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Austal Acquires Philippines Shipyard

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Leading global shipbuilder and defence prime contractor Austal has acquired a shipyard in the Philippines as part of its strategy to regionalise its manufacturing base for commercial vessels.   The $7 million acquisition of the former FBMA Marine shipyard enables Austal to establish shipbuilding operations at the West Cebu Industrial Park at Balamban, in the province of Cebu. Austal will invest a further $5 million to enhance the shipyard’s existing facilities. Austal plans to commence vessel construction in the first quarter of 2012, dependant on orders, and expects to employ about 30 workers during the start-up phase. Future workforce growth is expected in line with market demand, and the site allows for efficient expansion of the facility when future operational and market conditions require.   Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said the acquisition of the former FBMA shipyard is an important milestone in Austal’s corporate strategy to meet the requirements of key commercial vessel markets by further regionalising its shipbuilding operations. “Our strategic review earlier this year found that there is strong demand in specific segments of the international commercial vessel market, such as fast crew transfer boats, work boats and 30 metre to 50 metre ferries,” he said.  


Japanese Yards Form Alliance

Three major Japanese shipbuilders are forming an alliance on commercial vessels and ocean engineering to survive competition with South Korean shipyards. The three firms -- Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co Ltd will cooperate on joint procurement of materials and design skills for building commercial vessels, aiming to cut production costs. They will decide in one or two years whether to spin off their divisions for


EPA Vessel General Permit Webcast: July 27

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a webcast on July 27 at 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time for vessel operators required to comply with the Vessel General Permit (VGP).  EPA will discuss the vessel Electronic-Notice of Intent (e-NOI) system to apply for coverage, as well as provide answers to a few key frequently asked questions about the permit.  Finally, industry professionals who have direct experience implementing the VGP on various classes of vessels


Korea Shipbuilders May See Mild 2014 Recovery: Analysts

The nation’s major shipbuilders are expected to undergo a mild recovery on the back of a pickup in demand for commercial vessels and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, reports 'The Korea Times' as informed by experts and analysts. The analysts forecasted that the nation’s leading builders such as Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Samsung Heavy and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) are well positioned to win more premium vessels ahead of their Chinese and Japanese


Upcoming AMSA Shipping & Domestic Vessel Conference

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) informs that the  latest maritime developments will be the focus at the inaugural combined national shipping and domestic commercial vessel conference in Melbourne in November, 2014. AMSA Chief Executive Officer Mick Kinley said it was the first time a combined shipping and domestic vessel conference had been held by AMSA. “Maritime 2014 will bring together international


ACR to Debut Pathfinder PRO SART at OTC

ACR Pathfinder PRO  Photo ACR

An important addition to any commercial vessel’s survival gear kit, the Pathfinder PRO SART is introduced by ACR Electronics, Inc. at this year’s OTC. The new search and rescue transponder expands the broad range of commercial maritime survival products offered by ACR, global leader in safety and survival technology. The Pathfinder PRO is a fully-approved SART that complies with IMO SOLAS regulations and is suitable for all commercial vessels that are mandated to carry a SART


PVA Manual on General Permit for Discharges

The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA), representative of owners and operators of U.S.-flagged passenger vessels of all types, has developed a manual to help its members comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-issued General Permit for wastewater discharges incidental to normal vessel operations. The PVA Manual for Compliance with the EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of a Vessel is a service by PVA for its members


New Marine Hydrawrap Distributor

HydraTech Engineered Products of Cincinnati, Ohio has selected the Great Lakes Group and Puerto Rico Towing as exclusive distributors of Marine HydraWrap. The Great Lakes Group, located in Cleveland, Ohio, operates a full service shipyard and specializes in all types of marine repair services. Puerto Rico Towing and Barge Company located in San Juan, Puerto Rico provides towing services and vessel assistance to commercial vessels and barges throughout the Caribbean


ACR Electronics Introduces New AISLink CB1

ACR AISLink CB1 Class B transceiver (Image: ACR)

Suited for a range of recreational boaters and commercial vessels across the world, the new AISLink CB1 Class B transceiver is introduced by survival gear specialist ACR Electronics, a Drew Marine Company.   ACR’s easy-to-use and reliable Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS) option sends and receives wireless navigational data to and from nearby boats and vessels including the vessel’s name, position, course or speed over ground, heading and rate of turn.  


