Maritime News

  • TGS, Quantico Join for AI Seismic Inversion
    on September 18, 2019 at 3:52 am

    TGS and Quantico Energy Solutions announced a technology collaboration to leverage their respective offerings in seismic data, AI-based well logs, and artificial intelligence (AI)-based seismic inversion.TGS is a provider of multi-client geoscienc

  • McDermott JV Bags Arctic LNG-2 Deal
    on September 18, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Engineering services firm McDermott International announced that its joint venture Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan Offshore Engineering Co. Ltd (QMW) in Qingdao, China, has been awarded a contract to provide three complex modules for the Arctic LNG

  • Vestas Gets 34-MW Turbine Order from Norway
    on September 18, 2019 at 3:48 am

    The sustainable energy solutions provider Vestas Wind Systems A/S has received a 34 MW order for the Haramsfjellet wind project on the island of Haramsøya in western Norway.The Danish manufacturer has developed a solution to fit the site’s wind

  • ARC to Christen 3 Vessels on Friday
    on September 18, 2019 at 3:47 am

    American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) will christen the ARC Resolve, ARC Integrity and the ARC Independence, welcoming three of the most versatile and militarily-useful ships to the U.S.-flag commercial fleet, on Friday in the Port of Baltimore.ARC’s thr

  • Brittany Ferries in Brexit ‘Dry Runs’
    on September 18, 2019 at 3:46 am

    French shipping company has embarked on a series of ‘dry runs’ – mock voyages – between the UK and France to ensure it is ready for any “no-deal” Brexit mayhem.The Cross-Channel ferry operator has already staged one rehearsal, with lorries travelling

  • Stop this “tanker” nonsense, please
    on September 16, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Iran seized yet another vessel, suspected by Iran in “oil contraband”:Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has seized a ship carrying some 250,000 liters of smuggled diesel fuel in the Persian Gulf, detaining all crew members on board. Brigadier General Ali Ozmaei, an IRGC commander, said on Monday that the vessel, manned by 11 crew members, was detained near the Strait of Hormuz when it was smuggling the fuel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Iran Judging from video, it is not a tanker, it is not even an old offshore supply ship like the one Iran seized early September, mv AL BURAQ 1: It’s a wooden dhow, local universal type of boats, widely used in cargo transportation, in fishing, etc. This boat of course, isn’t registered in any intl database. 250000 liters of oil are equal to some 200-250 tons of whatever liquid there was in dhow, not 250,000 barrels or tons, but 200-250 tons only. Iran media always measure seized oil in liters – not because Iran can’t convert liters into tons or barrels, but because the resulting quantity looks very impressive, when it’s in liters. But media went absolutely crazy, frantically writing about seized “tanker”, “amid growing tension”, and posting photos of supertankers. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating:

  • ​ Ukrainian crew sentenced to 5-8 years in jail and crazy fine
    on September 12, 2019 at 4:28 am

    The court of Lille, France, sentenced 9 Ukrainian sailors to 5-8 years in jail, for drug trafficking. General cargo vessel CARIB PALM was intercepted by French forces on Dec 10 2015 off Boulogne-sur-Mer, and taken to Boulogne-sur-Mer for search. The ship was en route from Dominican Republic to Poland, allegedly for repairs, via Cartagena Colombia. French Coast Guard found ballasting freighter suspicious, and ordered CARIB PALM to sail to Boulogne-sur-Mer. Dogs search didn’t detect anything suspicious, but continuing search found hiding place with 2.3 ton of 75%-pure cocaine in it. Back then, it was a record drug bust for French law enforcement. Sailors said they were ordered by Captain to load cocaine, when the ship stopped off the of Venezuela coast on Nov 16. They were recruited by a fictitious crewing agency, registered in Marshall Islands and bearing a fake name. Sailors were also sentenced to pay surrealistic fine of 75 mil euro. Who’s going to pay it, and how? Convicts are sailors, not CEOs. They’d hardly fall in for drug trafficking, be they rich enough to collect 75 mil euro among them. Ruined lives and careers aren’t enough, French justice wants to destroy their families also? The ship remained at French port, until finally, she was dry-docked in Brest, this year, for dismantling. Dec 12 2015: General cargo vessel CARIB PALM arrested with 2.4 tons of cocaine on board General cargo vessel CARIB PALM was intercepted by French forces on Dec 10 off Boulogne-sur-Mer, and taken to Boulogne-sur-Mer for search. Search found 2.4 tons of cocaine on board. Vessel was en route from Colombia to Poland, loaded according to French news, with “raw materials”. It is understood,, that it was an operation, and French law enforcement agencies knew about cocaine shipment. No news on crew. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating:

  • Drug bust on US bulk carrier UBC TOKYO in Altamira Mexico
    on September 8, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Mexican Navy and Customs officials on Sep 7 released a statement on cocaine bust on board of bulk carrier UBC TOKYO at Altamira port, Mexico, Gulf of Mexico. Two bags or packages were found in a cargo hold loaded with iron ore. The ship arrived at Altamira on Sep 5, from Barranquilla, Colombia. On Jul 28 225 kilo of cocaine were found on sister ship UBC SAVANNAH, under similar circumstances, also in cargo hold loaded with ore. The story isn’t as clear as it seems: Either drug smugglers are testing a new delivery scheme, or Mexican law enforcement agencies are boosting their success rating. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating:

  • Iran seized Tanzania-flagged tug operated by UAE company VIDEO
    on September 8, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Unidentified ship was seized in Strait of Hormuz by Iran Coast Guard for allegedly, fuel smuggling, Iran news agencies reported on Sep 7:Iran Press/Iran news: A vessel, carrying nearly 283,900 liters of diesel was sized in the east of Strait of Hormuz during this operation, the Maritime Commander of Hormozgan province Hossein Dahaki said on Sep 7. 12 crew members from the Philippines detained, Dahaki added according to Iran Press. Iran media published video of arrested ship, and there’s little doubt, that it’s Tanzania-flagged offshore supply tug AL BURAQ 1, operated by company based in UAE, with some 280 tons of allegedly, smuggled fuel. The ship obviously, was engaged in supply activities, supplying the ships anchored off UAE coast in Gulf of Oman, and didn’t call Iranian ports, according to available AIS data. On Sep 2, nevertheless, the ship suddenly appeared at Bandar Abbas, on Sep 4 tug was taken to Qeshm port, near Bandar Abbas. The ship lost its’ portside anchor somewhere, she’s anchored and chained to shore, for good measure. Ship’s AIS history tracks didn’t cross Iranian sea border in the Strait, so assumedly tug was intercepted in Oman waters. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating:

  • Two crew stabbed to death in mess hall of Aframax tanker
    on September 7, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Two stabbed to death Filipino crew were found in a mess hall of Italian Aframax tanker RBD GINO FERRETTI on Sep 5, crime was reported to Oranjestad authorities, St.Eustatius Island, Caribbean, and to Italian authorities. Tanker was en route from Brazil to Oranjestad, arriving at port of destination on Sep 5. Suspect was arrested and taken into the custody of local police, said local newspaper The Daily Herald. Alleged murderer is also of Filipino nationality. IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this tanker as having a ‘green’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 28% (21-JUN-19), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon. Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator.