Gard Alert: Red Sea Security Warning
The conflict in Yemen is reportedly escalating and maritime authorities continue to urge vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden region to operate in a heightened state of alert. The conflict in Yemen is escalating and two missile attacks on vessels operating off the coast of Yemen have now been reported. The first attack occurred on 1 October 2016 and targeted a vessel operated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) military; the second occurred on 9 October 2016 and targeted a US Navy vessel.
Iran Calls for Oil Majors to Bid for New Projects
Iran has invited global energy giants to a tender for the development of several of its key oil sector projects. The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) via an announcement has called on foreign exploration and production companies to submit the required pre-qualification documents for the tender as of Monday, 17 October 2016. It is stated in the statement published on NIOC’s website that the proposals…
Iran’s Gasoline Imports Plunge
Iran's gasoline imports decreased from 12 million liters per day (ml/d) in the first half of current fiscal year to 4 ml/d currently, says Seyyed Mohsen Ghamsari, the director for international affairs of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC). “The current figure for gasoline imports stands at four million liters,” he highlighted, expecting further decline in imports of the oil product in the second half of the current year.
Myanmar Ferry Sinks, 32 Dead, Scores Missing
A ferry sank in a river in northwestern Myanmar, killing at least 32 people with scores missing, a rescue official said on Monday. About 150 people had been rescued…
Rolls-Royce Wins Deal to Power USN TAO
Rolls-Royce won a contract to supply diesel generators, propellers and shaft lines for the US Navy’s new fleet replenishment oiler ships, the John Lewis Class. Planned to total 17 ships…
Odfjell Sells Its Share in Oman Tank Terminal
Odfjell SE announced that Odfjell Terminals B.V. (OTBV), the joint venture holding company that owns and operates substantially all of Odfjell's tank terminals worldwide…
Valletta Cruise Port Welcomes Norwegian Star
Valletta Cruise Port welcomed Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Star on Friday, October 14. The ship was greeted by the lively tunes of a Maltese village band courtesy of Valletta Cruise Port plc. In an address onboard the ship, Minister Michael Farrugia welcomed the return of Norwegian Cruise Line to Malta in 2017 with an itinerary of regular calls throughout the season. He thanked all the stakeholders involved in making this return a reality.
Two Dredges Delivered in Nigeria
Two local contractors in Nigeria recently took delivery of 10-inch Wolverine Class Dredges, designed and manufactured by DSC Dredge at its facility in Greenbush, Mich. As the political capital of Delta State, Asaba is a rapidly expanding city along the banks of the Niger River Delta. There is a growing demand for infrastructure improvement projects, including roads and livable space along the Niger River. Yet, this fast-flowing river brings sand downstream from the interior of the nation.
Saudi Shipper Bahri Q3 Net Profit Falls
National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a 37.6 percent drop in third-quarter net profit on Monday.
Facing Criticism, Maersk Defends Its Shipbreaking Practices
Shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Monday it was striving to improve workers' rights at shipbreaking yards it uses in India after criticisms of hazardous conditions. The Danish company also expressed regret that a ship it sold this year, the "North Sea Producer", had then been taken to a shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh, after Danish media last week showed workers using precarious rope ladders to climb the hull.
Lind Marine Acquires Moose Boats
Lind Marine, a Petaluma, Calif. dredging contractor which provides tug and barge services throughout the San Francisco Bay area, has acquired Moose Boats, an aluminum commercial boat building company. Lind Marine currently operates a five-acre shipyard including a 430ft dry-dock and 1,600-ft of linear pier on Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif. Lind Marine’s strategic acquisition of Moose Boats will ensure…
Twiflex to Debut New TLB System at WorkBoat
Twiflex Ltd., a supplier of brakes and clutches to the marine industry, said it will launch its new TLB (Turning, Locking and Braking) system at WorkBoat International, November 30 to December 2, 2016 in New Orleans. Originally designed in-house by Twiflex, part of the Altra Industrial Motion Group, for icebreaking vessels, the TLB system has been further developed for a wider range of marine propulsion requirements to consolidate three separate interfaces (Turning…
Sir David Attenborough Lays Keel for New Polar Research Ship
U.K. shipbuilder Cammell Laird held one of the largest ceremonies in its history when Sir David Attenborough joined more than 1,000 people for the keel laying of the new £150 million polar research vessel. Construction was officially started by the world-renowned naturalist and broadcaster, after whom the ship is named, at the ceremonial event at Cammell Laird’s famous Birkenhead site in Liverpool City Region.
Global Achieves 10,000 Dives on a Single Project
Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has surpassed the 10,000 dives on a single project at Olmsted Locks & Dam in Illinois. Tom Cameron, a long-time diver with Global, performed the 10,000th dive. Wade Miller, Marine Construction Manager with AECOM for the Olmsted Dam Project, said, “The Global team has done an exceptional job. Global has been working at Olmsted since 2009 providing a variety of dive-related services. Olmsted is a significant, ongoing undertaking.
Towboat Delivered to Gateway Dredging
Gateway Dredging has taken delivery of a 55’ 1,200 HP twin screw conventional towboat. The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) provided the design and engineering services to JB Marine Service, Inc. where the towboat was constructed in St. Louis, Mo. The vessel was designed to ABS rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels for Service on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways. It was designed with TSGI’s best interpretation of the USCG 46 CFR Subchapter M regulations…
Vard Extends SCHOTTEL Propulsion Order
Having already secured the contract in early summer to fit 15 Vard design 9 21 module carriers, propulsion specialist SCHOTTEL has now also received a follow-up order to fit three further Vard design 9 28 vessels with 12 main and auxiliary units. The Norwegian Vard Group is building the first-mentioned 15 vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine, UAE, and the later three for KMTF, the National Maritime Republic of Kazakhstan.
Navigator Gas Signs up for ShipServ
Navigator Gas, one of the world’s largest LPG vessel operators, has recently signed up to use ShipServ for all its procurement activities. The London-headquartered company recently took its ship management activities in-house based out of its Polish office in Gdynia and is now managing three vessels from Poland. The procurement tools and services available to Navigator Gas include ShipServ’s SpotSource and Supplier Recommendations service.
Ohmsett: Advancing Spill Response Every Day
The National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility has been an integral part of the spill response community for more than three and a half decades. Tucked away on the shores of the Sandy Hook Bay in central New Jersey resides Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility. It has been an integral part of the spill response community for more than three and a half decades.
Sailing into the Arctic’s Future
Last month, a large cruise ship completed its inaugural cruise through the Northwest Passage. The historic journey brought nearly 1,700 passengers from Seward, Alaska, past the rugged wilderness and isolated villages of the Arctic, to the concrete jungle of New York City. Along the way, passengers and crew were treated to a stunning contrast of climates, geography and culture. While understandable…
Electric Motors for Marine Applications
Empire Magnetics President Richard Halstead discusses the critical considerations necessary for engines operating in Arctic waters. A large number of vessels sail in more than one ocean, from warmer seas to arctic waters, so motors for marine applications must be versatile enough to operate in a variety of conditions. While the greater majority of my experience involves building motors for use in fin controls on mini submarines…