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Carnival, International Paint Strike Deal

International Paint LLC, an Akzo Nobel company, announced a long-term agreement with Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines to supply the company’s fleet with Intersleek 700 foul release coating system. The agreement comes after Intersleek 700 was successfully used in a pilot program by Carnival beginning in 2001 to test the coating’s extended life performance in preventing organisms from adhering to underwater hulls. The program was expanded over the next five years. The consistent decrease in annual bunker costs over that time period led to the agreement that now includes 10 ships. Roberto Martinoli, Senior Vice President of Technical, Environmental and Safety Operations, performed a thorough evaluation of the pilot program, which initiated several rounds of negotiations. Martinoli, Brian Swensen and Umberto Sampiero spearheaded these negotiations for Carnival, and Robert Hall, George Smyth, Tom Mulligan and Paul Marzocca for International Paint LLC. The goal was to create a proven underwater coating program that maximizes the ship’s fuel efficiency, creating economic value for Carnival. Intersleek 700 is a silicone-based foul release coating system, providing an environmentally friendly solution to combat marine fouling. The coating also is designed to significantly increase underwater hull coating longevity, providing added fuel savings due to exceptionally low surface tension.

Pump Efficiency Restored at Iceland Fish Farm

RagnarKarlsson of Velar (left) and Jon Andresson of Stofnfiskur (right)

Located in the Southwest corner of Iceland beside the Atlantic Ocean is one of Stofnfiskur’s salmon broodstockfarms. This farm located in a place called Vogar was originally established in 1986 produces Salmon Ova which are sold to domestic and International hatcheries for fish farming. The facility houses 25,000m3 tanks in 10 massive sheds used for the breeding of salmon and production of salmon ova. Each tank holds tens of thousands of liters of water delivered constantly by an

Croatia Shipyard Delivers Powerful Dredger

Bartolomeu Dias: Photo credit Uljanik Shipyard

Uljanik Shipyard delivers the 26,000 dwt trailing suction hopper dredger 'Bartolomeu Dias' to Luxembourg's Jan De Nul S.A. This is the second such dredger constructed at the yard, with a LOA of 147.6 m and breadth of 30 m. The ship and the working equipment aboard Bartolomeu are powered by two main diesel engines, each having a power of 7200 kW, while the depth from which the material can be sucked lies in the 42-50 meter range.

Floating Solar Field Concept Unveiled by DNV

Floating Solar Field: Image credit DNV

DNV has developed SUNdy, a large-scale offshore solar field concept that aims to help countries seeking alternative energy sources. The core feature of the concept is a hexagonal array which floats on the sea surface. A collection of these arrays, totaling 4,200 solar panels, forms a solar island the size of a large football stadium, capable of generating 2 MW of power. Multiple islands connected together make up a solar field of 50 MW or more, producing enough electricity for 30,000 people

USCG Sets Safety Zone Around Shell Rigs

The U.S. Coast Guard will establish safety zones around seven of Shell Oil's Gulf of Mexico high-production oil and natural gas platforms, at the company's request, to protect them from being hit by vessels operating outside normal shipping channels. "Placing safety zones around the platforms will significantly reduce the threat of...oil spills and releases of natural gas," the Coast Guard said in a notice published in Thursday's Federal Register.

NAVSEA Receives 3 DoD Value Engineering Awards

  Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) was recently announced as the winner of three fiscal year 2013 Department of Defense (DoD) Value Engineering Achievement Awards.   Value engineering is DoD's effort to continually analyze defense organizations, facilities, and processes to achieve essential functions and products at the lowest cost consistent with required performance, reliability, quality and safety.  

JonRie Rolls Out New Auto Tow System

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JonRie introduces its New ATS (Auto Tow System) for all its Series 500 Towing Winches. The new ATS (Auto Tow System) offers tug owners a complete solution to modern Open Ocean Towing. The JonRie ATS is an advanced compliment to the existing line of Towing Winch now offering a Constant Scope Tension Limiting device which will relieve tension on the tow line and when the tension is reduced the scope of the line will reclaim back to its original set scope point

GMSL Converts Fleet with MakaiLay Software

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Global Marine Systems Ltd. (GMSL)  is in the process of converting six of its cable installation and repair vessels to begin using the latest Makai software technology. With the addition of GMSL to the list of customers, Makai software products are now used by large installers and smaller telecom cable installers throughout the world, accounting for more than 80% of the world’s cable installation fleet, the company said.

MTNW Supports Frontier Drilling

Photo courtesy Measurement Technology NW

Measurement Technology NW (MTNW) has recently completed a contract to provide installation, calibration and commissioning on an eight-point mooring monitoring system for Frontier’s drill ship, Duchess, off the coast of Nigeria. The new running line tensiometer and LCI-90 mooring monitoring system provides visibility into line tensions which will support mooring and rig movement monitoring. The Duchess is a 475 ft by 75 ft vessel which needs to stay centered over an offshore oil-well

China: U.S. Patrol in S.China Sea 'harmed trust'

The patrol by a U.S. warship close to islands China controls in the South China Sea harmed mutual trust between China and the United States and caused regional tensions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his U.S. counterpart in a call. Wang's comments to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, reported by Chinese state television on Friday, come a week after a U.S. guided-missile destroyer sailed close to one of Beijing's man-made islands in the South China Sea.

