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RoRo Ferry Accident Findings Released by UK's MAIB

Norcape: Photo credit MAIB

Investigation report of accident involving the ro-ro ferry 'Norcape' in the Firth of Clyde released by Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) . On 26 November 2011, the port windlass of the UK registered Ro-Ro vessel Norcape suffered catastrophic damage during an attempt to weigh anchor in near gale force winds. At 0354 the wind was south westerly 30 knots when the vessel anchored in Brodick Bay, Isle of Arran, with 8 shackles on the port anchor and the starboard anchor on the seabed to reduce anticipated yaw. A short time after anchoring, Norcape began to yaw, the intensity of which increased steadily until, at 0536, the vessel yawed through 150 degrees and the port cable began to slip through the windlass. The decision was taken to get underway, and the starboard anchor was weighed. The crew then began to weigh the port anchor, using engines to reduce the load on the cable. The wind strength was increasing steadily and the windlass struggled to recover the cable when, suddenly and without warning, the dog clutch shattered and the cable payed out to the bitter end. The cable was subsequently slipped and Norcape was taken out of service due to the damage to the windlass and the loss of her anchor. Key issues:     •    Crew were not aware of:     ◦    the operational limits of the vessel’s bowthruster.


ROV Helps Solve Lake Seneca Mystery

Aquatic Center of Rochester is a full service dive shop in Henrietta, NY. In addition to carrying a complete line of scuba equipment, and offering full range of scuba training courses, company owner Joe Plano also provides ROV inspection services. Several years ago Joe purchased his Fisher SeaOtter ROV to perform an inspection on one of New York’s barge canal system locks. The job involved penetrating a tunnel at the bottom of the 40 foot deep lock to locate and examining a 1/2


EIVA NaviCat Software for Catenary Simulation

Image courtesy EIVA

EIVA announced the release of NaviCat software featuring catenary simulations related to anchor handling tug operations through integration with EIVA NaviPac including 3D visualization option. By utilizing predefined cable, MLB and anchor libraries NaviCat makes creation, modification and display of catenaries extremely easy and intuitive. Each library allows for maintenance and extension by the user. During catenary simulation cable types


IMS Introduces Deep Digging Dredger

Image courtesy IMS

IMS introduces the deep digging Depth Master 55 (DM-55TM) as the latest addition to is dredge product line. The DM-55TM is IMS's solution to making deep maintenance dredging and environmental dredging affordable.    "Over the years we have received hundreds of inquiries from ports and environmental contractors wanting to dredge deeper, but they simply could not afford to get a multi-million dollar machine and have resorted to ineffective pumps on wires and water injection


Markey Equips Research Vessel Sally Ride

Research Vessel Sally Ride (Photo courtesy of Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Named for the first American woman launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Research Vessel Sally Ride was commissioned August 9 at Dakota Creek Industries (Anacortes, Washington). Sally Ride is a U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research sponsored Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research Vessel (AGOR-28). The vessel’s advanced deck machinery will be operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography personnel during extended scientific missions upon the seven seas


Rolls-Royce Marine Tech Off Brazil’s Coast

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Rolls-Royce has secured a $61.3b contract to supply a newly-developed anchor handling system that will enable floating oil platforms to be secured to the seabed in the extreme depths off the coast of Brazil. The system has been developed in response to the increase in deep water oil exploration and will be fitted to two vessels serving platforms owned by Brazilian oil company Petrobas. The vessels are currently under construction by STX Brasil Offshore and each one will carry more than 1


Electronic Navigation & Dispute Resolution: Coming of Age

(Image courtesy Transas)

ECDIS, AIS, GPS Electronic navigation systems such as GPS, Electronic Chart Displays (ECDIS) and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) provide great assistance to mariners and significantly contribute to navigational safety.  Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) were specifically designed to collect data from these electronic navigation systems and other onboard sensors for use in accident investigation. These systems provide investigators with a wealth of data about a vessel’s movements


The Search Is On For WWII Sub Detection Networks

Prior to the outbreak of WWII the Japanese began construction of several different types of midget submarines. Recognizing the strategic importance of such a weapon for combat use, Japan built hundreds of these "mini subs" ranging in size from just under 80 ft. to over 100 ft. Designed to carry a crew of 2 to 3 sailors and armed with two torpedoes, these small subs were originally intended to be transported on ships and deployed in the path of an enemy fleet.


Dredge is a Vessel for Purposes of LHWCA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a dredge not currently in navigation is still a vessel for purposes of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). In the instant case, a marine engineer was injured while performing repairs on a scow tied up to a dredge. The dredge was capable of only limited movement on its own, dragging itself along using anchors and cables. Otherwise, it had to be towed. The lower court held that


Keppel Singmarine Delivers Tractor Tug

Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd has delivered one of the world’s largest tractor tug to Maju Maritime Pte Ltd on time and within budget. Measuring 34 metres long with bollard pull in excess of 64 tons, Pisces 53 is on a long term charter through Briny Marine Services Sdn Bhd to support Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd’s exploration and production activities. Following her naming, Pisces 53 will join her sister vessel Phoenix 52 and an utility tug Pegasus 51


USCG Shares Safety Tips for Labor Day, Riverfest

COAST GUARD SHARES SAFETY TIPS, ESTABLISHES OHIO RIVER SAFETY ZONES

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the boating season and is known as one of the busiest recreational boating weekends on the Ohio River. With approximately 2,000 boaters taking to the water, the increased recreational traffic presents additional safety hazards.


