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    Crowley Launches Industry-Leading, LNG-Powered ConRo Ship at VT Halter Marine [Mar 2017] Crowley Maritime Corp. and VT Halter Marine launched Crowley¡¯s new Commitment Class ship El Coqui, one of the world¡¯s first combination container/Roll on-Roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas in Pascagoula, Miss., a video of which can be viewed here.
    Royal Australian Navy Conscripts MAN [Mar 2017] Navantia, the major Spanish shipbuilder, has chosen MAN main and GenSet engines to power two fleet-support-tanker newbuildings it is currently constructing for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Each vessel will feature 2 ¡¿ MAN 18V 32/40 main engines and 4 ¡¿ MAN 7L21/31 GenSets with shipset deliveries scheduled for December 2017 and June 2018, respectively.
    Subsea Industries' coatings nominated for maritime award [Mar 2017] Subsea Industries¡¯ pioneering range of non-toxic, environmentally-safe coatings has been nominated in the Marine Coating of the Year category of the 2017 Marine Propulsion Awards. Sponsored by chemical company Lonza, the awards will take place during Riviera Maritime Media¡¯s annual European Marine Engineering Conference,
    Hyundai Heavy Industries Group Wins USD 240 Million Order for the World¡¯s First LNG-fueled Aframax Tankers [Mar 2017] Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), Hyundai Heavy Industries¡¯ shipbuilding affiliate, announced today that it recently won an order to build four 114,000 DWT Ice-Class IA aframax tankers from Sovcomflot, the Russia¡¯s state-owned shipping company.
    Rolls-Royce and Stena Line to work together to develop intelligent awareness for ships [Mar 2017] Caption: Intelligent awareness systems will make vessels safer, easier and more efficient to operate by providing crew with an enhanced understanding of their vessel¡¯s surroundings. Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Swedish ferry company Stena Line AB, to collaborate in the development
    BSM Germany to manage first ice class container feeder vessels [Mar 2017] Following the recent acquisition of four ice class container feeder vessels by an investor group represented by the Schulte Group, BSM has taken the first vessel, Eilbek, into management with the remaining three, Barmbek, Reinbek and Flottbek, to follow by mid-April. The Eilbek class feeder vessels are the first ships constructed
    Inmarsat Maritime secures Fleet Xpress commitment from Hapag-Lloyd [Mar 2017] Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has signed a five-year contract with Hapag-Lloyd to migrate all ships directly managed by the shipping line to services enabled for Fleet Xpress. Hapag-Lloyd, the sixth largest container shipping operator
    Shell is first lubricants supplier to secure IMPA ACT Accreditation [Mar 2017] Shell Marine has become the first company involved in the development, supply and support of marine lubricants to receive accreditation under the International Marine Purchasing Association¡¯s IMPA ACT Sustainable Maritime Suppliers scheme. The preferred supplier status is conferred within
    MAN 48/60CR engines selected for New US Navy Tanker Series [Mar 2017] The US Navy has chosen the Fairbanks Morse MAN 12V48/60CR engine as main propulsion for a new series of 17 ships as it begins plans to phase out its existing tanker fleet. Known colloquially as ¡®oilers¡¯, the existing aging fleet of 15 tankers is used to transfer fuel from coastal ports to naval vessels at sea.
    Crowley and Penn Terminals Sign Multi-year Stevedoring and Terminal Services Agreement for Puerto Rico - North Atlantic Service [Mar 2017] Crowley Maritime Corporation has signed a multi-year stevedoring and terminal services agreement with Penn Terminals in Eddystone, Pa., to accommodate the company¡¯s weekly Northeast container shipping service to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
    Perfect storm forecast at Transas Global Conference in Malta [Mar 2017] One and a half years on from his appointment as CEO of innovative, digital solutions company Transas, Frank Coles opened the two-day Transas Global Conference in Malta last week with a state-of-the-industry address on the possibilities and pitfalls of the maritime sector¡¯s fragmented approach to digitalization,
    Russian Maritime Register of Shipping is recognized by Petronas [Mar 2017] Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is recognized by Petronas, one of the leading oil majors, as the service provider for Condition Assessment Program (CAP). Recognition was granted upon the audit carried out by Petronas about the procedural and regulatory requirements
    ZF Marine Customers Benefit with Ecoshield-coated thrusters [Mar 2017] ZF Marine Krimpen is applying Subsea Industries¡¯ Ecoshield hard coating to the nozzles and underwater components of its azimuth thruster units supplied to vessels operating in inland waterways. The Netherlands-based company, a division of Germany¡¯s ZF Group, is using Ecoshield on thrusters supplied to a number of U.S.-based customers
    Wartsila to optimise performance and uptime of four Songa Offshore drilling rigs [Mar 2017] The technology group Wartsila has signed a five-year technical management and services agreement with Songa Offshore for four Cat-D type semi-submersible drilling rigs operating in the North Sea. Through the partnership with Wartsila, Songa Offshore ensures optimal performance and maximum availability
    Cyber Security from DNV-GL & Seagull Maritime [Mar 2017] Cyber security threats have increased over the past few years in the maritime industry. Together with DNV GL, Seagull now offers an immediate solution to help you train your staff to be cyber secure. With the increasing use of systems with embedded software on ships and mobile offshore platforms, cyber security is becoming critical not only for data protection,
    Fleet Management Limited selects Inmarsat's Fleet Xpress [Mar 2017] Inmarsat¡¯s (LSE:ISAT.L) Fleet Xpress, which delivers game-changing maritime connectivity, has been specified by Hong Kong-based Fleet Management Limited, one of global shipping¡¯s largest independent third-party ship managers. Fleet Management Limited (FML), which manages a large fleet of over 400 vessels consisting
