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24 Jun 2019

Trump: Other Nations Should Do More to Protect Tankers

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that other countries, including China and Japan, should protect their own oil tankers in the Middle East."So why are we protecting the shipping lanes for other countries (many years) for zero compensation," Trump said on Twitter. "All of these countries should be protecting their own ships on what has always been a dangerous journey."Trump made the comments amid an escalation in tensions with Iran, as Washington has blamed Tehran for attacks on two oil tankers, owned by Japan and Norway, in the Strait of Hormuz and the downing of a U.S.

17 Jun 2019

Atlantic Towing Buys Norwegian-built PSV

Photo: Atlantic Towing Limited

Canadian-based Atlantic Towing Limited said it has entered into a contract with Norwegian builder Havyard Ship Technology for the purchase of a Havyard 833 WE platform supply vessel (PSV), the Atlantic Harrier, for delivery in April 2020.Designed and built by Havyard Ship Technology, the Atlantic Harrier is an 89.7-meter vessel with a 1,002-square-meter deck area, significant cargo tankage, and accommodations for 54 people. The vessel possesses an Ice Class 1B notation and is…

06 Jun 2019

BMT Scores US Offshore Wind Contract

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BMT said on Thursday it has been awarded a contract to design two crew transfer vessels (CTVs) to be deployed for Windserve Marine to service Ørsted’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project in the US.BMT has designed the new 20-meter CTV specifically for East Coast conditions with maneuverability, performance and redundancy in mind while reaching a top speed in the region of 28 knots. The design is a fully-classed vessel ensuring the highest of build standards. Carrying 20 passengers…

20 May 2019

Damen Completes 'Methane Princess' Repairs

Pic: Damen Shipyards

France-based Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr), which focuses on the ship repair and conversion of seagoing and offshore vessels, successfully carried out repairs to the hull of the 266-metre, 138,000m³, LNG Carrier LNG Methane Princess.In order to achieve this in the minimum time it was done while the vessel was both afloat and with the cargo tanks holding either some liquefied gas and gas vapour.The damage, which occurred above the waterline on the aft starboard side, was the result of a collision with a harbor tug while berthing at the Punta Europa LNG Terminal (EG LNG) in Equatorial Guinea.

07 May 2019

EllaLink Begins Marine Route Survey

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EllaLink, a planned submarine cable linking Brazil and Portugal, announced that Alcatel Submarine Networks has finalized the Cable Route Study and mobilized the marine survey vessel for the EllaLink submarine cable system.The survey will be performed over the coming months and permit acquisition continues in line with EllaLink’s plans to be Ready for Service by the end of 2020.EllaLink is a 4 fiber pair submarine cable system designed to satisfy the growing demand for traffic between Europe and Latin America.

17 Apr 2019

Eimskip, Royal Arctic Line Pact Okayed

Pic: Royal Arctic Line

The oldest shipping company in Iceland Eimskipafélag Íslands (The Icelandic Steamship Company), also known as Eimskip, said that its collaboration with the national carrier of Greenland Royal Arctic Line and an Icelandic shipping company has been approved by the Icelandic authorities.As part of the cooperation, three 2,150 TEU container vessels are being built in China with expected delivery late 2019. Two vessel are being built for Eimskip and one for Royal Arctic Line.The vessels will be used in weekly services between Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Island and Scandinavia.

12 Apr 2019

CLIA: 28.5 Million Cruised in 2018

Graphics: Cruise Lines International Association

The global cruise passenger continues at a paced growth around the world with an almost seven percent increase from 2017 to 2018, totaling 28.5 million passengers.According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)'s latest global cruise passenger statistics, the average age for a cruise passenger is 47 years.Research also shows North American travelers continue to embrace cruising with an annual passenger increase of nine percent (14.2 million passengers) in 2018.While the cruise sector represents two percent of the overall global travel industry…

28 Feb 2019

ABS Updates Naval Ships Guide

Pic: US Pacific Fleet - Navy.mil

ABS has updated its Guide for Building and Classing International Naval Ships (INS Guide), expanding its guidance to strengthen safety and protection against a range of threats.“ABS is a world leader in naval classification and our 2019 INS Guide takes this to the next level,” said ABS Senior Vice President for Global Government, James Watson. “Naval vessels face an increasingly sophisticated range of threats and the ABS guidance is evolving to keep pace with the challenges they face…

10 Feb 2019

Excelerate FSRUs Hit Send-out Milestone

Pic: Excelerate Energy L.P.

