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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Canada Unveils New Arctic Shipping Safety Regulations

Photo: Transport Canada

Canada's Arctic is a vast and diverse region that is an integral part of this country. Marine transportation in the Arctic connects Canada to other countries and provides an essential lifeline for northern communities. To uphold the Government of Canada's high standards for marine shipping in the north, Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. The regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada's domestic legislation.

Malta Drydocks Re-Organized

Malta’s government must feel (rightfully so) that an $87 million bailout give it management entitlement of beleaguered Malta Drydocks. The government is reorganizing the management of Malta Drydocks in an attempt to revitalize a scant (estimated) one percent of ship repair work in the Mediterranean. Apart from restructuring management, the new business plan would introduce new work practices to increase productivity and beef up marketing, he said. The plan calls for the yard to work closely with Malta Shipbuilding, and share the same chairman.

NOL Removes Foreign Shareholding Limit

Neptune Orient Lines Ltd. (NOL) shareholders approved the removal of the firm's foreign shareholding limit of 49 percent. A 50 percent limit on foreign directors on the NOL board was also removed. NOL officials said that the approval to remove the foreign ownership limit would enable the firm to broaden its shareholder base internationally. The global transportation and logistics company said its shareholders also agreed to introduce new share-based incentive plans for its employees.

GAC Norway Joins 2014 Gaselle List

Mikael Rodseth, General Manager of GAC Norway

GAC Norway AS has been added to the 2014 Gaselle List, a nationally-recognised catalogue of Norwegian businesses that have proven sound finances and sustained growth over a number of years. Only about 5% of the businesses that qualify in terms of annual turnover meet the other requirements for inclusion in the list.

Schaffner EMC's New Literature on ECOsin Active harmonic filters

ECOsine ® Active – new harmonic filters for 690 V systems

Schaffner EMC introduces new literature detailing the company’s ECOsin Active harmonic filters with Germanischer Lloyd approval. This proven technology injects corrective current to immediately compensate harmonics, phase-shift and load-imbalance, making them ideal for use within the marine, offshore and oil & gas industries. These industries increasingly rely on high power AC and DC drives to attain energy efficiency, lower costs of operation, reduced maintenance and lower emissions.

ABS Approves New MOSS-type LNG Tank Concept

ABS informs it has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for a new MOSS-type liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank design concept developed by Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). Designated as an IMO Type B independent tank, the concept takes a new approach by applying a non-spherical tank design to increase the use of space on board an LNG carrier. According to KHI, the non-spherical design concept allows Panamax-size LNG carriers to expand their total carrying capacity to 180,000m³, a 25,000m³ volume increase when compared to using spherical tanks. In issuing its AIP, ABS reviewed the strength and fatigue analysis to support KHI in demonstrating the feasibility of the new concept.

U.S. Submarines Expands

There is a lot happening at U.S. Submarines, Vero Beach, Fla. these days. The company has increased capitalization and expanded, and plans to move to a new facility. Additionally, there are plans to hire new employees, sign new constrcution contracts and introduce new models. The company is currently designing the world's first submarine cruise ship, finalizing a new 18-passenger acrylic tourist submarine design for a U.S. location and setting up two additional new tourist submarine operations, one in Miami and another in Palau. A third submarine has been added to the company's small sub line-up, Triton 650. This is a two-passenger submersible designed to be launched and recovered from a yacht.

Venture Boat Co. Relaunches Itself on Market

Venture Boats 39' Cuddy: Photo credit Venture Boats

Under leadership of new owner, Lee Heaton, US-based Venture Boat Company features modernized new additions to its range. Venture Boat Company has undergone a complete modernization, adding a number of innovative improvements to their existing models, introducing new models and moving production to the world-famous American Custom Yachts (ACY) facility in Stuart, Florida. Through their new partnership with American Custom Yachts, Venture Boats is not only able to provide customers…

Legislation Aims to Boost US Infrastructure Investment

Daniel Webster

Representative Daniel Webster (Fla.-10) issued the following statement after introducing new transportation legislation, H.R. “America’s transportation and infrastructure system is the backbone of our economy and is a critical element for growth and job creation. By prioritizing investable infrastructure, TIFIA 2.0 will improve access to affordable infrastructure financing for states and local governments, promote innovative public-private partnerships and accelerate delivery of large-scale public transportation projects and the jobs that support them.

