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Austal to Build Multihull Vessel

Australian shipbuilder Austal Ships and European ferry operator Fred. Olsen, S.A. are delighted to announce the signing of an historic contract for the world’s largest high-speed multihull vessel which will be based on a new hullform. When delivered in the second half of 2004, the 126.7 metre cargo-vehicle-passenger fast ferry will also be larger than any existing diesel-powered fast ferry – catamaran or monohull. It is also believed to be the world’s largest all-aluminium ship. Confirmation of the order demonstrates both companies’ leadership in the global fast ship industry and is the outcome of a collaboration, involving more than three years of research and development effort, to produce the new design. “This is the largest fast ferry ordered anywhere in the world since the late 1990s, and arguably the most significant single order placed in that time as well,” said Austal’s Managing Director, Mr Bob McKinnon. “We expect this breakthrough project to generate considerable interest among ferry operators and it clearly demonstrates Austal’s ability to produce high-speed ships of the size currently being sought by the US military.” For Austal Ships, the new 126 metre ferry is a significant, but carefully planned and evaluated, progression in high-speed ship design, and draws on the tremendous track record Austal has established through the design and construction of 24 vehicle-passenger ferries since 1994.


Braemar to Undergo Lengthening at Blohm + Voss Repair

The cruise ship Braemar entered the Elbe 17 Dock at Blohm + Voss Repair on May 13 for lengthening and other conversion work. The ship, which belongs to the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will be lengthened by 31.20 metres amidships at the shipyard, which is part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Braemar is the second cruise ship from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines to be lengthened at Blohm + Voss Repair. She follows the conversion of the BALMORAL between November 2007 and January of this year.


Cheng Completes Deal with Louis Dreyfus, DVB Nedship

Fred Cheng’s new shipping company, Shinyo International, has purchased the 1998-built 43,000dwt bulk carrier Bara from Louis Dreyfus Armateurs SNC of France. The ship is chartered back to CETRAGPA (Louis Dreyfus) for a period of four years. The transaction marks the first post-Golden Ocean acquisition by Cheng. It also reflects the core industrial shipping approach taken by Cheng over his twenty five years as a shipowner.


Austal Lauches Aluminum Ship

Austal has launched the largest aluminium ship ever built, the 127 metre trimaran ferry “Benchijigua Express” taking to the water for the first time early on September 25. It is the most significant ship to arrive on the world high speed vessel scene, not just in terms of size but due to its ability to give a substantially smoother ride to passengers in rough sea conditions thanks to its trimaran design. Construction of the ferry commenced at the Austal shipyard in Western Australia in


USCG, Lake Carriers, Sign Mutual Training Agreement

Agreement handshake: Photo USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard 9th District informs it has jointly signed a Mutual Training Agreement, that further promotes cooperation and education opportunities between the Association’s seventeen member companies that operate cargo vessels on the Great Lakes and the Coast Guard as their primary regulatory agency.   This agreement was reached under the Coast Guard’s Merchant Marine Indoctrination Ship Rider Program


Construction Continues on New Bouchard ATB

Bollinger Gulf Repair L.L.C., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., shipyard, has completed the retrofit of a Bouchard Coastwise Management Co., tug and barge to an articulated (ATB) unit utilizing the Intercon Coupler System. The 446-foot, 125,000 BBL (barrel) black oil Barge B. No.175 which was renamed Barge B. No.275, was transformed from a single hull to double hull vessel to meet the requirements of OPA ‘90. Her stern was modified with the matching Intercon ladder to accept the bow of the


H&W Decision To Come Soon

Norwegian offshore group Fred Olsen Energy said it aimed to resolve next week the fate of its Northern Irish Harland shipyard, famed for building the ill-fated Titanic. It said in a statement that its board of directors had met on Thursday to address the "present difficult situation at Harland and Wolff" and that "alternatives were being considered with a view to agree on a way forward during next week". It said the yard's future was at risk due to a refusal by American rig owner, Global Marine


Harland And Wolff Workers Accept Pay Offer

Workers at Harland and Wolff shipbuilders narrowly accepted a pay offer that could throw a lifeline to the yard that built the Titanic, their union said. The margin was slim at 424 to 389 to support what management said were final proposals that would give skilled employees about $475 a week. That wage would be guaranteed until at least January 2003 and include a further bonus opportunity. The Northern Ireland yard, majority-owned by Norway's Fred Olsen Energy


Keppel Completes Conversion Poject for Prosafe

Keppel Shipyard, the wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation Limited (KCL) through Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has successfully converted a 132,500 dwt tanker into a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel for Prosafe Production. The vessel, previously known as Grey Warrior, was named ABO FPSO by Ms AmaI Pepple, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria, at a ceremony held at Keppel Shipyard this morning.


