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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


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.


Sea Installer Receives Crane Upgrade

Photo: Damen

 A2SEA-owned jack-up leaves Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam able to handle bigger offshore wind installation projects   Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) has concluded major modification works on the Sea Installer. The principle scope of work involved the extension of the main crane boom, giving the A2SEA-owned offshore wind farm installation vessel increased reaching capacity: a pertinent point considering the trend of the increasing size of offshore wind turbine components


Marine Surveying and Consultancy – An Introduction

Image courtesy Mike Wall

Having been an independent marine surveyor and consultant for many years, author and educator Mike Wall has based his new book Marine Surveying and Consultancy – An Introduction on experience. Primarily aimed at those wishing to become independent marine surveyors and consultants


Kongsberg K-Walk for Olympic Orion MPSV

Kongsberg Maritime - K-Walk gangway concept Photo Kongsberg

Olympic Shipping has chosen Kongsberg Maritime’s new K-Walk integrated vessel gangway solution for installation aboard the Multipurpose Offshore Vessel (MPSV), Olympic Orion. Designed to significantly increase efficiency and safety for Walk-to-Work duties


Crowley Relocates DC Government Office

Photo: Crowley Maritime

To better serve its government customers, such as the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) and Naval Sea Systems Command, Crowley Maritime Corp. has moved its Washington, D.C., office to 100 M Street - adjacent to MARAD and the Navy Yard in the southeastern quadrant of the nation’s capital


Henriksen Unveils Safer Hook Range

A new range of hooks from Henriksen AS introduces a significant level of safety for crews engaged in towing small to medium-sized vessels and loads. The new towing hook has been designed for users at the lighter end of the towing spectrum and it is available in three versions for use with loads


Crowley Arm Earns Information Security Certification

(L to R): Sharon Baris, director, contract administration; Mike Golonka, vice president, government services; Maria Hope, manager, technology and Lisa Leone, business systems analyst (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. said its government services group has achieved worldwide ISO/IEC 27001:2013 information security certification for enhancements made to the security of accessing, transmitting, processing and storing covered defense information related to its management of Military Sealift


Harrington Hoists Celebrates 150 Years

Image: Harrington Hoists

Harrington Hoists, Inc. is celebrating 150 years in the hoist business.   The company was established in 1867 by Edwin Harrington, a machinist and inventor, when he started a machine shop and hoist business in Philadelphia. His company thrived as a result of his innovative ideas and


Two saved from Sinking Boat off Coast of Maine

Photo courtesy USCG

The Coast Guard rescued two people off their sinking vessel Friday, about 17 miles off shore from York, Maine. At around 3:15 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a MAYDAY call on VHF-CH. 16 from a crew member reporting their 45-foot lobster boat, Miss Mae & Son


Oman Shipping Signs 3-year VLCC Deal with Shell

Photo: Oman Shipping Company S.A.O.C.

 Oman Charter Company (OCC), a subsidiary of Oman Shipping Company (OSC), has entered into a contract of affreightment (COA) for its very large crude carriers (VLCCs) with Shell International Eastern Trading Company (Shell) for three years, reports Muscat Daily.  


DNV GL Certifies Siemens’ 8 MW Offshore Wind Turbine

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL has assessed the market’s new offshore turbine in development and awarded Siemens Wind Power with the Prototype Certificate for its 8 megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine SWT-8.0-154.    The prototype certification confirms all relevant safety features on the turbine


Hill Dickinson to operate as single entity in Hong Kong

Damien Laracy Photo Hill Dickinson

International law firm Hill Dickinson has announced that its application to operate as a single entity in Hong Kong has been approved by the Law Society of Hong Kong following the completion of a three year period of association with a local Hong Kong firm, as required by local regulations.


Superlift: Ford Class Aircraft Carrier Taking Shape

On January 17, Newport News shipbuilders lifted a 704-metric-ton unit into Dry Dock 12, where the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is taking shape. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division lifted a 704-metric ton unit into Dry Dock 12, where the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is taking shape. The superlift is part of an improved build strategy implemented on the second ship of the Gerald R


mltech Bags Caspian Contract

Mike Lloyd, managing director Photo mltech

mltech, specialist in pipework set-up and measurement software development, has increased its global presence after securing its first contract in Baku, Azerbaijan.   The one year contract, which has scope for extension, was awarded by Metal Qaynaq Sinaq (MQS) which operates throughout


Supporting Amphibious Development from Ashore

 Brisbane Navy base, HMAS Moreton, recently hosted 60 Army Assault Pioneer Platoon personnel for a three-week intensive Advanced Small-Craft Operations Course.   Situated on the Brisbane River at Bulimba, the base became the home to 30 trainees and 30 support staff from 2nd Battalion


Chevron Names Wirth Vice Chairman

Michael K. Wirth, Executive Vice President, Midstream and Development

Chevron Corporation said today that Michael K. Wirth, executive vice president of Midstream and Development, has been named vice chairman, effective February 1, 2017. “As a senior officer of Chevron, Mike has made significant contributions to the company’s success,” said John S


Aker Wins Hook-Up Deal for Johan Sverdrup Field

johan sverdrup Photo Statoil

Aker Solutions won a contract from Statoil for the hook-up of the riser platform for the Johan Sverdrup field, Norway's largest offshore development in the past three decades. The company will work closely with subcontractor Kvaerner on joining together the platform's seven modules






 
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