Boeing Delivers First Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise 737-800


SEATTLE, Oct. 30, 2006 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has delivered the first of 30 Next-Generation 737s ordered by Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE), the leading Asia-based aircraft leasing company. The new airplane, a 737-800, will go into revenue service with Kenya Airways and is the first 737-800 to join Kenya’s fleet, which currently includes four 737-700s

The Carabineros de Chile Orders Four AgustaWestland A109 Power Helicopters

A109-02 (Malaysia)(1)

AgustaWestland has been awarded a contract by the Carabineros de Chile to supply four A109 Power helicopters to perform a wide range of applications including law enforcement, search and rescue and transport duties. The first helicopter will be delivered in the first quarter of 2007.

The A109 Power was selected for its exceptional hot and high performance combined with its multi-role capabilities and attractive operating costs, after an evaluation of other helicopters in the light – twin category

Boeing Delivers Buraq Air’s 1st 737-800


SEATTLE, Oct. 30, 2006 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has delivered the first of three 737-800s ordered by Buraq Air, Libya’s first private airline. The airline was founded by a group of pilots in 2000 and began operations in 2001. Buraq Air’s newest fleet addition arrived at the airline’s home base in Tripoli today after departing Boeing Field on Saturday. Buraq Air’s second 737-800 is scheduled for delivery next month



ROCKVILLE, MD, October 30, 2006 – Today, air traffic controllers around the country are using new technology developed by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] to safely route aircraft more efficiently, saving airlines flight time and fuel. During the deployment of the advanced air traffic control planning technology, the User Request Evaluation Tool (URET), the Federal Aviation Administration has estimated a savings for carriers of 89.5 million nautical miles or $626.5 million in fuel and operational costs

Mr. Igor Ponomarev has died suddenly


Mr. Igor Ponomarev, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to IMO and Chairman of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has died suddenly at the age of 41.

IMO Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos expressed his deep sadness and shock at the news.

“I would like to express my sincerest condolences and those of the entire IMO membership and staff to Mr. Ponomarev’s family,” Mr. Mitropoulos said. “Igor was a great friend and a highly talented young man who had all the necessary background, depth of knowledge, courage and wisdom to take on the challenges and the enormous responsibility of chairing the most senior technical Committee of IMO. We have all been shocked at the devastating news of the unexpected, untimely, unfair and unjust loss of a friend and colleague, whose short life was entirely dedicated to his family and to shipping, of which he was a committed, tireless servant. He will be hugely missed by his family, friends and the whole international shipping community.”

Mr Mitropoulos expresses the shock and loss that all who knew Igor feel. Igor was a charming gentleman and was most helpful in assisting the Alpha Global Expedition to navigate the Russian bureaucracy. The IMO of course is concerned with safety and pollution prevention for commercial shipping but the Russian Federation had previously only granted permission for commercial vessels to navigate the Northern Sea Route and had no established rules to cater for private yachts. Igor was prepared to operate outside his normal brief to help an historic attempt to vertically circumnavigate the globe. He will be sadly missed and our sympathy goes out to his family. Editor



A tack to the south today has put Mike Golding in good spirits as he continues to keep ECOVER going at best speed through difficult squally conditions. He reported today that he has seen winds down to 10 knots but up to 35 knots as the squalls hit.

Mike had lost a few miles to Bernard Stamm whose advantage is still about 500 miles and despite claiming to be looking over his shoulder Kojiro Shiraishi regained 20 miles on Mike, but these losses are as much about relative angles to the course as boat speed or tactical gains and losses. As Mike reported this afternoon:

“I am trucking south at the moment, we have been seeing a bit of compression with me being conservative. I am hoping that as I hit the wind-shift first then I should be able to see me able to extend a little bit on Alex.”

For Sale – “Bastö”


Ice-going car- and passenger ferry:

Large wheelhouse with steering positions on each wing. Port side holds a small office, on SB side is a galley. Main deck has table seating on benches for about 25 passengers. Here is also the passenger WC and baggage compartment. Below deck are two single cabins with TV, desk and a spare berth. Here are also the crew WC with shower and a large storage room that can be converted into extra cabin.
Aft deck measures 10 metres with varying breadth. Loading ramp is about 3.15 x 3.15 metres and is electro-hydraulically operated.Total DWT is 12.5 tons.
The “Bastö” is a very capable ice-going passenger ship with good cargo capacity. She would also make an excellent diving vessel or small supply ship

Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. (the Company) – (NYSE:NAT) NAT Chairman & CEO live on CNBC November 3rd, 2006

NAT vessel

Hamilton, Bermuda, October 31, 2006

In connection with the earnings and dividend release to be announced before the opening of the New York Stock Exchange November 3rd 2006, it is expected that there will be an interview on CNBC with Mr. Herbjorn Hansson, the NAT Chairman & Chief Executive Officer the same morning. The live interview is expected to take place at about 09:30 am US Eastern time

UK yachtsman Ross Hobson weblog – day 2


Position at 0400 GMT 48degrees 6.2minutes North:5degrees 48.4minutes West
48 06.20′ N
5 48.36′ W

Course 225 degrees True
Fleet position: 1st in class

Day 2

Light fickle winds all day. Although you would think light winds are a solo
sailors blessing – they re the worst. You have to be constantly alert ready to take advantage of each breath of wind and change in wind direction. So sleep becomes a premium and when each tack means hauling the 2000sq ft gennaker (headsail) around the forestay by hand, then winching, it, the main and other bits, finally having to ‘pop’ the battens on the main so the sail takes its correct shape = some 10mins of hard work have elapsed



Associated British Ports Holdings PLC (“ABPH”) today announces that Richard Adam, Group Finance Director of the Group has decided to move on from his position with ABPH to pursue other interests with effect from 1 March 2007, having overseen the transition to ownership by Admiral. The process to identify a new Finance Director will now commence