New Course for Energy-Efficient Ship Operation
Maritime educators in China are the first to undergo a newly developed course designed to assist maritime training institutes to introduce the topic of energy-efficient ship operation into their teaching curriculums. More than 30 participants from maritime universities, shipping colleges and institutes from across China are attending the workshop, taking place in Hangzhou (8-9 December). The course…
Cosco Rolls Out Largest Semi-Submersible Ship
Breakbulk carrier COSCO Shipping has rebranded as COSCO Shipping Special Transport and launched its largest semi-submersible vessel to date, the Xin Guang Hua, reports Xinhua News Agency. Xin Guang Hua, capable of carrying 100,000 tonnes of cargo, is 255 meters long and 68 meters wide. Guangzhou Shipyard International Company, the builder, delivered the ship to Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers Co. Ltd, a member of China Ocean Shipping Group, in the southern city of Guangzhou.
Nairobi: Understanding Wreck Removal
A meeting of salvage and wreck professionals in London, United Kingdom has been introduced to International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention. The treaty provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may threaten the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine environment. IMO’s Jan De Boer outlined the Convention’s key provisions in a session on “Operating within guidelines…
PPL Yards Not for Sale: SembMarine
Sembcorp Marine has denied the rumours that it was mulling the sale of all or part of subsidiary PPL Shipyard, according to a report in the Business Times. "Neither our rig-building subsidiary PPL Shipyard nor any of the yards from which PPL is operating are up for sale," says the company. SembMarine is understood to have sought valuation for one or more of PPL Shipyard's waterfront assets, sparking market talk over its plans for its rig-building subsidiary.
Combating Marine Litter
The effective implementation of IMO garbage regulations (MARPOL Annex V) on ships and in port reception facilities was the main focus of an IMO regional workshop on marine litter for the East Asian seas region, held in Jeju, Republic of Korea (5-8 December). (The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), at its 55th session in October 2006, established an intersessional correspondence group to develop a framework for a comprehensive review of MARPOL Annex V).
HSH Preparing for Change of Ownership
HSH Nordbank is pushing ahead with the upcoming change of ownership; it is putting on a good performance in the Core Bank supported above all by the real estate and corporate clients businesses and is continuing its systematic cost-cutting course. In the words of HSH Nordbank's CEO Stefan Ermisch, the Bank is still expecting a profit for the year as a whole despite the unabatedly difficult situation on the shipping markets and is preparing for the impending change of ownership.
India for Optimum Utilization of Shipping Sector
The Ministry of Shipping, India has prepared a Vision Document for “Coastal Shipping, Tourism and Regional Development” for optimum utilization of the shipping sector and coastal resources. The document envisages increasing the share of Coastal/Inland water transportation, development of coastal shipping as part of an end to end logistics supply chain, integration of inland waterways with the coastal routes and development of regional centers to generate cargo for coastal traffic.
Tanker Operators Brace for OPEC Cuts
Tanker owners are bracing for a volatile year ahead after enjoying some of the highest charter rates since 2008, with OPEC plans to curb crude output potentially cutting rates by more than 40 percent. Fewer Middle East cargoes will mean lower freight rates for operators of very large crude carriers (VLCC), the biggest tankers in operation, which can carry 2 million barrels of oil and are used mostly by Middle East producers sending supplies to Asia.
New Patrol Vessel for PCG
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has taken delivery of a new Japanese-built patrol vessel in Manila on December 8. The new vessel, Malabrigo (MRRV-4402), is the…
Injured RO/RO Crewman Rescued off Galveston
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a man after he was struck by a piece of machinery and suffered a deep laceration and possible fracture on his leg while…
US Navy Destroyer John Finn Delivered
The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of future guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) on December 7, the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer DDG 113 after completing three sets of at-sea and in-port trials which proved the ship's operational readiness.
US Maritime Technology Export Initiative: Application Open
The Maritime Alliance (TMA) has partnered with the International Trade Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to organize and partially fund an…
US Drillers Add the Most Oil Rigs Since July 2015
U.S. energy companies this week added the most oil rigs since July 2015, extending the seven-month drilling recovery as crude prices rose to a near 17-month high. Drillers added 21 oil rigs in the week to Dec. 9, bringing the total count up to 498, the most since January, but still below the 524 rigs seen a year ago, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday. Since crude prices briefly recovered from 13-year lows to around $50 a barrel in May…
New Dry Dock at BAE Systems’ San Diego Yard
A new 950-foot-long, 55,000-lifting-ton floating dry dock has arrived at BAE Systems’ San Diego shipyard as part of the company’s $100 million investment in the yard to service the anticipated increase of U.S. Navy ships on the West Coast. “We have made the strategic investment to meet the ship repair needs of the Navy,” said Joe Campbell, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Ship Repair.
US Imports Up as Holiday Shopping Continues
Imports at the United States’ major retail container ports are expected to be up 3.2 percent this month over the same time last year as stores bring in the last of the merchandise for the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “There’s still shopping to be done, and retailers are making sure the gifts that need to be under a tree are waiting on the shelves…
Seaspan Ferries' First LNG-fueled Vessel Arrives
Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) announced the arrival of the Seaspan Swift, the first of two new dual-fuelled/hybrid diesel, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and battery ferries to its fleet. The new state-of-the-art vessel, currently docked at the SFC Tilbury Terminal in Delta, arrived after an eight-week journey that spanned a total of 10,661 nautical miles following its construction at Sedef Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey.
Stena Weco Opens Office in Dubai
Stena Bulk, via Stena Weco and Golden Stena Weco, has opened a new office in Dubai and will move in this month. The official inauguration will take place in January next year. The company already has a presence in the market in the region but said it wants to get closer to its customers to continue to develop the transportation of chemicals and petroleum products. For Stena Bulk and Stena Weco, which…
Viega Introduces New Reducer and Union Fittings
Twelve new P x P reducer and P x FPT union options are available for the Viega MegaPress and MegaPressG systems for carbon steel piping systems. Viega said it has introduced 12 new reducer and union options for the Viega MegaPress and MegaPressG systems for schedule 5 to schedule 40 carbon steel piping systems in sizes 1/2" to 2". The Viega MegaPress system uses modern cold press connections for pipe installation.
Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down in November
Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2.5 million tons in November, a decrease of 16.8 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. November’s loadings were also 15.1 percent below the month’s five-year average. Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.1 million tons, a decrease of 16.2 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 406,000 tons, a decrease of 19.3 percent, LCA said.
Dellner Brakes Enters the US Marine Market
Dellner Brakes AB chose the 2016 International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans to launch its portfolio of technologically advanced braking solutions, including the world’s first fully automated, electrical ‘stop, turn, lock’ (eSTL) system, to the U.S. marine market. While Swedish-based Dellner Brakes is no stranger to the marine market, and its products are fitted in ferries, tugs, oil tankers, large military ships, multipurpose vessels, luxury yachts and cruise liners all over the world, its U.S.