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NOAA Offers a New Way to See Currents

HFRadar like this one shown off the entrance to San Francisco provides the data for NOAAs news ocean surface current product. (Image credit: With permission from San Francisco State University.)

A new NOAA National Ocean Service website will provide mariners near real-time coastal ocean surface current observations and tidal current predictions in coastal waters using high frequency (HF) radar, making marine navigation safer for mariners and commercial shippers. The web-based observations are now available for the Chesapeake and San Francisco Bays in areas vital for marine navigation, with additional locations to follow. The product was made possible by NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) using data from the NOAA-led U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). “By partnering to create new tools like HF radar surface currents, we are providing a more complete picture of a very dynamic environment,” said Richard Edwing, director of CO-OPS. “This is a great example of how coastal environmental intelligence better enables informed decisions to be made for safe navigation and other uses. We will continue to work with our partners in the navigation community to enhance and expand this product and eventually integrate it into NOAA’s Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) products.” Currents in the ocean are equivalent to winds in the atmosphere because they move things from one location to another. These currents carry nutrients as well as pollutants and marine debris, so it is important for scientists and mariners to know the currents for ecological, economic and safety reasons

Hitachi Zosen Wins Bergesen Order

Hitachi Zosen Corp., a major Japanese shipbuilder, won 29 billion yen worth of orders from Bergesen D.Y. Group ASA of Norway for four 300,000-ton oil tankers. The tankers will be delivered between March 31, 2000 and January 31, 2001, a spokesman for Hitachi Zosen said. Hitachi Zosen posted a parent current loss of 17.49 billion yen for the year ended March 1999, its first current loss in 10 years, against current profit of 7

Maritime Administration Releases Compilation of Maritime Laws

The Maritime Administrations announced it has released its annual Compilation of Maritime Laws for fiscal year 2007. Each year since 1995, the Maritime Administration has published the laws as an essential reference for its Agency leadership and staff. The compilation is also widely used by the Members of Congress, their staffs and committees, attorneys practicing in the area of Federal Maritime Law and interested members of the general public.

ClassNK Reorganizes Management Team

Classification society ClassNK has announced that it will reorganize its Board of Directors as part of a larger corporate reorganization, effective July 1, 2011. As part of the reorganization, ClassNK’s four current Managing Directors -- Shosuke Kakubari, Koichi Fujiwara, Takuya Yoneya, and Yasushi Nakamura -- will be promoted to Executive Vice Presidents and take up positions alongside current Executive Vice Presidents Hiroshige Kitada and Toshitomo Matsui

Transocean Ltd. Announces Management Appointments

Transocean Ltd. announced the following management appointments, effective immediately. Ricardo H. Rosa has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to being named to his current position, Mr. Rosa served as Senior Vice President and CFO. Arnaud A.Y. Bobillier has been named Executive Vice President, Operations Integrity, responsible for driving continuous improvement companywide. Before being named to his current position, Mr

Siemens Ups Stake in Offshore Renewables

British tidal energy company, Marine Current Turbines Ltd, announced that Siemens is increasing its share in the company to 45%. “With this increase in its stake, Siemens is strengthening its activities in ocean power generation. We will actively shape the commercialization process of innovative marine current power plants,” said Michael Axmann, CFO of the newly founded Solar & Hydro Division within Siemens’ Energy Sector.

Rigdon Continues With Ten Boat Program

The 54-foot beam on the GPA-640 class PSV St. Louis contrasts with the narrower 46-foot beam on the GPA-654 class Triple Play in this image of the two vessels at Port Fouchon?s Seaport Terminal. On December 7, 2007, the fourth in a 10 boat series of GPA-654 class diesel-electric platform supply vessels for Rigdon Marine, the Slam Dunk, was delivered alongside Bollinger’s facility in Port Fourchon. At the same time the fifth and sixth of the series were taking shape at Bollinger’s Lockport

