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Royal Olympic Takes Delivery of Olympia Explorer

Blohm+Voss GMBH delivered of the new fast cruise ship, Olympia Explorer, to Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc. The vessel immediately sailed from the Blohm+Voss shipyard to the Port of Piraeus in Greece. Royal Olympic Cruises' CEO, Yiannos Pantazis, said that the delivery of the Olympia Explorer "made us all proud." The Olympia Explorer, together with her sister ship, Olympia Voyager, are the fastest cruise vessels of their size, performing unique cruises at speeds of up to 30 knots. "The new itineraries Royal Olympic Cruises will offer with this vessel have created considerable interest in the cruise market. The first cruises are already fully booked," added Pantazis. On her maiden voyage on May 3, the Olympia Explorer will start a series of weekly cruises calling at the ports of Piraeus, Corfu, Venice, Dubrovnik, Bari, Katakolon, Istanbul, Mykonos and Santorini. Passengers have the possibility to embark from either Piraeus, Venice or Istanbul for the 7-day, round-trip voyage.


Royal Olympic Announces Delivery of Olympia Explorer

Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc. announced that the Olympia Explorer, sister ship to Royal Olympic's Olympia Voyager, is expected to reach the port of Piraeus early 2002, which will enable it to perform new itineraries from Venice to Piraeus, Istanbul and the Greek Islands next summer, with Piraeus as an alternative port of embarkation. Royal Olympic Cruises delegates and representatives from Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg had a meeting in Piraeus regarding the delivery of the Olympia


SBX Completes Vessel Conversion

SeaBird Exploration Limited said that the conversion of Munin Explorer to a 2D/Source vessel is complete and she has successfully completed her sea-trials in Egersund. It will immediately start as a source vessel in the North Sea for the remaining part of the summer season. It departed the shipyard yesterday. Delivery of the Harrier Explorer is pushed back a few weeks with delivery expected later this month.


Olympia Explorer and Olympia Voyager to Be Auctioned

Royal Olympic Cruises announced that the vessels Olympia Explorer and Olympia Voyager will be sold at judicial auction, on March 24 and March 26 respectively, under process initiated by creditor banks and pursuant to a settlement agreement between ROCL, the owners, and the banks. The owning companies of the ships (subsidiaries of ROCL) had filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Honolulu, Hawaii


India Awards Drilling Rights

will award drilling rights to domestic and overseas explorers for a record 57 oil and gas areas as it seeks to boost crude production and lower dependence on imported fuel. is concerned that crude prices may soar past $150 a barrel, increasing costs and curbing economic growth. Crude oil futures rose to $142.99 on June 27, the highest since trading began in 1983. The South Asian nation is competing with Africa and to attract explorers such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP Plc.


Perfect Platform: Innovative Semi-Submersible

MSV Explorer

QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin provides the perfect platform for the successful testing and commercial demonstration of an innovative semi-submersible.   QinetiQ, a world leading provider of a range of maritime services, has provided test and demonstration facilities for MSV Explorer, an innovative sea going semi-submersible. MSV Explorer is the brainchild of Chris Garner and has been designed to support a wide range of marine activities and applications including film making and


Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Reports Loss for 2001

Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc. has announced a loss for the fiscal year 2001, ended November 30, 2001. The events of September 11 had a substantial impact on the company's results and in the period September to November 2001, booking cancellations exceeded 3,000. EBIDA fell 25 percent from $ 21.7 mil in 2000 to $9.8 million in 2001. The inclusion of the first new vessel, Olympia Voyager, for a full year, resulted in additional interest and depreciation charges of $9


Historic Shipwreck Discovered in Northern GOM

During a recent Gulf of Mexico expedition, NOAA, BOEM and partners discovered an historic wooden-hulled vessel which is believed to have sunk as long as 200 years ago. Scientists on board the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer used underwater robots with lights and high definition cameras to view remnants of the ship laden with anchors, navigational instruments, glass bottles, ceramic plates, cannons, and boxes of muskets. Equipped with telepresence technology


New NOAA ROV On Ocean Trials

Okeanos Explorer: Photo credit NOAA

The 6,000-meter-rated remotely operated vehicle (ROV) system will be tested from 'Okeanos Explorer' in the 2013 field season. Dave Lovalvo, project manager for the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research’s Deep Submergence Group and his team has built and will be testing the ROV during the 2013 field season. The vehicle will be operated from the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, America's only U.S. government ship that is dedicated to the sole purpose of exploring the world’s


NOAA to Explore Depths of Caribbean Sea

Okeanos Explorers dual-body ROV system is loaded from the aftdeck of the ship into the water before conducting an exploration dive. (Credit: NOAA)

Public can watch seafloor discoveries live online April 9-30. Beginning April 9, scientists aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will begin a series of 20 dives to investigate previously unseen depths of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean – and the public can follow along online. During dives that are expected to go as deep as 3.7 miles, a sophisticated unmanned submarine, called a remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, will broadcast live video from the seafloor


Maritime Museum Christens San Salvador Replica

Photo: Museum of San Diego

The Spanish ship San Salvador is the embodiment of California’s origin story. The ship’s voyage in 1542, with Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at the helm, established California as one of the places in America’s landscape where we can say our country truly began.