This Day in Naval History - April 11

From the Navy News Service 1783 - Congress declares the end of war with Great Britain. 1900 - The Navy accepted its first submarine, USS Holland (SS 1). 1970 - Launch of Apollo 13, commanded by Capt. James A. Lovell Jr. Former naval aviator Fred W. Haise Jr. was the lunar module pilot. While 200,000 miles from Earth, there was an explosion on board which forced Apollo 13 to circle the moon without landing. Mission duration was 5 days, 22 hours and 54 minutes


Wärtsilä Wins Its Largest Single BWMS Order

44 Wärtsilä AQUARIUS UV Ballast Water Management Systems will be installed on 22 bulk carriers being built for Pioneer Marine, Singapore.

A total of 22 bulk carriers, being built by Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding Co. Ltd in China for Singapore based Pioneer Marine, will feature Wärtsilä Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). The Wärtsilä systems will enable the vessels to comply fully with the IMO's ballast water


Netherlands Maritime Technology Association Launched

Photo: Netherlands Maritime Technology Association

The Netherlands Maritime Technology association has been officially launched on the international stage during the Holland Day at SMM on September 9. Sjef van Dooremalen, Chairman of Netherlands Maritime Technology, unveiled the new name onboard the LCF Zr. Ms


W&O Supplies Actuated Valve Solution for Vigorous

Image: W&O

The marine industry watched as the United States’ largest floating drydock, the Vigorous, was delivered to its final home at Vigor Industrial’s Portland shipyard on the Willamette River in August. W&O is one of the partners that supported Vigor in this $40 million dollar project


BIW lands Navy Contract of $100 million

Littoral Combat Ships

  The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $100 million contract to provide planning yard services for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics. Bath Iron Works, as the LCS Planning Yard


New Fairport Coast Guard Facility Opened

Fairport opening ceremony: Photo USCG

The Coast Guard says it has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of a new building at Station Fairport located in Grand River, Ohio. The new 18,000 square foot station building meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards and includes a modern command


Monroe County to Conduct Maritime Security Exercise

(Credit: USCG)

Scheduled for Thursday and Friday, federal, state, local and Canadian law enforcement partners will be brought together in a multi-agency exercise designed to prepare for and prevent cross-border terrorist and criminal activity on the Niagara River, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.


Fred. Olsen's ‘Poison, Murder & Mystery Cruise’

‘Poison, Murder & Mystery Cruise’ all in Summer of 2015

  Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is proud to introduce a very unique cruise experience for Summer 2015, aboard its 880-guest ship Boudicca, the like of which guests will never have seen nor heard of before! Fred. Olsen will be offering an exclusive sailing, created around secrecy and suspense


Cargill to Build Grain Terminal in West Memphis

U.S. agribusiness Cargill Inc said it will build a grain handling facility in West Memphis, Arkansas, to purchase corn, sorghum, soybeans and wheat that the company could ship down the Mississippi River to U.S. Gulf Coast export terminals.


Alternative Fuels: Safer, Smarter, Greener

Martin Crawford-Brunt presenting at the event (Photo: SPNL)

Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) hosted another well attended event, sponsored by DNV-GL and held at the UK Chamber of Shipping offices in London. Martin Crawford-Brunt (UK & Rep of Ireland Manager for DNV-GL) was keynote speaker for this event, covering three main topics:


USS AOTOS 2014 Award Winners Named

USS AOTOS logo

The United Seamen's Service (USS) informs that 2014 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF); Joseph J. Cox, President/CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America; and Frederick J


Offshore Drilling Market Dip May Prolong

Maersk Viking: Photo credit Maersk Drilling

The global offshore drilling market's dip could be longer than previously expected and charter rates could take until 2017 or 2018 to recover to last year's levels, the head of Maersk Drilling said on Thursday. Oil groups continue to delay projects to save cash and rig rates will fall further


Saga Pearl 2 Visits Port of Kiel

John Parton (Cruise Director, Saga Pearl 2“) and Hans-Werner Tovar (City President Kiel)

North Germany shore trips ever more popular with passengers. The cruise ship ‘Saga Pearl 2’ of Saga Cruises arrived in Kiel this morning (Monday, May 19th) from England for her first-ever visit to the port. She sailed over night through the Kiel Canal and was welcomed at the


Pipeline Breaks, Spills Crude Oil Into LA Neighborhood

Crude oil spills into LA

  A faulty Valve Pump station at a Petroleum Pipeline Ruptured Early on Thursday in an Industrial corner of Los Angeles, spewing Crude Oil 40 Feet (12 meters) into the Air, onto the Roof of a strip club next door, and leaving four people sick from the fumes.


Fred. Olsen: Oil Rig Market Soft into 2015

Photo: Fred. Olsen

Norwegian offshore oil rig operator Fred. Olsen Energy said that recent market activity is indicating lower rig rates and shorter term contracts, and this market softness could last into 2015. "The most recent market fixtures are indicating some softening of rates and an acceptance of


Coast Guard to Appoint New Ancient Mariners

Furling sails barque Eagle: USCG photo

The Ancient Mariner title established in 1978 recognizes the officer and enlisted person with the earliest designation as a permanent cutterman and requires a minimum of ten years of sea time.  A change-of-watch ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard Gold and Silver Ancient Mariners is scheduled






 
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