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ASCO Acquires Safety Training & Lifting Company

ASCO, oil and gas logistics specialists, acquire North Sea Lifting Limited (NSL) – an international safety training and lifting specialist company With its HQ in Aberdeen, NSL is one of the industry's leading safety training companies and a supplier of specialist personnel, operating globally out of bases in the UK and the USA and through a partner, has operations in Baku, Azerbaijan. Derek Smith, Chief Operating Officer of ASCO (who operate in more parts of the world than any other specialist Oil & Gas logistics company) commented: “NSL is a highly regarded business in the oil and gas safety training market and I am delighted that we can welcome its team to ASCO. This acquisition supports our growth strategy allowing us to seize the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for ASCO, notably by providing a wider scope of oil and gas services in addition to our logistics, waste management and freight services. It offers exciting opportunities for all involved. The value of this acquisition has not been disclosed.  

Thompson Named VP of Connector Specialists

Larry Thompson has been named vice president of operations for Connector Specialists Inc. Thompson joined the hose and fitting specialists in 1996 as a salesman in the Baton Rouge office. His territory covered the Gulf Coast region of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Connector Specialists has three locations - New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. As vice president of operations, Thompson works with owner-president Ed Sutton on day-to-day operations of the company

CBP Intercepts Pest in Sea Cargo

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialists conducted nearly 5 million agricultural cargo inspections last fiscal year, up more than 16 percent over the year before. Many shipments get routine inspections; others are targeted for closer scrutiny for various reasons. Last month, one carried the beginnings of a dangerous insect that was, fortunately, stopped dead in its tracks. On the morning of February 17, 2005, at the New York Container Terminal in Staten Island

Chinese Ship Repair Potential Unlocked

Two leading European shipyard supervision and specialist ship repair groups have joined forces to provide a specialist ship repair service in China. Cardiff-based Graig Shipping Plc and Barry-based Harris Pye Marine Ltd. have launched Graig Harris Pye (China) Ltd, which will meet all ship repair and conversion needs of shipowners from its modern Shanghai office. "Chinese ship repair yards have enormous potential," says Hugh Williams, CEO

Int’l Register of Shipping Opens Singapore Office

International Register of Shipping (IRS) has opened an office in Singapore. The office will be designated as a regional centre for the classification society and will offer a wide range of services. “Singapore is one the busiest ports in the world and with a free market economy and political stability, many shipping companies are making this their home,” said Julian Padilla, Chairman of the Board of International Register of Shipping

Hutchison Set to Retire After 42 Years

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John C. G. Hutchison closes a 42 year career at this year’s Workboat Show in New Orleans. Born in Philly on April Fool’s Day 1941, John Hutchison played collegiate golf at Duke University and Moravian College, and coached the golf team at Lehigh University before being drafted in 1966.  A Viet Nam vet, 2nd LT, Infantry Branch, John returned home in 1970 and worked at the Bethlehem Steel Corporate Office in Bethlehem, PA, and other Bethlehem offices in Burns Harbor IN

Quest Joins Corrocean

CorrOcean ASA of Norway has announced the acquisition of Quest Consulting Ltd. (QCLI) based in Aberdeen and with a branch office in Perth, Australia. QCLI was established in Aberdeen in 1989 to provide Specialist Integrity Management Engineering Consultancy Services to the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry and also to the Energy, Mining, Defenze, and Utility Sectors. Managing Director, Ken Woolley said, “this is a great opportunity for us to join with a larger, and like minded, organization

Multraship Recovers Sunken Fishing Vessel

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Netherlands-based towage and salvage specialist Multraship and Croatia-based diving specialist Hidroinžinjering have recovered the fishing vessel Marinero 1, which sank in January 2009 off Komiža, Vis Island, Croatia. The 31.75 m-long vessel sunk in a water depth of . An ROV inspection revealed that, although the vessel has suffered stern, rudder and propeller damage, there was no other visible damage to the hull. The ROV also showed that the vessel was lying on a sandy bottom with a 20-degree

Swire Oilfield Services Acquires Weir


Supplier of specialist offshore cargo carrying units, Swire Oilfield Services, has announced the acquisition of the assets and operating business of Australia based Weir OCI, creating the largest regional supplier of offshore cargo carrying units (CCU) in the Australian and Asian region. Weir OCI is the company’s second Australian acquisition in the past year, and takes investment in the region to more than $25m

