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Marcon Announces Sale of "Orion Pioneer"

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Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington  announced the sale of the U.S. flag oilfield supply boat "Orion Pioneer" (ex-Orion Star, Acoustic Pioneer, September Morn) from WesternGeco Overseas Inc. to private buyers. The vessel was originally built in 1981 by Halter Marine, Inc. as a standard design 180' x 40' x 14' depth supply vessel for Levy-Mellon Marine of Patterson, Louisiana to use in the Gulf of Mexico market. She was later modified for specialized acoustic work for the U.S. Government Naval Sea Systems Command with conversion of port and starboard No. 2 tanks to 13' x 15' enclosed storage spaces and liquid mud and drybulk tanks converted to carry additional ballast and fuel. "Orion Pioneer" was originally classed by ABS, but later only carried an ABS loadline. Vessel currently has tankage for 79,000g fuel, 9,800g fresh water, and 160,000g ballast water providing an endurance of 30 days. She is powered by twin EMD 12-567BC main engines developing a total of 2,500BHP. New buyers plan to register the vessel in Panama and operate her in the Caribbean. Marcon acted as sole broker for the transaction. This is the 15th vessel Marcon has sold for WesternGeco. Marcon has concluded a total of seven charters and sales so far this year. Several additional transactions are pending and expected to close within the next couple of weeks.  In 2011, Marcon booked 34 sales and one charter.


Security Council lifts N. Korea Sanctions on five ships

The United Nations Security Council said on Saturday it had lifted sanctions on five ships that were blacklisted in March for ties to North Korea's arms trade. The ships were among 31 vessels sanctioned by the 15-member council on March 2 because they were linked to Ocean Maritime Management (OMM), a North Korean shipping firm known to transport arms and other illicit goods for the secretive state. The 15-member Security Council sanctions committee for North Korea decided the five


Crowley Increases Its Fleet

Crowley Marine Transport (CMT), the breakbulk shipping division of Crowley Marine Services, has added two larger capacity breakbulk ships, Baltimar Orion and Spear, to meet increasing customer demand. Providing an increased cargo capacity for CMT, Orion and Spear, which sail weekly from the Gulf Coast to Venezuela, Trinidad and Mexico, will supplement the current breakbulk vessels which have been in commission since last year.


15 Rescued from Adrift Banana Boat

Photo: Australian Defense

A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft has successfully located and helped rescue 15 people who were adrift at sea when their "banana boat" lost power when travelling from Nissan Island to Buka Island in Bougainville. The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Port Moresby requested assistance from Rescue Coordination Centre Australia after the boat failed to reach its destination.


Osum Oil Sands To Buy Shell's Orion Project For C$325 mln

  Osum Oil Sands Corp, a private energy company chaired by former Suncor Energy Inc Chief Executive Rick George, agreed on Tuesday to buy Shell Canada's Orion oil sands project for C$325 million ($298.11 million). The Orion project in the Cold Lake region of northern Alberta is close to a number of other oil sands developments and has been producing bitumen since 2007 using steam-assisted extraction methods.


Navy Transport Dock Ship Tests Spacecraft Recovery

Spacecraft Orion recovery trial: Photo courtesy of USN

The first installment of a new and historic partnership between the Department of Defense and National Aeronautics and Space Administration begins as the amphibious transport dock 'USS Arlington' (LPD 24) conducts a stationary recovery test of the Orion crew module while berthed at Pier 12, Naval Station Norfolk. During this test, a waterborne Orion crew module (a 16-foot, four-personnel upgrade of the Apollo capsule, which was half the size and carried a crew of three)


Air-Independent Propulsion: Fincantieri, Nuvera, Collaborate

Megayacht: Photo courtesy of Nuvera

US-based Nuvera Fuel Cells says it will be working with Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri, on a program to power hi-end marine vessels with advanced fuel cell technology. Nuvera has been commissioned to produce and deliver eight of its Orion™ fuel cell stacks (total power 260 kW), which will be used as range extenders for use on marine vessels. Nuvera’s fuel cell auxiliary power units will provide marine vessels with air-independent propulsion (AIP)


U.S. Navy Assists in Egyptian Ferry Search and Rescue

Infrared imagery taken from a U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, assisting in search and rescue operations for survivors of the Egyptian ferry Al Salam Boccaccio 98 in the Red Sea. By Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Curt Cooper, Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion from Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 Golden Swordsmen assisted search and rescue operations for survivors of the sunken Egyptian ferry Al Salam Boccaccio 98 in the Red Sea, Feb. 4.


