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Cammell Laird Receives Major Refit Contract

Cammel Laird was awarded a major UK Ministry of Defence ship refit contract involving the mid life extension of the diesel electric powered Oceanographic Research Vessel RMAS Newton, originally built in 1976 by Scotts Shipbuilding Co, Greenock Scotland. Birkenhead based marine and engineering services company, Ocean Fleets Limited were awarded, after competition a circa $7.5 million prime contract by the UK MoD, to undertake the complete design of the ship life extension package, the development of a detailed specification, the procurement of all new equipment, the competitive tender for a shipyard to undertake the refit package and the project management of the refit itself. Ocean Fleets Limited awarded the contract for the refit package to Wright & Beyer Ltd, part of Liverpool's Cammell Laird Holdings PLC. The order to supply the three new main propulsion diesel engines had earlier been placed with Ruston Diesels a division of MAN/B&W based in Newton-le-Willows also on Merseyside. The ship life extension package currently being undertaken by Cammell Laird involves replacement of the existing main propulsion diesel engines and gearboxes, improving reliability and meeting the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) standards on NOx emissions. The three new diesel engines are Ruston RK215 medium speed units each with an output of 1,360 kW at 1000 rev/min. The A.C. and D.C. generators and D.C


Survey Ship Major Refit Contract Awarded to A&P Falmouth

HMS Echo: Photo credit A&P Falmouth

Major refit works on the British survey ship 'HMS Echo' start at A&P Falmouth Shipyard, on the SW coast of England. David Daniel A&P Falmouth Commercial Director said: “We are very familiar with HMS Echo, having carried out her previous refit five years ago and it’s great to have her back. We will carry out survey and maintenance works and upgrade of ship systems on behalf of BAE Systems. HMS Echo is expected to be with us until the end of October


AXYS Deliver Newfoundland Oceanogrphic Buoys

AXYS Watchkeeper Buoy: Photo courtesy of AXYS

AXYS Technologies Inc. deliver 8 oceanographic buoys to the Fisheries & Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland (Marine Institute ). The buoys will expand the existing ocean observing network, known as “SmartBay ”, located at Placentia Bay along Newfoundland’s southern coastline. The data provides fishermen, vessel operators, weather forecasters and other stakeholders near real time access to a variety of marine meteorological and oceanographic data


Keppel Offshore & Marine Secures Contracts

Keppel Corporation Limited, through its offshore and marine units in Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), have clinched contracts worth a total of S$45 million. A specialised shipbuilder, Keppel Singmarine, has won two contracts to build and deliver two 45-tonne bollard pull harbour tugs to PSA Corporation Ltd and a 5500 BHP AHTS vessel to Hadi H. Al-Hamman of Saudi Arabia. The latter contract is the fourth vessel to be contracted by this owner since the first was delivered in


SembCorp Signs Long Term LNG Deal

Singapore’s SembCorp Marine Ltd has announced a long-term contract from Australia’s North West Shelf venture (NWS) to provide dry-docking, refit, and other marine services, for their fleet of LNG ships. This breakthrough contract signifies the first time that a major LNG consortium has committed itself to a long-term maintenance and refit contract in the region. At a time when Singapore is preparing itself to be a major hub and player in the LNG sector


A&P Group Complete RFA Gold Rover Contract

The refit of the Ministry of Defense's vessel RFA Gold Rover in A&P Falmouth is on target to be completed on schedule on December 20. The two-month refit has included hull preparation and painting, steel and pipe work, auxiliary engine survey and refurbishment, a major overhaul of four of the vessel's generators, accommodation upgrade and refurbishment, switchboard and electrical systems surveys and various other surveys to plant and equipment


A&P Busy in the Ferry Refit Season

The various yards in A&P are well into the ‘ferry refit’ season, with the latest contract being Irish Continental Lines’ 50,938 grt passenger/car ferry Ulysses, which is currently in A&P Birkenhead. This yard is also currently repairing NorseMerchant Ferries’ 9,368 grt Merchant Bravery. The largest ferry project currently underway in the A&P Group, is the modification of the 24,688 grt, 2002-built RoRo vessel Stena Foreteller at A&P Tyne’s Hebburn shipyard


Arcadia Returns to A&P Southampton

A&P Southampton recently hosted the P&O Cruises ship Arcadia once again in their King George V dry dock. This was the second visit to the dry dock for the 63,524 grt vessel, following its last planned refit early in 2000. The vessel arrived during May for an 8 day refit and general repair period. Work included painting of boottop and topsides, replacement of window gaskets, various steelwork repairs including installation of cross flooding ducts and repairs to pipework and statutory


RFA Brambleleaf Will Undergo Refit at A&P

A&P Falmouth has been granted the multi-million dollar contract to refit the 33,257-dwt Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Brambleleaf, which is due to arrive in the yard on April 29 for 61 days. Owned by the Ministry of Defence, the vessel will undergo a general refit and maintenance repairs while in dry dock including blasting and painting of external hull and decks, main engine overhaul, survey work on tanks, machinery and cargo systems


NMC Focuses on Niche

In 1994, just one year after completing a turnkey restaurant project on Cunard Line’s cruiseship Sagafjord, Norwegian Marine Construction (NMC) won a $15 million refurbishing contract for a second ship, Vistafjord. NMC has played a fundamental role in supplying refurbishment services and professionals to a growing number of global cruise clients. NMC’s president for its US division, Anne-Christine Kjøs talks about the company and challenging trends within the refit industry.


