Maritime Executive

  • China’s First Carrier Calls Hong Kong at Time of Tension
    On Friday, China's first aircraft carrier and her strike group escorts berthed in Hong Kong, a potent reminder of Beijing's power at a time of tension over the extent of the port city's autonomy.  Naval analysts see the vessel – the Liaoning, a refitted Soviet ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-07
  • Researchers Find the Bacteria That Ate the Macondo Spill
    A research team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has replicated the water conditions in the areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and isolated the oil-eating strains of bacteria that helped to clean up the spill plume below the surface.  The Macondo well spilled four ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-07
  • Vaquita Day: Rescue Plans Readied
    July 8 is International Save the Vaquita Day, and emergency plans are being made to help save the porpoise from extinction. Latest estimates indicate that only 30 individuals remain alive in their only habitat - the northern Gulf of California. However, the Mexican government is readying to ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-07
  • IMO Pushes Back Ballast Water Compliance Dates
    The IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) finished up its 71st meeting Friday with new resolutions on ballast water management and carbon dioxide emissions.  The most noteworthy resolution to emerge from MEPC 71 was a new implementation scheme for ballast water ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-07
  • Founder of Conrad Shipyard Passes
    It is with deep sadness that Conrad Shipyard announces the death of its founder, John Parker Conrad, Sr. Surrounded by his family and friends, Parker died peacefully on July 6 at his home in Morgan City, Louisiana. He was 101 years old. A shipbuilding pioneer and a legend along the ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-07
  • Report: Newbuild Design Efficiency Declined in 2016
    A new study by CE Delft has found that new vessel design efficiency fell in 2016, reversing a trend of ever-increasing vessel performance in recent years. The decrease was led by new bulkers, tankers and gas carriers; efficiency was relatively unchanged for container ships and general cargo ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-07
  • ClassNK Fleet Detention Rate Drops
    Vessel detention rates dropped slightly in 2016 for classification society ClassNK's fleet, according to its annual report on port state control.  Detention ratio (detentions/registered number in 2016) of the ClassNK fleet in 2016 was 5.6 percent, down from 5.7 percent the previous ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-06
  • Cruise Tourism On the Rise in UAE
    Cruise tourism is on the rise in the UAE. In Dubai, 625,000 passengers arrived on nearly 160 ships over the course of the 2016/17 season – a 15 percent increase year over year. Many of the ship calls were first-time arrivals, including visits from the Norwegian Star, MSC Fantasia ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-06
  • India to Boost Cruise Infrastructure
    India's Minister of Shipping and  Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari is pushing for the nation to boost cruise tourism infrastructure highlighting that it could be a major driver for growth of the Indian economy. As one of the fastest growing components of the leisure ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-06
  • Video: Coast Guard Medevacs Teenager from Cruise Ship
    Last week, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter aircrew evacuated a 14-year-old passenger from the deck of the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway and brought him to shore for medical treatment.  On the morning of June 26, the Breakaway's master notified the Coast Guard that the young passenger ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-06
  • Loose Bolts Caused Fire on Carnival Liberty
    The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined the probable cause of the engine room fire on the Carnival Liberty: improperly tightened bolts on a fuel inlet flange.   On the morning of September 7, 2015, the Liberty was alongside at the Charlotte ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-06
  • New Zealand Boosts Cruise Biosecurity Measures
    New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has announced that a trial accreditation program boosting biosecurity for international cruise ships will be expanded next season. The scheme involves collecting background information about vessel stores and pest management practices to ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-06
  • GE and Fincantieri Team Up for Cruise Ship Scrubbers
    GE Power and Fincantieri are working on a new scrubber system designed to meet the needs of cruise ships. Fincantieri is the market leader in the cruise shipbuilding segment, and it will write the technical requirements for systems that will be competitive for use on these high-end vessels. GE ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-06
  • DP World Opens New Limassol Cruise Terminal
    Leading ports operator DP World will open a new cruise ship terminal in Limassol, Cyprus this summer. The 75,000 square foot facility will be DP World's third cruise terminal in its worldwide ports portfolio, following projects in Dubai and Argentina.  DP World says that Limassol ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-06
  • Cruise Industry Snapshot: Deliveries, Orders and Ports
    Cruise travel is expected to continue to increase throughout 2017, with an estimated 25.3 million passengers expected to sail in 2017, a strong surge from 15.8 million just 10 years prior (2007). Industry analyst GP Wild provides a snapshot of the companies, ships and ports supporting the ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-06
  • Feasibility of Hydrogen-Powered High Speed Ferry Proven
    Sandia National Laboratories, in collaboration with naval architect Elliott Bay Design Group and the Red and White Fleet, has proven the feasibility of building and operating a high-speed ferry powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells.    The 150-passenger commuter ferry, which would ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-05
  • The Future Caribbean of Asia
    Groomed to be one of Asia’s top international cruise destinations, the Philippines is seeing increasing interest from cruise lines as it boosts infrastructure to support international vessels. So far, the Philippines has hosted vessels from Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd (RCCL), Star Cruises ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-05
