UK Marine Industries Alliance Welcomes UK Polar Ship Decision
The U.K. Marine Industries Alliance has welcomed the government’s announcement that the preferred bidder to build a state-of-the-art $308 million polar research ship is a U.K. company. The new polar research ship, which will operate in both Antarctica and the Arctic, will be able to endure up to 60 days in sea-ice to enable scientists to gather more observations and data. The ship will be the first…
North Sea Trials for Inter-vessel Communications
The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA), Norwegian Coast Guard and the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) took part in a full-scale trial of Kongsberg Maritime’s Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR) inter-vessel communication system in the North Sea this June. During the North Sea exercise MBR was used as the communication platform for data exchange and coordination of simultaneous operations.
Norsafe to Debut New Lifeboats at KORMARINE
Norsafe, a developer of marine lifesaving equipment, will bring crew safety into focus at KORMARINE in Busan, Korea, on October 20-23, launching two new lifeboats for the shipping and offshore markets. The company, which specializes in the design, manufacture and servicing of lifeboats, rescue boats and davits, will use the exhibition to launch two new lifeboats targeting the merchant shipping and offshore markets.
Chemical/Product Tanker Delivered to Concordia Maritime
A 50,000 dwt IMOIIMAX MR tanker, Stena Important, was delivered to Concordia Maritime October 15, from the Chinese shipyard Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) in Guangzhou. The vessel is part of a series of 10 vessels, two of which are owned by Concordia Maritime. The chemical and product tanker can transport both oil and petroleum products as well as vegetable oils and chemicals. The Stena Important will arrive at a port in Europe for discharge at the beginning of December…
Greece Recovers Bodies of Migrants off Lesbos
A baby, two children and a woman drowned on Thursday after their wooden boat and a coast guard vessel crashed during a migrant rescue operation off the island of Lesbos, the Greek coast guard said.
Port Operations Can Be Risky Business
The horrific explosions in the Chinese port of Tainjin illustrated vividly just how volatile port operations can be. But safety issues are only one facet of risk in the complex world of shipping ports. From piracy on the high seas to data thievery in port, players all along the shipping value chain need to be on constant alert for the dangers that nature and human actions can present. Political unrest…
Port of Ajaccio Ups Vessel Traffic Surveillance
The Port of Ajaccio, the main commercial port in the south of Corsica, is now equipped with the latest generation maritime Vessel Traffic Surveillance system from Transas.
Italy Recovers 118 Bodies From April Shipwreck
Italy's navy said on Thursday it had recovered 118 bodies in a four-month underwater operation on the wreck of a fishing boat that sank in April with up to 800 migrants on board.
Østensjø Rederi Orders Wind Farm Vessel
Østensjø Rederi AS has placed an order for the construction of a new offshore wind farm support vessel for maintenance operations at the Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm in the U.K., following the award of a service operation vessel (SOV) contract awarded from charterer Dong Energy. The vessel will be built at Astilleros Gondan’s Figueras shipyard in Spain. Gondan is currently building three vessels for the same Norwegian shipowner…
Stolt-Nielsen Buys Stake in Sardinian LNG Project
Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced today that its subsidiary, Stolt-Nielsen Gas B.V., has purchased 10 percent of the shares in HIGAS S.r.L., with an option to acquire up to 80 percent of the company.
China’s CMP Renews MAN 4-stroke License Deal
CSSC Marine Power Co., Ltd. (CMP), an engine-manufacturing division of Chinese State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), has renewed its contract with MAN Diesel & Turbo for another 10 years of production of four-stroke medium speed engines. The new agreement was finalized at a signing ceremony in Anqing, Anhui province on October 8, 2015, and marks the renewal and continuation of a cooperation that first started in the 1980s.
3D Printing Enables Quick Turbocharger Repair
The first 3D-printed nozzle ring for marine turbochargers has been developed using exotic super metal alloy, enables the reconstruction of worn out components for shorter repair times. According to the technology’s developer, Tru-Marine, the premature erosion of nozzle rings has been a commonly reported problem, and in such situations, spare part replacements are often unavailable and come with long lead times at high costs.
GTT Scores Orders for 2 LNG Carriers
GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced it has received an order for two LNG carriers (LNGCs)…
Thyssen Manager to Focus on Australian Sub Deal
German industrial group ThyssenKrupp is moving one of its top managers to focus on a hotly contested $35 billion bid to build stealth submarines for Australia, it said on Thursday.
Oil Leads Rotterdam’s 2015 Cargo Growth
The Port of Rotterdam reported a 5.4 percent increase in the amount of goods handled by the port for the first nine months of 2015, boosted largely by higher volumes of crude oil and oil product cargos. "The growth is almost entirely due to the increase in the handling of crude oil and oil products,” explained Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority. “Most other types of goods were handled in similar quantities as last year.
Lloyd's Register Acquires Fuel Testing Arm
Lloyd's Register announced it has acquired fuel testing service provider Guardian Marine Testing. The newly formed Lloyd's Register GMT Ltd combines Lloyd’s Register’s technical expertise with Guardian Marine Testing’s fuel testing operation to offer solutions to the challenges associated with the management of fuel quantity and quality. In addition to providing a range of marine testing services,…
Los Angeles Moves 730,306 TEUs in September
A total of 730,306 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) was handled by the Port of Los Angeles in September 2015, the port reported. Although volumes were robust, they fell short of last September, which ranks among the strongest months in port history, the port said. September 2015 volumes were down 5.8 percent compared to the same period last year. "While we fell short of last September's exceptional volume of 775…
Demolition of Derelict Wharf Begins
Work has begun to demolish the former Odin Seafood dock on the Prince Rupert waterfront in British Columbia, the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced today. Located…
Crowley Orders BWT System Retrofits
Crowley Maritime Corporation has entered into strategic partnership agreement with South Korean-based green technology developer Panasia Co., Ltd. for ballast water treatment systems to be installed during retrofitting of its ATB fleet. The agreement also includes technical services, engineering, integration, commissioning, training, scheduled delivery and spare parts. Panasia GloEn-Patrol treatment…
From Fire to Emissions, Ferry Debates Heat Up
Firefighting led a stream of topical debate at trade association Interferry’s 40th annual conference in Copenhagen last week – but not before a record 342 delegates…