World's First LNG-Powered Containership Launched





 By Wendy Laursen 2015-04-19 17:22:02

On Saturday, April 18 General Dynamics NASSCO launched the Isla Bella, the world's first LNG-powered containership from its San Diego-based shipyard.

The 3,100TEU containership, part of a two-ship contract, was built for TOTE, a leading logistics and transportation company. When delivered, the ships will be the cleanest of their kind and size anywhere in the world, says NASSCO. It was also NASSCO's 100th launch.

The vessels will operate on LNG, which will significantly decrease emissions while increasing fuel efficiency as compared to conventionally-powered ships. The LNG-powered ships will also include a ballast water treatment system.

Upon delivery in late-2015, the Jones Act-qualified ships will operate between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Rolls-Royce Thrusters to Propel Five Norwegian Ferries





Rolls-Royce has signed a GBP 5.5 million contract with Bastø-Fosen and Fjord 1 in Norway for azimuth propulsion systems for five new double ended ferries.

All five ferries are designed by Multi Maritime and will be constructed in Turkey at the yards Sefine, Cemre and ADA. The ferries are scheduled to enter into service along the coast of Norway in the summer of 2016.

These types of double ended ferries are designed to commute back and forth between ferry quays along the Norwegian coastline.

Three of the ferries are to be delivered to the company Bastø-Fosen and will be 142 metres long, with capacity for 200 cars, 600 passengers and between 24 and 30 trucks. The two remaining ferries are

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HMM Selling Its Bulk Shipping Business





South Korean Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is reported to be in talks with Taiwanese securities house Yuanta on the sale of the shipping company’s bulk shipping division.

The contract is estimated to be worth up to 350 billion Korean won (USD 315 million), according to the Seoul Economic Daily.

HMM has a fleet of 13 bulkers and expects to take delivery of eight more units until 2017.

The decision comes as South Korean shipping company endeavors to cut losses by selling assets to raise capital.

These included selling a shipping terminal in Busan, liquidation of its container terminals in the U.S. and LNG transport business in February last year among others.

World Maritime News Staff




El buque "Azara I", de la fundación de Historia natural Felix e Azara en Argentina, realizará su primera campaña científica este verano



Martes, 07 de Abril 2015 05:09



La Fundación de Historia Natural Félix de Azara en Argentin ha informado a la DPH sobre la existencia de este nuevo buque oceanográfico que con el nombre de 'Azara I' realizará campañas con fines científicos.


Además, desde la Fundación Azara están realizando ya trabajos técnicos y artísticos para dotar de contenido el Centro de Ciencias, un nuevo edificio que ha comenzado a construirse porque la Fundación carecía de espacio.


Adrián Giacchino es biólogo e investigador y actualmente dirige la Fundación de Historia Natural Félix de Azara en Argentina. Debido a las relaciones que la Diputación Provincial de Huesca ha establecido desde hace ya bastante tiempo con dicha institución latinoamericana, recientemente su director informaba a esta casa

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