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Greece-based Noka Shipping pleaded
guilty and was sentenced late in federal
court in Corpus Christi for deliberately
concealing pollution discharges from a
29,414-tonne cargo ship and for failing to
notify the US Coast Guard of numerous
safety hazards on board the vessel.
The company was sentenced to pay a
US$750,000 criminal fine along with a
US$150,000 community service payment to
the congressionally-established National
Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Noka was
also sentenced to five years probation.
New York's Mayor Michael R
Bloomberg has launched the new East
River Ferry Service, a key component of
the city's comprehensive waterfront plan.
The service will be operated by BillyBey
Ferry Company under the NY Waterway
brand. It is the largest private ferry
operator in the country, and it currently
transports nearly 30,000 riders daily in the
New York harbour.
Fincantieri has won an order from
Carnival Cruise Lines to build a cruise ship
of 141,000GT to serve with P&O Cruises.
Scheduled to enter service in March
2015, the ship will have a maximum
passenger capacity of 3,611 and is set to be
the flagship of P&O Cruises fleet, as well
as being the largest to be built for the
Finland's HT Engineering unveiled its
latest model, the HTECH A25, in June. The
first boat from the company's new,
three-vessel, semi-custom line, the HTECH
A25 was designed for professional use.
The boat is based on an aluminium hull
with soft side profiles made of polyethylene
foam. The hull is designed and optimised
for jet propulsion and the vessel is designed
for roles varying from patrol, search and
rescue missions to assistance and
transportation. All the deck arrangements
and fittings are modular.
The vessel measures in at 7.95 metres in
length, 2.85 metres in beam, and has a
maximum speed of 35 knots.
Kommersant is reporting that the
anticipated French/Russian Mistral-class
deal has gone through, with Russia to
purchase two of the amphibious assault
ships in a deal worth 7 1.2 billion
Negotiations for the deal took almost
The Royal Navy's new Antarctic patrol
vessel was officially named HMS 'Protector'
at a ceremony in Portsmouth last week.
HMS 'Protector' will fulfil HMS
'Endurance's' role as the navy's ice patrol
ship for an interim period, and has been
leased on a three-year contract from
Norwegian company GC Rieber Shipping.
UK: Peel Ports Mersey has outlined its
20-year vision for growth and future
developments, as it set out its proposals in
its draft Mersey Ports Master Plan, involving
the integration of the Port of Liverpool
and the Manchester Ship Canal.
The draft master plan details Peel Ports
Mersey's growth strategy and predicted
volume forecasts up to 2030, which it
believes would see a 70 percent growth in
tonnage handled by Peel Ports Mersey.
Container throughput at Russian
seaports in January to May 2011
increased by 41.9 percent compared with
the same period of 2010, to 1.87 million
TEU, the Association of Commercial
Seaports (ASOP) said.
Containers exports rose 46.6 percent to
0.82 million TEU, imports by 44.7 percent to
0.86 million TEU, and short sea container
traffic by 11.2 percent to 0.17 million TEU.
Total cargo throughput however, fell by
0.6 percent from 2010's figures, to 213
Together with FKAB, TGE Marine,
Cargotec and MAN Diesel and Turbo, DNV
has participated in a joint industry project
to develop Ecore, a very large ore carrier
(VLOC) concept designed to lower fuel
costs and improve loading efficiency.
Based on existing technology, the Ecore
concept represents a step change in VLOC
design. Powered by two-stroke dual fuel
ME-GI engines, this concept features a
more ballast friendly hull shape, a large
centre cargo hold layout and introduces a
highly efficient self-loading system.
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