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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

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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 Taps Ellis to Lead Business in the Americas

Maritime recruitment specialist Faststream appointed a new Vice President to manage its team of recruitment specialists in the USA. Tamara Ellis, a former senior employee with Ranstad, the world’s second largest staffing organisation, will be responsible for developing Faststream’s growing presence in the Maritime, Oil & Gas and Logistics markets throughout the Americas. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Ellis has both management and hands-on recruiting experience within US and


LR Improves Certificates with ITP Platform

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Lloyd’s Register has selected the ITP platform from communications software specialist Aia Software to create and manage its certificate creation process. Selecting ITP is part of a larger project to improve the creation of their complex and technical documentation, LR explained


ADB Okays $30mln for Pak LNG Terminal

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 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $30 million project loan to Engro Elengy Terminal Private Limited, a special purpose company which will build Pakistan’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal at the Port Qasim.  


USCG Free Boat from Ice Near Woods Hole

A Coast Guard aids to navigation team from Woods Hole, Mass., assists the fishing boat Capt. RM Chase in Woods Hole on Feb. 28, 2015. The fishing boat became lodged in ice on their way back to New Bedford, Mass., from a fishing trip. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Aids to Navigation Team Woods Hole)

  A Coast Guard crew responded to a fishing vessel trapped in ice in Woods Hole Passage, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Saturday. At about 3 p.m., the crew of the fishing boat Capt. RM Chase notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England that they became lodged in ice


Harbor Police Rescues Stranded Sea Lion

Harbor Police officers found a sea lion wandering a roadway on February 18, 2015. After it was evaluated by SeaWorld specialists and deemed healthy, it was returned to the Pacific Ocean on February 26. (Photo: Port of San Diego)

Sea lions are a common sight in San Diego Bay, but a sea lion wandering a busy roadway and then ending up in the back of a patrol car is slightly rarer.   The San Diego Harbor Police Department received a call on February 18 of a sea lion in the roadway of Harbor Island Drive


Maritime Propeller Repairs Certified for In-Situ Welding

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Maritime Propeller Repairs BV (MPR) obtained a DNV-GL certification to perform propeller repairs using in-situ welding, the company announced today. Netherlands-based MPR is now the only company certified for vertical welding on propellers. Most repairs on propeller blades require the removal of


SAL Heavy Lift’s MV Frauke Wraps Up Offshore Gig

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The specialist vessel MV Frauke operated by SAL Heavy Lift has just completed a major long term offshore industry project, the company announced. The Type 176 vessel MV Frauke finalized the project, which it began in July 2014, in December 2014.


New Dive Support Vessel for N-sea

The Edradour, with sister vessel the Aberlour (Photo courtesy of N-Sea)

N-Sea has launched its third diving support vessel, the Edradour, representing a $2.2 million investment for the company to be immediately utilized in its inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) operations in the North Sea, as well as in Holland and Germany.


CWind Secures Another Contract in Germany

CWind has secured its third temporary power supply project in German waters.   CWind is providing an integrated solution that includes the project management, rental of generators, the servicing, maintenance and refueling as well as the specialist workboat required at Borkum Riffgrund


Van der Velden Marine Systems: Innovating Efficiency

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After celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, Van der Velden Marine Systems, a daughter company of the Damen Group, is not resting on its laurels as the Netherlands-based company’s R&D department works to continue advancing maritime maneuvering and propulsion efficiency.  


Damen Delivers First of New Tug Class

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Damen Shipyards Group has delivered the first vessel in its new ASD Tug 2913 class. According to Damen, the 2913 has been developed in response to demand from operators for more powerful tugs capable of handling today’s larger vessels


Odfjell to Implement Fleetwide e-Navigation

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Odfjell will roll out NAVTOR e-navigation solutions throughout its entire fleet, a move that aims to increase operational efficiency while reducing the number of man-hours spent on administration across the ship owner’s 50 deep-sea vessels.  


Havyard Delivers Windmill OSVs to Esvagt

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 Norway's Havyard Ship Technology has delivered the first of three offshore wind service operations vessels to Danish shipping company Esvagt.  The 83.7-metre vessel is the first of its kind to be manufactured by the oil sector specialist and will be deployed under long-term contracts


PE to Keep Ships Afloat

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 International accountancy firm Moore Stephens says the shipping sector should approach private equity (PE) providers for funding to support the ‘significant investment’ in technology and services needed to achieve compliance with environmental regulations and to maintain


Shipping Should Explore Private Equity Funding

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International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says the time is right for shipping to seek financial backing from the private equity sector to help fund investment in innovative products and services designed to keep the industry competitive and achieve regulatory compliance.


OCHA, APEC Ink Deal to train Foreign Dockers

  OCHA, the training center for dock workers in the port of Antwerp, will collaborate with APEC-Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Center to organise joint courses for dock workers and operators from ports in other countries. The new courses will meet the growing demand for specialist training






 
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