Panama Canal Expansion Inauguration Set for June
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced that the Panama Canal Expansion will be officially inaugurated on Sunday, June 26, 2016. The announcement was made this morning during the inauguration ceremony of the Canal’s state-of-the-art Scale Model Maneuvering Training Facility, which will provide additional hands-on experience to pilots and tugboat captains to operate in the Expanded Panama Canal.
GE Propels the US Navy with Increased Resilience
Approximately 80,000 tons (fully loaded) and 784 feet in length, with a beam of 164 feet—more than a third wider than most ships—Expeditionary Base Mobile (ESB)…
Baltic Sea Freight Index Up on Higher Rates
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday, helped by higher rates for bigger vessels.
Sea IT Inks ICT Deal with Veritas Tankers
Sea IT has signed a long-term ICT agreement with Veritas Tankers including installation of the BlueCLOUD Office platform at Veritas Tankers’ headquarters. BlueCLOUD…
Minerva Marine Turns to BMT for Monitoring
BMT SMART (BMT), the specialist fleet and vessel performance management company of BMT Group, has announced the successful installation of its vessel performance monitoring system on board two of Minerva Marine’s chemical tankers, MINERVA LEO and MINERVA TYCHI. For the most accurate Performance Management, the BMT SMART system combines data collected automatically on-board, from the navigation and automation systems, with data only available on shore, such as accurate Hindcast Metocean data.
Shipping Confidence is Low -Moore Stephens
Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell to a record low in the three months to February 2016, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. The average confidence level expressed by respondents in the markets in which they operate was 5.0 on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high). This compares to the 5.6 recorded in November 2015…
Fincantieri Delivers Viking Sea in Ancona
Viking Sea, the second of six cruise ships Viking Ocean Cruises has ordered from shipbuilder Fincantieri, has been delivered today at the shipyard in Ancona. Viking Sea, as its sister ships, is placed in the small cruise ship segment. In fact, with a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, it has 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers, with a total capacity of over 1,400 people, including the crew.
Canada's Ferry Sector Welcomes 2016 Budget
With the release of today’s federal budget, Canada’s ferry sector is praising the actions taken by the government to improve fleet renewal across Canada. This includes waiving the tariff on the importation of vessels of all sizes and making strategic investments in locations throughout the country. “Today’s budget will have a real impact on passengers throughout the country,” said Serge Buy, CEO of the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA).
Kelvin Hughes to Supply Radar for Oman Coast Guard
Kelvin Hughes has been contracted by Rodman Polyships to supply X and S band SharpEye radar systems for a range of new vessels being supplied to the Royal Oman Police Coast Guard (ROPCG). With its advanced target detection capability, the solid-state SharpEye radar provides an industry-leading level of maritime situational awareness, Kelvin Hughes said. Through the Doppler processing of the radar returns…
Hyundai Heavy and GE Partner on GOGES Package
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has signed an MOU with General Electric Company (GE) to cooperate for the development of GOGES (COmbined Gas turbine Electric and…
RINA Services Classifies First Ships in Iran
RINA Services and the Asian Classification Society (ACS) recently classified the first two general cargo ships at 15,000 GT owned by IRISL, a major shipping company in Iran.
Damaged Bulker Refloated in the Columbia River
A Unified Command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, operators of the motor vessel Sparna, Columbia River Pilots and the National Response Corporation Environmental Services oversaw the safe transit of the damaged motor vessel Sparna up the Columbia River to the North Kalama, Washington pier, Wednesday afternoon. The Sparna, a 623-foot Panamanian-flagged grain bulk carrier, started the transit from…
SCHOTTEL Boosts Customer Service Focus
With the reorganization of its service interfaces, the SCHOTTEL Group announced it is bundling After-Sales Service and System Technology. After-Sales Service now combines SCHOTTEL’s customer service expertise that was previously spread over a number of decentralized interfaces of Customer Support and System Technology. The head of the newly organized division is Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Buch, who has worked…
Vietnam Vexed by Taiwan Media Trip to Disputed Island
Vietnam rebuked Taiwan on Thursday for taking journalists to a disputed South China Sea island, saying the trip was "illegal and worthless" and against the international community's wishes.
SapuraKencana GE Oil & Gas Services Bags PETRONAS FLNG Contract
LNG1 (L) Ltd. (PFLNG) to provide maintenance services for PETRONAS’ two forthcoming floating LNG vessels. A Contract Exchange ceremony for the award was held in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, 24 March 2016 between PFLNG and SKGE. Under the agreement, SKGE will provide PETRONAS with complete maintenance services for their fleet of twelve gas turbines as well as their fleet of GE compressors, generators and electric motors to be installed on their floating LNG vessels.
What’s Next for LNG - DNV GL
Dr. Gerd-Michael Würsig, Business Director LNG fuelled ships at DNV GL – Maritime, looked at some of the current issues in the LNG industry and provided an overview of what DNV GL is doing to support growth in this segment. “The main drivers, in order of importance, are price, availability, and of course legislation. LNG as a fuel has the potential to become the most important fuel solution for environmentally sustainable shipping over the next few years,” explained Würsig.
Wärtsilä Propellers to Drive Greek Tankers
TMS Tankers Ltd, one of the largest Greece based shipping fleet operators, has selected Wärtsilä fixed pitch propellers (FPPs) for its new vessels under construction in China. The order was placed with Wärtsilä's joint venture company in China, Wärtsilä CME Zhenjiang Propeller Co Ltd (WCME), in December 2015. Other leading Greek shipping companies have also recently opted for Wärtsilä FPPs. The contract…
Global Risk Picture for Commercial Shipping Unveiled
Today, Dryad Maritime release the Dryad Maritime Country Risk Map, an online risk portal that has been specifically designed to help commercial teams, CSOs, ship owners and managers optimise their maritime security strategies and identify new trading opportunities through enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness. With a simple interface and concise intelligence, the portal is curated, reviewed and updated on a daily basis by Dryad’s specialist team of analysts.
Australian-Indonesian Navies hone skills with Cassowary
Australian and Indonesian naval patrol boats have today successfully completed Exercise Cassowary in waters off Darwin. The Australian Armidale Class Patrol Boat – HMAS Wollongong joined two Indonesian patrol boats, KRI Sampari and KRI Layang, for the four-day exercise that focused on maritime surveillance, security and interdiction operations from 21 – 24 March. Commanding Officer of HMAS Wollongong…
Boskalis to Build Islands in Indonesia
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract by KSO Ciputra Yasmin to construct the land for the Centre Point of Indonesia Project located off the coast of Makassar. The contract value is approximately EUR 80 million. Work is scheduled to commence in the coming months and will last two years. Boskalis will deploy a mega trailing suction hopper dredger for the reclamation activities.