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Coastal Marine Equipment on LCS

Coastal Marine Equipment is continuing its success in supplying marine deck equipment for government and military projects with the latest being equipment for Austal USA’s Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) program. This is in conjunction with Austals’ Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) program and Bollinger Shipyard’s Fast Response Cutters (FRC) program which are propelling Coastal Marine to be the leading deck equipment manufacturer for our military. In addition with these multi vessel contracts, Coastal Marine is supplying equipment for the NOAA Fisheries Survey Vessel (FSV) and Alaska Region Research Vessel (ARRV) being constructed at Marinette Marine, T-AGS 66 Oceanographic Survey Ship and TAGM-25 Missile Range Instrumentation Ship being constructed by VT Halter Marine. The equipment is engineered, manufactured and tested at Coastal Marine’s facility located on eleven acres in Gulfport, MS. They currently manufacture a complete line of marine deck equipment including anchor windlasses, capstans, towing winches, mooring winches, anchor winches, reels, spud winches, stern rollers, tow pins and rescue boat davits. www.coastalmarineequipment.com


Aker Marine And Vryhof Sign Letter Of Intent

Aker Marine Contractors, (AMC) a subsidiary of Aker Maritime, and Vryhof Anchors have penned a Letter of Intent to extend their cooperation agreement through their U.S.-based joint venture company - TACP/Aker LLC. According to this new agreement, AMC will sell to Vryhof the substantial assets and rights of Sea Talon Anchors, which was attained by AMC in 1988. Within their core business, Vryhof will continue to focus on the design and manufacturing of high holding power drag embedment anchors


Rolls-Royce Marine Business Fast Growth in China

According to Rolls-Royce chief executive John Rose, Rolls-Royce has been increasing its marine business in China by more than 20 percent. Annually over recent years. The Rolls-Royce office in Shanghai is responsible for the company’s marine activity in China, including gas turbines, diesel engines, propellers, water jets, rudders steering gear and deck machinery. Recently, China Offshore Oil Corporation ordered seven supply vessels for which Rolls-Royce is supplying a range of marine


Coast Guard Investigates Anchor Losses

The US Coast Guard said that it, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and the Alaska Tanker Company are jointly investigating two recent incidents in which the anchors on tankers were lost in heavy weather while the ships were proceeding from Valdez to Long Beach. Inspection of the remaining anchor in each ship revealed a material defect. The ships have been taken out of service until the anchors are replaced.


New Anchors Outfitted on Alaskan Tankers

Tank ships operated by the Alaska Tanker Company (ATC), ALASKAN NAVIGATOR and the ALASKAN FRONTIER were outfitted with new anchors and are back in service. Two other tank ships, the ALASKAN LEGAND and ALASKAN EXPLORER each had a new temporary anchor installed and are operating under restrictions outlined by the Coast Guard. The decision to replace all the anchors on these vessels were made by ATC after it was discovered the original anchors were showing signs of metal failure


Manson Introduces New Boss Anchor

Manson Anchors Boss Anchor

20-25% more holding power than Manson Supreme anchor in most seabeds. Manson Anchors has introduced the Boss Anchor – the New Zealand-based company’s most technically-advanced, safest anchor ever. “An anchor is first and foremost a safety item. When a customer puts their family’s life and their boats value in your hands, you treat that trust with the utmost responsibility. There are no shortcuts or cheaper alternatives when lives are at risk


Bourbon Dolphin Inquiry Underway

According to Rigzone, an inquiry into the cause of the Norwegian anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) Bourbon Dolphin capsizing started Wednesday. The vessel capsized on April 12 during an anchor handling operation with the Highland Valour. Anchor handling is known to be hazardous to the deck crew, but capsizing is rare. According to reports, the Bourbon Dolphin had recovered an anchor from the seafloor and was about to drop it to a new location when it overturned


Offshore

What About Cuba? Political allegiance notwithstanding, continuing unrest and war in the energy critical Middle East continues to wreak havoc with world oil prices, with consumers around the world struggling to keep up with fast escalating gasoline prices. While (at press time) the benchmark prices for a barrel of crude have settled just under $40, the situation has spurred new exploration and production ventures, one such speculation in the Gulf of Mexico off of Cuba.


MHI Licenses Steering Gear and Deck Machinery to Jiangsu Masada

MHI deck machinery (Photo: MHI).

