US Navy Orders 2 More EPF Ships from Austal
Austal USA said it was awarded a $326 million contract to built the 11th and 12th Expeditionary Fast Transport ships (EPF) for the U.S. Navy. This new contract adds upon a 2008 fully-funded EPF 10-ship block-buy agreement and brings Austal’s current build to a 12 ship program valued at $1.9 billion, and thereby extending the shipbuilder’s production under contract into 2022. Austal USA’s EPF program has seen seven ships delivered so far…
US Oil Drillers Add Rigs for 11th Week in 12
U.S. drillers this week added oil rigs for an 11th week in the past 12, according to a closely followed report on Friday, although the rate of increases has slowed…
Crewboat Delivered to Caspian Marine
Built Built by Austal Ships, Rashid Behbudov, sistership to the Muslim Magomeyev and the second Incat Crowther 70m Catamaran Fast Crew Boat, has been delivered for Caspian Marine Services. Muslim Magomayev, the first of this design developed by Incat Crowther, was built by Incat Tasmania and delivered to CMS in 2014. Both Muslim Magomayev and Rashid Behbedov are engineered for the Ampelmann walk-to-work system…
United Nations East River Security Zones Scheduled
U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers are scheduled to enforce security zones on the East River near the United Nations Headquarters beginning Friday. The security zones scheduled to begin Sept. 16, and continue until Sept. 25, 2016, include all waters of the East River between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge. Zone (1): This zone is always in effect. No Vessels within 175 yards of Manhattan…
Alfa Laval’s PureBallast Passes the 10-year Mark
Finland’s ratification of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention came just days before the 10-year anniversary of the launch of Alfa Laval’s PureBallast. On September 15, Alfa Laval marked the passage of 10 years since its PureBallast was released in 2006, when the global introduction of ballast water treatment requirements had then seemed imminent. New exactly one decade later, that milestone has been passed.
New Vessel Aims to Transform the Fishing Industry
Seattle-based company Blue North has christened F/V Blue North, a state-of-the-art vessel designed to transform the fishing industry by improving conditions for workers, reducing environmental impact and harvesting seafood more humanely. Designed with sustainability in mind, the new longliner is geared specifically for the Alaskan cod fishery, built by Dakota Creek Industries, Inc. of Anacortes, Wash. from a design (ST-155L) by Norwegian firm Skipsteknisk AS.
Striking Bollard Pull Results for ALP Striker
ALP Striker achieved an impressive and most satisfactory bollard pull results of 309.6 tonnes during her sea trials. The DP II Anchor Handling Salvage Tug was delivered on 12 September to ALP Maritime Services. The vessel is designed for towing very large floating objects while also offering services such as anchor handling, positioning and mooring. The ALP Striker has been constructed by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair, Japan.
APL Launches Atlantic Gulf Express Service
APL today announced the launch of the Atlantic Gulf Express (AGX) Service – a direct Trans-Atlantic service which connects the key markets of North Europe, US South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. “Directly connecting the Port of Le Havre and Miami, the new AGX service will serve as a unique and market-leading Trans-Atlantic service that enables shipments across the US East Coast, North Europe and Mexico markets.
AAPA Commends Senate Leadership For WRDA Passage
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) today lauded leaders of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) and the Senate’s Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee for their success in advancing S.2848, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016. The Senate passed its version of the legislation today by a vote of 95 to 3. “AAPA commends EPW Committee…
Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb on More MidEast, West Africa Liftings
VLCC rates from MidEast have reached a floor at W33; surging Suezmax rates could make VLCCs more attractive. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to climb next week as charterers ramp up tanker fixing activity from the Middle East while increased oil volumes from West Africa provided further support, ship brokers said. "Basra and Saudi Arabia cargoes are already starting to come out.
Julia Achieves Tropical Storm Status Again
Julia regained its designation as a tropical storm as it milled off the southeast coast of the United States on Friday, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.
ClassNK to Host Floating Offshore Wind Round Table
ClassNK, Japan’s an international certification and classification society, will host a round table discussion about floating wind technologies on the sidelines of Wind Energy Hamburg (WEH) on September 26. “ClassNK is one of the leading classification societies, boasting over a century of technical experience in the maritime sector,” says Hirofumi Takano, Director of Innovation Division at ClassNK.
This Day In Naval History: September 16
1814 - A squadron from the schooner USS Carolina attacks and raids the base of the pirate Jean Lafitte, at Barataria, La., capturing six schooners and other small…
Helicopter Carrier Delivered to the Egyptian Navy
French industrial group DCNS has delivered LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) Anwar El Sadat, the second of two helicopter carriers acquired by the Arab Republic of Egypt. The flag transfer ceremony took place September 16, 2016 in the presence of the two Chiefs of Staff of the Egyptian and French navies, Admiral Rabie and Admiral Prazuck, the chairman and CEO of DCNS, Hervé Guillou, and the president of STX France, Laurent Castaing, together with senior French and Egyptian officials.
Finland's 1st LNG Terminal Opens
Finland’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Pori on the west coast was officially opened, says Gasum. Deliveries of LNG to customers began on the same day, the company said in its statement. It enables LNG deliveries to industrial, maritime and heavy-duty road transport customers outside the gas pipeline network and diversifies the Finnish energy market. Access to LNG in Finland will improve considerably following the opening of the terminal.
Container Traffic Grows in Piraeus
Consolidating the port of Piraeus' position as the main pillar of the Chinese group Cosco’s overseas activity, its container traffic continues to break one record after another, reports Kathimerini. The two terminals operated by Cosco handled a total of 329,600 containers in August, up 32.3 percent from the same month in 2015. In August last year the negative impact of the strict capital controls had started to become clear and total traffic reached just 249,100 containers.
Indonesia Ferry Blast Kills Two
An explosion on a speedboat carrying 35 foreign passengers and four crew members in Bali, Indonesia has left two people dead and 18 other tourists injured. According to the local police, the boat was ferrying tourists from Bali to Lombok and exploded enroute, leaving two people dead and 13 others injured. According to AFP, an Austrian woman was killed along with a second female foreigner, whose nationality was still being verified.
Los Angeles Port Issues $35.2 mln in 'Green' Bonds
The Port of Angeles has expanded its commitment to sustainability by issuing $35.2 million in green bonds as part of a larger debt refinancing successfully completed this week. The move marks the first time a U.S. port has entered the growing sustainability bond market where investors support projects and companies making positive social and environmental change. “Running a competitive and environmentally responsible port permeates every facet of our operations…
SES Launches Maritime+ Service
SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) today announced the launch of its global SES Maritime+ service that will deliver high-speed connectivity to vessels traversing oceans. SES Maritime+ will enable maritime customers to have easy access to customisable bandwidth and coverage packages, ensuring satellite capacity is effectively utilised. Vessels traversing the oceans will be offered seamless roaming…
Kongsberg Refit Helps Old VLCC 'GoGreen'
Kongsberg Maritime has completed an extensive refit of a 21-year-old Main Engine, Remote Control System aboard a VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) during the vessel’s scheduled docking. The original Main Engine, Remote Control System installed at a newbuilding yard in Japan was de-commissioned and the latest Kongsberg AutoChief 600 was commissioned by a Dedicated Refit Team. The advanced AutoChief 600 is designed to manage all control…