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BOS Provides 2-5% Fuel Savings

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With consistent results of 2-5% fuel savings, Keppel Offshore & Marine’s subsidiary Blue Ocean Solutions (BOS) said that it has proved that emulsified fuel can bring significant fuel savings adding to the well established NOx reduction, if done correctly. The patented BOS Emulsified Fuel System (EFS) is designed to improve combustion efficiency by improving the injector fuel atomization. In addition to the measured fuel savings, firm evidence of better combustion has also been recorded in the form of increased heat release rate. The key success factor in emulsified fuel is the ability to produce and maintain the optimum 10% water as water-in-fuel particle sizes of 2-8 microns. This is achieved with the patented BOS Emulsifier that has no moving, cavitating or vibrating parts. The system has been tested on both two-stroke and four-stroke engines. Diamond Shipping, one of the largest owner and operator of product tankers in the world, was the most recent to place an order for BOS EFS to improve fuel efficiency. To date, references include American President Line APL, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Wärtsilä, Townsend Thorensen, London Overseas Freighters, B&I and others.  Even with numerous references under its belt, Blue Ocean Solutions has been cautious in rolling out information to the industry, instead waiting for independent verifications by class societies, engine manufacturers and ship owners

Rolls-Royce to Lead Autonomous Ship Research

Remote controlled ship concepts (Image: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce announced it will take the lead on a €6.6 million project that could pave the way for autonomous ships. The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative will produce the specification and preliminary designs for the next generation of advanced ship solutions.    The project is funded by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) and will bring together universities, ship designers

VARO Energy Takes Full Control Over Hydrocarbon Hotel Tankstorage Terminal

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 VARO Energy, a growing downstream player in the North West European-market, today announced that the group has completed its acquisition of Hydrocarbon Hotel (HCH), a modern hydrocarbon product blending and storage terminal in the port of Amsterdam from Blue Ocean Associates Ltd (BOA).    Prior to this, VARO Energy already owned 50% of the shares in the terminal and was fully responsible for its operation.  

Rampion Offshore Wind Farm Work Underway Again

Recommencement of work at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the south coast of England. Photo MPI Discovery

The wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), MPI Discovery, has recommenced work at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the south coast of England. Working closely together with Swire Blue Ocean’s Pacific Orca, MPI Discovery will continue with the installation of 116 monopile foundations during the second half of 2016. As a result of the black-bream-spawning season, installation activities were halted in late April as planned and only restarted at the beginning of July

Connected Ships, Smart Data, Cybersecurity to Feature in SHIPPINGInsight

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Ship connectivity, smart data and cybersecurity will be central themes on the agenda at the fifth SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition. The annual maritime technology forum and trade show will take place at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford, Conn., October 18-19.   “The confluence of high-capacity satellite bandwidth and new ship analytics programs is enabling unprecedented capabilities for actively managing ships at sea to improve

Weathering the Storm through Lower Manning Costs

Photo: BOMOS

As many companies continue the fight for survival in the challenging market conditions, shipping and offshore recruitment specialist Blue Ocean Marine & Offshore Solutions (BOMOS) announced its strategy to focus much stronger on cost reductions.   “Current financial realities are calling for some tough decisions and there is an increasing demand to improve operating margins. There is no single solution to radically change the cost structure of shipping and offshore companies

Small Unmanned Boat 'Pioneer' Makes NjordWorks Debut

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Manufacturer of small unmanned vehicles, NjordWorks Inc., based in  Niceville, Florida, announce the debut of the 'Pioneer' unmanned boat for civil and commercial use. The Pioneer unmanned boat, or unmanned surface vehicle (USV), lives up to its name, say the manufacturers, as being the first in a class of small unmanned vehicles designed for very shallow and difficult to access bodies of water. Like other unmanned vehicles, the Pioneer’s mission is to perform dull

Autonomous Ship Project Gets Satcom Link

Photo courtesy of Inmarset

The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA), launched by Rolls-Royce and funded by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation), will bring industry partners together with universities, research institutes, ship owners and other stakeholders to explore the economic, social, legal, regulatory and technological factors which need to be addressed in order to make autonomous ships a reality.