Faststream Expands Oil and Gas

Global recruitment group Faststream has expanded its presence in the oil and gas industry and is recruiting for the sector from its offices in the UK, U.S., Norway and Singapore. Faststream Chief Executive Officer Mark Charman said “We’ve been active in the UK oil and gas sector since 2002 and I’m delighted that we will now be able to offer our clients a globally integrated service.” “We have a strong database of candidates

Hapag-Lloyd Invests in its Reefer Fleet

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Announcing further investment in container fleet, liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has ordered a total of 5,750 refrigerated containers (reefers) of the latest generation – including 5,000 x 40-foot and 750 x 20-foot units. In addition, 1

New Web Tool Aids Cable and Pipe Routing

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Should vital safety components such as cable and pipe transits be a design-based or a field-based decision? Cable and pipe seals provider Roxtec suggests that designers and engineers take control of this issue by proposing the free web-based tool, Roxtec Transit Designer.  

Vard Extends SCHOTTEL Propulsion Order

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Having already secured the contract in early summer to fit 15 Vard design 9 21 module carriers, propulsion specialist SCHOTTEL has now also received a follow-up order to fit three further Vard design 9 28 vessels with 12 main and auxiliary units.  

US Drillers Extend Rig Recovery

The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States rose again this week, extending its second-best streak of no cuts into a 17th straight week, with analysts expecting more additions as crude prices hold over $50 a barrel.   Drillers added 11 oil rigs in the week to Oct

MacGregor Bags 7 Middle East OSV Contracts

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won comprehensive equipment package contracts for a variety of seven specialist support vessels that will operate in the Middle East region. MacGregor will deliver deck cranes and a range of deck machinery to each vessel

Fugro Reduces Offshore Wind Development Down Time


A development by Fugro for its work class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) has been utilised successfully in cable lay touchdown monitoring operations at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. A new track base unit, fitted to its FCV ROV, has been introduced to ensure highly accurate cable

Hapag-Lloyd orders 5,750 state-of-the-art Reefers

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With delivery beginning in October 2016, the new order strengthens market position in the transport of temperature-sensitive goods / Tests with new refrigeration equipment and natural refrigerants.   Hapag-Lloyd will also be investing in its container fleet this year: The liner shipping

ABS Updates BWT Guidance

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ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has updated the ABS Guide for Ballast Water Treatment to support industry in the design and installation of ballast water management solutions that meet both regulatory and operational requirements.

VULKAN Couplings at SMM

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Buoyed by encouraging response at the international maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg, VULKAN Couplings prepared interesting impressions from the booth and the round table maritime in the evening as well as statements referring to new products and concepts at VULKAN.

CMR Eyes BWT System Control Growth

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Ratification of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) convention has been welcomed by stakeholders throughout the maritime industry, including CMR Group, which said it sees the move as a boost for system and equipment manufacturers.  

MV WERFTEN Pumps €75 Mln into Rostock Yard


Announcing further investments into its shipyards, MV WERFTEN has today signed three contracts for the investment program for its Rostock yard, including a purchasing contract for a new thin-plate laser panel line with welding and production automation specialist Pemamek

Oil Soars 6% as OPEC Reaches Deal to Limit Output

Oil prices jumped as much as 6 percent on Wednesday after OPEC sources said the group has reached a deal to limit crude output at its policy meeting in November, a source for the producer group said.   Brent crude was up $2.76, or 6 percent, at $48.73 a barrel by 2:28 p.m

Wave of US Marine Innovation Heading to the UK

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A wave of cutting edge U.S. maritime innovations will be highlighted in Southampton, U.K. this October during three specialist one day events for the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector. The unique NEXT GENERATION Workshops bring together an international group of experts armed with the

Jumbo’s Heavy Lift Crane Vessel Repaired

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A three-week repair project on the Jumbo Javelin, a DP2 Heavy Lift Crane Vessel owned and operated by Jumbo, has been completed Damen Shiprepair Van Brink Rotterdam in the Netherlands.   The major aspect of the repair was the replacement of the frames of 15 box coolers

Inland Marine Service Appoints New Leadership

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Four corporate professionals have recently joined Inland Marine Service (IMS), announced Dave Hammond, President of Inland Marine Service.   The new hires are Kristina Luna, HR Manager; Moses Garza, Tankerman Supervisor; Caleb King, Manager SHEQ/Compliance Director; and Brian Howell

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