  • Zero Emissions
    Fuel cells, advanced battery packs and the world’s biggest hybrid ferry –  zero-emission technologies are becoming an emerging force in the maritime world. The international shipping industry is facing an increasingly tight regulatory environment, especially when it comes to ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-05
  • Alert! Compendium Produced for Maritime Colleges
    Lloyd’s Register Foundation and The Nautical Institute have produced a special limited edition bound set of all 40 issues of the Institute's Alert! human element bulletin. Enough have been produced for every maritime training college in the world to have a copy, so all will have access ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-05
  • Industry Group Launches Cyber Security Guidelines
    The second edition of The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships has been released, compiled by a joint industry group led by BIMCO. The second edition includes information on insurance issues and how to effectively segregate networks, as well as new practical advice on managing the ship to ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-05
  • Two Vietnamese Seafarers Beheaded
    Suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan sent a message to the Philippine government when they beheaded two abducted Vietnamese seafarers from the bulk carrier ship MV Royal 16. Hoang Thong and Hoang Va Hai were among the six Vietnamese seafarers abducted by Abu Sayyaf pirates on ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-05
  • Fincantieri Marinette Marine Launches LCS USS Billings
    On July 1, the Lockheed Martin-Fincantieri Marinette Marine consortium launched the 15th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) into Wisconsin’s Menominee River. Ship sponsor Sharla D. Tester christened LCS 15, the future USS Billings, in Navy tradition by breaking a champagne ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-05
  • Hyundai Heavy Industries Enters Saudi Joint Venture
    Hyundai Heavy Industries signed an MOU with Saudi Aramco and Dussur (Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company) to set up a joint venture for marine engine and onshore power generation engine businesses on July 4. Under the MOU, the joint venture will invest $400 million by 2019 to build an ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-05
  • Qatar Eager to Retain LNG Leadership
    Qatar Petroleum has announced plans to boost its LNG production from 77 million to 100 million tons per year by increasing production from its giant North Field, located in the Persian Gulf.   The company said on Tuesday it would double the size of the new gas project in the southern sector ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-05
  • Low-Cost Digital Container Seal Developed
    A new low-cost, digital seal has been developed for the CORE (Consistently Optimised REsilient Secure Global Supply-Chains) European Research Project by Dutch software company Itude Mobile. Babbler requires no installation in the fabric of a truck or container and enables the integrity of the ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-04
  • Pictures: Rarely Seen Animals from Australia’s Eastern Abyss
    An international research team returned from a voyage of deep sea discovery last month with an astonishing variety of animals from Australia’s eastern abyss. Considered one of the most inaccessible and unexplored environments on the planet, the scientists sampled life from the 4,000 meters ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-04
  • Time to Nominate Search and Rescue Heroes
    Every hour, every day 40 people around the world die by drowning. The International Maritime Rescue Federation is calling for nominations for its H.E.R.O Awards, to recognize the unsung maritime heroes who battle against this frightening statistic, as the H.E.R.O award (Honouring Excellence in ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-04
  • North Korea Launches Eleventh Missile Test
    North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile on Tuesday morning, its 11th missile test this year. South Korea has confirmed the launch occurred from north Pyongan province, on North Korea’s northwest coast, with the missile flying into the sea off its east coast. Reuters reports ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-03
  • The Floating Pipeline
    German shipowner Reederei Hartmann is a major player in the global gas carrier market. Recently, the company unveiled two new series of ships, developed with support from DNV GL. Leer is a picturesque town in Lower Saxony, two hours south of Hamburg. But with a seafaring academy that boasts 160 ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-03
  • Nearly One Hundred Indian Seafarers Stranded off UAE
    Nearly 100 Indian seafarers are in UAE waters, and distress calls on the rise, reports the Gulf Times. The Indian mission has been approached by 97 seafarers from 22 ships abandoned in the region about lack of pay, lack of food and water and harsh living conditions. India's Consul-General ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-03
  • Ice Navigator Certification Scheme Launched
    The Nautical Institute has launched its Ice Navigator Training and Certification Scheme, developed in response to rapidly growing demand for officers with proven expertise in handling ships in ice.  While the scheme is designed to complement IMO’s Polar Code, course content is not ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-03
  • Iran Opens Upstream to Foreign Companies
    Total and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) have signed a contract for the development and production of phase 11 of South Pars (SP11), the world's largest gas field. The move is Iran's first-ever Iranian Petroleum Contract and seals its first upstream contract with foreign firms in ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-03
  • Taking Ship Simulation on the Road
    In June, Kongsberg's SimConnect 2017 touched down in the Americas with locations in Dania Beach, Florida and Vancouver, British Columbia. This regional seminar served to highlight Kongsberg’s technology roadmap and demonstrate the training possibilities of simulation to, instructors, ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-03
  • ISWAN Launches Seafarer Self-Help Guide