US-based LNG solutions company Excelerate Energy's  Northeast Gateway Deepwater Terminal (Northeast Gateway), located offshore Boston, reached a peak send-out flow rate of over 800,000 MMBTU per day of natural gas on February 1, 2019, a first for the terminal.The operation was completed by two of Excelerate’s floating storage regasification units (FSRUs), Exemplar and Express discharging in parallel through Excelerate’s proprietary offshore buoys.During the coldest days of the year, demand for natural gas from residential customers rises in New England.

01 Feb 2019

Bulk Carrier Rescues Yachtsman

During the rescue (Photo: NYK Group)

Frontier Jacaranda, a bulk carrier operated by NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) NV., rescued a distressed yachtsman on January 18 (local time) in the North Atlantic.While Frontier Jacaranda was navigating for Rotterdam, Netherlands, the vessel received a call from the UK’s Maritime Rescue Coordination Center. The ship immediately headed to the instructed area and rescued a British yachtsman. The individual was in good health and delivered to the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) of the Republic of Cabo Verde on January 20.About Frontier JacarandaCaptain: Edgar Sulpecio C.

18 Dec 2018

French Frigate Shoals: A Canary in the Coal Mine

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French Frigate Shoals are located in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands, between Kauai and Midway. The atoll consists of a twenty-mile long crescent-shaped reef, with 13 coral and sand islands and the 120-foot high volcanic rock Perouse Pinnacle, named for French explorer Jean-Francois de la Perouse, who charted the atoll in 1786 and nearly grounded his two frigates. Tern Island is the largest, covering 105,276 square meters or 26 acres. Second largest is (or was) East Island, with 35…

10 Dec 2018

GREAT WORKBOATS: The Very Best 10 of 2018

Tazlina, built by Vigor

MarineNews showcases the ten best of North America’s 2018 workboat deliveries. Domestic shipyard production is robust, innovative and getting greener. And, that translates into two kinds of ‘green.’As the domestic offshore energy support sector slowly awakens, other sectors have been happy to take the spotlight in its absence. As always, and if a hull was delivered in 2018, we took a look at it, with several areas as a focus for inclusion into this edition. For my part, I’m always excited when the U.S. boatbuilding sector can deliver for a foreign buyer. We’ve checked that box here.

26 Oct 2018

Knud E. Hansen, DTU Aqua Pact on Marine Research Vessel

Image provided by Knud E. Hansen

Danish naval architectural firm Knud E. Hansen has signed a contract with the Technical University of Denmark's DTU Aqua (National Institute of Aquatic Resources) on consultancy assistance for a project study and concept design of a 65M multidisciplinary marine research vessel to replace the aging R/V DANA IV from 1981."Knud E. Hansen signed the contract on the basis of our references in designing fishing vessels and in-depth know how in marine research vessels and icebreakers for scientific operations…

22 Oct 2018

US Aircraft Carrier in Arctic after Three Decades

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Image: United States Navy

A US aircraft carrier strike group has entered in the frigid waters north of the Arctic Circle for the first time since the Soviet Union collapsed to join a massive NATO naval drill close to Russian border.According to a press communication from the United States Navy,  for the first time in nearly 30 years, a U.S. aircraft carrier entered the Arctic Circle Oct. 19 to conduct operations in the Norwegian Sea.Accompanied by select ships from Carrier Strike Group Eight (CSG-8), the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S.

19 Oct 2018

OOE Recommissions Expedition Cruise Ship

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Canadian operator One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) announced it has recommissioned a 1991-built expedition cruise vessel.RCGS Resolute, previously Society Adventurer and later Hanseatic, was built in the early '90s as one of the industry’s first purpose-built passenger expedition cruise vessels.With the arrival of RCGS Resolute, OOE said it will continue to offer sailings to remote destinations such as Canada’s East Coast, the Canadian High Arctic and Antarctica, and will introduce new destinations including Central and South America as well as the North Atlantic Islands.“One Ocean Expeditions’ fle

28 Sep 2018

U.S. Navy to Commission Submarine Indiana Today

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The U.S. Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS Indiana (SSN 789), during a 10 a.m. (EDT) ceremony today (Saturday, Sept. 29), at the Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Port Canaveral, Florida.The principal speaker will be U.S. Representative Jim Banks from Indiana. Diane Donald, wife of retired Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion from 2004 to 2012, is serving as the ship’s sponsor. She will give the order…

25 Sep 2018

Future USS South Dakota Delivered to US Navy

Official U.S. Navy file photo.

