Turkey Reveals Route for New Canal to Ease Bosphorus Shipping
Turkey announced on Monday the route for a planned canal that would reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait and transform the European half of Istanbul into an island. Work on the 45-km (28-mile) Kanal Istanbul, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara west of the Bosphorus, will begin this year, Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said, adding it formed part of Turkey's most expensive construction project. The Bosphorus is one of the world's busiest waterways with 42,000 vessels passing through in 2016 - compared with 16,800 that transited the Suez Canal in the same year.
Ferry COHO Gets a Repower
Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) announced the successful completion of sea trials, following the repower of the M/V COHO. Vessel owner and operator - Black Ball Transport Inc., retained EBDG to design and engineer the repower, and also to provide owner's representation during the yard period at Todd Pacific Shipyard. The successful yard period and sea trials culminated over eight months of effort by various EBDG personnel, spanning the disciplines of Naval Architecture, Marine, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering.
Black Ball Ferry Purchases Victoria Express
Black Ball Ferry Line is purchasing the business operations of the Victoria Express from Victoria Rapid Transit in a deal announced today by both companies. Terms of the sale were not released. The Harmon family formed Victoria Rapid Transit in 1990, and over the past two decades grew the ferry business to include service to Victoria, Friday Harbor on San Juan Island and Port Angeles. The ferry has also offered numerous private charters for individuals and organizations throughout the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Puget Sound, as far south as Westport and even into Lake Washington. “The Harmon family has built a great company and there is a lot of goodwill among their customer base,” said Black Ball Ferry Line president Ryan Burles.
Iranian Tanker Produces 2 Slicks in East China Sea
An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said, as maritime police scoured for damage and prepared to explore the wreck. Satellite imaging showed a slick of 69 square km (26.6 square miles) and a second 40 square km (15.4 square miles) slick, which is less thick and not as concentrated, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said in a statement late on Tuesday. The large tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) sank in the worst oil ship disaster in decades on Sunday…
Stricken Tanker Sinks, Leaves Large Slick in East China Sea
Two bodies, black box recovered from tanker before sinking; Iran says remaining 29 crew, passengers presumed dead. A stricken Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem. The tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) had been adrift and ablaze after crashing into the freighter CF Crystal (IMO:9497050) on Jan.
W. Palm T-Ball Flies “Maritime Reporter” Flag
West Palm Beach - The boys of summer are now proudly wearing the red & black of Maritime Reporter. With this publication’s backing, a 6U T-ball team is setting course for a championship. This fleet of tiny titans drops anchor at Phipps Park in West Palm Beach each weekend, followed by a flotilla of fans. The boys, some of whom have played together for three seasons running, are seeing their hard work pay off. New to the squad, first baseman Robert Howard is formidable at the plate and has a glove like a gill net.
Maersk Ship Plastic Balls as Fruit
Maersk Container Industry (MCI) purchased 116,000 plastic balls for a trial to test & increase the effectiveness of its refrigerated containers in delivering fresh produce. The balls were adapted so they would respire in much the same way as fresh fruit and vegetables do, enabling MCI to assess various improvements to its reefer box service. MCI's container technology manager Lars Lübker explains why the company opted to run such a large trial: "The challenge by transporting fruits and vegetables is that they respire. They are living organisms and they need to be taken special care of. "In order to improve the performance of a container we had to develop a specific artificial fruit. We did that by purchasing 116,000 plastic balls.
VOSTA LMG Secures Order From Boskalis
VOSTA LMG has been awarded an order for efficient dredge ball joints from maritime services company Royal Boskalis Westminster. The order consists of a series of high pressure Crossover ball joints suitable for dredge pipes with an internal diameter of 1000 mm. The Crossover ball joint is a new and patented design ball joint which utilizes two wear liners to provide optimal flow performance and maximum wear protection. “We are very happy to announce this prestigious order, following recent deliveries of Crossover ball joints in the Middle East…
Burger Boat Honored by Maritime Museum
The Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin held its 7th Annual Commodore’s Ball Saturday October 3, 2009. This year’s theme was “The Burger Tradition: Past and Present,” celebrated the heritage of Wisconsin's own world-class yacht builder by commemorating Burger Boat Company’s rich history dating back to 1863. The black-tie event is a major fundraiser for the museum and includes a raffle as well as silent and live auctions. The highlight of the live auction was a package donated by Burger. It included an exclusive tour of Burger’s facilities and a private cruise, complete with wine and hors d’oeuvres, for eight aboard the 1939 48’ Burger motor yacht Angus. Funds raised from the event are used for educational purposes and day-to-day operations of the museum.