    ABB bringing predictive capabilities of big data for shipping industry with latest update of Remote Diagnostic Services [Mar 2017] ABB is deepening its analytical and predictive approach to vessel maintenance with the latest upgrade of its Remote Diagnostic Service (RDS). ABB is one of the leading advocates of the digitalization of shipping and has already launched Integrated Operation Centers in Asia,
    EVOQUA secures SEACURE¢ç system contract for South Korean tanker newbuildings [Mar 2017] Evoqua Water Technologies has secured an order from a South Korean shipyard for the supply and installation of SeaCURE¢ç ballast water management systems to two 115,000dwt crude oil tankers under construction for a Singapore-based ship owner. Each vessel will feature a 3000m3/h capacity SeaCURE BWMS,
    WE Tech equips Ektank¡¯s chemical tankers with innovative technology and reliable solutions [Mar 2017] WE Tech Solutions, a leading energy efficiency solution provider, has received an order to deliver its Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator solution to two new 18600 dwt chemical tankers with an option for another two. The tankers are built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Chengxi Shipyard
    Crowley Enhances Container Shipping Service between Florida and Panama [Mar 2017] To better serve customers shipping between the U.S. and Panama, Crowley Maritime Corp.¡¯s liner services group announced today that it has enhanced its ocean container transportation services with a new, weekly sailing connecting Jacksonville and Port Everglades, Fla., more directly with Manzanillo, Panama.
    Keeping dry when the outlook is wet [Mar 2017] Dave Bleyenberg explains how Hydrex Underwater Technologies¡¯ next generation Mobdock and cofferdam designs are changing the way in which thrusters are removed and repaired. The introduction of advanced underwater repair techniques and equipment now means that entire thruster units can be removed, overhauled or propeller blades and seals replaced or
    Wartsila launches SmartPredict to provide safer ship manoeuvring guidance [Mar 2017] The technology group Wartsila launches its latest innovation SmartPredict at this year's Seatrade Cruise Global exhibition in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from March 13 to 16. Developed by the company's Dynamic Positioning unit, SmartPredict is designed to provide safer and more efficient vessel operations
    IUMI launches new information portal [Mar 2017] The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has successfully launched a new interactive information portal - www.iumi.com - which is not only a fitting shop window for IUMI but also a serious tool for those with an interest in marine insurance. The new portal contains IUMI¡¯s extensive and highly valued bi-annual statistics which are available
    Hempel appoints new Chief Commercial Officer [Mar 2017] Michael Hansen will take up his position on 1 May as new Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Hempel, one of the world¡¯s leading coatings manufacturers. Michael Hansen will be part of Hempel¡¯s Executive Management Board, reporting directly to Group President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Henrik Andersen.
    VIKING unleashes wave of innovations at Seatrade Cruise Global [Mar 2017] VIKING has chosen Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale to showcase a host of innovative safety solutions and servicing concepts, proving once again that the company is closely aligned with cruise line operator needs and priorities. During the exhibition, VIKING specialists will be available at Stand 835, to
    Wood Group saves time by using Roxtec¡¯s design tool [Mar 2017] The Roxtec Transit Designer has become an efficient everyday tool for thousands of designers and engineers. Gary Jennings, Lead Electrical Designer of Wood Group, used the free online tool in a large oil and gas offshore facility project. ¡°We were able to import data on 11.940 cables directly into the Roxtec software,¡±
    Bolidt reaches the Sky for Viking Cruises [Mar 2017] The first ship delivery made to Viking Cruises in 2017 by Fincantieri has entered service, becoming the latest in a series of the cruise operator¡¯s ocean-going vessels that are distinguished by environmentally-friendly decking and flooring from Bolidt. Viking Sky, which left the Italian port of Civitavecchia on its maiden voyage on February 25th,
    Rolls-Royce announces investment in Research & Development for Ship Intelligence [Mar 2017] Rolls-Royce has today announced the latest stage in its research and development plans to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality and reap the benefits of increasing digitalisation in the marine industry. The company is looking to develop partnerships and opportunities with other organisations around the world to,
    Seagull finalise Norwegian Maritime Rules & Regulations Onboard Course! [Mar 2017] Seagull Maritime has just received approval by the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for an on-board version of their Norwegian Maritime Rules & Regulations course. This course is a requirement for all non-Norwegian Masters serving on a vessel flying the Norwegian flag (NIS & NOR). The course,
    Improving emergency response for mass rescue at sea [Mar 2017] Every year more than 400,000 people lose their lives in the world¡¯s waters1, but many of these deaths could be prevented through safety interventions and improved maritime search and rescue coordination and response. The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is bringing together experts from around the world
    The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and BIMCO start new initiative to give shipping professionals greater access to quality education [Mar 2017] The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (the Institute) and BIMCO are pleased to announce the start of a new venture combining BIMCO¡¯s state of the art eLearning courses and the Institute¡¯s global engagement with students.
