Hundreds Rescued from Ferry Ablaze off Puerto Rico
Hundreds of people were rescued from a smoldering passenger ferry ship that caught fire off Puerto Rico on Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard and local police brought ashore all 512 passengers and crew from the American Cruise Ferries vessel that was burning about two miles (3.2 km) off of San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital, the Coast Guard said in a statement. Rescue crews worked for hours to remove passengers and ferry employees, the last of whom disembarked just after 2 p.m.
Tanker Outlook Dented by Middle East Refineries
A steep rise in refinery capacity in the Middle East, the world’s crude oil production hub, will diminish oil trade growth and with it prospects for tanker shipping, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The global crude oil trade, which surged last year on the back of strong growth in oil demand and stocking activity, is expected to continue to expand strongly over the next 18 months supported by an anticipated rise in U.S.
Crowley Adds New Container Shipping Service
Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that it is launching a new weekly fixed-day container shipping service between Jacksonville and Costa Rica. The service’s two containerships will call at the Jacksonville Port Authority’s Talleyrand Terminal, making port calls in Jacksonville on Thursdays, Port Everglades, Fla., on Fridays, and arrive in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, on Wednesdays. “We are confident…
MN100: John Deere Power Systems
John Deere Power Systems manufactures and markets industrial, marine and generator drive diesel engines, as well as drivetrain components for use in a variety of off-highway applications. The full line of propulsion and gen-drive PowerTech marine engines – 4.5L, 6.8L, 9.0L, 13.5L – that range in power from 60 kW to 559 kW (80 –750 hp), meet IMO Tier II, EPA Tier 3, and EU Recreational Craft Directive emissions requirements, while offering low noise, low vibration and excellent fuel economy.
Eastern Launches Towboat for IWL River
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched the second vessel in a series of four new inland river towboats for IWL River, Inc. The newly built vessel, Impala Puerto Salgar (Hull #244), was launched on August 2, 2016. The series of CT Marine designed 134 ft. ABS Classed Inland River Service towboats are Triple Screw with a Retractable Pilothouse and all are currently under construction at Eastern’s Allanton facility.
Senior Officers Admit to Concealing Oily Waste Discharge
Two senior engineering officers employed by an Italian shipping company admitted they deliberately concealed their vessel’s discharge of oily waste into the sea, U.S. Attorney Paul J.
BAE Systems Delivers Tug to Seabulk Tankers
Built at BAE Systems’ Jacksonville, Fla. shipyard, the new tug Sea Power has delivered the tug Sea Power to Seabulk Tankers, Inc. to be used to enhance the shipper’s Jones Act coastal operation, powering barges that transport chemical and petroleum products between U.S. ports. Sea Power is a 141-foot-long, 12,000-brake horsepower, twin-screw tug that will work in tandem with a high-specification, 30,000 deadweight tonnage chemical tank barge as an articulated tug and barge unit.
Bouchard Hosts Leadership Training Course
Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. During the weeks of July 18-21, and August 1-4, Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. partnered with SUNY Maritime College and privately hosted the required USCG Leadership & Managerial Skills Course at Bouchard’s corporate headquarters in Melville, N.Y. for all Bouchard tug captains and chief engineers. Bouchard is the first operator to privately host this class for their vessel employees.
MN100: International Paint
For over 130 years, AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business, International, has pioneered the development of market-leading coatings for the shipping industry. The firm prides itself in its commitment to innovation, continual investment in research and development and a resolute focus on solving the increasing challenges our customers face. AkzoNobel’s marine coatings business, International, has worked hard to create the first approved carbon credit methodology in the marine industry.
Eltorque Debuts New Compact Actuator
Eltorque, a Norwegian supplier of electric valve control, has launched a new super-compact valve actuator. “The market has requested a compact and cost-effective actuator for small valves and in tight spaces. With the QT50, Eltorque has responded to that request by developing the smallest actuator in its class, at 2/3 of the weight and 1/3 the volume of competing products,” said Eltorque CEO Arnstein Kjesbu.
Ferry Carrying 500 People Catches Fire Near San Juan, Puerto Rico
A passenger ferry with hundreds of passengers caught fire off Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and the U.S. Coast Guard and local crews were rescuing people aboard, officials said. U.S.
JSMEA to Host Smart Ship Seminar at SMM
Onboard and ashore, IoT application services, which rely on ships’ onboard equipment data, have become increasingly prevalent throughout the maritime industry. Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association’s (JSMEA) Smart Ship concept utilizes IoT application services to achieve optimum ship operation in terms of safety and energy efficiency. Armed with two new international standards – ISO/CD 19847…
MN100: Master Marine, Inc.
Master Marine has provided excellent marine repair and new construction services for over 55 years to all marine sectors. Equipment includes one 750-ton floating dry-dock (152’ x 46’) inside the wing walls and one 220-ton Marine Travel lift for servicing inland and offshore commercial companies, Federal and State governments, fishing vessels with projects in steel and aluminum. The firm provides custom designed vessels, with 95 experienced employees on its 7 acre Bayou La Batre location.
Bahamas Corvette Gets a Lifetime Extension
The 60-meter Royal Bahamas Defense Force Corvette HMBS Nassau (P-61) has arrived at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam in the Netherlands for an extensive refit. The 17-year old vessel will receive a comprehensive overhaul that comprises full systems and instrumentation replacement. The P-61 refit is part of the ‘Sandy Bottom Project’ contract between Damen Shipyards Group and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force that the two parties signed in 2014.
Engine Providers Power Operators' Profits
With an eye towards environmental compliance, operational efficiencies and the bottom line, the Marine News top propulsion providers touch all bases. Sitting down…
MN100: Kirby Inland Marine
Kirby Corporation is a premier tank barge operator in the United States, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, along all three U.S. Coasts, and in Alaska and Hawaii. Kirby’s service includes the transporting of petrochemicals, black oil products, refined petroleum products and agricultural chemical products by tank barge. Kirby’s…
Satcom Global Partners with Intellian on Strategic Hardware Deal
Satcom Global, a maritime satellite communications provider, and Intellian, a satellite antenna developer and manufacturer, have signed a strategic partnership agreement…
Coal: One of 2016's Hottest Commodities
Less than a year after the coal industry was declared to be in terminal decline, the fossil fuel has staged its steepest price rally in over half a decade, making it one of the hottest major commodities. Cargo prices for Australian thermal coal from its Newcastle terminal, seen as the Asian benchmark, have soared over 35 percent since mid-June to more than one-year highs of almost $70 a tonne, pushed by surprise increases in Chinese imports.
Malaysian Oil Tanker Taken over Commercial Dispute
An oil tanker, which was earlier reported to have been hijacked and sailed into Indonesian waters, was believed to have been taken due to a commercial dispute, Malaysian authorities said on Wednesday.
Iran's Crude Oil Exports above 2.1 Mln BPD in July
Iran's crude oil exports in July were more than 2.1 million barrels per day, the oil ministry's news agency SHANA cited a senior Iranian oil official as saying on Wednesday.