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THE BLACK WATCH

Blohm + Voss Inks Repair Deal

Germany’s Blohm + Voss Repair GmbH (B+V) has signed a contract with Norway’s Red Band AS, Oslo, for the repair and extensive alteration work onboard the 28,670 grt passenger ship Black Watch. The 1972-built vessel will arrive at B+V during April next year (2005), the first time she has visited the yard since November 2003. The remodelling and modernisation work will concentrate on reducing the vessel’s noise and vibration level. A complete new propulsion system with four MAN/B&W 7L32/40 diesel engines, each with an output of 3,500 kW at 750 rpm, will be installed. The repair will also include the installation of new Renk double step-down gear units, NDSL-2800, and two MAN/B&W 8L21/31 Gensets for the generating power supply. "We are very proud to be playing such a decisive role in the remodelling of the Black Watch. This project underlines the outstanding position of MAN driving systems in shipping", emphasised Dr. Stefan Spindler, Board member of the German diesel engine contractor MAN/B&W Diesel AG. The new propulsion system will be fitted elastically on prefabricated foundations; the propeller blades will also be renewed and adapted to the new engine output. All measures will contribute to considerably reducing the noise and vibration level after the modification work is completed. The two existing exhaust boilers for steam production will be replaced by four new units


MTN Provides VSAT for Fred.Olsen Fleet

MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) announced that it has signed an agreement with Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, an international shipping company based in Norway, to outfit its entire fleet of ships, Balmoral, Boudicca, Black Watch, and Braemar, with MTN’s state-of-the-art VSAT equipment and services providing global, reliable broadband connectivity. Under the agreement, MTN will provide services such as OceanPhone calling, StreamXcel, a bandwidth optimization service


Dead in the Water

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Electrical System Failure at Sea The world watched as the Carnival Triumph sat still, dead in the water in the Gulf of Mexico after a main space fire caused a total loss of electrical power.  For the 3,143 passengers and 1,000-plus crewmembers, there was no heat or air conditioning, toilets or sanitation, lights or  ventilation.  Fortunately, despite the seriousness of the fire, which was caused by a leaking fuel line, nobody was hurt


NOAA Releases Study on Deepwater Horizon Controlled Burns

Black smoke billows from a controlled burn of surface oil during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A new study by NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) found that controlled burns released more than one million pounds of sooty black carbon into the atmosphere.

During the 2010 BP/Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill, an estimated one of every 20 barrels of spilled oil was deliberately burned off to reduce the size of surface oil slicks and minimize impacts of oil on sensitive shoreline ecosystems and marine life.   In response to the spill, NOAA quickly redirected its WP-3D research aircraft to survey the atmosphere above the spill site in June. During a flight through one of the black plumes, scientists used sophisticated instrumentation on board


Black, Navionics Sen.VP of Sales & Marketing

Navionics, provider of electronic charting and digital navigation data, named Mr. Don Black as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Mr. Black will head the Navionics Teams for Sales, Marketing, Product Management and Business Development, working across all divisions. Black’s most recent position was CEO/President at SeaWave, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, a company which developed ship to shore wireless communications


Port of San Diego Initiates Neighborhood Watch

Prior to the 4th of July, the Coast Guard kicked off its new “Neighborhood Watch” program for San Diego’s port and coastline. San Diego Operation Port Watch enlists the support of San Diego’s citizens, boaters, professional mariners, and waterside business people to be on alert for suspicious activities and help protect the Southern California and the Port of San Diego from potential threats. Operation Port Watch hopes to tap the knowledge of those that work and use the local waters for


Third NATO Warship Enters Black Sea

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A French frigate has entered the Black Sea, growing the number of NATO surface warships in the region to three, according to a U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) news report citing a ship spotting blog and Russian press reports. Surcouf (F711), a La Fayette-class frigate was spotted by amateur photographers crossing the Bosporus strait on Wednesday joining French signals intelligence ship Dupuy de Lôme (A759) and U.S


CMA CGM Extends Black Sea/North Europe Service

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The CMA CGM Group announced the extension of its FEMEX service on the North Europe – Mediterranean trade. In order to improve the coverage of the North Europe – Mediterranean trade and coinciding with a growing existing demand, the CMA CGM Group extended its FEMEX service in the Black Sea with the addition of three new calls in Samsun (Turkey), Novorossiysk (Russia) and Constanta (Romania).   The CMA CGM Group will become the only shipping line offering a direct coverage


Keppel FELS Contracted to Build Two Semi-submersible Rigs

Keppel FELS signs contract to construct the rigs for Ukraine's National Joint-Stock Company "Naftogaz of Ukraine" (Naftogaz). The contract is worth about US$ 1.2-billion, but is dependent upon final corporate approvals. The rigs will be built to Keppel FELS' proprietary DSSTM 38U design which is customised for the Black Sea environment. The harsh weather conditions of the Black Sea include extreme freezing temperatures, storms with strong winds and heavy seas.


