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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Shipping Event to Benefit From Singapore’s Economic Rebound

While still one of the world's most important maritime centers, Singapore has undoubtedly suffered of late. It endured the world's deepest recession last year, its worst economic year since gaining independence more than 30 years ago. Singapore is bouncing quickly back to growth. It appears that GDP growth in 2002 will be better than 3.4 per cent. Already, the second quarter has produced growth of 3.9 percent. agree that "happy days are here again". The recession did not really affect the maritime sector but it certainly dampened the mood in the Island Republic overall. the maritime industry forged ahead throughout. What it did do, though, for the Lion City's major maritime event for 2003 was dislodge an inconvenient competitor.

BIW Awarded $20.7m Modification

Bath Iron Works Corp., (a General Dynamics Company), Bath, Maine is being awarded a $20,753,902 modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-2307) to exercise an option for 233,426 man-hours for Lead Yard Class Services for the DDG 51 Class AEGIS Destroyer Program. This work will provide technical assistance to the Follow Yard in the interpretation and application of the detailed design developed by BIW Corp., the Lead Yard contractor. DDG 51 Class services include: liaison for follow ship construction, general class services, class logistic services, class design agent services and class change design services for follow ships. Work will be performed in Bath, Maine, and is expected to be completed by Jul. 2009.

Baltimore Marine Industries Awarded Various Contracts

Baltimore Marine Industries (BMI) has been granted several new contracts for ship work, including one valued at more than $2 million for the drydocking and maintenance of USNS Butte, an ammunition ship from the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift command fleet. An agreement worth more than $500,000 for the drydocking and maintenance of Carnival Cruise Line's MS Imagination will also be performed by BMI, as well as a $3 million deal for the drydocking and overhaul of USNS Kanawha, a Military Sealift Command fleet oiler, which will arrive at the Yard on November 5. Princess Cruise Lines' MS Royal Princess is due in at the Yard on November 6 to undergo $1 million worth of drydocking and maintenance.

Baltimore Marine Industries Awarded Various Contracts

Baltimore Marine Industries (BMI) has been granted several new contracts for ship work, including one valued at more than $2 million for the drydocking and maintenance of USNS Butte, an ammunition ship from the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift command fleet. An agreement worth more than $500,000 for the drydocking and maintenance of Carnival Cruise Line's MS Imagination will also be performed by BMI, as well as a $3 million deal for the drydocking and overhaul of USNS Kanawha, a Military Sealift Command fleet oiler, which will arrive at the Yard on November 5. Princess Cruise Lines' MS Royal Princess is due in at the Yard on November 6 to undergo $1 million worth of drydocking and maintenance.

TOPAZ Explores Investment in Azerbaijan

A Topaz delegation consisting of Board Directors and Senior Management were in Azerbaijan in the Caspian region to hold discussions with State Oil Company Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). The aim of the meeting was to explore areas of mutual interest and opportunities for investment in the Caspian region. To support the growing offshore oil & gas market Topaz plans significant investments in the building of new offshore support vessels in the Caspian region in the next few years, providing support services to the offshore upstream energy sector. In total Topaz will spend $100m over the next two years expanding its fleet. Currently it operates 70 vessels including offshore supply ships, work barges and ice-breakers.

Newport News Shipbuilding Awarded $15.3m Contract

Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va., is being awarded a $15.3m modification to previously awarded contract for the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) FY07 Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).A PIA provides for an extensive renovation and modernization of an aircraft carrier, including alterations and repairs as well as inspection and testing to all ships systems and components ensuring safe and dependable operation of the ship.Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 2007.Contract funds in the amount of $15.3m, will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

1,200+ Migrants Rescued off Libya

Italy's coast guard said on Tuesday it had coordinated the rescue of 1,271 migrants from rubber and wooden boats in several operations off the coast of Libya. Italy was long at the frontier of seaborne migration from North Africa, but most of the hundreds of thousands of people arriving in Europe on rickety boats last year took a less risky route to Greece. Vessels from the Italian navy and coast guard and a Slovenian military ship working as part of the European Union naval operation Eunavfor Med conducted the rescues. Italy used to run its own search and rescue mission for the boat migrants, but the Mare Nostrum or "Our Sea" project was stopped and replaced with the European Union's Frontex scheme, which had to be expanded as Europe faced its worst migration crisis since World War Two.

