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Odyssey: First Load of Silver Cargo From Three Miles Deep

Odyssey Marine Exploration (Nasdaq:OMEX), announced it has successfully recovered approximately 48 tons of silver bullion from a depth of approximately three miles. This initial recovery of bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, a 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo ship that sank in February 1941, totals 1,203 silver bars or approximately 1.4 million troy ounces of silver and has been transported to a secure facility in the United Kingdom. After unloading the cargo, taking on fuel and changing  personnel, recovery operations will continue and are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2012.This record-breaking operation has so far produced the heaviest and deepest recovery of precious metals from a shipwreck. Odyssey is conducting the Gairsoppa project under contract with the UK Department for Transport. Under the terms of the agreement, which follows standard commercial practices, Odyssey bears the risk of search and recovery and retains 80% of the net salved value of the  Gairsoppa silver cargo after recovering its expenses. The contract was awarded to Odyssey following a competitive tender process. The amount of silver bars recovered so far represents approximately 43% of the insured silver bars, or approximately 20% of the total silver cargo which research has indicated may be on board. In addition, an estimated 600,000 oz


Alfa Laval EGR-HPE Economizer a Boon

Alfa Laval PureNOx approved for MAN Diesel & Turbo EGR system

  With Tier III NOx limits entering into force in North America and the US Caribbean in January 2016, the time has come for many ship owners to choose their method of compliance. Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) on MAN B&W engines has strong advantages on its own. But combined with a new pressurized EGR economizer from Alfa Laval, it also offers the potential for massive fuel savings. “EGR provides Tier III NOx compliance with a very compact footprint


Hurricane Pollution Recovery Ops Update

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, federal, state, local and industry personnel continue to work together to conduct pollution recovery operations to mitigate further damage to the environment. The following industries are continuing pollution recovery operations: Murphy Oil Corporation, near Chalmette, La.: - Estimated 819,000 gallons of oil have been discharged, with the vast majority contained within the existing secondary containment unit located on refinery property


Trinity Offshore to Build Very Shallow Multi–System Skimmer

Trinity Offshore, LLC announced that they have signed a contract to build one 56-ft by 14-ft MKII Very Shallow Multi-System Skimmer (VSMSS) with Clean Gulf Associates of New Orleans, La.  Clean Gulf Associates, one of the largest oil spill response cooperative in North America, will operate the vessel to provide marine service and environmental clean up along the Gulf Coast to its member companies. Designed by Trinity’s in house engineering department


Caley Davits for Japanese Vessels

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Caley Ocean Systems has supplied davits for four Japanese Fisheries patrol vessels. The davits will allow the rapid deployment and retrieval of a range of high speed workboats, even in Sea State 6 conditions, during patrol operations. The all-weather Caley davits enable rigid inflatable boats (RIBS) to be held in readiness and launched in seconds. Crew safety is paramount to the davit's handling system which features anti-pendulation control for pitch and roll damping and reduction of


Towline Aboard Stranded 'Kulluk' Rig

Rig Kulluk Aground: Photo credit Shell

Aerial and onboard inspections confirm the vessel remains firmly aground & stable on Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, with no sign of leakage of pollutants. Naval architects on the survey team confirm the Kulluk is structurally sound and fit for towing to safe harbor in nearby Kiliuda Bay.  The exact timing for potential towing activity is dependent on weather, tides and operational readiness. Once the Unified Command team managing the incident confirms it is safe and ready to move forward


Recovery Plan for Sunken Drydock in Guam

Guam Shipyard has finalized plans to recover the floating dry dock Machinist, or Big Blue, which took on water and became partially submerged Jan. 3. The Coast Guard has established a unified command with Guam Environmental Protection Agency and Guam Shipyard to manage the recovery process. Coast Guard Sector Guam reviewed the shipyard’s plans, which outline the shipyard’s commitment to work with oil recovery contractor Gresco under the supervision of the Coast Guard and Guam EPA


Container Recovery from RENA continues

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RENA Container Recovery Passes 800 Mark.   The number of containers recovered from the stricken Rena on Mount Mauganui’s Astrolabe Reef has risen above the 800 mark.  A total of 815 of the 1,368 containers have now been brought to port. Braemar Howells’ operations manager Neil Lloyd confirmed numbers were boosted this week with 21 containers landed on Monday, and a further eight on Tuesday.  


