Space may be the final frontier but in this instance, the craft setting out on a momentous voyage was not the starship Enterprise but Rickmers New Orleans, one of nine identical ships maintaining Rickmers-Linie’s bi-weekly Round-the-World Pearl String service for heavylift and project cargo. On board was the Experiment Logistics Module - Pressurized Section (ELM-PS), which forms part of the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo (meaning ‘hope’), part of the Japanese contribution to the International Space Station (ISS). Rickmers New Orleans loaded the ELM-PS in Yokohama on February 7 and discharged it in Port Canaveral, close to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Rarely can a loading operation have been more closely scrutinized with executives from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NASA joined by Bertram R C Rickmers, Chairman of the Rickmers Group, and Jan B Steffens, Managing Director of Rickmers-Linie. Kibo is Japan's first human space facility and its primary contribution to the ISS. It will enhance the unique research capabilities of the orbiting complex by providing an additional environment in which astronauts can conduct scientific experiments. The ELM-PS as carried by Rickmers New Orleans, will serve as a storage area for materials, tools and supplies. It can hold up to eight experiment racks and being pressurized, astronauts will be able to work within in shirt-sleeve conditions.
A&P Tyne has won the latest refit contract involving ships operated by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) - to carry out the 4-month refit of the fleet supply vessel RFA Fort Rosalie in their Wallsend yard. The contract from the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD), which will began on June 15, has secured 500 jobs for the duration of the refit. This contract follows the recent successful refit and repairs carried out aboard the RFA Fort Victoria, which also drydocked at A&P Tyne earlier this year.
A&P Tyne has announced its new ship repair agreement with offshore supply vessel specialist Stirling Shipmanagement, Glasgow, part of the Seacor Group. The agreement is an extension of the original Heads of Agreement between A&P and Stirling Shipmanagement for the dry dock and repair of Stirling vessels operating within the UK sector, for a further year. A&P Tyne successfully carried out dry dockings/repairs to a total of nine (9) Stirling vessels during last year (2001) including the
A&P Tyne’s number 5 dock at Hebburn on Tyneside will shortly accommodate one of the largest vessels to be docked on the River Tyne in recent years. The Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel Haewene Brim will visit in the Summer for a 35day upgrading to its process plant and hull maintenance period refit. Work is already well in hand in the fabrication and assembly of the new process modules for the vessel
A&P Tyne has been awarded the contract for the Life Extension of Technip-Coflexip’s 9,158grt multi purpose dive support vessel CSO Wellservicer. The vessel is due to arrive on Tyneside during mid-November for a dry docking period, expected to last for 100 days. Work will include main deck steel work renewal, major upgrade on electrical power systems, full underwater hull coating renewal, tank blasting coating renewal, and replacement of ships main power generation units.
A&P Tyne has been awarded the latest fleet auxiliary refit contract in the form of the drydocking and repair of the fleet support vessel RFA Sir Percivale, by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The vessel, which is operated by the Warship Support Agency (WSA), is due to arrive on Tyneside on 7 July 2003 for a extended survey and repair period scheduled to last four weeks. Work involved will include docking hull preparation and painting, voyage repairs, hull surveys
The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) Warship Support Agency (WSA) has awarded the dry dock and repair contract of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria to A&P Tyne at Wallsend. The multi million pound contract is excellent news for the local community as it will provide work for up to 500 men including subcontractors during March, April and May (2002) in the Wallsend yard. The work includes hull preparation and painting, main engine overhaul
A&P Tyne Ltd, part of A&P Group Ltd, has been awarded the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) refit contract on RFA Fort Austin for the UK Ministry of Defense. The contract is to carry out planned maintenance and capability enhancements to this auxiliary fleet replenishment ship, built on the Clyde in 1975. The vessel arrived in Tyneside and moored alongside the Bede Quay at the Hebburn yard on July 23 and docked down on August 15
A&P Tyne re-delivered the FPSO Haewene Brim to Holland’s Bluewater following an extensive upgrading to its process plant and hull maintenance period refit. The vessel will now return to the Pierce Field in the U.K. sector of the North Sea under charter to Shell U.K. The contract was won in a partnership between A&P Tyne Limited and McNulty Offshore Contractors Limited of South Shields, who were the prime contractor. The Pierce field is 150 miles due east of Aberdeen in the UKCS (U.K
A&P Tyne was awarded a contract to carry out the conversion of a former ice breaking cargo vessel into a DP3 Flotel, accommodation vessel carrying up to 399 persons. The contract has been awarded by the C&M Group of on behalf of the owners Silters, to A&P Tyne Ltd. Some preparations have already taken place on the vessel in the . The vessel is due to be brought to the by the heavy lift cargo vessel Fairstar Fjord where the main part of the conversion will be undertaken.
