U.S. East Coast Threatened by Hurricane Joaquin
Hurricane Joaquin was gaining strength on Thursday as it moved toward the Bahamas, with forecasts still inconclusive on whether the storm would slam into the U.S.
Stolt-Nielsen's Q3 Numbers Disappoint
Shipping firm Stolt-Nielsen reported third-quarter earnings below forecast on Thursday and said it remained worried by the expected influx of new product tankers in 2016 and 2017.
Hapag-Lloyd Secures Financing for Five Newbuilds
Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd announced it has signed a 12-year $372 million facility agreement with a banking syndicate to finance the construction of five new vessels ordered from a South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in April 2015. Hapag-Lloyd did not specify the total investment volume of the order, but said it lies in the mid three-digit million dollar range. The five new 10…
More Democrats Needed to Repeal Crude Export Ban
Lawmakers who want to ditch the 40-year-old U.S. ban on exporting oil will likely enjoy a victory on Thursday in the Senate banking committee - but they are struggling…
P&I Clubs Welcome Changes on Container Weighing
UK P&I Club, a shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, and TT Club, an international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider, have welcomed…
Rand Takes Delivery of Newest Self-Unloader
Bulk freight shipper Rand Logistics, Inc. has taken delivery of its newest Canadian self-unloading vessel, increasing its fleet to 16 ships, including 10 Canadian flagged and six U.S. flagged vessels.
Yemeni Govt, Saudi-led Forces Retake Red Sea Strait
Loyalist Yemeni troops and Gulf Arab forces have seized the Mandab Strait connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden from Houthi fighters, reasserting control over the strategic sea lane…
Ulstein Systems Ordered for New Rock Installers
Ulstein Power & Control announced it has been contracted by Chinese shipbuilder AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co. Ltd. to deliver power and control for two subsea rock installation vessels for offshore dredging and construction specialist Jan De Nul Group. According to Ulstein Power & Control, the scope of its delivery includes the power package consisting of generators, switchboards, motor control center, thruster frequency converters and motors…
Radio Holland Revamps Cruise Ship Bridge
Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Noordam recently underwent a 10-day dry-dock period, during which it was fit with a customized bridge from Radio Holland. The work on Netherlands-flagged MS Noordam included refitting the navigation and bridge systems to improve working conditions in line with HAL’s Bridge Resource Management concept. Radio Holland, a supplier, installer and maintainer of maritime electronics…
Gondon Shipyard Expansion Underway
Gondan Shipyard announced it has completed a new stage of improvement and expansion at its facilities in Figueras, Barres and Castropol as part of an investment initiative aiming to bolster its competitiveness in the market by increasing production capacity and reducing construction times. The shipyard said it completed the enlargement of the blocks prefabrication and steel works workshop at its Figueras facilities by 25 percent and 15 percent, respectively.
DNV GL Publishes New Classification Rule Set
DNV GL's new rules for classification of ships become publicly available online today following a development and review process involving 250 internal experts and more than 800 customers and maritime stakeholders. The result of the combined experience and expertise of two classification societies, the new rules are modern, easy to work with, industry-driven, efficient and ready for the future, DNV GL said. “This is an historic moment,” said Remi Eriksen, DNV GL Group President and CEO.
CG Sets Port Condition Whiskey in Preparation for Hurricane Joaquin
The Coast Guard set Port Condition Whiskey Wednesday for all navigable waters in the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of Hurricane Joaquin.
Construction Begins on Matson’s Aloha Class
Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced that production has begun on its two new Aloha Class containerships following a steel cutting ceremony at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. (APSI) in Pennsylvania. Matson subsidiary Matson Navigation Company, Inc. ordered the ships from APSI in 2013 for an aggregate price of $418 million, following on the delivery of four newly-built Jones Act containerships for Matson between 2003 and 2006.
Ship Operating Costs Down in 2014 -Moore Stephens
Total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 0.8 percent in 2014, said international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens. This compares with the 0.3 percent average fall in costs recorded for 2013. All categories of expenditure were down on those for the previous 12-month period, confirming that ship owners and operators continued to manage costs sensibly and to watch their cash carefully in 2014.
Willard to Build 3 Survey Ships for NOAA
Willard Marine informs it was awarded a contract to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with three aluminum hydrographic survey launch ships (HSLs). The three 28-foot HSLs will be used to conduct oceanographic surveys with hull-mounted and towed sonar units in U.S. coastal waters. A Cummins QSC8.3 engine capable of 510 HP with a ZF Marine 305-2 transmission will be used to power the boats.
New Risks Moving Crude Oil by Rail
The rapidly changing landscape of crude oil exploration and drilling in the US and Canada, together with economic considerations, logistical issues related to pipeline transport, and the availability of new types of crude oils, including Bakken crude and various forms of bitumen, have resulted in a very sudden and dramatic increase in the transport of crude oil by railroad. “Unit trains” containing…
Singapore Offers Funding to Build LNG Vessels
The Port of Singapore, regarded as a leading bunkering hub, is poised to expand its offering of marine fuel solutions to include LNG. In line with these efforts, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has taken another step toward the planned 2017 launch of the LNG Bunkering Pilot Program (LBPP) which aims to establish Singapore as a key LNG bunkering hub in Asia. The Port of Singapore is inviting interested companies to tap on a S$12 million fund…
SubM Debut Now Set for February 2016
The perennial “Year of Subchapter M” has been kicked forward again, this time to February 2016. That means that the clock is now ticking loudly for those towing operations that have yet to climb onboard the safety train. Quality operators see standardized safety practices as a way of leveling the playing field, integral to maintaining the health and profitability of their fleets, and key to winning business from quality customers. Subchapter M will be a phased-in over a period of years.
Smart Box Ship Features Built-in Container Tracking
CMA CGM Bougainville is billed as the first containership in the world to be equipped with TRAXENS technology, which transforms containers into smart, connected objects. Newly built CMA CGM Bougainville, the 18,000 teu flagship of French container shipping company the CMA CGM Group, has become the first ship in the world using TRAXENS technology, which essentially transforms standard containers into smart, connected objects.
SSI to Present Welding & 3D Model Papers at ICCAS
"Intuitive Weld Management" and "Innovative methods for leveraging a 3D model" are two of the white papers that representatives from CAD/CAM developer SSI will present…