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Ultrajets for Norwegian Aquaculture Boats

Photo courtesy Ultra Dynamics Limited (ULTRAJET)

Established by Markus N. Hansen in 1919 and later with his brother Realf the company started out originally repairing and building engines. In the mid-1970s Grovfjord Mek Verksted AS progressed to building aluminium and steel fishing boats up to 88ft in length, and in the 1990s receiving contracts for the repair and building of shrimp trawlers. In 1998 Grovfjord Mek Verksted made the decision to focus its activities on the construction of aluminium work boats for the aquaculture industry and invested heavily in new production equipment, 3D modelling - to undertake hull hydrostatic calculations, including stability, and training to improve efficiency.  A new boat shed was opened in 2007, and by 2008 GMV had delivered eight impressive new aquaculture work boats! In 2010 the third production shed was built, enabling production of 6-8 boats at the same time.  Today GMV is considered one of the premier builders of efficient work boats for the aquaculture industry in Norway. The Grovfjord Mek boat construction and design reflects a desire for quality as well as comfort for both crew and passengers.  Managing Director Bård Meek-Hansen explained that the investment made in the yard to improve efficiencies and production has certainly helped them in the current economic climate.  As despite the downturn in the marine industry

DNV-Classed Vessels Tally in at 5,000

The DNV-classed fleet of vessels is growing steadily. Exactly 5,000 vessels (ships and MOUs) are now classed by DNV which is 124 more vessels than at the end of 2001 and a total of almost 92 million gross tones, 2.4 million more than nine months ago. “We are growing according to plan, but in gross tonnage and market share,” said Ragnar Hansen, director for marketing and profiling in DNV Maritime, whose order book now at 12.8 million gross tones, 20.3 percent of all ships on order.

Michigan Marinas Need Deeper Water

Marina Boat Show:Image credit MBIA

Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) applauds introduction of legislation to help marinas during dredging crisis. Senate Bill No. 215, introduced by Senators Brandenburg, Hansen, Casperson, Booher, Green, Walker, Robertson, Jones, Proos and Smith is an act which will provide for low interest loan opportunities for marinas in need of dredging. "The problems facing our waterways need to be addressed immediately and a long-term strategy to maintain them needs to be developed

Odense Ceases Production After Storm Destroys Crane

A hurricane that passed through Denmark on Dec. 3 caused extensive damages to the huge gantry crane in the dock area at Odense Steel Shipyard. The shipyard has ceased operation due to the incident, and approximately 2,000 production employees were sent home until further notice. The crane overturned in the high winds of the storm, and the cross girder came to rest on the deck of a newbuilding under construction in the yard's drydock. There were no injuries reported.

KPI Bridge Oil Appoints London Office Team Leader

Mark Perrins: Photo credit KPI Bridge Oil

KPI Bridge Oil, a leading global broker & trader in marine bunkers, marine lubricants & risk management products, has promoted Mr. Mark Perrins to Team Leader at its London Office. Mark Perrins has been with the company for nearly 5 years during which time he has built strong relations with a wide range of business partners around the world. Mark has a background in operations with two large international shipping and marine logistics companies.  

Arctic Cruise Ship Brings High-tech, Green Design


A new vessel has been designed as a luxury expedition cruise vessel for worldwide operation including Arctic and Antarctic regions for itineraries up to 21 days with 300 passengers aboard. The vessel is designed for unrestricted ocean voyages and strengthened for Ice Class 1A service.   According to designers KNUD E. HANSEN A/S, the vessel has been developed to meet and challenge the increasing interest from the market concerning smaller size vessels for specialized and customized

Aker Kvaerner Deepwater contract for GOM

Chevron, with partner Kerr-McGee, has awarded Aker Kvaerner, Inc. the semisubmersible hull and mooring system contract for their Blind Faith project in the Gulf of Mexico. The contract has a total value of approximately $120 million. Aker Kvaerner's scope of work includes engineering, procurement, construction and transportation. The award is a recognition of the deepwater competence in Aker Kvaerner. The Blind Faith platform to be located in the Mississippi Canyon 650 block

Draft Reef-net Tender: A Unique Vessel for a Unique Fishery

The Gelactic Ice alongside in La Conner, Washington

“We use 10,000 pound anchors on the nets,” said Keith Carpenter as he explained the complexities of this traditional salmon fishery. Carpenter is the president of Lummi Island Wild, the organization that manages and markets the catch from several reef nets. Carpenter was explaining the need for the 12-inch moon pool and heavy winch located forward and midships on the deck of the newly launched Galactic Ice

LNG is a Crystal Clear Alternative

The characteristic, red painted, gas vent lines, featuring “Powered by LNG” on top of the vessel.

