GE Completes Upgrade Service to One of the World’s Most Famous Ocean Liners, Queen Mary 2


In Just 18 Days, GE’s Marine Solutions Completed the Upgrade Service to the Queen Mary 2, the Most Extensive Dry Dock the Liner Ever Received
The Upgrade Service Supplied by GE Will Enable up to 20 Additional Operational Years for the Vessel
Use of Real-Time Simulator Allows GE to Test and Validate the Technology before Commissioning, Shortening the Service Time During the Dry Dock

HAMBURG, GERMANY—October 27, 2016—GE’s Marine Solutions (NYSE: GE) recently provided an extensive upgrade service to one of the world’s most famous ocean liners, the Queen Mary 2 (QM2). The upgrade service with new technology supplied by GE was completed in just 18 days.

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Increasing the fleet to 33 vessels. Agreements entered into with Samsung Heavy Industries for the building of three Suezmax tankers.


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Hamilton, Bermuda, October 27, 2016

Nordic American Tankers Limited (“NAT” or the “Company”) announced today that it has entered into agreements with Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., a leading Korean shipyard, for the construction of three Suezmax tankers of about 157,000 deadweight tons each to be delivered to NAT during the second half of 2018. The commercial parameters are based on standard terms for the industry.

“This is another large step forward for Nordic American,” said Herbjørn Hansson, the Chairman & CEO of the Company. “By adding these ships, we substantially increase the dividend capacity and bolster our earnings potential. We believe that our solid balance sheet as well as our well-defined and transparent operating model are elements supporting the competitive position of NAT. The stock issue of about $120m that we completed September 30, will part finance this transaction. A 33 vessel homogenous Suezmax fleet is making NAT stronger and the Company becomes even more attractive for our customers.”

President Obama nominates Hayman for USMMA post; Chouest gets $9.4 million MSC award

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President Obama nominates Hayman for USMMA post
October 26, 2016 — President Obama has nominated Foss Maritime VP of HSQE & External Affairs Susan Hayman to the United States Merchant Marine Academy’s (USMMA) Board of Visitors. The Board of Visitors provides oversight, advice and recommendations on matters relating to the USMMA.

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2016 Melges 24 World Championship in Miami: Countdown has started – 30 days to go!


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October 26th, 2016 – Miami, FL, U.S. – Time to get back in the water has almost come for the International Melges 24 Fleet. The teams that are preparing to compete for the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship, taking place in Miami, Florida from November 26th to December 3rd, have just 30 days left to make sure their boats and crews are in perfect shape for the start of the event. This World Championship is anticipated to be the most crowded event of the international one-design sailing scene this year.

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10th China Cup – AY Pre-Regatta Report

10th China Cup International Regatta 2016

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AY Pre-Regatta Report

10th China Cup to celebrate in fine style…
By AY MultiMedia
25th October: By far the largest big boat regatta held in China each year, the organisers have once again attracted a large international cast of racing teams and garnered significant global sailing influence, in the process. The entry list, has over 130 yachts, from 38 different countries, covering all the continents. Racing Teams from East and South East Asian nations, including Japan, are joined by specialised teams from the UK, Canada, Sweden, France, New Zealand, Australia, USA and Russia. The diverse range of yachts for charter, has attracted several dealer racing teams from all over the world, to come together, for some highly charged one-design racing, in an exotic Asian location.

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A conversion booked, Ulstein eyes cruise newbuilds; Rolls-Royce to equip new Chouest mooring/escort tugs

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A conversion booked, Ulstein eyes cruise newbuilds
October 24, 2016 — Norway’s Ulstein Verft has signed a contract for conversion work on an exploration cruise vessel — and is making a push to secure orders for newbuilding cruise ships of its own design. The vessel to be converted is owned by Adventurers Partner Ltd.

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Chouest to build 13 Damen tugs for new mooring/escort contracts; Danish study will set framework for autonomous ship R&D


Chouest to build 13 Damen tugs for new mooring/escort contracts
October 21, 2016 — Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), Galliano, LA, is teaming with Damen Shipyards to build a total of 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs. They will be deployed on two major projects for which ECO has recently won contracts, based in part on the use of well-proven Damen tug designs.

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