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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.


Sensors Sailor Relishes Operational Role

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Andrew Dingle, in front of HMAS Arunta alongside at Fleet Base West, Garden Island. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Andrew Dingle is realising his career aspirations onboard HMAS Arunta as part of the Royal Australian Navy team sailing to the Middle East.   Able Seaman Dingle deployed recently as part of a 191 member crew bound for Operation MANITOU - Australia’s contribution to counter terrorism, counter piracy, narcotics interdiction which contributes significantly to stability in the region.  


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Task Group Sails to Bass Strait

HMA Ships Adelaide, Melbourne, Newcastle, Parramatta, Gascoyne and Huon leave Sydney Harbour to take part in Exercise OCEAN RAIDER, one of the Royal Australian Navys largest maritime warfare activities. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 Warships, submarines and aircraft from all over the country are converging on Bass Strait for the final week of Exercise OCEAN RAIDER, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime warfare activities.   HMAS Adelaide lead six ships south from Sydney, while HMAS Warramunga and two submarines sailed from Western Australia. HMAS Darwin is also en route after completing her disaster relief duties in New Zealand.  


Parramatta Saves Yachtsmen in Southern Ocean

HMAS Parramattas Seahawk helicopter moves into position above stricken yacht Jedi 1 and prepares to winch her crew to safety. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Parramatta has rescued three South African sailors from a stricken yacht approximately 1,300 kilometres southwest of Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia.   The three yachtsmen of the 13-metre yacht activated an emergency response beacon late on 17 March


Potential Maritime Disaster Averted

Photo: TNPA

Collaboration between the Ports of East London and Ngqura, together with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), helped avert another potential maritime disaster in the Eastern Cape during the past week.   Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) towed the BBC Shanghai


USS Lake Erie Assists Distressed Mariners

Photo: United States Navy

 Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) provided assistance to 25 mariners in the early hours of March 19, after receiving a distress call from a civilian ship taking on water.   Lake Erie deployed a rescue and assistance team aboard its rigid hull inflatable


Multinational Task for Australian Mine Warfare Team

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Fifty navy divers and mine warfare specialists from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Britain converged on Bland Bay, New Zealand for Exercise FULCRUM recently.   The contingent had to locate and dispose of 16 dummy mines of varying shape, size and weight


‘World’s Greenest Cruise Ship’ Construction Underway

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam (right) officially started the construction of MS Roald Amundsen at Kleven Yards, Norway. Kleven CEO Ståle Rasmussen (left). (Photo: Hurtigruten)

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam pressed the button to officially kick off the construction of hybrid expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen – “the greenest cruise ship the world has ever seen,” according to the ship owner.  


USCG, Navy Conduct Joint Maritime Security Mission

U.S. Navy photo by Daniel Kelley

The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy completed an 18-day joint mission in the Central and South Pacific under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security.  


Burgess Marine: 3 Refits Complete in 3 Months

Condor Rapide undergoes refit at Cherbourg (Photo: Burgess Marine)

Britain’s largest independent ship repairer and marine engineering services provider Burgess Marine said it has recently completed its winter refit season in Cherbourg, completing three ferry refit projects over the three-month time span.  


Star Bulk Awarded USCG Qualship 21 for 30 Vessels

Photo: Star Bulk

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded Qualship 21 status to 30 bulk carriers owned and operated by Star Bulk Carriers Corp., the largest U.S. listed dry bulk operator.   The Qualship 21 program rewards high quality ships sailing under qualifying flags.  


Warfighting Women Winning at Sea

Seaman Boatswains Mate Paige Powers makes a new heaving line on the Gun Direction Platform of HMAS Parramatta, during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17, off the coast of Western Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 Sailing on the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia in a Royal Australian Navy frigate is just another day in the life of Seaman Boatswain's Mate Paige Powers.   After completing her initial recruit training at HMAS Cerberus in Westernport, Victoria


Stena Impeccable Delivered to Stena Bulk

Stena Impeccable (Photo: Stena Teknik)

 Sten Bulk has taken delivery of Stena Impeccable, the 10th of 13 new IMOIIMAX tankers ordered from Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) in China.   The tanker, which is wholly owned by Stena Bulk, will be operated by Stena Weco and will sail in the company’s logistics


BMT Secures RoPax Ferry Design Contract

Photo: BMT

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Nigel Gee (BMT) said it has secured a new project to design an 85-meter steel-hulled catamaran RoPax ferry for Strategic Marine, a subsidiary of Triyards Holding Limited. The ferry is for Scottish ferry operator Pentland Ferries


Fleet's Support Capability Gets Sirius Boost

HMAS Sirius passes the Sydney Opera House to commence her journey back to her home port in Western Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Royal Australian Navy’s replenishment capability is operating at capacity once again with HMAS Sirius back in the brine after four months of maintenance at Captain Cook Graving Dock, Garden Island.   The fleet tanker cut an impressive figure against the city skyline as she


Maersk Tankers to Trial Rotor Sails

Maersk P-Class Illustration with two 30x5 Norsepower Rotor Sails (Photo: Maersk Tankers / Norsepower)

Norsepower Oy Ltd. in partnership with Maersk Tankers, The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), and Shell Shipping & Maritime, have announced that it will install and trial Flettner rotor sails onboard a Maersk Tankers-owned vessel.  


Tauck to Double Small Ship Cruising Capacity

Tauck announced a four-year plan for doubling its small ship cruising capacity through strategic fleet expansion, deepened partnership programs and new itineraries.   “We’re destination explorers at Tauck and some destinations are best explored by both land and sea


Young Endeavour Completes Circumnavigation of Australia

Training Ship Young Endeavour returns to Fleet Base East, Sydney, after completing a ten month circumnavigation of Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Royal Australian Navy-operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour returned to Sydney recently after a 10-month circumnavigation of Australia.   Since departing Sydney in May 2016, more than 500 young people have developed important leadership and life skills as part of the youth






 
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