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NCL Halves Cruise Ship Order

According to a Reuters report, Star Cruises unit Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has cancelled its order for a second F3 cruise ship from shipbuilding group STX Europe, but will move ahead with the first order, STX said on Dec. 18. This 150,000 ton F3 cruise ship, which will be built by STX Europe's French shipyard, will carry a total of 4,200 passenger. Delivery is expected in late May 2010, as originally scheduled. (Source: Reuters)


When It Comes to Shipping, Norway Forks in the Road

Representing the new owners of Norwegian shipping company Bergesen, Andreas Sohmen-Pao delivered a clear message in his well received speech at the Annual Meeting of the NSA Tank and Bulkship Group last week. Sohmen-Pao told industry members, which had turned out in record numbers, that he thought Norway was at a crossroads when it came to shipping. Politicians had to decide whether to give the shipping industry equal treatment with that enjoyed by competitors internationally


MOL to Scrap 5 Double Hull Tankers

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has decided to scrap five double-hull tankers (four VLCCs, one Suezmax) by the end of March 2012. Scrapping of two vessels is already completed, and preparations are under way to start dismantling the other three. All five tankers were crude carriers launched before 1998. MOL, as one of the world’s leading crude oil transport operators, is moving ahead to rejuvenate its fleet, upgrade the quality of its services, and solidify its position in the market


Aker Arctic Brings Oblique Ice Breaker to Market

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With construction underway on the first ever Oblique Icebreaker, research specialist Aker Arctic Technology  has unveiled a new version of the vessel type that will bring ice management and pollution control in thick first year ice to a new level.   The first ARC 100  is due delivery to the Russian Ministry of Transport in early 2014, after a collaborative build involving Kaliningrad’s OJSC Yantar and Helsinki’s Arctech yards


S. Korea Readies Viking Anti-submarine Planes

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 South Korea is moving ahead to introduce refurbished S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planes to counter threats from North Korea, Yonhap reported quoting a military source.   The proposal to incorporate 12 former U.S. Navy Vikings into service was approved late last month by a military program review group,  say sources.   The latest development comes after the Navy proposed taking over 20 Vikings that have been kept in storage since 2009 to shore up the


IRClass Sets up Advisory Committee in Singapore

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  The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in Singapore. The purpose of the committee, which draws members from Singapore’s leading maritime and offshore companies, is to give expert guidance to IRClass in strengthening its relationship with the Lion Republic’s maritime cluster and across South East Asia. “In our forty years, we have achieved considerable success among Indian shipowners and have recently become a


Rochford Lauds Decision to Move Ahead on Channel Deepening Project

Governors Ed Rendell and Jon Corzine are to be commended for reaching an agreement to move forward on the Delaware River Main Channel (45-ft.) Deepening Project. This accomplishment is expected to propel regional port development and allow all Delaware River port facilities to competitively attract the emerging class of larger cargo vessels. Because of growing congestion problems experienced by West Coast ports, the reality today is that ocean carriers operating in the trans-pacific route


UK – Brownout Leads to Allision

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the summary of its preliminary examination of the allision of a ro-ro passenger ferry with a linkspan in the Port of Calais on 29 August 2008. While leaving port, the ferry suffered a brownout (a partial loss of electrical power).  This resulted in the loss of the starboard main engines and the momentary disconnection of the bridge control system.  Power was quickly restored and the maneuvering controls were reset to zero


IACS Meeting Focus: Common Rules, Surveyor Safety

The 61st Council Meeting of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) at Germanischer Lloyd's head office in Hamburg achieved a number of significant developments. Dr Hermann J. Klein, Chairman of IACS and member of the Executive Board of GL, welcomed thirty representatives of eleven IACS member societies.  The group of high level class managers reviewed the harmonization process of the Common Structural Rules for tankers and bulk carriers


EU Backs Migrant Crisis Naval Plan

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 EU foreign ministers have agreed to launch a military mission against migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean.    The decision allows European governments to move ahead with plans for a naval operation. European naval forces will intercept and destroy ships used by smugglers of migrants from North Africa.    The aim of the program is to stop smugglers with human cargo before or shortly after they leave the shores of North African nations like Libya


Wary of Trump unpredictability, China ramps up naval abilities

(The Chinese Navy destroyer Qingdao (DDG 113) transits the San Diego Harbor as it prepares to moor at Naval Station San Diego. Qingdao along with the Chinese oiler Hongzehu are currently visiting San Diego as part of a goodwill tour. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marc Rockwell-Pate (RELEASED)

