Wrap-up: Amsterdam Conference Week 2016
Amsterdam hosted four different maritime conferences during week June 21-23, with two common exhibitions – all in the same RAI Conference & Exhibition Complex. The Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium, Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo and Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference were organized by UKIP Media & Events while the fourth, defense related, MAST (Maritime/Air Systems & Technologies) Conference and Exhibition was organized by MAST Communications.
South Carolina is Getting Big-ship Ready
The delivery of two super post-Panamax cranes at South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) on Friday marked another step in the port’s push for big ship readiness, to be followed in the coming years by the completion of the Wando Welch wharf project and harbor deepening to 52 feet. The cranes, produced by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) in China, provide 155 feet of lift height from the dock to enable SCPA to work larger container cargo ships.
Harris Pye to the Rescue for Damaged Hull Repair
Timing is all-important when repairs to a busy drillship are the order of the day. When Pacific International Drilling West Africa’s (PIDWAL) drillship Pacific Bora suffered damage to the starboard aft hull off the coast of Nigeria, PIDWAL called for assistance from the Harris Pye Engineering Group. The repair was successfully evaluated; all necessary specialists and labor, steel, tools and equipment were mobilized…
Consortium Targets Better Ship Efficiency and Navigation
A consortium of companies aims to develop an expert decision support system for improved ship efficiency and safer navigation via a two-year R&D project called iSea.
Retlif Promotes Reitz to Director of Engineering
Independent EMC and environmental testing organization Retlif Testing Laboratories has promoted Richard Reitz to the position of Director of Engineering. Reitz has been with Retlif since 1985, serving in several capacities. As Director of Engineering, he will now oversee testing and staff engineers at all the Retlif testing facilities including Ronkonkoma, N.Y. headquarters and Plainview, N.Y. composite laboratory, as well as the Harleysville, Penn., Charlotte, N.C. and Goffstown, N.H.
This Day In Naval History: August 8
1860 - Screw frigate USS San Jacinto, commanded by Capt. William M. Armstrong, captures the American slaver Storm King with 619 slaves on board, off the Congo River. A prize crew from the steam frigate sailed the captured slaver to Monrovia and turned 616 freed Negroes over to the United States agent there before proceeding to Norfolk with the prize. 1861 - During the Civil War, the frigate USS Santee commanded by Capt. Eagle captured the schooner C.P. Knapp in the Gulf of Mexico.
Court Orders Swiber to Stop Payment of Bank Guarantees
Swiber Offshore Construction, part of troubled Singapore oilfield services firm Swiber Holdings, has received an interim court order to halt payment of bank guarantees for projects it was involved in, a stock exchange filing showed. Parent company Swiber Holdings last month applied to place itself under judicial management, after initially filing for liquidation, becoming the largest local company to fall victim to the slump in oil prices.
SpeedCast Acquires WINS Limited
Satellite communications and network service provider SpeedCast International Limited announced its acquisition of WINS Limited, a Europe-based provider of broadband…
Helen Delich Bentley Dies at 92
Helen Delich Bentley, a former journalist and a U.S. Republican congresswoman from Maryland who gained global attention by smashing Japanese goods to protest Tokyo's trade policies, died over the weekend at the age of 92, officials said. Bentley upset a longtime Democratic congressman to win a U.S. House of Representatives seat in 1984, a year in which Ronald Reagan's landslide victory in the presidential race helped bring several new faces from the party to Congress.
Effective Maritime Instructors: What Are They?
Poor training can lead to catastrophic accidents both financially and with loss of life, an unavoidable fact. The maritime industry is sadly far behind its counterparts in the aviation industry with regards to the importance placed on good quality, practical, effective training, a matter that urgently needs to be addressed. But where does this start? With the crew? With the ships? With the companies?
