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Offshore-Inland Completes Hull Restoration on USS Alabama

Mobile-Alabama based Offshore-Inland Marine & Oilfield Services has completed hull repairs on the battleship USS Alabama, the state of Alabama's most popular tourist attraction. The 680-ft. battleship was in need of extensive hull repairs after spending 38 years in the muddy waters of Mobile Bay. The USS Alabama sits in about 10 feet of water while her hull rests in another 20 feet of mud. To get to the corroded portions of the hull, a cofferdam was built around the ship and the water pumped out. Approximately 4 feet of mud was excavated from both the port and starboard sides of the vessel. Workers used platforms made from wood mats to cross the gumbo like mud and perform the needed repairs on the vessel. Offshore-Inland Marine & Oilfield Services removed 10,000 square feet of corroded steel from the battleship's hull. The corroded steel was replaced with ¼ inch thick steel inserts, and then 18,000 square feet of ½ inch thick steel plating was installed over the battleship's hull at and below the waterline. Finally, the battleship was primed and painted to its original color. Other contractors involved in the hull restoration project included Jordan Pile Driving, Damrich Coatings and USI, Inc. of Mobile.


IHC Merwede Acquires Sea Steel

IHC Merwede acquired 100 percent shares of Sea Steel Ltd. and its subsidiaries on April 4, 2008. The company is based in Dorset (UK) and has an extensive track record of developing innovative sub-sea piling solutions for the oil and gas industries. The company will operate under the name IHC Sea Steel. SEA STEEL is responsible for a number of “everyday” innovative piling tools including the patented “Fast Frame” that has been developed to substantially reduce offshore


Survivor’s Mom Sends Cookies to USCG

Clearwater, rescue crew and Jordan Hanssen (Photo: ACR)

Jordan Hanssen, recently rescued OAR Northwest transatlantic rower, sponsored by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) made great efforts to visit his rescuers at two USCG stations for Military Appreciation Month last week. Both the Clearwater and Miami Coast Guard Air Stations involved in the early April rescue received a gratitude visit from Jordan, who also presented them with a thank you plaque. But what really resonated with the Miami and Clearwater rescue crews were the homemade


Jordan Cove Approved for LNG Export

Terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon authorized to export Liquefied Natural Gas to non-free trade agreement countries The U.S. Energy Department announced that it has conditionally authorized Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. (Jordan Cove) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, from the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon


Boskalis, VolkerWessels Win Offshore Wind Farm Work

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., in partnership with Volker Stevin International (VolkerWessels), has been awarded a contract by Iberdrola Renewables Offshore Deutschland GmbH for the partial construction of the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm in the German section of the Baltic Sea. The work comprises the transport and installation of 70 wind turbine foundations and six offshore substation piles. The contract carries a value of approximately EUR 75 million for Boskalis.  


BAM Completes LNG Terminal in Aqaba, Jordan

The Aqaba New Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal by BAM International. Pic by Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC).

 BAM International has completed its €65 million project to construct the Aqaba LNG terminal for Aqaba Development Corp. (ADC).    The operating company of Royal BAM Group handed over the project on 23 June, two months ahead of schedule.   The LNG terminal forms part of ADC’s plan for developing Aqaba’s energy ports. The government has tasked ADC to develop Jordan’s energy intake capabilities to ensure a consistent supply of energy.  


Yacht Sinks in Barge Incident

A sport fishing yacht sank in the Wicomico River about five miles west of Salisbury, Md., after a diesel barge knocked a piling into it early this morning. The Coast Guard received a report from the master of the Tug Merrimac that his diesel barge had hit the piling about half a mile from the Quantico Wharf and struck the port bow of the 46-foot sport fisher Snoopy II. No one was hurt, and the diesel barge did not rupture.


New Seafarer ID Regs Enter Force

An international treaty aimed at preventing terrorists from infiltrating shipping crews will enter into force in February 2005, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said. The pact, Reuters reported, is aimed at eventually requiring the world's 1.2 million seafarers to carry new identity cards. It will first apply to shipping crews from France and Jordan, the first two countries to ratify it, the United Nations agency said.


Turkish MV Horizon 1 Released by Pirates

The Turkish flagged ship with 23 Turkish crewmembers was hijacked July 08 in the Gulf of Aden on the way from Saudi Arabia to Jordan. NATO TF 508 Turkish warship TCG GEDIZ is escorting the ship which is processing north away from the anchorage.


