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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


Royal Olympic Fights to Stay Alive

Royal Olympic Cruise Lines, Inc. issued the following status report on the vessels Olympia Explorer and Olympia Voyager 11:00 AM EST, Monday, December 22. Both ship owning companies continue the Chapter 11 reorganization filed in Honolulu, and subject to further discussions with lenders and further action by the District Court are restricted to calls at US Ports. As a result of this limitation the December 22 sailing of the Olympia Explorer to Ensenada


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


Edison in Talks to Buy Two Israeli Offshore Fields

Reuters - Edison, the Italian utility owned by EDF, is in talks to buy two Israeli gas fields from U.S. explorer Noble Energy and Israel's Delek Drilling, which are estimated to hold up to 70 billion cubic meters in total, two sources with knowledge of the talks said.


Solar Solve Attracts Cruise Ship Orders

Royal Caribbean Cruises Navigator of the Seas

Solar Solve Marine has received a number of recent orders for its class approved roller screens to be installed at the navigation bridge windows on cruise ships. One significant contract was for Royal Caribbean Cruises Navigator of the Seas – a Voyager Class Cruise Ship.


Four Holland America Ships to Sail SA Cruise Season

ms Statendam (Photo: Holland America Line)

From fall 2014 through spring 2015, Holland America Line will offer South America deployment with four ships positioned in the region. The line's ms Statendam, ms Maasdam, ms Prinsendam and ms Zaandam will sail 20 voyages around the continent ranging in length from 14-68 days.


GDF drills dry well in Arctic Barents Sea

French explorer GDF Suez drilled a dry well in the Arctic Barents Sea about 65 kilometers southwest of the Johan Castberg fields, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Thursday. GDF holds 60 percent of the license, while Concedo and OMV each hold 20 percent.  


Antarctic Ice-bound Ships Moving: US Rescue Mission Icebreaker Stands Down

Akademik Shokalskiy: Photo courtesy of owners/charterers Expeditions Online

Both the 'Akademik Shokalskiy' and the 'Xue Long' have managed to break free from heavy ice in Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, informs the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia). According to the the U.S


Navis to Supply Joystick System for Yacht Newbuild

image provided by Navis Engineering

Navis Engineering is to supply its JP4000 Joystick Control System to Drettmann Yachts for a 24m Explorer Series vessel under construction at Acico Yachts BV in Enkhuizen in the Netherlands. The yacht features unique electrical podded thrusters in both the stern azimuth and bow tunnels which


Caribbean Cruise Ship Cuts Short Voyage for Sanitization

Explorer of the Seas: Photo CCL

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) cruise line has ended the 'Explorer of the Sea's' 10-day trip in the Caribbean early after hundreds of passengers and crew members were sickened with a gastrointestinal illness, thought to be an outbreak of highly contagious norovirius. RCI's statement reads:


Drillship Profile: Tungsten Explorer

Ultra Deepwater Drillship designed for drilling operation down to 40,000 ft. (12,120 m) & in water depths to 10,000 ft. (3,048 m)

The Tungsten Explorer is an ultra deepwater, dynamically positioned mobile offshore drilling unit (Drillship). The primary areas of activities of the Drillship shall be in the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and Brazil. The drillship has drilling equipment on the topside with a continuous main deck


Latest Cruise Ship Sickness Outbreak: Congressman Comments

 John Garamendi: Credit the Congressman

After a multi-day viral outbreak  that infected close to 700 people with a painful stomach illness, aboard the cruise ship 'Explorer of the Seas', Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), who serves as the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructue Committee’s


Recent Cruise Ship Sickness Outbreaks Affected 881

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released investigation updates on the cruise ships 'Explorer of the Seas' and 'Caribbean Princess'. 'Explorer of the Seas' During the voyage of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship from January 21-31 2014


Under the Pole Divers Breathe Easy Thanks to AST

Under the Pole Divers in Faroes: Image courtesy AST

UK firm Analox Sensor Technology Ltd. (AST) is backing an expedition which aims to produce previously unseen footage of submarine Polar Regions: 'Under the Pole Part II – Discover Greenland' has been inspired by explorer and diver Jacques Cousteau.


Mermaid Marine to Buy Jaya Offshore Businesses

Reutrs - Australian marine logistics firm Mermaid Marine Australia Ltd. said on Tuesday it had agreed to buy the offshore businesses of Singapore's Jaya Holdings Ltd. for $495.96 million in cash to expand its international portfolio. Mermaid Marine


BOURBON Makes Several Fleet Additions

Photo: BOURBON

With the AHTS Bourbon Liberty 320, BOURBON is now running a fleet of 100 Bourbon Liberty series-built, diesel-electric propelled and DP 2 vessels, a first in the oil services industry. This milestone coincides with the delivery of the first two of 20 deep offshore PSVs of the new BOURBON


Norway Confirms Small Arctic Oil Find

Norwegian oil explorer Det norske made a small oil discovery in the Arctic Barents Sea with a gross oil column of about 30 metres and much poorer reservoir quality than expected, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Monday. Det norske earlier said it found some oil in the prospect but


New Vessel in MMT's Survey Fleet

Stril Explorer (Photo: MMT)

In what it calls a natural step in the process of expanded subsea services in the oil and gas industry, MMT has signed a two-year charter contract for M/V Stril Explorer, operated by Simon Mökster Shipping AS. MMT said it has conducted various survey assignments from this vessel during


 
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