– draft programmatic environmental assessment The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice seeking comments on the draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) on its proposal to clarify and set new response time requirements for salvage and marine firefighting requirements in vessel response plans (VRP) for oil spills. Comments should be submitted by February 17. 71 Fed. Reg. 125 Source: HK Law
The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) has reported that its member lines have unanimously agreed to set mandatory policies for cruise ship passenger and crew safety, security, environment, operational procedures, health safety and sanitation. These new policies mark the first time and association of international maritime operators has adopted mandatory standards on such a vast set of topics. The new mandatory industry standards will require each ICCL member vessel to have smoke
LNG carrier 'GasLog Shanghai' delivered on budget ahead of schedule from Samsung Heavy Industries. The vessel is a 155,000 cubic meter Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric LNG carrier that sets new standards for efficient performance and environmental protection. The vessel is classified to the ABS ENVIRO+ notation, signifying the highest level of environmental protection and energy conservation. Furthermore the vessel is equipped with a new type of cargo compressors that will reduce the release of
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, the largest ship in the world, took to the seas last week equipped with SPOS, MeteoGroup’s onboard weather routing and ship performance optimization system. The Triple-E series vessel sets new standards in the container industry, not just for size, but also of energy efficiency and environmental performance. With unique design features for slower speeds and maximum efficiency
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (Marshall Islands) Monday issued an emailed press release calling for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to set a new global target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the international shipping industry. The tiny South Pacific nation is the world's third biggest shipping registry, but is increasingly threatened by rising sea levels linked to climate change
A new name has joined the vessel tracking sector with a product that promises to set new standards in functionality and user-friendliness. BigOceanData is the new brand from Globavista, the professional vessel tracking and monitoring provider trusted by industry professionals and government agencies alike. BigOceanData is a completely new service designed to meet the needs of today’s maritime sector: a web-based, full function
Conoco is building four new towboats that purportedly offer innovations in safety, environmental interaction, as well as design improvements that Conoco claims will set new standards for the inland towing industry. "We are raising the bar for towboat design, machinery and marine systems by constructing American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) class boats," said Karen Stacey, director of Conoco domestic marine. "The four new boats will have double-hulled fuel tanks to reinforce safety and
Following recent SOLAS approval, Viking has launched a new dual-approved thermal lifejacket that raises the bar for its competitors. Leading marine and offshore safety equipment manufacturer Viking Life-Saving Equipment has launched a new dual-approved thermal lifejacket with broad appeal for the offshore and commercial shipping industries operating in harsh, cold environments. Raising the standards for personal safety, the company’s new thermal lifejacket, PV9720
Internal quality standard helps company meet global target of reducing claims to below 1% and set new industry benchmark for best practice. OW Bunker has announced that it has reduced global claims1 on physical products to 0.9% for Q1 2014. This is down from an average of 1.6% in 2013. The company set a target of reducing global claims to below 1% when it introduced its own Global Quality Standard (GQS) at the end of 2012 to ensure the quality of products
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a comprehensive deck equipment contract from New Times Shipyard, in China, for Intership Navigation Co Ltd's three new 36,500 dwt Laker-class bulk carriers. The vessels will each feature an optimised MacGregor cargo-handling system comprising MacGregor cranes and hatch covers as well as Hatlapa steering gear and electrically-driven variable frequency drive (VFD) Hatlapa deck equipment.
Roxtec Services AB has been audited by the classification society Lloyd’s Register and has received an official approval for inspection and maintenance services of cable and pipe transits. This approval sets new standards for long-term safety at sea.
German shipbuilder MEYER WERFT held a steel cutting ceremony on February 21 in Papenburg marking the ceremonial start of construction for the newest cruise liner for Rostock-based cruise company AIDA Cruises. The new cruise ship will be the world’s first capable of operating completely on
In conjunction with Seatrade Cruise Global, DNV GL has published the classification society’s latest Cruise Update magazine. It features outstanding projects with customers, interviews with industry leaders, and technology trends in the cruise sector.
The extent of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has set a new record low for the wintertime in a region strongly affected by long-term trends of global warming, U.S. and European scientists said on Wednesday. Sea ice around the North Pole expands to its biggest extent of the year in February or
Damen Shipyards Group has announced the opening of a new branch office in Houston, Texas. This expansion, under the name of Damen North America, meets the increasing demand for Damen’s shipbuilding concepts and repair and conversion services.
Krishnapatnam Port, India's largest all-weather; deep water port on the east-coast of India has inaugurated CONCOR’s - Port Side Container facility – a Government of India undertaking. This event is a significant turning point for the port
A keel-laying ceremony was held on August 10 at Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio for 10 Damen Stan Tugs 1907 ICE. The new Ice Class vessels will be the first tugs to be designed and built to comply with the new Subchapter M Coast Guard regulations
Essar Bulk Terminal Paradip Ltd (EBTPL) has surpassed several of its own performance benchmarks in the first few months of the current fiscal. In the period, EBTPL achieved the highest load rate ever recorded at Paradip port. This was made possible through loading of bigger parcel sizes
Vision of The Fjords, a futuristic carbon fiber tourist vessel operated by The Fjords DA, has won the Ship of the Year 2016 accolade at SMM in Hamburg. The 40-meter-long, 399-passenger-capacity hybrid craft, which was completed by Brødrene Aa this summer
The future of European shipping policy was debated on Wednesday in a seminar held in Valletta, Malta, a few days after the European Commission published the implementation report of its mid-term Review of EU Maritime Transport Policy.
The founding of a new cabin factory is part of the MV WERFTEN Group’s extensive investment program at its Wismar site. MV WERFTEN Fertigmodule GmbH, part of the MV WERFTEN Group, officially took over its own cabin factory in Wismar
From a helicopter, it looks like just another North Sea oil rig, a grey cube supported by massive yellow pillars, 90 kilometres (56 miles) off western Denmark. But the DanTysk facility is the world's first accommodation platform for offshore wind
Satcom Global has announced the launch of Aura: a global VSAT solution offering high quality, high bandwidth connectivity across a variety of customizable packages. Already live on a wide variety of vessels and fixed remote locations around the world following a successful trial period
Did you know that there are approximately 1.6 million seafarers today, and that 69% of those recently surveyed say access to crew communications at sea influences their choice of employer? Statistics show that the crew communications market value exceeded $1
The launch ceremony of DEME’s 7,950m3 dual fuel trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) –SCHELDT RIVER – took place on 14 January at Royal IHC's shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. “After the successful launch of the world’s first LNG-powered