May 25, 2016
Autonomous ships, smart on-board systems: At the Maritime Future Summit on 5 September, industry leaders will discuss the future of shipping.
For the first time SMM hosts a conference dedicated to digital shipping.
May 24, 2016
Latvian yard Latitude Yachts has launched a pair of 53 metre multihulls, which will jointly hold the record for the world’s largest trimaran.
Marine Technics Company has delivered set of Valves (Econosto) on the new vessels. Built from a GRP and carbonfibre composite, the new Latitude trimarans are propelled by twin 2600hp engines for a top speed in excess of 28 knots.
Rina S.p.A, the multi-national testing, inspection, certification and consulting engineering group based in Genoa, Italy has purchased the Edif Group, which includes the ERA engineering consultancy and the NDE testing, inspection and certification business.
This acquisition results in an expanded international geographic footprint for RINA, particularly in the US and UK, together with an increased profile in the marine industry.
May 24, 2016 - ABB’s environmentally friendly Azipod propulsion system brings greater fuel efficiency to diverse shipping segments.
ABB today announced that the total fuel savings of the entire installed Azipod fleet since being launched is estimated to be more than 700,000 tons. Assuming the average family car uses one ton of fuel annually, this saving corresponds to the annual fuel consumption of 700,000 cars.
May 24, 2016 - Today, Davie Shipbuilding is marking a major milestone with the first cutting of new steel for the Resolve Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessel.
The project consists of converting a containership into an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship in order to support the operations of the Royal Canadian Navy.
This type of conversion has already been performed a number of times by international navies. The conversion of the vessel will be entirely compliant with international regulations.
Korea Express orders two machines for its terminals in Ulsan and Incheon
May 24, 2016 - Terex Port Solutions (TPS) notches up another success for its Terex Quaymate M50 mobile harbour crane.
After the first machine in the world completely manufactured and assembled by the Chinese site of TPS in Xiamen was shipped to Australia in March this year, the leading South Korean logistics service provider CJ Korea Express (Korea Express) has now ordered two Quaymate M50 mobile harbour cranes for different terminals.
RUSCON, a leading transport company in Russia, has installed an automated system for loading mineral fertilisers at its terminal close to the port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea.
The bulk cargoes are delivered by trains arriving from all over Russia and then loaded into sea containers or packaged in big-bags before being taken to the port for export.
Caterpillar’s Marine Solution Center unveils breakthrough hybrid thruster concept offering dramatic savings in cost of ownership for offshore operators
Caterpillar Marine is pleased to announce that engineering specialists at its new Marine Solutions Center are this month overseeing delivery of the first Cat® Marine Hybrid Thruster system. The first system is being delivered to an undisclosed ship yard in Singapore and will be commissioned mid this year.
PureNOx Prime, Alfa Laval’s new PureNOx solution for water treatment in Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), will be part of EGR systems on five very large ethane carriers (VLECs) to be operated by United Ethane Carriers (UEC). This major order from MAN Diesel & Turbo comes only a short time after PureNOx Prime was introduced to the market.
Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has designed a powerful, low-emission compact e-tug to further augment its Azistern series of vessels.
Among other roles, the vessel is perfectly equipped to deliver excellent harbour assistance.
May 23, 2016
May 21, 2016 - Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division christened the amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) today in front of approximately 1,000 guests.
Portland, the 11th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is named for the largest city in the state of Oregon. The state has a long history with the Navy, going back to the construction of hundreds of World War II Liberty and Victory ships at three Portland-area shipyards.
Korean Register (KR) - an IACS member classification society - has signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a joint venture company with the Iranian Classification Society (ICS).
The agreement is to deliver plant facility certification and engineering services. This is a growing market, with demand for plant project and industry safety inspection services expected to increase significantly over the next five years. The company will be called the ‘Iran-Korea Technology Assurance Company’, with 50-50 capital investment from KR and ICS. It will be fully operational in 2017.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its 2016 Annual Review of maritime policy developments, in advance of the ICS Annual General Meeting, to be held in Tokyo from 1-3 June. This will be the final ICS AGM under the chairmanship of Masamichi Morooka (Japan), who will be stepping down after four years in office.
The ICS Annual Review is intended as a comprehensive overview of all the major issues faced by the global shipping industry, and in which ICS is engaged on behalf of its member national shipowners’ associations. The Annual Review will be of interest to anyone involved with international shipping, including shipping companies, maritime administrations and policy makers. It can be read free of charge from the ICS homepage.
Leading classification society ClassNK has released its Guideline for the Mandatory Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships (Second Edition).
ClassNK released the first edition of the Guideline for the Mandatory Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships in July 2014, when the Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships became mandatory, to provide the industry with a summarized outline of the revised Code, a general method of noise prevention and FAQs.
The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) strongly supports the new mandatory requirement and adoption of the amendment to SOLAS regulation V1/2 for the verification of the gross mass of packed containers (resolution MSC.380(94)), which comes into force on 1 July 2016.
