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ClassNK Registers 25 Million Gross Tons in 2012

ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda

Classification society ClassNK has announced its official registration figures for 2012, revealing that the Tokyo-based society registered nearly a thousand vessels totaling more than 25 million gross tons in 2012. The announcement was made on 28 January 2013 following the January meeting of the ClassNK Classification Committee, which reviews and certifies all registrations and certifications made to the ClassNK register. Figures released by the Committee reveal that ClassNK newly registered 964 vessels totaling 25.7 million gross tons in 2012…

HMM’s Cargo Processing at Busan Port Hit Record

Graph: Hyundai Merchant Marine

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced that its cargo processing at Busan Port, the largest sea gateway in Korea, has hit a new record. HMM handled 167,018 TEUs of cargo through the port in July, increased by 93 percent year-over-year. HMM has previously set a record of handling over 150 thousand TEUs in Busan Port in April and successfully set a new record of handling over 160 thousand TEUs after just three months. Transit cargo, in particular, has recorded 85,717 TEUs - soaring 133 percent year-over-year.

Panama Canal Sets Cargo Record

On March 16 the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) set a new significant record. were transported through the Canal. recorded 934,488 PC/UMS tons of cargo. four vehicle carriers and three cruise ships. long. And, of the cruise ships, one ship was 900 feet long and another measured 800 feet. totaling $3,563,490.55. "We are very pleased with the new record we have set," said ACP Administrator Alberto Alemán Zubieta. goods to market from Asia to the U.S. East Coast and vice-versa," Alemán added. increased capacity. tugboats and the deepening of Gatun Lake.

Panama Canal Sets Record in Tons of Cargo

March 16 was a great day for the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) as a new significant record was set. More than one million (1,005,551) Panama Canal/Universal Measurement System (PC/UMS) tons of cargo were transported through the Canal. This new record breaks the recent July 3, 2003 figure of a recorded 934,488 PC/UMS tons of cargo. Contributing to the tonnage were the Canal traffic of seven container vessels, 11 dry bulk carriers, four vehicle carriers and three cruise ships. Of the seven container vessels, five were 900 feet long. And, of the cruise ships, one ship was 900 feet long and another measured 800 feet. In addition, total Canal revenue, generated from tolls, exceeded three and one half million dollars - totaling $3,563,490.55.

Ice Free Arctic?

Photo Credits: NASA/Kate Ramsayer

Arctic melting slowed enough in midsummer that scientists don't expect this year's sea ice minimum to set a new record. This year’s melt season in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas started with a bang, with a record low maximum extent in March and relatively rapid ice loss through May. The melt slowed down in June, however, making it highly unlikely that this year’s summertime sea ice minimum extent will set a new record. “Even when it’s likely that we won’t have a record low, the sea ice is not showing any kind of recovery.

Port of Ystad Posts Record First Half

(Photo: Port of Ystad)

Port of Ystad, which saw record-breaking volumes in 2015, continues reaching new record numbers in 2016 for traffic to and from Poland and the Danish island of Bornholm. The number of ton goods, trucks, busses, cars and passengers all showed an increase during the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year. The biggest reported increase was the number of trucks with an 18.6 percent increase. In total 110,000 trucks passed through the port – a new record for Port of Ystad. The number of ton goods surpassed 1,650,000, also a port record with a 13 percent increase.

Russia Sets Oil Production Record for 2015

Courtesy Arctic Info

Against the backdrop of a sharp drop in oil prices sharply increased their exports, Russia has set a new record for oil production in 2015. This is a new record for oil production (including gas condensate) - 534 081 000 tons, which is 1.4% higher than in 2014, reports "Interfax" referring to the data of the Central Supervisory Control fuel and energy complex. The leader was the company "Bashneft". Others are "Gazprom Neft", "Surgutneftegaz" and reduced "Rosneft", "Lukoil" and "Slavneft".

SMET Sets Record

Superior Midwest Energy Terminal (SMET) in Superior, Wis., loaded 2,548,173 net tons of coal in July, a new record for the most coal to be shipped by a single dock in one month in the entire history of Great Lakes shipping. The previous peak was 2,468,619 net tons loaded at the Chesapeake & Ohio dock in Toledo in October 1946. Before that, the record was held by Sandusky - 2,200,737 net tons in October 1944. For the season, coal loadings at SMET stand at 8,208,187 net tons, essentially the same level as a year ago.