Odyssey Recovers 1.8 Million Ounces of Silver From Shipwreck

Gairsoppa - Silver

The latest recovery from SS Gairsoppa reportedly set the world record for deepest, largest precious metal recovery. Odyssey Marine Exploration said it has recovered more than 61 tons of silver bullion this month from a depth of nearly three miles. This recovery of bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, a 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo ship that sank in February 1941, consists of 1,574 silver ingots weighing about 1,100 ounces each or almost 1


ICS Produces Guidelines for IMO Regulation

ICS Water Recovery Guildelines (Credit ICS)

Guidelines helping shipowners comply with a new International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulation, requiring ship-specific planned procedure for recovering individuals from the water, have been launched by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Under the new SOLAS Regulation, effective July 1, all ships are required to develop plans and procedures that identify the equipment used for recovery purposes and measures to minimise the risks for shipboard personnel involved in recovery


How Long Will Shipping Downturn Last ?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Shipping is a cyclical business. For many years, Clarksons Research has tracked the ups and downs of its cycles via the ClarkSea Index, a weighted average of vessel earnings in the main shipping sectors.    In the first half of August, the index averaged less than $7,500/day


ABS Makes it Safer to ‘Walk to Work’

ABS promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment through the development and verification of standards

ABS announced the publication of The ABS Guide for Certification of Offshore Access Gangways. The new Guide addresses certification for safety systems used for “walk to work” (W2W) crew transfers. “As advanced crew transfer options become the norm in the offshore oil and gas


Onshore Spending on the Cusp of Recovery?

Graph Source: Douglas-Westwood World OFS and OFE Market Forecast Reports Q2 2016

 DW’s recently released quarterly World Oilfield Services Market Forecast (OFS) and World Oilfield Equipment Market Forecast (OFE) continue to suggest 2016 will see the start of a barren period for the offshore OFS and OFE sectors.  


Skaugen Goes to Red Again

Photo: I.M. Skaugen SE

 Norwegian Marine Transportation Service Company I.M. Skaugen SE reported interim losses but cautiously positive and expecting a gradual recovery of trading opportunities for long routes the petrochemical market.   The gas carrier owner reported profit before and after tax of minus $ 5


Protea Developing Heavy Lift Cargo Cranes

Image: Protea

Poland based Protea, supplier of offshore and marine lifting and mechanical handling equipment including cranes, winches and launch and recovery systems, is expanding its offering to also deliver heavy lift cargo cranes.   Protea engineers are currently developing an all new


Unexpected Demand to Boost Dry Bulk Rates -Drewry

1-year time charter rates (Source: Drewry’s Dry Bulk Forecaster report)

Increasing trade and contracting supply will support a recovery in charter rates on major dry bulk shipping routes, with the prospect of China importing more coal and iron ore to combat pollution and poor quality, according to the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster


New Diving Training Ship Delivered to Tunisia

Photo: Franco Ortolani

The Tunisian government has taken delivery of a new training ship, Zarzis A710, which will support diving and security works in air and sea areas of the Mediterranean. The vessel was built by Vittoria Shipyard SpA and commissioned by the Tunisian Defense Ministry as part of the Tunisian-Italian


New Mission Set to Retrieve El Faro's VDR

El Faros voyage data recorder next to the ships mast on ocean floor (Photo: NTSB)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will launch its third mission to the wreckage of the El Faro on Friday from Virginia Beach, Virginia. The mission’s primary objective is to retrieve the sunken cargo ship’s voyage data recorder.  


IMO Rolls Out GloMEEP Website

Image: International Maritime Organization

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) has launched a website for GloMEEP energy efficiency project.   IMO’s continuing efforts to promote environmentally sound shipping received a boost today with the launch of Glomeep.imo.org.   


Dryships Misses Earnings

Ocean Rig Corcovado and Ocean Rig Olympia naming ceremony at Samsung Heavy Industries 16/12/2010. Photo: DryShips Inc

 The  Greece-based DryShips Inc. (DRYS),owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels that operate worldwide, has reported a loss of $9.1 million in its second quarter.    The operator of oil rigs and dry cargo carriers posted revenue of $13.2 million in the period.


El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder Recovered

El Faro voyage data recorder in fresh water on the USNS Apache (Photo: NTSB)

The voyage data recorder (VDR) from El Faro, a U.S. flagged cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015, has been recovered from the ocean floor late Monday evening, the U.S. National Transportation Board (NTSB) said.  


Yacht Computer Service Expands its IT Service

Photo: Yacht Computer Service

 Any maritime business equals to demanding clients. And not to forget the crew – from any position upwards. As long as everything works, life on board is great.    TV or entertainment systems on any vessel are an absolute must, working at 100%. Most of the time they do


Weak Oil Pushes SBM Offshore to Axe More Jobs

Photo: SBM Offshore

SBM Offshore's first-half results lagged analysts' expectations on Wednesday as challenging conditions persisted in the oil industry and the Dutch oil services company announced an additional 250 job cuts.   It said it did not expect a full recovery in its business until 2018


Oregon State University Seeks New Research Vessels

Oregon State University (OSU) will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for a project to construct up to three advanced regional class research vessels to help replenish the aging United States academic fleet.   OSU will implement a two-stage “best value procurement process”


First Oil from TEN Fields off Ghana

Photo: MODEC

Ghana began pumping crude from a second offshore field operated by British company Tullow Oil on Thursday, hoping the additional revenue will boost its flagging economy.   The Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) field expects to average around 23,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2016






 
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