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Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Samson Launches Solution to Streamline MEG4 Transition

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Samson, the developer of high-performance synthetic rope solutions and global market leader in commercial marine applications, has launched a new integrated technology and service solution, Icaria, designed to facilitate the transition process to MEG4 operational best practices.OCIMF’s release of the fourth edition of its Mooring Equipment Guidelines marks a significant change in how mooring systems will be designed, selected, maintained and retired. In addition, terminology has been clarified…

INSIGHTS: William D. Friedman

Working container cargo in the Port of Cleveland (CREDIT: Port of Cleveland)

Port of Cleveland President & CEO and newly elected Board Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities William Friedman weighs in this month on the Port of Cleveland and its role in the all important Great Lakes trades.When the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) announced the election of Port of Cleveland President and CEO, William D. Friedman, to serve as chairman for the 2018-19 year, beginning this October, it was perhaps a conscious decision to tap someone who has a broad range of experience and skills in myriad ports, large and small.

Catamaran Ferry Delivered to Ultramar

(Photo: Incat Crowther)

Mexican operator Ultramar has taken delivery of Ultramar II, the second in a series of new high capacity 48m catamaran passenger ferries.Ultramar II was built by Midship Marine in Harvey, La. and is specifically designed for the operator’s busy Playa de Carmen – Cozumel run, offering high capacity, high durability and a world-class passenger experience.According to designer Incat Crowther, the vessel’s fitout is yacht-like in keeping with Ultramar’s ‘Experience Innovation’ motto and includes aquarium-themed feature walls and glass pieces…

Star Bulk Carriers Completes Acquisition of 16 Dry Bulk Vessels

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Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that it has consummated the previously announced acquisition of 16 dry bulk vessels in an all-share transaction, from entities affiliated with Augustea Atlantica SpA and York Capital Management.The final consideration for the Augustea Vessel Purchase is 10.3 million common shares of the Company, equal to approximately 11.3% of Star Bulk’s common shares after the closing of the Augustea Vessel Purchase.As part of the transaction, the Company will assume debt of approximately $309 million.Following the closing of the Augustea Vessel Purchase…

Viega Earns ABS Type Approvals

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Viega, manufacturer of mechanically attached pipe fittings (MAFs) for the maritime industry, recently obtained a type approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and an acceptance letter from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) for its Viega MegaPress Stainless and MegaPress CuNi piping systems. These join  Viega’s previously approved MegaPress and MegaPressG systems for use with carbon steel and galvanized pipe, providing a full line of materials—carbon steel, galvanized, stainless and copper nickel.With the new approvals…

VT Halter Launches New Ferry for Virginia

Powhatam (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

Mississippi shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. has launched a new ferry, Powhatam, for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).In November 2016, VT Halter Marine was awarded the contract for the design, construction and delivery of the new 499-passenger/70-vehicle ferry that will replace the current vessel, the Virginia, which was built in 1936. The new ferry Powhatam, measuring 270ft x 65ft x 15ft, is capable of holding up to 70 passenger vehicles, or 14 trucks/buses…

Benetti Rolls-out Bond-inspired Superyacht Spectre

M/Y Spectre. Photo: Benetti

Spectre, the ninth James Bond-inspired yacht commissioned by John Staluppi, has been launched by Benetti in Italy.A company press release said that after “Quantum of Solace” and “Diamonds Are Forever”, “Spectre” is the third yacht launched by Benetti for talented New York businessman John Staluppi.M/Y “Spectre” is a 69-meter Full Custom Mega Yacht with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure on five decks. The name pays tribute once again to James Bond, while the hull by…

Shipbuilding: “We had shipyard for dinner …”

Brothers and co-presidents Peter Duclos (left) and John Duclos flank sister Carol Hegarty, CFO. Photo: Greg Trauthwein

