Philippines: Sea Dispute Won't Shift Ties with China, U.S.
The Philippines' territorial dispute with China over the South China Sea has not caused Manila to rebalance diplomatic ties with either its ally, the United States, or neighbouring China, Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Wednesday. An arbitration court in the Hague infuriated China in July by ruling that China had no historical title over the South China Sea and that it had breached the Philippines' sovereign rights with various actions there. "We want to make close friendship with China.
Lucas Marine, Harbor Breeze Cruises Partner to Cut Fuel Costs
Lucas Marine is partnering with Harbor Breeze Corporation to help reduce the yacht charter and cruise company's fuel costs, maintenance and environmental impact in Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors. Harbor Breeze is one of the largest yacht charter and cruise companies operating within the two busiest ports in the United States. Lucas Marine is a division of Lucas Oil Products, Inc. - leader in the development of high performance lubricants and problem solving additives.
Rotor Sail Development Gets a €2.6 Mln Boost
Norsepower Oy Ltd., the leading provider of low maintenance, software operated, and data verified auxiliary wind propulsion systems, has been selected to receive €2.6 million in funding to further its research and development of the Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution technology. The new models of the technology will include the world’s largest ever Flettner rotor. Awarded by the European Commission and the Finnish Government’s funding agency for Innovation…
Canada May Ask Far-offshore Drillers to Pay Extra
Canada may ask oil companies to contribute to the hundreds of millions of dollars or more the country has to pay to an international body if they drill far offshore…
Extreme Boat Lifts Installed in the Panama Canal
When the Republic of Panama needed lifts for a pair of its service boats, it turned to Golden Boat Lifts for the supply of two custom-designed 7,000 lb. capacity Golden Elevator Lifts for use in the Panama Canal. According to Golden Boat Lifts, everything about the project is oversized and overbuilt, as the Elevator Lifts travel 30 feet – double what is typically needed, due to the extreme water rise in the lock.
Svitzer Team Visits Sanmar Shipyards
Members of Svitzer's management team visited both of Sanmar’s shipyards to monitor the progress of existing orders and discuss further existing contracts between the towage and emergency response firm and the Turkish shipbuilder. Svitzer ‘s chief technical officer, Kristian Brauner, and head of group newbuilding, Esben H Grundvig, were advised by Sanmar Managing Director Cem Seven that it was business as usual at both yards.
MN100: Reintjes GmbH
Founded in 1979, Reintjes GmbH is an independent propulsion technology company that manufactures thousands of gearboxes annually. More than 90,000 units have been supplied to customers worldwide. Over time, Reintjes has expanded its product portfolio of marine gearboxes for engine ratings from 250-30,000 kW. Its maritime applications include dredging gearboxes and step-up gearboxes as well as complex system solutions such as pod drives and hybrid drives.
Five Minutes with Paul Switzer
For readers not familiar with Viega, please give a ‘birds eye’ view, putting the company in perspective in terms of the products and services you provide, global reach, etc. The Viega Group, with a tradition of innovation for more than 115 years, has more than 4,000 employees worldwide and is a leading manufacturers of pipe fitting installation technology for shipbuilding, industrial, commercial and residential projects.
Delaware River Ship Arrivals Continue Gains in 2016
Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay President Dennis Rochford has announced the tristate port vessel arrival statistics for the first six months of 2016. “On top of last year’s increase in vessel arrivals over 2014 activity, we continue to see steady growth through the first six months of 2016,” Rochford said. According to Maritime Exchange records, 1,234 ships arrived at Delaware River port facilities compared to 1…
The Economics of Ship Breaking & Scrapping
Sometimes being an industry supplier offers interesting insights – your business is touched by the ups and downs of the charter market, but you are never so involved in it that you lose sight of the big picture. Some of our clients have been hit hard by the market’s general downturn; one client I visited last month began 2008 with 41 maritime software licenses for their vessels – just seven remain today.
ACE Winches Bags Order from Vard
Deck machinery specialist ACE Winches said it has been awarded a spooling contract with Vard Group AS for Norway’s largest construction vessel. The scope of work includes the spooling of two 3,500 meter ROV umbilicals, the spooling of a crane boom wire and aux wire, including 3,900 meters of 135mm wire on to the vessel’s crane. The largest wire on this project weighs 360te, ACE Winches had to build a new upgraded spooling winch to accommodate the weight.
MN100: All American Marine, Inc.
All American Marine Inc. was founded in 1987 and specializes in the construction of custom tailored aluminum boats from 30 to 150 feet LOA. Today, the company has become a leading builder of high speed passenger catamarans, survey craft, and research vessels. AAM’s vessels feature the Teknicraft Design signature hull shape and hydrofoil technology, which aid in high speed travel with excellent fuel efficiency, producing lowest wake levels and minimal underwater noise.
Royal IHC Upgrades TSHD Pump for Van Oord
Royal IHC informs it has completed the upgrade of the underwater pump and jet water system on trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) VOLVOX TERRANOVA for Van Oord. The renovation involved a complete engineering package, including a plan of repairs for the ship’s hull and modifications to accommodate a jet pump unit and the frequency drive of the new submerged dredge pump unit. The delivery of a 1,700kW jet pump unit and the modification of the complete suction tube was completed on schedule.
e-Navigation Underway (North America) 2016
San Jacinto College and the Seamen’s Church Institute will host e-Navigation Underway (North America) 2016, the third in the annual North American series of conferences focusing upon the development and application of e-navigation. The event will be held at the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center, La Porte, Texas, a new facility that opened in Spring of this year. e-Navigation is an initiative of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)…
Better Turbocharger Performance, Proven Tech
Engineer wisdom: Nothing is worse as the right idea at the wrong time. But with the new ECOCHARGE Two-Stage Turbocharging System MAN D&T has reached both goals. Aside from the ever-popular “Fuel Consumption Reduction,” a leading player in the development of large combustion engines since the second halve of the 1980s has been reducing harmful exhaust emissions. In view of increased environmental awareness and the future price movements for fossil fuels…
26 Hours of Information Recovered from El Faro's VDR
A group led by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has gathered information from the recovered voyage data recorder (VDR) of sunken cargo ship El Faro to develop a detailed transcript of the sounds and discernible words captured on the ship’s bridge before sinking during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015. In all about 26 hours of information was recovered from the VDR, including bridge audio, weather data and navigational data.
Another Hurdle for The Ocean Alliance
Commissioner William P. Doyle of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission today voted in favor of requesting additional information from The Ocean Alliance parties. The Request for Additional Information (RFAI) effectively stops the clock on the agreement until such time as the filing parties answer the questions proposed in the RFAI. Once those questions are answered and filed with the Commission, a new 45-day clock commences.
Founded in 1992, UA Business Solutions was a pioneer in the field of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and an early Microsoft Partner. The ERP evolution into the maritime industry found UA developing industry specific solutions for marine clients. These UA marine solutions became commercially available in 2007 under the UA proprietary brand, MarineCFO. UA Business Solutions, along with the MarineCFO brand, was purchased by VerticaLive in 2013.
US Offshore Lease Sale Yields $18 Mln in High Bids
Today’s U.S. oil and gas Lease Sale 248 garnered $18,067,020 in high bids for 24 tracts covering 138,240 acres in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area, announced…
US Navy Ships Conduct Astern Replenishment-at-sea
“While replenishments-at-sea are routine, astern refueling is unique and requires precise navigation and coordination,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Ileto, fleet replenishment scheduler for Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific. An astern replenishment-at-sea was conducted by Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship Pioneer and Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) in waters south of Japan, August 24.