Chinese Authorities Raid Container-Shipping Firms
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is visiting several major container shipping lines’ offices in Shanghai and throughout the country as part of its surcharges investigation. According to local media reports, NDRC investigators have been combing through emails and files at many liner carrier offices since Friday. In September 2015, the Chinese government said that lines had been charging too much for things like bills of lading custody fees, port fees and document fees.
Cosco, China Shipping Mega Merger Deal May Get Green Signal Soon
The merger deal of China’s two shipping gianst China Ocean Shipping Co., or Cosco, and China Shipping Group that could create the world’s fourth largest container operator is expected to get approval by Chinese government by January, reports WSJ. The companies have been working out a deal for months, centered on combining the two companies’ container-shipping units. They are also looking into merging tanker, dry-bulk and port operations, the people said.
India to Do Away with Obsolete Shipping Rules
India's Ministry of Shipping has decided to rescind thirteen rules under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (as amended), having found them to be obsolete and unnecessary. This in turn will declutter the legislative framework governing merchant shipping sector in India and streamline the processes and procedures in the shipping sector. “The Ministry of Shipping has decided to rescind thirteen rules under the Merchant Shipping Act…
Star Bulk Carriers Sold Three Vessels in Q3
Star Bulk Carriers has sold three vessels during the third quarter, a modern Supramax and two 90s built Panamax says Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer. Net sales proceeds for completed vessels sales were approximately $27.9 million in Q3 and we also received approximately $3.8 million of gross sales, proceeds from the sale of an unlevered 90’s built Panamax and we expect 11 million in net equity proceeds from the transfer of a newbuilding which proceeds will be received in 2016.
BIMCO Looks at Significant Potential For Cyber Disruption
Attendees of BIMCO’s Annual Conference in Hamburg will today hear the very latest findings on the potential vulnerabilities of ships to cyber attacks. In a session dedicated to the topic, BIMCO and industry experts will show three scenarios showing the possible risks and the methods of prevention for a cyber attack on ships’ systems. The session is designed for corporate management but also focused on the safety of seafarers and ships.
Klaipedos Nafta and Port of Helsingborg Sign LNG Deal
Lithuania’s Klaipedos Nafta has signed a deal with the port of Helsingborg to cooperate on the HEKLA – Helsingborg & Klaipeda LNG infrastructure facility deployment project (HEKLA). Klaipedos Nafta has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Spanish Association of Natural Gas for Mobility (GASNAM) to cooperate on the standardisation of LNG bunkering operations. According to the agreement with port of Helsingborg…
Bath Iron Works Lays Keel of Navy’s Next Destroyer
U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works held a keel-laying ceremony on November 16 for the Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), the company’s 36th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.
BMT Fluid Mechanics to Validate FLNG Design
The emergence of the floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) concept has seen an unprecedented focus on development activity and has reinforced the commercial interest in these facilities. However, as the industry strives to make the concept a reality, in addition to the already formidable risks present in conventional projects, a plethora of distinctive risks associated with FLNG have now been added to the mix, with little industry experience to learn from.
South Carolina Container Volume Up 7%
The South Carolina Ports Authority announced a fiscal year-to-date container volume increase of seven percent, with 678,033 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled since July.
KVH Debuts mini-VSAT Broadband 2.0
At London International Shipping Week held in September, KVH Industries, Inc. introduced the second generation of its mini-VSAT Broadband solution for the maritime market, providing a combination of data delivered at high speeds and at low price points, with vessel operational and crew entertainment/informational content, tools, and support, optimizing broadband effectiveness in serving the needs of seafarers. Tom Mulligan reports.
Moose Boats is Keeping Busy
U.S. Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, announced two recent vessel deliveries: a M2-35 Catamaran Patrol Boat to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in Carnelian Bay, Calif., and a M2-38’ 3,000GPM Fire Rescue Catamaran to the Bellingham Fire Department in Bellingham, Wash. The builder has received an additional order to build a M2-38 Catamaran CBRNE Emergency Response and Recovery Vessel for the New Bedford Fire Department in Massachusetts.
Ulstein’s X-BOW Turns 10
While new designs often grab headlines, mature designs that have enjoyed success are perhaps better indicators of true progress in marine technology. When the Ultstein X-Bow made its debut 10 years ago, some scoffed at the unusual design characteristics. They laugh no more, as the Ultstein X-Bow hull line design turns 10. Now in its tenth year, the 100th X-BOW shipbuilding contract was signed, and the X-BOW’s derivative…
Towboat Honors Structural Engineer Dobson
Joe Gregory, owner of New Generation Shipbulding of Houma, La., reports that his firm’s latest delivery will join the La Porte Texas-based Martin Marine fleet of 29 inland push boats and 54 inland marine tank barges. Martin also operates four offshore tug/barge units. The latest delivery, one of New Generation’s 75 X 30 X 10-ft. pushboat, is the Rex Dobson. With an operating draft of 8.5-ft. these towboats have a 32-ft. eye level from the wheelhouse.
SCANIA Expands its Engine Range for Marine Applications
Scania, a tradition-rich Swedish industrial company will celebrate in 2016 its 125-year in existence. Very early on in 1902, the first engines for marine applications were produced. Scania, since 2014 a 100% daughter company of VW, is a manufacturer of trucks, buses, marine and industrial engines and a true propulsion pioneer. Today the company employs approximately 42,000 employees with an annual turnover of $11 billion.
Foreship: New CFD Methodology
In the quest to model real conditions faced by ships at sea for design purposes, earlier this summer Foreship unveiled details of a live project that has factored real sea states into CFD-based hull form optimization. The company reports that the results of ‘in wave’ analysis had confounded expectations, leading to a design decision contrary to those informed by conventional model testing. The project involved a modelled comparison of two different bow sections for a newbuild cruise ship…
Heavy Rains Cause Delays on East Africa Trade Route
Heavy rains near the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa have swept away a road and slowed transport to a trickle on the main trade route into east Africa, officials said on Wednesday.
Liberian Registry Appoints London GM
The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Kostas Ladas as general manager of its London office. Ladas joins LISCR from London-based ship and insurance broker and agent Victoria Steamship Co. Ltd., where he was vessel operations manager. Prior to that, he spent over 25 years with Coscon/Cosco (U.K.) Ltd. in London, where he held a variety of executive roles…
IMCA Report Covers Mini RadaScan System for DP Ops
Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations at offshore installations. The development of dynamic positioning (DP) systems has been gradual over the past 50 years and today, various manufacturers’ systems are available around the world. IMCA has published a report, IMCA M 229 ‘Mini RadaScan microwave radar sensor for dynamic positioning operations’ to provide an overview of the Mini RadaScan system.
New TOS Live at Houston’s Barbours Cut
Barbours Cut Container Terminal (BCT), part of the Port of Houston Authority, has completed its implementation of the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS). The…
ACO Marine Unveils New PE Separators
Wastewater management specialist ACO Marine has introduced a new composite grease separator as part of its Lipator and Lipatomat product range. Manufactured from high-density polyethylene (PE) composite, ACO Marine’s new PE-Lipator (manual) and PE-Lipatomat (automatic) separators have been designed to meet market demand for more cost-effective, lighter units capable of delivering the same performance benefits as the stainless steel models, the company said.