Vard to Build Expedition Ship for Norway industrialist
Vard Holdings, a designers and shipbuilder of specialized vessels, announced that it has secured a contract for the design and construction of one Research Expedition Vessel for Rosellinis Four-10. Rosellinis Four-10 is wholly-owned by the Norwegian industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke and his family. Developed by Vard Design in collaboration with the customer and the designer Espen Øino, the Research Expedition Vessel (REV) is expected to enter service in 2020.
Armed Piracy in West African Waters Rise
Bulk of attacks occurred off Nigeria. Armed attacks on ships in West African waters nearly doubled in 2016, with pirates increasingly focused on kidnapping their crew for ransom off Nigeria's coast…
Ardent Celebrates Second Year
Salvage and wreck removal company Ardent celebrates its second birthday with the passing of May 1, 2017. Ardent maintains a zero lost time incident record since its inception. “Despite the initial focus on implementing the merger and challenging market conditions Ardent has successfully won and executed 125 contracts over the last 2 years” said Ardent CEO Peter Pietka. “Salvage operations are inherently…
Damen Showcases New Water Bus
At a recent event at its headquarters in Gorinchem, Damen Shipyards demonstrated its next generation composite Water Bus, the 2407, to an invited international audience. Built from FRP (fiber reinforced polymer) the new class will give operators reduced fuel consumption, less maintenance, no corrosion or fatigue problems and a durable structure, the shipbuilder said. Passengers will enjoy journeys at speeds of up to 21 knots that are safe, quiet and with minimal vibration.
Weaker Vessel Rates Weigh on Baltic Index
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for the tenth straight session on Tuesday, hurt by weaker rates across all vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, declined 36 points, or 3.25 percent, to 1,073 points - its lowest level in over a month. "The dry…
Seacat Services Launches Two Vessels
Offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator Seacat Services has completed its latest investment in its fleet, launching two vessels with the capacity for 24 industrial personnel – the newly-accepted Seacat Enterprise, and the upgraded Seacat Courageous. These boats are among the first wave of offshore energy support vessels to be certified under the new HS-OSC (High Speed – Offshore Service Craft) code, which now allows vessels under 500 metric tons to carry up to 60 industrial personnel.
Maersk Line Deploys First Second-gen Triple-E
Four years after the arrival of the first Triple-E vessel, Maersk Line has now deployed Madrid Maersk, the first of its second-generation Triple-E containerships. With nearly 2,000 more TEU capacity than the prior generation Triple Es, the 20,568 TEU (nominal capacity) Madrid Maersk has set sail on Maersk Line’s Asia – Europe service network, calling the Port of Tianjin in China on April 27 as its first port on its maiden voyage.
AlphaBridge Consoles Delivered to Egbert Wagenborg
Alphatron Marine has announced to have delivered a state-of-the-art premium design AlphaBridge to the vessel Egbert Wagenborg, a modern, multi-purpose open-top ice strengthened vessel, named after the company’s founder. The ergonomically designed AlphaBridge with four 46-inch wide screens include remote support and an onboard information system. The Egbert Wagenborg navigation system contributes of a new level of onboard safety with JRC’s latest multi-function radar…
Jones Act MPSV Harvey Sub-Sea Delivered
Harvey Gulf International Marine has announced the delivery of the first of two, large capacity multipurpose support vessels (MPSV) scheduled for 2017 deliveries, enhancing the domestic Jones Act Fleet. This first vessel, the M/V Harvey Sub-Sea, is a Jones Act-qualified vessel that has the technical capabilities to efficiently, effectively and safely perform high quality field development activities that are currently being performed by a foreign fleet. As U.S.
Nominated China Ambassador Tough on South China Sea
U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to China took a tough line on Tuesday on China's development of "artificial islands" in the South China Sea.
OSM Sees Offshore Activity Uptick
The offshore supply industry is largely in turmoil, staring down issues with overcapacity, lay-ups, layoffs, industry restructuring and asset speculation happening on a broad scale. OSM, a Norway based third-party management provider in the maritime industry, said it saw an increased number of vessels laid-up in 2016 with a reduction in the available offshore crew positions, but so far 2017 has been a different story.
Santos Express Delivered to Hapag-Lloyd
Hapag-Lloyd’s newest containership Santos Express was recently delivered from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in South Korea. The 10,500 TEU capacity, 333 meter long ship is the final of five vessels in the Valparaíso Express class. The vessel fits through the new locks of the Panama Canal and will be deployed in liner service between North Europe and South America. Following its recent merger with UASC…
New Crane for Offshore Wind Turbine Repair
Huisman said it has developed a new lightweight crane type for the maintenance of offshore wind turbines: the 'Foldable Offshore Crane'. The crane combines unparalleled lifting heights and more than sufficient lifting capacity with a foldable boom resulting in less required deck space and a low own weight of the crane, Huisman said. The selection of this crane for the maintenance of offshore wind turbines will therefore require a smaller…
Newcastlemax Bulker Delivered to DryShips
Ship owner DryShips Inc. announced that it has taken delivery of a 205,855 DWT Newcastlemax drybulk vessel built in 2014. The vessel was delivered to its one year…
Curtis Joins The Shearer Group
Naval architect Kyle Curtis has joined naval architecture, marine engineering and marine surveying firm The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI). Prior to joining TSGI, Curtis worked for Versabar in Houston as a marine engineer and a structural engineer. He received a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University where he also received the Dean’s Honor Award and participated as the Treasurer of the Ocean Engineering Society.
Brazil Posts Record Trade Surplus for April
Brazil's trade surplus rose to $6.969 billion last month, government data showed on Monday, a record for a month of April as prices for main exports such as soy, iron ore and oil rose. Exports totaled $17.686 billion and imports $10.717 billion. Economists in a Reuters poll predicted a surplus of $7.03 billion, according to their median forecast, after a surplus of $4.862 billion in April 2016. (Reporting by Silvio Cascione; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
Largest Ship To-date Transits Expanded Panama Canal
The 13,092 TEU Neopanamax containership COSCO Development, which measures 366 meters in length and 48.2 meters in beam, today became the largest vessel both in dimension and capacity to transit the Expanded Panama Canal since it was inaugurated in June 2016. Sailing from Asia, COSCO Development will soon become the largest ship to arrive on the U.S. East Coast when it calls at several ports there next week.
TMC Compressors for Höegh FSRU
TMC Compressors (TMC) said it has penned a contract with shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries to supply a complete marine compressed air system to a new-build floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) the South Korean yard is building for Höegh LNG. TMC scope of work includes engineering, manufacturing and supply of a complete compressed air system consisting of 2 x 44 kW service air compressors and 2 x 44 kW control air compressors. The contract value is undisclosed.