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Yanmar Rolls Out New Marine Power Offerings

3JH40 inboard engine (Photo: Yanmar)

Yanmar has already introduced several new products for the marine market in 2018, including a new common rail inboard marine diesel engine touted as the world's smallest, higher horsepower offerings in its mid range series, and expanded joystick controls. Yanmar Marine International has launched the latest addition to its family of new generation common rail (CR) diesel engines, the compact Yanmar 3JH40 inboard engine, at boot Düsseldorf. The three-cylinder 3JH40 has been developed as the marine industry’s smallest CR inboard diesel engine, Yanmar said.

Lauritzen Reflags Two Gas Carriers to Denmark

Photo: J. Lauritzen A/S

Lauritzen Kosan has reflagged two of its ships to Denmark for the first time since 2003. The registers of the two vessels, the Helena Kosan and the Linda Kosan, have been changed to the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) as they begin a period time charter which will require an EU flag. “The reflagging of these two gas carriers to Denmark is driven by commercial arguments, and it goes to show that the Danish flag is now very close to being as competitive as Malta, Singapore and the Isle of Man.

VOS Stone Equipped with Ampelmann W2W Gangway

Ampelmann A400 (Photo: Ampelmann)

Vroon Offshore Services and Ampelmann have joined forces to deploy a Walk to Work (W2W) solution for the Arkona offshore wind farm, located in the German Baltic Sea. Vroon’s VOS Stone vessel, the newest addition to its offshore-support fleet, will be mobilized with an Ampelmann A400 gangway system. The gangway, launched in 2017, will be utilized for the first time for W2W operations during array cabling work and commissioning of the Arkona offshore wind farm. The A400 gangway system…

Norway SWF Dumps 3 Shipping Firms

Photo: Studio Fasching, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2017 -  NGO Shipbreaking Platform

The Norwegian Central Bank  has decided to exclude ship owners Evergreen Marine Corporation, Precious Shipping, Korea Line Corporation and Thorensen Thai Agencies from the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG). The exclusion is based on the companies’ poor management of their end-of-life ships and the sale of these for dirty and dangerous shipbreaking on the beaches of Gadani, Pakistan and Chittagong, Bangladesh. The Norwegian Council on Ethics directs the Norwegian Central Bank…

India's Oil Imports Surged in 2017

© Igor Yu. Groshev / Adobe Stock photo

India's oil imports rose by about 1.8 percent in 2017 to a record 4.37 million barrels per day (bpd) as the country boosted purchases to feed its expanded refining capacity, ship-tracking data obtained from sources and data compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Research & Forecasts showed. To meet its growing fuel demand India, the world's third-biggest oil consumer, raised its refining capacity in the second half of 2017. India's capacity expansion to about 5 million bpd was aided by Reliance Industries…

ClassNK Register Surpasses 150 mgt Mark

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, also known as ClassNK, announced that the total tonnage of the ships on its register surpassed the 150 million gross ton mark for the first time ever this month. This is the first time that any ship classification society has attained this mark. The Classification Committee officially confirmed that the Society had 6,729 ships with a total of 150,048,643 gross tons on its register as of the end of August 2007. The register saw a net increase of 916,304 gross tons for the month, resulting in the total gross tonnage under NK class surpassing the 150 million mark for the first time ever. The NK register has also benefited from the continued robust buoyancy of the global newbuilding market…

Rules For FOC Vessels To Come

Negotiations to adopt international working conditions for seafarers on flag of convenience (FoC) vessels will start for the first time next year. It is the first time shipping employers and unions have agreed to negotiate voluntary terms and conditions on an international level, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the International Maritime Employer Committee (IMEC ) said in a joint statement. "Negotiations will start in February 2000 which will lead to the adoption of a model agreement covering the terms and conditions of employment acceptable to employers and the ITF, which can be brought into effect from January 1, 2001," they said.

