Senate Markup Provides Funding for Oceanographic Vessels
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and approved a Commerce, Justice, Science bill that would provide $75 million to build a new Regional Survey Vessel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and $159 million for the design and construction of three Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRV) for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) lauded the measure…
Baltic Index Up on Firmer Demand
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday, boosted by stronger demand for capesizes and smaller shipping vessels.
SPS Deck Reinstatement for Canadian Fishing Vessel
IE has repaired the deck of a Ueushuk Fisheries Ltd owned fixed gear vessel, the Atlantic Optimist. The existing steelwork on board the vessel was badly corroded, access tight and a crop-and-replace repair was an unattractive option. When IE personnel arrived in Canada in mid-April, the 40msq of deck requiring steel reinstatement had already been grit blasted. Solid perimeter bars that form the boundary…
KBB to Present the Latest in Turbocharging at CIMAC
When it comes to turbocharging technology, the focus in the marine market is now more and more on efficiency and emissions reduction rather than outright power production, so the scope for new and innovative thinking on how to meet these new targets is wide ranging, according to developer and manufacturer KBB, a group with over 60 years’ experience and more than 60,000 units produced. KBB said it is…
Ice Navigation System Selected for Magne Viking
Rutter Inc. announced that Viking Ice Consultancy selected the sigma S6 Ice Navigator system for installation on the Magne Viking, the first vessel to comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Polar Code approved by DNV GL. Rutter’s sigma S6 Ice Navigator system enables vessels operating in ice to differentiate between open water, ice pans, open water leads in ice fields and the ice ridges that impact operations in ice zones.
Satlink Signs on with Fleet Xpress, FleetBroadband
Satlink Satellite Communications Ltd, a satellite communication and technical services provider, announced that it has become an Inmarsat Partner for Fleet Xpress and FleetBroadband.
FMC's Doyle Acknowledges Progress on Container Weight Rules
U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. “OCEMA's statement on container weighing this evening is welcome news,” Doyle said. “The ocean carriers, marine terminal operators and shippers must work together to find common sense solutions. “While OCEMA's announcement is certainly a step in the right direction, we still need to address an important liability issue for the shippers. The shippers do not own, maintain and/or control ocean shipping containers,” Doyle continued.
UltraShip Benefits from Eye-share, Logimatic Partnership
Ship management company UltraShip is the first user of the paperless invoice processing system, SmartSCAN, in Sertica. Eye-share has partnered with Denmark based Logimatic. The partnership forms part of Eye-share’s strategy to reach new, important customer segments. Logimatic's software solution Sertica offers maintenance, fleet management, procurement and HSQE for both industrial and maritime customers worldwide.
Incat Crowther Supplies Crewboat Design, Build Kits
Incat Crowther has been awarded a contract with shipbuilder Astinave EP of Guayaquil, Ecuador for the supply of vessel design services and aluminum component kits for a pair of 22.5m monohull crewboats currently under construction for an undisclosed client. The vessels will operate in support of Ecaudor’s state-owned oil and gas company, Flota Petrolera Ecuatoriana (Flopec). Incat Crowther said the 20-knot crewboats feature modern styling combined with a robust and simple-to-build structure.
Norwegian Escape Equipped with Alfa Laval Systems
Norwegian Escape, the first cruise ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Breakway Plus Class, was delivered in October 2015. The 164,600 GT vessel, which boasts 19 decks and 4,200 berths over a length of 325.8 m, is not only Norwegian’s largest cruise ship to date, but also one of the largest cruise ships in the world. On board Norwegian Escape are a number of Alfa Laval systems installed to perform a wide range of functions on the ship.
Statoil: Limited U.S. LNG Impact in Europe this Year
The European natural gas market is well supplied by pipeline gas from Norway and Russia, Norway's Statoil said on Wednesday, adding that it expected only limited impact from U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply this year. "Looking at the gas market moving forward the starting point is that the European Union gas market is well-supplied short-term both with gas from Russia and from Norway and potential some new LNG volumes coming in," Statoil Chief Financial Officer Hans Jacob Hegge said.
