USS Rafael Peralta Destroyer Powered by GE Gas Turbines
The U.S. Navy’s USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) destroyer was commissioned at its homeport of San Diego, Calif., on Saturday, July 29. The vessel is powered by four GE LM2500 marine gas turbines. “This sophisticated new Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is part of the U.S. Navy’s Flight IIA for the DDG 51 and it is powered by on our LM2500 – the world’s most reliable marine gas turbine – in a combined gas turbine and gas turbine or COGAG configuration…
Double Naming Ceremony for Stena Bulk at GSI
Two newly built vessels owned by Stena Bulk, Stena Imperator and sister ship Stena Imprimis, were named side by side at the Chinese shipyard Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) in Guangzhou in southeast China. The two godmothers – for the Stena Imperator, Ylva Syrén Carlsson and for the Stena Imprimis, Denise Baum – wished the vessels, their captains and crews fortune and prosperity on the seven seas and swung the bottles of champagne against the tankers’ bows.
Vesconite Introduces Thicker Plate Stock
Whether a simple wear plate or machined into a complex, multi-faceted shape, many projects call for a material of substantial thickness. Vesconite and Vesconite Hilube plate stock is now available in sizes up to 4" thick. The plates are available up to 8" wide and 10' long. Because stock can be ordered close-to-size, machining time and costs are reduced. Vesconite and Vesconite Hilube are self-lubricating and have no stick-slip, so grease is unneeded.
Baltic Index Slides on Lower Rates for Larger Vessels
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slipped for the second straight session on Wednesday, hurt by falling rates for larger vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, fell 27 points, or 2.16 percent, to 1,222 points. The capesize index shed 107 points, or 4.3 percent, at 2,382 points - its biggest one-day percentage fall since July 27.
India to Buy $1 Billion of US Crude Oil
Following Indianan Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s June 2017 visit to the U.S., where President Donald Trump and PM Modi agreed to deepen the energy engagement between the two countries, India oil companies have started the process of procuring crude oil from the U.S. Now six weeks after the visit, the first orders for $1 billion of crude are being placed. Two Indian oil giants, Indian Oil Corporation and Bharat Petroleum…
NOFIRNO Technology for Sealing the Exhaust of a Diesel Power Pack
Diesel generators in the form of ready-made power packs in container format are vulnerable in terms of water tightness, particularly around the diesel generator's exhaust. This is a serious problem in environments such as aggressive sea climates where many offshore power packs are installed. The danger of corrosion is always lying in wait, while any incoming water can also have serious consequences for the reliability of the electrical systems.
UK Tug Operator Extends Turkish Built Fleet
By purchasing a brand new tug from Sanmar Shipyards, U.K. operator SMS Towage has taken delivery of its seventh ASD tug built by the Turkish tug builder. The new tug is named Superman, continuing an established pattern – the previous six Sanmar built tugs in the SMS fleet are called Statesman, Scotsman, Yorkshireman, Masterman, Englishman and Merchantman. The new tug is of the Sanmar exclusive Robert Allan Ltd RAmparts 2400 SX design, designated by the builder as the Bogacay series.
Prelude FLNG Enters into Lloyd’s Register Class
Shell’s floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility Prelude has officially entered into Lloyd's Register (LR) class. At 488 meters long, 74 meters wide and displacing about 600,000 tonnes of water, Prelude is the largest floating offshore facility in the world. Last month Prelude arrived at its operating location in the Browse Basin, offshore northwest Australia. It will be moored at a depth of…
Raytheon Anschütz INS for Spliethoff’s R-type Vessels
The Dutch shipping company Spliethoff selected Raytheon Anschütz to engineer and deliver Synapsis NX integrated navigation systems (INS) for six new ice-classed multipurpose vessels scheduled to be delivered in 2019. Spliethoff’s new R-type vessels are built at the Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuiling in accordance with the polar code and the LR NAV1 notation requirements to ensure safe operations in remote regions, including the Arctic.