Russian-Chinese Naval Drills End

Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan deploys several ZBD-05 infantry fighting vehicles as part of Joint Sea 2015 on Aug. 25, 2015. Chinese MoD Photo

The second phase of the Russian-Chinese Joint Sea-2015 naval maneuvers has officially ended outside the port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, says spokesman for the Eastern Military District Roman Martov. "Today, the exercise commanders from the Chinese and Russian sides announced in their joint headquarters the end of the Joint Sea-2015 (II) drills," he said in an official statement. "The exercise marks not only the first time People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and Russian…

LCS Manchester Completes Acceptance Trials

(Photo: Austal)

The seventh Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) built by Austal, Manchester (LCS 14), has completed acceptance trials December 15 in the Gulf of Mexico, marking the final significant milestone prior to the warship’s delivery in early 2018. This milestone achievement involved the execution of intense comprehensive tests by the Austal-led industry team while underway, which demonstrated to the Navy the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. LCS 14 will be the second Independence-variant LCS Austal delivers to the Navy in less than six months.

Cruise Ship Makes Historic Trip from US to Cuba

Adonia sails into Havana (Photo: Carnival Corporation)

Cruise ship MV Adonia sailed into Havana this morning, completing the first leg of its historic inaugural voyage to Cuba that began on May 1, 2016, from Miami, marking the first time in over 50 years that a U.S. cruise line has sailed from the U.S. to Cuba. The Bermuda-flagged ship Adonia, operated by U.S. based Fathom, the 10th and newest brand of Carnival Corporation & plc., was greeted in the Port of Havana by fanfare and a festive celebration. Havana is the first of three destinations that guests will visit as part of the Fathom’s seven-night voyages to Cuba.

Navy Charters Kite-Powered Cargo Ship

For the first time, the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) has chartered a kite-assisted, fuel-saving cargo ship to carry military equipment. MV Beluga SkySails departed , , Oct. 5 after the first of three European port calls to load U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo before the ship's month-long voyage to the . The 400-foot Beluga SkySails is the world's first cargo ship to use a sky sail – a giant, computer-controlled kite that can rise 100 yards into the air and uses wind power to help propel the ship during long ocean transits.

Navy Charters Kite-Powered Cargo Ship

MV Beluga SkySails is the world's first modern partially sail-powered cargo ship. The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command chartered Beluga SkySails to return European-based U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo to the United States.

For the first time, the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command has chartered a kite-assisted, fuel-saving cargo ship to carry military equipment.MV Beluga SkySails departed , , Oct. 5 after the first of three European port calls to load U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo before the ship's month-long voyage to the . The 400-ft. Beluga SkySails is the world's first cargo ship to use a sky sail - a giant, computer-controlled kite that can rise 100 yards into the air and uses wind power to help propel the ship during long ocean transits.

USS Gerald R. Ford on Sea Trials

Photo: United States Navy

The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is underway for its first set of sea trials, known as Builder's Sea Trials (BST). Builder's sea trials provide an opportunity to test systems, components and compartments at sea for the first time. Over the next several days, CVN 78 Sailors, shipbuilders from Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS), the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Naval Sea Systems Command personnel will be working side-by-side testing many of the ship's key systems and technologies.

Asia-Pacific Countries Bond To Protect Vital Sea Lanes

Fifteen ships and 1,500 personnel from 16 Asia-Pacific countries took part in exercises off Singapore on Tuesday with the aim of forging stronger ties to protect the region's vital sea lanes. The first Western Pacific Mine Countermeasure and Diving Exercises will continue until June 22 in the Strait of Singapore and the South China Sea. "The Malacca Strait, Singapore Strait and South China Sea together form one of the busiest shipping lanes in the region," Singapore's Defense Minister said. The defense minister said the drills would promote greater dialogue among the participating countries - Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.

Incat LNG Fast Ferry Begins Trials

Lopez Mena (Photo: Incat)

Incat's dual fuel fast ferry has commenced sea trials in Hobart Tasmania. The 99-meter vessel's twin LNG tanks were loaded with LNG for the first time last week. Testing of the gas system went underway with the GE LM2500 gas turbine engines being run on gas for the first time on May 27 at the wharf and at sea on May 30. The gas trials are scheduled to continue. Lopez Mena (Incat hull 069) was sea trialed with ballast for a 1,460-ton displacement trial comfortably exceeding 50 knots at full power and maintaining a steady 49 knots at 90% power while operating on marine distillate.

