KHI, Island Offshore Terminate Newbuild Contract
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) announced today that the company has decided to terminate, by agreement with Island Navigator I KS, its shipbuilding contract for the top hole drilling/light well intervention vessel, Island Navigator. The yard state that is has been facing difficulties in its engineering process as well as with increases of material costs since the contract was signed. Combined with a common understanding that the environment surrounding the offshore development industry is…
Kawasaki, Island Offshore Drop Shipbuilding Contract
Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has decided to terminate, by agreement with Island Navigator In KS, its shipbuilding contract for the top hole drilling/light well intervention vessel, Island Navigator. The yard state that is has been facing difficulties in its engineering process as well as with increases of material costs since the contract was signed. Combined with a common understanding that the environment surrounding the offshore development industry is, and will be, severe and unpredictable in the period of the Vessel’s remaining construction…
Shipyard Contract Cancelled
Ongoing uncertainty in the global offshore energy sector has claimed another casualty, as Kawasaki Heavy Industries announced that it has terminated -- in agreement with Island Navigator I KS -- the shipbuilding contract for the top hole drilling/light well intervention vessel, Island Navigator. A number of factors were cited in the decision to cease the construction, including difficulties in the engineering process and increased material costs since the signing of the contract…
U.S. Commerce Chief Ross Reportedly Divests Shipping Interests
According to a Reuters report, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has divested his interests in oil tanker company Diamond S Shipping and is in the process of selling off his holdings in another shipping firm, Navigator Holdings, a Trump administration official said earlier this week. Ross had originally intended to retain his shipping interests following his confirmation in February. But the 79-year-old investor came under criticism after disclosures on Sunday that one of Navigator's major clients is the Russian gas company Sibur…
Canoe Crew Glimpses Easter Island
The crew of a replica of an ancient Hawaiian canoe reached their final destination - Easter Island - traveling some 15,000 miles (24,000 km) and using only the stars and weather patterns to navigate. The Polynesian Voyaging Society said the Hokulea, which left Hawaii on June 15 on a voyage that first took them to the Marquesas Islands and Mangareva, was set to land on the remote Chilean island early on Oct. Hawaiian navigator Nainoa Thompson relied on the stars and currents to steer the double-hulled canoe, a wood and fiberglass replica of the type used by ancient Polynesians to settle the Pacific some 2,000 years ago. "They're just very…
NV Charts Debuts New Northeast Regional Chart
One of the most popular boating and cruising areas on the U.S. East Coast, the region from Long Island, New York to Nantucket, is now available in improved format and readability from NV Charts. Region 3.1: Rhode Island to Nantucket Sound, including the waters from Watch Hill, R.I. to Chatham, Mass., on the lower end of Cape Cod, includes Nantucket, the Elizabeth Islands and Buzzard’s Bay, Block Island, Block Island Sound and all of Narragansett Bay. The nv charts Region 3.1 set is provided in paper and digital format for sailors…
USNS Amelia Earhart's Honors Ship's Namesake
Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart paused its maiden MSC mission to pay respect to the ship's namesake at the site where the famed aviator disappeared July 2, 1937. As the sun began to set over Howland Island in the Central Pacific Ocean, the ship's crew took a quiet moment to hold a wreath laying ceremony in the area where Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan are believed to have perished during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. "Despite all of her accomplishments, Amelia Earhart was known as a very private person," said Capt.
Gladding-Hearn Begins Rhode Island Ferry Build
Massachusetts based shipbuilder Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, said it has begun building a second high-speed passenger ferry for Rhode Island Fast Ferry, Inc., scheduled to be delivered in 2019.The new 320-passenger, all-aluminum catamaran will operate on a new seasonal route between Quonset Point, R.I. and Block Island.The newbuild follows the 2012 delivery of Ava Pearl, the operator’s first high-speed catamaran built by the Somerset, Mass., shipyard, which…
SeaWave Introduces SeaWave Navigator
SeaWave LLC released its newest maritime communications software, SeaWave Navigator Version 1.1. SeaWave Navigator is a low-cost, user-friendly communications solution, providing Internet e-mail, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) color weather charts, NOAA text weather forecasts, and other communication services to professional mariners. SeaWave Navigator is the software component of SeaWave’s marine communications system, which utilizes high frequency (HF) radio technology to securely transmit digital data to vessels at sea. Eliminating the need for costly capital investment, SeaWave Navigator employs standard Single Sideband (SSB) hardware and does not require specialized and expensive equipment.