Unicon And Poseidon Join Forces

Unicon International and Poseidon Services International have formed a joint cooperative agreement to utilize Poseidon's Orion Maintenance and Management System for Unicon's new Unirepair service. To ensure maximum flexibility for leasing companies and carrier clients, Poseidon is currently customizing its new Web-based service, while Unirepair will allow for online approval of repair services. Unirepair, which automatically links all M&R offices and repair depots with current real-time data


International Track 100 Recognizes Pole Star

Pole Star Space Applications Ltd.has been recognized as one of Britain’s best performing companies, according to the Sunday Times International Track 100. The league table ranks 100 UK-based private companies with the fastest-growing international sales in the last three years. Pole Star was the sole maritime industry representative included from a database of 2 million privately-held businesses. The company provides satellite monitoring systems to the global maritime industry


C-Job to Provide Basic Design for DEME’s Orion

Photo courtesy of C-Job Naval Architects

Having recently supplied the concept design for DEME Group’s new offshore installation vessel Orion, C-Job Naval Architects said it will now provide COSCO OFFSHORE CO. Ltd (Qidong) with the vessel’s basic design package. Orion will be built at COSCO SHIPPING HEAVY INDUSTRY in China for


An Undeterred Determination to Be On the Water

Nichole Rider (Image: Mercury Marine)

From tragedy to triumph: A former college basketball star preserves a passion for the water thanks to Mercury Marine   Mercury Marine develops and manufactures technology designed to enhance the boating experience. The marine engines manufacturer recently teamed up with Belzona boats to


Star Bulk Acquire Two Modern Kamsarmax Vessels

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

 Star Bulk Carriers, a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two modern Kamsarmax drybulk carriers from an unaffiliated third party for an aggregate total consideration of approximately


Star Bulk Awarded USCG Qualship 21 for 30 Vessels

Photo: Star Bulk

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded Qualship 21 status to 30 bulk carriers owned and operated by Star Bulk Carriers Corp., the largest U.S. listed dry bulk operator.   The Qualship 21 program rewards high quality ships sailing under qualifying flags.  


G2 Ocean Given All Anti Trust Approvals

Pic: Gearbulk Ltd

 The US Department of Justice has approved the establishment of G2 Ocean.  Authorities in Poland, Germany and Brazil have already approved G2 Ocean.   This means the joint venture between Gearbulk and Grieg Star is a vital step closer to reality


Cruise Shipping's Rising Star

(Photo: Genting Hong Kong)

Genting Hong Kong is a rapidly growing global travel brand, spreading its wings – literally and figuratively – into ocean cruise, yacht, river cruise, air and shipbuilding. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News speaks with key executives at Genting Hong Kong: Mona Lai


New Offshore Installation Vessel for GeoSea

Image: DEME

COSCO will build a new offshore installation vessel in China for DEME subsidiary GeoSea, to be used for offshore wind farm construction, oil and gas industry services and decommissioning work. The vessel, Orion, is due to be delivered in 2019.


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


International Navy Friendships Strengthened in Crisis

HMCS Vancouver through the periscope of HMAS Dechaineux during Exercise Ngatahi. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Royal Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Navies took part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off the east coast of New Zealand late last year.   Exercise NGA TAHI sought to strengthen relations and refine common operating procedures between the participating nations.  


Cruise Ship Comes to Rescue of Sinking Boat

MS Albatros (Photo: Phoenix Reisen)

A cruise ship crew came to the rescue of six men from a leaky Tongan fishing boat, who had not had water for three days.   The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand organized for the German cruise ship Albatros to change course at 5 a.m


Star Bulk Carriers Announces Private Placement

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

 Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced the closing of its previously announced private placement of 6,310,272 common shares, at a price of $8.154 per share.    The aggregate proceeds to Star Bulk, net of underwriting fees and offering expenses, were approximately $50.6 million


Star Bulk Carriers Raises $51.5mln

Pic: Star Bulk Carriers Corp

 Star Bulk Carriers Corp announced the execution of agreements with affiliates of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. and Senator Investment Group LP to sell Oaktree and Senator an aggregate of 6,310,272 of its common shares, at a purchase price of $8.154 per share.   


Polar Star Arrives at McMurdo Station, Antarctica

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star operates near two seals off the shore of Antarctica, Jan. 16, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station Tuesday after cutting a resupply channel through more than 60 miles of Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea. By carving a navigable path through seasonal and multi-year ice


Genting Deal Largest in Evac History

“Global Class” cruise vessel (Image: Evac)

Evac said it will supply Complete Cleantech Solutions for two Global class cruise ships for Genting Hong Kong’s Star Lines.   The two 201,000-gross-ton vessels will be built by the German shipyard MV Werften for deliveries in 2020 and 2021


ABB Propulsion, Automation and Software for Five Cruise Ships

Photo: ABB

ABB will supply the complete power, propulsion and automation package for a series of new cruise vessels being built by MV WERFTEN for Genting Hong Kong brands Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises.   The three Crystal Cruises’ luxury “Endeavor Class” mega-yachts will feature a






 
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