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PSA Marine Completes $112M Acquisition

PSA Marine completed the acquisition of the marine business of Sembcorp Logistics Ltd. for $112.97 million. "The strategic acquisition complements PSA Marine's core business and extends its geographical reach to key overseas markets in Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa," said PSA in a statement. The addition of salvage tugs and semi-submersible barges to its fleet would also widen PSA Marine's range of marine services to include international emergency response and ocean towage, it said. "We will consolidate our core activities and at the same time expand into new growth areas. There is potential in the offshore support business for the oil and gas industry and we are currently focusing on niche business opportunities," said PSA Marine managing director V. Sivarajan. "We also see a potential to grow the emergency response services. The scope of emergency response will be expanded to include seaward chemical spill containment capability," he added. - (Reuters)


Resolve Marine's New ETV Heads for NZ Waters

Resolve Monarch: Photo credit Resolve Marine Group

Resolve Marine Group has further strengthened its fleet with the acquisition of the 152-ton bollard emegency towing vessel (ETV), 'Resolve Monarch', from JP Knight (Lowestoft) Ltd., and the vessel is currently en route to the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand where she will assist with Resolve’s work on the 'MV Rena' project. Previously named the Anglican Monarch, the purpose built (ETV) was on contract with the United Kingdom government


Germanischer Lloyd at Seatrade Cruise Shipping

Emergency Response Service for Passenger Ships A cruise ship scrapes a reef. A fire breaks out in a storage room. The many different scenarios the Emergency Response Service (ERS) of Germanischer Lloyd has to handle are often hazardous for passengers, seamen and the environment. The emergency service for ships in trouble, already used by ten passenger ships, is presented at Seatrade Cruise Shipping. It is essential for the rescue service to have a computational model giving all the


LNG Emergency, Incident Response Study

  Safety around Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is a hot topic, now that LNG is more and more becoming the fuel of the future. The results of a recent LNG emergency and incident response study are a big step forward in LNG safety in Europe. Today, the Rhine Port Group hands over the first edition of this study to Mr. Specht, 1st Major of the City of Mannheim and dedicated chief of the fire department. The Rhine Port Group consists of the Port of Rotterdam, the Port of Antwerp


SERS Partners IEMS for Enhanced Oil Spill Response Services

Enhanced Oil Spill Response Services

  Dubai-based Swire Emergency Response Services (SERS), a fully owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore group, announced its partnership with Mediterranean-based International Environmental and Marine Services (IEMS) to jointly provide Tier 2/3 response services to clients in Europe, Africa and the Middle East The partnership was inked on 24 October in Dubai. “We are excited about the collaboration between SERS and IEMS


Resolve Marine Group Adds Suhaili Ocean Tug to Fleet

Photo courtesy Resolve Marine Group

Resolve Marine Group, a leading marine salvage and emergency response company with worldwide operations, has acquired the Tug Resolve Suhaili, 102 TBP.  Previously owned by ITC, the ocean towage and salvage tug is presently located in Freeport, Bahamas. Damian Allan, Resolve Director of Business Development announced the acquisition, stating “Resolve Suhaili is a great asset for our fleet worldwide. She will complement and support our core activities in the areas of Salvage


Transas Installs Jordan VTS System

Transas Middle East instals & commissions standalone AIS solution at the Port of Aqaba, Jordan.   Transas standalone AIS solution incorporates the latest VTS technology and meets all international standards. At the core of the system is Transas AIS Base station T214, state-of-the art solution designed specifically for coastal surveillance, vessel traffic monitoring and ports management. Intended to cover Aqaba Port, its inner port waters, navigational channels and fairways


500th Ship Receives ERS Classification

The Histria Perla is the 500th ship to receive ERS classification. The Emergency Response Service (ERS) of Germanischer Lloyd has taken on its 500th ship: The Histria Perla, a chemicals tanker with a tonnage of 40,471 dwt was built in 2005 at the Constantza Shipyard in Romania and classed by Germanischer Lloyd. Nicolae Berechet, Technical Director of Histria Ship Management, received the 500th ERS certificate at the company's headquarters in Constanta, Romania.


