Halul Brings OSV Ship Handling Simulator to Qatar
Halul Offshore Services Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Milaha, has recently procured an offshore support vessel (OSV) ship handling simulator, which is reportedly the first of its kind in Qatar. Halul said it is now one of the few companies in the Gulf region to own the Netherlands-built simulator, which is normally used in training schools. Chairman of Milaha, HE Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani…
Panama Canal Takes Steps to Shrink Wait Times
Aiming to help accommodate unseasonably high demand, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced it has taken a number of steps to expedite traffic and decrease Canal Waters Time (CWT). The ACP has postponed noncritical maintenance work, modified bookings and assigned additional operations personnel. As a result, the canal has made steady progress, according to ACP. ACP said current wait times for transiting ships have been reduced and now stands at four days or less.
New Charges in 2012 Fatal Platform Blast
Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC, Grand Isle Shipyards Inc., Wood Group PSN Inc., as well as Don Moss, 46, of Groves, Texas, Curtis Dantin, 50, of Cut-Off, La., and Christopher Srubar, 40, of Destrehan, La., have been charged with crimes for a November 2012 explosion on an oil production platform that resulted in the death of three workers, the injury of others and an oil spill, announced the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S.
IMC to Design New Catamaran for Bali Hai Cruises
Marine tourism operator Bali Hai Cruises has selected International Maritime Consultants (IMC) for the design of its next generation day cruise catamaran. Working closely with Bali Hai Cruises, IMC has developed a design that aims to support the operator’s wide range of operations, which includes a variety of tourism experiences from Benoa Harbour, such as day cruises to a water activities pontoon off Nusa Lembongan…
Cammell Laird Seals the Deal for UK Polar Ship
The deal has been finalized for marine and engineering services company Cammell Laird to begin work on the U.K.’s new £200 million polar research ship. The Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird said it saw off competition from Europe and beyond including Korea and Singapore to be selected as the preferred bidder to build the new vessel for the government-funded Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
Latest Deliveries Complete Ardmore Newbuild Program
Ardmore Shipping Corporation has taken delivery of two product and chemical tanker newbuildings, the Ardmore Chippewa and Ardmore Seahawk, signaling the completion of its initial newbuild program. The last of four vessels constructed at the Fukuoka Shipbuilding Co., Ltd shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, and delivered to Ardmore in 2015, the Ardmore Chippewa is a 25,233 deadweight metric ton, Eco-design IMO 2 product and chemical tanker delivered November 13.
Port of Long Beach Mulls ‘Flexible Free Time’
Port of Long Beach officials will consider reducing the amount of time import containers can be stored on docks without charge, hoping the change would increase velocity of cargo moving out of the port. Since 2005, the length of time containers can stay on the dock, called “free time,” has been four days. Beyond that, terminals are charged storage fees. Now with larger vessels regularly calling on the port…
BW Offshore Suspends Dividend
BW Offshore, a builder and operator of ships that can produce and store oil offshore, suspended its dividend until outlook for the oil sector improved, it said on Monday.
Statoil Sees Unchanged 2016 Foreign Development
Oil major Statoil's activity level outside its Norwegian home base will be largely unchanged in 2016 compared to 2015, the company said on Monday. "For us, it will be more or less flat…
Wärtsilä Propulsion for Antarctic Icebreaker
A new Polar Logistics Vessel being built for Terre Australes et Antarctiques Françaises (TAAF) and the French Polar Institute (IPEV), and which will be operated by the French Navy, is to be powered by Wärtsilä propulsion solutions. The ship has been contracted by Chantiers Piriou (Concarneau, France), based on a concept design issued by Marine Assistance (France) and is scheduled to be delivered in the first half of 2017. The contract for the Wärtsilä equipment was signed in October.
Largest Underwater CO2 Release from Pipeline - DNV GL
Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is gaining momentum to meet stringent climate change goals and secure energy supplies for the future. To fully understand the environmental and safety implications associated with the development of CO2 pipelines, DNV GL is conducting the oil and gas industry’s largest ever controlled release of carbon dioxide from an underwater pipeline at its full-scale Spadeadam Testing and Research Centre, located in Cumbria, UK.
