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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
Marco Polo Marine Seeks Suspension
Singapore-listed shipping services company Marco Polo Marine requested a trading suspension following an "increasing number" of demand letters from creditors. The marine logistics group has been working on a debt refinancing and restructuring plan. In the 23 April Announcement, the Board had opined that, at that relevant time, no suspension of trading of the Company’s shares was necessary after taking into consideration the various factors listed in the said announcement.
Sovcomflot Launches LNG-Powered Ships
Russia’s biggest tanker operator will launch four new vessels in 2018 that will run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), Bloomberg reported. Sovcomflot’s Aframax ships, capable of carrying 600,000 barrels of oil through the Baltic Sea to the port of Rotterdam, will be the first tankers run on LNG. Royal Dutch Shell Plc and other energy companies that have invested more than $700 billion in LNG projects over the past decade are going to be benefitted by this project.
Indonesia-Philippines RoRo Service Up
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday launched a ferry route that will connect the two countries. The Davao-General…
Death Toll Rises in Korean Shipyard Accident
A crane has collapsed at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea, killing six workers and injuring 22, reports Reuters. The South Korean shipbuilder quoted…
Fourth LNG-powered OSV for Harvey Gulf
Harvey Gulf International Marine said it has accepted delivery of its fourth liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered offshore supply vessel (OSV). The M/V Harvey Freedom, built at Gulf Coast Shipyard Group in Gulfport, Miss. is 310’ x 64’ x 24.5’, U.S. Flagged Subchapter I and L, SOLAS compliant and capable of carrying 253,000 USG of fuel oil, 18,000 bbls of liquid mud, 1,600 bbls of methanol, 10,250ft3 of dry cement and 78,000 USG of LNG fuel.