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17 Feb 2020

UPS Wins Northern Endeavour Contract

Image: Upstream PS

Upstream Production Solutions (UPS), Perth, a wholly owned subsidiary of GR Engineering Services Ltd, has agreed with the Australian Government to provide operations and maintenance services to the Northern Endeavour floating production, storage and off-take (FPSO) vessel.On 14 February 2020, the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources of the Australian Government  announced that urgent steps were underway to secure the continued safety and security of the Northern‚Ķ

17 Feb 2020

Vroon, Jisco Extend Nautical Aisya AWB Partnership

Nautical Aisya - Image by Vroon

JISCO Marine and Vroon Offshore Services Singapore have signed a two-year extension agreement for the management of the Accommodation Work Boat (AWB) Nautical Aisya. This renewal will extend the JISCO and VOS Singapore cooperation until at least the end of February 2022, Vroon said Monday.The extension follows a recent contract award to Jisco marine by Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) for AWB Nautical Aisya. The new charter started on February 1, 2020. The vessel, which has provided DP2 (Dynamic Positioning) role for BSP, will now widen its work scope to include helicopter operations, Vroon said.

16 Feb 2020

PIL Exits Transpacific Market

Image: Pacific International Lines

Singapore shipping company Pacific International Lines (PIL) has announced that it is quitting the Transpacific market as part of an optimization strategy. The shipping line has been participating in a half-dozen trans-Pacific services, mostly in slot-charter arrangements.PIL’s last Transpacific sailing will be in March 2020.The company said it has taken the decision as part of a wider strategic review of its business. Henceforth, PIL will focus on further strengthening its position in the North-South Trade such as Africa…

16 Feb 2020

BPER Banca Finances Marittima Emiliana

Image:  Watson Farley & Williams

BPER Banca SpA has completed a naval financing for ME Marittima Emiliana SpA to a second-hand tanker built by the Chinese shipyard in Guangzhou in 2012.The tanker, originally flying under a Bahamian flag, has been renamed ‚ÄúLady Rina‚ÄĚ and is currently flying under an Italian flag. M.E. Marittima Emiliana, part of the Amoretti Armatori Group, provides transportation service of petroleum and chemical products.Watson Farley & Williams and the Mordiglia law firm of Genoa represented‚Ķ

13 Feb 2020

PSA Marine Buys Peruvian Towage Co

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Singapore towage and pilotage company PSA Marine has moved into the South American market with the acquisition of Tramarsa Flota, a Peruvian towage company.Tramarsa Flota and its subsidiaries have been acquired from Grupo Romero. Headquartered in Lima, Tramarsa Flota offers towage, pilotage, launch boat and offshore services in 10 major ports along the Peruvian coastline. It owns 45 vessels, including 17 tugs, 23 launches and five support vessels for diving activities and other marine services.The stock purchase agreement was signed in Lima…

13 Feb 2020

DP World Acquires Ukraine's TIS Terminal

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem. Photo: DP World

Marine cargo handling company DP World has agreed to acquire a majority 51% stake in TIS Container Terminal in the Port of Yuzhny, Ukraine, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including regulatory approval."Bringing the TIS Container Terminal into DP World's global network of ports, economic zones, warehousing, and inland logistics solutions will strengthen its position as the market-leading terminal of Ukraine," said a press release from the global supply chain…

13 Feb 2020

Ship Efficiency: Improve Hull Performance

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While owners have long recognized the link between clean hulls and lower fuel costs, lack of reliable data has slowed investments in optimizing hull performance. But with improved sensor technologies and data analysis tools, hull performance is getting a second look. Owners seeking to lower fuel costs and comply with pending regulations on emissions and invasive species often look to equipment manufacturers to meet their needs. From new efficient engine designs to alternative fuels, scrubbers to ballast water treatments systems, owners face some expensive decisions.

