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Wärtsilä to Design & Power New OSV's

WSD 1000 MPSVs: Image credit Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä awarded a major contract to design a series of four multi-purpose platform support vessels (MPSVs) for Malaysian owner. The contract has been placed by Bumi Armada Berhad, a Malaysian-based international offshore oilfield services provider and also the largest owner and operator of offshore support vessels in Malaysia. Wärtsilä will also supply a comprehensive solutions package for each of the vessels. The vessels will be built by a subsidiary of Nam Cheong Limited, Malaysia's largest Offshore Support Vessels builder, in one of its subcontracted yards, Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd, in China. The Wärtsilä contract with Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd yard was signed in March 2013. For each of the four vessels, this comprehensive solution contract comprises the basic customized design, the main power generation system, the propulsion system, the Wärtsilä Low Loss Concept (LLC) electrical system and the automation system. The order follows the successful execution of a similar MPSV order in 2011 for Bumi Armada Berhad featuring a Wärtsilä ship design and fully integrated Wärtsilä machinery, electrics and automation.   The unique WSD 1000 design is tailored to meet the specific requirements and operational modes demanded in complex off shore applications

First Sulzer RT-flex50 Engines Ordered

Wärtsilä Corporation has been awarded a contract to supply the first Sulzer RT-flex50 low-speed marine diesel engines. The RT-flex50 is the latest in the Sulzer RT-flex engine series which, with their electronically-controlled common-rail systems, are the most advanced low-speed engines for ship propulsion. Four six-cylinder Sulzer RT-flex50 engines have been ordered from Wärtsilä by Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd in the People's Republic of China and will be installed in four 53

Tidewater Continues to Build Diesel-Electric


After building five diesel-electric platform supply vessels (PSVs) at Singapore’s Yantai Raffles Shipyard, Tidewater is having additional vessels built in China. Currently the firm has 12 Cummins-powered diesel-electric vessels on order at the Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding yard. An additional four-boat order is being completed at the Shejiang Shipbuilding Company yard near Ningbo China. The first of the vessels, the Desoto Tide, was delivered in January ‘09 with the second

China Plans Shipuilding Expansion on SE Coast

Fujian province expects to have the ability to build more than 8 million deadweight tons of ships each year, by the end of 2015. The government’s “11 Measures to Transform and Upgrade the Shipbuilding Industry” calls the province to develop into an important shipbuilding base on the southeast coast of China within three years, by raising its national industrial status and technological level, reports the China Daily.

ABS Elects New Council and Committee Members

At the 151st Annual Meeting of the Members of ABS, and the subsequent meeting of the ABS Council, industry leaders were elected to serve on a number of bodies that contribute to the operation of the classification society as it fulfills its mission of promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment.     "ABS' strength as a global classification society is drawn from its membership and the many regional

Brazil's GranEnergia Receive Unusual DP-3 Accommodation Vessel

CSS Olympia: Image courtesy of STXM

STX Marine (STXM), which split off from the STX Corporation in 2011, say they partnered with CSS Designs Ltd. for 5 years to develop the ground breaking Compact Semi-Submersible (CSS) design of the 'Olympia' which they believe will change the long term landscape of the offshore vessel market. The primary function of the Olympia is to act as a floating accommodation unit for rig personnel. The vessel has a DP-3 rating and will remain connected to an offshore facility via a telescopic

ABB to Automate LNG Terminal in China

Delivery includes System 800xA Extended Automation for integrated control and safety ABB has won a $4m contract to supply an Integrated Central Control System for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in the Peoples Republic of China. The Fujian LNG Terminal & Trunkline Project will be owned and operated by CNOOC Fujian LNG Co. Ltd., a co-investment of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Fujian Investment and Development Corporation.

Taiwan to Open Penghu for Cross-Strait Shipping

Premier Frank Hsieh said August 1 that if all goes well, the outlying island county of Penghu may be opened for direct point-to-point shipping services across the Taiwan Strait on an experimental basis, starting in September at the earliest, Asian Pulse reported. Hsieh made the remarks after attending the inaugural ceremony for Penghu National University - the county's first university. Since the government opened the two frontline islands of Kinmen and Matsu for direct point-to-point

Stanford Marine Fleet Gains 75m Diesel Electric PSV

Stanford Hawk

Stanford Marine, a regional offshore marine business, announced today from its Dubai headquarters the delivery of the latest addition to its fleet. The Stanford Hawk, a 75m diesel electric platform supply vessel (PSV) is one of two sister vessels being built at the Fujian Mawei shipyard in Fuzhou, China. The Hawk and her sister due for delivery by end of the second quarter 2014, the Stanford Eagle, are modern closed bow designed PSV’s with DP2 and FiFi1 notation

