Evac Systems Ordered for ‘Global Class’ Cruise Ships
German shipyard MV WERFTEN, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong, said it will install the Evac Complete Cleantech Solution on board two new Global Class ships for Asia-Pacific cruise line Star Cruises. The contract also covers two optional cruise vessels of the same class in the future. Star Cruises’ Global Class vessels are specifically designed for the growing Asian market. Delivery of the two 201,000 GT vessels is scheduled for 2020 and 2021.
Tuco Delivers in Norway
Danish builder Tuco Marine said it has delivered a ProZero 10.5m WBW Archipelago multipurpose workboat to the Norwegian Archipelago Services. The vessel is a fast and light and features a hydraulic bow gate and a deck crane for handling cargo over the vessels side, according to the builder. From the flexible and unique ProZero construction the vessel is built with a flexible, hung cabin to ensure the best possible comfort in the wheelhouse.
Great Ships of 2016: Lindanger
Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. Launched at the Hyundai Mipo dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea, the newly built Lindanger has become the world’s first methanol fueled ocean-going vessel. The ship is the first of two dual-fueled 50,000 dwt tankers owned by Norwegian firm Westfal-Larsen that will be chartered to global marine transportation company Waterfront Shipping.
Fleet Growth Squeezes Crude Oil Tanker Market
From January 2014 - October 2016 the crude oil tanker segment composing of VLCC, suexmax and aframax ships, had a net-fleet growth of 7.3 percent, which is equal to 24.3 million (m) DWT. The VLCC segment, with 20.7m DWT or a net fleet growth rate of 11 percent took the lion’s share, followed by the suezmax segment with 4.4m DWT or 5.5 percent. Whereas the aframax segment decreased by -0.8m DWT or 1 percent, in relation to the fleet size of the specific ship segment.
Korean Register Names New Chairman & CEO
Classification society the Korean Register (KR) has elected Lee Jeong-kie as its new Chairman and CEO. Lee assumes the role of Chairman and CEO, following the death of B. S. Park, who passed away after a short illness in October 2016. Lee has worked for KR for 29 years, most recently as executive vice president of KR’s survey division. He was elected at the extraordinary meeting of KR’s general assembly which oversees the running of KR and comprises 86 voting members.
Descartes Acquires Datamyne
Descartes Systems Group, a leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce via the Global Logistics Network (GLN), announced that it has acquired Datamyne…
Rigmarine Provides Custom Winch Package for Caspian Sea Topside
Lifting and marine product specialist Rigmarine said it has recently supplied a bespoke winch system for a multinational oil and gas company, a key customer in the Caspian Sea region. The riser pull-in system comprises 38t and 12t winches, in addition to key components such as hydraulic power units, tensiometers and multiple sheave assemblies. The winches will be used intermittently over a five-year period for riser and cable pull-in activities.
S.Korea Backs US Shale Gas Imports, Investment
South Korea stepped up a push on Friday to encourage its oil and gas companies to invest in U.S. shale gas projects, amid expectations that more opportunities will arise under a Trump administration.
Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Slide on Lower Cargo Volumes
34 VLCC MidEast cargoes fixed for early Jan -Reuters terminal; only nine fixed so far for mid-Jan. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit a new nine-month high this week, are on course to soften amid a weaker cargo market as owners wait for more charters to be released from the Middle East and labour unrest affects loading programmes from West Africa. "I think a lot of owners have started to give up now.
Long Beach Approves MSC's Bid for Hanjin Terminal
The Port of Long Beach’s Harbor Commission on Wednesday approved an agreement to replace the bankrupt operator of its largest cargo terminal. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners greenlighted the move by a subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) to take over sole control of the long-term lease of the port’s 381-acre Pier T container terminal from from Hanjin Shipping, a South Korean ocean carrier that declared bankruptcy on August 31.
