Ford Achieves Important Milestone
Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its turn ship evolution June 11. This is a major milestone that brings the country's newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier another step closer to delivery and commissioning later this year. "Turning the ship is an opportunity for the crew to demonstrate for the first time all the procedures required to get the ship underway safely," said Commanding Officer Capt. Richard McCormack.
COSCO's Vessel Departs Greece for Inaugural Transit through Extended Panama
The container vessel COSCO Shipping Panama set sail from the Greek Port of Piraeus today on its way to Panama to make history. The Neopanamax vessel will make the inaugural transit of the Expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, June 26, after a 14-day journey. Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano met with COSCO Shipping Panama’s Captain Jude Rodrigues and crew members prior to the ship’s departure.
US Submarine USS Frank Cable in Palawan
US submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan on Saturday, June 11, for a "scheduled port visit," according to the US embassy in Manila. The visit will allow the ship’s sailors and military sealift command mariners to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Frank Cable, a ship that provides repairs and support to submarines, is commanded by Capt. Drew St. John and has more than 500 sailors and civilian mariners on board.
Diana Shipping Contract for Thetis
Diana Shipping Inc. through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, has entered into a time charter contract with Transgrain Shipping B.V., Rotterdam, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Thetis. The gross charter rate is US$5,150 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum ten months to about thirteen months. The charter is expected to commence on June 16, 2016. The “Thetis” is a 73,583 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2004.
Gas Leak on INS Vikramaditya Kills 2 on Board
Two people, including a sailor, were killed and two others injured after inhaling toxic fumes on board India's aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya at Karwar Naval base in Karnataka. The condition of two others injured was stable and constantly being monitored in the Naval Hospital, Karwar, said officials. "The incident of gas leakage took place yesterday evening while the ship was undergoing maintenance repairs in the sewage treatment plant compartment," said a statement issued by Indian navy.
Portugal, Turkey in Ship Repair Deals
Shipyards in Turkey and Portugal have struck deals for major ship repair projects during Posidonia Exhibition at the Athens Metropolitan Expo in Greece. Portugal’s Lisnave and Turkey’s Gemak, have also inked repair deals with fleet owners. Nedime Ozoglu, Repair Division Marketing & Estimating, Besiktas Shipyard said that her company has concluded three major deals during the first two days of Posidonia.
Team Oracle, Airbus Team up to Build Flying Yacht
European planemaker Airbus Group SE has forged a technology partnership with Oracle Team USA as this championship sailing squad prepares to defend its title in the 2017 competition for America’s Cup – which is the oldest international sporting trophy of the modern era (born in 1851), and one of the most difficult to win. As Official Innovation Partner of Oracle Team USA, Airbus is sharing the know-how of its experts in areas such as aerodynamics…
Hong Kong Mulls Maritime Cooperation with Iran
Closer business ties with Iran would enable Hong Kong to tackle the downturn in the seaborne sector, reports Tasnim quoting Stephen Wong of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). "Hong Kong's crucial shipping trade is hoping China's overseas infrastructure plan and closer business ties with Iran will enable the city to tackle the downturn in the seaborne sector and tougher competition," Stephen said.