USCG: Two Subchapter M Work Instructions Published
The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC), recently published two Mission Management System (MMS) Work Instructions (WI):1. CVC-WI-013(2), Initial Towing Vessel COI Inspections Under TSMS Option2. CVC-WI-010(1), OCMI Guidance on Special Consideration for 46 CFR Subchapter M VesselsThese instructions provide guidance to both Coast Guard field offices and the maritime industry on the Coast…
NKBMS Applies for US BWMS Type Approval
The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center (MSC) received its 18th application for ballast water management system type approval for the NK-O3 BlueBallast II Plus ballast water management system manufactured by South Korea's NKBMS Co. Ltd.MSC will review the application for compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. Once it has been determined that the application meets the requirements…
Chevron becomes first oil major to exit Norway
U.S. oil firm Chevron will become the first oil major to formally exit the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) as it transfers its last stake in an exploration license, according to a government letter.Oil majors, including Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell, have scaled down their presence in Norway by selling or merging their assets in the mature region to focus on new growth opportunities elsewhere.Chevron is also seeking to sell assets in the British North Sea in order to focus on growing U.S.
Maersk Leases Singapore Oil Storage Ahead of IMO 2020
Maersk Oil Trading has leased oil storage space in Singapore, signalling a push by one of the world's biggest ship fuel buyers into the Asian bunkering hub ahead of changes to global fuel standards from 2020, trade sources said.Maersk Oil has taken storage at the Tankstore oil terminal in Singapore, a spokesman for parent A.P. Moller-Maersk told Reuters, without giving further details.The firm has leased 120…
US Navy Orders Four New Tugs
The U.S. Navy has ordered four new tugs from Anacortes, Wash. shipbuilder Dakota Creek Industries Inc., with options for two additional vessels. Construction of the series′ first vessel is expected to begin in early in 2019.The vessels will be a new version of the Robert Allan Ltd. designed Z-Tech 4500 tugs. The Navy already has six vessels of this design, known as the YT 802 Class, in service. This…
AWIA/WRDA Overwhelmingly Passes in Senate
Bill now heads to White House for President Trump’s signature.Today, the Senate voted 99-1 in favor of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018/Water Resources Development Act, otherwise known as WRDA 2018. The Bill passed in the U.S. House by unanimous voice vote (435-0) in August.“The passage of WRDA 2018 is a win for the Nation’s towboat operators, freight shippers, ports and labor and conservation groups that rely on an efficient inland waterways system…
MV WERFTEN Strengthens Digital Innovation
Shipbuilder MV WERFTEN has expanded its agreement with engineering and industrial software firm AVEVA to use a greater range of solutions from the AVEVA portfolio to design and construct cruise ships.The renewed agreement gives every MV WERFTEN subsidiary full access to AVEVA’s integrated engineering and design and information management solutions to drive further improvements in collaboration and efficiency across shipbuilding design and construction…
McLoughlin Joins North P&I Underwriting Team
Global marine insurer provider North P&I Club has further strengthened its underwriting team with the appointment of a new U.K. based underwriter combined with some operational changes to a number of senior underwriting roles.Tom McLoughlin joined the team as an Underwriter last week, bringing with him a range of marine experience from his former roles with insurance brokers Marsh in London, and a significant tanker management company in Athens.
APSATCOM to launch IntelsatOne Flex in China
Intelsat announced that APT Mobile Satcom (APSATCOM) will become the first maritime solution partner to offer, in China, IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime services.This agreement will deliver a seamless global maritime network for APSATCOM’s customers, providing unparalleled throughput, improved economics, and easier access to broadband services.Under the new, multi-year agreement, Intelsat will provide IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime services, interconnection, and backhaul to APSATCOM’s data centers.
Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Overhaul the Tanker "Jabbar Hashimov"
The tanker Jabbar Hashimov owned by the Transport Fleet of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ACSC) underwent complete overhaul, said a press release from the Azerbaijani shipping company.As part of the overhaul undertaken by Zigh Shipyard and Repair Plant, the underwater and submersible parts, the main deck and the bridge passage of the tanker were cleaned and painted. The main and auxiliary engines…
Tug Aground and Partially Submerged on the Mississippi
A harbor tug is aground, partially submerged and taking on water on the Upper Mississippi River near Cairo, Ill.The U.S. Coast Guard said it received a report at 2 p.m.
Excessive Rain Disrupts US River Barge Shipping
Excessive rains across the central United States over the past week have slowed the harvest of corn and soybeans, while rising water levels closed at least three locks on the Upper Mississippi River, a key artery for shipping Midwest grain to U.S. Gulf exporters.Cash bids for corn shipped by barge to the Gulf firmed on Tuesday, reflecting exporter demand and dwindling pipeline supplies as rising river levels slowed barge traffic.The United States is the world's top corn supplier…
Cement Carrier Sports Innovative, 'Green' Cargo System
NACC Alicudi is reported to be the world’s first cement carrier equipped with IMO Tier III compliant diesel engines driving the bulk handling system. Converted in 2017 with a Van Aalst dry bulk handling system, the vessel became a unique and state-of-the-art 120m self-discharging cement carrier, with a cement handling system is based on compressors and vacuum pumps, driven by Tier III Scania engines.
U.S. East Coast Ports Await Yet Another Storm
Hurricane Michael, now a Category 4 storm, will be the second hurricane in two months to significantly affect ports on the U.S. eastern seaboard. Eastern North Carolina in particular is only now recovering from Florence.The U.S. Coast Guard has set conditions X-Ray for ports in Georgia and South Carolina in preparation for Hurricane Michael. The storm is now expected to make landfall by Wednesday afternoon.
Garden Reach Shipbuilders Stumbles on Market Debut
Shares of India's Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd fell on their market debut on Wednesday after the company raised 3.4 billion rupees ($45.81 million) at its initial public offering earlie
Port Hedland Iron Ore Shipments to China on the Rise
Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal rose 5.3 percent in September from a month earlier, port data released on Wednesday showed.Iron ore shipments to China from the world's biggest iron ore port totaled 37.4 million tonnes in September, up from August's 35.5 million metric tons, according to the Pilbara Ports Authority.Total September iron ore shipments from the port totaled 43.5 million metric tons, up from 42.4 million metric tons in August.Port Hedland is used by
Liquefaction and Lost Bulk Carriers: Is a Design Change Warranted?
A shocking number of bulk carriers (as well as a few OBOs – ore/bulk/oil carriers) have been suddenly and catastrophically lost at sea in the last 30 years. Following are the names of some of those vessels, in alphabetical order:- Asian Forest (2009); - Black Rose(2009); - Bulk Jupiter (2015); - Derbyshire (1980); - Emerald Star (2017); - Harita Bauxite (2013); - Hong Wei (2010); - Hui Long (2005)…
MES-S Delivers 66,000 DWT Bulker New Champ
MITSUI E & S SHIPBUILDING CO., LTD. (MES-S) completed and delivered a 66,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. New Champ (Hull No.1944) at its Tamano Shipyard on October 3…
OT&BE joins Hyperion Marine Engineering Group
Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corporation, a naval architecture and marine engineering firm specializing in AT/B or Articulated Tug/Barge design announced that it is now a member of the Hyperion Marine Engineering Group headquartered in Portland, Maine with offices in India, Dubai, Norway and the Netherlands.CT Marine & Buoyancy Consultants formed Hyperion three years ago recognizing a need for an…
Three Balearia Ferries to Convert to LNG
Spain's Baleària will convert three ferries from diesel to LNG dual fuel using Caterpillar and MaK solutions.Incorporating the MaK DF engines will virtually eliminate the sulfur and particulate matter in the exhaust gases, while also cutting down NOx, resulting in even lower CO2 emissions. The three ferries to be converted are Abel Matutes, Bahama Mama, and Martin i Soler, each currently equipped with a pair of MaK 9 M 43 C main engines.