New Tool Enables Remote Retrieval of VDR Data
Danelec Marine today announced the introduction of VDR OnDemand, a PC software tool that facilitates remote selective data downloads from shipboard Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs). VDR OnDemand is a portal and dashboard that allows shore offices to log on and request data from the VDR by remotely connecting via an IP link to the Danelec VDRConnect module on the ship. For the mandatory VDR annual performance tests (APTs)…
Holland America Line Plans Stateroom Facelift
As part of a $300-million brand enhancement initiative, Carnival Corporation’s Holland America Line is planning enhancements to its top staterooms with new furnishings, décor, amenities and upgrades for all suites on the line’s Signature-, Vista- and R-Class ships. The first ships to undergo the suite transformation will be ms Eurodam and ms Oosterdam, followed by ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Westerdam, ms Zuiderdam and ms Noordam.
CMIT Welcomes First 14,000 TEU Box Ship
On October 29, 2015 Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) received the maiden call of the 14,000 TEU m/v CSCL Star, the ultra large container vessel (ULCV) of 157,000 DWT, deployed in the Ocean 3 Alliance, marking the first Vietnam/Northern Europe direct service. Notably, within the last week, two feeder services have also started to call at CMIT to connect both the local Vietnamese export cargo and the international export cargo from Thailand and Cambodia, all transshipped through CMIT.
US Navy Eyes More Patrols in South China Sea
U.S. The U.S. Navy plans to conduct patrols within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the South China Sea about twice a quarter, a U.S. defense official said on Monday.
Airplane Crosses the Atlantic in a Box
Chicago Express brings vintage Messerschmitt to the U.S. Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd has transported some unusual cargo from Rotterdam to Norfolk. Securely packed in a 40-foot cube container, the vintage fighter airplane, a Messerschmitt Bf 109, made the two-and-a-half-week journey across the North Atlantic. The Messerschmitt Bf 109 is one of the roughly 33,000 units built between 1936 and 1945, making it the most manufactured fighter aircraft in military history.
Wreckage Confirmed to Be El Faro
Wreckage found on the ocean bottom off the Bahamas has been confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board to be the lost cargo ship El Faro, which sank with 33 crew aboard October 1. Wreckage consistent with the 790-foot El Faro was discovered upright and intact by a U.S. Navy salvage team using side-scanning sonar equipment in the vicinity of the cargo ship’s last known position on October 31, according to NTSB. The wreck sits roughly 15,000 feet below the surface.
Bath Iron Works Christens Future USS Rafael Peralta
U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works christened the U.S. Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) at a ceremony held on its Bath, Maine shipyard on Saturday, October 31. The ship is named for Sgt. Rafael Peralta, U.S. Marine Corps, who was deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was killed November 15, 2004, during the Second Battle of Fallujah in house-to-house urban combat. Sgt.
Oil Traders Scouting Further Afield for NY Diesel Storage
Oil traders are scouring the East Coast for places to store surplus diesel supplies, including on tankers just outside New York harbor, as prompt prices trade at…
Sanmar Names Caterpillar ‘Engine of Choice’
Caterpillar Marine’s dealer in Turkey, Borusan, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar Shipyards for the supply of a range of propulsion units over the next three years. The LOI covers the supply of Cat propulsion engines and generator sets to Sanmar for their building program over the coming three years. At least 84 propulsion engines and 86 generator sets are expected to be supplied between now and 2018.
Australian Navy Saves Jellyfish Sting Victim
A rapid response by Royal Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Pirie’s crew may have saved the life of a crew member onboard an Australian fishing vessel, the Australian Department of Defense announced. The Armidale Class patrol boat was conducting border protection operations when the ship received an urgent call for assistance from a fishing vessel stating a Darwin resident was believed to have been stung by a highly venomous Box Jellyfish…
KOTUG Asia's Rotortugs Begin Work in Malaysia
KOTUG Asia Sdn. Bhd. has commenced towage activities with its Rotortugs in the port of Tanjung Pelapas (PTP) Malaysia, with effect from November 1, 2015, the operator and owner announced today. KOTUG Asia said it started its operations with two 65 tons bollard pull Rotortugs, RT Claire and RT Stéphanie, in PTP delivering 24/7 operations supported by local Malaysian management and experienced crew. Additionally, the company said it is able to rapidly expand its fleet with more powerful tugboats.
BMT Performs Production Engineering for ATB Tug
Independent naval architecture and marine engineering design consultancy BMT Nigel Gee (BMT) said it has completed detailed production engineering for the Nancy Peterkin, an articulated tug barge (ATB) tugboat, built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) and destined for Kirby Offshore Marine. Recently launched by NBBB, the Nancy Peterkin is the first of two ATB tugs with its sister ship, the Tina Pyne scheduled for launch in December 2015.
UPS Plans $184 Mln Facility at London Gateway
UPS announced plans to construct a new 32,000-square-meter package sorting and delivery facility at the DP World London Gateway logistics site in the south east of England. At close to $184 million, this project constitutes one of UPS’s largest infrastructure investments outside of the United States in the company’s history. Luis Arriaga, Managing Director for UK, Ireland & Nordics, said: “This construction reaffirms UPS’s commitment to the UK and our confidence in its economy.
Alfa Laval Debuts PureNOx Prime
As the implementation of Tier III NOx limits approaches, Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) is rapidly maturing. Now Alfa Laval has introduced Alfa Laval PureNOx Prime, a smaller, leaner and streamlined version of its EGR water treatment system for EGR engines operating with low-sulphur fuel. Many ship owners are considering their choice for compliance with Tier III NOx limits, which will soon apply in the North American and U.S.
Hapag-Lloyd IPO Expected to Price at $22 a Share
German shipping group Hapag-Lloyd is likely to price its initial public offering at the low end of a revised range of 20-22 euros ($22.08-$24.29) a share, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday. "It's no easy thing," the person said, adding that he believed the IPO will go through and not to be canceled. Books are to close on Tuesday and trading to start on Friday. After trimming…
New Simulation Complex for Dunkirk Pilot Station
Transas informs it has installed the fifth simulator for high-level training for pilots who operate in the port of Dunkirk in France. The pilot station is now equipped with the latest generation of the Transas navigational simulator Navi-Trainer Professional 5000, which capabilities allow to steer any kind of ship in combination with any propulsion and steering system available on the market, Transas said.
Norovirus’ Implications for Shipowners
Allegations of illnesses caused by being on board a ship can lead to significant costs for shipowners. UK P&I Club Senior Claims Executive Victoria Brown reviews…
Shipping Braces for post-Paris Pollution Tax
Brussels sets end-2016 deadline for CO2-cutting proposals by IMO. The shipping industry expects to be stung by a carbon levy as momentum building from climate talks…
Japan Wants U.S., South Korea Help in South China Sea
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told South Korea's president on Monday he wanted cooperation between the two countries and the United States in maintaining an open and peaceful South China Sea…
Four Drown, 6 Missing Refugees off Greece
Four refugees drowned and another six were missing off the Greek island of Farmakonisi after their boat sank, the Greek coastguard said on Monday. Four people were rescued…