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Seacor Repowers Vessels

Conrad's aluminum manager Todd Babin shows the "tweaked" props. The 300-ton travel lift at Conrad Industries Morgan City facility is a major attraction to Gulf Coast crew boat operators. Shallow waters in the area add to the heavy usage that crewboats receive contributes to a steady demand for quick haul outs and timely below waterline repairs. The yards large upland area is another attraction as it provides ample storage space for vessels undergoing major overhauls. This latter is the case with a series of six vessels recently acquired by Seacor Marine as part of their larger take-over of the Seabulk fleet. The six crewboats were each powered by four electronically controlled 1100 hp two-cycle engines turning at 2100 RPM that were getting only about 6000 hours before requiring a rebuild. Seacor decided to repower the vessels with Cummins KTA38 M1 engines that deliver 1100 hp at 1800 RPM. According to Seacor project manager Joe McCall, these engines will routinely deliver 25,000 hours between rebuilds. The repowers presented some challenges however. The smaller diameter shafts on the vessels would not handle the larger diameter props that the higher torque of the Cummins engines will deliver. To allow for this, explained Joe McCall, “We decided to tweak the props and turn the them faster so we have gone with a 2:1 reduction rather than the 2.36 and 2.55 reductions on the old 2100 RPM engines. Two of the boats had one reduction and the other four had the second


Greene's Energy Promote Jaret Garber

Jaret Garber: Photo credit Greenes Energy

Jaret Garber has been promoted to the position of Financial Manager of Testing and Services. Based in Lafayette, La., Garber will manage financial reporting and analysis of testing and services. This includes management of invoices, financial planning, analysis and division financial performance and monthly closing. Additionally, Garber will be responsible for cost control management; bonus plans and earn-outs; mergers and acquisitions; and balance sheets


RSC Bio Solutions is Making Waves in the Marine Industry

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 RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, will launch a new revolutionary product line of sustainable lubricants at SMM 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.    These new products have the potential to improve operational efficiency, performance and your bottom line. The performance benefits alone are expected to result in greater system efficiency, fewer change-outs and extended equipment life. 


Westermeerwind Wind Farm Construction Begins

Mammoet announced today that Westermeerwind BV has reached financial close on July 25 for the turnkey construction of the Westermeerwind wind farm in Ijsselmeer, meaning work can now start on building the 48 wind turbines. The Westermeerwind wind farm consists of 48 wind turbines with a capacity of 3 MW to be installed in the water between 500-1,100 meters from the dikes of the Noordoostpolder. The client for the wind farm is Westermeerwind BV


Sea-Fire Offers 3M NOVEC 1230 Fire Protection

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The halon and CO2 replacement has virtually no Global Warming Potential (GWP), is non-toxic and won't harm delicate electronics. "GWP has moved to the forefront as a major environmental concern," said Sea-Fire president Ernie Ellis.  "In the 1990s, Sea-Fire addressed ozone depletion with FM-200.  Novec 1230 also has zero ozone depletion potential, but a GWP of just one.  Compared to halon's atmospheric life span of 300 years, Novec 1230's is only 5 days


Dead in the Water

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Electrical System Failure at Sea The world watched as the Carnival Triumph sat still, dead in the water in the Gulf of Mexico after a main space fire caused a total loss of electrical power.  For the 3,143 passengers and 1,000-plus crewmembers, there was no heat or air conditioning, toilets or sanitation, lights or  ventilation.  Fortunately, despite the seriousness of the fire, which was caused by a leaking fuel line, nobody was hurt


Next Generation of Subsea Engineers

Photo courtesy Fifth Ring Integrated Corporate Communications

Dave Peter, GE Oil & Gas engineering and technology manager—training, explained the purpose of a subsea tree to children from Robert Gordon’s College and Aberdeen Grammar school attending Offshore Europe. The SVXT subsea tree is a new product launched at Offshore Europe, designed and being manufactured in Aberdeen. 12. Bradford Marine, Grand Bahama Shipyard Agreement Bradford Grand Bahama, Ltd., one of the Bradford Marine family of companies


Santos Discovers Oil and Gas in Vietnam

Santos Limited (STO) announced that it has completed testing of the Dua-5X well, offshore Vietnam, after discovering multiple gas and oil reservoirs in the southern fault block of the Dua structure. The company reported that the two reservoir intervals have been tested with the primary reservoir target flowing oil at a stable rate of 5,543 barrels of oil per day (bopd) plus 6.76 million standard cubic feet of gas per day through a 2 inch choke.


