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Navy Fleet Survey Team Receives New Boats

By Shannon Breland, Naval Oceanographic Office Public Affairs Fleet Survey Team (FST) took delivery of two 9-m SAFE Boat Defender-class survey boats on March 4. This delivery triples FST's organic boat inventory of C 130-deployable platforms. "These boats usher in a new and exciting era of FST surveying that will undoubtedly provide critical hydrographic information to the fleet for many years to come," said FST Commanding Officer Cmdr. Brian Connon. Prior to the delivery of the two Defender-class boats, FST primarily relied on its current lone FST 7-m rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) or boats of opportunity for conducting hydrographic surveys using single-beam sonar from Africa to . The Defender-class boats offer many advantages over previous survey boats and vessels of opportunity used in overseas surveys. Unlike the RHIB, the Defenders have climate-controlled cabins to allow surveying in a broader range of sea state and weather conditions, keeping equipment and surveyors cool in hot conditions and dry in wet conditions. They also offer increased versatility and survey capability, readily supporting multibeam and single-beam echosounder operations, as well as side-scan sonar deployment via an onboard electric winch and A-frame system. With the boat's capability to conduct multibeam surveys, comes increased ability in the field. FST already has operational schedules for the boats beginning this month in .


GENSHIP Wins Repair Bid

The General Ship Corporation (GENSHIP), Baltimore, Md., has been awarded the bid to drydock and repair the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Survey Boat Shuman. The vessel, which will be delivered from its home port of Philadelphia, will undergo major overhauls or renewals of the propulsion shafting, rudders, port and starboard propellers, as well as other maintenance and repairs.


30-ft. Oil Skimmer Joins Kvichak Lease Fleet

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KMI Leasing Co., LLC recently added a new 30-ft. Rapid Response Skimmer – Wide version outfitted with a Kvichak/Marco Filterbelt oil recovery module to their lease fleet.  The Kvichak 30’ rapid-response skimmer is a shallow-water capable, near shore skimming vessel suited for use on oil spills in waterways, bays, and harbors.  The all-aluminum skimmer is 31’ – 3” long, with a beam of 9' - 8"


Blyth Workcat Joins Osiris Projects Survey Fleet

Proteus of Liverpool

A new 14-meter catamaran has been delivered to coastal survey specialists Osiris Projects by leading GRP workboat builders Blyth Workcats. The new boat, named Proteus of Liverpool, has been custom-built at the Blyth Workcats yard on Canvey Island, U.K., to provide a fast yet stable and comfortable working platform for coastal survey work. The boat has been fitted with a range of high specification sonar and acoustic positioning systems that will provide the company’s clients with high


SeaArk Delivers Survey Boats to Corps of Engineers

Photo SeaArk Marine, Inc.

SeaArk Marine, Inc. recently delivered two 2610 survey boats to the Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District.  The vessels are assigned to Pleasant Valley, Iowa and Lock and Dam 18 in Gladstone, Ill.   The vessels are powered by twin Mercury Optimax, 225 hp outboard engines with side mounted dual controls and hydraulic trim tabs. These vessels can easily attain a top speed in excess of 34kts fully manned.  


Sea Floor Surveys Support Texas Maritime Trade

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This winter, NOAA will begin a year-long survey of the sea floor in the Port of Houston and Galveston Bay navigational areas, to aid efforts to bring more trade, more cargo, more jobs, and more economic benefits to the Houston area. The navigation survey team arrived in Galveston this week, to begin pre-survey preparations with mariners and federal partners. "With bigger ships, crowded sea lanes, and more uses of ocean areas


New Autonomous Control System Launched

Image: Sea Machines Robotics

Sea Machines Robotics of Cambridge, Mass. announced the release of its Autonomous Control System (ACS), an advanced vessel control system which converts manually piloted hulls to self-piloted Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). It is designed to be integrated into company-developed Sea Machine USVs or other commercial production hulls. The ACS allows for seamless transition between unmanned and manned operations and can be integrated into most OEM vessels, including workboats, pleasure craft


Metal Shark to Expand its Franklin Shipyard

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Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has announced an expansion project now underway at its waterfront shipbuilding complex in Franklin, La.   To accommodate increased production needs, Metal Shark is erecting a fully-enclosed 200’ x 80’ large vessel assembly building to enable weather-independent construction of vessels up to 180’ in length. In addition, a new standalone office building will provide over 4,000 square foot of space for the yard’s executive


Bachrach & Wood Celebrates 50 Years

Bachrach & Wood was formed 1953 to provide marine surveying and consultant services to the shipping industry in New Orleans. This year marks its 50th year of service. Over the years, Bachrach & Wood has changed its focus from bluewater shipping to the offshore oilfield, now providing builder’s risk surveys for heavy lifts and pipeline construction, warranty surveys for trips-in-to, vessel safety and security audits, and on/off charter surveys for barges and boats