However, IUMI believes not all shipping and logistics companies, nor shippers, will be ready for this new resolution and this is likely to affect the cargo insurance sector in the short term.
May 25, 2016
State shipbuilder acts on oversupply and waning global demand
China Shipbuilding Industry Corp, one of the country's two major shipbuilding conglomerates, plans to integrate six of its shipyards into three. It will focus more on building high-end vessels as the industry remains in choppy waters amid waning global demand.
Five additional companies will become residents of the Vladivostok free port and invest 1.5 billion rubles ($22.46 million) in the Russian Far East economy, the Ministry of Far East Development said Tuesday (May 24).
May 23, 2016
Russian shipbuilder Krasnye Barrikady has been awarded a near-$1 billion contract by Iran to build five offshore drilling rigs for use on Iran's part of the Gulf shelf.
The project, which was under discussion for almost two years, will be financed jointly by Russia and Iran. Iran will soon make a 15 percent advance payment on the $200 million price of the first rig.
The Red Barricades shipyard in Astrakhan, Russia, has finalized a contract for the construction of five $200 million jack up rigs for Iranian firm SADID Industrial Group.
SADID and Red Barricades said that components for the jack ups will be constructed at Barricade’s yard on the landlocked Caspian Sea, but the rigs are intended for the National Iranian Oil Company's use in the Persian Gulf.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has commenced exports of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to three African countries.
Esmaeel Hasham Firouz, the export-import director of the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC), has told Mehr news agency that Iran has begun to ship excess natural gas supplies as LPG to Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania.
Chinese consortium Panama Colon Container Port will construct the first container terminal in Colon able to accommodate post-Panamax ships after reaching an agreement with the Panama Maritime Authority.
The terminal will have an annual capacity of 2.5 million twenty-foot-equivalent units, quay length of 3,937 feet and depth of 59 feet with additional land that opens up the possibility of energy projects or liquefied natural gas facilities.
May 20, 2016
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said that Russia plans to build amphibious assault ships for naval Kamov Ka-52K attack helicopters.
Russia's second largest bank, state-controlled VTB, is growing its commodities trading business to help the country's oil, coal and metals producers expand in new markets from China to Africa.
VTB aims to become a top global commodities trading bank as Western peers cut their Russian exposure due to sanctions and as Russian firms feel the pressure of falling prices, the division's head, Atanas Djumaliev, told Reuters.
As the U.S. Navy prepares to commission a new destroyer, experts weight in on the implications for Russian and Chinese sea power.
The federal government has committed to the largest naval shipbuilding program in the nation’s history. The scale of the financial, engineering, technology and construction challenge is immense. An unprecedented national collaborative effort will be needed to meet it successfully.
As well as maintaining and upgrading the Collins-class submarines and finalising construction and commissioning of the air warfare destroyers, there is now a program to build 21 Pacific patrol boats, 12 offshore patrol vessels, nine frigates as well as 12 next-generation submarines.
May 18, 2016
Construction work is starting on a new pipeline project bringing Azeri gas through northern Greece and Albania to Italy, reducing Europe's energy dependency on Russia.
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will run for 878 kilometers (550 miles), from Greece's border with Turkey to southern Italy, and includes a 105-kilometer (65-mile) stretch under the Adriatic Sea. First deliveries to Europe are expected in 2020.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the project would create 8,000 jobs in his financially struggling country, which has more than 24 percent unemployment.
He spoke at a ceremony Tuesday (May 17) to mark the beginning of the pipeline's construction in the northern port city of Thessaloniki.
TAP is a joint project by Britain's BP, Azerbaijan's SOCAR, Italy's Snam, Belgium's Fluxys, Spain's Enagas and Swiss Axpo.
Austria regards a Russia-EU project to build a pipeline that will bring natural gas under the Baltic Sea to Europe as an economic opportunity it is happy to take part in, Austria’s Ambassador to Russia Emil Brix said.
May 17, 2016
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has won the right to manage Iran's state-run shipbuilder, paving its way into the Middle Eastern nation with huge growth potential.
DSME said Monday (May 16) that it recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Iranian government to run Iran Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries Complex. Under the agreement, DSME will also transfer manufacturing technology to the Iranian shipbuilder.
The deal is widely expected to help DSME and other domestic shipbuilders win orders from refiners and other companies in Iran.
June 6-10, 2016 • Athens, Greece
Sept. 5-7, 2016 • Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Sept. 6-9, 2016 • Hamburg, Germany
Sept. 7-8, 2016 • London, UK
Oct. 4-7, 2016 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Oct. 4-6, 2016 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Oct. 18-20, 2016 • Vung Tau, Vietnam
Oct. 18-20, 2016 • Vung Tau, Vietnam
Oct. 25-28, 2016 • Dalian, China
Oct. 25-27, 2016 • Copenhagen, Denmark
Dec. 7-9, 2016 • Guangzhou, China
May 30 - June 2, 2017 • Oslo, Norway
June 28 - July 2, 2017 • Saint Petersburg, Russia
Sept. 19-22, 2017 • Saint Petersburg, Russia