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24 Feb 2021

First Ever Jones Act Offshore Wind Turbine Installation Vessel to be Classed by ABS

Credit: ABS

Maritime and offshore classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) will class the first ever Jones Act compliant offshore wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), seen as a key vessel for the development of the U.S. offshore wind industry.With several gigawatts of offshore wind capacity to be installed along the U.S. East Coast in the next decade, access to Jones Act compliant WTIVs is of strategic importance to the U.S. offshore wind market. Currently, no such vessel exists.Dominion Energy last year contracted Keppel AmFELS, a wholly-owned U.S.

23 Feb 2021

American Cruise Lines Adds Sixth Ship to Pacific Northwest

American Harmony (Photo: American Cruise Lines)

American Cruise Lines now has six ships in the Pacific Northwest for 2021, with four of them operating on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.One of the lineā€™s riverboats American Harmony completed its recent journey from the East Coast to the Pacific Northwest via the Panama Canal. The newest addition to Americanā€™s Columbia River fleet comes at the same time that the line is preparing to introduce two more new riverboats to the Mississippi River.Upon arrival in Astoria, Ore., American Harmony joined modern series sister-ship American Songā€¦

22 Feb 2021

Container Shipping Looks Strong in 2021 - BIMCO

One of a total of more than 1.6 million Hapag-Lloyd containers (TEU). Image courtesy Hapag-Lloyd

In the full year of 2020, global container shipping volumes fell by 1.2% compared with 2019, much less than feared even before the pandemic was first declared, and much recovered compared with the 6.8% drop recorded in the first six months of the year. Volumes in the second half of the year were up 4.2% from 2019. Much of this growth was concentrated on just a few trade lanes, with congestion and imbalances on these spilling out and causing disruption on other trades.BIMCO expects that 2021 will be even better for container shipping than 2020ā€¦

16 Feb 2021

Australia's South Needs LNG Import Terminal to Avoid Gas Shortfall in 2024

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Australia's southern states will need to import natural gas to fill a looming shortfall by 2024, as last year's COVID-19 induced oil and gas price slump has slowed investment in new fields, the country's competition watchdog said on Tuesday.Regulators have warned of a potential gas shortfall since 2016 as the market's mainstay gas source off the south coast is drying up, but the supply crunch is now rapidly approaching, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said."It is concerning that the risk of a gas supply shortfall in Australia's southern states continuesā€¦

12 Feb 2021

Seaspan Orders 10 Dual-fuel LNG Containerships

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Seaspan Corporation announced Friday that it has entered into an agreement to order up to 10 dual-fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) containerships from South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.Seaspan, a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlas Corp., said the deal is for five ultra-modern 15,000 TEU newbuilds, with an option for an additional five. The containerships are scheduled for delivery from first half of 2023 onward, and upon completion will enter 12-year charters with Israel-based shipping company ZIM for its Asia - US East Coast trade."This is a milestone agreement for ZIMā€¦

10 Feb 2021

Cummins QSK95s: Big Electric Power for Conversion of Ariake to FPSO

Oil Tanker, ARIAKE ready for Conversion. (Photo courtesy Cummins/Haig-Brown)

Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels are essential tools in the search for oil  in deeper waters, further from shore-based facilities. Typically, the large FPSO is stationary with a number of wells feeding oil into its holds. The oil can then be pumped off to shuttle tankers that transport it to shore side tanks and refineries.FPSOs are big expensive pieces of equipment. Some of them are converted from ocean going oil tankers. Such is the case with the 333 by 60-meter, very large crude carrier, VLCC Ariake, which was purchased for conversion to an FPSO.

03 Feb 2021

Offshore Wind Firm Ørsted's CEO Optimistic Biden Will Speed Up Permitting

Mads Nipper - Ƙrsted CEO / Credit: Ƙrsted

Energy group Ørsted expects previously delayed U.S. wind farm projects to receive swifter approval under President Joe Biden's administration, the new chief executive of the Danish energy group said on Wednesday.Mads Nipper, who took the helm of the company in January, made the comments as the company published full-year results in line with preliminary figures.Ørsted, the world's largest offshore wind farm developer, hopes to drive development in the emerging U.S. wind market but has faced significant permitting delays on projects on the country's east coast.The Biden administrationā€¦

27 Jan 2021

Biblia Orders New Dry Dock

(Image: JMS Naval Architects)

