Canada Oil Sands Asia Export Dream Faces Port Bottleneck
The bullish view for Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO), Cenovus Energy Inc (CVE.TO) and other Canadian energy producers calls for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by next month…
AVEVA Announced Academic Initiative in Vietnam
AVEVA announced the beginning of a partnership with two institutions in Vietnam, the Shipbuilding Industry Association (VISIA) and The School of Transportation Engineering of Hanoi University of Science and Technology (STE-HUST). These strategic partnerships will enable VISIA & STE-HUST to offer engineering and design software to its members, as well as support systematic training programs. These programs will be focused on software implementation in the oil and gas…
More Sanmar Newbuilds Cross the Atlantic
Svitzer Americas’ newest vessels Svitzer Monte Cristi and Svitzer Catuan have been delivered by Turkish tug builder Sanmar. The boats, which will be operated in the Dominican Republic, are Ramparts 2400 SX class tugs, designed by Robert Allan Limited exclusively for Sanmar, and are known as the Bogaçay Class of which 30 have now been purchased by customers worldwide. The tugs measure 24.4m in length with a molded beam of 11.25m and an overall draft 5.7m.
Tropical Storm Otto forms over Atlantic
Tropical depression 16 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Otto east of Nicaragua over the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 km/h), is located about 305 miles (495 km) east of Bluefields, Nicaragua, the Miami-based weather forecaster said. Additional strengthening is forecast for the next 48 hours, and Otto could become a hurricane during the next couple of days, the NHC added.
US Navy Aids Stranded Iranian Mariners
The U.S. Navy’s Guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94), currently deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of maritime security operations, assisted three Iranian mariners in distress, November 18. Nitze received notification from aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) of a small fishing vessel in distress. Once Nitze's crew identified the distressed vessel, the ship took immediate action to render assistance.
Cargo Ship Being Evacuated off England's Storm-hit Southern Coast
A cargo ship was being evacuated after it started to take on water off the coast of Dover after the biggest storm of the season hit southern England, the Coastguard said on Sunday.
Mississippi River Reopened after Barge Breakaway
The Mississippi River has been reopened for restricted vessel traffic after a barge breakaway on Saturday lead the U.S. Coast Guard to close the section from mile…
With China's Support, Duterte to Ban Fishing in Disputed Lagoon
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will issue an executive order declaring part of the disputed Scarborough Shoal a marine sanctuary off-limits to all fishermen…
India Aims to Boost Low-grade Coal Sales While Global Prices High
India is trying to boost sales of its low-quality coal by offering more of the fuel at home and initiating steps to lower freight costs, while global prices are high…
ASIS Boats Delivers High-speed Passenger RIB
Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) builder ASIS Boats has built and delivered the first of a fleet of 12-meter all weather passenger transport professional RIBs. The intended use of these RIB Boats will be to transport safely up to 23 passengers from main land to islands, daily and continuously, under any weather conditions. With 450-liter under deck stainless steel fuel tanks and powered by twin 250-horsepower Suzuki four stroke outboard engines…
US Boat Yard Fined for Dumping Wastewater
Billings Diesel and Marine Services, Inc. has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after the boat yard allegedly violated the Clean Water Act by discharging wastewater without authorization. According to the EPA’s allegations, the company dumped wastewater from boat-washing operations into the Deer Isle Thorofare, a major shipping channel connecting Penobscot Bay to the waters around Mount Desert Island and the open Atlantic Ocean to the east.
New Project Uses Drones to Monitor Ship Emissions
Global maritime technology innovator Martek Marine said it has been included on a framework contract by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) services in the maritime environment. EMSA was established for the purpose of ensuring a high, uniform and effective level of maritime safety and prevention of pollution by ships. Due to the recent entering into force of the new limits for sulphur content of marine fuels since January 1…
Metal Shark to Expand its Franklin Shipyard
Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has announced an expansion project now underway at its waterfront shipbuilding complex in Franklin, La. To accommodate increased production needs, Metal Shark is erecting a fully-enclosed 200’ x 80’ large vessel assembly building to enable weather-independent construction of vessels up to 180’ in length. In addition, a new standalone office building will provide over 4…
NORDEN Names New Head of Dry Cargo
Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S has hired Christian Vinther Christensen as new head of the Dry Cargo Department. Christian Vinther Christensen takes up his new position January 1, 2017 and becomes part of Senior Management reporting to CEO Jan Rindbo. He brings with him 16 years of experience from the dry cargo operator Western Bulk. He is shipping educated at Maersk, where he, prior to his employment at Western Bulk…
SENER Lectures on 3D Ship Digital Design
The SENER Group division in Shanghai has presented the FORAN System in the Dalian Ocean University (DOU) in China on October 28. Invited by the DOU, the Technical Consultant Zhi Jiang, from SENER´s office in Shanghai, gave the lecture ‘3D Ship Digital Design with FORAN System’ about the outfitting design with FORAN, one of its main design disciplines. More than 40 students from the School of Navigation and Naval Architecture of DOU have attended the lecture with great interest in FORAN.
MAN Powers Antarctic Icebreaker
MAN Diesel & Turbo has been selected to supply the main engines to a new, icebreaking, supply-and-research vessel for the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD). The 2 × 16V32/44CR main engines – each producing 9,600 kW – were chosen for their highly reliable and fuel-efficient design that will serve in an environment with a demanding operational profile, including temperatures down to -30 degrees and extended mission times.
WWL Setting Trend in Breakbulk Shipments to US
WWL recently became the first RoRo shipping company to transport heavy breakbulk cargo weighing more than 92 tonnes from Japan to the United States. Until recently, Japanese ports only allowed a maximum cargo weight of 92 tonnes including roll trailer. Following negotiations with port authorities, this restriction was lifted to extend the benefits of RoRo to customers with even heavier breakbulk cargo.
Fred Harris to Retire
General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) said that in the wake the retirement of Frederick J. Harris effective January 1, 2017, Dirk A. Lesko will be a vice president of the corporation and appointed as president of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, and Kevin M. Graney will be a vice president of the corporation and appointed as president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “Dirk and Kevin are seasoned leaders with proven…
ClassNK, Hitachi Zosen Study Engine Monitoring, Diagnostics
Classification society ClassNK and Hitachi Zosen Corporation have completed a joint study of the next generation condition-based monitoring and automatic diagnostic…
‘Frothy’ Capesize Sector Threatens New Year Hangover for Dry Bulk
Maritime Strategies International (MSI) is forecasting a firm festive season for the dry bulk market, swiftly followed by a New Year comedown. In its latest Dry Bulk Freight Forecaster* MSI notes that after a steady fall in average daily TCE spot earnings in October, November saw an inflection point for Capesizes, with rates soaring to over $16,000/day, the highest since mid-2015. Some of this strength has translated to the Panamax market…