Ice Navigation System Selected for Magne Viking
Rutter Inc. announced that Viking Ice Consultancy selected the sigma S6 Ice Navigator system for installation on the Magne Viking, the first vessel to comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Polar Code approved by DNV GL. Rutter’s sigma S6 Ice Navigator system enables vessels operating in ice to differentiate between open water, ice pans, open water leads in ice fields and the ice ridges that impact operations in ice zones. Its high resolution image processing provides enhanced ice imaging for detection and tracking.
The Navigator of Nautical Institute goes Greek
The Nautical Institute, in cooperation with HELMEPA, launched a Greek language version of its popular free magazine, The Navigator at Posidonia. In order to promote professionalism at sea, it is vital that we recognise and support the importance of the marine navigator. The Navigator does this by providing vital information about professionalism and safety in an engaging and highly visual manner. “Navigators are not simply trained in a classroom and then sent to sea to perform their task unsupported. They need to be continually stretched and developed, both formally and informally,” said David Patraiko, Director of Projects at The Nautical Institute, speaking at the launch.
WL Ross Invests in Navigator Holdings LTD
WL Ross & Co. and Navigator Holdings Ltd. have entered into a definitive agreement for WL Ross to acquire up to 19.4% of Navigator's common stock for a total of US$62.5 million in order to provide additional capital resources for the company's growth program. Up to two designees of WL Ross & Co., including Wilbur Ross, Jr., Chairman of WL Ross & Co., will join the company’s board of directors. “We see very substantial opportunities in the global transportation industry, particularly rail and marine shipping,” said Mr. Ross. “Navigator is a leader in the handy-sized shipping segment, which has excellent fundamentals and a positive outlook as global shifts in demand for liquefied petroleum gas and other petrochemicals increase opportunities for efficient…
Marquette Transportation Chooses Jeppesen Marine’s Workboat Navigator
Marquette Transportation Company, headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky, has selected Jeppesen Workboat Navigator for its fleet of over 80 inland towboats. As one of the nation’s larger inland river transporters, Marquette transports agricultural products, aggregates, liquids and construction products to points along America’s inland waterway network. Jeppesen Workboat Navigator is an information service that provides mariners with a combination of detailed vector-based digital marine charts, location-based data, such as Notices to Mariners, and input from onboard sensors, such as GPS, radar, AIS, heading sensors, and onboard cameras. Jeppesen…
DNV GL Revamps Port Clearance Software
DNV GL announced the release of its new Navigator Port 2 software, an overhaul of DNV Navigator. According to DNV GL, the upgraded port clearance software aims to achieve a new level of usability, with a new and intuitive structure and interface. Navigator Port 2, previously called DNV Navigator, has taken a leap forward in ease-of-use. The interface has been improved. It is now more intuitive and efficient, with a work-oriented process that is easier to understand and navigate within.
Maersk Tankers Exits Handygas With Vessel Sale
Maersk Tankers exits its Handygas segment by selling all 11 vessels to Navigator Gas. The divestment allows Maersk Tankers to focus on fewer segments and releases capital for future investments. Hanne B. Sørensen, CEO Maersk Tankers, said: "Navigator Gas presented us with a great business proposition that supports our aim to simplify and release capital for future investments. The sale affects around 300 seafarers on the Handygas vessels. It is expected that all seafarers will be transferred to other vessels in the Maersk Tankers fleet or be offered employment by Navigator Gas. Maersk Tankers is working closely with Navigator Gas to ensure a smooth transition of the vessels andto support the employees in the period of change.
