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Friday, July 1, 2022

SCI takes delivery of its first LR-I size Product Tanker

Posted to SCI takes delivery of its first LR-I size Product Tanker (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 26, 2010

State owned Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) took delivery of a Long Range-I (LR-I) Product Tanker, M.T. Swarna Sindhu, on 23rd July, 2010 raising the number of tankers in its fleet to 41 and the company’s total fleet strength to 74 vessels. M.T.

Long Beach Blows a Raspberry at Local Politicians

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on July 15, 2010

The principle of "One hand washing the other" might apply to Washington bureaucrats and politicians, but Long Beach port authorities are having none of it. The angst over the LB city council demanding an extra dollop of cash from the port for the Tidelands fund continues…

West Coast Deepens as East Coast Looks Elsewhere

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on June 10, 2010

Channel deepening is all the rage among ports, with Long Beach officially starting a $40 million project to dig out 1.5 million cubic feet of material to extend the main channel to 76 feet. “We’re sending a message to our customers. We want your discretionary cargo to come back…

Pre-salt - Technological Challenges

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News (by Claudio Paschoa) on May 21, 2010

Drilling at a depth of two thousand meters is not a problem. Petrobras already has several wells at this depth, in Brazil and in the Gulf of Mexico, and produces at 1,886 meters in the Campos Basin, a mark that was once the world record (Shell currently holds the record…

Increasing engine damage caused by catalyst fines

Posted to Marine Propulsion Report (by Keith Henderson) on April 29, 2010

Last month a briefing to a group of marine insurance underwriters in London covered the subject of deteriorating fuel quality and the increasing incidence of severe engine damage. The drive towards low sulfur fuels is causing fuel refining processes to change…

Reduced cylinder oil consumption

Posted to Marine Propulsion Report (by Keith Henderson) on April 6, 2010

The present economic squeeze on the shipping industry is forcing operators to look to new ways to keep costs as low as possible. Running a diesel engine requires fuel and there is not much that can be done to reduce fuel costs if the same power output is required from the engine.

USCG Districts

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 6, 2010

The US Coast Guard adopted the concept of geographic districts when it absorbed the US Lighthouse Service in 1939. Previously, it had no formal segmentation of its chain of command based on geography. Rather, the chain of command was grouped around function.

Not every port in Indonesia deserves to be a hub

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on March 3, 2010

Not so fast, said the Indonesian government. That is way too many. Instead, the trade ministry suggested at a recent seminar in Jakarta that each province should have an international port. But with 33 provinces, that is still about 28 ports too many.

Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838)

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 9, 2010

Born in Salem, Massachusetts on March 26, 1773, Nathaniel Bowditch had little formal education. He left school at age ten to work in his father’s cooperage. He was then indentured as a bookkeeping apprentice to a ship chandler. Through prodigious self-study…

Liquefaction of Iron ore cargo caused vessel to list & ground

Posted to Liquefaction of Iron ore cargo caused vessel to list & ground (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 20, 2010

Investigation into the causes of grounding and subsequent listing of the 17,240 DWT Black Forest has only reaffirmed the dictum that the trade should have long term approach in establishing safety standards towards accident free image rather than profitability alone.

Greatship takes delivery of MPSSV

Posted to Greatship takes delivery of MPSSV (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 23, 2009

Greatship Global Offshore Services Pte. Ltd. (GGOS) has taken delivery of Greatship Maya, a Multipurpose Platform Supply and Support Vessel (MPSSV), from Keppel Singmarine Pte. Ltd., Singapore. Greatship Global Offshore Services Pte. Ltd (GGOS)…

Execution dock

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on December 18, 2009

During the era when Britain ruled the waves, the High Court of Admiralty was a force to be reckoned with. While the Admiralty Court served at the pleasure of the King, it was independent from the courts of the land. The major constraint on its…

Fire Destroys Buffalo Boats

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on December 17, 2009

In my editorial for the October issue of MarineNews, I mentioned a visit I'd made to Buffalo Boats of  Bellingham, Wash. The owner, Roger Allard, builds two to three vessels a year for the fishing industry with just a few staff to help him.

Adding China port capacity comes down to a semi-educated guess

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on December 9, 2009

The most difficult part of running a port or shipping line in an economic downturn is the unpredictability of demand. Throw in oil price and currency volatility and any market forecasting may as well be left to Madame Zedora and her crystal ball.

OGX Investing in Advanced GE O&G Subsea Wellhead Systems

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News (by Claudio Paschoa) on November 19, 2009

OGX currently has concession rights or a participating interest, in five exploration blocks in the Santos Basin, covering a total acreage over 1,000 km² (247,105 acres), of which four were acquired in the ANP’s ninth bidding round. Four blocks are 100% owned and will be operated by OGX  (BM-S-56…

White House Job Summit Could Start With Easing Business Climate

Posted to Gulf Coast Maritime (by Matt Gresham) on November 13, 2009

Skyrocketing healthcare costs are the fault of big bad insurance companies. High fuel costs are the fault of Big Oil. Wall Street’s woes are solely the responsibility of greedy CEOs and out-of-control investment bankers. One would think anyone…
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