U.S. Ups Philippines Aid as South China Sea Turmoil Builds

The United States has raised its military aid to the Philippines this year to $79 million, the U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday, as tension rises in the region over China's new assertiveness in the South China Sea. Since 2002, the United States has provided the Philippines with nearly $500

Philippines Takes South China Sea Claim to Hague

Could bolster claims by other countries against China; China boycotting proceedings, rejects court's authority. The Philippines asked global judges on Tuesday to recognise its right to exploit waters in the South China Sea, a case that could bolster territorial claims by other countries against

Warm Water Mixing up Life in Arctic

Most surprising finding is that the thermally induced changes at the ocean surface can rapidly spread to affect life in the deep seas Courtesy Alfred Wegener institute

  AWI researchers’ unique 15-year observation series reveals how sensitive marine ecosystems in polar regions are to change The warming of arctic waters in the wake of climate change is likely to produce radical changes in the marine habitats of the High North

US to Give Two Ships to Philippine Navy

President Barack Obama talks with Captain Vince Sibala on the bridge of the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15), during a tour of the ship in Manila Harbor, Philippines, Nov. 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Following a visit aboard Philippine naval ship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said the American government plans to transfer two ships to the Philippine Navy, bolstering what Obama called an “ironclad commitment” to the defense of treaty ally the

Dryad Maritime's Mediterranean Special Advisory

Courtesy Defence Interaction Intelliegence Agency

  This morning Dryad Maritime released their Mediterranean Special Advisory, an in depth report, looking at the complex threats currently facing commercial shipping in the Mediterranean Sea. It has been written with the purpose of providing a better understanding of this important area of sea

DSM Dyneema Unveils Black Dyneema

Dyneema-branded ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fiber is now available in black. DSM Dyneema, the developer and producer of Black Dyneema, says the new product will open up important new opportunities for the Dyneema fiber family. According to the developer

China Says Unaware of Plan to Discuss Sea Dispute at APEC

China is not aware of any plan to discuss the disputed South China Sea at an Asia Pacific leaders' summit next week, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday, amid tensions between China and the Philippines over the waters.   For its part

US Navigation Moves in S.China Sea to Continue

U.S. Navy file photo of USS Lassen (DDG 82), Courtesy USN

  The United States will conduct freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea again, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a speech on Saturday, although he gave no timeline for any such actions. Carter's comments, delivered at a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan

China Invites India to South China Sea

Map by Middlebury College

 In a dramatic turn of events, China has asked India to play a "constructive and positive" role in safeguarding peace and stability in the disputed South China Sea, reports PTI.   This statement comes as a guarded reaction to Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's call

Japan, China to Quick Launch Maritime Communication Mechanism

Japans Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) ships. Photo: Japan Navy

 Japanese and Chinese defense ministers agreed that an early launch of a maritime communication mechanism and defense exchanges are important for the countries to prevent accidental clashes in their first such talks since June 2011, reports Japan Times.  

Chinese Naval Ships Dock in US

People welcome the Chinese naval fleet at the United States Naval Station Mayport. Photo: Xinhua

 Three Chinese naval vessels have arrived at a US Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville,  in the US state of Florida, reports Xinhua.   The "goodwill" visit will help build trust and increase understanding, according to the Mayport Public Affairs Office

Keel Laid of US Navy’s Future LCS Billings

A welder authenticates the keel by welding the initials of the ships sponsor, Sharla D. Tester, onto the keel plate of the U.S. Navys fifteenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Keel Laying is the formal recognition of the start of the ship and module construction process. (U.S. Navy photo by Lockheed Martin)

A keel laying ceremony was held Monday for the U.S. Navy’s future USS Billings (LCS 15) at Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin.   Sharla Tester, Billings' sponsor and wife of Sen. Jon Tester, authenticated the ship's keel

China Downplays South China Sea 'freedom of navigation'

The issue of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea should not be "hyped up" or used as an excuse for provocation, China's defence minister said on Wednesday, in response to recent U.S. action in the sea. Minister of National Defence Chang Wanquan made the remarks at a forum of

Japan Delivers 2 Used Ships to Vietnam

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Photo: U.S. Naval Institute.

 Japan delivered on Tuesday two used ships to the Vietnamese Coast Guard to help the Southeast Asian country strengthen maritime security, reports the Japan Times.   The two 600-ton vessels, provided in a ceremony in the city of Da Nang

DNV GL Issues RP on Offshore Fiber Ropes

Høvik laboratories-syrobe testing machine-fullscale testing (Photo: DNV GL)

The results of two DNV GL led joint industry projects (JIPs) and a JIP pre-study commissioned by Statoil are now captured in a new Recommended Practice (RP) on offshore fiber ropes. With a system perspective on mooring performance, DNVGL-RP-E305 provides new industry guidance for achieving cost

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