Polarcus Deploys World’s Largest Manmade Object
Polarcus is currently acquiring an ultra-wide 3D marine seismic project offshore Myanmar, for which its vessel Polarcus Amani is towing an in-sea configuration that measures 1.8 kilometers wide across the front ends. With each of the 10 streamers separated by 200 meters, the total area covered by the spread is 17.6 square kilometers, making for the largest in-sea configuration ever towed by a single seismic vessel, as well as the largest manmade moving object on earth.
Radio Holland Starts Operations in Abu Dhabi
Radio Holland, part of the newly formed company RH Marine Group, has recently received its commercial trade license for Abu Dhabi after signing a contract with sponsor Royal Ruby Group (RRG). The commercial trade license allows the opening of a Radio Holland Middle East office in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and Radio Holland service engineers can now start to service customers offshore in Abu Dhabi.
RS Approves Composite Tank Containers
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has issued Certificates of approval for tank containers made of polymer composite materials (PCM) intended for transportation of aggressive media.
Kuo Oil Looks to Lift Two Iranian Fuel Cargoes
U.S. lifts 2012 Iran sanctions against three trader companies; Kuo Oil seeks to load two Iranian fuel oil cargoes. Kuo Oil, a Singapore-based oil trading company…
DP World to invest in Russian Ports, Infrastructure
Dubai ports operator DP World and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) have launched a new joint venture aiming to invest in ports, transportation and logistics infrastructure in Russia…
Tullow Launches Deepwater FPSO Despite Glut
Tullow not for sale but could be take-over target - COO. Amid one of the deepest oil price crashes in history, Britain's Tullow Oil is sending one of the world's…
Ras Lanuf Ablaze, Terminal and Port Closed Indefinitely
An attack by suspected Islamic State militants on Thursday has caused fires at four storage tanks at Libya's Ras Lanuf terminal, National Oil Corporation Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said.
Dutch "Disappointed" with EU Port Tax Edict
The Dutch Finance Ministry said on Thursday it was "disappointed" with an EU Commission order to do away with corporate tax exemptions for six ports, including Rotterdam, Europe's largest.
Lowrance Debuts Elite Ti Series Fishfinder/Chartplotters
Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today the release of a new, premium Elite Ti standalone series of fishfinder/chartplotters. The Lowrance Elite-5 and Elite-7 Ti touchscreen fishfinder/chartplotters offer anglers high-performance at an incredible value. With an easy-to-use touchscreen interface, Bluetooth and wireless connectivity, proven Lowrance navigation technology and high-performance sonar – including CHIRP sonar…
US, Japanese Ships Start Tactical Exercise Near Guam
Guam Exercise (GUAMEX), an annual bilateral training exercise between the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), began Jan. 20 off the coast of Guam. Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 guided-missile destroyers, USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85), will practice tactical operations along with more than six ships from the JMSDF in a number of exercises including, an anti-air warfare exercise, anti-submarine warfare exercise, and anti-surface warfare exercise.
Capital Product Partners Declare Cash Distribution
Capital Product Partners L.P. a Marshall Islands master limited partnership and an international owner of modern tanker, container and drybulk vessels today announced that its board of directors has declared a cash distribution of $0.2385 per common unit for the fourth quarter of 2015 ended December 31, 2015. The fourth quarter common unit cash distribution will be paid on February 12, 2016, to unit holders of record on February 5, 2016.
APMT Takes Stake in Cartagena Terminal
APM Terminals and Colombian-based port and terminal operating company, Compañia de Puertos Asociados S.A. (Compas S.A.) have finalized the incorporation of Cartagena Container Terminal Operator (CCTO), a new joint venture which will manage and operate Compas S.A.’s existing multipurpose facility in Cartagena, Colombia. APM Terminals will hold a 51% majority share in the operation, which includes annual throughput capacities of 250,000 TEUs and 1.5 million tons of general cargo.
MOL Acquires Woodchip Carrier
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the delivery of the new woodchip carrier, C.S. Bright, which has a cargo hold capacity of about 4.3 million cubic feet, at Mizushima Shipyard of Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation (President: Takashi Ueda; Head Office: Osaka). Following the delivery ceremony, the vessel left to take on a cargo of wood chips in Australia for Hokuetsu Kishu Paper Co., Ltd. The C.S.
Coal Carrier Shin Sekiyo Delivered
On January 15, a new coal carrier, Shin Sekiyo, was delivered at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Saikai city, Nagasaki prefecture). A delivery and naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on the same day and attended by NYK chairman Yasumi Kudo and representatives from Chugoku Electric Power Co. Inc. Shin Sekiyo is the successor to the first Sekiyo operated by NYK. After delivery, the ship will be assigned…
Wärtsilä Design for Krill Fishing in Antarctic
The world's biggest and most modern krill fishing factory vessel is to be designed by Wärtsilä. The vessel will operate in the pristine waters of the Antarctic, a World Heritage site, and the Wärtsilä design provides an appropriately sustainable environmental solution. The contract, which was signed in December 2015, has been placed by Shanghai based Hansail Marine & Offshore Design and will feature Wärtsilä's VS 6206 FT design.
Deck Cooling While Transiting Panama Canal
Effective immediately, and until further notice, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will require transiting crude oil tankers, product carrier, and chemical tankers carrying cargoes with flashpoint of less than 18 deg. C, to cool their main decks with water by means of the on-deck water sprinkler system or any other means available in order to prevent automatic activation of their pressure relief valves during transit.
Biofuels to Help Power Next US Navy Deployment
The U.S. Navy on Wednesday launched its first carrier strike group powered partly by biofuel to conduct operations in the Pacific. The "Great Green Fleet" warships powered by alternative energy is a milestone toward easing the military's reliance on foreign oil. Most of the group's ships will run on a mix of 90 per cent petroleum and only 10 per cent biofuels, though that could change. The Navy originally aimed for the ratio to be 50/50.
Regent Seven Seas Refurbs Three Ships
Top luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises says it's investing $125 million to renovate three of its ships. Beginning with Seven Seas Navigator (built in 1999) this spring, the public spaces and suites of the Regent fleet will be updated to match the style of the new Seven Seas Explorer, which is scheduled to launch this July. Regent says the update will provide guests with a consistent look and feel across all of the line's ships.
New Attack Submarine Named in Honor of Utah
US Navy has christened its Virginia-class attack submarine, SSN 801, as the USS Utah in honour of the history its namesake state has had within the navy. The attack submarine is the second naval vessel to have been named after Utah, with the first being the battleship BB-31, deployed in 1911. The sub, SSN-801, is the last of a block of 10 ordered by the Navy in April 2014 from General Dynamics Electric Boat out of Groton, Connecticut, in a $17.6 billion contract.
Iran Hurries India to Finish Chabahar Port
India has come “under pressure” from Iran to complete the Chabahar Port project, with the lifting of Iranian trade sanctions, reports Hindu Business Line. Acting strategically to China’s repeated attempts to wean away India from Chabahar Port upgradation, India is taking steps to firm up its bilateral negotiations and alliance with Iran. According to highly placed sources, both sides have also arrived at a deadline to complete the talks on LNG terminal.