Another Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine
In December, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala. The 78'x 34’x11' St. John was designed by Entech & Associates, for Marquette’s Gulf-Inland division, based in Harahan, La. The steel-hulled St. John is powered by a pair of Thompson Power Systems Caterpillar C32 Tier 3 1,000-hp engines at 1,800 rpm connected to ZF Marine ZF AT 5111WM-FP Z-drives with 1,650 mm (65") 4-bladed propellers in nozzles.
BWM Convention Falls Short on Tonnage
Following the spate of ratifications in November 2015 of the BWM Convention, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and partner IHS Maritime & Trade have been engaged in a process to verify tonnage figures to ascertain whether or not the convention’s final entry-into-force requirement has been met. Although that process is not yet complete, and will continue for up to three more weeks, IMO is…
Eastern, Harvey Gulf Launch MV Harvey Stone
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the M/V Harvey Stone (Hull 234) on December 18, 2015 for Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC of New Orleans. The Harvey Stone is a Rampage 6400 multipurpose field support vessel (MPFSV), designed by Robert Allan, LTD of Vancouver, B.C. The launching event was held at Eastern’s Allanton facility with hundreds of Eastern employees, several representatives from Harvey Gulf and guests in attendance.
Statoil Goes Ahead with Arctic Field after Halving Costs
Norwegian oil major Statoil plans to develop its Arctic Johan Castberg oilfield after having cut costs by half, with a decision on investments in 2017, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Worried by high costs of operating in the remote Arctic Barents Sea, the Norwegian oil major last year delayed a final investment decision for Castberg, one of the world's northernmost oil finds. "The investment…
RINA to Start Classifying Iranian Ships in Weeks
Italy's RINA expects to start verifying safety and environmental standards for Iranian ships including oil tankers in a matter of weeks, the classification society said…
Subsea Global Solutions Opens Texas Office
Subsea Global Solutions (SGS), an underwater repair, maintenance and marine solutions provider for the global marine industry, today announced that the company has…
Baltic Index Tumbles Further Over Demand Worries
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, continued its freefall to close at a record low on Tuesday…
New Transas CEO Plans Market Shakeup
The new CEO of Transas, Frank Coles, has vocalized his vision for the future of the global maritime technology for the first time since his appointment in late 2015. The Transas CEO has his sights set on the company delivering the technology and solutions needed for the integrated maritime industry infrastructure of the future. Revealing Transas’ new vision statement in an exclusive interview with Ship Efficiency Review…
ENI Gets Conditional Consent to Start Arctic Goliat Field
Italy's ENI got a conditional consent to start using its floating oil production and storage facility (FPSO) at the world's northernmost oil field in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea…
Sailors’ Society Woolly Hat Week to Aid Seafarers
Press release - Sailors’ Society is encouraging supporters to be a #HatHero this Woolly Hat Week to raise awareness of the challenges seafarers face daily and to help seafarers in need. Sponsored by Lloyd’s Register, this Woolly Hat Week will be held February 14-21. You can lend your support by wearing a woolly hat to work, donating to Sailors’ Society and tweeting a selfie to #HatHero @SailorsSociety.
US-flag Lakes Cargo Volumes Lowest Since 2009
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 87.2 million tons of cargo in 2015, a decrease of 3.3 percent compared to 2014, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) said. The end-year tally is the lowest since 2009 when the U.S.-flag float totaled 66.5 million tons. According to the LCA, the total volumes or iron ore, coal and sand shipments fell in 2015, while limestone, cement and grain cargos saw overall gains. Sand shipments, meanwhile, stayed about even with 2014’s figures.
Harding Wins Heerema Sleipnir Contract
Harding has been awarded contracts for nine FF1200 freefall lifeboat systems complete with davits on Heerema Offshore Services BV’s Semi Submersible Crane Vessel Sleipnir. The vessel will be built by Sembcorp Marine at its flagship Tuas Boulevard Yard in Singapore. Heerema’s Sleipnir is one of just a handful of large offshore projects currently running, along with the Johan Sverdrup Field Centre in Norway, where Harding is also a supplier.
Insurer Caution to Slow Oil Tanker Market's Return to Iran
Foreign oil tanker owners are expected to make a slow return to Iran despite the lifting of many sanctions as insurers tread carefully, leaving shipping players…
Curtiss-Wright, Geospectrum Technologies Collaborate
Press Release -- Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has announced that its INDAL business unit is collaborating with GeoSpectrum Technologies to develop a new compact and lightweight sonar system designed for the smaller surface ships and Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) markets. The TRAPS (Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar) system will deliver a unique, high-performance Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) solution to the undersea warfare marketplace.
3 Divers Rescued near Penguin Bank, Molokai
The Coast Guard rescued three missing divers near Penguin Bank, Molokai, Monday. "The Coast Guard advises all divers to have a dive buoy, signaling device, and reflective equipment,” said Lt. Kevin Edes, command center chief at Sector Honolulu. The divers were located at 4 p.m. six miles from their original location by a Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu.
WWL, Baltimore Port Ink 30-Year Deal
Administration to serve the Port of Baltimore for another 30 years to 2045. The contract is expected to generate 2,500 jobs over the next three decades. Baltimore is the leading auto and RoRo port in North America, and WWL ranks as its top RoRo customer, with more than 200 people employed at its terminal. The new contract, which replaced a 20-year deal set to expire in 2021, supports nearly 1,000 jobs at the port and another 1,500 jobs created by WWL’s business in the state.
Navig8 Acquires an LR2 Tanker
Navig8 Product Tankers Inc took delivery of its third LR2 Product Tanker today. It is LR2 109,999 dwt product tanker m.t. "NAVIG8 SOLACE" from Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co, Ltd. Three day ago the company had taken delivery of one LR1 74k-dwt product tanker m.t. “NAVIG8 EXPEDITE” The new Vessel will be entered into and operated in Navig8's Alpha8 Pool.
NileDutch Launches US East Coast to West Africa Service
NileDutch, the container carrier specializing in West Africa, is setto introduce a new service to link the East Coast of the U.S. with West Africa and Europe. The rotation will start in New York and the service will run every nine days. The first vessel, the MV Cafer Dede will sail on February 16, 2016. According to the shipper, the new development aims to meet the growing demand from exporters in the East Coast of the U.S. for better access to their markets in West Africa.
Romania Reopens Black Sea Ports, Weather Improves
Romania's Black Sea ports including the main port of Constanta reopened on Tuesday after a two-day stoppage as snowfalls and winds eased, a port official said. "Constanta reopened at 9:15 a.m.
China: Manila Exaggerates South China Sea Tensions
China accused the Philippines on Tuesday of deliberately trying to scare people by saying China had warned a small civilian plane carrying Philippine officials it…