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Isle of Man Ship Registry, Toko Maruraku MOU

The Isle of Man Ship Registry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Toko Maruraku Transportation Co. Ltd in Tokyo in order to facilitate the registration and related services to its growing number of Japanese clients. The services that Toko Maruraku Transportation Co. Ltd can perform will include the registration of vessel and mortgage registration and the Isle of Man Ship Registry has agreed to provide all the necessary support. The relationship allows Toko Maruraku Transportation Co. Ltd to nominate appointed agents to act on behalf of the Isle of Man Ship Registry and they will have the authority to issue documents of the Isle of Man Ship Registry as well as verifying receipt of signed documents. It means that owners based in Japan and in other east Asian markets will have instant, real-time access to Isle of Man flag services and vessel registration issues on a localized basis.  


UK Ship in Trouble Baltic: Escorted to Port

MV Scot Isles: Photo credit Scotline

A British merchant vessel, listing in rough seas in the Baltic, was escorted to safety by a Swedish coast guard vessel. The crew of the Scot Isles sent out a distress call Christmas Eve close to the Swedish island of Gotland, reports UPI. A rescue helicopter was sent from Visby and remained on the scene until a Swedish Coast Guard ship arrived. The Scot Isles' captain decided to return to Latvia and turned down an offer to evacuate his vessel


East Isle Shipyard Secures $21 Million Contract

East Isle Shipyard, Prince Edward Island's largest shipbuilder, has secured a $21 million contract to construct two new tug boats for customers in the Dominican Republic as well as a third tug for Atlantic Towing, Limited. The new contract means employment for 120 shipyard workers. The shipyard had been idle since September of 2002 when a fourth tug for the Panama Canal Authority was completed. "This contract for three tugs demonstrates confidence in the skill of our Island shipyard


Tasmania’s Manx Connection

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When the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company purchased its latest Incat-built high speed ferry for service on the Irish Sea it continued a relationship established 22 years ago. In 1987, Incat’s chairman Robert Clifford was invited by naval architects Hart Fenton, acting for then Steam Packet shareholder Sea Containers, to visit the Isle of Man with a view of building a high speed craft to serve the island’s needs


SW England Gets £10-M Port Transport Boost

St. Marys Harbor: Photo Geograph/Peter Trimming

UK's Department of Transport informs that Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced a £10 million package to improve sea links between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, upgrade roads on the island and carry out ports repairs. The new funding includes £7.3 million towards a £12.8 million scheme to improve harbour infrastructure at both St Mary’s and Penzance and £1.8 million to repair and resurface public roads on the island.


Irish Ferry Emerges from Refit at A&P Falmouth

On the evening of June 7th, A&P Falmouth welcomed the Irish Ferries passenger vessel Isle of Innisfree to its dry docks for repairs. This vessel represents the fourth Irish Ferries vessel to dock with A&P Group during 2002, following the dry docking of the Ulysses and Isle of Inishmore in Southampton and the Normandy at Falmouth. The 22,365grt Isle of Innisfree arrived at Falmouth on the evening of the 7th of June 2002 after leaving Le Havre


Mersey Docks To Create Jobs

British port operator Mersey Docks said more than 300 jobs will be created by two developments at the port of Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey off the north coast of Kent. It said up to 160 jobs would be created by the construction of a pre-delivery inspection center for imported Peugeot Citroen cars before they are dispatched to showrooms, and a further 150 from the development of a fruit packing plant.


Six Dead in Offshore Helicopter Crash

Six offshore workers were killed and another missing feared dead after a helicopter belonging to an Aberdeen-based firm ditched into the Irish Sea. The aircraft, carrying five Centrica employees and two crew, ditched into freezing water 25 miles off the between the Isle of Man and Morecambe Bay on the Lancashire coast. The Aerospatiale SA-365N Dauphin 2, operated by CHC Scotia Ltd, ditched close to a gas drilling plaftorm on its last journey ferrying workers back to shore.


Coast Guard Rescues Four

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans rescued four men from two separate vessels, which ran aground 35 miles southwest of New Orleans Monday evening. The Coast Guard was notified by cell phone at 11:45 p.m. that the fishing vessel Bobby Da was aground near Grand Isle, La. A helicopter was dispatched to the scene in order to locate the vessel and assist its crewmembers. Once on scene, a rescue swimmer was lowered to the fishing


Incat Crowther Launches 26m Catamaran Ferry

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Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the launch of the 26m catamaran, Cat Cocos Isle of La Digue at Richardson Devine Marine in Hobart. The vessel has successfully completed seas trials, where it proved the efficiency of Incat Crowther’s hull form by exceeding fuel consumption predictions. The 26m, 227 passenger vessel is the third Incat Crowther designed vessel for the operator, and was designed with the specific goal of reduced capital expenditure and operating costs.


