German owner of multipurpose & heavy lift tonnage, BBC Chartering, announce that half of its 22 unit heavy lift new-building program is now operational. Two vessel series form the basis of this heavy lift fleet new-build program. One is the 14,360dwt ‘BBC Amber’ type of which 14 units are built, featuring 2x 400 mt lifting capacity, and the second is the ‘BBC Everest’ type of which eight units are built with 2x 350 mt lifting gear. The company took delivery of the ‘BBC Citrine’ in August 2012, the fifth new-building of the 14,360dwt series, and earlier in July of the ‘BBC Rushmore’, the sixth new-building of the 9,300 dwt series. With eleven of twenty-two vessels being operational BBC Chartering has reached project halftime and Svend Andersen, CEO of BBC Chartering, dares a glimpse into the future: “The project and heavy lift shipping market remains difficult and challenges the whole industry. Although today’s situation at the halftime of the program is not delivering the originally desired results, we are confident this step represents a meaningful service innovation for clients managing project and heavy lift logistics worldwide.” BBC Chartering expects the new building program to be fully deployed by the end of 2013, beginning of 2014.
i-Tech Announces ROV build Program Global contractor, i-Tech, part of Subsea 7 announced that it has placed an order for new build deepwater work class vehicles, which will be supplied with advanced, light weight, high performance handling systems. The systems, to be named Centurion Qx, have been specifically designed and built for i-Tech and its target market. The 125hp Centurion Qx will be rated to operate at water depths up to 2,000m as standard with options to upgrade to 3
Tidewater Inc. is preparing to embark on a modest new-build program, estimated to cost in the range of $300 million. William C. O'Malley, Tidewater's chairman, president and CEO, said the new-build initiative will be "directed to the highest end of the market and would include very large Anchor Handling Towing Supply vessels and large Platform Supply vessels capable of working anywhere in the world." O'Malley added, "These new vessels will be designed to cover operational capabilities the
Moody's Investors Service has placed the long term debt ratings of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. on review for a possible upgrade based on its improved debt protection measures, and the steady growth in earnings and cash flow as well as its reduced need for debt to fund capital expenditures following its equity issuance. Moody's review will focus on the impact of RCL's extensive ship building program on debt protection measures
Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has launched a new survey and subsea business this week, which will focus on surveying, cable and structural subsea inspection and subsea engineering. Recently appointed Director of Survey and Subsea, Arron Burrows said this new business offers clients an all-inclusive “one stop shop” for cable solutions - with survey, inspection and final deliverables - and will mean an overall better service.
Floatel International Ltd is contemplating issuance of approximately USD 150 million new shares on the Oslo stock market. The company says its share placement will further strengthen their position as a leading provider of high-specification, modern accommodation vessels to the offshore oil and gas industry. The proceeds from the Private Placement will be used to finance the Company’s new build program for accommodation vessels at Keppel FELS Shipyard
DBL 28 the 1st in a series of eight OPA’90 compliant, Lakes, Bays & Sounds, ABS and USCG certified tank barges delivered from Bollinger to K-Sea Transportation for use in harbor service in ports on the Northeast U. S. Coast. Bollinger Marine Fabricators, LLC, (BMF) Amelia, La., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered the DBL 28, a double hull, oil tank barge built to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA’90), to K-Sea Transportation Partners L
Rigdon Marine’s new GPA654 Class PSV to be built at Bollinger Shipyards Bollinger Shipyards has announced the signing of a multi-vessel contract with Rigdon Marine Corporation. Bollinger will build ten platform supply vessels (PSV) for Rigdon Marine, based on a new GPA 654 Class, designed by Guido Perla & Associates. The design incorporates increased carrying capacity and greater operating efficiency, compared to similar sized vessels
Stelmar Shipping Ltd. announced that it has taken delivery of a double-hull Panamax tanker, the Silvermar, from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company Ltd. The tanker has entered into a previously announced five year time charter at $18,500 per day. The Silvermar is sister ship to the Rubymar, Jademar, Pearlmar, and Rosemar which were delivered in the first five months of 2002, and entered into twenty-four month time charters at an average rate of $18,000 per day
After signing a RENC membership agreement with the Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology Montenegro (IHMS) PRIMAR and the Norwegian Hydrographic Service team up with SevenCs for capacity building. In November 2013, IHMS signed a RENC agreement with PRIMAR. Having a motivated team, paper charts and some recent surveys, IHMS was lacking a production environment and detailed knowledge in ENC production. Funded by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service
There is no question that these are challenging times for offshore oil in the Gulf of Mexico. However, while some vessel operators are tying up boats, Bordelon Marine is continuing with its aggressive build program. Designed for flexibility, the firm’s Stingray 260 Class DP 2 platform supply
Floscan Instrument Company’s fuel monitoring and measurement tool eliminates reporting hassles but provides much, much more for inland operators. FloScan Instrument Company has been in the fuel monitoring and measurement game for a long time
U.K. Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has produced power from her onboard diesel generators (DGs) for the first time, marking a significant stage in the program. Firing up the diesel generators for the first time in Rosyth was Philip Dunne
New Orleans based maritime solutions company Technology Associates, Inc. (TAI) informs it has completed its contract for the design and construction of a fast response firefighting vessel delivered to the U.S. Army, in support of U.S. Military Surface Deployment Distribution Command (SDDC) 596th
During the 2014/2015 Holiday Season, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V TY DOLESE (Hull 189) the 59th 90’ Inland Towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, LA. for its ongoing new build program
Land rig provider Patterson-UTI Energy Inc has halved its full-year rig construction program to 16 new high-tech APEX rigs as oil producers cut back on drilling due to weak prices. Patterson's decision follows rival Helmerich & Payne Inc's announcement last week that it would halve its
Senesco Marine Shipyard on the U.S. northeast coast has invested in a more productive and efficient welding system, concluding a deal with Pemamek to deliver a PEMA Welding Portal for the welding of double bottoms and subassemblies.
Ambassador Michael S. Hoza, U.S. ambassador to Cameroon, visited and delivered remarks during reception held aboard the Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) as part of Africa Partnership Station March 13, 2015.
The U.S. Navy’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) delivered wheelchairs and medical supplies to Ghanaian non-governmental organizations March 26, 2015. The materials were delivered under the U.S. Navy’s Project Handclasp program, which accepts humanitarian
Owners of tank barges eye November 15, 2015 with trepidation, as by then they must ensure that tank barge power units meet USCG Class 1, Division 1 requirements for non-sparking machinery in a hazardous environment. Laborde Products – with the “mechanical advantage of the
Barzan, the first in a series of six 18,800 TEU container vessels ordered by UASC, was recently named at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in Mokpo, South Korea. The vessel is the first to receive classification society DNV GL’s new GAS READY notation
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Johnathan Greenert, along with prior CNO's, service members and civilians gathered at the Navy Museum at the Washington Navy Yard to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the appointment of the first CNO and the creation
Construction begins on Crowley’s second Commitment Class, LNG-powered ConRo ship for use in the Puerto Rico trade Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. has officially started the construction of Taíno, the second of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered
The month of June brings many things; among them sunshine, the beginning of summer and ultimately, a clearer picture of where industry is headed next. The June edition of MarineNews is also our Combat & Patrol Craft Annual, as well as being chock full of inland news
NORDANA Project and Chartering (NPC) and Rickmers (Japan) Inc. announced jointly that Rickmers (Japan) Inc. was nominated as sole General Agent of NORDANA Project and Chartering in Japan effective from June 15, 2015. NORDANA’s name is taken from its NORwegian and DANish background