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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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


Kleven to Build Six for Siem Offshore

Norway’s Kleven Maritime won a $477m contract to build six ships for Siem Offshore. The shipyards will deliver six, 292-ft. (91m) long anchor handling tugboats during 2009 and 2010, with an option for six more in 2010. The ships will be capable of anchor handling as well as construction work for the offshore oil industry, the companies said in news releases. www.siemoffshore.com


ASL Marine Secures New Contracts

ASL Marine has secured new shipbuilding contracts. The contracts are for the construction of six Anchor Handling Towing/ Supply Vessels, which are used to tow and anchor oil rig platforms as well as other support services. Five of the units are expected to be completed in 2009, and the remaining unit in early 2010. Just three weeks ago, ASL Marine announced it had secured contracts for one unit of Heavy Lift cum Pipelay Vessel and six units of Rotor Tugs. Source: CNA


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


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


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:


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


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


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


New Deep-Sea Trend in African Piracy?

Product tankship at nightfall: Photo Dryad Maritime

Dryad Maritime COO Ian Millen
 tells of an audacious open-ocean ambush of a product tanker in Gulf of Guinea and wonders if this attack heralds a new trend in offshore African piracy, as follows: "In the early hours of Saturday 9th August


Damage to Propulsion of WSF's 'Tacoma' Seems More Extensive

Ferry Tacoma: Photo CCL

Interim Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division, Capt. George A. Capacci, says that ongoing investigations suggest that damage to the ferry's propulsion system following a 29, July disabling breakdown may be more extensive than previously thought.


GLG Shipyard Applies Finishing Touches to 'Biscayne Bay'

Welding work on Cutter Biscayne Bay: Photo GLG

Great Lakes Group says it has reached the final stages of the routine maintenance and drydock contract on the USCG Cutter BISCAYNE BAY, the second of the USCG’s six Great Lakes-stationed 140-foot Bay-class ice-breaking tugs to be drydocked in the Group's shipyard.


Dredging at New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter, Hong Kong

For approximately 5 months, dredging operations will be carried out [at New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (B) and (C) to (D) and the adjacent breakwater and shoreline:


Mermaid Marine Fleet Adds Two Newbuilds

Jaya Majestic

Mermaid Marine Australia Limited announced that the company has this week delivered two newbuild vessels into its international fleet; Jaya Majestic, an Anchor Handing Tug Supply vessel (AHTS) and Jaya Victory, a Platform Supply Vessel (PSV).


Repowered Tug Tows Nonstop

Photo courtesy Laborde

For its third repower with Smith Maritime, Laborde supplied three Mitsubishi S12R-Y2MPTK Tier II engines rated at 5,000 hp for the tug Rhea. For its maiden voyage, Rhea towed a huge piece of oilfield equipment from Texas to Cape Verde Islands off of Africa before moving on to Nigeria


Kurds Ask US Court to Scrap Seizure Order, Allow Crude Delivery

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq asked a U.S. court on Monday to throw out an order to seize some 1 million barrels of disputed crude oil and allow the cargo to be freely delivered in Texas. The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million worth of Kurdish crude


Kurdistan Says Crude Cargo Near Texas Legally Sold

A $100 million cargo of crude oil in a tanker near Texas was legally shipped and sold by Kurdistan, lawyers for the autonomous region in Iraq told a U.S. court in a letter seen on Thursday, saying Baghdad has no right to the barrels. They also told the U.S


Fugro Achieves Innovation through Integration

Photo courtesy of Fugro

When Aberdeen-based Diamond Offshore wanted to add new functionality to the existing helideck monitoring system on the Ocean Guardian drilling rig in the North Sea, Fugro developed and delivered a fully integrated, user-friendly solution to fulfill the requirements.






 
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