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MTS Assists Damen in Maersk Connector Sea Trials

MTS assisting Maersk Connector

Leading marine service provider, Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS) has supported shipbuilder Damen during sea trials of its latest offshore cabling vessel, Maersk Connector. During the two-week testing period, MTS Vigilant, a Damen Shoalbuster, undertook essential anchor handling work to test the capabilities of the new vessel’s advanced mooring systems ahead of her handover to end client Maersk Supply Service and charterer DeepOcean. Current and anticipated growth in the offshore energy sector throughout European waters continues to drive demand for versatile subsea support vessels to carry out critical cable laying and interconnection work. These large vessels must be equally capable of keeping position in the deep-water environments of new offshore wind farms and working closer to shore in the proximity of onshore substations. As such, modern cable laying vessels such as Maersk Connector are not only fitted with Dynamic Positioning (DP) to address the challenge of working far from shore, but also equipped with sophisticated multi-point mooring systems making use of a number of anchors to allow increased manoeuvrability closer to shore. Maersk Connector, already has a number of work commitments as a result of DeepOcean’s recent project awards, including array cable installation on Bligh Bank wind farm


Eni Norge Enters Agreement with DNV GL

Eni Norge AS awards DNV GL a framework agreement for the supply of inspection services to the Goliat platform in the Barents Sea.   The term of the contract is three years, with an option for a two-year extension. The assignment consists of planning and carrying out inspections of static equipment, load-bearing structures and offloading and anchoring systems aboard the Goliat FPSO during its operational life. Local spin-off effects


Tank Barge Measure To Enter Force

The first phases of a USCG final rule implementing measures for maintaining or regaining control of a tank barge that will reduce the likelihood of a tank barge's grounding and spilling its cargo are effective June 19, 2000. These measures are necessary, according to USCG because without them a tug that loses its tow lacks ready means for regaining control of it. The rule is designed to increase the safety of marine transport and protect the environment.


Tug Avik Joins Crowley’s Alaska Fleet

Crowley's petroleum services group has taken delivery of its newest tug, Avik, to serve in the company's oil transportation and distribution fleet. The 76-ft. tug was designed by Crowley's Vessel Management Services team and built by Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Wash. It was delivered on June 3 and has been put into service in Alaska. The purpose-built tug was designed for both shallow water and ocean towing operations


New Orders for Cargotec

Following a successful run of deliveries to Bourbon’s Liberty 200 series of AHTS vessels, the offshore services specialist has now placed orders for a further four state-of-the-art MacGregor anchor-handling systems from Cargotec. Cargotec has won a contract to supply four sets of MacGregor anchor-handling systems to a series of anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels on order at Sinopacific Group in China for major offshore oil and gas services company, Bourbon


MagnaShear Motor Brakes & PosiTorq Winch Tension Control Brakes in the News

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Oil Shear Technology Lasts Longer with Virtually No Maintenance MagnaShear oil shear motor brakes and Positorq oil shear winch tension control brakes from Force Control Industries are ideal for marine applications because they eliminate normal maintenance and adjustment, operate smoothly, and last up to 10-times longer than standard brakes.  High grade castings, marine duty coatings, stainless steel fasteners and accessories make these brakes the ideal solution for onshore and offshore


HiPAP 500 for Ardmore Single Anchor Loading System

Tuscan Energy has awarded Kongsberg Maritime a contract to supply and install a HiPAP 500 system on board the Nomis Shipping vessel, MV Dea Commander. The vessel will operate on the Ardmore Field in conjunction with two Single Anchor Loading (SAL) systems. These will be used to transfer oil to shuttle tankers using a flexible seabed riser. This loading system comprises an anchor point on the seabed where the loading risers and mooring lines are terminated into interconnected swivel


The Ulstein Hybrid Propulsion Concept

Photo courtesy Ulstein Design AS

Ulstein Group has designed and built two new anchor handling and offshore support vessels with a new breed of hybrid propulsion system for shipowner Olympic Shipping. The new Ulstein hybrid propulsion concept has taken the potential of the rather complex hybrid propulsion concept to completely new levels of performance. The Ulstein hybrid propulsion concept combines the best properties of both DE and DM into one system


Coastal Marine Delivers for Louisiana Floodgates

Photo: Coastal Marine Equipment

Coastal Marine Equipment delivered the winches, controls, hydraulic system, four roller fairleads and guide sheaves for the houma navigational canal and bayou grand caillou floodgate projects built by Bollinger Shipyards and Gulf Island Marine Fabricators. This system is responsible for the opening and closing of each floodgate to help protect Louisiana in a hurricane storm surge. Coastal Marine Equipment manufactures a complete line of marine deck equipment including anchor windlasses


Tsavliris Salvages Collided Vessels in Aegean Sea

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On July 4 Tsavliris Salvage dispatched its salvage tug Megas Alexandros from her Piraeus salvage station, to the assistance of bulk carrier Katherine (17,255 GT, 28,711 DWT), laden with 26,400 MT of hot briquetted iron, following collision with bulk carrier Baru Satu (9,978 GT, 16,190 DWT), in the Kafirea Strait, Aegean Sea. As a result of the accident, the M/V Katherine was rammed by the bulbous bow of the M/V Baru Satu penetrating her cargo hold no


CMA CGM Pays Tribute to Zaha Hadid, Architect of CMA CGM Tower

Photo: CMA CGM Tower

 CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping Group, pays tribute to Zaha Hadid, who sadly died on March 31st. Zaha Hadid a renowned architect and 2004 Pritzker Prize Winner, completed the CMA CGM Tower in Marseilles as one of her major projects.  


