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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

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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

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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

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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


Dann Marine Repowers With Cummins Tier 3 Engines

Photos courtesy of Dann Marine

Dann Marine Towing, LC., is a fifth generation family owned and operated tugboat company based in Chesapeake City, MD. The model-bow twin-screw tug Sea Coast was built at Rayco Shipbuilders in 1980 and is one of Dann Marine’s 18-tug fleet. She is 65 feet overall with a 24-foot beam and an 8


Viking Supply Ships Sell PSV 'SBS Cirrus'

A Viking PSV: Photo courtesy of Viking

Rederi AB TransAtlantic subsidiary Viking Supply Ships says it has sold the 1985 built platform supply vessel SBS Cirrus. The vessel has been delivered to its new owners, and the sale of the vessel will have a positive impact of NOK 0.8 million on the third quarter results.


Wärtsilä Expands Propulsion Monitoring Services

Process for gathering and analysing data with Wärtsilä Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service

Wärtsilä expanded its offering in propulsion monitoring services. The Wärtsilä Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service (PCMS), introduced to the market in 2010, will now feature expanded functionalities and is now available in two editions - PCMS Starter and PCMS Professional


Vard Orders Rolls-Royce Equipment for Rem OCV/AH

Vard orders Rolls-Royce equipment for Rem OCVAH

  Rolls-Royce has won a £19m contract with the Norwegian shipbuilding group Vard to deliver deck machinery, propulsion and engines to a new offshore construction and anchor handling vessel (OCV) for the Norwegian owner REM Supply. The vessel will be designed by Vard.


MN 100: TerraSond Limited

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539 N. Carancahua Street Corpus Christi, TX  78401 Telephone: 907 982 5321 E-mail: bbusey@terrasond.com Website: www.terrasond.com CEO/President: Thomas Newman Number of Employees: 65 The Company: TerraSond is a leader in precision geospatial solutions providing professional survey


KVM in Maritime Use

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Special fields of application such as maritime environments pose extreme working conditions for IT devices. A challenge faced by KVM manufacturer Guntermann & Drunck who optimized their products for the use in maritime applications: ship bridges, control rooms


Sea Trucks Signs $130m Facility for Offshore Newbuild

Jascon 18 at Kwong-Soon shipyard

Sea Trucks Group Limited, an international oil and gas marine contractor with a track record in the key oil and gas producing regions, particularly West Africa, announced a $130 million facility to finance the completion of Jascon 18 has been signed.


MN 100: Markey Machinery Co. Inc.

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7266 8th Avenue South Seattle, Washington 98108 Tel: (206) 622-4697  Email: info@markeymachinery.com Website: www.markeymachinery.com President: Blaine W. Dempke The Company: Seattle-based Markey Machinery Company has roots in the marine and logging industries stretching as far back


Plastlock Pipe Coupling Launched at SMM

Photo: Teekay Couplings

Teekay Couplings is launching its new Teekay Plastlock Pipe Coupling on September 9, the first day of the SMM marine trade fair in Hamburg, Germany. Enabling simple, rapid and permanent joining of plain-ended plastic pipes, the product will greatly increase the ability of the marine industry to


Greek Owner Docks Three with Gibdock

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Piraeus-based Aegean Maritime Petroleum Network Inc. (AMPNI) has recently contracted Gibraltar yard Gibdock to carry out repairs to three of its vessels. The Aegean Princess, Halki and Nisyrus were all docked within the space of just over a month


Damen to Supply Nozzles for ALP Ocean Tugs

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Damen Marine Components will supply a total eight 5,050 millimeter propeller nozzles for four ultra long distance towing and anchor handling vessel newbuildings. They are the largest nozzles that DMC will have manufactured with its spinning machine technique to date


Disputed Kurdish Oil Tanker Moving for 1st Time Since End-July

The tanker carrying $100 million worth of disputed Kurdish crude oil is moving for the first time since July 27, AIS ship tracking data showed on Wednesday. The status of the tanker, called United Kalavrvta, changed to "underway using engine" from "at anchor"


Vancouver Shipyards Begins Building New Cable Ferry

(left to right) Vancouver Shipyard’s Chester Saret - Burning Area Chargehand, Brian Carter – President, Seaspan Shipyards, and Mike Corrigan – President & CEO, BC Ferries, oversee the first cut of steel on the new BCFS Cable Ferry.

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) announced today it has officially started construction on a new Cable Ferry for BC Ferries. The 78.5 meter ferry, slated for delivery in Spring 2015, will accommodate up to 50 vehicles and 150 passengers


SSI Webinar: ShipConstructor Electrical Product

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The SSI Technical Webinar Series' ShipConstructor Electrical Product webinar will be held Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 8-9 a.m. Electrical is a 3D modeling and production system for wireways, cable trays, supports, cables and transits


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 2

USS Missouri (BB-63) anchored in Tokyo Bay, Japan, 2 September 1945, the day that Japanese surrender ceremonies were held on her deck. (Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives)

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 2 1918 - Navy ships and crews assist earthquake victims of Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan 1940 - Destroyer-for-Bases agreement between U.S. and United Kingdom 1944 - USS Finback (SS-230) rescues Lieutenant (jg) George Bush, USNR (VT-51)






 
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