Vessel News

18 Mar 2019

Sanmar, CAT Work on Innovative Hybrid Tug

The first tug to be fitted with Caterpillar's Advanced Variable Drive, a hybrid system, is one of Sanmar’s popular and successful Bogaçay Series. It will be the 38th of this class to enter service, a class designed exclusively by RAL for Sanmar. Photo courtesy Sanmar.

Turkey’s leading tug builder Sanmar Shipyards was selected by Caterpillar Marine to build the first tug to incorporate its hydraulic hybrid propulsion system. Construction is currently under way with delivery scheduled for October 2019. Furthermore the two companies, from different continents, are joining together to present their collaborative efforts at the Tugnology 19 Conference and Exhibition, scheduled to be held in Liverpool, England, May 14-15, 2019.Tugs represent some of the more power dense and cost competitive vessels…

18 Mar 2019

USCG Closes Portion of Missouri River

The Coast Guard issued a waterway closure to all vessel traffic on the Missouri River from mile marker 450 near St. Joseph, Missouri, to mile marker 550 approximately 50 miles south of Omaha, Nebraska, due to high water levels and dangerous currents, Friday.The Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers are requesting all operators create as minimal wake as possible between mile marker 375 near Kansas City, Missouri, to mile marker 450 near St. Joseph, Missouri, on the Missouri River to minimize levee damage.Restrictions to operations will be lifted as soon as conditions improve.“The safety of the maritime public is the Coast Guard’s top priority,” said Lt.

18 Mar 2019

Pioneering Spirit Arrives Rotterdam

Photo courtesy: Waldo de Waal, Kotug Smit Towage

Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit, the largest construction vessel in the world, has arrived in the port of Rotterdam to prepare itself for upcoming topsides lift works.The preparations included the removal of the pipelaying stinger. When Pioneering Spirit is required for topsides lift work, the pipelaying stinger will be removed from the bow section of the vessel and stored on the purpose-built barge, Bumblebee.Kotug Smit Towage provided various towage services for the removal of the stinger.

18 Mar 2019

Kawasaki Delivers Bulk Carrier Divinegate

Image: Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Japanese public multinational corporation Kawasaki Heavy Industries (HKI)announced that it delivered the bulk carrier Divinegate for Indigo Marine Shipping at the Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (DACKS).According to a release, the bulk carrier has a capacity of 61,000 DWT and 199.90 meter length. Its gross tonnage is 34,508. Its main engine is one set of MAN B&W 6S50ME-B9.3-TII diesel engine with maximum continuous output: 8,130 kW at 108 rpm.Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co is located in Dalian City…

18 Mar 2019

Sovcomflot Updates Fleet Strength

Image: PAO Sovcomflot

Russian maritime shipping company specializing in petroleum and LNG shipping Sovcomflot (SCF Group) said that Yevgeny Primakov (Icebreaker Ice-15) joined the fleet, the final vessel in a series of four new generation IBSV’s, engaged under a long-term time-charter agreement with Sakhalin Energy.The shipping company added that this makes a total fleet of 10 supply and standby vessels servicing Nogliki Base Camp (SEIC and ENL) at Sakhalin island (Sea of Okhotsk).The world’s first Aframax tanker to use LNG as her primary fuel Gagarin Prospect (114…

18 Mar 2019

SCF Registers Growth in Offshore Revenues

Image: SCF Group

The energy shipping company PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has managed to increase its revenue base and achieved a profit of USD 11.9 million against a USD 106.2 million loss in 2017.The annual results reflected a strong contribution from the industrial shipping business (comprising offshore services and LNG transportation). These activities now account for 57.2 per cent of the Group’s TCE revenues (up from a 50.9 per cent share in 2017).Taking into account the challenging conditions in the conventional tanker markets…

17 Mar 2019

Castor Maritime Fixes Magic P with Oldendorff

Pic: Castor Group

The international shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry-bulk vessels Castor Maritime announced that, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Oldendorff Carriers GMBH & Co KG Luebeck for its Panamax vessel Magic P.The owners of a dry bulk vessels said in a press release that the gross charter rate is US$ 11,250 per day, for a period of a minimum of five months up to a maximum of about eight months (for the first 30 days period the daily gross rate is US$ 9,000).

