Baltic Sea Index Slides to New All-Time Low
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slumped to an all-time low on Tuesday, as worries over demand…
Mitsubishi-led Group Exiting Stake in Brazil Shipyard
A group of Japanese shipbuilders led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) plans to exit its 30 percent stake in Brazilian shipbuilder Ecovix and declare the investment as a loss…
East-West Shippers See Contract Rates Slide
Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West trade routes saw another reduction in the last quarter of 2015, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club…
UK-built Mussel Boat for Offshore Shellfish
U.K. based boat builder Alnmaritec announced it has designed and built a new 15.2-meter aluminum Wave Farmer 1400 mussel farming boat, Alysée, for U.K. shellfish farmer Offshore Shellfish. Developed from Alnmaritec’s Wave Train catamaran hull form, Alysée has been configured and customized to meet the specific needs of Offshore Shellfish, including a number of precise pieces of equipment, the builder said.
Danish Delegation in Iran Eyes Shipping, Energy Deals
Danish companies are eyeing a series of energy and shipping projects in Iran following a visit this week by the country's foreign minister, local news agencies and officials said on Tuesday.
Radio Holland Installs NavCom Equipment on US Training Ship
Radio Holland, part of the newly formed company RH Marine Group, has recently completed the installation of new radar and ECDIS equipment on the bridge of TS Golden Bear, the training ship of the California Maritime Academy. Radio Holland was awarded an initial contract from The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) in March for replacing the gyroscopes and gyrocompass repeaters. Radio Holland then successfully tendered for a second MARAD contract for the radars and ECDIS in June.
Denmark Tightens Sulphur Emissions Rules
A new action plan published today by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aims to strengthen enforcement of regulations on ships' sulphur emissions in both Denmark and the SECA countries for 2016 onward. According to the DMA, the goal of the action plan is to further pursue the experiences gained by the authorities in 2015 through surveillance from the air and control in ports.
Cargo Ship Held in Seattle for Safety Violations
Containership Lowlands Kamsar has been detained by U.S. Coast Guard personnel in Seattle, Monday, after a Port State Control exam detected several safety violations.
NASSCO Makes Three Lead Deliveries in 2015
San Diego based shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO delivered three lead ships in 2015: USNS Lewis B. Puller, the Isla Bella and the Lone Star State. Each vessel represents three new and separate ship classes and highlights the builder’s diverse portfolio of commercial and government contracts, the company said. In June, NASSCO delivered the USNS Lewis B. Puller to the U.S. Navy, the first ship in the Expeditionary Base Mobile (ESB) class.
V&A Completes Repair Package for Whitaker Tankers
Merseyside marine hydraulics specialist V&A announced it has completed a vessel repair package for Runcorn-based international fuel bunkering firm Whitaker Tankers. The Birkenhead-based family-run firm has delivered a series of complex hydraulic upgrades to the short haul fuel tanker, Keewhit. V&A Hydraulics managing director Vic Seddon said the project required a broad skill set and in-depth technical knowledge. "A key part of the repair package included work to a blown out cylinder,” he said.
Cadets See Benefits of ISM-certified Training Ship
Two years after Cal Maritime became the first U.S. maritime academy and training ship to be certified for the International Maritime Safety Management Code, cadets at the academy are seeing the benefits. “The most compelling part of this story is how the cadets have so quickly adapted to the ship’s Safety Management System (SMS),” said Harry Bolton, captain of Cal Maritime’s training ship Golden Bear.
MSF Ends Mediterranean Rescues, Appeals to EU
The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has ended its sea rescue operation aimed at reducing the number of migrants and asylum seekers killed while trying…
Cathelco Wins Trio of Orders for ICCP Systems on FPSOs
Cathelco have won orders to supply hull corrosion protection systems for three FPSOs. Two of the systems are being supplied to MODEC, while the third will be installed by Sembcorp Marine’s Jurong yard in Singapore. The FPSO Cidade de Campos dos Goyatacazes is being built by MODEC for deployment off Brazil by Petronas. It will be capable of processing 150,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 176 million cubic feet of gas, and have a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels.
Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Drydocked at Kooiman
The 6,000-cubic-meter trailing suction hopper dredger Reimerswaal was moored for regular maintenance at the end of December 2015, alongside the jetty of Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman BV in Zwijndrecht. The Reimerswaal, having an overall length over of 130.25 meters and a (molded) width of 22 meters, was built in 2012 by Kooiman for Reimerswaal Dredging / Den Herder. Among others, Kooiman carried out maintenance works on the dredge- and dry unloading installations.
W&O Acquires Engine Monitor, Inc. (EMI)
W&O announced that it has acquired Engine Monitor Inc. (EMI) . Based in St. Rose, La., EMI provides engineering and manufacturing as a marine integrator of critical vessel monitoring and control systems. In addition, EMI offers after-the-sale support via a highly skilled field service team, expert in-house repair capabilities and a diverse engineering team. “W&O and EMI have collaborated on a number of successful projects over the years'” said Michael Hume, President/CEO of W&O.
Crude Tanker Backlog in US Gulf Eases on Robust Imports
A backlog of tankers off the shores of the U.S. Gulf Coast that swelled in the final quarter of 2015 is easing, with the volume of crude waiting to discharge declining…
Ampelmann Tallies 2 Million Safe Transfers
Ampelmann, a provider of motion compensated offshore access solutions, announced it has achieved a milestone in the operation of its systems; two million safe transfers. The accomplishment was achieved 10 months after the one millionth transfer. The two millionth safe transfer took place on a project for Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP). BSP utilizes multiple Ampelmann A-Type and L-Type systems for the transfer of personnel during operations and maintenance activities.
Seaview Mounts for the New Intellian i5
Seaview, a designer and manufacturer of mounting solutions for marine electronics, announced today its mounting options for the new Intellian i5 satellite dome, including mounting solutions for the complete range of Satellite TV and Communication products. The Seaview mounting options currently available for the new Intellian i5 satellite dome are listed below. Seaview’s Modular Vertical Mounts have a small mounting base and is the perfect solution with limited space.
Huisman Cuts First Steel on COOEC’s 325mt VLS
On Monday, December 21, Huisman, the worldwide specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, held a steel cutting ceremony together with COOEC, a subsidiary of CNOOC, for their new pipelay system at the Huisman facility in China. It is a 325mt Vertical Lay System for flexible pipe. It will be the first Vertical Lay System ever operated and owned by a Chinese company. The tower will be installed on board of the offshore construction vessel HYSY286…
New Chief of Staff at Odfjell
Øistein Jensen has been appointed as new Chief of Staff at Odfjell, commencing in his new position from February 29, 2016. Jensen is a Norwegian citizen and presently holds the position as Director at PwC. He is a graduate of the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy and has among other positions served as submarine commander. He also holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Jensen brings to the position experience within organizational development…