Kongsberg: Blazing a Digital Trail
Earlier this year Kongsberg launched Kongsberg Digital, a new subsidiary to expand its industrial software offering, a “start-up” with about 500 employees. Hege Skryseth, President of Kongsberg Digital and also the Chief Digital Officer of Kongsberg shares with MR her insights on the size, shape and direction of the new entity. “You see some opportunities here,” is how Hege Skryseth summarizes the potential for the digital revolution to make maritime and offshore operations more efficient.
Japan Urges China Not to Escalate Sea Tension
Japan said on Monday it would respond firmly after Chinese government vessels intruded into what Japan considers its territorial waters near disputed islands in…
Specialists Team Up for International BWTS Refit
U.K.-based Solent Refit and global marine equipment specialists Cathelco have teamed up to help international customers meet new ballast water management regulations. Solent Refit, at Hythe, on Southampton Water, has built its reputation on maintaining and refitting classic and modern superyachts. Now it has entered into a ‘preferred partner’ agreement with water treatment systems specialists Cathelco and its Antibes based subsidiary HEM.
Semi-submersible Drilling Rig Grounds off Scotland
Severe weather has caused semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Winner to break free from tow and run aground off the western isles of Scotland, the U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.
Singapore Navy Chooses SharpEye Navigation Radar
Kelvin Hughes will supply its SharpEye navigation radar for the Republic of Singapore Navy's Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) program, which includes eight new vessels to replace the current fleet of Fearless-class patrol vessels. The lead ship of the fleet, Independence, was delivered in May of this year equipped with two I-Band (X-band) SharpEye systems. A further seven vessels will be similarly equipped with the same I-Band SharpEye systems.
Tropical Storm Javier Forms off of Mexico's Pacific Coast
Tropical Storm Javier formed off of Mexico's Pacific coast on Sunday, unleashing intense winds amid expectations it will churn north toward Baja California and the beach resort of Los Cabos, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Javier was producing maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (72 km per hour), and was located some 110 miles (177 km) west of the port of Manzanillo. "The center of (Javier) should pass offshore of the southwest coast of Mexico today…
Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Plunge 23.5 pct
Container spot freight rates from Asia to Northern Europe fell 23.5 percent to $861 per twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), data from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange showed. Freight rates from Asia to ports in the Mediterranean fell 13.8 percent to $865 per TEU. Freight rates from Asia to the U.S. Freight rates from Asia to the U.S. East Coast fell 3.8 percent to $1,884 per FEU. Maersk Line, a unit in Danish shipping and oil group A.P.
JX Ocean Selects ClassNK CMAXS LC-A
ClassNK subsidiary ClassNK Consulting Service announced that JX Ocean Co., Ltd. has selected the machinery condition monitoring and automatic diagnostic system ClassNK CMAXS LC- A for use on 310,000 dwt tanker Eneos Spirit. ClassNK CMAXS LC- A is a solution that integrates sensor anomaly detection algorithm to analyze correlations between multiple sensor data in the engine room and detect any early signs of malfunction or potential damage to machinery.
First ISDS for DNV GL Classed Ocean Greatwhite
DNV GL has welcomed the world’s largest semi-submersible drilling rig into class recently. Ocean Greatwhite is 123 metres long and 78 metres wide and was delivered at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea. Owned by the Houston-based drilling contractor Diamond Offshore, the rig will be chartered to oil major BP and will operate in the Great Australian Bight. Ocean Greatwhite is also the first new-build rig to receive the DNV GL Integrated Software Dependent Systems (ISDS) notation.
Pilbara Ports Volume Up 2%
Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) delivered a total monthly throughput of 52.9 million tonnes (Mt) in the month of July 2016, amounting to an increase of 2% from the same month in 2015. The PPA which operates as a Western Australian Government Trading Enterprise, also saw Port of Port Hedland achieved a monthly throughput of 39 Mt, an increase of 9% from the previous year. Iron ore exports for the month totalled 38.7 Mt an increase of 10% from the same month in 2015.