APM Terminals Opens Aqaba Logistics Village Expansion
APM Terminals, with local Jordanian partner Kawar Group, officially opened the expanded Aqaba Logistics Village (ALV) on November 12th, with a formal ceremony attended by Jordanian Prime Minister His Excellency Abdullah Ensour, the Minister of Transport His Excellency Ayman Hatahet and Chief Commissioner of Aqaba Special Economic Zone, His Excellency Hani Mulki, among other dignitaries. The newly completed ALV Phase 2 facility includes 13…
VIKING, PVA Join Forces for New USCG Safety Compliancy
Coastal vessel operators trying to come to terms with upgraded US Coast Guard regulations for survival craft have been helped along the way by VIKING at the annual Passenger Vessel Association and U.S. Coast Guard Industry Day in Miami. Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment recently participated in an event at the annual Passenger Vessel Association and U.S. Coast Guard Industry Day in Miami.
CMA CGM Outperforms, Nets $51 mln 3Q Profit
In third-quarter 2015, CMA CGM once again outperformed the market average in an industry shaped by a sharp fall in freight rates and overcapacity in certain markets. Freight rates were especially weak on certain lines, including Asia-Europe. Other lines such as Transpacific routes continued to benefit from a better balance between supply and demand. CMA CGM has adjusted its capacity accordingly. Volumes carried jumped 3.4% to 3.3 million TEUs…
BEST Sets STS Crane Record
On October 27, Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) achieved another milestone for the Port of Barcelona. BEST serviced the MSC Livorno, a 14,000 TEU vessel with 8 ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes, the first time that a container terminal in Barcelona has operated such a high number of cranes simultaneously on a single vessel. The MSC Livorno is 365 meters in length with a breadth of 51 meters spanning 20 rows of containers. A total of 1,471 containers were loaded and 2,080 were discharged.
P&O Maritime Rebranded Repasa
P&O Maritime has announced the rebranding of its joint venture company Repasa, the Spanish operator of offshore support vessels for the energy industry. P&O Repasa will become the official brand of the joint venture which has expanded its fleet in the offshore towage market from 8 vessels to 14 in the last year while creating a permanent offshore service hub in Equatorial Guinea in West Africa. P&O…
Wärtsilä Design & Propulsion Machinery for Pelagic Trawler
A new pelagic fishing trawler ordered by Scottish owner Mewstead LLP will be built according to a Wärtsilä design and will feature a broad scope of Wärtsilä propulsion machinery. The ship is to be built at the Nauta Shipyard in Poland and when completed will be the largest and most efficient ship of its type in the world. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in November. Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for mid-2017.
Philippines Warns China: World is Watching You
China came under renewed criticism over its rising profile in the South China Sea at Asia-Pacific summit when Philippines President Benigno Aquino III warned China that “the world is watching” you, reports Reuters. Whether China would behave as a responsible power in the simmering standoff over maritime territory, is the question in this context. "The world is watching and expects no less from a responsible global leader," Aquino said.
Malaysia Detains 3 Vessels Over Illegal Oil Transfer
Three oil tanker ships were detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) off the waters of Pengerang for illegal ship-to-ship transfer of marine fuel oil (MFO) near Pengerang. Tanjung Sedili District Maritime Enforcement head, Maritime Capt Amran Daud said all three vessels were detained by a patrol boat at 9.15am about 3.8 nautical miles southeast of Ramunia Bay. Daud said the three ships were each registered in San Lorenzo in Peru…
CMA CGM to Acquire Neptune Orient
France’s CMA CGM SA is in exclusive talks to buy Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL), the shipping company and its Singapore’s Temasek Holdings Ltd., its largest shareholder, said. The deal would bring together the world’s third-largest container company with Southeast Asia’s biggest container shipper. If materialises, it would be one of the biggest acquisitions in the shipping container industry in years.