USACE Orders Foil-assisted Survey Catamaran
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has awarded a contract to All American Marine, Inc. (AAM) for the design and construction of a new hydrofoil supported aluminum catamaran survey vessel. The new vessel will replace the aging survey boat, Shuman, to primarily perform survey missions and some dive operations in support of dredging work planned within the Corps’ Philadelphia District. The 68- by 26-foot custom aluminum catamaran will be designed by Auckland…
Offshore Vessels: Squall Delivered to Jackson Offshore Operators
BAE Systems delivered its fourth and final of series platform support vessel (PSV) to Jackson Offshore Operators, LLC, completing a four-ship program that began in 2012. Motor Vessel Squall joins three other vessels built by BAE Systems’ Jacksonville, Florida, shipyard to support U.S. offshore oil exploration. Squall is the fourth vessel of the GPA 675J class, designed by Guido Perla and Associates of Seattle. Construction of the 252-ft.
OPEC Sec-Gen: Output 'Freeze' Could Help Ailing Oil
OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri said OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers might later take "other steps" to curb a global supply glut if a preliminary deal between…
NordLB forms JV Ship Loan Restructuring
German bank NordLB and two partners have formed a joint venture that will specialise in advising on the restructuring of non-performing ship loans, the state-backed lender said on Monday.
Submarine Warfare: NATO Strengthens Anti-Sub Skills
NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2016 (DYMA 16) began today off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 8 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training. Submarines from France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, under the control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), will join 4 surface ships from France, Italy and Spain.
SAAM Orders Two Damen ASD Tugs
SAAM S.A. has placed orders with the Damen Shipyards Group for two ASD Tugs 2411. SAAM is based in Chile from where it offers towage, logistics and port services in South, Central and North America. With a fleet of nearly 200 vessels it is the largest such operator in the region. At 24-metres in length the ASD 2411 is a compact yet powerful vessel with a maximum bollard pull of 70 tonnes and can be found in operation all over the world.
Tubman Confirmed as Marad Chief Counsel
Former FMC counsel David Tubman has served in FMC Commissioner Doyle's office as counsel since 2013 at U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. After being cleared by the White House and U.S. Department of Transportation late last week, starting today (February 22, 2016), Mr. Tubman will be serving as Chief Counsel in U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). William Doyle, U.S.
Aids to Navigation Receives Funding of $4.6 mil
The Mariners’ Advisory Committee for the Bay and River Delaware, the Pilots Association for the Bay and River Delaware, and the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware…
Optimarin Wins Sinopacific AHTS Contract
Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin is continuing its strong start to the year, with the news that its Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) has been selected for nine Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group AHTS vessels. The contract win comes on the back of a recent ten unit order from Atlantis Tankers and the firm’s first foray into the fishing sector, with Fisherman’s Finest’s America’s Finest trawler.
IMCA Publishes Revision to Wire Rope Integrity Management Guidance
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a revised version of ‘Guidance on wire rope integrity management for vessels in the offshore industry’ (IMCA SEL 022 Rev. 2/IMCA M 194 Rev. 2). This is now available for downloading free of charge from the IMCA website. This document provides guidance on the necessary elements of an integrity management system required to achieve an acceptable level of ongoing safety for the use of wire ropes in a marine environment.
Intelsat Announces Q4 and 2015 Results
Intelsat S.A., a provider of satellite services, has announced preliminary financial results for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2015. Intelsat…
Ship Captain Guilty of Felony Obstruction
A Filipino citizen and the captain of the tanker ship, T/V Green Sky, pleaded guilty today to one felony count in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, for obstructing a U.S.
UK P&I Club Sees Positive Renewal Season
The UK P&I Club, a shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurer, has announced its renewal results for 2016 following the closure of the renewal season on February 20, 2016.
VARD Secures Contract for Havfisk Stern Trawler
Vard Holdings Limited, a global designer and shipbuilder of offshore and specialized vessels, has announced that it has secured a new contract for the design and construction of one stern trawler for HAVFISK ASA. The contract value is approximately NOK 325 million. The new vessel will be of VARD 8 02 design. With a length of 80 meters and featuring two separate cargo holds for refrigerated and frozen fish…
Container Freight Market Hit by Exceptionally Weak Demand
The latest Container Shipping Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International reports ‘flickers of improvement’ in February after an opening to the year which saw 1.3m teu of capacity idle…
Damen Delivers Hybrid Tug to Netherlands Navy
The first of a series of three ASD TUGs 2810 Hybrid was navigated into the Den Helder harbor by the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) on Saturday, February 20. This hybrid tug that bears the name Noordzee is almost 29 meters long and is the first standard hybrid tug supplied by Damen that the RNLN will employ. At this time, the RNLN has four conventional tugs in Den Helder at its disposal. However, these older vessels do not have sufficient power to tug new ships such as the HNLMS Karel Doorman…
China: No S.China Sea Retreat as U.S. Visit Looms
China's South China Sea military deployments are no different from U.S. deployments on Hawaii, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday, striking a combative…
First U.S. Shale Gas Exports Imminent
Asia Vision LNG tanker docks at Cheniere's export terminal. A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker on Sunday docked at the Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana, with only days to go before the United States ships its first export cargo of seaborne gas from the lower 48 states. U.S. exports will add to a wave of supply coming from Australian projects at a time when demand falters in major consuming countries and prices have plummeted in line with oil.
Qatar, Maersk and Shell in LNG Marine Fuel MoU
Qatar and Royal Dutch Shell have agreed to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel for use by the world's largest container shipping company, A.P. Moller-Maersk…
Police Probe Petrobras Contracts with Keppel
Brazilian police said on Monday they were looking into possible bribes paid in contracts signed by state-run oil company Petrobras and shipbuilder Sete Brasil with Singapore's Keppel Fels.