Dynagas LNG Partners Acquires LNG Carrier
Dynagas LNG Partners LP has entered into an agreement with Dynagas Holding Ltd to purchase 100% of the ownership interests in the entity that owns and operates the Lena River, a 2013 built 155,000 cubic meter ice class liquefied natural gas carrier, and the related time charter contract with Gazprom Global LNG Limited, for an aggregate purchase price of $240.0 million. The closing of the Lena River acquisition is expected to take place on or before December 31…
CMES Orders Six VLCCs at Dalian Shipbuilding
China Merchants Energy Shipping Co Ltd (CMES) has firmed up orders to build six very large crude carriers (VLCCs) at Dalian Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corp for $522 million, reports Reuters. The deliveries of 308,000dwt VLCCs are scheduled between August 2018 and October 2019. Order for six more VLCCs brings Chinese tanker operator’s total orders to ten. A week ago, CMES has placed an order for four newbuilding VLCCs…
Judge Blocks Brazilian Assets of Vale, BHP After Dam Burst
A judge in Brazil's state of Minas Gerais has frozen the Brazilian assets of mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale SA after determining their joint venture Samarco…
Dozens Rescued at Sea after Abandoning Indonesian Ferry
Dozens of people with life jackets were found floating in Indonesia's Gulf of Bone on Sunday, some clinging to a fish trap, after abandoning their ferry in rough seas off Sulawesi Island, said officials, adding that two passengers had died. Fishermen found four people alive in a fish trap and took them to hospital in the town of Siwa on Sulawesi island, the head of the local rescue team, Roki Azikin told Reuters. A transport ministry spokesman said another 21 people were later found at sea.
USS Ross Conducts PASSEX in Black Sea
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with ships from Turkey and Romania Dec. 15, 2015. The PASSEX was conducted in order to improve maritime capabilities between the U.S. and Black Sea naval forces. The participating nations joined in advanced ship maneuvering and anti-submarine training exercises. The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with international law.
FUSION Sponsors Boat Builders Award
FUSION Entertainment,the worldwide leader in marine-audio engineering, announced today it has sponsored the Innovative On-Board Design Solution Award at the inaugural Boat Builder Awards, during the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The awards gala dinner was held on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at The National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam. FUSION presented the award to Galleon Yachts for its new 500 Fly.
Man, Dog Rescued Near Emerald Isle, NC
The Coast Guard rescued a man and his dog Saturday from a yacht taking on water in Sneads Ferry. Coast Guard watchstanders were notified Saturday the 38-foot yacht C-Lark with a man and his dog aboard was taking on water. A 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water crew launched from Station Emerald Isle at 4:30 p.m. and arrived on scene at 4:57 p.m. The boat crew rescued the man and his dog and transported them to New River Marina at 5:30 p.m.
Sixth FREMM Frigate Launched
Today the launching ceremony of the frigate Luigi Rizzo took place at the plant in Riva Trigoso (Genova). The sixth of a series of 10 units FREMM - European Multi-Mission Frigates, was commissioned from Fincantieri by the Navy Italian in the framework of international cooperation between Italy and France, with the coordination of OCCAR, the joint organization for European cooperation in armaments.
Cuban Migrant Crisis: USCG Still Focused on Saving Lives
The crew could not have been separated from the dock for more than an hour. The thick salt air had barely filled their lungs. Cell phone towers in Key West, Florida, were still visible with a squint of an eye. A voice rang out on the back deck, “Two seven zero. Three hundred yards! A crewmember from Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South, Miami, had spotted what appeared to be Cuban nationals on a make-shift raft, headed for the U.S.
Panama Sues Italy for Vessel Arrest, Detention
Panama today filed an application with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in a dispute with Italy regarding the arrest and detention of the MV Norstar, a Panamanian-flagged vessel. According to the application, from 1994 until 1998 the MV Norstar was involved in supplying gasoil to mega yachts in international waters beyond the territorial seas of Italy, France and Spain. The application…
Ike Launch of Nulka Successful
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) completed the first successful carrier launch of the MK 234 Nulka countermeasure fired from the MK 53 Decoy Launching System (DLS), Dec. 16. Nulka, an Australian Aboriginal word meaning to "be quick," is a rapid-response active expendable decoy (AED) capable of providing highly effective defense for ships against modern anti-ship missiles (ASM). The decoy was developed through a joint effort by Australia and the United States.
Hay Point's Third Coal Berth Opens
BHP has marked a new milestone in their coal sector expansion as BMA opened the new third berth at the Australia's Hay Point Coal Export Terminal this week. The new infrastructure increases Hay Point Coal Terminal’s capacity from 44 million to 55 million tonnes per annum. Hay Point has been in operation since 1971, and the third berth and ship loader has been under construction since 2011.
Not Younger Than 18 Yrs, Unless…
International dry bulk shipowners seem only to scrap ships aged 18 years or older. While a couple of Chinese owners have scrapped ships that were even younger than that. 19 ships out of 28 ships built in 1998 to 1999 and demolished between 2013 and 2015 highlights the effect of the Chinese-flag scrapping cash subsidy provided to the Chinese owners. China launched a two-year scrapping subsidy program in 2013, a program that was extended for two more years earlier in 2015.
RS STC Presidium Session
The meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council (STC) Presidium of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) was held on 15 December 2015. The STC is one of the crucial components to ensure the RS activity on rendering the wide range of services in the area of marine transportation safety. The Council consists of the Presidium and 14 specialized sections and incorporates over 300 scientists and highly qualified specialists from over 30 scientific…
Australian Defense Minister Visits Austal
Shipbuilder Austal on Wednesday welcomed the Australian Minister for Defense, Senator Marise Payne, to Austal’s Western Australian shipyard for a look at the company’s naval vessel design, construction and sustainment capabilities. The Defense Minister’s delegation, which included Senator Linda Reynolds and Senator Chris Back, was joined by Western Australia Premier, Colin Barnett and Chief of Navy…
Marine Exhaust Systems FAQ
Company experts at Centek Industries' headquarters in Thomasville, Ga., frequently receive questions about the design, engineering and manufacturing of custom marine exhaust systems. Here are three of the questions asked most frequently, along with answers from Centek. 1. How do I make my boat quieter? This one is right in our wheel house. There are several options available when it comes to sound attenuation for both propulsion and generator engines.
US Navy Awards Ingalls LPD17 Service Deal
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $34.8 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for life-cycle engineering and support services on the U.S. Navy’s USS San Antonio (LPD 17) class of amphibious transport docks. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $242 million. The shipbuilder said services provided in the contract include post-delivery planning and engineering…
NOIA Praises Effort to Lift Crude Oil Export Ban
Today, Congress passed the Omnibus Appropriations bill, H.R. 2029, which includes a provision lifting the existing U.S. crude oil export ban. U.S. oil exports will…
Detained Freighter Cleared to Depart Great Lakes
The U.S. Coast Guard has reached an agreement with the owner and operator of the motor vessel Cornelia that will allow the vessel to depart Lake Superior. The vessel…
Charleston Harbor Deepening Project in PED Phase
This week's signing of the PreConstruction Engineering and Design Agreement and passage of the omnibus appropriations bill with construction funding for Charleston…