Brazil Prosecutors: Charges Pending over Ensco Drillship Lease

Brazilian prosecutors plan to file criminal charges stemming from the lease of an Ensco Plc offshore oil-drilling ship to Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras "in due course," they said.   The plan to prosecute over the Ensco-Petrobras charter was mentioned in a Thursday


Seven Seas Explorer Spaciously Intimate

Photo: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

 The cruise ship being billed as "the most luxurious ship ever built" will also feature some of the largest cabins  and balconies afloat.   The suites on the Seven Seas Explorer, a cruise ship coming next summer, will be distinguished by some of the largest balconies at


CNOOC Profits Nosedives, Eyes South China Sea

Photo: Cnooc Ltd

 Cnooc Ltd., China’s biggest offshore oil and gas explorer, posted a 56 percent decline in profit for the first half of this year.   Net income dropped to 14.73 billion yuan ($2.3 billion), or 0.33 yuan a share, from 33.59 billion yuan, or 0


Falklands' Oil Drilling at Isobel Deep Suspended

 Oil explorers drilling in the waters north of the Falkland Islands have suspended work on the second well of their 2015 current six-well drilling campaign after a technical problem.   Operator Premier Oil has suspended operations on the 4/20-1 (Isobel Deep) well


PGS ASA - First Mover Offshore Mexico

The PGS fleet is the most efficient and flexible. Courtesy PGS

  Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS) commenced operations of a MultiClient 2D seismic program offshore Mexico on May 16th. The two 2D vessels Atlantic Explorer and Sanco Spirit will acquire multiple projects recently approved by the Mexican government


Second 18,000TEU Ship Joins CMA CGM Fleet

CMA CGM Georg Forster (Photo courtesy of CMA CGM)

The 18,000 TEU capacity containership the CMA CGM Georg Forster was delivered to the CMA CGM Group on June, 2 in South Korea.   With its 1,305 ft. (398m) length and 177 ft. (54m) width, the CMA CGM Georg Forster is the group’s second 18,000 TEU capacity vessel to be delivered


Cairn Energy Drops Ibiza Oil Drilling Plans

Oil explorer Cairn Energy  has dropped plans to drill near Spanish holiday island Ibiza, the company said, as it wants to focus on developing potentially huge reserves offshore Senegal.   Cairn was set to carry out seismic testing on four offshore blocks in the Gulf of Valencia but has


Marine Institute Maps Atlantic Sea Bed

L-R: Kirk Regular, Fisheries & Marine Institute of Memorial University, Tommy Furey, Dr Peter Heffernan, Fabio Sacchetti, Marine Institute, Marcos Miguel Páscoa Parreira Rosa, Instituto Portugues do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA). Photo: Marine Institute

 A team of international scientists, led by the Marine Institute in Ireland, has completed a transatlantic sea bed mapping exercise, which has revealed previously uncharted seabed features including mountains and ridges taller than Carrauntoohil.  


Aliança Christens 2nd Cabotage Boxship

(l-r) Martin Susemihl, Julian Thomas, Sponsor Ro Fischer, Captain Ormindo de Paula Coelho, Frank Smet and José Salgado.

With the christening of the new container ship “Vicente Pinzón”, the Hamburg Süd subsidiary Alianҫa has momentarily completed the expansion and modernisation of its cabotage fleet.   In the past two years, Alianҫa has launched a total of six newbuildings for its


Aliança: Second Flagship in the Cabotage Fleet Christened

Vicente Pinzón (Photo: Aliança)

With the christening of the new container ship “Vicente Pinzón”, the Hamburg Süd subsidiary Alianҫa has -- for the moment -- completed the expansion and modernization of its fleet. In the past two years, Alianҫa has launched a total of six newbuildings for its cabotage


Chinese Prime Minister to Visit CMA CGM

Li Keqiang (Photo: The State Council, Peoples Republic of China)

 The CMA CGM Group is will host the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang in its Marseilles headquarters on July 1.   Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang is scheduled to visit the CMA CGM Group headquarter on July 1, accompanied by France Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius


Salvors Remove Debris Left by Environmental Protesters

Photo: GUE Seattle

Dive and salvage teams worked to remove debris used as anchor blocks by environmental activists protesting Shell’s Arctic drilling aboard a barge in Seattle’s Alki Seacrest Park on May 19.   A dive team from Global Diving & Salvage, Inc


5-Yrs Extension for Rig Heydar Aliyev

Maersk Drilling has won a contract extension for one of its offshore drilling rigs.

  Maersk Drilling has been awarded a 5-year contract extension for the semi-submersible Heydar Aliyev rig with BP Exploration (Shah Deniz) Limited acting as Operator of  the Shah Deniz field . The rig will continue working on the development of the Shah Deniz field in the Caspian Sea


Largest Chinese-built Containership Delivered

Image: CMA CGM

Shipping group CMA CGM has taken delivery of the newbuild box ship CMA CGM Vasco de Gama [sic] on July 27. Built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), the 18,000 TEUs vessel is, with its 399 meters length and 54 meters width, is the largest ship in the CMA CGM fleet and the largest






 
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