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NZ Report: Human Error to Blame for Rena Grounding

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New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) published its final report into the grounding of containership Rena in October 2011. The TAIC’s investigation found that the grounding was a result of improper crew practices,

MARAD Publishes US ATB, ITB Database

ATB Dace Reinauer (Photo: Reinauer)

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released what it is calling a first-of-its-kind public database that chronicles U.S.-flagged, privately owned domestic articulated tug-barge (ATB) and integrated tug-barge (ITB) vessels.

New Chinese Shipyard Launches First Ship

Nordic Trym being lifted by gantry crane

The new shipyard facility of Honghua Offshore Oil & Gas Equipment Company in Jiangsu, China, has launched its first ship, an IMT982 Platform Supply Vessel. The vessel, Nordic Trym, is expected to be delivered to its owners,

Shipbuilding

Damen Outfitting First of Nine Bahamas Patrol Boats

Photo: Damen

The first of nine Damen Stan Patrol 3007s ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force has arrived

MSC Oscar is the World’s Largest Containership

MSC Oscar (Photo: MSC)

MSC Oscar, the newest cargo vessel built for Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)

Shipyard Recruitment, Training and Retention Roundtable

Ongoing operations at one of Bollinger’s many shipyards.

The domestic shipyard industry is traditionally a cyclical business that sees wild upswings

Contracts

Statoil Awards Mariner Contract to Schlumberger

Image: Statoil

Statoil has on behalf of the Mariner co-venturers awarded the contract for integrated drilling and

GE Wins$1b Cheniere LNG Train Service Deal

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Construction well underway on the first four LNG trains at Cheniere Partners’ Sabine Pass LNG

Wärtsilä to Begin Building LNG Terminal in January

Tornio Manga LNG terminal (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä has been given full notice to proceed (NTP) from Manga LNG Oy for the supply of a

Technology

Maven Invests $6.65m in MBO of Fathom Systems

Fathom’s Gareth Kerr (left) and Jock Gardiner, from private-equity house Maven, are looking forward to taking the subsea technology firm to the next level.

Maven Capital Partners (Maven) has led the management buy-out of subsea technology firm

Ennsub Delivers ROV Deployment Systems

The Launch and Recovery system.

Ennsub has completed the design and manufacture of two workclass remotely operated vehicle (WROV)

Wärtsilä to Proceed with first LNG Terminal

Wärtsilä has been given full notice to proceed (NTP) from Manga LNG Oy for the supply of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Tornio, Northern Finland.

Legal

US Plans to Shut Royalty Loophole on Coal Exports

U.S. coal companies will no longer be able to settle royalties at low domestic prices when they make lucrative sales to Asia according to reforms proposed by the Interior

Denmark Issues New Pilotage Regulations

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

In an effort to make the pilotage market more efficient, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA)

Brazilian Lawmakers Urge Indictments in Petrobras Scandal

A congressional committee investigating a mushrooming corruption scandal at Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA recommended on Thursday that prosecutors bring

People & Company News

Madsen to Chair Norway’s Research Council Executive Board

Henrik O. Madsen (Photo: DNV GL)

Henrik O. Madsen appointed chairman of the executive board of the Research Council of Norway   DNV

Port of Houston Expecting Record Year

John Moseley, Sr. Director, PHA Trade Development; Ellen Goldberg, Indian Film Festival of Houston (IFFH) Board Member and Immediate Past President, Sister Cities of Houston; Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria; Sutapa Ghosh, Founder and Festival Director, IFFH; Atul Badwal, IFFH Board Member; and Port Commissioner John Kennedy

The Port of Houston Authority is expecting 2014 to close as a banner year for the port

Hapag-Lloyd Completes CSAV Merger Capital Increase

Antwerpen Express (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd completed the planned capital increase of EUR 370 million (approximately $452.