Search For El Faro Survivors Continues

The first El Faro life ring found on the scene is transported back to the US in this handout photo provided by the US Coast Guard, October 6, 2015. REUTERS/US Coast Guard

  Coast Guard crews continue searching for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro Tuesday night after covering more than 170,000 square miles since the ship sank during Hurricane Joaquin last Thursday. The Coast Guard says crews have searched a total of 172,257 square nautical miles while searching in the vicinity of the ship's last known position 35 nautical … [Read more...]

Farstad Shipping to Lay Up Five Vessels

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  Farstad Shipping said Friday it is planning to lay up two platform supply vessels and three anchor handling tugs in Norway, marking the latest casualty of the weakened offshore market that is only expected to get worse. Farstad says that as a result of the lay ups approximately 100 offshore employees, mostly of Norwegian nationalities, will be laid off. … [Read more...]

IMO the Only Place for Global Debate on Shipping Emissions, Says IMO Secretary General

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  International Maritime Organization Secretary General Koji Sekimizu has issued a strong call that any discussion on shipping’s contribution to global CO2 emissions must be held at the IMO, not left to individual governments that may be tempted to consider specific measures aimed at reducing shipping’s overall contribution of CO2 emissions. Sekimizu call comes … [Read more...]

Vard Books Topaz OSCVs for $100 Million


  Offshore shipbuilder VARD says it has lands new contracts for the design and construction of two offshore subsea construction vessels for first-time customer Topaz Energy and Marine for $100 million. According to VARD, the vessels will be developed for crane operations and light subsea construction with intervention duties, measuring a total length of 98.1 … [Read more...]

Ship Photos of the Day – MAN’s New Alpha Kappel Fixed Pitch Propeller


The 58,500 DWT Supramax bulk carriers Elsabeth C and Mirela show off their shiny new MAN Alpha Kappel fixed pitch propellers, marking the first commercial application for the new MAN Diesel & Turbo's propellers. The ships are owned by Frontmarine Co., an affiliated and managed company of Lemissoler Navigation. Lemissoler reports that sea trials have shown that the new … [Read more...]