Norway-based shipping company Fjord Line’s Stavangerfjord represents a new-generation of advanced and environmentally friendly Cruise Passenger Ferry with outstanding passenger facilities in order to operate both as a day and night ferry. The vessel is built to provide passengers with pleasant experiences, even under the harsh weather conditions of the North Sea. A modern and flexible interior design provides a capacity for 1,500 passengers (1,200 passenger during winter)

First Member State Sudits Under IMO Scheme

Chile and Denmark have become the first two IMO States to cement formally their participation in the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme. A major milestone in the implementation of the Scheme has been achieved during the 96th session of the IMO Council (19 – 23 June) with the signing of the first two Memoranda of Co-operation for the conduct of audits. The documents were signed by IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E

Mercury Marine, FPT Partner for Diesel Engine Launch

Mercury Marine informs it has signed a supply agreement with FPT Industrial to make the FPT 6.7L mechanically fuel injected NEF engines available for sale in global markets.   Martin Bass, Mercury Marine vice president of global category management, said

Fiji: Boats Registeration a Must

Photo by Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji

 Under new maritime laws all vessels and boats using Fiji waters have to abide by the rules and regulations under the Marine Transport Decree, reports FBC   Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) will issue with an infringement notice to any vessel or boat that is not registered with

Steel Processing for largest Sail Boat Begins

  Processing of steel for Hull 483 started on sheet-cutting machine in Shipbuilding Industry Split on 22 September 2015. It is the largest square-rigged ship contracted for a Monaco buyer, the company Star Clippers Ltd. It will be 162 meters long and 18

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

Newport International Boat Show Annouces NFNP Winners

Newport International Boat Show Annouces NFNP Winners

  Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today the results of this year’s Newport For New ProductsTM (NFNP) Awards. Judged on Thursday during the opening day of the Newport International Boat Show and announced at an awards

General Dynamics Wins USN Submarine Deal


  The U.S. Navy has awarded a $321.7 million contract option to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

Man Rescued from Willamette River in Portland


  The Coast Guard rescued a man from the Willamette River after his sail boat capsized near the St. Johns Bridge, in Portland, Sunday night . The man was delivered to awaiting emergency medical services at the Cathedral Park boat launch were he was checked for injuries and released.

OSK-ShipTech Puts Polar Operations in Focus

Tackling the risks of polar operations and new challenges for future ship design   Citing an increase of cruise operations in polar waters, naval architects and marine engineers OSK-ShipTech A/S has ventured into new strategic business areas addressing the challenges and needs of ship

Twenty-two Migrants Dead in Aegean Sea Capsizing

Twenty-two migrants drowned and 200 more were rescued when a boat capsized in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos on Tuesday, the Turkish coastguard said. A total of 211 immigrants were rescued from the boat while divers recovered the bodies of 22

NASBLA Expands Patrol Edition Vessel Offering

Press Release -- The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Enforcement & Training Committee voted to expand its Patrol Edition Boat Program to include additional models by Brunswick Commercial and Government Products (BCGP). 

High Power for New Tunisian Naval Boats

Two new vessels are set to provide the Tunisian Navy with improved capabilities to conduct search and rescue and extended offshore patrols.   Supplying marine engines for two new vessels is marine engine sales and service company Pacific Power Group

Danish Conference to Address Maritime Security

Piracy and armed robbery against ships, corruption and illegal trafficking are well-known maritime security challenges. Now it is time to find solutions.   On Tuesday, October 6, an international conference organized for the second year in a row by the Danish Shipowners’ Association

Willard Marine's Patrol Boats for Philippine National Police

Patrol Boat courtesy Willard Marine

  The United States Department of State awarded a contract to Willard Marine, Inc., to provide the Philippine National Police Maritime Group with patrol vessels equipped to conduct search and rescue operations along Philippine maritime borders.

Austal Delivers Final Cape Class Patrol Boat

Photo: Austal

Cape York, the last of eight new Cape Class Patrol Boats for Australian Border Force (formerly Australian Customs and Border Protection) has been delivered by shipbuilder Austal Limited under a $330 million design, build and in-service support contract.

Willard to Supply Patrol Boats for the Philippines

Image: Willard Marine

The U.S. Department of State awarded a contract to boatbuilder Willard Marine, Inc., to provide the Philippine National Police Maritime Group with patrol vessels equipped to conduct search and rescue operations along Philippine maritime borders.  

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