The Maritime Executive - Latest News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:23:03 -0400 The Maritime Executive - Latest News. en-us Royal Navy Tests Remote-Controlled Minehunter A remote-controlled boat that can search for, hunt and destroy mines is being tested by a specialist Royal Navy unit. The motorboat, called Hazard, is currently being put through its paces by a specialist team of sailors in Portsmouth naval base. The boat can also act as the ‘mother... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:23:00 -0400 Ensco Orders Two ENSCO 140 Series Jackups To fulfill customer demand for the Company’s differentiated rig technology and contract drilling services in the Middle East, Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) has ordered two high-specification jackups, ENSCO 140 and ENSCO 141. Both rigs, which will incorporate... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:00 -0400 Search On for Hundreds Missing in S. Korean Ferry Disaster South Korean coastguards and navy divers resumed their search on Thursday for nearly 280 people still missing after a ferry capsized in what could be the country's worst maritime disaster in over 20 years. They will also be seeking answers to many unanswered questions surrounding... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:56:00 -0400 Crashes in Crucial U.S. Waterway Hit 10-Year Low Serious crashes in the bustling Bay of Galveston have fallen to the lowest level in a decade even as more oil moves on U.S. waterways, official data show, suggesting that better training and equipment are helping avert spills like one in March. The number of crashes in... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:45:00 -0400 3 Rescued from Tug Taking on Water [Photos] The Coast Guard rescued three crewmembers aboard an uninspected towing vessel on Lake Pontchartrain, Tuesday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans command center received a report the UTV Todd Michael was taking on water and reportedly grounded on the rocks... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:52:00 -0400 Maersk Drilling Takes Delivery of Second Drillship Maersk Drilling’s second drillship, Maersk Valiant, was delivered Wednesday 16 April 2014 from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea. Maersk Valiant has begun its voyage towards the US Gulf of Mexico via Singapore to commence a two year contract with... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:44:00 -0400 Petrobras, Mitsui to Study LNG Import Terminal Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA and Japanese trading house Mitsui Corp will study building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the country's southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul, to supply more fuel for local manufacturers and power... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:35:00 -0400 SRI Welcomes MLC Amendments Seafarers Rights International has welcomed the strengthening of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) to give greater protection to crew against abandonment and in cases of claims for workplace death or long-term disability. Commenting on the amendments, adopted at the first meeting of the Special... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:58:00 -0400 Caterpillar to Power Jack-up Rig Newbuild Caterpillar Oil & Gas announced that the Cat® C175 and Cat 3512 generator sets have been selected to power the first Zentech R550-D jackup newbuild for Alliance Offshore in China. Five Cat C175 generator sets, each with rated power of 1833 ekW at 1200 rpm, will be... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:46:00 -0400 BAE Systems Selects Siemens Blueâ„¢ Drive Solution Siemens Industry announces it was awarded a multi-million dollar contract by BAE Systems to equip Oceaneering International’s (OI) Multipurpose Subsea Support and Construction Vessel (MSSCV) for offshore oil & gas support, with its unique Diesel Electric Propulsion (DEP) solution. ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:38:00 -0400 BP, USCG End Active Cleanup from Deepwater Horizon The U.S. Coast Guard ended patrols and operations on the final three shoreline miles in Louisiana, bringing to a close the extensive four-year active cleanup of the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon accident. These operations ended in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi in June 2013. The... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:25:00 -0400 Waves Damage Drilling Rig in GoM The Coast Guard is overseeing response efforts for an offshore drilling rig that began taking on water into a ballast tank after a large wave hit them in heavy seas more than 100 miles south of Galveston.  Tuesday morning the Coast Guard received a report that the ENSCO 8506, an offshore... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:39:00 -0400 Three Firms Win Angola Deepwater Deals Three European companies have won contracts for almost half the value of Angola's $16 billion ultra-deepwater Kaombo oil project, confirming a trend toward bigger scale and risk for the deep-sea contracting and construction sector. Saipem of Italy announced a $4 billion contract... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:31:00 -0400 Chesapeake Bay Weather Causes Ship Collision, Groundings The U.S. Coast Guard is working with local response agencies and the Virginia and Maryland Pilots after receiving a report of a collision between two ships in the Thimble Shoal Channel and are responding to several subsequent reports of ships dragging anchor in the lower Chesapeake Bay. The... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:21:00 -0400 OGX Lands $73m Export Prepayment Loan Bankrupt Brazilian oil company Óleo and Gás Participações SA, formerly known as OGX, has obtained a $73.2 million loan to finance exports and related costs, the company said on Tuesday in a securities filing. The company, the flagship of Brazilian tycoon Eike... