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First Self-Sufficient Zero Carbon Life Support Vessel (LSV)

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The Ocean Empire LSV (life support vessel) is a 144.3-ftSolar Hybrid Superyacht with two Hydroponic farms and fishing facilities to harvest the sea. Her solar powered propulsion systems and all the hotel amenities of a luxury global voyager are supplied by harnessing 3 major sources of sustainable of energy. The first and foremost source of energy is from the Sun which powers Solar Cells (covering the entire surface of the vessel) while at the same time illuminating 2 Hydroponic farms. The second source is energy from the Wind which powers an auxiliary automated SkySail that drives the Ocean Empire to 18+knots while charging her GM ESS2 batteries through power sailing KER. The third source is energy from Waves captured through Motion Damping Regeneration (MDR).  A new form of ATMD (Adjustable Tuned Mass Damper) developed in collaboration with Maurer Sohnes Gmbh. The MDR system is basically an ATMD utilized in skyscrapers such as Taipei 101 to reduce their swaying motion. In this application 16 tons of batteries are the Mass while linear generators produce up to 50 kws of electricity as they dampen the motion of the vessel. Richard Sauter head of design commented “The Ocean Empire life support Superyacht liberates the Superyacht community from its strict dependence on unsustainable resources by harnessing the renewable collective power ever present in the Earths Biosphere.”

New GM at Burger Boat Company

Burger Boat Company announced that Bill Bitner has joined the Burger Executive Team as the new Vice-President/General Manager. Bitner has previously held positions as Allied Signal-Honeywell Aerospace Division and most recently, from Rolls-Royce Aerospace where he served as Vice President/General Manager for the last five years. Bitner holds an MBA in Global Management, Lean Manufacturing Certification and an Executive MBA Certification.

Shipdock Lands Jack-Up Upgrade Contracts

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Secret weapon’: dedicated on site steel construction and machining facility.   The skyline of the Amsterdam harbours has been visibly altered in the neighbourhood of Shipdock, Amsterdam’s premier ship repair and conversion yard. The company has recently secured four major contracts for the upgrading and maintenance of the jack-up vessels GMS Endurance, GMS Endeavour, Seajack Leviathan and Seajack Zaratan

Geometry at the Heart

Christian Veldhuis is project manager at the Ships department of MARIN, the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands.

Computational geometry is at the heart of much of MARIN’s day-to-day business Computational geometry is at the heart of much of MARIN’s day-to-day business, which includes the hull, appendages and propulsion design and optimization, to the milling of models and detailed CFD calculations. And computational geometry is also set to play a key role in longer-term research and development carried out by MARIN, its clients and partners.

USS Dolphin at Maritime Museum of San Diego

Decommissioned Navy research submarine, the USS Dolphin (AGSS 555), has opened for public exploration at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. The landmark research sub is responsible for many firsts in the industry, including the world record for deepest dive, still held today and the first email sent underwater. The July 4 opening of the USS Dolphin marked the seventh large, docked vessel to make its permanent home among the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s collection of historic ships

Bisso Towboat Receives New Z-Drive Tug

Cecilia B. Slatten is the newest addition to Bisso Towboat Co.'s fleet of Mississippi River ship-assist tugboats. The 4,300 hp, reverse Z-drive tractor tug measures 100 x 38 x 18 ft., with an operating draft of 13.5 ft. A pair of Aquamaster US 2001 Z-drives are powered by twin EMD 16-645-E6 diesel engines, each producing 2,150 hp @ 900 rpm. The two propellers are four-bladed stainless steel, 90-in. diameter by 82-in. pitch

Higorani Appointed GM at Americas Systems

Americas Systems, LLC, the premier provider of innovative information technology solutions for global transportation management, has appointed Naresh Hingorani to the position of General Manager, Products, for transportation management solutions. Mr. Hingorani, a successful entrepreneur and logistics industry thought-leader, will head the company¹s new product development strategy focusing on the international transportation management needs of retailers,

Swift Appointed Foundation GM

Captain Peter J. Swift has been appointed as the General Manager of the Maritime Industry Foundation. He takes up his new position with effect from June 2007. Before joining the Maritime Industry Foundation, Captain Swift spent forty eight years in the maritime industry. Twenty of those years were at sea, with command experience on LNG carriers, OBOs and aframax tankers. Shore experience included marine operations and technical management positions with P & O Bulk Shipping Division

Cox Joins Crowley as GM

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Bob Cox has joined the company's petroleum distribution group as general manager. Cox is based in the company's Anchorage office and reports to Craig Tornga, vice president of petroleum distribution. In his new position, Cox is responsible for Crowley's 14 Alaska marine and aviation petroleum terminals, which have a combined fuel capacity of 39 million gallons. A veteran of the Alaska petroleum sales and distribution market

Iron Ore and Coal World Shipping Summit 2013

The fifth annual Iron Ore and Coal World Shipping Summit will take place on October 1 in Athens, Greece. The conference will focus on the maritime transportation of iron ore and coal, making an attempt to forecast the trends of global economy; iron ore, coal and other commodities, production and distribution; the trading markets, shipping capacities, shipbuilding and shipping requirements; the financing and investment climate

Completed GMS Scirocco Gets first Contract

GMS Scirocco

  Gulf Marine Services the provider of advanced self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs) serving the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, informed that the newly-built GMS Scirocco has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget and has been awarded its first

A Maneuverable Oil Spill Response Vessel

G.M. Penman (Photo: Twin Disc)

The maritime industry has seen an increased need for high speed spill response in step with expanding offshore oil exploration and production.   Meeting this need is the newest skimmer boat from Washington-based shipbuilder Rozema Boat Works: a 65-foot oil spill recovery vessel (OSRV), G.M

Yenisei River Helps Saves 4 Sailors

Courtesy Dynagas

  Dynagas infomred that their 155,000-cbm newbuilding Yenisei River, which was delivered in July, braved moderate to rough seas to go to the aid of the yacht Caprea which was taking in water. They picked up the four sailors after their yacht began flooding off western France.

Rapid Oil Spill Response Vessel Launched

George Penman (Photo: WCMRC)

Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) launched their newest oil spill response vessel in Burrard Inlet. The boat, named after former employee George Penman, was christened at a private ceremony in Coal Harbour. The $4.5 million G.M

Tankers to Require Stability Instruments Starting 2016

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

Lloyd's Register informs that new stability instrument requirements will apply to all tankers constructed (keel laid) on or after January 1, 2016. These ships will be required to fit an approved stability instrument, capable of verifying compliance with intact and damage stability requirements.

GMS Supports DSA Stance on Beaching

Photo: GMS

GMS, a buyer of ships for recycling, has voiced its support of the Danish Ship Association (DSA) which refuses to ban beaching outright following the recent announcement by their Norwegian counterparts. GMS supports DSA’s position that ship recycling choice shouldn’t be based just on

Speedcast Selected by Gulf Marine Services

SpeedCast International Limited (SpeedCast), a global satellite telecommunications service provider, announced that it has been awarded a multi-year communications contract from Gulf Marine Services (GMS). The new dual-beam Ku-band satellite service will provide high-performance broadband

Wartsila to Equip Giant Dredger

Mr Roger Holm, Senior Vice President, Wärtsilä Engines (left) and Mr Wang Haihuai, Vice President CCCC (right) at the signing ceremony of the long term strategic cooperation agreement

  A contract has been signed with the Tianjin Dredging Company, part of the China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) and the recently founded Dredging Group, under which Wärtsilä will supply the engines and all essential ancillaries for a new self-propelled cutter dredger

Kestrel Selects Haven Platform

Haven and Kestrel logo

  Kestrel Liner Agencies, a pre-eminent ocean freight provider serving the Caribbean, has started offering capacity on the Haven Platform. Haven, the private marketplace for buying and selling ocean freight capacity. The new partnership offers shippers a growing selection of port pairs.

ABS to Class Newbuild Semisubmersible, Liftboat

This artist’s rendering shows the three units that will make up the Baoham fleet upon delivery of the newbuilds now on order. (Image courtesy of Global Maritime)

Baoham Offshore (HK) Ltd. has selected ABS to provide classification services for newbuilds in China.   ABS, a provider of marine and offshore classification services, has been selected by Baoham Offshore (HK) Ltd. to class a drilling semisubmersible and a liftboat.  

Beaching Ban Bad for Ship Recycling Industry

Alang Beach in India, where large numbers of ships end their days

  On Monday 20th of April 2015, Michael Grey of Lloyds List published the article "Name-calling bullies" where he outlined his opposition to the idea of banning beaching and gave reasons why such a decision would be impractical and unethical for the ship recycling industry.

AMSA GM Elected Chairman of IMO's Safety Committee

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves

  The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves has been elected as Chairman of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee for 2016.

Strategic Marine Appoints New GM

Rob Osborn

  Specialist shipbuilder, Strategic Marine, has appointed Rob Osborn as General Manager for Fabrication and Engineering. Over the last few years, Strategic Marine has established and rapidly developed production capability in the sectors of marine infrastructure

Antwerp Port Creating Additional Space

Courtesy Antwerp Port

  With growth of 5.9% the port of Antwerp has got off to a strong start in 2015. In terms of container handling (in TEU) Antwerp even achieved growth of 9.5% in the first three months of this year. The 2M alliance of MSC and Maersk which last year opted resolutely for Antwerp is of course

Moskito to Recover Oil from Sunken Wrecks

The Moskito name comes from the fact that it is designed to work much like the annoying insect. Moskito is delivered to the outside of the (sunken ship’s) tank where it penetrates its skin and inserts its proboscis so that the liquid inside can sucked out.

  A tool for removing oil in submerged vessels was developed in Norway by Miko Marine. Moskito is designed to address the pollution threat that exists with the large numbers of sunken ships around the world that still contain significant quantities of oil in their tanks as cargo or bunker

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