More Offshore Layoffs – World Wide Supply Lay-ups to Impact 48 Crew

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  Norway's World Wide Supply (WWS) says it is laying up two platform supply vessels operating in the UK spot market amid weak demand for offshore vessels. WWS announced the layups Wednesday in a statement to the Oslo Børs stock exchange. The company owns a total of six PSV3300-design platform supply vessels delivered by Damen Shipyard during the second half of … [Read more...]

Russia Lays Keel for Giant Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker

Russia's '50 let Pobedy' is currently the world's largest icebreaker, displacing over 25,000 tons. Photo: Creative Commons

  Russia's state-owned Baltic Shipyard (Baltijskiy Zavod-Sudostroyenie) has hosted the keel laying ceremony for a nuclear-powered icebreaker being built as part of a massive shipbuilding program undertaken by the Russian government. The shipbuilding program, dubbed Project 22220, involves the construction of three nuclear-powered icebreakers to be delivered by 2020 … [Read more...]

Hazardous Smoke Engulfs Ship – INCIDENT PHOTOS

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More than 20 crewmembers were evacuated from a 34,500 DWT cargo ship off the coast of Germany on Tuesday after its fertilizer cargo began to overheat, creating a massive plume of hazardous smoke and prompting fears of an explosion. Germany's Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME) was informed overnight Monday of smoke developing in the hold of the Marshall … [Read more...]

UK Opts to Maximize Offshore Oil Production Over Onshore Wind

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By Alex Morales (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. aims to maximize domestic oil and gas production and curb the spread of onshore wind farms as the government leans toward maintaining energy security over cutting carbon emissions. The measures form part of an Energy Bill announced by Queen Elizabeth II in a speech to Parliament in London on Wednesday that outlines the first … [Read more...]

Naval Architects of Lore May Have Been Right After All

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  Docked near the Houston ship channel in a bug infested estuary is the battleship USS Texas (BB-35), the world's last remaining "dreadnought" afloat. After over 100 years after her launch in 1912, naval architects are now uncovering data revealing her design features could be far more efficient than anyone ever realized. Computational … [Read more...]

China Reveals Plans for Expanded Naval Presence Beyond Its Coasts

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By Bloomberg News (Bloomberg) -- China set out its ambitions for a bigger naval presence far from its coasts, amid wariness among its neighbors over whether the country’s fleet will be used to back up its territorial claims. The People’s Liberation Army will add “open seas protection” to “offshore waters defense” on a list of core naval missions, according to the … [Read more...]