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French Warship Joins EU NAVFOR Operations

Photo: EU NAVFOR

On Friday, December 6, 2013, the French Navy ship FS Siroco joined the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta. FS Siroco will be the flagship of the European Union’s counter piracy operation off the coast of Somalia for the next four months. Rear Admiral Hervé Bléjean is the Force Commander of the 16th EU NAVFOR rotation. Commissioned in 1998, FS Siroco is a Foudre class Landing Ships Dock ( LPDH). The ship is 168 meters long and has a displacement of 12,000 metric tons. She accommodates a crew of 294 and has embarked for this operation marines and an ALIII helicopter. FS Siroco can support up to 700 personnel on board. An amphibious and aeromobile operations platform, equipped also for operational transportation and medical support, Siroco is perfectly suited for the role as Force Headquarter. This is the first time that FS Siroco has taken part in the EU Naval Force to fight piracy. Talking about joining the EU Naval Force, Commanding Officer of FS Siroco, Captain Jean-Marc Le Quilliec, said, “My crew and I are fully trained and ready to conduct this counter piracy operation. As one of the naval assets of the force and also as the support to FHQ, we will work hard to bring stability and security to the Horn of Africa. Since the beginning of Operation Atalanta in December 2008, France has been a major contributor to the EU Naval Force.”


Piracy – French Warship Joins Counter-Piracy Force

Warship FS Guépratte: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

Frigate 'FS Guépratte' joins European Union Operation Atlanta force in Gulf of Aden, off Horn of Africa The Counter-Piracy force of the European Union (EU NAVFOR), typically comprising 4 – 7 surface combat vessels patrolling the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa, has been joined by the French navy frigate FS Guépratte . The 125 meter long FS Guépratte with 3600 metric tonnes displacement is a second-line multi-mission stealth frigate of the French Marine Nationale


Canadian and U.S. forces team up with Frontier Sentinel

Approximately 3,000 personnel from Canadian and U.S. military forces and government civilian agencies will participate in the full-scale training exercise Frontier Sentinel (EX FS 08-2), which will focus on maritime homeland security from June 9-13, 2008. The exercise will take place in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, off the coasts of northeastern , specifically the waterways of and . "This exercise tests and validates the ability of forces, Canadian forces


Piracy – Pirates Scuttle Own Boat, Sent Home 400 Miles Empty Handed

Pirates, Boarding Team: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

Would-be pirates apprehended by French warship sent back to Somalia after sinking their own raiding boat EU Counter Piracy Naval Forces (EUNAVFOR) have tracked down and stopped a group of suspected pirates who were believed to have tried to attack a Hong-Kong flagged tanker approximately 400 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia. EU Naval Force warship FS Aconit was called to investigate after the tanker came under attack on 26 March 2012


Piracy – Another Pirate Attack Group Snaffled

Pirate Craft Hoisted on Board: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

Pirate group scuttled by EU naval force off Horn of Africa The French Navy frigate Acconit was heading towards a position in the north of the Horn of Africa to join with Spanish frigate Infanta Elena, to take over the escort of a World Food Programme ship, then FS Aconit spotted a whaler towing a skiff. The long way off-shore location, nearly 600 km, and the absence of fishing activity raised the suspicion of Aconit's command and the order was given to intercept the whaler.


Scotland's Fletcher Shipping Snaps Up PSV

North Sea supply specialist Fletcher Shipping buys 'FS Taurus' its third vessel in five years. Currently operating in the Forties section of the North Sea, Taurus will take the total number of employees at Fletcher to 90. Set up in 2007 with backing from the Royal Bank of Scotland, the company transports food, equipment and other supplies to offshore oil and gas operators, reports 'The Scotsman'. The purchase of the Taurus – a 2


Transocean Sedco Forex Reports Third Quarter 2001 Earnings

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc. announced that net income for the three months ended September 30, 2001 was $97.6 millionon revenues of $770.2 million. Net income for the quarter included a net after-tax gain totaling $7.5 million, resulting primarily from the sale of two Nigerian-based land rigs and the disposal of an inland drilling barge. Excluding the net after-tax gain, net income for the three months ended September 30, 2001 was $90.1 million


Odfjell Charters from Nat’l Chemical Carriers

Effective 1 February, Odfjell has entered into an agreement with its Saudi-Arabian partner National Chemical Carriers Ltd. Co (NCC) to bare-boat charter their three 37,000 stainless steel parcel tankers for ten years with purchase options after three years. The three ships are NCC Jubail (1996), NCC Mekka (1995) and NCC Riyad (1995). The ships will continue to be operated by Odfjell Tankers in global trades. Odfjell Ship Management will continue to be responsible for crewing and technical


Kirby Expands With Three New Units

Kirby Corporation Announces Purchase of Three Coastwise Tank Barge and Tug Units; Purchased Seaboats, Inc. coastwise tank barge fleet consisting of three 80,000 barrel tank barge and tug units for $42.3 million in cash.   Kirby Corporation has announced the purchase of the coastwise tank barge fleet of Seaboats, Inc. and affiliated companies consisting of three 80,000 barrel coastwise tank barge and tug units for $42.3 million in cash


Markey Deck Machinery on Canadian Ice Class Tugs

Robert Allan designed TundRA 100 with Markey equipment. It will be built by Ocean Industries Inc.