New Survey Vessel Ordered for the Port of London

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The Port of London Authority (PLA) has ordered a new purpose-built survey catamaran, a CTruk MPC19, due to enter service on the river Thames later this year.   The vessel is will replace the PLA’s Yantlet vessel as she reaches the end of her service life, continuing the PLA Hydrography team’s survey work which facilitates safe navigation on the tidal Thames. As the U.K.’s busiest inland waterway, the river is a link for trade, travel and leisure and as home to the U.K


NOIA Slams BOEM’s Denial of Offshore Seismic Permits

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National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s denial of seismic survey permits for the Atlantic OCS. “In yet another ‘black Friday’ announcement targeting the offshore oil


Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau Acquires Marine Auditing Firm

Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau (TVIB) has acquired Quality Auditing, LC, effective December 31, 2016.    According to TVIB, the purchase strengthens its three-fold mission to provide training and continuing education for marine auditors and surveyors, develop audit and survey tools


ClassNK Opens New Survey Offices in Turkey

Classification society ClassNK said it has opened two new exclusive survey offices in Turkey with operations beginning January 1, 2017.   The offices are located in the Turkish port cities Izmir and Mersin, which both have “Free Zone” in each area.  


ClassNK opens Survey offices in Izmir, Mersin

New office location of ClassNK

Leading classification society ClassNK has opened new exclusive survey offices Izmir and Mersin, both in Turkey with operations beginning 1 January 2017. Izmir and Mersin, both have “Free Zone” in each area, are two of the most well-known port cities in Turkey.


Five dead, 100 rescued from burning Indonesia tourist boat

Five people were killed and around 100 people rescued on Sunday after a fire ripped through a boat carrying tourists to islands north of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, authorities said. Along with five fatalities, 17 people were also injured, said Ferry Budiharso


USS Rafael Peralta Completes Acceptance Trials

The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) sets sail on October 17, 2016 for the first time to conduct initial at-sea builders trials off the coast of Maine. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

 The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) successfully completed acceptance trials Dec. 16 after spending two days underway off the coast of Maine. The U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations while underway


Korean Register Names New Chairman & CEO

Lee Jeong-kie (Photo: KR)

Classification society the Korean Register (KR) has elected Lee Jeong-kie as its new Chairman and CEO.    Lee assumes the role of Chairman and CEO, following the death of B. S. Park, who passed away after a short illness in October 2016.  


Norsafe Bags Another Swedish Coastguard contract

Norsafe Magnum 750 MKII for KBV Photo Norsafe

On Wednesday 21st December, Norsafe signed yet another new contract with the Swedish Coast Guard (KBV) to deliver nine new Magnum 750 MKII boats.   The boats are specially developed in close cooperation with KBV and are a continuation of seven boats already delivered between 2015 and 2016.


Shipping Confidence Improved: Moore Stephens

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 Shipping confidence improved for the third successive quarter in the three months to end-November 2016, says a report by Moore Stephens, an accounting and advisory network in UK.   In November 2016, the average confidence level expressed by respondents was 5.6 out of 10


NYC Ferries: A Collaborative Approach

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Innovative boats, unusual collaboration: Hornblower, Horizon, Incat Crowther and Metal Shark team up on one of the most significant newbuilding projects of the year.   When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this year announced the selection of Hornblower to operate as many as 20


Israeli Police Trial its Latest Patrol Boats

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Israel Marine Police delegation visits SAFE Boats International to sea trial final patrol boats under multi-year contract   The Israel Marine Police (IMP) visited SAFE Boats International (SBI) this week to inspect and sea trial the final three vessels of 10 new patrol boats under contract


Hull Vane on New Patrol Vessel for Port of Rotterdam

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Hull Vane on New Patrol Vessel for Port of Rotterdam Shipyard Kooiman recently started building a new 25-meter patrol vessel for the Rotterdam Port Authority. The vessel will be delivered in the summer of 2017. The order followed a public tender process in which several shipbuilders competed with


Swire Seabed Buys Fourth Subsea Vessel

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Subsea operations specialist, Swire Seabed AS has taken delivery of its fourth subsea vessel, Seabed Constructor.   Swire Seabed has secured a six-year contract for Seabed Constructor with UK based Ocean Infinity. The vessel will be carrying out AUV based survey and construction support


Boskalis Scales Back Holding in Fugro

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announces that it has reduced its holding in Fugro N.V., an integrator of geotechnical, survey, subsea and geosciences services. Boskalis’ holding in Fugro now stands at 24.9 percent.


Volvo Penta for Virginia Pilots Boats

Volvo Penta IPS leads the way forward Photo Volvo Penta

The new boat being built for the Virginia Pilots Association joins the increasing number of pilot boats powered by Volvo Penta IPS. The 55-ft. vessel, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, will run on twin D13 900 hp U.S






 
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