Fugro Seacore Jacket Installation Works for Australia’s Largest Platform

Fugro Seacore (FSCL) has just completed drilling on the jacket installation works on the North Rankin B platform in Australia.    Fugro Seacore designed, built and operated two large pile top drills for Heerema Marine Contractors for jacket installation work of the platform substructure. The North Rankin B platform is the Australia’s largest offshore platform, measuring 100m long by 50m wide weighing 25


Asian LNG Spot Climbs as Jordan, Pakistan Buy

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices for September delivery were higher on Friday supported by nearby demand from new importers including Jordan and Pakistan, traders said. The price of Asian spot cargoes rose to $8.10 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), from $7


RI Offshore Project Boosts US Wind Entry

Blount Boats is building a 21 meter crew transfer vessel (CTV) that will operate for Deepwater Wind Block Island project. (Image: courtesy Blount)

Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America's first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States.


CAPE Holland Deploys New Vibro Lifting Tool

Photo: CAPE Holland

Earlier this week, during its first commercial application, the newly developed Vibro Lifting Tool (VLT) of CAPE Holland has successfully installed four piles in up to 90 meters water depth. This installation is part of the pre-piling project for the Culzean Wellhead Platform jacket which will


New Load Measurement Solution for Port of Dampier

Photo courtesy of Strainstall

Strainstall designs and delivers a load measurement solution for the world’s largest floating wharf at Port of Dampier.   Strainstall, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, was commissioned to design and deliver a load monitoring system for the Dampier Floating Deck - the world’s


Global Warming Slowdown Tracked to Indian Ocean

Image courtesy: NOAA.

 Global surface warming has slowed since the start of the twenty-first century, while Pacific heat uptake was enhanced. Analyses of ocean heat content suggest that the warm water was transferred to the Indian Ocean, through the Indonesian straits, reports "Natue".  


Chile Exporters Fret as Customs Strike Continues

A customs strike in Chile that began last week has started to affect exports and imports, although miners in the top copper producer said this week they have not yet been significantly impacted.   The strike by customs officials, who say they want the government to approximately double


Global LNG Price Slide Resumes on Weak Demand

Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices for July fell this week on continued weak demand and ample supply.   The price of Asian spot cargoes slid to $7.40 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), compared with around $7.70 per mmBtu last week.  


ICTSI Donates AUD150,000 for Marine Research

VICT- Albert Park College

  Victoria International Container Terminal Ltd (VICT) recently presented Albert Park College with a AUD150,000 grant from VICT’s Community Investment Fund to fit out and resource a new Marine Research Centre at the school’s Environmental Arts Hub in Port Melbourne. 


Liverpool2 Passes Major Construction Milestone

Piling Photo Peel Ports

  Construction at the new £300 million ($500 million) container terminal being built at the Port of Liverpool has reached an advanced stage. Work to reclaim 12 hectares of land has passed the first stage with further infilling due to take place over the summer.  


RWO Plots Its Strategy for CleanBallast

CleanBallast system (Image: RWO)

It’s been a difficult year in the ballast water market so far, says Bremen-based manufacturer RWO. Quite close to ratification, new regulations show up on the horizon, and old ones are put under discussion, piling the pressure on system requirements and manufacturers


Driving Innovation: the Unmanned FLNG

 Wind Farm Game Changer The efficient installation system for Monopiles (MPs), Transition Pieces (TPs) and Pre-piling of Jackets. (Photo: Neya Systems)

The Unmanned FLNG DNV GL developed a new unmanned floating LNG concept that it claims overcomes many of the challenges faced by operators looking to unlock the potential of remote offshore gas fields. Called Solitude, DNV GL said the concept demonstrates how technological advances can be combined


Global LNG Prices Hold, Supported by Middle East Demand

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices for August delivery were firm on Friday, underpinned by steady demand from the Middle East and the potential for stronger European demand after production cuts at the region's largest gas field.  


Pipavav Port Resumes Operations

Photo: Pipavav Port

 Gujarat Pipavav Port (APM Terminals Pipavav) has resumed operations following improvement in weather conditions.    Last week, the port operations were suspended due to the cyclonic weather conditions and breakdown of power supply and communication.   


Thrustmaster Equips Z-Drives with Mechanical Fuses

The USS Cairo is equipped with two (2) 750 HP Z-Drives model TH750MZ (Image: Thrustmaster)

Thrustmaster has been building brown water propulsion equipment for more than 30 years. Now the company’s American-made Z-Drive thrusters for inland waterway towboats are the first thruster in the industry to include a built-in mechanical fuse or quick release coupling.  


Couplings Cure Gensets’ Destructive Vibration

Image: Renold Hi-Tec

Rubber-in-compression couplings help protect gas- and diesel-driven generator sets from torsional vibration and the possible catastrophic effects of resonance occurring if this were to coincide with the natural frequency of the system, says couplings manufacturer Renold Hi-Tec.  






 
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