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Fairmount Glacier Assists Rig Scarabeo 9

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Fairmount Marine’s powerful tug Fairmount Glacier has successfully assisted the new build semi submergible drilling rig Scarbeo 9 sailing around Cape of Good Hope. For this operation Fairmount was contracted by Saipem Energies directly after the successful installation of the floating, production, storage and offloading unit Usan offshore Nigeria. Fairmount Glacier was contracted to sail towards a rendez-vous location offshore South Africa where she met with Scarabeo 9 and escorted her safely around the Cape of Good Hope. Despite the bad weather encountered during the route, the convoy proceeded at an average speed of 4.5 to 5.0 knots. The semi submergible drilling rig Scarabeo 9 has a length of 115m, is 80m wide and her depth – from keel to main deck - is 35m.


Phillips Orders Catamaran for Glacier Tour

Phillips Cruises & Tours will put a new 131.2 ft., 400 passenger, 35 knot catamaran excursion vessel into service on Prince William Sound in June. The vessel is being built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Inc., for use on Phillips Cruises' "26 Glacier Cruise." It will be the 25th high-speed passenger catamaran to be built by the Whidbey Island, Wash. boatbuilder. The cruise visits 26 glaciers in Prince William Sound on a daily schedule


Loss of Diversity Near Melting Coastal Glaciers

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  Melting glaciers are causing a loss of species diversity among benthos in the coastal waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, impacting an entire seafloor ecosystem. This has been verified in the course of repeated research dives, the results of which were recently published by experts from Argentina, Germany and Great Britain and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in a study in the journal Science Advances


Cruise Ship Allides with Ice of Alaska

The Coast Guard is investigating an allision between the 935-ft cruise ship Westerdam and ice in the vicinity of Yakutat Bay Wednesday, May 11. The Westerdam was reportedly maneuvering through ice near Hubbard Glacier Tuesday evening when it sustained damage approximately 15 feet below the waterline. The hull was reportedly not breached and no injuries or pollution were reported. The Westerdam continued on her voyage to Sitka, where she was met by Coast Guard officials


Fairmount Tugs Assist FPSO OSX3 Installation

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Fairmount Marine’s tugs Fairmount Glacier and Fairmount Expedition have assisted in the installation of FPSO OSX3 in the Tubarão Martelo oilfield offshore Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both Fairmount tugs were part of a five unit strong fleet of tugs contracted to hook-up the OSX3 to her anchors. Fairmount Marine was contracted by Boskalis Offshore for the offshore support for the positioning of OSX3 during the hook-up operation


Northern Sea Route Usable 125 Days by 2050: New Report

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The recently released Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report – ' Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability' – finds that the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. It also underlines that the prediction of ice-free periods in the Arctic Ocean is generally underestimated. Relevant maritime-focused excerpts from the report follow:


Alaskan Cruises a Success

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American Cruise Lines’ first Alaskan cruises aboard 'American Spirit' applauded American Cruise Lines  announce that its inaugural season in Alaska aboard the American Spirit has begun, with its opening 11-night Seattle-to-Juneau cruise having just been successfully completed. Weekly roundtrip cruises from Juneau will now run through early September. Featuring a complimentary shore tour package and pre-cruise hotel stay


Mini-Cruise Ships Sold

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Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Wa. reported that the sales of the two U.S. flag mini-cruise ships Wilderness Discoverer (ex- Mayan Prince) and Wilderness Adventurer (ex- Spirit of Adventure, Caribbean Prince) have concluded. Both vessels were sold by creditors JPMorgan Chase to private Pacific Northwest interests for Alaskan operations to begin in May 2011. The vessels will be operated under a new small ship adventure brand called InnerSea Discoveries


New Class Initiatives Ready For Implementation

Implementation of nine of the ten sweeping safety initiatives announced by ABS, DNV and Lloyd's Register on March 15, 2001 will take place on July 1 as scheduled, the three leading classification societies have announced. An aggressive timetable was set as it was considered imperative that the classification profession reconfirm its credibility as an effective self-regulating mechanism for the marine industry. The cooperation and trust that has developed between the management and staff of the


NK To Stay Non-Profit Course

Despite mounting pressures to merge or demutualize societies, ClassNK, Japan's shipping classification society reportedly intends to remain a non-profit making and independent body.