Work Begins on Vietnam's Biggest Container Ship

Work started on what will be Vietnam's biggest container ship on Feb. 24 at the Nam Trieu Shipbuilding Industry Company in the northern port city of Hai Phong. The 7,200-KW ship, which is 133.60 metres long, 19.40 metres wide and 9.45 metres high, will be capable of carrying 707 containers. The ship is part of a project, worth 2.6 trillion VND or 129 million EUR, to build ten 700-TEU container ships for MPC of Germany. The Nam Trieu shipbuilder is also building seven cargo ships, which have a capacity of 53,000 dead weight tonnes (DWT) each, under a contract signed with a UK partner. It is also building 6,500 DWT cargo ships and 13,500 DWT oil vessels for the domestic market and export. The company plans to be capable of generating stable jobs for 3,500 workers by the end of 2012.

BIW lands Navy Contract of $100 million

Littoral Combat Ships

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $100 million contract to provide planning yard services for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics. Bath Iron Works, as the LCS Planning Yard, will provide maintenance and modernization support for all Navy LCS 1 and LCS 2 variant ships.Work to be performed under this contract includes availability advanced planning, ship alteration design and logistics support…

Ships, Ports and People to be World Maritime Day Theme

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

World Maritime Day 2017: Connecting ships, ports and people. The importance of coherent and connected development across all maritime sectors will feature strongly in IMO’s work this year, as the Organization focuses on its World Maritime Day theme “Connecting ships, ports and people”. The theme for 2017 was launched by International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Lim during a visit to Felixstowe, the busiest container port in the United Kingdom. “Throughout the year…

Vale’s Valemax Ships Regain Admittance to Asian Ports

Vale SA of Brazil said it has increased access of its Valemax iron ore carriers to Asian ports. The company even docked one of its ships in China where a ban on the giant vessels has been in effect for more than a year, Reuters.com reported. Reuters reported on April 18 that the Vale Malaysia docked at China's port of Lianyungang April 15 and left April 17 after unloading its cargo, but the 402,285 deadweight ton (dwt) ship, one of the world's largest bulk freighters, was only partly loaded. The company hopes the giant ships will help slash costs of shipping ore to China, the world's largest iron ore market and compete with Australian rivals BHP Billiton Plc and Rio Tinto Plc, whose mines are closer to Chinese customers.

Vindskip: Wind-powered Containership Concept

(Image: Lade AS)

The Vindskip, designed by Lade AS, comes to rescue and bring wind power back into action. It uses a hull designed to act as a so-called airfoil, or giant sail. Futuristic concepts for containerships powered by windmill-powered propellers have been in vogue for some time, especially after the studies revealed that shipping accounts for around 3% of global CO2 emissions. A Norwegian engineer has designed a radical new cargo ship with a hull so large it acts as the sails of old.

World Maritime Day Theme for 2017: "Connecting Ships, Ports and People"

Image: Maersk Line

"Connecting Ships, Ports and People" has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2017 following a proposal by Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council. Addressing the IMO Council, meeting for its 116th session at IMO Headquarters in London, Lim said the theme would provide an opportunity to work with developed and developing countries, shipping and public and private sector ports with a view to identifying and promoting best practices and building bridges between the many diverse actors involved in these areas.

Felixstowe Port Launches IMO Maritime Day theme

Mr Kitack Lim (left), Secretary General of the IMO with Clemence Cheng, Hutchison Ports Europe Managing Director during his visit to the Port of Felixstowe Photo IMO

The theme for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) World Maritime Day 2017 has been launched by the IMO Secretary General, Kitack Lim, during a visit to the Port of Felixstowe. "Connecting Ships, Ports and People" has as key objectives improving cooperation between ports and ships and developing a closer partnership between the two sectors. It will seek to raise global standards for the safety, security and efficiency of ports, and for port and coastal state authorities…

Inal Law to Specialize in Shipping and Corporate Work

Office in Istanbul. The firm will specialize in corporate and shipping work. better time to invest in Turkey. shipping. success in the ship finance field. Sozer, with paralegal back up. carry a lot of overheads.

MSC: Backlog to Continue into 2012

Maritime Services Corporation (MSC), a marine interior company specializing in turnkey installations, reports that it has a backlog of contracts exceeding $10.5m in value for assignments to be completed this November through March. A $6 million contract with Princess Cruise Lines is now in fabrication at the company headquarters in Hood River, Oregon for the Sapphire Princess. Installation will take place in Victoria, B.C. in January. In addition, MSC will begin modifications on two dinner vessels next month for Portland Spirit in Portland, Oregon. Those jobs will also be complete in January. MSC’s Southampton, U.K. office will begin in November a $1.4 million refurbishment contract in Hamburg, Germany for Carnival, U.K. on the Oriana. Also next month, MSC U.K.

