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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


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.


Fire Guts Ship

A Sao Tome-registered ship carrying charcoal from Somalia to a Gulf Arab state was gutted by fire while sailing near Yemen's Soqatra island in the Arabian Sea, Reuters reported. They said authorities did not send rescue teams from Aden to help the stricken vessel, whose name was not immediately available, because ships would normally take two days to reach the location. Instead, port officials contacted ships sailing in the area to try to help the vessel


Wheelabrator Opens Ontario Location

Marty Magill, Dave Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, Dave Foster, Mark Lambrix, Andrew Carmichael, Shawn Horton, Pierre Tanguay, Neil Moseley, Tim Ogden (Photo: Wheelabrator)

Surface preparation company Wheelabrator Group (Canada) Ltd. celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and luncheon after moving to a new location and office complex in Burlington, Ontario.   The brand new office facility offers spacious conference rooms and modern work


Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Found

Photos courtesy of Paul G. Allen

Seventy years after the conclusion of World War II, philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history.   Allen and his team of researchers began their search for the Musashi more than


G&D Launches US Subsidiary

Image courtesy of G&D

German KVM company Guntermann & Drunck GmbH (G&D) announced it will distribute its equipment from new U.S. subsidiary G&D North America Inc. in Miami, Fla.      With the founding of its new subsidiary, G&D said it aims to increase its presence in the North American


Carnival Cruise Line Shuffles Ships

Image: Carnival Cruise Line

 A few weeks after Carnival Cruise Line announced plans to move the Carnival Liberty and Breeze to Galveston, the cruise line announced the future homes of the Carnival Triumph, Elation, and Fascination.  The moves will take place in 2016.    


First Deep Sea Exploration of the Perth Canyon Begins Today

      The RV Falkor (Photo courtesy of the Schmidt Ocean Institute)

  The first deep-sea exploration of the Perth Canyon, Australia's largest undersea valley, will launch today, Phys.org is reporting. The 12-day expedition is backed by Google billionaire Eric Schmidt and will study the conditions and marine life inside the canyon


Haven Marine Bags Back To Back Dockings

Portgarth enters the dry dock at Milford Docks (Photo: Haven Marine Services)

Despite a slow start to the year, Haven Marine Services reports it is now seeing a change in fortunes with two dockings for Svitzer in quick succession, with one vessel sailing after a refit and another in on the same tide. This comes after a prolonged period of inactivity at the yard during the


Royal Caribbean to Sell Splendour of the Seas

Photo courtesy of RCL

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its cruise ship Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016. The ship will then be leased to Thomson Cruises, which will operate the vessel.


Spanish Boat Wins Leg of Ocean Race

Mapfre (Pic by Volvo Ocean Race)

 Spanish boat Mapfre has claimed victory in the Auckland leg of the of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race from Sanya, China, to Auckland.   The Alicante-based yacht Mapfre edged out Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - skippered by Briton Ian Walker - by just four minutes 25 seconds


Port of Durban to Triple Capacity, Compete with Suez Canal

The Port of Durban (Photo courtesy of the Durban Chamber of Commerce)

  Durban, South Africa's busiest port, has started a project to triple capacity and encourage vessels to skip the Suez Canal and sail around the Cape of Good Hope, Bloomberg reported today.   The excavation project, which will increase the port's capacity from 2


MES Delivers FPSO Hull to MODEC

Photo: MES

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) delivered the hull of a floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) for MODEC, Inc.   The FPSO hull sailed out from MES’ Chiba Shipyard on February 27, 2015.  


Holland America Line Wins Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards

Courtesy Holland American Line

  Holland America Line won top honors in four categories in the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards. The premium cruise line took first place in Best Dining (large-ship category) for ms Nieuw Amsterdam, Best Value-for-Money (mid-sized category) for ms Zuiderdam


River Levels Decreasing in Argentina

Rivers of Argentina

  River levels in Argentina are currently decreasing and they are expected to continue over the coming week. The bottleneck remains in the River Plate access channel, where the maximum recommended sailing draft us 10.51 metres fw.


Munkebo Maersk, Biggest Ship Ever to Sail on the Thames

Munkebo Maersk (Pic: London Gateway)

 The 18,300 TEU Triple E container ship Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway.   The 399 metre long Munkebo Maersk, which weighs in at 195,000 tonnes and is 60 metre wide is one of the largest container vessels


Containership Becomes Largest to Sail the Thames

Munkebo Maersk (Photo: DP World)

The Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway, the U.K.’s newest deep-sea port hub. The 399-meter-long, 60-meter-wide, 195,000-ton Triple-E class vessel – equivalent in length to almost four football pitches and


Dutch Chief Mate Sentenced for Fatal Collision

Gerardus Chapel, the chief mate at the helm of the dredger that collided with a sailing yacht at the entrance to the River Orwell in Suffolk last summer, has received a six-month sentence.   On June 8, 2014, Shoreway, a 98-meter, 5,000-metric-ton dredger owned by Koninklijke Boskalis






 
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