Hvide New President of NSA
The annual General Assembly of The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association has today elected shipowner Johan G. Hvide, Seatrans DA in Bergen, as President for a two years period. Mr. Hvide was unanimously proposed and was elected by acclamation. Elisabeth Grieg from Grieg International AS in Oslo and Trygve Seglem from Knutsen OAS Shipping AS in Haugesund were elected Vice Presidents. President: Johan G. Kjell E.
Seatrans Ship Management and DNV GL ink ECO Insight contract
The Norwegian company Seatrans Ship Management has signed up 20 vessels to the DNV GL fleet performance management solution ECO Insight. The contract covers 13 chemical tankers and seven dry-cargo vessels. “We need to have full insight into the performance of our fleet and use this to continually improve our operations. ECO Insight will help us to achieve this,” says Gisle Rong, Managing Director Seatrans Ship Management. “The fact that it is also easy to install and allows us to harmonize operational and technical reporting onboard were also important factors for choosing ECO Insight…
Seatrans AS Increases Safeguards
Concateno, a European chemical, drug and alcohol testing provider, has been selected by Norwegian shipping company, Seatrans AS, to monitor the potential exposure of its seafaring crew to benzene. Concateno provides a unique service for monitoring personnel for benzene, and its maritime test service was runner up in the Safety at Sea Seatrade Awards last year. Appointed by Seatrans, Concateno will establish and implement an effective program to test and monitor benzene levels among crew members and assess the risk of exposure onboard Seatrans vessels.
U.S., India to Increase Maritime Security
The U.S. and India agreed to beef up maritime security to prevent the use of shipping containers for smuggling weapons of mass destruction and other trans-national crimes, the Times of India reported. Reaffirming their commitment to the free flow of commerce and to the safety of navigation at sea, the two countries agreed to conclude a Maritime Cooperation Framework to enhance security on the high seas. This will allow the two sides to prevent piracy and other trans-national crimes at sea, carry out search and rescue operations, combat marine pollution, respond to natural disasters, address emergent threats and enhance cooperative capabilities, including through logistics support. (Source: Times of India)
ABS, COSCO Partner on Arctic Shipping Development
Facing changing climate conditions in the Arctic which have effectively generated new opportunities shipping in the region, classification society ABS and commercial shipper China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) have signed a cooperation agreement aiming to enhave trans-Arctic shipping development. Signing the agreement in Shanghai were ABS Greater China Division President and COO Eric Kleess and Captain Meijiang Cai, Director of COSCO Safety & Technology Supervision Division. ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman and COSCO Executive Vice President Yuhang Wang were also in attendance at the signing ceremony.
Harris Corp Acquires CapRock Communications
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CapRock Communications, a global provider of mission-critical managed satellite communications solutions for the energy, government and maritime industries. Established in 1981, CapRock managed network solutions include multiband, portable and fixed satellite communications services supported by its teleports and network operations centers around the globe. CapRock designs, implements and operates these end-to-end managed network solutions under long-term contracts. Under the terms of the agreement, Harris will purchase privately held CapRock for $525m in cash, subject to post-closing adjustments.
Maritime Security for Sustainable Development
A gathering of navy chiefs from around the world have heard how effective, joined-up and forward-looking maritime security can be key to an efficient maritime sector, and, therefore, national and regional economic development. Forty-seven navies, including 29 Chiefs of Navies, and 11 international and national organizations participated in the XI Venice Regional Seapower Symposium in Italy (17-20 October), which was hosted by the Italian Navy under the theme of “Navies beyond traditional roles: crewing efforts to project stability and security from the sea”.
Downloading a Solution
Stricter environmental regulations and soaring fuel prices have vessel owners and operators looking for innovative means to drive their vessels more efficiently and cost-effectively. Shipowners and operators faced with mounting fuel costs and tightening environmental regulations are looking at a big hit to the bottom line, and savvy owners are searching for solutions that show promise to reduce operating costs and emissions. While everything is on the table — from modernized machinery to more efficient coatings — the recent improvement in communications alternatives between ship and shore (ie.
