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Underwater Bow Thruster Removal

Photo: Hydrex

A Hydrex diver/technician team mobilized to Rotterdam last month to remove the bow thruster of a 300-meter container vessel. The unit needed to be overhauled. Hydrex performed the operation underwater using the company’s own workboats based at the Antwerp depot. This made it possible for the owner to keep his vessel out of drydock. The team mobilized from the Hydrex headquarters in Antwerp after all basic preparations had been made and the needed equipment was loaded onto one of the Hydrex workboats. The Hydrex catamarans are fully equipped as dive support stations with hydraulic cranes, winches, nautical and communication equipment and a dive control room. They can be used for a wide range of operations in Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and France, permitting even more rapid deployment from the Antwerp depot. This increases flexibility of operations and helps to keep costs down for the client. After they arrived in Rotterdam, the divers installed flexible mobdocks on both sides of the thruster tunnel. Next they emptied all water from the tunnel. This created a dry working area around the bow thruster unit. The team could then detach the bow thruster blades one by one. The blades were replaced by a blind flange to prevent oil leaking from the thruster and water from ingressing. Next the diver/technicians removed the flexible mobdocks again, concluding the first part of the operation.

3-yr Extension for GAC Pindar with Extreme Sailing Series

GAC Pindar Logistics 450

  GAC Pindar has secured a three-year extension of its contract with the global Extreme Sailing Series™ to manage the complex worldwide shipping of the Series’ Extreme 40 boats, equipment and support materials. Andrew Pindar, Director of GAC Pindar, commented: "Our business model of bringing together our knowledge, understanding and passion of sailing together with the strength and reach of GAC shipping and logistics has seen us become established as the provider of

Fastest Sailboat on the Planet – 'Vestas Sailrocket 2'

Vestas Sailrocket 2: Image credit Vestas

The speed sailing boat smashes the current record in Walvis Bay, off the coast of Namibia. The new world record of 59.23 knots (109kph) set the best average time over 500m and broke the previous mark of 55.65 knots with a peak speed of 63 knots (119kph). Two days later the team improved this speed with a 59.38 knot run which peaked at exactly 120kph (64.78 knots). During the same run the team also smashed the nautical mile world record* with an average of over 55 knots

Abu Dhabi Wins Volvo Ocean Race

Abu Dhabi Ocean racing on the approach to Itajaí. Photo by Volvo Ocean Race

 After 19 days of sailing, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has won leg five of the Volvo Ocean yacht Race, between New Zealand and Brazil.   Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing emerged victorious on Sunday after 6,776 nautical miles (nm) of immensely challenging racing in leg five to take a big advantage at the top of the Volvo Ocean Race standings.   Ian Walker’s crew fought off three competitors during a “drag race” of nearly 2

ANSYS Speeds International Yacht Race Winner

Emirates Team NZ: Photo courtesy of Americas Cup

Powered by ANSYS solutions to maximize yacht aerodynamics, 'Emirates Team New Zealand' has captured the Louis Vuitton Cup and won the right to compete in the 34th America's Cup. Faced with the challenge of making fast design improvements to its yacht to stay hyper-competitive, Emirates Team New Zealand used a 100 percent simulation-driven development process — eliminating the need for physical prototypes. Team engineers used ANSYS® computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions to

Crowley USMMA Cadet Scholarships at Connie Awards

Photo courtesy Crowley

Crowley continued to reward exemplary students at maritime schools around the country this week, presenting Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four deserving midshipmen from the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at the Containerization and Intermodal Institute's Connie Awards dinner in Newark, N.J.   The USMMA cadets Christina Becker, David Irish, Lesley Walz and Gregory Otto were recognized with Crowley scholarships for their strong academic records

New Sail Training Vessel for Royal Navy of Oman

Image: Damen

The new Sail Training Vessel (STV) for the Ministry of Defense of Oman has been officially launched at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania. This 87 m vessel, named RNOV Shabab Oman, is destined to become the flagship of the Royal Navy of Oman to continue the role of the current STV of the same name in promoting cultural interaction and to help “spread peace and harmony amongst nations.” Shabab Oman is a full square rigger and will have an amazing 2,700 m² sail area.

Lockheed Martin Receive Navy Honor for Submarine Sonar System

Lockheed Martin engineers were part of an industry team that recently received the U.S. Navy's "Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) Excellence in Engineering Award" for developing a new submarine sonar system that offers improved capabilities in the littorals. The Low Cost Conformal Array (LCCA) is a new sail-mounted acoustic sonar system that was developed to provide enhanced tactical control for

Nortek Dopler Velocity Log Aids Volvo Ocean Race Entrant

Nortek collaborated with Puma Ocean Racing to fit a modified compact Doppler Velocity Log to PUMA’s 'Mar Mostro' Volvo Ocean Race competitor “The collaboration between Nortek and the entire PUMA team has resulted in an tool that provides unique information to the sailing crew.  They can now measure leeway, a first in sailing, and use it to measure ocean currents much more precisely than ever before,” said Atle Lohrmann, CTO of Nortek.

Cutter Liberty Terminates Juneau Fishermen for Safety Violation

The voyage of F/V Lady Jane was terminated for a safety violation by USCGC Liberty. The vessel's captain, Auke Bay resident Jacob Hallingstad, and his two crewmen, Trevor Kearney and Lynn Marks, were escorted from Stephen's Passage into Harris Harbor after a boarding team from Liberty discovered the vessel had only one immersion suit aboard. Safety laws require one immersion suit to be aboard for each person sailing on the vessel.

