US Leaders Work toward Supply Chain Innovation
The Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) Supply Chain Innovation Team Initiative, led by Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, was launched today at FMC headquarters in Washington, D.C. Over the next two-days, industry leaders from 34 companies will be working in teams with the goal of developing process innovations to improve the reliability, resilience and competitiveness of America’s global supply chain.
WSS Offers ‘One Stop Shop’ Approach to Bunkering
Ship operators who rely on a myriad of companies for their global bunkering needs are wasting time, money and energy, with no guarantee of standardized quality of products and services, says Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS). In an industry defined by tight margins and cost constraints this approach, WSS believes, is ultimately bad for business. The global provider of maritime products and services WSS says it offers an alternative, with its global Bunker Service Agreements.
Keppel Acquires LeTourneau
Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), through its wholly owned subsidiary, Keppel Offshore & Marine USA, Inc., has completed the acquisition of Cameron International…
GE Gas Turbines for Japan's New Warship
GE's Marine Solutions announced it will provide IHI, Tokyo, Japan, with two LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbines for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force's (JMSDF) new 8,200-ton class Aegis destroyer. “GE's LM family of gas turbines are already part of numerous JMSDF ships, most recently the Izumo-class DDH helicopter carriers and 5,000-ton class destroyer programs,” said Brien Bolsinger, Vice President, Marine Operations, GE, Evendale, Ohio.
Barge Master Wins Innovation Award at OTC
The Barge Master T40 motion compensated knuckle boom crane has been recognized for technological innovation, winning the Spotlight on New Technology Small Business Award at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston. Barge Master develops motion compensation systems for the maritime industry that compensate vessel motions, creating a platform that is not moving with respect to the stationary fixed world.
Baltic Index Down for Third Straight Session
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday for the third straight session, as demand for bigger vessels weakened.
American Waterways Operators Elects Chairman
The members of the American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, elected a new slate of leaders during AWO's Spring Convention held recently in Washington, D.C. James F. Farley, Corporate Vice President – Industry Relations, Kirby Corporation, was elected Chairman. Edward J. "Ted" Tregurtha, President of Moran Towing Corporation, was elected Vice Chairman. Mr. Farley succeeds outgoing Chairman David G.
Port of London Bridge Simulator Upgraded
The Port of London Authority (PLA) has invested £250,000 to upgrade its ship’s bridge simulator, adding a full tug bridge simulator in a move that is set to enable a boost in port trade and helps terminals verify their expansion plans. The Thames is the U.K.’s busiest waterway, handling more than 45 million metric tons of cargo a year. For over a decade the bridge simulator has been an essential tool for training the PLA pilots who guide ships to and from their berths on the Thames.
This Day In Naval History: May 3
1777 - During the American Revolution, the Continental lugger Surprise, led by Capt. Gustavus conyngham, captures the British mail packet Prince of Orange and the brig Joseph in the North Sea. 1898 - During the Spanish-American War, U.S. Marines from cruisers Baltimore and Raleigh (C 8), raise US flag over Cavite, Philippines. 1942 - USS Spearfish (SS 190) evacuates naval and military officers, including nurses, from Corregidor before surrendering island to Japan.
Pirates Switch to Kidnapping Crew as Oil Fetches Less
Pirate gangs in West Africa are switching to kidnapping sailors and demanding ransom rather than stealing oil cargoes as low oil prices have made crude harder to sell and less profitable…
Oil Spill in Schuylkill River
The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies are responding Tuesday to an oil sheen in the Schuylkill River. The Coast Guard received a report of a sheen on the river…
Crane Upgrade for Jack-up Vessel Sea Installer
Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, is currently undertaking a modification and maintenance project on the jack-up vessel Sea Installer. In what is a multidisciplinary project, the yard’s primary focus will be to upgrade the vessel’s main crane. With its increased lifting capacity, the 132-meter A2SEA-owned vessel, which is used chiefly for offshore wind farm installation purposes…
US Coast Guard to Unveil Historic Lifeboat
A ceremony unveiling a historic lifeboat as a new static display in Chatham, Mass. is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at U.S. Coast Guard Station Chatham. The new static display commemorates the first production 44-foot Motor Lifeboat purchased by the Coast Guard and commissioned in Chatham in 1963. Previously, this small boat was used by crews at Station Chatham from 1963-1971, and then again from 2002-2009.
Maersk Line Names Hahnemann Chief HR Officer
On August 1, 2016, Ulf Hahnemann, current Vice President for Strategic Programs at Mars Inc. will join Maersk Line as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and be…
Wind-powered Oil Recovery Project Green-lighted
The DNV GL-led WIN WIN Joint Industry Project (JIP), which melds offshore wind with offshore oil and gas, shows that for suitable fields,finds that wind-powered water injection is technically feasible, capable of meeting performance targets and offers a cost-competitive alternative to conventional water injection solutions. For the past year, participants from both the renewable and oil and gas industries…
Ferry Drydocking Completed on 2-day Turnaround
Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the Kelleys Island Ferry Kayla Marie on April 18 for its USCG five-year inspection survey. The yard completed all work, and refloated the vessel two days later, on April 20. The vessel was able to immediately return to service, to support its daily auto/passenger ferry operation between Marblehead and Kelleys Island. “The Shipyard prides itself on its ability to provide high quality services that its customers can depend upon.
Vesper Marine Updates WatchMate Vision
Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products, announced a free upgrade for its flagship AIS Class B transponder, the WatchMate Vision, streamlining usability, while adding new safety features and enhancements to the user experience. Preinstalled on all new units, the update is also available at no charge for existing owners. “When we first launched the WatchMate Vision, we raised the bar for boater safety,” said Jeff Robbins, CEO, Vesper Marine.
UN to Start Inspecting Commercial Shipments to Yemen
The United Nations will start inspecting shipments to rebel-held ports in Yemen in a bid to boost commercial imports and enforce an arms embargo, the world body said on Tuesday…
CRMG Cranes Arrive in Mersey for Liverpool2
The first six cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes arrived in the River Mersey on Sunday, May 1 ready for installing and commissioning at the Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal. Produced by leading Chinese manufacturer ZPMC, which also supplied the five ship-to-shore cranes already on site, these six are the first of 12 required for phase 1 of the terminal. Ultimately the site will have eight STS and 22 CRMG cranes as part of a £100 million investment.
Libya Eastern Oil Company Blocks Tanker Loading Crude for Tripoli Rival
An oil company set up by Libya's eastern government is preventing a tanker from loading a cargo for its Tripoli rival, the National Oil Corporation (NOC), officials said on Tuesday.