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Abu Dhabi Ports and Gulf Marine Services Announce New Partnership

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi and Duncan Anderson sign an agreement for a new Gulf Marine Services facility to be built at the Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 Abu Dhabi Ports – the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate ― has signed a contract with Gulf Marine Services (GMS) that will see the creation of a state-of-the-art facility at Zayed Port where GMS will construct and maintain its offshore support vessels that serve the region’s oil and gas industry.    Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi city―a regional hub for the cruise industry, and general and bulk cargo―will lease the new facility to GMS for three years.   GMS, founded in Abu Dhabi in 1977 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2014, is the largest operator of self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs), also known as jackup barges, in the world.    The company’s construction and maintenance yard is currently located in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi.  The relocation to Zayed Port will bring substantial benefits to GMS’ business and clear advantages for its clients.  The new site is double the size, increasing the yard to 42,500 sq. ft.    This larger capacity will allow GMS to bring subcontracted fabrication work in-house, generating cost savings for both GMS and its clients.  The location of Zayed Port is operationally more efficient being closer to the channel, with access to the sea requiring just one day’s passage instead of up to six days required from Mussafah due to tidal conditions

GMS Launches Korean Operation

Gyungbae Gil appointed to head Korean division of GMS   GMS, a cash buyer of ships and offshore structures, has launched a new operation in Korea. The office will be headed by Gyungbae Gil, a trader who was based in Dubai.   According to GMS, the move will allow it to strengthen its position in the important East Asian market, and grow its expanding customer base.   GMS said it has worked with a significant number of Korean owners and brokers for many years

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

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.

Maher Named Ship Repair GM at ASRY

 Charles Maher is the new Ship Repair General Manager (GM) at ASRY, bringin 15 years of experience with top firms including Dormac, Grand Bahamas Shipyards, and Southern African Shipyards.

ASRY appointed Charles Maher as the new General Manager (GM) of the Ship Repair division, effective January 4, 2016. Maher brings more than 15 years worth of corporate and hands-on technical shipyard experience at Dormac Marine & Engineering, Grand Bahamas Shipyard, and Southern African Shipyards. He will lead the newly restructured Ship Repair division of ASRY. Maher’s appointment will overlap with the outgoing Ship Repair GM, Magdy Sharkawy, who retires in February

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

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

GM Deep Sea Mooring Secures Det Norske Oljeselskap Contract

Deep Sea Mooring Will Supply Mooring Equipment Services To Safe Zephyrus Semi-Submersible Accommodation Vessel (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Deep Sea Mooring, a provider of offshore mooring services in Norway, has signed a contract with Norwegian operator Det norske oljeselskap to support Prosafe’s semi-submersible Safe Zephyrus accommodation rig in the Ivar Aasen North Sea field

Metal Shark tapped to build new NYC Ferries

(Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark was selected by HNY Ferry Fleet, LLC (a Hornblower company), operator of New York City’s Citywide Ferry Service, to build 26-m149-passenger aluminum high-speed ferries.   Metal Shark will produce a series of ferries at its Franklin, Louisiana shipyard

Shell Presents Crewmember Safety Awards

Pictured left to right are Captain Tim Downs, GM Shipping and Maritime, Americas; DeAnn Lewis, Regional Marine Manager, Shell Chemicals Company; Captain Greg Wilkinson, Master, M/V GREGORY, Enterprise Marine Services; Mr. Eric Ricker, Manager, Marine Operations, Enterprise Marine Services; and Tankerman Von Smith, Enterprise Marine Services (Photo: Shell)

Shell Shipping and Maritime, Americas recently held its third annual Goal Zero Hero Awards dinner in Houston, recognizing the crewmembers of 21 contracted/chartered vessels, who had the courage to intervene and clearly demonstrate their commitment to zero incidents and safe operations in service

MSC, INTTRA Address Container Weight Rules

Photo: MSC

MSC and INTTRA enter into a new digital partnership to address SOLAS VGM requirements    Container shipping company MSC and ocean shipping electronic marketplace INTTRA have entered a new partnership aiming to introduce a customer-friendly solution to new container weight safety

Emco Wheaton Plays Key Role in First US Crude Oil Shipment

Photo: Emco Wheaton

Marine Loading Arms (MLA) form vital part of process when transferring crude oil to oceangoing tanker   Emco Wheaton has played a pivotal role in the transfer of the first shipment of U.S. crude oil for export in 40 years, after the Theo T tanker set sail from the Port of Corpus Christi

Tankers, Bulkers & the Increased Need for Software Solutions

Hendrik Bruhns

Tankers IMO/adopted guidelines for the mandatory carriage of damage stability verification instruments (software, computers, etc.) onboard all (new and existing) tankers beginning in January 2016. IMO IMO has adopted guidelines and applicable IMO Code amendments for the mandatory carriage of

Foss Maritime Names Parrott COO

John Parrott (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Foss Maritime announced that John Parrott will join the Foss executive team as Chief Operating Officer (COO).   Parrott comes to Foss from sister company, TOTE Maritime Alaska, where he has served as President for sixteen years. In his new role as Foss' COO

APM Terminals Pipavav Launches Double Stack Rail Service

Keld Pedersen, Managing Director of APM Terminals Pipavav  Photo APM

  APM Terminals Pipavav (Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd) one of western India’s fastest growing gateway ports, has commenced a new weekly double stack rail service to the industrial center in Faridabad in north India’s Haryana State, near the Indian Capital City of New Delhi.  

South African Boatbuilding: Tugboat Honors Mandela Birthplace

(Photos courtesy of Southern African Shipyards)

Transnet National Ports Authority announced a milestone in its $98 million tug building contract when the first of its nine new tugboats was launched at the Durban premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards.     “This is the largest single contract TNPA has ever

World-First, Dual-Fuel Container Ship Conversion

Pictured at the signing at Europort were (front, left to right) Dr Thomas Spindler (Head of Upgrades & Retrofits, MAN PrimeServ Four-Stroke) and Christian Hoepfner (Wessels Reederei GM); (back, left to right) Marcel Lodder (Project Engineer, Upgrade & Retrofit, MAN PrimeServ), Stefan Eefting (Vice President, MAN PrimeServ), Rainer Runde (Project Manager, Wessels Reederei), and Gerd Wessels (Managing Partner – Wessels Reederei)

  Wessels Reederei, the German shipping company, has signed a contract with MAN Diesel & Turbo at the Europort exhibition for maritime technology to retrofit the 8L48/60B main engine of its 1,000-teu container ship ‘Wes Amelie’ to dual-fuel operation

Deal Struck for Dual-fuel Containership Conversion

At the signing at Europort - front left to right: Dr. Thomas Spindler, Head of Upgrades & Retrofits, MAN PrimeServ Four-Stroke; and Christian Hoepfner, Wessels Reederei GM; and back left to right: Marcel Lodder, Project Engineer, Upgrade & Retrofit, MAN PrimeServ; Stefan Eefting, Vice President, MAN PrimeServ; Rainer Runde, Project Manager, Wessels Reederei; and Gerd Wessels, Managing Partner – Wessels Reederei

German shipping company Wessels Reederei has signed a contract with MAN Diesel & Turbo at the Europort exhibition for maritime technology to retrofit the 8L48/60B main engine of its 1,000-teu containership Wes Amelie to dual-fuel operation

Virdi Joins GMS' Dubai Operations


  GMS is proud to announce that Ms. Jasvinder Virdi has joined the company to further develop its growth within the industry. Jasvinder comes with a wealth of determination and enthusiasm, as well as experience of working within the shipping industry

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.

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