MN 100: Baker Marine Solutions, LLC
Baker Marine Solutions (BMS) is an industry leader providing marine assurance and consulting services, performing DP assurance, OCIMF- OVID inspections, IMCA CMID inspections, and marine warranty surveys as well as on board marine representation, and project/vessel management services. BMS has provided analysis for most major oil companies, on some of the largest most sophisticated offshore vessels operating in the industry today.
MN 100: AEP River Operations
AEP River Operations offers the largest covered hopper fleet of any carrier. Complementing its barge operations is a fleet of over 80 boats ranging in power from 1,550 to 11,000 hp. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, AEP River Operations is a barge company offering service in the transportation of dry bulk commodities – grain, project cargo, coal, steel, ores and other bulk products – throughout the inland river system.
Interview: Germán Carlos Suárez Calvo, CEO of Astican & Astander Shipyards
How did you find a career in the maritime industry? As a consequence of my father´s dedication to the industry, as founder of a shipping agency in the early eighties as well as partner in a large shipping company and shipyard´s ownership, I grew up in this atmosphere and orientated my academic training towards being able to continuing what he and his business partners created and developed. Although I did start my professional career dealing with other type of businesses within my family…
MN 100: Blount Boats, Inc.
Over time, the Blount shipyard has built 363 vessels, including such iconic designs as the 130-foot, 600-passenger Miss Liberty. Built in 1952, the vessel is believed to have carried more total passengers than any other vessel in the world. Hull number 93, built in 1955, the “Blount 65’ made its debut and was an immediate success with ferry, commuter and excursion operators. Just under 65’ long, it was an important “break point” in Coast Guard regulations.
The FPSO Cost Discussion
At first, the oil-price and project-cancellation forecasts had hushed the audience at FPSO Europe Congress 2015. Speaker No. 1 had delegates looking at each other for signs of fear. Then, rival contractors — veterans of many a bitter tender — piled on the logic of their own methods for cost-cutting in floating production storage and offloading projects. Rather than stamp out competing arguments, a relentless costs discussion had another, unexpected effect.
Powering the First Electric Commercial Fishing Boat
Corvus Energy announced a Corvus ESS with a Siemens BlueDrive PlusC marine propulsion system will power the Selfa Elmax 1099 electric fishing boat designed and built by Selfa Arctic AS. The 11 meter electric vessel will have a 195 kWh ESS consisting of 30 Corvus AT6500 lithium polymer battery modules. The fishing boat, designed to operate entirely on Corvus battery power over a planned 10-hour working day…
USCG Medevacs Sailor from Navy Destroyer
U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews medically evacuated a 23-year-old male Tuesday at approximately 10:40 p.m from U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), 220 miles off the coast of Chatham, N.J. Coast Guard 1st District Watchstanders received notification from Navy Fleet Forces that a crewmember had a medical condition that required immediate attention at approximately 9:45 p.m.
Keel Laid for US’ Next Aircraft Carrier
Newport News Shipbuilding celebrates the keel-laying of aircraft carrier John F. Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), celebrated the keel laying of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), the second ship of the Gerald R. Ford class. Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the ship's namesake, the 35th President of the United States, is the ship's sponsor. She…
Austal Delivers Record Profit Increases
Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced it has delivered record revenue and record earnings for the year ended June 30, 2015, with Net Profit After Tax (NPAT) of $53.2 million, a 66.8 percent increase on FY2014. Austal’s best result in its 27-year history was generated from revenue of $1.41 billion, a 26 percent increase on FY2014, achieved from multiple vessel programs, including major navy defense and patrol boat programs for the U.S.
Collaboration Helps Save 2 from Sinking Yacht
The U.S. Coast Guard, the Alpena Sheriff's Department and several good Samaritans are assisting two men aboard a 42-foot sailboat that began taking on water early Wednesday morning 18 miles east of Alpena, Michigan in Lake Huron. Shortly after 9 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, received a call from two men aboard a 42-foot sailboat stating their vessel was taking on water approximately 18 nautical miles east of Alpena in Lake Huron.
