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Distressed British Royal Air Force Rowers Landed

Final day of row: Photo credit USCG

Four members of the British Royal Air Force were rescued by the crew of the bulk carrier 'Hedvig Bulker' and are now back on dry land after a treacherous 51 day, trans-Atlantic attempt from Spain to Antigua in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, informs the US Coast Guard. Rescued were the Atlantic Forces rowing team: Jane McIntosh, Warren Burns, Howard Raw and Elizabeth Beauchamp. The team had a broken rudder on day 46 and after exhausting all efforts to fix it in heavy seas, running low on food and water, and near to losing all electronics, they used the little electricity they had left to call for help on their satellite phone. Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Falmouth, England, contacted the U.S. Coast Guard's Atlantic Area Rescue Coordination Center requesting assistance Jan. 23, 2014, stating they were disabled after their rudder broke 1,560 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard watchstanders in Puerto Rico used the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System to contact the nearest Amver participating ship. The Hedvig Bulker responded to the Coast Guard's request approximately 69 miles from the row boat's position and diverted to assist. Once on scene the master of the 574-foot ship reported, "harsh sea conditions are preventing us from getting alongside the row boat


Cruise Ship Readiness Tested in San Diego

An exercise testing how security agencies would respond to a terrorist attack on a cruise ship was conducted in San Diego, Calif. on July 26. The San Diego exercise, dubbed Bay Shield, simulated an attack on a cruise ship in San Diego bay by terrorists aboard a bomb-laden suicide boat. More than 30 local, regional and federal agencies participated in the day-long drill to test how they would respond to an actual terrorist attack


Rotterdam Most Important Port for Austria

In 2002 Rotterdam was Austria's most important port for the fifth time in a row, with a throughput of 3.5 million tons. This was 9.6% more as compared to 2001. The marketshare rose slightly to 35.6%. The port of Koper (Slovenia) was second again with 2.3 million tons. Austrian imports via Rotterdam rose 12%, to 2.9 million tons. Exports declined slightly, with 1% to 623,000 tons. Source: Rotterdam Briefs


SatPhone Saves Typhoon Victim

A solo rower saved from the Pacific Ocean by Inmarsat's satellite phone, IsatPhone Pro, after his boat was severely damaged during a tropical typhoon Charlie Martell used the phone to contact Falmouth Coastguard in the UK to summon help after his boat capsized several times when it was hit by winds of up to 50 knots and waves of more than 50ft (15.25m). The double Guinness World Record holder was attempting to set three new world records and raise money for charity in a 4,500 mile (7


London Fundraiser Row to Benefit Malawi Clinic-Ship Project

Chauncy Maples: Photo credit the Trust

The 'Big Row' is raising funds for the restoration of Africa's oldest motor ship, 'MV Chauncy Maples', as a clinic-ship able to get to villages on Lake Malawi where there are currently no roads and access to health services. The qualified team will deliver primary health services such as prevention and treatment for bilharzia, malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS; child immunisation; reproductive health care and nutritional programmes.


China apprehending boats weekly in disputed S.China Sea

Chinese patrols enforcing disputed new fishing rules in the South China Sea are apprehending foreign boats on a weekly basis, Communist Party officials said on Thursday.   In comments that provide the first window on how China is enforcing new rules criticized by Washington, the party secretary for Hainan Island said Chinese patrols attempted to peacefully negotiate with vessels that initially ignored warnings to leave Chinese waters


ExxonMobil Replaces Production for Sixth Year in a Row

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced worldwide additions to its proved oil and gas reserves totaled 1.7 billion oil-equivalent barrels in 1999, replacing 106 percent of production. Exxon Mobil Corporation Chairman Lee Raymond said, "This year's strong performance is the sixth year in a row that we've exceeded 100 percent replacement. Over the last twenty years, we've added nearly 35 billion oil-equivalent barrels to proved reserves, more than replacing reserves produced."


CMA CGM Neptune

Type Container Carrier Builder Hanjin Heavy Industries Owner Hansa Shipping The 4,389 TEU container carrier known as CMA CGM Neptune for Hansa Shipping company is powered by a MAN B&W 9K90MC-C main engine, which produces 55,890 bhp at MCR with 104 rpm to give the vessel a service speed of 24.2 knots at 90 percent of MCR with 25 percent sea margin on a design draft of 39 ft. (12 m). Four sets of auxiliary engine consist of two sets of 1,800 kW at 720 rpm and two sets of 2


Evergreen Orders Post-Panamax Vessels from MHI

The Evergreen Group has placed orders with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd in Japan for ten post-Panamax vessels, each with a capacity of 6,724TEU. The first vessel is due for delivery in September 2005 and subsequent vessels will be delivered at the rate of approximately four per year. To be known as S-class vessels, the new ships will be built under the GREENSHIP design concept proposed by Evergreen Group Chairman Dr Chang


The Chairman's Influence on Design

One of the most enduring business relationships has been reinforced by the Evergreen Group's decision to entrust construction of an extensive new series of post-Panamax containerships to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The project is distinguished not only by its scale, in calling for 10 S-class newbuilds of 6,724-TEU to be delivered between September 2005 and the end of 2007, but also by the adoption of the 'Greenship' design concept proposed by Evergreen chairman Dr. Chang Yung-Fa


USN Awards General Dynamics $11 Million for Support Services

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat an $11 million contract to perform non-nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).


