Bore's Norstream Christened At Aker Finnyards
Aker Finnyards' newbuilding No. 425, the 11,500-dwt RoRo carrier for the Dutch company Bore Stream BV was recently christened Norstream by Ann von Rettig. P&O North Sea Ferries will operate the vessel, which began regular service between Continental Europe and the U.K. on the Zeebrugge-Tessport route in October. The vessel is designed mainly for transporting trailers, trucks and containers providing fast unloading and loading, and is also equipped with two stern ramps. Measuring 591 ft. (180 m), with a beam of 83 ft. (25.2 m) and draft of 21 ft. (6.5 m), the vessel moves at a speed of 20 knots powered by two medium-speed diesel engines at 18,900 kW. Norstream's sistership Norsky was delivered to the Bore Company this past June.
GL Names New SVP Global Sales
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has appointed Mr Christian Freiherr von Oldershausen to the newly created position of Senior Vice President Global Sales. In his new position, Mr von Oldershausen will be responsible for enhancing global sales, working closely together with GL’s regional and area management. The appointment of Mr von Oldershausen reflects GL’s ambition to further sharpen its customer focus and continue to expand its global activities. Mr von Oldershausen will be based in GL’s Head Office in Hamburg and begins in his new role on 1 January 2012.
Key Leadership Changes at Hydroid
Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, today announced changes in its leadership team. Christopher von Alt, one of the company’s founders and primary forces in its extraordinary growth since its inception in 2001, has elected to resign from his current position as president, effective January 1, 2014. Hydroid’s board of directors has selected Duane Fotheringham, Hydroid’s vice president of operations, as his successor. Von Alt will retain his current position as chairman of the board and in addition…
OW Bunker Launches Second Vessel
OW Bunker, one of the world's largest suppliers and traders of marine fuels and lubricants, today announced the launch of its second supply vessel in North America. The double-hulled WAPPEN von HAMBURG, which will operate offshore in the Gulf of Mexico will be deployed from March 2013. WAPPEN von HAMBURG is a 8,182dwt vessel, which has been taken on a long-term time charter. The vessel and its operators are highly experienced in offshore bunker supply. It is equipped with dedicated tanks to provide complete segregation of low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO)…
First Voyage for CMA CGM Alexander Von Humboldt
CMA CGM Marco Polo's sistership, enters CMA CGM’s Asia - Europe Trade. The CMA CGM Group announced that the CMA CGM Alexander Von Humboldt, second of the world's largest and state of the art containership’s series, begins its first voyage today, Friday, April 19th in Pusan, South Korea. Built by DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering) in South Korea, this giant of the seas, owned by CMA CGM, displays exceptional dimensions: 396 meters long, 54 meters wide, with a draft of 16 meters and sails under the U.K. flag. In line with the sustainable development policy of the Group, the CMA CGM Alexander Von Humboldt is equipped with all the latest environmental technologies.
Donjon Purchases Tug
Donjon Marine Co., Inc., a provider of multi-faceted marine services including marine salvage, heavy lift, dredging and related emergency response services, has purchased the tugboat, the 81-ft.Meagan Ann, formerly the Scorpius, from Constellation Maritime, a subsidiary of Foss Maritime. The Meagan Ann is a twin-engine, 2,250 hp coastal towing tug, built in 1975 and rebuilt in 1988. The Meagan Ann will join Donjon’s tug fleet and support its marine transportation and dredging operations.
Research Award to Honor Outgoing ABB Chairman Gruenberg
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has created an international research award to honor Hubertus von Gruenberg, who is stepping down after eight years as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The award is intended to encourage world-class research in ABB’s main fields of operation: power and automation, as applied in utilities, industries, and transport and infrastructure. The “ABB Research Award in Honor of Hubertus von Gruenberg” recognizes outstanding PhD research that makes creative use of software…
New Tug to be Permanently Paired with Self-Unloading Barge
The Interlake Steamship Company and Interlake Transportation have received 7,200 hp Z-drive tug Dorothy Ann. Designed by Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering, the 124.5 ft. long Dorothy Ann was constructed in 1998 by Bay Shipbuilding Company. Final outfitting was performed by Bark River Towing, Weld All and Marine Accommodations. Dorothy Ann is the largest Z-drive tug built to date in North America. Twin Ulstein Z-drives enable the vessel to turn on her own axis, stop within her own length and move easily in any direction. Coupled with self-unloading barge Pathfinder, the pair is the most maneuverable unit on the Great Lakes, says the company. Alone, Dorothy Ann can travel at 16 mph; when pushing the loaded barge, open lake speed is 11.5 mph.
