Berth and Billions: Cruise Business Powers European Yards
In a historically weak contracting environment the cruise sector has seen a strong level of newbuild ordering and investment in the year to date, says a research report by Clarkson. Cruise lines have continued to expand their fleets, with new markets such as China in their sights. While a number of yards have benefitted from this firm level of newbuilding activity, they have all been European and the region remains dominant in the cruise sector.
Panama Canal Celebrates 102 Years
The Panama Canal has celebrated 102 years of successful operations and service to the global maritime community, just one day after welcoming its one-hundredth transit through the expanded waterway. On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal officially opened for business, during the administration of President Woodrow Wilson. But it was Wilson’s archrival who was the driving force behind the canal. Over the past century…
Carnival Vista Recognized as 'Green' Ship
Classification society Lloyd's Register has bestowed the "ECO Notation" designation on the new Carnival Vista, marking the first Carnival Cruise Line ship to achieve this distinction. The notation recognizes that the cruise line designed, built and operates Carnival Vista in a manner that exceeds current maritime statutory environmental regulations. Lloyd's Register (LR) established a set of voluntary…
Petronet LNG Commissions Expanded Dahej LNG
Petronet LNG Ltd has annouced that the part facilities of the expansion of Dahej LNG Terminal from 10 tlko 15 MMTPA i.e. regasification facility has been commissioned and under stabilization. As such the additional gas send-out from Dahej LNG terminal in the north-west state of Gujarat has commenced. The balance part of the expansion i.e. two LNG storage tanks are likely to be completed by October, 2016. Petronet LNG is one of the leading players in oil and natural gas industry space.
First Commercial Cruise Will Sail Canada's Northwest Passage
The first commercial cruise ship to sail through Canada's Northwest Passage was set to depart on Tuesday, part of a growing Arctic tourism industry spurred by rising temperatures and receding ice. The ship Crystal Serenity was to depart from Anchorage, Alaska, and cut through frigid northern waters before reaching New York in one month, according to a schedule from its American operator, Crystal Cruises.
Yamal LNG Project Received €780 Mln in Chinese Loans in July
The Novatek-led Yamal LNG project in Russia received financing in July worth about 780 million euros from China Development Bank and Export-Import Bank of China, according to Yamal's accounting report published on Tuesday. The 15-year loan deals, of 9.3 billion euros and 9.8 billion yuan ($1.48 billion), were signed by the two Chinese financial institutions in late April. The latest disbursement follows the first chunk of 450 million euros Yamal received in late July.
Vessel Design: A More Efficient Stern Trawler
A new stern trawler design from Wärtsilä aims to reduce fuel consumption and notably increase overall vessel efficiency. Wärtsilä Ship Design’s new 82-meter-long Wärtsilä VS 6215 ST emphasizes seakeeping and stability and leverages a unique aft ship layout for better efficiency. “Stern trawlers can be out fishing for up to 350 days a year and fuel consumption is, therefore, an extremely relevant consideration.
CEO/President: Christopher J. ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global maritime industry, is guided by its mission to promote security of life, property and the natural environment. The organization offers support during initial concept design, design approval, construction and throughout a vessel’s lifecycle. ABS is built on a commitment to providing great classification services…
Hydrex offers turnkey underwater repair solutions to shipowners wherever and whenever they are needed. Hydrex’s multidisciplinary team will help you find the best solution for any problem encountered with your ship below the water line. Hydrex provides a complete range of high quality underwater repair and maintenance services. These are performed on-site to avoid costly unscheduled off-hire time or a drydock visit.
Northwest Seaport Alliance Extends Peak Season Gate Hours
The Northwest Seaport Alliance said it will reimburse up to $2 million to extend gate hours at its international container terminals during peak season. With a 3 to 5 percent increase in cargo volume forecasted during peak season, which will start in late August and continue through early November, the alliance proposes to help the marine terminal operators avoid congestion on surface streets in the port industrial area and keep import and export cargo flowing efficiently.