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the 17th submarine of the Virginia class, the future USS South Dakota (SSN 790), on September 24.The next-generation attack submarine began construction in 2013 and is scheduled to be commissioned in early 2019.South Dakota is the seventh Virginia-class Block III submarine. Block III submarines feature a redesigned bow with enhanced payload capabilities, replacing 12 individual vertical launch tubes with two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes, each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles.

09 Aug 2018

ZIM Annouces New Asia - America Network with 2M

File Photo: ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has announced the new Strategic Partnership Agreement with the 2M alliance, details of the new improved Asia - U.S. East Coast – Asia network that are now available.Nissim Yochai, ZIM EVP Trans Pacific Trade, said: "The new alignment will enable ZIM customers to enjoy the best of both worlds: ZIM’s highly reputed personalized service, along with the best-in-market infrastructure and product.”The new upgraded network includes 5 services under the ZIM+2M cooperation…

06 Aug 2018

Cincinnati Teacher Completes Record trans-Atlantic Row

(Photo: Bryce Carlson / Twitter)

Cincinnati schoolteacher Bryce Carlson set a record for the fastest solo unsupported west-east row across the North Atlantic ocean on Saturday and also became the first U.S. citizen to complete the feat.The 37-year-old landed at the port of St Mary's in the Scilly Isles, off the coast of south-west England, some 38 days six hours and 49 minutes after he set off from St John's in Newfoundland.The previous record for the solo west-east crossing was 53 days eight hours and 26 minutes set by Canadian Laval St.

31 Jul 2018

RIB Circumnavigates Iceland in 42 Hours

(Image: Al Seer Marine)

Al Seer Marine and Rafnar, Icelandic marine technology innovators and designers of the Rafnar Hull, have completed a record-breaking 42-hour circumnavigation of Iceland.This news follows the firms' recent partnership announcement for the licensing of the Rafnar Hull. The challenge of circumnavigating Iceland in a small open RIB was an opportunity for Al Seer Marine to gain firsthand experience of the Rafnar Hull in the conditions that shaped it. The journey began in Reykjavík, Iceland, on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 1:20 p.m. and ended on Saturday, June 2nd at 8:00 a.m. in Reykjavík.

23 Jul 2018

Partners Aim to Disrupt the USV Market

(Image courtesy Al Seer Marine)

Abu Dhabi based Al Seer Marine has signed a cooperation agreement with Iceland-based company Rafnar to convert Rafnar’s Embla RHIB platform into an unmanned surface vessel (USV).Rafnar began as a research and development company for the ÖK Hull, a hull platform that ensures endurance, comfort and safety for mariners in the harshest of environments by reducing wave slamming impacts. The company new sells its own vessels and provides licensing opportunities for its ÖK Hull technology to vessel builders.After having developed their individual proprietary technologies…

18 Jul 2018

Shipping Losses Continue to Fall

Graph: Allianz Worldwide

Large shipping losses have declined by 38 percent overall in the past decade, according to the Safety & Shipping Review 2018 by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS).Further, the number of total losses declined by 4 percent to 94 last year, the second lowest number in a decade.“Insurance claims have been relatively benign, reflecting improved ship design and the positive effects of risk management policy and safety regulation over time,” says Baptiste Ossena, Global Product Leader Hull & Marine Liabilities…

10 Jul 2018

Hundreds of Oil Workers Strike in Norway

Photo: Harald Pettersen / © Equinor

Hundreds of workers on Norwegian offshore oil and gas rigs went on strike on Tuesday after rejecting a proposed wage deal, leading to the shutdown of one Shell-operated field and helping send Brent crude prices higher.One union said hundreds more workers would join the strike on Sunday if an agreement over union demands for a wage increase and pension rights was not reached.Royal Dutch Shell said that due to the strike it was temporarily closing production at its Knarr field, which has a daily output of 23…

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