5 P&O Cruise Ship Meet in Sydney

Photo: P&O

 Sydney is the stage for the biggest get-together of a fleet of cruise ships ever seen in the Harbour city.    Five P&O cruise ships have created a V-formation at sea as well as sailed towards Sydney abreast in a single line, to celebrate the fleet's newest additions

McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business

McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

“Early in 1864, a young man names James McAllister stood on board a sailing vessel where he served as a mate. The boat was about to set sail from the Red Bay of Cushendall … (James) did not know that this would never be home again.”  

Turbocharger Retrofits for Royal Caribbean

Right to left: Gregory M. Purdy, SVP, Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean International; Wayne Jones, SVP MAN PrimeServ; Carlos Pedercini, VP, Marine Operations & Global Nautical Services, Royal Caribbean International; Michael Kontny, Director Sales, MAN PrimeServ; Evangelos P. Sampanidis, Associate VP, Fleet Management, Celebrity; Leonidas Lavdas, Fleet Director, Celebrity; Kimmo Heikkila, Director, Powerplant & Technical Systems; Stiliyan Dimov, Manager, Global Marine Operations

MAN PrimeServ informs it has won the contract from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) to retrofit the turbochargers aboard four cruise liners from its fleet.   The contract covers the retrofit of a total of 30 turbochargers aboard four vessels – two operated by Royal Caribbean

PwC Greece Establishes Maritime Sustainability Center

PwC Greece has  introduced a new team of specialists focusing on sustainable business in the shipping sector, the Maritime Sustainability Center, led by the well-known shipping sustainability expert, Ms. Helena Athoussaki. Working within PwC’s Shipping Advisory Group

Capacity Culls Insufficient to Reverse Rate Slump: Alphaliner

Graph: Alphaliner

 The idle containership fleet has reached its highest level in five years, with over 1 Mteu of vessel capacity currently unemployed.    Carriers are removing capacity on most main tradelanes in response to weak market demand

Glander Hires Bunker & Lubricant Trader

Ankita Batra

  Glander International Bunkering, a leading, global marine fuel, lubricant trading and brokering company hires Ankita Batra as Bunker and Lubricant Trader for the India office. Ankita Batra joins Glander International Bunkering with a post graduate in the domain of Energy Trading 

Ingalls Christens National Security Cutter Munro

Ship’s Sponsor Julie Sheehan smashes a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the National Security Cutter Munro. Photo by Lance Davis/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries'  Shipbuilding division christened the U.S. Coast Guard Nationacompany’s sixth l Security Cutter (NSC), Munro (WMSL 755),  in front of nearly 600 guests.     Julie Sheehan, the great niece of the ship’s namesake

Essex Amphibious Ready Group in S. China Sea

USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts maneuvers during normal operations Courtesy USN

  The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) transited the Straits of Malacca and conducted routine operations in the South China Sea as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific Nov. 7-10. The ARG's flagship, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

GAC Support for Tall Ship Tenacious

The tall ship Tenacious has left her home port in the UK for an epic voyage to Australia

  The tall ship Tenacious has left her home port in the UK for an epic voyage to Australia. Over the next eight months, she will sail more than 17,000 NM and call at 26 ports en route to her final destination, Sydney. And at every stop along the way

Scientists Produce Data from Largest Single Volcano

Project carried out by Schmidt Ocean Institute

  Tamu Massif is a volcano the size of New Mexico and lurks 6,500 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean. During their 36 day expedition, the science team undertook a survey of immense proportions mapping an area nearly one million square kilometers in size

Imtech Marine Becomes RH Marine Group

Photo: RH Marine Group

The new RH Marine Group, formerly known as Imtech Marine was introduced at the Europort exhibition in Rotterdam today.    Following the recent acquisition by Parcom Capital and Pon Holdings, Imtech Marine will now be known as RH Marine Group

Dutch Experts Starts Work on Philippines Coastal Protection Strategy

Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan.

  International engineering and project management consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV is leading a multi-disciplinary team in developing a sustainable coastal protection strategy to reduce flood risks for the cities of Tacloban and adjacent Palo in the Philippines.  

Wreckage Confirmed to Be El Faro

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

Wreckage found on the ocean bottom off the Bahamas has been confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board to be the lost cargo ship El Faro, which sank with 33 crew aboard October 1.   Wreckage consistent with the 790-foot El Faro was discovered upright and intact by a U.S

Klaveness Orders Weather Service for 140 Ships

Photo: MeteoGroup

Weather business MeteoGroup is to provide fleet monitoring, performance reporting and weather routing services to Norwegian shipping company Torvald Klaveness.    The contract will see MeteoGroup provide its ship routing, monitoring and performance analysis service, RouteGuard

Young Sea Cadets Return from Voyage of a Lifetime

Photo: Retlif Testing Laboratories

Six-day ‘Voyage of Discovery’ concludes in Mt. Sinai Harbor   Six teenage U.S. Naval Sea Cadets from Long Island who set sail from Mt. Sinai Harbor returned from their six-day Voyage of Discovery, bringing back a lifetime of practical sea experience and tactical training

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