January 22, 2018
Moving from smart talk to practical solutions and learning from other industries will be the twin themes of an industry event scheduled for Vancouver in March. Technology will be an enabler, but the maritime industry will have to be prepared to change its model to be a candidate for a smarter digital future.
Milaha, a Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate, has acquired its largest container vessel to date, Majd, a 3,768 TEU vessel.
The move by electrical system integrator Alewijnse Marine System to build a presence in the offshore wind market is continuing to meet with success. Its latest project has been the electrical outfitting of the offshore crew transfer vessel (CTV) Windcat 41. Windcat 41 is one of a series of CTVs that owner Windcat Workboats BV is having built at the Dok en Scheepsbouw Woudsend BV shipyard. With Windcat 41 now completed, Alewijnse Marine has started the electrical installation on sister vessel Windcat 42.
Leading environmental organizations and the global shipping industry have joined in calling for an explicit prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant marine fuels when the global 0.5% sulphur cap takes effect in 2020.
Recently, at the New Orleans Workboat Festival in the United States, Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract with Canada-based Group Ocean for the delivery of two Modular Multi Cats 1205. The vessels, which are made of standard, container sized units for easy transportation anywhere in the world, will serve as dredging support vessels on an oil sands project in the north of Canada. The contract fits with Group Ocean’s vision to become a world class organisation and a trusted partner for its clients.
Two Modulift spreader beams have enhanced productivity, allowing two steel coils to be lifted at the same time at the Ingeniero Buitrago Port in Argentina. The solution was devised by Rosario-based Ortiz Fischer, which designed a rig for loading finished steel product to an undisclosed logistics company.
Rolls-Royce has won an order from aircraft lessor AerCap for Trent 1000 engines to power ten Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The deal is valued at $450m at list prices1. In addition, AerCap has options for a further five Trent 1000-powered 787s.
Suzanne Blaustone, Chief Executive of global supplier of marine deck hardware, Barton Marine, has been named as this year’s Outstanding Woman in the Marine Industry.
January 19, 2018
LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association), the world’s leading representative body for the lifting equipment industry, is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Fulcher as the new LEEA Chairperson and to welcome Dr. Ross Moloney as Chief Executive Officer of the Association.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has signed two orders in the U.S. for the supply of 95 of its G132-3.465 MW wind turbines totaling 330 MW. Once both wind farms are completed, they can produce enough energy to power over 100,000 average U.S. homes.
Rolls-Royce is to supply MTU engines to equipment manufacturer Terex Cranes for two new Demag models. The Demag AC 300-6 will be powered by a Series 6R 1500/OM 473 engine, and the AC 45 City crane by 6R 1000/OM 936 engines.
Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has launched a new tug design as part of its expanding portfolio of fuel-efficient vessels. The 390 gt Azistern 2870 harbour tug has a hard chine hull form which optimises energy-saving during transit and results in a very low wash, an invaluable attribute in crowded ports and harbours. It has a bollard pull of 70 tonnes and a maximum speed of 12 knots. Providing accommodation for six persons, it has an overall length of 28.3 m, and a breadth of 11.5 m.
Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf (Oranjewerf) has completed final outfitting and modifications on a second subsea-support walk-to-work (W2W) vessel for Vroon Offshore Services (VOS). VOS Stone was built at Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding in China before coming to the Netherlands for completion. This follows a similar project successfully completed in July this year at Oranjewerf, involving sister ship VOS Start.
January 18, 2018
ITF statement in response to the circular issued by the UAE Federal Transport Authority – Land And Maritime, requiring all UAE flagged ships trading internationally and all ships operating in UAE waters to have a contract of insurance to protect seafarers.David Heindel, chair of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), seafarers' section, said: “We are strongly behind the mandate issued by the Federal Transport Authority - Land and Maritime, for the financial protection of seafarers operating in the waters of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
International Registries, Inc. (IRI), which provides administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries, kicked off the new year with its Maritime Services Group strategy meeting, which took place at its headquarters in Reston, Virginia. The meeting was attended by 58 members of the Maritime Services Group, including representatives from regional offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Long Beach, London, Piraeus, Roosendaal, Dubai, Mumbai, Zurich, Geneva, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
January 15, 2018
Dubai-based Gulf Navigation Holding is to increase the company’s capital by over AED 448 million (US$121.9 million), taking the group’s total share capital to AED 1 billion (US$ 272.6 million). This will be achieved through an Initial Public Offering (IPO) that will be launched in the first quarter of this year, to enable Gulf Navigation’s expansion plans to progress.