ITF Names Black Sea 'Sea of Shame'

Black Sea Ports action: Photo ITF

The International Transport Federation (ITF) informs that its multinational week of action with maritime unions in ports around the Black Sea has brought results, and the Federation has challenged conditions for seafarers working on what it has called the "Sea of Shame".
 The ITF says the Black Sea remains one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a seafarer.
 The action by inspectors and union members in Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia


Severn Trent De Nora's OMNIPURE Systems Get USCG Approval

Courtesy Severn Trent De Nora

  The new OMNIPURE™ Series 55/64 marine sewage treatment systems from Severn Trent De Nora have received final certification from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to the International Maritime Organization’s Resolution MEPC.227(64) effluent standards


ADMIRALTY e-NPs - NMs in Seconds

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e-NPs are official ADMIRALTY Nautical Publications in a convenient electronic format. Easy to use and update, theyaim to  bring improved efficiency, accuracy and access to information bridge crews need.   e-NPs offer weekly notices to mariners added in seconds


ClassNK Releases Steel Ships Rules and Guidance

Classification society ClassNK has released its 2015 Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships.   The 2015 edition’s amendments, made between March 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, reflect the latest R&D findings, feedback from damage investigations


NOAA to Explore Depths of Caribbean Sea

Okeanos Explorers dual-body ROV system is loaded from the aftdeck of the ship into the water before conducting an exploration dive. (Credit: NOAA)

Public can watch seafloor discoveries live online April 9-30. Beginning April 9, scientists aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will begin a series of 20 dives to investigate previously unseen depths of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean – and the public can follow along online.


Hiab to Present World Crane Championship Finals

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  Hiab, part of Cargotec, is presenting its latest product innovations together with the World Crane Championship finals at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK on 14-16 April. The CV Show is the largest and most comprehensive road freight transport event staged in Britain.


Professionals Invited for USCG Workgroup

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  Search and rescue professionals and media are invited to the 2015 Search and Rescue Workgroup hosted by Coast Guard Sector Field Office Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday. WHO: The Coast Guard and state and local search and rescue agencies


Fuel Storage Tank Fire at Santos Port Continues

A fire at a fuel storage facility near Brazil's largest port Santos entered its fourth day on Sunday as 110 firefighters worked to stop the flames from spreading further, the local fire department said. Six fuel tanks run by Ultracargo, owned by Brazil's Grupo Ultra


Turkey Maritime Sector Alive & Kicking

A cruise liner docked at the Port of Istanbul

Located on the periphery of two great continents, Turkey has benefitted from being in a favored position right at the center of an assertive and fast growing economic area. This geographical location finds Turkey in a very favorable position


India to Promote Indian Ocean Rim and Coastal Tourism

Photo by the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

 The government of India will focus more on promoting the coastal tourism circuit and Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) tourism.   Dr Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister of Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation stressed the importance of developing


Russia's Seaborne Urals Exports Seen Down in April

Russia's Urals crude exports and transit from the Baltic Sea ports and Novorossiisk are set to fall in April by 2.5 percent on a daily basis to 8.14 million tonnes from 8.623 million tonnes in March, a preliminary loading plan showed on Tuesday.  


New Containership Enters CMA CGM Fleet

CMA CGM Volga (Photo courtesy of the CMA CGM Group)

The CMA CGM Volga, eighth of the 28 vessels named after famous rivers series, enters the CMA CGM fleet   Newbuild containership CMA CGM Volga entered the CMA CGM fleet on March 17, and began her first rotation in Dalian, China, on March 20, the CMA CGM Group announced.  


NATO Warships in Black Sea Naval Exercises

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 will resume patrols in the Mediterranean Sea following a series of NATO training exercises in the Black Sea - Photo courtesy of HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office

 NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) have completed their participation in joint NATO training exercises and maritime situational awareness operations in the Black Sea.   Warships of from six NATO countries – the US, Canada, Turkey, Germany


Hafnia Reports Profit

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 Danish product tanker carrier Hafnia Tankers logged a $2.33m gain in 2014 after a strong finish to the year, according to its annual report. The firm finished 2014 in the black despite running up a $5.13m loss across the first three quarters of the year.  


Putin Puts Northern Fleet on Full Combat Alert

Ships of Russian Navy Northern Fleet. Photo: Gazprom

 Russian President Vladimir Putin put the nation’s northern fleet on full alert in the Arctic Ocean this week, as the U.S. and several Eastern European NATO countries conduct a series of military exercises near Russia's border.  


Russian Submarine Seen Near Latvian Waters

National Armed Forces coast guard patrol boat Klints by Public broadcasting of Latvia

 The Latvian armed forces spotted a Russian submarine in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia on March 16, reports BBC.   The warship was seen at a distance of 27 nautical miles from the territorial waters of the country. The vessel was a Russian Project 877 Paltus submarine






 
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