MSC Introduce 'Lone Star Express' and 'Amberjack' to the Transpacific Trade
Swiss headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced two new services alled the ‘Lone Star Express’ which will operate between Asia and the US Gulf. This new service will become a new Gateway to/from the US Gulf in anticipation of increased demand. At the same time, MSC’s Everglades service will be renamed ‘Amberjack’ and restructured to include a call to New York, this change ensures both services will operate at optimum efficiency.
Philippines to Acquire Subs Amid China Sea Row
Philippines government is looking into forming a submarine force to strengthen maritime defense amid China's expansive claims over the South China Sea. President…
V-Ships, Empros Team Up on Bulk Carrier Management
V.Ships, part of the V.Group, has entered into a partnership with Empros Lines to create a dedicated bulk carrier management cell in Greece. The cell will be staffed by the Empros’ technical team and hosted in the Piraeus office of V.Ships Greece. The partnership builds on the successful container cell established in 2013 with Costamare and further demonstrates V.Group’s commitment to the Greek shipping industry.
SHI Delivers Gaslog Greece
GasLog Ltd. an international owner, operator and manager of liquefied natural gas ("LNG") carriers, announces the delivery of the GasLog Greece. The GasLog Greece, which has been constructed at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, is a 174,000 cubic meter tri-fuel diesel electric ("TFDE") LNG carrier. This delivery marks the first of GasLog's eight "G-Class" vessels, which will deliver over the next 3 years.
MacGregorto Optimize Cargo Handling for 5 Container Ships
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order to provide loose lashings for five 10,500 TEU Hapag-Lloyd container ships under construction in South Korea by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. This order builds on a previous contract, which MacGregor announced in September 2015, and completes the vessels optimised MacGregor cargo handling solution. The order was booked into first quarter 2016 order intake.
Navy to Christen Guided Missile Destroyer
The Navy will christen its newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), Saturday, April 2, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The ship will be christened by the ship sponsor, Georgeanne McRaven. The Honorable Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition will deliver the principal address. "The…
USN Awards Austal Contract for LCS 26
The U.S. Navy has modified Austal USA’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) block-buy contract to include an eleventh ship, LCS 26, the Navy announced today. LCS 26 will be the 13th Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship built by Austal. “The Austal LCS team has demonstrated exceptional work in providing an affordable sea frame that is not only capable of meeting the Navy’s needs of today but extremely capable of meeting future requirements,” Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle said.
Asia Tankers-VLCC Rate Direction Uncertain
MidEast VLCC rates rise by more than $24,000 per day; China and Saudi Arabia fuel chartering surge. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit a two-week high on Thursday, face an uncertain direction next week, brokers said. Port delays could help create a shortage of tonnage that could push rates higher, but charterers may cool fixture activity to put a ceiling on rates. "It's difficult to call which way the market is going to go," a Singapore-based supertanker broker said.
Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Jump 37 pct
Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe soared 37.2 percent to $339 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. The rise in freight rates on the world's busiest route came after major container shipping companies implemented earlier announced price hikes around April 1.
Lockheed, Austal Win U.S. Navy LCS Awards
Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal have each won contracts worth up to $564 million to build one Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Defense Department said on Thursday in its daily digest of arms deals. Lockheed's contract covers construction of LCS 25, another of its Freedom-variant littoral combat ships, integration and testing of selected ship systems, and equipment, according to the statement. The work is to be completed by July 2020.
SUNY Maritime Students Fundraise for Cancer Research
Research for finding cures to childhood cancers got a little help from SUNY Maritime College students last week. A group of students raised more than $5,500 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity that funds childhood cancer research. One evening last week, more than 20 young men lined up in the barbershop to shave their heads. Since during their first year at the college, all male members of the regiment of cadets…
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.