The International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, adopted at a Diplomatic Conference organised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in Nairobi in 2007, will enter into force on 14th April 2015, 12 months after ten states have ratified it. Those 10 States are: Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, India, Iran, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Palau and the United Kingdom.
Korean Register (KR), an IACS member classification society, has released the world’s first mobile app containing all up-to-date IMO conventions.
The Navy christened the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) on April 12, during a ceremony at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th CNO from 1970-1974.
Caterpillar Marine is pleased to announce the first shipment of Cat® 3500 series marine gas engines from its Lafayette, Indiana manufacturing facility. Five Cat G3516 marine engines were selected to power the Becker Marine Systems subsidiary, Hybrid Port Energy, LNG-Hybrid Barge, the world’s first LNG-powered barge in the Port of Hamburg.
The innovative multi-purpose salvage ice class ship Baltika of 7 MW power capacity returned to the port of Helsinki on 30 March 2014, after the second stage of sea trials. The equipment adjustment, functional check of main systems and propulsion characteristics have confirmed the readiness of the ship.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced the new three-year midterm management plan that will take effect in April 2014. MOL Group envisioned what it should look like in 2020, set the course to arrive there, and incorporated it into a three-year plan called “STEER FOR 2020”.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company.
Nearly 2.3 million charts were downloaded within 90 days of the beta release of NOAA’s new free PDF nautical charts, which provide up-to-date navigation information in this universally available file type. The free PDF charts are the latest in NOAA’s suite of easy-to-access navigational products and services, which also includes print-on-demand paper charts, electronic navigational charts and raster navigational charts.
Wärtsilä Ship Design (WSD) Singapore has unveiled a Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) design package aimed at ship owners and shipyards in the Asia-Pacific region, in conjunction with Asia Pacific Maritime 2014 event.
The world’s largest container ship propeller was loaded onto the Hyundai Together at the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder on 15th March about noon. The ‘HHLA IV’ floating crane lifted the giant propeller, measuring 10.3 metres in diameter, weighing 113 tonnes and boasting five blades, from its pontoon into the belly of the ship.
Lloyd’s Register (LR) is honoured to be the classification society of choice for Mercy Ships latest endeavour, a new 36,600 GRT hospital ship scheduled for completion in 2017. The hospital ship will be designed by the Finnish firm Deltamarin and the vessel will be built at CSIC group’s Tianjin Xingang Shipyard in China.
A new app from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions aims to make it easier for engineers to specify seals and gain a more detailed understanding of the complex requirements and operation of hydraulic cylinders.
DNV G today released WaveFarmer and TidalFarmer; the world’s first marine energy planning tools to be made commercially available. WaveFarmer and TidalFarmer allow users to model marine energy projects, giving crucial insight into return on investment and annual energy yield.
MTN Communications (MTN) announces the general availability of the first calling app for maritime crew. MTN “OceanPhone Mobile” leverages the Wi-Fi infrastructure on vessels, as well as the MTN network, for calling and messaging.
Fireworks marked the first cut of steel in a ceremony last night as construction of TOTE, Inc.’s new Marlin Class, the first LNG-powered containership in the world, began at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif.
The ILO Minimum Wage for Able Seafarers increased to US$568 a month basic wage in January 2013. It then will increase to US$585 in 2014, but with no further revision expected to take effect until at least 2015.
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder, announced today it held a naming ceremony for the world’s first newbuilding LNG floating storage regasification unit (LNG FSRU), ordered from Höegh LNG in June 2011.
Class Direct App Uses the functionality of LR’s award-winning web service Class Direct which is specifically designed to give users access to the information they need whenever and wherever, and is available now for free on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Kelvin Hughes’ SharpEye™ radar is now in continuous use on the world’s fastest ferry, operating between Argentina and Uruguay.
The keel laying of the world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge took place at a ceremony held at the ”SAM Shipbuilding and Machinery“ shipyard in Komárno, Slovakia in the second week of the new year.
DNV GL has released a position paper on the future alternative fuel mix for global shipping. While LNG is expected to be an early success, the picture becomes more diversified with time, as more than 20 per cent of shipping could adopt hybrid propulsion solutions, featuring batteries or other energy storage technologies.
The new draft ‘Polar Code’ of safety and environmental rules fails to address the looming danger of having non ice-strengthened and poorly prepared ships in supposedly ‘ice-free’ polar waters, environmental organisations have warned.
TGE Marine has participated in the development of a new eco design based on slow speed dual fuel main engines. The ship is a 3 tank version with a maximum individual tank size of more than 12,000 m3 and will consequently be the world’s largest type C tank based gas carrier.
Twenty kilometers (12 miles) from England’s Kent and Essex coasts, the world’s largest offshore wind farm has started harvesting the breezes over the sea.Twenty kilometers (12 miles) from England’s Kent and Essex coasts, the world’s largest offshore wind farm has started harvesting the breezes over the sea. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite captured this image of the area.