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RINA, China Class Team on Yard Quality

Italian classification society and certification group RINA and the China Classification Society (CCS) have joined forces to deliver quality management system expertise to small and medium-size Chinese shipyards which intend to build ships for international trade. The two class societies have set up a joint venture company, Yizhong Marine Technical Services, based in Shanghai. It will assist between five and ten yards in its first year. The yards, suitable for building ships up to 50,000 dwt, are those which currently build only to internal Chinese standards but which wish to enter the international shipbuilding market. Yizhong will train the management and help them build and run a complete quality management system capable of building ships to international classed standards. Ugo Salerno, ceo of RINA, says, "Shipyard quality is very much in focus today. No class or owner supervision team can guarantee a good ship if the yard building it does not have a satisfactory quality system in place to cover all its production. Our RINA Industry subsidiary has wide experience with industrial quality management systems, and can, working with CCS, deliver the expertise which will enable these yards to upgrade their production controls to international standards." Li Kejun, Chairman and President of CCS, says, "There is enormous potential in China for building smaller ships, and the global market is likely to need those

Kongsberg Delivers Offshore Ops Simulator


Superior Energy Services of Houston, Texas, took delivery of one of the most advanced maritime training simulators ever developed, in April 2012. The next-generation simulator from Kongsberg Maritime will be used to provide integrated, real-time training for Superior’s offshore marine personnel at its new facility in Anchorage, Alaska.   Under the terms of the contract, signed September 2011, Kongsberg Maritime supplied Superior Energy Marine Technical Services with a full

Dynamic Positioning Training Center Launched in Shanghai

Shanghai Opening (Photo: C-Mar)

C-MAR, an international marine and offshore services provider, and the Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) has officially launched the Dynamic Positioning training facility (DPC-SMU) at a special ceremony in Shanghai. In the first joint venture of its kind, C-MAR will provide dynamic positioning (DP) training to Chinese nationals and vessel operators in the offshore oil and gas sector, bringing the company’s extensive experience and expertise to the world’s fastest growing

Imtech Acquires Belgian Maritime Technical Services Provider

Dutch technical marine services provider, Royal Imtech, acquires Belgian company in the same field, Van Stappen & Cada Van Stappen & Cada has an annual revenue of over 3 million euro. The acquisition will be paid in cash and will immediately contribute to Royal Imtech's earnings per share. It will enable Imtech to further strengthen its position in the Belgian marine market. The Belgian company was established in 1991 and has its registered office in Antwerp’s port area

Imtech Strengthens Position in Belgian Marine Market

Royal Imtech N.V. (IM-AE, technical services provider in and outside Europe) announces that it has acquired the Belgian maritime technical services provider Van Stappen & Cada NV. This company realizes annual revenue of over 3 million euro. The acquisition will be paid in cash and will immediately contribute to the earnings per share. It will enable Imtech to further strengthen its position in the Belgian marine market.

LR Acquires ODS

A Lloyd’s Register Group company has acquired Ødegaard & Danneskiold-Samsøe A/S (ODS), a Danish consultancy specialising in noise, vibration and machinery dynamics. The acquisition will build on the strengths of both organisations and will enable the Lloyd’s Register Group to offer the marine, rail and oil and gas industries a wider range of services designed to solve noise, vibration and machinery performance problems

Intellian Appoints Engineering Sales Director

Charlie Snooke

Marine satellite antenna company Intellian has appointed Charlie Snooke as global director sales engineering. Charlie brings over 20 years’ experience in the marine electronics business, having provided installation and technical support for a wide range of navigation and communication equipment suppliers. During this time Charlie has fulfilled a variety of key technical support and market development roles with a well-known marine stabilized antenna manufacturer

Coldharbour Marine Joins IMarEST Marine Partner Scheme

Coldharbour Marine Ltd., UK-based marine inert gas and ballast water treatment specialists, has joined the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Marine Partner scheme as a Marine Affiliate, able to draw on the numerous advantages of corporate partnership with IMarEST, a professional body for the global marine community. “We are delighted to welcome Coldharbour Marine as Marine Affiliates, which offers them a package of services, employee engagement

Global Opens S. California Office


  Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has expanded its California Regional operations with the addition of a new office in Southern California. Located in Signal Hill near Long Beach, the new office supports Global's core service lines; Marine Construction, Casualty Response, Offshore Support, and Global Technical Services. Danny Broadhurst, Global's California Operations Manager and Manager of the new facility

Coatings and Corrosion Control Internet Portals Form Alliance and have formed an alliance to integrate their Internet exchange, portal and technical offerings to the corrosion control community worldwide. The basis for the alliance is that the two sites together offer a full range of technical and product information, as well as rich Web site functionalities, to both corrosion specialists and non-specialists alike. CorrosionSource has a 30,000-page technical library dealing with the disciplines of corrosion

Crowley Opens Government Services Office

Military Sealift Command vessel USNS Invincible (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. has opened a new government services office in downtown Norfolk, Va. to help the company better serve government agencies such as the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD).  

