BOOK REVIEW: Marine Surveying and Consultancy – An Introduction

Author: Mike Wall

Without doubt, the author is the world’s best known marine surveyor. Apart from having worked all over the world, he has written and spoken extensively about his favourite subject. He has written five previous books on marine surveying. This is the first of a planned series of three books that he is self-publishing from his “lair” near Bangkok.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Crowley launches LNG-powered Con-Ro at VT Halter Marine

Crowley and VT Halter Marine launched Crowley’s new Commitment-class ship El Coquí, one of the world’s first combination container/Roll on-Roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas in Pascagoula. El Coquí, named after a "beloved" frog native to the island, will now proceed through the final topside construction and testing phase before beginning service in the US Jones Act trade during the second half of 2017.

Ice-breaking LNG carrier ready to serve Yamal LNG project

Christophe de Margerie, the world’s first ice-breaking LNG tanker, has successfully berthed at the gas terminal at Sabetta Port in Russia, becoming the first vessel to do so. The vessel was designed and built to order by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering for the SCF Group (PAO Sovcomflot), specifically to serve Russia’s Yamal LNG project, and transport LNG all year round in the difficult ice conditions of the Ob Bay and Kara Sea.

Fincantieri launches latest cruise ship for Chinese market

Majestic Princess, the third Royal Princess-class unit built by Fincantieri for the shipowner Princess Cruises, a brand of the Carnival Group was delivered at the Monfalcone shipyard in the presence of the Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni.

  • Published in Cruise

FEATURE: Piracy resurgent off Somalia?

Following more than four years with no reported piratical attacks off the  Somalian coast , the hijacking of the Comoros-registered, UAE-owned bunkering tanker Aris 13  on March 13, sent shock waves through the shipping community.

The 1,200-tonne ship, with a crew of eight Sri Lankans, was on passage from Djibouti to Mogadishu when it was seized as it approached the Socotra Gap, which lies between Socotra Island and Somalia. The hijacking was carried out by a group of about 30 armed pirates in at least two fast boats. The pirates are reportedly connected with the powerful Marten/Siwaaqroon sub-clan, and are led by Jacfar Saciid Cabdulaahi, reputedly a notorious pirate.

  • Published in Piracy

Norway's Stad ship tunnel to proceed

The Stad Ship Tunnel, which has yesterday received approval to proceed from the Norwegian Government, will be a 1.7-kilometre-long, 37-metre-high and 26.5-metre-wide tunnel under mountainous terrain between fjords, which will be able to allow ships the size of Hurtigruten cruise ships to navigate more safely through the very exposed Stadhavet Sea. Work on the 2.7 billion krone (US$320 million) project will begin next year, and is due for completion in 2029. 

OPINION: Is CITES failing humanity?

Two meetings of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will always be memorable to me because of the lessons they taught every delegate and participant – and, like CoP 17, they both took place in Southern Africa.

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