MARCH 7, 2014 — Sea Star Line's former VP of Sales, William Stallings, is to collect a $512,719 whistleblower award after Sea Star Line LLC and Horizon Lines LLC agreed a civil settlement in a price fixing case. The settlements relate allegations that the companies violated the False Claims Act by fixing the price of government cargo transportation contracts between the continental United States and Puerto Rico.
Under the settlement agreements, reports the Department of Justice,
MARCH 7, 2014 — Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to supply water jets for three wind farm support vessels to be built by South Boats IOW, Cowes, Isle of Wight, U.K., for offshore wind transfer vessel operator Seacat Services.
The workboats, one 24-metre and two 26-metre aluminum catamarans, will each featuretwo Rolls-Royce 56A3 stainless steel water jets. They will be used to transfer people and cargo to the growing number of offshore wind farms around the
MARCH 7, 2014 — The Australian Transport Safety Bureau says that shipowners are being warned of a dangerous drainage system modification that contributed to the death of an engineer.
The accident occurred on March 20, 2013, on board the bulk carrier Nireas. The ship was anchored off Gladstone, Queensland, and an engineer was carrying out the routine task of draining water from the ship's main air receiver (part of the compressed air system). Unbeknownst to the
MARCH 7, 2014 — Poole, U.K., headquartered Dryad Maritime Intelligence says that it recently issued a special advisory warning all of its shipping clients on the increased threat of crew kidnap in the Gulf of Guinea. Since it issued that warning, two further attacks on vessels have taken place within a single week with two Nigerian-flagged vessels being targeted by maritime criminals on consecutive days, resulting in the kidnap of six crew members.
MARCH 7, 2014 — Norway's Bergen Group is selling the shipbuilding contracts for two ST 259 CD design offshore construction vessels to Kleven Verft. The contracts were signed between Bergen Group Fosen and Volstad Maritime AS in first half of 2012 and the vessels will be sisters to the Grand Canyon delivered by Bergen Group to Volstad in 2012. The hulls are currently under construction at Daewoo's Mangalia, Romania, shipyard and are scheduled to arrive in
MARCH 7, 2014 — Overseas Tampa, one of the Veteran Class Jones Act products tankers built by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard for operation by OSG, looks to be headed to Poland for conversion to a shuttle tanker at Remontowa Shipyard.
The National Vessel Documentation Center has issued a preliminary determination that the work involved will "will not result in the vessel being deemed to have been rebuilt foreign and will not jeopardize the vessel's eligibility to engage
MARCH 6, 2014 — A report from the Australian National Audit Office says that the country's three ship Air Warfare Destroyer project is Australian $302 million above budget and is likely to go over budget by considerably more, a federal audit report has found. It almost goes without saying that it is also behind schedule.
The AWD program is building three Aegis destroyers originally scheduled for deliveries in March 2016, September 2017 and March 2019.
MARCH 6, 2014 — McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) reports that a subsidiary has been awarded a large engineering, procurement, construction and installation ("EPCI") project by an operator in the Arabian Gulf. The award is included in McDermott's fourth quarter 2013 backlog.
The contract includes the engineering, fabrication, transportation and installation of four new offshore topsides facilities, plus modification of two existing production facilities to extend the current deck space and maximize the size of modules.
MARCH 6, 2014 — Bremen, Germany, headquartered shipowner Harren & Partner will implement the DNV GL business intelligence software systems ShipManager Analyzer and ShipManager QHSE for its entire fleet of 52 vessels, including the heavy lift carrier Palanpur pictured left.
The systems will enable Harren & Partner to extract data from operational systems and optimize management of its ships.
The first trial implementation for the two software systems is expected to be running in April. By