    The perfect storm of digitalization and commoditization [Mar 2017] We are faced with the perfect storm in the next few years. Many will conclude it is all the fault of President Trump, but in fact it is actually nothing to do with him. If anything he is going to enable the industry to think smarter because he is also bringing change. The perfect storm is the one confronting the maritime industry.
    VIKING Saatsea introduces 24/7 onboard ISPS Code courses [Mar 2017] Shipowners hoping to save training costs, reduce risks and increase the efficiency of ISPS Code maritime security compliance can now take advantage of new, computer-based training from VIKING Saatsea. Esbjerg, Denmark, March 2017 - VIKING Saatsea, the maritime e-learning unit of marine
    Korean Register launches new ICT Center to accelerate development of advanced technology applications for the maritime industry [Mar 2017] Korean Register (KR) - an IACS member classification society - has opened a new ICT (information communications technology) Center to dramatically enhance the application of advanced information and ICT across the maritime and ship classification industries.
    Selektope¢ç shortlisted for GREEN4SEA Technology Award [Mar 2017] Gothenburg-based I-Tech, the inventor and supplier of the pioneering anti-fouling agent Selektope¢ç, has announced that the technology has been shortlisted for the 2017 GREEN4SEA Awards in the category recognizing technological achievement, breakthrough or significant contribution to the maritime environment.
    Australian Reef Pilots appoints Capt. Raja Ray as head of business development in Singapore [Mar 2017] Australia¡¯s leading provider of marine pilotage services - Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) has appointed Captain Raja Ray as the Head of Business Development for South East Asia. The appointment is aimed at strengthening ARP¡¯s presence in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region and
    Bolideck¢ç Glow puts ¡®wow¡¯ factor on deck [Mar 2017] Bolidt, has launched a unique and ¡®world-first¡¯ glow-in-the-dark decking solution for the cruise industry whose luminosity by night harvests solar energy stored during the day. The decking and flooring specialist has released Bolideck¢ç Glow to coincide with Seatrade Cruise Global - 2017, the largest cruise event on the shipping industry calendar.
    Encouraging growth recorded by Maritime Cook Islands for 2016; Flag remains attractive with more owners entered with the registry [Mar 2017] Maritime Cook Islands (¡°MCI¡±), the leading ship registry, registered a 6% growth in its fleet in 2016 with 132 new vessels. The MCI fleet grew from 525 vessels in 2015 to 558 vessels at the end of December 2016. While growth came from across the board
    Innovative new media simulator brings maritime exercises to life [Mar 2017] Baltic Exchange based global crisis communications company, Navigate Response, has launched a social and mainstream media simulator to improve the realism of shipping industry exercises and enhance companies¡¯ crisis response preparations. The online platform, Triton, replicates media and social media activity to test response plans and
    IRClass signs RO agreement with Bangladesh Department of Shipping and establishes office in Chittagong [Mar 2017] Leading classification society Indian Register of Shipping, has signed a Recognised Organisation agreement with the Department of Shipping in Bangladesh. The RO agreement was signed at a ceremony held in Dhaka by Director General of Shipping Commodore Syed Ariful Islam and Mr.
    Three New Gantry Cranes Manufactured for Crowley¡¯s Puerto Rico Terminal [Mar 2017] Three new, ship-to-shore container cranes have been constructed in Ireland and are scheduled for delivery to Crowley Puerto Rico Services¡¯ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan later this month. The electric-powered cranes will be used to load and discharge containerized cargo being carried aboard Crowley¡¯s
    Langh Tech water treatment to be used in EGR systems [Mar 2017] Having established a firm position on the market for supplying scrubbers and water treatment systems, Langh Tech is now expanding its water treatment technology to new areas. Langh Tech has been working in close cooperation with MAN Diesel & Turbo (MDT) to develop a water treatment system to be used for cleaning the process water
    Rolls-Royce AE engine family hits 70 million flight hours, demonstrating dependable power [Mar 2017] The Rolls-Royce AE engine family has topped 70 million engine flight hours, amassing a record of dependable and efficient service across military and commercial fleets in the US and around the world. Rolls-Royce AE engines power C-130Js, V-22s, Global Hawks and a number of military,
    ClassNK receives EU MRV accreditation from UKAS [Mar 2017] After undergoing extensive assessments, leading classification society ClassNK has become one of the world¡¯s first classification societies to receive accreditation from the UK-based national accreditation body UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) as an EU MRV verifier, effective as of 1 March 2017.
