Negative Impact on Lerwick Harbor Traffic
The downturn in offshore industry operations, a cyclical cruise season and lower fish landings have combined to reduce activity at Lerwick Harbor in the first nine months of 2015. Sandra Laurenson, Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, said: “We knew that the peak activity levels we enjoyed in recent years would not continue and our forecasts for the year to date are on target to match our predictions for 2015.
Ministerial Round Table at Felixstowe Port
Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP has taken part in a round table discussion with transport leaders from the ports, road, rail freight and shipping industry at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain. Mr Goodwill’s responsibilities at the Department for Transport include ports and shipping but the meeting, convened by Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, included discussions about the need for a joined-up approach connecting the maritime sector with other areas of transport policy.
La Spezia CT Wraps up Asian Tour
Senior executives from Italy’s La Spezia Container Terminal - Contship Italia Group, wrapped up a whirlwind tour of key supply chain hubs in South East Asia and China this week with a presentation and networking event in Shanghai. The purpose of the tour was to engage with logistics providers, freight forwarders and manufacturers to raise awareness and promote the benefits of La Spezia Homeport as the cargo gateway to Italy, Southern and Central Europe.
Arctic Coast Guard Forum Established
A joint statement, officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF), was signed today by leaders representing all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) is an operationally-focused, consensus-based organization with the purpose of leveraging collective resources to foster safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic.
Economic Impact of Houston Port
Nearly 148,000 new jobs have been generated by cargo and vessel activity at Port of Houston terminals since 2011, Port of Houston Authority Chairman Janiece Longoria announced today during the Greater Houston Partnership’s annual State of the Port event. An economic impact study by Martin Associates determined that public and private marine terminals at the Port of Houston had a statewide economic impact of $265 billion in 2014…
TIGER Grant for Indiana-Jeffersonville Port
The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville will receive $10 million in TIGER Discretionary Grant money to enhance and expand the port's infrastructure. U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen joined Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and port officials for the announcement at the Port of Indiana on Friday. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that 39 projects across the U.S.
Leadership Changes at Huntington Ingalls Industries
U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today a number of changes across its leadership team. HII’s Board of Directors has elected Christopher D. Kastner to succeed Barbara A. Niland as the company’s chief financial officer and corporate vice president, business management, effective with Niland’s retirement on March 1, 2016. Furthermore Philip Luna, corporate vice president and president…
Klaveness Orders Weather Service for 140 Ships
Weather business MeteoGroup is to provide fleet monitoring, performance reporting and weather routing services to Norwegian shipping company Torvald Klaveness. The contract will see MeteoGroup provide its ship routing, monitoring and performance analysis service, RouteGuard, to 140 of Torvald Klaveness’ owned and managed ships. Based on weather data from MeteoGroup’s own model, Nautical MeteoBase (NMB)…
Alewijnse Completes Research Vessel Electrical Repairs
System integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems has completed electrical repairs on the Belgica, also launching an appraisal of a possible limited lifetime extension for the ship. RV Belgica, a research vessel owned by the Belgian state, suffered water damage to the engine room on July 19, 2015, in which wiring, motors and pumps were damaged. Alewijnse was contracted to renew the damaged cables and replace some of the starter panels for various pumps and engines.
Oil Spills into Potomac River near D.C. Airport
An estimated 7,500 to 9,000 gallons of Jet A aviation fuel has spilled within Washington D.C.’s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and into the Potomac River, Friday. A Unified Command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard; Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority personnel, including Airport Operations and Fire and Rescue; D.C. Department of Energy and Environment, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and D.C. Harbor Patrol has been established and is responding to the spill.
DOT Awards $10 mln for San Diego Terminal Upgrade
San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Modernization project is due to receive $10 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Deputy Maritime Administrator Michael J. Rodriguez announced today. The project is one of 39 federally-funded transportation projects in 34 states selected to receive a total of $500 million under the DOT’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2015 program. U.S.
Ship Operating Costs on the Rise
The survey responses, gathered primarily from key players in the international shipping industry, predominantly shipowners and managers in Europe and Asia, revealed that vessel operating costs are expected to rise by 2.8 percent in 2015 and by 3.1 percent in 2016. Crew wages are expected to increase by 2.4 percent in 2015 and by 2.3 percent in 2016, with other crew costs thought likely to go up by 2 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively, for the years under review.
Three USACE Vessels Drydocked at Great Lakes Shipyard
Great Lakes Shipyard announced it has been awarded a contract from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District for the drydocking and repairs of the Floating Plant, based at the Detroit Field Station. The shipyard will perform routine drydocking, maintenance and repairs of the Tug Demolen, Crane Barge Veler and Deck Scow BC-6576. In addition to drydocking the vessels, the yard’s work includes underwater hull cleaning and maintenance…
Indian Miner Vedanta Seeks Cut in Iron Ore Export Duty, Levies
Press release - Indian miner Vedanta's iron ore chief on Friday called for a cut in federal and state levies on exports of low-grade ore mined in Goa, as the company…
GLS Wins Multi-Vessel USACE Contract
Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District for the drydocking and repairs of the Floating Plant, based at the Detroit Field Station. The shipyard will perform routine drydocking, maintenance and repairs of the Tug DEMOLEN, Crane Barge VELER, and Deck Scow BC-6576. In addition to drydocking the vessels, work includes underwater hull cleaning and maintenance…
Altair's LNG Containment Concept Earns AIP from ABS
Classification society ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to Troy, Mich., based Altair for the Cubic Donut Tank System (CDTS) LNG containment concept. The…
ABS to Class US' First LNG Bunker Barge
ABS has been selected to class an LNG bunker barge under construction at Conrad Orange Shipyard, Inc, a division of Conrad Shipyard, LLC, for WesPac Midstream LLC and Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME)…
Cargo Ship Collides with Barge in Corpus Christi Harbor
An allision between a 480-foot cargo ship and barge occurred Thursday night in the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor. The U.S. Coast Guard and state and local partners are responding. The Coast Guard launched a Station Port Aransas 45-foot response boat and crew after receiving a call reporting the allision between the U.S.-flagged bulk carrier Ocean Freedom owned by Intermarine and a moored barge owned by Kirby Inland Marine at 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
Gobbler OSRV Harnesses Fire Suppression Tech
The new Gobbler Offshore 290 oil spill recovery vessel (OSRV) not only excels at remediation, but harnesses the latest in environmentally sound fire suppression technology, according to its developer. The boat comes standard with a Sea-Fire pre-engineered system and 3M's Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. "We chose Novec 1230 because it's in line with Gobbler Boats' ethos of protecting the environment," said Simon Jauncey, Gobbler Boats' technical manager.
Two New SAR Vessel Designs from Tuco Marine
Tuco Marine has launched two new search and rescue (SAR) vessel designs approaching next week’s Europort in Rotterdam. The boats have been developed upon international requests and designed by a team of engineers in collaboration with naval experts. The SAR boats are covered, high speed crafts featuring different beams. One is optimized for a double outboard drive solution, based on the ProZero hull with a beam of 2.84 meters…