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BIMCO Relaunches Ship Benchmarking System

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 BIMCO relaunches ship benchmarking system Shipping KPI after two years of redesign. The system helps shipowners and managers make strategic decisions about their fleet.   "The Shipping KPI system enables me, as a shipowner, to make rational strategic decisions on how to run my fleet, by benchmarking

USNS Hershel 'Woody' Williams Delivered

(Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

The fourth expeditionary sea base vessel, USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams, was delivered to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) on February 22.   Shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO began constructing the 784-foot-long ship in October 2015, applying lessons learned from ESB 3, USS Lewis B.

Tug Sinks after Collision off Maine

The 80-foot tugboat Capt Mackintire in tow on Wednesday, February 21. The tugboat later sank about three miles south of Kennebunk, Maine. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A tugboat sank after it collided with another vessel about three miles off the coast of Maine.   One of the two crewmen aboard the 40-foot tugboat Helen Louise told U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders that their vessel collided with the 80-foot tugboat Capt Mackintire while they had it in tow about three miles south of Kennebunk,

MSC Launches New Ro-Ro Service to Africa

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Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has launched in Le Havre its first RO-RO service now connecting HAROPA to West Africa twice a month. The new service confirms the assets of HAROPA, the leading French port system constituted by the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, for the reception of Ro-Ro shipping Lines.

Baltic Index Records Best Week in 3 Months

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index hit its highest in more than three weeks and recorded its biggest weekly gain in about three months as demand improved for dry bulk commodities.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, rose 18 points, or 1.

Wärtsilä to Optimize Performance of Four TMS Cardiff Gas Vessels

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Wärtsilä is expanding its cooperation with the Athens based ship management company TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd.   Under the recently signed maintenance agreement, Wärtsilä ensures the maintenance predictability of the operation of four TFDE LNG Carriers in TMS Cardiff Gas’ fleet. Eniram’s data collection

Qatar’s New Patrol Boat Completes Sea Trials

ARES 150 HERCULES (Photo: BMT)

The first of two new 48-meter patrol boats for the Qatar Coastguard has completed sea trials.     BMT has partnered with ARES Shipyard (ARES) to design and build 17 patrol boats from advanced composites in 36 months – 18 months ahead of schedule. The latest in the series – the 48-meter ARES 150 HERCULES

New Quay for Further Stena Line Growth

Photo: The port of Rotterdam

 The renovated Stena Line Terminal at Europoort is officially taken into operation. As well as upgrading the existing berth, the terminal was expanded with a second berth to handle roll-on/roll-off vessels.   The expansion means that Stena Line is prepared for the anticipated further increase in freight

Navios Updates Fleet Status

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 Navios Maritime Holdings controls a fleet of 72 vessels totaling 7.3 million dwt, of which 39 are owned and 33 are chartered-in under long-term charters.   The fleet consists of 21 Capesize, 31 Panamax, 18 Ultra Handymax and two Handysize vessels, with an average age of 7.7 years, basis fully delivered fleet.

Exmar Barge-Based FSRU on Way to Singapore

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 Exmar said its FSRU (Floating Storage and Regasification Unit) barge delivered end of 2017 has left the Wison Offshore Marine shipyard on Wednesday left the Wison Offshore Marine shipyard in China and set course towards Singapore.   The unit, which has a re-gasification capacity of up to 600MMSCFD and a storage capacity of 26,

European Commission Fines Four Car Carriers $486.5mln

Photo: CSAV GROUP

 The European Commission (EC) said Wednesday that it had fined four maritime car carriers 395 million euros (U.S. $486.5 million).      Four shipping companies – CSAV, K Line, NYK and WWL-Eukor – have been fined by the EC for collusion in operating a cartel on the car carrier trades, in breach of EU antitrust rules.

Baltic Index Hits Three-week High

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index climbed 2.6 percent on Wednesday to mark a three-week high, boosted by an increase in activity across vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, rose 29 points, or 2.6 percent,

Rolls-Royce to Equip UK Navy's Type 26 Warships

The Rolls-Royce Mission Bay Handling System (Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce Canada said it has won a contract with BAE Systems for its mission bay handling technology for the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship. The contract covers the first three ships, the first of which is currently under construction at the BAE Systems Glasgow shipyard, Scotland.

First of Three New ATBs Delivered for Vane Brothers

Photo: Vane Brothers

The Vane Brothers Company continues to expand its fleet with new vessel construction. This February, the marine transportation company took delivery of the first of three new ATB tugs from the Conrad Orange Shipyard in Orange, Texas. The first boat is the Assateague, and the other two boats will be the Chincoteague and Wachapreague.

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