APM Terminals Diversifies into Non-containerised Cargo
The APM Terminals Global Terminal Network will enter China’s fastgrowing grain import market as part of a joint venture with Qingdao Port International, continuing APM Terminals’ ongoing expansion into port and terminal operations outside containerised cargo handling. The newly developed Qingdao Port Dongjiakou Multi-Purpose Terminal, in which APM Terminals will hold a 20% share, is located on China’s Bohai Rim in the Shandong province, on the Yellow Sea.
Virdi Joins GMS' Dubai Operations
GMS is proud to announce that Ms. Jasvinder Virdi has joined the company to further develop its growth within the industry. Jasvinder comes with a wealth of determination and enthusiasm, as well as experience of working within the shipping industry, having spent the last 10 years at the St. Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry as a Ship Registration Executive where she was instrumental in building strong client relations.
NTSB Issues Update on El Faro Investigation
The National Transportation Safety Board has contracted with the U.S. Navy to locate the El Faro, document the wreckage and debris field and recover the voyage data recorder (VDR). Below is an update of recent activities. The Curve 21 remote operated vehicle (ROV) was used to confirm that the vessel found was the El Faro. The ROV documented both the port and starboard sides of the vessel. The vessel is oriented in an upright position with the stern buried in approximately 30 feet of sediment.
China Downplays South China Sea 'freedom of navigation'
The issue of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea should not be "hyped up" or used as an excuse for provocation, China's defence minister said on Wednesday, in response to recent U.S.
U.S: No ASEAN South China Sea Consensus is Telling
The inability of a forum of Southeast Asian defence ministers to agree on a joint statement at the end of a forum on Wednesday reflects their concern about China's activity in the South China Sea…
Rickmers Upgrades VSAT for Entire Fleet
Rickmers Group will migrate to multiband VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) from Marlink Maritime VSAT for its fleet of 90+ vessels including containerships, bulk carriers and heavy lift vessels, in a move that aims to improve operational efficiency through better integration of ship and shore side networks in addition to providing internet connectivity for crew welfare. High bandwidth availability…
Transas VTMS for the Visakhapatnam Port
India’s Visakhapatnam Port has selected Transas as its VTMS provider. According to the project schedule, the new system will be fully operational by the end of 2015. The Visakhapatnam Port is located on the east coast of India between Chennai and Kolkata and has three main harbors. Being one of the most important hubs in South Asia, the Visakhapatnam Port is currently undergoing modernization and expansion.
Golar and WAGL Ink Ghana FSRU Contract
Golar LNG Limited announced today that it has executed a firm contract to provide West African Gas Limited (WAGL) with floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU)…
Kizad Attracts Investment from Binghatti
Abu Dhabi Ports―the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate―has signed a standard Musataha agreement (SMA) with Binghatti Holding to set up a new food and beverage (F&B) production plant at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad). Binghatti is an international investment holding company that focuses on high-growth potential projects within the real estate, construction and FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) industries.
Maersk Line Slashes Costs, Jobs on Asia-Europe Slowdown
Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, said on Wednesday it will slash costs, cut staff by almost a fifth and pull out of vessel orders as trade along the busiest routes in the world, from Asia to Europe, slows down. The business, part of the A.P. Moller-Maersk conglomerate, is a bellwether for global trade and the shipping industry, which is run mainly by unlisted companies not required to make their assessments or financial circumstances public.
ROV Support Vessel Fugro Aquarius Delivered
Fugro has taken delivery of the new ROV support vessel (RSV) Fugro Aquarius. The new Brazilian-built DP-2 diesel-electric vessel is 83 meters is length with a deck…
Multraship Orders Damen Tugs at Europort
Towage and salvage specialist Multraship, through its 100-percent-owned subsidiary Novatug BV, has commissioned the construction of two Carrousel Rave Tugs (CRTs) as well as a new ASD 3212 tug from Damen Shipyards Group. Officially ordered today at a signing ceremony at Damen’s stand at the Europoort exhibition in Rotterdam, the new vessels aim to provide operators with more power, more freedom and more durability, as well as eliminating the risk of capsizing under a tow load.
World Wide Metric Celebrates 45 Years
World Wide Metric, a global supplier specializing in the distribution of valves, flanges, piping systems and hydraulic components in JIS and DIN, and ANSI standards, is celebrating its 45th anniversary. In 1970, former ship captain Constantinos Contos, who immigrated to the United States from Greece in 1969, founded a ship repair company in Brooklyn, N.Y. Soon after, he began receiving an abundance of requests for metric valves and flanges from foreign vessels…
New 'Guide to Hull & Machinery'
International multidisciplinary marine surveyors and consultants Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), (Braemar SA), has published the third edition of its Guide to Hull & Machinery. The publication is primarily designed to help those with a nontechnical background and who are possibly unfamiliar with some or all of the nautical and engineering technical terms used in marine survey reports.
Recent Vessel Sales - October 2015
Vessel sales for October 2015 (as of November 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.
MER, Meridian Announce Strategic Partnership
Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC (MER) and Meridian Ocean Services, LLC (Meridian) have entered into a strategic partnership agreement, the companies announced Monday.
Riders on the Storm
It’s no shock that decking, seating and other related equipment for ‘fast boats’ is a critical ingredient for maritime security personnel. A shock mitigation strategy is essential for all craft that undertake open sea transits or operate in rough water. The definition of shock mitigation is, ‘to make a violent collision or impact less intense.’ The search for shock mitigation has created a range of solutions.
Emissions Control Takes Center Stage for Workboat Engines
Today’s workboat operators must navigate increasingly stringent IMO and EPA environmental and emissions regulations in and around ports and rivers. As the drama unfolds, selective catalytic reduction or SCR is emerging as a viable vehicle to do just that. At the same time, fears about space constraints for smaller vessels and the hassle of carrying and handing urea for these systems are rapidly evaporating, as well.
Keel Laid of US Navy’s Future LCS Billings
A keel laying ceremony was held Monday for the U.S. Navy’s future USS Billings (LCS 15) at Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin. Sharla Tester, Billings' sponsor and wife of Sen. Jon Tester, authenticated the ship's keel. As the ship's sponsor, Tester serves as an advocate and honorary member of the crew. "Much like her namesake city, the future USS Billings stands as a testament to the spirit of the American pioneers.
KVNR Recognizes KOTUG for Hybrid Tugs
The Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR) has awarded its Shipping Award to Netherlands-based towage operator KOTUG for its next-generation ART80-32 Hybrid Rotortugs. The award was presented during the 10th Dutch Maritime Awards Gala in Rotterdam by Tineke Netelenbos, chairman of the KVNR Shipping Award jury, who stated, “The propulsion configuration of these new-generation ART80-32 Hybrid Rotortugs series draws on the proven design of KOTUG’s RT Adriaan…