Indian Navy Ship To Be Commissioned

A new Indian Navy ship, the INS Jalashwa, will be commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk, the NewsPost reported The Jalashwa was formerly the USS Trenton, an amphibious transport dock ship. The Trenton was decommissioned in January and transferred to the Indian Navy, marking the first time the U.S. has transferred a ship to India. The Indian crew came to Naval Station Norfolk in October 2006 to being training on the ship, which included some at-sea time with the American crew. Friday's commissioning will also mark the first time a ship of this class will enter the Indian fleet. Source: NewsPost

Backing for NEVA 2011 Gathers Pace

Opening ceremony at NEVA 2009                      	    NEVA 2009 saw a record number of both

Support for NEVA 2011, the international maritime conference and exhibition taking place in St. Petersburg between September 20th and 23rd this year, has gathered momentum both within Russia and internationally in recent weeks. The event, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is increasingly being viewed within Russia as not simply a niche maritime exhibition, but as a global business-to-business event. As a result it is being backed by the domestic business community at the highest level.

CMMI's First Life Time Award for Inderjit Singh

Capt Inderjit Singh Receiving Plaque for Lift time Achievement (ext R) from Capt P Mathews (Ext R)

The country's largest community of Mariners who had congregated for their Annual Meet yesterday under the banner of the Company of Master Mariners' of India (CMMI) extended their greatest honor to one of the founders, the 92-year old Capt Inderjit Singh. In the presence of over 1,000 strong gathering Capt Philip Mathews, Chairman of CMMI presented Capt Singh with the most prestigious "CMMI Lift Time Achievement Award", which the august body is bestowing for the first time in its nearly 60 years history.

Containership to Become Gigantic Artwork

Artist JR will turn CMA CGM Magellan into a giant piece of art (Photo courtesy of CMA CGM)

The CMA CGM Group announced that CMA CGM Magellan, a 365-meter containership, will be covered by a collage made by French artist JR on more than 150 containers as part of “Terre d’Eaux” festival. For the first time, a containership will be turned into a work of art welcoming on his front side a JR‘s monumental collage. Thanks to the technique of photo collage, French artist JR exhibits on walls throughout the world, in Los Angeles, Paris, Brazil, India or Kenya, catching the attention of those who do not usually visit museums.

U.S. Brig Niagara at Great Lakes Shipyard

The U.S. Brig Niagara, Erie, Pennsylvania’s Flagship, arrived at Great Lakes Shipyard for routine drydocking and repairs. The vessel was hauled out using the Marine Travelift, and the work on the vessel will be completed in approximately two weeks. This marks the first time Great Lakes Shipyard has hauled out a tall ship using their Travelift as well as the first time the US Brig Niagara  has been hauled out with a Travelift. According to the yard, this project demonstrates another example of the diversity of Great Lakes Shipyard’s service capabilities and experience in wood…

Shipyard Workers Rally

Union steelworkers poured through the streets of on Friday as shipyard officials and steelworkers prepare to hammer out a contract for the first time in four years. United Steelworkers Local 8888 represents roughly 7,000 workers in Northrop Grumman's shipyard, and about 500 members marched past the shipyard gates along chanting for higher wages, better pensions and an upgraded health care plan. Steelworker negotiators and company executives are expected to discuss the new contract for the first time on Sept. 3.  The current contract, signed in 2004, expires at midnight Oct. 26. That deal was signed without incident, but in 1999, the steelworkers went on strike for 17 weeks while negotiating teams tried to reach an agreement. Source:  The Daily Press

HAL Ships Celebrate Historic Meeting

history that two ships on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call. event commemorating the first time in the company's 134-year history that two ships on simultaneous Grand Voyages met at a port of call. Presented on the ms Amsterdam, the event featured performances by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and a Dubrovnik children's choir. Special guests included His Excellency Robert A. Dubrovnik.

Russia Names Nominee for IMO Secretary General

Vitaly Klyuev (Photo courtesy of IAA PortNews)

The Russian Federation has nominated Vitaly Klyuev, Russia’s Deputy Director of the Department of State Policy for Maritime and River Transport, as a candidate for the post of Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), marking the first time ever that a candidate from Russia will compete for the IMO SG's post. Russia has been a member state of the IMO since the organization’s inception. Voting for the IMO Secretary General post will begin in June 2015, and the new Secretary General will assume the office from January 1, 2016.

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