Retailers Call on Union and Ports for Long-Term Stability
The National Retail Federation called on the International Longshoremen’s Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance to seek long-term stability at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports following last week’s strike at the Port of New York and New Jersey. “The threat of potential or ongoing labor disruptions will force retailers and other stakeholders to reevaluate supply chain options for their cargo,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said.
Recent Vessel Sales - January 2016
Vessel sales for January 2016 (as of February 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.
AlphaEye Allows Real-time Audio Visual Support
Alphatron Marine’s robustly designed AlphaEye is a next generation service communication tool offering the capability to have an extra set of eyes “onboard.” With the AlphaEye, the crew onboard can call through a dedicated (satellite from 128kb, 3G or 4G) communication link directly with the expert in the Alphatron Marine office and obtain error analysis and problem solving in a matter of minutes.
Creating Patterns with PropCad Premium
HydroComp announced its PropCad software for the geometric modeling of marine propellers has receieved an upgrade. Now, PropCad Premium introduces another powerful feature, the Pattern Corrections tool. HydroComp’s Pattern Corrections tool reduces manipulation of the propeller design within a 3D CAD tool. Pattern Corrections allows users to directly specify machine stock and shrinkage to create machining models, casting patterns and mold geometries.
This Day In Naval History - February 2
1848 - The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War and establishes the boundaries between the two republics. 1862 - Capt. David G. Farragut, commander of his flagship, the screw sloop of war Hartford, departs Hampton Roads for Ship Island, Miss., where Farragut takes command of the Western Gulf Blockading Squadron in preparation for the assault on New Orleans. 1938 - While piloting a PBY-2 aircraft in a tactical exercise off California, Lt. Carlton B.
BV Classes Mega Asphalt Carrier
Classification society Bureau Veritas is classing the 37,000 dwt asphalt carrier Asphalt Splendor, recently delivered to U.S.-based Sargeant Marine. The vessel was built at Avic Dingheng, China and is one of a series of two designed by Chinese design institute SDARI in cooperation with Sargeant. The hot asphalt can be carried liquid at temperatures up to 170 deg C in sixteen independent tanks with a total capacity of 35,666 cu m.
Jensen to Design McAllister’s New Escort Tugs
Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, was selected to provide detailed design services including stability, structure and systems design for two, 100-foot long, 40-foot wide, escort tugs for McAllister Towing. The 12-knot, 6,770-horsepower tugs will be constructed at Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., in Bayou LaBatre, Ala., and are scheduled for delivery in 2017. The Brian A.
Newport News Shipbuilding Rings in 130 Years
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division kicked off its 130th anniversary celebration January 28. Newport News, the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines, will celebrate the anniversary throughout 2016 with commemorative videos and employee publications. More than 100 local businesses, museums…
Scot Tanker Opts for MarineLine Coatings
Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC) has signed a contract with Scot Tanker, based in Istanbul, Turkey, for up to eight chemical tanker retrofits using the patented MarineLine polymer cargo tank coating system. These eight chemical ships became available on the market and were purchased by Scot Tanker to meet growing demand from its customers. The ships are each approximately 8,000dwt, with 14 cargo tanks and two slop tanks each.
CNO Seeks to Expand Partnerships in India
Aiming to help deepen United States’ maritime partnerships with India, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will make his first visit to India February 2 through February 6. Richardson’s first stop will be in New Delhi, where he will meet with national security officials from across the government of India to discuss Navy-to-Navy relations and opportunities for further technical and security cooperation.
Piracy Hotspots Persist Worldwide -IMB Report
Piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas is persisting at levels close to those in 2014, despite reductions in the number of ships hijacked and crew captured, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report reveals. IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) recorded 246 incidents in 2015, one more than in 2014. The number of vessels boarded rose 11 percent to 203, one ship was fired at, and a further 27 attacks were thwarted.
Enseda Shipbuilding & Surviving the Petrobras Crisis
Enseada Shipbuilding was established to build deepwater drillships for Petrobras. Seventy percent of the company is owned by a consortium composed of Brazilian companies, Odebrecht (50 percent), OAS (25 percent), UTC (25 percent), with the remaining 30 percent belonging to Japanese shipbuilding giant, Kawasaki Heavy Industry (KHI). With all the Brazilian shareholders involved in the Car Wash “Lava Jato” operation…
Transas ECDIS Earns DNV-GL Certification
DNV-GL has issued an official certificate for the Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS after Transas passed type-approval in November 2015. The new generation of the Transas ECDIS is the first sytem in the market certified by DNV-GL according to the latest IHO and IEC standards. New IHO editions of S-52 and S-64 and new ECDIS testing specification IEC 61174 entered into force in August 2015 and require all…
Spanish Ship Repair On a Winning Streak
Strategically located Spain, linking countries in Europe, Africa and the Americas, along with a dynamic coast line dotted with number of highly proactive ports have bolstered its progress helping it to become a global leader in the ‘ship’ repairs and conversion. Spearheading the ship design and construction operations in Europe, the sector is witnessing an unusual boom with an annual volume of about €400 million. One can find 13 shipyards competing in this ship repair/conversion market.
New Passenger Boarding Bridges for Port Canaveral
ADELTE, a provider of Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (SPBBs) and Global Services to cruise and ferry terminals, has been awarded two contracts by the Canaveral Port Authority to design, manufacture and install four custom-made HYDRA models SPBBs at Cruise Terminals 5 and 10. Port Canaveral was named the “Best North American Homeport” in 2015 by Cruise Critic and is the world’s second-largest cruise port by number of passengers…
Baltic Index Slips to Fresh Low
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slipped to another all-time low on Tuesday on worries…
SCHOTTEL Expands Repair Capacity
The newly extended repair facilities at SCHOTTEL’s German headquarters in Spay are now operational. The space was previously used solely for manufacturing new drives, but now the halls offer 2,200 square meters for the repair of SCHOTTEL propulsion systems, including a new mechanical workshop with various modern machines ready for a quick processing of parts. According to SCHOTTEL, the new capacities enable the group to provide even faster response to customer requests.
Dual Class: RS and DNV GL Partner
In a January 28 meeting between RS Director General Konstantin Palnikov and DNV GL Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen at the Head Office of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping…
More Maritime Firms Sign Up for Helm CONNECT
Software developer Helm Operations announced that over the last two months it has signed on 15 more commercial maritime companies to its planned maintenance and compliance software, Helm CONNECT.
Royal IHC and DIHAG Acquire Allard-Europe
Royal IHC and German company DIHAG Holding GmbH have jointly acquired the Belgian steel and iron foundry, Allard-Europe NV. respectively. Through this acquisition…