Anchorage Area Obstruction in Freeport

Freeport, Texas

Brazos Pilots Association in Freeport, Texas, advise that a 600-700' long wire is presenting a hazard to vessels in the north Freeport general anchorage. According to advice from the Association, yesterday (25 August) one of its inbound vessels came off anchor from the anchorage


Otto Marine Clinches Australia AHTS Contracts

AHTS Go Spica: Photo Otto Marine

Otto Marine says it has clinched AUD57-million worth of charter contracts in Australia for two of its large deep water AHTS vessels. Otto Marine Limited, which owns and operates a large fleet of offshore support vessels, with shipyard and other specialized offshore services


Eaton to Exhibit at SMM

Photo: Eaton

Power management company Eaton will demonstrate its expanded ability to deliver electrical, explosion-proof and hydraulic equipment for the marine and offshore industry at the international maritime trade fair SMM 2014 from September 9-12 in Hamburg


MacGregor's AHTs Equipment Package for Wuhu Xinlian

MacGregor have been able to make a breakthrough into the mid-size anchor handling vessel market with low pressure anchor handling/towing winches

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has got an order from Wuhu Xinlian shipyard in China to supply a full package of MacGregor anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) equipment to two 150-tonne bollard pull AHTS/oil recovery vessels. The equipment is scheduled for delivery by May 2015 and an option


Dutch Team Installs Huge Power Socket in the North Sea

Photo courtesy of Mammoet

A combination of three Dutch offshore companies realized a unique operation in the North Sea, installing a giant ‘power socket’, the SylWin alpha platform. Siemens commissioned Seaway Heavy Lifting to perform an unusual operation that in turn called in the assistance of maritime


ABB to Supply Cable for Offshore Wind Farm Extension in the UK

 Location of the farm

  ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $30 million from DONG Energy, a leading wind power development company, to supply a high-voltage export cable system that will transmit power from the Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm in the UK.


Google Consortium to Lay 'FASTER' Trans-Pacific Cable

FASTER Cable run route: Image NEC

Google and five other large companies team up to build a cable under the Pacific Ocean that will deliver incredibly fast internet speeds informs system supplier NEC Corporation. A consortium of six global companies have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable


GLG Shipyard Applies Finishing Touches to 'Biscayne Bay'

Welding work on Cutter Biscayne Bay: Photo GLG

Great Lakes Group says it has reached the final stages of the routine maintenance and drydock contract on the USCG Cutter BISCAYNE BAY, the second of the USCG’s six Great Lakes-stationed 140-foot Bay-class ice-breaking tugs to be drydocked in the Group's shipyard.


Terex Port Solutions at Sugarloaf Mountain

Terex Port Solutions supplies 12 Terex® rubber-tyred gantry cranes to the Libra terminal in the Bay of Rio de Janeiro. The cranes, currently manufactured in Xiamen, PR China will be powered with electricity from the termina

  Terex Port Solutions (TPS) will supply Libra Terminais Rio S/A (Libra) with 12 Terex® rubber-tyred gantry cranes. They are to be delivered in the fall of 2014 to the Libra terminal in the Bay of Rio de Janeiro. The company operates ports in Rio and Santos and ispart of the Libra Group


Repowered Tug Tows Nonstop

Photo courtesy Laborde

For its third repower with Smith Maritime, Laborde supplied three Mitsubishi S12R-Y2MPTK Tier II engines rated at 5,000 hp for the tug Rhea. For its maiden voyage, Rhea towed a huge piece of oilfield equipment from Texas to Cape Verde Islands off of Africa before moving on to Nigeria


Today in U.S Naval History: August 4

Today in U.S Naval History - August 4 1846 - Sailors and Marines from USS Congress capture Santa Barbara 1858 - First trans-Atlantic cable completed by USS Niagara and British ship Agamemnon 1944 - Fifth Fleet carrier task forces begin air attack against Iwo Jima and the Bonin Islands


Fugro Achieves Innovation through Integration

Photo courtesy of Fugro

When Aberdeen-based Diamond Offshore wanted to add new functionality to the existing helideck monitoring system on the Ocean Guardian drilling rig in the North Sea, Fugro developed and delivered a fully integrated, user-friendly solution to fulfill the requirements.


Kurdish Crude Lightered, Destination Unknown

Part of a Kurdish oil cargo has been offloaded from a Greek-managed tanker into another tanker in the South China Sea, but mystery surrounds the identity of the buyer and where the two tankers are headed. The United Emblem, which is carrying more than 1 million barrels of oil


Iraqi Kurdish Pipeline Stopped; Tanker in Limbo off Texas

Iraqi Kurdistan's attempts to export oil independently of Baghdad hit another obstacle on Wednesday, as a Turkish energy official and industry sources said the autonomous region's pipeline to the Mediterranean has been shut for the past week.






 
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