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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Vessels: Ocean Quest Conversion Completed

Master Boat Builders delivered Ocean Quest (ex-Gulf Quest), a 145-ft. converted Dive Vessel for Oceaneering Intl. Conversion work consisted of the addition of a 270 kW Cat 3406 gen set for auxiliary power, a Gardner Denver oil compressor, three Quincy low pressure dive compressors, one high pressure dive compressor (filling bottles), on hydraulic power unit for tools, one hydraulic unit for a crane, and one Red Fox sewage unit. On deck, Master added a Techcrane C20-30 crane. In addition, the yard added two decompression chambers, a head/shower, walk-in freezer, two washers, two dryers and a five-ton AC unit.

Mercator Acquires Two Dredgers

Dredger Banwari Prem. Photo: Mercator Limited

 Mercator Limited announced that it is expanding its dredging business by adding two more Dredgers to its fleet.    Mercator,India's largest Marine and Energy group with businesses in Oil & Gas, Coal, Shipping and Dredging, has taken delivery of two European built dredgers; one is a Trailer Suction Hopper Dredger which would be one of the largest capacity dredgers in India and second a Bucket Ladder Dredger.  

Cruise Line Adds to Wärtsilä Maintenance Agreement

Cruise ships: Image courtesy of Oceania Cruises

Wärtsilä says that two vessels have been added to the 5-year maintenance agreement between them and US-based Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. (the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises). The agreement now covers 8 vessels with a total of 35 Wärtsilä engines. According to Wärtsilä the tailor-made agreement that was signed in 2012 with Prestige is one of the most comprehensive yet for the cruise industry

Port of Oakland Terminal OK to Expand

Photo: Port of Oakland

 Work could begin next month to nearly double the size of the Port of Oakland’s second-largest marine terminal. TraPac LLC said today it’s ready to begin construction on a 57-acre expansion at the Port’s Outer Harbor. The Board of Port Commissioners approved the project at a meeting Oct. 27.   TraPac has signed a new 14-year lease with the Port to grow from 66 to 123 acres. It will add two vessel berths to the two it already operates

Two more Cranes for APM Terminals Cotonou

APM Terminals new mobile harbor cranes photo APM

APM Terminals Cotonou, operating as Coman SA at Benin’s primary port, adds two new cranes, the largest mobile cranes in the Benin port. Cotonou, Benin- Coman SA, operated by APM Terminals Cotonou in Benin’s primary port, has commissioned two new Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHC) at a ceremony presided over by the Benin Minister of Transport, Hervé Hehomey. The new cranes will bring the terminal’s operating total to five, after the decommissioning of an older crane

Everett College to Launch New Research Boat

Phocoena (Photo courtesy of Everett Community College)

Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) will launch its new research vesel on November 22 with a celebration at 11 a.m. at the Port of Everett.   The dedication of the Phocoena (the scientific name for harbor porpoise, pronounced FOE see nuh) will happen at the port’s travel lift, located in front of ORCA’s classrooms at 1205 Craftsman Way in Everett.    The 36-foot Phocoena was funded by a $218

Disney Taps Meyer Werft for New Ships

The Walt Disney Company is expanding its cruise business by adding two new ocean liners, President and CEO Bob Iger said. Scheduled to launch in 2011 and 2012, the ships will more than double the passenger capacity for Disney Cruise Line. The company signed a letter of intent with Meyer Werft shipyard, based in Papenburg, Germany, to negotiate a contract to build the 122,000-ton new cruise liners, which will be two decks taller than the existing 83,000-ton ships

WSDOT Ferries Supplements Bremerton Route

WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) is adding two 149-passenger foot ferries to the one auto ferry service between Seattle and Bremerton for the Monday afternoon commute and until further notice. WSF is contracting with private operator Victoria Express to provide this service. Pending fog delays, passenger-only service will begin Monday, Aug. 31, with one 149-passenger ferry leaving Bremerton at 3 p.m. and leaving Seattle at 4 p.m

