New SOLAS Compliant Container Weighing System
In response to the new SOLAS regulations due to enter force on July 1, 2016, LCM Systems has launched a new fully SOLAS compliant container weighing system. The company said it has been supplying container weighing systems for around five years with more than 40 system sold to date, and have utilized this experience to design a flexible modular system that can be easily and quickly retrofitted onto straddle carriers, container cranes and telehandlers.
US Plans Naval Exercises with India and Japan
India, the United States and Japan will hold naval exercises in waters off the northern Philippines near the South China Sea this year, the U.S. military said on Wednesday…
Rosneft Reports Large Oil Spill on Sakhalin Island
Russian oil producer Rosneft said on Thursday that around 15 tonnes (110 barrels) of oil spilled off from an idled pipeline on the Pacific island of Sakhalin, while…
Tug Crew Gives Builder Invaluable Feedback
Iskes Towage & Salvage took delivery of a new Damen ASD 2411 in November 2015. In its first 100 days, the tug has been performing vessel assistance duties in the locks and canals around the Dutch Ports of Amsterdam and IJmuiden. Three months after delivery of the Venus, the captain and crew give their comments about the new member of the fleet. Home to a cross-section of industries, the two ports see a wide variety of vessel types and sizes.
GE Gas Turbine to Power Italian Navy Patrol Ship
GE’s Marine Solutions announced it will provide a LM2500+G4 gas turbine that will power the Italian Navy’s new Pattugliatori Polivalenti d’Altura (PPA) multipurpose offshore patrol ship. The PPA’s hybrid electric propulsion system also will use GE’s shock-proof MV3000 drives and a GE-designed electrical network of motors as part of the propulsion system. Avio Aero, a GE Aviation business headquartered in Italy, will have the design responsibility for the gas turbine package.
London Looking to Expand Team of Marine Pilots
The Port of London Authority (PLA) is recruiting 12 new pilots this year to respond to increased traffic on the Thames. The PLA is looking for candidates with a Class 1 Unlimited Certificate of Competency. Other suitably qualified candidate who can demonstrate experience relative to marine pilotage will also be considered. The candidates will typically undertake a 28-week training course consisting of training on the PLA’s ship bridge simulator and tug simulator…
Asia Capesize Bulker Rates Expected to Stay Flat
Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are likely to remain flat as the number of vessels for hire outpaces cargo demand, ship brokers said.
VSTEP's NAUTIS Delivered to HELMEPA
HELMEPA purchased a NAUTIS DNV Class A FMB Simulator and Instructor Station for training of its fleet members. The simulator was delivered and installed by VSTEP at HELMEPA premises in Athens, Greece. The simulator purchased by HELMEPA included a NAUTIS DNV Class A FMB simulator with 240° horizontal field of view and an Instructor Station. It is being used to train the navigation and manoeuvring skills of HELMEPA’s member shipping companies’ personnel.
Torm: Now is Not the Right Time for US Listing
Volatile markets currently prevent Danish shipping firm Torm from going through with a planned stock market listing in the United States, but the company still aims to do so later this year, it said on Thursday. "Right now, it doesn't seem like the most obvious time to go through with this (a U.S. listing). The window for capital markets opens and closes and just now, I note that it is closed," Chief Executive Jacob Meldgaard told Reuters at the sidelines of an industry conference in Oslo.
CMR Takes Module Approach to BWTS, Controls
A modular approach for Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) and marine control panels has been developed by CMR Group, specialists in controls, instrumentation and wiring systems for marine and high-horsepower applications. Goldfinch is an advanced engineering process that is based around standard and modular panels for BWTS, enabling OEMs to expand and improve their offering through reduced lead times and cost savings, CMR Group said.
HHI Builds 10,000th HiMSEN 4-Stroke Marine Engine
Shipbuilder and a marine engine manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced it has produced its 10,000th HiMSEN (Hi-Touch Marine and Stationary Engine) engine installed on a 14,400 TEU containership ordered from Costamare, Greece. The HiMSEN engines are medium speed four-stroke engines that HHI independently developed in 2001 with 10 years of research and development, and can be used for both ship propulsion and power generation for onshore power plants.
DEME Invests in Flemish Dredging Tech
Following a successful laser cladding pilot project in 2015, Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME has signed a three-year cooperation agreement with VITO spin-off Laser Cladding Venture (LCV) to strengthen the cutter incisors used to dredge hard soils. Laser cladding is a coating technique in which a laser melts metal powders into objects. The wear-resistant and anticorrosive layers that are applied improve the durability of the mechanical parts.
Topaz to Supply 14 Vessels for BP in Azerbaijan
Offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine informs it has secured 14 offshore support vessel contracts with BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Limited. Under the terms of the agreement, Topaz will supply 14 offshore support vessels for a five-year period plus two one-year options at current market terms, primarily in support of BP’s ACG and Shah Deniz II fields offshore Azerbaijan. The agreement extends currently running contracts for the 14 vessels until 2023 including all options.
Scrubber Ready: New DNV GL Class Notation
A new class notation from DNV GL aims to help shipowners prepare newbuilds for scrubber installations. SCRUBBER READY ensures that the necessary preparations are in place for a smooth and cost-efficient scrubber retrofit at a later stage, the classification society said. “There is no doubt that stricter emissions regulations for sulphur oxides are here to stay,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO at DNV GL – Maritime.
Iran Hopes to Raise March Oil Exports
Iran, OPEC's No. 3 producer, is expected to raise its oil exports in March to around 1.65 million barrels per day from 1.5 million bpd a month earlier on the back of higher crude shipments to Europe…
Baltic Index Continues to Rise
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, extended rise on Thursday on steady rates for panamaxes and smaller vessel segments.
Wärtsilä Broadens its Marine Agreement Concepts with Lifecycle Solutions
Wärtsilä broadens its range of marine agreement concepts with Lifecycle solutions - an innovative, comprehensive offering that optimises the efficiency and performance of marine and offshore customers' assets. Wärtsilä Lifecycle solutions consist of three concepts: Optimised maintenance, Optimised operations and Guaranteed asset performance. The Wärtsilä Lifecycle solutions offering also includes Wärtsilä Genius services.
Royal HaskoningDHV appoints two Directors
Royal HaskoningDHV has appointed new Corporate Directors for Human Resource Management and Corporate Strategy. Cindy Meervis (40), joining from AkzoNobel, will further develop the global HR strategy in support of building a performance and client driven culture. She succeeds Kees Lekkerkerker who will retire on 1 April 2016. Royal HaskoningDHV is thankful for his contributions in building the HR team.
APM Terminals Buenos Aires Wins Safety Award
ICHCA’s inaugural International ‘Innovation in Safety’ Award was presented in recognition of APM Terminals Buenos Aires Terminal 4’s “Safety Logging System”. Barcelona, Spain – APM Terminals Buenos Aires, operator of the Terminal 4 facility in Argentina’s primary port, was named winner of the first annual “Innovation in Safety Award”, bestowed by ICHCA International, an independent organization dedicated to improving the safety…
23 Year-Old Medically Evacuated in the Bahamas
A 23-year-old male was medically evacuated by a Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter aircrew in the Bahamas Wednesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami command center received a report from a good Samaritan aboard the fishing vessel Ducky Dive 46 nautical miles west of Andros Islands, Bahamas, of a 23-year-old male who was suffering chest pains and required urgent medical care. After consulting with the duty flight surgeon…