Innovative New Falck Training Center
Falck is due to open a new training center on the Maasvlakte in 2018. It will become an international, high-profile safety-knowledge center for public and industrial fire brigades, the offshore, maritime sector and wind industry. The first steps have been taken January 24, 2017 with Falck and the Port of Rotterdam Authority entering into a contract under which the site is issued to Falck. Falck, which specializes in safety and safety training, is set to leave its current site on the Beerweg when its lease with the Port of Rotterdam Authority ends in the spring of 2018.
Indonesian New Port in Subang or Indramayu, Not in Cilamaya
The Indonesian government has scrapped the long-awaited Cilamaya port project in Karawang district, West Java province, and is seeking a better location in Subang or Indramayu. The Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who visited Cilamaya with several ministers, including Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Susilo and Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan, said the new port would be built east of Cilamaya, either in Subang or Indramayu. The decision followed protest from state oil and gas company Pertamina that shipping activity would hamper oil surveys and operations in that area.
Trelleborg Opens US Facility
Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has opened a new American headquarters in Berryville, Virginia, U.S. The new site houses a 36,000 square foot manufacturing facility for foam-based marine fenders and buoys and 9,000 square foot sales and business development office. All employees from Trelleborg’s previous site in Clear Brook, Virginia, have now made the move to operate from Berryville and Paul Welling, previously regional director for the Middle East and Africa has moved over to take on the regional president’s role in the U.S. Paul Welling, President for the U.S.
In Demand: Hoegh LNG’s Sveinung Stoehle
Satisfied with the recent opening of a new floating LNG import terminal in Turkey plus contract successes in Africa and Asia, Hoegh LNG CEO and president, Sveinung Stoehle, cautiously lets us into his stylish Oslo offices for a bit of “disclosure”. The Hoegh business model is winning out, and now six floating storage and regasification units, or FSRUs, are in operation with four newbuilds on the way. The terminal in Turkey was built in just six months: “It would be years, not months, for a land-based gas terminal,” Stohle asserts.
Expanded World Maritime University Campus Inaugurated
Expanded premises for the World Maritime University (WMU) were inaugurated on Monday, May 19, 2015 in Malmö, Sweden, by IMO Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor Koji Sekimizu. WMU is an international educational institute for the maritime community, operating under the auspices of IMO. At close to 6,000m2, WMU’s new facility is nearly double the size of the previous Malmö campus. It provides a new auditorium, multiple research laboratories, seminar rooms and video-conferencing capabilities for hosting international conferences.
Port Kembla Tariff hiked
NSW Ports have advised that from 1 July, there will be 2.38% increase to the Navigation Service Charge (Port Tonnage) and 3% increase to other charges (site occupancy, utilities, cargo wharfage, etc) at Port Kembla. The Navigation Service Charge (Port Tonnage) will increase from A$0.77 per GT to A$0.79 per GT for vessels calling at both the Coal Terminal and BlueScope Berths. For general berths, the increase will be from A$0.46 per GT to A$0.47 per GT for vessels up to 50,000 GT.
Atlantic Pacific Marine Opens Miami Branch
Marine engineering company Atlantic Pacific Marine (APM) informs it has opened a new site in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to meet an increasing workload and customer base following another year of success and growth. APM is headquartered in Cardiff, U.K., but operates globally, in the past year completing dry dock projects and refits in the Grand Bahamas, Australia, Germany, the U.K, Singapore, Italy and Miami for clients including Carnival Australia, Carnival UK, Princess Cruises, P&O, Wärtsilä, Crystal Cruises and Disney Cruise Line.
Meercat Workboats Scores a Hat-trick
The U.K.’s Meercat Workboats says it scored a hat-trick; the Hampshire-based boat builder announced it is moving premises, that Seawork was a huge success and that it expects to benefit from the recent Brexit vote. MC28 is a 15m x 6m monohull workboat currently in build for Briggs Marine at the company’s Portchester footprint near Portsmouth in Hampshire. To coincide with the end of the build, Meercat Workboats will be moving to Units 3a & 3b Hythe Marine Park, Shore Road, Hythe, near Southampton. The move is anticipated to take place in September 2016.
Pentalver Opens London Container Facility
U.K. inland container service operator Pentalver opened a new five-acre site at the U.K.’s newest deep sea container port, DP World London Gateway, the London Port Authority announced. Plans for the site – which will be built in two phases – were revealed in January and position Pentalver as the largest container service operator at the port. The new yard, located adjacent to the port’s main gate, can be expanded to nine acres over the coming years. Pentalver has been providing empty storage, dry repair and reefer services at its temporary premises at DP World London Gateway since April 2014.
Marad Visits TX Maritime Technology & Training Center
United States Maritime Administration tours Maritime Technology and Training Center site. Administrators from the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD), along with staff from United States Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, recently visited the construction site of the Maritime Technology and Training Center, where they received a glimpse of one of the region's only waterfront campuses being built specifically for mariner training and as a home to the state's first maritime transportation associate degree program.
Blohm+Voss Strengthens Team
Blohm+Voss has appointed Jean-Gabriel Tridon as General Manager and Dieter Pladeck as Finance Director for its new maintenance and refit facility in La Ciotat in the south of France. The company has filled the two management positions only two weeks after winning the local tender of La Ciotat Shipyards for the setting up of the new site. In La Ciotat, Blohm+Voss will focus on the maintenance and refit of megayachts of over 80 meters in length. Fred van Beers, Chief Executive Officer at Blohm+Voss: “We are filling these key positions with familiar faces.
LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Opens Gothenburg Warehouse
LUKOIL Marine Lubricants informs it has opened a new warehouse in Gothenburg. The marine lubricants supplier said it constantly strives to expand its global supply network, adding that the new site will enable reduced lead time and increased flexibility when delivering lubricants to vessels calling at Scandinavian ports. LUKOIL Marine serves the Scandinavian market from its order department in Hamburg. The company said it has further improved availability of its full product range in the region via cooperation with new logistics partner for Scandinavia, TJOSAB AB.
GoM Stakeholders Energized Despite Lingering Oil Bust
Gulf of Mexico vessel builders – and their customers – adapt to a lean offshore market. After oil prices plunged in late 2014 – pressured by shale output – demand for offshore vessels in the Gulf of Mexico shrank, day rates for boats fell and non-working units were idled. This year, several GoM boat builders filed for Chapter 11, or voluntary bankruptcy, while others consolidated. The most diversified companies kept their heads above water. Today, the outlook's a bit brighter. Crude oil prices hit bottom early last year. Tidewater Inc.
Autonomous Shipping Test Site Opens in Norway
Norway’s newest autonomous shipping test site is now officially open and ready to support the development of high-tech autonomous maritime solutions. Building on Norway’s leading position within the burgeoning autonomous shipping segment, the new test-bed in Horten is designed to offer Norwegian and international organizations a convenient, safe, non-congested space to trial new technology and vessels as the third of its kind in the country and the fourth such approved area in the world.
Trelleborg Invests in High-Speed Fender Test Rig
Trelleborg’s marine operation is in the process of building and installing a custom-made high-speed test rig, capable of testing both rubber and foam fenders. The rig is being built in Trelleborg’s new Berryville facility in Virginia, U.S., and represents a substantial investment for the business. When complete, it will be the biggest fender test rig in operation in the industry capable of testing fenders up to the largest commercially available sizes. Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine operation, said: “Amongst quality conscious customers, in the U.S.
New Tour Boat for Argosy Cruises
All American Marine, Inc. (AAM), together with Argosy Cruises of Seattle, Wash., has signed a contract for the construction of a 125-foot aluminum monohull tour boat for operation in Puget Sound’s Elliott Bay. This project will mark the first keel laid at All American Marine’s new shipyard currently under construction in Squalicum Harbor at the north edge of Bellingham Bay. AAM will to open the new state-of-the-art 57,000-sq. ft. boat building facility in January 2017. The Port…
SCHOTTEL Pumps €45 Million into New Factory
SCHOTTEL, a German manufacturer of marine propulsion systems, has invested a total of €45 million to open a new state-of-the-art Rudderpropeller factory, increasing the company’s production capacity by roughly 30 percent. The factory, near its headquarters in Spay, Germany, was officially opened in the summer of 2015 following a construction period of about two years. It features four production shops (up to 270 meters long and 18 meters high) and a three-storey building for administration, social and technical purposes.
Coast Guard Rescues Family from a Mudslide
The U.S. Coast Guard said it conducted multiple rescues during a mudslide response in Santa Barbara County, Tuesday. At approximately 9 a.m., Tuesday, a Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched to assist Santa Barbara County Fire Department with rescues after heavy rains caused mudslides in the Santa Barbara County area. At approximately 11:30 a.m., the Jayhawk crew was notified of a family needing assistance in Carpentaria, Calif. The crew arrived on scene and lowered both rescue swimmers to evaluate the situation.
Towering Damen Marine Components Hits 150
Damen Marine Components (DMC), the oldest company in Damen Shipyards Group, celebrates its 150th anniversary today. DMC has grown from a very small shipyard established in Gorinchem in 1865, to become the largest nozzle builder in the world. Via a live satellite link, around a 1,000 customers, employees, suppliers and colleagues, at its three main locations in Hardinxveld (the Netherlands), Jiangyin (China) and Gdańsk (Poland), will toast this historic occasion simultaneously.
IRClass Launches Mobile App on World Maritime Day
The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) is set to launch its newly-designed website and a mobile application, for modern, seamless user experience, today (28th September 2016). The revamped website which is compatible on all devices, is visually more appealing, with improved content layout, but at the same time, maintaining the ‘IRClass’ brand experience. This allows richer content to be delivered to the IRClass’ audience, with faster response times. The launch date of this…
Fusion Launch new Website FUSION-LINK.com
FUSION®, a worldwide leader in marine audio, announced today the release of a comprehensive new website, FUSION-Link.com. Designed to highlight the capabilities of FUSION’s industry-standard integration with multifunction displays from every major manufacturer, the new site features a cutting-edge layout that is both streamlined and intuitive for a feature-packed andeducational experience. Offering quick access to new product information, company news and more, the interactive…
Meercat Workboats’ Move to New Premises
Meercat Workboats yesterday moved from Portchester to new, purpose built premises in Hythe Marine Park, Southampton, UK. To coincide with the move the company’s management team has been restructured, two new vessels have been delivered and one new order confirmed. The new site is 1,600 sqm, has two 20-tonne gantry cranes, a machine shop, an electrical workshop, a hydraulic workshop, aluminum welding bays, steel fabrication bays, dedicated stores, offices and customer parking. A sum of circa £500,000 has been invested in the move.
Abu Dhabi Ports and Gulf Marine Services Announce New Partnership
Abu Dhabi Ports – the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate ― has signed a contract with Gulf Marine Services (GMS) that will see the creation of a state-of-the-art facility at Zayed Port where GMS will construct and maintain its offshore support vessels that serve the region’s oil and gas industry. Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi city―a regional hub for the cruise industry, and general and bulk cargo―will lease the new facility to GMS for three years.