17 Mar 2019

IRClass Wins SCI Contract for 33 Vessels

Pic: IRClass

The ship classification society, Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has secured a five-year contract from India’s largest shipping company, The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) – to undertake Emergency Response Service (ERS) for 33 vessels.The classification society’s ERS is aimed at providing round-the-clock technical support by way of speedy assessment of the intact/damage stability as well as longitudinal strength of any vessel involved in a major incident e.g. grounding, collision or fire.

17 Mar 2019

Top Ships Adds Tanker to Fleet

Pic: Top Ships

Top Ships Inc, which owns and operates tanker vessels worldwide, said that it took delivery of the 50,000 dwt newbuilding product/chemical tanker M/T Eco Marina Del Ray.According to the international owner and operator of modern, fuel efficient "ECO" tanker vessels currently focusing on the transportation of petroleum products, Eco Marina Del Ray is constructed at the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in South Korea.The Greece-based company also said that the vessel is scheduled to commence its five-year charter employment with Cargill on March 18…

17 Mar 2019

Dry Bulk Fleet Growth Stable

Pic: Pacific Basin Shipping Limited

Global dry bulk net fleet growth in 2018 was largely unchanged at 2.9% year on year due to reduced newbuilding deliveries and much reduced scrapping because of the improved freight market, said a report by Pacific Basin Shipping.The provider of international dry bulk shipping through the operation of a fleet of vessels to carry diverse cargoes for many of the world's leading commodity groups said that, now close to zero, scrapping cannot reduce any further and will potentially increase due to the growing number of old vessels and the increasing burden of environmental regulation.Growth in the

15 Mar 2019

UK's Shoreham Welcomes Home Registered Vessel

Pic: Shoreham Port

Shoreham Port UK, claimed to be UK's number 1 scallop port, welcome home registered fishing vessel ‘Flowing Stream’ following a significant refit that began in the spring of 2018.Originally built in the year 2000, the vessel was flagged in from Belgium where it was previously registered to be renovated and renewed to bring it up to new vessel standards. Flowing Stream will join a long line of fishing vessels registered at Shoreham Port that date back to the 13th Century.Flowing Stream is one of the many scalloping vessels that regularly land in the Port each year…

15 Mar 2019

TEN Charters for Two LNG Vessels

Pic: Tsakos Energy Navigation

Greek shipping company Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) announced new charters for two LNG carriers, the Neo Energy and the Maria Energy to significant international energy concerns for an aggregate period of 36 months. The total gross revenues from these two fixtures, over the duration of the respective contacts, is expected at about $60 million, said the provider of seaborne crude oil and petroleum product transportation services worldwide.“LNG is on top of the agenda for TEN’s diversified energy fleet.

15 Mar 2019

Sub M is here, now what?

Captain Pat Folan outlines the way forward, especially for the smaller towboat firms. It’s not rocket science, but it does involve common sense. July 20, 2018 came and went, and we are all still here – mostly. The reality of Sub M has begun to sink in and for some it signals the end of a business and career. The AWO RCP members, oil movers and early adopters are going to make it. But for some of the ‘Mom & Pops,’ this is looking like a bridge too far.And some of this group are the ones that needed to be weeded out.

15 Mar 2019

Wärtsilä Tests Remote Service Capabilities

Photo: Wärtsilä

The technology group Wärtsilä has successfully tested its remote guidance service, thereby creating an entirely new dimension in vessel repair and maintenance operations. Through real-time communication using voice-controlled Augmented Reality (AR) wearables and remote guidance software, ship crew members, field service engineers and shipyard personnel can communicate with shore-based experts anywhere in the world. The tests were carried out onboard the ‘Huckleberry Finn’, a RoRo ferry operated by TT-Lines…

15 Mar 2019

First Commercial Drone Ship Delivery

Photo: Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Launching this week in partnership with Airbus, Wilhelmsen’s shore-to-ship Singapore pilot project, marks the first deployment of drone technology in real-time port conditions, delivering a variety of small, time-critical items to working vessels at anchorage.Lifting off from Marina South Pier in Singapore with 3D printed consumables from Wilhelmsen’s onshore 3D printing micro-factory, the Airbus Skyways drone navigated autonomously along pre-determined ‘aerial-corridors’ in its 1.5km flight to Eastern Working Anchorage.

