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MIKE HOOKS

Maintenance & Certification: Critical to the Safety of Life at Sea

Michael Gabriel is director of the testing and certification program for Eagle Products’ hooks.

The off-load marine hook is found on many workboats and military vessels and is used to launch fast rescue craft and other similar small manned boats from the deck of a ship using a davit or other similar launch and recovery system (LARS). These hooks offer operators the split-second release control often needed at sea and include a self-locking feature, which prevents accidental release while under full load. When all applicable equipment is in good working order, the nature of launching a manned small boat from an underway larger vessel while at sea is a dangerous task in and of itself and has resulted in many injuries and fatalities throughout maritime history. If this critical load bearing equipment is not kept in perfect working order, it serves to significantly increase the chance of an accident and potential injuries or fatalities during the launch and recovery procedures. Although proper training on the use of launch and recovery equipment plays a key role in minimizing the potential for an accident, the focus of this article is on the equipment involved in the launch and recovery process in general and on the maintenance trends that I have seen develop regarding off-load marine hooks in particular. As the director of the testing and certification program for Eagle Products’ hooks, I have noticed an alarming trend develop in the many hooks that we have processed


The Eagle Has Landed - in Florida

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Cranston Eagle, DBA Eagle Products, has signed an exclusive deal for Delta "T" Systems to become the authorized U.S. agent for Eagle Products' full line of offload marine hooks.   Known around the world for its high quality lifeboat and rescue boat hooks, Eagle Products of Finland has strengthened its position in U.S. military, commercial and pleasure boat markets with this appointment.  Their full line of fall mounted, deck mounted and U.S


Marco Joins OceanConnect

OceanConnect President Tom Reilly announced that Mike Marco, former president and vice chairman of McQuilling Brokerage Partners, will join OceanConnect as a Senior Strategic Advisor effective January 15, 2003. "Mike Marco was a chief architect of one of the most highly successful ship brokerage firms. His shipping expertise is unparalleled. OceanConnect is honored to have Mike join our team. We look forward to working with him as OceanConnect adds more services that bring value to


Safety Alert: Lifejacket Snap Hooks

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert stating that the spring clips installed on some USCG-approved lifejacket snap hooks may be defective. The Type I personal floatation devices were manufactured by Cal-June, Inc., aka Jim Buoy. The Safety Alert lists the models and lot numbers of the involved items. The manufacturer has agreed to replace all defective snap hooks. (HK Law).


Clarkson's Long-serving Mike Cameron Retires

Mike Cameron: Photo credit Clarksons

Maritime industry veteran Mike Cameron has retired after 40 years – 34 of them with Clarksons. Guests from Italy, Scandinavia, USA, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, Canada, Dubai and Greece recently gathered to celebrate the retirement of Mike Cameron after 34 years of working at Clarksons. Mike's family and industry friends were entertained by witty speeches recalling his almost 40 years of working in the shipping industry and later played crazy golf in the sunshine on


Henriksen Debuts First Norsok Compliant Lifting Hook

Safety quick release hooks – Reducing operational risk

  A new quick release off-load lifting hook is being introduced at Seawork by H Henriksen of Norway for use principally with emergency rescue boats (Stand  A237). The new hook is the first in the world to be compliant with the newly introduced NORSOK R-002 lifting equipment regulations. These have been formulated by the Norwegian petroleum industry and are intended to increase the levels of safety principally within Norwegian waters and for Norwegian-based vessels


Australia : Lifeboat Fatalities Caused by Severe Corrosion

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation into the deaths of two crewmen and the injury of three more during a lifeboat drill on a bulk carrier off Port Hedland, Western Australia on 7 October 2004. The lifeboat was being lowered when the after on-load release hook failed, causing the lifeboat to unexpectedly fall 16 meters into the sea below. Investigation revealed that the lifeboat’s after hook’s keel stays were severely corroded


MacGREGOR Signs Offshore Orders

During November MacGREGOR won offshore equipment orders with a total value of over $73.5 million (50 million euros); the equipment will be delivered during 2009-2010 Offshore equipment orders recently signed by MacGREGOR’s Offshore division include the single biggest order in the history of the newly acquired Norwegian company Hydramarine AS. This is for two Hydramarine active heave compensated (AHC) cranes for an offshore vessel being delivered in 2010 to a Norwegian shipowner


Cummins Adds Two to the Northwest Marine Team

Photo courtesy of Cummins Northwest

Cummins Northwest says it has strengthened its marine presence and expertise recently by adding two new professional to its marine organization as follows: Geoff Conrad – Marine Director at Cummins Northwest informs that Mike Fourtner has joined as the newest member of the sales team with focus on developing the commercial marine markets in Oregon and Washington. Mike has an extensive marine fisheries and vessel operations background that should serve customers well in selling


McDermott Installs Mooring Tower off Indonesia

McDermott Successfully Completes Transportation and Installation of Banyu Urip Single Point Mooring Tower, Offshore Indonesia

McDermott International, Inc. has successfully concluded the transportation and installation of a Yoke-type Single Point Mooring tower and hook up to a Floating Storage Offloading (“FSO”) vessel for PT Rekayasa Industri offshore Indonesia in the Banyu Urip field. PT Rekayasa Industri was appointed by Mobil Cepu Limited, an ExxonMobil subsidiary, as one of the engineering, procurement, construction and installation contractors for the field.