Delivery of the Cüneyt Solakoglu
On Thursday, 12th March 2009, another newbuilding for Flensburger´s Turkish customer U.N RO-RO will be delivered on time and will leave the yard on Saturday, 14th March 2009, early in the morning. Length o.a. The ferry, Cüneyt Solakoglu, is the thirteenth of fourteen RoRo vessels for Turkish customer. U.N RoRo. At present Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. - 1 RoRo freight-ferries for U.N.
Coast Guard Investigates Sinking of Towboat
At press time, U.S. Coast Guard from Marine Safety Office (MSO) St. Louis investigators were trying to determine the cause of the sinking of the towing vessel Patty Ann, while the Missouri Highway Patrol searched the Mississippi River for Patty Ann's operator, John Distefano. The boat sank at about 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 27 at mile marker 127.2, at the Tower Rock Stone Fleet, on the Upper Mississippi River, approximately three miles north of Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Preliminary reports indicated that two deckhands, Nathan Bauman of Ste. Genevieve, and Eric Mathews of Praire du Rocher, Ill., were able to climb aboard a barge adjacent to the Patty Ann as the towboat began to sink.
NTSB: Ineffective Shiphandling Probable Cause of Casualty
The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the June 2012 allision between bulk carriers Mary Ann Hudson and Star Grip was the pilot’s ineffective handling of the Mary Ann Hudson and his ineffective use of the two tug boats to maneuver the vessel around the Star Grip’s crane arms, which were extending into the navigable waterway. On June 6, 2012, at 0530 central daylight time, the underway bulk carrier Mary Ann Hudson collided with the moored bulk carrier Star Grip while the Mary Ann Hudson was being moved from City Dock 21 to City Dock 29.
Oil Spill Threatens Gulf of Thailand Beaches
An oil spill in the Gulf of Thailand caused by a pipe leak at an offshore platform raises concern about possible adverse impacts on the environment. More than 70 tonnes of crude oil have spilled into the sea following a leak in a crude-oil pipe at an offshore platform operated by PTT Global Chemical, a subsidiary of Thailand's national petroleum company PTT, reports ANN. Citing a statement by PTT Global Chemical, ANN informs that the leak of a crude transport pipe with a 16-inch diameter took place shortly before 7am [Saturday] from a single-point mooring…
GL: ECO-Ships Are Here To Stay
At a press conference at Nor-Shipping 2013, classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) said that the trend toward building and operating so called ECO-Ships, or highly energy efficient vessels, was irreversible, given the potential cost savings for the maritime industry. The rise of the ECO-Ship has been questioned, with some suggesting that this focus on efficiency would fade if bunker prices fell. In a presentation held at the press conference Christian von Oldershausen, GL's Chief Commercial Officer, demonstrated how ECO-ships have substantial cost advantages over existing vessels, which has been borne out in a number of container vessel optimization projects undertaken throughout the world by GL.
Donjon Welcomes New Tug, Caitlin Ann
On August 1, 2011, Donjon added the 2400-HP-class tug Caitlin Ann to its growing fleet to support the company’s dredging, marine salvage, bulk material transportation and marine demolition services. The addition of the Caitlin Ann increases the Donjon towboat fleet to 14 total vessels ranging from 1200 to 7000 horsepower. In addition, Donjon also owns and operates five derrick barges with a maximum capacity of 1,000 tons, more than 40 deck and hopper barges, 3-4000-cubic yard split hull dump barges and numerous small vessels, floats and related marine craft.
EU Force Has Serious Ship Shortage
The European Union's 60,000 strong rapid reaction force due to be operational from 2003 lacks ships and aircraft and may not be ready to carry out its designated tasks until 2010, Reuters reported. The force, whose mandate includes readiness to evacuate Europeans from trouble spots as far as 10,000 km (6,100 miles) from Brussels and intervene militarily up to 4,000 km (2,450 miles) away, was so ill-equipped that it might not be able to carry out its tasks until 2010. "The year 2003 is very unrealistic. It is more like closer to 2010," Michael Clarke, a professor at the Center for Defense Studies at Kings College in London. "It is not at all impossible that this is the case," Swedish Defense Minister Bjorn von Sydow was quoted as saying.
