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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


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


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


MacArtney Connectivity for Navy Bow Sonar Systems

FREMM frigate Aqiutaine (Photo: DCNS)

MacArtney delivers connectivity for Thales FREMM frigate bow sonar systems    MacArtney Underwater Technology supplied SubConn underwater connectivity solutions for the bow mounted sonar systems that are essential to the impressive undersea threat detection and response capability of


Access the Advantage: Remote Control Welding Technology

Remote control welding technology allows welding operators to set welding parameters at the joint without the need to carry, route, troubleshoot and maintain expensive control cables — all while delivering consistent welding performance.

Safe, efficient and profitable welding involves many variables, all of which can be had by embracing remote controlled welding techniques and equipment. Efficiency, safety and profitability are important to any company, but especially to a welding operation


Fishing Vessel Skipper Fined for Collision

The skipper of a fishing vessel that collided with a ferry was fined after pleading guilty for failing to keep a proper lookout. The skipper, Lindsay Haugh, of the fishing vessel Onward N336, was fined a total of £2,500 plus costs of £231 at a hearing today in the County Court


Kongsberg Simulators to Enhance GoM Offshore Training

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‘Fideicomiso de Formación y Capacitación para el Personal de la Marina Mercante Nacional’ (FIDENA), on behalf of Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) has selected Kongsberg Maritime offshore simulators for the Marine Education Center in


USCG Rescues Disabled Fishing Vessel

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Gloucester, Mass., tows the 61-foot fishing vessel Angela Michelle to port, April 19, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Robinson)

  A fishing crew is back on land today after a fouled anchor line stranded them about 115 miles east of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Saturday. Initially, the four-person crew aboard the 61-foot fishing vessel Angela Michelle contacted the Sector Boston Command Center when their line became


MacGregor Inks Deal with Grupo CBO

Triplex shark jaws and guide pins help to ensure safe working deck operations on the new vessels. The combination of Triplex cranes will provide very flexible, safe and reliable lifting capabilities

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract with the Brazilian shipowner and shipbuilder Grupo CBO. The contract is to supply Triplex deck handling equipment and cranes for four customised Havyard 843 anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTS)


AVEVA Launches Software Upgrade

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New releases of AVEVA Electrical and AVEVA Instrumentation provides powerful new functionality for engineering teams   AVEVA announced new productivity enhancements in the latest release of AVEVA Electrical and AVEVA Instrumentation, feature-rich software applications for electrical and


Damen Installs BWT System to Cable Innovator

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Global Marine Systems Limited’s vessel Cable Innovator has recently left Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) after extensive work including the installation of a ballast water treatment system and a five-year survey


Ships Collide on Lower Mississippi

Three ships were involved in a collision on the lower Mississippi River near Convent, Louisiana, Monday when a bulk carrier broke free from its mooring and drifted into a moored towing vessel and then an offloading tank ship. The U.S. Coast Guard is responding.  


New deal for Viking’s AHTS 'Vidar Viking'

Courtesy Viking Supply Ships

  Viking Supply Ships has entered into new contract for the Ice-breaking Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel Vidar Viking. The final option of the existing contract for the vessel Vidar Viking, which secures work until 1 December 2015, has been exercised


Prysmian Upbeat on Submarine Cable Business in 2015

  Prysmian SpA, the world's biggest cable maker, is confident of bagging orders this year to keep its high-margin subsea business order backlog at between 2.2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) and 2.3 billion, the head of the unit told Reuters.


Massive cargo ship runs aground in US

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 A 33,044-ton cargo ship ran aground Wednesday in the Delaware River near the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.   According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a 600-foot bulk carrier, Agia Irini, was headed southbound when it reportedly lost propulsion and ran


Container Ship breaks Down off Essex Coast

ANL Warringa: CMA CGM

 Lifeboats from Walton and Frinton, and the Harwich have been called out to a container ship ANL Warringa off the coast of Essex which had been reported to be drifting in a major shipping lane.   It was reported to be drifting in the North Sea, 20 miles (32 miles) off the Essex coast


USS Mount Whitney Wins Golden Anchor Award for Retention

Sailors stationed aboard the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), paint the ship’s anchor gold during the golden anchor ceremony March 19, 2015. The golen anchor signifies an outstanding reten

  The crew of the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), painted the ship’s anchor gold March 19, 2015, after being awarded the Retention Excellence Award, for fiscal year 2014. Throughout the year, Mount Whitney maintained an overall retention rate of 88


BOEM Issues Offshore Wind Energy Research Lease

 BOEM issues first wind energy research lease in Federal offshore waters   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has executed a wind energy research lease with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), BOEM announced today.






 
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