The Duclos family is iconic in boatbuilding circles, as the Somerset, Mass.-based Gladding-Hearn, Duclos Corporation, has built a strong heritage in the pilot boat and fast ferry sectors, and in total more than 425 vessels have been delivered since it was founded in 1955. Today a trio of second-generation siblings run the yard, brothers and co-presidents John and Peter Duclos with sister Carol Hegarty serving as CFO. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News visited the yard recently…

Chinese Exports Accelerate Even as Trade War Escalates

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China's exports surged more than expected in July despite U.S. duties and its closely watched surplus with the United States remained near record highs, as the world's two major economic powers ramp up a bitter dispute that some fear could derail global growth.In the latest move by President Donald Trump to put pressure on Beijing to negotiate trade concessions, Washington is set to begin collecting 25 percent tariffs on another $16 billion in Chinese goods on Aug. 23.In a statement on its official website late on Wednesday, China's commerce ministry criticised the U.S.

Fincantieri Starts on Second Ship for Virgin Voyages

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A steel cutting ceremony held today at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard marked the official start of construction for the second of three cruise ships on order for Virgin Voyages (part of Virgin Group). During the event, Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin, welcomed by Giampiero Massolo and Giuseppe Bono, Chairman and CEO of Fincantieri, also revealed the name of the series’  first ship, which is currently under construction at the yard: Scarlet Lady…

Cammell Laird Leads Welding Research Project

John Eldridge, principal engineer at Cammell Laird (Photo: Cammell Laird)

Merseyside shipyard and engineering services company Cammell Laird has won a £1.5 million tender with Innovate UK to develop electron beam welding technology in the shipbuilding, offshore and nuclear sectors.Cammell Laird will act as primary contractor to test the equipment at its Birkenhead site using its team of welders and engineers, together with partners TWI Limited which will provide research, and support in welding codes and standards. The third partner, Cambridge Vacuum Engineering will manufacture the electron beam machine.John Eldridge…

SPECIAL REPORT: GREAT LAKES BUSINESS and The Great Lakes Group

Joe Starck, Great Lakes Group President

Embracing and spanning the full breadth of Great Lakes geography and business mix, GLG’s Joe Starck has his multi-missioned firm looking to the future – in more ways than one.The Great Lakes Group (GLG) takes its beginnings from its 1899 incorporation by industrial icon John D. Rockefeller, who formed the Great Lakes Towing to satisfy the demands of a Midwest industrial revolution that brought bigger ships to the region. Existing vessels, unable to keep up with demand, were supplemented and replaced by a fleet of as many as 100 tugboats; the first steel tugs in the region.

Beele Engineering Develops Fire Safe Plastic Transit System

Photo: Beele Engineering

Beele Engineering has developed a new range of HE plastic transit sleeves and frames to provide for the reliable and comfortable transit of cables and pipes and to provide for a fire-resistant, gas, smoke and watertight seal. The new transit sleeves and frames form part of the NOFIRNO system technology and can be used in various ways, including in sandwich panels.The HE plastic version enables Beele Engineering to offer solutions that are not only fire safe, but also light-weight.

Mooring Installation Highlights Thordon's Range

Photo: Thordon Bearings

The bearing installations to two Calm Buoys operating offshore Libya are indicative of the wide-range of applications Thordon’s environmentally-safe bearing systems have outside the company’s traditional maritime market.A total of 48 bearings and bushings were supplied in 2014 for installation to the chain stoppers of Monobuoy’s 400t turntable Calm Buoys, a single point mooring system designed to allow oil tankers to load and offload cargoes offshore, without having to berth alongside the refinery.

The Jones Act and Offshore Wind in Light of the Aeolus Energy Announcement

Emily Huggins Jones

As the domestic offshore wind industry comes to life, U.S. flag vessels will necessarily be part of that expanding equation.A potential sea change came with the recent announcement from Aeolus Energy Partners that the renewable installation and operation company was investing in a fleet of Jones Act-compliant vessels dedicated to the offshore wind industry. Long a barrier to entry for foreign and domestic prospectors alike, the Jones Act, a portion of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920…

Evergas Rolls-out Largest Ethane Carrier in the World

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Evergas announced that the first 85.000cbm very large ethane carrier (VLEC) was successfully undocked in China and will be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.Following the successful undocking of the first VLEC, the steel cutting of the second vessel was celebrated in the workshop of the leading Chinese shipyard, DSIC and shows our strong commitment to the emerging ethane market.These two VLECs will be delivered to INEOS Trading & Shipping to add to their existing fleet of eight Dragon class vessels, which will enable INEOS to grow their global ethane delivery capability.