Canadian Icebreaker Refit Contracts Awarded

Principals in Davie Refit Contract: Image Davie

The Canadian Government informs it has awarded a $6.5 million contract to Babcock Canada Inc. for critical refit work for Canadian Coast Guard ship 'CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent'. The shipyard portion of the work will be carried out by Chantier Davie Canada Inc., a sub-contractor to Babcock Canada.


Staten Island Ferry Safety Statistics Released

Guy V. Molinari (Photo: Staten Island Ferry)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sets the standards passenger vessels, such as the Staten Island Ferry, must meet and then inspects the vessels regularly to ensure that they are in compliance. For large passenger vessels, the Coast Guard conducts four safety inspections each year


Babcock Completes DSV Refit for Bibby

Bibby Polaris at Rosyth (Photo: Babcock)

Babcock has completed a contract to undertake a substantial refit on Bibby Offshore’s dive support vessel (DSV), Polaris, at its Rosyth dockyard. The project was Bibby’s largest ever refit package and underlines Babcock’s move to expand its role in the maintenance and refitting


Indian Navy Chief Resigns After Submarine Fire

Indian Navy S-class sub.:Photo CCL 3

Indian Navy chief Admiral D.K. Joshi  resigned from his position, hours after a submarine mishap off Mumbai coast in which seven sailors were injured and two officers went missing, reports Xinhua. The Indian Defense Ministry has accepted the resignation of 59- year-old Admiral Doshi


Landing Craft Becomes Floating Repair Facility

Al Hail 1: Photo courtesy of DDW

Platinum Yacht Repair, the yacht repair and maintenance arm of Dubai's Drydocks World & Maritime World, say they have converted the landing craft Al Hail 1, belonging to Dubai-based M/S Royal Yachts from naval to civilan use as floating yacht repair and maintenance facility.


NAVSEA Releases Fire Safety Manual

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) released a new fire safety and prevention manual for all ship repair and construction activities, Feb. 6. The manual integrates existing shipboard fire safety requirements with lessons learned from the major fire that occurred on board USS Miami (SSN 755) at


Imtech to Refit Three Holland America Cruise Ships

ms Westerdam

Holland America Line commissioned Imtech Marine USA to refit the bridges of three Holland America Line cruise ships – ms Westerdam, ms Noordam, and ms Oosterdam. The equipment consists of FCR-28x9 X-band radars, FAR-2837 S-band radars, FMD 3300 ECDIS


Canadian Coast Guard's Massive Fleet Renewal Underway

CCGS Cygnus: Photo credit Canadian Govt.

As part of the Government's investment in its Coast Guard fleet, Federal Ministers Gail Shea and Rob Moore announce the award of a $1.2 million contract to St. John’s Dockyard Limited for Vessel Life Extension (VLE) and refit work to Canadian Coast Guard vessel 'CCGS Cygnus', .


Superyacht Shipyard Expansion for Yacht Solutions

The Yacht Solutions refit and repair team at Italthai Marine

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine has expanded its facility and tripled its superyacht yard capacity in response to the overwhelming demand for space in Thailand’s first dedicated superyacht facility in Bangkok. Since the partnership began in January between Yacht Solutions and Italthai


Alewijnse to Refit Seismic Vessel Polarcus Naila

Polarcus Naila

Systems integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems has been awarded the contract for the full electrical refit of the seismic vessel Polarcus Naila. The ultra-modern, 12 streamer 3D/4D seismic vessel will arrive in February 2014 at the Damen-owned yard Shipdock Amsterdam for a refit scheduled to last 35


Canadian Drydocking Contracts Placed for Two Coast Guard Ships

CCGS Dumit: Photo credit Canadian Govt.

The Canadian government has announced the award of two contracts totaling $1.1M to Northern Transportation Company Limited for Vessel Life Extension refit work to Canadian Coast Guard ships 'CCGS Dumit' and 'CCGS Eckaloo'. These two vessels, based in Hay River


Carnival Appoint First Chief Maritime Officer

William Burke: Photo courtesy of US Naval Academy

Carnival Corporation & plc has appointed US Navy retired Vice Admiral William Burke to the newly created position of Chief Maritime Officer, effective December 9, 2013. Burke will report directly to Chief Operations Officer Alan Buckelew and will have oversight of the company's


The Netherlands: Maritime Nation Thrives Despite Downturn

Photo: Port of Rotterdam

The Netherlands maritime sector has fared relatively well despite turbulent conditions brought about globally by 2008’s financial crisis. The country’s marine businesses combine for an annual turnover near $25 billion, compiling upwards of 2.5% of Dutch earnings


Vigor Renames Fabrication and Alaska Operations

Vigor Alaska

Vigor Industrial announced today that it has renamed two of the company’s subsidiaries. U.S. Fab, Vigor’s fabrication and shipbuilding subsidiary, is now Vigor Fab. Alaska Ship and Drydock, which operates the Ketchikan shipyard in Alaska, is now Vigor Alaska.


Willard Delivers SOLAS Rescue Boats

Photo: Willard Marine

Willard Marine, a 56-year-old builder of composite and aluminum boats, has recently taken orders to build rescue boats for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) and Maersk Lines Ltd. The Willard Marine rescue boats meet all U.S


 
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