    Foreship appoints Head of New Technology for energy-saving agenda [Mar 2017] Leading naval architect and engineering company Foreship has appointed well-known ship energy expert Jan-Erik Rasanen as its Head of New Technology with effect from March 1, 2017. The new role expands Foreship¡¯s energy-saving consulting services at a time when the cruise industry is considering the best way of
    DHT Holdings, Inc. Announces Financing of VLCC Newbuildings [Mar 2017] DHT Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DHT) ("DHT") announced that it has secured bank financing for the two 318,000 dwt VLCCs newbuildings scheduled to be delivered in July and September 2018 from Hyundai Heavy Industries. The financing will cover about 50% of the contract price with the remainder being financed by cash at hand.
    Jensen Leads the Industry with Seven Tier IV, SCR Designs in Development [Mar 2017] The Jensen Maritime-designed Earl W. Redd, the first tractor tugboat in America to enter service in compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)¡¯s Tier IV environmental standards by use of a Selective Catalytic Reduction system, was christened earlier this month by owner Harley Marine Services Inc., of Seattle.
    Hempel grows in North America [Mar 2017] On Monday (27 February) in Northlake, Texas, leading global coatings supplier Hempel inaugurated its new North American Central Distribution Centre (CDC). This significant addition to Hempel¡¯s worldwide network further demonstrates its continuing commitment to bring trusted solutions closer to its customers.
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    Rolls-Royce wins propulsion contract for U.S. Coast Guard¡¯s new Offshore Patrol Cutter [Feb 2017] Rolls-Royce will provide an extensive range of equipment, including MTU marine generator sets, to a new fleet of U.S. Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters. The Rolls-Royce equipment was selected by Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) Inc. for the USCG OPC fleet¡¯s first nine vessels, with an option to add two more.
    Inmarsat signs Radio Holland service agreement to meet demand surge for Fleet Xpress [Feb 2017] Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has signed a service and installation agreement with Radio Holland to support strong customer demand for rapid migration from Ku-based XpressLink to Fleet Xpress services. Radio Holland is a specialist in installing
    Vestdavit mission accomplished on Ramform safety [Feb 2017] Seatrials are underway in Japan involving Ramform Hyperion, the last of four ships built to the seismic sector¡¯s all-time highest specifications, completing a project that shows the way distinctive design also demands innovation from the equipment keeping ships safely in service. Reckoned to be the widest monohulls at the waterline ever built,
    Rivertrace presents new product at the OTC exhibition [Feb 2017] UK-based Rivertrace will be show casing its new Smart PFM 107 Oil-in-Water Monitor, at booth 501 of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) from 1-4 May 2017 in Houston, Texas. Currently undergoing sea trials in the Norwegian North Sea Sector, the monitor measures particulates in the sample stream on a continuous basis
    SpeedCast becomes Inmarsat¡¯s first partner to offer full Fleet Xpress integration [Feb 2017] SpeedCast International (ASX: SDA), a leading global communications and network service provider, is the first Inmarsat partner to integrate the software element of the Fleet Xpress Network Service Device (SoftNSD) into its Fleet Xpress offering. This allows third party application providers to develop and publish innovative,
    Industry Leaders Strategy Summit (ILSS) to Launch in Shanghai this March [Feb 2017] New for 2017, Intermodal Asia - the world leading exhibition and conference for the global container, transport and logistics market - will launch the Industry Leaders Strategy Summit (ILSS) which will take place on 21st - 22nd March 2017. Bringing together leading experts within the intermodal and container industry,
    GasLog LNG Services Ltd. selects Seagull e-learning solutions [Feb 2017] Major LNG Tanker shipmanagement company GasLog LNG Services Ltd. has selected Seagull Maritime¡¯s e-learning material & Competence Management platform for use fleet-wide, in manning offices & online, along with the Crew Evaluation System for its main office in Greece.
    Transas and Japan Radio Company announce a global strategic partnership [Feb 2017] Portsmouth, ENGLAND and Tokyo, JAPAN - 23rd February 2017. Transas, the innovative, digital solutions company, and Japan Radio Company (JRC), a leading global marine electronics company, today announced their new strategic partnership. The two industry-leading companies will work together in research and development,
    ABB¡¯s OCTOPUS marine software to enhance safety and efficiency for new Greenland Heavylift vessels [Feb 2017] ABB¡¯s OCTOPUS marine software will improve the safety and efficiency of four new semi-submersible heavy lift vessels, using weather and loading data to plot the optimal route. The ships, owned by Greenland Heavylift Holdings, will transport gigantic cargoes such as oil rigs and jack-up rigs,
    ACO Claimers Delivered For Installation On Newhigh-Specification Nibulon Tugs [Feb 2017] ACO Marine has delivered three of its smallest Clarimar wastewater treatment units to Ukraine-based Nibulon Shipbuilding and Repair Yard for installation aboard a series of high specification project tugs. Nibulon, Ukraine¡¯s leading exporter of agricultural products, grains and fertilizers with a history dating back
    Hyundai Global Services Enters into Eco-friendly Ship Services Business with KSS Line [Feb 2017] Hyundai Global Services (HGS), Hyundai Heavy Industries¡¯ (HHI) newly spun-off company specializing in providing total marine services announced today it signed an MOU with KSS Line, a Korean shipping company, for entering into eco-friendly ship business.
