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Imtech Receives Order for Tech on Board FPSO

Imtech has received an order worth $25.6m for an important part of the technology on board a high-tech floating oil-production platform to be made operational in the North Sea. The North Sea contains many so-called 'marginal fields', which still contain a substantial amount of oil, but are too small for exploitation by means of large production platforms. The only way to extract this oil is by making use of Floating Production Storage Offloading vessels (FPSOs). These are floating oil-production systems that serve the same purpose as production platforms. They are far more efficient and flexible in use than the large platforms. After extraction, the crude oil is largely processed on the spot by means of pre-refining, after which the stabilised oil is stored inside the ship and periodically transferred to large oil tankers for further distribution and/or processing. Nexen Petroleum, a Canadian oil company, has awarded Dutch ship-owner Bluewater with a contract to convert the Aoka Mizu, an existing ship, into a state-of-the-art FPSO vessel. Imtech will be supplying the high-tech electric motors for the drive screws, including the power distribution from the bridge. Imtech will also be responsible for the entire telecommunications system (consisting of satellite navigation and computers, among other things) as well as all heating, ventilation and air-conditioning for the on-board accommodation


LNG Ship Sails off Shipyard

According to Xinhua, China's first liquefied natural gas(LNG) ship sailed off shipyard Wednesday in Shanghai, marking China's shipbuilding industry stepping into a new era. Sources from the China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) said the LNG ship was built by CSSC's Shanghai subsidiary, the Hudong-Zhonghua shipbuilding (Group) Co Ltd, which fills a blank in China's shipbuilding history. The LNG ship is regarded a high-tech product with high-added value in the shipbuilding industry


Maritime Telecommunications Network to Provide Services to Thales

Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc. (MTN), a Verestar company, was awarded a contract by Thales GeoSolutions to become its provider of global telecommunications capabilities. MTN, the leader in maritime communications, entered into a three-month agreement to provide telecommunications services onboard the specialist cable survey vessel, the Baruna Jaya III. Thales GeoSolutions specializes in services and products for the offshore oil and gas, telecommunications


U.S. DOT Seeks Proposals to Address Challenges

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced the first of two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program solicitations for 2009. Through this competitive program, the Department encourages the nation's small, high-tech, innovative businesses to be a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts. Small businesses are invited to submit innovative research proposals that


Keppel Unit Inks Seabed Exploration Contract

A subsidiary of Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corp Ltd said it signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority to search the ocean for scarce minerals.   The push to explore the ocean is gaining momentum as ore grades on land decline and demand grows for metals in high-tech applications.   Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd (OMS) said it would conduct environmental studies and surveys for deposits of polymetallic nodules, which contain copper, nickel


Maritime Museum Moving to Port of Houston

Niels Aalund

Niels Aalund, Chairman of the Houston Maritime Museum, announced plans for the museum’s new home located at the Turning Basin at the Port of Houston.   “Expanding the current museum and moving to the Port of Houston will allow us to better fulfill our mission,” Aalund said. “To capture and preserve the wonder and influence of maritime history and the maritime industry with focus on the development of Houston, the Texas Gulf Coast and the State of Texas.”


Stewart Technology Offer New Mooring Analysis Services

Houston-based consultants Stewart Technology offers a full range of services for marine and off-shore needs, and now announce that in addition they offer mooring analysis. Consultation services in this area include those for single point moored systems as well as spread moored systems. Everything from buyers, towers, SALMs and CALMs can be utilized in these services. Mooring analysis from Stewart Technology can be truly beneficial in a number of situations


Swedish Coast Guard Orders Third Vessel

In December 2005 the Swedish Coast Guard awarded Damen the newbuilding contract for two state-of-the-art 81-metre Coast Guard Vessels. Construction of these vessels is currently taking place at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania and delivery for the first vessel is scheduled for the summer of 2008, the second vessel will follow towards the end of 2008. The contract included an option for a third vessel; this option has now been exercised


China Operating Region Set Up by Integraph

Greater China becomes separate operating region for Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine Division with new executive management Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) has created a new world industry region: Greater China. It will be the division’s fourth region because of its size, success and strategic business potential and comprises China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Greater China joins the Americas, EMIA (Europe, Middle East


High-Tech Survey of Rare Deep Coral Reefs

The Waitt Institute for Discovery and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have joined forces to launch the Catalyst Program, making available for the first time a versatile and highly portable deep-sea tool kit and operations team, which can be rapidly deployed anywhere in the world. This unprecedented collaboration features the Waitt Institute's two newly built Hydroid REMUS 6000 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), which can explore depths of up to 6000 meters, or 3