USCG Provides New Layer of Port Protection

Maritime Safety and Security Team Houston-Galveston (MSST 91104), the U.S. Coast Guard’s newest weapon against terrorism, was commissioned in a formal ceremony Tuesday at 2 p.m., at the Galveston Cruise Ship Terminal in Galveston, Texas. Vice Adm. James Hull, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Commander, will be the presiding official and guest speaker for the ceremony. MSSTs are domestic mobile units that possess specialized training and capabilities to perform a broad spectrum of port safety


Seattle-based Maritime Security Team First in Nation

The first U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) will be based in Seattle and commissioned on July 3, 2002, at the Integrated Support Command, located at Pier 36, Seattle, Wash. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Thomas H. Collins; Pacific Area Commander, Vice Adm. Terry M. Cross; and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will be attending the commissioning. Sen. Murray, who was instrumental in bringing an MSST to the Puget Sound, will be the keynote speaker.


Tech File: Condition Monitoring Systems

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Improve your bottom line with condition monitoring systems   All operators worry about the same thing – the next outage that puts your vessel out of commission. Millions of dollars are invested every year into maintenance programs


New Drill Ship Equipped with AHC Drilling Platform

Photo courtesy of MacArtney

Newly launched multipurpose drill ship FREJA integrates a high-performance active heave compensated drilling platform manufactured by MacArtney. The drilling setup on board the vessel has been designed to provide enhanced drilling conditions even in rough seas.  


BW Group Grabs Control of Tanker Firm DHT from Fredriksen's Frontline

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Shipping tycoons Sohmen Pao, Fredriksen battle over DHT; Sohmen Pao's BW Group becomes top DHT owner with 33.5 percent to surpass Frontline as DHT's top shareholder. The move likely ends Frontline's ambitions to take over DHT, as DHT had twice rejected Frontline's advances.  


Martek Named on EU Maritime Drone Contract

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Martek Marine (Martek) has been awarded a two-year Remotely Piloted Aircraft Services (RPAS) contract from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The services offered will fulfil part of the world’s largest ever maritime drone contract.  


Remote Controlled Workboats

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Tuco Marine Group has introduced remote controlled navigation systems for the ProZero Workboats, offering autonomous self-piloting vessels.    Working together with Sea Machines, Tuco Marine Group can now provide the ProZero series


Libyan NOC Official Warns of Force Majeure at Oil Ports as Rivals Mobilize

A senior official at Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) warned on Monday of a possible declaration of force majeure at the Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil terminals, as air strikes continued and rival forces mobilized fighters in the area.


Stena Bulk Takes Control of Stena Weco

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Stena Bulk has agreed to purchase the remaining 50 percent of the shares in Stena Weco from its partner WECO Shipping.   Stena Weco will thus be wholly owned by Stena Bulk. Stena Weco’s head office will remain as it is today in Denmark in addition to the regional offices in Singapore


Port State Control in the Gulf Region

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 ​Practical training on board ships for port State control officers, supported by class-based lectures, has boosted knowledge amongst participants from eight countries during a training course in Muscat and Sohar, Oman (19 February -2 March).   


New Subsea 7 Heavy Construction Vessel Built to LR Class

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Subsea 7’s newest heavy construction flexlay vessel, Seven Arctic, has been designed and built to Lloyd’s Register (LR) class. Designed to meet the demands of deepwater and harsh environments, she can work at depths of 3,000m and features three offshore cranes


Virginia Pilots Orders New Pilot Boat

The Virginia Pilot Boat Corporation has ordered a Chesapeake Class MKII launch from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. The MKII, a new generation of the shipyard’s popular, smaller class of pilot boats, is the Virginia pilots’ eighth Gladding-Hearn pilot boat. Delivery is scheduled for 2018


‘World’s Greenest Cruise Ship’ Construction Underway

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam (right) officially started the construction of MS Roald Amundsen at Kleven Yards, Norway. Kleven CEO Ståle Rasmussen (left). (Photo: Hurtigruten)

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam pressed the button to officially kick off the construction of hybrid expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen – “the greenest cruise ship the world has ever seen,” according to the ship owner.  


US Detains 2 Panama-flagged Bulkers

Two Panama-flagged bulk carriers were detained in the U.S. on February 23, 2017, after substandard safety issues discovered during routine exams aboard the vessels along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.   The Atlantic Ruby, a 590-foot bulk carrier was boarded in Portland on February 23


Asia-North Europe Box Rates Up 7 pct

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Container spot freight rates from Asia to Northern Europe rose 7 percent to $961 per twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed on Friday.    Freight rates from Asia to ports in the Mediterranean rose $38 to $882 per TEU


Harley’s Latest tug begins service

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The latest addition to the Harley Marine fleet is now completing sea trials and preparing to enter service. The “M/V Earl W. Redd” will be operated under the flag of the Olympic Tug & Barge unit of Harley. The 120 foot tractor tug, built by Diversified Marine Inc


Building the Ship of the Future

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Ships of the future will have to be lighter, smarter, cleaner, more reliable, more efficient and safer.    Sounds like a tall order, but that’s where the industry is headed. Experts like DNV GL and Rolls Royce concur: technologies available today will combine with those just






 
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