Vale: Q4 Iron Ore Output a Record

Brazilian miner Vale SA said on Thursday it produced 88.4 million tonnes of iron ore in the fourth quarter, a new record for the company.   The world's largest producer of the steel-making raw material also produced 82,700 tonnes of nickel and 1.59 million tonnes of coal in the period.   For full-year 2015, Vale produced 345.9 million tonnes of iron ore and 291,000 tonnes of nickel.     (Reporting by Jeb Blount and Luciana Bruno; Editing by Mark Potter)

Houghton Offshore Helps Set Another Record

Houghton Offshore has enabled the Transocean Sedco Forex to set a new world record for the deepest well drilled to date. The drillship Discoverer Spirit used a subsea blowout preventor (BOP), operating on a 2 percent mixture of Houghton Stack Magic 200 BOP fluid, as it drilled at 9,727 ft. below sea level in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, surpassing the previous record of 9,687 ft. set earlier this year. "The previous world record had been set on that same drillship using Houghton's BOP fluid in June 2001," explains LeeRoy J. Patin, Global Offshore manager at Houghton Offshore, a division of Houghton International specializing in the manufacture and formulation of water-based fluids for oil and gas production and exploration equipment.

Ship Loading Indiana Steel For Export to Spain

About 11,000 tons of Indiana-made steel will set sail for Spain. The Julietta arrived at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor and was being loaded with hot-rolled steel coils from Mittal Steel in East Chicago, Ind. This is the first export shipment of steel through the Port of Indiana since 2005. There were a few export steel shipments between 2003 and 2005 – just over 55,000 tons total. In 1995, the port handled an all-time high 243,000 tons of exported steel. The shipment is destined for Pasajes, Spain. Federal Marine Terminals, which serves as the port’s general cargo stevedore, will load the vessel today and tomorrow. Since the Port of Indiana also has year-round access to the inland river system…

Immarsat FleetBroadband Supports Solo Circumnavigator

Guo's 40-ft yacht will be equipped with a FleetBroadband terminal provided by Inmarsat which will help him send back video and pictures and assist him in plotting a safe course as he attempts to cover 21,600 nautical miles in 130 days. For his latest challenge, Guo, the first Chinese to cross the Atlantic single-handed, in a 21ft (6.5m) yacht, will depart from his home city of Qingdao, China, in November, to head east to Cape Horn, South America. Inmarsat Executive Chairman, Andrew Sukawaty, commented: "We first met Guo Chuan as MCM on Green Dragon during the previous Volvo Ocean Race. We were all impressed by his courage and tenacity.

ABB HVDC Technology Aids Offshore Wind Power Transmission

World’s most powerful HVDC Light® sets new record voltage level of ±320 kV- more than 50 per cent higher than existing record. The HVDC Light converter station was energized at the Dörpen West substation in northern Germany, for the Dutch-German transmission system operator, TenneT. This station is the receiving end of the DolWin1 transmission link, which will integrate 800 MW of offshore wind power generated in the North Sea into the European transmission system and will operate at the new record voltage level of +/-320 kilovolts (kV). HVDC Light is a manifestation of HVDC that helps to address the needs of underground and subsea transmission and ABB leads the way in this technology, having delivered more than 20 such converter stations.

APM Terminals Mumbai Hits Record Throughput

APM Terminals Mumbai

APM Terminals Mumbai established a new record for Indian ports by handling a total of 2.01 million TEUs during the Fiscal Year of 2014-15, representing the period between April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. APM Terminals Mumbai is one of three terminals currently operating at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP), India’s largest container port, accounting for 45% of JNP’s throughput, and approximately 20% of India’s total container traffic. Larger vessels of the 9,000 TEU capacity class have begun calling APM Terminals Mumbai since 2013.

Arctic 'Report Card' 2012 Published

Arctic Icebreaker: Photo credit Marcusroos Free GNU License

NOAA publishes its annual report tracking recent Arctic environmental changes. What’s new in 2012? New records set for snow extent, sea ice extent and ice sheet surface melting , despite air temperatures - a key cause of melting - being unremarkable relative to the last decade. Multiple observations provide strong evidence of widespread, sustained change driving Arctic environmental system into new state. Record low snow extent and low sea ice extent occurred in June and September, respectively. Growing season length is increasing along with tundra greenness and above-ground biomass.