    IRClass receives authorisation from Iran; opens office in Tehran [Feb 2017] Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading classification society, has received authorisation as a Recognised Organisation from Iran¡¯s maritime administration - Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO). Strengthening its presence further in the Middle East, IRClass has also set up an office in Tehran to offer its services to the Iranian maritime sector.
    Eighth Drilling Unit Successfully Delivered to National Drilling Company [Feb 2017] Lamprell (ticker: LAM), a leading provider of diversified engineering and contracting services to the energy industry, announces the completion of construction on a further jackup drilling rig, the ¡°Al Hudairiyat¡±, and its delivery to Abu Dhabi¡¯s National Drilling Company (¡°NDC¡±), within budget and as scheduled.
    IMarEST, Harnessing the intangible [Feb 2017] Getting an accurate insight into a vessel¡¯s hull fouling condition from energy consumption data is vital for maintaining vessel performance to economically feasible standards. The real-time analysis of ¡°big data¡± per factors such as weather, water depth and speed, is a technological innovation as it can provide new ways of thinking about issues and identifying improvement opportunities.
    ClassNK issues Type Certification for LED floodlights for Port Facility-use to Stanley Electric [Feb 2017] Leading classification society ClassNK has issued the first Type Certification for LED floodlights for port facility-use to Stanley Electric Co., Ltd., in line with its recently developed Guidelines for Type Certification of Floodlight LED for Port Facilities on 2 February 2017.
    Wartsila to maximise availability and secure safe operations of PGS's seismic vessel fleet [Feb 2017] Wartsila and PGS Geophysical AS have signed a service agreement that makes Wartsila the preferred service supplier for engines and other Wartsila equipment. According to the agreement, Wartsila will take care of the maintenance of engines and propulsion systems on board PGS's fleet of 8 seismic vessels,
    America¡¯s Tropical Shipping Orders Complete MAN Diesel & Turbo Packages [Feb 2017] Tropical Shipping, the largest provider of reliable logistics solutions to the Bahamas and Caribbean, has ordered a series of MAN propulsion packages in China to complement an expansion of its vessel fleet. The company has ordered 4 ¡¿ 1,100-teu container vessels, each equipped with an MAN B&W 6S60ME-C8.5 main engine,
    Tototheo Group commits over 1,500 vessels to Fleet Xpress [Feb 2017] Satlink Satellite Communications Ltd, a member of The Tototheo Group, a world leader in satellite communication and technical services, has entered into a new agreement with Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communication services, to integrate Fleet Xpress into Satlink¡¯s existing service portfolio.
    RS: 10 years of the program for making competence in gas marine transportation [Feb 2017] Throughout 10 years, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has been persistently developing the competence in the area of marine transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG). By the moment, the Register has obtained the prominent results in this high-tech sector: gas carriers of different types are classed by RS,
    DHT Holdings, Inc.: Letter to Shareholders from the Co-CEOs [Feb 2017] We are writing to update you on DHT's business and our current thinking. As you know well from our communications to you, the tanker market is cyclical, seasonal and volatile, and we manage these cycles proactively through our approach to operations, costs and capital allocation. By following this strategy,
    MISC records higher profits for year end 31 December 2016 [Feb 2017] Group revenue for the quarter ended 31 December 2016 of RM2,517.5 million was 24.0% lower than the corresponding quarter¡¯s revenue of RM3,312.1 million. The decrease in Group revenue was mainly due to lower revenue in two business segments, namely, Heavy Engineering and LNG.
    On Site Alignment increase their international operational capabilities. [Feb 2017] On Site Alignment (OSA) is pleased to announce that it has formally opened its 3rd international operational office in Singapore at the turn of 2017. The office is in the Tuas area of Singapore, which is perfectly placed to access the extensive shipyards and road networks servicing the surrounding area.
    GreenBridge Multimodal adds 4th train connecting Turkey and Europe [Feb 2017] GreenBridge, the multimodal brand redefining freight services between Turkey and Europe, has introduced a fourth regular train connecting the Duisburg rail hub and the port of Trieste. GreenBridge is a joint initiative of European multimodal solutions provider Samskip Multimodal B.V. and Intercombi (ICL) Transport,
    ClassNK releases new PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) software [Feb 2017] ClassNK has just released the latest version of its design support software PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver.4.0.0., developed in response to the IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT). The new version incorporates the latest rule amendments to CSR BC & OT and in order to speed up design evaluation,
    DNV GL¡¯s new Veracity industry platform unlocks the potential of big data [Feb 2017] DNV GL is launching a new industry data platform - ¡°Veracity¡± - to help the maritime industry improve its profitability and explore new business models through digitalization. The Veracity industry data platform is designed to help companies improve data quality and manage the ownership, security, sharing and use of data.
