• 2017 July 16 13:26

    Grand Bahama Shipyard appoints UK representatives

    Grand Bahama Shipyard and L&R Midland (UK) Ltd have signed an exclusive agency agreement covering the U.K. markets effective June 1, 2017, the shipbuilding company said in a press release.

    Caribbean shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has engaged L&R Midland (UK) as its representative in the U.K. in what is expected to be an increasingly busy period due to approaching new International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations that will require ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) and exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) retrofits.

    The yard’s facilities include three floating dry docks capable of docking vessels up to 82,500 metric tons and over 300 meters in length, significant berth and quayside facilities, including thruster pits, crane capacity up to 300t, extensive capability for hull, machinery, electrical and carpentry work, including many on-site specialist subcontractors such as ABB, Rolls Royce and Wärtsilä.

    Located 93 nautical miles east of Miami in close vicinity to the Gulf of Mexico, Panama Canal and situated along major shipping lanes, GBS typically sees fine weather conditions making it a location for year-round docking, repair, upgrade and conversion of cruise, commercial and offshore vessels.

    GBS reported a total of 23 cruise vessels scheduled for dry dock in 2017, and during the first half of 2017 has completed work on 17 of those vessels. Generally, the scope of works included propulsion and technical systems overhauls, hull treatment, accommodations and public spaces upgrades and the addition of onboard attraction facilities.

    Carnival Cruise Lines dry docked five vessels to close its 2016-2017 dry dock season: Ecstasy, Dream, Sensation, Glory and Breeze. Similar on each dry dock project were full hull blasting and application of silicone coatings; major technical projects including major steel replacement in underwater areas and pipe replacements on multiple systems throughout the vessels. GBS supported the overhaul of thrusters and stabilizers, as well as, fabrication and installation of sea chests that were fitted into hulls to support the requirements of newly installed scrubber systems. Other major technical projects were the positioning of additional diesel generator modules (ADG) on four vessels and the installation of cyclo-convertor, the latter being a major co-op project with GBS/ABB/Carnival. On the hotel side, GBS supported the Carnival Hotel Refurbishment Team with interior structural modification works on several vessels and the construction and installation of the “Water Works” attraction.

    Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Grandeur of the Sea received a scrubber system, enhancements to aluminum and steel structures of the upper deck, and complete hull blasting and application of silicone coating. A project of note undertaken by the yard was the erection and maintenance of a 1,500 m3 complex scaffolding structure to support interior renovations.

    Princess Cruise Lines returned with two vessels, the Caribbean Princess and the Pacific Princess. Both replaced approximately 11 tons of steel in structural projects on the hull and upper decks. Other projects included the application of the intricate Princess livery on the bow of each vessel by a team from the GBS Hull Treatment Department.

    Celebrity Summit visited in April for an Rolls Royce pod overhaul. The yard team are so versed in this work that the vessel was ready to return to operations within seven days of going dry.

    Norwegian Cruise Lines dry docked five ships within the first half of 2017. NCL’s Sky dry docked for works that included UTM on pool structures, replacement of galley equipment. GBS supported Rolls Royce on the overhaul of CPP and thrusters, and GBS further assisted by constructing and maintaining complex scaffolding in support of interior renovation projects. The Pearl and Jade work programs included full blast and application of silicone coatings, the installation of new ballast water treatment system pipe lines; the overhaul of thrusters, stabilizers and ABB Azipods.

    Disney Cruise Lines docked Fantasy for its first class related dry docking. Works included an extensive hull treatment and anode replacement program, the erection and maintenance of a 10,000 m3 of complex scaffold stage to support major water park and slide refurbishments. Oceania’s Insignia and Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner both visited for a quick refit.




