Maritime Museum Moving to Port of Houston
Niels Aalund, Chairman of the Houston Maritime Museum, announced plans for the museum’s new home located at the Turning Basin at the Port of Houston. “Expanding the current museum and moving to the Port of Houston will allow us to better fulfill our mission,” Aalund said. Features of the new 38,000-square-foot maritime museum include a high tech interactive touch wall, extensive exhibit halls, classrooms…
Smugglers Use Facebook to Advertise Boat Trips to Italy After EU-Turkey Deal
Smugglers based in Turkey are offering to take migrants to Italy instead of Greece where they are likely to be deported under a deal between the Ankara government and European Union…
Baltic Index Boosted by Better Big Vessel Rates
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, extended gains on Friday, helped by higher rates for bigger vessels.
Obama Calls on China to 'Peacefully' Address South China Sea
U.S. President Barack Obama urged China to peacefully resolve its maritime disputes with neighboring countries and to maintain freedom of navigation in the region, a reference to the ongoing dispute in the South China Sea, the White House said in a statement on Friday. In talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping alongside the Nuclear Security Summit on Thursday, Obama discussed U.S. support for human rights in China and called for the ability of companies to be able to compete fairly in China…
Oil Spill at Port of Los Angeles
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a report of an oil spill in the Los Angeles Harbor, Thursday morning. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long…
DOP Submersible Dredge Pump Celebrates 25 Years
The DOP submersible dredge pump is this year celebrating 25 years since it was first introduced to the market. The first of its kind, since its humble beginnings it has evolved into a range of models that over time has been extended and improved, with feedback from customers being applied to make them ever more manoeuvrable and easier to maintain. During the course of the 25 years, hundreds of dredge pumps have been sold all over the world and Damen’s DOP pump remains the leader in its field.
UKHO Warns of Counterfeit ADMIRALTY Products
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has observed an increase in the number of counterfeit versions of ADMIRALTY charts and publications in circulation and is re-issuing a warning over the dangers they pose to the safety of vessels, crew and cargo. These counterfeit items have not been assessed by UKHO experts, who cross check and quality assure ADMIRALTY Maritime Products & Services to ensure mariners receive up-to-date and accurate information.
New Emissions Analyzer with Upgraded CO2 Measurements
The new E8500 PLUS emissions analyzer from E Instruments International, LLC is a complete portable tool for EPA compliance level emissions monitoring and testing. This model has been upgraded to measure up to 50 percent CO2 using an NDIR sensor. The E8500 PLUS is ideal for regulatory and maintenance use in boiler, burner, engine, turbine, furnace and other combustion applications. According to the manufacturer…
Stena Weco Impulse Delivered from China
The chemical and product tanker Stena Weco Impulse, jointly owned on a 50-50 basis by Stena Bulk and the Danish Weco Group, has been delivered from the Chinese shipyard CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (CSSC OME) in Guangzhou. The IMOIIMAX tanker Stena Weco Impulse is the sixth in a series of 13 vessels ordered by Stena Bulk. She is now en route to several Indonesian ports where she will load vegetable oils after which she will sail to Barcelona and Rotterdam to discharge her cargo.
Crowley Continues Fleet Upgrade
Crowley Maritime Corp. is continuing to receive and place into service $32.7 million worth of new cargo carrying equipment. The latest additions include 325, 20-foot chassis and 440 generator sets (gensets) all of which should be received by the end of April and 600, 53-foot (102-inch wide) dry containers along with 400, 53-foot chassis, which are expected by the end of May. These arrivals follow 500…
This Day In Naval History: April 1
1893 - Navy General Order 409 establishes the rank of Chief Petty Officer. 1899 - A landing party of 60 men from USS Philadelphia (C 4) and a force of 100 friendly natives join 62 men from HMS Porpoise and Royal Isle in Samoa to establish order over Samoan throne. 1943 - USS Shad (SS 235) torpedoes and damages the Italian blockade runner Pietro Orseolo, shortly after the Italian ship reaches the Bay of Biscay and her escort of four German destroyers.
Global LNG Prices Dip with Tender Transaction Levels
Asian spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) slipped this week in line with transaction levels in a string of recently awarded tenders. LNG for May delivery…
Bridge Overhaul for Washington State Ferries
Washington State Ferries (WSF) maintains the largest fleet of ferries in the United States, and the fourth largest in the world. With 23 vessels in operation and two more under construction, WSF transports over 23 million passengers and vehicles a year across 10 routes around the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. WSF has decided it is time for a bridge update, returning to Furuno for its latest large-scale fleet modernization beginning with the Issaquah 130 Class.
First Saltie of 2016 Due for Port of Duluth-Superior
The first saltie of the 2016 season, the Albanyborg, is underway and expected to sail into the Port of Duluth-Superior this weekend. ETA is approx. 5 p.m. Sunday, April 3.
G6 Alliance Announces Schedule Update Between Asia and Europe
Members of the G6 Alliance today announced additional void sailings within their Asia-Europe product to adjust to market demand. As the G6 Alliance continues to review its product profile, the Loop 6 service’s further void sailings will start from Week 19 for an additional period of 8 weeks. Voiding of sailings in Loop 6 due to changes in market demand / Further service adjustments possible. The Loop 6 service will resume in Week 27 (westbound ETA Fuzhou 7th July).
Houston First Port of Call for Asian Service
In anticipation of increased opportunities for inbound consumer goods and outbound industrial commodities, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have joined forces to operate a new direct all-water container service between the U.S Gulf and Asia. The new service by the 2M Alliance features the “Lone Star Express” by MSC and “TP18” by Maersk. The first sailing is scheduled to depart Asia May 2, with Houston as the first U.S. inbound port call.
CMA CGM to Adapt its FAL 8 Service
In a continued effort to provide reliable and quality services in a complex environment, CMA CGM is pleased to introduce its new FAL 8 service rotation linking Asia to North Europe. FAL 8 will stop calling at Zeebrugge port, last vessel being m/v CSCL ARCTIC OCEAN voy. 086SCE, sailing from Zeebrugge on May 7th, 2016. Effective from m/v AL DAHNA voy.
Schlumberger Led Consortium Wins Malaysia Offshore Survey
Malaysia has opened an area of its offshore waters to the multi-client seismic model for the first time. The move is a result of a new initiative by Petronas to stimulate offshore E&P investment activity. “A consortium comprising of PGS, TGS and Schlumberger WesternGeco, the industry’s three largest multi-client companies, have successfully won the tender for the rights to undertake a multi-client seismic program offshore Sabah,” TGS, a Norwegian seismic company said.
Satisfactory 2015 results for DNV GL
In 2015, DNV GL delivered satisfactory financial results and increased its operating revenue by 8.2%. Group President and CEO of DNV GL Remi Eriksen highlights: “Given the challenging market conditions, particularly in the oil & gas industry, the financial results are satisfactory. These have been achieved while capturing merger integration synergies to the benefit of our customers. Most notably, we launched the world’s most modern ship and offshore classification rules.
UNCTAD Launches Novel Maritime Country Profiles
A maritime country profile provides a basic snapshot of a country's situation regarding maritime transport and international trade, facilitating convenient cross-country comparisons. The Maritime Country Profiles will be updated regularly as new data becomes available. Throughout most of history, “maritime nations” had their own national fleets, which were built, owned, operated, and manned by nationals of the same country whose flag the ship flew.