GAC Facilitates Swedish Boats Delivery for Sea Rescue
Two high-speed boats from Sweden have joined the sea rescue effort in the Eastern Aegean, and it was GAC that coordinated their delivery to Greece. The craft were sent by the not-for-profit NGO, the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS), in response to the growing humanitarian crisis that has seen thousands of refugees attempting to cross the sea to enter Europe through the islands of Eastern Greece. According to figures from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees…
Protection for French Vessels by Private Operators
The enactment of Law No. 2014-742 of 1st July 2014 and the signing of decrees related during late 2014 and early 2015 resulted in June 2015 to approve the first private companies wishing to conduct activities of protection of French flagged vessels (APPN). Active since 2011 in the training of PCASP and involved from the earliest discussions (2013) on the French bill, the holding GROUPE PRORISK started its first missions for French flagged vessels.
Austal Wins $53.4 mln USN Procurement Contract
Austal USA was awarded a $53.4 million contract to procure long-lead materials for the 11th Expeditionary Fast Transport for the U.S. Navy. The award covers materials including main propulsion engines, generators, water jets, main reduction gears, and other long-lead time items. “We are excited that the Navy is building on the momentum and the maturity of the original contract and extending it beyond the first ten ships,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle.
Maersk Lays-Up Triple-E
Maersk Line has laid-up one of its 18,000-teu Triple E containerships. It cannot rule out that it will have to anchor another of its massive Triple E ships in connection with the Chinese New Year. The Danish carrier will anchor Triple- E 18,000 teu vessel for at least six weeks as a consequence of the 2M alliance’s blanked sailings programme between Asia and Europe. Idling a Triple-E evidenced how serious the oversupply situation had become on the tradelane…
Hyundai and Hanjin Deny Merger Talk
While merger talks between South Korean shipping companies Hanjin and Hyundai Merchant Marine lines hit the newspapers, the latter has refuted rumors that the government asked the carrier to merge with the former. The two companies’ container divisions had since 2009 suffered cumulative losses of $700m and $500m respectively. Industry analyst Alphaliner said that both Hanjin and its compatriot Hyundai…
Carnival Sends Two Ships to China
Carnival Cruise Line has announced plans to commit two ships to the China cruise market: Carnival Miracle and Carnival Splendor. Both ships will be based in China year-round, with Carnival Miracle to begin China sailings in spring 2017 and Carnival Splendor to begin in spring 2018. Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, gave the following statement: “Carnival is the world’s most popular cruise line and our style of cruising appeals to guests of all ages and particularly families.
China Cosco Posts Q3 Loss
China Cosco, the flagship unit of state conglomerate Cosco Group, swung to a net loss in the third quarter of calendar 2015 at 1.7 billion yuan. Its revenue fell 19 per cent to 14.1 billion yuan in the third quarter. For the first nine months of 2015, though, China Cosco’s net profit stood at 188 million yuan, versus a loss of 654 million yuan in the same period a year ago. In the third quarter of 2015…
China Shipping Posts Q3 Profits
Hong Kong-listed China Shipping Development (CSD) , part of Chinese state giant China Shipping Group, posted a net profit of 391 million yuan, up 800 per cent compared to the same quarter last year. Driven by strong tanker performance, CSD had a much better third quarter. Revenue grew 9 per cent to 3.44 billion yuan. For January to September, its net profit surged nearly 500 per cent to 745 million yuan.
Hapag-Lloyd Delays IPO
German container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd AG is postponing its stock market debut by a week after investors shied away from the company following Maersk Line’s modest profit forecast last week, reports Reuters. If demand for the shares remains weak Hapag may lower the offer price, the people familiar with the deal said on Tuesday, adding that cancelling the IPO also remained an option. The company said it would publish a supplement to the IPO prospectus issued on Oct. 14 in due course.
