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New Anchor Handling Routine in HYPACK

Image: HYPACK

HYPACK Inc. announced the release of a new Anchor Handling Routine for the offshore construction market. Hydrographic and survey software company HYPACK, Inc said it has used its in-house expertise and input from a world leading Survey Company to design and develop the new Anchor Handling Routine. that allows both rig and anchor handling vessels (tugs) operators to graphically display the status and location of anchors and their cables, track their movement and deployment, and send the anchor locations to the anchor handling vessel operators. The new Anchor Handling is suited for offshore construction applications where anchor handling is one of the most demanding and inherently dangerous tasks performed. Moving the rig into the location before and after drilling can also be a substantial cost item. The new Anchor Handling routine will help improve the efficiency and safety of the operation, HYPACK said. Graphic 1 (below) displays: •Deployed anchors: Right-side up anchor symbols with solid lines to attachment points. •Raised anchors: Upside-down anchor symbols at attachment points. •Planned anchor drop points: Upside down anchors in red circles with dashed lines back to attachment points. Anchors can also be transferred to support vessels (tug in this case) and then dropped at any point


MAIB Repots on Pipeline Damage

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of an oil tanker, on June 25, 2007, dragging its anchor in the North Sea five miles east of Teesport and snagging a natural gas pipeline, resulting in material damage to the pipe, but no release of product. Due to heavy weather, the ship started to drag anchor. While weighing anchor so as to get underway, the ship’s windlass hydraulic motor exploded and the cable ran out to the bitter end


Aker Marine And Vryhof Sign Letter Of Intent

Aker Marine Contractors, (AMC) a subsidiary of Aker Maritime, and Vryhof Anchors have penned a Letter of Intent to extend their cooperation agreement through their U.S.-based joint venture company - TACP/Aker LLC. According to this new agreement, AMC will sell to Vryhof the substantial assets and rights of Sea Talon Anchors, which was attained by AMC in 1988. Within their core business, Vryhof will continue to focus on the design and manufacturing of high holding power drag embedment anchors


Bill to Require Anchors, Manned Barges

The Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Agirculture of the Massachussets legislature held a hearing on a bill to require tank barges carrying petroleum products to be equipped with an anchor system, anchor chain and windlass. The bill would also require tank barges to be manned unless the Department of Environmental Protection determines other technical or operational saftey measures provide an equivalent defree of protection.


BP Tankers Back in Service Following Anchor Malfunction

BP says it has put a fleet of double-hull tankers back in service after two ships lost their anchors last month in the Gulf of Alaska. The Alaskan Navigator and the Alaskan Frontier have each been outfitted with two new anchors. A spokesman said an investigation found the metal in the China-made anchors might not have been properly tempered to strengthen the metal. Beaudo says the fleet's operator, Alaska Tanker Co. of Beaverton, Ore


Divers Find Caribbean Island Pewter Treasure

Photo credit Anchor Research & Salvage

Shipwreck reveals precious coins, rare pewter artifacts to salvors at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The most important shipwreck of its kind dating from the 1500s was recently discovered by Anchor Research & Salvage SRL. According to noted pewter expert Martin Roberts "Pewter finds from the 2012 diving season continue to support present hypotheses on date and origin while also surprising collectors and challenging orthodox knowledge of the mid-16th Century pewter trade


MAIB Reports on Grounding of M/V WILLY

According to a report issued by the U.K. Department for Transport, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has concluded that the grounding of the M/V WILLY in Cawsand Bay on January 1 was caused by the use of insufficient cable on the anchor. A secondary cause was the failure of the Officer of the Watch to promptly detect that the anchor was dragging.