Eastern Launches Tug for Suderman & Young

Neptune Photo Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. launched the Escort Tug NEPTUNE for Suderman & Young Towing Company on January 5, 2016. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility


Magellan Midstream Eyes Crude Exports out of Houston

Magellan Midstream and LBC Tank Terminals are actively looking to develop crude export capacity at their joint venture in Houston, Texas, Magellan chief executive Mike Mears said on Friday at the Argus America Crude Summit in Houston.  


Distressed Freighter Towed to Bilbao

A stricken cargo ship drifting on its side off the French Atlantic coast was being towed to the Spanish port of Bilbao on Monday, local officials said.   The 164-metre Modern Express, which was transporting 3,600 tonnes of wood along with construction machinery from Gabon to France


Subsea 7 to Exit Singapore for Kuala Lumpur

Photo: Subsea 7

 Rising costs of doing business in Singapore has forced Subsea7 to switch its regional headquarters from the city to Kuala Lumpur (KL), says a report in Business Times.   Against a backdrop of persistently low oil prices, fresh concerns have emerged over Singapore's competitiveness as


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


New Vessel Design: Fast Daughter Craft

Photo: Dutch Special Marine Group

Press Release - Dutch Special Marine Group has designed a small range of Fast Daughter Craft (FDC). A FDC’s function is to operate away from the mother ship or offshore installations for extended periods of time. The primary function is to search for and rescue persons lost at sea.  


Soy Transportation Coalition Tours Panama Canal

Jorge L. Quijano (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) recently hosted members of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) during a visit to tour Canal facilities and participate in briefings with ACP executives earlier this month.   Approximately 80 soybean producers and representatives from 13 soybean producing


3 Rescued on Eastern Lake Erie

Rescue Operation Photo USCG

  The Coast Guard assisted three people Saturday afternoon after three flares were sighted from shore near Hamburg, New York. The names of those rescued are not being released and there are no photos or video available for this case.


Highest Funding for Corps, Navigation Programs

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  WCI today applauded the work of negotiators to reach a final agreement last night for an FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill that funds the Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program under the Energy & Water Development Appropriations bill


Subsea 7 Secures Contract Offshore Egypt

Rockwater 2 (Photo: Subsea 7)

Offshore services provider Subsea 7 S.A. announced today it has been awarded a contract from Burullus Gas Company S.A.E. for the platform extension and tie-in on the first phase of the West Nile Delta development of the Taurus and Libra fields by BP, offshore Egypt.  


Heavy Lifter: Spreader Beam Lifting Rig for Bridge Project

The spreader beam lifting rig was used below the hook of a crane barge on the Firth of Forth.

 Rope and Sling Specialists Ltd provided a below-the-hook solution to infrastructure management company Amey to lift a truck-mounted access platform during maintenance on the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland. Amey, on behalf of Transport Scotland


Crowley Promotes VP and Deputy General Counsel

Kerri McClellan (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that Kerri McClellan has been promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel for the corporation.   McClellan, who is based in Jacksonville and reports to Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mike Roberts


Mumbai Port's 2nd Liquid Chemical Berth Inaugurated

(From L-R)  Ravi Parmar, Chairman, MbPT; Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways; Rahul Shewale, Member of Parliament and Yashodhan Wanage, Dy. Chairman, MbPT. Photo MbPT

  Mumbai Port Trust commissioned its second Liquid Chemical Berth at Pir Pau on January 13th 2016. The facility was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari.  The second Chemical Berth is a modern state-of-the-art facility with four


Chevron Mulls LNG Supplies to China

Image: Chevron Australia

 Energy giant Chevron has signed a preliminary agreement with China's ENN LNG Trading company to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its $54 billion Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia.   Chevron plans to supply a unit of ENN Energy Holdings Ltd


Global Diving & Salvage Hires VP in Houston

Mike Brown (Photo: Global Diving & Salvage)

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has hired Mike Brown as Vice President of Energy Services, working from the company’s Houston office.   In his new position Brown, will focus his efforts to increase Global's position in the domestic and international energy market and will be






 
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