Sembcorp Profit Halved as Clients Defer Projects
Revenue falls 30 pct; order book at S$9.7 billion. Singapore rig-builder Sembcorp Marine's quarterly profit halved as customers deferred projects, and it faces prolonged…
G E Shipping Reworks Newbuildings Kamsarmax Exposure
The Great Eastern Shipping Company has entered into an agreement to cancel the new building Kamsarmax which was scheduled for delivery in FY 18 (contract signed in FY 14). Simultaneously, the Company has contracted for purchase of two newbuilding resale Kamsarmaxes being built at the same shipyard, due to be delivered in Q2 FY 17. The transactions collectively are value accretive. The company also reported of having contracted to sell its 1999 built Aframax ship Jag Laxmi (about 105,051 dwt).
Violent Attacks Worsen in Seas Off West Africa - IMB
As piracy on the world’s seas continues to fall, new figures from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) highlight growing violence off the coast of West Africa, where 44 seafarers have been captured so far this year. Worldwide, IMB recorded 37 piracy and armed robbery incidents in the first quarter of 2016, down from 54 in the same period last year. Three vessels were hijacked and 29 boarded…
Stockholm Norvik Port Construction to Start
The planned freight port, the Stockholm Norvik Port, just north of Nynäshamn, is extremely important for the establishment of an efficient, eco-friendly supply of goods to the Stockholm region. In accordance with the Swedish Environmental Code, construction and operation of the port requires a legal ruling. Today the Swedish Supreme Court issued a positive ruling by deciding not to allow permission for an appeal to be heard. This means that construction of the port can begin during the year.
MacGregor's RoRo Access Systems for Car Carriers in Japan
MacGregor has received orders from two Japanese yards to deliver comprehensive RoRo access equipment packages for four car carriers. The equipment will be delivered during Q3 in 2017. The orders are booked into the first quarter 2016 order intake. The car carriers are built at two shipyards; two 7,400 CEU pure car/truck carriers (PCTCs) at Shin Kurushima Dockyard and two 3,000 pure car carriers (PCC) at Nakai Zosen Corporation.
EV Acquires Epidote
Leading specialist in well diagnosis, EV, has announced the acquisition of Aberdeenshire-based well integrity software supplier, Epidote Limited, to enable a world-class well diagnosis service. The acquisition results in EV taking full ownership of the company and its five employees. Epidote was established in 1999, its MIPS software providing multi-finger calliper data processing, interpretation and 3D visualisation.
Thome Ship Management Selects KVH Media
KVH Media Group, distributor of licensed films to the maritime market, and part of KVH Industries, Inc., has announced an agreement with Thome Ship Management to provide 41 Thome vessels with the MOVIElink service. Part of the Thome Group, Thome Ship Management will initially roll out the MOVIElink service to product tankers and LPG carriers. The MOVIElink service delivers films, including the latest releases…
ExxonMobil: 5 Tips on Switching Fuels in ECAs
ExxonMobil has compiled five ‘top-tips’ to help vessel operators effectively switch fuels when entering and exiting Emission Control Areas (ECAs) without introducing maintenance issues. ExxonMobil highlights that switching fuels at correct time is key to meeting 0.10% sulphur requirement. Typically, inadequate management of the fuel switchover process can increase the risk of thermal shock to engine components, which can result in fuel pump seizures and engine shutdowns.
Fugitives Rescued by Disney Cruise Ship in Waters near Cuba
The Disney Fantasy, a cruise ship owned and operated by Disney Cruise Line, part of The Walt Disney Company, rescued three people clinging to a capsized boat near Cuba late last week who turned out to be fugitives. The three were rescued by the Disney cruise liner and turned over to the U.S. Coast Guard, who discovered upon fingerprint analysis that two of the individuals had outstanding arrest warrants in New Orleans, according to U.S. Marshal Amos Rojas Jr.