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:55:00 -0400 [Update] Rescue Underway After Ferry Sends Distress Signal More than 300 people were missing after a ferry sank off South Korea, the coastguard said on Wednesday, with a three-fold increase in the number of passengers unaccounted for put down to a miscalculation by officials. The ferry was carrying 477 people, of whom 164 were confirmed rescued,... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:52:00 -0400 Havyard to Build Hybrid Battery Arctic PSV Havyard has signed a contract for the construction of a Havyard 833 WE ICE platform supply vessel with Fafnir Offshore HF. The greatest innovation onboard the vessel is that it will be equipped with a hybrid battery powered diesel-electric propulsion system. When we develop a new ship design we... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:54:00 -0400 Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale Planned As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) director Tommy P. Beaudreau has announced that the bureau will offer more than 21 million acres offshore Texas for oil... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:51:00 -0400 Scottish Independence Could Weaken Maritime Defense Scottish independence would weaken Britain's maritime defenses by splitting up bases, infrastructure and staff, the country's navy chief said, the first serving military boss to give a view on the consequences if Scots vote to break away in September. Writing in the Daily Telegraph... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:35:00 -0400 Fire Erupts on U.S. Navy Ship A fire broke out aboard USS Hue City (CG 66) late Monday, April 14 as the ship was transiting the Atlantic. There were no injuries as a result of the fire, and the ship continues to operate under her own power. The extent of the damage is being assessed, and the cause of the fire is under... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:18:00 -0400 RS Expands Participation in Offshore Projects Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is to undertake ship construction survey for the Lukoil Group. This project follows the RS effective cooperation with one of the major RF oil companies in developing offshore hydrocarbon resources. RS has signed contracts for the whole range of... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:09:00 -0400 [Video] Maritime Interests Represented at Sea Air Space Expo The Annual Navy League Sea Air Space Expo Maritime Industry Panel took place on April 9, 2014 and was moderated by Vice Admiral Al Herberger, USN (Ret.) Navy League Maritime Industry Committee Chairman. Maritime TV was there to cover it. The distinguished speakers included: Mr. Kevin Speers,... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00:00 -0400 Topaz Secures Another West Africa Contract Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, announced a new contract win for its fast growing West Africa operation. Under the terms of the US$ 11 million agreement, Topaz will supply a global oil major with a platform... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:52:00 -0400 Aker Solutions Wins Contract for Total's New Development Aker Solutions won a contract worth NOK 14 billion from Total to provide a subsea production system for the Kaombo Block 32 development in Angola. Aker Solutions will deliver 20 subsea manifolds and 65 vertical subsea wellsets. The order also includes associated controls as well as work-over and... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:40:00 -0400 Drydocks World to Build Specialized Jack-Ups Drydocks World, the leading international service provider to the maritime, oil & gas and energy sectors, announced that it has signed an Agreement with Malta Oil & Gas Ltd. for building two unique new jack-up drilling rigs based on Gusto MSC CJ54-X135-A design. The Agreement was... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:31:00 -0400 Bolivia Files Documents in Maritime Claim Against Chile Picture from Bolivia, 1992. It says: "What once was ours, will be ours once again", and "Hold on rotos (Chileans), here come the Colorados of Bolivia" Bolivian President Evo Morales personally handed over documents at the International Court of Justice on Tuesday that... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:26:00 -0400 Libya to Export First Oil Since Rebel Deal A tanker is due to load 1 million barrels of crude on Tuesday from Libya's reopened Hariga port, its first export shipment since a deal to end months of closures at its main oil terminals, the National Oil Corp. (NOC) said. The outages have raised supply concerns on global... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:54:00 -0400 Wreck-Removal Convention to Enter Into Force The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks will enter into force on 14 April 2015 following the deposit, on 14 April 2014, of an instrument of ratification by Denmark, with the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Among several provisions, the Convention will place financial... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:40:00 -0400 ClassNK Releases Design Support Tools for EEDI Verification Leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released the new PrimeShip-GREEN/MinPower software. PrimeShip-GREEN/MinPower was developed to help shipyards comply with the EEDI requirements of the Amendment to MARPOL Annex VI by calculating minimum propulsion power... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:35:00 -0400 102 Years Ago: The Mystery Surrounding the Titanic The bow of the wrecked RMS Titanic, photographed in June 2004 By Nikeel Idnani Perhaps the greatest maritime disaster ever occurred on April 14/15, 1912, when 1,513 people met their watery grave aboard the White Star Line’s pride, the RMS Titanic, about 95 miles south of the Grand... