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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


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


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


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


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


Navy Activates Detachment in Sarangani

Philippine Navy officials activated a naval detachment Friday for maritime security and to catch illegal fishermen, pirates, and illegal entrants, according to a Sun Star report. The Glan detachment, which is part of the naval forces in eastern Mindanao based in Davao City would also watch over maritime vessels passing to and from Makar Wharf in nearby General Santos City. The naval detachment backs up the naval coast watch station at Tinaka Point, also in Glan


USS Porter Trains with Black Sea Navies

The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in the Black Sea in early February to train with the Ukrainian and Romanian navies. As part of a strategic focus to the south and east, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet (CNE/C6F) have increased engagement in the Black Sea in an effort to increase cooperation with regional partners. “This is my second time in the Black Sea in the past nine months and the third time we have had ships operating here


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.


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


South Stream Gas Pipeline Re-route via Turkey Possible

Pipe No.1: Photo Gazprom

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday that Ankara would consider the passage of the South Stream natural gas pipeline through Turkey if Russia made such a request. The future of the 2400 km (1,490 mile) line from Russia via the Black Sea to Europe, avoiding Ukraine


JFD Awarded Australian Navy Commendation

Photo courtesy of JFD

Commendation awarded by the Royal Australian Navy for dedicated work, commitment and support for Exercise Black Carillon 2013   James Fisher Defence (JFD) has been awarded a special commendation from the Submarine Force Commander of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)


North Sea: Potential VLCC Moves to South Korea

North Sea Forties crude differentials were unchanged on Wednesday in very quiet pre-Easter trade, with dealers still watching two potential VLCC shipments to Asia and the stuttering return of Libyan oil supplies. A strong early rally in flat-price Brent futures also kept traders on the sidelines


Coast Guard Pacific Area Command Changeover

Rear-Adm. Charles W. Ray: USCG photo

The US Coast Guard informs that Rear Adm. Charles W. Ray will relieve Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft  (US Coast Guard Commander designate) as Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Forces West, in a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Island in Alameda.


Brent crude eases toward $107, eyes on Libya

China exports fall for 2nd straight month in March, while U.S. crude stocks rise, at a record on the Gulf coast (EIA). Libya's oil guards take control of Hariga port, Zueitina pending and OPEC sees lower demand for its crude in 2014. Separately, Brent to fall to $107.17.


Cyclone Warning for North Queensland

Map update courtesy of Australian Bureau of Metrology

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising of the approach of Cyclone Ita towards the North Queensland coast of Australia. Forecast to develop into a severe category level 4 tropical cyclone, it is expected to make landfall late on Friday, April 11 between the Lockhart River and Cape Flattery


Damen to Build ASD Tug for Smit Lamnalco

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Smit Lamnalco has contracted Damen to build a new, shallow draught ASD Tug2810, the design of which illustrates the cooperative relationship between the two companies. The tug is set to expand Smit Lamnalco’s oil and gas terminal support services in Novorossiysk


Robotic Submarine Begins Flight MH370 Search

Bluefin 21 on deck: Image courtesy of Bluefin Robotics

 An international search has focused on waters west of the Australian city of Perth, with teams racing against time to detect signals before the flight recorder batteries – which last about one month – run out, are to send down a [Bluefin Robotics manufactured] Bluefin 21 AUV


Romania: Another U.S. warship to come to Black Sea

Another U.S. warship will come to the Black Sea after destroyer USS Donald Cook will leave, Romanian president Traian Basescu told reporters in the Black Sea port of Constanta on Monday. Donald Cook arrived in the Black Sea last week for exercises and operations to improve interoperability


Report: Russian Fighter Jet Makes Close Pass on U.S. Navy Ship

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Dardanelles en route to the Black Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

The Associated Press has posted a story which quotes a U.S. military official as saying that a Russian fighter jet -- which apparently was unarmed -- made several close-range fly bys near the US Navy's USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), which is operating in the Black Sea.


New Oil Tanker Series RS Classed

Two river-sea oil tankers of project RST 22M are to be built to the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) class. A relevant agreement is signed by RS with Armada Shipyard that will construct the ships for the Palmali Group of Companies. At present


Construction of Changi East Finger Extension

The working period for the construction of Changi East Finger Extension has been extended, GAC said in its daily Hot Port News report. The works will now be conducted from April 25 to October 24, 2014. According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No


North Sea Traders Eye VLCCs to Asia, Libya Caps

Fawley refinery (photo courtesy Exxon Mobil)

North Sea Forties crude differentials firmed on Tuesday as traders eyed two potential VLCC shipments to Asia, though gains were capped as the first cargo of Libyan crude was set to load since a deal with rebels to reopen ports. Traders have been watching the progress of two VLCCs - the BW Utah


US Navy Ship Welcomes President of Romania

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) salute Romanian President Traian Băsescu during his visit to the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Edward Guttierrez III)

The forward deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) welcomed aboard Romanian President Traian Bsescu while the ship was in port in Constanta, April 14. Bsescu was met by members of the U.S. Embassy and Donald Cook's Commanding Officer Cmdr. Scott Jones


USCG Cutter Leaked Sewage at Hawaii Base

Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau (USCG photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it is investigating a sewage discharge from one of its vessels, the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, at Coast Guard Base Sand Island, Tuesday. According to the USCG, at approximately 9:30 a.m. Monday a crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau reported


 
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