Will Opening of Expanded Panama Canal Be Delayed?
Though cracks were detected in the concrete walls of one of the locks of the newly expanded Panama Canal last month, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is maintaining an April 2016 start date for the revamped inter-oceanic waterway, reports Fox News. ACP informed that the April 2016 date remains unchanged. It was waiting for the GUPC consortium, led by Spanish construction giant Sacyr Vallehermoso,…
UK Chamber signs MOU with Society of Maritime Industries, British Marine
The UK Chamber of Shipping has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Society of Maritime Industries and British Marine, to set out the basis for the three organisations to work together for the benefit of the industry as a whole. Guy Platten, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Chamber of Shipping, added: “The UK Chamber and its partners have been pooling resources and working evermore closely for a number of years, and the MOU is a further step towards this goal.
IMCA Publishes Renewables Contracting Principles
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a variety of guides, templates and discussion documents aimed at raising awareness on contracting issues, promoting discussion and providing tools that may be useful for its contractor members, their clients and sub-contractors, the latest is the series is ‘IMCA Renewables Contracting Principles’ which can be downloaded from the Safety and Legislation section of the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com.
EC Approves Aid for Finland's First LNG Terminal
The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules Finland's plans to grant €23 million to construct a small scale LNG terminal at Pori on Finland's west coast. The European Commission has concluded that Finland's plans to grant €23 million of public funding for the construction of a small scale LNG terminal at Pori, in the Satakunta region on Finland's west coast, are compatible with EU state aid rules.
UN Conference on Climate Change - ENMC declaration
Furthermore it is now universally accepted that the future of mankind and of our planet lies in the seas, and their biodiversity. This is true for the economy, the science, the supply of food and energy, the medicine, but also and merely for the climate, since oceans are the largest active carbon sink and oxygen supplier on Earth. And this is the reason why ENMC is anxious to see that despite of these obvious and crucial aspects COP21 does not deal with oceans…
CMA CGM picks BIO-UV's Bio-Sea BWTS
The world leading shipping group CMA-CGM has fitted its largest containership, the 18,000 TEU Vasco de Gama, with a 2,000 cu.m/h Bio-Sea 2000 Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) supplied by French ballast water treatment specialist Bio-UV. The Vasco de Gama is equipped with the latest environmental technologies, and the BIO-SEA2000 BWTS representing therefore one of the greenest goods transport means in the world.
Plug-and-play Ballast Treatment Deck Modules
Marine Systems Inc. (MSI) delivered a pair of modular ballast water treatment units, specially designed for tank barge and ship operations. The Ballast Treatment…
VFD Controlled Pumps Help Keep Barges Afloat
Optidrive E3 variable frequency drives (VFDs) from Invertek Drives have completely automated the control of pumps used to fill and empty ballast tanks on board commercial barges in the Netherlands. As well as a faster and more reliable filling and emptying process, operators of commercial vessels that use VFD controlled ballast pumps also benefit from less fuel and energy consumption, which also saves money.
Ports of LA, Long Beach Update Clean Air Plan
A joint community workshop involving environmental teams from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach will be held October 14 to gather input on the next update of the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). Initially adopted in 2006 and updated in 2010, the CAAP called for aggressive strategies that have proved highly effective in reducing air pollution from port-related sources. According to the ports…
Egypt to Buy French Warships Initially Built for Russia
France has agreed to sell two Mistral helicopter carriers to Egypt for 950 million euros ($1.06 billion) after their sale to Russia was canceled in August, French officials said on Wednesday.
Sailing Cargo Vessel Prepares for Maiden Trip
Sustainable shipping company Fairtransport informs it will bring a second engineless sailing cargo vessel into service September 26, 2015. The wooden ship, Nordlys, which is Norwegian for “Northern Light,” is a ketch rigged trawler built in 1873 at the Isle of Wight. After years of sailing cargo around the Norwegian coast, the ship was handed over to Fairtransport by its former owner, Johan Sande.
Six New Ferries for Sydney Harbor
Six new ferries to operate on Sydney’s Inner Harbor have been ordered from Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania’s Hobart Shipyard, who was awarded the contract to prepare detailed designs and build the new vessels. The new vessel exterior is a traditional design to look similar to the Sydney First Fleet vessels, however the 35-meter, 400-passenger boats have greater capacity than the current fleet.
Kirby Orders 2 More Workboats from NBBB
Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) informs it has received orders for the construction of two new 120’ x 35’ x 19’-3” Twin Screw Tugboats for Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC.
Spotlight: Cyber Risk Management
An increasing number of systems on ships and at marine facilities depend on cyber technologies for routine operations. While cyber technology has improved efficiencies in the marine industry and around the world, it has also created potential vulnerabilities. For example, the towboats that move goods through the Western Rivers and along our coasts rely heavily on electronic navigation systems, including Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS)…
SAILOR VSAT Antenna Systems Unveiled
Press release - The team at Cobham SATCOM is unveiling a new generation of 60cm Ka-band VSAT antenna systems at Monaco Yacht Show this week. The new SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka are based on a lightweight, high performance Ka-band VSAT platform designed for Inmarsat Global Xpress and Telenor THOR 7 High Throughput Satellites (HTS) services. Sharing the same design and lightweight carbon fiber composites/aluminum construction, the SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka weigh 37kg.
India Drops Plan to Give More Autonomy to State-run Ports
India will change existing laws governing ports to make them more profitable and efficient, the shipping minister said on Wednesday, putting on hold a plan to turn…
Denmark's Torm Sells Two Vessels, Exits Dry Bulk Shipping
Danish shipping company said on Wednesday it has sold two dry bulk vessels to an undisclosed buyer and will hand back a leased bulker at the beginning of October…
RINA Launches New Services for Yacht
Press release - Italy-based classification society RINA has launched a series of new services and standards aimed at helping the growing global yacht industry to grow efficiencies and reduce its environmental footprint. The five new services being rolled out in the last quarter of 2015 are a Global Compliance certification for boats to show they meet both US and EU standards, a set of courses and certification for Marina Managers…
A Maneuverable Oil Spill Response Vessel
The maritime industry has seen an increased need for high speed spill response in step with expanding offshore oil exploration and production. Meeting this need is the newest skimmer boat from Washington-based shipbuilder Rozema Boat Works: a 65-foot oil spill recovery vessel (OSRV), G.M. Penman. Key to the vessel’s effectiveness is its maneuverability. G.M. Penman depends on Twin Disc QuickShift transmissions…
Insights: Tracy Zea, Director-Government Relations, WCI
Washington-based Tracy R. Zea advocates for Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient, and reliable inland waterways transportation system. Zea also works to enhance WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers while additionally tracking implementation of WRRDA legislation and ensuring that WCI’s views are reflected in the outcomes.