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Cargotec: New Offshore Electric Winch Series

Cargotecs new electric winch series

Cargotec introduced a new range of electrically-driven offshore winches that the company claims offers proven safety and reliability, with improved operability and reduced environmental impact   Cargotec can now offer electrically-driven versions of its proven range of offshore MacGregor anchor handling/ towing winches (eAHT).   "This new series of electrically-driven winches inherits the best characteristics of our proven designs," says Francis Wong, Cargotec's Sales Director for offshore winch solutions. "This ensures safe operations, easy maintenance, and also combines improved operability with a low environmental impact, reduced power consumption and low installation costs."   He adds: "All our eAHTs are designed to meet the most stringent offshore standards, including those set by the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (NMD). Each winch is fully tested electrically and mechanically before shipping, and can be delivered as a complete unit or multiple assembly units for easy installation on board."   The eAHT series comprises winches with line pulls ranging from 200 tonnes to 600 tonnes, with an initial speed up to 25m/min and with a brake holding capacity up to 800 tonnes. Each winch is available in double- or triple-drum configuration to meet various designs and operational requirements


Smart Shipping 2011: A Different Viewpoint

Wilhelmsen Ships Service’ (WSS) was a sponsor of last month’s Smart Shipping event in Singapore, with Business Director Ships Agency Frederic Fontarosa describing it as an ‘essential conference for the industry which is certain to root itself firmly in the international maritime events calendar’. Held  from 17-18 October at the Four Seasons hotel, the event was attended by over 170 delegates representing over 40 of the world’s leading shipowners


SMM2006 Breaks Attendance Record

The SMM 2006, 22nd shipbuilding, machinery & marine technology, international trade fair hamburg, closed on Friday at the end of this four-day event, setting up a new visitor record. The event went very successfully for the 1,669 exhibitors from 50 nations. Seldom has the mood been so good among SMM exhibitors. A key element in that was the attendance by a total of more than 45,000 trade visitors from all continents (the SMM 2004, which lasted 5 days, had 42,151 trade visitors)


CP Ships Commits to Newbuild Charters

CP Ships Limited today announced its agreement to the long-term charter of nine 4250 teu newly built containerships from Seaspan Container Lines for a term of up to ten years. Scheduled for delivery between late 2005 and early 2007, the ships will be built by Samsung Heavy Industries of Korea. "We recently completed a four-year $800 million ship investment program to replace chartered ships with owned ships. But with the addition of Italia


First Pieces of Scrubber System Fitted on AIDAluna

Photo courtesy AIDA

AIDAluna left the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg yesterday after extensive maintenance work was carried out from April 26 to May 5, 2014. Work on the cruise ship included among others the installation of the first elements of a comprehensive filter system with which AIDA Cruises is gradually fitting out its fleet. The system for the treatment of exhaust gas emissions, which was developed within the Carnival Group


NAT Acquires Four 150,000dwt Tankers

Courtesy Nordic American Tankers Limited

Nordic American Tankers Limited ("NAT" or the "Company") announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire four existing Suezmax sister vessels built in Japan at a world-class shipyard. The aggregate price is $106 million. NAT expects the vessels to be delivered during May, June and July 2016.   Between July 2014 and January 2017 a total of 10 vessels have been added to the NAT fleet


VT Shipbuilding Delivers HMS Daring Foremast

VT Shipbuilding completed its construction work on the Royal Navy’s first-of-class Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring with delivery of the foremast to BAE Systems Naval Ships in Glasgow. The 89-tons steel structure was lifted onto a barge at VT’s Portsmouth Shipbuilding Facility and towed over 600 nautical miles by tug, completing the transit in just over four days. The foremast was then transferred directly to HMS Daring where fitting out will be completed


Special Boat Operators Reach Milestone MCADS Drop

Special Warfare Boat Operators (SB) from Special Boat Team 20 (SBT-20) reached a milestone on March 28 when they successfully completed the 100th and 101st insertion of the Maritime Craft Aerial Deployment System (MCADS) off the coast of North Carolina. Serving as a true force multiplier, the MCADS capability enables Naval Special Warfare Sailors to rapidly deploy anywhere in the world in a maritime environment.


Ins and Outs of Tanker Spot Rate Analysis Revealed

Analysis: Image credit McQuilling Services

Marine Transport Advisors, McQuilling Services, explain important elements of their forecasting process when they develop the final forecast set out in their recent '2014-2018 Tanker Market Outlook' analysis. The Outlook is synthesized from the following six components: Quantitative Modeling Sensitivity (reference, high and  low cases) Experiential Adjustments Tonnage Supply & Demand Bias (Capacity index) Previous Outlook & Market Performance


Korea Bank Puts 10 Hanjin Vessels Up for Sale

File Image: a Hanjin Boxship underway (CREDIT: Hanjin)

