NASSCO Delivers Fourth Product Tanker to APT
General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered Bay State, the fourth of five new Jones Act ECO Class product carriers under contract with American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The vessel was delivered on Monday, September 26 during a signing ceremony at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. The ECO Class design Bay State is a 610-foot-long, 50,000 deadweight-ton, LNG-conversion-ready product tanker with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The ship’s construction began in May 2015.
Pile Driving Begins for Tacoma’s Pier 4 Upgrade
Manson Construction of Seattle has begun driving the first of 1,241 piles to align Pier 4 with an adjacent pier to create one contiguous berth capable of serving two 18,000-TEU container ships within the Port of Tacoma. The upgrade will help the port support larger container cranes and vessels. The pier is expected to be completed in 2018.
KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE Opens Head Office
The new head office of KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE was opened September 23 in Rotterdam by mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb. KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE was founded on April 7, 2016 following the merger of the European harbor towage services of KOTUG and SMIT. After the start, more business units were physically combined and accommodated in the Las Palmas office building in Rotterdam. “We are delighted that KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE has chosen Rotterdam as its base,” said mayor Aboutaleb.
Cable Ship Rescues 14 Fishermen near Mumbai
The crew deployed on the C.S. Dependable, a transoceanic cable ship from TE SubCom, rescued 14 fisherman in the Arabian Sea off the Maharashtra Coast near Mumbai, India.
US West Coast Dockworkers, Shippers to Talk Contract Extension
Major cargo shippers and the union representing dockworkers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports have agreed to talks on a possible extension of their current contract, which is set to expire in mid-2019, the two sides said in a joint statement on Tuesday. Negotiators for the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union tentatively plan to meet on Nov. 1-2 to discuss the proposal…
Mark Wahlberg Hopes 'Deepwater Horizon' Film Honors Victims
Actor Mark Wahlberg said "the biggest responsibility" for himself and the makers of the new movie, "Deepwater Horizon," was to honor the real-life victims of the 2010 oil rig disaster. "The oil can ultimately be cleaned up, (but) those 11 men can't be replaced," Wahlberg told Reuters at the film's London premiere on Monday. "Those were fathers, brothers, husbands, uncles, cousins. We can't replace those guys and so when they approached me about doing this film…
MV WERFTEN Pumps €75 Mln into Rostock Yard
Announcing further investments into its shipyards, MV WERFTEN has today signed three contracts for the investment program for its Rostock yard, including a purchasing contract for a new thin-plate laser panel line with welding and production automation specialist Pemamek, the construction of a new hall with engineering company Inros Lackner and design services with service engineer Warnow Design. “This…
Kirby to Pay $4.9 Mln Penalty over Oil Spill
Kirby Inland Marine LP has agreed to pay $4.9 million in civil penalties to settle claims stemming from a 4,000-barrel oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel in March 2014, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. The company, a subsidiary of Kirby Corp, also agreed to implement operating improvements across its hundreds of vessels operating in U.S. inland waters, the department said in a statement. (Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Susan Heavey)
Yard Improvements at Grand Bahama Shipyard
Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), a shipyard in the Caribbean, said it had a productive summer program consisting of work on vessels from the tanker, container and towage segments of the maritime industry. Additionally, renovations and upgrades were performed on the floating dry docks and workshops, all in conjunction with yard improvements in anticipation for a busy fall and winter work period.
