Fincantieri Launches Majestic Princess for China
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has launched its first cruise ship destined for the Chinese market, and will now begin interior fittings ahead of the vessel’s delivery scheduled for spring 2017. The newbuild Majestic Princess is the third ship of the Royal Princess class built for the shipowner Princess Cruises, a brand of the Carnival Group. The vessel was launched at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone at a ceremony attended for the shipowner by Keith Taylor…
LNG Bulker Cements Thordon's Green Future
Sea trials aboard Greenland, the world’s first LNG-fuelled short-sea dry bulk vessel, have validated the performance of Thordon Bearings COMPAC propeller shaft solution, indicating that seawater-lubricated bearing systems are applicable to all ship types and are definitely here to stay. "Erik Thun has truly raised the standard in sustainable shipping with this vessel, pushing the boundaries of environmental possibilities to a completely new level…
IMarEST Announces New Member Benefit
The Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (IMarEST) has announced a new benefit for its members in the form of IMarEST TV, an on-demand video platform. Members are able to access and watch exclusive content, including lectures, conferences, meetings and tutorials that have been uploaded by the Institute and its branches. This means that members can now live-stream or watch recordings of events going on all over the world, not just at their local Branch.
Australian Navy Commissions HMAS Adelaide
GE Marine reports that its LM2500 gas turbines now power the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Adelaide which was commissioned in late 2015. Alongside sister HMAS Canberra, these 230-meter-long Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships are the largest vessels ever built for the RAN. According to the RAN, HMAS Adelaide was designed with the shallowest possible draft and can deploy an embarked force of more than 1,000 personnel and their equipment, landing ashore via landing craft or helicopters.
IMO Revises Guidelines for AIS Use
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has published revised guidelines for onboard operational use of shipborne automatic identification systems (AIS), as Resolution A.1106(29).
SevenCs Supports MariGreen Project
SevenCs is part of the EU INTERREG V A cross-border project “MariGreen” to support the maritime industry in the transition towards more efficient, greener and more sustainable shipping.
Baltic Index Touches New Record Low
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, registered a new all-time low on Monday on muted vessel demand.
US Warship Rescues Mariners in Distress
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) came to the rescue of distressed mariners at sea, February 7. Ike received a distress call via bridge-to-bridge communications from the U.S.-flagged sailing vessel (S/V) Selket at approximately 7 p.m. The vessel was located 40-miles from Miami, with reports of a broken mast and smoke in the engine room. Due to the state of the sailing vessel and rough seas…
Hapag-Lloyd Sees Uptick of Incorrectly Declared Dangerous Goods
Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd said it registered considerably more incorrectly declared dangerous goods last year, compared to 2014. The Watchdog program developed jointly by Hapag-Lloyd’s IT and dangerous goods experts – a special safety software that continuously checks cargo data to identify anything conspicuous identified 4,314 incorrectly declared dangerous goods cases last year. This is an increase of 65 percent on the previous year’s figure of 2,620 cases.
DCNS Deploys 3DEXPERIENCE Solution
Dassault Systèmes today announced that DCNS has selected the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to pioneer a new era in the design, engineering, construction and lifecycle services of naval defense solutions.
US Coast Guard Approves Official Electronic Charts
The U.S. Coast Guard published guidance that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications. Issued February 5…
PVA Elects 2016 Leadership
During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2016 held January 23-26 in Crystal City, Va., members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Margo Marks of Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island, Mich. as PVA President for 2016. Margo Marks is President/General Manager of Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island, Mich. The company has provided passenger service, vehicle service and freight service between Beaver Island and Charlevoix, Mich. since 1984.
Seaspan Venture: Like for Like
“We don’t usually remove the heads at mid-life on the Cummins engines,” Randy Beckler, Shore Engineer for Seaspan Marine, explained in reference to the 2003 launched Seaspan Venture’s third like-for-like repower. The repower was completed in the first week of February 2016. The Seaspan Venture, like her sister the Seaspan Tempest, had a pair of Cummins KTA38 M0 engines when new builds. These engines were changed out at over 40,000 hours.
Insights: Benny Cenac, Jr., Owner & CEO, Cenac Towing Company
Arlen “Benny” Cenac Jr. is a third-generation owner of Cenac Towing Company. The firm, originally founded in 1927 by his grandfather, now does business as Cenac Marine Services. Benny has led the company since 1981 through several industry downturns by focusing on customer service, efficiency, quality and safety in its marine transportation services. Cenac Towing has clients across the country and maintains a focus on transporting liquid petroleum barges.
Subchapter M: The Designated Person Ashore and You
As the workboat industry marches toward Subchapter M, and ever closer to the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, the appointment of a Designated Person Ashore (DPA) becomes more important, the position’s job functions become more defined, and the selection of the right individual becomes more critical. The DPA can be a very important “pressure relief valve” that keeps emerging ethical and safety related concerns from exploding into litigation.
Limit Exposure with the Uniform Commercial Code
Demanding assurance pursuant to the UCC may save you from sinking on someone else’s ship. Vessel operations require a large network of companies that come together to keep the entire business chain – including yours – running smoothly. Keeping the lights on and the boats running requires agreements with banks, investors, shipbuilders, component manufacturers, designers, technical specialists, repairmen, suppliers, agents and countless other entities.
R&M Group Merges with Sea Level Marine
R&M Ship Technologies USA, Inc. has merged Sea Level Marine, LLC. in efforts to increase the range of services offered to the company’s global client base. By aligning resources, customers will benefit from the ships’ lifecycle services and enhanced portfolio, combining Sea Level's established offerings with R&M Group's portfolio, along an expanded network of resources across the globe. Based in Miami…
Edison Chouest Opening Mississippi Shipyard
Edison Chouest Offshore locating shipbuilding operations, TopShip, LLC, in Gulfport, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Edison Chouest Offshore, an offshore energy service and supply company, officially announced today the company is locating shipbuilding operations at the Port of Gulfport in Gulfport, Miss. The project represents a $68 million corporate investment and will create 1,000 full-time jobs.
Novoship to Install Ecochlor BWTS on 4 Tankers
SCF Novoship Technical Management has selected the Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) to be retrofitted on three Aframax Oil Tankers and one Product Carrier. All of these retrofits are to be carried out in 2016. “SCF Novoship Technical Management required a BWTS that is highly effectively in extreme climate conditions, has low power consumption and is nearing completion of the U.S. Ecochlor's BWTS employs a two step process to treat ballast water.
Furuno Establishes China Subsidiary
FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD. announced that its new subsidiary in Hong Kong has been established and has commenced business operation on February 1, 2016. The new subsidiary…