Trans Motor Enters Norwegian Market
Trans Power Ltd. is for the first time exhibiting at Nor Shipping in Lillestrøm. Trans Power Ltd., is now ready to supply the Norwegian market. At Trans Motor Ltd. table C05-02 in Hall C attendees will be able to see Trans Motors Ltd. generators, motors, transformers and ventilation. A generator from MECC Alte will also be there, a market leader in generators in 2-4-6 pole 6.5 to 3000 kVA. Trans Motor Ltd. is a stockists agent in Denmark, Norway, Greenland, Faroe Islands and Iceland, and for the DNV type approved MECC Alte Generators. Trans Motor Ltd. looks forward to meeting interested dealers at the fair. Source: Nor Shipping
New Arctic Oil Terminal Planned in Finnmark
Norterminal AS plans to build a large oil-terminal outside Kirkenes in the Norwegian, Russian borderland. New fields in the Arctic Barents and Kara Seas bring along needs for reloading and storage terminals. The players in the market are now looking towards the sheltered waters along the coast of Finnmark. Kirkenes can become the gateway to all the new Arctic shipping lanes that opens as the sea-ice melts away and new icebreaking tankers are designed, reports the Barents Observer. “We believe Gamneset is the best location in Sør-Varanger,” Jacob B. Stolt-Nielsen told the BarentsObserver. Gamneset is located near Kirkenes main airport in a fjord that shelters a possible new harbor and terminal facilities from the open and rough Barents Sea. Russian waters are just a few hours away.
Royal Caribbean's Radiance of The Seas Debuts In Miami
Keeping in step with the cruise industry's rush to build ever bigger vessels, Radiance of the Seas is Royal Caribbean's newest ship and will travel North America's main cruise routes and seasonally pass the Panama Canal. The vessel's sisterships - Voyager of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas - are carbon copies of each other specializing in Caribbean cruises for Royal Caribbean, and are the world's biggest passenger vessels. But neither Voyager nor Explorer can fit through the Panama Canal. To reach the Pacific, where Alaska cruises each summer are among the sector's most popular, each would have to travel around South America on trips likely to be money losers. "Radiance is 90,000 gt, while Voyager is about 142,000 tons. So it's not small.
World’s Largest Sister Ships Meet for First Time
Royal Caribbean International’s newest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, was welcomed by more than 8,000 guests and crew members aboard sister-ship Oasis of the Seas on Saturday, Nov. 13. The world’s two largest and most revolutionary cruise ships were together for the first time at sea just two days after Allure of the Seas completed a 13-day trans-Atlantic journey from Turku, Finland. In a friendly case of sibling rivalry, Allure of the Seas' captain, Hernan Zini, confirms that his ship is five centimeters longer than Oasis of the Seas…
This Day in Naval History – May 25 & 26
May 26 1944 - USS England sinks fifth Japanese submarine in one week 1952 - Tests from 26-29 May demonstrate feasibility of the angled-deck concept conducted on simulated angled deck on USS Midway 1990 - USS Beaufort rescues 24 Vietnamese refugees in South China Sea May 27 1813 - American joint operations against Fort George, Canada 1919 - Navy NC-4 completes trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Lisbon, Portugal (Source: Navy News Service)
Study on Ports Network to Receive EU Support
The European Union will support with €750,000 from the TEN-T Program a project aimed at exploring the feasibility of connecting by rail a series of maritime and fluvial ports in north-eastern Greece and Bulgaria to create a multimodal freight corridor serving the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea and the Danube river. The project, which is called “Sea2Sea” and was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, will develop the concept of a “Sea2Sea” corridor by linking Greek ports on the Aegean Sea with Bulgarian ones on Black Sea via a rail link and provide an alternative route to the congested Bosphorus Strait. Furthermore, the connection to fluvial ports on the Danube river will also be analyzed.
New Zealand Mulls Ocean Floor Mining Proposal
New Zealand decides this week whether to approve an underwater iron-ore operation that would likely become the world's first commercial metals mine at the bottom of the sea. A green light to allow New Zealand's Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to start iron-ore dredging off the country's west coast will encourage others looking to mine copper, cobalt, manganese and other metals deeper on the ocean floor but worried about regulatory hurdles. Along the Pacific Rim of Fire, as deep as 6…
Call for Proposals: TEN-T Program
Yesterday, the European Commission launched three Calls for Proposals under the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) multi-annual program, making €180 million (nearly $258 million) available to finance European transport infrastructure projects in the fields of European Rail Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS), Motorways of the Sea (MoS) and River Information Services (RIS). This will help to make travel and transport by rail and water more safe and secure as well as more attractive compared to other transport modes. Commission Vice President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said: "The Commission is happy to play its part in making our transport system more competitive and sustainable. The TEN-T multi-annual program aims to finance the highest priorities of the TEN-T network.
