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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


Aker Solutions Wins North Sea Contracts

Norwegian oil services firm Aker Solutions won two offshore contracts, including a 120 million pound ($188.82 million) deal to provide engineering, construction and commissioning services on Statoil's Mariner development in the UK, it said on Monday.


Fishermen Convicted of Improperly Harvesting Seals

Duncan Sharpe of Gander, Kevin Blackler of St. John’s, and Richard Worthman of Heart’s Delight were convicted for improperly harvesting seals in accordance with humane harvesting requirements under the Canadian federal Fisheries Act.    


FPSO Trio Receives Side Shell Protection

Steel top plates welded to ship to form cavity into which elastomer core will be injected

SPS Overlay has yet again been used for side impact protection on three FPSOs for a major player in the offshore industry. The work was carried out at Enseada do Paraguaçu S.A. Shipyards (EEP) in Brazil and COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard, China


Damen Delivers Survey Vessel to Fugro

Fugro Frontier (Photo: Damen)

Fugro Frontier is the third vessel in a series received by Fugro during 2014   Three months after its last delivery, Fugro has received the third of a series of three Fugro Offshore Coastal Survey Vessels (FOCSV) being built by Damen on December 12, 2014


Paragon Acquires Majority Stake in Prospector

PROSPECTOR 1 on location in the U.K. Sector of the North Sea (Photo courtesy of Prospector Offshore Drilling)

Paragon Offshore plc reported that it has acquired 52,749,014 shares of Prospector Offshore Drilling S.A., a publicly traded offshore drilling company listed on Oslo Axess. Paragon acquired the shares at a price of 14.50 Norwegian kroner (NOK) per share, or $2


Containers Overboard in Oakland Estuary

Containers Adrift in Oakland Estuary Containers fell into the water from motor vessel NYK Aquarius while offloading cargo at SSA Facility Berth 57 in the Oakland estuary, causing the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and local fire department personnel to enforce a safety zone in the area.


Study: US Offshore Holds Huge Untapped Potential

Credit: Chevron - Statoil ASA

New studies show huge economic and energy potential of untapped offshore areas Two new studies released today by the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) show significant potential added energy and economic benefits to the United States if the


BMT-Designed Flex Ferries Delivered in Singapore

BMT Ferry.jpg

A trio of 38-metre Flex Ferries, built by Singapore’s Penguin Shipyard International and designed by Southampton-based BMT Nigel Gee, have been delivered to their new owner, Horizon Ferries, following successful sea trials in Singapore.  


Pile Testing for Wikinger Wind Farm Launched

Template recovery following successful piling

In October 2014 the first phase of the pile testing campaign for the Wikinger offshore wind farm project was launched after the site’s geotechnical investigation on the Baltic Sea had been completed.     German engineering and services group Bilfinger was awarded the test pile


BMT Supports Samalaju Port Development

Samalaju Port Development.

BMT subsidiaries in the Asia-Pacific region have been awarded a contract to provide design expertise for an advanced bulk-material handling system for the emerging port of Samalaju in East Malaysia.   Samalaju Port is being developed by Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd as part of the Sarawak


NAVCENT Commander Recognizes Journey of Hope Sailors

Vice Adm. John W. Miller, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces, recognizes special needs sailors from the Kuwaiti ship Journey of Hope who are nearing the completion of a

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces, Vice Adm. John. W. Miller, recognized the accomplishments of three special-needs sailors from the Kuwaiti ship, Journey of Hope, during a port visit in Bahrain, Nov. 25.


Weather Hampers Search for Missing After Korean Trawler Sinks

More than 50 people remain missing a day after a South Korean fishing vessel sank in the Bering Sea off the coast of Russia's far eastern Chukotka region as severe weather conditions hampered a rescue operation, officials said on Tuesday.


Maersk, Hamburg Sud Lead Reliability Rankings

Aggregate Schedule Reliability of Top 20 Container Carriers, Source: Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight

Maersk Line and Hamburg Sud are ranked as the two most reliable container shipping carriers, according to performance rankings published in the new online version of the Carrier Performance Insight (http://cpi.drewry.co.uk) published by shipping consultancy Drewry.


Diana Acquires Newbuild Dry Bulk Vessel

Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels signed, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, a Memorandum of Agreement to acquire from an unaffiliated third party seller, a newbuilding Capesize dry bulk vessel of approximately 180,000 dwt


US Navy Tests Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

The GhostSwimmer vehicle, developed by the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell project Silent NEMO, undergoes testing at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story. Project Silent NEMO is an experiment which explores the possible uses for a biomimetic device developed by the Office of Naval Research. (U.S. Navy photo by Edward Guttierrez III)

The U.S. Navy completed tests on the GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLC-FS), Dec. 11.   GhostSwimmer is the latest in a series of science-fiction-turned-reality projects developed by the chief of naval operations' Rapid






 
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