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:48:00 -0400 [MarEx New Edition Alert] Robust Oil & Gas Pumps Up Economies Be the first to know when the latest Edition is out by having the digital version delivered directly to your inbox! Subscribe to this FREE offer now! Big bucks are flowing into oil and gas developments worldwide, including shale and LNG. There is not one oil-producing region on the... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:34:00 -0400 Greek Coast Guard Kills Suspected Migrant Smuggler A man believed to be a migrant smuggler was shot dead by Greek coast guard officials on Tuesday as they tried to intercept him on his speedboat heading towards neighboring Turkey, the Greek coast guard said. Tuesday's pre-dawn incident occurred after the man transported seven migrants to... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:23:00 -0400 China Denies Naval Snub for Japan AOE423 Tokiwa and DD111 Onamiat the Port of Shimizu China's navy on Tuesday denied, in a roundabout way, that it snubbed Japan by not inviting it to join in a naval fleet review as part of an international symposium, saying the two events had never been linked in... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:17:00 -0400 Shipping Alliance Opposes Beckham's Miami Plan An alliance of shipping interests and a billionaire car dealer launched a newspaper ad on Monday protesting retired English soccer star David Beckham's plans for a soccer arena at the port of Miami, saying it threatens the city's plans to capitalize on the expansion of... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:04:00 -0400 NYK Charters Eight New 14,000 TEU Vessels NYK has reached time charter agreements for eight new containerships, each capable of carrying 14,000 TEUs. These vessels will be built at the Kure shipyard of Japan Marine United.   These ships, which will be delivered from February 2016 through January 2018, will have improved fuel... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:19:00 -0400 Charity: NYK Provides 10 Years Free Transport Since 2004, the NYK Group has been supporting a campaign organized by the Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA), a nongovernmental organization, to deliver picture books to areas in need.   In fiscal 2013, workshops were held at NYK’s head office and Yokohama branch, and stickers bearing... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:18:00 -0400 The UK Assumes Command of CTF 150 The Royal Australian Navy has handed over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 150 to the Royal Navy at a formal change of command ceremony held in Bahrain on April 10. Commodore Jeremy Blunden Royal Navy assumed command of CTF 150 from Commodore Daryl W. Bates Royal... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:15:00 -0400 Animal Welfare is just for the Dreamers Animal rights group WSPA wants a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare endorsed by the United Nations. Their position is that our close interaction with animals means we have a responsibility to protect their welfare. A Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) would be an agreement among... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:51:00 -0400 GE Power Conversion Helps Propel Navy into Future The USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), 610 feet long and with a displacement of 15,656 long tons, is the largest stealth destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy and is the first of its kind in recent history to use an electric propulsion system with induction based motors, rather than propelling the ship... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:08:00 -0400 Malaysia Airlines Search Heads Deep Underwater A U.S. Navy underwater drone will be deployed to scour the floor of the Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, search officials said on Monday, launching a new phase of the operation after nearly six weeks of fruitless searching. The hunt for flight MH370 will head deep... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:39:00 -0400 Expedited Contract Negotiations Urged at West Coast Ports The National Retail Federation urged maritime management and the union representing dockworkers along the U.S. West Coast ports to expedite pending contract negotiations and reach agreement on a new deal well in advance of the expiration of the current contract this summer. NRF believes... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:34:00 -0400 Russian Jet 'Provocatively' Passes Near U.S. Ship A Russian fighter aircraft made repeated low-altitude, close-range passes near a U.S. ship in the Black Sea over the weekend, the Pentagon said on Monday, condemning the action at a time of heightened U.S.-Russian tensions over Ukraine. "This provocative and... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:26:00 -0400 Shell, BP Sign LNG Supply Deals with Kuwait Royal Dutch Shell and BP have signed deals to supply Kuwait with liquefied natural gas (LNG) over the next few years, a Kuwait Petroleum Corp. (KPC) official was quoted as saying on Sunday. Kuwait began importing LNG in 2009 and signed deals for Shell and Swiss-based trader... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:54:00 -0400 Concordia Captain Blamed Wreck on Electrical Blackout The captain of the Costa Concordia tried to persuade the crisis coordinator of the cruise line to pretend an electrical blackout had caused the shipwreck, a court was told on Monday. The luxury liner hit rocks as it sailed close to the island of Giglio in January 2012, killing 32 people and... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:33:00 -0400 Recap: China Subsea Technology Summit 2014 Organized by BMC, supported by Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and CNOOC, the second edition of China Subsea Technology Summit was held successfully in Shanghai on April 9-10. Sponsored by Saipem, CSTS 2014 attracted about 150 delegates from more than 90 enterprises, including... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:22:00 -0400 BASS Lands Deal in Taiwanese Market BASS has achieved a recent deal in the Taiwanese shipping sector by securing its maiden contract in that bustling Far Eastern market. Under the deal with Taiwan’s Simosa Shipping, the BASSnet™ Maintenance module will be implemented within the company. BASS landed the contract... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:16:00 -0400 Total Launches Development of Ultra-deep Offshore Project Total and its joint venture partners have made the final investment decision to develop the ultra-deep offshore Kaombo project in Angola. With a production capacity of 230,000 barrels per day, Kaombo will develop estimated reserves of 650 million barrels. Following an intensive... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:01:00 -0400 ClassNK EVP Appointed to Green Award Foundation Board The Netherlands-based Green Award Foundation has announced that ClassNK Executive Vice President Tetsuya Kinoshita has been selected to serve on its Board of Experts from 1 May 2014.  The Green Award Foundation was established under the initiative of the Rotterdam Municipal... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:51:00 -0400 Container Insight: Excessive Cuts in Capacity Recent cargo roll overs jar with talk of over capacity, but shippers wouldn’t be left waiting for shipments if the latent capacity was unleashed. The sub-optimal use of carriers’ biggest assets was essential to reduce voyage costs but shippers are paying the price with longer transits... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:43:00 -0400 Navy Christens New Class of Destroyer The Navy christened the 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... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:30:00 -0400 Israeli Gas Holds Promise of Better Ties with Neighbors Israel's drive to export its new-found natural gas could help to rebuild strained ties with old regional allies Egypt and Turkey, but could deprive Europe of a precious alternative to Russian gas. Israel has in recent months already signed energy deals with Jordan... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:24:00 -0400 RNLI Lifeboats Assist Stricken Cargo Ship Tobermory RNLI lifeboat returned to its station Sunday morning after a 17-hour, 180-mile rescue mission to assist a stricken cargo ship. Barra Island RNLI lifeboat returned to stand by later on Sunday. The Tobermory crew relieved the Barra Island lifeboat on Saturday night and... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:50:00 -0400 Greenpeace Blocks Ship From Entering Durban Port A ship carrying 2,000 tons of fin whale meat from Iceland has decided not to enter the South African port of Durban. The ship is en route to Japan to deliver its cargo in Tokyo and wanted to resupply halfway. It would have reportedly met public outrage. In three days, over 23,000 South... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:31:00 -0400 IMB Warns of New Charter Party Fraud Tactics The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has warned of new charter party fraud incidents and is advising that all counter-parties be investigated before deals are carried out. The warning comes after a case where a voyage charterer received payment for freight but failed to pass this on to the... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:04:00 -0400 ThyssenKrupp to Sell Swedish Shipyard Business ThyssenKrupp is in talks to sell its Swedish marine defense unit to Saab after failing to reach a deal with Sweden for a new generation of submarines as the country tries to protect its defense manufacturing sector. Sweden had been seeking ways to share development costs with other... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:58:00 -0400 UZMAR Super Silent Tug Passes Sea Trials A unique tug built by Uzmar’s Izmit Shipyard in Turkey has passed its first stage of sea trials. Musaned-2, designed by Robert Allen, has wheelhouse acoustic and vibration measures of 59.3dB at 90 per MCR, well below the maximum levels of IMO and Lloyd’s Register, says Uzmar. The 20.4m... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:48:00 -0400 First Oblique Icebreaker Passes Sea Trials The icebreaking multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel for the Russian Federal Agency of Sea and River Transport is close to the delivery at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. Baltika will be used in icebreaking, rescue and oil combatting operations in the Gulf of Finland. The vessel being built at... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:24:00 -0400 Patent Issued for Glycerol-Containing Fuel Maine Maritime Academy faculty member, Dr. George Harakas, has co-authored a patent with colleague and business partner, Scott Eaton, for glycerol-containing fuel aimed at reducing emissions in large diesel engines.  The two are members of the SeaChange Group LLC a private company formed in... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:22:00 -0400 New Plasma Technology Combined with Photovoltaics BlackLight Power of the US has announced that it achieved sustained electricity production from a new energy source by using photovoltaic technology to transform brilliant plasma, with power comprising millions of watts of light, directly into electricity.  Using a proprietary water-based... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:20:00 -0400 Drummond Barge Wrecked In Colombia; Diesel Spilt A barge carrying construction materials for U.S.-based Drummond Co Inc, Colombia's second biggest coal miner, was shipwrecked at the company's port late last week, the company said on Sunday, causing leakage of some diesel fuel into the sea. Drummond only recently reopened the port in... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:16:00 -0400