STX Sells Lorient Shipyard
The shipbuilding group STX France has offloaded its Lorient shipyard to a naval consortium. The shipyard, which has produced civil and naval vessels, will be purchased by Kership, a joint venture between French industrial shipbuilder Piriou and naval manufacturer DCNS. STX France Lorient, based at the mouth of the river Blavet in Brittany, has operated since 1993 and is capable of producing ships of up to 120 m in length.
Primeline Turns Against CNOOC
Primeline Energy Holdings Inc. announces that it has sent a letter to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and CNOOC China Limited (CCL) (together CNOOC Group) giving formal notice of its intention to commence arbitration proceedings against CNOOC Group under the provisions of the Petroleum Contract for Block 25/34. The CNOOC Arbitration relates to Primeline’s continuing disputes with CNOOC Group with regard to the development…
Olympic Pact with Canyon Offshore
Norwegian offshore shipping company Olympic Shipping has entered into a frame agreement with Canyon Offshore for the joint marketing and subsequent operation of the subsea construction vessel (SCV) Olympic Athene and Canyon’s ROV systems. Under the agreement the companies will work together to secure utilization for the vessel and ROV systems and services with third party clients. The framework agreement will operate initially for six months, with the potential to be evergreen thereafter.
Returning to the Scene of the Shipwrecks
A participant in a diving field school last fall, graduate student Tori Kiefer is back to help a new set of students learn the joy of surveying shipwrecks. Last fall…
Grounded Bulker Repaired, Heads for Japan
The Captain of the Port for Oregon and southern Washington canceled the captain of the port order on the motor vessel Sparna allowing the vessel to leave its mooring at Kalama, Wash., Monday. The Sparna, a 623-foot bulk grain carrier, briefly ran aground near Cathlamet on the Columbia River, March 21, resulting in the ship needing to undergo temporary repairs. “We have inspected the Sparna and have approved the temporary repairs to make the vessel seaworthy,” said Lt. Cmdr.
Winners of Ferry Design Contest Selected
Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, Executive Director of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) has announced that the winners of its Safe Affordable Ferry Competition will be made known at the Ferry Safety and Technology Conference. The conference, in its second year, will be held in downtown New York, June 2-3. The competition, a project of the WFSA, challenges teams of Naval Architecture students to design a vessel that would serve a population dependent on ferry transportation.
FIO’s New Research Vessel Enters Build Phase
The 78’ research vessel designed and engineered by Boksa Marine Design (BMD) in 2015 is headed to the building phase beginning in June. BMD contracted with the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) in February 2015 for the design of a new vessel to replace its current research vessel, the 71’ R/V Bellows. Originally built in 1968, FIO has operated the research boat since 1979 as a floating laboratory for scientists and students studying in the waterways of Florida…
Maritime Consolidation: Palfinger Aims to Acquire Harding
As maritime markets continue to struggle, merger and acquisition activity should heat up. Today, Austria's Palfinger Group announced that it intends to acquire 100% of the shares in Herkules Harding Holding AS and thus, the globally operating Harding Group. The seller is the Norwegian private equity fund Herkules. Harding is a leading suppliers of lifesaving equipment and lifecycle services for maritime installations and ships.
This Day In Naval History - May 24
1917 - The first U.S. convoy left Hampton Roads, Va. to cross the North Atlantic after entering World War I. During the 18 months of war while American vessels escort convoys through the war zone…
Glosten Promotes Lamkin to Senior Marine Consultant
Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten has promoted Bradley G. Lamkin, PE to Senior Marine Consultant. As a Senior Marine Consultant and member of the Principals’ Group, Lamkin will continue to lead Glosten’s marine construction efforts. A 20-year veteran at Glosten, Lamkin specializes in resolving stability issues for a variety of vessels including barges, hopper dredges, passenger vessels and tugboats.
DP World Launches $1.2 bln Sukuk Issue to Cover Tender
Dubai-based ports operator DP World launched a seven-year $1.2 billion sukuk issue on Tuesday, a document from lead managers showed. The issue, structured to be…
HII Secures Aircraft Carrier Planning Contract
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was awarded a $152 million contract for advance planning for the construction of the third aircraft carrier in the Gerald R. Ford class, Enterprise (CVN 80), named in honor of the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The work, which includes engineering, design, planning and procurement of long-lead-time material, will be performed at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division through March 2018.
Maritime Future Summit: Digital Shipping
Autonomous ships, smart on-board systems: At the Maritime Future Summit on September 5, industry leaders will discuss the future of shipping. For the first time SMM hosts a conference dedicated to digital shipping. Cyber Ships: What may sound like a word from a science fiction novel to some is a hot topic in the maritime business world today. Low-crew and no-crew concepts are buzzwords in the shipping sector, and some initial trials with unmanned ships are already being undertaken.
'K' Line Takes Delivery of Corona Series Coal Carrier
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Tokyo, (“K” Line) has announced the delivery of Corona Victory, an 88,000 DWT-type special coal carrier at Marugame Shipyard of Imabari Shipbuilding Co.…
Master Marine Delivers Z-drive Towboat to Marquette
Marquette Transportation Co. has taken delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala. The 78' x 34’ x11' vessel, St. Bartholomew, was designed by Entech Designs, La. for Marquette’s river division, based in Paducah, Ky. The steel-hulled St. Bartholomew is powered by a pair of Thompson Power Systems Caterpillar C32 Tier 3 1,000-hp engines at 1,800 rpm connected to ZF Marine ZF AT 5111WM-FP Z-drives with 1,650 mm (65") four-bladed propellers in nozzles.
New Call at Port Kelang on CMA CGM’s REX 2
CMA CGM has introduced a new westbound call at Port Kelang on its REX 2 service connecting Asia with Red Sea. CMA CGM has decided to replace its REX2 westbound Singapore call with Port Kelang. This new routing grants the full coverage and transit time improvements through the shipper’s Feeder network in Asia. As from m/v E.R TIANSHAN voy. 125REW, expected to call at Port Kelang on June 16, 2016, all southeast Asia cargo will be routed via Port Kelang instead of Singapore…
Baltic Index Falls on Weaker Demand
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday as demand for larger vessel segments declined.
Japan, Canada Share "Serious Concerns" on South China Sea-PM Abe
Japan and Canada share "serious concerns" over reclamation and militarisation in the South China Sea, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday, in an apparent…
Fail-proof System Access and Easy Operation
German manufacturers G&D feel very much at home in especially safety-related control rooms. For decades, its products have been serving in these environments. But the use of KVM does not only significantly improve the operating sequences. Sophisticated redundancy concepts make the entire installation absolutely fail-proof. KVM technology plays an integral part with regard to safe and easy-to-operate system structures.
Hapag-Lloyd Pushes Back AGM on Merger Talks
Hapag-Lloyd said it had decided to postpone its annual general meeting scheduled for June 1, 2016 due to ongoing merger talks between German container shipping firm and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). The AGM will take place in August 2016 at the latest, Hapag-Lloyd said in a statement on Tuesday. Last week, Hapag-Lloyd said that UASC had called an extraordinary general meeting for June 2 at which its shareholders would vote on whether to approve a proposed merger with Hapag-Lloyd.