Navy officers face charges following destroyer collisions; Rolls-Royce may sell off commercial marine business

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Navy officers face charges following destroyer collisions
January 17, 2018 — Commander Bryce Benson, former commander of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), and Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, former commander of USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), are among those facing a mix of charges —including negligent homicide — in relation to the collisions in which the two vessels were involved last year.  The June 17 collision between the Fitzgerald and ACX Crystal resulted in the death of seven sailors. The August 21 collision between the McCain and a chemical tanker resulted in the death of 10 sailors.

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New Time Charter with a Major Oil Company

In the autumn of 2017, we advised you of our time charter activities with oil companies such as Shell, BP, ExxonMobil and other major oil companies in the West and in the Far East.  The ExxonMobil time charter for a suezmax recently expired. However, we have an important contract with them involving lube oil for our suezmax fleet.  From time to time we also have shorter contracts (typically up to 60 days) for ships serving as storage space for major companies.

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Crowley orders 100,000 bbl Alaska Class ATB at Bollinger; Maersk and IBM in blockchain JV

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Crowley orders 100,000 bbl Alaska Class ATB at Bollinger
January 16, 2018 — Crowley Fuels LLC has signed a construction contract with Bollinger Shipyards to build a new Alaska Class 100,000 barrel capacity articulated tug barge (ATB) to transport multiple clean petroleum products in the Alaska market. The Alaska class vessel will be built at Bollinger Marine Fabricators Shipyard, in Amelia, LA, with an expected delivery scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019. The contract with Bollinger includes an option to build a second ATB.

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January AYGP News

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2017/2018 AYGP Skipper & Yacht of the Year
“Hardest sports trophy to win in Asia”

Goto 2017-18 AYGP micrositeChris Mitchell rises to the top of AYGP Rankings
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January 16th 2018: Despite scoring only 6 points at the Royal Langkawi Int Regatta, Chris Mitchell skippering his Naut 40 Lady Bubbly has contested 4 regattas this season and takes over the lead in the AYGP Skipper Rankings, bumping John Newnham down to 2nd place and Ray Roberts to 3rd. Different story in the AYGP Yacht Rankings, Lady Bubbly moves up to 2nd place, but trails Otonomos Mandrake III with an 8 point lead, after contesting 4 events.

 

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QuantiServ introduces robotised laser technology that drastically increases the lifespan of 2-stroke engine pistons

Wärtsilä Services’ Business Line QuantiServ, which offers specialised maintenance and repair services for marine and energy customers that operate equipment by multiple brands, is introducing a new robotised laser cladding technology, revolutionising the reconditioning of large bore pistons in 2-stroke engines.

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RLIR – AsianYachting Race Report 5 & Summary

 

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AY Race Report 5 & Summary

2017/18 AY Grand Prix Event

Class winners overcome the odds…
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
13:01:2018 Langkawi, Malaysia: Although there were a few little ripples on Kua Harbour, PRO Simon James and his race team found 9 knots on the coastal course area to the East of Langkawi and it was full steam ahead to finish the regatta. Two windward/leeward races and it was all over. Then back to the marina to pack up the yachts and the closing dinner and prize presentation party. In some classes the overall result was already decided but they were all out on the water, in an act of sportsmanship to enjoy the final races. With only a couple of points separating the leaders, all eyes were on the IRC 1, Multihull, Club and Ocean Rover classes to see who would come out on top. Although struggling with the wind strength all week, racing was held each day on a variety of courses and everyone is happy with how it has turned out. Goto complete AY Photo Gallery

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Fincantieri to offer FREMM based frigate for Navy’s FFG (X) program; Trump Administration offshore drilling plan meets strong opposition

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Fincantieri to offer FREMM based frigate for Navy’s FFG (X) program
January 12, 2018 — Fincantieri Marine Group plans to compete for the U.S. Navy’s next generation FFG(X) frigate program with a design based on the FREMM frigate, in service with the Italian Navy since 2012. Fincantieri Marine Group is the shipbuilder for the Lockheed Martin led team that builds the Freedom variant LCS, so its choice of the FREMM as a parent craft design for the FFG (X) further underlines the fact that U.S. Navy is now looking for the FFG (X) to be a lot more than an upgunned LCS.

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RLIR – AsianYachting Race Report 4


 

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16th Royal Langkawi Int. Regatta 2018

AY Race Report 4

2017/18 AY Grand Prix Event

The balmy tropics strike again…
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
12:01:2018 Langkawi, Malaysia: Overnight the rain petered out and by morning clear sky and a light North Easterly breeze greeted the sailors at breakfast time. Friday being the day off in Langkawi, the breeze also decided to take a break and the postponement flag went up to hold everyone ashore, while PRO Simon James and his race team scoured both the outside course area and Kua Harbour for any sign of wind. For 4 1/2 hours the radio crackled with direction changes and reports of 1 to 2 knots. Lunch came and went as the bar trade increased, then finally the call went out that 5 to 6 knots from the East had arrived and a course was hastily set in the channel in front of the yacht club. Racing finally got underway with short windward/leeward courses for the IRC classes and passage race for the cruising classes. Half way through the breeze dropped to 4 knots and by the time it finished the call was ‘No more racing today’. Check out the action in the AY Photo Gallery

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