    New head of Total Lubmarine shares vision [Feb 2017] Robert Joore, the new General Manager of leading marine lubricants supplier Total Lubmarine has laid out his vision for the company, focusing on developing a range of innovative solutions for ship operators operating in poor freight markets in a low-sulphur era. Speaking at the company¡¯s headquarters in Paris, Robert Joore said:
    Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and Babcock International Group collaborate on innovative LNG Supply Vessel [Feb 2017] Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), a leading global maritime services company, and Babcock International Group, the UK¡¯s leading engineering support services company, are collaborating to develop a ground-breaking Gas Supply Vessel (GSV). The 7,500m©ø vessel,
    Crowley, Customized Brokers & MIA Facilitate Florida¡¯s First Ocean-to-Air Perishables Shipment [Feb 2017] Crowley and its subsidiary Customized Brokers, in cooperation with Miami International Airport (MIA), have facilitated Florida¡¯s first-ever ocean-to-air perishables transshipment from Guatemala to Amsterdam. The first transshipment included nearly 10 tons of snow peas from Guatemala.
    Contship Italia Group 2016 Results [Feb 2017] Contship Italia Group, Italy¡¯s leading maritime container terminal and intermodal operator saw an increase in handled volume of 1.7% and 9.7% increase in transported volumes for 2016: Contship Italia¡¯s Maritime Container Terminal business saw an increase of 109,000 TEUs in overall handling volumes in 2016, welcoming 6,888 vessel calls, up 4% year on year.
    Strategic Marine and Abu Dhabi Ship Building Sign MOU [Feb 2017] Strategic Marine, one of the world¡¯s leading specialist shipbuilding, fabrication and engineering companies, has teamed up with Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC (ADSB), a renowned provider of construction, repair and refit services for naval, military and commercial vessels, to develop the Middle East¡¯s growing market of aluminium vessels.
    Roxtec Services AB approved by Lloyd¡¯s Register [Feb 2017] Roxtec Services AB has been audited by the classification society Lloyd¡¯s Register and has received an official approval for inspection and maintenance services of cable and pipe transits. This approval sets new standards for long-term safety at sea. Roxtec Services AB is part of cable and pipe sealing solution provider Roxtec Group.
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    DHT Holdings, Inc. fourth quarter 2016 results - DHT Holdings placed an order for two VLCCs with Hyundai Heavy Industries earlier in January. [Jan 2017] In January 2017 DHT entered in an agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries for the construction of two VLCCs of 319,000 dwt scheduled for delivery in July and September 2018. The newbuilding contracts will be financed with cash at hand and bank debt;
    WE Tech launches Energy Storage Solution for Stenersen new builds [Jan 2017] WE Tech Solutions, a leading energy efficiency solution provider, has received an order for its Energy Storage Solution for a series of two 17500 dwt chemical tankers, with an option for two more. The tankers are built for Bergen-based Norwegian shipowner Rederiet Stenersen AS by the Chinese shipyard Taizhou Kouan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
    Vestdavit offers speed boost or power saving choice [Jan 2017] Client consultation and a full internal technical review have prompted Vestdavit to refine lifting speed vs power options available across its entire davits range. The boat handling specialist has been focusing on how best to optimise equipment hoisting and lowering speeds within available power constraints, or reduce power while maintaining speeds.
    SFL - Update on Seadrill Limited restructuring [Jan 2017] Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE: SFL) ("Ship Finance" or the "Company") today announces that Seadrill Limited ("Seadrill") has filed a Form 6-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing the status of negotiations with its secured lending banks, unsecured bondholders, and potential new money investors.
    The Smart Connected Ship, Big Data and Cybersecurity towards Smart shipping [Jan 2017] We live in a world where we hear the words, smart ships, connected ships, unmanned ships, automated ships etc. We hear statements about a digital shipping world and a forecast of new business models in shipping. It¡¯s a confusing world, a fast moving world, what is the reality and how do we sift through the hype?
    Wartsila Ballast Water Management System again chosen for new container vessels [Jan 2017] Four new 3300 TEU container vessels being built for the French shipping group, CMA CGM, will feature Wartsila Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). This is the third series of vessels for which the same owner has selected the Wartsila BWMS solution, making a total of ten ships in all.