South Sudan Awards Two Mineral Exploration Licences

South Sudan has awarded provisional licences to two companies for mineral exploration as it attempts to diversify the economy away from oil, a government official told Reuters on Tuesday. South Sudan is rich in gold and also probably has reserves of other minerals such as copper


China denies naval snub for Japan over fleet review

China's navy on Tuesday denied, in a roundabout way, that it snubbed Japan by not inviting it to join in a naval fleet review as part of an international symposium, saying the two events had never been linked in the first place. U.S. officials have said the United States was invited to join the


Offshore: Seacor Raises the Bar Again

(Courtesy SEACOR Marine)

Long acknowledged as a firm to watch in U.S. crewboat and fast supply boat innovation, Seacor Marine will be attracting industry attention once again when its latest set of new boats begin delivery in 2014. While this new class of mono-hull boats have some big dimensions


Cruise Ship Plucks Migrants from Wooden Boat

By Peter Polack, Reuters Twenty-four Cubans were rescued from a rickety wooden boat by a passing cruise liner which took them to the Cayman Islands, ship owner Carnival Corp said, as growing numbers of migrants try to sail to Central America and eventually reach the United States.


Electric Boat Gets USS Minnesota Refit Funding

USS Minnesota departs Norfolk Jan 2014: Photo credit USN

The U.S. Navy has awarded Electric Boat a US$57.2-million contract to prepare and perform maintenance work on the 'USS Minnesota' (SSN-783), a Virginia-class attack submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.


Navico Expands Americas Sales Group

Chris Meyer

Navico — recreational marine electronics company and parent to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands — announced the addition of long-time pro-staffer Chris Meyer to its Volume Boat Builder and OEM sales team. In his new role as Key Account Manager


Bayfront Maritime Center Orders Upgrade

screen shot of the radar software

The Bayfront Maritime Center (BMC) in Erie, Pa. has procured an upgrade to their existing BCG navigation simulator. Expanding their training system which consists of an instructor station and a one student position with single screen visual, ARPA radar emulator


US Coast Guard Declares PO Travis Connick 'Coxwain of the Year'

Coxwain of the Year Award: Photo credit USCG

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Connick received the award in a ceremony at Sector Corpus Christi, honoring him for his interception of a Mexican boat crew involved in the fatal wounding of a colleague in the service. Background to the incident


Parana River Push Boats Named at UZMAR Turkey Shipyard

Hidrovias push boat: Image courtesy of Robert Allan Ltd

The first two in a series of 8 in total Robert Allan design SDP 4600 Class push boats have been named at a ceremony in the UZMAR, Turkey shipyard. The shipbuilders say that these are the world’s most powerful diesel electric triple Z-drive shallow draft push boats ever built


With an Interceptor, a RHIB and a Cat

Salthouse Boatbuilders

Two extreme AC72 foiling catamarans with wing sails went head-to-head at over 40 knots in San Francisco Bay, California. The teams were competing in the 2013 Americas Cup Challenge which took place from September 7-21, 2013. Anyone watching the first few days of Americas Cup sailing will know


On Patrol: North River Boats

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ALMAR by North River Boats of Roseburg Oregon recently built and launched the first of three 29 x 10 ft. Liberty Walk Around vessels destined for the San Francisco area. The Liberty family of boats features a Wing Hybrid Foam/Air Fender protecting the exterior perimeter of the boat


Gladding-Hearn Delivers

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered the first of six Chesapeake Class pilot boats for coastal and offshore patrol operations and port security, provided by the Colombian Department of the Navy. Designed by C. Raymond Hunt & Associates


SAFE Boats Delivers Cutter Boat for USCG Arctic Operations

POLAR cutter boat: Photo SBI

Bremerton, WA., aluminium boat builder SAFE Boats International (SBI) informs that it has delivered the cutter boat 'Over the Horizon IV' (CB-OTH-IV) POLAR to the 420-foot Ice Breaker, USCG Cutter Healy. The CB-OTH-IV POLAR has a modified outfit package different from the standard 26-foot


Gudrun on Stream

The Gudrun platform (Photo: Harald Pettersen/Statoil)

At 7:25 a.m. on April 7, Statoil and its partners (GDF SUEZ and OMV) started production on the Gudrun oil and gas field in the North Sea.   "Gudrun is the first new Statoil-operated platform to come on stream on the Norwegian continental shelf since 2005


 
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