DCNS Mulls Buying Stake in STX France
The head of the French state-controlled naval defence group DCNS said on Wednesday it was "closely studying" a possible stake purchase in STX France, a shipyard subsidiary of the struggling South Korean conglomerate STX Corp. Herve Guillou said DCNS was not however looking at the option of taking a majority stake. The French state holds a 33 percent minority stake in STX France, which runs naval shipyards in Saint-Nazaire on the west coast. Loss-making STX Corp is in administration.
Oil Rises on Record Indian Imports, Hopes of Output Caps
Oil prices edged up on Wednesday, supported by record Indian crude imports and talks between OPEC producers and other oil exporters on curbing output to end a glut in the global market.
Evidence Suggests Houthi Role in Strike on US Warship
The United States is seeing growing indications that Iran-allied Houthi rebels, despite denials, were responsible for Sunday's attack on a Navy destroyer off the Yemen coast, U.S. officials told Reuters. The rebels appeared to use small skiffs as spotters to help direct a missile attack on the warship, said U.S. officials, who are not authorized to speak publicly because the investigation is ongoing.
South Korean Yards Eyed for $3.8 Bln LNG Shipbuilding Deal
A little-known investment company said it intends to order up to 20 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, probably from South Korean shipbuilders. The contracts would be worth as much as $3.8 billion…
China Rebuffs S.Korea over Sinking of Coast Guard Vessel
China said on Wednesday South Korea's coast guard should not have been operating in part of the sea where one of Seoul's patrol boats sank last week during an operation…
UK’s Wight Shipyard to Build Two Fast Ferries
The largest fast passenger ferry order for a U.K. shipyard in over 25 years has been confirmed by MBNA Thames Clippers. Two new 170 capacity passenger boats will be built at the Wight Shipyard Co on the Isle of Wight, and will join London’s growing river transport network in summer 2017. Representing an investment worth over £6.3 million, the order will see the creation of 75 new jobs across the Isle of Wight and London…
Standardized Modules Facilitate Quick Vessel Conversion
High costs in converting existing vessels can efficiently put an end to updating a fleet. But with standardized, predefined modules, a vessel can be mobilized for other types of work within a few days without intervening in the ship structure. And when the mission is completed, the module can easily be demounted. “To a shipowner considering a tender, the vigorous costs of having to convert their existing tonnage can set a stop to their project.
New Web Tool Aids Cable and Pipe Routing
Should vital safety components such as cable and pipe transits be a design-based or a field-based decision? Cable and pipe seals provider Roxtec suggests that designers and engineers take control of this issue by proposing the free web-based tool, Roxtec Transit Designer. The design tool aims to simplify the entire process that surrounds cable and pipe routing and provides full documentation. The latest…
ExxonMobil Fires its New R&D Test Engine
ExxonMobil announced the first firing of its new crosshead slow speed test engine to drive its research and development of next generation cylinder and system oils for the marine industry. The test engine will provide ExxonMobil with a platform for meeting the needs of increasingly complex engine designs driven by changing regulation affecting the industry. Engines are now operating under more varied and demanding conditions, placing new challenges on the engine lubrication.
Caribbean’s Largest Mobile Harbor Crane Delivered
Liebherr Maritime Crane has delivered the largest mobile harbor crane of the Caribbean to Kingston Wharves Limited in Jamaica. The LHM 600 is equipped with an elongated tower extension and eases the handling of big container vessels up to Super-Post-Panamax size. In November 2015 Kingston Wharves ordered the first Liebherr mobile harbor crane, type LHM 550 high rise version. The crane is the biggest mobile harbor crane in operation in Jamaica.
Fairbanks Morse to Power USCG’s Offshore Patrol Cutters
When the U.S. Coast Guard’s first new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) is put to sea in 2021, it will be powered by diesel propulsion engines manufactured in Beloit, Wis., by Fairbanks Morse. The OPC will “provide a critical capability bridge” between the National Security Cutter which patrols the open ocean, and the Fast Response Cutter which serves closer to shore, according to the Coast Guard. The cutters operate independently or in task groups to conduct search and rescue…
Tug Allision Causes Diesel Spill in Texas
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi and the Texas General Land Office are responding to an oil spill at mile marker 667 on the Intracoastal Waterway near Port Isabel, Wednesday.
US Navy Ship Again Targeted by Missiles from Yemen
A U.S. Navy destroyer was targeted on Wednesday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the second such incident in the past four days, U.S. officials told Reuters. The USS Mason, which was accompanied by the USS Ponce - an amphibious transport dock - fired defensive salvos in response to the missiles, neither of which hit the ship or caused any damage as it operated north of the Bab al-Mandab Strait…
Long Beach Says Cargo Volumes Hurt by Hanjin Fallout
Container volumes at the Port of Long Beach declined 16.6 percent year-over-year in September as the effects of the Hanjin bankruptcy reached the U.S. West Coast. According to the port, its longshore workers moved 546,805 twenty-foot equivalent units last month. This included 282,945 TEUs in imports, down 15 percent from September 2015, a month which capped off the port’s best quarter ever. Exports dropped to 120,383 TEUs, a decrease of 4.2 percent.
DCNS to Showcase Digital Ship Technologies
Naval defense services and systems provider and integrator DCNS said it will showcase its digital and high technology naval solutions at the Euronaval Exhibition from October 17-21, 2016 in Paris-Le Bourget. These solutions, according to DCNS, aim to address the new generation of operators in the coming years, which includes naval and industrial autonomy. SMX 3.0 concept-ship - This new concept-ship is a submarine tailored to the needs of Generation Z.
Crowley Liner Services Earns AQUA Lane Certification
Crowley Liner Services said it has been certified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of the new Marine Port Terminal Operator (MPTO) designation, known as the AQUA Lane program, which essentially gives the shipper a “fast lane” for cargo operations by allowing incoming vessels to be pre-cleared by CBP. The validation comes after an a on-site inspections and vetting of Crowley’s Port…
Damen Debuts Expedition Cruise Ship Design
Damen Shipyards Group has unveiled its recently completed Expedition Cruise Vessel design, which resulted from its partnership with Expedition Voyage Consultants Ltd and the Danish Naval Architect firm Knud E. Hansen. From the outset of this project, Damen has collaborated with Expedition Voyage Consultants, whose practical expedition experience (with their team having led well over 500 expeditions)…
ABS Recognized in Singapore for R&D Collaboration
ABS, a classification and technical services provider to the offshore and marine industries, has been recognized by the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) as this year’s recipient of the Honorary SMI Collaboration Award. Guest of honor Lucien Wong, Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, presented the Honorary SMI Collaboration Award to ABS on October 10 at the SMI Forum. The award…
Robert Allan, Sanmar Design New Z-drive Tractor Tug
The TRAktor-Z 2500SX is the new Z-drive tractor tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. in collaboration with Sanmar Shipyards. Engineered for maximum efficiency in both harbor ship handling and towing duties, this compact, under 24 m rule length design offers dependable omnidirectional performance for use in ports worldwide. The hull and appendage configuration has been extensively model tested and analysed with Robert Allan Ltd.’s in house Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) capability…
Georgia's Ports Back in Action
After being closed last week due to Hurricane Matthew, the Savannah River channel has reopened for commercial traffic Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., with 11 vessels transiting the channel by mid-afternoon, nine of which will be worked at Garden City Terminal and two at Ocean Terminal, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) reported. By the end of the day, the Garden City Terminal was working nine vessels, moving nearly 800 containers per hour, with an anticipated 7,800 container moves for the day.