    Signing of MOU between COSCO SHIPPING Ports and CMA Terminals Holding [Jan 2017] COSCO SHIPPING Ports signed a memorandum of understanding (¡°MOU¡±) with CMA Terminals Holding in Shanghai. The two parties have agreed to seek cooperation in ports worldwide and preference will be given to ports that the Ocean Alliance calls. Meanwhile, both sides have also agreed to provide support in terms of business and service
    MAN Diesel & Turbo - Doosan Engine Passes 100m BHP Milestone [Jan 2017] MAN Diesel & Turbo¡¯s licensee, Doosan Engine Co., Ltd., held a ceremony in Changwon, Korea on January 20th to celebrate the production of 100 million two-stroke bhp. The milestone was achieved with the successful test operation of an MAN B&W 11G95ME-C (103,000 hp) engine, the world¡¯s most powerful engine type per cylinder
    Wartsila to optimise maintenance and engine performance of Tallink's new M/S Megastar [Jan 2017] Wartsila has signed a five-year maintenance agreement with Estonia based AS Tallink Grupp for their new RoPax ferry M/S Megastar on the Tallinn - Helsinki route across the Gulf of Finland. Megastar starts operation on 29 January 2017. The ferry is powered by Wartsila dual-fuel engines which operate primarily
    SeaQuest oversees construction of new state-of-the-art tanker for major MOD project [Jan 2017] Korean shipyard specialist SeaQuest Marine Project Management has successfully completed a major project overseeing the construction of one of the UK Ministry of Defence's latest Naval Auxiliaries, that will provide support to the new UK aircraft carriers and other British & NATO naval vessels.
    Wartsila and Carnival Corporation announce strategic performance-based partnership [Jan 2017] Wartsila and Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world's largest cruise company, announced today that they have signed a comprehensive, 12-year agreement that strengthens their existing partnership and joint continuous improvement efforts to maintain the highest possible levels .
    Idwal Marine launches first online ship inspection platform [Jan 2017] Global provider of ship inspection services Idwal Marine has launched the shipping industry¡¯s first cloud-based online platform to provide instant quotations and deliver reporting for complete vessel condition, pre-purchase and pre-charter inspection services. The online platform www.inspectmyship.com provides 24-hour access
    Rotterdam Offshore Group upgrades world¡¯s largest jack-up vessel - Seajacks Scylla [Jan 2017] The world¡¯s largest jack-up vessel Seajacks Scylla, has recently visited the Rotterdam Offshore Group terminal in the Waalhaven, after her first successful assignment on phase 1 of the Veja Mate Offshore Windpark project. During the vessels stay at the Waalhaven facility, ROG performed an upgrade on the vessels mooring system.
    Lamprell, Today provides an update on its current trading. [Jan 2017] Lamprell (ticker: LAM), a leading provider of diversified engineering and contracting services to the onshore and offshore oil & gas and renewable energy industries, today provides an update on its current trading. Lamprell has retained its focus on operational performance and, during 2H 2016, three rigs have been delivered on time,
    MISC Berhad Celebrates the Naming and Delivery of its Second MOSS-Type LNG Carrier, Seri Cenderawasih [Jan 2017] MISC Berhad, a world leading energy related maritime solutions and services provider today held the naming and delivery ceremony of its new LNG carrier, Seri Cenderawasih. The 150,200§© Liquefied Natural Gas carrier is the second in a series of five MOSS-Type LNG carriers ordered from HHI
    Scorpio Tankers Inc. Announces a Commitment for a New $172 Million Credit Facility for its Eight MR Product Tankers under Construction [Jan 2017] Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced today that the Company has received commitments for a loan facility of up to $172 million from a group of financial institutions including Macquarie Bank Limited (London Branch), DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale,
    Hoegh LNG : New FSRU contract with HHI and contract allocation update [Jan 2017] Hoegh LNG Holdings Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has signed a new Shipbuilding Contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for a new Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) for delivery in Q4 2018 (FSRU #9). The FSRU will have a storage capacity of 170,000 m3 and a max regasification capacity
    Rotterdam Offshore Group expand their operational capabilities. [Jan 2017] Rotterdam Offshore Group (ROG) is pleased to announce that as of January 2017, it has started to upgrade their facilities in the Waalhaven, Rotterdam. ROG has acquired the neighbouring land and buildings to their existing premises allowing the significant expansion of their quayside, storage as well as office capabilities.
    Hoegh LNG : Signed firm agreement with Samsung Heavy Industries for its next series of FSRUs [Jan 2017] Reference is made to the stock exchange notice dated 7 December 2016. Hoegh LNG Holdings Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has signed one firm Shipbuilding Contract (SBC) and an agreement for three optional FSRUs with Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (SHI) in South Korea.
    MISC Berhad Hosts Commencement Ceremony for FSO Benchamas 2 Project [Jan 2017] MISC Berhad (¡°MISC¡±) today celebrated the commencement of FSO Benchamas 2 conversion, in a ceremony at MMHE West Yard, Pasir Gudang. In attendance were the vessel charterer, conversion contractors and the vessel operator which included the guest-of-honour, the President of Chevron Offshore (Thailand) Limited (¡°COTL¡±),
    Cathelco supply systems for new generation of cruise ships [Jan 2017] Cathelco are supplying two of their systems for the latest Quantum class cruise ships to be built for Royal Caribbean Cruises by Meyerwerft in Germany. The marine growth prevention and impressed current cathodic protection systems will be installed on the fourth and fifth vessels in the series which are scheduled to go into service 2019 and 2020.