Partnerships Drive SubChapter M Solutions

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Management software: vendors, consultants, class strive to provide turnkey service.   Unless you’ve been lost at sea for the last few years, you know about Subchapter M. You know the June publication of the U.S. Coast Guard’s regulations for ensuring minimum safety standards on


ClassNK Publishes LH2 Carrier Guidelines

Classification society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Liquefied Hydrogen (LH2) Carriers for the safe constructions and operation of LH2 carriers based on provisions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Interim Recommendations.  


DNV GL Releases New Issue of Cruise Update Magazine

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 In conjunction with Seatrade Cruise Global, DNV GL has published the classification society’s latest Cruise Update magazine. It features outstanding projects with customers, interviews with industry leaders, and technology trends in the cruise sector.  


Memorial Service Held 30 Years After Ferry Tragedy

More than 400 attend 30th anniversary service marking the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster    Grieving families affected by the Herald of Free Enterprise RO/Ro passenger ferry disaster gathered to mark the 30th anniversary memorial service in Dover on March 6.  


Shigemi Named Executive VP at ClassNK

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Dr. Toshiyuki Shigemi has been appointed as Executive Vice President as well as Executive Director of ClassNK, effective March 7, 2016.   Yasushi Nakamura has stepped down as Senior Executive Vice President, and has been appointed as an Advisor to the Society.  


Breaking Down Barriers to Energy-Efficient Shipping

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 International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s work to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping has conducted in Mumbai, India with a train-the-trainer course on energy-efficient ship operation.   The course (28 February – 3 March) is training maritime


Arctic Nature's Clock has Gone Haywire

The annual timing of spring events is advancing rapidly for some plant species in Greenland. Photo Credit: Eric Post/UC Davis.

 Nature’s clock is running fast in the Arctic, thanks to climate change. Some plants in the low Arctic of Greenland are emerging sooner than usual.    Due to diminishing sea ice cover, spring is coming sooner to some plant species in the low Arctic of Greenland


ABS Takes the Lead as First Class Society to Earn EU MRV Accreditation

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 ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, was awarded accreditation by Greece’s National Accreditation Body, the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD), to perform assessments for European Union (EU) Monitoring


ABS Earns EU MRV Accreditation

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Greece’s National Accreditation Body recognizes ABS as EU MRV frontrunner.   ABS said it was awarded accreditation by Greece’s National Accreditation Body, the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD), to perform assessments for European Union (EU) Monitoring


MES Delivers Bulk Carrier Desert Harrier

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V.  Desert Harrier (MES Hull No. 1910) at its Chiba Works on February 1, 2017 to Genoa Shipping and Investment Limited, Marshall Islands.  


Expedition to Glaciers of Antarctic

Iceberg near Pine Island (Photo Jan Grobys)

How has the West Antarctic Ice Sheet changed in response to alternating warm and cold time periods? And what does it mean for the sea level – today and tomorrow? Pursuing answers to these key questions, 50 researchers on board the Alfred Wegener Institute’s research vessel Polarstern


Roxtec Services AB Approved by Lloyd’s Register

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Roxtec Services AB has been audited by the classification society Lloyd’s Register and has received an official approval for inspection and maintenance services of cable and pipe transits. This approval sets new standards for long-term safety at sea.  


Danish Quality Shipping Promoted by Inspection Campaigns Abroad

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 Every year, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) performs flag State inspections of ships abroad that are flying the Danish flag. In 2017, the number of control inspections will be increased to 60.   Just before the 2016 Christmas and New Year's holidays


Cosco Shipping Energy Joins Bid for LPG Carrier

Photo: China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd

 Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation (CSET) has announced that the board has approved it subsidiary, Shenzhen Cosco LPG Shipping, to join the bidding for a second hand LPG vessel.   Shenzhen Cosco LPG  is the energy shipping unit of Chinese shipping conglomerate China Cosco


60,000dwt Bulker Delivered to Sea Trade Holdings

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. STH CHIBA (MES Hull No. 1915) at its Chiba Works on January 5, 2017 to Sea Trade Holdings Inc., Marshall Islands.   This is the 19th ship of the builder's “neo60BC”






 
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