P&O Cruises Orders Second Ship at Meyer Werft
Carnival Corporation announced it has signed a shipbuilding contract for a second cruise ship for its P&O Cruises brand with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft GmbH that is scheduled to be delivered in 2022. Similar to a fellow P&O Cruises sister ship due for delivery in 2020, this second new vessel will be the largest cruise ship to be built specifically for the British market. It will be 180,000 gross tons and will accommodate approximately 5,200 guests (lower berths).
US, Russia Propose Bering Strait Shipping Routes
In response to increased Arctic shipping traffic, the United States and Russian Federation have proposed a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. The nations jointly developed and submitted the proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to establish six two-way routes and six precautionary areas. Located in U.S. and Russian Federation territorial waters off the coasts of Alaska and the Chukotskiy Peninsula…
Shady Triangle: Southeast Asia's Illegal Fuel Market
An alleged oil heist in Singapore that has already led to 20 arrests, the seizure of at least one tanker and allegations that thieves siphoned thousands of tonnes of fuel from Shell’s biggest refinery is shining a spotlight on an illegal trade worth tens of billions of dollars worldwide. Working routes in a triangle of sea anchored by Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore and encompassing the oil facilities of Malaysia…
India, ASEAN Leaders Agree to Boost Maritime Cooperation
The leaders of India and southeast Asia agreed on Thursday to boost their maritime ties at a summit in New Delhi, as they seek to balance the increasing weight of China across the region. India is hosting the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Regional Cooperation (ASEAN) and the summit comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pursuing an “Act East” policy of developing ties with these countries.
Domestic Maritime Training: In Extremis
The built-for-purpose National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV) training ship comes to life. Anybody who has spent four years at a State Maritime Academy (SMA) has also spent time at sea on a Marad-owned training vessel. Today, these platforms are long in the tooth, equipped with outdated equipment and not necessarily conducive to the task of training cadets for a future career at sea. For a long time, though, they’ve gotten the job done.
CSSC: New Service Agreement for WinGD Engines
CSSC Marine Service (CMS) formally launched its global service product lifecycle support and aftersales service with an emphasis on an agreement signed with Winterthur Gas and Diesel Ltd (WinGD) engines at a ceremony held on January 18, 2018, in Shanghai. During the event, which was attended by more than 40 representatives from major ship owners, shipyards and engine builders, Anil Soni, General Manager Operations and Deputy Managing Director…
Calais Port Paralyzed by Protest over Pulse Fishing
French fishermen blockaded Calais throughout Thursday, halting shipping movements at France's busiest passenger port and a major entry point to Europe for British goods, in protest at losses inflicted by the practice of electric pulse fishing. A flotilla of fishing vessels set out at dawn from nearby Boulogne, the biggest fishing port, and blocked the narrow shipping channel into Calais, said fisherman Stephane Pinto.
Coast Guard to Offload $721 Mln of Seized Cocaine
The U.S. Coast Guard will offload more than 47,000 pounds of cocaine worth over $721 million Thursday at 9:30 a.m., which was seized in 23 separate interdictions in the eastern Pacific Ocean by U.S. and Canadian forces operating in international waters off the coast of Central and South America. Senior U.S. and Canadian officials will be at the offload to discuss new tactics used by transnational organized…
Golar Agrees 15-year LNG Import Terminal Deal for Jamaica
Norwegian shipping company Golar LNG Partners will deploy a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to Jamaica for up to 15 years from the fourth quarter of 2018…
Towing Vessel Ablaze on the Lower Mississippi
A push boat is ablaze on the lower Mississippi after a fire reportedly broke out in the vessel’s engine room Thursday morning. The U.S. Coast Guard said it is responding to a fire aboard uninspected towing vessel George King at mile marker 390 on the lower Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Miss. Other local agencies are also involved in emergency response efforts. The nine crewmembers aboard George King were able to safely disembark to the dry cargo barges the vessel was pushing.