    Maritime charity ISWAN has released a self-help guide for seafarers' mental health to complement its free, 24/7 helpline, SeafarerHelp.   Working away at sea with limited means of communication and little or no shore leave means that it can be difficult for seafarers to access the ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-03
  • Japanese Carriers Forge Ahead with Alliance
    Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line), Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) have formally established a joint holding company for their container business alliance. The new company, named Ocean Network Express, includes terminal operation businesses outside Japan. The three ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-03
  • Navy Sponsors Autonomous Boat Competition for Students
    On June 24, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) held its annual RoboBoat competition for budding robotics engineers, turning a quiet park in South Daytona Beach into a high-tech, waterborne adventure race. To compete, each high school, college and ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-02
  • U.S. Warship Claims Freedom of Navigation
    The U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam on Sunday. The freedom-of-navigation operation was designed to challenge the competing claims of all three nations, a U.S. Defense Department official said. The ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-02
  • Keppel Readies World’s First FLNG Conversion
    Keppel Offshore & Marine's subsidiary, Keppel Shipyard will soon deliver the world's first converted floating LNG (FLNG) to Golar LNG. The vessel was named Hilli Episeyo at a ceremony in Keppel Shipyard on Sunday. Upon completion, the FLNG will be put in operation offshore Kribi, ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-02
  • U.S. and Philippine Navies Coordinate Piracy Patrol
    The U.S. and Philippine navies completed a coordinated patrol in the Sulu Sea at the invitation of the Government of the Philippines, July 1. During the operation, crews from the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) and the Del Pilar-class Frigate BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF 16) worked together ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-01
  • Tanker and Bulker Collide in English Channel
    A tanker and bulk carrier collided about 15 miles north east of Dover in the English Channel around 2:15am on Saturday. No casualties have been reported, and no pollution. The incident occurred in the south west channel of the busy main shipping lane between the 48,580 ton, 183-meter (600-foot) ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-07-01
  • Multinational Search Effort Saves 13 Tanker Crewmembers
    On June 26, the UK Royal Navy and three merchant vessels rescued 13 sailors from the waters of the Arabian Sea, about 120 nm northeast of Socotra Island.  At 0230 that morning, the tanker Rama 2 put out a distress call, which was picked up and forwarded to the UK Maritime Trade ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-06-30
  • Wax in MGO Fuel May Have Led to Fatal Boiler Explosion
    The UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued a safety bulletin related to the fatal explosion on the container vessel Manhattan Bridge in January.  The Bridge suffered a boiler explosion as she was berthing at Felixstowe on the night of January 19. The second engineer ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-06-30
  • Union Calls for Action on Underpaid Crew
    The Australian government has been urged to intervene to identify the owner of 36-year-old supply ship MV Yarabah that has spent almost two months at Port Welshpool in Victoria. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said the crew of the ship, who are Indian nationals, have ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-06-30
  • Arctic Will Make Novatek Biggest LNG Exporter
    Russia's Novatek has said that Arctic gas will make the company the world’s biggest exporter of LNG within the next 10 years. Local media reports that Novatek Deputy Chairman Mark Gyetvay says the ambitious plans will be achieved with the development of the the Yamal LNG and the Arctic ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-06-30
  • USMMA Makes Progress Towards Reaccreditation
    Last June, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education warned the United States Merchant Marine Academy that it faced the loss of its accreditation if it did not address issues related to sexual assault and institutional governance. On June 23, the Commission found that USMMA has made ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-06-30
  • Will the Next Ready Reserve Ships be American-Made?
    As it prepares to vote on a military budget for 2018, Congress is considering the recapitalization of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) – the aging fleet of inactive ships that the U.S. Maritime Administration maintains on behalf of Military Sealift Command. These ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-06-30
  • Trump May Require U.S.-Flag Carriage for All Food Aid
    The Trump administration may soon require 100 percent of U.S. food aid to be transported on U.S.-flagged vessels, up from 50 percent under current policy. Citing four sources with knowledge of the situation, Reuters reports that the administration is currently preparing an executive order that ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-06-30
  • USS Fitzgerald Will Return to U.S. for Repairs
    The U.S. Navy is making preparations to drydock the damaged destroyer USS Fitzgerald at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for evaluation and temporary repairs.  The collision on June 17 between the Fitzgerald and the container vessel ACX Crystal left a hole in the warship's hull ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-06-30
  • Low Carbon Industry Alliance Launched at IMO
    Leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers and oil companies have signed up to a new Global Industry Alliance (GIA) to support transitioning shipping and its related industries towards a low carbon future. ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-06-30
  • Video: Prelude FLNG Heads for Australia
    Royal Dutch Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility left the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, on Thursday, headed for Australia. The 488-meter (1,600-foot) facility, constructed by Technip Samsung Consortium, is being towed to the Browse Basin ... read more
    Source: Maritime ExecutivePublished on 2017-06-30