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RTM STAR Center® to Evaluate Cozumel TMM Pier

RTM STAR Center® has been awarded a contract to perform a simulator-based study by TMM (Transportacion Maritima Mexicana), in cooperation with various cruise lines to investigate access by conventionally propelled vessels, as well as AZIPOD® propelled vessels at the inside berth (eastern side of the pier). These types of vessels were chosen because they are a good representation of the ships that may utilize the docking facilities now and in the future at Cozumel. STAR Center provided a geographical model of the port of Cozumel that accurately depicted the piers, shoreline, aids to navigation, and other distinctive features to ensure a high level of fidelity during the simulation exercises. After all preparation for the project was complete, an in-house validation of all models and simulation exercises was conducted. During the simulation exercises, current and wind will be modeled to represent credible worst-case conditions since the currents and winds in this area can have a pronounced effect on the docking and undocking of vessels at the TMM pier. Upon completion of this study, STAR Center provided TMM Puertos & Terminales, S.A.: de C.V. with a “Letter Report” that described the study and discussed the results and conclusions. The report concluded generally that access to the eastern berth could be safely accomplished in all but the severest conditions of wind and current by the types of cruise vessels used in this study.


Silversea and Clipper Sign Contracts with RTM STAR Center

Silversea Cruises Ltd., Fort Lauderdale, and Clipper Cruise Line, St. Louis, have signed training and licensing contracts with RTM STAR Center. STAR Center is a maritime simulation, training, assessment and research facility headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, and is ISO 9001 Certified. Silversea Cruises, an ultra luxury, all-suite cruise line that travels worldwide, will receive training in Bridge Team Management and Elementary First Aid


Carnival, Star Team Up To Buy NCL

Carnival Corp. and Malaysia's Star Cruises surprisingly joined forces in a battle to buy Norwegian cruise firm NCL Holding. The two companies dropped a bidding war in favor of Star's lower $1.1 billion share offer for NCL. Star will stick with its 35 crowns per share bid for NCL, expiring on Feb. 10. Carnival will cancel a planned 40 crowns NCL offer and instead acquire a 40 percent stake in Arrasas Ltd., Star's unit set up to acquire NCL. Star would hold the remaining 60 percent.


MPRI Sells Liquid Cargo Handling Simulators

MPRI, a leader in maritime simulator products, services and turnkey training facilities, sold its SAfeCargo Liquid Cargo Handling Simulators (LCHS) in some of the world's top maritime academies, including its first three in the United States. Within the last two months SAfeCargo simulators have been adopted by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, the State University of New York Maritime Academy in the Bronx and Belgium-based Antwerp Maritime Academy


Rickmers Charter Out Two Panamax Container Ships

A Maersk Containership: Photo courtesy of the owners

Rickmers Maritime, inform it has chartered out to Maersk Line the container ships 'Henry Rickmers' (formerly 'Ital Fastosa') and 'Richard Rickmers' (formerly 'Ital Festosa'), each of them 3,450 TEU panamax-size container ships. Henry Rickmers will be delivered to Maersk Line this week and Richard Rickmers two weeks later; they have each been chartered for an initial minimum period of 12 months, up to a maximum of 24 months.


Software Upgrade for Simrad AP7 0 & AP80 Autopilots

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  A powerful new software upgrade is available for the Simrad AP70 and AP80 Autopilots. The upgrade is currently available as a free download and installed on all new systems sold. Continuing to build upon a legacy of state-of-the-art, high-performance autopilots, the Simrad AP80 and AP70 with RTM 2.0 software offer the most feature-packed and reliable solutions on the market. Adding the professional grade functionality that captains need, RTM 2


Au Steps Down As President Of Star Cruises

Malaysian leisure liner group Star Cruises said on Thursday its president and chief executive Colin Au has stepped down due to medical reasons. "Star Cruises wishes to announce that Mr. Colin Au has resigned as president and chief executive and director of Star Cruises on medical grounds today," the company said in a statement. It did not say exactly what Au's medical problems were but added that it wished him an early recovery.


Star Bulk Carriers Reports 1Q Loss, Adds 3 Vessels.

Pic: Star Bulk Carriers Corp

 The Athens, Greece-based Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (SBLK) has reported a loss of $48.8 million in its first quarter. The shipping company posted revenue of $46.3 million in the period.   Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk, commented: "The first quarter of 2016 was the worst of the last 30 years, as freight rates remained below operating costs and vessel values reached new lows across all dry bulk vessel classes."    