UASC Reshuffles Weekly Service

Photo: UASC

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has announced a new Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean Express Service (IMEX), providing its customers with optimal coverage from the Arabian Gulf, Indian Subcontinent and Red Sea into West Mediterranean. This new, fixed–day, weekly service is set to replace UASC’s Middle East Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean - US East Coast service (MINA) that currently operates from Middle East to West Mediterranean and the U.S. As part of its global expansion and customer service excellence strategy…

UASC Rolls out Indian Service

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has launched a new Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean Express Service (IMEX) on 26 February, offering coverage from the Arabian Gulf, Indian Subcontinent and Red Sea into West Mediterranean. This new, fixed–day, weekly service is set to replace UASC’s Middle East Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean - US East Coast service (MINA) that currently operates from Middle East to West Mediterranean and the US. The IMEX service rotation, effective February 26th 2016…

UASC Rolls Out New India Subcontinent – Europe Services

Photo: UASC

UASC announced two new Indian Subcontinent – Europe services (IEC1 & IEC2), to better align with its customer's needs, providing a superior service between India Subcontinent and Europe with enhanced reliability and more competitive transit times. These new, fixed day services are set to replace the current IEC1 service. By continuously introducing new and upgrading existing services, UASC can provide its customers with superior service reliability, competitive transit times and improved connections, allowing its customers to avail of new opportunities globally.

Northrop Grumman Debuts Flat-Screen Desktop Marine Radars

Northrop Grumman Corporation introduced new models of desktop marine navigation radars with state-of-the-art, high-resolution, color LCD flat-screen displays. With the introduction of the new flat-screen 180 and 250 models, the entire line of BridgeMaster E radars has now been switched over from CRT to LCD displays, according to John Robinson, strategic business unit director for radars at the company’s Sperry Marine business unit. “We have totally discontinued the use of CRTs in our new BridgeMaster E radar range," said Robinson. "We will, however, continue to support our large base of installed base of CRT radars currently in service for at least the next 10 years,” he said.

Halliburton Introduces New Stimulation Vessel

Halliburton Energy Services, a business unit of Halliburton Company, introduced Stim Star, its new deepwater stimulation vessel, to more than 400 customers in Houston and New Orleans. The vessel is commercially available for service in the Gulf of Mexico. Stim Star is the latest addition to Halliburton's existing state-of-the-art deepwater stimulation fleet, which includes War Admiral and Man-o-War. All three vessels are equipped to deliver Halliburton's latest stimulation technology solutions - Delta FracPac service, water packs, and Sandstone 2000 service - to both deepwater and shelf customers. "The addition of Stim Star expands the rough sea capabilities of Halliburton's Gulf fleet to better handle the deepwater environment," stated HES president Edgar Ortiz.

APL Introduces New Pacific China Express Service

International container shipping carrier APL, has introduced to customers in the Greater China market its new Pacific China Express (PCX) service commencing early May 2006. The new weekly service will depart from Ningbo (Mon) and will call at Shanghai (Tues/Weds), Pusan (Thurs/Fri), Los Angeles (Tues/Wed/Thurs) and Oakland (Fri). The mid-week departure from Shanghai complements existing services departing on Sunday and Monday and will offer greater flexibility for customers. The PCX Service will provide transit times from Shanghai to Los Angeles of 13 days with the same for the reverse journey, which are among the industry’s fastest.

UTEC Announces Important Houston Appointment

Mark Klusza

Leading independent offshore survey company UTEC has announced the appointment of a new Vice President of Measurement Technology at its Houston HQ. Mark Klusza – who holds a Bachelor in Design in Architecture from the University of Florida – brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in the industrial measurement arena. During that time he has owned successful metrology and software companies, and most recently ran the Industrial Measurement and Dimensional Control (IMDC) division for Trimble in the US.

