Britain’s biggest ever warship HMS Queen Elizabeth took to the water for the first time on 17th July as she was moved out of dry dock.
U.S. military operations now increasingly begin and end at sea – aboard a growing fleet of vessels that the Pentagon has specifically outfitted as floating command facilities, barracks and launch pads.
Now the disaster ship Costa Concordia floats again, the work of the Dutch Conquest MB1 crane ship and her crew is there almost done. The Dutch company Conquest Offshore has in the recent months, in cooperation with a large group of international companies, installed the sponsoons that will refloat the Costa Concordia.
HHIC-Phil’s Subic Shipyard made history again in the world’s shipbuilding industry by holding a naming ceremony for five vessels at the same time.
HHIC won the bid the build an LNG bunkering vessel for the first time in the world. The company announced that it signed a contract for the construction of an LNG bunkering vessel (5,100㎥) with NYK in Japan.
The new RST54 project for sea-and-river-going vessels has been officially launched. This one-of-a-kind “platform/tanker” can carry oil when going to its destination and dry cargo or containers on its return trip.
‘Pieter Schelte’, the biggest vessel in the world, is to be completed in the port of Rotterdam. Owner and designer Allseas and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed an agreement to this effect. The plan is for ‘Pieter Schelte’ to arrive in Rotterdam at the end of 2014.
The UK economy is heavily exposed to lawlessness off the coast of Nigeria, a new report published on 10th July, by the UK Chamber of Shipping says. The report found that almost all of the UK’s annual £6.3bn of trade with the region is put at risk by being moved through the high maritime crime region of the Gulf of Guinea, including 12% of the UK’s oil.
ABS, the leading provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, has entered into a joint development project (JDP) with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to develop the industry’s first LNG fueled drillship.
NYK has signed a contract with Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd. in Korea to build the world’s first LNG bunkering vessel built for the purpose of providing LNG to LNG-fueled vessels. In a joint initiative to develop a global market for the LNG bunkering business, NYK concluded a framework agreement with GDF SUEZ S.A and Mitsubishi Corporation on May 13, 2014.