Fire on UASC Containership at Port of Hamburg

MV Alula. File photo: MarineTraffic.com/

  A fire broke out in the cargo area of a UASC containership early Friday morning as it arrived at the port of Hamburg. Local media reports say that firefighters were called to a container terminal at Waltershof shortly after midnight to respond to a fire in the container stacks onboard the 13,500 TEU MV Alula. As many as 20 containers had to be removed from the … [Read more...]

Stena Drilling Pleads Guilty Over Fatal 2012 Rig Accident Off Australia

Stena Clyde. Photo: Stena Drilling

Stena Drilling has pleaded guilty in Australia to charges related to a fatal accident on board its Stena Clyde semi-submersible drilling rig in 2012 in which two people were killed. According to NOPSEMA, Australia's national regulator for the offshore oil and gas industry, Stena Drilling Australia Pty Ltd plead guilty to one charge in violation of clause 9(4) of Schedule 3 … [Read more...]

Svitzer Orders Six Tugs at Turkey’s Sanmar Shipyard

Photo: Svitzer

  Svitzer has signed a newbuilding contract with Sanmar Shipyard in Turkey for the construction of six terminal tugs to fulfill new contracts in various markets, the company said Wednesday.  Delivery of the first vessel is expected in Q4 2016. The new fleet will be 70 Tonne bollard pull RAstar 2800-E Class ASD tugs, which are terminal tugs with escort … [Read more...]

VIDEO: The Azipods Used to Propel the World’s Largest Cruise Ships

ABB Azipods

Here's a look at the ABB Azipod's used to propel the newest and largest ships in Royal Caribbean's fleet and many other vessels - both cruise ships and others - around the world. On Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ships, the vessels are equipped with a tailor-made electrical propulsion system comprising three … [Read more...]

Singapore Fines Bunker Firm Over Illegal Supply

Ships in Singapore harbor. Photo: Shutterstock/joyfull

  JL Petroleum Pte Ltd has been fined after pleading guilty in court last week for supplying bunkers in the Port of Singapore without a valid license, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said Wednesday. The special bunker supplier license is required under regulation 64(b) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Port) Regulations. The company … [Read more...]

GMS Backs Danish Stance on Ship Beaching

Workers carry a rope line to fasten a decommissioned ship at the Alang shipyard in Gujarat, India, in this March 27, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

  GMS, the world's largest cash buyer of ships for recycling, has come out in support of the Danish Ship Association (DSA) which refuses to ban the practice of beaching following the recent announcement by their Norwegian counterparts. GMS says it supports DSA’s position that ship recycling choice shouldn’t be based just on geography. GMS said that a delegation … [Read more...]

India Gives Boost to Coastal Shipping

Union Minister Mr. Shri Nitin Gadkari at the Cochin shipyard. File photo: Bharatiya Janata Party

  The Government of India has revealed new plans to boost its coastal shipping and cruise tourism industries in an effort to spark develop in its coastal regions. The new scheme was unveiled during the 16th meeting of the the Maritime States Development Council held Monday and hosted by the Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Mr. Shri Nitin … [Read more...]