ClassNK Drafts Amendments to Containership Rules

MOL Comfort (File photo: TMC Marine)

Classification society ClassNK has released draft amendments to its rules and guidance for container carriers, with the aim of implementing more comprehensive rules for increased ship safety. The amendments were approved by the ClassNK Technical Committee in Tokyo on November 19.  

Pittsburgh Coalition Receives Marine Air Quality Grant

Rendering of the conversion of an inland towboat to dual fuel diesel/liquid natural gas (LNG). (Image: Bristol Harbor Group)

Cutting-edge Demonstration Project on the Rivers. The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) is proud to be participating with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) and Clean Fuels Clean Rivers (CFCR) to conduct a marine air quality study centered on the conversion of an inland towboat to dual fuel

LR to Class Nine Tankers for Maersk


 Lloyd’s Register (LR) won the deal for classification of nine Medium Range (MR) type product tankers. Owned by Maersk Tankers, the vessels are to be built at Samsung’s Ningbo yard in China.    These are the first ever vessels ordered by a Danish ship owner to the

GE Partners for Royal Navy Business

GE announce its partnership with VolkerStevin Ltd. to provide technical solutions to the Defense Infrastructure Organization (DIO) for the Royal Navy. Through this partnership, GE is set to design, manufacture and commission a Rotary Frequency Converter (RFC) which enables efficient

ABB’s Norway Integrated Ops Center

Photo courtesy of ABB

ABB has unveiled a new Integrated Operations Center which allows ship owners to take greater control of their fleet from shore.   From the center, situated in Billingstad in Norway, its expert engineers can connect to any vessel anywhere in the world which is fitted with ABB technology

IMCA Report Covers Mini RadaScan System for DP Ops

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations at offshore installations. The development of dynamic positioning (DP) systems has been gradual over the past 50 years and today, various manufacturers’ systems are available around the world

LR to Class Project Resolve Conversion

Image: Project Resolve

Project Resolve is the conversion of the container vessel M.V. Asterix to an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship to support the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) interim supply ship capability requirements. Providing support to Project Resolve will be Lloyd’s Register’s (LR)

Mackay Acquires CMC’s Marine Business

Mackay Communications, Inc. acquired CMC Electronics’ commercial marine business on October 30, 2015, from Canadian parent, Esterline, a supplier of aviation systems. Esterline divested their marine sector to concentrate efforts on its core aviation business

Crowley Vessels Win Environmental Awards

Accepting the awards on behalf of Crowley were Golonka; John Bohn, captain at Crowley’s Marine Transport Lines; Wendy MacDonald, vice president, technical management; Keith Montpas, chief engineer, petroleum services; Jay Debruhl, port captain, petroleum services; Jack Andrews, technical management, and Jarrett Flynn, captain, marine services.

101 Crowley Vessels Honored with Environmental Awards in Recognition of 984 Combined Years of Safe Operations.   More than 100 Crowley Maritime Corporation-owned and -operated vessels were honored with Certificates of Environmental Achievement for years of safe operations during the recent

Crowley Appoints Tornga as VP - Stakeholder Relations

Crowley Veteran Craig Tornga

  Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that company veteran Craig Tornga has assumed the role of vice president of stakeholder relations for Alaska, and will coordinate with all of Crowley's Alaska business units to leverage relevant company relationships

New GM at Perkins Marine Facility in Wimborne

Andrew Goldspink (Photo: Perkins)

Engine manufacturer Perkins hires Andrew Goldspink to succeed retiring general manager Steve Phillips. After 30 years at engine manufacturer Perkins, Steve Phillips has elected to retire from his role as General Manager of the company’s marine facility in Wimborne

Long and Successful Links: Sanmar Hosts Robert G Allan

Photo: Sanmar

Some 200 delegates from all around Turkey attended the Pilotage & Towage Services Technologies Congress in Izmir, an event supported by shipbuilder Sanmar, whose Projects Director Ali Gurun presented a paper about technical specification of modern harbor and terminal tug boats outside of

Information on USCG BWM Regulation

  The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has issued the rule with regard to obligation of installation of ballast water management system for the vessels engaged in U.S. waters. The rule is entitled as "Standards for Living Organisms in Ship's Ballast Water Discharged in U.S

Iran Belgium Hold Talks to Build FLNG Unit

FLNG Unit Image by National Iranian Oil Company

 Minister of Petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh said that Iran and Belgium are in talks for possible floating production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) FLNG Unit off the Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf.    The issue was brought up during Zangeneh’s talks with Belgian Secretary of

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