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I admit I have been on both sides of cabotage; I have temporarily imported ships to carry cargoes (though only for short periods), imported ships that created new employment opportunities and conversely swore profusely when the government allowed charterers to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at A Nautical Miscellany
World’s 1st Icebreaking LNG Carrier Joins Sovcomflot Pause for a moment and imagine the decision to build 15 of the world's most expensive ships, purpose built to export a commodity that's only fallen in value. You make that decision... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at A Nautical Miscellany I’m in violent agreement with Heather Exner-Pirot, the US Arctic and Russia/Canada are completely different in terms of mass, stage of development, even hydrography. I think the US thinks of their Arctic as a forward operating post rather than... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at A Nautical Miscellany
Image Not a bad article on the whole, written by someone more interested in the investment opportunities perceived to flow out of an opening NSR than in the details of that same opening unfortunately. The problem is that the average... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at A Nautical Miscellany
A few times now I've been flattered when someone who is about to set out on their own as a consultant takes me out for coffee, hoping for advice on getting started. Needing a summary of what it's all about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at A Nautical Miscellany
This from a Ship Safety Bulletin 06/2013 I received today from Transport Canada, concerning the implementation of the North American Emission Control Area (NA-ECA): --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Overview of the Amendments Sulphur oxides For vessels inside the NA-ECA and throughout Canadian waters... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2013 at A Nautical Miscellany
Insolvent German shipyard P+S Werften has lost its last merchant vessel order as Royal Arctic Line (RAL)cancelled its five-ship deal. P+S loses last merchant ships The Greenland owner said it had already paid almost DKK 400m ($70.12m) for the ice-class... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2012 at A Nautical Miscellany
Denmark's government is to sell three unwanted icebreakers to the highest bidder. Icebreakers on the way out The veteran ships have not been in continuous use over the last 16 years, but have been well-maintained, the state said. The vessels... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2012 at A Nautical Miscellany
ABB has won a $35m deal to supply the propulsion plant for a new icebreaker vessel on order at the Baltic Shipyard. The vessel has been ordered by Russia’s state shipping company Rosmorport FSUE and is due for delivery in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at A Nautical Miscellany
Palmer bars OAPs Australian tycoon Clive Palmer has unveiled plans for his new Titanic replica cruiseship – but will bar pensioners from its casino. Titanic II: plans unveiled Revealing drawings for the 40,000-gt Titanic II in Brisbane on Tuesday, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2012 at A Nautical Miscellany
Palmer plots Titanic order A replica of the Titanic could be sailing the Atlantic by 2016 if a plan by an Australian billionaire comes to fruition. Clive Palmer has signed an initial agreement with China’s CSC Jinling shipyard to build... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at A Nautical Miscellany
An old coast guard ship could be transformed into the "world's greenest oceanresearch platform" off B.C.'s coast by next spring. "It's going to be essentially a mobile observatory in the Salish Sea that will be studying oceanographic conditions that are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at A Nautical Miscellany
Noble nobbled by Xena Actress Lucy Lawless is living up to her name by leading Greenpeace's occupation of a US drillship in New Zealand. The star of TV's Xena: Warrior Princess boarded the 13,500-gt Noble Discover (built 1966) along with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2012 at A Nautical Miscellany
Costa "blames" the captain “Preliminary indications” are that “significant human error” on the part of the ship’s Master resulted in the capsizing of the Costa Concordia. “The route of the vessel appears to have been too close to the shore,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at A Nautical Miscellany
Maersk Supply Services has turned to Chilean shipyard Asenav with an order for up to six offshore support vessels. AP Moller-Maersk’s offshore shipowning arm will pay $200m for the first two firm vessels and is sitting on options for four... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2011 at A Nautical Miscellany
Two Neste Shipping tankers have made it through the icy North-East passage to Asia. The Finnish owner said the first vessel to try the shorter arctic route from Murmansk in Russia was the 75,000-dwt Stena Poseidon (built 2006), which discharged... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at A Nautical Miscellany
Native group nears LNG deal Developers LNG projects proposed for the Canadian town of Kitimat are nearing a settlement on a native group’s complaint over shipping traffic. A deal would pave help pave the way for National Energy Board approval... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2011 at A Nautical Miscellany
Russia's Murmansk Shipping has chartered an icebreaker to the US to help Antarctic research. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will take the 4,400-gt Vladimir Ignatyuk (built 1983) to its logistics hub at McMurdo Station for the 2011-12 winter season. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at A Nautical Miscellany
A Scorpio Ship Management tanker has turned up the heat on the Northern Sea Route. The STI Heritage passed through the NSR in double-quick time. Its 73,956-dwt STI Heritage (built 2008) has raced through the passage in just eight days... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at A Nautical Miscellany
SCF sets Arctic record Sovcomflot suezmax Vladimir Tikhonov will follow the Arctic sea route from Murmansk to its destination in Southeast Asia. But what makes this voyage unique is that it is the first time a tanker of this size... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2011 at A Nautical Miscellany
Yards get more timeCanada has extended the deadline for four shipyards to submit bids for a massive $35bn newbuilding programme. Irving Shipbuilding, Seaway Marine, Victoria Shipyards and Davie Yards now have until 21 July - an extra two weeks -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at A Nautical Miscellany
A friend of mine described obtaining publicity as about as certain as throwing great gobs of over cooked spaghetti against a greased wall and foolishly hoping a few strands will stick. In our endeavours to get the name of TMS... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at A Nautical Miscellany
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