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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


Rig Moves: Mobilized for Performance

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The operation of an oil field involves moving rigs or jackups in a maneuver referred to as a rig move. These complex operations require experience and the coordination of all stakeholders. Explanation by Pål-André Malø, superintendent for new construction, and former AHTS captain (Anchor Handling Tugs Supply) with Bourbon Offshore Norway. "Generally speaking, this operation mobilizes between 3 and 4 vessels tasked with pulling the anchors of the rig to position it


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


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


Salvors Remove Debris Left by Environmental Protesters

Photo: GUE Seattle

Dive and salvage teams worked to remove debris used as anchor blocks by environmental activists protesting Shell’s Arctic drilling aboard a barge in Seattle’s Alki Seacrest Park on May 19.   A dive team from Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., along with divers from Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) Seattle, collaborated to remove several concrete blocks and thick steel mooring cables that held barge Solar Pioneer in place as the activists protested Shell’s Polar


ALP's Long-range Oceangoing Tug Named ALP Striker

ALP Striker (Photo: ALP)

ALP Striker, named at a ceremony held named on May 13, 2016, is the first of four ultra-long distance towing and anchor handling vessels for ALP Maritime Services, each with a bollard pull of approximately 300 metric tons.   The vessels of the SX157 design are a part of the ALP


Subsea 7 Awarded $1bn Wind Farm Offshore UK Deal

Subsea 7 awarded  contract worth over $1bn Photo Subsea 7

Subsea 7 S.A. informed today the details of the major(1) contract award that was first announced on 20 May 2016 . The contract was awarded by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL)(2), for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the Beatrice wind farm turbine


Technip Bags Statoil's Umbilical Supply Contract

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Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiary Technip Umbilicals Ltd.(1) has been awarded a contract by Statoil ASA to supply the umbilical(2) to the Oseberg Vestflanken 2 field offshore Norway. This field is located approximately 8 kilometers North West of the Oseberg field center at block 30/9-30/6 on


ClassNK Updates Steel Ships Survey/Construction Guide

Classification society ClassNK has released printed versions of its 2016 Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships.   ClassNK regularly reviews and revises its technical rules and guidance in order to ensure that they are relevant and up-to-date.  


Vesper Updates XB-8000 AIS Transponder

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Black-Box Class B AIS Transponder is First to Provide Built-In MOB and Anchor Alarm Functionality Vesper Marine announced today that its XB-8000 Class B AIS has a software update available for all new and existing owners, incorporating new features and capabilities to enhance marine safety.


Hydro Group Shortlisted for Made in Scotland Awards

Doug Whyte, managing director Photo Hydro Group

Aberdeen-headquarted, Hydro Group plc is recognised as a finalist at the 2016 Made in Scotland Awards for the categories Manufacturer of the Year and Exporter of the Year.   The subsea cable and connector specialist is at the forefront in the development and innovation of subsea product


Radio Holland Secures FLNG Contract for Keppel

Photo: Radio Holland

Radio Holland, member of RH Marine Group, was awarded a FLNG project from Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. The contract encompasses an Offshore Telecommunication System package for the Golar Hilli LNG carrier, which is being converted into a Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) unit


Expansion Underway at Hydro Group

Doug Whyte, managing director. Photo  Hydro Group

Aberdeen-based subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group, has expanded its premises by investing £2 million in a new 13,700 sq ft bespoke facility, set to open in spring 2016.   The company currently occupies a 45,500 sq ft facility at the Aberdeen Energy Park


Cavotec, ABB Partner on Shore-to-ship Power

Photo: Cavotec

Cavotec and ABB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly offer complete shore-to-ship power solutions globally. Such solutions allow vessels to plug into onshore power supply and shut down their engines, eliminating noxious emissions


Vesper Marine Updates WatchMate Vision

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Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products, announced a free upgrade for its flagship AIS Class B transponder, the WatchMate Vision, streamlining usability, while adding new safety features and enhancements to the user experience.  


Great Lakes Shipyard Performs USCG Drydocking

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

On April 25, Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the U.S. Coast Guard’s 125’ x 52’ Aids to Navigation Barge (12001). Using the Shipyard’s 770-ton Marine Travelift, the yard lifted the 620-ton AToN barge quickly and easily, and placed it on drydocking blocks.  


Emas Reels in $32m Contract

Photo: Emas Offshore

 Singapore-listed offshore firm EMAS Offshore Limited wins $32m of new business  has secured new awards and letter of intents for charters amounting to approximately US$32 million, including options.   These new charters will see EMAS Offshore’s Anchor Handling Tug (AHT)


Hydro Strengthens APAC Presence

(L-R) Doug Whyte, Hydro Group managing director and Steve Ang, Hydro Group Asia technical sales manager. Photo Hydro Group

Aberdeen-headquarted subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group plc announces multiple Asia Pacific Business Partner agreements as the firm continues strategic growth in the region.   As part of international expansion plans in 2013 the firm formed its Singapore based division


NTSB Determines Faults Leading to Fatal Collision

In examining the deadly collision of tugboat/barge Caribbean Sea/The Resource with Amphibious Passenger Vehicle DUKW 34, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that several faults played a part in the collision.  


Norsafe Showing Comprehensive range at Posidonia

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Norsafe will be showing a comprehensive range of its renowned safety craft at Posidonia, June 6 to 10th 2016 at stand 420, hall 3. Exhibiting in partnership with its Greek agent, Intra Mare, the Norwegian based manufacturer together with its Greek subsidiary Norsafe Watercraft Hellas will be






 
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