Ingemanson New President of Volvo Penta

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Björn Ingemanson, 53, has been appointed new President of Volvo Penta. Ingemanson is currently President of Volvo Trucks’ International Division and will assume his new position on April 1, 2012, when he will succeed the current President Göran Gummeson, who will retire next year. Ingemanson has a long history at the Volvo Group and his past positions include CFO of Volvo Trucks and European head of the Group’s customer financing company, Volvo Financial Services

Great Eastern Shipping to Sell Large Cargo Ship

Picture: Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd

 India's largest private sector shipping firm Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (GE Shipping) has signed a contract to sell a 1996-built capesize dry bulk carrier Jag Arjun by this March-end.  "The vessel will be delivered to the buyers during the fourth quarter (January-March) of the current fiscal," the company said in a statement.   Capesize dry bulk carriers, the largest cargo ships plying in international waters, are mainly used to transport coal

KSA Donates $50,000 to World Maritime University

From left: Cleopatra Doumibia-Henry, Kyong-Hoon Kim and Neil bellefontaine (Photo: KSA)

Yesterday in Malmö, Sweden, the Korean Shipowners’ Association (KSA) made a donation of $50,000 to the World Maritime University.   The donation was handed over by KSA chairman, Youn-jae Lee, at a ceremony attended by Cleopatra Doumibia-Henry (president designate of WMU) and Neil Bellefontaine (current president).   WMU moved into Malmö city earlier this month and KSA’s donation will be used to furbish the university’s cafeteria which has now been

APL Renews Terminal Lease at Port of Kaohsiung

Photo: Port of Kaohsiung

 An agreement was signed between American President Lines LLC, Taiwan Branch and Taiwan International Ports Corporation Ltd, to renew APL’s terminal lease at the Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.    The signed deal retains APL’s current terminal plot in the Kaohsiung port for another 10 years from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2027.   Nicolas Sartini, APL Chief Executive Officer said, “Today

CMA CGM Launches Mtwara Express Service

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 CMA CGM Group  has announced the launch of Mtwara Express in complement to the 6 current direct East Africa services.   "Striving to serve the upcoming cashew season in Tanzania and rising demand for high quality and reliable service, we are pleased to announce the launch of Mtwara Express," said a statement from CMA CGM.   The salient points of the new Mtwara Express service: Service fully operated by CMA CGM Group

Global Ship Lease New Time Charter with CMA CGM

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 Global Ship Lease (GSL), a containership charter owner, announced that it has agreed to a new time charter with CMA CGM for an 8,063 TEU containership, the 2005-built OOCL Tianjin, which will be renamed GSL Tianjin.    The vessel will be chartered for a period of three to eight months (at the charterer's option) at a fixed rate of $13,000 per day, commencing immediately upon re-delivery from its current charter on or around October 25, 2017.  

Navios Acquires Two Container Vessels

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 Navios Maritime Containers, a growth vehicle dedicated to the container sector, announced today that it has agreed to acquire two 2009-built 4,250 TEU container vessels for an aggregate purchase price of $19.75 million.    The vessels are expected to be delivered to Navios Containers’ fleet in early November 2017.   Based on the current rate environment, the vessels are expected to generate approximately $1

Bosch Rexroth Celebrates 50 Years in the US

(Photo: Bosch Rexroth)

 2017 marks Bosch Rexroth’s 50th year of continuous operation in the United States. Starting with a small office in Easton, Pa. in 1967 and a handful of associates, Rexroth grew to expand into a newly built hydraulics manufacturing facility seven years later, the cornerstone of the company’s current manufacturing campus in Bethlehem, Pa.   As Rexroth expanded globally, so did the company’s operations in the U.S

Conrad Shipyard Awarded Contract by Power Engineering

Artist’s rendering of the San Francisco Ferry Expansion Project scheduled for completion in 2019. Rendering courtesy of ROMA Design Group, architects for WETA.

