Mammoet, global leader in Engineered Heavy Lifting and Transport, is currently employing its Liebherr LR13000, the biggest crawler crane in the world, to install four platform legs on Van Oord’s newest wind turbine installation vessel, the Aeolus.
Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has signed an engineering services agreement with Workfox B.V, a subsidiary of the Seafox Group (Seafox), to embark on an engineering study of a purpose-built accommodation jackup rig with well intervention and P&A features.
Now, seafarers will be better protected as a consequence of two amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). Seafarers who are let down by their ship owner or who are entitled to economic compensation in case of long-term disablement or death will now be better secured.
The next hacker playground: the open seas – and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. Hackers recently shut down a floating oil rig by tilting it, while another rig was so riddled with computer malware that it took 19 days to make it seaworthy again.
The wreckage of a passenger steamship that sank in the 19th century after a collision in the San Francisco Bay has been found near the Golden Gate Bridge, officials said on 23rd April. The steamship City of Chester was discovered by researchers using sonar in waters about 216 feet deep. It was encased in mud.
The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has revealed that piracy on the world’s seas is at its lowest first-quarter level since 2007, but warns that the threat is still present. The latest IMB Piracy Report shows 49 piracy incidents in the first quarter of 2014 – the lowest first quarter figure since 2007, when 41 incidents were recorded.
BMT Asia Pacific (BMT) today announced the completion of a major strategic study – “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Position as an International Maritime Centre (IMC)”, undertaken on behalf of the Hong Kong Transport and Housing Bureau. The study aims to plot a development roadmap and strategy that will enable Hong Kong to remain a successful IMC in an increasingly competitive region.
Sumitomo Corporation has arranged for the manufacture and outfitting of the world’s first long rail transport vessel (“the Vessel”) for the transport of 150 m steel rails (“long rails”) manufactured by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (“NSSMC”) at its Yawata Works facility.
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.