 Korea Development Bank, the main creditor of the dissolved Hanjin Shipping Co. and state-owned entity, has put 10 Hanjin vessels up for sale in order to source back elements of its extended loans, reports Yonhap.   According to the sources, potential buyers are required to submit their bids for the ships — two container ships and eight bulk carriers — by Feb. 21.   Previously a South Korean court agreed to formally end Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd’s court


Baltic Index Up for Ninth Straight Session

© Volodymyr Kyrylyuk / Adobe Stock

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for a ninth straight session on Monday, helped by stronger capesize rates. The overall index, which also factors in rates for panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Celebrity Cruises Reveals Celebrity Edge

“The Retreat” is an ultra-exclusive private utopia reserved exclusively for Suite Class guests featuring a luxurious pool and sun chairs for ultimate relaxation. Photo: Celebrity Cruises

 Richard Fain, the chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.and Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, CEO of Celebrity Cruises—one of three brands in the Royal Caribbean family—announced a new category of ship that, among other transformational design moves


Capsized Cargo Ship Refloated in Sweden

(Photo: Ardent)

Ardent salvage crews used a parbuckling method to right and refloat the cargo vessel, M/V Sternö, which was loaded with 1,400 tons of grain when it suffered a collision and rested on a jetty structure with a 54-degree list.   Ardent crews were mobilized in late February 2017


Eight Damen Interceptors for Panama

(Photo: Damen)

The National Air and Naval Service of Panama (Servicio Nacional Aeronaval - SENAN) has taken delivery of four Interceptor 1102 vessels from Damen Shipyards Group. The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, performed the christening ceremonies of all four vessels on February 6, 2017.  


Salvage and Marine Firefighting Verification

Firefighting onboard any ship is one of the most serious situations facing onboard personnel and responders. The containership CCNI Arauco caught fire in the aft container hold on September 1. After four intense weeks, Ardent safely returned the vessel to the owners. Ardent discharged the damaged containers out of the vessels cargo hold. These containers were declared as dangerous waste and required special treatment. (Photo: Feuerwehr Hamburg)

The U.S. Coast Guard regulations regarding salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) as elements of vessel response plans (VRPs) for tank vessels have been in place since December 31, 2008. On September 30, 2013, these regulations were expanded to include non-tank vessels with a capacity of 2


Viega Debuts ProPress Zero Lead Ball Valves

Photo: Viega

Viega has introduced its line of Viega ProPress Zero Lead Ball Valve press x hose thread for copper fittings.   The bronze ball valves are full port and designed for potable water applications. The ball valves are available in 1/2" and 3/4" press sizes and 3/4" hose sizes


Germany to Buy Six MKS Multi-Role Warships

Germany's Defence Ministry has decided to buy a total of six MKS-180 multi-role warships instead of four, as initially planned, a ministry spokesman said Monday, without providing a new cost estimate for the program. The ministry decided last October to delay a tender for four warships that was


Ship Design and Construction Matters

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 ​The Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC) meets for its fourth session this week (13-17 February).    Key topics on the agenda include the expected finalization of draft explanatory notes to the SOLAS chapter II-1 subdivision and damage stability regulations and


Keeping it in the Navy Family

Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 They say Navy is like one big family but when it comes to three people in the west it’s more a case of a family within a family.   Lieutenant Commander David Sutherland, (Deputy Officer-In-Charge Fleet Logistic Support Element – Submarines) and his sons Commander Daniel


OLT Seeks up to 20 LNG Cargoes

File Image: Credit Parker Bestobell

Italy's OLT LNG import terminal moored off the Tuscan coas t is seeking up to 20 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery between April and September, two trade sources with direct knowledge of the tender said on Thursday.  


SpeedCast Offers Full Fleet Xpress Integration

SpeedCast International, a global communications and network service provider, is the first Inmarsat partner to integrate the software element of the Fleet Xpress Network Service Device (SoftNSD) into its Fleet Xpress offering.   This allows third party application providers to develop and


Bleak Outlook for World's Oceans

Photo: National Oceanography Centre

 Global warming will disrupt four-fifths of the world's oceans by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions keep rising, Reuter's quoted scientists as saying.   The situation is threatening fish that are the main source of food for a billion people.  


Fast Supply Vessels Delivered to Baru Offshore

Photo: Incat Crowther

Brazilian shipbuilder ETP Engenharia in Rio de Janeiro has delivered the final six vessels of a 12-ship order for Baru Offshore.   The six newest 48-meter DNV Classed DP-1 vessels – Baru Serrana, Baru Tesoro, Baru Sinu, Baru Sirius


OSV Runs Aground in US Gulf

U.S. Coast Guard photo

An offshore supply vessel has run aground off the west Cameron Jetties in Louisiana, Wednesday morning.   There were no injuries to the four passengers and three crew aboard the vessel, and no pollution was reported.    The 120-foot offshore supply vessel Miss Lynda was carrying


Arctic Matters

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The  International Maritime Organization (IMO) Polar Code took centre stage at the Arctic Council in Juneau, Alaska, United States (8-9 March) where IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim delivered a speech on the importance of the Code.   






 
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