Maersk Upgrades 'Triple Star' Service

Map: Maersk Line

 Maersk Line is upgrading  its  ‘Triple Star’ service by launching direct, weekly northbound connections between New Zealand and North East Asian ports.   "We are optimising our ‘Triple Star’ service with the launch of direct, weekly connections between New Zealand and North East Asian ports. Starting from late September 2016, Kiwi exporters can enjoy all the benefits of direct access to Taiwan, China, Korea and Japan


Star Bulk Carriers Announces Private Placement

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

 Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced the closing of its previously announced private placement of 6,310,272 common shares, at a price of $8.154 per share.    The aggregate proceeds to Star Bulk, net of underwriting fees and offering expenses, were approximately $50.6 million. Star Bulk intends to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes.   Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. and its affiliates and Senator Investment Group LP purchased 6,310


An Undeterred Determination to Be On the Water

Nichole Rider (Image: Mercury Marine)

From tragedy to triumph: A former college basketball star preserves a passion for the water thanks to Mercury Marine   Mercury Marine develops and manufactures technology designed to enhance the boating experience. The marine engines manufacturer recently teamed up with Belzona boats to


Vessel Collision in Myanmar: 20 Die, 40 Survive

Photo taken from a YouTube Video by Myanmar Travel Information

 A total of 40 passengers have been rescued after two vessels collided in Pathein, southwestern Myanmar's Ayeyawaddy region Friday night, in which 20 others have been confirmed killed, Xinhua reported quoting Pathein Water Transport Police.   


Viking Ocean Cruises Extends Order at Fincantieri

Viking Ocean Cruises and Fincantieri signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction of two additional cruise ships, with an option for another two.   The new builds will be sister ships to the six already ordered and will enter Viking fleet in 2021 and 2022, respectively


Ethane Carrier GasChem Beluga Named

GasChem Beluga, pictured on the River Tees for its naming ceremony, is an eco-friendly sea vessel that will carry shipments of ethane gas from Houston in the U.S. to SABIC’s Olefins Cracker on Teesside. (Photo: SABIC)

A new liquefied ethylene gas carrier (LEG) was named on Teesside today.   Operated by German shipping company Hartmann Reederei and GasChem Services, the new eco-friendly sea vessel GasChem Beluga will carry shipments of ethane gas from Houston to SABIC’s cracker at Wilton on Teesside


Five Rescued Near Columbia River Entrance

The crew of the commercial fishing vessel Sea Ballad acted as good Samaritans and rescued five fellow commercial fishermen after the fishing vessel Star King, a 55-foot stern trawler homeported in Astoria, Ore., sank near the entrance to the Columbia River, Jan. 7, 2017. Photo USCG

The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan commercial fishing crew rescued five people from the water after the fishing vessel Star King, a 55-foot stern trawler homeported in Astoria, capsized and sank near the entrance to the Columbia River early Saturday morning.


ABB Propulsion, Automation and Software for Five Cruise Ships

Photo: ABB

ABB will supply the complete power, propulsion and automation package for a series of new cruise vessels being built by MV WERFTEN for Genting Hong Kong brands Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises.   The three Crystal Cruises’ luxury “Endeavor Class” mega-yachts will feature a


Genting Deal Largest in Evac History

“Global Class” cruise vessel (Image: Evac)

Evac said it will supply Complete Cleantech Solutions for two Global class cruise ships for Genting Hong Kong’s Star Lines.   The two 201,000-gross-ton vessels will be built by the German shipyard MV Werften for deliveries in 2020 and 2021


Polar Star Arrives at McMurdo Station, Antarctica

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star operates near two seals off the shore of Antarctica, Jan. 16, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station Tuesday after cutting a resupply channel through more than 60 miles of Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea. By carving a navigable path through seasonal and multi-year ice


Star Bulk Carriers Raises $51.5mln

Pic: Star Bulk Carriers Corp

 Star Bulk Carriers Corp announced the execution of agreements with affiliates of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. and Senator Investment Group LP to sell Oaktree and Senator an aggregate of 6,310,272 of its common shares, at a purchase price of $8.154 per share.   


Struggling Rickmers Sells Off Another Vessel

Pic: Rickmers Maritime

 Singapore-based Rickmers Trust Management (RTM), a trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime,  is selling off a new ship from its fleet to ensure the company stays afloat. This means an impairment loss in the fourth quarter 2016.  


TGS, Schlumberger reimaging central GOM

New M-WAZ Multiclient Reimaging Program in Central U.S. Gulf of Mexico

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS) and Schlumberger today announced a new multi- and wide-azimuth (M-WAZ) multiclient reimaging program in the highly prospective Central U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Final results are expected in early 2018, ahead of a period when substantial block turnover in the area is


Cruise Shipping's Rising Star

(Photo: Genting Hong Kong)

Genting Hong Kong is a rapidly growing global travel brand, spreading its wings – literally and figuratively – into ocean cruise, yacht, river cruise, air and shipbuilding. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News speaks with key executives at Genting Hong Kong: Mona Lai


G2 Ocean Given All Anti Trust Approvals

Pic: Gearbulk Ltd

 The US Department of Justice has approved the establishment of G2 Ocean.  Authorities in Poland, Germany and Brazil have already approved G2 Ocean.   This means the joint venture between Gearbulk and Grieg Star is a vital step closer to reality


Star Bulk Awarded USCG Qualship 21 for 30 Vessels

Photo: Star Bulk

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded Qualship 21 status to 30 bulk carriers owned and operated by Star Bulk Carriers Corp., the largest U.S. listed dry bulk operator.   The Qualship 21 program rewards high quality ships sailing under qualifying flags.  


Star Bulk Acquire Two Modern Kamsarmax Vessels

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

 Star Bulk Carriers, a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two modern Kamsarmax drybulk carriers from an unaffiliated third party for an aggregate total consideration of approximately






 
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