SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 — The United States Department of State has awarded a Willard Marine, Inc., Anaheim, CA, a contract to provide the Philippine National Police Maritime Group with patrol vessels equipped to conduct search and rescue operations along Philippine maritime borders.
This contract marks the third time Willard Marine has been chosen to provide military vessels to the Philippines. Willard has also developed boats recently for international military use by the Navy of Ukraine and
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 — Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has started demonstration tests of a new windshield for containerships that, it says, has the potential to reduce wind resistance, save fuel, and reduce CO2 emissions.
The windshield has been installed on the bow of the MOL-operated containership MOL Marvel, and a demonstration test of its effectiveness in reducing CO2 emissions is under way.
With today's larger containerships, the height of the containers loaded on the
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 — The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delware has given the go ahead for the sale of the assets of shipbuilder Signal International.
Signal International filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy July 12 after reaching a $20 million settlement to resolve what the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) called "numerous labor trafficking lawsuits" brought by Indian guest workers.
The Teachers' Retirement System of Alabama and the Employees' Retirement System of Alabama will
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 — Kirby Corporation has selected ABS to provide classification and International Safety Management certification for 11 push boats.
Under Subchaper M towing vessel safety requirements proposed, but not yet enacted, by the United States Coast Guard, towing vessel companies will be required to receive a Certificate of Inspection and comply with a new set of regulations relating to the construction and operations of safety equipment and recordkeeping.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 — Spain's Baleària Group has reached an agreement with shipbuilder Construcciones Navales del Norte – La Naval for the construction of two natural gas fueled ferries. The agreement is expected to be firmed up within about two months and will involve an investment of around EUR 350 million.
The new ferries will be the first in Spain to operate LNG. They will be among the largest in Europe and the biggest ever built in
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 — Poland's Remontowa shipyard recently used a drone to inspect internal spaces in a 51,747 dwt chemical/product tanker.
The ship, the U.K.-flagged, LR-classed CPO Japan is owned by Hamburg, Germany headquartered Claus-Peter Offen Reederei and was delivered in 2009 by South Korean shipbuilder. It arrived at Remontowa on June 15 for its first five year class renewal overhaul.
The tests with the drone were carried out inside one of the ship's cargo tanks.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 — Vancouver, British Columbia, based Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) christened its newest oil spill response vessel yesterday in Burrard Inlet.
The $4.5 million G.M. Penman is a 65-foot Ocean Class oil spill response vessel (OSRV) built by Rozema Boat Works, Mount Vernon, WA. It is only the fifth vessel of its kind in the world with sister vessels operating in Santa Barbara servicing the offshore production platforms off the California coast.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 — The Great Lakes Towing Company has been completing a historic contract for the SS Columbia Project — towing the 113 year old "Boblo boat" SS Columbia from Toledo, Ohio to Buffalo, NY, where it will be docked for the next year for restoration.
The "Boblo boats," SS Columbia and its sister vessel SS Ste. Claire, operated for more than 85 years between Detroit and the Boblo Island Amusement Park, which began operation in
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 — Seismic vessel operator Petroleum Geo Services says that "to further reduce cost and capital expenditures, and to improve utilization," it has decided to cold-stack its 1998-built Ramform Viking after it completes a multiclient project offshore East Newfoundland in late October this year.
The vessel was originally scheduled for a shipyard stay and classing in first quarter 2016, which will be deferred. In-sea equipment from the Ramform Viking will be used on vessels
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 — A shrimp stern trawler ordered from shipbuilder Vard Group by a Canadian company is to be designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce. The contract is worth over £6 million to Rolls-Royce.
The Rolls-Royce NVC 374 design vessel will be around 80 m long with an ICE 1A* ice class hull.
It will be equipped with a wide range of Rolls-Royce equipment, including a B33:45 main engine, Promas propulsion, and a power electric system