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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Cruise Season Kicks off in San Diego

Photo: Port of San Diego

The arrival of Celebrity Cruises' Infinity in San Diego Harbor today officially kicks off cruise season at the Port of San Diego.    The 2,170-passenger cruise ship Infinity sailed into San Diego harbor today as part of a nine-night Pacific coastal cruise that begins and ends in San Francisco, making visits to Monterey, Santa Barbara, Catalina and Ensenada.   The Port of San Diego currently expects 65 cruise ship arrivals over the course of its cruise season, which runs from September through May.   October will be a busy cruise month for the port, with the Disney Wonder arriving on October 1 for a three-night Baja cruise. The vessel will return for three five-day Baja cruises that begin and end at the Port of San Diego.   According to the port, other highlights in October include a 15-day Mexican Riviera Cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Sun, and an 18-day Inca Discovery Cruise on Holland America Lines' Zaandam.   Lines homeported in San Diego include Disney Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Holland America Line and Celebrity Cruises, each homeported cruise brining an economic impact of $2 million on average to the region from passenger spending, businesses servicing the vessel, transportation services, crew spending and more.

Maiden Voyage Freighter Docks in San Diego

Commissioner Marshall Merrifield & Captain Dave V. Osunero: Photo credit Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego celebrated the inaugural visit of Grieg Star's 'Star Laguna' with a plaque exchange ceremony. The Star Laguna, one of the newest cargo ships visiting San Diego, called at Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, where it offloaded 10,000 tons of fertilizer and four yachts. Owned by the Grieg Star shipping company based in Bergen, Norway, the Star Laguna will make regular visits to San Diego. "The Port's cargo business makes an important contribution to our region's

Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas to Sail from LA

Royal Caribbean International's Vision of the Seas will arrive in Los Angeles on September 28 to offer seven-night Mexican Riviera itineraries. Vision will be the cruise line's second ship in the market, joining Monarch of the Seas, which offers year-round, three- and four-night Baja Mexico cruises. "We are very excited to offer two great cruise vacation options - week-long vacations on Vision of the Seas and shorter getaways aboard Monarch of the Seas - from a port that is so convenient

Award to Restore Habitat After 1953 Sinking

State and federal trustees were awarded $16.9m for seven projects to address harm from mysterious oil leaks that killed more than 50,000 California seabirds since 1990. The projects will help species impacted by oil that leaked from the S.S. Jacob Luckenbach. The freighter sank in 1953 about 17 miles southwest of the Golden Gate Bridge, but was not identified as the source of the oil until 2002 after decades of leaking oil, especially during winter storms, causing massive injury to wildlife

Scripps Sells Oceanographic Research Vessel

New Horizon (Photo: Marcon International)

Purpose-built oceanographic research and survey vessel New Horizon has been sold from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests, announced ship broker Marcon International, Inc.   New Horizon will continue to work under her new ownership as a U.S. flag research and survey vessel.    The 170' loa x 36' beam x 15' depth / 12.76' draft New Horizon was specially built as a dedicated oceanographic research ship for Scripps

Sandra Weakens to Tropical Storm off Mexico's Coast

Sandra Image credit NASAGSFC.

  Hurricane Sandra weakened to a tropical storm on Friday and was expected to continue losing strength as it approached Mexico's Pacific coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Sandra, about 215 miles (346 km) southwest of the Pacific port of Mazatlan on Friday evening, was producing maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (113 kph), the NHC said. "Sandra is expected to be near tropical storm strength when it moves near the coast of Mexico in the warning area on

Sumitomo And Mitsui Finalize Merger Conditions

Sumitomo Marine & Fire Insurance Co. and Mitsui Marine & Fire Insurance Co. on Tuesday announced terms under which they will merge next October, creating Japan's largest non-life insurer with assets of 5.7 trillion yen ($51.6 billion). In a joint statement, the companies said 1.09 Mitsui Marine shares will be allocated for one Sumitomo Marine share. The merged entity will be named Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. with Mitsui Marine president Takeo Iguchi and Sumitomo Marine president

Boat Accessory Supplier Reports on its Sustainablity Initiatives

World's largest retailer of boating supplies & accessories, West Marine, outlines its improvements in a sustainability report West Marine, a retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has released its BlueFuture® 2011 Sustainability Report.  BlueFuture® encompasses West Marine's company-wide efforts focusing on sustainability, including improving and protecting the marine environments, reducing the company's carbon footprint and supporting the communities where West Marine

Ecochlor BWTS Selected for 8 Bulk Carriers

Image: Ecochlor

W Marine, Inc. has selected Ecochlor, Inc. to provide ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) for installation on two newbuild 82,000 DWT bulk carriers that will be constructed in China by Sainty Marine Corporation, Ltd. In addition, W Marine has secured an option for six additional systems to be retrofit onto its existing fleet.   Ecochlor’s president, Tom Perlich, said, “We are very pleased to be awarded a fleet agreement with W Marine

Crowley Ramps up Investment in Puerto Rico

First row (L to R): John Hutchins, principal, Harbor Consulting Engineers; Tucker Gilliam, vice president, Crowley; Humberto Reynolds, president, Del Valle Group; second row: Carmelo Calderon, vice president, infrastructure division, Del Valle Group; Jose Soler, project manager, Del Valle Group. (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Puerto Rico Services announced an additional $21 million construction contract for improvements and upgrades at its Isla Grande port terminal in San Juan.    The contract was awarded to Del Valle Group, S.P. of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, and includes expanding the terminal’s capacity for handling refrigerated containers; paving 15 acres to accommodate container stacking; installing a new electrical substation to provide power for three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes;

Stricken Tanker Sinks, Leaves Large Slick in East China Sea

Photo: Chinas Ministry of Transport

Two bodies, black box recovered from tanker before sinking; Iran says remaining 29 crew, passengers presumed dead.   A stricken Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem.   The tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) had been adrift and ablaze after crashing into the freighter CF Crystal

Forhaug Steps in as CEO at MMT

Peter Forhaug (Photo: MMT)

Marine surveying company MMT has appointed Peter Forhaug as acting CEO from January 1, 2018 while the Sweden based firm conducts its search for a permanent CEO.   Forhaug has a background in finance and has acted as a senior advisor to the board of MMT and is representing MMT at the board of the SMaRC research project.   MMT founder Ola Oskarsson will serve as vice president to assist Forhaug.

Crowley Orders ATB at Bollinger

(Image: Crowley)

Crowley Fuels LLC has signed a contract with Bollinger Shipyards for the construction of a new 100,000-barrel-capacity articulated tug-barge (ATB) to transport multiple clean petroleum products in the Alaska market.   The Alaska-class vessel will be built at Bollinger Marine Fabricators Shipyard, in Amelia, La., with an expected delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019. The build contract includes an option for a second ATB.  

Shell Penguins Field FPSO Contract for Sevan Marine

Photo: Sevan Marine ASA

 Shell has announced the final investment decision for the Penguins field redevelopment project in the UK sector. The decision includes the construction of a new-build Sevan Marine designed cylindrical FPSO.  With the final investment decision, Sevan Marine will receive an initial milestone payment. Further payments are subject to three future milestones. Sevan Marine will also continue to provide engineering support during the construction of the unit over the next 3 to 4 years.

Socgen Joins SEA\LNG

Photo: SEA\LNG

 French multinational banking and financial services company Societe Generale (Socgen) has joined SEA\LNG, the industry coalition promoting the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The bank is the first financial institution to join SEA\LNG.   Joining a growing band of industry leaders from across the LNG value chain, Societe Generale brings an essential financial perspective to the group which aims to accelerate the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel.  

Sanchi Collision: A ‘New Bermuda Triangle’?

