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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Rotterdam Port Signs Pact for Maintenance of Roads, Greenery

From left to right: Leendert Ripping, Director of Aannemingsmaatschappij Van Gelder; Ronald Paul, Director of Infrastructure & Maritime Affairs (COO), and Olaf Janssen, CEO at BTL. Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

The Port of Rotterdam Authority signed agreements with two contractors relating to what is known as the port’s dry infrastructure. One contract covers maintenance of the roads in the port and the other maintenance of the green spaces. Following a tendering procedure, Van Gelder emerged as the best choice for the road infrastructure. The green spaces will be maintained by BTL. Both contracts run for two years and an express wish has been made for them to be extended by eight years. The combined sum of the contracts comes to over 14 million euros for the first two years.

Adani Adds Two New Dredgers to Its Fleet

(Photo: Royal IHC)

India’s largest private multi-port operator Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) inaugurated two new 8,000m3 trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHDs) on January 8. Both dredgers were built by Royal IHC in The Netherlands and recently arrived at Adani’s Hazira Port in Gujarat, India, after their maiden voyage through the Suez Canal. The vessels are the 11th and 12th dredgers supplied by Royal IHC to APSEZ and are among the largest in the Indian fleet of TSHDs. “[The new dredgers] will substantially increase our capacity for dredging.

Gas Natural Fenosa, Baleària Sign LNG Bunkering Deal

Photo: Baleària

Spanish liquefied natural gas (LNG) operator Gas Natural Fenosa signed an exclusive 10-year LNG supply deal with Spanish ferry operator Baleària. According to the company release, the supply contract will initially apply to the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Algeciras, then extended to all the peninsular ports operated by the shipping company together with the entire new fleet powered by this fuel committed to using LNG as an ecological fuel. The president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor…

Berg’s Azimuth Thruster Breakthrough

Berg Propulsion signed a contract with Dubai Shipbuilding and Engineering to deliver its first two production units of Berg Propulsion Azimuth Thrusters (BAT) in early 2010. The BAT is wholly designed within Berg Propulsion Technology, the R&D company within the Berg Propulsion Group. Prior to the delivery of the first two production units, Berg Propulsion will deliver a full scale prototype that will be installed into a Survey Vessel in Sweden in June 2009 enabling Berg Propulsion Technology to evaluate the design, manufacturing and installation process.

Russia's First Borey-class Subs for Pacific Deployment

Borey-class submarine: Photo courtesy of Sevmash Shipyard

Russia’s first two Borey-class strategic submarines will be ultimately deployed with the Pacific Fleet says Defense Minister. The submarines Yury Dolgoruky and the Alexander Nevsky are undertaking test runs in the White Sea and are expected to be commissioned by the end of 2012. “I am absolutely certain that the first two subs will be initially placed with the Northern Fleet and will be redeployed to the Pacific Fleet after all the infrastructure there is ready,” said First Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Sukhorukov recently.

Petronet LNG to Float Subsidiary

Natural gas importer Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL) plans to float a shipping subsidiary overseas to haul gas to its greenfield re-gassification terminal of 2.5 million tonnes per annum capacity proposed at Kochi in Kerala. The diversification plan has been unveiled in the tender conditions stipulated by Petronet for selecting ship owners and operators for transporting LNG to the Kochi terminal. This is a departure from the first two shipping tenders finalized by Petronet for hauling gas from RasGas in Qatar to Dahej in Gujarat, wherein it holds a 15 percent stake each in the first two tankers and 23 percent stake in the third tanker. The recent tender floated by Petronet for time chartering two LNG tankers of 165…

Songa Offshore expects to secure financing for remaining rigs

Norwegian oil driller Songa Offshore is confident it can raise the debt it needs in order to pay for the last two rig newbuilds it has ordered, Chief Executive Bjoernar Iversen told Reuters on Tuesday. The two units have a combined price of just over $1.3 billion and will be used by oil major Statoil. In total, Songa has four new rigs under construction, of which the first two have secured financing. "As we have said earlier we have financing in place on the first two rigs for Statoil and there is good appetite for the next two," Iversen said. The Cat D rigs, tailor made to fit Statoil's needs, each have eight-year contracts plus additional options of up to 12 years. The first two units are due to be delivered in late 2014, while the last ones are due in the second quarter of 2015.

