All-Women Crew Tarini Enters Port Stanley
Indian vessel INSV Tarini entered Port Stanley (Falkland islands) on 22 January 2018 during it’s maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The vessel is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta. Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister had flagged-off INSV Tarini from Goa on 10 September 2017.
Coast Guard Inspects Cleveland's First Containership
U.S. Coast Guard marine inspectors conducted safety and security examinations on the first-ever containership to arrive in Cleveland Saturday morning. The Fortunagracht, a 450-foot Dutch-flagged containership, delivered the first-ever load of containerized cargo to the Great Lakes. Before the establishment of the Cleveland-Europe Express, shippers relied heavily on rail service to transport goods from the larger east coast container ports, such as New York and Baltimore, to the Great Lakes region.
First Containership Receives LR Cyber Notation
The newly built containership MV COSCO Shipping Aries, recently delivered to COSCO Shipping Lines, is the first ever containership to receive Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive note “Cyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM” for its energy management system. The 20,000 TEU ship was built by Nantong COSCOS KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd (NACKS). “MV COSCO Shipping Aries is the first 20K TEU level ultra large containership built in Chinese shipyard owned by COSCO Shipping Container Lines.
MHI Reports First Ever Loss
Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. reported its first-ever loss, primarily because it had to redo some construction work on overseas plants. The first-time fall into the red comes as Japan's traditional industries continue to suffer from the nation's prolonged economic slump as corporations have only recently signaled they plan to raise investment in infrastructure. Slack shipbuilding sales and a price decline in machinery pushed sales down to 2.88 trillion yen from 2.91 trillion yen. The largest maker of heavy machinery in Japan posted a consolidated net loss of 137 billion yen ($1.27 billion) for the year ended March 31, against an 18 billion yen profit the previous year.
Oil Giants Rally To Landmark Brazil Auction
International oil companies reportedly rallied to Brazil's first-ever oil exploration auction, putting up a surprisingly high $93 million for the right to explore in just four areas on the first morning of a two-day bidding round.
Strategic Marine Launches Offshore 40 Generation Three Crew Boat
Yesterday Strategic Marine, a specialist oil and gas sector shipbuilder, launched the Jati Seven, its first ever Offshore 40 Generation Three crew boat, the first of three 3rd generation vessels the company is building for Dinastia Jati, a Malaysia-based oil and gas services group. The Jati Seven retains the major features of the Generation 2 version, but sports improved seakeeping and increased cargo carrying capacity and fuel efficiency. According to Strategic Marine, the Jati Seven is the most efficient crew boat in the market for its class.
Major Marine Pump Order for Grundfos
Pump specialist Grundfos A/S has received an order from Zhejiang Yangfan Shipyard in China to deliver 126 pumps for six 9.500 dwt multi-purpose cargo vessels for Clipper in Denmark to be delivered in 2009 and 2010. This USD 675.000 Grundfos order is the first ever placed by a shipyard, signifying a major step forward into the marine market for Grundfos A/S. (www.grundfos.com)
Detyens Completes First Drydocking For Celebrity
Celebrity Cruise Lines has completed its first ever drydocking with Detyens Shipyards, Inc (DSI). ZENITH docked at the Charleston, South Carolina facility from October 24, 2005 thru November 3, 2005. The scope of work included: regular drydocking maintenance along with sea valve renewals, blade seals and polishing, anchor chains, bow and stern thruster seals, overhauling of the bow thruster, the dismantling and overhauling of the stabilizers, the application of the silicon base AF coatings, the demolition and installation of a new hot well and a new shaft and bushings for the port rudder fin.
Halter Marine Launches USN Vessel
Halter Marine Group Inc. launched a 329 ft. oceanographic survey ship for the U.S. Navy. The first ever in the Navy's history to be named through a contest, USNS Bruce C. Hezeen will collect data and physical samples from the world's oceans to provide the U.S. Navy with an understanding of its operating environment. Scheduled for delivery in December 2001, the vessel is the fifth of the T-AGS 60 class built at the Halter Moss Point.
Carnival Miracle to Operate Diverse Schedule
For the inaugural 2004 season of the new 2,124-passenger "Fun Ship" Carnival Miracle, Carnival Cruise Lines has assembled a diverse schedule that includes the line's first-ever departures from Jacksonville, Fla., and innovative seven-day round-trip cruises from Baltimore, New York and Tampa. "With departures from four convenient U.S. homeports to a variety of sunny, tropical destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida and Bahamas, Carnival Miracle's inaugural schedule is unique in the cruise industry, providing consumers with maximum opportunities to sail aboard this spectacular 'floating resort,'" said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.
Ship Registry to Open in Dubai
Dubai Maritime City (DMC) will house the first ever ship registry office in the Middle East aimed at creating a significant boost to the maritime community in the region, according to a report in the Khaleej Times Online. The registry office will work in conjunction with the government in establishing the standards that ships will be required to maintain, which will coincide with international standards. The registry office will operate on an international level by accepting national and foreign ownership of vessels.