Garrido Named T&T Bisso President

Photo courtesy T&T Bisso

T&T Bisso, provider of emergency response, salvage and marine firefighting services, is announced the appointment of Mauricio Garrido as president. In his new position, Garrido will undertake the direct oversight of T&T Bisso’s worldwide business activities as well as the hands-on oversight of the company’s global offices. Garrido joined T&T Bisso in 2008 as general manager of the Americas and Europe


Emergency Response Tug Helping Escort Container Ship

The Gladiator, the state-funded seasonal emergency response tug stationed at Neah Bay, will help escort the 918-ft. container vessel APL Australia part way through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The container ship lost its secondary hydraulic steering system, but its primary steering system is functional. Due to high winds and other unfavorable sea and weather conditions, the Coast Guard today issued a Captain of the Port order requiring a tug escort for the container ship all the way to


USMRC LNG Bunkering Safety Course for Harvey Energy Crew

Photos courtesy of USMRC

The United States Maritime Resource announced that its training partner, Harvey Gulf International Marine, recently launched the PSV Harvey Energy, the first LNG-fueled vessel to enter service in North America. In March, the PSV Harvey Energy began working on charter to Shell in the Gulf of Mexico


Ship Salvage in the Presence of WWII Era Torpedo & Mines

What began as a typical grounding response quickly turned into anything but when the initial dive survey turned up a World War II era torpedo and unexploded mines around the vessel.

T&T Salvage continues to support shipowners with prompt, safe and cost-effective solutions to complex salvage, wreck removal, and anti-pollution challenges.  A comprehensive management team, with an average of 26 years in the industry


Collaboration Sought for Arctic Emergency Strategies

Photos courtesy of DNV GL

As offshore field developments in the North and Norwegian Seas face maturity, operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) are looking to the more remote areas of the Barents Sea for further development. Here harsher environmental conditions


Huffman Joins Blank Rome in Houston

Jay T. Huffman (Photo: Blank Rome)

Blank Rome LLP announced that Jay T. Huffman has joined the Firm as an associate in the Maritime, International Trade, and Public Contracts group. He is based in the Firm’s Houston office.    Huffman joins Blank Rome from Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, L.L.P


Statoil Orders Emergency Vessel

Mariner Sentinel illustration. (Illustration: Sentinel Marine)

Statoil (U.K.) Limited has awarded a contract to Sentinel Marine Limited to provide a new multi role Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) to support operations on the Mariner field on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Sentinel Marine is an Aberdeen-based company


Vancouver Port Operations Resume Atfer Container Fire

Port Metro Vancouver said on Thursday that operations had resumed at most port facilities shut down by a shipping container fire the day before, but that its Centerm container terminal was still closed. The chemical fire, which prompted a massive emergency response late on Wednesday and shut


Vancouver Container Fire Closes Port

A large portion of Canada's biggest port was shut down on Wednesday after a chemical fire broke out amid numerous shipping containers piled up in a yard east of Vancouver's downtown core. The toxic smoke forced local residents to take shelter inside


Maersk, BP Agree to 5 Year Offshore Rig Training Contract

The view into the dome simulator (Photo courtesy of Maersk Training)

Maersk has signed a five year contract with BP to provide offshore oil rig training at the virtual reality training center the company is currently building in Houston, the companies announced today. Maersk Training will provide BP with advanced training programs for offshore drilling teams at


Cleanup Continues at Shell Wharf

  The cleanup and response operations continue for oil released at the Shell Wharf in Martinez, Wednesday. Assessments conducted throughout Wednesday continue to show no impact to the shoreline or wildlife, and no impact to the Martinez Marina or nearby marsh.


Vard Delivers PSV to Simon Mokster for Arctic Ops

Pic: Simon M√łkster Shipping

 A Fincantieri unit Vard Aukra has delivered the LNG-powered PSV, Stril Barents to Simon Møkster Shipping. The LNG-powered platform supply vessel is built for operations in arctic areas and will start working for Eni at the Goliat field in the Barents Sea on a ten-year contract.


VMT Provides Lifeboat Simulator for Rowan

Photo: Rowan

Virtual Marine Technology (VMT) provided its SurvivalQuest lifeboat simulator training system to Rowan Companies for lifeboat launch and recovery training to lifeboat operators and marine crews, complementing weekly safety drills conducted onboard Rowan drilling rigs.  


North Star Shipping Chooses ZF Thrusters

Image courtesy of ZF

A fleet of offshore vessels operating in the North Sea rely on ZF thrusters    Three years ago, North Star Shipping installed ZF thrusters in the Grampion Don, the first in a series of new Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRVs)


EPA Proposes Changes to Oil Spill Response Plan

Mathy Stanislaus (Photo: EPA)

Agency proposes amendments to Subpart J of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend requirements under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) to


Philippines Boosts Maritime Security for Pope's Visit

Photo: LOsservatore Romano

In anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines January 15-19, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG ) has created two maritime task forces to secure the maritime terrain where the Pope will hold activities, particularly at the vicinity of the Mall of Asia in Pasay City


US Response Model for Salvage and Firefighting

As the dust settles on the 2014 implementation of the non-tank vessel response plan (VRP) regulations, the effective result is that all tank and non-tank vessels over 400 gross tons operating in US waters must meet the requirements of OPA 90






 
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