ABS Classes World’s Largest LNG Powered Ethane Carrier
ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries,has confirmed that the ABS-classed Navigator Aurora, the world’s largest ethane/ethylene capable liquefied gas carrier, has been delivered to Navigator Gas by Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, China. The Navigator Aurora is the first of four Navigator Gas ethane/ethylene midsize vessels to be delivered with ABS Class during 2016 and early 2017. It has a cargo carrying capacity in excess of 37,000 cbm and is fitted with dual fuel engines that enable the ship to operate on either diesel fuel or LNG, making it capable of meeting the most stringent current and future air emissions requirements.
RMS St. Helena to Return as Anti-piracy Armory Vessel
The RMS St. Helena, Britain’s last working postal ship, was for nearly three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity’s remotest islands and the outside world.Now the ship, cherished by the 4,500 residents of British-ruled St. Helena, will start a new life as a floating armory, packed with automatic weapons, bullet-proof jackets and night vision goggles, all stored for maritime security operatives.Renamed the MNG Tahiti, the 340-foot ship will undergo some tweaks…
Wallem Chooses DNV Navigator
Wallem installs DNV Navigator to its fleet of more than 190 ships. Wallem Ship Management in Hong Kong has ordered DNV Navigator for its managed fleet of more than 190 ships. The contract also includes the Work and Rest Hours module allowing for compliance with international legislation on rest hours for seafarers. DNV Navigator is a dedicated decisions support tool for assisting the Master in handling the administrative and regulatory complexity of port operations. The new contract is the largest ever signed for DNV Navigator.
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 Preview
B&G, official supplier to The Volvo Ocean Race, has teamed up with journalist and author Mark Chisnell to create a series of weekly blogs providing behind the scenes insights into the race’s tactics and results. Starting with a preview of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 from Alicante to Cape Town, the former America’s Cup Navigator, sailing journalist, marine electronics expert and author will provide B&G with exclusive weekly, in-depth technical analysis of the action as it unfolds on the racecourse.
Navigator Gas Signs up for ShipServ
Navigator Gas, one of the world’s largest LPG vessel operators, has recently signed up to use ShipServ for all its procurement activities. The London-headquartered company recently took its ship management activities in-house based out of its Polish office in Gdynia and is now managing three vessels from Poland. The procurement tools and services available to Navigator Gas include ShipServ’s SpotSource and Supplier Recommendations service. The LPG operator will also use ShipServ’s range of purchasing KPIs based on the trading activities of more than 9,000 vessels.
Fisherman Rescued East of East Caicos Island
The Coast Guard, a good Samaritan and Turks and Caicos Police Maritime Division rescued an overdue fisherman Tuesday approximately 100 yards off the eastern shore of East Caicos Island. Rescued was Timothy Hamilton, 65, of Cockburn Harbor, South Caicos Island. Hamilton was reported overdue to the Turks and Caicos Police Maritime Division Monday, who requested the Coast Guard’s assistance at approximately midnight. Hamilton departed Cockburn Harbor at 7 a.m. Monday and was expected back later in the evening.
Navigator Declares Further Newbuilds
Navigator Holdings Ltd. today announced that it has exercised its last remaining option to construct a 22,000 cubic meter gas carrier at Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co Ltd. in China at the previously agreed construction price of $44 million, with the vessel scheduled for delivery in March 2016. Furthermore, Navigator has entered into a contract with Jiangnan to construct a 35,000 cubic meter gas carrier for delivery in April 2016. This vessel will be the largest ethane gas carrier on the market enabling efficient transportation to our customers for this essential petrochemical feedstock. The company has an option agreement for the construction of up to three further ethane capable 35,000 cubic meter vessels.
Navigator of the Seas To Be Delivered Early
Kvaerner Masa-Yards and Royal Caribbean Cruises have agreed on an earlier delivery date for the cruise ship Navigator of the Seas. The delivery of the cruise ship Navigator of the Seas, now under construction at Kvaerner Masa-Yards' Turku shipyard, will take place six week early, on November 18, 2002. "The earlier delivery date of Navigator of the Seas suites us perfectly, says Jorma Eloranta, president and CEO of Kvaerner Masa-Yards Inc. We are pleased to be able to meet our client's wish for an earlier delivery of the ship and with the positive development of the cruise market."