Markey Equipment Selected For New Canadian Super Ice Class Tugs. Markey Machinery is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the order for a complete suite of deck machinery for the most powerful Harbor Class Tugs ever to be built in Canada. The tugs will be operated by Group Ocean of Quebec, Canada for harbor operations, ship escort services, short and long distance towing, as well as rescue operations and wreck removals


Pier Damaged at Port Canaveral

North Cargo Piers 1 and 2 (Photo courtesy of Port Canaveral)

Undergoing Repairs While Coast Guard Investigates   The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a weekend incident that caused pier damage and scattered concrete debris in the harbor on Sunday. No injuries occurred and cleanup continues today.


Hyde Marine Makes BWTS Installation Agreements

Ballast water discharge: File photo

Hyde Marine, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation, says it has established two partnership agreements for installation of the chemical-free Hyde GUARDIAN Gold Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) for international markets as follows: Grand Bahamas Shipyard


SHIPPINGInsight 2014 Agenda Announced

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Annual Conference, Exhibition and Networking Event Brings Together Shipowners and Technology Companies to Address Practical Solutions for Efficient Operations The organizers of SHIPPINGInsight 2014 report that the agenda has been finalized and all speaking positions and sponsorships have been


SFL Announces Sale of Three Older VLCCs

Front Opalia (Photo courtesy of SFL)

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) announced that it has agreed to sell the 1999 built VLCCs Front Opalia, Front Comanche and Front Commerce to an unrelated third party. The company has simultaneously agreed to terminate the corresponding charter parties with a subsidiary of Frontline Ltd


Scotland Beach Radium Clean-up: UK MOD to Pay Up

Dalgety Beach background: Photo credit Gordon Brown Photo

Former UK Prime Minister and local MP Gordon Brown says that he welcomes the Ministry of Defence (MOD) agreement to pay costs of the radium contamination clean up of Dalgety Bay and estimates it will cost 10 million pounds. The pollution resulted from dumping 800 WWll wartime planes with


WTO Rules Against US Import Tariffs on China Steel, Solar Panels

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World Trade Organization judges found on Monday that the United States had violated global trade rules by imposing import duties on a range of Chinese steel products and solar panels that Washington asserted had government subsidies. But the three-member panel also rejected some of the Chinese


Sixth Floating Accommodation for Lerwick Port

Cruise ship Gemini

  The cruise ship Gemini has been brought to Lerwick by Petrofac as additional accommodation to support the Shetland Gas Plant project. The ship arrived today (Monday 14 July) from Tilbury and will be berthed at Dales Voe Base. The initial hire of the vessel is for three months.


Repsol Could Drill off Canary Islands in October

Spanish oil company Repsol could begin prospecting for its $7-billion oil exploration project off the Canary Islands in October, Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria said on Tuesday. Spain's Supreme Court last month rejected environmental appeals against 2012 government permits granted for oil


More than 1,700 Boat Migrants Rescued in 3 Days

Italy’s Operation Mare Nostrum rescued record numbers of migrants from the Mediterranean Sea between North Africa and Italy (Italian Navy photo)

Italy's search and rescue mission saved more than 1,700 migrants in the Mediterranean in the past three days and found one person dead on a half-submerged raft, the navy said on Tuesday. This year's calmer summer weather has seen record numbers of people attempt to cross the sea from North


Global Ocean Trade: Latest Shipbuilding Orders

Shipyard scene: File photo

A relatively steady week in the newbuilding market in terms of volume of ordering remarks Clarkson Hellas in their latest S&P Weekly Bulletin, most for LNG carriers. Dry bulk carriers In Dry, Sungdong Shipbuilding have signed contracts with Teh-Hu (Hong Kong) for one firm plus one option 180


HMS Queen Elizabeth Floats for the First Time

HMS Queen Elizabeth floats for the first time (Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

The U.K.'s largest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has today been floated out of the dock in which she was assembled. In an operation that started earlier this week, the drydock in Rosyth near Edinburgh was flooded for the first time to allow the 65,000-metric-ton aircraft carrier to float


HII Completes Sea Trials on Fourth National Security Cutter

Fourth National Security Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today the successful completion of builder’s sea trials for the company’s fourth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Hamilton (WMSL 753). The ship, built by HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division


Biogas Plant from Sweden to Denmark

Swedish clean-tech company Malmberg is a market leader in the field of biogas.

  Blue Water Gothenburg has handled an industrial transport project for the Swedish clean-tech company Malmberg which is a market leader in the field of biogas. The items being transported was equipment for a biogas plant in Horsens, Denmark


More Boat Migrants to Italy Die

Illegal boat migrants: Photo Italian Coast Guard

Nineteen people died trying to reach Italy on a boat packed with hundreds of migrants, probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from its engines, said the Italian Navy on Saturday, which has rescued more than 4,000 migrants in the last three days.


Stanford Secures Long Term PSV Charter in Mexico

PSV Stanford Bateleur has secured a three-year contract with Mexiship in Mexico (Photo: Stanford Marine)

Stanford Marine announced today from its Dubai headquarters that it has secured a three-year contract for one of its 87-meter Platform Supply Vessels (PSV), Stanford Bateleur, in Mexico. Stanford Bateleur was awarded a long term contract with Mexiship in Mexico.






 
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