China to Protect South China Sea Sovereignty
China said on Tuesday it had "irrefutable" sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea after the White House vowed to defend "international territories" in the strategic waterway.
Hong Kong to Release Singapore's Seized Troop Carriers
Hong Kong is to release armoured vehicles belonging to Singapore impounded in the Chinese-ruled city on their way home from military exercises in Taiwan, Singapore said on Tuesday.
Gaylin Plans for Growth in Vietnam
Singapore-headquartered Gaylin, a specialist supplier of lifting, rigging and marine equipment, said it has initiated a plan aiming to reposition its Vietnam facility to address changing trends in the local oil and gas, refining and chemical plant sectors. Under the plan, Gaylin will build on more than a decade of experience supplying slings and shackles to expand the portfolio, creating rental and labor-based revenue streams.
LNG Ferry Megastar Delivered to Tallink
Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku Shipyard delivered the state-of-the-art LNG fast ferry Megastar to owner Tallink on January 24. The newly built ferry will begin plying the Helsinki-Tallinn route on January 29 as the most technologically advanced fast ferry in the Baltic Sea. The 212-meter-long Megastar uses liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel, but is also able to run on marine diesel. With LNG, the vessel will create no sulphur or soot particles and decreasing the nitrogen and CO2 emissions.
New Pressure Gauge from Ashcroft
Ashcroft has introduced the 8008A pressure gauge fit for hydraulic systems, compressors and many other demanding applications. This new instrument geared toward industrial OEMs meets the recognized specifications of EN837-1 and ASME B40.100. A corrosion resistant stainless steel case along with liquid fill vibration dampening help extend the service life.
Singapore Bunker Operator Fined $57,000
Singapore-based bunker barge operator New Ocean Maritime was fined 81,000 Singapore dollars ($57,100) on Jan. 17 for providing services without a licence between Jan.
SpeedCast Appoints Kagan as COO
Satellite communications and network service provider SpeedCast International Limited has announced the appointment of David Kagan to the position of Chief Operating…
Coast Guard Foundation Names NE Regional Director
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, has announced that Loralyn Cropper joined its staff as regional director for the Northeast. In her role, Cropper will work closely with Coast Guard units in the area to identify and fulfill education, morale and family support needs for Coast Guard members. She replaces Susan Ludwig in this position…
Innovative New Falck Training Center
Falck is due to open a new training center on the Maasvlakte in 2018. It will become an international, high-profile safety-knowledge center for public and industrial fire brigades, the offshore, maritime sector and wind industry. The first steps have been taken January 24, 2017 with Falck and the Port of Rotterdam Authority entering into a contract under which the site is issued to Falck. Falck, which specializes in safety and safety training…
Acta Marine Orders Wind Farm Vessel
Netherlands based ship owner Acta Marine B.V. has placed an order with Ulstein Verft AS for the construction of a DP2 construction support vessel (CSV) primarily aimed at the offshore wind market. The vessel, which carries the new SX195 design from Ulstein Design & Solutions AS, offers in-field flexibility, winter workability, safe transfer of people and cargo, optimized on-board logistics, high productivity and high comfort for charterers’ crews are of eminent value, according to the builder.
Superlift: Ford Class Aircraft Carrier Taking Shape
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division lifted a 704-metric ton unit into Dry Dock 12, where the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is taking shape. The superlift is part of an improved build strategy implemented on the second ship of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) class, resulting in superlifts erected at a higher state of outfitting completion. “For Kennedy, increased preoutfitting puts into practice one of many lessons learned from Gerald R.
AdvanTec Launches Stock Door Program
AdvanTec Global Innovations, parent to the Diamond Sea Glaze (DSG), Steelhead Marine (SME), Pacific Coast Marine (PCM) and Freeman Marine Equipment (FME) brands, has launched a stock door program geared to the commercial marine market. The DSG 250 door in hinged and dutch configurations forms the backbone of the program and is supported by the FME 1212 door. These standard configuration doors, designed for the commercial marine market…
Barillec Marine Meets Blue Growth
Barillec marine will be at the meeting of maritime and river economy in Paris at the Euromaritime - Eurowaterways professional exhibition with Interprofession du Port de Concarneau (IPC). As a player in the shipbuilding industry in the port of Concarneau, Barillec marine is part of a growth dynamic aiming at attracting talent, contributing to local economic development and expanding naval industry in export.
World’s Largest Hybrid Vessel Ordered
Norwegian ferry operator Color Line and shipbuilder Ulstein Verft have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the construction of what will reportedly become the largest hybrid vessel in the world, a 160-meter-long passenger ferry. The Fosen-designed ferry will be a plug-in hybrid with batteries able to be recharged via a power cable with electricity from their own shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship's generators.
Sea IT Delivers for Maersk Tankers
Sea IT said it continues to deliver installations for Maersk Tankers around the globe as part of a four year long strategic ICT contract. The contract covers all vessels operated within its fleet. “It can be very challenging to manage the logistics in the maritime industry,” said Kristian Ryberg, CEO at Sea IT. Maersk Tankers fleet operates approximately 100 vessels around the globe. A total of more…
Along For the Ride on Leeuwin
Early in January HMAS Leeuwin set sail from Cairns to begin a transit to conduct military data gathering operations in the Bass Strait. A number of Australian Navy Cadets and family members for ship's company joined the ship for the first day of the deployment. The visitors were treated to a precise navigation pilotage from HMAS Cairns, through the Cairns channel and out to sea. Once the ship had made it to sea a man overboard drill was undertaken with the 'man' recovered by the ship’s seaboat…
MOL, Partners to Study LNG-Fueled Bulker
Japenese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has entered into an agreement with five parties to launch a joint study of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled Capesize bulker. MOL has announced that it has reached an agreement to launch a joint study of a LNG-fueled Capesize bulker with five other companies- BHP Billiton, DNV GL, Rio Tinto, Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) and Woodside Energy.
Iran VLCCs in Europe on First Post-Sanctions Trip
An Iranian oil tanker has called at a European port for the first time since the lifting of sanctions last January, IRNA news agency reported quoting Sirous Kianersi, managing director of the National Iranian Tankers Company (NITC). Sirous said that the first NITC tanker leased to a major Spanish oil company docked at the Port of Algeciras just recently. More NITC tankers are heading to other European ports, he said, adding two vessels are currently en route to the Netherlands.
Cosco Nantong Bags Wind Farm Support Vessel Order from Everbright
China’s Cosco (Nantong) Shipyard has won a contract to build one multi purpose wind farm support vessel (WFSV) for the Hong Kong-based Everbright Int’l (HK) Offshore. Cosco Corporation's 51 per cent owned Cosco Nantong will deliver the contracted newbuild in the fourth quarter of 2018. Under the contract, Cosco Nantong has also granted an option to Everbright pursuant to which the company may order another similar multi purpose wind farm support unit within six months from the contract.
Russian Seaport Cargo Volumes All Time High
The turnover of goods of seaports of Russia for the first time in history exceeded the mark of 700 million tons per year, reports local media. According to figures released by the Russian Maritime Ports Association, the sector's overall turnover rose 6.7 percent in 2016. Even a drop in foreign exports did not impact freight handling volumes, which grew over the last decade. Total turnover increased 77.4 percent between 2006 and 2016.