Massive 'Mega-Ship' Freighter to Arrive in Oakland
A quarter-mile-long megaship that's the largest cargo ship ever to visit the U.S. is expected to arrive at the Port of Oakland on Thursday morning, port officials said Tuesday. Longer than an aircraft carrier, the Benjamin Franklin container ship is the largest vessel to ever visit the U.S. Were it tipped vertically, the ship would be taller than the Empire State Building. The 1,300-foot-long Benjamin Franklin…
Explosion in Cargo Carrier in Brazil
A kamsarmax bulk carrier owned by Greece’s Transmed Shipping was hit by an explosion in one of its cargo holds while anchored at Paranagua Port in Brazil. The Paranaguá Port Authority says it received a report at about 3 p.m. The explosion may have been caused by gas generated by the maize kept being under high temperature, combined with recent fumigation gas, or by malpractice of the crew. The 235…
Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller Bullish on Arctic
Gazprom has completed the construction of the Gates of the Arctic offshore offloading terminal that would pave the way for year-round oil supplies from the Novoportovskoye field in Yamal. Gazprom takes the leadership position in the Russian petroleum industry. Gazprom's board of directors had approved a RUB 842 billion ($11.8 billion) investment program for 2016. Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller said: "We have been efficiently developing the Prirazlomnoye field in the Arctic shelf.
TRIYARDS Bags $ 22 mln CPC Contracts
TRIYARDS Holdings Limited has secured contracts to build two oil barges worth NTD 716 million (equivalent to approximately about US$21.82m) from a new client, CPC Corporation…
Work on Green Port Hull Alexandra Dock Underway
Construction work on the Green Port Hull Alexandra Dock site is progressing well and is on schedule for an early 2017 completion, Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced. The 54-acre site, which ABP and its main contractor GRAHAM Lagan Construction Group Joint Venture (JV) are preparing for Siemens’ offshore wind turbine manufacturing facility, is being transformed in Hull’s biggest engineering project since the port was built.
Harry S Truman CSG Launches First OIR Missions
Strike aircraft from nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) flew their first missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the fight to destroy the ISIL terrorist organization, Dec. 29. Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 join French nuclear powered aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R 91) in conducting combined combat operations in Iraq and Syria from the Arabian Gulf. Rear Adm.
Keppel Secures $125 mln Repeat Contracts
Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M)'s local and overseas subsidiaries continue to win strong support from repeat customers by securing four contracts worth a total of about S$125 million. In Singapore, Keppel O&M's wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) secured two conversion contracts - the first is for a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Floating Storage Unit (FSU) vessel awarded by Armada Floating Gas Storage Limited…
Cat Financial $ 150 Mln Loan for Philly Shipyard
Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSINC), the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, announced today that it has signed a commitment letter with Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation (Cat Financial) for a USD 150 million loan facility to finance the construction of four next generation 50,000 dwt product tankers, designated as Hulls 025-028. The facility will be subject to a maximum borrowing amount of USD 75 million per vessel and secured by a first lien on the four vessels.
Man Medevaced from Vessel off NJ Coast
A Coast Guard boat crew medevaced a man off Cape May, Tuesday. Command center watchstanders from the 5th Coast Guard District received notification at 1:42 p.m. Monday that a 46-year-old crew member of the 600-foot French-flagged motor vessel Tamarin, had suffered a possible stroke. Due to inclement weather, the rescue was postponed until the morning. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May launched Tuesday at 10 a.m. and arrived on scene at 10:46 a.m.
Coast Guard Closes Portion of Upper Mississippi
The Coast Guard yesterday has closed a portion of the Upper Mississippi River to all vessel traffic from mile markers 184 to 179, due to hazardous condition on the river near St. Louis. Capt. Martin Malloy, Upper Mississippi River Captain of the Port, closed the portion of the river near MacArthur Bridge due to extremely high water levels and fast currents caused by a sudden increase in severe weather around the central United States.
Icebreaker Murmansk Delivered
Icebreaker Murmansk was delivered December 25, 2015 at a ceremony hosted by Vyborg Shipyard PJSC (a corporate member of the United Shipbuilding Corporation). The icebreaker was built by Vyborg Shipyard PJSC in collaboration with Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, by order of Federal Agency of Maritime and River Transport of Russian Federation. The acceptance document was signed by the top management of FSUE Rosmorport, United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Vyborg Shipyard PJSC.
Trelleborg Finalizes Acquisition of Marimatech
Trelleborg announced it has finalized the acquisition of Marimatech A/S, a company in marine positioning and piloting systems, primarily specializing in the development…
Barham Named UK Ship Register Director
Simon Barham has been appointed as the first U.K. Ship Register Director at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, scheduled to start his role in February 2016. Barham brings to the position both commercial and technical experience from his 40 year career in the industry. He initially served at sea for 16 years and since then has held senior positions ashore within both ship owning and ship management companies across the world.
Readers’ Choice: Top 10 Maritime Stories of 2015
Per usual, the year 2015 was an eventful one for the global maritime market, with a number of historical firsts and technological breakthroughs, a year fraught with triumph and tragedy, As 2015 comes to a close we look here at the 10 stores ... 10 stories from a cumulative 18,719 posted to MarineLink.com during the calendar year to date ... that were clicked on and passed along the most by you, our readers.
Australian Frigate Deploys for the Middle East
Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, and friends and family at Garden Island, Sydney, to farewell the 229 Royal Australian Navy personnel onboard HMAS Darwin as the ship sailed for the Middle East region. Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, spoke to the assembled crowd and noted that while most Australians were spending the festive season with their loved ones…
US Crude Inventories Rise Unexpectedly
U.S. crude stocks rose unexpectedly last week on a bigger-than-expected build in distillate and gasoline inventories and higher imports, data from the Energy Information…
Fincantieri: Four Cruise Ships for Carnival
Following an agreement subscribed in March 2015, Fincantieri announced today it has signed a memorandum of agreement with Carnival Corporation & plc for the construction…
Spotlight on Custom Dredge Solutions
Louisiana-based DSC Dredge, LLC, will have its experts on hand at AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo, March 22-24, 2016, in Nashville to discuss customers’ specific dredging challenges, learning their unique stories and offering DSC’s customized dredging solutions. DSC said it believes that every dredge begins with a story; every dredging application is different, and every dredge operator works under unique conditions.
Art Anderson Associates Wins 5-year NOAA Deal
Art Anderson Associates informs it has been awarded a five year Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for program and project management as well as other services supporting…
One Million Migrants Traveled to Europe by Sea in 2015
More than one million refugees and migrants braved the seas in 2015 seeking sanctuary in Europe, nearly five times more than in the previous year, the United Nations' refugee agency said on Wednesday.