Two Indonesian Coal Ports Halt Shipping to Philippines on Hijack Fears
Authorities from at least two Indonesian coal ports have stopped allowing vessels to leave for the Philippines due to security concerns following a spate of ship…
Turkish ARKAS Line Sets Course for Hamburg
For the first time a vessel from Turkish ARKAS Line is expected in the Port of Hamburg on April 20. The WANDA A is deployed in the West Africa Express Service (WAX)…
New BV Guidelines for Offshore Access Systems
Classification society Bureau Veritas has developed guidelines for walk-to-work (W2W) motion compensated Offshore Access Systems (OAS) which are used to transfer…
DALO Secures Future with Maritime Simulation
The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) and KONGSBERG have renewed their maritime simulation cooperation with the March 2016 signing of a new framework agreement, including a 10-year ‘Long Term System Support Program’ (LTSSP) extension. The contract secures DALO’s access to the latest simulation technology for the next decade and includes migration of the existing KONGSBERG simulators delivered in 2012, to the sophisticated new K-Sim Navigation simulator platform.
ABB Breathes New Life into Canadian Icebreaker
ABB will modernize a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, installing the latest hardware and software onboard the 38 year old Pierre Radisson. As part of the complete upgrade to the ship’s power distribution system, eight new drives will also be installed. The contract includes the option to modernize the other two Coast Guard ships, Des Groseilliers and Amundsen, both of which have clocked up more than 30 years of service.
Migrant Boat Sinks, Hundreds Feared Dead
Up to 500 migrants might have drowned in the Mediterranean last week when human traffickers crammed people onto an already overcrowded ship, causing it to sink, the U.N.
JonRie Debuts Container Master Winches
JonRie Marine Winches has introduced its new Container Master Series of winches, featured on the new Crescent 92-foot ASD Mardi Gras. The new winch was designed with increased braking capability and rope capacity to handle the 8,000 TEU containerships calling on the Port of New Orleans, the manufacturer said. The Container Master Series is a heavy duty design to deal with increased loading due to increased sail area of today’s containerships.
China Angered by Britain's Comments on South China Sea
China expressed anger on Wednesday after a senior British official said a ruling expected within a few months in an international arbitration case the Philippines…
Statoil Aims to Further Reduce Castberg Costs
Norwegian oil major Statoil plans to cut the estimated cost of developing its Arctic Johan Castberg oilfield by another 4 billion Norwegian crowns ($491.53 million), project director Erik Strand Tellefsen told an energy conference on Wednesday. In January Statoil announced it had cut the cost of developing Castberg to between 50-60 billion Norwegian crowns from an initial estimate of around 100 billion. "Our ambition is to cut by a further four billion," Strand Tellefsen said.
RV Belgica to Undergo Electrical Systems Refit
System integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems said it has won an order for an electrical systems refit aboard RV Belgica, an oceanographic research vessel owned by the Belgian state. Prior to the assignment, Alewijnse carried out a year-long research project on a limited lifetime extension of the vessel. The refit will start in April 2016 and take several months to complete. RV Belgica celebrated her…
SC Ports Authority Plans 2nd Inland Port Facility
The South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to pursue a second inland port facility, driven by the success of Inland Port Greer and demand for enhanced efficiency…
This Day In Naval History: April 20
1861 - Union forces burn screw frigate Merrimack and Gosport Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., to prevent Yard facilities and ships from falling into Confederate hands during the Civil War. 1914 - The first call-to-action of naval aviators is given, creating an aviation detachment of three pilots, 12 enlisted men, and three aircraft to join the Atlantic Fleet forces operating off Tampico during the Mexican crisis.
Thordon Bearings Launches Oil Savings Calculator
Thordon Bearings has developed a bespoke modeling tool capable of calculating the amount of operational oil prevented from leaking into the world’s oceans with each…
Partnership Seeks to Boost Maritime VSAT for China
SpeedCast International Limited, a global satellite communications and network service provider, and Beijing Marine Communications and Navigation Co. Ltd (MCN),…
SCPA Notches Container Volume Uptick
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported a 3.8 percent increase in twenty foot-equivalent unit (TEU) volume fiscal year to date, with 1.45 million TEUs handled since the period began in July.
Indian Navy Dredger Completes Successful First Year
In mid-April of 2016, the Indian Navy’s grab hopper dredger, Dredger-1 was preparing to depart its birth shipyard following a comprehensive one-year warrantee review. Tebma Shipyards Ltd., Senior Vice President M. Balasubramaniam explained that the 44.15 by 12.2-meter vessel was designed to meet precise deepening requirements around docks and port installations and in riverine or other places where deepening of specific areas is required.
John P. Murtha Completes Acceptance Trials
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced the completion of acceptance sea trials for the company’s 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, John P. Murtha (LPD 26). The ship, built at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division, spent six days with the test and trials team performing more than 200 trial events that included both an in-port and underway portion. “This was a significant test at sea for LPD 26…
China Eyes Faster Arctic Routes Opened by Global Warming
China will encourage ships flying its flag to take the Northwest Passage via the Arctic Ocean, a route opened up by global warming, to cut travel times between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans…
Seacat Services Supports Dong Construction Race
DONG Energy, a developer of offshore wind projects, and offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services, today confirmed a two-year, four-workboat crew transfer…
Hamburg Süd Reports Growth in a Challenging Year
The Hamburg Süd Group reported it has increased its total turnover by 16.8 percent to 6,058 million euros, driven primarily by its takeover and integration of the container operations of the Chilean shipping company Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A. (CCNI) in late March 2015 as well as the entry into the East-West trade lanes. Shipment volume in the liner business rose sharply on the previous year, by 21.5 percent to 4,101 million TEU.