Biblia, Inc., Marine Towing and Transportation has ordered a new dry dock to service its fleet tugs and barges.The 500-ton lift capacity floating dry dock was designed by JMS Naval Architects and is currently being built by Conrad Shipyard in Morgan City, La. The new dry dock, which will replace Bibliaā€™s existing dry dock in Savannah, Ga., is 120ā€™ long, 60ā€™ wide, has a 6ā€™ deep pontoon, and 14ā€™ tall wing walls. It will primarily be used for hauling tug boats with a maximum length of 120 feet and draft of 10 feet.Biblia owns and operates a fleet of tugs and bargesā€¦

27 Jan 2021

Boston Harbor Phase II Dredging Wraps Up Ahead of Schedule

(Photo: Cashman Dredging)

New Englandā€™s busiest port moves closer to welcoming larger containerships and growing the regional economy with the completion of the second phase of a three-part dredging program last month, nearly one year ahead of schedule.Cashman Dredging and JV partner The Dutra Group began Phase II of the U.S. Army Corpsā€™ Boston Harbor Navigation Improvement Project in July of 2018. The recently completed phase, focused on deepening the main ship channels (the Outer Harbor Channel from 40 to 51 feetā€¦

25 Jan 2021

ICCB Orders Landing Craft for Offshore Energy Projects

(Image: Chartwell Marine)

Dublin-based Irish Commercial Charter Boats (ICCB) has ordered a bespoke 12-meter landing craft to support a wave of offshore energy projects on the horizon. The Chartwell Marine-designed vessel will be built at the Arklow Marine shipyard starting this month for schedule delivery in summer 2021.With a number of large-scale energy projects coming to Irish waters, the aluminum vessel has been developed to meet ICCBā€™s expanding operational requirements, including surveying, assisting with cable landing and transporting supplies and personnel to near-shore offshore installations.

25 Jan 2021

Iran Asks Indonesia to Explain Tanker Seizures

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Iran has asked Indonesia to provide details about the seizure of an Iranian-flagged vessel, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday, a day after Jakarta said it had seized Iran and Panama-flagged tankers in its waters.Indonesia said on Sunday its coast guard had seized the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Freya vessels over suspected illegal oil transfer in the countryā€™s waters.Khatibzadeh said that the seizure was over a ā€œa technicalā€¦

13 Jan 2021

Equinor Selected for US' Largest Offshore Wind Award

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Norwegian energy company Equinor said it has been selected to provide New York State with offshore wind power in one of the United States' largest renewable energy procurements to date.Under the award, Equinor and partner BP will provide 1,260 megawatts (MW) of renewable offshore wind power from Empire Wind 2, and another 1,230 MW of power from Beacon Wind 1, each calling for more than 90 turbines off the coast of Long Islandā€”adding to the existing commitment to provide New Yorkā€¦

04 Jan 2021

Evergreen Takes Delivery of Two 12,000 TEU Ships

Ever Forever is the sixth containership of Evergreen Lineā€™s F-type series. Built at the Geoje Shipyard of Samsung Heavy Industries, its twin-island hull design broadens the view from the navigation bridge and increases cargo loading capacity. (Photo: Evergreen Line)

Evergreen Line took delivery of its sixth and seventh new 12,000 TEU class F-type containerships on December 15. Ever Forever was built at the Geoje Shipyard of South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries, and Ever Far was delivered by Imabari Shipbuilding in Japan.The two new large containerships set sail in good order after the delivery procedures were completed. The shipsā€™ 58,000-horsepower main engines are powering the technically advanced vessels to their allocated loading ports on Evergreenā€™s trans-Pacific services. Ever Forever will be put into service on the Asia-U.S.

31 Dec 2020

Marine News' Top Boats of 2020

General MacArthur (Photo: Callan Marine)

This year, despite innumerable challenges and setbacks, a great number of new U.S.-flagged vessels made their way into service. In addition to Maid of the Mist's new electric tour boats James V. Glynn and Nikola Tesla featured Wednesday, the newbuilds highlighted below are some of the most noteworthy to come out of U.S. shipyards in 2020.DredgerU.S. dredging contractors have been adding tonnage in a big way. This Spring, Callan Marine added a significant piece to the U.S. fleet with its new Jones Act cutterhead suction dredge (CSD) General MacArthur.