Bibby Offshore to Move to New HQ

Bibby HQ Groundbreaking: Photo credit Bibby Offshore

UK, Aberdeen-based, subsea installation contractor Bibby Offshore is to move into a new purpose-built HQ as business expands The company has outgrown its current offices at Waterloo Quay and is moving to accommodate an increase in staff numbers and services as it expands operations both in the UK and internationally.   The new 52,000sqft office facility at Prospect Park, Westhill, will be three storeys high and can accommodate more than 400 people

Freeport-McMoRan Chairman James Moffett to Step Down

Freeport-McMoRan Inc co-founder James Moffett will step down as chairman and quit its board, months after the miner added two new directors under pressure from billionaire investor Carl Icahn.   Freeport said Moffett, who had been appointed chairman emeritus, would be a consultant to its board and advise the company on its Indonesia operations, including Grasberg.   Moffett was instrumental in the discovery and development of Grasberg

Bahri Completes Registration Of ASLAF Under Saudi National Flag

National transportation carrier aims to register all of its 39 VLCCs by end-2017. Photo: Bahri

 National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia  Bahri announced that the Ministry of Transport under the supervision of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) has completed the registration of ASLAF, a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) owned and operated by Bahri, under the flag of Saudi Arabia.    The move reinforces Saudi Arabia’s position in the global maritime industry and gives a further boost to Bahri’s efforts to register all of its VLCCs – now numbering

New Tug, Barge Enter Service for Vane Brothers

Photo: Vane Brothers Company

Marine transportation provider Vane Brothers has added two newly constructed vessels to the company’s growing fleet: the 4,200-horsepower tugboat Philadelphia and the purpose-built asphalt barge Double Skin 510A.   Primarily tasked with towing petroleum barges engaged in the North Atlantic coastwise trade, the Philadelphia is the fifth of eight 4,200-horsepower, model bow tugboats contracted by Vane Brothers through St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla

Tanker Market Could See Difficult Q2, Q3

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / Carabay)

New vessels expected to hit freight rates; new trade route from east U.S. to Asia to meet Chinese demand.   The tanker market may face a "difficult" second and third quarter this year after a robust first quarter as supply of newly built vessels loom, Belgian oil tanker operator Euronav said on Tuesday.   "The rates today are not the same as what we have seen in previous quarters," Chief Executive Paddy Rodgers told Reuters on the sidelines of a shipping

APM Terminals Boosts Walmart Hub at Port of Mobile

Photo: APM Terminals

 APM Terminals Mobile welcomes Arkansas-based global retail giant Walmart’s plans for a new International Distribution Center to be opened 15 miles from the port.    The sixth of Walmart’s US international distribution centers, the Irvington, Alabama facility will handle Walmart’s import cargoes destined for Walmart’s Regional Distribution Centers in the American South.   

Rolls-Royce Wins USCG OPC Propulsion Contract

Offshore Partrol Cutter (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce will provide an extensive range of equipment, including MTU marine generator sets, to a new fleet of U.S. Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters (USCG OPC). The Rolls-Royce equipment was selected by Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) Inc. for the USCG OPC fleet’s first nine vessels, with an option to add two more.   Sam Cameron, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, Sales & Business Development – Naval, said: “The Offshore Patrol Cutter is the U.S

Kapellskär Port adds two quay-berths

Photo Port of Kapellskär

An important milestone has been reached at the Port of Kapellskär, now that all five quay-berths are in operation at this state-of-the-art port. The Port of Kapellskär has been expanded and now has two piers and a total of five modern quay-berths. The new 245 metre-long pier has been in operation since summer 2016. The original pier has been extensively renovated and is now ready for traffic. “An important milestone has been reached now that we have all of our five

Iran VLCCs in Europe on First Post-Sanctions Trip

Photo:  Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

 An Iranian oil tanker has called at a European port for the first time since the lifting of sanctions last January, IRNA news agency reported quoting Sirous Kianersi,  managing director of the National Iranian Tankers Company (NITC).   Sirous said that the first NITC tanker leased to a major Spanish oil company docked at the Port of Algeciras just recently.   More NITC tankers are heading to other European ports, he said

