W&O Supply Holds a Steady Course
Michael Hume, President & CEO, holds top marine distributor W&O Supply on a steady course. W&O has been a distribution leader in the commercial marine space for more than four decades for a number of reasons, but it all starts with stability at the top, in the form of the leadership of Michael Hume, President & Chief Executive Officer. Hume has been with the company since 1992, and on a recent visit to his office in Jacksonville…
Op/Ed: Real World Infrastructure Needs
Over the last few months, the inland waterways system has been particularly stressed by both emergency and Mother Nature-inflicted outages at key locks and dams. Lock and Dam (L&D) 52 on the Ohio River was closed September 6-14 when the dam’s low-lift wooden wickets could not be raised to hold a stable pool for navigation, halting shipping on the river. Given the river’s conditions, the wicket gates had to be raised individually, by hand, to impound water to create the pool.
Simwave Welcomes Lopes
Cinthya Lopes has joined Simwave, the maritime simulation center in Rotterdam, as simulator operator. Prior to joining Simwave she worked in a variety of roles in the field of maritime training at the Brazilian Navy and Kongsberg. After finishing her studies in her home country of Brazil at the Merchant Marine Academy, Lopes completed her Post Graduate Program in Conference Interpretation at PUC Rio. Lopes started her career as a Navigation Officer at Norsul Shipping Company.
New Solution Helps Meet Lifeboat Regs
The oil and gas industry has just 18 months to upgrade critical release hook systems on offshore lifeboats to meet new regulations imposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to improve safety at sea. According to the organization, the number of failures during drills and inspections which resulted in casualties or injured crew members has been unacceptably high. Launched in 2011, the…
One Third of Shipping Will Opt for Scrubbers -Foreship
Ship owners weighing future marine fuel choices after the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 0.5 percent sulphur cap should also consider oil company expectations that up to 30 percent of commercial shipping will gravitate back to high sulphur fuel oil by 2030, according to naval architecture and engineering consultancy Foreship. With just over 100 ships running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) today, the number in service is likely to remain below 500 by 2020.
Petrojarl I Sails for Brazil Following Upgrades
Teekay’s long standing 31-year-old floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit Petrojarl I has sailed-away en route to the Atlanta Field off Brazil following upgrades at the Aibel AS shipyard in Norway. “This has been a challenging project for Teekay Offshore and today therefore marks a significant milestone for the Petrojarl I FPSO upgrade project,” said Ingvild Sæther, President and CEO of Teekay Offshore Group Ltd.
Tackling the Threat of Shipborne Legionella
Legionella can plague marine vessels, but an effective water safety plan can help to mitigate the risk, says John Chillingworth, senior marine principal at Lucion Marine. Initial symptoms of Legionella usually include flu-like symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain and fever, with symptoms of pneumonia once bacteria begin to infect the lungs. There are different degrees of Legionella: the worst can cause death but there is a lesser known form called Pontiac…
Interview: John C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine
Mercury Marine was in New York City earlier this year offering test drives for select engines and control systems. While in town, John C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine, sat down with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News to discuss marine technology development that is driving his company further, faster into emerging commercial growth opportunities globally. Barreling down the Hudson River at nearly 80 mph in a 39-ft.
Ponant Orders Electric/LNG Icebreaker Cruise Ship
French cruise line Ponant has ordered the world's first hybrid electric cruise icebreaker with liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion, due to take passengers to extremely remote polar locales from 2021. The polar-ready luxury liner will be constructed by Fincantieri subsidiary Vard Holdings Limited, who secured the approximately $320 million shipbuilding contract. The hull will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania…
Oil Workers Sue Shell over GoM Platform Fire
Three offshore oil workers filed a lawsuit against units of Royal Dutch Shell and Enbridge, seeking $1 million in damages for injuries they allegedly received during a Nov. 8 fire on a U.S. Gulf of Mexico production platform. The suit, filed in Galveston County court in Texas on Dec. 5, claims safety lapses on Shell's Enchilada platform caused severe injuries to the three. The complaint seeks more than $1 million in damages from Shell International Exploration and Production…
US Navy Commissions USS Little Rock
The U.S. Navy officially welcomed its newest littoral combat ship into its fleet during a December 16 commissioning ceremony in Buffalo, N.Y. Constructed at Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisc., USS Little Rock (LCS 9) is the Navy’s fifth freedom-variant LCS. The fast, shallow draft vessel has a modular design capable of implementing a variety of mission packages as an asset to the fleet in both the shallow coastal regions as well trans-Atlantic service.
