Innovative Coastal Trader

An advance in hydrodynamic design has been endorsed by Norwegian energy group Statoil, as the prospective charterer of an innovative newbuild intended for coastwise distribution of oil products. The 4,200-dwt vessel contracted by Bergen Tankers


Union Noval de Levante Launches Advanced-Technology Asphalt Carrier

The shipyard Union Naval de Levante launched the Mar Almudena at its factory in Valencia, Spain. This ship is an advanced-technology asphalt carrier, built on order by WW Marpetrol to be operated by CEPSA, one of Spain's privatelyowned oil companies.

Bethlehem Begins Construction On 265,000-Dwt Tanker —Largest Vessel Built In The United States

Construction of the largest ship ever built in the United States started on January 23 as Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point Shipyard laid the first keel plate for a 265,000-dwt supertanker. The vessel, the first of five under contract at the yard,

"The Floating Volvo" HHI Builds Twin Engine V-Max VLCC

Vision, a unique VLCC built by Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) in that it features twin-engines and twin-propellers, was recently christened at the Ulsan Shipyard. Concordia Maritime AB's new ultra-large 315,000-dwt VLCC was christened by Mrs.

Declaration of Security

Like most other tasks involving two or more parties, maritime security becomes less difficult if each party understands what the others are going to be doing. The method for achieving this understanding in the marine sector, under both the International

Continuous Synopsis Record

One of the numerous provisions in the December 2002 amendments to the International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS Convention) requires ships subject to the Convention to maintain a continuous synopsis record as of July 1, 2004. All is not going smoothly though.

Shipping Executives To Review Maritime Policy At Oakland Conference

Shipping industry leaders will gather at the rim of the Pacific Basin late this month to outline their views on the shape of a progressive national maritime policy at the 3rd Annual Port of Oakland International Transportation Conference Oct. 25 and 26.

1969 Tonnage Convent HI Now Fully Operative

The International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969, became fully operative on July 28, 12 years after it entered into force. The Tonnage Convention was adopted at a conference held under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

BV Backs Double-Hull Bulker Designs

Bureau Veritas has given preliminary approval to three designs for double-hull bulk carriers that are expected to meet future revisions to IACS and IMO regulations. The designs, two for Capesizes and one for a Panamax bulk carrier, will all withstand

Lykes Elects Blust, C l a rk Assistant V i c e Presidents

The board of directors of Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., Inc., has announced the election of Steven R. Blust as assistant vice president- Liner Services, Mediterranean division, and Roger L. Clark as vice president-Washington division. Mr. Blust,

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