India's Reliance Makes First Purchase of US Crude
India's Reliance Industries Ltd, owner of the world’s biggest refining complex, has bought its first ever crude oil cargoes from the United States, drawn by the oil's economics after the price spread between U.S. crude futures and Brent futures widened, three trade sources said on Tuesday. Reliance bought 1 million barrels each of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Midland and Eagle Ford crude which are expected to arrive in November, they said. (Reporting by Nidhi Verma, Florence Tan and Jessica Jaganathan)
Mexico Sets Its First Deepwater Gulf Oil Auction
Contract awards for Mexico's first-ever deepwater oil auction covering 10 potentially lucrative blocks are expected to take place on December 5, oil regulator CNH said on Friday, a tender that will test investor interest given a worldwide price slump. The 10 blocks are located in the country's territorial waters in the Gulf of Mexico. A formal vote to approve the date is expected to pass by a unanimous vote of CNH commissioners. (Reporting by David Alire Garcia)
ClassNK Verifies NOx Emissions for Tier III Engine
ClassNK Issues First Ever Statement of Fact for Tier III NOx Emissions for an SCR-equipped Diesel Engine. ClassNK announced today that it had awarded its first ever Statement of Fact for Tier III nitrogen oxide (NOx) reductions to a marine diesel engine incorporating a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. The document, issued on 1 November 2011, verifies that the NOx emission measurement results for the engine, fitted with a pre-turbocharger SCR system developed by Hitachi Zosen Corporation…
Breakthrough order for DC technology
ABB wins order to install the first ever DC-based electric solution for a vessel. The Onboard DC Grid will allow vessels to cut fuel consumption and emissions by up to 20 percent. ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won an order from ship owner Myklebusthaug Management to supply the first ever direct current (DC) power grid on board a ship. The equipment will allow a new offshore platform support vessel, under construction in Norway, to operate at the highest energy efficiency level to minimize emissions.
Naval Aviation History in the Making Aboard CVN 77
Unmanned aircraft accomplishes first ever ‘touch-and -go’ aboard aircraft carrier CVN 77. The Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) has begun touch-and-go landing operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush following on board launching. For UCAS-D, this represents the most significant technology maturation of the program. Ship relative navigation and precision touchdown of the X-47B are critical technology elements for all future Unmanned Carrier Aviation (UCA) aircraft.
Salazar Announces Renewable Energy Office
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) will establish a new regional office in 2010 to support renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) off the Atlantic seaboard. The Atlantic OCS Region will be responsible for evaluating permits for renewable energy activities in an effective, efficient and consistent manner while being responsive to the States, developers and other stakeholders. The new office will implement and manage the offshore renewable energy program, including leasing, environmental programs, the formation of task forces, State consultation, and post-lease permitting in Federal waters off the East Coast.
Incat’s High Speed Ferry Anti-Piracy Plan
Incat’s new 367.5 ft ferry for LD Lines, the Norman Arrow, currently runs to the United Kingdom from Tasmania. In order to be prepared for the unlikely event of a boarding attempt by pirates, one of two Masters on board, Captain Guy South comments, “We locked every door and padlocked all the void spaces and access to the cabin was restricted to the port aft door only. We also posted an extra lookout aft throughout the high risk area. “The Norman Arrow’s speed was increased from…
Top Brass Witness Future of Naval Aviation Unfold
The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completes the first ever carrier-based arrested landing on board 'USS George H.W. Bush' off the coast of Virginia. "It isn't very often you get a glimpse of the future. Today, those of us aboard USS George H.W. Bush got that chance as we witnessed the X-47B make its first ever arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "We have certainly come a long way in the 102 years since Eugene Ely made the first arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier.
Wärtsilä's Propulsion For First CNG Carrier
The world's first ever carrier vessel for compressed natural gas (CNG) is to be powered by an integrated Wärtsilä propulsion system, chosen for its energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The vessel is being built at the Jiangsu Hantong shipyard in China ordered by CIMC ENRIC and designed by CIMC ORIC for end user Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), the Indonesian state owned energy company. The order with Wärtsilä was placed during the fourth quarter, 2014. The new vessel will feature a 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engine operating primarily on gas.
New Wärtsilä X72 Powerplant Passes Crucial Test
Wärtsilä said that the first ever Wärtsilä X72 mid-bore, low-speed engine has successfully passed the factory acceptance test. This milestone verifies that the engine fulfils the design criteria for performance and functioning, and that it has been accepted by the customer and the Lloyd's Register of Shipping classification society. The tests were carried out at the Doosan Engine Co. Ltd factory in South Korea, where the engines are being produced under license from Wärtsilä. Wärtsilä launched its low-speed Generation X engine series in May 2011. The Wärtsilä X72 engine offers exceptional efficiency and fuel consumption performance to provide a favourable Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI).
India, Australia Pitch Maritime Drill
With increased awareness that strategic and security interests are converging given the geopolitical situation, India and Australia have agreed to hold their first ever bilateral naval exercise in this year and are planning to make the joint war game a regular feature in coming years. India, Japan and Australia have decided to deepen their ties in all sectors, especially in the field of maritime security, defence sources said. Sources say that plans for a trilateral exercise including Japan is also on the list.
Adani Start Developing Transshipment Port at Vizhinjam
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd, (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of the Adani Group, today formally began development of India’s first ever and ambitious international transhipment project in Vizhinjam, Kerala. It shall be completed within the stipulated time period of four years. Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Oommen Chandy, along with Union Minister for Transport, Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Chairman of Adani Group, Mr. Gautam…