Polarstern Embarks for Cape Town on Training Cruise
On 29 October 2015 the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its homeport in Bremerhaven for Cape Town, South Africa, where it is expected to arrive on 1 December. It will take 32 students hailing from 19 countries on board, who will be introduced to the latest methods and instruments used in oceanography. Nine instructors from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)…
Dorian Acquires Cheyenne
Dorian LPG Ltd. reported today that on October 22, 2015, it took delivery of the ECO VLGC Cheyenne from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. The Cheyenne is Dorian LPG's 13th newbuilding delivery. The Cheyenne will trade in the Helios LPG Pool.
2015 Tripartite Meeting Update
The annual Tripartite meeting between shipowners, shipbuilders and classification societies was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 16 and 17 October 2015. The meeting was attended by 100 high level representatives of the industry, including chairmen and executives of the Round Table Associations (BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo and INTERTANKO) and OCIMF, IACS with its Class Society Members and CESS with the Shipbuilder Associations.
Underwater 2 billion rubles Fiber-Optic Link
The cost of construction of underwater fiber-optic link from Kamchatka to Chukotka could exceed 2 billion rubles. Prospects for the project discussed the governor of the Chukotka Autonomous District Roman Kopin, the president of "Rostelecom" Sergei Kalugin and executive vice-president Alexander Rogov. It is reported by the press service of the head of Chukotka. Today communication services in Chukotka are available via satellites, so the communication quality is poor.
Hapag-Lloyd Extends IPO to Nov 3
German container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd has extended the offer period for its initial public offering (IPO) by a week to Nov. 3, the company said on Tuesday. Books were slated to close on Tuesday and trading was to start Friday, but demand for the shares remains subdued even after Hapag-Lloyd earlier this month trimmed the planned volume of the IPO amid wobbly markets. People familiar with the…
Aaron Smith Takes the Helm at OMSA
Aaron Smith has been appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Offshore Marine Services Association, Inc. (OMSA), the national trade association representing the U.S.-flag offshore workboat industry. Smith’s appointment follows the resignation of Ben Billings, who has led OMSA since 2013. Smith has held various positions in government and public affairs. He has been instrumental in the development of OSVDPA…
China Crude Cargoes Stranded on VLCCs
About 4 million barrels of crude oil bought by a Chinese state trader for the country's strategic reserves have been stranded in two tankers off an eastern port…
US DoD: Navy Patroling in S.China Sea
The U.S. Navy sent a warship on Tuesday within 12 nautical miles of two artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea, a U.S. defence official told Reuters…
Wärtsilä Debuts Mobile LNG Power Generation
A new liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification barge concept introduced by Wärtsilä's Marine Solutions and Energy Solutions businesses aims to provide a flexible means of meeting small- to medium-scale requirements where pure land-based LNG options are limited. The Wärtsilä Mobile LNG can be combined with a barge-mounted power plant having an output capacity of up to 250 MW, or it can alternatively be used to supply conventional land-based power plants.
UK P&I Club Sets 2.5% General Increase
The UK P&I Club, a provider of protection and indemnity insurance, agreed at its board meeting Monday that the General Increase for the 2016 renewal will be 2.5 percent.
China Shadows US Warship in Disputed Sea
A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed close to China's man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, drawing an angry rebuke from Beijing, which said it warned and followed the American vessel. The patrol by the USS Lassen was the most significant U.S. challenge yet to the 12-nautical-mile territorial limits China asserts around the islands in the Spratly archipelago and could ratchet up tension in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. One U.S.
Australia Backs US in South China Sea
Though Australia is not involved in the United States’ current naval activity in the South China Sea, the country strongly supports the policy of freedom of navigation…
ABB Steps Up Marine R&D with New Lab
Next generation of maritime technology will be developed with ship owners at high technology facility in Helsinki, Finland. Power and automation group ABB has upped its commitment to research and development in the marine sector by opening a new laboratory in Helsinki, next to the Azipod factory, aiming to bring together all the company’s offerings for the shipping industry under one roof. ABB said it has invested significant funds in the scheme…
New Tool Helps LNG Carriers Save Fuel
Eniram Ltd., a provider of energy management technology and analytic services to the shipping industry, announced at Gastech the release of Eniram Engine, a new tool to help guide TFDE LNG carriers' engineers and officers efficient use of engines and fuel. High engine efficiency is imperative to achieve low specific fuel consumption (SFC) and cost savings. Eniram Engine takes into account real-time engine operation by combining data from onboard fuel flow meters with generator loads…
GAC Russia Opens Office at Sabetta Port
GAC Russia informs it has opened an office to provide ship agency and support services for vessels calling at the newly built port of Sabetta. Sabetta sits on the Ob Bay in the Yamal Peninsula…
US Sees More Frequent Patrols in South China Sea
A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer was followed at a safe distance by a Chinese ship as the U.S. ship sailed inside the 12-nautical-mile limit of artificial islands built by China in the disputed South China Sea, but no incidents were reported during the passage, a U.S. defense official said Tuesday. The official said the 72-mile route, which took the USS Lassen from the north to the southwest, also passed within 12 miles of reefs claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam.
Responders to Refloat Grounded Tug and Barge
Responders are working to remove a grounded seagoing tug and empty tank barge Monday, after the vessels became beached near East Beach on Galveston Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard announced. The Peter F Gellatly and barge Double Skin 504 ran aground after drifting from anchorage and across the Houston Ship Channel. The Coast Guard said it is working with contractors and the vessel’s owner to ensure that the barge is safely refloated.
Fincantieri Endorses ExxonMobil EALs
Mobil SHC Aware H 46 and Mobil SHC Aware H 68, part of ExxonMobil Marine Fuels and Lubricants’ range of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL), have received approval from Fincantieri Marine System Division, the marine equipment manufacturer of the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. ExxonMobil said an industry standard ASTM test showed that its Mobil SHC Aware H 46 and Mobil SHC Aware H 68 qualify as low maintenance oils, providing extended operational life.
Update: Crews Examining Discharge from Sunken Barge
Crews continue to investigate a reported discharge of an unknown substance from the site of a sunken barge near Kelley's Island Shoal in Lake Erie, Monday. The Unified Command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ohio EPA, is continuing to take all necessary actions to ensure the safety of the public and the environment, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a press release. At 9:30 a.m., members of the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team and a crew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead…
Abu Dhabi Ports Sees Cargo Volumes Rise
Abu Dhabi Ports―the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate―said it handled 19 percent more general and bulk cargo in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. The volumes increased to 11.28 million metric tons in the first three quarters of 2015 from 9.49 million metric tons in the same period last year. This was announced at the…