Fitch Fuel Catalyst: Going Green Pays Off
The Fitch Fuel Catalyst improves fuel efficiency by 5-12 percent, reducing pollutants and paying for itself many times over. According to the manufacturer, Advanced Power Systems Int’l, these benefits are being experienced by many hundreds of commercial ships and vessels operating around the world using its system, including the Golden Alaska and the Tri Marine Group. Prior to installing the Fitch Fuel Catalyst on its 10 tuna seiners beginning in 2014…
Coast Guard, Homeland Security Open Joint R&D Facility
The Coast Guard Research and Development Center, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, officially opened a joint research facility in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the R&D Center’s offices located at Fort Trumbull. The Science and Technology Innovation Center is a collaborative effort between DHS Science and Technology and the Coast Guard R&D Center dedicated to leveraging innovation…
New CMA CGM Agency in Puerto Rico
Shipping company CMA CGM announced the inauguration of its new agency in San Juan, Puerto Rico as from May 1, 2016. The agency is opened in partnership with shipping agency Norton Lilly.
NOL Posts Q1 Net Loss of $105 Mln
NOL Group reported a first quarter 2016 net loss after tax of $105 million. Core EBIT (Earnings before Interest, Taxes and Non-Recurring Items) for the period was a loss of $84 million, while core EBITDA (Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) remained positive at $18 million. “Worsening overcapacity of shipping tonnage in 2015 hit the industry well into first quarter 2016.
From Whales to Silver Foxes to Refugees: EMILY Robot is A Lifesaver
She’s tough—capable of punching through 30-foot waves and riptides or smashing into rocks and reefs. But she’s also tender, providing hope to those in peril. Meet EMILY the robotic lifeguard—officially known as the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard—a remote-controlled buoy that recently was used to rescue nearly 300 Syrian migrants from drowning in the waters off the Greek island of Lesbos. Created with support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR)…
Crowley Christens Third LNG-ready Product Tanker
Crowley Maritime Corporation christened the third of four new LNG-ready Jones Act product tankers at a May 5 ceremony at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal in New Orleans. The 600-foot-long, 50,000-dead-weight-ton (dwt), 330,000-barrel-capacity MT Louisiana is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as other chemical products for U.S. Coastwise trade. The new vessel joins Crowley sister ships…
ShipDC Launches with New Leader at the Helm
Ship Data Center Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary set up by ClassNK, has officially commenced operations of its big data center, ShipDC, from April 2016. Taking the helm as Representative Director and President of the subsidiary is ClassNK’s Information Technology Department General Manager, Takashi Nagatome. Ship Data Center Co., Ltd. was established on December 7, 2015 with the aim of providing…
Concrete Floating Docks Delivered to Boston FD
As a part of a waterfront upgrade project at the Boston Fire Dept Burroughs Wharf Station, a floating dock system of Type 1200 concrete floating docks manufactured by SF Marina Systems USA was delivered. The Type 1200 system was design to withstand the vessel loads and wave action of the exposed Boston harbor location. With winter holding on, Coastal Marine Construction accomplished the installation in tight quarters between the city piers.
BMT Delivers CFD Study for FPSO
BMT Fluid Mechanics (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., completed a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) study for an oil major operating offshore Nigeria. BMT reports that its scope of work included an assessment of the current loading to which the FPSO hull is subjected to, which has enabled the oil major to ensure its mooring systems are fit for purpose. “CFD is becoming more commonplace in the…
Interview: 50 Years in the Polymer Repair Market
With 50 years dedicated to polymer coating and composite manufacturer Belzona, Geoff Binks looks back on his experience in the industry and maintenance sector. Geoff Binks was born and raised in Harrogate and joined Belzona in 1965 direct from Technical College with a chemistry background. He first worked in R&D on a broad range of products, particularly the Belzona Metals which saw radical development in 1968 with the introduction of the first Belzona Super Metal formulation.
Injured Fisherman Rescued off New Jersey
An injured fisherman was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday 62 miles east of Cape May, N.J. A crew member from the fishing vessel Stacy Lee called Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 12:45 a.m. to request assistance for a crew member who suffered a leg injury. A Coast Guard helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted the man at approximately 2:40 a.m., and transferred him to EMS personnel at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, N.J.
New Pilot Boat Delivered to Sabine Pilots
Sabine Pilots in Port Arthur, Texas has received a new all-aluminum pilot boat, Port Arthur. With a deep-V hull designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, the Chesapeake class pilot boat was built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation of Somerset, Mass. The vessel measures 53.6 feet overall, with a 17.8-foot beam and a 4.8-foot draft. The launch is powered by twin Caterpillar C-18s diesels, each rated at 715 Bhp at 2,100 rpm. Loaded top speed is 28 knots.
Moody's Dings Hurtigruten's Outlook Due to Newbuilds
Moody's Investors Service, (Moody's) issued a press release affirming the B2 corporate family rating (CFR), B2-PD probability of default rating, and the B2 senior secured rating of Silk Bidco AS (Hurtigruten), the full owner of Norwegian cruise operator Hurtigruten ASA. While the ratings have been affirmed, the outlook has been changed to stable from positive. "The change in outlook to stable reflects…
ABS’ Wiernicki Addresses SUNY Maritime Grads
ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, addressed State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College graduates, their families, faculty members and guests at the college’s commencement ceremony on May 6. “I am honored to share real leadership lessons that these bright graduates may apply beyond the boardroom,” Wiernicki said at the ceremony, which saw approximately 300 students graduate inside Fort Schuyler.
Byrne & Jones Acquires Midwest Foundation
St. Louis-based Byrne & Jones Construction informs it has acquired Midwest Foundation, a Peoria, Ill. marine construction services company. Midwest Foundation installs piling foundations and serves the bridge construction industry including demolition, construction and repair, also providing dock repairs, lock and dam rehabilitations and equipment leasing. Its marine division has a fleet of 16 barges and two tugboats…
Crewboat Built with Italian Flair
There is something about Italian products, from consumer goods to industrial objects, that carries a stylistic flair. This is well represented in the cruise ships of the Fincantieri Shipyard, such as the 2015-delivered Britannia. More recently this flair for design and quality construction is evident in the 2016-delivered fast supply vessel Blue Brother from Cantiere Navale Vittoria SPA of Adria, on the Canal Bianco which connects to the Po River in the province of Rovigo, Italy.
This Day In Naval History: May 6
1860 - The sloop-of-war Portsmouth, commanded by John Calhoun, captures the slaver brig Falmouth off Porto Praya. 1908 - The Great White Fleet anchors in San Francisco Bay, Calif. The fleet is delayed from its round-the-world cruise after both Rear Adm. Robley D. Evans and Rear Adm. Charles M. Thomas fall ill. On May 15, Rear Adm. Charles S. Sperry assumed command and completes the cruise ending Feb. 22, 1909.
Strikes Cause Stoppage in Greek Ports
A 48-hour strike by the Seamen’s Union in Greece is expected to affect all domestic and local ferry routes as well as commercial vessels calling at Piraeus, Aspropyrgos…
IBIA Develops Bunkering Procedure Guidelines
A set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for surveyors has been developed by the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) to help the industry manage new regulations…
Rolls-Royce Implements Shipdex for Tunnel Thrusters
Rolls-Royce Marine has implemented Shipdex as the data standard for its range produced in Ulsteinvik, Norway, representing the third Rolls-Royce Marine products to adopt the Shipdex standard.