Gulftainer’s Khorfakkan Terminal Sets Record Unloading

Image: Khorfakkan Container Terminal

UAE based Gulftainer, a terminal operating and logistics company, set a new record for the handling of the largest unloading and loading of a single vessel call at its Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT), at 19,561 TEUs (Twenty-foot equivalent unit). It handled 19,561 20-foot-equivalent units of containers in 54.4 hours on a single call at its Khorfakkan Container Terminal in at Sharjah. The terminal staff completed the record breaking call of the CMA CGM Jules Verne container ship with the help of 11 cranes.

Hyundai Sets Record for Monthly Output

Reports indicate that Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., said yesterday that it set in December a new record in the monthly output of large ship engines. Hyundai Heavy produced 17 large ship engines capable of generating a total of 890,000 horsepower last month, well above its previous record of 760,000 horsepower in June, the company said. The record is attributable to the company's expansion of its facilities, installation of new equipment and increased efforts to clinch orders, Hyundai said. December's engine output is more than three times the monthly average of 250,000 horsepower by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Japan's industry leader, Hyundai said. Source: Hearald International Tribune

Petrobras Sets Record in Brazil

Consolidated Oil and Gas Petrobras in Brazil and abroad, production amounted to 2 million 795 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe) in October. This volume was 0.5% higher than in September, which was 2 million 781 thousand boe. Oil production in Brazil grew by 0.4% compared to September, and reaches a new high. Oil production from Petrobras in Brazil reached in October average of 2 million 126 thousand barrels / day (bpd), 0.4% higher than what occurred in September, 2 million 118 thousand bpd. This volume represents a new record, surpassing the previous high, reached in December 2010 at 4800 bpd. October was the ninth consecutive month of growth in oil production company in the country.

MAN B&W Brand Sets New Record

MES cumulative (total) production of MAN B&W engines MAN Diesel’s Japanese licensee, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (MES), is celebrating a new milestone with its cumulative production of MAN B&W branded engines reaching the 60-million-BHP mark at the end of last month, a world record for a single brand. The new mark comes hard on the heels of the 50 million BHP mark, which MES reached just three years ago. This is in great part due to MES extending its production facilities within the last few years, pushing its capacity to an impressive 5 million BHP per year. The new record came into being with the completion of an MAN B&W 6S50MC-C Mark 7 engine at MES’s Tamano Works on March 26.

Great Lakes Crisis Continues: Dredging and Water Both Needed

Lake Michigan-Huron sets all-time record for lowest monthly water level. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District through its Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office reports a preliminary new record low water level for Lake Michigan-Huron for the second month in a row. The new record low of 175.57 meters or 576.02 feet is not only the lowest January monthly average water level ever recorded, but also the lowest monthly average ever recorded for any month over the official period of record for Great Lakes water levels, which extends back to 1918. The Corps issues water level forecasts for the Great Lakes in coordination with Environment Canada…

Transocean Sets World Water-Depth Drilling Record

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) today announced that the ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 has set what the company believes is a world record for the deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig of 10,194 feet of water while working for Reliance Industries offshore India. The rig, which is owned by a joint venture with Quantum Pacific Group, surpassed Transocean's prior record of 10,011 feet of water, set in 2003 by the Discoverer Deep Seas working for Chevron in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Port of Le Havre's Container Traffic Up by 5.7 Percent

The Port of Le Havre set a new record for general cargo in 2001 with 18 million metric tons (MT), an increase of 5.2 percent from 17.1 MT in 2000, according to preliminary traffic statistics. Overall traffic at the port rose to 69.5 MT from 68 MT in 2000. Within the general cargo category, container traffic showed robust growth to 14.6 MT, an increase of 5.7 percent over 2000's figure of 13.8 MT. The port handled around 1,525,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2001, with transshipment accounting for 25.9 percent of this traffic, compared with 20.6 percent recorded in 2000. The Port of Le Havre’s increasing role as platform for transshipment of cars in Europe was confirmed by new car traffic moving through its Ro-Ro facilities (nearly 600,000 cars).

ABS Reports Strong Performance in 2001

ABS Chairman and CEO Frank J. Iarossi has reported continued strong performance by the classification society and its affiliate, the ABS Group of Companies Inc. in 2001. Iarossi reported that the ABS-classed fleet had reached a new tonnage record of 360 ft. (109.8m) gt in October 2001. He also noted that a significant contribution came from the expanding risk management and associated activities of the principal operating subsidiary, ABS Consulting. Consolidated gross revenues for ABS and the ABS Group of Companies increased 3.6 percent over 2000 to a new record $370.9 million, reflecting the continuing steady growth of the organization's non-classification activity.

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