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Vopak To Sell Bitumen Fleet

Dutch-based chemical distribution and storage company Vopak NV said it signed a memorandum of understanding to sell its bitumen fleet to Swedish Tarbit Shipping AB. No financial details of the planned sale were released. Vopak had earlier said the bitumen fleet member Theodora Tanker no longer fitted with its strategy. Earlier this year Vopak sold one-third of its 30 percent stake in unit Heavy Transport Group to unlisted Dutch partner Heerema. Vopak was formed in November 1999 through the merger of Dutch sector peers Van Ommeren and Pakhoed NV. - (Reuters)


Mammoet Sale Completed

Dutch shipping group Koninklijke Nedlloyd NV finalized the sale of its heavy transport arm Mammoet Groep to unlisted Dutch sector peer Van Seumeren Holland BV. Italy's Decafin SpA has also handed over its 33 percent stake in Mammoet to Van Seumeren, Nedlloyd said. As announced in May, the deal involves a total sum of $104.5 million, of which Nedlloyd will receive about $80 million euros.


Dockwise, Sealift to Merge

Heavy lift transporters Dockwise and Sealift announced that the two companies will merge, whereby the Sealift vessels will be integrated into the Dockwise fleet, and the company will trade under the Dockwise name. 3i, the largest shareholder in Dockwise, and Frontline, the largest shareholder in Sealift, have both approved the merger. Sealift was founded by Frontline to manage and operate six large Suezmax tankers, which are due to be converted into semi-submersible heavy transport vessels


Port of Mobile New 900 Ton Crane

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Barnhart Crane & Rigging Company began providing heavy lift barge crane services to cargo customers at the Port of Mobile. In the company’s first lift, the new 900T heavy lift crane transloaded to barge a 102 metric ton down coiler machine from Grieg Star Shipping’s vessel the M/V Star Grip. The lift operation took place at the Alabama State Port Authority’s Pier 2 terminal. Stevedore services were provided by CSA Stevedoring and Nord-Sud Shipping Inc


Wärtsilä To Supply for Massive SemiSub Heavy Lift Vessel

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Wärtsilä  has been awarded the contract to supply a total propulsion package for a new semi-submersible heavy lift vessel. With an overall length of 270 m, this ship is the largest of its type ever to be built. The scope of supply for the contract specifies two Wärtsilä 6L38 engines and two Wärtsilä 12V38 engines for the ship's main propulsion, and one Wärtsilä 6L20 auxiliary engine


Scania Evaluates Volkswagen Buyout Offer

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At an extraordinary board meeting in Scania the board of Scania – excluding Martin Winterkorn, Hans Dieter Pötsch, Francisco J. Garcia Sanz, Leif Östling and Ferdinand K. Piëch – has decided to appoint an independent committee, consisting of the board members Åsa Thunman (chairman of the committee), Peter Wallenberg Jr, Peter Abele, Johan Järvklo and Håkan Thurfjell to evaluate the offer by Volkswagen and to take such resolutions in relation to the


Dockwise Takes Delivery of MV Triumph

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After successfully completing the submerging test and sea trials, MV Triumph has been delivered to the owners on 16 December 2008. The heavy transport vessel is designed to transport complex, high-value cargo like jack- up drilling units and has a carrying capacity in excess of 35,000 tons. Triumph will load its first cargo in Singapore. This vessel was converted at the Cosco shipyard at Guangzhou, China. During the conversion


Dockwise Takes Delivery of MV Trustee

The MV Triumph, the final vessel out of a series of six, joined the fleet of Dockwise Transport in December. Dockwise is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dockwise Ltd. After successfully completing the submerging test and sea trials, MV Trustee was delivered to the owners on 30 December 2008. The heavy transport vessel is designed to transport complex, high-value cargo like jack- up drilling units and has a carrying capacity in excess of 35,000 tons


Scania Join UN Global Compact

Scania takes the next step in its longstanding commitment to sustainability by signing the United Nations Global Compact. The UN Global Compact is an initiative for businesses to commit to 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour relations, environment and anti-corruption. 