KVH CEO Outlines New Plans at Nor-Shipping 2013

KVH Industries, Inc., is implementing a detailed four-part strategy aimed to bring a variety of economical & convenient content services to mariners for the first time. Martin Kits van Heyningen, President and CEO of KVH Industries, gave details of his plans at the Digital Ship Maritime CIO Forum at the current Nor-Shipping expo in Oslo. The Four-Part Strategy Includes enhancing mini-VSAT Broadband Network Capacity, introducing new TracPhone V-IP Terminals with integrated CommBox Modem (ICM), launching new IP-MobileCast content delivery service, and acquiring leading content provider Headland Media. "Our goal is to offer our customers economical access to all the data they want and need onboard their vessels," concluded Mr. Kits van Heyningen.

Sea Containers Introduce New Fast Craft

Sea Containers introduced the Ancona, Italy to Split, Croatia route operated by its joint venture with SNAV, a subsidiary of the Mediterranean Shipping Company. The seasonal service, which started in 2000 and has carried nearly 75,000 passengers and 15,000 vehicles to date, has proved so popular that a larger craft is needed. The high speed catamaran Felix which was built in 1996 and previously operated between Spain and Morocco, will appear in the now familiar Croazia Jet livery. It will enter service early on June 8th until late September 2002. The craft has capacity for 676 passengers, 156 vehicles and up to 10 coaches. A business class section with private bar, two passenger decks and a large duty free shop are amongst the many on board features for passengers.

U.S. Navy Presents Shipbuilding Plan to Congress

The following statement has been issued by Rear Admiral John Kirby, Navy Chief of Information:
 "Today we provided Congress information tables from our draft 30-year shipbuilding plan. We believe the information found in these tables clearly articulates our intention to modernize and grow the fleet to our required minimum of 306 ships. We have been upfront and transparent about the need to decommission older ships, while at the same time introducing new and more capable platforms. Both Secretary Mabus and Admiral Greenert have been clear about the need to further our success in shipbuilding. Indeed, under Secretary Mabus' leadership the Navy has put 43 new ships under contract. We look forward to working with the Congress to discuss the way forward."  

More Ships to Bangladesh Shipbreakers

Chittagong-based ship-breakers imported 42 large-sized recyclable ships in February and March this year at a cost of US$ 45 million, according to Jasim Khan's news report in the Financial Express. Industry sources said the ships will be able to supply about one million tonnes of MS rod -- a major construction material -- against the annual national demand for four million tonnes. The government earlier suspended import of recyclable ships for about a year to reduce related accidental and environmental hazards. Later on, it introduced new rules for ship breaking, and formed a Ship Breaking Cell at the Ministry of Industries to implement the rules.

Join Schedule 80 Carbon Steel Pipe without Hot Works

VE416FSD (Image: Victaulic)

Pipe joining solutions manufacturer Victaulic has introduced new roll sets for the VE416FSD roll grooving tool that permit roll grooving of 2- to 6-inch Schedule 80 carbon steel pipe. According to the manufacturer, the new capability enables Schedule 80 pipe—commonly used for corrosive services—to be grooved and joined with Victaulic couplings for approved applications, eliminating the need to weld. The VE416FSD roll grooving tool aims to simplify and speed up pipe-end preparation in the field, fabrication shop and shipboard applications.

New Universal High Speed Data Logger

Image: OMEGA

OMEGA Engineering has introduced new multi-channel universal input touch screen portable data loggers. Designed and manufactured by OMEGA, the OM-DAQXL Series is a new OMEGA exclusive portable handheld data logger that delivers high performance and functionality, the manufacturer said. This series offers 8 or 16 universal analog inputs, fast sampling rates, large data storage and a 7-inch TFT color touch screen display offering advantages such as an intuitive user interface, easy channel configuration, data logging and play back, and many more.

RCL Profits Rise, Shares Fall

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL), the world's number two cruise group, said on Thursday that profits rose 16 percent to a record in 2000 but predicted stiff competition in 2001. RCCL shares dipped 13.5 Norwegian crowns ($1.50) to 239.5 on the Oslo bourse after trading around 250 just before the results, which were slightly below analysts' forecasts. The group said earnings per share rose to $2.31 in 2000 from $2.06 in 1999, or net earnings of $445 million from $384 million. But fourth quarter earnings per share fell to $0.16 from $0.19 on net earnings of $38 million versus $30 million. Revenues for the fourth quarter were up to $642 million from $584 million. The EPS for the full year was just below expectations in a Barra survey of 20.87 Norwegian crowns ($2.32) for 2000.

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