep-sea segment as well as in the remaining regional operations.
Fisherman Hit by Parted Line Lifted to Safety
A fisherman struck and injured by a parted line was medevaced south of San Juan Island and transported to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, Wash. Thursday morning. He is in stable condition.
Great Lakes Shipyard to Build Guatemalan Harbor Tug
U.S. shipbuilding and repair yard Great Lakes Shipyard informs it has signed a contract to build another of its HandySize Class, 3,400 HP twin-screw tugboat for harbor towing operations in Puerto Quetzal, a commercial cargo, container and cruise port located on the Pacific coast of Guatemala in Central America. The tugboat’s buyer, Regimen de Pensiones y Jubilaciones del Personal de la Empresa Portuaria…
BAE Systems Welcomes Record Number of Paid Interns
More than 140 university students from across the country are being given a unique insight into working life at BAE Systems, as part of the company’s 12-week summer internship program. At Portsmouth Naval Base and Cowes on the Isle of Wight, 11 interns are currently working across a number of disciplines from HR and finance, through to engineering and supply chain. Now in its third year, this growing…
Fishing Boat Catches Fire off Maine
U.S. Coast Guard crews from Station South Portland, Maine, and Air Station Cape Cod responded to a report of a fishing boat fire Wednesday, about six miles from Jeffreys Ledge, a fishing area which stretches from the coast of Rockport to just southeast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. A crewmember aboard the 40-foot fishing boat Gretchen Marie contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at about 7:40 p.m.
Drydocks World World’s Largest Turret
Drydocks World marked a milestone in completing the world’s largest turret mooring system. At almost 100 meters high, weighing over 11,000 tons and with a diameter of 26 meters, the turret is designed to ensure the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility can operate safely in the most extreme weather conditions. This innovative FLNG storage and production facility will be stationed by Shell at its Prelude gas field off the northwest coast of Australia…
N-KOM: New VLCC Size Floating Dock
Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), the joint-venture shipyard of Keppel Offshore & Marine and Nakilat, continues to see strong interest for its ship repair services in 2015, having already delivered more than 450 projects for shipping and oil and gas companies over the past four years. Among the shipyard’s list of customers are Odfjell, Maran Gas Maritime, Diamond Shipping, Springfield Shipping…