Damen Trading Sale hits 500th Vessel

Damen Trading 30 years

30 years and 500 vessels later, Damen Trading is just getting started. Damen Trading’s story begins in 1986, with Damen Shipyards Group responding to growing market demand for used vessels. Since then, Damen Trading has gone on to sell over 500 used vessels, right across the maritime spectrum


Rotor Sail Development Gets a €2.6 Mln Boost

Photo: Norsepower

Norsepower Oy Ltd., the leading provider of low maintenance, software operated, and data verified auxiliary wind propulsion systems, has been selected to receive €2.6 million in funding to further its research and development of the Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution technology


Hiab Launches HIAB X-HiPro 232, Mid-range Innovations

HIAB X-HiPro 232 offers highest efficiency in the 20-tonne-metre range Photo HIAB

Hiab, part of Cargotec, is renewing its mid-range loader cranes with 24 totally new models which will be launched in connection to upcoming exhibitions in Elmia, Sweden and IAA, Germany. "Our new product strategy is based on our customers' way of working rather than on capacity and tonne


New Ship Repair Yard for Zayed Port

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 Abu Dhabi Ports and Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) have signed a long term contract that when fully realized will see a fully operational ship repair facility that will also include a floating dock capability within Zayed Port.   


China Launches Maritime Satellite

Gaofen-3 onboard the Long March 4C rocket. Image Courtesy: Xinhua

 China’s Academy of Space Technology in Beijing has launched a new high-tech satellite, called the Gaofen 3 high-resolution Earth observation satellite, which has been designed to protect its maritime interests, as well as warn of natural disasters, according to China Daily.  


Converted Shipping Containers as Mobile Tech Labs

Photo: Betabox

 Shipping containers are being converted into the high-tech, movable tech lab, says a report in CNN.    Raleigh-based Betabox's mobile labs are built inside refurbished shipping containers and have been retrofitted to include things like whiteboards


Anschütz Provides Gyros for Polar Vessels

AUDAX sailing in ice (Photo: Red Box Energy Services)

German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz says it has supplied an advanced gyro compass system for two 25,000 dwt polar class heavy transport vessels for operation north of 70° LAT.   The vessels AUDAX and PUGNAX were ordered for Red Box Energy Services and built at


Summer Cruise to North Sea Oil Rigs Amazes Tourists

File Image: a Statoil Offshore oil production installation (Statoil)

Bored with palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas? Then the gigantic oil platforms of the North Sea beckon. The first ever "rig-spotting" cruise just ended off the coast of Norway, and those onboard the four-day trip said it was jawdropping.


First VectRA 3000 Tug Delivered

(Photo: Sanmar)

Sanmar’s first VSP (Voith Schneider Propeller) tug, of the new VectRA 3000 series, named Arie A has been constructed for Italian operator Tripmare Spa of Trieste. The vessel has been delivered by a Redwise crew to Ashdod Port, located some 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv where it will operate


Seacat Services Sends Freedom to Race Bank

Photo: Seacat Services

Seacat Freedom, the latest addition to Seacat Services’ 12-strong fleet, has been dispatched to DONG Energy’s Race Bank offshore wind project following the boat’s official naming ceremony at Seawork 2016. The deployment comes as part of the two year


Vard Bags Electrical Work for UK Polar Research Ship

Artists impression of the new polar vessel. Copyright Cammell Laird  BAS. Image NERC

Vard Holdings Limited's subsidiary Vard Electro AS has secured a contract for the delivery of an engineering and electrical installation package for U.K.’s new $290 million polar research vessel under construction for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


Gibdock Overhauls Solstad Cutter Propulsion System

Normand Cutter at Gibdock Courtesy Gibdock

Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed an extensive package of work on Solstad Shipping’s Normand Cutter. The 127m long, 10,979grt construction support vessel (CSV) left the yard on June 29th following a 22-day drydock programme


Solstad CSV Gets Propulsion Overhaul at Gibdock

Normand Cutter at Gibdock (Photo: Gibdock)

Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed its scope of work on Solstad Shipping’s Normand Cutter, a 127-meter-long, 10,979grt construction support vessel (CSV) that left the yard on June 29 following a 22-day drydock program, which included an overhaul of its entire propulsion system


Simrad Tech for Sydney Fast Ferries

Ocean Wave courtesy Simrad

Four new fast ferries, owned and managed by Manly Ferries and operating in the busy waters of Sydney Harbour, will use Simrad technology for safe navigation. The owner has specified a range of Simrad bridge equipment for its latest vessels, including an NSO Evo2 quad-core marine processor


SCF Group Secures Funds for New Arctic LNG Tanker

PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and VTB Bank have signed a $260 million 13-year loan agreement, providing financing of construction of an Arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker for the Yamal LNG project.   The agreement was signed on June 17, 2016 by Sergey Frank






 
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