$301 mln Dredging Operation by JNPT
The board of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s biggest container port, has approved Rs 2000 crore ($301 mln) dredging operation of the channel between Bombay Port Trust (BPT) and its own end to facilitate bigger ships docking/berthing at the port premises. Currently, the port with a draft of 14 metres (tidal) is capable of receiving ships that can carry 11,000 containers and on April 1, a ship with 13,900 containers will call on the port reflecting the greater draft capacity.
RRS Boaty McBoatface: Name Sought for New UK Polar Ship
The public are being asked to name the UK’s new polar research ship. The current front-runner for the vessel's name is already gathering a lot of attention: RRS Boaty McBoatface. An open vote has been set up to name the next Royal Research Ship (RRS), with the public allowed to come up and vote for new names of the vessel. The £200m, 15,000-tonne, 128m-long vessel is being built at Cammell Laird on Merseyside, and is due to become operational in 2019 to explore the Arctic and Antarctic.
Race 9 of Clipper Yacht Race to be Held in Qingdao
Crew members of Great Britain wave goodbye after setting off for Race 9 at the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Today, March 20, 2016. Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Renowned by many as one of the toughest features of the circumnavigation, the fleet departs Qingdao for The Seattle Pacific Challenge from China to Seattle, USA, on Sunday. The mighty Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest and at times…
320 Ships Traverse Suez Canal in Last Week
The Suez Canal traffic data revealed that 320 vessels transited the canal and transported a total load of 16.4m tonnes during the last week (11to 17 March 2016). In the past week, two Danish container ships—the “Moren Maersk” and “Munkebo Maersk”—transited the channel with a cargo of 200,360 tonnes. Cargo load is the main standard to calculate the volume of trade in the Suez Canal, as transit fees are calculated by tonnage.
CMA CGM Launches New WEMED Service
CMA CGM strengthens its historical presence on the Mediterranean market by connecting France, Spain, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Malta and Algeria direct. CMA CGM offers a direct connection between East Med and West Med. CMA CGM has announced the launch of the first Group’s service dedicated to intra Mediterranean trades. The WEMED service (West Med – East Med) was launched on March 11th 2016 and offers the Group’s clients direct transport solutions to Eastern Mediterranean countries (France…
Shipping Industry Signs Up to Pilot XVELA Platform
US-based XVELA, creators of a cloud-based vessel stowage and collaboration platform for ocean carriers and terminal operators, has announced that a wave of new terminal operators and shipping lines have signed on for pilot programs to put the XVELA platform to the test. The first wave of terminal operators and shipping lines have signed on for pilot programs to put the XVELA platform to the test. Organizations…
Enhanced Safety and Efficiency with DNV GL’s New Survey Reporting Program
At the annual Seatrade Cruise Global 2016 conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, classification society DNV GL introduced a new form of reporting that revolutionizes survey reporting for fleet managers. The newly structured report defines safety barriers and trends, utilizing DNV GL's extensive experience with barrier management in the offshore oil and gas industry. In collaboration with a major cruise line, DNV GL successfully implemented the new barrier management reporting programme.
Santos Port Stevedores to Strike on Monday
Stevedores in Santos, Brazil's largest port, have scheduled a 24-hour strike for Monday, demanding wage hike adjustments for inflation as the country's main commodity markets gear up for the export season. Stevedores are due to suspend work at 07:00 a.m. Brasilia time for a full day but could extend the strike indefinitely, union President Rodnei Oliveira da Silva said. "All terminals will be affected," he said. It is still unclear what types of cargo will be affected.
Long Beach Port : LEED 'Gold Status' for Conservation Efforts
Four structures at the Port of Long Beach’s newest marine terminal recently earned the coveted “gold” status in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, which encourages the use of Earth-friendly features that save energy, conserve water and use recycled materials. Located at Long Beach Container Terminal’s new Pier E facility at Middle Harbor…
ReCAAP Celebrates 10th Anniversary
On 18 March, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) commemorated its 10th anniversary. ReCAAP is a cooperation between Asian countries, but also other countries such as Denmark, the United States, the Netherlands, Norway and Australia take part in knowledge-sharing and problem-solving. Furthermore, ReCAAP has given inspiration for cooperation on combating piracy in Africa.
CHIC Cranes for Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex
Contracts for unique equipment supplies were awarded during the visit of Rosneft Chairman of the Management Board Igor Sechin to China. Zvezda Far East Shipyard and Nantong COSCO Heavy Industry Co.,Ltd(CHIC) have signed a contract for the supply of 9 cranes for Zvezda shipyard in the presence of Igor Sechin, Rosneft Chairman of the Management Board. The document was signed by Evgeny Kraynov, Zvezda Project Leader and Zhao Zengshan, General Manager of Nantong COSCO Heavy Industry Co. Ltd.
Wärtsilä, SDARI Join Forces
Wärtsilä's Ship Design unit has entered into a cooperation agreement with Chinese ship design house Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI). SDARI is a part of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation group (CSSC). The agreement was signed in December 2015 and will cover the designs for various types of vessels for the offshore oil and gas industry. There is also the possibility to extend this cooperation to other vessel types as well.
Austal Bags Further $14 mln USN's LCS Contract
Austal USA was awarded a $14 million Littoral Combat Ship contract modification by the U.S. Navy to conduct special studies and analyses, the Navy announced this week. This is the second $14 million LCS modification contract for Austal USA this month. This award is an option exercised by the Navy to modify the original LCS 10-ship block-buy contract to allow for continued review of the program. “Our workforce is strong…
Mishap Aboard Ike Injures Sailors
Eight Sailors aboard the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) were injured when an arresting gear parted during a routine landing by an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft. There were no fatalities and the Sailors are listed in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries. The injured Sailors were working on the flight deck at the time of the mishap. Six have been transported to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital for treatment. Two remain aboard IKE.