• 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.




2017 September 21

13:17 Sovcomflot CEO Sergey Frank meets IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim
13:02 Aker Solutions wins Troll FEED contract with EPCI option from Statoil
12:31 RF Navy’s Northern Fleet takes part in combined-arms exercise in the Barents Sea
12:08 Dorian LPG selects ABS to evaluate LPG as fuel and other 2020 compliance options
11:39 Fuel oil prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:08 ZIM marks the 3 millionth container carried through DaChan Bay Terminals
10:47 IMO conducted table-top exercise on maritime security in Lima, Peru
10:29 Brent Crude futures price down 0.23% to $56.16, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.12% to $50.63
10:08 MAN Diesel & Turbo concludes dual-fuel ‘Wes Amelie’ LNG conversion project
09:50 Port of Gdansk to cooperate with new foreign partners - Ukraine and Qatar
09:32 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,449 points
09:17 NCSP volumes for 8M 2017 totaled 97 million tons
09:08 Royal IHC launches NMDC’s first custom-built TSHD
08:28 Berth rehabilitation continues apace at APM Terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey
08:02 Samsung Heavy Industries showcases in-house glycol LNG regasification system to shipowners
07:57 Wärtsilä tests its automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid powered coastal ferry

2017 September 20

18:04 IMO talks Polar matters in Russia
17:49 Uniper and Pavilion Gas sign LNG deal providing access to their assets in respective home markets
17:32 Seaspan accepts delivery of 11000 TEU SAVER containership
17:22 Songa Bulk ASA announces acquisition of Kamsarmax bulk carrier
17:17 Digital Ship returns to Singapore on 4 October with a focus on investigating maritime’s digital future
16:55 Damen to open service hub in Russian Black Sea port
16:48 Almaz Shipyard hosts flag hoising ceremeny for patrol ship Predanny of Project 22460
16:14 Nevsky Shipyard took part in the International Fishery Forum
15:50 Russia and India to cooperate on development of high-speed maritime transport based on Russian designs (photo)
15:12 NIBULON finished constructing B2000 Project vessels
14:37 Gazprom Neft undertakes the company’s largest ever maritime oil shipment
14:06 RF Transport Minister: waterways of Saint-Petersburg can obtain a status of regional waterways in navigation season of 2018 (photo)
13:23 Port of King's Lynn celebrates new bulk store terminal opening
13:09 Skangas’ Coralius performs first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering
12:51 WMU holds inauguration of the Class of 2018 MSc in Maritime Affairs
12:15 Qatargas and BOTAŞ (Turkey) sign new LNG agreement
11:49 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim considers Russia to be one of the key players at the IMO
11:39 Northwest Seaport Alliance container volumes up 6 percent in August 2017
10:43 GTT announces an evolution of the Mark III Flex technology
10:14 Brent Crude futures price up 0.44% to $55.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.80% to $50.30
09:55 Bunker prices go up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:31 RS describes procedure for obtaining of Polar Ship Certificates (photo)
09:13 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,415 points

2017 September 19

18:06 Samskip expands shortsea services in Scotland
17:48 Arctic Economic Council welcomes three new members
17:25 IMO is attending 34th session of ASEAN to update the Maritime Transport Working Group on its latest activities
17:06 Turkish shipyard Cemre Marin Endüstri A.S orders 4 x MAN 8L21/31 variable speed GenSets
16:39 Marine Engineering Bureau: half of Russia’s towing fleet is renovated, bunkering fleet situation is worse
16:14 MSC announces a new service between South America’s east coast and the Mediterranean
16:04 Port of Southampton completes construction of sixth multi-story car park
15:52 Turkish landing ship Bayraktar arrived in Novorosiysk
15:27 USPA announces tender for procurement of dredging vessel
15:04 GY Marinas and P&O Marinas launch superyacht complex in Sète, France
14:39 Commissioning works commenced at KN‘s LNG reloading station
14:14 Port of Gdansk, Port of Gdynia and Baltic Gateway attended Seatrade Europe in Hamburg
14:03 Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum bridge systems selected for two new mega yachts
13:50 IMO issues Guidelines on maritime cyber risk management
13:28 IMO says search and rescue is an international responsibility
13:01 Ningbo Zhoushan Port volumes up 72% to 254,000 TEUs
12:43 NEVA 2017, 14th International Maritime Exhibition and Conference of Russia, opens in Saint-Petersburg (photo)
12:22 Fuel oil prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:04 Jan De Nul wins IADC Safety Award 2017
11:40 Secretary-General of IMO believes in a great future of Vostochny Port (photo)
11:04 CMA CGM signs strategic partnership with Infosys to accelerate the transformation of its Information System