First FLNG Production Facility Completes Testing
The first natural gas floating liquefaction unit (FLNG) has completed performance testing at the Wison Offshore & Marine yard in Nantong, China, marking the first time LNG has been produced onboard a floating facility. The performance test was carried out in the presence of classification societies, EXMAR and all the relevant parties, Wison said. During the 72-hour performance test, the performance…
Norway Approves PBES Lithium Energy Storage
Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) said its marine energy storage system has received approval for use in electric and hybrid vessels in Norway, having met the new Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) standard. The lithium-ion battery manufacturer PBES, who uses the proprietary CellCool cooling and E-Vent ventilation systems, tested its energy storage system at its Trondheim facility on June 17, 2016. The…
Baltic Exchange Succumbs to Singapore as Shipping Turmoil Deepens
The crisis in global shipping and a tax exodus by big Greek vessel owners have helped finally seal the fate of London's Baltic Exchange after at least three approaches to buy it over the last six years of its near-three centuries history. Some 95 percent of shareholders voted on Monday in favour of a takeover deal from Singapore Exchange, valued at 87 million pounds ($112.87 million), trumping more than one effort from the London Metal Exchange to snap it up.
Danish Business Minister to Meet with Shipping Leaders
With his participation in the Danish Maritime Forum on October 26 the Danish Minister for Business and Growth will highlight the need for greater global cooperation when meeting with maritime key leaders from around the world. Around 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea. Therefore, initiatives to increase global trade and new technological opportunities will be high on the agenda when global…
CMR Eyes BWT System Control Growth
Ratification of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) convention has been welcomed by stakeholders throughout the maritime industry, including CMR Group, which said it sees the move as a boost for system and equipment manufacturers. The marine electrical wiring control and instrumentation specialist CMR Group commented after Finland ratified the convention, which saw the total tonnage of contracting states surpass the 35 percent mark.
Ultra Large Tug Alp Striker Delivered
From Japan's Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair, Inc. (NSR), fully owned by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., comes the first in four of a series of ultra large, ultra powerful tugs. The first in line is dubbed Alp Striker, delivered to Alp Striker BV (ship owning company of ALP Maritime Services BV, Netherlands ) in early September 2016. Alp Striker is one of strongest and largest towing vessels in the world…
Rolls-Royce to Equip Five New Cruise Ships
Rolls-Royce has announced a new deal to provide propulsion and deck machinery to five cruise ships being built by Fincantieri at their Monfalcone and Ancona Shipyards in Italy. The firm orders are to supply a Promas system, deck machinery and steering gear to two vessels being built for Viking Ocean Cruises. The contract also covers steering gear and deck machinery for a further vessel under construction for Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Damen to Launch Composite Water Bus
Damen said it is set to launch its first composite Water Bus as the prototype undergoes sea trials in the next few weeks. According to the shipbuilder, the new vessel offers reduced fuel consumption, less maintenance, no corrosion or fatigue problems and is very robust. The new Water Bus has also been designed to limit noise and vibrations, making it more comfortable for passengers. “This is a prototype for the first of the new generation Damen Water Bus…
ClassNK: Guidelines on Laser-Arc Hybrid Welding
Classification society ClassNK has released Guidelines on Laser-Arc Hybrid Welding (Ver. 3) aiming to support the widespread application of laser-arc hybrid welding in shipyards. Laser-arc hybrid welding is a high quality and highly-efficient welding process which combines both laser and arc welding methods, capable of achieving the same depth of penetration as the standard arc welding process whilst also inhibiting thermal deformation due to its low required heat input. This guideline (Ver.
DNV GL Approves Modification for Semi-Submersible Rigs
Following the accident involving COSLInnovator on 30 December 2015, some 100 semi-submersible rigs approved by DNV GL will be reviewed. Preliminary assessments indicate that a limited number of rigs will be subjected to modifications or operational limitations. The semi-submersible rig COSLInnovator was drilling for Statoil in the Troll field when it was hit by a large, steep wave. Several windows on the rig's two lower decks were shattered. One person was killed.
Gloomy Fate of Hanjin Rome
The ill-fated Hanjin Rome, owned by the bankrupt Hanjin Shipping Company - has been sitting off the eastern coast of Singapore for more than a month. The mid-sized cargo vessel was placed under court arrest here on Aug 29 after German shipowner Rickmers filed a civil claim for money it says it is owed by Hanjin. When the Hanjin Rome arrived in Singapore on 29 August, no-one on board expected anything other than a regular port call.