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
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.
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
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 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, 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.
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
The Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus (CSC) co-chaired by Representatives Gene Taylor (D-MS) and Jo Ann Davis (R-VA), met with ship component manufacturers on the impact that low rates of naval shipbuilding have had on their companies and the challenges confronting the ship manufacturing industrial base. The ship manufacturers that met with the Caucus included: Mr. Craig Hansen of BWXT/ Babcock and Wilcox in Mount Vernon, IN; Mr. Walter Herr of Fairbanks Morse Engine in Beloit, WI; Mr
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)
Well-established local criminal syndicate diversifying its targets rather than undertaking new operations says Denmark-based security advisory and intelligence company Risk Intelligence. The recent hijacking cases of coastal product tankers in Southeast Asia for the theft of their cargos represent a diversification of the threat rather than a new trend. “It’s a case of new diesel in old tankers,” said the CEO of Risk Intelligence, Hans Tino Hansen
Navionics, the leader in location-based content for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, announced today the release of a new SonarCharts chart card for use with several Garmin GPS chartplotters. Featuring extraordinary bottom contour detail of up to 1 foot in the US and Canada
Josh Harris and Casey McManus, a pair of 31-year-olds who respectively own and run the fishing boat Cornelia Marie – made famous on the Discovery Channel’s cable television show Deadliest Catch – discuss with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News their decision to
US Hoists Corporation of Calverton, New York has teamed up with Boat Lift SRL of La Morra, Italy to provide the marine industry with marine hoists and shuttle machines. As the North American representative, US Hoists will provide parts and service domestically for Boat Lift customers.
Brent premium over U.S. crude widens to $12; China's implied oil demand set to grow 3 percent this year. Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday and Brent headed for its first monthly gain since July, helped by strong investor inflows, an improving demand outlook and supply outages.
Crewsaver said it will introduce its range of ErgoFit and Crewfit inflatable life vests at the 2015 Progressive Miami International Boat Show, February 12-16. The new Crewsaver range offers comfortable, safe, stylish and affordable solutions for all types of boating and fishing activity
VesselVanguard has come up with a new mobile app that gives boat owners an easier way to understand and manage all of the various maintenance requirements for their vessel and its systems and equipment. The app provides a simple, streamlined gateway for VesselVanguard subscribers to access
In the first two months of 2005, visitors from all over the world attended the London International Boat Show and Miami International Boat Show, expecting to find the usual selection of boats, equipment and accessories. What they discovered instead was history in the making
The U.S. Coast Guard's Office of the Auxiliary and Boating Safety has officially launched its redesigned Boating Safety website to provide easier navigation for recreational boaters to locate the information they need. "The newly redesigned website has a fresh look that is aligned
Coast Guard crews rescued four Mexican nationals from their sinking boat Saturday, after they were spotted illegally fishing north of the U.S./Mexico maritime border. At approximately 8 p.m. Saturday, a crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Brant, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat
At least 25 migrants died of hypothermia aboard Italian coast guard vessels after being picked up from an inflatable boat adrift near Libya, the chief health official on the Italian island of Lampedusa said on Monday. Two Italian patrol boats picked up 105 migrants late on Sunday from the boat
Big increase in number of migrants dying in Mediterranean * Italy ended full-scale rescue operation last year * Pope Francis calls for solidarity with migrants (Adds comment, details) By Steve Scherer ROME, Feb 11 (Reuters) - More than 300 people probably died this week after
Coming in the Maritime Reporter & Engineering News February 2015 edition: Boat owner Josh Harris and captain Casey McManus, leaders of the commercial crab fishing boat Cornelia Marie made famous on the Discovery Channel’s hit show Deadliest Catch
A revolutionary new concept in marine propulsion, the first Volvo Penta Forward Drive (FWD), debuted today at an exclusive event at the Miami International Boat Show. Opening up a new realm for recreational water sports, the Volvo Penta FWD begins with forward-facing dual counter-rotating
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) presented an Innovation Award to Volvo Penta for its new Forward Drive (FWD) propulsion system in the Alternate Drive Technology category at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show today
A Maltese cargo ship was heading to assist a migrant boat with around 100 people on board in difficulty off the coast of Libya on Friday, and an Italian coast guard vessel was helping two other boats, Italian coastguards said. More than 300 African migrants have already died attempting to reach