31 Dec 2020

Interlake Acquires Two Great Lakes Vessels

(Photo: Interlake Holding Company)

Interlake Holding Company announced today the purchase of the assets of Pere Marquette Shipping Company and Lake Michigan Car Ferry Company in an acquisition that includes two working Great Lakes vessels, the articulated tug-barge Undaunted-Pere Marquette 41 and the historic passenger-and-car ferry S.S. Badger.The acquisition signals the creation of a new business entity, Interlake Maritime Services, which will manage the new businesses along with The Interlake Steamship Companyā€¦

29 Dec 2020

Centerline Logistics Acquires Saltchuk Marine Servicesā€™ California Ship Refueling Ops

"As one of the largest bunkering operators in the United States, we are excited about the synergies this acquisition will deliver to our customers," said Matt Godden, President and CEO of Centerline  Logistics. Photo courtesy Centerline Logistics

Centerline Logistics acquired Saltchuk Marine Servicesā€™ California ship refueling business, currently operated by subsidiary Foss Maritime Company. According to a press release from Centerline, this "major acquisition" brings together the combined capabilities of two of the nationā€™s leaders in petroleum transportation, strengthening Centerlineā€™s position as a provider of around the clock bunkering (ship refueling) services.Through this expansion, Centerline will "substantiallyā€¦

23 Dec 2020

Esvagt SOV Rescues Injured Fishermen in the North Sea

(Photo: Esvagt)

Last Tuesday, the crew of the service operations vessel (SOV) Esvagt Njord helped save seven fishermen in distress near the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm in the U.K. North Sea.Esvagt Njord is a wind turbine ship assisting Equinor in the operation of the offshore wind farm off Great Yarmouth on the English east coast. Over the radio, skipper Brian Kristiansen heard a fishing vessel nearby calling for help, and when he responded, he learned that the ship was taking in water. "The fishing vessel had yet to send out a Mayday. We had a feeling, however, that there was a need for help close by.

01 Feb 2021

Huisman Crane for First Jones Act Wind Turbine Installation Vessel

Credit: Huisman

Dutch offshore equipment provider Huisman has signed a contract with Keppel AmFELS for the delivery of a Leg Encircling Crane (LEC) for what will be the first Jones Act-compliant wind turbine installation vessel - Dominion Energyā€™s Charybdis.As reported recently, Dominion Energy contracted with Keppel AmFELS, a U.S. subsidiary of Singapore's Keppel for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the vessel, which is designed by NOV business unit GustoMSC. Construction kickedā€¦

16 Dec 2020

NETSCo, LR Designing Jones Act Wind Turbine Installation Vessel

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Northeast Technical Services Co., Inc. (NETSCo) and Lloydā€™s Register North America, Inc. (LR) are working to design and develop a Jones Act compliant wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) capable of serving the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind sector.The current pipeline of state procurement targets along the U.S. East Coast calls for 12 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity installed by 2030 and 29.1 gigawatts total installed by 2035, but the Jones Act WTIVs needed to build these wind farms do not exist.The Jones Actā€¦

17 Dec 2020

Keppel AmFELS Lays Keel for First Jones Act WTIV

(Image: Dominion Energy)

Shipbuilder Keppel AmFELS has laid the keel for the first ever Jones Act compliant offshore wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) at its shipyard in Brownsville, Texas, marking a key milestone for the development of the U.S. offshore wind industry.With several gigawatts of offshore wind capacity to be installed along the U.S. East Coast in the next decade, access to Jones Act compliant WTIVs is of strategic importance to the U.S. offshore wind market. Currently no such vessel exists. Dominion Energy contracted with Keppel AmFELS, a wholly-owned U.S.

10 Dec 2020

China's Exports Pinched by Global Shortage of Shipping Containers

Illustration. Credit:MAGNIFIER/AdobeStock

China's world-beating economic rebound from the coronavirus pandemic is being blunted by a global shortage of shipping containers, sending cargo costs to record highs and hampering manufacturers in filling fast-recovering global goods orders.Exports from China surged 21% in November from a year ago as the country's mammoth industrial engine cranked out mountains of appliances, toys, clothes, personal protective equipment, and other items currently in high demand around the world.Butā€¦

17 Dec 2020

Solstad on a Roll: Scores Vessel Charters in India, Australia

Credit: Solstad Offshore

Just hours after announcing three contracts for its platform suppliers in the North Sea and Suriname, Norwegian offshore vessel operator Solstad Offshore released a separate statement on Thursday, announcing charters for three construction vessels.These charters are with an unnamed "large international contractor" and are for the construction support vessels Normand Navigator, Normand Frontier, and Normand Australis.The three vessels will be used for projects on the east coast of India.

10 Dec 2020

Atlantic Shores Bids to Build Up to for 2,3 GW of Offshore Wind for New Jersey

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Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, the 50-50 joint venture between EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US, has submitted its proposal to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to supply the state with up to 2,300 MW of renewable wind energy.New Jersey seeks to award between 1,200 MW and 2,400 MW of offshore wind energy projects as part of its second solicitation. Atlantic Shores estimates their first project would be completed as early as 2027 and if awarded, theā€¦

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