UKHO gets the go ahead for new office building

Providing global hydrographic and geospatial data to defence, mariners and maritime agencies across the world, the UKHO is transforming its digital capability to continue meet the needs of the digital age. A key part of this transformation is to redevelop its current site at Admiralty Way in Taunton. Approval has been granted to replace the […]

Global cooperation is the bedrock of a successful European shipping policy, shipowners say

Global cooperation must remain an absolute priority of European shipping policy. That was the principal message of ECSA’s contribution to the Senior Maritime Forum of Marintec China, the largest maritime event in Asia, which is being held in Shanghai this week. ECSA Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven (pictured) was invited to attend the Senior Maritime Forum, […]

Tanker shipping rates to soften from 2016

Tanker shipping rates are set to decline from current highs in 2016 as the trade in crude oil is forecast to decline due to ample stocking, and the fleet is expected to expand briskly, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Freight rates in the crude tanker […]

ClassNK releases Guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities

ClassNK has released guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities for LNG/LPG Production, Storage Offloading and Regasification (Third Edition), The first edition of the guidelines laid out specific technical requirements for gas FPSOs and was released in 2011. In February 2015, the guidelines were revised and the second edition was released to clarify the application to FSRUs. […]

Harley Marine selects tug-optimised Cat Power and propulsion package

Seattle-based Harley Marine Services has ordered four Cat 3516 marine propulsion engines and four Cat Propulsion Marine Thruster Azimuth – Tug (MTA-T) rated drives. These Caterpillar units will power two new Harley Marine harbor tug vessels currently under construction at Diversified Marine Incorporated, a shipyard in Portland, Oregon. Each Harley Marine harbor tug will feature a […]

ABB to provide power for world’s most advanced port icebreaker

ABB will provide the power, automation and turbocharging capabilities for the most advanced port icebreaker ever built. It will maximize fuel efficiency and manoeuvrability by including four Azipod thrusters, adapted for the tough ice conditions and DC Grid system, to distribute energy effectively. The main engine will also be fitted with Power2 800-M, the most […]

Parties expand cooperation in developing a new generation of feeder container carriers

Provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industry ABS has signed a Design Development Agreement to develop a new generation of fender container ships. ABS has signed the deal with Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute  (SDARI). ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman and SDARI President Jintao […]

Total Lubmarine celebrates 25 years’ Asia-Pacific service

Increased demand for marine lubricants in the Asia-Pacific region has underpinned the growth of Total Lubmarine’s Hong Kong office which this year celebrates 25 years of service to ship operators across the region. Today, Asia represents more than 50% of Total’s lubricants sales across all segments. Total Lubmarine’s Hong Kong office is a key part […]

ABB to power futuristic hybrid ferry on Norwegian fjords

ABB, the power and automation technology group, will provide the technology integral to one of the most innovative ship designs ever seen on the Norwegian fjords. The ferry will couple its striking appearance with ABB’s cutting edge maritime hybrid solution. The vessel’s concept has been named Seasight by the shipbuilder Brødrene Aa. ABB will supply […]

Port of Felixstowe Logistics Park receives planning consent

The first phase of a 1.4 million square foot logistics park at the Port of Felixstowe has received planning permission. The approval covers the first four warehouses to be built as part of the scheme at the Port of Britain. The four warehouses consented as part of Phase 1 provide nearly 1 million square feet […]