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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


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


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


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:


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.


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


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


Royal Seal of Approval for Maritime Charity

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Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society Recognizes Long Service at Annual AGM. Two trustees of one of the U.K.’s oldest maritime charities have been presented with long service awards by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal in recognition of a combined 60 years supporting the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society. As well as presenting silver framed certificates to Captain Mike Marchant MBE and Captain Anthony David Braithwaite OBE RD RNR


SGMF Releases First LNG Bunkering Safety Guidelines

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The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) released the 1st edition of its LNG Bunkering Safety Guidelines yesterday. The goal of the document is to provide the bunkering industry with best practices in order to ensure that gas-fuelled ships are re-fuelled with high levels of safety, integrity


Norway-India Partnership in Polar Research

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 India and Norway closer to one another in questions related to Polar Research and a new proposal for polar research co-operation is on the anvil, reports Press Trust of India.   The Norwegian Research Council and the Ministry of Earth Sciences in India will announce a new proposal for


BSEE Issues Alert on DP System Failure

Dynamic positioning system failures on offshore supply vessels engage in oil and gas operations in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf   The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has issued a Joint Safety Alert addressing a dynamic positioning (DP) incident involving an


Maersk Publishes Sustainability Report

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Having launched a new sustainability strategy last year, the Maersk Group has published its 2014 sustainability report, covering aspects of the group’s 2014 sustainability performance including human rights, anticorruption, responsible procurement, diversity


Accelerating Sea Level Rise Threatens Coasts

Sea level rise in the past two decades has accelerated faster than previously thought in a sign of climate change threatening coasts from Florida to Bangladesh, a study said on Wednesday.   The report, reassessing records from more than 600 tidal gauges


Matiss Backs European Shipping Week

The Presidency of the Council of the European Union has granted official patronage to the forthcoming European Shipping Week (ESW) which will be held in Brussels during March 2‐6, 2015. This support joins the European Parliament’s official patronage by its President, Martin Schulz


ClassNK Reports Record 2014

Announcing its registration totals for 2014, ClassNK said 833 new vessels with a combined total of 21,466,272 gt joined its register over the course of the year, marking the fourth straight year that the classification society registered over 20 million in new tonnage.  


Holland America Line $4.3 mi Aid to fight Cancer

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  In honor of World Cancer Day, Holland America Line announced that to date, the guests and employees of the company have raised more than $4.3 million for cancer support through “On Deck” programming that began in 2006. Currently


Parson Brinckerhoff names new Dir. of Ports & Marine Western Div.

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Robert Johansen has been named Director of the Ports & Marine Western Division at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and design firm.   Johansen will be responsible for business development and the management of design and construction projects for port and marine facilities in


DNV GL Opens US Technical Helpdesk

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DNV GL has opened the American hub of its technical helpdesk in Houston, the organization announced today. DNV GL, a Norway-based international classification society, now has 400 technical experts worldwide providing answers to customer questions across Europe, Asian, and American time zones.


KR Statutory Services Authorized in Canada

Korean Register (KR), an IACS member classification society, has been fully authorized by the Marine Safety and Security Division of Transport Canada to perform statutory services on behalf of the government of Canada.    KR is now able to conduct relevant surveys


ClassNK Streamlines Classification Process

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ClassNK informed it has revamped its registration system, halving the time it takes to deliver its classification certificates.   According to ClassNK, the registrations for the classification of ships are carried out through a rigorous process to confirm complete compliance with rules at


MPA, ClassNK Ink MoU On Ship Safety

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 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and ship classification society ClassNK, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance ship safety and environmental sustainability.  "With the MOU, the first to be established between MPA and ClassNK


DNV GL Rules for US Fishing Vessels

Joar Bengaard

The fishing vessel industry fatality rate is 30 times higher than the average of all US industries. To address this, US legislation requires that all new fishing vessels bigger than 50 feet must be built to classification rules. DNV GL is the only classification society to develop rules


ClassNK to Research on Brittle Crack Arrest Design

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  ClassNK announced that it will carry out a joint research project aimed at improving safety standards for ultra-large container ships.   As container ships increase in size, so too does the thickness of the steel that is used. The preventative measures for brittle fracture become






 
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