Germany Vows to Reach 'Fair Contract' for New Warships
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen vowed on Friday to press a consortium led by Luerssen Werft of Bremen for a "fair contract" for five new warships, saying the group's initial bid was too high. "My goal is to get the contract started in this legislative period, but we want a good contact, we want a fair contract and above all a realistic one," von der Leyen told reporters on Friday. Defence industry sources said last week the German government had rejected the initial bid from the consortium before it exceeded the budget target of 1.5 billion euros ($1.59 billion). The Handelsblatt newspaper reported this week that the bid came in at 2.9 billion euros, nearly twice the expected amount.
First Ship of CEM/ANN Service to Arrive in July
The first container vessel in the recently adjusted CEM/ANN service of Evergreen Lines and Hanjin Shipping Lines is expected to arrive in Zeebrugge on July 19. The container vessels of the CEM/ANN service will be handled at PSA’s Zeebrugge International Port Terminal. Earlier this year, Evergreen and Hanjin announced a series of changes to the jointly-operated Asia-Europe CEM/ANN service. Port of Zeebrugge was added to the loop as the last European port before the ships head back to Asia. Evergreen and Hanjin have also chartered slots to Cosco, “K” Line and Yangming for this service. Today, Port of Zeebrugge and PSA are happy to announce that the ships in this service will be handled at the ZIP-terminal.
BAE Systems Targets Commercial Repair Market
BAE Systems recently completed a four week repair docking for the platform supply vessel (PSV) the ‘Lady Kari-Ann’ in its Williamstown shipyard. Owned by Farstad Shipping, the Lady Kari-Ann is the first commercial ship repair project undertaken in the yard since 2009. Work on the vessel included a 30-year survey, paint work on the hull, superstructure and tanks as well as underwater valves and other mechanical work associated with the ship’s propulsion. Director of BAE Systems Maritime…
US Forecast Sees 70% Chance of El Nino
The U.S. weather forecaster said there was an increased likelihood of an El Nino weather phenomenon striking during the Northern Hemisphere summer in its monthly outlook on Thursday. The Climate Prediction Center, an agency of the National Weather Service, said there was a 70 percent chance of El Nino, which can wreak havoc on global crops, during the summer and 80 percent during the fall and winter. (Reporting by Josephine Mason; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
North Sea Tiffany Platform to Restart Mid-August
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd said on Thursday its Tiffany production platform in the North Sea was expected to restart in mid-August after a shutdown. On a second-quarter earnings call, CNRL Chief Executive Officer Steve Laut said international production had decreased to 25,800 barrels per day in the quarter. That was mainly due to the production shutdown at Tiffany, which accounted for 4,500 bpd. (Reporting by Nia Williams; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
US Forecaster Predicts Below-average Atlantic Hurricane Season
The Atlantic Ocean will see a below-average number of hurricanes this season due to cooler seas and a strong El Niño effect, the U.S. government weather forecaster announced on Wednesday. The forecast calls for six to 11 tropical storms this year, with three to six reaching hurricane status, including possibly two major hurricanes with winds reaching at least 111 miles-per-hour (178 kph), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said at a press conference in New Orleans. (Reporting by David Adams; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
Hapag-Lloyd's New Noses Lower Emissions
Hamburg based shipping company Hapag-Lloyd plans for 24 of the largest containerships in its fleet to get new bulbous bows by 2016, with some of the vessels also pegged to be fitted with optimized propellers, ultimately enabling lower fuel consumption coupled with fewer emissions. “It’s as high as a truck, weighs about 250 [metric tons] and is a prominent feature at the very tip of the bow of modern container ships. This has little to do with aesthetics and much more to do with fuel efficiency,” Hapag-Lloyd said.
Long Island Ferry Accident Leaves One Dead
In a freak accident that occurred in the Long Island Sound off the coast off Orient Point, L.I., a 65-ft. tractor-trailer rolled off Cross Sound Ferry's 250-ft. vessel, Susan Ann. The first signs of trouble began this morning at approximately 10:30 a.m., when, according to the Police Department, Town of Southold, L.I., the vehicle, a 1989 Western Star Tractor Trailer with the driver inside, broke free -- falling off the rear of the above vessel while in the Plum Gut area of the Long Island Sound -- east of its destination -- Orient Point. At the time, the vessel was performing a routine crossing from New London, Conn. to Orient Point, L.I. Upon discovery that the vehicle had fallen overboard, the crew of Susan Ann launched a rescue vessel from the ferry to recover the victim, Michael J.