Senate Confirms Three to Serve on Federal Maritime Commission
The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nominations of three individuals to serve as Federal Maritime Commissioners: Rebecca F. Dye, Michael A. Khouri and Daniel B. Maffei.
Netherlands Opts for ‘Flexible’ Container Weighing
As of July 1, shippers and freight forwarders are required to verify the weight of a container before the container is loaded onto a ship. The Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment recently published the Dutch interpretation of the international regulations. Partly on the advice of Transport and Logistics Netherlands (TLN), freight forwarders association FENEX, shippers’ organization EVO and export association Fenedex…
Norsafe Secures Contract with VARD Group
Norsafe informs it has signed a new contract with VARD Group, and will supply lifeboats complete with davit systems to a series of 15 new vessels. Topaz Energy and Marine has appointed shipbuilder VARD Group to construct 15 Module Carrying Vessels (MCVs), each measuring 123 meters long by 16.5 meters wide. The MCVs will be built at three of VARD’s sites in Vietnam and Romania. Norsafe will deliver two JYN 57 conventional lifeboats with LHD-60 davit systems to each vessel.
NASSCO Wins Six Ship U.S. Navy Contract
General Dynamics NASSCO, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), won a contract by the U.S. Navy for the detailed design and construction of the next generation of fleet oilers, the John Lewis class (TAO-205), previously known as the TAO(X). This contract is for the construction of six ships. The first ship of the program was funded in the FY2016 budget, allowing engineering and design work to begin immediately. The U.S.
Enclosed Space Safety Rule Enters into Force
A new regulation aimed at protecting seafarers who need to enter enclosed spaces, by requiring ships to carry portable atmosphere testing equipment on board, enters into force on July 1, 2016.
IOMAXIS Awarded $245 Mln Contract to Support NRL
IOMAXIS, provider of technologies and mission-focused solutions for the intelligence, defense and civilian government markets, said it has been awarded a seat on an indefinite-delivery…
Austal Stops Shares Trading
Review of U.S. The West Australian reported that Austal halted its shares from trading, and reportedly is in the process of reviewing its U.S. operation, Austal USA. Austal USA is best known for it construction of vessels for the U.S. Navy, and late last year the parent company’s price took a hit amidst reports of difficulties with the Littoral Combat Ship program. As recently as two days ago (June 28, 2016), a ceremony was hosted at the U.S.
Fincantieri Delivers Seven Seas Explorer
Seven Seas Explorer, the newest ultra luxury ship of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, a brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Genoa. A sister ship is on order and will be delivered in 2020. Seven Seas Explorer is the flagship of the fleet with its approximately 55,200 gross metric tons, 223 meters in length and is able to accommodate 750 passengers in 375 suites.
US Provides $100 Mln in Port Security Grants
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced final allocations of $275 million for six fiscal year 2016 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) competitive preparedness grant programs, including $100 million for the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). The PSGP aims to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security…
Solstad CSV Gets Propulsion Overhaul at Gibdock
Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed its scope of work on Solstad Shipping’s Normand Cutter, a 127-meter-long, 10,979grt construction support vessel (CSV) that left the yard on June 29 following a 22-day drydock program, which included an overhaul of its entire propulsion system. According to Gibdock , torway-based Solstad has become a regular customer, entrusting the yard with work on a number of high-tech offshore vessels over the past decade.
Tanker Allision on the Piscataqua River
The U.S. Coast Guard says it is continuing to monitor the condition of the chemical tanker Chem Venus, after it allided with three unoccupied, moored sailboats Wednesday…
Damen Signs MOU with Sydney City Marine
Damen Shipyards Group and Sydney City Marine have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the future cooperation of the two companies concerning the repair and maintenance of Damen-built vessels in Australia and New Zealand. The MOU lays the groundwork for expansion of Damen’s Services network in Australia. Detailing the future working relationship between the two companies, the MOU’s…
Xeneta: No Silver Lining for Container Shipping in Brexit Storm
Xeneta, a global benchmarking and market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight, believes that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will…
Baltic Index Rises on Increased Demand Across Segments
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday on higher demand across all vessel segments.
Broadband Upgrade for MSC Cruises
Intelsat S.A. has been selected by Marlink to deliver fast, high quality Intelsat EpicNG broadband connectivity to Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) cruise ships. At the end of May, MSC Cruises began to apply EpicNG’s high throughput connectivity aboard the MSC Divina, one of the world’s largest cruise ships. Utilizing Intelsat’s Globalized Network, Marlink will provide broadband connectivity to all of MSC Cruises’ 12 existing ships…
Rolls-Royce Azimuth Thrusters Ordered for New Tug
Rolls-Royce has won an order for US255 FP z-drives from San Francisco’s Vessel Chartering LLC, a wholly owned division of Baydelta Navigation. The thrusters will…
Delgado Fire and Industrial School Deploys Transas Technology
In a brand new 19,000 square foot Maritime and Industrial Training Center in New Orleans, the Delgado Fire and Industrial School offers training via a combination of Transas and XVR simulation technology. Delgado is the first training center in the world to deploy XVR Incident Command simulation solutions in conjunction with its suite of Transas full mission, part task and classroom marine simulators. The center will be attended by 10,000 students each year.
PALFINGER Finalizes Harding Acquisition
The PALFINGER Group closed the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares in Herkules Harding Holding AS, i.e. the globally operating Harding Group, supplier of lifesaving equipment and lifecycle services for maritime installations and ships. The PALFINGER Group’s new member will be reported on as a fully consolidated company starting from the second quarter of 2016. As a consequence of the acquisition…
Blohm + Voss to Open Refit Facility for Megayachts
Blohm+Voss has announced that it has won the tender for the set-up of a new maintenance and refit facility for megayachts in La Ciotat, in the South of France. The company will partner with “La Ciotat Shipyards” (managed by SEMIDEP-Ciotat), the local company in charge of the site development which is providing a large dry-dock and neighboring workshop premises embedded within the existing shipyard.
US Workboat Market: Domestic Drivers
Sectors of the U.S. market are hot, but for how long? Five key variables drive the domestic brown water market. The challenging operating climate currently facing blue water…