2018 February 16

18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from the Indian Subcontinent to North Europe and the Mediterranean
17:54 Future Outlook Forum will take place on 20 March as part of Intermodal Asia 2018
17:36 Global Container Terminals orders 10 more Konecranes RTGs for its terminals in British Columbia
17:09 University of Kent partnership helps the Port of Dover cut queues and boost efficiency
17:06 Port of Oakland reports 2.1 percent increase in export volume in January 2017
16:58 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 9.2% to 1.81 million TEUs in January 2018
16:35 Royal Vopak expands Vopak tank terminal (JTT) in the Port of Jakarta - Indonesia
16:05 DP World signs agreement with government of Jammu and Kashmir at World Government Summit
15:53 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 11,600 t of fish in January 2018, up 26.1% Y-o-Y (photo)
15:26 Cargo traffic through NSR in 2017 grew by 36% Y-o-Y to 9.9 mln t
15:25 PPR 5 agrees on the outline of IMO draft guidelines for implementation of the 2020 sulphur limit
15:01 NOVATEK to invest USD 1.5 billion in construction of LNG terminal at Kamchatka
14:37 Rosmorport announces tender for maintenance dredging at Volga-Caspian Canal
14:14 22 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 15-16
13:49 TransContainer’s net income in 2017 more than doubled Y-o-Y to RUB 5.42 million
13:25 Nuclear power plant of Vaygach icebreaker breaks Arktika’s record
12:30 Rosmorport appoints Irina Egorova as Chief Accountant of its Vanino Branch (photo)
11:56 BSM and Babcock International Group collaborate on innovative LNG Supply Vessel
11:23 EBRD supports efficient grain logistics in Ukraine
11:00 WFS, Marinvest, IINO, Mitsui, NYK to build four new ocean-going vessels capable of running on methanol
10:28 Research vessel Admiral Vladimirsky leaves Mumbai port, India
10:00 Port of Rotterdam container throughput up 12.3% in 2017
10:00 Brent Crude futures price up 0.51% to $64.66, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.54% to $61.67
09:39 New DNV GL class notations aim to improve stern tube bearing performance
09:34 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,089 points

2018 February 15

18:27 Largest vessel to call at The Port of Philadelphia arrives from the West Coast of South America
18:06 Ampelmann gangway system installed succesfully on the Wagenborg Offshore's Walk to Work vessel
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to China & Far East
16:57 Bunker market in anticipation of upward correction
16:38 Container throughput drives growth in Rotterdam
16:05 Caterpillar Marine announces upgrades to reman models in commercial and yachting applications
15:57 Kont to build 4 cruise terminals in the Leningrad Region
15:24 Number of maritime accidents in North Sea Canal Area down in 2017
15:04 LUKOIL's hydrocarbon production in 2017 up 2.4% Y-o-Y to 2.23 million boe per day
14:39 Peresvet and Oslyabya, ships of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet, sail in training zone in Sea of Japan
14:16 UN Environment visits IMO
13:43 Jan De Nul to install wind turbine generators in Germany
13:12 Seaborne cargo throughput in Hamburg was stable Y-o-Y at 136.5 million tons
12:25 Railway infrastructure management issues of importance to Lithuania discussed with EU Transport Commissioner
12:01 ClassNK releases new PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) software
11:44 Repair of tanker "President Heydar Aliyev" of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company completed
11:17 Fuel oil prices are going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:17 RIKON AS plans to launch manufacturing of mobile cranes in the Port of Riga
10:53 18 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 14-15
10:26 Posidonia 2018 to host international unveil of industry titans JV – International Maritime Industries
10:02 Brent Crude futures price up 0.81% to $64.88, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.14% to $61.28
09:40 Sailors of RF Navy’s Caspian Flotilla start training for Sea Cup 2018
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,095 points

2018 February 14

18:14 Tilbury2 examination process begins
17:51 PortXL selected port related start-ups and scale-ups for 2018
17:25 The Finnish Supreme Court did not grant the leave to appeal on the fairway dues dispute between Finnlines and the Finnish State
17:03 Documentation for maintenance dredging at Kavkaz and Taman ports obtains state environmental approval (photo)
16:44 PTP enforced FAS decision on the appeal of Baltic Sea Tug Agency
16:25 CMA CGM announces PSS from North Europe to Canada East Coast
15:52 Rosmorport target classroom opens at Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping
15:17 Sberbank and Sovcomflot conclude new USD 106 million project financing agreement
14:53 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg spent EUR 9.1 million under its development programme of 2017
14:30 Polarcus awarded 4D project in West Africa
14:01 Keel laying ceremony held at AVIC Dingheng shipyard for Sirius Shipping’s first of two Evolution vessels