US Rig Count Recovers to Near Year-ago Levels

© Georg Lehnerer / Adobe Stock

The U.S. oil rig count ended 2016 just below year-ago levels as drillers added rigs this week as part of the biggest recovery since a global oil glut crushed the market over two years.   Drillers added two oil rigs in the week to Dec. 30, bringing the total count up to 525, the most since December 2015 and 11 shy of the 536 rigs seen at the end of 2015, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday.  

US Drillers Continue to Add Oil Rigs -Baker Hughes

U.S. oil drillers increased rigs this week for a 21th week in the last 24, as energy firms follow through on plans to add rigs made months ago when crude was still trading over the key $50 a barrel level analysts said should lead to more drilling.   Drillers added two oil rigs in the week to Nov. 11, bringing the total count up to 452, the most since February, but still below the 574 rigs seen a year ago, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday.  

Nimitz Begins Sea Trials

Washington State Ferry M/V Kaleetan passes by as USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transits Sinclair Inlet as it gets underway from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo by Vaughan Dill)

Sea trials for the newly refurbished U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) commenced on October 5, following a 20-month Extended Planned Incremental Availability (EPIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash.   Nimitz entered the shipyards in February 2015 for its fifth major maintenance period and completed the largest maintenance period to date without bringing the carrier into dry dock, according to Cmdr

GPA Marks Record August Box Volumes

The Port of Savannah is poised to rapidly increase service to an arc of inland markets, from Atlanta to Memphis, to St. Louis, Chicago and the Ohio Valley. Key to expanding rail service is a $128M project linking Garden City Terminals two rail yards.   (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

At the Georgia Ports Authority board meeting Monday, Executive Director Griff Lynch reported the GPA achieved an August record of 330,846 twenty-foot equivalent container units, a robust increase of 5 percent compared to August 2015.   "August container unit volumes were the third highest in the Authority's history, behind April and May 2015 at the height of diverted cargo from the West Coast," Lynch said

US Oil Drillers Add Rigs for 11th Week in 12

U.S. drillers this week added oil rigs for an 11th week in the past 12, according to a closely followed report on Friday, although the rate of increases has slowed as crude prices remain below the key $50 a barrel level that spurs a return to the well pad.   That is, however, the longest streak of not cutting rigs since 2011 with the rig count increasing or holding steady every week so far this quarter.  

Japan, Philippines Negotiate Coast Guard Ships Delivery

Japan and the Philippines have begun talks for the transfer of two large coast guard ships to Manila, to help patrol the disputed South China Sea, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on Friday, as part of a deal on defence equipment. The two brand-new 90-metre (295-ft) multi-role response vessels will be in addition to ten 44-metre (144-ft) mid-sized coast guard ships, worth 8.8 billion pesos ($188.52 million), that Japan is set to start delivering next week.

Converted Shipping Containers as Mobile Tech Labs

Photo: Betabox

 Shipping containers are being converted into the high-tech, movable tech lab, says a report in CNN.    Raleigh-based Betabox's mobile labs are built inside refurbished shipping containers and have been retrofitted to include things like whiteboards, laptops and CNC milling machines.   The labs come in two models. One has wheels, battery power, solar panels on its roof and 200 square feet of space, which can hold 8 to 15 students comfortably.  

Monjasa DMCC Awarded Best Maritime Company

Photo: Monjasa Group

 Managing Director for Monjasa DMCC, Mikkel Jacobsen, proudly received the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) Award for Best Maritime Company 2016.    The DMCC counts +12,000 leading businesses in Dubai and the judging panel emphasised several years of successful growth and Monajsa’s approach to quality and risk management as main reasons for the acknowledgment.   Mikkel Jacobsen, Managing Director for Monjasa DMCC

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