US Navy Sailors Get a Special Star Wars Screening
Rumors had already been circling for days by the time the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) crew gathered for an 'All-Hands' call on the morning of December 15. When the aircraft carrier's commanding officer Capt. Richard McCormack addressed the crew, he asked if they knew the reason they were assembled in the hangar bay, before handing the microphone to a guest speaker to "confirm or deny" the rumors.
New Tonnage Record at Port Hedland
A new tonnage record of 2,183,611 metric tons has been achieved over a 24-hour period at the Port of Port Hedland. The new record was set over an evening high tide last Thursday, December 14, and morning high tide on Friday, December 15, 2017. Six vessels exported a total of 1,043,838 metric tons on Thursday evening and another six vessels exported a total of 1,139,773 tonnes on Friday morning. The new tonnage record exceeds the previous record set in June 2016 by 8,611 metric tons.
THE Alliance Goes Strengthened Into 2018
After its first year of cooperation, the members of THE Alliance announced the details for their enhanced product effective from April 2018. THE Alliance plans to deploy a fleet of more than 250 modern ships in the Asia /Europe, North Atlantic and Trans-Pacific trade lanes including the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf/Red Sea. “After one year of cooperation we are proud to say that our services and the network improved significantly“…
APM Terminals on Trends in North America
North American ports must adapt to changes in customer demand and future industry trajectory, said APM Terminals head of Hub Terminals, Jack Craig. “The customer landscape has changed and become much more competitive. We as an industry need to work together, adapt and respond or watch the cargo move elsewhere,” according to Craig. The vessel alliances now reshaping the industry have been a success for ocean carriers and their quest for cost savings, asset efficiency and economies of scale.
Guangzhou Shipyard Bags Order for Seven Tankers from Cosco Shipping
Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation (CSET) has placed an order for seven more ships at compatriot Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (GSI), owned by CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering Company Limited. The order will include two 64,900 dwt crude oil tankers, two 109,900 dwt LR2 vessels and three 114,000 dwt crude tankers, totaling in an investment worth approximately USD 323 million (RMB 2.14 billion.).
Statoil Acquires 25% Stake in Brazil's Roncador
Statoil ASA and Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) have agreed that Statoil will acquire a 25 percent interest in Roncador, a large oil field in the Campos Basin in Brazil. The transaction nearly triples Statoil’s production in Brazil, with attractive break-evens and potential for additional value creation for both parties through the application of Statoil’s expertise in improved oil recovery (IOR).
Louis Dreyfus Company Joins Sustainable Shipping Initiative
Global agricultural goods merchant Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) has become a member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry. LDC joins other SSI members who are working together to help create a more environmentally sustainable maritime industry by 2040. As a leading agribusiness company, LDC originates, processes, transports and merchandises a diversified product range around the world annually…
New LNG Carrier for NYK, KEPCO Named LNG Sakura
A new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier jointly owned by NYK and Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc. (KEPCO) was officially named LNG Sakura during a ceremony at the…
Gibdock Brings in Containership Trio
Over the course of a six-week period during the last quarter of 2017, three German containerships docked at Gibdock’s Gibraltar yard for repair work, highlighting the yard’s success in attracting German ship owners. The containership visits are part of an encouraging general upturn in activity at the Gibraltar yard in recent weeks, Gibdock said. “Business has been picking up and container vessel owners and operators have been attracted to the yard by our location…