Samson Rope, SWOS Team for Heavy Lift


Samson high-performance synthetic slings helped Technip install subsea hardware at Petrobras’ Cascade & Chinook project. Installing two pumping stations and two manifolds at Petrobras’s Cascade and Chinook fields in the Gulf of Mexico at depths in excess of 2,500m was accomplished with a “wet handshake” and the assistance of Samson’s AmSteel-Blue fabricated into lifting slings for the operation

NPS Littoral Operations Center to Focus on Global Littorals

USS Freedom (LCS 1) (U.S. Navy photo by Sean Furey)

What does it take to win in the littoral? Start with knowledge. Naval warfare in littoral waters is very different from open ocean operations. The U.S. Navy is dominant in “blue water” scenarios, but less so in the littoral, naval experts say. “We are good at blue water operations, but we are not that skilled in fighting and operating in the littoral waters in places like the South China, the Baltic and Black Seas as well as the Persian Gulf,” said Prof

OCEAN Alliance Gains US Approval

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The proposed OCEAN Alliance between several of the world’s largest container shippers has received approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), allowing it to become effective Monday, October 24, 2016.   The OCEAN Alliance, comprising COSCO Shipping, CMA CGM

Danish Maritime Authority to Study Unmanned Shipping

Many believe that masterless ships may become reality within a very short period of time. Surely, the technology for unmanned ships is coming, yet it remains unknown exactly where, when and to what extent.   Now, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA)

Freeport of Riga Shortlisted for ESPO Award

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 The ESPO Award 2016 will be presented to the port authority that succeeds the best in safeguarding and further upgrading the nature in the port area, both on land and at the waterside.    The five projects that are shortlisted for this year’s Award are the projects of Bremen

Maritime Stakeholders Discuss Arctic Safety and Growth

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 Some 2,000 government, industry, research and civil society representatives gathered for the Arctic Circle Assembly held October 7-9 in Reykjavik, where the group of international participants engaged in dialogue and cooperation centering on the future of the Arctic.  

Unmanned Aircraft to Take Off from Falkor

Chief Scientist Will Sager interpreting data in the control room Photo SCHMIDT OCEAN INSTITUTE

Research vessel Falkor leaves Darwin today to explore the poorly understood air-sea interactions across the Indian and Pacific Ocean. This research is very important in understanding the ocean’s role in global climate change. The exchange of energy and matter between the atmosphere and the

Naval War College Professors Testify on State of South China Sea

Subi Reef (Photo: CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe)

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) invited two U.S. Naval War College (NWC) faculty members to testify in Washington, D.C. on understanding and countering China's growing maritime concerns.   Andrew Erickson, professor of strategy in the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI)

FMC Collects $338,000 In Penalty Payments

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Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero announced that the Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $338,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with one vessel-operating common carrier and six ocean transportation intermediaries (both

Topaz Secures Tengiz Oilfield Contracts

Offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine has been appointed the technical managers of three vessels by a consortium comprising Blue Water Shipping A/S and Kazmortransflot (KMTF), in connection with the TCO developed Tengiz oil field in Kazakhstan.  

Topaz Secures Kazakhstan Contracts


Topaz Energy and Marine said it has secured contracts in connection with the development of the Tengiz oilfield in Kazakhstan during 2016. The two contract wins announced in the second and third quarter together represent revenue of more than $500 million

More Plastic than Fish in the Ocean

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 Did you know that by 2050 there could be more plastics in the ocean than fish, if human habits don’t change?    India Clean Seas Conference taking place in Goa, India (22-24 September), discussed what needs to be done to keep the oceans clean.   

Two VARD Module Carrier for Topaz Energy and Marine

Module Carrier Vessel for Topaz Energy and Marine Photo VARD

 Vard Holdings Limited has secured a contract for the design and construction of two additional Module Carrier Vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine (“Topaz”). The vessels, of VARD 9 21 design and measuring 123 by 16.5 meters

U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledges

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,

International participants at a high-level conference on the world's oceans pledged more than $5.3 billion for conservation and designated vast areas as protected waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. More than 90 countries took part in the two-day conference

New Vessel Aims to Transform the Fishing Industry

Photo: Blue North

Seattle-based company Blue North has christened F/V Blue North, a state-of-the-art vessel designed to transform the fishing industry by improving conditions for workers, reducing environmental impact and harvesting seafood more humanely.  

NOAA Releases Final Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

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 NOAA has released its final Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap, which will guide the agency in more effectively and comprehensively managing ocean noise effects on marine life during the next decade.   Sound is critical for the survival of many marine animals

Cruise Ship Transits the Northeast Passage

Hanseatic in ice water (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)

 Expedition cruise ship Hanseatic has navigated the Northeast Passage for the second time, completing its journey through the Arctic Ocean sea route in the early hours of September 7, 2016. After sailing a total of 5,542 nautical miles, the ship will arrive in Nome on September 10 and

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