Stanford Hawk to Support Total E&P

Stanford Hawk

Stanford Marine announced from its Dubai headquarters that it has secured a five-year contract with Total E&P Angola for Stanford Hawk, the latest addition to its fleet. Total E&P Angola (TEPA) awarded Stanford Marine a five-year contract, with two two-year options, scheduled to commence by the beginning of February 2014. The Stanford Hawk will be supporting the process and storage activities of TEPA, by transporting personnel and cargo

Eastern Launches Tug for Suderman & Young

Triton (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced it has launched escort tug Triton for Suderman & Young Towing Company on September 11, 2015.   The launch ceremony was held at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility and hosted by Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern

MOL Undertakes CMAXS e-GICSX Test on MAYARO

The Methanol carrier MAYARO

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that it has started a demonstration test of a next-generation condition-based engine monitoring system called “CMAXS e-GICSX” (electronic Global Internet Customer Support neXt)(*1) aboard the recently delivered methanol carrier MAYARO

ClassNK Begins Testing CBM System

Image: ClassNK

ClassNK has commenced verification tests of its next-generation condition-based monitoring (CBM) system ClassNK CMAXS e-GICSX for Mitsui’s MAN B&W engines. The system is being jointly developed by ClassNK, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and MES Technoservice Co., Ltd

Using Big Data for Engine Preventive Maintenance

The Methanol carrier MAYARO. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that it has started a demonstration test of a next-generation condition-based engine monitoring system called “CMAXS e-GICSX” (electronic Global Internet Customer Support neXt)  aboard the recently delivered methanol carrier MAYARO. 

Clean Marine to Supply EGCS for two More vessels

3D illustration of Clean Marine EGCS connected to 1 ME 2 AE 1 boiler

Clean Marine has signed a contract with the Chinese yard Huanghai Shipbuilding Co.Ltd. for the supply of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) on two reefer/fishing support vessels. The vessels are owned by EF Transport (Malta) Ltd, whose fishing fleet is primarily engaged in the North-East

Clean Marine EGCS Installation For Two Vessels

Photo: Clean Marine

Clean Marine  signed a contract with  Chinese yard Huanghai Shipbuilding Co.Ltd. for the supply of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) on two reefer/fishing support vessels, which are currently under construction. The contract also includes an option for delivery of additional EGCS on

Deck Cargo Barge on Delivery Voyage to Canada

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

A 16,000 DWT deck cargo barge, Seaspan 252, was handed over to its owner, Seaspan Marine, in August, 2015.   The barge, 114 meters long by 27.5 meters wide with a depth of 8.4 meters and classed ABS +A1 Barge, was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C

Samsung Companies Consider Merger Again

Image: Samsung Engineering

 South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co will try again to merge with sister company Samsung Engineering Co Ltd later this year, reports Korea Times.   Samsung Engineering CEO Park Jung-heum has said he will once again pursue a merger talk.  

VARD Secures PSV Charter from DOF

Photo: VARD

Vard Holdings Limited announced it has secured a bareboat charter contract for the first of two vessels whose original shipbuilding contracts were terminated earlier during the year. The vessel, a platform supply vessel (PSV) of VARD 1 08 design

Scorpio Tankers to Sell Assets, Upsize Credit Facility

Press release - Scorpio Tankers announced an agreement to sell STI Highlander, newbuilding vessel deliveries, and the upsizing of a previously announced credit facility. The company reached an agreement to sell its 2007-built Handymax product tanker, STI Highlander, for approximately $19

MHI's Two New Firms Commence Operations

MHI Shipyard, Nagasaki Credit Wiklpedia CCL

  On October 1 two new wholly owned group companies of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) succeeding to MHI's ship construction operations in the Nagasaki district will commence business operations. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

NYK Acquires Coal Carrier

Tenryu Maru

  On September 25, a new 100,000 deadweight tonnage coal carrier ordered by NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte. Ltd., an NYK Group subsidiary company based in Singapore, was delivered at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Saikai city, Nagasaki prefecture)

New Bulkers Launched into Fuel-saving Future

View of the Elsabeth C and Mirela tied up in port in China (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

One of the first commercial applications of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new MAN Alpha Kappel FP propeller took place off the coast of China recently when the vessel Elsabeth C, a 58,500-dwt Supramax bulk carrier owned by Frontmarine Co. Ltd – an affiliated and managed company of

Seaspan Unveils Massive Barge in Canada

Seaspan 252 (Photo: Paul Hilder)

Seaspan bulks up investment in BC’s marine sector, celebrates addition of fourth new barge in the past 10 months  Seaspan Marine unveiled the newest addition to its marine fleet, a 16,000-metric-ton barge named Seaspan 252, during an official commissioning ceremony at Seaspan’s

Japan’s First ME-GI Engine Passes Factory Tests

FAT attendees pictured in front of the ME-GI engine at MES’s Tamano Works (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

The factory acceptance test (FAT) of the first ME-GI engine in Japan recently took place at the Tamano Works of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), overseen by classification society DNV GL.   The engine, developed by MAN Diesel & Turbo

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