Bollinger Shipyards Deliver DP 2 Tugboat to Crowley Maritime

DP2 Tugboat Ocean Sky: Photo credit Bollinger Shipyards

Bollinger Shipyards have delivered the DP 2 classed 'Ocean Sky', the fourth of four Ocean-class tugs for Crowley Maritime Corporation. The first two Ocean Class vessels, the Ocean Wave and Ocean Wind, classed as DP1, were delivered in Q4 2012. Ocean Sky, sister vessel to the Ocean Sun, was delivered in May 2013. At 156 feet in length, the Ocean Sky and Ocean Sun are 10 feet longer than the first two vessels and are rated at 10,880 HP. The vessels are outfitted for long-range, high-capacity ocean towing…

Robust Commodity Imports Don't Tell the Whole China Story

The improved sentiment surrounding the outlook for China's demand for natural resources is being reflected by rising imports for some major commodities, but as usual it pays to be wary when interpreting the numbers. Customs data released this week shows strong import growth in the first two months of the year in copper and crude oil, a more modest expansion in iron ore and a surge in imports of alumina and bauxite, the main raw materials used to make aluminium. Taken at face value this lends support to the view that China is heading for a better spring season after a gloomy autumn and winter cast a pall over the outlook for demand in the world's largest consumer of commodities.

AUSTAL USA Launch First Two Vessels

Within a busy 18 day period, Austal USA have launched their first two vessels, Anapaula and Veronica from the new, high-tech facility in Mobile, Ala. The 120 man workforce watched with pride as on December 2 and then December 20 each of the vessels made its way onto the launch barge supplied by part owner, Bender Shipbuilding and then on to a dry-dock for floating off. The Austal USA team who have produced these two vessels in just 8 months in the large construction hall on the edge of the Mobile river. These vessels are also the first of a new range of crew boats designed by Austal Ships of Australia which vary in length from 135ft. up to 170ft. While alongside, these vessels will be commissioned followed by sea trials which are already underway for Anapaula, the first to be launched.

AUSTAL USA Launch First Two Vessels

Within a busy 18 day period, Austal USA have launched their first two vessels, Anapaula and Veronica from the new, high-tech facility in Mobile, Ala. The 120 man workforce watched with pride as on December 2 and then December 20 each of the vessels made its way onto the launch barge supplied by part owner, Bender Shipbuilding and then on to a dry-dock for floating off. The Austal USA team who have produced these two vessels in just 8 months in the large construction hall on the edge of the Mobile river. These vessels are also the first of a new range of crew boats designed by Austal Ships of Australia which vary in length from 135ft. up to 170ft. While alongside, these vessels will be commissioned followed by sea trials which are already underway for Anapaula, the first to be launched.

Parana River Push Boats Named at UZMAR Turkey Shipyard

Hidrovias push boat: Image courtesy of Robert Allan Ltd

The first two in a series of 8 in total Robert Allan design SDP 4600 Class push boats have been named at a ceremony in the UZMAR, Turkey shipyard. The shipbuilders say that these are the world’s most powerful diesel electric triple Z-drive shallow draft push boats ever built, able to transport a 16 barge flotilla of 48.000 dwt capacity over a 2500 km range. These push boats were ordered by Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. from the shipyard  in 2013, and the first two of the series named respectively HB HYDRA ASUNCION-PY and HB AQUIARIUS ASUNCION-PY have now been delivered after successful sea trials.

