Thailand: Yang Ming, Regional Container Lines Pact On
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (YM) inked a partnership agreement with Thailand’s Regional Container Lines (RCL) Group aimed at pooling the companies’ resources to weather a persisting downturn in the sector, according to a report in Taipei Times. The agreement is expected to improve vessel utilization, reduce operating costs and expand coverage. The companies announced plans to expand bilateral cooperation on terminal operations in Taiwan and Thailand…
Aragon, Yiwu Sign for the "Train of Silk"
The regional government of the northern Spanish region of Aragon and the Chinese city of Yiwu signed an agreement to maximize the benefits of the Yixinou freight train, which links the Chinese city and Madrid, the capital of Spain, reports Xinhua. The "train of silk" goods "Yixinou", unites over 13,052 kilometers Yiwu city with Madrid, has a stop in Zaragoza. An 8,000 mile crossing from China to Spain…
Oil Spill in L.A. Harbor Still under Lens
The Coast Guard and California Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response are continuing their investigation of an oil spill that occurred on Sunday in the Los Angeles Harbor. A unified command has been established that includes the Coast Guard, California Fish and Wildlife, and the responsible party. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center received a report at 6:30 p.m.…
BSEE Panel to Probe Offshore Fatality
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) continues its investigation into the March 10, 2016 death in the Gulf of Mexico of Roy Miller, a Nabors Drilling offshore worker. The fatal injury took place on the Nabors platform rig during maintenance activities for Whistler Energy LLC. "My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Roy Miller," said BSEE Director Brian Salerno. "Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
USCG Cutter Tows Disabled Fishing Vessel
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa assisted the crew of a disabled fishing vessel about 70 miles east of Cape May, New Jersey, Friday. The fishing vessel Hope & Sydney lost steering and power. The Tampa crew arrived on scene Friday with the Hope & Sydney, established a tow Saturday and arrived Sunday near Cape May. A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May met the Tampa and relieved its crew of the tow before towing the Hope & Sydney into port.
FleetWeather Renamed Accuritas Global Solutions
FleetWeather Ocean Services, experts in business intelligence and analytics for the commercial shipping industry, today opened its doors under a new name and new brand: Accuritas Global Solutions…A business intelligence and analytics company. Executive Vice President Jess Hurwitz announced the name change reflecting continued focus and growth in providing industry-unique business intelligence, analytics and consulting services…
Seagull, Safebridge offer ECDIC Training Portfolio
Safebridge, a worldwide leading provider of web-based E-Learning products for the maritime industry, providing online, onboard and classroom training for nautical officers and captains, has launched a joint initiative with Seagull Maritime AS. Drawing on the strengths of each organisation, the partners will make E-learning expertise from Safebridge and the wide-ranging onboard training platform from Seagull available through a combined offer, benefiting seafarers worldwide.
MOL Autopilot Route Control Function Saves 1.5% Energy
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that the company, along with Tokyo Keiki Inc. (President & CEO: Kenichi Waki; Headquarters: Ota-ku, Tokyo), conducted a performance demonstration test of its autopilot route control function, called “Advanced Control for Ecology (ACE)”, onboard a vessel in service. The results show an energy savings of about 1.5%. The ACE estimates disturbance effects such as wind and tide by setting the vessel’s course direction…
Somali Militants Seize Puntland Area Port
Somali al Shabaab fighters have seized a small port in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, the latest sign of a resurgence in activity by the Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa nation.
Harkand Wins Maersk Oil Contract
Harkand won a multi-million dollar contract with Maersk Oil North Sea UK Ltd to deliver subsea support services to the operator including a commissioning support campaign for the Flyndre development located in the south-eastern part of the Central Graben Basin in the North Sea. The Aberdeen office of the global inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) company will oversee the mobilization of its sister dive support vessels the Harkand Atlantis and Harkand Da Vinci.
BSM, Optimum Announce Joint Venture Company
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and Optimum Ship Management (Optimum) have announced the launch of a new joint venture partnership, Hanseatic Cruise Services. Based in Singapore, Hanseatic Cruise Services will provide comprehensive, world class passenger vessel management services to third-party clients around the world. BSM is continuously working to expand and diversify its range of services.
BWT: Optimarin Inks Deal with Carisbrooke
Optimarin secured a contract with the potential to be the ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist’s biggest ever. The Norwegian business announced that it has signed a fleet agreement with UK shipowner and management company Carisbrooke for its market leading Optimarin Ballast System (OBS). The deal has the potential to encompass OBS retrofits on the firm’s entire fleet of 46 bulk and multipurpose vessels.
Improved Rates Lift Baltic Index
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities were up on Tuesday supported by improved demand across all vessel segments…
Excelerate FSRU Hits Milestone
Excelerate Energy said t its newly upgraded floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Explorer recently completed its sendout performance tests and reached a sendout capacity of 1.0 Bcf/d – an unprecedented milestone for an FSRU. The FSRU is currently under long-term charter to Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP) at the Jebel Ali LNG Import Terminal. "We approach each of our projects as partnerships and work closely with our customers…
Japan Coast Guard: Maritime Security Tops Agenda
Maritime Reporter & Engineering News interviews VADM Satoshi NAKAJIMA, Vice Commandant for Operations, Japan Coast Guard, in its March 2016 edition. Please discuss the history of the Japan Coast Guard. Immediately after the end of World War II, maritime security and the safety of ship operations were both deteriorated significantly in waters around Japan. Crime became widespread, while marine navigational aids and other establishments were destroyed.
The Dawn of the Digital Cruise Era
Cruise shipping is one of the fastest growing sectors in tourism. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) predicts that over 24 million passengers will take a cruise in 2016 and that CLIA member lines will match this with more than a $6.5 billion investment in new ocean-going ships. However, in the past few years, the industry has not always hit the headlines for the right reasons. Negative environmental stories…
G50ME-C9 Engine Successfully Passes TAT
MAN Diesel & Turbo’s G50 engine has successfully passed its Type Approval Test at Mitsui in Japan. Upon entering service, the engine will power the world’s first ethane-fuelled eco-friendly LEG (Liquefied Ethane Gas) carrier – the first of three such vessels to be built in China by SinoPacific Shipyard for the German shipowner, Hartmann Reederei. Besides operating on ethane, the flexible ME-GI engine will be able to operate on HFO, MDO and gas oil.
Bureau Veritas Slashes Design Review Times
International classification society Bureau Veritas has dramatically slashed structural computational and verification times. The dramatic reduction in the time needed to check the structure, seakeeping and stability of new vessels and floating offshore units is being delivered through the use of a powerful 3D model which links directly to BV’s entire VeriSTAR suite of calculation tools. Philippe Donche-Gay…
CCCC to Resume Sri Lanka Port Project After Suspension
China's CCCC said on Tuesday it had approval to restart the construction of its $1.4 billion real estate project near Colombo's port that was suspended a year ago…
Marlink Opens Office in Singapore
Marlink has moved to a new office in Singapore in order to meet the growing demand for delivery and support of its portfolio of multi-band, business critical communication…