Robert Allan Ltd.: The Place that Launched 1,000 Tugs
Over the last few years, as the design output from Robert Allan Ltd. to the global tugboat community began to border on the prodigious, we were often asked, “How many tugs has your company designed?” Until very recently we really did not have a good handle on that number, so the answer was usually either “a lot” or “many hundreds”, neither of which were particularly illuminating. So a search was begun late in 2016 to review our archives and try to determine the tug tally much more precisely.
CBP Withdraws Obama-proposed Jones Act Changes
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has withdrawn an Obama-era proposal to modify a law that governs shipping, which would have revoked waivers that make it easier…
Mariners, Shipbuilders Call on President to Put U.S. National & Economic Security First
Profoundly damaging announcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) puts foreign companies first and American companies and workers last. The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) today responded to an announcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to withdraw its second proposal to modify and revoke letter rulings. This decision hurts American workers, vessel owners, and U.S. shipbuilders and prevents the creation of 3,200 new American jobs.
Seatools Debuts New Dredging Monitoring Systems
Seatools has introduced the fourth-generation DipMate backhoe dredging monitoring and control systems, with an upgrade that encompasses two models: Essential and Pro. Seatools described Essential as a cost-competitive visualization system that contains all essentials for efficient backhoe dredging, while the Pro is an advanced version that can be delivered with a range of automation modules enabling operators of all skill levels to dredge safely and maximize dredging productivity.
AWO Approves LR as Third-Party RCP Auditor
Lloyd's Register has received approval from the American Waterways Operators (AWO) as a third-party organization authorized to conduct audits of AWO member operations as part of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP). The RCP is a safety management system that provides a framework for the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry to continuously improve safety and environmental performance. In order…
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Steel Cut for Hapag-Lloyd’s New Expedition Ship
The first steel cut on May 9, 2017 at the VARD shipyard in Tulcea, Romania marks the official start of the construction of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ first of two new-build expedition ships. In an official ceremony Karl J. Pojer, CEO of the luxury cruise operator, gave the official start signal for the construction process of HANSEATIC nature, and Roger Vassdal, Senior Vice President for VARD’s operations in Romania…
Gulf of Mexico is Ground Zero for the Jones Act
A vastly modernized U.S. offshore support fleet awaits the opportunity to perform Jones Act work in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Foreign operators, already here, predict disaster if a cabotage rule change takes effect. A change proposed by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in its Customs Bulletin & Decision newsletter promises reversal of a 40-year practice that, until now, allowed the use of non-coastwise-qualified vessels in the transportation of pipeline repair material…
Polarcus Fleet Booked through Q3
Polarcus Limited said it has received a letter of award for a broadband 3D marine seismic project in Asia Pacific. With this contract, Polarcus’ fleet is fully booked through to the end of the third quarter 2017. The project is due to commence in the third quarter of 2017 and will run for approximately one month.
Maritime Reporter & Engineering News -- May 2017 Edition
-- Cyber Security Thought Leadership: Insight and analysis of the looming cyber security threat to maritime from 5 global leaders. -- The Norway Way: 4 in-depth features on everything maritime and energy from Norway, as the country and its companies navigate this historic energy swoon.
Hanssons Increase Stake in Nordic American Offshore
The executive chairman of Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) and his family have increase their holding in the company, now holding shares equivalent to 5.4 percent of NAO. On Wednesday a company owned by the NAO executive chairman, Herbjorn Hansson, and his son, Alexander, bought 500,000 shares in NAO at an average price of $1.18 per share. They also bought 500,000 NAO shares on Tuesday.
Turkey, Pakistan Sign Warship Deal
Turkey and Pakistan have signed a memorandum of understanding for the sale of four Turkish made corvette warships and 52 Pakistan-made training planes for Ankara's armed forces…
Baltic Index Dips on Weaker Smaller Vessel Demand
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, was marginally down on Wednesday as demand for smaller vessels eased. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down two points, or 0.2 percent, at 1,005 points. The supramax index was down four points to 790 points, while the handysize index fell two points to 510 points.
WinGD Opens Virtual Reality Engine Room Facilities
Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has inaugurated a new installation of its W-Xpert Full Mission Simulator (FMS) for training complete engine room crews at the Marine Power Academy Training Center of Hudong Heavy Machinery Co. Ltd. (HHM), in Shanghai, China. The simulator joins a network of some 20 further installations at strategic locations around the world. As well as being the first installation of WinGD’s dedicated…
Ferry Design Contest Winners Selected
The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) has announced the winners of its 2017 competition for the design of a safe and affordable ferry, chosen by a panel of judges. The awards will be presented on May 11, at WFSA’s Ferry Safety & Technology Conference. Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, the Executive Director of the WFSA, said, “Urban linear ferries like Bangkok and New York are in growth mode everywhere.