Deep Casing Tools, which has an innovative range of tools designed to land casing and completions at target depth within oil or gas wells, has appointed Jason Henry and Magnus Wardle as Vice-Presidents of Business Development and Technology respectively, further strengthening the global team.
A&P North East shipyard announces that the Subsea7 vessels 'Acergy Discovery' and 'Rockwater 1' will be dry-docked at the company's Tyne facility in November and December 2013. For the Acergy Discovery the main SOW covers thruster overhaul and general maintenance.
The 'Donald Duckling' was detained by the UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) this week after an inspection revealed a long list of safety concerns, and will not be allowed to leave the Port of Tyne until mechanical and safety issues are resolved, reports the 'Shields Gazette'.
GLOVIS, a Korean company and a newcomer as a shipping line, was at first expert in global automotive logistics. As a result of a tonnage agreement with Hoegh Autoliners, the latter market this shipping service on the Middle East trade with one vessel per month and GLOVIS manages the operations
The challenges faced by seafarers whilst working on board ships has been highlighted in a short film by Harriet Grecian about the work of seafarer welfare organization Apostleship of the Sea. The video offers a candid view of life at sea and how AoS provides pastoral and practical support to
The 'Medway Queen Preservation Society' (MQPS) reports progress on the restoration of the historic UK River Medway passenger ferry. The re-dedication ceremony was held in the Albion Shipyard in Bristol, and now the tow to Gillingham in Kent (on the same River Medway) is eagerly awaited.
MMT (Sweden) completed a survey which includes collection of parametric sub-bottom profile (SBP) data with a Kongsberg TOPAS PS 40 system. The system was hullmounted on MMT´s survey vessel Triad. The survey covered an area of 6000 km2 in the Baltic Sea with an extensive amount of data.
UK's Newcastle University to lead a national centre for subsea & offshore engineering in a major drive to develop new materials & technologies. The Neptune National Centre for Subsea and Offshore Engineering was unveiled recently by Business Secretary Vince Cable as a key part of the
A team from Royston completes the first stage of a 30,000 hour engine overhaul of a Dive Support Vessel (DSV). The 98-metre, 4.905 gt, Subsea 7-owned Rockwater 1 had been working in the Irish Sea area and was in Barrow-in-Furness for 18 days of scheduled maintenance.
After a record breaking cruise season in 2012 the Port of Tyne is expecting another busy year in 2013 with 32 cruise calls, 11 of which are transit and 21 are turnaround cruises. Three new cruise lines will be making transit calls – visiting the Port for one stop – including Crystal
The month of January 2013 was again a very busy month for A&P Shipyards in the northeast of England. On the River Tyne there have been a number of dockings / undocking’s: Longstone (Andrew Weir Shipping) - undocked early January after an intensive 12 day
MOL Liner Ltd. (MOL) has announced its new China – Middle East Express, departing Ningbo on 11th March 2013. MOL will offer an additional weekly service by joining the existing service operated by APL (American President Lines)
The North of England P&I Association (North P&I Club), a leading marine insurance association, has donated £3,000 to fund life changing sailing expeditions for young people in Northern England. Staff at the Newcastle based insurers chose to donate the funds to Ocean Youth Trust
Leading independent offshore survey company UTEC has announced the acquisition of Geomarine Ltd. UTEC – which is based in Houston, Texas and has offices around the world including Aberdeen, Scotland – has acquired Geomarine Ltd which is headquartered in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with
The Port of Tyne has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Lloyd's List Global Awards 2012 in the Port Operator of the Year category. This award recognises the company or port that has maintained the highest standards of operational efficiency and customer service throughout the year