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Ultra Anchor Gets ABS Superior Holding Certification

Quickline, an importer and distributor of quality marine gear and accessory products, announced that its Ultra Anchor meets the highest level of holding power as defined by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and has been awarded the certification of design assessment for Stainless Steel Superior Holding Power (SHP) for restricted service to a maximum anchor weight of 1500 kg (3306 lbs). SHP for restricted service is given to anchors with superior holding power of at least four times that of ordinary anchors. Using tests that conform to the ABS Anchor Sea Test Procedure performed in sand, mud and gravel at average sea depths of 32.5 feet (10 meters), the Ultra Anchor exceeds ABS requirements.   The ABS anchor sea test was conducted on a tugboat using a 45 kg (99 lbs) Ultra Anchor connected to a 22-meter (48-foot) 18 mm chain and secured by a 30-meter (approximately 100-feet) 50 mm rope. Recording pull values of 3,750 to 3,950 kgf in sandy seabeds, 3,850 to 4,000 kgf in muddy seabeds and 3,800 to 4,500 kgf in gravel seabeds, the Ultra Anchor from Quickline outperformed hold standards set by the ABS of 2,133, 2,760 and 3,700 kgf for holding power in different seabeds. As a result of its impressive performance, the Ultra Anchor from Quickline was awarded the highest holding power distinction given by ABS, the Superior Holding Power classification.  


Hook-Up Operations Added to QINSy

Image: QPS

Software design company Quality Positioning Services BV (QPS) has upgraded its hydrographic data acquisition, navigation and processing software package QINSy (Quality Integrated Navigation System). The latest version, 8.10.2015.06.29.1, includes a new feature called Hook-Up Operations for Anchor Handling, for pre-laid anchors powered by Orcaflex of Orcina.   Traditional anchor handling, including showing the catenary, was already possible with QINSy


Normand Ranger Delivered

Photo courtesy The Ulstein Group

Normand Ranger for Solstad Offshore is delivered from Ulstein Verft May 5. Completion of the anchor handling vessel has been a challenging task but the shipyard delivers the project to the agreed terms within time. Ulstein Verft won the contract with GIEK and Sparebank 1 SR-Bank for completion of the anchor handling vessel last spring. The ship came to Ulstein Verft from the bankrupt shipyard Karmsund Maritime Service in August 2009.


Anchor-handling Capabilities Secure New Order For Cargotec

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Cargotec is to deliver MacGregor anchor-handling systems for two 12,000 BHP anchor-handling tug supply / oil recovery vessels in China Cargotec has won a contract to supply two sets of MacGregor anchor-handling systems for two anchor-handling tug /supply / oil recovery vessels under construction at a Chinese Shipyard for a Singaporean owner.  The anchor-handling equipment is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2011 and it will be manufactured at Cargotec’s facilities for


Advanced Anchor-handling Vessel to Fit RR Deck Machinery

Rolls Royce wins a contract to supply safety critical deck equipment for Iceman AS operated new offshore anchor-handling vessel Rolls-Royce, has been awarded a £15 million contract by STX OSV to supply an extensive deck equipment package for an advanced anchor handling vessel to be operated by Iceman AS. The package, which is designed to improve operational safety, will include a new anchor handling frame (AHF) and a hydraulic anchor winch, which is capable of pulling 500 tonnes


MacGregor Wins Deck Machinery Order in China

MacGregor has expanded its winch portfolio

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed contracts with Chinese shipyard Guangzhou Shunhai Shipyard Ltd to deliver anchor handling/towing winch packages for five 48m anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels, each with a 75-tonne bollard pull and one 40m AHTS vessel with a 70-tonne bollard pull. The vessels are under construction for an undisclosed Middle East owner. The order was booked into third quarter 2015 order intake.  


Update #38: Kulluk Anchor, Hull Inspected in ROV surveys

Unified Command confirmed the following information today: •    Assessment of the Kulluk drilling vessel in Kiliuda Bay continues. Two remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveys have been completed. The first was for the Kulluk’s anchor and chain. That survey revealed the anchor is firmly embedded with the chain buried near the anchor. No hard formations were found in the area surrounding the anchor. The second began an assessment of the Kulluk’s hull.


W. African Port Offers Anchorage Piracy Protection

The head of Benin army and navy has issued an official note to express the commitment of Benin Government to secure Benin Waters against sea crime. The protection, security and safety of Benin maritime space is a national priority for the government as it is considered vital in the economic and social development of the country. Apart from some important diplomatic commitments engaged in the sub-region and the writing of a national strategy of maritime protection and safety


Rolls-Royce Engines, Equipment for Bourbon

Image: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce is to deliver deck machinery and engines to an arctic Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel (AHTS) to be built by Vard for Bourbon Offshore Norway. The contract has a value in excess of £17 million for Rolls-Royce. The deck machinery delivery from Rolls-Royce will consist of anchor handling winches, secondary winches, auxiliary winches, anchor handling cranes and a wide range of safer deck operation equipment


Maersk Orders Rolls-Royce’s New Anchor Recovery Frames

Image courtesy of Maersk

Maersk Supply Service orders Rolls-Royce’s new Anchor Recovery Frames for newbuild anchor handlers   Maersk Supply Service has exercised an option to add Rolls-Royce’s new Anchor Recovery Frames (ARF) to the supply contract awarded in December for deck machinery for six anchor handler vessels under construction at Norway’s Kleven Verft AS.   Rolls-Royce informs that the contract marks the first reference for its next generation ARF


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


Damen Completes Maintenance of Flintstone

Flintstone Photo Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam

The fallpipe vessel Flintstone has departed from Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam, part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, following a six-week programme of maintenance and repairs together with her first Special Survey. Owned and operated by the Tideway group of companies


Rapp Marine Equips Pelagic Fleet Trawlers

Image: Rapp Marine

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


BP Shipping U.S. Crude to PDVSA's Terminal

British BP has shipped a U.S. crude cargo to PDVSA's terminal in Curacao, the third one that the firm has sent since winning a tender along with China Oil last month to provide the Venezuelan state-run company with some 8 million barrels of light oil, according to sources and Reuters data.


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.


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.  


TAS Offshore Sees Another Vessel Deal Axed

Photo: TAS Offshore Berhad

 Malaysia’s shipbuilding and ship repair services firm, TAS Offshore, has received yet another termination of a shipbuilding contract from the same client, this time for an offshore construction vessel (OCV).    TAS Offshore’s wholly-owned subsidiary, TA Ventures


Oil Glut Leaves Supertankers in a Huge Jam

It may be the world's biggest traffic jam.   As ports struggle to cope with a global oil glut, huge queues of supertankers have formed in some of the world's busiest sea lanes, where some 200 million barrels of crude lies waiting to be loaded or delivered.  


Navig8 Buys RK Offshore

Photo: RK Offshore

 Maritime services provider Navig8 Group has agreed to buy shallow-water contractor RK Offshore Management.   Singapore-headquartered Navig8 Group, the world's largest provider of maritime services, announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire Africa-focused RKOffshore


Damen Shipyards, Saudi Border Guard Strengthen Ties

Both CSD450s have been fitted out with optional anchor booms (Photo: Damen)

Saudi Border Guard has acquired two Damen Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSD 450) for harbor maintenance duties. As Damen has a full range of dredgers in stock, it could customize and ship two full option dredgers within a short time span.  






 
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