LCS Detroit Delivered to the US Navy
Within the Littoral Combat Ship Program (LCS), the consortium consisting of Fincantieri, through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), and Lockheed Martin Corporation, has delivered the future USS Detroit (LCS 7) to the U.S. Navy at FMM’s shipyard in Marinette, Wisc. Detroit is the fourth Freedom-class ship delivered by the consortium, and it is part of a program started in 2010, which comprises 11 units…
New Ship Repair Yard for Zayed Port
Abu Dhabi Ports and Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) have signed a long term contract that when fully realized will see a fully operational ship repair facility that will also include a floating dock capability within Zayed Port. The agreement was signed at Abu Dhabi Ports Head Office at Zayed Port by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports and Dr Khaled Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer of ADSB, along with a senior delegation representing both parties. Dr.
New Gyro Compass to Debut at SMM
German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz said it will launch a new gyro compass at this year’s SMM exhibition in Hamburg. The new gyro, Standard 30 MF, is the latest of the renowned “Standard” series of Anschütz gyro compasses. Standard 30 MF is the second generation of maintenance-free gyro compasses from Raytheon Anschütz. It provides highly accurate heading, rate-of-turn, roll and pitch information, the manufacturer said.
MN100: Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Massachusetts Maritime Academy offers seven undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees and two graduate Masters of Science programs. The regiment of cadets is comprised of students from around the globe. The academy operates a training vessel used to acquire sea service for the cadets. Two tugs (Alert and Hercules) and a barge support the Mate of Towing program. The Academy has a vast array of simulators used for undergraduate and professional mariner training.
New Danelec ECDIS Includes UK AIO Service
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) ADMIRALTY Information Overlay (AIO) is now available on Danelec Marine DM800 G2 Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS).
Raising the Stakes on Maritime Performance
A Danish software company has set out to help maritime companies facilitate growth in stormy waters. The maritime industry is changing. Emerging technologies, increased regulation and CO2 concerns are pressuring ship owners, operators and technical managers. One can no longer afford to ignore performance. But what exactly drives performance and how to improve it? Focus on fuel consumption has long been a focus area for the maritime business.
Shipbuilding: P3 Projects (with a Twist)
Private partnerships, executed perfectly – that’s West Coast boatbuilding in today’s challenging business climates. P3 Partnerships: no, we’re not talking about infrastructure funding. But, in our P3 version, boatbuilding in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska is alive and well, because of it. Long-standing enterprises and relative newcomers are all experiencing an uptick in projects. Here, as part of our annual MN100 top company profiles…
MN100: Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc.
Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. is located on the Southwestern coast of Alabama, about 30 miles from Mobile. Designing, building and repairing ships, boats, and barges up to 300’ in length and 1500 tons, Horizon’s customer base includes tug and barge operators, the offshore oil industry, cruise and diving industry, and specialized craft for domestic and foreign governments. Horizon was founded in 1997 by a father-and-son team who bring more than 60 years combined experience in ship design…
This Day In Naval History: August 16
1822 - USS Grampus investigates and pursues a brig flying Spanish colors. When called upon to surrender, the privateer brig Palmyra from Puerto Rico fires cannon and musket fire. USS Grampus fires back on Palmyras broadsides reducing Palmyras rigging to a complete wreck, killing one and wounding six. The brig surrenders with a crew of 88, one long 18-pounder gun and eight 18-pound carronades. Her officers acknowledge they had robbed the American schooner USS Coquette.
Port of Hamburg Seaborne Cargo Down Slightly in 2016
First-half seaborne cargo throughput of 70.2 million tons reflected stabilization of the trend for the Port of Hamburg. At the same time, a steep increase occurred in freight transport by rail to/from the Port of Hamburg. At 70.2 million tons, in the first half total seaborne cargo throughput, which includes the general and bulk cargo segments, was slightly – 0.9 percent – down on the previous year.