International Ferry Lines Meet National and International Safety Regulations
Compared to Europe, North America doesn't have too many international ferry operations. The last one between the U.S. and Mexico failed in January after only a few weeks running. In the Pacific Northwest, however, Washington State, Clipper Navigation, Black Ball Transportation and the Alaska Marine Highway Service all operate international services connecting the U.S. with Canada. This means meeting U.S. and Canadian, as well as international safety regulations, and keeping abreast of such new international regulations as the International Safety Management Code (ISM) and Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS). All five of Seattle-based Clipper Navigation's vessels in international service now have their ISM Code documentation in place. At the home office this totals up to 25 volumes on the shelf.
VOSTA LMG Delivers New Dredge Ball Joints
The Crossover ball joint is a new dredge ball joint that provides optimal flow performance, its manufacturer VOSTA LMG said. Through computational fluid dynamics (CFD) the frictional losses and turbulence have been reduced. Conventional dredge ball joints act like a ball valve when tilted, causing the flow area to reduce and frictional losses to increase. The patented Crossover design incorporates two wear liners which are shaped to provide full flow area in any tilted position.
CMA CGM Launches Direct Service to Black Sea
In line with its strategy for the development of short lines in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, the CMA CGM Group has rolled out the Black Sea Med Express service, which connects the major countries around the Black Sea (Turkey, Romania and Ukraine) to Algeria and Morocco. The service will be CMA CGM's first to offer a weekly connection between the main ports of the Black Sea and Aegean Sea with the North of Morocco (Tangier and Casablanca) and Algeria (Annaba) in order to develop the activity between The Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea with short lines.
Delaware Bay Oil Spill Update
The Coast Guard, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) are continuing to lead the recovery and clean-up of oil spilled in the upper Delaware Bay Tuesday. Shorelines impacted in Delaware by the spill include Port Mahon, Kelly Island and Pickering Beach. These areas have been reported to have light amounts of tar balls ranging from dime to baseball size. There is also a report of a scattered concentration of tar balls four-miles off of Bowers Beach, which oil skimming vessels are in the process of recovering. As a preventive measure, the NJDEP has closed 70,000 acres of New Jersey's oyster beds to prevent potential environmental contamination.
Ball Country Manager for T.D. Williamson, UK
T.D. Williamson, Inc. (TDW), provider of equipment and services for pipelines and pressurized piping systems for more than nine decades, is pleased to announce that John Ball recently joined the company as Country Manager, United Kingdom, for T.D. Williamson (U.K.) Limited. In this capacity, Ball is responsible for sales development and execution, the maintenance of operational excellence, and team management. Based in Sheffield, England, and formerly of Applus RTD UK Ltd. and Team Industrial Services…
New Fittings in the Georg Fischer Piping System
W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, announced new fittings for the Georg Fischer SeaCor marine thermoplastic piping system. The addition of Schedule 80 drain waste and vent (DWV) fittings will complete the current product offering for SeaCor Schedule 80 thermoplastic pipe. Customers will now have access to a complete thermoplastic piping system solution, with one material and one installation process, for use in all nonessential grey, black and freshwater applications.
Tar Balls Cleaned fromTexas Shoreline
Coast Guard members are working with Miller Environmental Services and Texas General Land Office specialists to clean up naturally occurring tar balls discovered on 20-mile stretch of land from Padre Island National Seashore to the beaches of Port Aransas, Tuesday. Beachgoers contacted Coast Guard Station Port Aransas Sunday to report that tar patties were washing ashore. Sector Corpus Christi deployed personnel from their Incident Management Division to respond. Currently, a team comprised of individuals from the three agencies is surveying the shoreline and removing the tar balls.