Tokyo - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) has signed an agreement with Jiangsu Masada Heavy Industries Co Ltd., in Jiangsu Province, China, under which MHI is to license production and marketing of steering gears and deck machinery, based on company technology to Jiangsu Masada. Previously, in 2008, MHI licensed deck crane technology to Jiangsu Masada - then known as Nantong Masada Ship Machinery Co. Ltd. With the latest licensing agreement


Rolls-Royce Wins STX OSV Contract

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £15 million contract by STX OSV to supply an extensive deck equipment package for an advanced anchor handling vessel to be operated by Iceman AS. The package, which is designed to improve operational safety, will include a new anchor handling frame (AHF) and a hydraulic anchor winch, which is capable of pulling 500 tonnes. It will also feature anchor handling cranes and systems to ensure controlled management of wires and chains when pulling heavy loads


Offshore Safety Training from Seagull

Image: Seagull Maritime

 Saegull Maritime has announced the launch of two new computer-based training (CBT) modules, focusing on deck safety for specific types of offshore vessels that will be as useful for seasoned crew as well as newcomers.   The video training program covers deck safety for supply vessels


This Week's Top Stories

     Concept art for the Shearer Group and Conrad Shipyards LNG powered towboat

  The top stories this week covered everything from a DP system failure, a facelift for a WWII torpedo boat, and some mysterious tankers off the coast of Philadelphia.   The tanker Olympic Flag was carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude when it dropped anchor seven miles off the


Container Ship Runs Aground at Fremantle Port

Maersk Garonne (Image by Maersk Line)

 A ship that ran aground at Fremantle Port early Saturday has been refloated. The 62,000-tonne Denmark-registered container ship Maersk Garonne became stuck in soft sand about 500m off South Mole.   Jeanette Murray from Fremantle Ports said: “the Maersk Garonne was pulled free by


Repair Yard Chosen for Lysblink Seaways

Photo: MCA

Cargo ship Lysblink Seaways will be towed to Inchgreen, Greenock for repair work after grounding last month on Scotland’s west coast.   The vessel, which ran aground February 18, was refloated and taken to Scallastle Bay in the Sound of Mull where Svitzer Salvage has a team on board


Statoil Exercises Skandi Vega Option

Skandi Vega (Photo: DOF ASA)

DOF ASA announced that Statoil has exercised its first one year option for the 2010-built anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS) Skandi Vega.   The option also includes ROV, DOF ASA said, noting that the vessel is firm until mid-May 2016.  


West Coast Ports Undergo Partial Shutdown

The 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast were effectively closed to cargo freighters for the second time in less than a week on Thursday under a partial shutdown imposed by shipping lines and terminal operators in an escalating labor dispute with the dockworkers' union, Reuters reported today.


West Coast Ports Backups Prompt Coffee Traders to Switch Ports

A lot of coffee is handled at West Coast ports Courtesy Port of New Orleans

  U.S. coffee importers have begun diverting shipments bound for West Coast roasters to ports on the Gulf and East Coasts due to a labor dispute that has caused prolonged backlogs in California, market sources said. Traders said they began re-routing ships carrying coffee from El Salvador


COTP Delaware Bay Modifies Ice Condition II

Photo courtesy USCG

  The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to expand STEEL HULL RESTRICTIONS in the Delaware River. There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone


Long Beach Cargo Dips with Congestion

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach feels effects as backlog continues   Lingering congestion at West Coast seaports drove down container cargo by 18.8 percent in January at Long Beach compared to the same month last year, the port announced.  


Lowrance Support for Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchors

HDS Gen3 System Control Panel

  Lowrance announced the upcoming software update for the HDS Gen3 fishfinder/chartplotter series — enabling wireless compatibility with the complete line of C-Monster compatible Power-Pole products. These efficient hydraulic anchors and all-electric Micro Anchor products quickly and


Vessel Aground in Badcall Bay

A Norwegian-flagged fish carrier vessel, Viktoria Lady, ran aground on a rock in Badcall Bay about 20 miles northwest from Ullapool this morning, the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   The 1,186-gross-tonnage, 53m-long vessel, which has seven people aboard


Lysblink Seaways Update

Lysblink Seaways

  The ‘Lysblink Seaways’ ran aground on 18 February at Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, in the western entrance to the Sound of Mull. Early this morning the increased wind caused the vessel to drag her anchor. A tow line was placed on board and, as per


Maersk Orders Rolls-Royce’s New Anchor Recovery Frames

Image courtesy of Maersk

Maersk Supply Service orders Rolls-Royce’s new Anchor Recovery Frames for newbuild anchor handlers   Maersk Supply Service has exercised an option to add Rolls-Royce’s new Anchor Recovery Frames (ARF) to the supply contract awarded in December for deck machinery for six anchor


Fendercare to Equip New UK Navy OPVs

Fendercare Marine has signed a contract with BAE Systems Naval Ships for the provision of rudder blades, rudder stocks, sleeves/liners for rudder stock, anchors, chain and deck equipment for three new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the U.K. Royal Navy.   


Lysblink Seaways to Be Towed to Shelter

Cargo ship Lysblink Seaways, which ran aground on Scotland’s west coast February 18, will be transported to shelter this afternoon after a successful ship-to-ship fuel oil transfer was performed yesterday, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.  






 
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