Ocean-Going LNG Bunkering Barge Concept Receives Class Approval

The ocean-going ATB will have capacity for 4,000 m3 of LNG. Illustration: Jensen Maritime

  A new design for a liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunkering articulated tug and barge unit (ATB) designed by Seattle-based naval architecture firm Jensen Maritime has been granted “approval in principle” by classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The designation establishes that Jensen’s vessel concept for the A1 Liquefied Gas Tank Barge is compliant … [Read more...]

UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch Releases 2014 Annual Report

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The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued its annual casualty and incident report, providing information on what kept the branch busy during 2014. The report notes that in 2014, 1,270 accidents (casualties and incidents) were reported to MAIB involving 1,470 vessels. Of those, 33 accident involved only non-commercial vessels, 424 were occupational … [Read more...]

South Korean Shipyards Struggling As Offshore Strategy Fails

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  By Rose Kim, Jungah Lee and Michael S. Arnold (Bloomberg) -- The deep-ocean strategy is coming back to bite South Korean shipyards. Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. and Samsung Heavy Industries Co. -- South Korea’s Big Three shipbuilders -- ventured into offshore oil rigs starting around 2010. The goal was to avoid … [Read more...]

China Probing Car Carrier Lines on Antitrust Claims

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By Bloomberg News (Bloomberg) -- China’s top economic planning agency is investigating allegations of monopolistic practices by shipping lines that move vehicles, according to people familiar with the matter. The National Development and Reform Commission probe involves several companies but focuses on Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and Nippon Yusen KK … [Read more...]

Search Continues for Two Missing Teens Off Florida

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The search continued Monday for two missing teens off the coast of Florida after the U.S. Coast Guard located their overturned boat on Sunday. The 19-foot single engine center console vessel was located Sunday morning during a search and rescue approximately 67 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet, Florida. The two teens were last seen on Friday afternoon in the Jupiter, … [Read more...]

CMA CGM Takes Delivery of Largest Containership Ever Built In China

CMA CGM Kerguelen, the first in a series of six ultra-large containerships for CMA CGM. Photo: CMA CGM

  CMA CGM Group has announced the delivery of the ultra-large containership CMA CGM VASCO DE GAMA on Monday from China State Shipbuilding Corporation. With an 18,000 TEU capacity and at 399 meters long, the vessel is among largest in the CMA CGM Group and the largest containership ever built in China. The vessel is the third in a series of six 18,000 TEU ships for … [Read more...]