Panama-Registered Ship Sinks off Vigan City
A Panamanian cargo vessel MV Fortune Life sank off the coast 130 nautical off Vigan City in Ilocos Sur, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), uthorities said. The Coast Guard received a distress signal from Hong Kong about the maritime incident. According to the Public Information Office of PCG, the search for 13 missing crew members is continuing. PCG Northwestern Luzon district commander and Captain Leovigildo…
Polish Cargo Ship SZAFIR Attacked off Nigeria
Pirates operating off the coast of Nigeria have taken hostage five Polish sailors, including the captain and officers, from the Polish general cargo ship Szafir. The ship was headed to the port of Onne in Nigeria from Antwerp, when the armed pirates struck, with 11 of the crew escaping harm by barricading themselves in the engine room and turning off the engines. Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski…
IMO Assembly Elects New 40-Member Council
Category (a) 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States. Category (b) 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden. Category (c) 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above…
DP World, SCA Pact for Ain Sokhna Port Development
Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and the Red Sea Ports Authority signed an agreement with Dubai Ports World (DP World) and Sonker Bunkering Company for the development of Egypt’s Ain Sokhna seaport, reports Egypt Independent. The signing of the deal comes in line with directives by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to upgrade the sea port’s status as part of the broader scheme to develop the Suez Canal region, SCA chief Mohab Mamish said.
BIMCO Signs New LNG And Shipbuilding Supervision Contracts
The twice yearly meeting of BIMCO’s Documentary Committee took place in Hamburg on 19 November. In his first meeting as Chairperson of the Committee, Belgium’s Francis Sarre presided over the adoption of several new contracts and clauses and an update of BIMCO’s extensive suite of bills of lading and waybills. Two new owner representatives joined the Committee from Canada and Brazil, reflecting the importance of the Americas in BIMCO’s global coverage of documentary matters.
SCCT Prepares to Boost Vessel Traffic with 24-hour Access
A formal signing ceremony will now enable vessels to transit to Port Said East through a new side channel to be constructed bypassing the Suez Canal’s main entrance. Vice Admiral Mohab Mamish, the Head of the SCA, formally approved the construction of a new 9.5 km (5 mile) long, 17 meter (55 feet) deep and 250 meter (820 foot) wide access channel to Port Said East which will permit uninterrupted vessel traffic to the Suez Canal Container Terminal…
North Korea Submarine-Launch Missile a Flop Show
North Korea apparently failed to launch a ballistic missile from a submarine in a sign that Pyongyang has yet to master the technology, Yonhap news agency quoted a government official as saying. According to a source from the South Korean government, the failure took place in the Sea of Japan. North Korea is believed to have fired a KN-11 missile from a submarine in the East Sea roughly between 2:20 p.m.
Windrock Names Kelleher Global Business Development Manager
Edward P. Kelleher will be assuming the new role of Global Business Development Manager – Diesel, effective December 1st. In this role, Mr. Kelleher will be leading the effort in developing a global distribution network, growing the Windrock Inc business in the marine industry and other diesel related applications as well as continuing the growth of the Windrock customer base in Nuclear, Military, Mining and Power Generation.
Canada to Aid Developing Nations Fight Climate Change
Canada will provide aid to developing countries to combat climate change, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday ahead of talks on global warming, which he has promised will show the country is serious about tackling the issue. Canada will give C$2.65 billion ($1.98 billion) over the next five years, the newly elected Trudeau announced during a trip to Malta, where he was meeting the heads of Commonwealth countries.
Sandra Weakens to Tropical Storm off Mexico's Coast
Hurricane Sandra weakened to a tropical storm on Friday and was expected to continue losing strength as it approached Mexico's Pacific coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Sandra, about 215 miles (346 km) southwest of the Pacific port of Mazatlan on Friday evening, was producing maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (113 kph), the NHC said. "Sandra is expected to be near tropical storm strength when it moves near the coast of Mexico in the warning area on Saturday.
Gates to Launch Mega Clean Tech Initiative
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, GreenWire reported Friday. Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will agree to double their research and development budgets to boost clean energy deployment and work collaboratively, according to GreenWire…
Lighter, Longer-lasting Laminate from Dimension-Polyant
Dimension-Polyant, part of the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN working group, has developed a longer-lasting but lighter surface laminate for the discerning owner and skipper, one which can also be used on super yachts. Lite Skin protects the internal grid structure of carbon sails of all sizes with higher abrasion resistance than film/film-quality. This fabric surface improves the handling of main and Genoa sails for cruising and even has racing applications.
Extended Warranty from Yanmar for Sailboat Engines
Yanmar Marine International B.V. has introduced an extended 3 years’ period of YANMAR Limited Warranty for Sailboat Engine Models. This extended warranty of 3 years is offered to owners of specific YANMAR marine engine models which will be used for private and personal pleasure use only. For the first retail purchaser on or after July 1, 2015. · YANMAR 4JH45, 4JH57, 4JH80 and 4JH110: For the first retail purchaser of all engine serial numbers regardless the production date.
Damen Marine Components Opens Jiangyin Plant
Damen Marine Components (DMC) is proud to announce the opening of its brand new facility in Jiangyin, China.Those present at the opening ceremony included CEO of Damen Shipyards Group RenéBerkvens and General Manager of DMC Jiangyin Aart Vogelaar.Also involved in the ribbon cutting were Consul-General of the Netherlands in Shanghai Anneke Adema, Feng Aidong Member of CPC Jiangyin Municipal Committee…
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Seaspan's Vancouver Office
Seaspan hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today to announce it has officially started construction on a new head office in North Vancouver. The 7,800 square metre (84,000 square foot) corporate headquarters, scheduled for completion in late 2017, will be constructed at the foot of Pemberton Avenue on the south western spit of the property. Once complete, the building will be four storeys high and include state-of-the-art office space…
Rates, Fees of Danish Maritime Authority to be Revised
A number of fee rates within the Danish Maritime Authority's area will be changed from 2016. The price schedule is available from the webpage of the Danish Maritime Authority. The Danish Maritime Authority has recalculated the rates of the fees within the Authority's area. certificates of proficiency and speedboat certificates. Furthermore, the hourly rate for surveys will be changed. In the future…
Fugro's Havila Harmony to join MH370 Search
Fugro is providing an additional vessel, the Havila Harmony, to join the search for the missing flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. From the 93-metre multi-role vessel, Fugro will deploy the Echo Surveyor VII autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Havila Harmony is under long-term charter to Fugro and has excellent sea-keeping capabilities, providing a stable platform for operations in a wide range of weather conditions.
Statoil Picks MacGregor Mooring Systems for Hywind
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order for substructure connection mooring systems for the world's first floating offshore wind farm: Statoil's Hywind pilot park in Scotland. MacGregor will be responsible for the delivery of the Pusnes substructure mooring connection system for the pilot project's five floating wind turbines. Delivery of equipment is planned from the second through the fourth quarter of 2016 and installation of the wind turbines is scheduled for 2017.