China: No Militarization of South China Sea
China has not militarised the South China Sea, but there are certain countries which keep flexing their muscles who should stop hyping up the issue, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
Taiwan Boosts Coast Guard Presence on Disputed Island
Taiwan will increase its coast guard presence on a small island in the disputed South China Sea Spratlys, the coast guard chief said Wednesday, as rival China asserts its claims to the same chain.
PALFINGER NED-DECK Wins Order frome Malaysian Navy
PALFINGER NED-DECK announced the receipt of a few million dollar order from Boustead Naval Shipyard for the Royal Malaysian Navy to deliver 12 aluminum davits within the next 10 years for six Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) which will be built in Lumut, Malaysia. The Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV), also called Littoral combat ships is a class of six stealth frigates being build for the Royal Malaysian Navy.
New Suite Simplifies Vessel Documentation
Ocean Time Marine informs it has added to its suite of safety management tools with a new vessel content management system, the Ocean Time Marine Dashboard and a suite of paperless safety document packs. These tools aim to provide simplified administration for vessel management delivering greater support and cost-savings for captains and crew on board and ashore, Ocean Time Marine said. In response to the marine industry’s need for an easier way to store and manage vessel documentation…
Tokyo MOU Welcomes Peru, Panama
Representatives of the Port State Control Committee, the governing body under the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region (Tokyo MOU), convened last week in Putrajaya, for its 26th meeting. The authorities of Peru and Panama applied for full membership, and their applications were unanimously accepted, bringing the total number of Tokyo MOU member authorities to 21, plus a number of observers.
Harley Marine Selects Caterpillar Tier 4 Engine
Seattle-based marine transportation company Harley Marine Services has become the first to select a Caterpillar Marine engine solution that meets U.S. Environmental…
Great Lakes Sees New Investment Despite Cargo Slowdown
As ongoing commodity price pressures continued to impact overall tonnage volumes through the St. Lawrence Seaway in September, the shipping industry was buoyed by a number of investments in recent weeks by ship operators and ports, according to the Chamber of Marine Commerce, an association representing Canadian and American marine industry stakeholders. “Despite slower iron ore and coal, growth continues on the Seaway in shipments for domestic sectors like construction…
Black Market Refrigerants Pose Risk to Shippers
In 2011, several refrigerated, reefer containers exploded, killing three port workers. While there has been no further tragedies since then, counterfeit refrigerants remain in circulation and still represent a safety risk. Counterfeit refrigerant cylinders can consist of a dangerously unstable cocktail of gases, blended to roughly mimic the most common refrigerant, R-134a. These cylinders are often loaded with rogue gases such as R-40.
US Navy: Arab Coalition Slowing Aid Efforts in Yemen
Aid to Yemen is being slowed by a Saudi-led coalition which has warned commercial vessels to stay away from areas hit by fighting, a U.S. Navy report said. The Arab coalition…
Videotel Expands Maritime Training Programs
Videotel, an international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., has launched its latest Videotel on Demand (VOD) release, which includes a total of 59 e-Learning courses – 37 new, 22 updated. Simultaneously, the new print edition of Videotel’s training catalog, STCW Maritime Training Catalog 2015-2017, has been released, detailing the complete Videotel selection of 950 new and updated titles available in a range of formats.
Marlink Installs VSAT for KOTC Fleet
Marlink announced it has completed the roll-out of VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) connectivity across the entire Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) fleet of 26 tankers, during a three month project started in March 2015. The final vessel, Mutriba, was completed and fully online by mid-June 2015. Marlink was awarded the contract to deliver VSAT to KOTC’s fleet in January 2015. With easier and more cost-effective access to data and voice communication through Marlink’s Sealink VSAT services…
France Orders Polar Logistics Vessel
Aker Arctic announced it has inked a basic design agreement with PIRIOU shipyard for a Frances’s new polar logistics vessel under construction in Concarneau, France.
Sweden’s PowerCell Establishes German Arm
PowerCell Sweden, an energy technology company with a patented technology for generating electricity from fuel cells, announced today it will establish PowerCell Germany GmbH.
Hapag-Lloyd Trims Share Listing Plans
Container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd trimmed its initial public offering (IPO) amid wobbly markets on Wednesday, saying it now expected to raise about $300 million from the sale of shares to investors. The group, which gave a 23-29 euros price range for the shares, previously said it aimed to raise $500 million in its stock market flotation to invest in new ships and containers. Hapag-Lloyd joins several German companies that have recently had to curb their capital raising ambitions…
Family of Sunken El Faro Crewman Files $100 Mln Lawsuit
A lawyer for the family of a missing crew member from the El Faro cargo ship, which sank off the Bahamas in a hurricane two weeks ago, said he filed a $100 million lawsuit on Wednesday against the owners of the ship. The lawsuit on behalf of the estate of Lonnie Jordan, one of the 33 crew members presumed dead, was filed in Jacksonville, Florida, court against Tote Services Inc and Tote Maritime Puerto Rico, attorney Willie E.
Silver Ships Delivers Patrol Boat to the Hamptons
A 21-foot all-aluminum patrol/rescue boat was recently delivered to the Southampton, N.Y. Bay Constables for its law enforcement mission, the builder Silver Ships, Inc. announced. The Freedom 21 center console boat was designed and engineered for one-man operation, which, according to Silver Ships, is a sought-after feature in today’s climate of staffing reductions by public safety agencies. The boat is tasked with patrol…
Burdeau Appointed COO of GTT
GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced that its board of directors…
FDNY Boat Named for Firefighter Lost on 9/11
Construction of FDNY’s newest fireboat, William M. Feehan, has been completed by shipbuilder MetalCraft Marine Incorporated, and is slated for delivery and christening in the coming weeks. The name of the new boat honors veteran firefighter William Feehan, who at 71 was the oldest of 343 firefighters to pass away in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. The vessel’s nameplate, displayed prominently alongside the cabin, is milled from an I-beam lifted from the rubble of the World Trade Center.
Mississippi River Basin Gets a Grade of D+
The Mississippi River basin has gotten a report card from a group that monitors watershed health and economic impact — and the grade is D+. The organization, America's Watershed Initiative, cited the poor condition of infrastructure such as locks and dams, and a lack of funding that could lead to water security issues. The Mississippi River watershed is the fourth-largest in the world, according to the group. It is made up of five river basins that flow across 31 states.
Paris MOU's Vessel Inspection Data Now Available Online
A newly introduced statistical feature on the Paris MoU website, parismou.org, grants access to the region’s vessel inspection results. “It is important we communicate about the results of our efforts to prevent sub standard shipping,” said Richard W.J. Schiferli, Secretary General of the Secretariat of Paris MoU. The new statistical feature shows the results of validated inspections within the Paris MoU region, with the option to present them in a customized way.