Photo: NIOC

Seas where Sanchi collision incident has taken place are leading region for maritime accidents.   East/South East Asian waters have been identified as the top worldwide hotspot for shipping losses, with 34 ships lost in this region in 2016 alone – 40 percent of all shipping losses globally – according to a report from marine insurer Allianz.   Analysis of global shipping losses over the last decade has highlighted East/South East Asian seas as an accident hotspot

GE Marine Gas Turbine for New US Navy Destroyer

LM2500 (Photo: GE Marine)

GE’s Marine Solutions said it has shipped a LM2500 marine gas turbine propulsion module that will help power the U.S.  Navy’s 75th DDG Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), the company reported at the Surface Navy Association’s 30th Annual Symposium.   Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division will construct this new destroyer with U.S. Navy Flight III upgrades incorporated

Royston Expands UK Engineering Facilities

Sarah Wade (Photo: Royston)

Royston Diesel Power has doubled the size of its UK engineering facilities to support continuing global growth in its marine engine service business and new technology development.   As part of a £500,000 ($676,000) investment program the company has opened an additional 15,000 sq. ft. of engineering workshop premises alongside its existing headquarters on the banks of the River Tyne.   As well as increasing the company’s engine repair and maintenance capability

NEXT GENERATION Marine Power & Propulsion Conference

NEXT GEN Marine Power & Propulsion Conference -  Wave & Logo - LARGE v1.jpg

Innovators and industry to meet in Southampton   The NEXT GENERATION Marine Power & Propulsion Conference is being held at the Grand Harbour, Southampton on April 18 and 19, 2018. All sectors are invited to participate in this unique event that focuses on viable solutions for sub IMO / sub 24 meter vessels. As most new power and propulsion technology is proving to be scalable this knowledge is becoming increasingly relevant to vessels of all sizes.  

German Boxship Collides with Crane at Keelung Port

MV Hansa Meersburg (Current Name). Photo: Leonhardt and Blumberg

 A German-flagged container ship Hansa Meersburg ran into a crane while berthing at Keelung Port, Taiwan resulting in the damage of containers and port infrastructure, CNA reported.   The 2007-built freighter, operated by German-based Leonhardt and Blumberg hit and damaged a berth crane valued at NT$200 million (US$6.78 million) as it was sailing into the harbor.    In addition to the damage sustained by the crane, a pier was also damaged

Sunken Vessel Discharging Oil in West Virginia

Gate City sunk and discharged oil near mile marker 8 on the Big Sandy River near Butler, West Virginia (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

Towboat Gate City has sunk and is reportedly discharging oil near mile marker 8 on the Big Sandy River near Butler, W.Va.    The vessel is discharging oil into the river “with a maximum potential of 5,000 gallons,” according to the U.S. Coast Guard, who said it received a report that the vessel had sunk at its mooring Wednesday morning.   A Coast Guard pollution response team arrived on scene and is working with the oil spill response organization Weavertown to

Fincantieri to Adapt FREMM Frigate for US Navy

Fincantieri FREMM-FFG reference design vessel. Six of the 10 FREMM ships Fincantieri is constructing for the Italian Navy are in service. (Image: Fincantieri)

Shipbuilder Fincantieri Marine Group has announced further details on its plans to adapt its FREMM frigate, already in service for the Italian Navy since 2012, to design the U.S. Navy’s new guided-missile frigate, FFG(X).   Fincantieri said it will lead an industry team, including Gibbs & Cox and Trident Maritime Systems, to design and build the ships at its U.S. shipyards, including Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) in Marinette, Wisc.  

Bourbon, Bureau Veritas Partner on Digitalization

Bourbon Explorer 508 (Photo: Bourbon)

Under a new strategic partnership agreement, French offshore services firm Bourbon and testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas will develop and deploy new digital technologies, including solutions for automation, real time fleet monitoring and mitigating cyber risks.   For dynamic positioning systems in particular, the partnership will aim to deliver advanced automation of to enable real-time advisory tools for bridge operators and remote support for

Canada Unveils New Arctic Shipping Safety Regulations

Photo: Transport Canada

 Canada's Arctic is a vast and diverse region that is an integral part of this country. Marine transportation in the Arctic connects Canada to other countries and provides an essential lifeline for northern communities.   To uphold the Government of Canada's high standards for marine shipping in the north, Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. The regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar

Hyundai Drive Made First Call to Hamad Port

Photo: Qatar Ports Management Company​

 Qatar’s Hamad Port announced the addition of a new service from South Korean shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to its growing network list, QNA reported.   HMM’s 365.5-metre-long ‘Hyundai Drive’ made its first call to Hamad Port, marking the official start of a new Hyundai Merchant Marine’s KME (Korea Middle East Express) service. It is the largest container vessel to make its maiden call in Qatar since the opening of Hamad Port. 

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