AkzoNobel Coats Vine Trust Medical Ship
People living in remote and isolated Amazonian communities will now have access to primary healthcare, thanks to the support of a medical ship operated by Vine Trust and restored using coatings from AkzoNobel. Vine Trust’s new vessel, named MV Forth Hope, is expected to deliver more than two million medical consultations over the next 20 years to isolated communities on the Peruvian Amazon. Outfitted with dental facilities…
Third Dual-fuel Tug for Østensjø Rederi
After completing its sea trials, AUDAX, the third dual fuel tug ever built in Europe, has been delivered to its owner, the Norwegian company Østensjø Rederi A/S. The first tug of this kind built in Europe, DUX, was delivered by the company last May, and the second one, PAX, was delivered in July. Designed by Canadian company Robert Allan Ltd. these state-of-the-art vessels, with 40.2 meters length and 16 meters beam…
Simrad Announces A2004 Autopilot Controller
The new Simrad A2004 is a dedicated autopilot controller designed to meet the needs of workboat, commercial fishing and passenger vessels. The A2004 is suited for vessels that don’t require SOLAS Heading Control Systems but do require a proven autopilot interface backed by Continuum software for accuracy and ease of use. The autopilot’s information is presented on a wide-angle and zero-fog color display…
SJSB Launches Caribbean Landing Craft
Florida based shipbuilder St. Johns Ship Building (SJSB) launched a newly built 190-foot landing craft vessel for owner Bahamas Ferries on July 28. Designed for transport in the Bahamian islands, the vessel the Grand Master II is outfitted for Caribbean transport with a forward, hydraulic bow ramp and 6,400 square feet of cargo space. Twin 700 HP Cummings QSK19 with Schottel rudder propellers power the Grand Master II.
GranInvestimentos and Royal IHC Join Forces
Brazilian company GranInvestimentos and Dutch company Royal IHC are joining forces to deliver integrated life cycle solutions to customers in the oil and gas sector.
Noble Group Reports $1.75 Bln Q2 Loss
Commodities trader Noble Group reported a second- quarter loss of $1.75 billion on Thursday, weeks after warning it faced its steepest quarterly loss in a year and…
Baltic Index Surges on Strong Demand for Larger Vessels
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, notched its biggest one-day percentage gain in five months on Thursday, buoyed by soaring demand for larger vessels. The index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 42 points, or 4 percent, at 1,092 points – the highest since April 28. "We are seeing a seasonal uptick ...
ENI, Anadarko to Build LNG Terminals in Mozambique
Italy's ENI and U.S. oil and gas firm Anadarko signed agreements with the Mozambique government on Thursday to build two liquefied natural gas terminals in the southern African country.
US Destroyer Challenges China's Claims in South China Sea
A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Thursday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters. The operation came as President Donald Trump's administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs and could complicate efforts to secure a common stance. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS John S.
Vryhof Expands Its Global Footprint
Vryhof, a provider of anchoring and mooring solutions, said it is expanding its global footprint with its companies Deep Sea Mooring (DSM) opening a new office in Aberdeen and Vryhof Anchors appointing Singapore-based Franklin Offshore as its exclusive representative for selling Vryhof solutions in a number of Asia Pacific countries. “In an industry that has seen considerable negativity over the past year…
India to Push Shipping Sector
Under the Government of India’s Sagarmala Program to promote port-led development, a master plan has been formulated for the 12 Major Ports. 142 port capacity expansion projects with an estimated cost of INR 91,434 Crore (USD 14.3 billion) and capacity creation of 884 MMTPA have been identified in this master plan for implementation over the next 20 years. Out of these, 58 projects with project cost of approximately INR 28,767 Crore (USD 4.5 billion) have been approved.
US Expects East Coast LNG in 4Q 2017
Dominion Energy has announced that the 750 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) Cove Point Liquefaction Project is in its final stages of construction, confirming with EIA that it is 95% complete as of August 2 and expected to be in-service in the fourth quarter of 2017. Located on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, Maryland, it will be the second large-scale liquefaction export facility to begin operations in the Lower 48 states and the first on the East Coast, said a press statement from U.S.
ABS Report Reveals Key Insights into BWMS
ABS published a report providing insights into how industry is progressing with ballast water management (BWM) systems. Based on input provided by owners and operators with BWM systems on board their vessels, the report covers a range of topics, including installation, commissioning and operations of BWM systems. “It is important to share with all stakeholders the outcome of the ABS organized workshop on the issues and best practices with ballast water management systems…
Husky Energy Pact for Canadian Offshore Project
NC-Lavalin, Dragados Canada and Pennecon announced that their General Partnership (GP) has been awarded a construction contract from Husky Energy as part of the company's West White Rose Project in Newfoundland and Labrador. The GP will build a concrete gravity structure (CGS) for a fixed drilling platform. The CGS, with an overall height of 145m and base diameter of 122m, will require 76,000m3 of concrete in its construction, which will take place in a purpose built dry dock from 2017 to 2021.
Dship Carriers is Expanding its Fleet
dship Carriers, the multi-purpose project carrier belonging to the deugro Group, is expanding its fleet, adding three heavy-lift MPP vessels in July/August 2017, which will primarily be used for trade lanes between Asia, the Persian Gulf, and Europe. MVs Holandia, Helvetia, and Gallia were named after vessels that the Press family owned and operated in the 1980s. “With a combined lifting capacity of 240 metric tons and dead weight of 12…
Euronav Responses to a Weaker Tanker Market
The Belgium-based crude oil tanker company Euronav has taken affirmative action in response to a weaker tanker background, said a press statement from the company. The Company has a strong balance sheet with low leverage and access to over USD 800 million of liquidity following its entry into the debt capital markets during Q2. High quality fixed income (the FSO vessels and 4 x 7 year Suezmax time…
ICHCA Community on Global Cargo Chain Saftey
The leading NGO for the global cargo handling industry ICHCA will use its 65th anniversary conference in October to tackle risks to the cyber and physical security of the global cargo chain, said a press statement. Following the Petya attack in June, one of the biggest cyber-attacks ever experienced in global shipping which crippled A.P. Moller-Maersk’s computer systems worldwide for 5 days, the need…
Odfjell Drilling Signs Contract with Aker BP
Odfjell Drilling signed a contract with Aker BP ASA for Deepsea Stavanger (6th generation semi-submersible) for a period of approximately 9 months with commencement in February 2018 and completion around October 2018. The contract is for exploration and development drilling at various locations in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. The contract will follow from the estimated completion of the Wintershall…
US LNG Exports to Increase: EIA
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook projects that the United States will export more natural gas than it imports in 2017. The U.S. has been a net exporter for three of the past four months and is expected to continue to export more natural gas than it imports for the rest of 2017 and throughout 2018. The nation’ status as a net exporter is expected to continue past 2018 because of growing U.S.
Ecochlor BWTS Receives USCG Type Approval
Ecochlor's patented BWTS has received USCG Type Approval. The Ecochlor BWTS uses a two-step process that includes filtration and treatment with chlorine dioxide (ClO2). It is completely effective on all aquatic invasive species regardless of water turbidity, salinity or temperature. “The Ecochlor BWTS works just as effectively as it did when first installed in a ship in 2004 without any fundamental changes," said Tom Perlich, President and Founder.