Morocco, Indonesia Ratify BWM Convention
Morocco and Indonesia have become the latest nations to ratify the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, an international measure adopted in 2004 for environmental protection that requires ships to have procedures in place for ballast water management in order to help prevent the spread of harmful and invasive aquatic species. In all, the total number of ratifications now stands at 45 states. Morocco Transport Minister Abdelaziz Rebbah and H.H.
Turbocharger Retrofits for Royal Caribbean
MAN PrimeServ informs it has won the contract from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) to retrofit the turbochargers aboard four cruise liners from its fleet. The contract covers the retrofit of a total of 30 turbochargers aboard four vessels – two operated by Royal Caribbean International, and two operated by Pullmantur, a wholly-owned RCCL subsidiary, along with attachment kits and technical support.
Rolls-Royce Targets Costs and Complexity in Quest for Growth
Rolls-Royce's new chief executive aims to strip out costs and complexity, rather than selling off chunks of the business, as he seeks to return the British engine company to growth. After four profit warnings in just over a year, and with an activist shareholder pushing for change, Warren East is under pressure to outline a revival strategy after spending much of his first four months in the job in firefighting mode.
Grandweld Delivers Vessel to ADNOC
United Arab Emirates leading shipyard Grandweld has delivered a dive maintenance and support vessel TAWAM1 to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Grandweld took…
McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business
“Early in 1864, a young man names James McAllister stood on board a sailing vessel where he served as a mate. The opening lines from the first chapter of the new book, McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business, begin a voyage through the history of a tugboat and marine transportation firm that runs five generations deep, taking readers on a journey of deepsea adventure, family tragedy and company triumph.
Oshawa Port Authority Joins Green Marine
The Oshawa Port Authority, one of Green Marine’s founding members as the former Oshawa Harbor Commission, announced it is again a Green Marine participant. Green…
Interview: Mike Petters - President & CEO, HII
Last month Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII), was honored by the Coast Guard Foundation at the 35th Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard, held in New York City. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News recently caught up with Petters – the man who leads America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the commercial and non-commercial oil…
Crowley Opens Government Services Office
Crowley Maritime Corp. has opened a new government services office in downtown Norfolk, Va. to help the company better serve government agencies such as the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). The new location will also help Crowley improve its service for the Norfolk Naval Base and several of Crowley managed ships located there, including three ROCON ships, five BOBO class ships and seven T-AGOS/T-AGM ships.
Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-Term Slowing of Growth?
IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensiveassessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector. The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 -- provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016 and 2020. Here’s an overview of the findings and conclusions in the report. We see the downturn in market conditions and implosion of Petrobras as a bump in the road.
Vesper Marine Debuts New AIS Transponder
Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine has released a new Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS), the XB-6000. The black box transponder includes a built-in NMEA 2000 gateway and GPS antenna that integrates AIS, GPS and NMEA instrument data to display vital safety information on any AIS-compatible chartplotter, multifunction display (MFD) or personal computer. The Vesper Marine XB-6000 offers convenient access to AIS safety information instantaneously while on the water.
Out of the Eye ... & Staying There
I have never been in a hurricane. That’s a fact. Actually, my wife likes to say that whenever there is any kind of natural disaster, I’m typically nowhere to be found. And, when I think about it, I realize that she is right. Whether by accident or by design, that’s exactly how it has played out during the 30+ years that we have been together. Whenever this touchy subject does come up – typically once a quarter – she usually points to one particular event as proof of concept.
The Latest on Ballast Water Mismanagement
On October 5, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a 65-page decision holding that, for the most part, the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was arbitrary, capricious and not in accordance with the law. The court declined, though, to vacate the VGP, but allowed it to remain in effect until the EPA issues a new VGP.
Port of Bronka Prepares for Opening
Technical plant and equipment installation for the first stage of Bronka’s port facilities is now complete with the Liebherr LHM 800 mobile port crane installed at the end of September, bringing the port closer to operation. The deepwater Port of Bronka is located on the outskirts of St. Petersburg and lies on the Southern bank of the Gulf of Finland. Directly linked to the St. Petersburg orbital highway and the Russian rail network…
Ballast Water Management in the Field Put to the Test
Turner Designs, along with scientists from around the world participated in a research cruise aboard the RV Meteor, a vessel owned by the Federal Republic of Germany through the Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT) and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The goal of this cruise was focused on ballast water sampling techniques and protocols. Various instruments were used to test collected…
Fincantieri Launches Nuclear Waste Vessel for Russia
Itarus, the new semisubmersible floating platform built to transport Russia’s nuclear materials, was launched at a ceremony on November 19 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia. Built by Fincantieri for the Russian RosRAO, the Federal State Unitary Enterprise for radioactive waste management, the vessel will be used for the transportation of nuclear submarine reactor compartments decommissioned…
When Conducting Investigations Consider 'Privileges'
Whether voluntarily or as required by the International Safety Management Code, the American Waterways Operators’ (AWO) Responsible Carrier Program, or some other rule or regulation, investigations of accidents and near-miss situations are routinely conducted by companies in the maritime industry. This is due to the widespread recognition that careful examination of the root causes of such incidents can help to prevent future occurrences.
Alaska Buys TransCanada AK LNG Stake
The State of Alaska has finalized a deal with TransCanada to buy out the pipeline company's share in the proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas export project for nearly $65 million. Alaska has completed the buyout of TransCanada’s interest in the Alaska LNG project, a $65 million expense that gives Alaska the same stake in the $55 billion effort as ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips. Gov. Bill Walker hailed the move as “historic…
Five P&O Cruise Ships Meet in Sydney
Sydney is the stage for the biggest get-together of a fleet of cruise ships ever seen in the harbor city. Five P&O cruise ships have created a V-formation at sea then sailed toward Sydney abreast in a single line, to celebrate the fleet's newest additions, the Pacific ARIA and Pacific EDEN. Just before sunrise, Pacific Dawn, Jewel, Pearl and today's additions to the cruise line, Aria and Eden, created a V formation before sailing abreast in one line toward the city.
Swan Energy to Invest $845 mln for FSRU Terminal
Swan Energy Limited will invest around Rs. 5,600 crore ($845 mln) towards setting up of Jafrabad LNG Port project in Gujarat with one jetty-moored Floating, Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU). The joint venture project by Swan Energy Limited (SEL) and its Belgium partner Exmar Marine N.V. will be the country's first jetty-moored FSRU. Swan Energy holds 51 per cent stake in the JV company, Swan LNG Pvt Ltd…
Nippon Foundation’s Sasakawa receives International Maritime Prize
Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, has received the 2014 International Maritime Prize for his contribution to the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) over many years and, in particular, his personal commitment to supporting the development of future maritime leaders and his contribution to the enhancement of safety and security in vital shipping lanes. In a ceremony on 23 November…