Dutch Shipbuilder Damen Wins MKS 180 Frigate Contract from Germany

The German government has selected Dutch shipbuilding group Damen as the main contractor in the construction of at least four multi-purpose combat frigates for the German Navy. The MKS 180 frigates are Germany's next-generation warships, described as an “all-rounder” multi-purpose combat ship with interchangeable mission-specific modules to cover a wide-range of naval … [Read more...]

Another Challenging Year Ahead for Container Shipping, Drewry Says

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - 2020 will prove another challenging year for ocean carriers in terms of capacity management, according to Drewry. Although the consultant claimed the industry would be able to cope. Drewry calculates that 1.2m teu of capacity will be added to the fleet this year, of which almost half comprises 23 20,000-plus teu ULCVs for HMM, CMA CGM and … [Read more...]

One Dead, Five Sick in Alcohol Poisoning Incident on FPSO in Transit

A Brazilian contractor has died and six others were hospitalized after drinking a cleaning solution they likely mistook for ingestible alcohol on board an FPSO in transit on Boskalis’ heavy lift ship Vanguard. Boskalis confirmed the incident in a statement posted today to its website. The company said the six individuals were employed by a designated shipyard contractor and … [Read more...]

Bouchard Ordered to Pay Whistleblower in Fatal ‘Barge No. 255’ Explosion Investigation

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found that New York-based Bouchard Transportation and three of its officers violated whistleblower protection rules when it retaliated against a seaman who cooperated with a federal investigation into a deadly barge explosion off Port Aransas, Texas in 2017. OSHA’s Whistleblower … [Read more...]

Five Believed Dead as Fishing Vessel Sinks in Bering Sea

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Five commercial fishermen were believed to have died after their crabbing vessel sank on New Year's Eve in the Gulf of Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard said after ending a search and rescue operation amid high winds and heavy seas. There were two survivors: crewmen who took refuge in a lifeboat and were rescued by a Coast … [Read more...]