13 Feb 2020

Automatic Ferry Enters Regular Service in Norway

(Photo: KONGSBERG)

The world‚Äôs first adaptive ferry transit conducted during normal service took place last week on a vessel fully loaded with passengers and vehicles, demonstrated fully automatic control from dock to dock, Kongsberg Maritime  announced. The landmark crossing, a key step forward in the integration of autonomous technology into everyday shipping operations, was made possible by collaboration between shipping company Bastø Fosen, KONGSBERG and the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA).The‚Ķ

12 Feb 2020

Titan Acquires HII's San Diego Shipyard

(U.S. Navy photo by Adam Ross)

One the United States' largest fleet service and ship repair sites is changing hands.Ship repair and commercial- and defense-related fabrication services provider Titan Acquisition Holdings announced on Wednesday it has reached a deal to acquire San Diego Shipyard from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII). Financial terms were not disclosed. The transaction, expected to close in the second quarter, is subject to customary closing conditions.The San Diego Shipyard, formerly Continental Maritime of San Diego…

11 Feb 2020

AAL Shipping Launches New Service

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The  global ocean transport operator AAL Shipping has launched a new Europe-Middle East/India-Asia Monthly Liner Service to serve the market‚Äôs multipurpose vessels (MPPs) and project heavy lift cargo transport requirements.The new service, which connects main ports between Europe, Middle East/India and Asia, harnesses AAL‚Äôs second generation 31,000-dwt mega-size A-Class fleet, renowned for its 40,000-cu m cargo intake capacity 700-tonne lift ability.The new liner service will follow a fixed route, with port call flexibility.

11 Feb 2020

Hapag-Lloyd, HHLA Form Ties

Image: Hapag-Lloyd AG

German international shipping and container transportation company Hapag-Lloyd AG and compatriot logistics and transportation company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), will be continuing their close cooperation in Hamburg for another five years.On the basis of this decision, both companies will now be able to make necessary investments and boost their overall competitiveness, said a joint press release.Both parties have also agreed to intensify their collaboration on sustainability-related issues.

11 Feb 2020

LR Awards HHI AiP for Frigate Design

Young-Doo Kim (left), LR's North Asia Technical Support Office Manager presents the AiP to Sang-Hoon Nam, COO of Naval and Special Ship Business Unit at HHI.(Photo: LR)

Lloyd's Register (LR) has awarded approval in principle (AiP) to South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the design of its HDF-3800 frigate.The design allows for the frigate to be equipped with modern weapons and sensors, and it will be able to undertake Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) missions. Additional combat capabilities include Electronic Warfare (EW), Land Attack Warfare (LAW) and the capability of anti-drone systems and to launch and recover unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).Furthermore…

11 Feb 2020

Vessel Inspections: It's All About Safety

USCG marine inspectors at Marine Safety Unit Portland inspect a tug in Portland, Ore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Paige Hause)

With the announcements that New York Waterway, a ferry operator running 32 boats around New York and New Jersey waters, had been largely shut down by the U.S. Coast Guard just prior to Thanksgiving, 2019, the reactions ranged from surprise to outright shock. There was also a great deal of grumbling, as commuters, the major customer group, endured delays on New York Waterway’s extensive network across the Hudson River, bringing New Jersey commuters into New York’s business districts.So, what happened?

11 Feb 2020

MAN's New Digital Platform Aims to Link OEM Data

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Engines manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions has launched a new digital platform designed to enable the integration and exchange of original equipment manufacturers‚Äô (OEM) data to promote industry collaboration in realizing the benefits of digital technology.The new platform, mýa, provides asset owners with a single, secure interface to data from multiple equipment manufacturers across the marine, power, and energy industries, among others.‚ÄúGiven the unique transformational challenges most industries are facing today‚Ķ

10 Feb 2020

Grindrod Shipping Acquires IVS Bulk Stake

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The global provider of maritime transportation services in the drybulk and product tanker sectors Grindrod Shipping Holdings announced acquisition of an additional 33.25% stake in its IVS Bulk joint venture and the sale of the 2010-built small product tanker Kowie.A subsidiary of the company, Grindrod Shipping Pte. Ltd (GSPL) has agreed to acquire the 33.25% ordinary and preferred equity shares held by one of its two JV partners in IVS Bulk for a total consideration of $44.1 million, thereby increasing its stake to 66.75%.