Pontoon Deck Preservation for Floating Dry Docks

Photo: Vigor-Alaska photography

Always important, anything but simple, but often overlooked   Dry dock pontoon deck preservation is often taken for granted. In the flow of ever changing priorities for dry docks, it often gets pushed aside and/or delayed. If neglected long enough and often enough between preservation cycles


Essar Ports Handles Record Volume

Courtesy Essar Ports

On the back of increased production by its anchor customers, Essar Ports Limited (EPL) has registered significant growth in cargo handling over the last three months. In March 2016 alone, EPL’s four operational ports handled total cargoes of 6


Rapp Marine Equips Pelagic Fleet Trawlers

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Rapp Marine has received two new orders for the supply of complete electrical deck machinery packages for the two pelagic trawlers, Rockall and Themis, announced Morten Stenkjær, VP Sales Fisheries Rapp Marine.   Rapp Marine signed the contract in March 2016 with the shipbuilder


Offshore Supply Ship Market Set for Consolidation

Photo: Farstad Shipping

Weak market conditions seen driving consolidation; owners prepare for longer downturn; bright spot for anchor handlers in the past months   A glut of offshore supply vessels and falling demand from oil firms will trigger a restructuring of the still-fragmented industry


Bunkering Vessel Evacuated After Fire in Dalian Bay

Bunker. Image: Skuld

 The bunkering vessel "Bo Feng You 10" reported a fire on board in the morning of Mar 7, 2016, says Dalian Maritime Safety Administration.   The vessel was  was anchored near Dalian’s Mianhua Dao port area with 600 tons of diesel oil on board.   


DNV GL, Gard, The Swedish Club Step in to Cut Anchor Losses

The root cause of many groundings and collisions, lost anchors are among the top five reasons for claims costs Photo DNV GL

The root cause of many groundings and collisions, lost anchors are among the top five reasons for claims costs. A rising number of anchor losses reported over the last several years prompted DNV GL, Gard and The Swedish Club to investigate this issue


China Bars North Korean Ship

Image: Rizhao Port

 Reuters reports that China’s Ministry of Transport has blacklisted 31 North Korean vessels in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution. China has barred a North Korean freighter from one of its ports.   The country will start inspecting the North Korean ships that dock


Asia’s Piracy Situation is Improving

Graph 1 Number of Incidents Map by ReCAAP

The number and severity of reported incidents against ships in Asia declined significantly in February compared with both the previous month and previous year period, ReCAAP reported. A total of three incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in February 2016


Bourbon Takes Delivery of AHTS

Extremely versatile, she can perform numerous tasks in addition to anchor-handling, such as supply duties, oil recovery, standby operations, firefighting, rescue (up to 300 survivors) and ROV operations. With a strengthened hull and enhanced winterization equipment (Ice class), she is perfectly suited for work in temperatures down to -20° C while ensuring maximum safety conditions. Photo Bourbon

BOURBON announced that it has taken delivery, as scheduled, of the Bourbon Arctic from Norway's Vard Brattvåg shipyard and completed her first anchor handling operation. The vessel was engaged in the disconnection and unmooring operation of the Island Innovator drilling rig located at the


USS America Returns after Maintenance

USS America (U.S. Navy file photo)

Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) has returned to sea March 21 following a 10-month post-shakedown availability maintenance period during which the crew and contractors made improvements to the ship's design.  USS America is now conducting sea trials off the coast of Southern


Boxer Leaves Hong Kong

USS Boxer (LHD 4) gets underway from Hong Kong. Photo: U.S. Navy

 Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) pulled anchor and departed Hong Kong after completing a five-day port visit, March 25.   The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit team departed Hong Kong after their


PDVSA Says Operations are Normal at Main Oil Port

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA on Friday said it guaranteed that operations were normal at its main oil port, adding it had provided "uninterrupted" services to an average of 56 tankers per month.   Reuters on Thursday reported heavy backlogs in tanker loadings at the port of


Vesper Updates XB-8000 AIS Transponder

Photo: Vesper Marine

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.


First Offshore Aquaculture Development Green Lighted

Ocean Farming AS, supported by Kongsberg Maritime AS, building the world’s first automated ‘exposed’ aquaculture facility (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Fisheries has approved Norway’s first development concession enabling Ocean Farming AS, supported by Kongsberg Maritime AS, to build the world’s first automated ‘exposed’ aquaculture facility






 
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