* China navy beneficiary of signficant spending in recent years * China still lags U.S. but building towards blue water navy * PLA Navy more visible in South and East China Seas, Indian Ocean By Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina BEIJING


California Pushes Ahead on Ballast Water Compliance

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California State Lands Commission moving ahead with ballast water compliance protocols   We are quickly approaching September 8, 2017, the date when the International Ballast Water Convention will enter into force requiring ships to manage their ballast water using methods to remove or


Long Beach Moves Ahead with New Fireboat Stations

(Image: Port of Long Beach)

The Port of Long Beach said it has taken another step toward building two new stations to house fireboats and provide emergency response for one of the nation’s major commercial gateways.   On Monday, Harbor Commissioners approved engineering design services for Fireboat Stations Nos


Trump Administration Approves Eni Plan to Drill Offshore Alaska

Image of sea ice in the Beaufort Sea, acquired on 3 June 2017 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument, on board the Aqua satellite. (Photo: NASA)

Eni US will become the first energy company allowed to explore for oil in federal waters off Alaska since 2015 after the Trump administration this week approved a drilling plan on leases the company has been sitting on for 10 years.  


Mumbai Port Trust Plans Luxury Cruise Terminal

Photo: Mumbai Port Trust

 The Mumbai Port, one of the oldest in India, will be investing Rs 225 crore ($33.68) to build a modern passenger terminal that can cater to cruise ships, reports PTI.   "We have identified cruise shipping as a focus area, which can help the city as well


3D Printing: A Game Changer for Shipbuilders

3D printing to cause turmoil in the ship building industry until 2050 Photo Shipbuilder Software

3D printing will cause so much change in the shipbuilding and shipping sector that the industry must completely alter its approach toward designing and building ships. This is the conclusion of NISS (National Institute for Shipping and Shipbuilding)


Rickmers 9M Revenue Slips

Courtesy Rickmers Group

 * Compared to the previous year’s period, revenues fall by 15 percent to € 373.6 million •  * Operating result (EBITDA) falls by 31.1 percent to € 136.8 million •  * Group result remains burdened by the increase in non-cash extraordinary impairments on vessels of


Grain and Project Cargo Dominate St. Lawrence Seaway Traffic in October

FederalCaribou (Photo credit: GreatLakes Seaway and FedNav)

“The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System saw a steady flow of traditional cargoes during the month of October,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.  “Last month, shipments of aluminum, steel, generators, crane components


India Aims to Boost Low-grade Coal Sales While Global Prices High

India is trying to boost sales of its low-quality coal by offering more of the fuel at home and initiating steps to lower freight costs, while global prices are high, with the government hoping the moves will help cut imports.   State-controlled Coal India


Four Post Panamax Cranes Arrive in Savannah

Boskalis vessel Teal transports four new ship-to-shore cranes up the Savannah River past historic River Street to Garden City Terminal at the Port of Savannah. Photo Georgia Ports Authority Stephen B. Morton

Four new Super Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes arrived at Garden City Terminal yesterday, bringing the Port of Savannah's total to 26, more than any other terminal in the U.S.   "For customers, it means the capacity to move up to a thousand containers per hour across a single dock at


The Swedish Club: 0% General Increase

Lars Rhodin (Photo: The Swedish Club)

In a move designed to support owners in difficult trading conditions, for the second year running The Swedish Club has announced a zero percent general increase for the up-coming P&I renewals 2017-2018. Speaking at the Club’s Board meeting in Bangkok, Lars Rhodin


Record Container Volume at SC Ports

Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported its strongest November container volumes on record.   SCPA handled 175,217 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in November, a year-over-year increase of 14 percent. Previously, SCPA's strongest November on record was 163,121 TEUs handled in 2005


UK Eyes Part-Privatisation of Ship Register

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The Bulletin Panama reported that a report by KPMG, commissioned by the Department for Transport, recommends that the Ship Register become a “govco”, a privately held state-owned company that is subject to government oversight but has more commercial freedoms


Seacat Set for Offshore Wind Rush

Courtesy Seacat Services

Class-leading OESV operator invests in personnel and moves into new Isle of Wight HQ as it prepares for ramp-up in offshore wind construction   9th January 2017, Isle of Wight – Class-leading offshore energy service vessel (OESV) operator, Seacat Services


South Carolina Container Volumes Climb 5%

South Carolina Ports Authority reported a 5.4 percent increase in 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) volume fiscal year to date, with 1,029,450 TEUs handled since the period began in July.     December was a solid finish to the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, with 164






 
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