LNG Carrier Sets Northern Sea Route Record
On August 17, 2017, the Sovcomflot-owned icebreaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Christophe de Margerie completed her first commercial voyage, transporting LNG through the Northern Sea Route (NSR) from Norway to South Korea. During this voyage, the vessel set a new time record for an NSR transit of 6 days 12 hours and 15 minutes. Moreover, Christophe de Margerie has also become the world’s first merchant vessel to travel the full length of the NSR without any icebreaker escort.
CMA CGM to Build World's Largest Boxships at Chinese Yard
French shipping group CMA CGM plans to build nine of the world's largest container ships at two Chinese shipyards, the China Daily newspaper reported on Wednesday. Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co confirmed that it and its sister yard Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co, had received a letter of intent from CMA CGM for the ships, which would be capable of carrying 22,000 20-foot equivalent unit containers (TEU), the newspaper said.
Maersk Tankers Invests in Quantitative Hedge Fund
Maersk Tankers said on Wednesday it has entered into an equity agreement with U.S. hedge fund CargoMetrics, giving it access to analytical models and algorithms to better manage its tanker operations. Maersk Tankers, a unit of shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk , has invested a "significant" but undisclosed amount in the Boston-based hedge fund, which will give the firm exclusive right to its analytical models, algorithms and capabilities.
U.S. Navy Relieves Seventh Fleet Commander
The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it had removed Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap. Aucoin's removal comes after a pre-dawn collision between a guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel east of Singapore and Malaysia on Monday, the fourth major incident in the U.S. Pacific Fleet this year. "Admiral Scott Swift, commander of U.S.
Typhoon Batters Hong Kong, China
Destructive winds, waves batter Hong Kong, south China. Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm, slammed into Hong Kong on Wednesday lashing the Asian financial…
Hutchison Ports, Basra Port in Management Deal
Hong Kong-based port operator Hutchison Ports has agreed to partner with NAWAH Port Management (NPM) to manage existing and future operations at the Port of Basra in southern Iraq. Hutchison Ports will assume oversight of day-to-day commercial and operational activities at NPM, operating under the name of Hutchison Ports Basra. NPM is a containerized terminal operator at the Port of Basra located along the Shatt Al Arab waterway in Iraq.
Maersk to Face Price War
A.P. Moller-Maersk's main sea freight business faces the threat of a new price war in a consolidating industry, though the company has been fortified by the $7.5 billion sale of its oil and gas business to France's Total Reuters reported. Maersk, the world's biggest container shipping company, has shifted its focus this year from preserving market share to higher margins, a strategy that was helped by a recovery in freight rates, the report said.
MPA Chairman Opens International Safety@Sea Conference
The International Safety@Sea Conference was officially opened yesterday by Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Organised by MPA as part of Safety@Sea Week, over 250 international maritime professionals convened to share best safety at sea practices. This year’s Safety@Sea week will also see the inaugural ‘Community of Practice’ (CoP) Forum which will be held on 23 August 2017.
MPA, IBM Complete Pilot Trial on Project SAFER
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and IBM today announced at the opening of the International Safety@Sea Conference that they have jointly completed the pilot trial of three modules under the MPA-IBM SAFER project, which will be rolled out progressively beginning September 2017. Project SAFER, derived from “Sense-making Analytics For maritime Event Recognition,” is a collaboration between MPA and IBM to develop and test new analytics-based technologies…
CMA CGM Invests in NYSHEX Market
CMA CGM, a world leader in container shipping, is pleased to announce its participation in the first ever New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX) fundraiser, the first digital marketplace for ocean freight contracts. This investment is made alongside Hapag Lloyd, GE Ventures and Goldman Sachs, for a cumulative investment of $13 million. It is carried out through CMA CGM Ventures, the corporate venture…
IMO, Liberia to Enhance Maritime Security
International Maritime Organization (IMO) is helping Liberia to develop a national maritime security strategy. The initiative got underway with a week-long fact-finding exercise (14-18 August) involving senior officials from Liberian Government departments and agencies with a stake in maritime matters. Based on the findings, a proposal will be presented to Liberia suggesting the best way forward.