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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


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


Anchor-handling Capabilities Secure New Order For Cargotec

MacGregor anchor handling.bmp

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


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.


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.  


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


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


Hijacked Singaporean Ship Released in Nigeria

The Safmarine Kuramo. Photo: Marine marchande

 The crew of a Singapore-registered container vessel, Safmarine Kuramo, hijacked off the Nigerian Coast earlier this week, were released unharmed on Saturday (Feb 6) following efforts by Nigerian authorities.   All 25 crew members on board, comprising nationals from India, South Africa


HamiltonJet Debuts JETanchor Positioning System

Global waterjet manufacturer HamiltonJet has launched its latest vessel positioning system, JETanchor.   Developed from the blueARROW controls platform JETanchor is the newest addition to the HamiltonJet controls’ product range, developed and tested over the past 18 months


Briggs Marine Orders Damen Multi Cat 2712

Photo: Damen Shipyards

Briggs Marine and Environmental Services, the Fife, Scotland-based leading supplier of offshore services, has ordered a Damen Multi Cat 2712.   One of the largest models in Damen’s extensive Multi Cat range, the 27-metre 2712 is a versatile workboat capable of taking on almost any


Norway Exempts Idled OSV's From License Fee

Owners of ships serving the oil industry will be exempt from paying license fees for 2016 on vessels that have been mothballed, Norway's industry minister said in a statement on Tuesday. The price of crude oil has plunged 70 percent since mid-2014


Safety Milestone for Maydon Wharf Infrastructure Upgrade

Photo: TNPA

Transnet Capital Projects (TCP) – which is overseeing Transnet National Ports Authority’s project to reconstruct the quay walls and deepen berths at Maydon Wharf – recently achieved a safety milestone of 1,000,000 man hours without a lost time injury (LTI) on the reconstruction


ABB Makes 5 km Subsea Operations Safe

MT6027 UItra Deep Sea Courtesy ABB

Marine software and hardware to assist multi-purpose diving support vessels in complex deepwater projects Power and automation technology group ABB will provide the technology that will help three vessels safely carry out construction and maintenance tasks up to 5 kilometers under water


Drifting Cargo Ship Taken Under Tow

A cargo vessel that went adrift off the west coast of Cornwall and Devon after encountering engine difficulties is currently under tow, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   The 91-meter-long vessel reported that it was drifting without power y Thursday just after 12:30 p


Microsoft Mogul's Yacht Destroys Coral Reefs

MV Tatoosh. By Comiquaze

 The anchor chain of 303-foot mega-yacht, the Tatoosh, belonging to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been blamed for destroying a large area of protected coral reef in the Cayman Islands.   It destroyed almost 14,000 square foot, or about 80 per cent


Venezuelan ship VMF Alita Sank off near Panama

Image: Panama Maritime Authority

 A ship Venezuelan flag, name VFM Alita sank last week in Caribbean waters of the Panama Canal after colliding with another anchoring vessel, which caused hole above the waterline and water ingress.   According to the information revealed on Sunday by a Panamanian official source


Deck Cooling While Transiting Panama Canal

Photo by Panama Canal Authority

Effective immediately, and until further notice, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP)  will require transiting crude oil tankers, product carrier, and chemical tankers carrying cargoes with flashpoint of less than 18 deg. C, to cool their main decks with water by means of the on-deck water


Coast Guard Western Rivers High Water Closures, Restrictions

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the Midwest and South.   The following Coast Guard sectors have issued closures or restrictions:   Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River:


This Day In US Naval History - January 18

Photograph from the Eugene B. Ely scrapbooks. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

1879 - USS Constitution, while sailing back to the U.S. from France, ran aground off Bollard Head on the south coast of England. She was towed to the Portsmouth Navy Yard and placed in Dry Dock 11 for inspection. The 82-year-old frigate survived the grounding and only needed to have 85 feet of her


LNG STS Transfer Planned off Scotland

File Image: an Excelerate STS transfer operation underway (Photo: Excelerate)

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker Arctic Princess is expected to transfer a cargo to the Excelerate off Scotland's coast this week, a spokesman at Orkney Islands Council said. The transfer between the two vessels while at anchor in the stretch of water known as the Scapa Flow had been planned


Western Rivers High Water Closures, Restrictions - Update

Mississippi River Photo DNR

  The Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the midwest. To keep the public and professional mariners apprised of changes to river traffic, the 8th District will continue to issue press releases capturing all closures and


Remains of Lost 1800s Whaling Fleet Found

Abandonment of the whalers in the Arctic Ocean, September 1871, including the George, Gayhead, and Concordia. This illustation originally ran in Harper’s Weekly in 1871. (Credit: Robert Schwemmer Maritime Library)

NOAA archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two 1800s whaling ships nearly 144 years after they and 31 others sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one of the planet's most unexplored ocean regions.   The shipwrecks, and parts of other ships






 
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