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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.

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.

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

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

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)

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

Corvus Energy Opens Office in Bergen

Courtesy Corvus Energy

  Corvus Energy, a supplier of Type-Approved energy storage systems (ESS) for the commercial maritime industry is proud to announce the opening of Corvus Norway AS. Corvus Norway AS is at the forefront of a new trend in the marine industry, the adaptation of hybrid-electric propulsion technology.  Hybridized vessels provide ship owners with a rapid return on investment with immediate savings in fuel and maintenance costs and significantly reduced emissions

Around 20 African Migrants Lost at Sea After Boat Sinks

Around 20 African migrants are missing at sea after their boat sunk in the Atlantic Ocean around 20 miles off the coast of Western Sahara, Spanish sea rescue services said on Wednesday.   Spanish lifeguards rescued 22 African men from the sea late on Tuesday in stormy conditions and

Moose Boats is Keeping Busy

New patrol boat for Placer County Sheriff’s Office (Photo: Moose Boats)

U.S. boat builder Moose Boats announced the delivery of two new vessels, as well as a new build order   Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, announced two recent vessel deliveries: a M2-35 Catamaran Patrol Boat to the Placer County Sheriff’s

SAFE Boats' Riverine Interceptor for Colombia

Courtesy SAFE Boats International

SAFE Boats International has been selected by the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard to build its new Type-F Riverine Interceptor Vessel.   The contract will provide the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard with a state-of-the-art, shallow draft, aluminum high speed intercept vessel designed to provide

Henriksen Unveils Strongest SOLAS Boat Lifting Hook

Henriksen 22.5 tonne SOLAS lifting hook Photo H Henriksen

  H Henriksen of Norway has received SOLAS certification for a new off-load single-point boat lifting hook capable of holding up to 22.5-tonnes. The quick release hook has been developed principally for use with heavy workboats while a smaller hook has received SOLAS certification for

Tour Boat Sinks in Canada, Five Dead

The whale watching boat Leviathan II sits partially submerged in the ocean west of Tofino. Photograph By Albert Titian, via Facebook

 At least five people died after a whale watching boat with 27 people on board sank off Vancouver Island and a rescue mission remained active late Sunday, says Canadian authorities.   21 other people have been recovered from the water, says Lt

Damen Builds RoPax Ferry for Canada

MV Veteran (Photo: Damen)

Damen RoPax ferry MV Veteran for Canadian lifeline vessel replacement   The Damen 80-meter ice class RoPax ferry MV Veteran handover to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (GNL) took place in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada on October 23, 2015

Maritime Security Demand Keeps US Builders Busy

Photo: Kvichak

Export hulls – through the FMS Program, as well as Direct Sales – are a key piece of the business model. Even as the crash in energy prices feeds the oversupply of offshore support vessels – a key staple of U.S. boatbuilding diets – and the dwindling backlogs of some

Risk Intelligence Launches PortRisk

Hans Tino Hansen (Photo: Risk Intelligence)

Denmark-based security risk intelligence company Risk Intelligence has launched PortRisk, a service that aims to deliver comprehensive and reliable intelligence on risk in ports. PortRisk provides on-demand security information and threat, vulnerability and risk assessment covering countries

Gobbler OSRV Harnesses Fire Suppression Tech

Photo courtesy of Gobbler Offshore

The new Gobbler Offshore 290 oil spill recovery vessel (OSRV) not only excels at remediation, but harnesses the latest in environmentally sound fire suppression technology, according to its developer. The boat comes standard with a Sea-Fire pre-engineered system and 3M's Novec 1230 Fire Protection

Two New SAR Vessel Designs from Tuco Marine

Image: Tuco Marine

Tuco Marine has launched two new search and rescue (SAR) vessel designs approaching next week’s Europort in Rotterdam.   The boats have been developed upon international requests and designed by a team of engineers in collaboration with naval experts

Six Infants Drown as Migrant Boat Capsizes off Greek Island

Migrants make their short but dangerous crossing from Turkey to Greeces eastern islands

  Eleven migrants including six infants drowned when their boat capsized off the Greek island of Samos, trapping most of them in the cabin, the coast guard said on Sunday. Fifteen others were rescued when the six-metre boat sank in the early hours near the coast of the Aegean island.

Riders on the Storm

High performance Zodiac Hurricane RHIB with shock mitigation.jpg

It’s no shock that decking, seating and other related equipment for ‘fast boats’ is a critical ingredient for maritime security personnel. A  shock mitigation strategy is essential for all craft that undertake open sea transits or operate in rough water

Lobster Boat Catches Fire off Massachusetts

Lobster boat Dawn Breaker ablaze near Ipswich, Mass. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Emergency personnel are responding to a 28-foot lobster boat ablaze near Ipswich, Mass., Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The lobster boat’s operator hailed Coast Guard watchstanders at about 9:30 a.m. stating his boat Dawn Breaker was on fire and he was abandoning ship after

Project Cargo and Grain Top Seaway Cargoes in October

With two months left in the shipping season, U.S. ports were busy moving grain and project cargo in October.   “We anticipated an increase in vessel activity and cargo tonnage into the Great Lakes Seaway System for the month of October, and we saw it,” said Betty Sutton

New RIB Delivered to Vermont State Police


The Vermont State Police Department Marine Division has taken delivery of a specialized RIBCRAFT 7.8 RIB built by RIBCRAFT, a U.S. manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats for safety professionals, law enforcement and military agencies.  

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