UK flag fleet Size Declines

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  According to UK's Department of Transport (DFT) the UK fleet size fell in 2014 from 16th place to 20th place, in terms of deadweight tonnage, decreasing by 17 per cent. Ships registered in the Crown Dependencies (primarily the Isle of Man) remained at 12th place despite tonnage decreasing


ISS Confirms Reduced UK Light Dues

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) advises ship owners and managers that the rate governing the collection of UK Light Dues is set to reduce from April 1, 2015.  As advised by Trinity House in Circular No 533, for vessels other than those where periodic payments apply


Cargo Ship Aground at Kilchoan

Stornoway Coastguard was contacted this morning by the general cargo vessel LYSBLINK SEAWAYS reporting that they had gone aground north of the Isle of Mull, near Kilchoan, at approximately 1.50am. She has 9 people on board and the Tobermory RNLI lifeboat has been standing by the vessel on scene


Quay Contract Awarded at Lerwick Port

Multi-user, deep-water extension to service subsea projects and decommissioning.

  Plans for significant further expansion of Lerwick Harbour’s extensive deep-water facilities for the offshore oil and gas industry have advanced with the award of a major contract to extend the quay at Dales Voe South to support subsea developments and decommissioning.


Trearddur Bay Completes Sea Trials

Photo courtesy: BMT Negel Gee

BMT Nigel Gee Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has announced that windfarm support vessel Trearddur Bay, its latest design for Turbine Transfers,  has successfully completed sea trials in the Solent, achieving 31 knots with 8 metric tons DWT


New Standard in Propulsion Efficiency and Onboard Comfort

Crew Transport Vessel equipped with two Voith Linear Jets (VLJ) Photo courtesy of Voith

The first vessel driven by the new Voith Linear Jet (VLJ) propulsion system was tested outside the Isle of Wight in Southern England at the end of 2014 According to the manufacturer, the propulsion system has performed convincingly all along the line and surpassed the expectations of her owner


Bibby Appoints Rodden as Regional Managing Director

Andrew Rodden (Photo courtesy of Bibby)

Bibby Ship Management has recruited a new Regional Managing Director for the UK and Isle of Man, Andrew Rodden, who brings with him commercial and technical knowledge and experience. Andrew Rodden will manage Bibby Ship Management’s Crew & Technical service delivery across the U.K


Five Airlifted from Sea after Fishing Vessel Sinks

The U.K. Coastguard was notified of a fishing vessel in distress just before 11 a.m. this morning. The Iuda Naofa, a 23-meter Irish fishing vessel, was taking on water 48 miles north of the Butt of Lewis, the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported.  


Lakes Limestone 2014 Tonnage Dips

A typical Great Lakes stone carrier (source: Lake Carriers Association)

Shipments from U.S. ports dipped 4 percent, but loadings out of Canadian quarries rose 12.5 percent.   Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 27.1 million tons in 2014, a decrease of 1.8 percent from 2013 and a drop of 2.1 percent compared to the trade’s long-term average


USCG Cutter Tahoma Returns

USCG Cutter Tahoma

  Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returned Sunday to their homeport of Kittery, Maine after a 55-day patrol conducting operations and training in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. The crew carried out Living Marine Resources boardings under the guidance of the 1st Coast Guard District


Cowes Breakwater Catalyzes Harbor Investment

Photo courtesy of CHC

The main aim of Cowes Harbor Commission’s (CHC) investment into the new Cowes Breakwater was to provide a true sheltered harbor, thereby unlocking its full potential and creating a catalyst for major inward investment and employment generation.


Robot Fleet Completes Pioneering Mission

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  The second phase of an ambitious project to gather valuable information on ocean processes and marine life using a fleet of innovative marine robots has just reached its conclusion. Co-ordinated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)


Simrad Partners with Maverick Boats

Cobia 334 with triple Yamaha 300-horsepower outboard engines offers the latest advances in power boating

  Simrad Yachting, a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems, announced today its partnership with Maverick Boat Company. Maverick’s Cobia brand of center console


New Tidal Wave Energy Device Completes Sea Trials

PLAT-O at sea.

In the continuing quest to harvest efficient, renewable energy from the power of the world’s tides, an organization called Sustainable Marine Energy’s announced that its PLAT-O tidal energy platform has successfully completed its first field trials.  


Seacat Debuts First Tank-tested Catamaran

Photo courtesy of Seacat Services

Following the completion of preliminary sea trials, offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services unveiled the British-built Seacat Intrepid, the first DNV GL certified 26-meter crew transfer vessel to benefit from a unique three-year offshore wind farm workboat tank testing research and






 
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