Polar Pioneer Returns to Port Angeles
The Polar Pioneer oil rig arrived in Port Angeles on Wednesday. Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said Port Angeles was an “excellent location for load-out” before the drilling season and remains fit for that purpose. The 400-foot tall rig is expected to spend a “handful of weeks” at the port for offloading, he said. Its final destination hasn't been determined yet. Due to legal wrangling and protests in Seattle, Shell Oil is sending the Polar Pioneer here for offloading instead of Seattle.
US Leads Arctic Search and Rescue Exercise
The United States Government, led by the United States Coast Guard, the Department of Defense (USNORTHCOM and Alaska Command), and the Department of State, held Arctic Zephyr…
DONG Plans World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm
DONG Energy announced today it has decided to construct the 660MW Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, located in the Irish Sea, approximately 19 kilometersm off the west coast of Britain. The final investment decision has been made after securing all necessary consents from authorities, completing site assessments and having signed the majority of the contracts for supply and installation to build the project, DONG said.
Young Sea Cadets Return from Voyage of a Lifetime
Six-day ‘Voyage of Discovery’ concludes in Mt. Six teenage U.S. Naval Sea Cadets from Long Island who set sail from Mt. Sinai Harbor returned from their six-day Voyage of Discovery, bringing back a lifetime of practical sea experience and tactical training. Captain Roger Noakes and three experienced crewmen sailed with the aspiring U.S. Navy Midshipmen aboard the Nada, a 47-foot sailing vessel. The six-day and six-night sail started on August 14 and included voyages to Connecticut…
Double Milestone for Great Lakes Shipyard
Tug Daniel Joncaire II, the first of two tugboats to be built by the Great Lakes Shipyard for New York Power Authority – Niagara Project, was commissioned during a ceremony hosted by Great Lakes Shipyard and attended by more than 200 on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. The sponsor of the commissioning ceremony was Karen W. Penale, Real Estate Administrator – Western Region, New York Power Authority – Niagara Project.
New Patrol Craft to Serve Nigerian O&G Sector
Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited (HIOSL) will take delivery of its second Damen Fast Crew Supplier 3307 Patrol, 18 months after a sister vessel entered service in the Nigerian offshore market. Established in 2006, Lagos-headquartered HIOSL serves the Nigerian oil and gas industry with a range of maritime, security and logistics services. Currently undergoing sea trials in Singapore, Guardian 2 is expected to be directly employed when she arrives in Port Harcourt…
Carnival Maritime Opens in Hamburg
Digital support, surveillance and planning for all technical and nautical aspects of the 25 vessels of Costa Crociere, Costa Asia and AIDA fleets are implemented in real time by the Costa Group. Now assisting with these operations and risk/safety management is a new marine service unit, Carnival Maritime, which became fully operational today in Hamburg. “By founding Carnival Maritime, we invested in…
World’s First MAN B&W ME-GI Enters Service
Nakilat, in association with Qatari LNG producers Qatargas and RasGas Company Limited and engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo, recently celebrated the success…
Maersk Tanker Fuels US Navy Tanker at Sea
USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199), a Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler, has completed a fueling evolution at-sea with the U.S. flagged tanker Maersk Peary in international waters off the coast of Sasebo, Japan, October 22., the U.S. Navy said. According to the Navy, the four-day training event marked just the second time in the last 15 years that a U.S. Navy tanker has conducted fueling operations at-sea with a commercial vessel.
EnviroLogic 210EP Approved for Thrustmaster
RSC Bio Solutions announced that its EnviroLogic 210EP readily biodegradable gear oil has been approved for use in Thrustmaster gearboxes and thrusters. With this approval…
Maritime Security in Focus in the Caribbean
Puerto Rico, centrally located at the crossroads of the Caribbean, is the location of Maritime Security 2015 Caribbean currently underway in the busy port city of San Juan. The keynote addresses were delivered by Ingrid Colberg-Rodriguez, executive director of the Puerto Rico Ports Authority, and Capt. Michael Zamperini, deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector San Juan. Attendees included representatives from federal agencies…