Tidewater Completes $79M ENSCO Deal

Tidewater has completed a previously announced transaction, acquiring the 27-vessel fleet from ENSCO International. The five anchor handling towing-supply vessels, six modern large capacity 220-ft. "stretched" platform supply vessels, 13 standard supply vessels and three utility vessels were acquired for a cash price of $79 million. Also included in the agreement is a provision which affords Tidewater the opportunity to provide supply


Blast in Greek Tanker Kills Worker

An oxygen bottle exploded in the hold of a Greek tanker anchored near Athens on Sunday, killing a repairman and injuring three others, a Merchant Marine Ministry spokeswoman said. The bottle, which was being used for repairs, ripped through the hold of the “Marianna” while the four men were working. “The tanker was anchored near the Motor Oil refinery in Agii Thjeodori”, the spokeswoman said. The tanker was empty at the time and there was no damage to the refinery. - (Reuters)


Bulker Refloated

The St. Vincent and Grenadines-flagged bulker Pooja, was refloated on October 30 at Carrick roads by a tug and then towed to Falmouth, England, Reuters reported. No pollution was reported. The 33,111 dwt bulker ran into trouble after it started to drag its anchor in bad weather. It did manage to raise its anchor but subsequently ran aground on Monday in the entrance to Carrick roads.


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.


Iraq to Appeal US Court Decision on Kurdish Oil

The Iraqi oil ministry said on Thursday it would challenge a U.S. court decision that stopped U.S. Marshals from seizing some one million barrels of disputed Kurdish oil docked near Texas. On Monday, a U.S. district court ruled in favour of a request by Iraq's Kurdish region that a demand by


New Superyacht ROCKIT.IT Launched by Feadship

ROCK.IT: Photo Feadship

Feadship says it has launched the outstanding 60.35-metre motoryacht ROCK.IT. Created for an experienced owner who has chartered Feadships and appreciated the essence of the brand, the project has raised the bar of what can be achieved in an entirely bespoke project, say the yacht builders.


USCG Medevacs Mariner in Port Alexander, Alaska

US Coast Guard

  The Coast Guard medevaced an 87-year-old female reportedly suffering from complications associated with a lower back injury aboard the fishing vessel Annie B in Port Alexander, Sunday evening. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the injured woman and transported


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


Bergen Group Sells off Shipbuilding Shares

Photo: Bergen Group

Bergen Group ASA announced it has signed an agreement with Calexco S.a.r.l. regarding sale of the remaining 30 % shares in NorYards AS for a price of $4 million. The completion of the transaction is expected to take place by end of August 2014


Canadian Ports: Minister Emphasizes Key Role

Honourable Lisa Raitt: Photo Transport Canada

Transport Canada informs that the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, has spoken of the important role Canada's marine ports play in supporting trade and economic growth in a speech to the 56th annual conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities


Marine Site Investigation off Tit Cham Chau, Hong Kong

Tit Cham Chau

From 20 August 2014 and for a period of approximately three months, marine site investigation works involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (F) and the adjacent shoreline:


Swiber to Fly Mexican Flag on 4 More OSVs

Mexico ensign: File photo CCL

Singapore-based Swiber informs it will hoist the Mexican flag on another four vessels in its fleet, comprising one derrick pipelay barge and three anchor handling tug / supply vessels (AHTs). Five vessels were deployed in Mexico three years ago when Swiber landed its first contract win in Latin


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


USCG Suspends Search for Missing Lake Champlain Sailor

Malletts Bay

  The Coast Guard ended its active search for a missing 65-year-old man near Malletts Bay, in Lake Champlain, Vermont, at 8:05 p.m. Sunday, pending further developments or reports. Crews searched nearly 40 square miles for Brian Webb but found no sign of him. Searching were crews from:


Tanker Carrying Kurdish Crude Changes Course toward Cyprus

A tanker carrying 300,000 barrels of Kurdish crude oil has changed its destination to Limassol, Cyprus, as it returned from the United States without delivering its disputed cargo to a New Jersey refiner. The Minerva Joy tanker had previously listed its destination as "Gibraltar orders


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


Two Rescued from Disabled Boat near Niagara Falls

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG ) rescued two people from a disabled boat near Niagara Falls late Monday night. At about 9:15 p.m., a search-and-rescue (SAR) coordinator from USCG Sector Buffalo, New York, responded to a call for help from the boaters via cell phone


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






 
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