US Plans More Maritime Drills in Asia
The United States will increase the number of drills it conducts in the Asia-Pacific as part of its new strategy to counter to China’s expansion in the South China Sea, Reuters quoted the Philippine military as saying. Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command, discussed the Pentagon’s recently drafted Asia Pacific Maritime Security Strategy with his Filipino counterpart, General Hernando Iriberri, during a visit to Manila, Reuters reported.
CNOOC Profits Nosedives, Eyes South China Sea
Cnooc Ltd., China’s biggest offshore oil and gas explorer, posted a 56 percent decline in profit for the first half of this year. Net income dropped to 14.73 billion yuan ($2.3 billion), or 0.33 yuan a share, from 33.59 billion yuan, or 0.75 yuan, a year earlier, the Beijing-based explorer said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange Wednesday. That exceeded the 13.9-billion yuan average of three analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
MPA Fines Unlicensed Bunker Supplier
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has fined JL Petroleum for supplying marine fuel in the world’s largest bunkering hub without a valid license. In an announcement on Wednesday, MPA said it brought charges against JL Petroleum for selling bunkers on 14 occasions between 2-25 June 2013. Additionally, the company used Bunker Delivery Notes belonging to licensed supplier Excel Petroleum Enterprise for its deliveries.
MPA Rewarded for Green Practices
The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) clinched top honours at this year's Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards. MPA has won two of the three titles given to the sector, including the overall Outstanding Singapore Environmental Achievement Award. It was also named joint-winner for the public sector category together with the Nanyang Technological University. At an event organised by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) on Wednesday…
Malaysia, Indonesia Team up to Fight Piracy
An increase of incidents of piracy and armed robbery in SouthEast Asia has prompted Malaysian and Indonesian law enforcement to form a joint rapid deployment team in response, says a report in Reuters. According to reports, the joint force will deploy three helicopters to secure the Strait of Malacca, two of which will be supplied by Indonesia and one of which will be supplied by Malaysia. First Admiral Maritime Zulkifili bin Abu Bakar…
Cosco Pacific Profits up 12%
Major terminal operator Cosco Pacific has reported a 12% on-year increase in net profits for the first half of this year to nearly $164.4m on good cost control and optimisation of management efficiency. However the revenue of the port and box leasing unit of Chinese state conglomerate Cosco Group dropped 8.6% to $402.4m from $440.2m previously. The company said in an announcement that profit from the terminals business rose by 11% to $121.2m from $109.1m in the previous corresponding period.
Hapag-Lloyd Swings to Profit in H1 2015
German container carrier Hapag-Lloyd is starting to see the commercial benefits of its integration with the container shipping arm of Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV), which is now expected to deliver larger synergies than initially anticipated. The managed to maintain its profit from earlier this year with a positive result of $175million (EUR 157.2 m) in the first half of the year. This compares with almost $200 million loss incurred in the same period of 2014…
Shipping Lines Cut CO2 Emissions
The container carriers have managed to reduce their combined CO2 emissions by around one third since 2009, according to a new report. Average CO2 emissions per container per kilometer for global ocean transportation routes have declined by 8.4 percent from 2013 to 2014 and by more than 29 percent since 2009, according to BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) annual report for 2015. The report attributed…
Break Bulk in Rotterdam on the Way Up
The opening of a new break bulk terminal is one of the many developments and investments in the break bulk sector in the port of Rotterdam; a sector that has been very much on the up in recent years. The new Liebherr crane helped Pacorini establish itself, on 1 August, on a 12.5 hectare site with a 600-metre long quay in the Merwehaven. Here, the company will focus on the handling and storage of non-ferrous metals and possibly also soft commodities.
Royal IHC successfully launches TSHD MAHURY
On 14 August, Royal IHC successfully launched the MAHURY, a 1,840m3 capacity twin-screw trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), at partner shipyard MTG Dolphin Shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The vessel is being built for Baggerbedrijf de Boer - Dutch Dredging, whose Managing Director C.J. van de Graaf Jr, attended the launch. AMAZONE. The MAHURY is an upgraded version of the ALBATROS, which was delivered in 2013, and was well received by the customer.