Megaware KeelGuard Debuts PontoonGuard
Megaware KeelGuard, Inc., a worldwide supplier of products designed to protect the smallest fishing boats to the largest Coast Guard fleets since 1992, announced today the launch of its newest boat protection product – PontoonGuard. Constructed of a super-strong polymer composite, the patent-pending PontoonGuard is a do-it-yourself, reflective product that provides protection to the most vulnerable and exposed portion of the boat – the aluminum pontoon.
CMA CGM Launches Direct Asia Service from New Orleans
France-based CMA CGM today announced a new direct weekly container service to Asia from the Port of New Orleans Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. Part of the company’s PEX3 service, the inaugural vessel is scheduled to arrive on January 31 for service by terminal operator Ports America. “CMA CGM is proud to be expanding our presence in New Orleans, further showing our commitment to the Gulf region, and Louisiana specifically.
Hoover Ferguson acquires Uniteam business
Hoover Ferguson Group (Hoover Ferguson), the global leader in container, workspace and packaging solutions for the energy and petrochemical industries and general industrial enterprises, has acquired the rights and obligations of Uniteam Holding AS’s (Uniteam’s) offshore container rental business. The transaction, which includes a specified fleet of standard and customized offshore containers in Norway and Malaysia…
Lamprell Delivers Jackup Rig to NDC
Lamprell announced the completion of construction on the jackup drilling rig, “Al Gharbia”, and its delivery to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (‘NDC’). Completion and delivery of the jackup rig, on time and on budget, was marked at an inauguration ceremony held at Lamprell’s Hamriyah facility in the UAE on 22 December. The rig will depart the facility in late December en route to its drilling location in Abu Dhabi.
Damen's CEO Receives KIVI Honorary Medal
On December 21, René Berkvens, CEO of Damen Shipyards Group, received the KIVI Honorary Medal for Marine Technology. KIVI (est. 1847) is the professional association of engineers in the Netherlands. The ceremony took place at Delft Technical University during the symposium ‘Maritime Manufacturing - Is there room for innovation in the boardroom?’ Both jury and speakers praised Mr Berkvens' long-standing role as an initiator and promoter of many commercial…
Two Medevaced from Tanker off Sabine, Texas
Coast Guard crews medevaced two men after they were struck by a pressurized object and suffered injuries aboard a tank ship about 20 miles off the Texas Point Wildlife Refuge Wednesday afternoon. The crew of the tanker United Ambassador contacted Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur watchstanders, who alerted Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 2:35 p.m., reporting a 24-year-old man was…
Status Report: Major Port and Merchant Shipping Legislation in India
With a view to promote the expansion of port infrastructure and facilitate trade and commerce, the proposed bill aims at decentralizing decision making and to infuse professionalism in governance of ports. The new Major Ports Authority Bill, 2016 would help to impart faster and transparent decision making benefiting the stakeholders and better project execution capability. The Bill is aimed at reorienting…
Implementation of the Polar Code
The Standard Club introduced the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (‘Polar Code’) as well as Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendments which were adopted in November 2014, in addition to environmental provisions and MARPOL amendments which were adopted in May 2015. The Code will enter into force on 1 January 2017. The code is mandatory and comprises of detailed requirements relating to ship design, operations, prevention of environmental pollution, crew training and safety.
Indian Ministry of Shipping Updates on Sagarmala Program
Sagarmala Programme, an ambitious port-led infrastructure development programme of the government to harness India’s 7,500-km, is now moving from the conceptualization and planning to the implementation stage. The National Perspective Plan (NPP), for the comprehensive development of India’s coastline and maritime sector, has been prepared and was released at the maiden Maritime India Summit 2016, on 14th April, 2016, by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.
CMA CGM to Upgrade PEX3 Service
CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, is pleased to announce that a new call in New Orleans will be added on its PEX3 service, which directly connects the American ports of the Gulf of Mexico, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. With this new call, CMA CGM will offer a unique and unprecedented service on the market: a direct connection to Asia from New Orleans, with the best transit times on the market.