Black Carbon in Arctic Blamed on Russia
According to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 35% of black carbon in the Russian Arctic originates from residential heating sources, 38% comes from transport, while open fires, power plants, and gas flaring are responsible for only 12%, 9%, and 6% respectively. These estimates confirm previous work for some areas of the European Arctic, but for Siberia, the findings differ from previous research, which had suggested that contribution from gas flaring were much higher.
Transas to Supply VTMIS For Bulgarian Gov’t
Transas Marine Ltd. UK has been announced as the winner of the international tender for a large-scale VTMIS (Vessel Traffic Management and Information System), including GMDSS and UAIS subsystems sought by the Bulgarian government. On November 30, a multi-million contract was signed in Sofia between Transas Marine and the Ministry of Finance of Bulgaria, which was endorsed for financing by the European Community. The tender has been held under the framework of the Phare programme aimed at the financial support of countries of Central and East Europe in their preparations for joining the European Union. The launch of the VTMIS, including a huge wide area Telecommunication Network…
Silversea Names Ball Director of Public Relations
Silversea Cruises announced today that Brad Ball has been named Director of Public Relations. Ball will oversee the ultra-luxury line's worldwide public relations efforts and report to Barbara Muckermann, Silversea's Vice President of Corporate Communications. Brad Ball brings over 10 years of cruise experience to his new position at Silversea. He was previously employed at Renaissance Cruises as director of publicity and media relations. Ball joined Silversea three months ago as a public relations consultant for the company. Brad Ball assumes all responsibilities formerly handled by Dale Dibello-Nicholson, who has accepted a position as Director of Public Relations for the American Heart Association, South Florida Region.
Changing Russian Export Patterns
Russia has the seventh largest oil reserves in the world (6% of total), after 5 Middle East Countries (totalling 63%) and Venezuela (7%). The other Former Soviet Union (FSU) republics Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have together less than 2% of the total world reserves, estimated by BP to be some 1048 thousand million barrels. The Russian reserves are spread over a huge area: West Siberia, Volga-Urals, North Caucasus, the Caspian area, the Far East regions, and Eastern Siberia. The last region is estimated to be 90% unexplored, and also the Caspian area and the Far East regions were said by the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Ivan Glumov, to be to a great extent unexplored, according to INTERFAX.
New Brass Ball Valve from Wabtec
Wabtec Corporation (NYSE:WAB) introduced two new lines of brass ball valve products to serve a variety of industrial markets, including Oil and Gas, LP Gas and Chemical Manufacturing. For industrial markets, Wabtec now offers a robust valve that can withstand extreme temperature changes. The valve features a preloaded seat to extend valve life by keeping the ball seals pressed against the ball as the seals wear. These valves, which can also be refurbished with replacement kits, come in Full port, Conventional port, and UL Listed. They can be configured to fit custom applications. In addition, Wabtec offers an economy brass ball valve line to complement the premium line.
Was Blackbeard an Avid Reader?
What did Blackbeard and his pirate crew read on board Queen Anne’s Revenge? Artifacts unexpectedly discovered in the wreckage of Blackbeard’s sunken flagship are helping researchers to determine if the infamous pirate captain and his 18th-century crew were literate and what sort of books they kept on board. While performing conservation work on artifacts recovered from the centuries old shipwreck, archaeological conservators with the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural…
New Container Line Includes Hamburg and the Black Sea
The French shipping company CMA CGM is expanding its range of liner services from Hamburg and including Black Sea ports in its schedule for the first time. Today, the CMA CGM Lavender sails on the extended FEMEX 1 Northern Europe-Mediterranean full container service from HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai in Hamburg. Passing through the Bosphorus, for the first time she will also be calling at the Black Sea ports of Samsun (Turkey), Novorossiysk (Russia) and Constanta (Rumania). This makes FEMEX 1 the only container liner service between Northern Europe and the Black Sea.