 By signing on to the UN Global Compact,  Scania has pledged to make the Global Compact and its principles a part of the way that the company is managed


New Scania Marine Engines Tier 3 EPA Compliant

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The Scania Marine engine range for EPA Tier 3 is the latest edition to the Scania marine engine range, which includes enhanced environmental performance with increased power, and yet unchanged fuel consumption. The engine range consists of a 13 liter Inline six and a powerful 16 liter V8 for use in both marine propulsion and marine auxiliary applications. These new engines will conform to upcoming EPA Tier 3 emission legislation for engines in North America which will come into effect on 1


Gasum Boosts LNG Network with Skangass Deal

Reuters - Finnish gas company Gasum is to acquire 51 percent of Norwegian Skangass's distribution operations from Lyse Corporation as it seeks to improve the efficiency of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) network. Gasum said on Monday that the deal


UECC Orders Dual-Fuel Ice-classed PCTCs

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United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, inform it has signed a contract to construct two triple-fuel LNG Pure Car & Truck Carriers (PCTCs). The contract has been signed with Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and the


Transport Engineering Course at OMAE 2014

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HMC will host ASME Courses on Transport Engineering and Front End Engineering Design from June 7-8, 2014 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The OMAE is the flagship conference of the Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division of ASME


Hamburg Simplifies Access for Shipments

The operational parameters for the high-volume and heavy goods shipments into the Port of Hamburg, generating such significant added value, are in need of sustained improvement through efficient infrastructure and lean authorization procedures


Rig Too Big for Drydock: Dockwise Liftboat Fills the Bill

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Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) subsidiary Dockwise was contracted to provide an alternative form of dry docking in the Mediterranean for a semi-submersible drilling rig too big to fit into any dry-dock in the region. It was realised that the company's Dockwise Vanguard was uniquely


HMC Delivers Enormous Lock Gates for Panama Canal

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HMC recently delivered massive lock gates as part of the enormous $5.2 billion Panama Canal expansion project.   The first set of Panama locks were transported from Trieste, Italy and are now off-loaded onto a temporary dock on the Atlantic side of the waterway


Boskalis Awarded Big Russian Dredging Contract

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract by CJSC Baltstroy for the dredging and construction of the Bronka Port shipping channel in St Petersburg, Russian Federation. The total value of the contract amounts to approximately EUR 130 million.


ABB's OCTOPUS Helps Keep Heavyweight Semi-Submersibles Safe

Loading Jack St. Malo onto the Dockwise Vanguard: Photo credit ABB

80% of the world’s semi-submersible heavy-lift vessels are equipped with motion monitoring and decision support systems says ABB, including the 'Dockwise Vanguard' recently contracted to lift and carry off the 'Costa Concordia'. Offshore oil and gas platforms and floating production centers


HMC Nominated “Enterprise of the Year 2013”

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HMC is nominated for the title “Enterprise of the Year 2013.” HMC is a heavy transport engineering company within The Netherlands and acts worldwide. For over 25 years, “the Enterprise of the Year” award is one of the highest achievements in the municipality of Almere in


Boskalis Reports Exceptionally Good 2013 Third Quarter

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Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) raises its 2013 net profit outlook to at least EUR 360-million. Boskalis says it has concluded an exceptionally good third quarter. Revenue, adjusted for the sale of the 40% stake in Archirodon, and earnings were higher than in the first and second


Offshore Industry Instant Weather Forecasting by TerraWeather

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Singapore's Terra Weather say that Offshore planners and asset managers will now be able to plan critical offshore activities with greater confidence and accuracy, by taking advantage of a first ever cloud-based weather planning tool that allows users to get real-time


Rickmers-Linie Carries Linde Coldboxes to Saudi Arabia

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Components for industrial plants are regularly shipped on board Rickmers-Linie’s heavy lift multipurpose vessels, supporting supply chains for a wide range of industries. In November, Rickmers-Linie carried two coldboxes, which had been manufactured by Linde AG


Australian Contract for an Armada of Dockwise Vessels

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Dockwise, a subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract by Bechtel for shipping modules for the Chevron-operated LNG production Wheatstone Project in Western Australia. The contract value is estimated at approximately USD 275 million


Pakistan Shipyard Cuts Keel of Navy Tugboat

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Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KS&EW) say they have cut the keel of a 12-Ton Bollard Pull Pusher Tug being built for the Pakistan Navy at a ceremony attended in the shipyard by officials & dignitaries from Pakistan Navy, Government Authorities and KS&EW.


Dockwise Liftboats to Transport New Statoil Offshore Rigs

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Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) inform it has been awarded a contract by Statoil Petroleum AS for the transportation of two very large new jack-up drilling rigs from Korean shipbuilders to the North Sea


 
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