Coast Guard News

July 2, 2020
A group of armed men attacked the FPSO Sendje Berge some 30 nautical miles southwest from Bonny Island, earlier today, kidnapping some of its crew members. The news first emerged on the website of the UK-based security intel firm Dryad Global, which cited a ‘high confidence’ report, according to which 11 crew members of the FPSO were suspected of being kidnapped. The incident was confirmed by BW Offshore, the owner of the FPSO.... [Read More]
July 2, 2020
German container shipping major Hapag-Lloyd intends to navigate through the coronavirus crisis without seeking state aid.... [Read More]
July 2, 2020
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Global Cruise Lines have reached an agreement today that will see crew continue to be repatriated over the coming days.  The seafarers have been stranded on board the six Global Cruise Lines’ vessels currently in Tilbury and Bristol, in the United Kingdom because of global travel restrictions brought in to deal with the global pandemic. ... [Read More]
July 2, 2020
Air lubrication technology manufacturer Silverstream Technologies in collaboration with the University of Southampton, has been awarded an Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) grant.... [Read More]
July 2, 2020
China Merchants Jinling shipyard started building on Tuesday two LNG and LBG-powered tankers for Sweden’s Terntank.... [Read More]
July 2, 2020
Estonian ferry company AS Tallink Grupp has strengthened its fleet with the purchase of a roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) vessel from compatriot firm Navirail OÜ. The ship, MS Sailor, was acquired by Tallink’s subsidiary Baltic SF VIII Ltd on 30 June 2020. The RoPax is scheduled to be handed over to its new owner in Paldiski on 9 July 2020. Tallink will announce the vessel’s route and schedules in the near future. ... [Read More]
July 2, 2020
Australia’s Global Energy Ventures (GEV), a developer of global integrated marine compressed natural gas (CNG) projects, and Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Limited (CIMC Raffles) have extended their Letter of Intent (LoI) to build the CNG Optimum 200 ships. The extension is for six months through to December 31, 2020, according to a stock exchange filing from GEV. The LoI concerns the construction of four firm 200MMscf Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) ships with the option for GEV to order up to an additional four ships.... [Read More]
July 2, 2020
Kongsberg Digital, part of Norway’s Kongsberg Group, has acquired Coach Solutions, a Denmark-based supplier of software solutions for vessel performance and monitoring. The new name of the company will be Kongsberg Coach Solutions. The acquisition was finalized on 30 June 2020. Coach’s vessel performance monitoring system was developed by Danish shipping company Clipper Group. In 2016, Coach was established as an independent company – Coach Solutions ApS – which has grown rapidly. Its software currently has over 900 licenses running.... [Read More]
July 2, 2020
China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) has agreed to acquire 70% of equity interest in Singapore-based bunker trader China Merchants Energy Trading (CMET) from a sister company China Merchants Hoi Tung. The tanker and oil shipping giant said the move was aimed at ensuring a sustainable supply of fuel oil and other oil products to its fleet. The proposed purchase price is $16 million. China Merchants Energy Trading was established in Singapore in May 2016 and its focus has been trading of marine fuel oil and lubricating oils.... [Read More]
July 1, 2020
Dutch ferry operator Rederij Doeksen said its first liquefied natural gas-powered ferry, Willem Barentsz, will start its service on Friday.... [Read More]
July 1, 2020
The possibilities of hydrogen as an energy carrier are creating a boost in innovation. Koedood Marine Group is researching how hydrogen can benefit the shipping industry. Sander Roosjen, research and development manager Koedood Marine Group: “We already have several clients that wish to implement hydrogen solutions on their newbuild vessels.”... [Read More]
July 1, 2020
Image Courtesy: Anemoi/IWSA Wind-assisted ship propulsion has immense potential for achieving fuel savings and cutting emissions. Even though it is not believed to be THE solution for full decarbonization of the industry and getting to net-zero, it has emerged as an intermediary step which, wThe post Go(ne)ing with the wind: 40 ships to have wind propulsion installed by the end of 2022 appeared first on Offshore Energy. ... [Read More]
July 1, 2020
A staggering number of seafarers is being impacted by the inability to carry out crew changes due to the COVID-19 restrictions imposed on travel by national governments across the globe. Despite incessant calls from the maritime bodies, seafarers are yet to be designated as ‘key workers’ and exempted from travel restrictions.... [Read More]
July 1, 2020
Volkswagen Group said Wednesday it welcomed its first LNG-fuelled car carrier in the US Port of Davisville, Rhode Island.... [Read More]
July 1, 2020
Japanese electronics company Furuno has acquired Danish company EMRI A/S, specializing in autopilots, steering control, joystick dynamic positioning, and maneuvering systems. EMRI is an original equipment manufacturer of steering control systems, provided to over 1000+ vessels within the cruise and shipowning sectors. The company also designs and manufactures dynamic positioning systems with fuel-saving algorithms.... [Read More]
July 1, 2020
South Korean shipping major HMM has welcomed the 7th of twelve 24,000 TEU container shipping giants into its fleet. These are the largest container ships in the world based on their carrying capacity.... [Read More]
July 1, 2020
Corrosion has emerged as the arch-enemy of the exhaust gas cleaning systems as the uptake of the technology rose with the entrance into force of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap. Like with any new technology, scrubber maintenance and operation has been a learning curve for ship owners and operators, especially in the context of preventing failures of the technology and reducing downtime.... [Read More]
July 1, 2020
The delivery of Royal Caribbean’s new cruise ship, Odyssey of the Seas, being built at German shipbuilder Meyer Werft, has officially been delayed, the company confirmed. The keel for the ship was laid in May 2019 and Odyssey of the Seas was scheduled to be delivered in autumn 2020. The ship is scheduled to become one of the five largest cruise ships in the world with a gross tonnage of about 169,000. ... [Read More]
July 1, 2020
High Speed Transfers (HST) has awarded Chartwell Marine with a contract to design and deliver a new hybrid Chartwell 24 crew transfer vessel (CTV). The vessel, which will provide dedicated support for the offshore wind sector, is set to be built locally in the UK by Isle of Wight yard Diverse Marine, which was awarded the build contract following a competitive global tender process.... [Read More]

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