Satcom Global Launches Aura VSAT
Satcom Global has announced the launch of Aura: a global VSAT solution offering high quality, high bandwidth connectivity across a variety of customizable packages. Already live on a wide variety of vessels and fixed remote locations around the world following a successful trial period, Aura will set new standards for military, maritime, offshore, and enterprise businesses looking for flexible global communications both at sea and on land.
Eastern Launches Towboat for IWL River
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched the Impala Mompox (Hull #245) on October 24, 2016. This is the third in a series of four Inland River Towboats for IWL River, Inc. This series of CT Marine designed 134 ft. ABS Classed Inland River Service towboats are Triple Screw with a Retractable Pilothouse and all are currently under construction at Eastern’s Allanton facility. The vessel deliveries are scheduled to start in late 2016 and continue into 2017.
Ethane Carrier GasChem Beluga Delivered
On November 11 the first vessel of the new ECO STAR 36k type, GasChem Beluga, was delivered to the owners Ocean Yield ASA in China. The design for this new type of vessel was developed under the lead of German ship owner Hartmann Reederei together with its long-term partners HB Hunte Engineering for the ship design and AC Inox delivering gas plant and equipment. The hull design is unique and highly efficient: The vessel’s superstructures are located at the bow…
Syria Wants to Increase Trade with Russia
Syria needs wheat and fuel to alleviate shortages and suffering caused by its civil war and wants to expand trade ties with Russia, the Syrian government told a…
FORAN Expands User Base in Korea
These are difficult times for the shipbuilding industry, in particular that of Korea, which faces its worst-ever order drought. Big, medium-sized and small shipbuilders are undergoing deep restructuring as a consequence of the workload downturn. However, despite the crisis Korea is still the global leader in newbuilding deliveries, and its shipyards continue to demand, and now more than ever appreciate, improvements in all areas of management, design and production.
Crowley Sells Ice-breaking Cargo Barge to Tagiuk
Crowley Marine Services has sold a 205’ x 90’ x 15’ former ice-strengthened, icebreaker / cargo barge, Arctic Endeavor, to Tagiuk LLC., the ship broker Marcon International, Inc. reported.
Captain Brian A. McAllister to Receive Honorary Doctorate from SUNY Maritime
Capt. Brian McAllister, a prominent member of the American maritime industry, will receive an honorary doctorate from SUNY Maritime College Jan. 27. Capt. McAllister is the chairman of McAllister Towing, and has been with his family’s company since 1959. He received a bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering and a U.S. Coast Guard third assistant engineer’s license from SUNY Maritime in 1956. Approximately…
UK P&I Club: Premium Discount for 2016
The UK P&I Club said it has agreed at its board meeting on November 19 to a mutual premium discount of 3 percent on the total mutual call for the 2015 policy year.
Record October for Savannah Port
Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch reported to the GPA board Monday fiscal year to date growth of 4 percent for loaded container traffic, moving 1.01 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 40,545 TEUs compared to the same period in 2015. In October, the GPA handled 251,566 loaded TEUs, an increase of 5,876 TEUs, or 2.4 percent, to set an all-time GPA record for the month.
GOGL Sinks into Loss
* Reports a net loss of $26.7 million and a loss per share of $0.25 for the third quarter of 2016, an improvement of $12.5 million compared with a net loss of $39.2 million and a loss per share of $0.37 for the second quarter of 2016. * Took delivery of one Ultramax newbuilding, the Golden Leo, and paid a final installment of $15.7 million on delivery. * Acquired the Golden Lyderhorn following the vessel owner's exercise of its option to sell the vessel to the company…
BIMCO: Shorter sailing distances limit upside of two-year high Chinese coal imports
Australia and Indonesia, being the main exporters of coal to China, are growing their market share at the expense of longer haul exporters like the US and South Africa. Therefore, dry bulk shipping demand does not enjoy full tonne-mile demand, when the imported coal volumes increase. The high level of coal into China for Q3 2016 shows the growing importance of Chinese coal imports for the shipping market, since mid-April 2016.
Van Wijngaarden Orders Second Damen Shoalbuster
The contract has been signed between Van Wijngaarden Marine Services and Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld for the build and delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 3512, to be named the LINGESTROOM. This will bring the total number of Shoalbusters in the Van Wijngaarden fleet to five including the NOORDSTROOM, also a Shoalbuster 3512, which was delivered in April 2016. Van Wijngaarden Marine Services operates a modern…
Damen Shoalbuster completes 14,572 nm Round Trip
The SMS Shoalbuster, a 26-metre Damen Shoalbuster 2609 owned and operated by GSS Marine Services based in Rosyth, Scotland, has recently completed a 14,572 nm round trip that included two transatlantic crossings. The Shoalbuster range is designed as a multi-role workboat optimised for shallow waters, however its high bow and sturdy construction means that it is capable of handling even ocean crossings.
Drive to Promote Hazard Awareness
As part of a major initiative to promote hazard awareness throughout the shipping industry, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and The Standard Club have issued free safety posters to shipping companies worldwide. The release of the posters marks the final stage of a campaign by the two organisations to promote hazard awareness with a ‘Spot the Hazard’ competition for seafarers. The competition…
DNV GL Certificates Support Envision
DNV GL has issued full type certificates for Envision’s 2.3 MW turbine EN115-2.3. and 3.0 MW turbine EN120-3.0. This is an important milestone for the smart energy solution provider to compete in international wind energy markets. These certificates confirm that both turbines comply with all the requirements of the global IEC 61400-22 standard ensuring safety and reliability of wind turbines and wind farms.
India Signs MoUs With Foreign Countries for Building Ships and Ports
(i) Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Iran over partnership of India in development plan of Chabahar Port, signed on 06 May, 2015. (ii) Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Shipping of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea on Cooperation in the fields of Maritime Transport and Logistics, signed on 18 May, 2015.
Safe Sea Transfer of Technicians on Agenda
Technicians working in the growing offshore alternative energy sector often need to be transferred to their place of work by sea. This needs to be done safely and efficiently, and this week International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) will continue discussions on mandatory measures to cover this potentially hazardous activity. The Committee will consider interim measures ahead of the adoption of a proposed new Code.
Disposal of Mining Wastes at Sea – New Expert Group
New work to assess the environmental impacts of wastes from mining operations which have been disposed into the marine environment is set to begin shortly. The work will be undertaken by a dedicated working group, established by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP). GESAMP, which is a UN advisory body, set up the working group when it met for its 43rd annual session, in Nairobi, Kenya (14-18 November).
Scorpio Bulkers Signs Time Charter-Out Agreements
Scorpio Bulkers, Inc. announced that it has entered into time charter-out agreements for two Ultramax vessels and one Kamsarmax vessel. The two Ultramax vessels are SBI Leo and SBI Achilles and the Kamsarmax vessel is SBI Cakewalk. Scorpio Bulkers Inc. is a provider of marine transportation of dry bulk commodities. Scorpio Bulkers Inc. currently owns 41 vessels, consisting of 15 Kamsarmax vessels and 26 Ultramax vessels.
Hapag-Lloyd Intensifies Activities in Coffee Transport
Coffee is one of the most widely traded goods in the world. Each year, roughly nine million tonnes are harvested globally and then exported across the world. About one in every hundred containers on board of Hapag-Lloyd vessels is filled with whole or ground coffee beans – and this figure is steadily rising. As one of the most experienced and largest liner shipping companies active in this market, Hapag-Lloyd is currently intensifying its coffee-related activities.