Trump to Promote US Natgas Exports in Russia's Backyard
President Donald Trump will use fast-growing supplies of U.S. natural gas as a political tool when he meets in Warsaw on Thursday with leaders of a dozen countries that are captive to Russia for their energy needs. In recent years, Moscow has cut off gas shipments during pricing disputes with neighboring countries in winter months. Exports from the United States would help reduce their dependence on Russia.
WinGD X52 Diesel FAT and TAT Completed
Following an extensive test program in the presence of eight classification societies, the latest development in Winterthur Gas & Diesel’s Generation X low-speed diesel engine range, the X52, completed both its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) and Type Approval Test (TAT). The newly certified engine is the five-cylinder version of the 52 cm bore X52 diesel from Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), and completion of the important TAT and FAT signals that the X52 is ready for commercial applications.
Wärtsilä Power, Navigation Systems for Virgin Cruise Ships
Wärtsilä said it has secured contracts to provide a scope of power and navigational control solutions for three new 2,800 passenger cruise vessels being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy for Virgin Voyages, the latest of the international Virgin Group's travel businesses. An order for Wärtsilä engines, hybrid exhaust cleaning scrubber systems and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems was booked in 2016…
Turkish Captain Says Greek Coast Guard Fired on His Ship
The captain of a Turkish freighter said on Monday that the Greek coast guard had fired on his vessel after he refused an order to dock at a port on the Greek island of Rhodes.
MN100: July 3 is the Final Day to Apply
Today is the final day to apply for the MN100. Is your firm a top workboat, brown water or inland enterprise? Each year the August 2017 edition of Marine News magazine, the leading voice in the North American workboat market, features 100 leaders and innovators, including workboat owners and operators, builders and repairers, and product and service providers.
NordLB Drops Plans to Sell Shipping Loans to KKR
German lender NordLB has abandoned efforts to sell a 1.3 billion euro ($1.5 billion) portfolio of shipping loans to KKR, Handelsblatt reported on Monday, citing a spokesman for NordLB.
Dan-Bunkering Appoints Jensen as Managing Director
Dan-Bunkering (America) Inc. has announced the promotion of Jim Jensen to the position of managing director as of July 1, 2017. Jensen initially started with Dan-Bunkering as a bunker trader at its Copenhagen office in 2008 and relocated to Houston in 2012 at the same time as the opening of the group’s first American set-up, where he advanced to commercial director. Prior to joining the Dan-Bunkering Group, Jensen was employed by a large oil company in Denmark.
Aqualiner Orders Four Damen Waterbus Vessels
Recently, Aqualiner signed a contract with Damen Shipyards for four Damen Waterbus 2407 vessels. The waterbuses will provide public transport services in the Belgian city of Antwerp, as part of a wider transportation program also including land-based public transport services and road improvement schemes. This is the first order for the new Waterbus 2407. Although new, the Waterbus 2407 is based on proven solutions developed by Damen’s in-house R&D team.
DONG, CWind Extend Crew Transfer Vessel Contract
CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, informs that DONG Energy, one of the key energy groups in Northern Europe, has granted CWind a two-year extension to its existing three-year Crew Transfer Vessel contract at the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea. CWind, the offshore power focused business of Global Marine Group (GMG), will provide vessels for Operations & Maintenance (O&M) to the 108-turbine West of Duddon Sands site…
El Faro Investigators Call for Better Weather Forecasting
New recommendations coming out of the investigation into the 2015 sinking of U.S. cargo ship El Faro call for efforts to improve the weather information available to mariners. All 33 crew on board died when the 790-foot El Faro sank close to the eye of Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas on October 1, 2015, two days after leaving Jacksonville, Fla. en route to Puerto Rico. Now, as part of its ongoing investigation into the incident…
ClassNK and Green Award Strengthen Ties
ClassNK and Green Award announced that they would further broaden their cooperation to ensure safety and minimize negative effects of the shipping industry. ClassNK became a Green Award incentive provider. ClassNK, a ship classification society, known for its highest quality classification services, covers about 20 percent of the world merchant fleet. The society is committed to safety and the prevention of pollution of the marine environment.
WorleyParsons Wins Contract from Saudi Aramco for Marjan Oilfield
Australia's WorleyParsons has won a contract from state oil firm Saudi Aramco to conduct engineering and design work for offshore facilities and pipelines for the…
Partners to Establish Digital Platform to Create Future Ships
Rolls-Royce, The Norwegian University of Technology Science (NTNU), research organization SINTEF Ocean and classification society DNV GL have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the aim of creating an open source digital platform for use in the development of new ships. The platform will allow the creation of so called “digital twins”. A digital twin is a digital copy of a real ship, including its systems, that synthesizes the information available about the ship in a digital world.
High-speed Ferry Delivered in the Philippines
A second 30-meter high-speed passenger ferry for the 2Go Group, MV Saint Sariel, has been delivered in the Philippines, shipbuilder Austal Limited announced. Austal was awarded a A$13 million contract for two Incat Crowther designed catamarans in June 2016 and construction of both vessels has been completed at the Austal Philippines shipyard in Balamban, Cebu. Austal chief executive officer, David Singleton…
All Maersk Major IT Systems Back Online
Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk said it has restored its major applications, as it brings its IT systems back online after being hit by a major cyber attack last week. "Today we can finally reopen our key applications," Maersk said in a statement on Monday. The company, which handles one in seven containers shipped globally, said it expects to have all its 1500 applications fully functional within a week.
CMA CGM Sells L.A. Box Terminal Stake
French container shipping firm CMA CGM said on Monday it had agreed to sell a 90 percent stake in a Los Angeles terminal to infrastructure funds for $817 million in cash. CMA CGM will retain a 10 percent interest in the Global Gateway South terminal after the deal with funds EQT Infrastructure and its partner P5 Infrastructure, the company said in a statement. The terminal came under CMA CGM's ownership through its 2015 takeover of Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL)…
Glickman takes the Helm ZIM
Eli Glickman, 56, took office as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of ZIM effective July 1, 2017. Glickman is taking over from Rafi Danieli, who has been President & CEO of ZIM since 2009. "I’m pleased and honored to take office as ZIM’s CEO. ZIM is a dynamic company with a proud heritage. I‘m confident in our ability to deliver exceptional service to our customers, while striving for profitability and growth,” Glickman said.
Oil Spilled After U.S. Train Derailment
Canadian National Railway Co said about 20,000 gallons of oil was released following a freight train derailment at Plainfield, the U.S. state of Illinois on Friday, according to a filing with state pollution regulators. The cause of the derailment was unknown, a filing with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said on Saturday. Local media reports estimated the spill to be 45,000 gallons. The incident occurred when 20 cars of a Canadian National Railway Co freight train…
China Denounces US S.China Sea Naval Transit
The United States has seriously damaged peace and stability in the South China Sea after a U.S. warship sailed near a disputed island in waters claimed by China, the Asian nation's defence ministry said on Monday. The ministry resolutely opposes the entry of U.S. warships into Chinese territory, it said in a statement on social media. The actions of the United States navy seriously damaged the "political atmosphere" around the development of military ties between the two countries…