Dellner Acquires Pintsch Bubenzer
Sweden’s Dellner Group with its subsidiary Dellner Brakes said it has signed an agreement to acquire German industrial braking manufacturer Pintsch Bubenzer in a deal it hopes will pave the way for the companies’ global expansion. This acquisition is being carried out in partnership with investment company Active Ownership Capital and comes four months after Dellner Brakes acquired U.S. brake and clutch company Gummi USA.
Seacor Orders Hybrid Power and DP Upgrades
Kongsberg has received an order to deliver unique ‘Full Picture’ technology upgrades for a further three Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) owned by Mantenimiento Express Marítimo SAPI de CV (“MEXMAR”), Seacor Marine’s joint venture in Mexico. The contract follows the September 2017 contract for the same ground-breaking upgrade package on the Seacor Maya PSV, which was an important step taken by MEXMAR…
CSSC Listed Businesses to Get Capital Injections for Shipyards
China State Shipbuilding Corporation's listed units CSSC Holdings and CSSC Offshore & Marine plan to bring in major investors to inject about 10.2 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) of capital into four shipyards. China's shipyards have been suffering from a prolonged downturn in the shipping industry and both companies said the planned capital increases were part of the government's wider "supply-side structural reform policy".
Sentinel Awarded Contract for Patrol Vessel Charter
Aberdeen-based Sentinel Marine has been awarded a contract to provide a patrol vessel to be chartered by the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) in international and EU waters. Lundy Sentinel is one of the firm’s growing fleet of new built multi-role emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs). The contract to charter the Lundy Sentinel is for an initial period of two years, with an option to extend for a further two years.
Lengthened Research Vessel Gets a New Life
The R/V Connecticut operated by the University of Connecticut (UConn) Marine Sciences program was recently lengthened from 76 feet to 90 feet, giving scientists and crew on board the oceanographic research vessel some much needed extra space. The 1998-built R/V Connecticut had been operating at its original length of 76 feet since its construction, but the vessel required additional staterooms and lab space.
Oliver Design Fits Out North Sea Salmon Factory Vessel
Spanish naval design and architecture firm, Oliver Design, has just completed interior design of the salmon factory vessel Norwegian Gannet. The ship is currently under construction at the Balenciaga yards near San Sebastian, Spain. Oliver Design will shortly begin the work of interior outfitting on the ship, which is due to be launched in April and handed over to the owner in August. Although the shipyard was founded in 1921 and the naval design firm in 1990…
Autonomous Ship Research Center Opened in Finland
Rolls-Royce’s new research facility in Turku, Finland provides a space for the company and its partners to develop technologies that will help shape the future of an increasingly more autonomous global shipping industry. Officially opened on January 25, the new R&D center, which Rolls-Royce calls the Research & Development Center for Autonomous Ships, will focus on projects relating to autonomous navigation…
China Agrees to Joint Sanchi Collision Probe
The maritime authorities of China, Panama, Iran and Hong Kong on Thursday signed an agreement to jointly investigate a collision in the East China Sea that caused the worst oil ship disaster in decades, according to China's Ministry of Transport. Investigation work will be organised by a joint team composed of representatives of all four signatories to the agreement, a brief statement from the ministry said.
Euronav Freight Rates Slide, but Q4 Results Beat Street
Belgian crude oil shipper Euronav's freight rates in the fourth quarter hit their lowest level since 2012, hurt by excess available tonnage, the company said on Thursday. However, rates were still higher than many analysts had expected, pushing Euronav's shares up 1.4 percent by 0847 GMT. The world tanker fleet expanded by 4.8 percent in 2017 as a large wave of new deliveries offset scrapping, while…
Keppel Posts First Quarterly Loss in 14 Years
Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corp swung to its first quarterly net loss in 14 years, after accounting for a huge fine its rig-building unit agreed to pay to resolve investigations into charges it bribed Brazilian officials. Keppel, last month, said its offshore rig-building business had agreed to pay more than $422 million to resolve the bribery probe brought against it by authorities in the United States, Brazil and Singapore.