New Pumps Line for Firefighting at Sea

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Australian Pump Industries has released a new range of high pressure motor pumps designed specifically for firefighting at sea. Part of the Aussie GMP marine pump line, the new model features heads as high as 80m, ie up to 106 PSI, with flows as high as 1,250L per minute.Called the B3ZPM-A/B T,  the new pumps are manufactured from nickel aluminium bronze, and are designed on a close coupled Monobloc configuration. They are fitted with open style multi-blade impellers, suitable…

Fincantieri Begins Building First Corvette for Qatar

(Photo: Fincantieri)

A steel cutting ceremony for the first “Doha” class corvette ordered from Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defense within the national naval acquisition program, took place today at the Italian shipbuilder’s Muggiano, La Spezia yard.The flexible ship will be capable of fulfilling different kinds of tasks, from surveillance with sea rescue capacities to being a fighting vessel. It is designed consistent with the RINAMIL rules and will be about 107 meters long, 14.70 meters wide, with a maximum speed of 28 knots.

Port of Duqm Signs Land Lease Agreement with Petrojet

Photo: Port of Duqm

Port of Duqm Company SAOC, a 50:50 joint venture between the Omani Government and the Consortium Antwerp Port (CAP) under its subsidiary called Duqm Industrial Land Company (DILC), has signed a 25 years usufruct land lease agreement for a 50,000 sqm. plot with The Petroleum Projects & Technical Consultations CO. (PETROJET ).Port of Duqm Company (PDC) is fast becoming an important reality of the Middle East region’s rapidly transforming maritime landscape. PDC also holds under…

Steel Cut for World's Largest Container Vessels in Shanghai

Photo credit: People's Daily

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has commenced construction of CMA CGM’s 22,000 TEU boxships, which would make them the largest container vessels in the world, reported China's official media.The two are among nine 22,000 TEU vessels deal signed by French container shipping operator CMA CGM and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) in September last year.Built by Shanghai-based Jiangnan Shipyard and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, the two container vessels measure 400 meters in length…

Ingalls Begins Fabricating US Warship LPD-29

A graphic illustration of the future San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29). (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Raymond D. Diaz III)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) started fabrication of the 13th LPD-17 San Antonio class ship, LPD-29, July 30, at its Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss. The start of fabrication signifies that the first 100 tons of steel have been cut."We are excited to commence fabrication on the 13th and final ship of the LPD-17 Flight I class," said Capt. Brian Metcalf, LPD 17 class program manager for Program Executive Office Ships. "We continue to benefit from the maturity of this program…

White House Escalates China Trade Dispute in hopes for Early Solution: Kemp

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The United States has adopted an "escalate to negotiate" strategy towards China, threatening a dramatic hike in tariffs to try to force a resumption of trade talks while the U.S. economy remains strong and as elections approach in November.U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly rejected a plan to levy tariffs of 10 percent on an additional $200 billion of imports from China and ordered aides to prepare a proposal for tariffs at the higher rate of 25 percent.The levies are…

DNV GL Secures Shell Penguins Contract

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL has won a cross-service contract to support Shell's Penguins Field redevelopment on the UK Continental Shelf.The contract with Shell involves a team which will deliver an integrated verification and class project for the operator's Penguins floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.DNV GL is providing integrated Verification and Class services to the project. This will be led by a team in UK Oil & Gas, collaborating with the DNV GL Offshore Class unit in Norway and the DNV GL yard team in China and the Philippines.Justin Fletcher…

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