Bulker May Remain Stuck on German Sandbar until Friday

Panama flagged bulk carrier Glory Amsterdam sits aground off the coast of Langeoog island in northern Germany. (Photo: Havariekommando)

It may take until Friday to free the grounded freighter "Glory Amsterdam" from a sand bar near the North Sea island of Langeoog, German authorities said on Wednesday, but no holes or cracks are evident in the ship's hull to trigger an oil leak. Shallow waters off the island had forced officials to revise initial plans to dislodge the 225-metre (742-foot) freighter, which ran aground during a storm that killed at least six people in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. Environmental and fishery groups have warned of dire environmental consequences to the Wadden Sea…

Terresolve’s EnviroLogic 3068 Wins Blohm + Voss Approval

Terresolve Technologies announced the company’s readily biodegradable hydraulic fluid, EnviroLogic 3068, has passed the stringent requirements of the Blohm + Voss Industries’ Stabilizer Group and won approval from the German shipping manufacturer. After significant testing, both dry and with 5% water added, Blohm + Voss reported Terresolve’s non-toxic high-performance product has met the requirements for its Simplex-Compact S-type, Z-type and F-type stabilizers. These three stabilizer types cover the vast majority of marine applications performing at zero, slow and high speeds. “I’m very pleased with this result,” said Mark Miller, CEO of Terresolve Technologies. Under the “Simplex-Compact” trademark, Blohm + Voss has manufactured fin stabilizers for ships around the world since 1961.

UN Focus on Shipping and Sustainable Development

A view from the Port of Doraleh, Djibouti. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Photo: UN News Center

Marking the World Maritime Day, the head of the United Nations maritime agency today highlighted contributions the shipping industry can make to the achievement of the global development goals. "Shipping and ports can play a significant role in helping to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability through promoting maritime trade. The port and maritime sectors can be wealth creators, both on land and at sea,” said Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of International Maritime Organization (IMO), in his message for the Day, observed annually on 28 September.

Wärtsilä to Design 6 OSVs for China's COSL

Wärtsilä signed a contract with China Oilfield Services Ltd (COSL) to supply the designs for a total of six new ships. The two Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) and four Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels will initially provide support operations in the South China Sea and Bohai Bay. The contract was signed in December 2012. The PSVs are based on Wärtsilä Ship Design's VS 485 PSV MKIII design that offers a highly energy and environmentally efficient vessel solution with an optimized hull design for greater efficiency, with corresponding reduced emission to air.

PPG Adds to its Sigma Syladvance Range

Sijmen Visser

PPG Protective and Marine Coatings (PPG) has launched Sigma Syladvance 700, a high performance antifouling designed specifically for ships working at medium to high rates of operation and  medium speeds. Based on the Sigma Syladvance 800 premium antifouling product, Sigma Syladvance 700 extends the product offer by means of an “entry-level” Sigma Syladvance making premium technology available for a different set of requirements. Sigma Syladvance 700 is based on patented silyl acrylate polymer technology and offers self-smoothing properties and outstanding fouling protection.

Mitsubishi Exits Cruise Business; Books $357m Loss

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced its decision to book an extraordinary loss from its cruise ship business in the company's consolidated financial results for the first half (1H) of the current fiscal year (FY) 2014 (ending March 31, 2015). In November 2011 MHI received an order for two large-sized cruise ships for the AIDA Cruises brand. As work proceeded, however, difficulties in constructing the prototype became evident. The volume of design work relating to cabins and other areas was vast beyond expectation, and significant design changes were made. The delay in the overall design work caused by these factors not only increased design costs but also made adverse impact on the construction schedule and need for additional material procurement.

ECSA, ICS and BIMCO urge EU to ratify the 2010 protocol

The chemical tanker IevoliSun, with styrene and other hazardous and noxious substances on board, sinks off the coast of France in 2000. Photo by HNS Convention

In a joint position paper submitted by ECSA, ICS and BIMCO to EU member States’ maritime attachés, member States have been urged to ratify or accede to the Protocol of 2010 to the International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea, 1996 (the 2010 Protocol). In its paper, ECSA, ICS and BIMCO highlight a number of reasons for their call to member States, including that a speedy ratification of the 2010 Protocol will establish an international regime for HNS damage…

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