Conrad Shipyard of Morgan City, Louisiana has been awarded a contract by Power Engineering Construction Company of Alameda, California to build several components for the Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s (WETA) San Francisco Ferry Expansion Project.   Construction will be completed at Conrad’s Orange, Texas shipyard. Johnny Conrad, Chairman, President and CEO made the announcement: “This new business is in addition to a barge that we currently have under

USCG: Remain Upright by Fully Understanding Vessel Stability

Photo: Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation

This Safety Alert addresses concerns related to vessel stability and watertight integrity. Recently, a marine casualty involving a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea resulted in multiple fatalities and complete loss of the vessel.   A Marine Board of Investigation is currently analyzing the various circumstances surrounding the casualty. Although the investigation is not complete, testimony and fact finding indicate that vessel owners, operators

CMA CGM: Indian Sub-continent Service Enhancement

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 To better respond to our customers’ needs in the dynamic East Africa market, CMA CGM will upgrade and broaden its service offering connecting India and Middle East Gulf to East Africa.   Starting 15th November 2017, CMA CGM will offer an additional product to East Africa, a direct service to Mozambique, an improved connectivity for Europe, North America origins and increased export East Africa capacity:

Can Employers Ask About Prescription Drug Use?

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On the waterfront, it all depends. It is well established that workplace safety and productivity can be compromised, not just by the use of illicit substances and alcohol, but also by the use of prescription drugs. Federal law, however, imposes limits on employer inquiries in this area both with respect to the affected job classifications and the scope of the inquiry.   Generally, an employer may not ask all employees what prescription medications they are taking because such an

JNPT's Cargo Traffic Grows by 6.26%

Photo: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

 The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India's largest container port, further improved its performance in the first six months of the current financial year by recording a 6.26 per cent growth in container cargo in terms of TEUs (5.57% in terms of tonnage) by handling 2.4 million TEUs as compared to 2.26 million TUEs in the corresponding period of the previous year.   Among the four terminals under JNPT, APM Terminal handled 9.90 lakh TEUSs, up 11

Maersk Drilling Gets Contract Extensions for Two Rigs

Photo: Maersk Drilling

 Maersk Drilling has been awarded two contract extensions in the North Sea. Both rigs have recently been re-activated to the North Sea from warm stacking. The estimated duration of the two extensions is 105 days.   The high efficiency jack-up Maersk Resolve has been awarded a contract extension by Wintershall Noordzee B.V. for the drilling of a third well in the ongoing drilling campaign in the North Sea. The drilling of the third well will take place in the Dutch Sector and the

Rigdon Named Interim CEO at Tidewater

Larry Rigdon

Larry T. Rigdon will serve as interim president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Tidewater Inc. while a search committee seeks a permanent successor to Jeffrey M. Platt, who has elected to retire from his role as director, president and CEO of offshore service vessels (OSV) owner and operator effective October 15, 2017.    “Having successfully completed the financial restructuring of Tidewater at the end of July

Hatz Launches Online Documentation Portal

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Motorenfabrik Hatz said it has created a new online portal which makes available to customers important documentation for engines as well as information on their installation and operation.   Based on the engine ID number on the delivery note or name plate of the engine, customers are guided quickly and directly to the documents that are particularly available for their engine type. There are a multitude of advantages to the online documentation

AHTS Fleet Secures Long-Term Investment

Image: UOS

 Hartmann Group, the independent family-owned shipping company, announces the recapitalisation of an 11-strong fleet of Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels through a partnership with, and long-term investment from, Breakwater Capital and Hayfin Capital Management.    Agreed with the financing banks on October 12 2017, the deal provides the fleet with immediate stability and the potential for growth.  

ARO Drilling Commences Operations

ARO Drilling, a 50/50 joint venture between Rowan Companies plc and the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), commenced operations on October 17, 2017.   As part of the initial startup of ARO Drilling, Rowan and Saudi Aramco contributed equal amounts of cash into the joint venture. Following these contributions, Rowan sold three of its jack-up drilling rigs to ARO Drilling, including the J.P. Bussell, which was previously idle

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