    Eastern Shipbuilding Selects MAN 28/33D STC Engines for US Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) Programme [Jan 2017] The US Coast Guard (USCG) will have MAN¡¯s 28/33D STC engines installed as the main propulsion for its new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) programme. The programme is the replacement platform for the 13 ¡®Famous¡¯ class and 14 ¡®Reliance¡¯ class cutter vessels,
    Building industry momentum at Intermodal Asia 2017 [Jan 2017] There have been unprecedented changes and challenges within the industry over the last few years but the new year brings with it fresh hopes for recovery. With the global container fleet market forecast to grow 3.19% between 2017-2021, the need for companies to develop strategies to help cut costs and improve efficiency is more prevalent than ever.
    Transas brings THESIS to its 2017 forum for change [Jan 2017] The speaker line-up at the next annual Transas Global Conference confirms that the innovative digital solutions company is catching the mood at the cutting edge of vessel operations by suggesting that, properly harnessed, operations and technology can transform maritime safety as well as efficiency.
    DHT Holdings, Inc. Business Update [Jan 2017] Jaguar, a fracture surrounding the inspection window of the rudder was identified. Following a root cause analysis conducted by the builder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), DHT implemented a permanent repair plan for a rudder design improvement on the DHT Jaguar and its sister ships.
    FONASBA and BIMCO launch new Agency Appointment Agreement [Jan 2017] FONASBA and BIMCO are pleased to announce the launch of a new Agency Appointment Agreement document. This new form, which is based on BIMCO¡¯s tried and tested box layout, provides a simple, clear and effective means of confirming the details of an agency agreement for an individual or short series of port calls.
    Samskip, Smurfit Kappa and BCTN Roermond join forces [Jan 2017] World leading producer of paper-based packaging Smurfit Kappa, multimodal network operator Samskip and BCTN Roermond (BCTN) are proud to announce that they have set up a cost effective, sustainable transport solution to take cargo off the road. Samskip handles most of the paper-based cargoes that are shipped in
    MV WERFTEN selects ABB propulsion, automation and marine software for five new Genting vessels [Jan 2017] ABB will supply the complete power, propulsion and automation package for a series of new cruise vessels being built by MV WERFTEN for Genting Hong Kong brands Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises. The three Crystal Cruises¡¯ luxury ¡°Endeavor Class¡± mega-yachts will feature a Polar Class 6
    Emergency call out steers tanker clear of trouble [Jan 2017] Early one November morning, a 7,071dwt tanker was manoeuvring in the port of Antwerp when it experienced a steering gear problem. The vessel managed to safely berth alongside and carry out cargo operations but emergency repairs where needed before the vessel could continue.
    BW LPG takes delivery of BW Mindoro and BW Messina [Jan 2017] BW LPG Limited (¡°BW LPG¡±) has today taken delivery of BW Mindoro and BW Messina, the final two of four Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs) in its newbuilding program from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). Concurrently, BW LPG has concluded a sale and leaseback agreement for VLGC BW Messina.
    BIMCO launches first report on global dry bulk terminal performance [Jan 2017] BIMCO is seeking to drive the improvement of standards for ships at dry bulk terminals across the world and has today launched its first report on terminal performance. Since 2015 BIMCO has been collecting feedback on the performance of port terminals in order to be able to report the results to members and, ultimately,
    Wartsila carries out fast and efficient repowering of Italian ferry Moby Zaza [Jan 2017] The Italian ferry company Moby S.p.A has chosen Wartsila to carry out the repowering of its passenger ferry MV Moby Zaza. Wartsila was chosen as a partner because of its ability to provide the fastest delivery of the complete system and thus minimising the downtime of the vessel. Moby Zaza is the last one in a series of
    World Fuel Services to be exclusive Marine Fuel Provider at Sunoco Logistics Nederland terminal, Texas [Jan 2017] World Fuel Services (WFS) is pleased to announce that it will be the exclusive supplier of marine fuel at the Sunoco Logistics Nederland Terminal in Texas, starting in March 2017. WFS will supply both RMG 380 and MGO 0.1% Sulfur. Both options will be available ¡®ex-pipe¡¯
    Hydrex Averts Panama Canal Delay With Underwater Sterntube Renewal [Jan 2017] Hydrex Underwater Technology has assisted an excavation vessel hemorrhaging oil from a stern tube seal entangled with steel wire to pass safely through the Panama Canal. The 156m long, Dutch-owned vessel was unable to make the canal transit until the propeller shaft seal had been repaired,
    Wartsila increases operational safety and predictability for two LNG carriers of MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd. [Jan 2017] Wartsila has signed a ten-year maintenance agreement with MOL LNG Transport Europe Ltd., an affiliate of the Japanese MOL Group. The agreement, which covers two LNG carriers, increases the predictability of the vessels' operations, enhances safety and reduces operational costs.
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