15 Mar 2019

New IMR Vessel for Otto Candies

The 2018-built IMR vessel Paul Candies (Image: Otto Candies, LLC)

A new US-flagged inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) vessel leverages three different propulsion systems for improved maneuverability and a high free running speed.The IMR vessel Paul Candies, built in 2018 by Louisiana builder Candies Shipbuilders and owned by its parent company Otto Candies, is equipped with two Combi Drives, two transverse thrusters and one retractable rudderpropeller from manufacturer SCHOTTEL.Due to two type SCD 560 STP SCHOTTEL Combi Drive azimuth thrusters the diesel-electric vessel reaches a top speed of 14 knots.

15 Mar 2019

Shipbuilding: Rewriting the Book

Photo Courtesy: Fjellstrand

As maritime digests a number of historical changes, Norway’s Fjellstrand shipyard wants to put aside the rule book and look at the whole process in a new way, reducing engineering costs up to 70% and production costs up to 20%.The process of designing and building a ship, even in today’s highly standardized mass manufacturing environment, remains largely a one-off, one-of-a-kind design and build. Ships are most often built to a shipowner’s or operator’s specific requirements, which are often based on fixed parameters such as speed…

15 Mar 2019

Seismic Shoot Offshore South Africa Begins

Image: Polarcus

Africa Energy Corp., an oil and gas company with exploration assets offshore South Africa and Namibia, has announced the start of a new 3D marine seismic acquisition programme over the Paddavissie Fairway on Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa.The Brulpadda discovery is located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin 175 kilometers off the southern coast of South Africa. The block covers an area of 19,000 square kilometers with water depths ranging from 200 to 1,800 meters.Jan Maier…

15 Mar 2019

DFDS' Largest Ferry Named

EVP Peder Gellert, Sponsor Eva Lundstedt and SVP Selçuk Boztepe at the naming ceremony in Istanbul. Photo: DFDS

Copenhagen-based DFDS named its newest -- and the Mediterranean's largest -- Ro-Ro ship in Turkey.The naming ceremony for 237-meter-long  roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) newbuilding, Ephesus Seaways, was held in Istanbul, Turkey. Ephesus Seaways vessel with a 6,700 linear-meter capacity has also been put into service.The ship will also be the largest vessel to serve DFDS customers on the routes between Turkey and the EU.Eva Lundstedt, who is the wife of Volvo’s CEO Martin Lundstedt, gave…

15 Mar 2019

California: Encouraging Ships to Slow Down

Image by NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

The partners in an initiative to cut air pollution and protect endangered whales announced results from the 2018 program and recognized the 12 shipping companies that participated, reducing speeds to 10 knots or less in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Santa Barbara Channel region.The voluntary incentive program ran July 1 - November 15, 2018. Partners recognized the companies at a ceremony at the Bannings Landing Community Center near the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long…

15 Mar 2019

Austal Delivers Catamaran to BraveLine

Hull 680 in front of the new 120 metre assembly bay at Austal Philippines shipyard in Balamban, Cebu (Image: Austal)

Austal Limited's Philippines shipyard delivered a 50-mcatamaran to Taiwanese Brave Line in what is the company’s first commercial contract in the East Asian country.The catamaran is the first of two 550 passenger Austal-designed vessels being constructed at the company’s Philippines shipyard in Balamban, Cebu. The contract was awarded to Austal by Taiwan’s Brave Line in September 2017. The vessels include an optimized hull form for improved fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.Austal…

15 Mar 2019

Ingalls Authenticates Keel of LHA 8

Ship's sponsor Ellyn Dunford traces her initials onto the keel plate of the Ingalls-built amphibious assault ship Bougainville (LHA 8). Photo by Derek Fountain/HII

The keel laying and authentication ceremony for the America-class amphibious warship USS Bougainville (LHA 8) was held at the Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division (HII),  yesterday (March 14).The ship’s sponsor, Ellyn Dunford, spouse of Gen. Joe Dunford, 19th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared the keel "truly and fairly laid" after her initials were welded onto a plate.Traditionally, keel laying marks the first step in ship construction. However…

14 Mar 2019

Scorpio Sells Seven Ships

Pic: Scorpio Bulkers Inc.

The provider of marine transportation of dry bulk commodities, Scorpio Bulkers announced that it has agreed to sell and leaseback three Ultramax vessels (SBI Pegasus, SBI Subaru and SBI Ursa) and four Kamsarmax vessels (SBI Lambada, SBI Macarena, SBI Carioca and SBI Capoeira) to CMB Financial Leasing.Upon completion, which is estimated to take place in the second quarter of 2019, the Company’s liquidity is expected to increase by $57.2 million in aggregate, comprising $45.4 million…

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