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Incat Ferry Order from Denmark

KatExpress 2

  Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd, Australian shipbuilder, has secured a contract for the construction, delivery and long term charter of a large fast vehicle ferry for Danish company Mols-Linien A/S. The Ferry will be the fourth Incat vessel in the Mols Linien fleet. The Hobart shipyard will commence work on construction of the wave piercing catamaran immediately, with delivery scheduled for the first quarter of 2017. Incat Chairman, Robert Clifford, in Copenhagen Denmark at the Interferry Conference said “A large ship order to a repeat customer is proof positive of the quality and reliability of the vessels our team build in Tasmania. This is the third Incat ship that Mols Linien have added to their fleet in a period of just four years”. Incat Tasmania Managing Director Simon Carter said “We have been working on the project for some time, and although the design team still have some finer details to complete, construction will commence immediately”. “The 250 production staff are currently building four passenger vessels for Manly Fast Ferries, with another 6 boat order for Sydney Ferries to commence in 2016. This new large ship order will secure work for an expanded workforce for at least a further two years”. The newbuild super ferry, Incat hull number 088, will be named KatExpress 3

Pilot Boat for North Western Shipping & Towing

Twin UltraJet 305 waterjets propel Tiger, a new aluminium 39-ft. pilot boat built for North Western Shipping & Towage of Hobart, Tasmania. The vessel will perform pilot and ambulance duties in and around the Port of Portland, VIC. Vessel control at high speed and when manoeuvring is with a two-station Ultra Joystick system. North West Shipping and Towage Pty Ltd have upgraded from their Halmatic pilot vessel to an impressive, innovative

OSI Wins New Zealand Navy Contract

Offshore Systems International Ltd. said its Navigation Systems business has been awarded a CDN$800,000 contract for the Royal New Zealand Navy's Project Protector naval shipbuilding program. Tenix Defence Pty Ltd. is prime contractor for the construction of seven new ships. The contract is to supply and install ECPINS(R) 4000 (Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation System) on all seven new ships.

Bollinger Signs Deal With Incat to Build Fast Craft

In a move that signals the long-awaited fast craft boom in the United States is about to begin, Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., and Incat Australia Pty. Ltd. signed an agreement for Bollinger to market and build high speed craft to Incat designs in the United States. The deal is significant in that earlier this year chief Incat rival Austal Ships struck a deal with Mobile, Ala.-based Bender Shipbuilding to build a new shipyard in Mobile for the same purpose.

Fold-up Boat 'QuickBoat' Goes Commercial

Hats Off to QuickBoats: Photo credit QuickBoats

Australia's Quickboats Pty Ltd enters commercialization phase for its award-winning folding boat. Just one month after officially commencing operations, Australian company Quickboat Holdings Pty Ltd is now focused on the commercialization of its folding boat that is globally unrivaled in design, quality and price. Quickboats are uniquely designed folding boats that can be assembled in less than one minute. They remove the need for a trailer

Technip Samsung JV Wins 2 FLNG Project Contracts

Courtesy Technip

  The Browse project covers the realization and installation of three FLNG units to develop the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields in the Browse Basin, 425 kilometers North of Broome, Western Australia. The Browse project will capitalize on Shell's FLNG experience, as well as on Woodside's offshore and subsea development expertise. The first contract awarded to the Technip Samsung Consortium covers the front-end engineering design (FEED) elements of the Browse FLNG project

BHP Acquires Belgium Shipping Group

Australia's Broken Hill Pty Co. Ltd. reportedly acquired a 50 percent stake in Belgium-based shipping group, Cobelfret, in a bid to deliver cargoes more competitively.

Mermaid Marine to Merge with P&O Maritime Services

Mermaid Marine Australia Ltd will merge with Dubai Ports World subsidiary P&O Maritime Services Pty Ltd through a share-trading arrangement. Mermaid will issue 221.9 million shares to DP World in return for 100 per cent of the shares in P&O Maritime Services Ltd and P&O Polar Australia Pty Ltd, subject to shareholder approval. The deal will result in DP World owning 60.4 per cent of Mermaid, with existing shareholders holding the remaining 39.4 per cent.

Doen Pacific Enters into Joint License Agreement

Doen Pacific as one of only 5 marine waterjet manufacturers in the world matching engines to 4,000kW, and CSIC, one of the two largest shipbuilding conglomerates in China, together with its Member WMMP, have jointly signed a license agreement for the manufacture and sale of WMMP‐DOEN Waterjets in China. The signing ceremony took place on October 29, in Wuhan, China, and was attended by representatives of each company, headed by Mr

DNV-led JIP Proves Feasible

Attractive payback periods from the additional investments required for LNG fuelled shipping, along with no significant legal restrictions hindering development of LNG bunkering in Australia. This is the conclusion of a Joint Industry Project (JIP) focusing on LNG fuelled tugs and OSVs, managed by DNV with nine partners in Australia. The use of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel for ships is seen as one of the options to address the future environmental and commercial challenges in the

VIKING Expanding Australasian Activities

Servicing under VIKING Shipowner Agreement (Generic)

  VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has acquired a part of Australia-based Wiltrading Pty Ltd.’s maritime safety equipment activities effective 1 September. The move strengthens VIKING’s offering in Australasia, adding 4 locations to the company’s global network of

ICTSI Manila Starts Container Booking System


  The Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) in the Port of Manila has started implementing a vehicle appointment system called Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS) for selected user groups.  Largely seen as a proactive alternative to counterproductive truck bans

Six New Ferries for Sydney Harbor

Image: Incat

Six new ferries to operate on Sydney’s Inner Harbor have been ordered from Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania’s Hobart Shipyard, who was awarded the contract to prepare detailed designs and build the new vessels.   Announcing the result of a competitive tender process the NSW

Hydrographic Survey of Malacca Strait Underway

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 A hydrographic survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) was launched today by the three littoral States - Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore - and the Malacca Straits Council of Japan at the Marina South Pier.   This initiative was one of the key recommendations that arose

Condor Ferries Sells 2 Vessels to Greek Firm

 Condor Express (Image courtesy: Condor Ferries)

Condor Ferries has confirmed it is selling two ferries - Condor Vitesse and Condor Express - to make way for the new super ferry.  The vessels, built in Tasmania in 1997 and 1998, have been sold to Greek firm Seajets for an undisclosed sum

Massive Rent Hike at Port of Melbourne

Aerial view of the Port of Melbourne

 The Port of Melbourne Corporation has told DP World Australia that it wants to increase rent at the terminal by up by 800 per cent of the current amount, reports local media. It also comes as the Victorian government prepares the Port of Melbourne for sale.  

Icebreaker Makes Emergency Return to Antarctica

Aurora Australis (Photo: Wendy Pyper)

The icebreaker 'Aurora Australis' was forced to return to Antarctica on Thursday, to evacuate a seriously ill Australian expedition member, just two days after leaving him on Davis Station to spend the winter in Antarctica. The Australian icebreaker will take almost two days to cover the 400

Yachting Malta PPP Sets Sail

Commodore Godwin Zammit. Photo by the Royal Malta Yacht Club

 Yatching Malta Ltd (YML) - a new public private partnership (PPP) between the government and the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) was formed with the aim of putting Malta on "the global yachting map".   Prime Minister Joseph Muscat launched YML at the club's headquarters in Ta

Gas Discovery at Pyxis-1

Gas Discovery at Pyxis-1

  Woodside advises that the Pyxis-1 exploration well in production licence WA-34-L has intersected approximately 18.5 metres of net gas within the Jurassic sandstone target. The well reached a total depth of 3347 metres. Wireline logging has confirmed the discovery through the recovery of

Robotics Ocean Monitoring Alliance Formed in Africa

Slocum glider off Cape Town (Photo: BOM)

Blue Ocean Monitoring enters into strategic alliance with Sea Technology Services   Blue Ocean Monitoring (BOM) announced that it has entered a strategic business alliance agreement with Sea Technology Services (Pty) Ltd (STS). Under the alliance

TransAtlantic Speed Record: Will it Ever be Broken Again?

The Incat built high speed catamaran Hoverspeed Great Britain, which broke the record winning  the Hales Trophy on 23 June 1990, held the record and the owners held the Trophy, until 1998 when another Incat built ship Catalonia took the record in June 1998, then just a month later in July 1998 yet another ship built by Incat, CatLink V broke the record.

Will the prestigious TransAtlantic speed and endurance record ever be broken? Should it? Twenty five years ago headlines around the world announced a new world record, the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, by a ship built in Australia.   

Australian Navy Awards In-service Support Contract

HMAS Choules is a Bay Class Landing Ship Dock, based on the Royal Schelde Enforcer design. It served with the U.K. Royal Fleet Auxiliary from 2006 to 2011, before being transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. (Australian Navy photo)

The Australian Government informs it has awarded a $60.6 million in-service support contract for maintenance of the Bay-Class Landing Ship Dock, HMAS Choules, over the next two years.    The maintenance contract awarded to Atlantic & Peninsula Australia Pty Ltd (A&P Australia)

Wave Power Unit for Victorian Waters

prototype wave power unit

  BioPower Systems Pty Ltd (BioPower) has finished constructing its prototype wave power unit to be installed off the coast of Port Fairy, Victoria, later this year. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht congratulated BioPower on the achievement

Caltex Replaces Australian Crew

Alexander Spirit. Photo credit: The Advocate - Burnie

 The 36 Australian crew members of an Caltex tanker refusing to set sail after they were told their jobs would be gone after the next run. MR tanker Alexander Spirit (40,100 dwt, built 2007) is docked in Devonport, in Tasmania's north-west, now.  

Bass Strait Ferry Records 16 % Growth

Spirit of Tasmania. Photo: TT-Line Company Pty Ltd

 Passenger numbers on the Bass Strait ferry service have grown by 16 per cent over the past two years, says Tasmania's Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding, says AAP.   For the 2014-15 financial year 384,501 people travelled on the two Spirit of Tasmania vessels, up from some 330

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