January 10, 2018
Societe Generale will be the first financial institution to join the SEALNG coalition, joining a growing band of industry leaders from across the LNG value chain.
December 23, 2017
Denison Yachting has announced that it will accept Bitcoin as payment for new yachts, following the completion of its first ever sale of a yacht involving Bitcoin.
December 22, 2017
More onboard cyber vulnerability has been revealed, with maritime cyber defence firm Naval Dome demonstrating yet more ways hackers can compromise ship safety.
Wison Offshore & Marine has delivered the world's first barge-based FSRU to Exmar. The 25,000 cu m FSRU barge built at Wison Nantong shipyard has a re-gasification capacity of 600MMSCFD.
The Alabama State Port Authority’s (ASPA) and APM Terminals' boards recently approved a $49.5 million expansion of the Port of Mobile container facility.
December 15, 2017
The Quebec Port Authority (QPA) on Tuesday announced plans to build a container terminal that could serve as a new international economic hub geared toward logistics facilities, distribution centers and other new businesses.
December 14, 2017
Cybersecurity threats at sea are not much different to those onshore and yet onboard electronic systems such as ECDIS have not always kept up even though it is important to do so
After a lengthy and well organised campaign to support its case, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the first Arab country to win Category B membership of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council. Its success followed an election that included nominees from 11 leading countries in the international marine trade sector, such as Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, France and Australia. The declaration was made during the 30th General Assembly meeting in London, amidst considerable international praise for the UAE’s pivotal role in promoting the international maritime system and driving the growth of international maritime trade.
December 13, 2017
PolyOne has announced it will unveil Hammerhead™ Marine Composite Panels at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) in Orlando, Fla. this week. With a weight savings of more than 50% versus plywood, these continuous-fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite panels offer boat manufacturers a lighter, more efficient alternative to traditional marine construction materials.
December 12, 2017
Esvagt’s latest newbuilding, Esvagt Mercator, was named on the 1st of December 2017 in Oostende, Belgium by godmother Stine Würtz Jepsen. Esvagt Mercator has recently indicated a 10-year contract as Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for more then 100 wind turbines in Belgian waters.
November 30, 2017
As the race continues to develop alternative, zero emission, fuel sources for shipping Belgian shipping group CMB has launched the first hydrogen-powered passenger vessel, Hydroville.
November 28, 2017
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) received four Neo-Panamax cranes last week for use at the Port of Savannah. Once commissioned, the cranes will bring the port's fleet to 30. Six additional cranes will arrive in 2020, according to a GPA press release.
November 27, 2017
The Berlin has completed her annual refreshing in drydock in Rijeka that included renovation of public rooms and technical upgrades, according to FTI Cruises.
November 25, 2017
Cox Powertrain, the British company behind the development of the world’s highest power density diesel outboard engine, the CXO300, has announced De Wolf Maritime Safety as its distributor for the Netherlands and Belgium. The announcement took place during last week’s METSTRADE where the two companies came together for the first time as manufacturer and distributor.
Jan. 29-31, 2018 • Amsterdam. Netherlands
Feb. 10-18, 2018 • Istambul, Turkey
Mar. 27-31, 2018 • Bilbao, Spain
June 4-8, 2018 • Athens, Greece
June 11-13, 2018 • Baku, Azerbaijan
Sept. 04-07, 2018 • Hamburg. Germany
Oct. 02-05, 2018 • St-Petersburg, Russia
June 4-7, 2019 • Oslo, Norway