EU Court Strikes Down Spanish Ship Finance Scheme
Court says scheme does not give firms selective advantage; EU regulators cracking down on unfair tax systems. Europe's second-highest court gave clearance on Thursday…
6 Missing in Singapore Strait Collision
Six crew members are still missing after a general cargo freighter sank in the Singapore Strait following a collision with a chemical tanker at 8:14 p.m. (1214 GMT) on Dec. 16.
No End to Capesize Dry Bulk Misery
Rates from Australia to China fall to 14-year low; Brazil to China capesize rates drop to 7-year low. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes, which fell to a more than seven-year low on Wednesday, could nudge lower or hold around current levels as too many ships chase too little cargo, brokers said. "It seems like the market is at the bottom," said a Shanghai-based capesize broker on Thursday. "We're seeing some Pacific cargo today.
Argo Response Completed
The response effort to remove a hazardous cargo from the 104-year-old sunken tank barge Argo in Lake Erie officially ended Monday afternoon with the demobilization of all remaining equipment. Contracted by the U.S. Coast Guard as part of a Unified Command effort, salvors T&T Salvage recovered the highly toxic cargo from the 1911-built Argo, which sank in 1937 laden with a cargo of benzol that contained a high percentage of the carcinogen benzene.
Surveys without Scaffolds: Ship Tanks Inspected with Drones
Classification society DNV GL informs it has recently completed several tests using drones to support the hull survey of two vessels. Conducted by the classification team based in Gdansk, Poland, the tests took place at the Remontova shipyard, where the drones equipped with cameras were employed to visually check the condition of remote structural components. According to DNV GL, this practice has the potential to not only reduce survey times and staging costs…
Total Lubmarine Up and Running in Singapore
Total’s new Asia Pacific blending plant in Singapore produced its first batch of Total Lubmarine products. Andrew Knox, Total Lubmarine’s Asia-Pacific General Manager said, “Now that our Singapore blending facility is up and running, we can cater more effectively for our growing Asian customer base. Located at Tuas, Singapore, the plant opened in July 2015 and is Total’s largest with an annual production capacity of 310,000 metric tons.
World's Largest Cargo Ships Do IT Remotely
With Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Zoe’s inaugural voyage completed this summer, the largest containership ever built is now operating with high-speed Marlink Maritime VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) on board. Marlink VSAT services provide connectivity for operational and crew communications on MSC Zoe and 130 other MSC ships. MSC is also saving time and money with a suite of integrated…
US LNG Bunker Barge Nearing Launch Date
North America’s first LNG bunker barge is scheduled to be launched in February of 2016, Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME) announced following a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) hosted tour at Conrad Shipyard in Orange, Texas. Roughly 200 industry partners participated in the tour in conjunction with the USCG Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum held at USCG Sector Houston on December 9.
Chart Tile Service to Aid Charts Update
NOAA Coast Survey gives commercial navigation systems better tool to receive updated nautical charts. Accessing up-to-date nautical charts on electronic systems and mobile apps is about to get easier…
Brazil Prosecutors Charge 12 in SBM Offshore Graft Scheme
Brazilian prosecutors on Thursday charged 12 people with a bribery scheme involving Dutch firm SBM Offshore NV, the world's top leaser of oil production ships, and…
Kleven Secures French Trawler Order
Norwegian-owned shipbuilding group Kleven has signed a contract with the French fishery company Compagnie Des Peches Saint-Malo S.A. & SAS Comptoir Des Peches D’Europe Du Nord – Euronor, for the construction of an 80-meter-long stern trawler. The vessel is to be delivered from Myklebust Verft in September 2017, and is of NVC 374 WP design from Rolls-Royce. Two vessels of the same design were ordered by DFFU in June this year.
Mammoet Spurs US Expansion
Currently undergoing growth in terms of qualified personnel and asset acquisition, Mammoet USA said it plans for 2016 a $100 million investment in miscellaneous transport and lifting equipment, the vast majority being crawler cranes between 100 ton and 600 ton capacity. According to Mammoet, the expansion will enable the company to widen its range of services and better serve its customers along the Gulf Coast.
US Navy’s Newest LCSs Feature GE Gas Turbines
The U.S. Navy has recently commissioned and launched two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) of the Independence-variant, both of which are powered by two GE LM2500 marine gas turbines, GE Marine reports. The USS Jackson was commissioned on December 5 in a ceremony in Gulfport, Miss., following the launch of sister ship LCS USS Omaha in late November, also in Gulfport. Furthermore, according to shipbuilder Austal USA, the future USS Montgomery also is preparing for acceptance sea trials in early 2016.
Shippers’ Confidence Dips Slightly -Moore Stephens
Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell in the three months to November 2015, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. The average confidence level expressed by respondents in the markets in which they operate was 5.6 on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high). This compares to the 5.9 recorded in August 2015. The survey was launched in May 2008 with a confidence rating of 6.8.
Port of New Orleans Elects New Board Chairman
Port of New Orleans' Board of Commissioners Elects William T. Bergeron Chairman; Michael W. Kearney Elected Vice Chair, Robert Barkerding Jr. The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans today elected William T. Bergeron chairman. Bergeron represents St. Bernard Parish and joined the Board in November of 2012 when he was appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. He succeeds Scott H. Cooper, whose term as chairman expired this month. Cooper will continue to serve as a commissioner.
Jordan FLNG Import Terminal Back to Full Capacity
Jordan's National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) said its floating liquefied natural import terminal was back working at full capacity after adverse weather disrupted operations earlier this month.
Join Schedule 80 Carbon Steel Pipe without Hot Works
Pipe joining solutions manufacturer Victaulic has introduced new roll sets for the VE416FSD roll grooving tool that permit roll grooving of 2- to 6-inch Schedule 80 carbon steel pipe. According to the manufacturer, the new capability enables Schedule 80 pipe—commonly used for corrosive services—to be grooved and joined with Victaulic couplings for approved applications, eliminating the need to weld.
DHL Names Hamburg Süd ‘Carrier of the Year’
Logistics enterprise DHL Global Forwarding presented container shipping company Hamburg Süd with the ‘Carrier of the Year 2015’ award, underscoring the working relationship between the two companies The award was received by Peter Frederiksen, Member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, at the annual DHL Carrier Meeting on December 9 in Bonn, Germany.
NSRP Selects Next Round of Shipbuilding R&D Projects
The Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has selected a new round of research and development projects for award, as part…
LNG Containership Perla Del Caribe Fuels Up
On December 11, General Dynamics NASSCO completed bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the Perla Del Caribe, the world’s second containership to be powered by LNG. Bunkering services were provided by the California-based company Clean Energy as well as Baker Hughes and Envent during a 48-hour period at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. Representatives from NASSCO worked collaboratively with several regulatory agencies to prepare for the event, including the U.S.