10 Feb 2020

Tuco Delivers for Fish Farmer Havkar Drift

(Photo: Tuco Marine)

Norwegian fish farmer Havkar Drift AS taken deliver of a new ProZero workboat from Danish boat builder Tuco Marine.The 8-meter full cabin service boat is outfitted and utilized as a fast and flexible boat for fish farming service and crew transport in Norway. Delivered through ProZero Norge AS, the boat has now been taken over by Havkar Drift AS after success full sea trials at the building yard.The boat is designed and optimized to serve as a platform for crew transfer, but operations will also include…

07 Feb 2020

Ship Repair: Bayonne Drydock Invests in Shiplift

Bayonne Drydock has taken delivery of a 1280T MBH (Marine Boat Hoist) designed and delivered by Cimolai. (Photo: BDDRC)

Bayonne Drydock & Repair in Bayonne, NJ, reported brisk business in 2019, with the BDDRC floating drydock and graving dock in use approximately 98 percent of the time, according to Bob Magas, General Manager Commercial Operations, BDDRC. Driving business was a variety of topside repair projects with existing clients, as well as three ‚Äúsuccessfully completed MSC vessel drydockings, on time and on budget,‚ÄĚ according to Magas. This trio of jobs was enhanced as BDDRC ‚Äúengineered and installed a roller fendering system in our graving dock,‚ÄĚ said Magas.

06 Feb 2020

TÜV SÜD, IX Wind Join Forces for Wind Power

Photo: IX Wind

The global testing, certification, inspection and training provider TÜV SÜD and Taiwan's IX Wind have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate in various wind power industry services in Taiwan and Japan.Combining forces in the Taiwanese and Japanese wind power industry, makes it clear for insurance companies, banks and investors whom they can rely on. The two organizations effectively form a one stop shop for quality and safety.The collaboration between IX Wind‚Ķ

06 Feb 2020

4 Major Lines Jointly Launches EMA Services

Image: Ocean Network Express (ONE)

Chinese state-owned shipping company COSCO Shipping Lines, Hong Kong container shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), Japanese/Singapore container shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Taiwanese ocean shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation are to launch a new weekly Transatlantic service, East Mediterranean - America Service (EMA).The first commencing voyage is scheduled to operate on April, 2020, subject to Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) filing.The EMA service, jointly operated by the four lines, will consist of six Panamax vessels.

09 Feb 2020

Hyundai to Build 2 LNG carriers for Knutsen

Image:  Knutsen OAS Shipping

Norwegian shipping company Knutsen said that  Shell signed separate agreements for four LNG carriers with affiliates of Knutsen liquefied natural gas (LNG), two LNG carriers with Korea Line Corporation and two LNG Carriers with Global Meridian Holdings Limited.The LNG carrier owner and ship management  company informed that the 174,000 cbm LNG carriers will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.The new vessels will all be equipped with efficient dual-fuel X-DF engines‚Ķ

09 Feb 2020

Unique Group Acquires APAC Marine Unit

(L-R) Harry Gandhi and Mike Pugh. Photo: Unique Group

Integrated marine and subsea solutions provider Unique Group has announced the acquisition of the Australian-company Western Advance’s Marine Division.The provider of services and solutions for the offshore, subsea and life support industries also announced the appointment of Chris Forde as its new regional vice-president.Western Advance’s integration with Unique Group ties in with the Group’s strategy to enhance its portfolio of autonomous solutions for marine, offshore and subsea industry operations in the region.Harry Gandhi…

10 Feb 2020

Wärtsilä, DNV GL Tie Up on Digital

Roger Holm, President, W√§rtsil√§ Marine and Knut √ėrbeck-Nilssen, CEO, DNV GL ‚Äď Maritime (Photo: W√§rtsil√§)

Technology group Wärtsilä and classification society DNV GL say they will work together to contribute to the marine industry‚Äôs ongoing digital transformation. In particular, the two companies aim to to further explore the potential use of digital technologies, collaborative data sharing and standardization to enhance existing products and services, and to develop new ones.Among focus areas will be collaboration on digital technologies and big data in classification and the requirements for their use.

10 Feb 2020

Stone Marine Shipcare Opens New Reair Base

(Photo: Stone Marine Shipcare)

Stone Marine Shipcare said it will open a fully equipped propeller repair and modification base at the Sefine Shipyard in Turkey.The new repair base will be fully operational at Sefine Shipyard and will be equipped to facilitate propeller repair and modification and CP thruster overhaul.The shipyard has been growing rapidly since it first opened in 2005, and Suleyman Yilmaz the company’s Marketing Manager said, “[The new partnership] is exactly what we need to further enhance…

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