Iranian Navy Claims as Forerunner of Fight against Maritime Terrorism
He underscored his forces' high level of preparedness to push back any possible threat to the nation. "The young naval forces are ready to confront any threat" and they will defeat the enemies in a humiliating way, Sayyari said. Pointing to the presence of the Iranian Navy in north of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, the admiral stated that Iran was the first country to deploy warships in the Gulf of Aden to fight “maritime terrorism”. Iran is sending a “message of peace and friendship” to the world by dispatching warships to open seas.
Kolkata Port to Start Trans-Loading Ops From New Location
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising that India’s Kolkata port is expecting to begin trans-loading operations from a new anchorage location within the Kanika Sands area by around June 2013. The Kolkata Port Trust declared the new trans-loading location to the south-west end of Kanika Sands is expected to begin in around three months’ time and follows Dhamra port authorities’ and Odisha Government’s opposition to a previously identified area nearer to Dhamra port. The new location is approximately 30 kilometres east of Dharma port. The Kolkata Port Trust will trans-load 70 per cent of the cargo to barges for respective destinations, while the rest will be transported to the Haldia dock complex.
APL Rolls out Aloha Express Service
APL has unveiled its Aloha Express (AEX) service, a new fortnightly service directly connecting Central China, Korea, Japan to Hawaii. The AEX service promises cargo delivery from Shanghai, Busan and Yokohama to Honolulu in 19, 15 and 12 days respectively. “The AEX service introduces a new sea route in our portfolio to directly serve Asia and Hawaii. Instead of routing via the U.S. mainland, shippers with Hawaiian-bound cargo will find a faster shipping alternative in the AEX service,” said Jesper Stenbak, APL Senior Vice President of Trans-Pacific Trade.
NYK Charters 2 LNG Carriers for Freeport LNG Project
Two joint-venture companies that NYK has established with Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. each concluded a time-charter contract for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier with Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. In addition, one of the joint-venture companies, Trans Pacific Shipping 6 Limited, concluded a shipbuilding contract with MI LNG Company Limited,* and other joint-venture company, Trans Pacific Shipping 7 Limited, concluded a shipbuilding contract with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. These new ships will be managed by NYK after being delivered in 2018 and assigned to transport LNG for a 20-year period from the Freeport LNG Project, in which Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. has an equity interest.
Short-Sea Shippers Warn of New EPA Rules' Unintended Consequences
A new well-intentioned maritime fuel regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to crowd roads and increase onshore air pollution, maintain shipping industry leaders Rod Jones and Bill Terry, President and CEO of the CSL Group and of Eagle Rock Aggregates, respectively. They explain that the rule requires the use of high-cost, ultra-low sulfur fuels in ships operating within the 200 nautical mile (nm) boundary of the North American Emission Control Area (ECA).
Arctic Sea Routes of Limited Use to China
As China’s international trade remains seemingly ever-growing, the country continues to seek diversified options for expanding its global trade. The prospect of Arctic shipping passages have generated much discussion throughout the industry, especially as weather trends seem to implicate a potentially vast opening of passable routes, most specifically for China in the Northern Sea Route. Executive Director of The Arctic Institute, Malte Humpert, conducted a study, “The Future of Arctic Shipping: A New Silk Road for China?” that explores global trade patterns…
Statoil Makes Final Investment Decision on Shah Deniz Stage 2
Statoil ASA has together with partners in the Shah Deniz consortium in Azerbaijan made a final investment decision for the Stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz gas field, in the Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan. Statoil also enters an agreement to divest a 10% share of its 25.5% holdings in Shah Deniz and the South Caucasus Pipeline. The BP operated Shah Deniz consortium announces the final investment decision for the Stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz gas field, in the Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan. This decision triggers plans to expand the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCPX) through Azerbaijan and Georgia, to construct the Trans Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) across Turkey and to construct the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) across Greece, Albania and into Italy.