VIKING's Helpline for New Coastal Safety Rules

VIKING’s VP Americas, Al Osle

  With just a few months to go, VIKING has all hands on deck to ensure coastal vessel operators don’t risk their ability to sail under the US Coast Guard’s upgraded coastal vessel safety regulations.   Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S says it’s worried that commercial vessels operating in North American coastal waters and waterways simply won’t be able to sail when new USCG safety regulations come


Bahri Acquires VLCC Amjad

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Amjad, a 300,000 DWT Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea, has become the latest addition to Bahri's growing fleet of 84 vessels of various types.   Bahri took delivery of the VLCC, its 37th


NTSB Reports on Safety Risks in Shared Waterways

Photo: Larry Dosta / NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a report Thursday identifying the risks associated with the shared use of America’s Marine Transportation System by recreational and commercial vessels.   The growth of both commercial and recreational vessel traffic during the last


Commercial Sea Training Resumes for USMMA Cadets

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The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has announced that Sea Year training for USMMA Midshipmen will resume on three commercial carriers beginning in March 2017.   The reinstatement of the program follows the implementation of comprehensive new policies


FCI Debuts Compact, High Output Watermaker

Image: FCI Watermakers

Space is a precious commodity on any vessel, even a large one. Making its debut at the Miami International Boat Show, FCI Watermakers' new Atlas+APC is compact, yet produces 1,400-3,600 gallons of potable water per day and is fully automatic in its operation


Islamist Group Targets Commercial Vessels in Sulu, Celebes

Pic courtesy: Protection Vessels International Ltd

 The Philippines-based Islamist group ASG has conducted tens of attacks against vessels in the Sulu and Celebes seas since March 2016, although since October it has increasingly targeted larger commercial vessels, heightening the risk to global shipping in the region


Austal Wins FRS Ferry Contract

The 56m high speed catamaran to be built by Austal Philippines for FRS Group is an all new Austal design from the Australian based design team responsible for developing a portfolio of 22 similar-sized vessels. Photo Austal

Austal Limited has secured the company’s sixth new commercial vessel order for 2016, with the award of a €15.47 million (circa A$22 million) contract for a high-speed passenger ferry from Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS Group) of Germany.


Emergency Towing Vessel Contracted for Scotland

Photo: Marnavi / MCA

The U.K. Government’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has awarded a five-year contract for a new Scottish Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) to Ardent Maritime Netherlands BV, to begin on December 31, 2016.   The ship is the Ievoli Black, a 70-meter towing vessel of some 2


Great Ships of 2016: M/V Auto Eco

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Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   M/V Auto Eco - World’s First Dual Fuel LNG PCTC


Operation Coal Shovel Icebreaking Underway

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland, works to keep the CSL Laurentien moving during an escort in eastern Lake Erie March 27, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of CSL Laurentien)

The U.S. Coast Guard officially commenced Operation Coal Shovel, Tuesday, encompassing domestic ice-breaking operations in southern Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair / Detroit River system, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway.   


India, Indonesia Firm Up Maritime Co-operation

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo at the Joint Press Statement. Photo: PIB, Govt of India

 Asia’s most populous democracies and emerging powers, have firmed up a blueprint for enhancing maritime cooperation and resolved to jointly combat terror. India and Indonesia enjoy a good maritime partnership.   India has backed Indonesia on the latter’s escalating dispute


Op/Ed: Opportunities for US Shipyards in 2017 and Beyond

Matthew Paxton (Photo: SCA)

SCA’s Matt Paxton weighs in on the state of domestic shipbuilding – workboat building & everything in between.   As President of the Shipbuilders Council of America, the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industrial base


Port of Virginia to Close Ahead of Winter Storm

The U.S. Coast Guard said the Port of Virginia will close Friday at midnight in anticipation of Winter Storm Helena, which is expected to bring snow and wind which will likely create particularly hazardous conditions, including zero visibility onshore and on the water.  


Castor Networks Acquires Watum Solutions

Watum Dome on vessel (Photo: Castor)

Castor Networks has acquired Watum Solutions effective immediately, a prominent supplier of IT networks and satellite communication for the shipping and offshore industry. Watum Solutions is specialized in designing, installing and maintaining IT and VSAT systems on board of commercial vessels


Shippers Avoid New "pirate hotspot" west of Philippines

file Image: Pirates off the coast of Somalia are intercepted and disarmed. (Credit: EUNAVFOR)

Piracy has surged in Sulu, Celebes Seas; waters part of route carrying iron ore to Asia.   A surge in piracy to the west of the Philippines is forcing shipowners to divert vessels through other waters, stoking their costs and extending the time it takes to transport goods such as Australian


Strategic Marine, Abu Dhabi Ship Building Sign MoU

Photo courtesy Strategic Marine

Strategic Marine, one of the world’s leading specialist shipbuilding, fabrication and engineering companies, has teamed up with Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC (ADSB), a renowned provider of construction, repair and refit services for naval, military and commercial vessels






 
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