OCEAN Alliance Gains US Approval
The proposed OCEAN Alliance between several of the world’s largest container shippers has received approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), allowing it to become effective Monday, October 24, 2016. The OCEAN Alliance, comprising COSCO Shipping, CMA CGM, Evergreen Marine and Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL), was subject to an exhaustive FMC review process by that thoroughly…
Astican & Astander Continue to Invest
Astander and Astican are the two busiest privately owned shipyards in Spain carrying out heavy repairs and special conversion projects with a boutique style attitude towards customers. As part of Lavinia Group, which runs a fleet of more than 70 vessels, the shipyard understand the owner´s needs. Astander, in the port of Santander, has more than 140 years’ presence in the international market and has continually modernized and updatd its facilities.
Smith Berger Tow Pins Lead the Way
Smith Berger Marine, Inc. said it has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore to design and manufacture the Tow Pin Stern Roller units required on its nine new vessels…
Seven Migrants Die on Day of Libyan Coast Guard Attack
The crew of a speedboat labelled "Libyan Coast Guard" attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing many to fall into…
Changing Spill Risk in a Changing Arctic Landscape
Industry analyst and environmental consultant Dagmar Schmidt Etkin, PhD, takes a hard look at a rapidly shifting operational landscape in the Arctic. Always an honest broker of information, Etkin tells it like it is. Oil spill risk is present anywhere that oil is present in reservoirs, or is transported, consumed, stored, and handled in some way. The Arctic is no exception. Not only are there oil reserves in the Arctic…
Wagenborg Launches New Tug Wild Maa
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Wagenborg launched the new tugboat Wild Maa in Groningen, the Netherlands. Prior to the tandem lift, Wagenborg transferred the tug, weighing 253 metric tons and measuring 29 meters long and 10.3 meters wide, from the construction hall to the quay using 14 axle lines conventional trailers. At the quay, two 700 ton mobile cranes lifted the tugboat from the conventional trailers and positioned the vessel in the water, the Oude Winschoterdiep.
US Drillers Extend Rig Recovery
The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States rose again this week, extending its second-best streak of no cuts into a 17th straight week, with analysts…
Mega Yacht Shipped from Lavrion to Dubai
In early October, cargo vessel MV Rickmers Dalian made a stop-over at the anchorage off Lavrion in Greece to load a mega yacht for shipment to Dubai, where she was discharged on October 19. The shipment of the 50-meter-long, 340-metric-ton yacht was coordinated and booked by Rickmers-Linie’s customer Cigisped, who specializes in the organization of yacht shipments of all sizes. MV Rickmers Dalian (30…
China Protests 'Illegal,' 'Provocative' US South China Sea Patrol
China's Defense Ministry said that a patrol by a U.S. warship in the South China Sea on Friday was "illegal" and "provocative" and that it had lodged a protest with the United States.
Retlif Opens Composites Testing Lab
Retlif Testing Laboratories, an independent global provider of EMI/EMC and Environmental (ESS) testing and compliance services, has launched its new dedicated Composites Testing Laboratory. The result of three years of planning, Retlif’s new Composites Testing Laboratory provides testing for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CFRP), Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymers (GFRP), Aramids (Kevlar), as well as for Non-Fiber Reinforced Plastic…
US Warship Challenges China's Claims in South China Sea
A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area. The U.S. action was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, U.S. officials said. The Chinese Defense Ministry called the move "illegal" and "provocative," saying that two Chinese warships had warned the U.S. destroyer to leave.
Edison Chouest to Build 13 Damen Tugs
Marine transportation provider and the United States’ largest operator of OSVs, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), has teamed up with Damen to build 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs. The vessels will be built in the U.S. using ECO’s network of five shipyards with support from Damen under its Technical Cooperation program. The new tugs will be deployed on two major maritime projects for which ECO has recently won contracts.
Glosten to Chair SNAME Shipbuilding Panel
Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten said it will chair a panel on modern shipbuilding at this year’s SNAME Maritime Convention (SMC) in Bellevue, Wash.
Fuel Data Analysis Improves Performance
Enginei fuel monitoring systems provide comprehensive fuel data analysis and reporting options to provide vessel owners and operators with detailed engine performance and other mission critical information. To support workboats, offshore support fleets and inland waterway operators along the U.S. Gulf Coast, enginei’s regional representative is the Houma, La.-based Bow 2 Stern Technologies, who will also be present at this year’s International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans.
Ferus Smit Launches Arklow Cape
Shipbuilder Ferus Smit has launched new build M.V. Arklow Cape (Nb. 425) is the second vessel in a series of 10 that will be delivered to Irish owner Arklow Shipping. With a maximized hold volume of 220,000 cft and a carrying capacity over 5,000 deadweight tons, the ship falls under the 3,000 gross tons limit. Arklow Cape has one single hold and an 1A iceclass notation. It is propelled by a 1,740 kW MaK engine with a single ducted propeller.
Russia to Reduce Urals Oil Exports from Baltic Ports
Russia will export 2.9 million tonnes of Urals crude oil from the Baltic ports of Primorsk and Ust-Luga on November 1-16, down 0.8 million tonnes from the same period of October…
Indian Oil Corp Seeks LNG Cargoes for December
Indian Oil Corporation has launched a tender seeking to buy two liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes for December delivery which is due to close on Oct. 25, trade sources said.
Libyan Coast Guard Attacks Migrant Boat, Four Dead
ROME, Oct 21 (Reuters) - An NGO rescue group said on Friday that the crew of a speedboat labelled "Libyan Coast Guard" had attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants…
Death Toll Hits 73 in Myanmar Ferry Disaster
The death toll in a Myanmar ferry sinking has reached 73, authorities said on Friday, as they wrapped up a week-long search and rescue operation for survivors and…
EMGS Amends Deal for Atlantic Guardian
Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has signed an extended charter agreement for the vessel Atlantic Guardian with North Sea Commander Shipping AS (owner of the vessel) at new and improved commercial terms. The new terms are valid as of 1 October 2016. EMGS and the owners have agreed to a reduction of the charter hire rate by approximately 27% and a new 5 year term for the charter. "We are pleased to see that our suppliers are contributing to the targeted cost savings in the Company.