Student Ferry Competition Draws Record Participation
The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association’s (WFSA) international student ferry design competition, geared toward developing a Safe Affordable Ferry, enters its third…
Pinnacle Products International Acquires Schaefer Ventilation Equipment
Ventilation and thermal comfort products manufacturer Schaefer Ventilation Equipment has been acquired by Pinnacle Products International, Inc., a developer, manufacturer…
‘VoyagOR’ Project Seeks Shipping Participants
Shipping companies are being sought to assist the ‘VoyagOR’ project, which aims use route optimization systems to make shipping operations more cost-effective. The VoyagOR project team is keen to engage with businesses that stand to benefit from improved route Optimization. A better understanding of such companies will help the project develop VoyagOR to best meet user requirements. VoyagOR utilizes…
Custom Boat Delivered to Port of South Louisiana
A custom built 75-foot multipurpose port security vessel built by Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has been delivered for the Port of South Louisiana. Based on Metal Shark’s Endurance-class catamaran design, the welded aluminum vessel is designed to support fire rescue missions, Command and Control (C2) operations and around-the-clock port security efforts. Twin Cat C-18 diesel engines in a…
Ulstein Debuts DP Construction Vessel
With the ULSTEIN S182 design, ULSTEIN introduces a new dynamically positioned multipurpose construction vessel suitable for shallow water operations. Main design driver was to develop a very CAPEX friendly DP vessel with good capabilities to support various offshore operations, including cable lay and offshore construction. The vessel offers a combination of deck area, accommodation and station keeping capability for a compact vessel…
New Insulation Range for Marine and Offshore
ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation has introduced a range of lightweight stone wool fire boards suitable for maritime and offshore applications. This product range, new generation SeaRox FB 6000, has been tested and approved for main A-class rated steel constructions especially targeting passenger ships, naval ships, offshore modules and supply vessels, where weight savings are essential. The SeaRox FB…
Wind/Solar Ship Power System Earns Patent
Eco Marine Power’s (EMP) Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System, a wind and solar power solution for ships, has been granted a patent in Japan, paving way for commercial production. The Aquarius MRE System is an integrated system of rigid sails, solar panels, energy storage modules and marine computer platforms that will enable ships to tap into renewable energy by harnessing the power provided by the wind and sun.
Foss Maritime Opens Houston Office
Foss Maritime has opened a new office and the formed a project management group aiming to support its customer base headquartered in Houston. John Tirpak of Foss has been appointed Vice President of Business Development & Contract Services and will be relocating to Houston to develop business in the region and lead the business development function of the entire Marine Transportation division from the new office.
Michelle Obama Christens Navy's New Submarine
USS Illinois (SSN 786), the 13th submarine of the U.S. Navy’s Virginia Class, was christened Saturday at builder General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Groton shipyard. The ship’s sponsor, First Lady Michelle Obama, christened the ship by breaking a bottle of Illinois sparkling wine against the submarine’s bow before an audience of approximately 7,500 people. Serving as the ceremony’s principal speaker was Secretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus.
Captain, 2 Crew Convicted in Illegal Fishing Case
A Sao Tome and Principe court won a key victory against illegal fishing by organized syndicates on Monday when it convicted the captain of a vessel and two crew members on a number of charges…
Repurposed Containers Fill Gap in South African Retail
A short drive west of Johannesburg on the edge of a fading bohemian high street stands 27 Boxes, a mosaic-colored retail center built entirely of old shipping containers. Opened in August, it consists of 27 iron containers stacked Lego-like into three floors of stores ranging from a green grocer, al fresco coffee houses and a Philadelphia-style grill house, to a toddler-wear boutique and bicycle rental shop.
Floating Tidal Energy Platform Up and Running
The first months of operating the BlueTEC tidal energy platform have been a success, according to the BlueTEC Texel Tidal partnership: with every tidal flow, the platform supplies electricity into the Dutch national grid. The success has led project partners to work toward developing plans for the installation of a second, larger turbine. “Getting the platform from the drawing board to a grid-connected operating reality in just six months is amazing…
Cammell Laird to Build Polar Research Ship
The U.K. Government announced Monday that Cammell Laird in Birkenhead has been selected as the preferred bidder to build the nation’s new £200 million polar research ship. The decision follows a 12-month competitive tender process that involved bids from companies in the U.K., Spain, Norway, Singapore and South Korea. The winning project will secure jobs and apprenticeships and provide an economic boost to Merseyside, the shipbuilder noted.
Meeting Addresses Black Sea Ship Pollution
The Commission for the Protection of the Black Sea against Pollution – an International Maritime Organization (IMO) observer and implementing partner for capacity-building activities in the Black Sea – held its 31st Regular Meeting of Commissioners in Istanbul, Turkey, October 8. The IMO and the Black Sea Commission collaboration has encompassed various workshops and training courses at both national…
Mooring Safety Improved at Port Taranaki
Scotload, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has designed and delivered a solution for the monitoring of mooring line stresses at Port Taranaki, a deepwater port in New Zealand. The company said it utilized its SmartLoad 2Ex technology for Zone 2 hazardous areas to improve safety and significantly reduce the risk of mooring incidents. Port Taranaki has a long history of mooring difficulties and experiences long period waves (LPW) which excites the motion of moored vessels…
Value of Fire-damaged Vessel Disputed
Press release - International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has reported a case in which hull and machinery insurance underwriters instituted proceedings…
Norwegian Cruise Line Enters Chinese Market
Norwegian Cruise Line will introduce the first purpose-built ship customized for the Chinese market in 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. CEO Frank Del Rio announced today during the CruiseWorld China summit in Shanghai. Currently under construction, the new ship is designed for the China market with accommodations, cuisine and onboard experiences that cater to the unique vacation preferences of Chinese guests.
BMT Wins Contract with US Navy Environmental Program
BMT Designers & Planners, Inc. (BMT), an operating company of BMT Group Ltd, an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced it has…
NMEA Names Furuno ‘Best Radar’ for 40th Year
For 44 years, the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has bestowed its NMEA Best Product Awards to marine electronics manufacturers for product excellence. Over that time, Furuno has been the most recognized company in the marine electronics field with a total of 215 wins. This year, Furuno won three more NMEA awards at the 2015 NMEA Conference & Expo in Baltimore, including its 40th straight Best Radar Award.
Gas Carrier Concept Stems from Bulker Design
Deltamarin Ltd and Brevik Technology AS, a VARD affiliate, have joined forces to develop a novel multigas carrier design concept that combines the design of Deltamarin’s B.Delta and the new-generation patented cylindrical gas tanks by Brevik Technology. By combining the B.Delta design and separate cylindrical gas containment tanks, a cost-efficient and easy-to-build solution is now available to the gas carrier market, the developers explained.