Cordero Urges ‘Obvious Path’ to VGM Compliance
With the implementation date for new container weighing requirements 14-days away, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Mario Cordero said the time has come for ocean carriers to embrace the obvious solution to achieving compliance that Marine Terminal Operators can offer. Specifically, Cordero asserted the weight of export containers, as determined by terminal operators, can and should be classified as the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of the container.
ABS Group Signs on Elba LNG Project
ABSG Consulting Inc., a subsidiary of ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group), has been contracted by Kinder Morgan, Inc. to develop a Maintenance and Integrity…
US Navy 'Green Fleet' Fills up with Italian-made Biofuel
A U.S. warship took its first delivery of Italian-made biofuel on Thursday as part of the Navy's programme to use more alternative energy. The USS Mason was refuelled alongside an Italian vessel, the Andrea Doria, in the seas off of Italy's southern coast with a mix produced by Italy's Eni that has 5.5 percent palm oil biofuel blended into marine fuel. The two destroyers travelled at about 5 knots side by side with a supply ship…
Tidewater Christens 2 New Towboats
The two newest inland river towboats in Tidewater Transportation and Terminals’ fleet, Granite Point and Ryan Point, were christened during a late afternoon ceremony Saturday, June 11 at Vancouver Landing in Vancouver, Wash. After Deacon Tim Dooley from Portland’s Holy Family Parish delivered a blessing, Patty Reed, wife of Bruce Reed, Tidewater’s Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, and Diane Laya…
Teekay Orders LNG Cargo Training Software
Specialist liquefied natural gas (LNG) training and simulation provider GTT Training has been awarded a contract by Teekay Shipping to supply the G-Sim LNG simulator…
This Day in Naval History: June 16
1943 - At Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Japanese aircraft conduct the largest raid since April 7. Although a large number of enemy planes are shot down, LST-340 and USS Celeno (AK-76) are damaged. 1944 - Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert H. McCard serves as a platoon sergeant with Company A, Fourth Tank Battalion, Fourth Marine Division as they fight against the Japanese at the Battle of Saipan, Marianas Islands. With his tank destroyed by enemy 77-mm.
Fincantieri to Build Qatari Naval Ships
Fincantieri and the Qatari Ministry of Defense have signed a contract in Rome today for the construction of seven new generation units included in the national naval acquisition program.
Dry Bulk Recovery will Require a Team Effort
Experts believe the dry bulk market is positioned to become profitable by 2019 – but only if a series of sustained measures are taken year on year by the ship owning community as a whole, according to a report recently published by BIMCO. Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, discussed the recently published analysis of the dry bulk market - the “Road to Recovery” in an interview at BIMCO House.
Crashed EgyptAir Plane Located on the Seafloor
The cockpit voice recorder from EgyptAir flight MS804 has been retrieved by search teams in a breakthrough for investigators seeking to explain what caused the plane to crash into the sea killing all 66 people on board. The Airbus A320 plunged into the Mediterranean early on May 19 on its way from Paris to Cairo. Since then, search teams have worked against the clock to recover the two black box recorders crucial to explaining what went wrong, before they stop emitting signals in about a week.
Emissions Levy Can Cut Ship NOx Emissions by 70% -Study
A levy on nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions with revenues earmarked to fund the uptake of NOx abatement measures is believed to be the most promising tool to reduce these ship emissions by up to 70 percent, as revealed by a new study by environmental consultancy IVL and CE Delft. The study, commissioned by Transport & Environment (T&E), identifies the policy options available at the EU level to regulate…
Vietnam Coastguard Plane Goes Missing
A Vietnamese coastguard plane, which was searching for a missing fighter jet and its pilot, disappeared off the radar on Thursday, state media and a military official said…
China says Navy Conducted Routine Operations in Area of US Joint Drills
A Chinese naval vessel was conducting routine operations in the Western Pacific at the time of U.S. joint drills with Japan and India, the country's Defence Ministry said on Thursday…
Solstad Offshore Secures Contract with Technip
Solstad Offshore ASA (SOFF) says it has entered into a frame agreement with Technip Norge AS and Technip UK Limited (Technip) to supply vessels for trenching, construction and subsea services. The deal’s commercial terms have not been disclosed. The frame agreement, which is valid for 2016-2018, will enable Technip to utilize Normand Progress, Normand Pioneer, Normand Ranger and Normand Mariner.
Total Explores Partnership for Port Arthur Refinery Logistics Assets
French oil and gas company Total said on Thursday that it was exploring a partnership deal for the logistics part of its 225,000 barrels-per-day Port Arthur refinery…
Bulgaria Will Not Join Any NATO Black Sea Fleet After Russian Warning
Bulgaria's prime minister said on Thursday he would not join a proposed NATO fleet meant to counter Russian forces in the Black Sea as he did not want a war there…
New ATB Brings High Maneuverability to Jones Act Fleet
The Dutch company Van der Velden Marine Systems (VDVMS) in conjunction with the U.S. representative Ships Machinery International, Inc. (SMI) has announced the launching of a new Jones Act Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) with BARKE high-lift flap rudders for coastwise service in the U.S. This new design vessel brings increased maneuvering to the fleet of ATB vessels plying U.S. coastal waters. Tank tests prove that for this type of vessel this is the most effective rudder design.
Asia Dry Bulk, Capesize Rates Set to Diverge
Rates from Australia to fall, Brazil rates to nudge higher. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could diverge next week with rates from Australia to China trending lower on weaker sentiment while prices from Brazil to China could rise on tight vessel supply, ship brokers said. That comes as freight rates slipped on Wednesday from multi-month highs hit on Monday. "Sentiment in the Pacific is not good.
ISS Launches new Partner Solution Initiative
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime and logistics service provider, is introducing a new Partner Solutions initiative to develop and deliver added value for customers across the globe. ISS Partner Solutions will focus on the company acting as a sub-contractor to new and existing agency partners looking to instantly increase their reach and range of services for customers.
Fiber-rope Retrofit Extends Subsea Crane Capabilities
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has launched a fiber-rope retrofit option for its subsea cranes; the modular upgrade replaces the crane's original steel wire rope with synthetic fiber rope, using the same technology as MacGregor’s fiber-rope crane, the FiberTrac 1500, introduced earlier this year. These cranes combine MacGregor's offshore crane technology with the fiber-rope tensioning technology perfected by Parkburn Precision Handling Systems.
ABS is Japan's First Foreign RO for Maritime Labor Inspection
ABS has been selected by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as Japan’s first foreign Recognized Organization (RO) for maritime labor inspection. Maritime Labor Convention comprises 16 articles, containing general provisions, which consists of five Titles that outline specific provisions grouped by standard. They include minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship…