Ellicott Tallies Three Custom Dredger Contracts
Ellicott Dredges, LLC announced contracts for three new custom-designed dredges, all scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2017. In the first instance a major international chemical company selected Ellicott to build a custom electric bucketwheel dredge to mine salt in a very hard digging application. The new dredge, which will increase the mine’s output per operating hour and reduce its cost per ton of salt produced, will become the mine’s primary dredge.
MTS Expands Fleet With Multipurpose Landing Craft
Marine services provider Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS) said it has purchased MTS Terramare, a multipurpose landing craft. The vessel enables the delivery of cargo, construction equipment and other materials directly onto land, without the need for dedicated dockside facilities, while also being able to operate as a diving platform for offshore salvage and development work. The ability of MTS Terramare to be used as a floating platform for diving survey…
Crews Working to Restore Port of Savannah Navigation Aids
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the Port of Savannah has been reopened Thursday to two-way traffic during daylight hours as response crews continue to identify, remove, replace or repair the surrounding navigational infrastructure. “Our Coast Guard crews have been working diligently to restore operations in the Port of Savannah, and it was because of their dedication that we were able to open the port to two-way traffic,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. Amy Beach, Marine Safety Unit Savannah commander.
Norwegian to Build New Ship for Alaska Cruising
Norwegian Cruise Line will commence a new era of Alaska cruising beginning June 2018, as the company announced today that its next new vessel, Norwegian Bliss, will be custom-built with features and amenities for Alaska cruising. Norwegian Bliss will cruise to America’s Last Frontier from Seattle and will be the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to make its debut in the Emerald City. At a ceremony held at Port of Seattle’s Pier 66…
Houthis Say Ready to Help Investigate Attacks on Shipping
Yemen's dominant Houthi group denied any role in missile strikes on U.S. warships in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, and offered to help investigate attacks on international shipping in the area…
Webinar to Address the Future of Renewable Lubricants
Hear from industry experts as they shed light on the short- and long-term future of renewable lubricants – from innovation to regulation. Fresh off the launch of…
Korea Gas Corp Launches 4-cargo LNG Buy Tender to Refill Stocks
Korea Gas Corp has launched a tender to buy up to four liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes for delivery across the November-February winter period, as it seeks to replenish reserves, traders said.
Syria Makes Major Wheat Deal with Russia
Syria's state grain buying agency Hoboob struck a deal to purchase one million tonnes of Russian wheat from political ally Russia, covering the needs of government-controlled areas for a year.
CSL Head Rod Jones to Retire
CSL Group head Rod Jones will retire effective March 31, 2017, after a career with the Canadian dry bulk shipper that spans over 30 years, including nine years as president and chief executive officer. Louis Martel, currently CSL International president and CSL Group executive vice-president, will assume the role of chief executive officer effective April 1, 2017. During his three decades at CSL, Jones…
Damen Hosts 'Workboat Festival' for Clients and Partners
Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, which is also the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group, opened its doors to customers and industry partners alike for the first Damen Workboat Festival. More than 200 guests arrived for the one-day event, taking the opportunity to inspect a wide range of Damen vessels and experience some of them out on the water. The vessels on display included Multi Cats, a wide range of Stan Tugs…
Vard Acquires Equipment Supplier Storvik Aqua
Designer and builder of specialized vessels Vard Holdings Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire AS, an equipment supplier that provides feeding, measurement…
St. Lawrence Seaway Shipments Steady in September
“Notable increases were reflected in the export of wheat, corn and soybeans from the U.S. Ports of Duluth, Milwaukee and Toledo during the month of September,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “The good news is that we anticipate that trend to continue for the remaining three months of the 2016 navigation season.” Also notable were shipments of aluminum and project cargo consisting of crane components, machinery, and transformers.
Hanjin Shipping to Shed Major Businesses
South Korea's Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd is selling major businesses, including its Asia-U.S. route network, and will receive letters of intent by October 28, the company said on Thursday. In a regulatory filing the company said a Seoul court overseeing its receivership process approved a public auction of the major businesses, and it is to get binding bids from interested parties by November 7, after a due diligence process. Reporting by Joyce Lee
Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates could slide as Tonnage Outweighs Demand
Many vessels available for charter put pressure on freight rates. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as the number of ships available for charter outpaced cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday. "Charterers are in the market but there aren't that many cargoes to support the volume of ships. There is a softer feel to the market," a Shanghai-based capesize broker said.
U.S. strikes Yemen after Missile Attacks on U.S. Navy Ship
U.S. strikes target three coastal radar sites; Radar enabled launch of missiles against U.S. destroyer. The U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes on Thursday…
SSI: IMO, Member States must Cut GHG Emissions
The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, today set out what it believes are the required immediate actions for creating a framework to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from shipping. The announcement comes ahead of the landmark Marine Environmental Committee Meeting (MEPC 70, 24th – 28th October), where the SSI believes that the International Maritime Organization (IMO)…
ST Marine Launches LMV Unity
Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), successfully launched the third Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Unity, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The ceremony was officiated by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Senior Minister of State for Defence.
MOL Wins "Best Practice Award of Seafarers Onboard Safety"
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that its “MOL Body FIT Exercise” was awarded the “The Best Practice Award of Seafarers Onboard Safety, 2016 MLIT” from the Ministry of Land…
MacGregor's Pusnes Deck Machinery for Vale's New VLOCs
MacGregor has won Pusnes deck machinery orders for a new series of 400,000 dwt very large ore carriers (VLOCs) under construction at Chinese shipyard, Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industries. The orders are booked in Cargotec's 2016 third quarter order intake. MacGregor will deliver high-pressure hydraulically-operated deck machinery based on Pusnes designs. "The equipment is simple to operate…
ABS Seminars Advance Cybersecurity Knowledge
ABS brought together nearly 100 industry leaders, government officials, technical experts, and academic leaders in Singapore to discuss cyber-related threats and risks in the marine environment and explain the value of the ABS CyberSafety program. The seminar is one of many ABS is hosting across Asia, Europe and the Americas currently. “ABS understands the cyber challenges owners and operators face today with increased software integration and greater levels of automation…