Zim to Container Ships

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. will buy two container ships of 2,450 TEU each, and will have an option to buy two more ships of the same size. Three of the ships are slated for delivery during 2010 and the fourth during the first quarter of 2011. The price of the first two ships is $45.9 million each, and the price of the optional ships is $47.8 million each. Source: Globes Online

This Day in Naval History – April 7

1776 - Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward 1917 - Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the U.S. 1942 - Navy accepts African Americans for general service 1945 - First two Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima): ENS Jane Kendeigh, USNR, and LTJG Ann Purvis, USN 1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle of East China Sea); Yamato, world's largest battleship, and five other ships sunk 1979 - Launching of first Trident submarine, USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Groton, CT (Source: Navy News Service)

Spring Start for New Ferry Boat Construction

Shipyards submitted construction bids in October for the first two Bay Area Water Transit Authority (WTA) vessels. The contract will be awarded in the summer of 2006, with the first boat delivered by late 2007. The vessels will be used as spares until the South San Francisco to East Bay Service is ready for operation in 2008.

This Day in Naval History – April 7

1776 - Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward 1917 - Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the U.S. 1942 - Navy accepts African Americans for general service 1945 - First two Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima): ENS Jane Kendeigh, USNR, and LTJG Ann Purvis, USN 1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle of East China Sea); Yamato, world's largest battleship, and five other ships sunk 1979 - Launching of first Trident submarine, USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Groton, CT (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in U.S. Naval History - April 7

1776 - Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward   1917 - Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the U.S.   1942 - Navy accepts African Americans for general service   1945 - First two Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima): ENS Jane Kendeigh, USNR, and LTJG Ann Purvis, USN   1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle of East China Sea); Yamato, world's largest battleship, and five other ships sunk   1979 - Launching of first Trident submarine, USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Groton, CT   (Source: Navy News Service)

Keppel Hitachi Zosen Garners $161 Million Contract

Singapore-based ship repairer Keppel Hitachi Zosen Ltd said on Monday it won a contract worth about $161 million to build four cable-laying and repair vessels for TyCom Ltd. The company said in a statement that each of the 7,800 dwt ships would be used for installation and maintenance of the Tycom Global Network, a worldwide undersea fiber optic system being deployed by TyCom. Keppel Hitachi had already been awarded an earlier contract in April for two cable-laying and repair vessels. It said the first two vessels would be delivered in 2001 and the other four through 2002

Smit Orders 4 Damen ASD Tugs

Smit and Damen Shipyards Gorinchem signed a contract for four Damen ASD Tugs 3213, a new type of offshore terminal tug, recently developed by Damen. The delivery of the first two vessels is scheduled for mid July 2009 and the remaining two will follow in December of the same year.

Initial Report on Cosco Busan Incident Prepared

The Coast Guard issued a press release stating that the initial report on the COSCO BUSAN incident has been prepared and forwarded to Headquarters for review. The report, prepared by the Incident Specific Preparedness Review (ISPR) team, focuses on the first two weeks of the response to the November 7, 2007 allision of the freighter with a pier of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the ensuing oil spill. Public release of the report is expected in approximately two weeks. source: HK Law

Today in U.S. Naval Hostory: March 6

Watercolor by Oscar Parkes. (U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph)

Today in U.S. 1862 - USS Monitor departed New York for Hampton Roads, Va. 1942 - U.S. 1945 - First two Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima): Nurse (with relative rank of Ensign) Jane Kendeigh, USNR, and Chief Nurse (with relative rank of Lieutenant j.g.) Emily G. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

North Florida Shipyards Installs Spar Deck

North Florida Shipyards completed its contract for the fabrication and installation of a spar deck on RoRo vessel Cape Rise owned by the U.S. Maritime Administration. Completed one week ahead of schedule, this is the third of a three-vessel contract - completed on schedule. The first two of the vessel series, Cape Race and Cape Ray owned by MarAd and operated by Intrepid Ship Management, were also outfitted with a spar deck measuring 42,000 sq. ft., allowing the vessel to carry an increased amount of vehicles.

Marsun Delivers First of Eight Crewboats

In November, Marsun Shipyard of had numbers three and four of an eight vessel crewboat order on the hard, nearing completion. Meanwhile the first two vessels of the order were already at work in the . The 36 by 7.6-meter crew boats are each powered by three Cummins KTA38 M2 engines, each rated for 1350 HP at 1950 RPM. They turn propellers through Twin Disc gears. Auxiliary power for each vessel is a part of Cummins 6BT-powered 90 kW generators.

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